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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban [2004] (2 discs)

Director:Alfonso Cuarón
Writer:Steve Kloves
Composer:John Williams
Length:142 minutes
(2 hours 22 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Suggested Event Use:Halloween
Sorting Category:Fantasy
Sorting Tub:Juliet
IMDB Rating:7.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:89%
Amazon Rating:4.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: The recent jail-break of an infamous wizard puts Harry's safety in question.

Reaction: This is a wonderful adaptation of the book. Cuarón does a great job making the wizzarding world more real for the audience.

Personal Rating: 9/10

Alfonso Cuarón => Director
Steve Kloves => Writer
John Williams => Composer
J.K. Rowling => Novel
Adrian Rawlins => James Potter
Alan Rickman => Professor Severus Snape
Bonnie Wright => Ginny Weasley
Chris Rankin => Percy Weasley
Daniel Radcliffe => Harry Potter
David Bradley => Argus Filch
David Thewlis => Professor Lupin
Dawn French => Fat Lady in Painting
Emma Thompson => Professor Sybil Trelawney
Emma Watson => Hermione Granger
Fiona Shaw => Aunt Petunia
Gary Oldman => Sirius Black
Geraldine Somerville => Lily Potter
Harry Melling => Dudley Dursley
James Phelps => Fred Weasley
Julie Christie => Madame Rosmerta
Julie Walters => Mrs. Molly Weasley
Lee Ingleby => Stan Shunpike
Maggie Smith => Professor Minerva McGonagall
Mark Williams => Mr. Arthur Weasley
Matthew Lewis => Neville Longbottom
Michael Gambon => Albus Dumbledore
Oliver Phelps => George Weasley
Pam Ferris => Aunt Marge
Paul Whitehouse => Sir Cadogan
Richard Griffiths => Uncle Vernon
Robbie Coltrane => Rubeus Hagrid
Robert Hardy => Cornelius Fudge
Rupert Grint => Ron Weasley
Timothy Spall => Peter Pettigrew
Tom Felton => Draco Malfoy
Warwick Davis => Wizard

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The set for the sequence where Professor Lupin teaches Harry to defend against the dementors previously served as Dumbledore's office in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
  • Marc Forster was offered the job of directing this film but declined and did Finding Neverland instead.
  • The tune played on the gramophone during the Boggart scene is NOT Louis Prima's {Sing, Sing, Sing}. The actual song, {Swing, Swing, Swing} written by John Williams, is from the film 1941 and is also featured in [The X Files]: {Triangle} (#6.3) during the sixth season.
  • The film contains several commemorations to director Alfonso Cuarón and his Mexican heritage. On the fountain in the courtyard in front of the clock tower, there are several statues of eagles eating snakes. This exact image appears on the Mexican flag. Also, among the many candies offered at Honeydukes are skulls made of sugar, which are a popular treat in Mexico on "El Dia de los Muertos," or the Day of the Dead. And, after Dumbledore says his final lines outside the infirmary, he goes down the stairs humming {La Raspa}, the Mexican Hat Dance.
  • Ian McKellen turned down the role of Dumbledore. Having appeared as Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings, he said, "I had enough trouble living up to one legend. Two would be too much to hope for."
  • David Thewlis was originally considered to play Professor Quirrell in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.
  • The film was offered to director Guillermo del Toro but he opted to do Hellboy instead.
  • After the death of Richard Harris, many actors were considered for the vacant role of Albus Dumbledore. Christopher Lee was in the frame for a while, and there was a rumor (reported in many newspapers) that Ian McKellen was also considered. The Harris family wanted Peter O'Toole for the role but O'Toole declined. Richard Attenborough also lobbied for the role but was ultimately turned down.
  • Alfonso Cuarón coached Daniel Radcliffe in one scene where the latter had to act awed: "Pretend you're seeing Cameron Diaz in a G-string". It worked.
  • Gary Oldman says he accepted the role of Sirius Black because he "needed the work". He hadn't acted for over a year. His last film was Sin, which was filmed in 2002.