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Issue: 2004

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) movie review

Dark Guardians


As Harry Potter prepares to start his third year at Hogwarts he learns that one of his parent's friends -- the man who betrayed them -- has escaped from the dark Azkaban prison. The dread dementors who guard the prison are searching the wizarding world, and surround Hogwarts causing Harry some terrible moments because their kiss can steal one's soul.

Harry and his friends have more spells to learn, more struggles with Malfoy, and more fun with Hagrid. They have a new enemy to face, and a new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher: Professor Lupin.

Will Harry exact his revenge from his evil godfather? Or is there more to the story.

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Movie poster, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Something wicked this way comes.

Darker than the two previous episodes, this latest film in the Harry Potter franchise has a mixture of school chum frolics and magical creatures with a solid amount of characterisation to keep us interested in the characters.

Lovely to look at, well-paced and fun to watch.

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by Ali Kayn
Due for Australian release 10 June 2004
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Title: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
Written by: J.K. Rowling (novel); Steve Kloves (screenplay)
Directed by: Alfonso Cuar?n
Running time: 141 mins
Rating: PG

The Players: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Julie Walters, Richard Griffiths, Pam Ferris, Fiona Shaw, Alan Rickman, Lenny Henry, Gary Oldman, David Thewlis, Michael Gambon, Maggie Smith, Robbie Coltrane, Dawn French, Emma Thompson, Julie Christie,

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