Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film)

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Prisoner of azkaban UK poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAlfonso Cuarón
Screenplay bySteve Kloves
Based onHarry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
by J. K. Rowling
Produced by
Starring
CinematographyMichael Seresin
Edited bySteven Weisberg
Music byJohn Williams
Production
companies
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures[1]
Release dates
  • 23 May 2004 (2004-05-23) (Radio City Music Hall)
  • 31 May 2004 (2004-05-31) (United Kingdom)
  • 4 June 2004 (2004-06-04) (United States)
Running time
142 minutes[2]
Countries
  • United Kingdom
  • United States[3]
LanguageEnglish
Budget$130 million[4]
Box office$797.5 million[4]

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is a 2004 fantasy film directed by Alfonso Cuarón and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, based on J. K. Rowling's 1999 novel of the same name. The film was written by Steve Kloves, and produced by Chris Columbus and David Heyman. It is the sequel to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) and the third instalment in the Harry Potter film series. It stars Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, alongside Rupert Grint and Emma Watson as Harry's best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger respectively. The film follows Harry's third year at Hogwarts and his quest to uncover the truth about his past, including the connection recently-escaped Azkaban prisoner Sirius Black has to Harry and his late parents.

With Prisoner of Azkaban, production of the Harry Potter films switched to an eighteen-month cycle. Cuarón was selected as director from a list that included Callie Khouri and Kenneth Branagh. The cast of previous instalments returned for the film, with the additions of Gary Oldman, David Thewlis, and Emma Thompson, among others. It was the first appearance of Michael Gambon as Professor Albus Dumbledore, due to Richard Harris's death in 2002. Principal photography began in February 2003 at Leavesden Film Studios. It was the first in the series to extensively use real-life locations, with sets built in Scotland and scenes shot in London. Filming concluded in November 2003.

The film was released on 31 May 2004 in the United Kingdom, and on 4 June 2004 in North America. It was the first Harry Potter film using IMAX Technology and released into IMAX theatres. Prisoner of Azkaban grossed a total of $797.5 million worldwide, making it the second-highest-grossing film of 2004. The film received praise for Cuarón's direction and the lead actors' performances. It is credited for marking a notable change in the franchise's tone and directorial style, and is often considered by critics and fans alike to be the best Harry Potter film. It was nominated for two Academy Awards, Best Original Music Score and Best Visual Effects, at the 77th Academy Awards in 2004. It was followed by Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in 2005.

Plot[edit]

After his second year at Hogwarts, Harry Potter spends another dissatisfying summer with the Dursleys. On his thirteenth birthday, Vernon's visiting sister Marge viciously insults Harry and his parents, and an angry Harry causes her to inflate and float away. Expecting to be expelled for using magic outside school, Harry flees with his belongings.

The Knight Bus takes Harry to the Leaky Cauldron, where Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge assures Harry that he will not be punished. Reuniting with his best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, Harry learns that Sirius Black, a convicted supporter of Lord Voldemort, has escaped Azkaban Prison and intends to kill him. During the journey to Hogwarts, the Hogwarts Express is boarded by Dementors, ghostly prison guards searching for Black. One enters Harry's compartment, causing him to faint, but new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher Remus Lupin repels it with a Patronus Charm. At Hogwarts, Headmaster Albus Dumbledore announces that Dementors will patrol the school until Black is captured.

Rubeus Hagrid is appointed Care of Magical Creatures teacher, but his first class goes awry when Draco Malfoy provokes a Hippogriff named Buckbeak into attacking him, and his father, Lucius, has Buckbeak sentenced to death. Returning to Gryffindor Tower, the students find the Fat Lady's portrait has been attacked, and the terrified Fat Lady warns Dumbledore that Black entered the castle. During a stormy Quidditch match, Dementors cause Harry to fall off his broomstick, which is destroyed by the Whomping Willow. He is caught trying to visit Hogsmeade by Fred and George, who give him The Marauder's Map.

Using the map, Harry sneaks into Hogsmeade and learns that Black is his godfather, but divulged the Potters' whereabouts to Voldemort and murdered their mutual friend Peter Pettigrew. Determined to ward off the Dementors, Harry convinces Lupin to teach him the Patronus Charm. After Divination class, he witnesses Professor Trelawney enter a trance and prophesise that the Dark Lord will return. Watching Buckbeak's execution, Ron's pet rat Scabbers bites him and escapes, but a large black dog drags them both into a hole at the base of the Whomping Willow. This leads the trio through an underground passage into the Shrieking Shack, where the dog is revealed to be Black, an Animagus who can transform into an animal.

Lupin appears, embracing Black as an old friend before revealing himself to be a werewolf. Snape arrives to apprehend Black, but is knocked out by Harry’s Disarming spell. Lupin and Black reveal that Scabbers is actually the Animagus form of Pettigrew, who faked his death and framed Black for his own crimes. Turning Pettigrew back into human form, the group heads back to the castle, but the full moon causes Lupin to transform and Pettigrew escapes. As Black fights off Lupin in their animal forms, Dementors attack Black and Harry, but an unseen figure casts a powerful Patronus. Harry falls unconscious, awakening in the infirmary with Dumbledore and Hermione.

Learning that Black has been captured and sentenced to the Dementor's Kiss, Harry and Hermione act on Dumbledore's advice and use Hermione’s Time-Turner, which she was given to attend several classes at once, to go three hours back in time. They see themselves reliving the night's events, and set Buckbeak free from execution. Spotting the past Harry and Black being attacked by Dementors, Harry rescues them using a Patronus charm and realizes he was the unseen figure who saved them earlier. He and Hermione free Black, who flies away on Buckbeak, still a fugitive without proof of his innocence. Harry and Hermione return to the infirmary, rejoining their own timeline.

Exposed as a werewolf, Lupin resigns from teaching and returns the Marauder's Map to Harry. Black sends Harry a Firebolt broomstick, which he happily takes on a ride.

Cast[edit]

Several actors from the previous film reprise their roles in Prisoner of Azkaban. Harry Melling appears as Dudley Dursley, Harry's cousin.[21] James and Oliver Phelps play Fred and George Weasley, Ron's twin brothers;[22] Chris Rankin appears as Percy Weasley, Ron's other brother and a Hogwarts head boy;[23] and Bonnie Wright portrays their sister Ginny,[24] while Mark Williams plays their father, Arthur Weasley.[25] Tom Felton portrays Draco Malfoy, Harry's rival in Slytherin,[26] while Jamie Waylett and Josh Herdman appear as Crabbe and Goyle, Draco's minions.[27][28] Matthew Lewis and Devon Murray play Neville Longbottom and Seamus Finnigan respectively, two Gryffindor students in Harry's year.[29][30] David Bradley appears as Argus Filch, Hogwarts' caretaker,[25] while Robert Hardy portrays Cornelius Fudge, the Minister for Magic.[31]

Pam Ferris portrays Aunt Marge, Vernon's sister;[32] Lee Ingleby plays Stan Shunpike, conductor of the Knight Bus;[33] and Jim Tavaré appears as Tom, innkeeper of The Leaky Cauldron, replacing Derek Deadman from the first film.[34] Dawn French plays the Fat Lady, a painting at Hogwarts,[35] replacing Elizabeth Spriggs from the first film.[36] Julie Christie appears as Madam Rosmerta, the barmaid at the Three Broomsticks.[37] Warwick Davis appears as the conductor of the Hogwarts choir. The role was offered to him by producer David Heyman due to Filius Flitwick, Davis' original role, being absent from the script. The change in appearance for the new character later became Flitwick's look for the rest of the series.[38]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

With the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, production of the Harry Potter films switched to an eighteen-month cycle, which producer David Heyman explained was "to give each [film] the time it required."[9] Chris Columbus, the director of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001) and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), decided not to return to helm the third instalment as he wanted to spend more time with his children.[39] Even so, Columbus remained on as a producer alongside Heyman, as Columbus felt that such capacity offered him a better work-life balance, allowing him to not be present on the set all the time and spend time with his children.[40][41] Guillermo del Toro was approached to direct, but had envisioned a more Dickensian version of the stories, and was put off by the first two films which he found too "bright and happy and full of light".[42] Marc Forster turned down the film because he had made Finding Neverland (2004) and did not want to direct child actors again.[43] M. Night Shyamalan was considered to direct but turned it down because he was working on his own film, The Village (2004).[44] Warner Bros. then composed a three-name shortlist for Columbus's replacement, which consisted of Callie Khouri, Kenneth Branagh (who played Gilderoy Lockhart in Chamber of Secrets) and eventual selection Alfonso Cuarón in July 2002.[45] Cuarón was initially reluctant to direct, as he had not read any of the books or seen the films. Del Toro berated him for his arrogance and told him to read the books.[46] After reading the series, he changed his mind and signed on to direct, as he had immediately connected to the story.[47][40]

Cuarón's appointment pleased J. K. Rowling, who loved his film Y tu mamá también (2001) and was impressed with his adaptation of A Little Princess (1995).[48] Heyman found that "tonally and stylistically, [Cuarón] was the perfect fit."[9] As his first exercise with the actors who portray the central trio, Cuarón assigned Radcliffe, Grint and Watson to write an autobiographical essay about their character, written in the first person, spanning birth to the discovery of the magical world, and including the character's emotional experience. Cuarón recalls, "Emma's essay was 10 pages long. Daniel's was exactly two. Rupert didn't deliver the essay. When I questioned why he didn't do it, he said, 'I'm Ron; Ron wouldn't do it.'[49] So I said, 'Okay, you do understand your character.' That was the most important piece of acting work that we did on Prisoner of Azkaban, because it was very clear that everything they put in those essays was going to be the pillars they were going to hold on to for the rest of the process."[10][50]

Costume and set design[edit]

Albus Dumbledore's costume used in the film.

Cuarón wanted to establish a more mature tone in the characters' costumes and the sets. He explained, "What I really wanted to do was to make Hogwarts more contemporary and a little more naturalistic." He studied English schools and noted, "Each teenager's individuality was reflected in the way they wore their uniform. So I asked all the kids in the film to wear their uniforms as they would if their parents weren't around."[51] Columbus considered the costumes changes as "a reflection of the character development within the books themselves" and their transition to teenagers.[51] Whereas in the first two films the characters are constantly in their uniforms, in Prisoner of Azkaban the characters often wear modern street clothes.[11] Rowling, who was consulted for this change, stated, "for me the cloaks and everything makes sense for the academic time but in personal time they would be wearing their own clothes."[11] Jany Temime joined the film as costume designer, eventually working on all of the following instalments in the series.[52]

For Remus Lupin, Temime opted for "tweeds typical of England." Cuarón stated that the character should look like "an uncle who parties hard on the weekends", so Temime preserved his gown "unkempt and more shabby than the other teachers’ robes."[51] For Trelawney, Thompson made sketches of the costumes and sent them to Temime and Cuarón. Thompson saw the character as "a person who hasn't looked in the mirror for a long time". In order to highlight the character's short-sightedness, Temime used material filled with mirrors and eyes, as well as oversized glasses with magnifying lenses.[51] Cuarón wanted Dumbledore to look like "an old hippie, but still very chic and with a lot of class". Temime used tie-dyed silk that would float behind him while walking, which she considered "a much lighter look" that gave the character more energy, in contrast with the "heavy and majestic" costumes designed for Harris' portrayal of Dumbledore.[51]

Hogwarts model at the Making of Harry Potter tour in London.

Cuarón's main concern was for Hogwarts to have a larger scope and be grounded in the real world.[53] The scale model of the Hogwarts exterior designed for the first film was expanded by around 40% for Prisoner of Azkaban. Production designer Stuart Craig and art director Gary Tomkins added constructions including a clock tower and a courtyard,[54] and the hospital wing was redesigned and rebuilt.[53] Other sets constructed for the film included the Hogsmeade village and The Three Broomsticks public house.[51]

The use of real-life locations significantly changed the look of Hagrid's hut. For Prisoner of Azkaban, the landscape around the set changed from being completely flat to the side of a hill.[55] The hut doubled in size, with a separate bedroom built on the back and the addition of a large pumpkin patch and a chimney.[55][56] Craig cited the Shrieking Shack as a particularly challenging set to create. It was built on a large hydraulic platform with the help of the special effects department, "creaking and moving as if being continually buffeted by the wind" in order to appear almost alive.[51]

Some sets were either reused from earlier films or used for more than one space. The Defence Against the Dark Arts and Divination classrooms were filmed in the same set.[51] The Honeydukes set was a redress of the set of Flourish & Blotts that was seen in Chamber of Secrets, which, in turn, had been redressed from the Ollivanders set from the first film.[57]

Filming[edit]

Loch Shiel, where scenes from Prisoner of Azkaban were filmed.

Principal photography began on 24 February 2003,[25] at Leavesden Film Studios, and wrapped in late November 2003.[58]

The third film was the first to extensively use real-life locations, as much of the first two films had been shot in the studio. Three sets for the film were built in Glen Coe, Scotland, near the Clachaig Inn.[59] Harry's ride on Buckbeak over Hogwarts' Lake was filmed at the Virginia Water Lake in Surrey.[60] The Black Lake was also filmed from Loch Shiel, Loch Eilt and Loch Morar in the Scottish Highlands.[61] Incidentally, the Glenfinnan Viaduct railway, which was also featured in Chamber of Secrets, is opposite Loch Shiel and was used to film the sequences when the Dementor boarded the train.[56] A small section of the Knight Bus scene, where it weaves in between traffic, was filmed in North London's Palmers Green.[62] Some parts were also filmed in and around Borough Market and Lambeth Bridge in London.[63]

Director of photography Michael Seresin considered the story much darker compared to its two predecessors, so he employed "moody [lighting], with more shadows". He used a variety of wide-angle lenses to amplify Hogwarts prominence in the story, and only used close-ups sparingly. "We prefer to observe the kids from further away, as I find body language to be very interesting", Cuarón explained.[51]

Rowling allowed Cuarón to make minor changes to the book, on the condition that he stuck to the book's spirit.[47] She allowed him to place a sundial on Hogwarts' grounds, but rejected a graveyard, as that would play an important part in the then-unreleased sixth book.[47] Rowling said she "got goosebumps" when she saw several moments in the film, as they inadvertently referred to events in the final two books, she stated, "people are going to look back on the film and think that those were put in deliberately as clues."[48] When filming concluded, Cuarón found that it had "been the two sweetest years of my life," and expressed his interest in directing one of the sequels.[47]

The Knight Bus sequence was shot over several weeks at various locations in London. In order to give the impression of the vehicle moving at 100 miles per hour (161 km/h), stunt coordinator Greg Powell explained, "We drove the bus at about 30 miles per hour [48 km/h] and the other cars were going only about 8 [13]. It took weeks of planning with stunt drivers, and even the people you see on the street are stunt men and women, who were trained to walk incredibly slow just to make the bus look faster."[51]

Special and visual effects[edit]

A dementor at the Making of Harry Potter tour in London.

Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) and Framestore handled the key visual effects shots for the film, while The Moving Picture Company, Cinesite, and Double Negative crafted additional VFX material.[51]

Cuarón originally wanted to move away from CGI toward puppetry. He hired master puppeteer Basil Twist and experimented with underwater puppets to figure out the movements of dementors.[9][51] The tests were shot in slow motion, but ultimately the method wasn't practical. The water test footage provided creative direction for the visual effects team, adding the intangible metaphysical quality Cuarón was seeking. Visual effects supervisors Tim Burke and Roger Guyett, the Industrial Light & Magic VFX team, and Temime collaborated in the creation of dementors.[51]

Buckbeak at the Making of Harry Potter tour.

Cuarón commented on the difficulty of creating Buckbeak, which took months of research and preparation, beginning with the creature's skeletal design. Cuarón said, "Once we worked out the physiology, the way his bones would actually move, we had to capture his personality, which is a mixture of regal elegance, particularly when he is flying, and the clumsy and greedy creature he becomes back on land." Creature effects supervisor Nick Dudman created several practical hippogriffs for the production, while Burke and Guyett oversaw the creation of the computer-generated version. Guyett cited the complex movement of the feathers as an achievement that had "never been done before."[51]

The inflation of Aunt Marge was achieved practically. Ferris said, "I wore various prosthetic bodies, which inflated at different rates, and at my largest I was about four and a half feet wide." The 50 pounds (23 kg) costume prevented Ferris from walking and eating. Thirty-eight tweed suits of increasing size were used for the sequence.[51]

Cinesite was in charge of the time travel shot featured in the film, which was over a minute long. The main action was filmed on a steadicam against bluescreen, and four minutes of background footage was shot separately. The background was then sped up and composited behind the main action. Two other plates of background footage were tiled together as the camera turned.[54]

Music[edit]

When it was announced that Cuarón would direct Prisoner of Azkaban, there was initial speculation that his collaborative composer Patrick Doyle (who would score the following film) would do the music. Cuarón, however, retained John Williams, for whom it would be the third and final movie he scored in the series. The soundtrack was a significant departure from the previous two, as Cuarón wanted the score to take a different approach.[64] One of the new themes, "Double Trouble", was written during production for a children's choir to perform in Hogwarts's Great Hall in one of the film's earlier scenes.[65] The lyrics of the song were taken from William Shakespeare's Macbeth.[65] The soundtrack album was released by Atlantic Records on 25 May 2004.[64]

Differences from the book[edit]

Prisoner of Azkaban was, at the time of publication, the series' longest book. The increasing plot complexity necessitated a looser adaptation of the book's finer plot lines and back-story. The connection between Harry's parents and the Marauder's Map is only briefly mentioned,[66] as is Remus Lupin's association to the map.[67] Additionally, it was never mentioned who the Marauders were or who the nicknames Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs referred to. Some exposition was removed for dramatic effect: both the Shrieking Shack and Scabbers the rat are mentioned only very briefly in the film, while they receive a more thorough coverage in the novel.[66] Most of Sirius Black's back story is also cut, with no mention of how he escaped from Azkaban.[67]

On account of pace and time considerations, the film glosses over detailed descriptions of magical education. Only one Hippogriff, Buckbeak, is seen, and only Malfoy and Harry are seen interacting with the Hippogriff during Care of Magical Creatures lessons,[68] and most other lessons, including all of Snape's Potions classes, were cut from the film.[66] The Fidelius Charm's complicated description is removed entirely from the film, with no explanation given of exactly how Sirius is supposed to have betrayed the Potters to Lord Voldemort.[69] Many of this scene's lines are redistributed amongst Cornelius Fudge and Minerva McGonagall; in compensation, McGonagall's exposition of the Animagus transformation is instead given by Snape.[66]

The romantic connection between Ron and Hermione is more prominent in the film than the book; in response to criticism of the first two films for sacrificing character development for mystery and adventure, the emotional development of all three lead characters is given more attention in the third film.[66] However, any mention of Harry's crush on Cho Chang is removed,[70] and she first appears in the fourth film.[71] Prisoner of Azkaban shows a darker tone and more of Harry's emotions. For instance, after learning of Black's "betrayal" of Harry's parents, he shouts in anger "I'm gonna kill him",[72] whereas in the book he's "too stunned to move".[66]

Distribution[edit]

Marketing[edit]

As with the series' previous instalments, Prisoner of Azkaban was a large merchandising opportunity.[73] The video game version, designed by EA UK, was released on 25 May 2004.[74] Mattel released film tie-ins that included the Harry Potter Championship Quidditch board game and character action figures.[75] Lego also expanded on its previous merchandising for the first two films with the release of sets that included the Knight Bus, Shrieking Shack and a new Hogwarts castle.[76]

Home media[edit]

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was released on DVD and on VHS on 23 November 2004.[77] The 2-disc Special Editions later came out on DVD and Blu-ray on 4 October 2016.[78][79] The film was also released on Ultra HD Blu-ray on 7 November 2017.[80]

Reception[edit]

Box office[edit]

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban held its New York premiere at Radio City Music Hall on 23 May 2004,[81] followed by its London premiere at Leicester Square on 30 May 2004.[82] The film then opened in the United Kingdom on 31 May 2004,[83] and on 4 June 2004 in the United States.[84] It was the first film in the series to be released in both conventional and IMAX theatres.[84] Upon release, the film broke the record for a biggest single day in the United Kingdom's box office history making £5.3 million on a Monday.[85] It went on to break records both with and without previews, making £23.9 million including previews[86] and £9.3 million excluding them.[87] The Prisoner of Azkaban had the highest-opening weekend at the UK's box office, until Spectre beat the record in 2015. It went on to make a total of £45.6 million in the UK.[88] The film made $93.7 million during its opening weekend in the United States and Canada at 3,855 theatres, achieving, at the time, the third-biggest-opening weekend of all time.[89] This opening also broke Hulk's record ($62.1 million) for the highest-opening weekend for a film released in June.[89] The Prisoner of Azkaban held this record for five years until Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen topped it in 2009 with $109 million.[90] Additionally, it surpassed The Matrix Reloaded for having the largest opening weekend for a Warner Bros. film.[89] The film was also No. 1 at the North American box office for two consecutive weekends.[91]

The Prisoner of Azkaban made a total of $797.5 million worldwide,[4] which made it 2004's second-highest-grossing film worldwide behind Shrek 2.[92] In the U.S. and Canada, it was only the year's sixth-highest-grossing film, making $250.1 million.[93] However, it was the year's number one film internationally, making $547.4 million compared to Shrek 2's $487.5 million.[94] Despite its successful box office run, The Prisoner of Azkaban is the lowest-grossing Harry Potter film, and the third lowest-grossing film of the Wizarding World series (ahead of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore).[95][96][97]

Critical response[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of 90% based on 259 reviews, with an average rating of 7.8/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Under the assured direction of Alfonso Cuarón, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban triumphantly strikes a delicate balance between technical wizardry and complex storytelling."[98] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 82 out of 100, based on 40 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".[99] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A" on an A+ to F scale.[100]

Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle lauded the film's more mature tone and said it was "darker, more complex, rooted in character."[101] The Hollywood Reporter called the film "a deeper, darker, visually arresting and more emotionally satisfying adaptation of the J.K. Rowling literary phenomenon," especially compared to the first two instalments.[102] Peter Travers of Rolling Stone gave the film three-and-a-half out of four stars: "Not only is this dazzler by far the best and most thrilling of the three Harry Potter movies to date, it's a film that can stand on its own even if you never heard of author J.K. Rowling and her young wizard hero."[103] Stephanie Zacharek of Salon considered it "one of the greatest fantasy films of all time."[104] Nicole Arthur of The Washington Post praised the film as "complex, frightening, [and] nuanced."[105] Roger Ebert gave the film three-and-a-half out of four stars, saying that the film was not quite as good as the first two, but still called it "delightful, amusing and sophisticated."[106] Claudia Puig from USA Today found the film to be "a visual delight," and added that "Cuarón is not afraid to make a darker film and tackle painful emotions";[107] while Richard Roeper called the film "a creative triumph."[108] Sean Smith from Newsweek said: "The Prisoner of Azkaban boasts a brand-new director and a bold new vision," and called the film "moving," praising the performances by the three main leads.[109] Entertainment Weekly praised the film for being more mature than its predecessors.[110]

The Guardian gave the film 3 stars out of 5, saying, "This new Harry Potter picture will cast a spell on its fanbase. But the broomstick's losing altitude."[111] Film critic Roger Ebert praised the cast, but felt the need for a better plot.[112] Screen Daily commented, "Cuaron delivers a genuinely spooky and emotionally involving adventure which gives the world of Potter much-needed character and atmosphere".[113] The BBC commended the sets and direction, but did not find it "emotionally engrossing".[114] Hollywood.com gave a positive review, praising the plot and storyline, despite a deviation from the first two films.[115]

Accolades[edit]

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban received two Academy Award nominations: Best Visual Effects and Best Original Score for John Williams.[116] The film was also nominated for four BAFTA Awards: Best British Film, Best Production Design, Best Makeup & Hair, and Best Visual Effects, and won public-voted Orange Film of the Year award.[117] It received nine Saturn Awards nominations.[118] It won two Visual Effects Society Awards and was nominated for three others.[119] The Broadcast Film Critics Association nominated it for Best Family Film, Best Young Actor (for Daniel Radcliffe), and Best Young Actress (for Emma Watson).[120]

The film ranks at No. 471 in Empire magazine's 2008 list of the 500 greatest movies of all time.[121] IGN designated Prisoner of Azkaban as the fifth best fantasy film.[122] Additionally, Moviefone designated the film as the tenth best of the decade.[123] In 2011, the film was voted Film of the Decade at the First Light Awards by children aged 5–15.[124] The American Film Institute nominated it for the 2007 revision of AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies,[125] and for AFI's 10 Top 10 in the fantasy genre.[126]

Award Date of ceremony Category Recipients Result Ref.
Academy Awards 27 February 2005 Best Original Score John Williams Nominated [116]
Best Visual Effects Tim Burke, Roger Guyett, Bill George, John Richardson Nominated
Amanda Awards 27 August 2004 Best Foreign Feature Film Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Nominated [127]
Bogey Awards 2004 Bogey Award in Platinum Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Won [128]
British Academy Film Awards 12 February 2005 Best British Film Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Nominated [117]
Best Production Design Stuart Craig Nominated
Best Makeup & Hair Amanda Knight, Eithne Fennel, Nick Dudman Nominated
Best Visual Effects Tim Burke, Roger Guyett, Bill George, John Richardson Nominated
Orange Film of the Year in 2005 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Won
Broadcast Film Critics Association 10 January 2005 Best Family Film Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Nominated [120]
Best Young Actor Daniel Radcliffe Nominated
Best Young Actress Emma Watson Nominated
Broadcast Music Incorporated Film & TV Awards 18 May 2005 BMI Film Music Award John Williams Won [129]
Golden Reel Awards 26 February 2005 Best Sound Editing – Foreign Film David Evans, Richard Beggs, Derek Trigg, Andy Kennedy, Jon Olive, Bjorn Ole Schroeder, Sam Southwick, Stefan Henrix, Tony Currie, Nick Lowe, Stuart Morton Nominated [130]
Golden Trailer Awards 25 May 2004 Best Animation/Family Teaser #2 Won [131]
Summer 2004 Blockbuster Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Nominated [132]
26 May 2005 Best Music "Dark" Nominated [133]
GoldSpirit Awards 2005 Best Original Song "Double Trouble" silver [134]
Best Terrifying Theme "Apparition on the Train" gold
Best Dramatic Theme "A Window to the Past" silver
Best Action Theme "Buckbeak's Flight" gold
Best Comedic Theme "Aunt Marge's Waltz" silver
Best Epic Theme "Buckbeak's Flight" gold
Best Theme silver
Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Soundtrack John Williams gold
Best Soundtrack bronze
Grammy Awards 13 February 2005 Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media John Williams Nominated [135]
Hollywood Film Awards 18 October 2004 Production Designer of the Year Stuart Craig Won [136]
Hugo Awards 4–8 August 2005 Best Dramatic Presentation Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Nominated [137]
Kids' Choice Awards 2 April 2005 Favorite Movie Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Nominated [138]
People's Choice Awards 9 January 2005 Favorite Sequel Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Nominated [139]
Favorite Film Villain Gary Oldman Nominated
Saturn Awards 3 May 2005 Best Fantasy Film Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Nominated [118]
Best Director Alfonso Cuarón Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Gary Oldman Nominated
Best Performance by a Younger Actor Daniel Radcliffe Nominated
Best Writing Steve Kloves Nominated
Best Music John Williams Nominated
Best Costumes Design Jany Temime Nominated
Best Make-Up Nick Dudman, Amanda Knight Nominated
Best Special Effects Tim Burke, Roger Guyett, Bill George, John Richardson Nominated
Teen Choice Awards 8 August 2004 Choice Movie: Action Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Won [140]
Choice Summer Movie Nominated
Visual Effects Society 16 February 2005 Outstanding Visual Effects in an Effects Driven Motion Picture Roger Guyett, Tim Burke, Theresa Corrao, Emma Norton Won [119]
Best Single Visual Effect of the Year Bill George, David Andrews, Sandra Scott, Dorne Huebler Nominated
Outstanding Performance by an Animated Character in a Live Action Motion Picture Buckbeak – Michael Eames, David Lomax, Felix Balbas, Pablo Grillo Won
Outstanding Models and Miniatures in a Motion Picture Jose Granell, Nigel Stone Nominated
Outstanding Compositing in a Motion Picture Dorne Huebler, Jay Cooper, Patrick Brennan, Anthony Shafer Nominated
World Soundtrack Awards 9 October 2004 Public Choice Award John Williams Won [141]
Soundtrack Composer of the Year Nominated
Best Original Score of the Year Nominated

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