Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

2004

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

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Under the assured direction of Alfonso Cuaron, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban triumphantly strikes a delicate balance between technical wizardry and complex storytelling.

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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, Rovi

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Cast

Daniel Radcliffe
as Harry Potter
Emma Watson
as Hermione Granger
Rupert Grint
as Ron Weasley
David Thewlis
as Prof. Remus Lupin
Gary Oldman
as Sirius Black
Alan Rickman
as Severus Snape
Maggie Smith
as Minerva McGonagall
Michael Gambon
as Albus Dumbledore
Pam Ferris
as Aunt Marge Dursley
Tom Felton
as Draco Malfoy
Emma Thompson
as Professor Sybil Trelawney
Julie Walters
as Mrs. Molly Weasley
David Bradley
as Argus Filch
Robbie Coltrane
as Rubeus Hagrid
Timothy Spall
as Peter Pettigrew
Julie Christie
as Madame Rosmerta
Paul Whitehouse
as Sir Cadogan
Richard Griffiths
as Uncle Vernon Dursley
Robert Hardy
as Cornelius Fudge
John Cleese
as Nearly Headless Nick
Fiona Shaw
as Petunia Dursley
Alfie Enoch
as Dean Thomas
Mark Williams
as Mr. Arthur Weasley
Harry Melling
as Dudley Dursley
Adrian Rawlins
as James Potter
Lee Ingleby
as Stan Shunpike
Lenny Henry
as Shrunken Head
Jimmy Gardner
as Ernie the Bus Driver
Jim Tavare
as Tom the Innkeeper
Kathrin Nicholson
as Pansy Parkinson
Abby Ford
as Young Witch Maid
Oliver Phelps
as George Weasley
James Phelps
as Fred Weasley
Chris Rankin
as Percy Weasley
Bonnie Wright
as Ginny Weasley
Devon Murray
as Seamus Finnegan
Warwick Davis
as Filius Flitwick
Matthew Lewis
as Neville Longbottom
Sitara Shah
as Parvati Patel
Jennifer Smith
as Lavender Brown
Joshua Herdman
as Gregory Goyle
Genevieve Gaunt
as Pansy Parkinson
Alfred Enoch
as Dean Thomas
Dawn French
as Fat Lady in Painting
Annalisa Bugliani
as Mother in Portrait
Tess Bu Cuaron
as Baby in Portrait
Ekow Quartey
as Boy No. 1
Kandice Morris
as Girl No. 1
Rick Sahota
as Boy No. 2
Jamie Waylett
as Vincent Crabbe
Bronson Webb
as Slytherin Boy
Sharon Sandhu
as Girl No. 2
Danielle Tabor
as Angelina Johnson
Violet Columbus
as Girl With Flowers
Freddie Davis
as Old Man in Portrait
Peter Best
as The Executioner
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