Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) Review

Third year brings yet another defence against the dark arts teacher and Sirius Black has escaped from Azkaban . . .

Don’t ever expect Harry, Ron and Hermione to have a quiet year at Hogwarts as that is just not possible at all. Lots of mystery surrounds Sirius Black who has escaped from Azkaban, as everyone seem to think that he is after Harry. We soon find out that Sirius was Harry’s godfather and best friend of James Potter from when they met at Hogwarts.

Another Hogwarts year also means a new defence against the dark arts teacher, this time in the form of Remus Lupin, who went to school with and was best friends with James and Sirius. He has a secret of his own, something that is hinted at and mentioned throughout the film. Therefore not a big surprise really when we find out the truth.

We see the friendship of our trio getting stronger with all of the different tasks that they must face together. However Harry has quite a bad summer which involves blowing his Aunt Marge up after she pushes his temper too far. This leads to him leaving Privet Drive earlier than usual finding himself on the Knight Bus.

This film is a lot darker than the first two, a new director but also how the story is beginning to change taking a turn for the darker side of it all. This is only the start of how dark it is all going to get. Such a good all round film, with plenty of twists and turns throughout. You can never be too sure of what is coming next and it’s not always easy to decide who or what to trust. This creates brilliant tension and awkward moments throughout the film, keeping the audience on the edge of our seats throughout. It begins quite bright and happy like the previous two films, but that does not last long when a dementor hits on the Hogwarts express.

I remember this being the first Potter film that I really liked (although I appreciate the first one a lot more now) mainly due to the change in it being rather dark and having such brilliant turns. We are never sure who is good and who is bad right up until the very end.

A very good way to change how we view the franchise and a little sneak peek of the darkness which will come in the future.

3 thoughts on “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) Review

  1. I think this is probably the best film. It’s just so easy and the actors are in top form, Grint is especially. And, I’m a Ron fanatic so that makes me happy 🙂


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