The Book vs the Movie: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban



Book written by J.K. Rowling, 1999
Movie directed by Alfonso Cuarón, 2004

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Harry Potter is lucky to reach the age of thirteen, since he has already survived the murderous attacks of the feared Dark Lord on more than one occasion. But his hopes for a quiet term concentrating on Quidditch are dashed when a maniacal mass-murderer escapes from Azkaban, pursued by the soul-sucking Dementors who guard the prison. It’s assumed that Hogwarts is the safest place for Harry to be. But is it a coincidence that he can feel eyes watching him in the dark, and should he be taking Professor Trelawney’s ghoulish predictions seriously?



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Which I Viewed First: The book.

Which I Enjoyed Most: Both, honestly.

Out of 5 stars, the Book Gets: 5 stars.

Out of 5 stars, the Movie Gets: 5 stars.

Things the Book Did Better: The scene with Snape ranting to Harry about his father, which didn’t make it to the movie. The friendship between Sirius and Crookshanks, which I always enjoyed, is also cut. I also felt that the dangerous vibe concerning Sirius Black was stronger in the book.

Things the Movie Did Better: Hogmeade sounded pretty awesome in the books, but when it was shown in the movies, it was even better. I also like the snowball scene better than the original book scene that involved mud, Hermione and Ron’s budding relationship (not shown in the book). Loved the shrunken head on the bus, which wasn’t in the books.

Verdict?: Both.

Why?: Like the first two, I feel the books adapted well to the big screen, as well as additions that almost make me want to like the movie just a little bit better.

Should the movie be re-made?: No way!

What do you think? Agree, disagree? Would love to hear your thoughts!




3 thoughts on “The Book vs the Movie: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

  1. The Prisoner of Azkaban definitely is one of my favorite HP film adaptations, without a doubt. For me, this is really when things start to take an extremely dark turn, and the movie created that atmosphere perfectly.

    1. Cool. I really like this movie. You’ll have to put it on your wishlist. You can probably find it in the $5 bin at your local Wal-mart or similar prices on Amazon. I think I got most of mine from the $5 Wal-mart bin. I’m missing either the last one or next to last one–I can never remember which.

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