• Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Release Date: June 4th, 2004

DVD Release Date: November 23rd, 2004

PG |2 hr 21 min

Plot Summary

Harry Potter's (Daniel Radcliffe) third year at Hogwarts starts off badly when he learns deranged killer Sirius Black (Gary Oldman) has escaped from Azkaban prison and is bent on murdering the teenage wizard. While Hermione's (Emma Watson) cat torments Ron's (Rupert Grint) sickly rat, causing a rift among the trio, a swarm of nasty Dementors is sent to protect the school from Black. A mysterious new teacher helps Harry learn to defend himself, but what is his secret tie to Sirius Black?

Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Gary Oldman, David Thewlis, Michael Gambon, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith

Director: Alfonso Cuarón

Genres: Fantasy, Adventure, Children

Production Co: Heyday Films, Warner Brothers, 1492 Pictures

Keywords: Charming, Suspenseful, Friendship, Mystery, Escape, 2000s

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Michael SragowBaltimore Sun

    The Prisoner of Azkaban is to Harry Potter what that other No. 3, "Goldfinger," was to James Bond: the movie that takes the invention and gamesmanship of the series to a whole new giddy peak. show more

  • 90
    Michael RechtshaffenThe Hollywood Reporter

    A deeper, darker, visually arresting and more emotionally satisfying adaptation of the J.K. Rowling literary phenomenon, achieving the neat trick of remaining faithful to the spirit of the book while at the same time being true to its cinematic self. show more

  • 100
    Susannah GoraPremiere

    Soars gloriously into fluency and magic. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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Awards

Nominated Alexander Korda Award for the Outstanding British Film of the Year
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2005)
Nominated Music (Original Score)
Nominated Visual Effects
Nominated Best Foreign Film
Amandaprisen (2004)
Nominated Achievement in Special Visual Effects
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2005)
Nominated Make Up and Hair
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2005)
Nominated Production Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2005)
Winner Orange Film of the Year
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2005)