HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN - ADAPTATION
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban—the third instalment in Harry Potter Series was initially released in the UK on May 31, 2004, and in the US on June 4, 2004. Just like the previous two parts, Prisoner of Azkaban was distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. The movie was produced during the period of eighteen months about which Heyman remarked that the time span was a little increased according to the requirements of the movie. Though Chris Columbus, assisted Heyman in the production he left his position as the director of the movie for some personal reasons. According to the reports, Columbus felt like he was neglecting his own family by consuming too much of himself in the movie making that he finally to quit and leave his position for Alfonso Cuaron. Cauron was initially hesitant to sign the film but as soon as he got familiar with the storyline he took the decision to direct it. The script of the movie was provided by Steve Kloves.
HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN - CASTING
Richard Harris, who played the role of Professor Dumbledore in the Harry Potter: Sorcerer’s Stone and Chambers of the Secrets died on October 25th, 2005 that is almost three weeks before the initial release of the second instalment. After his death, Cauron cast Michael Gambon for the role of Dumbledore. While assuming the character that was once played by Harris, Gambon didn't pay heed to copy Harris's style. He owned the character in his own style with a little twist of the Irish accent. The other new characters like Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, and Pettigrew were played by Gary Oldman, David Thewlis, and Timothy Spall respectively.
HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN - FILMING
Most of the scenes in the first two movies were shot inside the studios, however, Prisoner of Azkaban includes many real locations, for example, Loch Shiel which was chosen for Hogwarts’s Lake. Similarly, a triple-decker scene in which Harry ran away from Dursley's because he accidentally inflated one of the guests was shot in North London's Palmers Green. This specific scene in which Harry was taken in mere seconds to the Leaky Cauldron is regarded as one of the best scenes of the Harry Potter series for the bullet time special effect technique is employed. The music for the film was once again provided by John Williams who made the movie won an Academy Award for Best Original Score.
HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN - BOOK VERSUS MOVIE
In terms of plot, the Prisoner of Azkaban’s book and movie hold as many differences like any other part. The current discussion is aimed to pinpoint some of the instances where events are reported differently in the book as compared to what is shown in the movie. For example, in the book, Harry received his broomstick called Firebolt after his Quddich Match when the Dementors knocked him off his broom. While in the movie he got it quite later when he met Sirius Black for the first time. Similarly, Fidelis Charm, a spell for protection was described in quite a detail in the book but it was totally left out in the movie. Moving a little further, there is only one trip to Hogsmeade depicted in the movie, However, Rowling actually wrote two in the book. In the scene of Hogsmeade, the book showed that Harry’s cloak slipped when he tried to save Ron from getting bullied by Malfoy. Malfoy saw Harry’s face and thus he had to run back to the castle to save himself from getting the punishment. In the movie, however, Harry’s cloak never slipped and hence Malfoy couldn’t see who was pelting on him. In addition to this, the book only showed Ron getting bullied by Malfoy while in the movie it was both Ron and Hermione getting bullied at the hands of Malfoy and his friends. In addition to this, the movie showed that Hermione and Harry travelled back in time through Time Turner and met their past selves but none of this happened in the book. In the book, Harry saw the animagus form of Sirius sitting behind the stands in Quidditch match. On contrary to this, the movie showed that Harry saw his animagus form in the form a cloud in the sky. Similarly, Buckbeak is the only hippogriff shown in the movie while the book depicted seven hippogriffs present near the property of Hogwarts. Last but not least, the movie showed that Darco and his friends pretended to be dementors by pulling over their robes and making sounds like them. However, in the book Darco and his two other friends sat over each other's shoulder to form a huge figure like a dementor before showing up for the Quidditch match.
HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN - BOX OFFICE PERFORMANCE
Prisoner of Azkaban was a huge success as it broke all the records for the biggest single day by earning $6.7 million on a weekday. Made around the budget of $130 million, the movie earned almost $796 million around the world which makes it the highest grossing movie of 2004. In addition to this, it remained the best opening movie for almost five years, till Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen released in 2009 and finally broke its record. It got 77th Academy Awards for Best Original Score and Best Visual Effects. The Hollywood Reporter remarked about the movie, ‘a deeper, darker, visually arresting and more emotionally satisfying adaptation of the J.K. Rowling literary phenomenon’. It successfully won Visual Effects Society Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Animated Character in a Live Action Motion Picture, Teen Choice Awards for Choice Movie: Action, and Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards for Best Live Action Family Film. Other than this, the movie was also nominated for some other well-known prestigious awards like Oscar, Amanda Awards, 31st Saturn Award, Hugo Awards, 47th Grammy Awards, 58th British Academy Film Awards et cetera.