Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Movie Review by Adele S. Period 1

The Harry Potter films are known by fans to “miss out everything!!!” or “not as good as the books”, but I’m here to say the 3rd installment in the Harry Potter films can definitely cross out these two previous statements.

The first two films of the series, Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets were a faithful adaptation to the books, but were too fast-paced and closed in. In Prisoner of Azkaban, there is room to breathe for the actors and the story. Harry (The ever-progressing Daniel Radcliffe) and his classmates aren’t tied down to just their robes, finally being able to wear their usual clothes. This is a taste of the difference we experience in the film. New characters are introduced to the series, including the murderous Sirius Black  (Gary Oldman) who is after Harry and the friendly if not mysterious Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher Remus Lupin (David Thewlis). Harry’s best friends, Ron Weasley (Cute and cuddly Rupert Grint) and Hermione Granger (Powerful Emma Watson) are also as wonderful as ever.

The film has a grayish look to it to match it’s tone of Harry transforming from a child to a teenager. Harry must learn to control his emotions of despair and hurt and must learn to have hope and laugh at the face of fear (literally in the presence of Boggarts, or creatures that live in cupboards and under sinks which can only be taken over by thinking of something funny and confronting it). The film also introduces new terrifying creatures called Dementors, gray, ghostly creatures that suck the soul from you which are visually stunning, along with a creepy looking werewolf and shaggy black dog to join the ride.

Hogwarts looks as beautiful as ever, the castle old but just magnificent. This film is also…well, funny. The characters also seem to have more life and the actors growing into their roles. New classes are introduced, including looking into the future with Professer Sybil Trelawney (Emma Thompson) and care of magical creatures with the animal loving Hagrid (Robbie Coltrane). Hippogriffs, or half bird/half horse creatures make an apperance and somehow, in someway, look cute.

The music in the film also manages to capture the mood. An interesting concept comes along when Harry and one of his best friends, the bookworm Hermione Granger, go back in time (yes, time travel is highly fun and dangerous). During the whole time travel, a clock ticks in the background, reminding you that time is of the essence and one mistake could destroy all the characters lives forever.

Overall, the film is fresh from the first two films in every category. Harry Potter fan or not, you are guaranteed to enjoy the third installment in the series. It is definitely darker, both visually and mentally, so little children beware. Do yourself a favor and go enjoy the joy the film that is Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.


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