Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Name: Harry Potter 3-Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban
Year: 2004
Rating: PG
Running Time (minutes): 141
Description: 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 shape-shifters 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…
Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint
Genres: Adventure, Family, Fantasy

I’m trying to watch these films without thinking about the novels now and the result is really interesting. Cuarón did his own thing with Rowling’s world and it payed off too. Nearly a perfect result, except for some minor issues: the first part of the time-travelling sequence does some weird things with the time in question (Harry and Hermione can’t possibly have the Pettigrew discussion in the short space of time in the initial sequence, but I loved Dumbledore waffling about the strawberries). The Marauders’ backstory also isn’t covered well at all, though I suppose one receives enough hints throughout the rest of the films to understand it. I’d forgotten how good Emma Thompson was too, and of course Rickman (is he really gone?) The score is really interesting and I absolutely love the medieval-sounding parts. Great film all in all.

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