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Ten Year Anniversary of the Premiere of "Prisoner of Azkaban"

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Posted by: Mel
June 04, 2014, 08:55 PM

Today marks the ten year anniversary of the day "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" was released in theatres in the US. It marked the first change in directors - from Chris Columbus to Alfonso Cuaron - and was also the first Harry Potter film to be shown in IMAX, as well as the first Harry Potter film to be released in the summertime. Michael Gambon made his first appearance as Professor Dumbledore as, sadly, Richard Harris had passed away in 2002.

"Prisoner of Azkaban" tends to be one of the more divisive of the Harry Potter films: fans tend to either love it or hate it. Now that we're ten years out from the release, do you still feel the same way you did as when you first saw it? You can watch the trailer here or below to take a few minutes to remember your impressions.

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85 Points

I still love Prisoner of Azkaban as much as I did back then. Of the eight films, it’s the one that I enjoy re-watching most. It was the first Potter film that didn’t feel too much like a film solely intended for children. I liked the first two films well enough, but I thought they were much more - I’m not sure what word to use… fluffy? - than I felt their book counterparts were. Prisoner of Azkaban added something more to the mix, embracing a more serious (cough Sirius) tone without completely losing the childish fun of the first two.

Posted by Justin the Mighty on June 04, 2014, 10:05 PM report to moderator
107 Points

cauron was a great a director and still the greatest scene was hermonnie just punching malfoy in the face and her going “That felt brilliant.” also caroun did a great job with the time turner scene as it was tricky

Posted by potterball on June 05, 2014, 12:36 AM report to moderator
452 Points

Wow, 10 years already? Makes me feel old!

Posted by Mad But Happy on June 05, 2014, 10:02 AM report to moderator
928 Points

Still HATE it to this day. I won’t watch it when ABC Family has their ‘Harry Potter Weekend’. This is NOT an anniversary I will celebrate.

Posted by sessionka oom4 CW on June 05, 2014, 03:56 PM report to moderator
80450 Points

Worst of all the movies, & one of the best books… WHAT does that tell you? LOUSY DIRECTOR!!!! Canon shmanon, that was & his motto… What a hack!

Posted by Won_Two on July 04, 2014, 01:28 AM report to moderator
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