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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

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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Storyline

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

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4 June 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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

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Box Office

Budget:

$130,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£23,882,688 (United Kingdom), 6 June 2004, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$93,687,367, 6 June 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$249,358,727, 31 October 2004

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$796,688,549, 10 November 2011
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Trivia

Fiona Shaw who portrays a woman loathing the supernatural and witchcraft in this film, ironically portrays a powerful witch in True Blood (2008). See more »

Goofs

When the Fat Lady (Dawn French) abandons her portrait outside the Gryffindor Common Room, in fear of Sirius Black (Gary Oldman), she's found in an "African plains" portrait of giraffes and hippopotamuses. Hippos spend virtually their entire lives in/near the water. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Harry: Lumos Maxima!
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Crazy Credits

During the closing credits, the Marauder's Map is shown with footprints moving around the cast and crew's names. When composer John Williams' name is shown, the footprints appear confined to an invisible box as if he is on the conductor's podium. When Robbie Coltrane's name is shown, the footprints are several sizes larger than the others, befitting Hagrid's larger stature. See more »

Connections

References The Time Machine (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

La Cumparsita
Written by Gerardo Matos Rodríguez
Performed by Alfred House Orchestra
Courtesy of Laserlight
By Arrangement with Source/Q
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My Favorite Of The Harry Potter Films
17 February 2008 | by See all my reviews

I thought this was excellent....better than the first two Harry Potter movies combined and better than what has followed.. That's my feeling, and I'm still sticking to it.

This was just great fun, right from the opening. In fact, the early bus scene is the best in the film. Overall, the movie didn't have as mean an edge to it as the others, although it has a number of scary moments (which might have warranted a PG-13 rating). That was fine with me. I got tired of the dark, nasty and/or annoying characters of the first two films, and especially the irritating blonde wise-guy kid. I give this major points for cutting his role down. Even Alan Rickman's character softens.

In other words, there is no despicable villain to hate throughout the film, which I thought was refreshing. Instead, we just go through one adventure after another until the final surprise ending.

Along the way are a lot of fun special effects and scenery, some humor (Emma Thompson is a hoot as an eccentric tea-leaf reader) and some fantastic 5.1 surround sound. I wish all the Harry Potter films were like this one.


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