Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Director: Alfonso Cuarón Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson

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After directing the first two movies in the Harry Potter franchise, Chris Columbus opted to serve as producer for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and passed the baton to Y Tu Mamá También director Alfonso Cuarón. Though "immensely popular" is an understatement when it comes to Harry Potter, Azkaban is somewhat of a departure from its predecessors, and particularly beloved among fans for its surprise ending. Prisoner of Azkaban also marks the introduction of Sirius Black (Gary Oldman), who has escaped from the title prison after 12 years of incarceration. Believed to have been the right-hand-man of the dark wizard Voldemort, whom Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) mysteriously rendered powerless during his infancy, some of those closest to Harry suspect Black has returned to exact revenge on the boy who defeated his master. Upon his return to school, however, Harry is relatively unconcerned with Black. Run by Albus Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) -- who is widely regarded as the most powerful wizard of the age -- Hogwarts is renowned for its safety. Harry's nonchalance eventually turns to blind rage after accidentally learning the first of Black's many secrets during a field trip to a neighboring village. Of course, a loose serial killer is only one of the problems plaguing the bespectacled wizard's third year back at school -- the soul-sucking guards of Azkaban prison have been employed at Hogwarts to protect the students, but their mere presence sends Harry into crippling fainting spells. With the help of his friends Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson), and Defense Against the Dark Arts professor Remus Lupin (David Thewlis), Harry struggles to thwart the Dementors, find Sirius Black, and uncover the mysteries of the night that left him orphaned. ~ Tracie Cooper

Product Details

Release Date: 04/26/2005
UPC: 0012569694712
Original Release: 2004
Rating: PG
Source: Warner Home Video
Time: 2:22:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Daniel Radcliffe Harry Potter
Rupert Grint Ron Weasley
Emma Watson Hermione Granger
Gary Oldman Sirius Black
David Thewlis Remis Lupin
Michael Gambon Albus Dumbledore
Alan Rickman Severus Snape
Robbie Coltrane Hagrid
Peter Best MacNair
David Bradley Argus Filch
Julie Christie Madam Rosmerta
John Cleese Nearly Headless Nick
Alfie Enoch Dean Thomas
Tom Felton Draco Malfoy
Pam Ferris Aunt Marge
Dawn French The Fat Lady
Jimmy Gardner Ernie Prang
Richard Griffiths Vernon Dursley
Robert Hardy Cornelius Fudge
Joshua Herdman Gregory Goyle
Matthew Lewis Neville Longbottom
Devon Murray Seamus
Kathrin Nicholson Pansy Parkinson
James Phelps Fred Weasley
Oliver Phelps George Weasley
Chris Rankin Percy Weasley
Fiona Shaw Petunia Dursley
Maggie Smith Minerva McGonagall
Timothy Spall Peter Pettigrew
Jim Tavare Tom, the Leaky Cauldron Innkeeper
Emma Thompson Professor Trelawney
Julie Walters Mrs. Weasley
Jamie Waylett Vincent Crabbe
Paul Whitehouse Sir Cadogan

Technical Credits
Alfonso Cuarón Director
J. Rowling Source Author
Izzy Acar Animator
Bruce Dahl Animator
Andrew Doucette Animator
Michael Easton Animator
Keith Johnson Animator
Sharonne Solk Animator
Kim Thompson-Steel Animator
Tim Waddy Animator
Huck Wirtz Animator
Andrew Ackland-Snow Art Director
Alan Gilmore Art Director
Steve Lawrence Art Director
Gary Tomkins Art Director
Alexandra Walker Art Director
Chris Carreras Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Paula DuPre Pesman Associate Producer
Chris Carrera Asst. Director
Jamie Christopher Asst. Director
Simon Finney Camera Operator
David Morgan Camera Operator
Alastair Rae Camera Operator
Stefan Stankowski Camera Operator
Jina Jay Casting
Michael Seresin Cinematographer
David Evans Costumes/Costume Designer
William Steggle Costumes/Costume Designer
Jany Temime Costumes/Costume Designer
Steve Weisberg Editor
Michael Barnathan Executive Producer
Chris Columbus Executive Producer
Callum McDougall Executive Producer
Mark A. Radcliffe Executive Producer
Tanya Seghatchian Executive Producer
Amanda Knight Makeup
Elizabeth Lewis Makeup
Sharon Nicholas Makeup
Jane Royle Makeup
Clare Le Vesconte Makeup
Norma Webb Makeup
Nick Dudman Makeup Special Effects
Eddie Karam Musical Arrangement
Conrad Pope Musical Arrangement
David Heyman Producer
Stuart Craig Production Designer
David Carrigan Production Manager
John Williams [composer] Score Composer
Steve Kloves Screenwriter
Timothy Blackham Sound Mixer
Richard Beggs Sound/Sound Designer
Steve Hamilton Special Effects Supervisor
John Richardson Special Effects Supervisor
Martin Bayfield Stunts
Kelly Dent Stunts
Bradley Farmer Stunts
Paul Herbert Stunts
David Holmes Stunts
Rickie Hubbucks Stunts
Tolga Kenan Stunts
Anthony Knight Stunts
Abigail Letchford Stunts
David Lewis Stunts
Mark Lisbon Stunts
Emma Mac Stunts
Marc Mailley Stunts
Gary Powell Stunts
Claire Skelton Stunts
Andy Smart Stunts
Jo Ann Thompson Stunts
Felicity Walker Stunts
Joanna Whitney Stunts

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 323 reviews.
Mhathair More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite, so far, of the movie series. The characters really develop nicely and I became endeared to Sirius Black and the injustice that life had dealt him. I am a big fan of the series, you really can't go wrong with any of these great adaptations from J.K. Rowling's books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film was by far the most well-done adaptation of any book from the "Harry Potter" series. The artistic vision of Alfonso is truly breath-taking, and makes the halls of Hogwarts seem so ancient. The movies before this one were an exact copy of the book, with lack of vision or creativity. They were just like watching the book. Yes, I realize that some details were left unnoticed, but J.K. Rowling wouldn't have let that happen if she didn't think it was crucial for explanation. Think about that. I cannot say enough about how truly amazing this film was, but it will always remain the best movie of the "Harry Potter" series.
bookhag More than 1 year ago
the best film of the series if you ask me. 
sadia465 More than 1 year ago
i thought this books was amazing and i thought the movie was fantastic..yeah they left some stuff out and they changed up the timings but overall it was a great movie and couldnt stop going back to that one scene where peter pettigrew was revealed. best part of the book and movie. i honestly loved it despite the comments below . and yes i am a die hard hp fan. im not complaining. 
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Maddymtd More than 1 year ago
i love it..... there is just something about the way gary oldman just is such a good pick!
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i thought the cinematography of this movie was awesome. harry, ron, and hermione are growing up and this movie is definately portraying just that by eliminating the storybook feel from the previous two movies. although some key parts from the book were left out, i think that one must watch this movie with a clean slate. an open mind is needed to enjoy the movie to its entirety, so i recommend watching the movie rather than waiting for things to happen. can't wait for the hbp!
Guest More than 1 year ago
O.K. The first two SUCKED! i am in love with the books (HP is my favorite book series). The biggest problem with them was their director, Chris Colombus. He was a slave to the books which might not be bad for some people, but was painful for me. Film adaptations, while being an interpretation of a pre-conceived story, do not have to be slavenly beholden to that which they interpret. The film and the book are two different art forms. Therefore, do in books what works for books (every detail meticulously laid out and described), but do in movies what works for movies (changes to make the plot more palatable visually, excitement, visible emotion,etc). Chris Colombus did exactly the opposite of what I have described. with the change in director, however, the Harry Potter movies have begun to take on a life of their own, and are beginning to resemble the cleverly disguised mature works of fiction that the books are. Prisoner of Azkaban was fraught with mystery and terror, and had those little sparks of emotion that make the books so special. All in all, this is the first good Harry Potter movie