Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
In his third year at Hogwart's, Harry faces extreme danger yet again when Voldemort sympathizer Sirius Black escapes from prison to hunt down Harry. In a bid for help, Harry turns to sympathetic Professor Lupin -- but will it be enough?
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- Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Robbie Coltrane, Gary Oldman, Michael Gambon, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, David Thewlis, Emma Thompson, Richard Griffiths, Harry Melling, Fiona Shaw, Tom Felton, Timothy Spall, Mark Williams, Bonnie Wright, David Bradley, Julie Christie, Warwick Davis, Dawn French, Robert Hardy, Lee Ingleby, Matthew Lewis, Paul Whitehouse, Julie Walters, Chris Rankin, Oliver Phelps, James Phelps, Miriam Margolyes
- Alfonso Cuarón
- This movie is
- DVD and Blu-ray
- 2005 BAFTA®
- Best British Film nominee
- 2005 Academy Award®
- Best Visual Effects nominee
- Best Music Score nominee
PGFrightening moments, creature violence and mild language
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1Subtitles
English, Spanish (Neutral), FrenchClosed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access.
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.40:1, Widescreen 1.78:1Subtitles
English, English SDH, French, Spanish (Neutral), Catalan, Chinese Simplified, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Flemish, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, SwedishClosed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
English: PCM Surround, English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1, Catalan: Dolby Digital 5.1, Danish: Dolby Digital 5.1, Dutch: Dolby Digital 5.1, Flemish: Dolby Digital 5.1, German: Dolby Digital 5.1, Italian: Dolby Digital 5.1, Japanese: Dolby Digital 5.1, Swedish: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; deleted scenes; trailer; director's commentary; cast and crew interviews; additional featurettes.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this third movie in the fantastic Harry Potter series is growing up with the Hogwarts crew; the themes are darker, the peril is more intense, and the images of some magical creatures are grotesque and Halloween-ish. For most of the school year, Harry believes he is marked for death and stalked by an escaped prisoner. He also battles a creature of kids' worst nightmares: the Dementors are black-robed floating beings that suck out happiness and feed on your worst fears, which is why Harry hears the sound of his mother's last scream when he sees them. While this can be tough for young and sensitive viewers, the bright spot is the Boggart lesson in Defense Against the Dark Arts. Boggarts can turn into what a person fears most, but the kids learn to yell "Ridiculous!" and turn it into something to laugh at.
- Sexual Content
- Some mild flirtations between Ron and Hermione.
- Scary images for a PG-rated film. Children are in peril, often at the hands of magical creatures: Dementors (black-robed floating beings that suck the happiness out of people) attack Harry and others, making Harry hear the sound of his mother dying as he passes out; they almost administer "the kiss of death," extracting a character's soul through his mouth. A hippogriff (eagle-horse mix) is provoked and strikes a student; the same creature is executed by a hatchet (heard, not shown). A boggart in a class demonstration changes shape to match what students are most afraid of (and kids learn to fight their fears with laughter). A large dog breaks Ron's leg. Adult characters threaten to kill another. A werewolf chases Harry and Hermione. Harry believes he is marked for death and stalked by a murderer most of the school year.
- A few "bloody hells" and a "damn."
- Social Behavior
- Conquering fear is a huge theme here. Friendship, love, bravery, and loyalty are always major themes in the series. So is the idea of making good choices.
- While the candy mentioned wasn't originally real, it is now: Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans, Chocolate Frogs, Jelly Slugs, and more. And then there are the action figures, Lego playsets, wands, Band Aids... you name it.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Butterbeer is introduced (a magical-world drink with a pinch of alcohol) and the kids go to a pub in Hogsmeade.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it