Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (1999)
by J. K. Rowling
I remember this being my favorite movie of the bunch (what with Alfonso Cuarón's dark take on the source material), but I think I enjoyed book two a little more than this one. At 435 pages, Rowling is certainly becoming a more fluent, easier-to-read writer as I go through the series, but she's still filling the books with superfluous nonsense. Do I really need a whole chapter devoted to a Quidditch game? [The less I have to read about Bludgers and Keepers in the next four books the better.] Do I really need a character like the "psychic" Professor Trewlawny who has a whole chapter devoted to her, but serves little to no purpose in the grand scheme of the novel?
Don't get me wrong, I'm enjoying reading these books, but I'm not really enthused about them.