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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (movie)

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The 2004 film Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was directed by Alfonso Cuarón and stars the actors from the preceding films in the series, except for the role of Albus Dumbledore, which was cast with Michael Gambon after Richard Harris's death. There are also many new characters introduced.

The soundtrack, composed and conducted by John Williams, was released on CD on May 25, 2004, and has received the Soundtrack Award.

A notable cameo appearance was made in the movie by musician Ian Brown as a wizard in The Leaky Cauldron reading A Brief History of Time.

The film broke several opening records around the world upon its release, including the top grossing film in UK film history, and made approximately $US 35.1m in its first 3 days, totalling $US 158.1m in ten days. As of September 28, the film had grossed $US 785m worldwide.

Tagline: Something wicked this way comes.

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Synopsis

For a brief synopsis see Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
For a complete synopsis see Harry Potter (plot)
See below for cast and book/film discrepancies

A mysterious convict, Sirius Black, escapes from Azkaban and sets his sights on Hogwarts, where dementors are stationed to protect Harry and his peers.

Cast

Role Actor
Harry Potter Daniel Radcliffe
Ron Weasley Rupert Grint
Hermione Granger Emma Watson
Sirius Black Gary Oldman
Professor Lupin David Thewlis
Professor Snape Alan Rickman
Professor Dumbledore Michael Gambon
Rubeus Hagrid Robbie Coltrane
Draco Malfoy Tom Felton
Professor Trelawney Emma Thompson
Aunt Marge Pam Ferris
Uncle Vernon Richard Griffiths
Aunt Petunia Fiona Shaw
Dudley Dursley Harry Melling
Peter Pettigrew Timothy Spall
Cornelius Fudge Robert Hardy

Locations

Some of the sets for the film were built in Glen Coe, Scotland, near to the Clachaig Inn. The indoor sets, including sets built for the previous two films, are mainly in Leavesden Film Studios. The Hogwarts lake was filmed from Loch Shiel in the Highlands of Sotland. Incedentally, the train bridge which was also featured in the Chamber of Secrets movie is opposite Loch Shiel, and was used to film the sequences when the Dementor arrived on the train. Template:Section stub

Alterations from the Book

  • The backstory involving Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot and Prongs is not explained
  • Harry receives his Firebolt at the end of his third year rather than at Christmas
  • A choir of Hogwarts students is added.
  • The dementors float rather than glide. They also fly.
  • A shrunken head, voiced by Lenny Henry, is added to the Knight Bus as, according to Cuarón, a "wizarding equivalent to radio"
  • Harry is caught with the Marauder's Map by Snape while wondering around at night trying to find Peter Pettigrew rather than after visiting Hogsmeade a second time.
  • "Moony" is spelled "Mooney" as an in-joke referring to Karl Mooney, one of the visual effects supervisors. In the DVD subtitles, it is spelled "Moony" as it was in the book.
  • The quidditch cup is left out.
  • A romance is implied between Ron Weasely and Hermione Granger.
  • A close relationship is implied between Remus Lupin and Harry's mother, Lily Potter. There has been much debate over whether the director intended to to imply a romantic past between the two chracters or simply a deep friendship.
  • A romance is implied between Sirius Black and Remus Lupin.
  • Ron confronts the bogart spider by giving it roller skates rather than removing it's legs. The boggarts of other characters were changed as well.
  • While in the Shrieking Shack, only Harry attacks and knocks out Snape, as opposed to Harry, Ron, and Hermione together.
  • Professor Trelawney's many predictions of Harry's death are left out.
  • Professor Trelawney's prediction that "Around Easter, one of our number will leave us forever," is left out.

Continuity Issues

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban has several contradictions with the previous films, most of which involve the landscaping and layout of Hogwarts. For example, in the first two films, Hagrid's hut is a short distance from the castle, but in the third film it is much farther away. The landscape of the film also changes notably. For example, In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Hogwarts is featured in an enclosed mountainous valley, but in the first two films no mountains surround Hogwarts, which is closer to the actual description in the books. Despite the fact the Harry Potter films are not considered canon, many fans find the lack of continuity irksome. Template:Section stub

External links

J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series:
Harry Potter and the ...
Philosopher's Stone book movie game
Chamber of Secrets book movie game
Prisoner of Azkaban book movie game
Goblet of Fire book movie  
Order of the Phoenix book movie  
Half-Blood Prince book    
Book Seven (as yet untitled) book    
Characters - Places - Translations - Related articles

Spinoffs
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them | Quidditch Through the Ages | Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup

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