Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Directed by Alfonso Cuaron
(number 472)

I like to watch all the Harry Potter movies over Christmas/New Year anyway, so it was nice to be able to tie that wee tradition into this project as well.

Widely regarded as the best story, and therefore the best movie, the main themes are the kids getting old enough to deal with pretty serious things. Plus there’s time travel and Harry gets a relative and crazy Gary Oldman is crazy and yeah. This movie is awesome.

The only movie I’d ever seen before this one directed by Alfonso Cuaron was Y Tu Mama Tambien which is a slightly queer sex comedy so I was curious to see what he’d do with the boy wizard. The answer is that he’d direct the leads in a brilliant way and the whole movie is really interesting visually and engaging. The pacing isn’t as weird as the two previous films and it’s just downright enjoyable.

Does it make me love the people? Well, I come in with the love already, because the books. But here we see pathos and confusion, Hermione being awesome and leading Harry in most of the climax, and Ron getting a lot of good lines. Plus Hermione punches Draco which is very satisfying.

Bechdel test: Yes it does, Hermione and Trelawney talk about divination. There’s been a bunch of talk about how Harry Potter fails these, so I want to put in the quote..

Hermione: [gazing at a crystal ball] Can I give it a try?
Professor Trelawney: Yes, sure!
Hermione: The grim. Possibly.
Professor Trelawney: You know, my dear, the moment I looked into your eyes I knew that you did not have the mind for the noble art of Divination.
[looking at her palm]
Professor Trelawney: See? Right here. You may be young in years but the heart that beats beneath your bosom is as shriveled as an old maid’s, your soul as dry as the pages of the books to which you so desperately cleave.

Best line:
Ron: [sitting bolt upright in bed] Spiders… the spiders… they want me to tap-dance. And I don’t want to tap-dance!
Harry: You tell those spiders, Ron.
Ron: Yeah, tell them… I’ll tell them…
[falls straight back asleep]

State of Mind: Content. Comforted after watching The Impossible.

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