Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is a film directed by Alfonso Cuaron and based on Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling. Steve Kloves wrote the screenplay. The film was released in the USA on June 4, 2004.
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Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter. To help get into the mindset of an "alienated" teenager, Radcliffe listened to music by The Sex Pistols, The Strokes, and the Dandy Warhols. He also watched films like The Bicycle Thief and The 400 Blows. When director Alfonso Cuarón asked each of the three young actors to write an essay on their character, Radcliffe, true to Harry, was reasonably pleased with his short essay.
Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley. True to his character, when asked to write an essay, Grint did not write an essay.
Emma Watson as Hermione Granger. True to her character, when asked to write an essay, Watson wrote sixteen pages.
Michael Gambon as Albus Dumbledore. Harris (who played Dumbledore in the first two movies), suffering from Hodgkin's lymphoma, had told David Heyman not to recast the role, determined to portray the character in the third film. However, Heyman was forced to shortly after Harris's death. While Harris's family showed an interest in close friend Peter O'Toole playing the character, it was widely rumored that Ian McKellen would take the part. However, McKellen denied all such rumors, as he had played the similar character Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings, and as Harris had called McKellen a "dreadful" actor. Michael Gambon was chosen to portray the character for the remainder of the series, joining the primary cast in this film.
Gary Oldman as Sirius Black. Oldman took the part mainly for money, as he had not been in a movie for many years, and because his children were huge Harry Potter fans. Oldman joins the primary cast in this film.
David Thewlis as Remus Lupin. Thewlis had previously auditioned for the part of Quirinus Quirrell in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and was Cuarón's first choice for the role. Ironically, Thewlis took the part based on advice from Ian Hart, who portrayed Quirrell in the Harry Potter series. Thewlis joins the primary cast in this film.
Timothy Spall as Peter Pettigrew. Spall joins the primary cast in this film.
Robbie Coltrane as Rubeus Hagrid.
Maggie Smith as Minerva McGonagall.
Alan Rickman as Severus Snape.
Richard Griffiths as Vernon Dursley.
Fiona Shaw as Petunia Dursley.
Julie Walters as Molly Weasley.
Mark Williams as Arthur Weasley.
David Bradley as Argus Filch.
Tom Felton as Draco Malfoy.
Robert Hardy as Cornelius Fudge.
Julie Christie as Madam Rosmerta. The Academy Award-winning actress appears only briefly.
Pam Ferris as Aunt Marge.
Dawn French as the Fat Lady. French takes over for Elizabeth Spriggs.
Harry Melling as Dudley Dursley.
Matthew Lewis as Neville Longbottom.
James and Oliver Phelps as Fred and George Weasley.
Lee Ingleby as Stan Shunpike.
Lenny Henry provides the voice of the Shrunken Head.
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