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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Directed by
Alfonso Cuarón

Regarded by many as the best single film in the series, Alfonso Cuarón’s adaptation of the third Potter novel shows a remarkably steady hand transitioning from Chris Columbus’s kiddie flicks into something darker and more serious… but also that much more fun.

Harry Potter’s (Daniel Radcliffe) third year at Hogwarts starts off badly when he learns deranged killer Sirius Black (Gary Oldman) has escaped from Azkaban prison and is bent on murdering the teenage wizard. While Hermione’s (Emma Watson) cat torments Ron’s (Rupert Grint) sickly rat, causing a rift among the trio, a swarm of nasty Dementors is sent to protect the school from Black. A mysterious new teacher helps Harry learn to defend himself, but what is his secret tie to Sirius Black?

Prisoner of Azkaban, while a touch less faithful to the details of Rowling’s oeuvre, captures far better its mood, the constant sense of wondrous discovery and lurking danger.” – The New Republic

“The first true Harry Potter movie — the first to capture not only the books’ sense of longing, but their understanding of the way magic underlies the mundane, instead of just prancing fancifully at a far remove from it.” – Salon

UK / USA
2004
142
minutes
• Rated
PG

Starring
Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint


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