Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film)

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German title Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Original title Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Country of production United States , United Kingdom
original language English
Publishing year 2004
length 142 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
Director Alfonso Cuarón
script Steve Kloves
production Chris Columbus
David Heyman
Mark Radcliffe
music John Williams
camera Michael Seresin
cut Steven Weisberg

←  Predecessor
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Successor  →
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is the film adaptation of the bestselling novel of the same name by English author Joanne K. Rowling from 2004 and directed by Alfonso Cuarón . The film launch in Germany was on June 3, 2004. This third part of the Harry Potter series grossed almost 795.6 million US dollars worldwide and ranks 89th (as of August 8, 2020) on the list of the world's most successful Movies . The film was nominated for two Academy Awards in the categories of Best Score and Best Visual Effects .


The film begins with a visit from nasty Aunt Magda , Vernon Dursley's sister who Harry doesn't like. When Magda keeps telling nasty lies about Harry's deceased parents, Harry unintentionally casts a spell on her that inflates herself into a giant balloon and flies away. Harry then hastily flees the house with his belongings. He is then picked up by the Traveling Knight , a mobile refuge for stranded witches and wizards, and taken on a fast-paced ride to London to the Leaky Cauldron . On the drive, Harry first heard of the escape of prisoner Sirius Black from the wizard prison in Azkaban . In the Leaky Cauldron, Harry is already expected by the Minister of Magic, Cornelius Fudge , who informs him that his mishap has been reversed. Although underage students are prohibited from performing magic outside of Hogwarts and violating this rule may result in expulsion from school, Harry is allowed to return to Hogwarts. Fudge hands him the textbooks for the next school year. The next day, Harry's friends Hermione and Ron and his family arrive at the Leaky Cauldron. From Ron's father, Arthur Weasley, Harry learns that Sirius Black is still a staunch servant of Lord Voldemort and, after his escape, is out for revenge on Harry for his overthrow.

This school year, Dementors guard Hogwarts Castle on the orders of the Ministry of Magic, as it is believed that Sirius Black wants to break into the castle. These beings are usually used as guards in Azkaban. The Dementors act on their instinct to literally suck the happiness out of every living being they encounter. On the train ride to Hogwarts, Harry meets a Dementor for the first time and attacks Harry. Fortunately, Remus Lupine , the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher , is in the same compartment and can fend off the Dementor. As it turns out later, Harry is particularly vulnerable to the Dementors due to his terrible experiences, which is why Professor Lupine later teaches Harry the Patronus spell , with which one can ward them off.

In the first lesson of the new divination subject , the strangely eccentric professor Trelawney reads a Grimm , a kind of black dog, from Harry's teacup that predicts the death of that person. While Hagrid's first hours as a professor for Care of Magical Creatures is Draco Malfoy from the hippogriff , Buckbeak injured, a bird-like creature. Because of this, the Ministry of Magic sentenced Buckbeak to death.

With the help of the Marauder's map that Fred and George Weasley gave him, Harry finds a secret passage to the nearby wizarding village of Hogsmeade, where he overhears a conversation between the Hogwarts professors and the Minister of Magic under the cover of his invisibility cloak. He learns about the mass murder that Sirius is said to have committed once against twelve Muggles and the wizard Peter Pettigrew . In addition, Sirius is Harry's godfather and is said to have been the one who betrayed his parents' hiding place to Voldemort , as a result of which they were then murdered.

On the day of Buckbeak's execution, Hermione, Ron, and Harry visit Hagrid at his hut to comfort him. Hagrid gives Ron his rat Scabies back, which he had previously lost. Stones flying through the open window alert the group to the coming executioner. So the three of them can sneak out of Hagrid's hut in time. In front of the entrance portal of the castle, the three of them can just see the executioner's sickle falling. Suddenly Scabies bites Ron in the finger and flees to the Whomping Willow , where a mysterious black dog kidnaps Ron and his rat inside the willow. Hermione and Harry follow them and arrive at the Howling Shack , which is the most haunted building in England. Sirius Black awaits them there, who, as an unregistered animagus , a shape-shifter, has turned into the black dog. Shortly afterwards, Lupine appears, who has allied himself with Black. Before Lupine can explain the situation, Professor Snape also shows up and disarms Black and Lupine. Since Harry wants to hear Lupin's story, he then disarms Snape. Not Sirius, but Peter Pettigrew, a former friend of Black and Lupine, betrayed Harry's parents. After cutting off a finger, he went into hiding with the Weasleys in the form of a rat . Black and Lupine turn Pettigrew back into human and attempt to kill him for betraying Harry's parents. Harry steps in, however, and wants Pettigrew to be spared to prove Sirius' innocence.

Back in the open air, Lupine turns into a werewolf due to the full moon. To protect the people around him, Sirius turns back into a dog and fights his friend. In the mess, Pettigrew frees himself, turns back into a rat, and fled again. Sirius is clearly inferior to the werewolf and is only spared because Lupine as a werewolf follows the call of another werewolf. Badly battered, Sirius drags himself to a lake. There he is attacked by a crowd of Dementors, against whom even Harry has no chance. Just before passing out, Harry thinks he has seen his father again, who conjures up a Patronus powerful enough to fend off all Dementors.

When Harry wakes up again, he is in the Hogwarts Hospital Wing with Ron and Hermione. Sirius has been arrested and is said to be kissed by the Dementors, which would mean the loss of his soul, which is to be equated with death. Dumbledore visits the three and listens to their story. However, he gives them little hope that the story will convince other wizards. He gives her the idea to use Hermione's time turner , which enabled her to take part in simultaneous courses during the current school year. With that, Harry and Hermione travel back in time to the morning. They go to Hagrid's hut unnoticed, throw stones through the window to alert their former selves to the approaching executioner. Then they free Buckbeak so that Hagrid is not suspected. With Buckbeak they then go into the forbidden forest and wait for the events in the Howling Hut.

In the fight between Sirius and Lupine, Hermione lures Lupine away by imitating another werewolf. Lupine then hunts them down, but Buckbeak chases them away before he can kill Harry and Hermione. The two run to the lake, where the Dementors want to steal the souls of the weakened Sirius and the former Harry. Future Harry assumes that any moment they will be saved by his late father. Only at the last moment does he realize that from the other side of the lake he has not seen his father, but himself. Then Harry faces the Dementors with his Patronus and scares them away.

Hermione and Harry then use Buckbeak to help Sirius escape.

At the end of the school year, Lupine quits his job as a professor after it is revealed that he is a werewolf. Sirius also sends Harry a new broom, the Firebolt , as a gift after his nimbus was destroyed by the Whomping Willow in 2000 .


The German dubbing was done at FFS Film- & Fernseh-Synchron in Munich and Berlin . Frank Schaff wrote the dialogue book .

role actor Voice actor
main characters
Harry Potter Daniel Radcliffe Nico Sablik
Ron Weasley Rupert Grint Max fields
Hermione Granger Emma Watson Gabrielle Pietermann
Hogwarts faculty
Albus Dumbledore Michael Gambon Klaus Höhne
Remus Lupine David Thewlis Frank Röth
Severus Snape Alan Rickman Bernd Rumpf
Minerva McGonagall Maggie Smith Bettina Schön
Rubeus Hagrid Robbie Coltrane Hartmut Neugebauer
Argus Filch David Bradley Fred Maire
Sibyll Trelawney Emma Thompson Viktoria Brams
Hogwarts student
Fred Weasley James Phelps Stefan Günther
George Weasley Oliver Phelps Stefan Günther
Percy Weasley Chris Rankin Daniel hose
Ginny Weasley Bonnie Wright Marcia from Rebay
Draco Malfoy Tom Felton Moritz Petramer
Neville Longbottom Matthew Lewis Matthias Kick
role actor Voice actor
More magicians
Sirius Black Gary Oldman Pierre Peters-Arnolds
Molly Weasley Julie Walters Katharina Lopinski
Arthur Weasley Mark Williams Leon Rainer
Cornelius Fudge Robert Hardy Norbert Gastell
Peter Pettigrew Timothy Spall Gudo Hoegel
Madam Rosmerta Julie Christie Krista Posch
Vernon Dursley Richard Griffiths Harald Dietl
Petunia Dursley Fiona Shaw Marion Hartmann
Dudley Dursley Harry Melling Fabian Rainer
Magdalena Dursley Pam Ferris Ilona Grandke



“A furious fantasy adventure film in which the innocent and playfulness of the previous adaptations clearly gives way to a more" adult "threat, while the film with its skill in trick technology has a philosophical game about the relativity of perception and truth as well as the virtuoso handling of light and darkness, space and Time takes into account. "

"Director Alfonso Cuarón [...] stages the third Harry Potter adventure in a refined visual style that is as tight as it is free and skillfully picks up on the increasingly dark mood of the book without sticking too much to the template or getting lost in gimmicks . [...] David Thewlis and Daniel Radcliffe are particularly convincing in the slowly developing father-and-son-like relationship between Professor Lupine and Harry Potter, which director Cuarón empathizes and staged in beautiful images. [...] The best Harry Potter film so far. "

"He (Alfonso Cuarón) succeeded in leaving the stage of submissive-slavish visualization: This film is an artistic work in its own right, it lives, it breathes, which was never said of its predecessors."

- Henryk Goldberg : www.getidan.de

“With his radical approach, Cuarón has relaunched the series in the truest sense of the word and thus saved it. From the set to the costumes to the individual figures, hardly a stone was left unturned. The book has been radically shortened and the essence worked out for the first time. The cute children's films in the kitschy magic land turned into a universal coming-of-age story that for the first time also allows for nuances and real threats. "

Gross profit

With a budget of 130 million US dollars, the film grossed 795.6 million US dollars worldwide, including around 249.5 million US dollars in the USA and 48.7 million US dollars in Germany.


  • 2004: British Academy Children's Film & Television Award for Best Picture
  • 2004: Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Family Film - Live Action
  • 2004: World Soundtrack Award for Most Popular Soundtrack (Audience Award)
  • 2005: BMI Film Music Award for composer John Williams
  • 2005: British Academy Film Award for Most Popular Film (Audience Award)
  • 2005: Visual Effects Society Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Animated Character in a Live Act on Motion Picture and Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects Driven Motion Picture
  • 2005: Nomination at the 2005 Academy Awards for Best Film Music and Visual Effects
  • 2006: Outstanding Contribution to British Cinema Award at the Empire Awards for Harry Potter Films 1-4

The German Film and Media Assessment (FBW) awarded the film the title “particularly valuable”.

Differences to the novel

  • In the novel, Aunt Magda's visit lasts a whole week, so the accident occurs on the last day of that week. Harry pressures Uncle Vernon to keep the Dursleys' lie, and in return Vernon signs the consent form for Hogsmeade; this does not occur in the film.
  • Harry only finds out about Sirius Black and his outbreak in the Knight's errant instead of in Privet Drive. The fact that Sirius allegedly blew up a Muggle Street, killing Peter Pettigrew and a dozen Muggles, goes unmentioned throughout the film. Still, Sirius is repeatedly referred to as a mass murderer in the fifth film.
  • In the novel, Harry learns from an overheard argument between Ron's parents that Sirius is after him. The warning Arthur Weasley gives Harry the day after is the same as in the film, in the book Arthur is more hesitant.
  • While dementors hover only a few centimeters above the ground in the novel, in the film they can fly several meters high. In the novel, too, there is no frost near them.
  • Although Hermione promised Professor McGonagall not to tell anyone about her time-turner, in the film he can sometimes be seen openly above her clothes.
  • Oliver Wood and Marcus Flint still play an important role in the novel, but they can no longer be seen in the film. Cho Chang is not performing yet.
  • The fact that Hermione's cat Crookshanks repeatedly tries to eat scabies is not covered in the film in detail. Ron and Hermione only have a brief argument after Krätze's supposed death, while in the novel they are very angry with each other for several weeks. The fact that Scabies has been losing weight more and more since Ron's trip to Egypt (and thus since Sirius' outbreak) is not addressed in the film.
  • Harry's visit to Hogsmeade in the film contains elements of his two visits to the novel.
  • In the novel, the teachers, Fudge and Rosmerta do not talk in a separate room, but in the taproom. The Fidelius spell, with which a person can be turned into a secret-keeper - and thus the only person who can pass the secret on - remains unmentioned in the entire film series, as is the claim that Sirius was supposed to have been the secret-keeper of the Potters . Thus any initiated could have betrayed the Potters. In addition, one can understand the dialogue of the film in such a way that Sirius ambushed Peter Pettigrew, who wanted to warn the Potters (possibly even immediately before Voldemort's attack) and then killed him.
  • Sirius' break-in into Gryffindor Tower was filmed but does not appear in the film. The subsequent tightening of security measures is only hinted at.
  • The scene in which Harry is picked up by Snape with the Marauder's map and rescued by Lupine takes place in a different context in the book. Harry never sees Pettigrew on the map there.
  • Professor Trelawney's prediction, and thus the finale of the plot, takes place after the first hour with crystal balls in the film instead of after Harry's last exam.
  • In the film, Harry does not learn the backstory of Lupine, the howling hut and the whipping willow. It also remains unmentioned that Lupine, Sirius, Pettigrew and James Potter wrote the Marauder's Map (this is only mentioned in the fifth film) and that James was also an Animagus. The fact that Snape was lured into the hut by Sirius and rescued by James at the last moment is not mentioned either.
  • The wolfsbane potion that protects Lupine during the full moon does not appear, but is mentioned by Sirius nonetheless.
  • In the book, a time turner also takes the user to where he was at the relevant time. Harry, Hermione and Buckbeak hide in Hagrid's hut until the Dementors arrive and don't run into Lupine.
  • It remains unmentioned that Snape revealed that Lupine is a werewolf.
  • In the novel, after Lupin's departure, a conversation takes place between Harry and Dumbledore, during which they talk, among other things, about the fact that Harry thought he was his father. The book also explains in more detail how Harry came up with it.
  • Harry receives the Firebolt in the book at Christmas, after which it is first confiscated and examined.


  • After the shooting of the second Harry Potter film, Richard Harris , who had previously played the principal Albus Dumbledore, died. Michael Gambon , who has since played the magician, was hired for this part . In the German version, Klaus Höhne was retained as the voice actor.
  • The film got a completely different look than in the first two parts, as it was no longer shot by the “family director” Chris Columbus , but by the Mexican Alfonso Cuarón . Many of these changes were retained for the rest of the films in the series.
    • The arrangement of Hogwarts and the surrounding area has been slightly changed (e.g. the location of Hagrid's hut and the Whomping Willow) and some sets have been added.
    • Both Professor Flitwick and Tom, the host of the Leaky Cauldron, have a completely different appearance than in previous films.
    • The four houses of Hogwarts take a back seat as school uniforms are no longer worn all the time and the point system for the house cup is hardly used any more. The Quidditch scenes have also been significantly reduced.
    • The ethnic composition of the school years is much more diverse.
    • For the first time, the wands have different shapes.
The Glenfinnan Viaduct that served as the location for the film.
  • The Russian-German artist couple Andrej Dugin and Olga Dugina were also involved in this new look as "Concept Artists" .
  • The age rating for this film was set to 12 years for the first time.
  • The film builds tension with the help of details that are not present in the novel. Thus, with the arrival of Travelers knight play equipment on a nearby playground shown that move magically, and the executioner who Buckbeak is to execute, is accompanied by ravens. With the many clocks that are displayed in a striking way throughout the castle, the viewer is attuned to the theme of "time".
  • The British rock singer Ian Brown is in a bit part be seen as a wizard who Stephen Hawking book A Brief History of Time reads.
  • The ending titles are designed in the style of the Marauder's card. The last words after the credits are “wrongdoing committed” and “nox”.

Movie attendance numbers

country Visitor 2004
United States 40.155.716
Great Britain 10.262.247
France 6,891,348
Germany 6,547,643
Spain 3,477,359
Italy 3,323,916
Netherlands 1,234,712
Belgium 1,108,663
Poland 1,040,789
Czech Republic 713.344
Sweden 712,578
Austria 662.138
Denmark 629.844
Turkey 625.043
Switzerland 608,564


Web links

Individual evidence

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