icon Film Profile: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - (2004)
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  • Director: Alfonso Cuaron
  • Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Family
  • Studio: Unspecified
  • Widescreen | Duration: 145 Mins

The franchise holders took a real risk by handing this third Harry Potter film to a Mexican director who's best known for the smart, sexy but low-budget road movie Y Tu Mamá También and, more telling, the Oscar-nominated A Little Princess. But the decision has paid dividends. Alfonso Cuarón brings a darker, edgier, scarier feel to this instalment, which has boy wizard Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) contending not only with Gary Oldman's escaped convict, but also with the difficulties of becoming a teenager. But there's still plenty of fun to be had, with ghosts, ghouls and gadgets galore, the most striking gizmo being a shape-shifting triple-decker bus that, were it real, would solve London's traffic congestion at a stroke. David Thewlis, Emma Thompson and Timothy Spall join the list of cameoing celebrities, while the young leads are all growing into their roles. The film has the odd dull patch, and there are scenes weighed down by too much plot, but, by and large, this adventure is on a par with its predecessors, and, in many respects, is even better. Potter fans will not be disappointed.
Cast List:
Harry Potter : Daniel Radcliffe
Ron Weasley : Rupert Grint
Hermione Granger : Emma Watson
Prof Albus Dumbledore : Michael Gambon
Prof Minerva McGonagall : Maggie Smith
Rubeus Hagrid : Robbie Coltrane
Prof Severus Snape : Alan Rickman
Prof Lupin : David Thewlis
Prof Sybill Trelawney : Emma Thompson
Sirius Black : Gary Oldman
Mrs Molly Weasley : Julie Walters
Mr Arthur Weasley : Mark Williams
James Potter : Adrian Rawlins
Lily Potter : Geraldine Somerville
Uncle Vernon : Richard Griffiths
Aunt Marge : Pam Ferris
Aunt Petunia : Fiona Shaw
Argus Filch : David Bradley (2)
Fat lady in painting : Dawn French
Draco Malfoy : Tom Felton
Madame Rosmerta : Julie Christie
Cornelius Fudge : Robert Hardy
Peter Pettigrew : Timothy Spall
Sir Cadogan : Paul Whitehouse
Shrunken head : Lenny Henry

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