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10/12/2008. ANIMISM IN HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN WARNING: THERE ARE CERTAIN SPOILERS IN THIS REVIEW THAT HINT AT FUTURE BOOKS, MOVIES AND LANDING DATES OF THE ALIEN’S FINAL INVASION. OKAY THAT LAST PART WASN’T TRUE BUT THERE REALLY ARE SOME SPOILERS. I have been a very avid Harry Potter fan since I picked up the first book. I, along with pretty much every other fan on earth would definitely not be lying if we said that the movies are giving it the poorest justice. The movie tie-ins are simply a poor reflection of the books. They’re not entirely bad at times but they’re just not good. In my opinion, Prisoner of Azkaban is no different. Mind you, this review comes from a faithful reader of Harry Potter so; non-readers should not take this the other way. Go out there and enjoy the movies for what they are worth. Now, the first thing you’ll notice about this movie is that it has a new director, Alfonso Cuarón, taking the place of Chris Columbus. The difference between the two is clear in every scene. Columbus's films are straightforward retellings of the first two Harry Potter books; while they can't show everything from the books, they follow the story pretty closely in the parts that are there. Cuarón, on the other hand, uses the third book as a starting point, but changes a lot. Part of this can be seen in how much he cuts out—his film is shorter than the previous one, even though it's based on a longer book.
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He focuses on the part of the story about Sirius Black, and a bit about Buckbeak. Almost everything else—the contest between the houses at Hogwarts, Percy's naming as Best Boy, the introduction of Cedric Diggory and Cho Chang—is removed. Cuarón also changes the parts that do make it into his film. Harry, Hermione, and Ron now dress like ordinary students entering their teens, instead of wearing magical robes. Ron's father tells Harry about Sirius Black, instead of Harry overhearing it. The showdown in the Shrieking Shack goes from almost three full chapters to a few short minutes. Several new details are added to what Harry and Hermione do at the end. There are also many digital special effects, computer-generated characters (including the dementors, Buckbeak, and the Whomping Willow), and fancy camera work. In particular, there's a mind-bending shot involving a mirror at the start of Lupin's first lesson that needs to be seen to be disbelieved. It is late in the summer. Harry is at the Dursleys in Privet Drive, preparing for his third year at Hogwart's, when an obnoxious relative demeans his father's memory, causing Harry to lose his temper. As a result, Harry violates the rules of student witches and wizards, causing the offending aunt to inflate as a dirigible and float away into the night sky on a stream of invectives. It is a delightful opening to a film with far more serious issues to explore and frightening obstacles to overcome. Sirius Black (Gary
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