Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban (2004)

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Philosophers Stone

Chamber Of Secrets

For those first time readers, i’ve decided to relive all the past Harry Potter movies before the last one comes out on the 13th of July, or 15th in the UK and US. Join me this week as we enjoy the final week before the end together.

The wizarding world is in fear as mass murderer and supporter of  Lord Voldemort, Sirius Black becomes the first man to ever escape Azkaban prison. It’s likely that he’ll be looking for Harry Potter and is intending to kill him. As Harry, Ron and Hermione set off for their third year of Hogwarts, they share a compartment with Defence Against The Dark Arts teacher, Remus Lupin. When the train abruptly stops, the dementors (guards of azkaban) go on the train looking for Black. Harry ends up fainting and reliving his worst memory as one dementor enters their compartment, which Lupin repels with a patronus charm.

At Hogwarts, Dumbledore informs the students that the dementors will be guarding Hogwarts whilst Black is on the run. He also announces Hagrid as the new Care Of Magical Creatures teacher. Hagrids first lesson ends with chaos as the Hippogriff Buckbeak attacks Draco Malfoy who was insulting it. His father Lucius Malfoy has Buckbeak sentenced to death.

Several dementors interrupt a quidditch match which causes Harry to fall off his broom. Harry goes to Lupin who teaches him the Patronus charm which helps repel the dementors. Harry is banned from going to Hogsmeade visits due to him not having parental consent. Fred and George give him the marauders map which shows everyones location in the castle and all the secret passageways of Hogwarts, one of which leads to Hogsmeade. At Hogsmeade, Harry overhears that Black is in fact his godfather and his parents best friend. He was responsible for revealing the whereabouts of the Potters and murder of their friend Peter Pettigrew. Harry then vows to kill Black.

On the day of Buckbeaks execution, Harry, Ron and Hermione decide to console Hagrid before it happens. They escape in the last minute to avoid being seen by the minister of magic Cornelius Fudge as well as Dumbledore and the executioner. The three then witness the execution far away. Scabbers then unexpectedly bites Ron and runs off to the Whomping Willow. A black dog appears and drags him to the passage. Harry and Hermione follow him through a hole which is a secret passageway to the Shrieking Shack.

They discover the dog is actually Sirius Black who is an animagus. Harry atcckas Black but Lupin arrives and disarms him. Lupin and Black then embrace as old friends. Lupin then admits to being a werewolf and claims Black is innocent. Professor Snape bursts in, intending to hand over Black to the Dementors, but Harry, having begun to believe Lupin and Black, knocks him out with a spell. Lupin and Black explain that Scabbers is actually Peter Pettigrew, an Animagus who committed the crime for which Black was convicted.

Lupin and Black force Pettigrew back into his human form and threaten to kill, however Harry intervenes and opts to send him to the dementors instead. As they head back to the castle, the full moon rises and Professer Lupin begins to transform into a werewolf and Pettigrew manages to escape. Black defends them against Lupin in their animal forms. After Lupin runs away, dementors begin to attack Sirius and Harry. As their souls are about to be removed, Harry sees a distant figure cast a stag shaped patronus which saves the two from a terrible fate. He believes this figure is his father.

When Harry wakes up hours later in the Hospital Wing, he finds out Black is about to be executed. Hermione and Harry uses a time turner which brings them back into time 3 hours and watch themselves repeat that nights events. They end up freeing Buckbeak and save Sirius from the werewolf. As they watch the dementors sucking out Black and Harry’s soul, Harry realises it was him who cast the patronus. He runs out to do so. Harry and Hermione then rescue Black and they watch him escape with Buckbeak.

Lupin resigns the next day, knowing that parents will object to a werewolf teaching their children. Shortly after, Black sends Harry a Firebolt, the fastest racing broom ever made.

Despite Prizoner Of Azkaban being the most critically acclaimed movie, it unfortunately is the lowest grossing film of the franchise, making 700 million dollars.

Prizoner Of Azkaban takes us away from the fairytale land of the first two movies and brings a darker and more emotionally satisfying adaption. The ageing of the characters from the previous films and the change to the scenery of Hogwarts has set up for the dark events which await in the future. Also the new additions to the cast has been embraced with the additions of Gary Oldman as Sirus Black, David Thewlis as Remus Lupin and Michael Gambon taking the rold of Albus Dumbledore. JK Rowling admits herself that she put many clues in this movie for clues on the last two books, which were unreleased at the time.

This movie is the only one which doesn’t feature Voldemort as a key character in its plot, the villain instead being Sirius Black. Compared with the previous movies, it’s more satisfying as an adventure film and allows us to not only connect with the characters, but to feel apart of the scene as well. I enjoyed the scenes in this movie which was complimented with great dialogue and a fitting soundtrack. This was also the first movie which broke away from the book as some scenes were cut out to or adjusted to fit the storyline. For me, they should’ve included the connection with the map to Remus, Sirius, James and Pettigrew. It also left the unanswered question which Stan Shunpike asked in the beginning of the film, how did Sirius Black escape Azkaban?

I rate this movie 3rd overall out of all the movies. This really set up Harry Potter into what it is now. It broke away from being a kids film to being a beloved franchise. I love the new direction they’ve gone and in my opinion, it looks the best visually and has the best soundtrack. Unfortunately it ranks third because their are two other movies which i enjoyed more.

We shall end our review of the third film with some memorable quotes.

Professor Snape: [taps the blank Marauder’s Map with his wand] Reveal your secrets.
[writing appears on the map]
Professor Snape: Read it.
Harry: “Messrs. Mooney, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs, offer their compliments to Professor Snape and… ”
Professor Snape: Go on.
Harry: “… and request that he keep his abnormally large nose out of other people’s business.”

Harry: What’s the holdup?
Ron: Probably Neville’s forgotten the password again.
Neville Longbottom: [behind them] Hey!
Ron: Oh… You’re there…

Professor Lupin: Now repeat after me – without wands please – repeat after me, Riddikulus.
Class: Riddikulus!
Professor Lupin: Very good. A little louder please, and very clearly. Rid-di-kulus.
Class: Riddikulus!
Malfoy: [under his breath] This class is ridiculous.

Malfoy: Ah, come to see the show?
Hermione: [shouts] You! You foul, loathsome, evil little cockroach!
[Hermione raises her wand at Malfoy. He backs against the wall, whimpering]
Ron: Hermione, no! He’s not worth it.
[Hermione lowers her wand and turns away. Malfoy starts laughing, she spins around and socks him in the nose]
Vincent Crabbe: Malfoy! Are you okay? Come on, let’s go!
Malfoy: [running away] Quick! Not a word to anyone! Understood?
Hermione: That felt good.
Ron: Not good, brilliant!

Professor Lupin: The very first time I saw you Harry, I recognized you immediately. Not by your scar, by your eyes. They’re your mother; Lily’s. Yes, I knew her. You mother was there for me at a time when no one else was. Not only was she a singularly gifted witch, she was also an uncommonly kind woman. She had a way of seeing the beauty in others, even, and perhaps most especially, when that person couldn’t see it in themselves. Your father, James, however, had a certain, shall we say, talent for trouble. A talent, rumor has it, he passed onto you. You’re more like them then you know, Harry. In time you’ll come to see just how much.

Percy Weasley: I’m Head Boy!

That ends our journey into the Prizoner Of Azkaban, tomorrow we’ll be reviewing the Goblet Of Fire. Follow my twitter account for more posts and stories or subscribe to this blog via RSS and email. Feel free to comment on your Harry Potter memories and opinions and please share this blog with any Harry Potter fans out there.