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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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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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Something wicked this way comes. See more »


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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)  »

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

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$130,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,517,007 (Austria) (4 June 2004)

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$249,358,727 (USA) (31 October 2004)
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Trivia

J.K. Rowling allowed Alfonso Cuarón to make minor changes to the book, on the condition that he stuck to the book's spirit. She allowed him to place a sundial on Hogwarts' grounds, but rejected a graveyard, as that would play an important part in the then unreleased sixth book. See more »

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(at around 30 mins) When Neville is being scared by Trelawney, his hands are alternately above table level and below table level. See more »

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[first lines]
Harry: Lumos Maxima!
[five times]
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Crazy Credits

The movie opens with the silver Warner Bros. logo appearing from blackness, then the camera flies through the WB logo as it zooms in on Harry Potter's bedroom window. See more »

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Followed by Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) See more »

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Written by Dick Walter
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Abstract and dark themes abound; still the most mature HP entry
19 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Alfonso Cuarón's masterful adaptation does the source material immeasurable justice by exploring its underlying concepts in an intelligent manner. Of course, it certainly helps that the aesthetics of the film are incredible, the acting remains stellar (and the trio of young actors handle their roles admirably), and John Williams offers an amazing (and eclectic) score. Character development is superb - Steve Kloves penned a great script.

First-time and young viewers will likely enjoy the film for its merits based on plot and 'adventure' alone, but it takes multiple viewings and a critical eye to enjoy the abstract ideas and nuances. Cuarón himself credited the source material as being laden with real-world issues: oppression, racism, loneliness, power, friendship, justice and so forth.

This is the Harry Potter film that stands on its own and as a tremendous cinematic achievement. It challenges viewers and yet doesn't patronize them or attempt to offer answers to all of the questions presented. For instance, the ending is bittersweet at best and retains a healthy amount of ambiguity.

If you've never read the books or understood the acclaim of the series as a whole, watch Cuarón's 'Prisoner of Azkaban' and you'll understand why this entry is clearly the zenith of the seven.


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