Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban

Release Date: June 4, 2004
Rating: PG - frightening moments, creature violence and mild language
Running Time: 2 hr. 21 min.
Genre: Action, Family
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint
Director: Alfonso Cuaron

In this third addition to the Harry Potter film series, we find our hero, the young wizard Harry, about to enter his third term at Hogwarts, but before he goes back, he learns that a mad man has escaped from the wizard prison and is out to get him.

There were many elements of this movie that I liked that I thought were much better than The Chamber of Secrets. I love the new characters of Lupin, Black, and Pettigrew, all very important characters from here on out. Fred and George Weasley are the mischief makers who give The Marauder’s map, a map of Hogwarts, that revels the location of hidden passageways, and gives away the location of everyone in the school, to Harry. This map is especially important for much of the action that takes place.

I also love the character of the Divination teacher Professor Trelawney. I just love how crazy and psycho she really is. Plus, Divination is the one class Hermione doesn’t like to go to, if you can believe that!

Other neat things are Hogsmead, a magical town that third years get to go to, just outside the school; The Knight Bus, a bus that picks up any wizard or witch in distres;, and Buckbeak, a magical creature known as a Hippogriff. The movie provides a whole new adventure for fans. There are of course, slight cuts and changes from the book to the script, but this doesn't take away from the movie as whole. I recommend reading the books too, because they’re a great way to get involved with the movies, but even if you’ve just seen the other two movies, you’ll enjoy this movie.

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