Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

This is a more mature version of Harry Potter and the actors are older now too.  There is less humor and a lot more serious action and intrigue.  It is a much darker movie than before and I noticed that there seemed to be fewer children in the audience than when I saw the previous two films.

Some say that this is the best Harry Potter ever, but I think that it stacks up as equal to the others.

The focus of the film is on the escape of Sirius Black from Azkaban, the infamous wizard prison, and his apparent desire to murder Harry Potter.  So, once again, Harry's life is in danger.  Time travel plays a large role in the plot, so it is even harder to follow than the previous two episodes.

I am glad that Hermione and Ron Weasley are still strongly represented in the film.  It would be a shame if they had faded out of the picture.

Harry is still dealing with the loss of his parents and in particular, his father.  At one point in movie he thinks that his father has saved his life, but it turns out that Harry actually saved his own life.  This shows Harry moving out of the shadow of his father and becoming an important, powerful person in his own right.

All in all, it is a great movie with lots of action.  The 141 minutes fly by.  I highly recomend this movie.
                     - Reviewed by: Paul G.

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