Harry Potter : Year Three - The Prisoner of Azkaban - It's Harry's third year at Hogwarts; and not only does he have a new "Defence Against the Dark Arts" teacher, but he is about to face some personal issues as there is also trouble brewing. News gets out that convicted cold hearted murderer Sirius Black has escaped the Wizards' Prison Azkaban and is coming after Harry to kill him.
Welcome to today's review of 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban' a story that tells the dark secret truth of the identity of Harry Potter's Godfather.
The film was released back in 2004, Harry is now thirteen years old, and approaching his third year at Hogwarts. After the events that took place in 'The Chamber of Secrets' the dangers that now await Harry and his friends, get more dangerous and life threatening year by year. This time Harry is threatened when he hears news that murderer Serious Black has escaped from wizard prison 'Azkaban'. With a motivation to find Harry and kill him.
Harry Potter is having a tough time with his relatives yet again. He vacates from the Dursley House, after he uses magic to inflate Uncle Vernon's sister Marge
who was being offencive and disrespectful towards Harry's parents.
Initially nervous about
using magic outside the school, he is pleasantly surprised to hear that he won't
be penalised after for his act after all. However, he soon learns that a deadly and extremely dangerous
criminal and Voldemort's trusted aide Sirius Black has escaped from the
Azkaban prison and wants to kill Harry to avenge the Dark Lord.
worsen the situation for Harry, vile creatures called Dementors are
appointed to guard Hogwarts and inexplicably happen to have the
most horrible effect on him.
Little does Harry know that by the end of
this third year, many holes in his past - whatever he knows of it, will be
filled up and he will have a clearer vision of what the future has in
The events that take place in 'Prisoner of Azkaban' are a lot more darker and sinister, the Dementors are chilling and very scary. There a monster with a lot of style, they don't chase their victims they approach them really slowly, and you know your in trouble when everything goes cold.
For example, the sequence on the train where we first meet a Dementor is very chilling, everything going cold in the room, it's dark, a unknown creature is learking around, that is very scary.
Again, like in the previous two Potter movies, Azkaban has some incredible effects and moments. One moment inperticular is Buckbeak - The Hypergriff, a griffin hours like creature with huge wings. It looks incredibly impressive the CGI on it, is very authentic and life like. The Dementors are also a great creation, with their sinister mannerisms and the way they approach really slowly.
I also thought the effects with the time turner was cool, and how things co-elect and tie in with key bits in the plot that was all cleverly done and put together and in every aspect was great.
'Prisoner of Azkaban' introduces three important characters: R.J Lupin, Peter Petegrew and Serious Black. It is also the first film to feature Michael Gambon as Dumbledore, since Richard Harris passed away. Michael Gambon of course was a great replacement who doesn't copy Richard Harris but makes the character of Dumbledore his own, which I like.
In all honesty I really like 'Prisoner of Azkaban' - The story is more darker than the previous two, more sinister and nerve racking which sets the audience on edge, and really gets them interested in the plot which is great.
I'll give it 8/10
Thank you for reading this review
TOMORROW: I continue with my Harry Potter reviews with 'The Goblet of Fire'