Kim’s Entertainment Blog

June 25, 2009

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

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This is one of a series of posts counting down to the release of the newest Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince on July 15th.  I was inspired by the Movie Moxie to participate in this countdown.  To read her review of The Prisoner of Azkaban, click here.

This movie definitely takes the Harry Potter series to a whole new level!  Definitely at the top of a lot of people’s “best of Harry Potter” lists, the film introduces us to a new Dumbledore, played by Michael Gambon, a new director, Alfonso Cuaron (Y tu mama tambien), and the resulting darker and edgier tone of the overall series.

To be honest, when I rewatched this movie, I was preparing to find fault with it.  Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed this movie immensely when I saw it in theatres, but I often felt that it wasn’t really deserving to top the list of best Harry Potter movies.  I’m not really sure why.  I couldn’t find fault with it this time around, and actually think it’s gone up in my estimation! 

The main characters, now 13 years old, are definitely developing their own individual personalities, and at the same time, their friendship is strengthening and deepening.  There are definite romantic undertones now in the relationship between Ron and Hermione.  All three characters are exploring their growing magical talents and new freedoms.

In this movie, we are once again allowed to glimpse a greater scope of the magical world that Harry and the gang reside in.  We get to see Hogsmeade, ride on the Knight Bus with Harry, learn about werewolves, see new areas of the school, and meet new characters like the whacky Professor Trelawney (portrayed brilliantly by Emma Thompson), the misfit Remus Lupin (brought to life by David Thewlis), and the insane Sirius Black (played by the amazing Gary Oldman, who clearly enjoyed his role immensely).

This movie never fails to capture interest and highten the suspense.  The quality of filmmaking has not suffered at all with the introduction of the new director and new Professor Dumbledore.  As has become the pattern for the Harry Potter movies, the whole movie is creepier and darker in tone than the previous movie.  The subject matter is becoming more mature, and the villains harder to deal with.  Harry and his friends continue to put themselves in serious danger in order to save the day.  By following this pattern, the series is able to attract and keep new viewers, which is vital given that there are a total of seven books to make into films! 

All in all, I enjoyed revisiting The Prisoner of Azkaban.  I would definitely recommend it to others, and hope that if you get the chance, you watch it too!

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