Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Warner Bros. Released 2004




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Alfonso Cuarón

Harry, Ron, and Hermione deal with escaped convict Sirius Black. Black, a supporter of Voldemort, escapes from the Azkaban prison and is now on the loose, trying to hunt down Harry. The staff stations devilish creatures called Dementors at the gates of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, but their ability to draw people's souls from their bodies make them as much a danger as a help. Meanwhile, Harry and his friends, now teenagers, are learning the Defense Against the Dark Arts from the new professor, Remus Lupin. Lupin coaches Harry on how to deal with Dementors.


Metacritic Score

  • 80

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    This film may disappoint some dogmatic Old Hogwartsians: a few plot points have been sacrificed, and Mr. Cuarón does not seem to care much for Quidditch. But it more than compensa...

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Azkaban breaks free of all these shackles in its final hour. Working with the persuasive Thewlis and Oldman, able to focus his gifts on what's distinctive, dramatic and surprising ...

  • 70


    Visually dazzling and considerably darker than the prior incarnations, the story suffers from a slightly disjointed feel that will prove less accessible to those not intimately fam...

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Marge: Where did you send the boy, Vernon?
      Vernon: St. Brutus's. It's a fine institution for hopeless cases.
      Marge: Do they use a cane at St. Brutus's, boy.
      Harry: Oh, yeah. Yeah, I've been beaten loads of times.
      Marge: Excellent. I won't have this namby-pamby wishy-washy nonsense about not beating people who deserve it.

    • Stan: Whereabouts are you headed?
      Harry: The Leaky Cauldron. That's in London.
      Stan: Do you hear that, Ern? "The Leaky Cauldron. That's in London." [laughs]
      Shrunken Head: The Leaky Cauldron. Hey, if you have the pea soup make sure you eat it before it eats you. [laughs maniacally]

    • Seamus: He's been sighted, he's been sighted. (places newspaper on the table)
      Ron: Who?
      Seamus: Sirius Black.
      Hermione: Dufftown. That's not far from here.
      Neville: You don't think he'd come to Hogwarts, do you?
      Boy #2: With dementors at every entrance?
      Seamus: Dementors? He's already slipped passed them once, hasn't he? Who's to say he won't do it again.
      Boy #1: That's right. Black could be anywhere. It's like trying to catch smoke. Like trying to catch smoke with your bare hands.

    • Hermione: An Animagus is a wizard who elects to turn into an animal. A werewolf has no choice. With each full moon, when he transforms he no longer remembers who he is. He'd kill his best friend if he crossed his path. Furthermore, the werewolf only responds to the call of its own kind.

    • Trelawney: My dear, from the first moment you stepped foot in my class I sensed that you did not possess the proper spirit for the noble art of Divination. (points to a line on Hermione's palm) No, you see, there. You may be young in years but the heart that beats beneath your bosom is as shrivelled as an old maid's, your soul as dry as the pages of the books to which you so desperately cleave. (Hermione storms off) Did I do Something?

    • Sirius: Pettigrew's alive! (points at Ron, holding his rat) And he's right there!
      Ron: Me?! He's mental!
      Sirius: Not you! You're rat!
      Ron: Scabbers has been in my family for--
      Sirius: Twelve years? Curiously long life for a common garden rat! He's missing a toe, isn't he?
      Ron: So what?
      Harry: All they could find of Pettigrew was his f--
      Sirius: Finger!

  • NOTES (7)

    • Production Budget - $130,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $249,541,069 (6th)
      Worldwide Gross - $796,688,549 (2nd)

      Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $327,899,376
      Worldwide Adjusted for 2013 - $1,046,856,451

    • Other Production Companies:
      Heyday Films
      1492 Pictures

    • Filmed with a 2.35:1 ratio.

    • Taglines:
      1. Something wicked this way comes.
      2. Have you seen this wizard? Approach with extreme caution! Do not attempt to use magic. against this man!
      3. Everything will change.
      4. The time has come.
      5. Cast Your Spell In IMAX.
      6. Mysteries will unfold.
      7. Secrets will be revealed.
      8. Character will be tested.
      9. Darkness will descend.

    • Academy Awards Nominations:
      1. Visual Effects
      2. Original Score

      BAFTA Nominations:
      1. Alexander Korda Award
      2. Production Design
      3. Special Effects
      4. Hair/Makeup

      Grammy Nominations:
      1. Soundtrack

    • Music:
      A Winter's Spell
      Music by John Williams
      Lyrics by Cynthia Weil and Jamie Richardson
      La Cumparsita
      Written by Gerardo Matos Rodríguez
      Performed by Alfred House Orchestra
      Double Trouble
      Lyrics by William Shakespeare
      Music by John Williams
      Performed by 'The London Oratory School Schola'

    • Filming locations include:
      Borough, London, England
      Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England
      Watford, Hertfordshire, England
      Glen Coe, Highland, Scotland
      Fort William, Highland, Scotland
      Glenfinnan, Highland, Scotland
      Palmers Green, London, England
      Leavesden Studios, Leavesden, Hertfordshire, England
      Loch Shiel, Highland, Scotland
      London, England
      Oxford, Oxfordshire, England
      Shepperton Studios, Shepperton, Surrey, England,
      Ludgate Hill, London, England,
      Surrey, England


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