By Mariam Hovuni
Photos by Armen Simonyan
Armenian version of “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” now available
Ahead of the New Year, Zangak Publishing House provided young Armenian readers with the opportunity to enjoy reading the long-anticipated Armenian version of Rowling’s book “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”.

This is the third volume of the Harry Potter series. The expectations of the several fans of the series were met, and now they will be able to read the novel during the holidays.

Just one year ago, the publishing house released the “Harry Potter and the Secret Chamber” volume.

“In reality, those who haven’t read or are not familiar with the book will have a hard time understanding what this book means to us and who the heroes are for us,” 15-year-old Anna, who is a real Harry Potter fan, told

According to her, the book is not about magic at all. “For us, this is not a simple fairy tale, but a fairy tale that we live in, discuss and have fun with the heroes.”

“Harry Potter and the Secret Chamber”, as well as “Harry Potter and the Philosophical Stone” and “Harry Potter and the Secret Chamber” were translated from English by fairy tale expert Alvard Jivanyan. This volume of the Harry Potter series was presented by Alvard Jivanyan and literary critic Haik Hambardzumyan.

“Perhaps the feature of this book is that it was a pleasure for me to translate it since the text was multi-layered and there was a lot of information in-between the lines. Revealing the information was the greatest pleasure for me,” Alvard Jivanyan said.

Brief description of the book: For twelve long years, a terrible prisoner by the name of Sirius Black was imprisoned in the prison of Azkaban. Everyone was afraid of him. There was a time when Black had destroyed thirteen people at once with one curse. Many believed that he was the descendant of Lord Voldemort. Sirius Black manages to outsmart even Azkaban’s guardians and escape. Black is somehow linked to Harry by fate. Even though Harry is surrounded by devoted friends and wise and skillful teachers, there is someone in Hogwarts that is strictly dangerous for him, but it doesn’t cross anyone’s mind to suspect him.