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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

  • Action
  • Family
  • 2004
  • Alfonso Cuarón
  • 135 mins
  • PG


Fantasy adventure starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson. With dangerous criminal Sirius Black on the run from Azkaban, Harry Potter begins his third year at Hogwarts surrounded by heightened security. But is Black the real threat, or is there someone even more deadly trying to get close to Harry?

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A star rating of 4 out of 5.

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 Oscars for Gravity and Roma.) 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 gizmos galore, the most striking 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 stars, while the young leads are all growing into their roles. Potter fans will not be disappointed.



Harry PotterDaniel Radcliffe
Ron WeasleyRupert Grint
Hermione GrangerEmma Watson
Prof Albus DumbledoreMichael Gambon
Prof Minerva McGonagallMaggie Smith
Rubeus HagridRobbie Coltrane
Prof Severus SnapeAlan Rickman
Prof LupinDavid Thewlis
Prof Sybill TrelawneyEmma Thompson
Sirius BlackGary Oldman
Mrs Molly WeasleyJulie Walters
Mr Arthur WeasleyMark Williams
James PotterAdrian Rawlins
Lily PotterGeraldine Somerville
Uncle VernonRichard Griffiths
Aunt MargePam Ferris
Aunt PetuniaFiona Shaw
Argus FilchDavid Bradley (2)
Fat lady in paintingDawn French
Draco MalfoyTom Felton
Madame RosmertaJulie Christie
Cornelius FudgeRobert Hardy
Peter PettigrewTimothy Spall
Sir CadoganPaul Whitehouse
Shrunken headLenny Henry


DirectorAlfonso Cuarón


Theatrical distributor
Warner Bros
Released on
English | Latin
Some violence.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray

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