Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - Movie Review

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - Movie Review

“Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” introduces quite a few new characters, and no one is disappointed! However, there are some alterations in the cast that we did not see coming — before getting to the gist of the review, one cast member that passed away before the shooting of the third Harry Potter movie, is none other than the beloved Dumbledore actor, Richard Harris.

Although the movie continues with another actor, Michael Gambon, Dumbledore is an integral part of the Harry Potter books. The new cast members include Gary Oldman as Sirius Black, David Thewlis as Remus Lupin, Emma Thompson as Sybil Trelawny, and of course Timothy Spall as Ron’s rat, Peter Pettigrew. 

The movie follows the same theme of the book, which shows how Harry left his uncle Vernon’s and Aunt Petunia’s house and goes to the Leaky Cauldron for the time before his new year at Hogwarts begins.

Throughout the movie he learns that Sirius Black was his father’s best friend and that he is the one who sold them out to the Dark Lord himself and that he has escaped from Azkaban to try and kill him as wello and finish the job.

By the end of the movie, however, with Harry, we find out that it was Ron’s rat, who is actually Peter Pettigrew that sold them out and blamed it on Sirius Black.

One thing that was oddly confusing, but is also the same in the book, is that the Marauder’s Map, the one Fred, and George gave Harry which show where everyone is, only showed Harry Peter Pettigrew’s name.

The real question is, how did Fred and George never see that Pettigrew was always with Ron wherever he went? 

We have great acting from Gary Oldman as Harry’s godfather, as well as a fantastic performance by Emma Thompson as the “crazy” professor Sybil Trelawny. With the original cast members maturing, so did their acting.

Most notably, Daniel Radcliffe’s performance in the first scene when his aunt Marge (Pam Ferris) called his mother a bitch, really gave us a glimpse of the real characteristics of Harry in the books, which are angsty and angry most of the time.

So far, the parts we see from Michael Gambon are not enough to judge whether he is living up to Richard Harris’ Dumbledore, but with more movies to come, we’ll wait and see. 

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