analysis of book:

JK Rowling creates a fantasy world that appeals to both the younger and older readers. Harry Potter Prisoner of Azkaban, like her other books in the series, places Harry in a position of antiquity even though his magical powers and world of Hogwarts makes readers imagine a grand, untouchable, forward realm. He is unable to use phones or internet and relies on owls to send mail, which is both amazing but unrealistic which is what makes it so intriguing to readers. He is also the male version of Cinderella, paying the part of the old Disney Princess except his escape is to defeat Sirius Black (who is not actually evil, but trying to defeat Voldemort’s minion).

Analysis of Movie:

The movie portrayed harry’s path to escaping the Dursey’s house in which he is seen as trash to Hogwardts and the world of wizardry where he is a legend and matters the most above other wizards. The movie took on a dark feel to represent the growing danger that Harry is facing by going back to Hogwarts and learning more about his scar and opposition to the dark forces. The dark feel of the movie, including the lighting, the music, the computer graphics of the werewolves and such, added another level to the movie that grounded the fantasy portion of the movie content. Instead of creating a movie in which lightness was the background of the magic, the darkness was more compelling and made the magic more serious, more daunting.

Analysis of movie:
The movie captured very well the situation of Harry in the Dursely’s house, and the tie of friendship between hermione, Ron, and Harry. It also does well in putting Harry in a pedestal position in the wizarding world.  The movie did differ in the audience target whether it intended to or not. The book would have been suitable for all ages, especially the younger who have a natural ability to suspend disbelief and their hold on reality. However, the movie’s darkness and action scenes seemed to cater more toward an older crowd.

Online research:


Emma Watson describes the appeal of Prisoner of azkaban and hermione in the movie. She describes the movie as “escapism”,” which is what makes it appealing to all ages and all types of audiences since everyone once in a while wants to believe that magic is real. She describes Hermione’s growth in the movie, and how the sensitive and nurturing side of Hermionie overpowers the previously seen nerdy, annoying side. She gains her strenght and fights back when people criticize her, such as punching Malfoy.


Gary Oldman and David Thewlis interview about their experience on being in Harry Potter, from how their kids reacted to knowing their fathers were in Harry Potter. Gary Oldman speaks of the dichotomy of having such a dark character in a book catered seemingly to children. Gary’s personality is also superlby contrasting to what he had to portray as Sirius Black.


This behind the scenes shows bits and pieces of all aspects of the movie, from Ron and hermione trying to reject their feelings for each other to the scenes between Harry and Lupin, in which Lupin is the last connection to his parents that he seemst o have.

Critical analysis

To many critics, Alfonso Cuarón did a good job in the film in steering the Harry Potter series in a darker direction. How is Prisoner of Azkaban “dark”? And how does this relate to the growing maturity of both the main characters and the actors?

The darkness is created by the music and the lighting, and Harry’s acknowledgement of his fears and dangers he’s facing. Instead of seeing them with a wide eyed fear, he faces them and challenges what happens to him. It’s as if he is slowly shaped to expect the worst and fatal to happen to him. The movie’s dark cinematography reflects what is in Harry’s mind, whichi s becoming darker and less innocent that what he ight have been when he started at Hogwards. He is also finding a connection between him and his parents, and this path and search he goes on shows that he is more aware of his past and a need to find his past.