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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

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Harry Potter, Ron and Hermione return to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for their third year of study, where they delve into the mystery surrounding an escaped prisoner who poses a dangerous threat to the young wizard.

Director:

Alfonso Cuarón

Writers:

J.K. Rowling (novel), Steve Kloves (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Radcliffe ... Harry Potter
Richard Griffiths ... Uncle Vernon
Pam Ferris ... Aunt Marge
Fiona Shaw ... Aunt Petunia
Harry Melling ... Dudley Dursley
Adrian Rawlins ... James Potter
Geraldine Somerville ... Lily Potter
Lee Ingleby ... Stan Shunpike
Lenny Henry ... Shrunken Head
Jimmy Gardner Jimmy Gardner ... Ernie the Bus Driver
Gary Oldman ... Sirius Black
Jim Tavaré ... Tom the Innkeeper
Robert Hardy ... Cornelius Fudge
Abby Ford Abby Ford ... Young Witch Maid
Rupert Grint ... Ron Weasley

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Storyline

Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) is having a tough time with his relatives (yet again). He runs away after using magic to inflate Uncle Vernon's (Richard Griffiths') sister Marge (Pam Ferris), 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 (Gary Oldman) has escaped from 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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Trivia

A compromise of sorts was required for the character of Buckbeak. Zoologically speaking, an animal of his size would need much larger and longer wings to support him in flight, but this was deemed impractical for the design of his character. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 55 mins) In the later part of the movie, when a cloud moves to reveal the full moon, Harry and Hermione's faces light up as though a light shines directly in front of them. The moon however, is to their right. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Harry: Lumos Maxima!
[five times]
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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 »

Alternate Versions

Some of the dubbed versions change the names of a few characters, to match their translated novel counterparts in each respective language. One good example is Hermione, who in the German version (of all the Potter films/books) is named Hermine. See more »


Soundtracks

Double Trouble
(uncredited)
Lyrics by William Shakespeare
Conducted, Composed, and Produced by John Williams
Performed by 'The London Oratory School Schola'
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Abstract and dark themes abound; still the most mature HP entry
19 January 2011 | by jpoulter11See 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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Language:

English

Release Date:

4 June 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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

Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Budget:

$130,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$93,687,367, 6 June 2004

Gross USA:

$249,975,996

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$796,808,383
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2.39 : 1
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