HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Writer(s): J.K. Rowling (novel), Steve Kloves (screenplay)
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint
The film stars Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, alongside Rupert Grint and Emma Watson as Harry’s best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. It also features well-known actors in supporting roles, including Gary Oldman, David Thewlis, Michael Gambon (in his debut in the role of Albus Dumbledore), Emma Thompson and Timothy Spall. It is the sequel to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and is followed by Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
The film was released on 31 May 2004 in the United Kingdom and on 4 June 2004 in North America, as the first Harry Potter film released into IMAX theatres and to be using IMAX Technology. It is also the last Harry Potter film to be released on VHS. The film was nominated for two Academy Awards, Best Original Music Score and Best Visual Effects at the 77th Academy Awards in 2005.
Prisoner of Azkaban grossed a total of $796.7 million worldwide, making it the second highest grossing film of 2004 and received widespread critical acclaim, with particular praise for Cuarón’s direction and the performances of the lead actors. It marked a notable change in the film series’ tone and direction and is considered by many critics and fans to be the best Harry Potter film.
“Not only is this dazzler by far the best and most thrilling of the three Harry Potter movies to date, it’s a film that can stand on its own even if you never heard of author J.K. Rowling and her young wizard hero.” -Peter Travers, Rolling Stone