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Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban [2004] [DVD]

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Harry Potter reunion: When director Alfonso Cuaron assigned the cast homework and Emma Watson outshone Daniel Radcliffe". He explained, "What I really wanted to do was to make Hogwarts more contemporary and a little more naturalistic. I love the great additions to the cast, the new director and his stylistic choices, and how the maturing subject matter is handled.

Secrets from the past haunt Harry as he struggles to separate truth from fiction regarding the death of his parents, James and Lily Potter.The scale model of the Hogwarts exterior designed for the first film was expanded by around 40% for Prisoner of Azkaban.

When Harry and Hermione are alone in the Forbidden Forest, you half expect Harry to rip Hermione's clothes off and make love to her (their lovemaking would probably be spoiled by the arrival of either the Lupin wolf or the Dementors). On his thirteenth birthday, Vernon's visiting sister Marge viciously insults Harry and his parents, and an angry Harry causes her to inflate and float away.

Sorcerer's Stone and Chamber of Secrets were released in December 2009 and Prisoner of Azkaban and Goblet of Fire (review coming next week) were released in October 2010. Little did I realise that without the benefit of the extra detail at the top and bottom of the picture, NEITHER Harry NOR Hedwig would fit onto the screen. Harry, after leaving the infirmary, is caught trying to visit Hogsmeade by Fred and George, who give him the Marauder's Map. This is just one shot from a sequence of wide shots of the Dursleys' dining table and kitchen, intercut with close-ups of Harry and mid-shots of the Dursleys.

My issue is this: if it is considered important that all the people who worked on the movie get the recognition they rightly deserve (and which I certainly don't begrudge them), why does the movie industry allow their work to be decimated and degraded the way this movie does?

The casting of Gambon isn't universally loved by all Potter fans but I think his portrayal of Dumbledore is more energetic and lively than what Richard Harris was capable of in his later years. Cuarón, however, retained John Williams, for whom it would be the third and final movie he scored in the series. Timothy Spall and Emma Thompson also join the cast and while their screen time is limited they make the most of it. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. If it's not broke, don't fix it" should be a term that the folks at Warner Brothers Home Video should learn.

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