Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter
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Director: Alfonso Cuarón Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Michael Gambon, David Thewlis, Alan Rickman, Gary Oldman, Maggie Smith, Emma Thompson, Robbie Coltrane, Timothy Spall, Julie Christie, Matthew Lewis, Tom Felton, Robert Hardy, Oliver Phelps, James Phelps, Chris Rankin, Julie Walters, Bonnie Wright, Mark Williams, Alfred Enoch, Josh Herdman, Jamie Waylett, Genevieve Gaunt, Sitara Shah, Jennifer Smith, Bronson Webb, Richard Griffiths, Fiona Shaw, Pam Ferris, Harry Melling, Adrian Rawlins, Geraldine Somerville, Lee Ingleby, Jimmy Gardner, Paul Whitehouse

Academy Award Nominations: Best Original Score (John Williams); Best Visual Effects

Did You Know? The role of Dudley Dursley was nearly recast, as Harry Melling had lost a lot of weight. However, it was decided that he would continue to play the part and would just have to wear a fat suit to make him look heavier.

Quotables: DUMBLEDORE: But you know happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, when one only remembers to turn on the light.

A Word from the Guise: This movie came out at the beginning of my insufferable book purist stage. I was furious that Cuarón decided to replace the backstory on the Marauders with a few sweeping scenes of birds flying into the Whomping Willow or bats getting eaten by Buckbeak. I didn’t like that Dumbledore’s beard looked slightly yellow. I didn’t like the way Lupin looked as a werewolf, and I didn’t like how Snape jumped in the way of him to protect Harry, Ron, and Hermione. “He would never have done that!” I thought in irritation.

Later, after reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, I realised that yes, of course, he would have. Snape swore to Dumbledore that he would protect Harry at all costs. And I wonder if Alan Rickman suggested it to the filmmakers, knowing what he did about Snape’s past and his motivation. I really enjoy the film much more now that I’m no longer a purist.