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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Something wicked this way comes. 2004/5/31 141 min.
Average: 8 (12964 votes)
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Let's face it, few people have enjoyed more than me the pleasure of watching a Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban movie. This is a fantastically fun movie from director David Yates that allows you to discover some of the most creative magical things in a fantasy world.

After having his freedom taken away from him by evil wizards in the movie's first scene, our hero is forced to leave Hogwarts in a haphazard manner. The only way to find his way back home is to embark on a quest for the Philosopher's Stone that is tucked away in a dungeon under the Hogwarts grounds. Meanwhile, he is trying to figure out what in the world happened to his family and how they got kidnapped. If you are a true fan of the Harry Potter series, then you would know the main plot of this movie.

So, you can see where I am going with this...What if J.K. Rowling had really let go of her creative ideas? What if she had continued to use the popular characters in the books without having them make it into the movies? What if the first movie was based off a slightly updated version of the books instead of the original storyline? What if she didn't want to take all the credit for the success of the series and made a sequel instead? Would that not be better than what we got?

Well, I bet there would be a lot of people who would buy your movies online, especially if it were an enhanced edition or something that was based off the series, and here is why...You see, if you take a look at the entire story of the Harry Potter series, you will notice that most of it is based off an actual historical event. The story is taken from the diary of Peter Pettigrew, which was recovered from a prison in Germany during World War II.

The story starts off in 1981, when Peter was just a young man who got himself a free pass to leave the Nazi-controlled country to find a place to live and a job, thus allowing him to actually join his father's family to escape the terrible conditions of the Third Reich. Soon after leaving Germany, he discovers that the Germans are hiding a valuable ingredient to a powerful potion that can change the destiny of his entire family. Later, he finds himself caught up in the beginning of the wizarding war and is forced to fight the dark forces of the wizarding world to save his life.

In the ultimate variation of the story, we see where the story would have ended with a loss of life on both sides, but due to the actions of a mysterious character, the two nations would have won their wars without bloodshed. A lot of people might think that this would be a boring story and that it doesn't make for a good movie. Well, as it happens, I think this story is even more interesting than the original one.

Why? The characters are so different, the storyline is so different and, best of all, a lot of things from the movies would have to be changed if it is going to come from the books.

To make the difference between the original story and the one in the Harry Potter Movies, the author would have to have a lot of time and inspiration to work with. Instead, she was probably very busy writing the book and creating the incredible world that the Harry Potter world is based off of. She obviously had many other things on her mind when she wrote the book.

Original title Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
TMDb Rating 8 12964 votes

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