Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Alfonso Cuarón (2004)

135min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
The franchise holders took a real risk by handing this third Harry Potter film to a Mexican director who was then best known for the smart, sexy but low-budget road movie Y Tu Mamá También. (He's since gone on to win an Oscar for sci-fi epic Gravity in 2014.) But the decision has paid dividends. Alfonso Cuarón brings a darker, edgier, scarier feel to this instalment, which has boy wizard Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) contending not only with Gary Oldman's escaped convict, but also with the difficulties of becoming a teenager. But there's still plenty of fun to be had, with ghosts, ghouls and gadgets galore, the most striking gizmo being a shape-shifting triple-decker bus that, were it real, would solve London's traffic congestion at a stroke. David Thewlis, Emma Thompson and Timothy Spall join the list of cameoing celebrities, while the young leads are all growing into their roles. The film has the odd dull patch, and there are scenes weighed down by too much plot, but, by and large, this adventure is on a par with its predecessors, and, in many respects, is even better. Potter fans will not be disappointed.

Summary

The teenage wizard is alarmed to learn a dangerous fugitive sorcerer is searching for him. Meanwhile, a new teacher at Hogwarts helps the bespectacled youngster to protect himself from the school's soul-sucking security guards. The third in the fantasy adventure series, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Gary Oldman, David Thewlis, Michael Gambon, Robbie Coltrane and Alan Rickman.

Cast & Crew

Harry Potter Daniel Radcliffe
Ron Weasley Rupert Grint
Hermione Granger Emma Watson
Prof Albus Dumbledore Michael Gambon
Prof Minerva McGonagall Maggie Smith
Rubeus Hagrid Robbie Coltrane
Prof Severus Snape Alan Rickman
Prof Lupin David Thewlis
Prof Sybill Trelawney Emma Thompson
Sirius Black Gary Oldman
Mrs Molly Weasley Julie Walters
Mr Arthur Weasley Mark Williams
James Potter Adrian Rawlins
Lily Potter Geraldine Somerville
Uncle Vernon Richard Griffiths
Aunt Marge Pam Ferris
Aunt Petunia Fiona Shaw
Argus Filch David Bradley (2)
Fat lady in painting Dawn French
Draco Malfoy Tom Felton
Madame Rosmerta Julie Christie
Cornelius Fudge Robert Hardy
Peter Pettigrew Timothy Spall
Sir Cadogan Paul Whitehouse
Shrunken head Lenny Henry
Director Alfonso Cuarón
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Warner Bros Guidance: May be edited for violence. Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay Released on: 28 May 2004

Childrens Drama

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