Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - Movie Review


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  • Ian
    Ian 9 days ago

    They don’t even mention the fact that James, Sirius, Lupin and Pettigrew we’re the Marauders.. how the fuck did that get past an entire production staff?

  • Al Patus
    Al Patus 15 days ago

    this movie is my favorite and the best scene in my opinion is aunt Marge got blown up. the tension was just so well built up, reached a little summit and went down.

  • usc trojans1987
    usc trojans1987 28 days ago

    The color scheme in this film always annoyed me when I was a kid.

  • Al Patus
    Al Patus Month ago

    PoA is also my favorite of the whole franchise. Alfonso knew what he was doing. The opening with Harry blowing up his aunt, the beautiful soundtracks and all the stuffs happened at the same time at that scene, the bird out of the clock, the ballet on tv, Dudley being hit by button, the dog eating Dursley’s feet, the aunt screaming and bouncing on the ceiling. These things are so well stacked up well layered but not messy and you are just like tasting something really rich in flavor and texture. Really remarkable.
    Then my second favorite scenes would be the knight bus ride and the staying in leaky cauldron. The magic in these 2 scenes just blend in so well in a really natural way. It makes magic just like some everyday life stuff that you as the audience would also see next Monday on your way to school or to work. You don’t get too much of a good stuff. And it’s a wonderful experience seeing it.
    As a really dedicated hp fans, I really believe in magic in certain way and i would say only Alfonso had given me the best experience of the magical world. Not even jk Rowling who literally wrote it. When you really believe in magic, then it just should be like your lamp in the living room and your fridge in kitchen. They’re there and they work all the time. You don’t need to give them a shot every 10 seconds to tell other people how wonderful and amazing they are. They are already part of your life. You don’t need a song with lyrics like “ a cauldron full of hot strong love” as extra reminder to others that they are now experiencing a magical world, that’s an unnecessary move.

  • D Quinn
    D Quinn 2 months ago

    This is where I really started to notice the trio changing. Character-wise , and physically.

  • Caro
    Caro 3 months ago

    I went to the movie theater twice to watch this one , that is how much i like it lol

  • Christopher Thomson
    Christopher Thomson 3 months ago

    This is my 2nd favorite HP movie. I LOVED what Cuarón did with this movie. If you watch the behind the scenes of this movie and hear why he changed so much it makes complete sense. I loved how the tone changed from the previous 2 movies. This sets the tone for the rest of the series. Even though I was sad they didn't go into The Marauder's Map founders I thought the movie followed the book pretty well. No insanely big omissions.

  • Alucard, More Awesome Than Chuck Norris!

    Who else wants Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman for Fantastic Beasts?

  • MasterDK
    MasterDK 5 months ago

    Whoa whoa whoa whoa!...Did you just make a Soul Reaver reference? ...*slowly and emotionally holds arms out for a hug*

  • Michael Short
    Michael Short 6 months ago

    half blood prince was my favourite movie. :)

  • Dr. Feelgood
    Dr. Feelgood 6 months ago

    Its also where they introduced the individual designs of the wand match their characters to a tee- it started the whole visual aspect of the wand choosing the wizard, it also completely changed the costume and set designs to better invoke a whimsical yet dark and weird magical world - somewhere between doctor caligari and tim burton.

  • Christopher Russell
    Christopher Russell 6 months ago

    One of the singlemost embarrassing moments for me as a Harry Potter fan is watching Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban with someone who has never read the book, then, as the credits roll by, having to explain crucial plot points and character backstories with Remus, Peter, Sirius and James that the movie *completely* neglected to mention.

  • Jérémie Campeau-Poirier

    Best part : Gary Freakin' Oldman
    PS : Damn, your hands are hypnotizing, i couldn't listen to a word you said...

  • Hantao Jing
    Hantao Jing 7 months ago +1

    I think I agree on the shrieking shack part: when I first saw it in like 5th grade or something, I honestly just didn’t understand who was who, cause I hadn’t read that far I guess. Also the time turner thing kinda fried my child brain
    When I watched it a few years later and having read all the books multiple times, it honestly became my favorite HP movie. Watching it now theres just so much to love:
    Amazing cinematography
    Frequent themes and motifs
    Great story that DOESNT include Voldemort, replacing a pure evil villain with an uncertain one
    Plot twists that work
    Whole time turner part is amazing, with a very satisfying ending
    Honestly my only complaint is the weird shriveled head things. I dunno which magical creature they correspond to in the books, but they just creeped me out as kid more than the dementors

  • Josh Cross
    Josh Cross 10 months ago

    I think the way Harris and Gambon play dumbledore is perfect for the shift in feel of the movies, Richard Harris is perfect for the wonderful magical feeling about harry learning and experiencing childhood wonders. Michael Gambon shows how now Voldermort is a thing and harry needs to grow into large boots that the magical society has laid out for him and that he now has a worlds responsibility placed on his shoulders

  • Tyler Z
    Tyler Z 10 months ago

    Holy shit this video was uploaded on the 13th anniversary of the film's release.

  • Dom N
    Dom N 10 months ago

    Just noticed that Jeremy is wearing an Overwatch T-shirt

  • NeverMindGaming
    NeverMindGaming 11 months ago

    I saw this in theaters

  • Lisa Hood
    Lisa Hood 11 months ago

    I have no idea why but this one and the goblet of fire is my favorite in the series

  • miss rose
    miss rose Year ago

    POA is my favorite book from the series and I agree, when I first saw it in theaters it wasn't my favorite. I felt they left out some important scenes. But I had recently read the book yet again, as well as watch the film, and wow- it is a lot better than I remember. The score, cinematography, overall tone... I think it was a really good interpretation of the book.

  • The Unknown SCP
    The Unknown SCP Year ago

    I always get so happy whenever you mention the Legacy of Kain series.

  • It'sTy
    It'sTy Year ago

    Is Jeremy wearing an Overwatch shirt?

  • TheBeggies95
    TheBeggies95 Year ago

    My favorite harry potter movie!

  • LucasHunt
    LucasHunt Year ago +1

    if anyone wonders why they had a different deffence against the dark arts teacher every year it is because tom riddle left hogwarts and started creating horcruxes, years later he returned to hogwarts asking to teach deffence against the dark arts, Dumbledore refused to give him the job because he obviously had changed from creating those horcruxes, he had red eyes, pale skin, and just really awfull apearance, dumbledore knew he had changed. voldemort got angry and put a curse on the role of deffence against the dark arts so that no teacher could teach it for more than a year. I am not making this up, search it.

  • Stephanie L
    Stephanie L Year ago

    As a movie in and of itself, Prisoner of Azkaban is definitely one of the better Harry Potter movies, and the direction is lovely! But I can't help it; I fell in love with the books first, and I will never really be able to forgive what ALL the movies- but especially this one- did to the story script-wise.
    I know, I know that they're different mediums and the movie was always going to have changes from the book, but just.. they took an entire two chapters worth of critical plot material (two chapters that happen to be two of my favorites in the entire series) and reduced it to all of maybe *two minutes* !! That whole scene in the shrieking shack... if HP had been adapted to a TV show, that could have been the contents of almost an entire 60 minutes of an episode right there!! And it's not just that it's a ridiculously engaging part of the story- it's also *important information* that the movie just totally left out! Like the fact that Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs are indeed Remus, Peter, Sirius, and James respectively! And I could be wrong on this (it's been a while since I've seen the movie), but I'm not sure I recall the movie ever having even made it clear that James and Lily had ended up making Peter their secret keeper instead of Sirius without telling anyone (a move that Sirius had pushed on them thinking it would be safer)!
    And that's not even getting into the details that just added so much emotional depth that the movie barely touched on... like how in the movie when the dementors are near Harry there's just an unintelligible, far-off scream that could be anyone, but in the book he *vividly* hears exactly the proceedings of the night his parents were murdered. He even admits to himself that there's a part of him that doesn't want to master the patronus charm just yet because he's never remembered what it was like to hear his parents' voices before and at least hearing the flashbacks to that night gives him something of them to remember even it's a horrible something. It's the details like that that get me every single time in the book, and the movie script just doesn't capture it.
    So yeah... if I'd never read the book? I'd probably enjoy the movie quite a lot for what it is! But as it is I can't help but think that I would enjoy it so, soooo much more if, for instance, it had been a full season of an HP TV series, still directed by Alfonso Curan. One that could even remotely measure up to the richness and detail of the book. THAT would have been amazing :)

  • Sam Prusa
    Sam Prusa Year ago

    Thank you for giving Prisoner of Askaban Awesometacular

  • theNobleTaco
    theNobleTaco Year ago

    This one also has one of my favorite soundtracks

  • Kayo Yuuki-sama
    Kayo Yuuki-sama Year ago

    my fav one ;)

  • scottpilgrim920
    scottpilgrim920 Year ago

    Slowly but surely making through the Harry Potter franchise for the first time. Got to this one and after watching this one, I have to say that it is my current favorite. It felt bittersweet leaving the comforts of Chris Columbus and his whimsical and enjoyable run. It will probably get darker from here.

  • Giorgioksk
    Giorgioksk Year ago

    My favorite part is the Quiddich finals, when Griffindor won in the most spectacular way.
    Too bad they didn't put it in the movie and hopefully the series will include it.

  • EtHaN35pEtTiT
    EtHaN35pEtTiT Year ago

    Dude that werewolf scene near the the end of the film was my childhood

  • Matrix Drift
    Matrix Drift Year ago

    Absolutely the best book and one of the top two best movies.

  • Jace Carsonne
    Jace Carsonne Year ago +20

    This movie is kind of the Empire Strikes Back of the Harry Potter series.

  • Continuum Transfunctioner

    voldy cursed the job so nobody would last more than a year mannnn

  • Mateusz Wojtkiewicz

    I watched it originally in a theatre when I was a kid and I hated it. I loved the magical light-hearted previous movies and was expecting more of the same. I was so dissapointed I did not watch any HP movie after this one when they came out. They I got older, all of the movies have been released on BR, and I decided to just watch all of them at home. I bought them and... something interesting happened. The first two which I loved so much as a kid... were just meh to me now. Then I watched the third one and oh my god I loved that movie. And after watching all of them it was still my favourite of all of them. And it still is. It's dark, it's beautiful, the music is amazing. And now I really wish they kept Cuaron as a director for the rest of the movies.

  • Tee F
    Tee F Year ago

    This one is my favorite movie. Not necessarily fave book, but the movie is so well crafted and beautiful--gothic, dark and romantic. And steers the story arc amazingly.

  • Ethan Rue
    Ethan Rue Year ago

    My favourite Harry Potter movie

  • Miguel P-B
    Miguel P-B Year ago

    Never realized that Sirius was played by the same guy as commisioner gordon thats amazing

  • Samuel Courliss
    Samuel Courliss Year ago

    and then read the books. also awesome.

  • Samuel Courliss
    Samuel Courliss Year ago

    you should review all the hunger games movies in chronological order. truly great cinema.

  • Ryan Aumann
    Ryan Aumann Year ago

    I like this one a lot. This film is totally re-watchable. I want DC Comics to do a Harry Potter comic book series.

  • RogueLogic
    RogueLogic Year ago

    1 - Professor Quirrell (ew)
    2 - Professor Lockhart (gross)
    3 - Professor Lupin (mah fav)
    4 - Professor Moody (Moody's great, but this was fake Moody so ew)
    5 - Professor Umbridge (ugh)
    6 - Professor Snape (Badass)
    7 - Professor Carrow (dk too well but gross)

  • Gibbypastrami
    Gibbypastrami Year ago +1

    although it was sad that richard harris passed away, i feel like, as far as recasting, it was perfect timing, the themes of the first two movies went naturally with the Santa Claus-esque Dumbledore, and the movies after that had a grittier, darker tone, thought this switch in pace and tone may be due to the switch in directors, i mean, you can even see an extreme color palette change between CoS and PoA, its quite drastic, bright colors of red and yellow (CoS had heavy green tones as well, possibly reflecting the very in depth look into the Slytherin house) and then in PoA the color palette had grays and light blues all over the place

  • queendsheena1
    queendsheena1 Year ago

    The first time I watched it, I liked it. Then I was like, they left out a lot of Quidditch! But with time and maturity, I have forgiven that and the movie's really good.

  • Ken Burke
    Ken Burke Year ago

    I remember this film rubbed some people the wrong way. I think its serious, more sinister feeling annoyed some.

  • Alex Pollock
    Alex Pollock Year ago

    I had a dream last night about being at hogwarts and It was kind of a mix of prisoner and goblet. So I woke up, watched this review, and I'm about to watch the movie.

  • Pineapple Ponche 4

    My favorite part:
    "Turn to page 394"

  • Parker Pshebnisky

    Hey Jeremy!,thanks for reviewing one of my all time favorite movies!

  • Parker Peters
    Parker Peters Year ago

    I was blown away when I first saw this movie. It really was a few steps up from the first two.

  • Seoul
    Seoul Year ago +1


  • Tanner McNeill
    Tanner McNeill Year ago

    Can anyone imagine Richard Harris in the cave with Harry, whipping a whirlwind of fire around and taking out dozens of inferi?

  • Half-Hazard
    Half-Hazard Year ago

    He's got a fucking Overwatch shirt!

  • John Morgan
    John Morgan Year ago

    Why does everyone act like Prisoner of Azkaban was the first one to go dark? Chamber of Secrets is scary as shit.

  • Laura-Mae James
    Laura-Mae James Year ago

    This is my favorite in the series. Generally I'm a fan of werewolf movies and the fight sequence with the werewolf and dog, oh yeah.

  • Chris Kennedy
    Chris Kennedy Year ago

    man thats crazy...this was published on june 4th and i legit saw the third movie when it came out on that exact date lol

  • Stephen Dodson
    Stephen Dodson Year ago

    This has always been my favorite Harry Potter

    TRIGUND Year ago

    this moive has may fav sound track from the series

  • Flamezy86
    Flamezy86 Year ago

    Loved it from the start still great

  • Flamezy86
    Flamezy86 Year ago


  • Elizabeth R
    Elizabeth R Year ago

    my fav movie of the HP franchise

  • CentralMan
    CentralMan Year ago

    Chamber of Secrets was scarier than this movie

  • ben larson
    ben larson Year ago

    this is my favorite harry potter movie. just rewatched it and it kinda blew my mind too.

  • Kyle Hopkins
    Kyle Hopkins Year ago

    My favourite Harry Potter movie.

  • David Blank
    David Blank Year ago

    Wow. I kinda just realized that this is the only Harry Potter movie where Voldemort isn't the main villain. That's kinda crazy. Seems kinda weird, but knowing the outcome it makes sense. I like all of the Harry Potter movies. I don't know if I could rank them in order.

  • kemuael
    kemuael Year ago

    The second dobbledorf was better he has more energy, the one before looks like he was dying... Irony

  • toonmili03
    toonmili03 Year ago

    easily my fav of all 8

  • Aaron Legg
    Aaron Legg Year ago

    Also, you don't need to worry about spoiling a movie that's over 10 years old.. Seriously if it's over a year since it's been out it's fair game.. unless we're talking a really good thriller with an epic twist, Don't spoiler that shit for people. Like even if it's something older like Fight Club or Primal Fear, The Game, Ussual Suspect or Se7en, Do NOT spoil that for someone who hasn't seen it, that's unfair and robbing them of a great "Fuck Me!" moment, so don't.. don't do that...

  • Aaron Legg
    Aaron Legg Year ago

    It was mentioned in the books (don't recall exactly which one) why every year there was a new teacher for DADA. Voldemort wanted the position and Dumbledore refused to hire him so he cursed the job somehow making it so that anyone who took the gig would fail withing the year. Qurriell was the only one to outlast said curse, due to having Voldemort living on the back-side of his skull... Also its the reason Dumbledore waited until Harry's 6th year before he gave the position to Snape (he was anticipating this was the year Snape would have to murder him to gain Voldemort's deepest trust). Fuck, I'm a nerd...

  • ServantoftheKing
    ServantoftheKing Year ago

    I wish he threw in some nitpicks. Like why the heck did they let hermionie granger control TIME for her SCHOOL WORK of all things??

  • Jose Cruz
    Jose Cruz Year ago

    I like your Overwatch shirt, Jeremy :P
    And I loved every Harry Potter movie, but this one has a more special part in my heart

  • SpectreTheHorseman

    this one was the best, with all the time travel stuff it really added some visceral intellectual layers.

  • Michael Newman
    Michael Newman Year ago

    Definitely still my least favourite hp movie

  • Monkey
    Monkey Year ago

    I remember liking the first 2, loved this one, enjoyed the next one. Then after that I just wasnt enjoying them. Happy to see so many people agree this one was awesome!

  • Rozza
    Rozza Year ago

    My favourite

  • Cary Gundlach
    Cary Gundlach Year ago

    I was the opposite, I didn't really enjoy the first two, but POA blew me away and I wanted more.

  • Jason Keller
    Jason Keller Year ago

    Pre-occupied with life shit?! NOT AN EXCUSE!!!!!

  • Luqman Sidek
    Luqman Sidek Year ago

    Loved it since i was a kid, been my favorite since then... none of the HP movie could surpass Couran's work with azkaban

  • Samantha Sany
    Samantha Sany Year ago

    Remus Lupin hands down is my favorite character in the whole Harry Potter series

  • Farnoosh Tavakkoli

    expecto petronam

  • Dylan Kaiser
    Dylan Kaiser Year ago

    i loved this movie so much that i saw it twice in theaters

  • Jake Tibbs
    Jake Tibbs Year ago

    this is my favorite of the series.

  • rx7what
    rx7what Year ago

    Gam-bon not gam-bin

  • sincerestfall
    sincerestfall Year ago

    at this point you could make these full on spoiler talk I think.

  • Shane Roberts
    Shane Roberts Year ago

    Favourite HP movie. Favourite part would be the entire last act of this film, the time turner sequence is done so well!

  • CodeDarkBlue
    CodeDarkBlue Year ago

    Favorite Harry Potter movie by far!!

  • Full Comic Alchemist

    I remember this movie is were I realised how hot hermoinie was

  • Kyle Campbell
    Kyle Campbell Year ago +1

    Alfonso Cuaron is the best director the franchise ever had

  • Shashank Laur
    Shashank Laur Year ago +6

    Harry Potter and the growth of Hermione granger. That should've been the title.

  • kenllix
    kenllix Year ago

    The detail of the whomping willow changing season is brilliiant and extra touch of Alfonso.

  • Darrell Money
    Darrell Money Year ago

    I agree, the darker tone was a great touch and definitely made the franchise more appealing as i got older. only flaw to it really is the cartoonish beginning. Don't don't want to spoil anything but a lady turns into a balloon(basically) and talking shrunken Jamaican voodoo heads). everything else was great in unison. really paved the way for fours atmosphere. 7/10

  • razorwireclouds
    razorwireclouds Year ago

    liked for the Soul Reaver plug

  • existenceisrelative

    This one is maybe the strongest of them all.

  • Jigsaw407
    Jigsaw407 Year ago

    At first I didn't want to watch the Harry Potter movies, because I thought they were silly, but then a ladyfriend dragged me into Prisoner of Azkaban and it was surprisingly good. After that I actually watched the other ones and also read the books. Unfortunately the last book sucked monkey balls and I've never even watched Deathly Hallows Part Two yet...

  • enishi4ty5
    enishi4ty5 Year ago

    Azkaban is the most important book in the series. I picked up on this in middle school. I watched the first 2 in theaters having never read the books, then read the 4th book. Realized i skipped one, went and watched the 3rd movie, then read the book and watched the movie again.
    1. Minimal changes from book to movie. Like only real loss is for the die hard quidditch fans i guess?
    2. The heroes turn 13 in this movie, which is a stepping stone to adulthood, which ties into harry coming to terms with his family. He gets 2 father figures to help shape him from this point forward, and we really see how dark his world is. What was fun and fantasy suddenly become horror when your fathers best friend is a rabid werewolf trying to eat you and his other best friend fended off grim reapers for weeks before STARVING himself so as a dog he can slip through bars his hand couldnt even get through when he realized harry was in danger.
    3. Peter pettigrew. Biggest f*ckboi in history. Hes responsible for every death from this point forward, he brought voldy back to life.
    This movie and book are equally 10/10.
    After this not one of the movies ever lived up to this standard. The books sure, with Order and Halfblood both bein 9's imo but their movies werent able to match the books quality. The down to earthness of this story made it the easiest to translate and it shows

  • enishi4ty5
    enishi4ty5 Year ago

    Jeremy, you wearing an overwatch shirt from loot crate? I got that same exact shirt.. just wondering

  • Carly San Miguel
    Carly San Miguel Year ago

    um DUH this is THE best Harry Potter movie ever made I remember going to see it at least 3 times when it came out kinda upset that your just now realizing its brilliance! alfonso cauron really understood the abstract and how to balance this world out and give it depth and realism! I wish he would have directed the other Harry Potter films but no JK Rowling wanted someone British but she admits this was one of the closest adaptions to her book.

  • Jd Toledo
    Jd Toledo Year ago

    best of the bunch i think.

  • MsNorringtonSims
    MsNorringtonSims Year ago +1

    absolutely love this movie and think it's a visual marvel. I liked it right away and have only grown to appreciate it more through the years. My favorite thing about it is how Cuaron makes magic feel like a logical part of our world. It really seems like it could exist just outside our periphery. I enjoy the pragmatism in how the wizards employ magic in their everyday lives. My favorite scene is probably the Leaky Cauldron which is full of amazing imagery. Simply things like wizards using magic to stir their drinks and bus tables. This was the first film in the series that made magic seem scientifically possible and I wanted to walk through the screen to experience it for myself :D

  • smallypuppy22
    smallypuppy22 Year ago

    It's certainly the best HP movie, the tone, the music, the cinematography is just......I have the buckbeak scene ingrained into my brain forever.

  • David Nikao
    David Nikao Year ago +1

    Where's the order of the Phoenix review?? Let's not wait for the grass to grow..