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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Family, Fantasy  |  4 June 2004 (USA)
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It's Harry's third year at Hogwarts; not only does he have a new "Defense Against the Dark Arts" teacher, but there is also trouble brewing. Convicted murderer Sirius Black has escaped the Wizards' Prison and is coming after Harry.



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Harry Potter is having a tough time with his relatives (yet again). He runs away after using magic to inflate Uncle Vernon's sister Marge who was being offensive towards Harry's parents. Initially scared for using magic outside the school, he is pleasantly surprised that he won't be penalized after all. However, he soon learns that a dangerous criminal and Voldemort's trusted aide Sirius Black has escaped from the Azkaban prison and wants to kill Harry to avenge the Dark Lord. To worsen the conditions for Harry, vile creatures called Dementors are appointed to guard the school gates and inexplicably happen to have the most horrible effect on him. Little does Harry know that by the end of this year, many holes in his past (whatever he knows of it) will be filled up and he will have a clearer vision of what the future has in store... Written by Soumitra

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for frightening moments, creature violence and mild language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

4 June 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: The IMAX Experience  »

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Box Office


$130,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£23,882,688 (UK) (4 June 2004)


$249,358,727 (USA) (29 October 2004)

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Did You Know?


Alfonso Cuarón had never read the Harry Potter books or seen the first two movies when he was offered the job of director. See more »


In the CoMC class, when Harry is approaching Buckbeak, Ron is behind him. Sometimes he has his "Monster Book of Monsters" under his left arm, and sometimes the book is missing. See more »


[first lines]
Harry: Lumos Maxima!
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Crazy Credits

When the credits are at the end, we hear Harry say 'Mischief managed.' and all the text goes away, replaced by the film's logo. Then he says 'Nox' and the screen fades to black. After the screen goes dark there is a familiar noise before the film finally ends. See more »


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The best of the Harry Potter films so far
17 December 2004 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

This third Harry Potter film is the best one yet. Director Alphonso Cuaron (Y Tu Mama Tambien, A Little Princess) has taken over from Chris Columbus and has stuck less slavishly to the original JK Rowling Books.

Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson are back as Harry, Ron and Hermoine, with Hermoine in particular getting to do a lot more. There are less Quidditch matches, and more menace, in keeping with the improved complexity of Rowling's third novel. Hogwarts is not safe, Draco Malfoy is no longer a menace, but just a pain in the ass. And the new CGI-scripted character Buckbeak the Hippogriff (half eagle, half horse) looks fantastic and has personality.The kids are all supposed to be thirteen but look older - hey we'll forgive them. Neville Longbottom has lost so much weight he's almost unrecognisable.

Great performances from Emma Thompson hamming it up as the ditsy professor of foretelling, Prof Trelawny, Michael Gambon as the new Professor Dumbledore (not as magical but good), David Thewliss as Prof Lupin, and Gary Oldman as the Prisoner of Azkhaban.Thrilling, complex, menacing, ****/***** stars.

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