Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban?is a 2004?fantasy film?directed by?Alfonso Cuar?n?and distributed by?Warner Bros. Pictures.?It is based on the?novel of the same name?by?J. K. Rowling. The film, which is the third instalment in the?Harry Potter?film series, was written by?Steve Kloves?and produced by?Chris Columbus?(director of the first two instalments),?David Heyman, and Mark Radcliffe. The story follows?Harry Potter’s third year at?Hogwarts?as he is informed that a prisoner named?Sirius Black?has escaped from?Azkaban?intending to kill him.
The film stars?Daniel Radcliffe?as Harry Potter, alongside?Rupert Grint?and?Emma Watson?as Harry’s best friends?Ron Weasley?and?Hermione Granger. It also features well-known actors in supporting roles, including?Gary Oldman,?David Thewlis,?Michael Gambon?(in his debut in the role of Albus Dumbledore),?Emma Thompson?and?Timothy Spall. It is the sequel to?Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets?and is followed by?Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
The film was released on 31 May 2004 in the United Kingdom and on 4 June 2004 in North America, as the first?Harry Potter?film released into?IMAX?theatres and to be using IMAX Technology. It was also the last?Harry Potter?film to be released on VHS. The film was nominated for two?Academy Awards,?Best Original Music Score?and?Best Visual Effects?at the?77th Academy Awards?in 2005.
Prisoner of Azkaban?grossed a total of $796.7 million worldwide,?making it the?second highest-grossing film of 2004?and received praise for Cuar?n’s direction, and the performances of the lead actors.?It marked a notable change in the film series’s tone and direction and is considered by many critics and fans to be the best?Harry Potter?film.?from wikipedia.com