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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

  • 2004
  • PG
  • 141min
  • 91%
  • 7.9 / 10

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban enter at Harry Potter's third year at Hogwarts School of Wizardry. Potter comes to learn that the evil Sirius Black has escaped from the prison of Azkaban and is out to get him. Potter finds a new teacher who appears to send to help Potter, but can he be trusted?

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The third film in the Harry Potter franchise introduces audiences to Azkaban, the isolated prison on an island for the wizarding world’s criminals, guarded by monstrous Dementors who suck the happiness out of anyone they come across. However, this dark and glum place was not originally built as a prison. In the 15th century, it was first inhabited by an evil wizard known as Ekrizdis. He had concealed the fortress and during which he committed torture and murder onto Muggle sailors. On his death, the charm lifted and the Ministry of Magic was able to discover the island. The Dementors were already housed inside Azkaban, initially left alone when it was first discovered. It was during the appointment of on Damocles Rowle who was angry on the imposition of wizards being driven underground for fear of being discovered, that he chose Azkaban to house incarcerated witches and wizards. Azkaban prides itself for having no known escapees, except for Barty Crouch Jr. who had lured his parents into his cell and walked out, since the Dementors have no sense of facial familiarity. The second escapee is Sirius Black, who was able to survive his time by keeping to his canine Animagus form.

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is the third film in the Harry Potter series and was released in 2004. The movie is based on J.K. Rowling's novel released in 1999 with the same name. The film was directed by Alfonso Cuarón, an award-winning director who transitioned the franchise into a more serious direction. It was written by Steve Kloves and produced by Chris Columbus, David Heyman, and Mark Radcliffe. This film is the sequel to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and is followed by Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. It earned 2 Academy Awards for Best Original Music Score and Best Visual Effects at the 77th Academy Awards in 2004. The worldwide box office sales were $796.7 million which made it the 2nd highest grossing film of that year. Many fans and critics cite it as the best Potter film ever.