Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Askaban Review

Essay by JnfrsLilSisterHigh School, 10th gradeA+, June 2004

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I'll go with the positives first. Excellent acting performances were given by the three leads. As they have become older, it makes the progression of the stories seem more realistic as they grow with their characters. It would be silly and tragic to replace our favorite HP characters in the next movie. Professor Trelawny was good even though no one in the movie bothered to point out who she actually was. The new Dumbledore was a big disappointment, he didn't really seem to capture the kindness and all-knowing qualities of J.K. Rowling's or Richard Harris's Dumbledore. Dudley could've been fatter and whatever happened to him having blond hair? Draco was good and fits better into the character everytime. But I was a bit confused by his friends; one of his croonies was replaced half way through the movie by some skinny guy who didn't seem to fit and was also nameless.

The visuals were also awesome. Many things that couldn't have been real felt like they were real, such as the Quidditch scene and the flight of the dementors. Those were the things that made the movie good, not the story.

The story line itself was disappointing. Integral parts were taken out of the story, such as the details of Azkaban and dementors, and the whole story of Mooney, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs was left out of the movie. They also never bother to explain how Sirius escaped from Azkaban, how he found out where Peter could be located, and the werewolf reveal at the end seemed pretty forced. Cuaron left me with a question, "Did he actually read the book?" I think i recall reading somewhere that Rowling was supervising the making of these movies. If so, she has sorely let down the fans. Another thing, the...