Azkaban is an effective deterrent against crime. Unlike Muggle prisoners in Britain, those inside Azkaban are forced to live in a medieval environment. The prison is located on an island in the middle of the North Sea, and it’s essentially one massive fortress.
To make matters worse, the inmates are kept in cells guarded by one of J.K. Rowling’s most terrifying creations – the Dementors. These creatures drain happiness and hope out of anyone who gets too close to them. Consequently, many of the prisoners go mad, stop eating, and then slowly wither away.
Despite such difficult conditions, there were a number of escapees during the Harry Potter series. Sirius Black and Barty Crouch Junior are perhaps the most well-known examples, but many Death Eaters also escaped the prison in January 1996. And though almost all of them were imprisoned again at the end of The Order of the Phoenix, there was yet another mass breakout in the summer of 1997.
Whilst most Harry Potter fans will be aware of what happened to some of these escapees, there are plenty of others whose stories are not common knowledge…