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Film REVIEW: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - ★★★★★

Updated: Jan 17, 2023


#20 - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban


Director: Alfonso Cuaron

Writer: Steve Kloves - based on Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Robbie Coltrane, Michael Gambon, Richard Griffiths, Gary Oldman, Alan Rickman, Fiona Shaw, Maggie Smith, Timothy Spall, David Thewlis, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters.


Harry Potter, Ron and Hermione return to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for their third year of study, where they delve into the mystery surrounding an escaped prisoner who poses a dangerous threat to the young wizard.


The sequel to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) and the third instalment in the Harry Potter film series.

The film received praise for Cuarón's direction and the lead actors' performances. The film is credited for marking a notable change in the franchise's tone and directorial style, and is often considered by critics and fans alike to be one of the best Harry Potter films.


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'This is the Harry Potter film that really stands alone in terms of how it looks and it's style but it doesn't jar with the franchise in anyway. It still stays loyal to the source whilst maintaining it's own unique offbeat quality. This is thanks to the excellent work of director Alfonso Cuaron who really leaves his stamp on the film.

Meanwhile the three lead actors have really upped their game here and they are supported as always by an excellent supporting cast joined this time with memorable work by Emma Thompson, David Thewlis, Michael Gambon (taking over as Dumbledore) and the brilliant Gary Oldman - fantastic as Sirius Black.

The story is fantastic, werewolves, time travel and Dementors! Brilliant! Maybe the best book in the HP series, and the best film!'


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  1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011) - #19 - ★★★★★

  2. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) - #24 - ★★★★★

  3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010) - #25 - ★★★★★

  4. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) - #61 - ★★★★

  5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) - #62 - ★★★★

  6. The King's Speech (2010) - #133 - ★★★★

  7. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) - #252 - ★★★


Check out Emma Thompson as a much nastier teacher in the awesome Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical. The whole of the Harry Potter series is fantastic and always worth a re-watch. Meanwhile another J.K. Rowling adaptation came along with the Fantastic Beasts series.

Harry Potter regulars Michael Gambon (Dumbledore), Timothy Spall (Peter Pettigrew) and Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix LeStrange), all appear and give fantastic performances in the period drama The King's Speech.



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