The paper seeks to explore the changes necessary in pedagogy for a teacher when dealing with the emergence of a relatively new category called young adult literature. The study focuses on a close reading of the third book in the Harry Potter series, The Prisoner of Azkaban in its representation of certain themes, characters and treatment of magic, etc. It attempts to trace how the young adult novel continues certain conventions, and introduces certain divergences from what is known traditionally as the genre of children’s literature. This series particularly cuts across readership categories demarcated by age specifications. The paper ultimately attempts to analyse whether today there is a need to address a change in the perception of the young adult reader as a separate and distinct consumer of texts from the traditional child reader and the ensuing research and teaching methodology that must be developed for such literature.
Keywords: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Children’s Literature, Young Adult Literature, Magic