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
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 »
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 »
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 »
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
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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