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 Transcript of Gryffindor Interview

- [ Nick @ 10:21 AM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

In the special features of the PoA DVD, an interview with the Gryffindors (James and Oliver Phelps, Devon Murray, Matthew Lewis) can be viewed. Steph over at Veritaserum wrote a transcript of the interview...

Interviewer: Where you big fans of Harry Potter before you got involved in this?
Oliver Phelps: Well. We read the books didn't we?
James Phelps: Yeah.
Oliver Phelps: So um...
James Phelps: I'd read half, I had just finished the first one when we heard there were auditions for the, for the film, so. So we thought, hmm. [Nodding his head.]
Oliver Phelps: And like, and honestly I didn't realize how much of a big scale it was on. But, I knew that there was definitely something about them, cause...
Interviewer: You thought it was going to be a low budget number.
Oliver Phelps: Well, I... [Laughs]

The full interview can be viewed here.


 New Review of PoA DVD

- [ Nick @ 10:04 AM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

Teen Hollywood has a new review posted on the PoA DVD. Head over here to view the extensive review in its entirety.


 Scans from PoA Desktop Calendar

- [ Nick @ 09:59 AM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

Thanks to HP4U.co.uk, you can view some of the new scans for the 2005 PoA desktop calendar. Head over to Veritaserum to check them out!


 PoA DVD Sales

- [ Nick @ 09:47 AM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

Here's the latest from Coming Soon...

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was on pace to reach the mark of 6 million units in first-day sales set by the franchise's last installment, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, according to Video Business.

The trade says that 4.5 million units moved via sell-through and 1.5 million through rental channels. But Warner Home Video, which shipped more than 15 million units of "Azkaban," declined comment.


 PoA Helps in Box Office

- [ Nick @ 07:47 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

From New Ratings...

Harry Potter: The Prisoner of Azkaban and Troy were the British films most likely to be seen by UK cinema-goers in the first half of 2004, July was the most popular cinema-going month, and by the end of August more than 117 million visits had been made to the cinema, up 10% on the same period in 2003, according to the latest figures released by the UK Film Council.

A total of GBP576.34 million was taken at the UK and Ireland box office from January until end of August, an increase of 11% on the same period in 2003 at GBP517.45 million. London, the Midlands and Lancashire made up the largest number of cinema-goers accounting for half of all UK admissions.

While the number of recent UK films shown on television (in the first six months of the year) increased by 51% overall (compared to the same period in 2003) this still represents a small proportion - 4.5% across all five channels - of the total films shown.

Commenting on the latest film figures, the UK Film Council's Chief Executive Officer John Woodward said:

"Cinema-going remains one of the most popular forms of entertainment in this country. The summer months in particular proved to be a sizzler at the box office with more than 117 million cinema visits by the end of August.

"British films have put in a strong performance at the UK box office so far this year with two UK films - Harry Potter: The Prisoner of Azkaban and Troy in the top five of the biggest earners at the box office.

The story in its entirety can be viewed here.


 Launch Party for POA DVD

- [ Animate @ 12:00 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

With the release of the Prisoner of Azkaban just around the corner, the stars have been out and about enjoying themselves. 16 Pictures from the DVD launch Party
Thanks to BBC

Update: Thanks to Reuters TV You'll be able to get a glimps of what the party was like.

Source: TLC


 One Month Till PoA DVD Release!

- [ Jasen @ 10:58 AM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

There's just one month left to go until you can watch the movie over and over...and over...and over again ;) Be sure to reserve your copy at Amazon or Barnes and Nobles!


 CBBC Newsround: Sneak Peak at PoA DVD!

- [ M17 @ 02:11 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

Lizo Mzimba of CBBC Newsround got a sneak peak at the upcoming Prisoner of Azkaban DVD, set to be release in the UK on November 19, and in the United States on November 23.

Lizo was one of the first people in the world to get a glimpse of what's on it, and here are some of the best bits. There are three deleted scenes including a cool one inside the great hall, as well as lots of interviews with the stars of the film.

There are technical insights too, with special effects teams explaining how Buckbeak was brought to life. They also explain how the Dementors made their way from the drawing board to the screen. But eager Potter fans will also be racing straight for the interviews with JK Rowling and Alfonso Cuaron for some very interesting information.

CBBC Newsround image.

Using an on-screen Marauder's Map, it allows you to explore different features in four basic areas.

  • Divination Class
  • The Great Hall
  • Hogwarts Grounds
  • Defense Against the Dark Arts

    The article goes on to mention much, much, much more about all the aspects of the DVD. See the exclusive at CBBC Newsround at the link above.

  • 10.10

     Screenshots of PoA DVD Menu

    - [ M17 @ 09:52 AM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    HarryLatino has some great shots of the PoA DVD Menu - thanks, El Cronista de Salem!


     PoA DVD Scoop

    - [ Deb @ 09:51 AM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    HPANA has uncoverd information of what the long awaited DVD will open with. It will be the night bus and Ernie. Read it here.

    10. 2

     PoA DVD Launch Party

    - [ M17 @ 07:22 AM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    Reliable sources tell Leaky that the Prisoner of Azkaban DVD launch party will be held at The Honourable Society of Middle Temple in London, on Thursday, November 18. Cast and crew are expected to attend, though as Leaky mentions, WB has made no official word of attendees.


     Prisoner of Azkaban Could be "La Película Mas Padre"

    - [ M17 @ 03:58 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    The finalists for the Premios Juventud ("Youth Awards") have been announced. Premios Juventud is the first ever Spanish-language television's award show where the Hispanic youth votes for its idols.

    "Harry Potter: The Prisoner of Azkaban," "Shrek 2" and "El Crimen del Padre Amaro" (The Crime of Father Amaro) compete against "Selena," the film made in memory of one of Hispanic America's favorite idols.

    "La Película Mas Padre" (roughly) translates to "All-Time Best Flick." You can read the whole release, including the full list of nominees and airing information, from Univision via Business Wire (Spanish release can be viewed here). Remember, you saw it here first!


     Nominations for POA Soundtrack

    - [ Claire @ 04:41 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    John Williams soundtrack to POA has received two nominations at the World Soundtrack Awards - Soundtrack Composer of the Year and Best Original Soundtrack of the Year. The site also allows you to vote for a People's Choice award. So click here to see the other nominees and cast your vote!


     Azkaban Contributes to Record Summer

    - [ M17 @ 01:54 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    The summer officially ends at the Labor Day holiday in two weeks, but already ticket tracker Exhibitor Relations Co Inc. is expecting a record take around $4 billion with "Shrek 2," "Spider-Man 2" and "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban."

    From Reuters via ABC News.


     Good news for British Potter fans!

    - [ Bunny @ 10:04 AM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    The DVD and VHS of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is being released in the UK four days before the USA.
    Azkaban will hit the shops in Britain on Friday 19 November.

    It won't be available in the US until 23 November, giving British fans an extra few days to explore the extras included on the DVD.

    These will include scenes not included in the original release, plus interviews with JK Rowling.

    News from: bbc


     Newsweek Poll Rates PoA

    - [ M17 @ 02:54 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    A recent online poll from Newsweek Magazine rates Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban this summer's 4th best movie, tied with The Bourne Supremacy. 1st on the list was Spiderman, and, curiously enough, Fahrenheit 9/11 was voted this summer's second best AND worst movie.


     POA tops $500m

    - [ Claire @ 03:52 AM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    BBC News reports that POA has become only the 10th film in history to surpass the $500m (£271.9m) mark outside of the US. Its overall takings of $750m make it Warner Bros' third most lucrative film ever.


     PoA clothes exhibit

    - [ Bunny @ 11:15 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    The Galeries Lafayette exhibition in Paris, has Harry, Hermione, and Ron's clothes from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban on display. The clothes are worn near the end of the movie, from Hermione's punch to the Shrieking Shack scene. You can see the pictures here

    Thanks Veritaserum


     PoA is a "Four Star" Movie -says Stephen King

    - [ Ema21 @ 05:30 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    The new issue of Entertainment Weekly has author Stephen King giving his opinion on summer films; he writes that "Prisoner of Azkaban" is one of only four four-star films of the summer. Thanks TLC.


     'Players' Video: Quotable Quotes from actors

    - [ Bunny @ 02:44 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    The show "Players" (airs on G4 Tech TV) recently aired a five minute segment on Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - the game and the movie. They also interviewed cast members, and the video has quite a few new quotes from everyone.

    Full story can be seen on Veritaserum as well as the video segment.


     HOT NEWS: WB Releases Azkaban DVD Trailer

    - [ iruhkoi @ 06:08 AM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    Many, many thanks to Harry's Scrapbook for this tip---Warner Bros has released a trailer for the upcoming Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban DVD, featuring preview clips from the special features. To view the trailer yourself, select one of the links below (choose your media player of preference and download quality):

  • Quicktime - 100k / 300k / 500k

  • Real Player - 56k / 100k / 300k / 500k

  • Windows Media Player - 56k / 100k / 300k / 500k
  • Remember, you heard it here at iHP first---after watching it, head over to our discussion forums to voice your opinions!


     Harry Potter Wins at Teen Choice Awards

    - [ M17 @ 04:52 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    The TeenPeople 2004 Teen Choice Awards have been picked, and they will be awarded tonight on FOX TV at 8 PM (7 Central). Harry Potter is to be awarded one award - in the category of Movie: Drama/Action Adventure.

    Thanks, WizardNews.


     "The Noble Collection" Time-Turner

    - [ Ema21 @ 01:08 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    "The Noble Collection", known for their beautiful jewelry and sword replicas, has now launched a Harry Potter collection. Two very interesting item's are Hermione's Time Turner, and Harry's wand.


     Pre-order PoA at Amazon.com

    - [ Ema21 @ 12:39 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    You can now pre-order "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" at Amazon.com! Pre-order the widescreen or full screen version! Thanks to Crystal.

    08. 8

     Amazon.com offers "Marauder's Map" Screensaver

    - [ iruhkoi @ 04:07 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    Although Amazon.com has yet to officially allow preordering for the DVD release of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the product listing page says the following:

    Exclusive Offer: Order Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban now and receive immediate access to the following in your Digital Locker: ...an exclusive Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Marauder's Map screensaver.

    It is assumed that this offer will apply whenever Amazon.com actually begins accepting preorders; the link above also contains instructions on how you can have the site notify you when that happens.

    08. 6

     Three-Disc Set Preorder Also Available

    - [ Jasen @ 01:35 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    The three-disc set (as previously reported), containing the first three Harry Potter film DVD discs in one collection, is also now available for preorder at Barnes & Noble. The product photograph, pictured below, also confirms that the Prisoner of Azkaban DVD will be different in packaging from the first two.

    08. 6

     Pre-Order PoA DVD (Starting Today) from Barnes & Noble

    - [ Mischief Managed! @ 09:55 AM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is scheduled to be released on DVD on November 23, 2004. Barnes & Noble has announced in an e-mail campaign that they will now be accepting preorders for the DVD.

    08. 6


    - [ Deb @ 08:34 AM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    LEGO has just released a realistic replica of the Knight Bus. Read about it here. Thanks to Am for the scoop.

    08. 6

     More Details on PoA DVD & VHS

    - [ Animate @ 04:16 AM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    Thanks to Harry Latino, for sending us more detials about Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban on DVD & VHS (which, as previously reported, is due out in November 23):

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban on DVD

    DVD Extra's

    From never-before-seen footage, classroom tours and challenges, fans
    will become well acquainted with secrets of the wizard world.

    The two-disc edition DVD will include these spellbinding special features:

  • A selection of mystifying exclusive never-before-seen footage.
  • Creating the Vision a revealing interview with J.K. Rowling and the filmmakers.
  • Three great interactive challenges! Test your memory with "Magic You
    May Have Missed", help Crookshanks "Catch Scabbers", and go on an
    unexpected quest with Sir Cadogan.
  • Self-guided iPIX tours into Honeydukes and Professor Lupin's Defense
    Against the Dark Arts classroom.
  • Raucous interviews with the cast lead by Johnny Vaughan and the Shrunken Head.
  • Meet the animal trainers from the movie in Care of Magical Creatures.
  • Choir Practice sing-along with the Hogwarts choir.
  • Hogwarts Portrait Gallery - get a closer look at the various portraits
    lining the walls of Hogwarts castle.
  • Conjuring a Scene an in-depth look at the making of key scenes from the film.
  • Theatrical trailers of all three Harry Potter films.
  • Electronic Arts game preview.

    DVD-ROM PC capable features include:
  • Wizard Trading Cards.
  • Hogwarts timeline.

    DVD info:

  • DVD: $29.95 VHS: $22.95
  • Street Date: November 23, 2004
  • Languages: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, French and Spanish
  • Running time: 142 mins
  • Rating: PG (frightening moments, creature violence and mild language)

  • 07.27

     News On The PoA DVD + Three-Pack!!

    - [ Jasen @ 06:01 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    Here we are in July and already talking about the DVD -- who would've figured :p

    DVD Answers has up new info on the DVD, which will be released November 23 at a suggested retail price of $29.95. And there will even be a three-pack released the same day, which will include all three films (a total of six discs). Check out the More link for details!

    Warner has officially announced Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban which stars Daniel Radcliffe as the now legendary wizard. The two-disc set will be available to own from the 23rd November this year, for around $29.95. As well as a 2.40:1 anamorphic widescreen presentation and English Dolby Digital 5.1 track, the disc will include deleted scenes, a Conjuring a Scene featurette that takes an in-depth look at the making of key scenes from the film and a Creating The Vision feature which includes a revealing interview with author J.K. Rowling, Also included will be three new interactive challenges in which you can test your memory with "Magic You May Have Missed", help Crookshanks "Catch Scabbers" and go on an unexpected quest with Sir Cadogan. Other features will include two self guided tours of Honeydukes and Professor Lupin's Classroom, a sing-along with the Hogwarts choir, a Hogwarts Portrait Gallery, cast interviews by Johnny Vaughan and the Shrunken Head, an Electronic Arts game preview, a feature in which you meet the animal trainers in care of the magical creatures, trailers for all three Harry Potter films and more. Arriving the same day will be a Harry Potter three-pack release, containing the first three Harry Potter films. This will retail for $59.92.

    The cover of the PoA DVD can be seen here. All disc special features and cover images are subject to change.


     PoA Helps Set Summer Box Office Record

    - [ Jasen @ 05:35 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    From IMDB:

    Thanks primarily to the astounding success of Shrek 2 ($429.2 million cumulative as of this weekend), Spider-Man 2 ($328.5 million cumulative), and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban ($241.8 million cumulative), the summer box office is now running 14 percent ahead of last year, when a new record was set, the Hollywood Reporter reported today (Tuesday).


     Locking Mechanism Company Showcases Work

    - [ iruhkoi @ 08:07 AM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    Ever wonder where those "magically latching" locks on the 70 ft-high Hogwarts door seen in the Prisoner of Azkaban movie came from?

    "Lenze Ltd, based in Caxton Road, Bedford, is currently showcasing its work in the latest Harry Potter movie The Prisoner of Azkaban. They supplied 14 locking mechanisms using, for the technically-minded, linear actuators to push in and out and rotate the locks automatically.

    While Harry and the Hogwarts School of Wizardry may be responsible for the conjuring tricks, it is the muggles at Lenze's school of engineering who made the magic door work in reality."

    Read more at The Luton News!


     PoA DVD Deleted Scenes Revealed?

    - [ Jasen @ 03:48 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    El Cronista de Salem writes:

    I have the screenplay of the eliminated scenes of 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban'. There will be few scenes in the dvd... the eliminated scenes are: 11, 40, 56 and 91-93. I give a little description of them:

    -SCENE 11: in the knight bus, the little head joke with ernie, who
    drives without hands. harry says "uff!".

    -SCENE 40: Hagrid shout to a bird.

    -SCENE 56: Harry, Ron and Hermione speak about Hogsmeade in Hogwarts
    (scene before the attack to the FAT LADY). SOMETHING SPECIAL: Ron buys
    the sneakcope in Derbin and Banges, not in Egypt. Lated they arrive to
    the picture and appears Sir Cadogan speaking.

    -SCENE 91 TO 93: McGonagall ask who has lost the passwords... Neville
    speaks... you know this scene...

    I am going to try to have the original screenplay... but i dont know if i will get it.

    07. 7

     More info on Chinese Ban on Potter

    - [ iruhkoi @ 08:55 AM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    iharrypotter.net first brought you this story three days ago, but as it hits the mainstream press we bring you more details on the Chinese ban of the Prisoner of Azkaban movie; from Sky News:

    Ten-year-old Yang Kun said that the first two movies were "frightening and really good" and rebutted the government's concerns, arguing that "Harry teaches kids to be brave and helps them solve their problems."

    Told that he would not be able to see the new Harry Potter film this summer, 14-year-old Yan Yajun was outraged. "I think that's wrong", he said. "They shouldn't stop kids from watching what they want to watch. Harry doesn't have a bad impact on kids; he teaches us things."

    Exactly how "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" might negatively influence Chinese children has not been explained by the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television the government bureau responsible for the ban.

    Harry Potter's young Chinese fans seem unlikely perpetrators of violent or anti-social acts. On a recent afternoon at the Xinhua Bookstore in downtown Beijing, primary school-aged children flocked around the shelves displaying all five Harry Potter books. A sales assistant attested that the books are top sellers.

    The children all avid readers, and, according to those parents present, good students seemed confused and worried by the suggestion that Harry Potter might be a negative influence on their development.

    Ten-year-old Yang Kun said that the first two movies were "frightening and really good" and rebutted the government's concerns, arguing that "Harry teaches kids to be brave and helps them solve their problems."

    Told that he would not be able to see the new Harry Potter film this summer, 14-year-old Yan Yajun was outraged. "I think that's wrong", he said. "They shouldn't stop kids from watching what they want to watch. Harry doesn't have a bad impact on kids; he teaches us things."

    Read more at the link above!

    07. 6

     Box Office Update

    - [ Jasen @ 11:35 AM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    This weekend in the UK, PoA conjured up 1.2 million pounds, bringing its total to 42 million, but the film dropped to second place right after "Shrek 2".

    Meanwhile in the US, "Spider-Man 2" (Spidey you rule!!) took over the box office with another $22 million Sunday, with PoA taking in $1.7 million in seventh spot, bringing its domestic total to $223 million.

    07. 4

     China Bans Azkaban Movie for Summer

    - [ iruhkoi @ 07:17 AM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    from The Seattle Times:

    ...amid growing concern it is losing touch with an increasingly rebellious youth, the government recently announced a series of steps to bolster social, ethical and moral standards among underage Chinese. (...)

    The government has also banned the release of all new foreign films — including "Spider-Man 2," the third installment of the "Harry Potter" series and "Shrek 2" — during the school break this summer...

    Read more at the link above!

    07. 2

     PoA Arrives In IMAX Today!

    - [ Jasen @ 10:43 AM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    The movie hits the bigger screen today in most IMAX theaters, but check to see if it's playing at yours.

    07. 1

     Factory Bootlegging PoA Shutdown

    - [ Jasen @ 01:55 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    Thousands of bootleg DVDs, Playstation games and MP3 music discs were recovered from the address in Hyde Park following a raid.

    It is estimated the seized merchandise, which included copies of Harry Potter and the Prisoner Of Azkaban currently being shown in cinemas, has a street value of around £50,000.

    Read on at Leeds Today.

    07. 1

     PoA Nominated for Teen Choice Awards

    - [ @ 10:03 AM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban has been nominated for the Best Drama/Action-Adventure Movie Award at the 2003 Teen Choice Awards, an even sponsored by Teen People magazine. Vote here. Voting ends in August, and the show will air August 11th, at 8 p.m. EST.


     Release Date for PoA: Nov. 23

    - [ @ 06:00 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    Videoeta has released that Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban will be avaliable in DVD and VHS on November 23 of this year.


     The Prisoner of Azkaban Arrives in Japan

    - [ Jasen @ 12:16 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    PoA is now officially released in Japanese cinemas, according to Japan Today.


     PoA Drops To Sixth Place

    - [ Jasen @ 03:33 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    The third film dropped to sixth place this weekend, bringing in an estimated $11.4 miillion in its fourth weekend of release. The film's total has grown to $211.7 million in the US, and earning $481.1 million worldwide.


     Harry Gets MAD

    - [ Jasen @ 12:46 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    MAD Magazine has up a new preview look at their latest issue, which features a spoof of PoA.


     An Oscar For Mr. Potter?

    - [ Jasen @ 12:44 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    Hollywood Reporter has this:

    Warner Bros.' "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," directed by Alfonso Cuaron, attracted very favorable reviews, many of which called it the best of the three "Potter" films to date. Cuaron, an Oscar nominee for his original screenplay for "Y tu mama tambien," could get a directing nomination. Screenwriter Steve Kloves, who received Oscar and Golden Globes nods for adapting "Wonder Boys" and also got Writers Guild of America nominations for "Wonder" and his original screenplay "The Fabulous Baker Boys," could receive new noms for "Azkaban."

    John Williams' well-reviewed "Azkaban" score, too, could get nods from Academy and Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. voters. Williams has received so many Oscar and Globe nominations (along with a few wins, too) over the years that the list is too long to include here. It goes without saying that you're probably not going to lose money by betting on Williams' score to be nominated. The film's visual effects are obviously also good grist for the awards mill. And if "Azkaban" casts all the right magical spells it could conjure up both a best picture Oscar nomination and a best motion picture -- drama Golden Globe nomination.


     Harry's Still Big Overseas

    - [ Jasen @ 12:41 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    From Reuters:

    LONDON (Reuters) - The latest instalment of boy wizard Harry Potter's adventures has topped the UK box office for the third week running, according to data from Screen International.

    "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" earned 3.4 million pounds between Friday and Sunday to take its British gross to 36.5 million since its release three weeks ago.

    Wow, three weeks already. Can you believe it?


     Despite Efforts, PoA Pirated

    - [ M17 @ 03:06 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    Police in Durban have hit counterfeiters where it hurts, making their biggest haul of pirate DVDs in the city. In a raid, police seized DVDs worth R2.7-million, many the latest blockbusters of Hindi and Hollywood releases.

    The police action may have helped stem the flood of DVDs swamping the country and threatening the legitimate entertainment industry and the loss of thousands of jobs.

    It is believed that the DVDs are manufactured in Pakistan and then smuggled into South Africa. Among the 3 706 DVDs confiscated were films like Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban and The Passion Of The Christ. Some were multiple DVDs of sets of threes and fives.

    The full article can be found at IOL South Africa.


     Japan goes potty over release of 'Prisoner'

    - [ Vickie @ 08:41 AM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    Mainichi Daily News has an article about the popularity of the PoA Film in Japan.

    Japan has been struck spellbound by the release this month of "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," much to the delight of fans and businesses alike.

    A staggering 85,000 advance tickets have been sold for the film in major cities alone, so the distributor of the movie, Warner Brothers Pictures Japan, is hoping the film will break audience records.

    Read more at the above link.

    Thanks to Wizard News for the information.


     PoA Knocked Off of Top Spot

    - [ M17 @ 04:57 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    Prisoner of Azkaban has been knocked to third, earning $17.4 million, behind The Terminal ($18.7 million), and Dodgeball (about $30 million) in this weekends tallies. More from Yahoo! News.


     PoA Going for the TKO

    - [ Deb @ 08:08 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    PoA remains on top in the USA for the second weekend in a row! Let's make it a third! Read about it on Time Star. It also remains #1 in the UK. See the rankings here


     Chinese HP Fans Will Have To Wait

    - [ Jasen @ 04:14 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    According to Xinhuanet, the movie is expected to be released in China on September 3. It recently passed the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television.


     Fussy Over PoA

    - [ Jasen @ 04:11 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    Fred Topel of About.com responds to the..erm..hate mail he's been receiving regarding his review of PoA (which he thought was great, by the way). Check out what all the fuss is about at the link!


     Industry Speaks out Against Pirates

    - [ Deb @ 12:19 AM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    The movie industry says if fans download the movies supposed to be seen in theaters it will ruin the summer. They admit there are no real laws in place yet. Also there is no way to catch people downloading ... only uploading. But they argue it is morally wrong and beg fans to see it at the movies instead. Read the entire article inUSA Today.


     The Magic Sways For Younger Fans

    - [ Jasen @ 08:48 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    From the Sun Herald:

    Kasey O'Connor read her first Harry Potter book at age 7, but now she's 12 and would rather hang out at the mall than at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. "My friends and I don't want to see the new movie," she said. "We'd rather see 'Mean Girls' or '13 Going on 30.'

    Jeffrey Rhodes, 15, also is less than wild about Harry these days. "I'm out of that mystical and magical phase," he said. "Now I'm more into chicks and cars and movies like 'Hellboy' and 'Eurotrip.'

    Find out why the folks at WB aren't worrying too much about this at the link!


     PoA Flourishes Worldwide

    - [ Jasen @ 08:45 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    BBC reports:

    The movie, which has already made $362m (£200m) around the world, will now come out in countries including Indonesia, Spain, Slovakia and Bulgaria.

    The film made more than $100m (£56m) in 40 countries last weekend, despite the start of the Euro 2004 soccer contest.

    It had the fourth-highest opening takings of all time in Australia.


     PoA's Animal Action Uncovered

    - [ M17 @ 07:32 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    As in the previous Harry Potter films, a snowy owl named Gizmo played the part of Hedwig. In one scene, Hedwig perches on a tree stump in the forest while Harry pets him and talks with professor Lupin (David Thewlis)...

    To achieve this sequence, Hedwig stood on an Astroturf-covered perch positioned 15 feet above the ground and approximately 20 feet away from a wind machine that helped create the swirling wintry scene.

    A large waddling bulldog named Ripper enters the Dursley’s house and runs into living room. Aunt Marge takes the leash off Ripper and he jumps up on couch. Later in the scene, the bulldog licks a plate on floor and howls when Harry picks up the empty plate. Ripper then laps some brandy from a glass at the table. The dog barks and growls when he sees Marge grow fatter and fatter until she begins to float up in the air. Ripper grabs hold of Uncle Vernon’s pant leg as he tries to help his sister, and they both float up and then fall to the ground as Marge drifts away.

    Four bulldogs were on call for this part. In order to entice the dog to lick the plate and glass, trainers put gravy on the plate and smeared sardine oil on a plastic brandy glass filled with colored water. The dog’s howls and growls came readily upon the trainer’s verbal cues. Richard Griffiths, the actor playing Uncle Vernon, was fitted with leather half chaps to protect his legs from the dog’s teeth, and a rope that the dog loved to play with was tucked inside the chaps. Trainers showed the rope to the dog and encouraged him to pull on it. As the actor walked around the set, the dog walked with him tugging at the rope.

    A WHOLE LOT more can be found at ahafilm! (via Godric's Hollow)


     Staff PoA Reviews Online

    - [ Jasen @ 11:54 AM . GMT . Movie: PoA, Opinari ]

    Reviews of the film are now appearing online for your reading pleasure. Check out Opinari to read them!


     Azkaban "does a poor job" with depicting time travel

    - [ iruhkoi @ 01:04 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    CinemaBlend as an article that discusses the paradoxes inherent in time travel, and mentions Azkaban:

    Harry Potter is able to cast a spell he previously had difficulty with. When asked how he did it he answers “I knew I could do it because I had done it.” Earlier in the movie, before going back in time, he saw himself cast the spell, so therefore he could do it. Huh? At some point he had to have done it without knowing he could do it, right?

    Read more at either link above.
    Thanks to WizardNews for the tip.


     Fan Describes Experience At London Premiere

    - [ Jasen @ 01:00 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    Because of her timely visit to London and Watson's willingness to approach a crowd of movie-goers a second time, the Charleston native [Katie Spoo] got to see the European premiere of "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," the third movie based on J.K Rowling's enormously popular books about the young British wizard.

    The showing was nearly a week before the movie's opening in the United States and included the bonus of having many of the film's stars and other celebrities in attendance.

    "I was almost shaking," Spoo said of how she felt by the time it was all over.

    Read on here!


     Cinematographer Brings Fresh Visuals to PoA

    - [ Jasen @ 12:58 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    American Cinematographer Online has an article on Michael Seresin, the cinematographer for the second sequel:

    The choice was unexpected but inspired. "I'm so happy with what Michael did," continues Cuaron. "He grounded the whole film in reality. It doesn't have a storybook kind of look; it's something a bit grittier." Indeed, Seresin is known for dark, moody features like Midnight Express, as well as other projects with Alan Parker (Bugsy Malone, Angela's Ashes) and Harold Becker (Domestic Disturbance, Mercury Rising, City Hall).


     Orson Scott Card's Take On PoA

    - [ Jasen @ 12:54 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    The author of the Ender's Game series has up a new review of the PoA movie on his official site. Here's an excerpt:

    This movie actually feels magical. Director Alfonso Cuarón creates a Hogwarts Academy that feels like a truly ancient building, and he shows us a wild, untamed north country of England that makes the magic come to life.

    It's not just the photography, though. The script, while true to the story (except for the compression necessary to fit a long book into two hours of running time), adds clever details that make Hogwarts come to life. Since Steve Kloves wrote the previous two movies, I have to conclude that it was Cuarón who made the difference, though.

    We get to see kids having fun with each other. They move through a school building that shows its great age. Birds fly through many a scene; there's a sense that the whole place is teeming with wildlife. Magical creatures aren't made cute; nothing is tame.

    Nothing is safe. And that's exactly right: That's the world children actually live in. To children, all dangers are real, even those that adults dismiss as trivial. For the first time, a Harry Potter movie is truthfully about children, not just for children.

    And something else has happened. The kids have learned how to act.

    Perhaps it comes from a couple of years of hanging around with some of the finest actors in Britain.

    But I suspect it's also the director's touch. Whereas Chris Columbus is noted for getting the worst performances of his actors' careers, Cuarón may soon have a reputation for getting the best.


     Interview With Two Weasleys and A Longbottom

    - [ Jasen @ 12:52 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    CBBC has up a video interview with George and Oliver Phelps (the twins) and Matthew Lewis (Neville)!


     PBS interviews Alfonso Cuaron

    - [ iruhkoi @ 07:13 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    TLC is reporting that PBS stations will be airing (at 11 PM Eastern Time) an interview with Prisoner of Azkaban director Alfonso Cuaron, on The Charlie Rose Show. If you get a chance to see it, please be sure to send in your thoughts!


     Harry Potter Gets IMAXed

    - [ Jasen @ 01:16 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    CATHEDRAL CITY -- More than 2,000 Harry Potter fans watched the fictional teen wizard on the really big screen at Desert Imax Theatre this weekend.

    A total of 2,332 people saw the Imax version of "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" at the Cathedral City theater.

    Read on at thedesertsun.com.


     PoA Rules Box Office Again

    - [ Jasen @ 01:15 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    MTV.com reports:

    For the second week in a row, "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" locked up the #1 spot at the box office, according to early estimates. Though ticket sales for the flick dropped drastically from $92.6 million in its opening weekend to more than $35 million in its second, Harry Potter managed to keep Vin Diesel at bay.

    Caught between Potter and another heavy-hitting box-office warrior, Shrek, "The Chronicles of Riddick" won the #2 spot. The dynamic duo of Vin Diesel and Judi Dench helped "Riddick" bring in $24.6 million in its opening weekend.


     Behind-the-scenes documentary for POA Movie!

    - [ iruhkoi @ 06:06 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    Sympatico/MSN and Tribute TV have an exclusive "making of" Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban video for download, in addition to a trailer. The site claims it is an "EXCLUSIVE behind-the-scenes documentary."

    The whole thing looks like it's almost exactly 30 minutes long, so it should be a good watch, even if essentially intended for promotional purposes. We can probably expect it to be on the DVD, whenever that comes out.

    Check it out at the link above!
    Thanks to gotpotter.net for the tip.


     Friday Box Office Numbers

    - [ Jasen @ 04:03 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    According to BoxOfficeMojo, the PoA movie earned around $10 million on Friday, totaling up to about $133.5 million. Following in second and third place were "The Chronicles of Riddick" and "Garfield".


     Special PoA Screening Helps Charity

    - [ Jasen @ 01:09 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    From Adoption-Net.co.uk:

    Cast member Chris Rankin (Percy Weasley) and celebrity 'Harry Potter' fans including Linda Barker, Jack Ellis (Bad Girls) and Sharron Davies attended a special charity screening of 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban' on June 1 - raising a magical £65k for NCH, the children's charity.

    The screening, held at the Odeon cinema in London's Leicester Square, saw fans come together to view the third big screen instalment of JK Rowling's popular 'Harry Potter' novels.


     "A Wild Ride to See the Wizards" - The Singapore Premiere

    - [ M17 @ 06:56 AM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    A huge thanks to iHP Reader Mary-Ann, who writes in and tells us that she has posted a photo-essay of the Singapore Prisoner of Azkaban Premiere! You can check out the photo-essay at The UrbanWire, her student E-Zine publication. Meanwhile, here are some excerpts:

    The Singapore Gala Premiere of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was held on May 31 at Cathay Cineplex Orchard. Though nowhere near as exciting as the New York and London premieres of the film, which saw the Harry Potter stars out in full force, this premiere was nonetheless interesting, with the appearance of a real Knight Bus!


     About That Buckbeak Again...

    - [ Jasen @ 07:26 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    MSNBC has this on the bird--er--horse--wait..bird-horse..hippogriff!:

    It took the animators at London's Framestore CFC more than a year of cutting-edge computer wizardry to bring Buckbeak to the big screen. The result uses never before seen special effects to create one of the most magnificent and realistic creatures in film history.

    But what exactly is the mythical creature known as a hippogriff?

    "He's basically a combination of a horse and a bird," says visual effects supervisor Tim Burke. "His front half is a bird, and his back half is a horse."

    Half horse and half bird equals one big challenge for the animators. To start, the team took a field trip.

    "We spent a lot of time down at the zoo," says CG supervisor David Lomax, "going to bird sanctuaries to study their movement and what they looked like, as well as taking many pictures of horses and studying horses in fields."

    You can read on at the link and also check out some video with the article!


     Chris Rankin Webchat

    - [ xAmarisx @ 01:34 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    Recently there was a BBC webchat with Chris Rankin aka Percy Weasley and he answers some of your questions. Check out the new hair!! Click Here for the transcript!


     Official Site Update

    - [ Jasen @ 08:17 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    HP.com has updated The Daily Prophet with an entry by the winner of the PoA Walk-On-Role contest, which you can check out here.


     It's Always Buckbeak, Buckbeak, Buckbeak!

    - [ Jasen @ 08:13 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    USA Today has an interesting article on the hippogriff:

    Thanks to nearly two years of work by computer specialists, Buckbeak figures prominently in several of the movie's most wondrous scenes. In a couple of shots, Harry rides off into the horizon on the hippogriff's broad, downy back.

    "Buckbeak is very gracious when he flies, but very clumsy when he walks and eats like a glutton," says Alfonso Cuaron, who directed the third film in the Potter series. "He is not very smart, but very loyal and very proud."

    Underlying his distinctive character traits was a complex musculature created by a team specializing in computer-generated imagery.

    "The hippogriff was probably one of the most complex creatures we've ever done (in the three Potter films)," Potter producer Mark Radcliffe says.

    Several artists, Radcliffe says, "combined the bone structure of a bird with the bone structure of a horse, then started to figure out, 'How does an animal like that walk? Does it walk around like a horse or like a bird?' "

    The filmmakers originally tried to fashion Buckbeak in the form of a large puppet, but "that didn't quite work," says Robbie Coltrane, who plays Hagrid, the groundskeeper who teaches the young wizards about the care of magical creatures and introduces them to the sensitive and intelligent hippogriff.

    "We wanted a smart, powerful animal, but it's also a bird of prey," Radcliffe says. "We wanted to create a creature that would be emotional and have a real personality. We wanted a creature the audience would love."

    More at the link.


     Mixed Reviews at Kerasotes

    - [ Jasen @ 05:25 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    There were no long lines, no costumes, or any fanfare whatsoever at the opening of the new Harry Potter movie in Mattoon at the midnight showing early last Friday morning.

    The theatres in the Kerasotes complex were mostly full, and those attending seemed to enjoy themselves. However, feelings on the movie have been mixed across the nation.

    Read on at The Regional.


     Adolesence Abound In PoA

    - [ Jasen @ 05:23 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    Neva Chonin of SFGate takes an interesting look at the major themes that play in the movie.


     The Prisoner of Azkaban Is Huge The Worldover

    - [ Jasen @ 05:17 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    From Hispanic PR Wire:

    Domestic grosses for the three-day weekend are $93,687,367, with an additional Monday gross of $8.428 million for a 4-day total of $102.115 million, defining Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban as the top-ranked Friday-opening PG movie in motion picture history, (a record previously held by Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, which grossed $90.3 million for its three-day opening weekend). The film opened in 3,855 locations domestically, for a per-screen average of $24,032 for the weekend. Including domestic box office, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban grossed a total of $207,197,000 worldwide in its first four days.

    06. 9

     Rating System

    - [ Deb @ 11:18 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    Are you wondering how PoA got it's PG rating. Read how it's determined in the UK here. Thanks to CBBC Newsround for the information.

    06. 8

     David Thewlis Talks About His Costars

    - [ Jasen @ 11:47 AM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    The Sydney Morning Herald recently had an interview with Thewlis:

    Teenagers Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint are recognised around the world as Harry, Hermione and Ron, and have guaranteed careers for at least two more instalments.

    But one of their co-stars, David Thewlis, insists they have not become movie brats just yet.

    "That's your first thought when you meet them - that they must be precocious and it's all gone to their head," he said in Sydney yesterday. "But they're really not. They're actually very, very nice and funny and good company."

    But Thewlis, who joined the cast as Professor Lupin for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, thinks it will be difficult for them to have acting careers outside the series.

    "The most likely is Rupert," he said. "I think he's the most natural actor. He's the oldest of the three. I can imagine him moving on. Emma's the same."

    It will be tougher for Radcliffe, who plays Harry, to avoid becoming the Mark Hamill of his generation, typecast as Luke Skywalker to the point of hardly getting another decent role.

    "Someone is going to have to make a brave casting choice to give him something that takes him away from Harry Potter," Thewlis said. "Or he's going to have to shave his head and grow a beard ... to get away from it."

    The English actor, best known previously for Naked and Seven Years in Tibet, was confused when asked to meet the Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron. Thewlis said he was unavailable because he had a Harry Potter meeting at the same time.

    06. 8

     PoA Makes $93.7 Million Over Weekend

    - [ Jasen @ 11:37 AM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    The Associated Press says:

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" had the magic touch with a $93.7 million debut, the third-biggest opening weekend ever and the best performance yet for the sorcery franchise.

    The movie took over the top box-office spot from "Shrek 2," which had been No. 1 the previous two weekends. "Shrek 2" grossed $37.9 million to push its three-week total to $314.5 million.

    The new "Harry Potter" flick came in behind the $114.8 million opening weekend of "Spider-Man" in 2002 and the $108 million debut of "Shrek 2" last month.

    06. 8

     PoA's Box Office Overseas

    - [ Jasen @ 11:34 AM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    LONDON (Reuters) - The latest Harry Potter film has stormed to the top of the UK box office, but has failed to break the record for the biggest opening weekend.

    "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" took 9.5 million pounds in Britain and Ireland, chart compiler Screen International said on Tuesday.

    That falls short of the biggest British debut, set by the second Potter film "Chamber of Secrets", which made 10.3 million pounds in three days in November 2002.

    The final part of the Lord of the Rings trilogy took 9.7 million in its opening weekend last December.

    With ticket sales from previews included, "Azkaban" has taken 23.8 million pounds in Britain.

    Read on at Reuters.

    06. 8

     Back Down on Potter Rating

    - [ xAmarisx @ 07:40 AM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    As previously reported, The Austrailian film censors gave the new movie a M15+ rating. Seems that now the film will be given a PG rating.

    "A four-member panel of the Classification Review Board met today and unanimously determined that the film Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban be classified PG," the board said in a statement.

    More could be found at this source link: NineMSN

    06. 7

     Another positive review of PoA

    - [ Deb @ 10:15 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    Chris Hewitt reviews PoA for us. Read it here first.
    As Daniel Radcliffe and the rest of the diminutive wizards mature, muggles can expect to succumb to a brand new spell.

    The new "Harry Potter" movie, "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," is the third in the series but, really, it's a whole new Quidditch game.

    The first two films were directed by Chris Columbus, the hack responsible for "Mrs. Doubtfire" and "Nine Months," but "Prisoner," opening today, was handed over to the distinctive talents of Alfonso Cuaron ("Y Tu Mama Tambien," "The Little Princess"), who has tweaked the formula in tiny ways that make the third film the freshest of the bunch. Don't worry — Harry Potter's glasses haven't changed. But a whole lot of other things have:

    1. Who's in, who's out at Hogwarts

    Not to speak ill of the dead, but the demise of Richard Harris allowed the third Harry Potter movie to trade up. Michael Gambon replaces Harris, bringing new dimension to the role of wise Hogwarts honcho Dumbledore. The rest of the core cast remains intact. But also new are Emma Thompson, in an extra-large performance as a batty medium, Gary Oldman as the titular prisoner, Timothy Spall as a mysterious character, Julie Christie as a barkeep and David Thewlis as a new Hogwarts instructor who befriends Harry. On the other hand, fans of Julie Walters' Mrs. Weasley will be disappointed to know she weasels herself into only one brief scene.

    2. Don't be afraid of the dark

    Word is the new movie is darker than the previous two. I don't see it. With a new director and cinematographer, the movie looks richer and moodier, but the violence is more in the fantasy realm than in the previous two films. The scariest stuff involves a fight between a werewolf and a nasty dog, but even that is not as realistically disturbing as the burning-to-death scenes from "Sorceror's" and "Chamber."

    3. Easier on the bladder (and short attention spans)

    The longest of the three books that have been filmed, "The Prisoner of Azkaban" is the shortest Harry Potter movie. The novel's 435 pages are compressed into 141 minutes (the first book was 309 pages, and the movie was 152 minutes; the second book and movie were 341 pages and 161 minutes, respectively). For the math-impaired, that's 20 seconds per page in the new one versus 30 seconds per page in the previous two. That's because the first two adaptations struggled to cram nearly everything in, but "Prisoner" gives up on that and captures the essence of the novel instead. ("Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," which went into production this week, will have to toss out whole chunks of its 753-page source material.)

    4. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Hormones

    The third "Potter" feels more like the real world than its predecessors. They play only small roles, but there are many more wizards of color at Hogwarts now, and there's a shrunken head/bus driver who speaks with a Jamaican accent. The kids are starting to act more like real adolescents, too: "Is that really what my hair looks like from the back?" wonders Hermione when a magical spell allows her to turn back time and review her actions, while Ron uses the mildly potty-mouthed epithet, "Bloody hell," in one scene. And secondary sex characteristics have kicked in — Daniel Radcliffe's Harry suddenly has a square jaw, and Matthew Lewis, roundish as Neville Longbottom in the first two movies, is now tall and thin.

    5. Leave the Bufferin at home

    John Williams' score for the prior "Potters" was headache-inducingly loud, but, unlike original director Chris Columbus, Alfonso Cuaron doesn't use Williams' music like a battering ram. It's the same music (plus a few new themes), but Cuaron and Williams collaborate to give them a delicacy and expressiveness that recalls the music Williams wrote for "E.T."

    06. 7
    06. 7

     On The Hogwarts Express

    - [ Jasen @ 06:46 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    John Kilbride of Scotland Today writes:

    Scotland Today, the news programme on Scottish TV ran a report today (June 7) on the train and Scottish Locations that was used in filming in the HP films.

    The story "Harry Potter magic boost to Scotland's tourist industry " is here and available to watch in video.

    06. 7

     Emma's View's on PoA

    - [ Deb @ 01:14 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    Emma Waton didn't know Gary Oldman until PoA. She gives her views on the movie, Gary, and life outside of Hogwarts.

    'Potter' Star Watson Did Not Know Oldman

    Associated Press quote from The Miami Herald

    NEW YORK - Daniel Radcliffe was ecstatic when he heard Gary Oldman was going to play the sinister Sirius Black in "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban."

    But there was a far different reaction from Emma Watson. She said she did not who Oldman was until she got to work with him.

    "Daniel almost bit my head off when I said at the beginning ... he said, 'Gary Oldman's been cast as Sirius Black,'" Watson told reporters. "And I went, 'Who?' Now I know that is the most terrible thing I could possibly say, ever. Even though I didn't know him, just working with him, he did such a good job. He's great."

    "Prisoner of Azkaban" has been Watson's favorite installment in the boy wizard franchise because of the development of her character, Hermione Granger.

    "She really comes into her own," Watson said. "And I think you see a really different side to her than you have in the other two (films). I think it's much more personal. This film has really tested and challenge me and I definitely enjoyed it the best of the three because of that."

    Watson said new director Alfonso Cuaron got all the important aspects of J.K. Rowling's novel into the movie.

    "A lot was cut, but they did a great job of making sure that everything that was put in the film is really relevant to the plot," she said. "One thing that I think that is really nice about this film, is that it is really fluid, it's really fast moving and I think they did a really good job of getting everything that was important in there."

    Watson said between making Harry Potter movies, she tries to live her life as normally as she can.

    "Between every single film, I always go back to school. I see all my friends. I do everything I used to do," she said. "I play sports. I go to teenage parties.

    "All of my money is locked away in a bank until I'm 25 and I'm not going to see it until then," she said laughing.

    06. 7

     POA_Imax Experience

    - [ xAmarisx @ 06:43 AM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    Here is my review of the whole day I was at the Loews theater on Broadway. Thanks to Heidi from TLC for organizing this great event and hope for the next movie, we could do this again!

    Note: Minor Spoilage ahead =D

    It was 9 am and most people were just getting up that Saturday, but I was already at the Loews theater anticipating the arrival of fans and seeing the movie for the first time. I must say that this event was so exciting! It was sort of weird sitting by the ‘blue neon’ [As Heidi instructed] for 3 hrs because no one was there yet!!! As soon as 11:30 came around people began showing up and you could just feel the enjoyment in the air and a collected sigh coming from my mouth. When Heidi and the TLC/Fanfiction ally crew showed up, it made me more hyperactive than ever. I was the first one on-line and was about to see this movie!! I also would like to thank Heidi for giving me an awesome Harry Potter pen for being the first person there. Let me stop rambling on and on.

    Now once we all got settled in our seats in the huge Imax theater the movie began. Loads of screams, cheers, applause could be heard as the opening credits was on screen. Never have I seen the crowd burst like that but it felt good. Through out the movie gasps, cheers, swoons of laughter and teasing could be heard [I myself being one of them making the noise.] The movie was one word: Fantastic!!! The acting was such precise and hilarious. Alfonso did a remarkable job with the film and coordinating the scenes. The scenes were a bit chopped up but it was placed strategically with a great outcome. Gary Oldman needs an Oscar [in my opinion]. His portrayal of Sirius Black was on the money. I sort of got teared up when Harry was talking about living with him; when we all know the horrible outcome. David Thewlis to me is also a great portrayal of Remus. I could still hear the “WOOO’s” from the crowd when Sirius and Remus hugged. Daniel did another remarkable job as playing Harry. He got the emotions and actions down to a science I believe. Emma was as she said “Girl Power” she gave also an excellent performance. Rupert put up a great performance as well. I absolutely love and adore the “Spider tap-dance” scene that he plays. Also what I adored were the little spats that they Hermione and Ron were having. It made people think on what would happen for the Yule Ball which is coming up in the next installment: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I really don’t want to give all the details away. Go to the Theaters and see the Third installment: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. You will not be disappointed!!!!!!!

    06. 6

     Chris wants to protect the spirit of the film?

    - [ Deb @ 06:51 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    Well this viewer thinks he missed his goal by a long shot. Thanks to HPANA.

    Chris Columbus, the U.S. director of the first two Harry Potter movies, says he doesn't feel like an outsider by not sitting in the director's chair.

    However, Columbus stayed on to produce the third Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, while Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron took over as director.

    Columbus said he wanted to spend more time with his family after directing the first two blockbuster films.

    (Being a producer) is a little less hands-on, Columbus told reporters in New York. It feels good. It's the world we set up, so it's tough to call me an outsider. We cast the film. We built the sets and we provide a great playground for directors to come in and have fun, he said.

    I love the (third) film. I think the kids' performances are better than ever. I think the effects are better than ever. We cut it down to two hours and 15 minutes. I'm happy! An outsider? No way!

    Columbus said he wanted to stay involved as a producer to make sure that the spirit of what had been achieved in the first two movies was protected.

    06. 6

     I'm Back!

    - [ xAmarisx @ 06:12 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    I’m back! I must say that the POA_NYC Event was one of the best events I’ve ever been to. All the people were bright and happy about the movie it made me more hyper. I’ve just got back from the city and can’t wait to post my review! Which is coming up soon!

    06. 6

     TV Watch: David Thewlis On 'ROVE'

    - [ Jasen @ 01:39 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    Thewlis will be making a guest apperance on the Australian talk show, "ROVE LIVE" this Tuesday.

    06. 6

     Box Office Update: PoA Is No.1

    - [ Jasen @ 12:07 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    According to Box Office Mojo, The Prisoner of Azkaban added $38.2 million to its $41.2 million from Friday, tallying in at a total of over $92 million. The movie made about $4 million more than The Chamber of Secrets opening weekend and $2 million less than The Sorcerer's Stone. Following PoA, were "Shrek 2" and "The Day After Tomorrow".

    06. 5

     PoA Opens Big In Mexico

    - [ Jasen @ 07:04 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    Thanks to Ramiro Salinas V. for translating this from mural.com:

    POA in its opening day made $15 millions of pesos in Mexico ,the movie was saw by half a million of people, said the office Warner Bros in Mexico

    During a conference, made this Saturday in a hotel of Mexico City, Cuarón showed its joy to have reached these numbers. "sorry to begin the conference to late, but all the morning I had been receiving telephone dispatches where they informed me about the opening of the movie", it commented.

    06. 5

     New Video From London Premiere

    - [ Jasen @ 01:27 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    Fran informs us:

    Some hours ago, Mexican TV Channel TV Azteca aired a couple of interviews with Alfonso Cuarón and known information about PoA. They also showed Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman and Emma Watson being interviewed (actually, answering one question) by mexican reporter Rafa Sarmiento, who traveled to London for the Premiere.

    There're a high and low WMV versions, and a med and low RM versions.

    06. 5

     Tom Felton's Official Website Updates

    - [ Jasen @ 01:26 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    Felton's added a new picture gallery to accompany his report from the PoA London premiere last weekend.

    06. 5

     Chris Rankin Talks About Changes In PoA

    - [ Jasen @ 01:22 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    BBC had a chance to speak with Rankin (Percy Weasley) about the new film:

    Why has it taken so long to make the POA?

    It's seems like a very long time ago that we started, around February 2003. I've been shooting bits and bobs all over the place, so it's been very periodical.

    It's a bit bizarre as I think, as people, we've grown up a lot since we started making this film. I certainly feel I'm a completely different person to the person I was in January 2003.

    Certainly Daniel, Emma and Rupert have grown a lot. They're learning very quickly and are growing up faster than we're getting the films out at the moment.

    06. 5

     PoA Opens To Big Box Office

    - [ Jasen @ 01:18 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    According to ShowBIZ Data:

    Warner Bros. Pictures' Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban broke the opening day record set by Spider-Man on May 3, 2002. The third installment in the popular "Harry Potter" franchise pulled in an estimated $41.2 million from 3,855 theaters on Friday, surpassing Spidey's take of $39.4 million from 3,615 theaters. It is also on its way to beat Spidey's opening weekend figure of $114.8 million. "Prisoner of Azkaban" carried a production budget of $130 million.

    06. 4

     Harry Potter On Entertainment Weekly Front Cover

    - [ Jasen @ 06:40 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    HPANA has up some scans from the latest issue of EW mag, which has a feature on PoA, including some interesting tidbits:

    The franchise's screenwriter Steve Kloves may not return, and there's uncertainty with the kids, too. Where once Warner Bros. seemed willing to replace them the second they outgrew their roles or puberty hit them with an ugly stick, the studio now seems eager to keep the trio intact; it realizes that an identification has been made. According to one source, Warner Bros. president Alan Horn even made a personal appeal to Watson to return for Goblet. All are taking it one film at a time, but Watson is said to be the one who deliberates the most carefully. "It's only just now hit me how big this is. I don't know why," says Watson. "Sometimes, it's flattering. Other times, it's [big sigh]."

    06. 4

     A Sit-Down With Radcliffe, Watson, and Grint

    - [ Jasen @ 02:07 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    BBC has up a great new interview with the trio:

    This time around we see you in jeans, more ordinary clothes. Were you relieved to be out of the school uniforms?

    EW: I think it made things more normal, more comfortable. It made it easier to do the stunts as well, and it lets you see a different side to all of the characters. Plus, we're teenagers now, and I think that that has more of an influence on it. It feels more personal when you are in your own clothes.

    DR: Also, more of the story this time takes place in the holidays between terms, so it was quite natural - I don't think that any child anywhere in the world actually wants to wear their school uniform. Apart from Hermione...

    RG: Unfortunately Ron still gets his hand-me-down Weasley sweaters, so I never got to experience the normal clothes.

    06. 4

     An Interview With David Thewlis

    - [ Jasen @ 02:02 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    The Washington Post recently sat down with the actor:

    Why did they offer you this role?

    I don't really know. I had been considered for the role of Professor Quirrell [which Ian Hart played in the first movie, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone"], so I suppose somebody obviously likes me. I felt an enormous responsibility because internationally there's a real passion among kiddies for these books. When I went online to do research about werewolves and stuff, I found all this e-mail chat saying things like, "Who is this person playing Professor Lupin? We want someone good-looking, like Jude Law!"

    Much more at the link!

    06. 4

     Harry Potter Live Chat Next Friday!

    - [ Jasen @ 02:01 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    Newsround's Lizo will be hosting a live online chat next Friday, the 11th, where readers can send in their questions, to which certain "Harry Potter guests" may answer! Click here for more info!

    06. 4

     UPICK Video Online!

    - [ Jasen @ 01:58 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    DanRadcliffe.com has up a new Windows Media Player video from Dan and Emma's appearance on Nickelodeon's UPICK yesterday, which you can check out at the link.

    06. 4

     Parents Dispute Over PoA Fundraiser Screening

    - [ Jasen @ 01:55 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    LIVERMORE -- It's the kind of dispute that would vex even the celebrated Albus Dumbledore.

    Parents in Livermore had threatened to boycott and even picket a showing of the new motion picture "Harry Potter and the Prisoner Azkaban" which features the boy wizard and Dumbledore, the wise headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

    It wasn't the witchcraft and wizardry that parents were upset by, though -- it was that a showing of the movie at Livermore's Vine Cinema would benefit a program in the Pleasanton school district.

    The fund-raiser will feature a showing of the third Harry Potter movie at 10:15 a.m. Saturday, where attendees pay $25 for a benefit package that includes the movie, a soft drink and box of popcorn.

    Proceeds will go to the Barton Reading and Spelling System program in place at Pleasanton's Valley View Elementary School, Hart Middle School and Foothill High School.

    Tri-Valley Herald has the rest.

    06. 4

     Local Children Starred In PoA

    - [ Jasen @ 01:53 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    HORDES of local children are playground celebrities since starring in Harry Potter.

    Hundreds of young stars from Redroofs stage school, in Maidenhead, were chosen as extras in the blockbuster, which is based on JK Rowling's best-selling series.

    Fans would give anything to switch places with this youngster, who goes to Desborough School in Maidenhead, and starred in several scenes with Harry and his pals.

    Read on at Bucks Free Press!

    06. 4

     Premiere Poses The Question

    - [ Jasen @ 01:51 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    The website for Premiere magazine has a new poll asking: "With Harry Potter returning to theaters we just had to ask, which is the best movie wizard?" Gandalf is currently in the lead with 54% while Harry is at 24%. C'mon everyone, send your votes Harry's way at the link!

    06. 4

     Merchants Hoping PoA Movie Will Help Book Sales

    - [ Jasen @ 01:48 PM . GMT . Books: General, Movie: PoA ]

    Howell merchants are hoping for more Harry Potter mania as they plan a party next week celebrating the release of the movie "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban."

    Again, the life of the party is Aria Booksellers owner Mary Ellen Ahmad. She planned the last Howell Harry party that drew 4,000 people downtown. This year's event is from 6-10 p.m. on June 11.

    Ann Arbor News has the rest.

    06. 4

     Power Cut Off From Local Theater

    - [ Jasen @ 01:47 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    A POWERCUT spelled misery for hundreds of youngsters watching the new Harry Potter film at the newly opened Cineworld in Cambridge.

    Gone Potty: Harry fans hit by blackout
    Workmen cut a cable leading to the new cinema at the Cattlemarket which has been open for a week. Around 600 people were inside at the time, many were school children on half term watching the latest release, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

    Cambridge News has more.

    06. 4

     PoA in theaters NOW.

    - [ xAmarisx @ 03:47 AM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    After a long year and a half the day has finally arrived. The Prisoner of Azkaban hits theaters now! Gosh, seems like time flew by so quickly or to some slowly.

    Note/Reminder: I will be at the New York City's Imax Event this coming Saturday, reporting the event just for here!! So stay tuned for my review[With permission from Jasen ^^] and possibly pictures. :)

    06. 4


    - [ Scott @ 01:13 AM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    I just got back from the midnight screening of PoA, and my headline says it all. I absolutely loved this movie, even though I went in with heavy fears it wouldn't live up to my expectations (PoA was my favorite book of the series). You can expect an editorialized review by me sometime over the weekend, provided Jasen sees it as appropriate to publish. It will involve some adult themes and may not be appropriate for younger readers. But now i'm off to bed. I have to be at work in 4 hours! ACK!!

    06. 3

     PoA Film Quiz

    - [ Vickie @ 07:29 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    For those of you who have already watched PoA, test your knowledge by playing the CBBC PoA film quiz.

    06. 3

     CBBC Live Chat

    - [ Vickie @ 05:28 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    CBBC's Newsround is having an interactive programme about PoA.

    Newsround is having a special interactive programme all about the third Potter film from 5.45-6.15pm on Friday 11 June. And we want YOU to take part.

    We want your questions and comments on Azkaban to put to Lizo and some special Potter guests LIVE during the show.

    Get the full details here.

    06. 3

     The Mumbai PoA Premiere

    - [ Jasen @ 02:38 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    The premiere show of HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN at not one but three screens of Fame Adlabs, Mumbai on June 1 was truly an affair to remember.

    Organized by Warner Bros. and Fame Adlabs, the celebrity turnout at the premiere was simply remarkable.

    For, not only did the Bollywood stars turn up to watch the magic unfold on the screen, they were accompanied by their kids, which is rare considering that most stars like to keep their kids away from the limelight till a certain age.

    Sify has the rest.

    06. 3

     Spanish PoA Rating

    - [ Jasen @ 02:32 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    El Cronista de Salem writes:


    ‘Harry Potter y el Prisionero de Azkaban’, which will be released the next 18 of june, is rated for more than 8 years, as warner brothers has informed exclusively for www.harrylatino.com

    The film has had discussions about the Ron’s voice, which didn’t was really... good (awful is the world( in the last movie. This time Cavid Carillo, famous presentator of Disney Channel, will give his voice to the character.

    You can see all the people who give their voice here

    In latinoamerica, the translation okf the films has had a lot of troubles too. It wasnt very good; for these reason, Alfonso Cuarón tried to help with the work, but the problems continued, because he couldn’t change the actors and he hadn’t much time. For these reason, latinamerican fans preffer watch the movie with subtitles and in english.

    Spain is a different version than latinamerica. In spain the movies are ALWAYS translated, but in latinamerica people often preffer watch them in the original version... but maybe is because for not-mexican fans, is very strange heard the movie with mexican accent.

    06. 3

     Another Spew of Reviews

    - [ Jasen @ 02:23 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    Roger Ebert of The Chicago Sun Times gives PoA 3.5 stars:

    The actors playing Harry, Ron and Hermione have outgrown their childhoods in this movie, and by the next film will have to be dealt with as teenagers, or replaced by younger actors. If they continue to grow up, I'm afraid the series may begin to tilt toward less whimsical forms of special effects violence, but on the other hand I like Radcliffe, Grint and Watson, and especially the way Watson's Hermione has of shouldering herself into the center of scenes and taking charge. Although the series is named for Harry, he's often an onlooker, and it's Hermione who delivers a long-delayed uppercut to the jaw of Draco Malfoy.

    You can read more here.

    A few more reviews:
    The Marion Star
    Romantic Movies - About.com
    The Press Democrat

    And stay tuned for our own iHP staff reviews!

    06. 3

     School Rotary Club To Show PoA

    - [ Jasen @ 02:20 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    On Jun 5, the Hollis-Brookline Rotary Club will be hosting a gala premiere showing of the eagerly anticipated new family film, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, during the film's opening weekend.

    All proceeds from the event will benefit the FIRST Robotics team of Hollis-Brookline High School.

    The details here.

    06. 3

     An Interview With Alfonso Cuaron

    - [ Jasen @ 02:15 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    ClickOnDetroit talks to the director:

    Anybody who's a fan of Cuarón's work (which also includes the adaptations of the literary classics "A Little Princess" and "Great Expectations") knows his films are breathtakingly atmospheric -- so you shouldn't be surprised that "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" delivers that wonderful quality of escapism again.

    But while his keen sense of establishing atmosphere helped him capture the dark tone of the book, Cuarón told me it was never his intention to give the film series a kick in the Azkaban.

    "It's amazing source material in terms of themes and how archetypical things are -- like the great fairy tales and fables of our time," Cuarón enthused. "Guillermo Del Toro (the filmmaker who recently adapted the graphic novel 'Hellboy' for the big screen) told me, 'If you do the film, serve the material. Don't try to do your own thing, just serve the material. If you do that honestly, you'll make your best film ever.'"

    Much more at the link!

    06. 3

     Harry Potter Film not for Kids?

    - [ xAmarisx @ 07:53 AM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    It seems that the Austrailian Office of Film and Liturature Classification ( OFLC ) have given the film a M15+ rating. This rating of M15+ was given because of some scenes that seem to have "horror elements".

    Those scenes feature Ron being attacked by a werewolf and a fight between a werewolf and Professor Snape. Both previous Harry Potter movies had a rating of PG in Australia.

    The OFLC board stated:

    "The classifiable elements are themes involving horror ... that are moderate in impact -- several of which are inextricably linked to violence -- and do not exceed a moderate level of menace or threat."

    The Prisoner of Azkaban opens on June 10th in Australia.

    Source: Yahoo!News

    06. 3

     Fans spot mistakes

    - [ xAmarisx @ 07:42 AM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    According to fans in Great Britain, they have already spotted some mistakes in the upcoming film. Which comes out tommrow! Thanks to CBBC for pointing that out!

    06. 3

     PoA Segment on EXTRA!

    - [ xAmarisx @ 04:20 AM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    It seems that Extra! has a new video and story on the upcoming release of The Prisoner of Azkaban.

    "The characters have grown up," Radcliffe told us. "I think it is darker and it is scarier, but I think at the heart of this film, it's about kids becoming teenagers."

    06. 2

     Fame and Fortune Aren't Everything

    - [ Jasen @ 06:58 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    Playing Harry Potter and Hermione Granger in the "Harry Potter" films, not only do they get to be worldwide stars in a blockbuster franchise, but they also work with some of the best actors in the business, including Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith and the late Richard Harris, for starters. Yet, the experience has hardly gone to their heads and both young actors are what you'd least expect - normal 14-year-old kids.

    "I'm just going through what every other teenager goes through - but, with posters," Radcliffe said, referring to the posters for the film pasted in every metropolitan city around the world. "It's not as different as people would expect, I think."

    "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," the third film in what will be a seven-film franchise, was challenging for the actors partly because of the fact that it was helmed by a new director, Alfonso Cuaron. Chris Columbus directed the first two films and remained as a producer for this one.

    "I think everything we learned with Chris we were now able to put into practice with a different director," said Radcliffe. "And it is harder and more challenging, which is good because if we're getting older and we're not being challenged, there's really no point in doing it."

    Watson added, "You get more confident every time, really."

    Grand Forks Herald has the rest.

    06. 2

     An Interview With Dan Radcliffe

    - [ Jasen @ 06:55 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    The Associated Press has this:

    Q: Are you the next teen heartthrob?

    A: (Laughs and blushes) I don't think of myself as the next teen heartthrob. It's flattering, it's really nice, but I can't understand it.

    Q: What has been your reaction to all the hype surrounding the movie? Can you go out of your house without being recognized?

    A: You never really get used to it, but it's really not that bad at all. I get recognized sometimes, but I just wear a baseball cap, and it's a lot less. Of course, now people are going to be going out looking for a kid wearing a baseball cap.

    Q: Is this movie too scary for children?

    A: This one is scarier. ... It's more a psychological thriller, which 8-year-old kids don't really connect with in the same way adults do. When I watch the film with adults, many of the adults get more scared than their kids.

    Q: Harry is a little awkward, dare I say a bit dorky. Do you see any of yourself in him?

    A: Absolutely. I've never been one of the cool people at school, but then again, I don't get the people who are cool. It's not that I don't like them, it's just that they don't interest me.

    Q: Harry grows up a lot during the three movies, especially in this one, with the internal conflicts over his parents' death. Was that difficult for you?

    A: It was difficult, because I've obviously never experienced any of the situations Harry's been in. It was interesting to play ... but it was good. I tend to be really bad at anything that doesn't challenge me. Anything that should be easy, I don't do particularly well.

    Q: Not only has Harry grown up, you've been growing up, too. What was it like to grow up before the world's eyes?

    A: I don't pay that much attention to what the rest of the world is saying. I never read the articles or read what people are saying about me on the Internet. If you read all that, you just become so self-conscious.

    Q: Have you gone back and watched the past films?

    A: No, never. I don't ever want to do that. I don't think I'll ever be able to watch the first ones again. Give it two years, and I'll never be able to watch this one again.

    Much more at the above link!

    06. 2

     Emma Watson Reveals Cut PoA Scenes!

    - [ Jasen @ 06:53 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    Killer News reports:

    She also revealed some of the scenes that were cut from the movie. "There were a couple of fights with Ron [Rupert Grint] that were cut." Watson also said that a scene in which Hermione and Ron hug was also cut. "There was an awkward hug with Ron, but it did get cut," she said. The reason? "Well, just on the exterior, I think," she said. "Hermione and Ron spend the whole film arguing with each other. Ron is convinced that Hermione's cat, Crookshanks, has eaten his rat, [Scabbers]. But I think that's a bit of a cover-up, really, because they have a bit of a soft spot for each other. It's a classic love-hate relationship. You always tease the ones you like."

    06. 2

     Ohhh That Scabbers

    - [ Jasen @ 06:48 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com) - Although the "Harry Potter" filmmakers have been careful to feature British actors in the films' major roles, they had to extend their search to Germany to cast one diminutive star.

    The West African rodent that plays the rat Scabbers hails from the Berlin Zoo and found his way into movies through an animal casting agency, reports the AFP.

    Zap2it has more.

    06. 2

     PoA's More Than A Dark, New Film

    - [ Jasen @ 06:46 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    New Times Broward-Palm Beach has this:

    Cuaron's mandate appears to have been "Make it darker!" So tonally and visually, more darkness is what we get -- some scenes look almost like frames from a silent film. In conjunction with regular big-screen Potter adapter Steve Kloves, Cuaron has also taken more narrative liberties than Columbus did, and all of them are good, restructuring the film's chronology for increased dramatic impact; an added scene with Harry chasing an apparent phantom through pitch-black corridors at night is a standout and conveys necessary plot information more effectively than Rowling managed.

    Read the full at the link above!

    06. 2

     The New York City IMAX Event

    - [ xAmarisx @ 04:42 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    As the week draws to an end, the anticipation of The Prisoner of Azkaban movie is growing each minute. Already the movie is getting great reviews and it will obtain more this upcoming Saturday! That is when crowds will gather downtown NYC for the PoA Imax Event!

    Organized by Heidi of The Leaky Cauldron About 600 people are going to go, some coming from all over the USA. Currently tickets are no longer being sold but some will be sold at the theater itself. For more information please head over here: POA_NYC

    Note: I was able to get tickets before the stopped selling them so I will there, on assignment for this site! Hope to see you guys there!

    06. 2

     TV Watch: What's On Tonight

    - [ Jasen @ 02:25 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    Just a reminder that tonight, A&E will be airing their behind-the-scenes special of PoA at 9pm eastern, while the Biography channel will air a special segment on J.K. Rowling at 8pm eastern. Set your VCRs!

    06. 2

     Fans Get A Sneak Peek At PoA

    - [ Jasen @ 02:22 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    Moviegoers can catch an early glimpse of Harry, Hermione (Emma Watson), and Ron (Rupert Grint) at a special advance showing of this third installment late Thursday night, June 3rd at the bewitching hour of 12:01 AM. This is a very special opportunity before the regular showings begin on Friday June 4th. So don't miss the chance of an early date with everyone from Hogwarts!

    Only at Crown Theatres Annapolis Mall 11, as reported by Yahoo!

    06. 2

     Cuaron's Own Touches In PoA

    - [ Jasen @ 02:19 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    From The Associated Press:

    Steve Kloves, the screenwriter who has adapted all of the "Harry Potter" movies, said the director had to balance his own wishes with the requirements of the series.

    "Alfonso will tell you that he inherited a glorious world, an incredible paint box to play with. And what he did was, he chose his own colors," Kloves said. "I think the world is recognizable, it's just been given a bit of a darker cast, which reflects the story and what Harry is going through emotionally."

    The last movies were big hits. Critics complained they were too literally adapted from the books, but fans generally loved the faithfulness to Rowling's stories.

    Cuaron said he didn't want change for the sake of change, but felt "Harry Potter" could use some tweaks. "Every director is a different mind, and I had my own approach - for good or ill," he said.

    The characters wear modern street clothes for much of the movie, instead of the flowing school-uniform robes seen so often in the previous films. But before he could make even that change, he had to consult with a higher power.

    "That had to do with conversations with Jo Rowling," Cuaron said. "She said, `Yes, for me the cloaks and everything makes sense for the academic time but in personal time they would be wearing their own clothes.'"

    He also made the school and its grounds look more worn and earthy - as if they'd been battered for hundreds of years by misplaced adolescent magic - and he favored an iris effect for ending scenes, with perspective dimming to a single point before opening again, to give "Azkaban" a silent-movie feel.

    Cuaron stepped in after Columbus said the rapid production schedule was too much for one filmmaker to maintain as Warner Bros. raced to produce as many "Harry Potter" movies as quickly as possible before its child stars grew up.

    Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson - who play Harry and his pals Ron and Hermione, respectively - are already at work on the fourth movie "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" with yet another director, "Four Weddings and Funeral" filmmaker Mike Newell.

    Radcliffe, now 14, said Cuaron didn't shy away from the bleak touches that showed magic has a dangerous side. For instance, Potter fans are familiar with the Whomping Willow, the limb-swinging living tree that battered a flying car in the second movie - but are they prepared to see it whack sweet little bluebirds into puffs of falling feathers?

    Read on at the link!

    06. 2

     PoA Smashes Box Office Records

    - [ Vickie @ 03:24 AM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    From boxofficemojo.com
    Five days prior to its U.S. premiere Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban smashed opening day records in the United Kingdom. The newest installment of the seven-part Harry Potter series was released on May 31 (Monday) to capitalize on the local holiday, which incidentally is also the first day of school half-term holidays. Azkaban grossed a colossal $9.2m (£5.03m) from 535 locations in its opening day, which was the biggest opening day and single day of all time.

    Read all about it here.

    06. 1

     Fans Comment On PoA

    - [ Jasen @ 04:36 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    BBC is letting readers send in their thoughts about the new film, and so far, they're all good reviews =)

    06. 1

     Another Good Review

    - [ Jasen @ 04:34 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    From Box Office Prophets:

    ...The best book so far has turned out to be the best movie as well. While not all of the aforementioned magic is in this adaptation, there are no missteps. The performances are all well done, especially by two of the newcomers: David Thewlis as Professor Lupin
    and Gary Oldman as Sirius Black. The darker tone of The Prisoner of Azkaban novel is both seen and felt in Cuaron's adaptation. The gold and orange tones of the first two films are replaced by muted silver and gray. Death, anger and revenge become an even greater part of Harry's life. Cuaron has made an emotionally compelling and satisfying film that could stand on its own outside of the pedigree.

    Keep reading at the link!

    06. 1

     Pics From The UK Premiere

    - [ Jasen @ 04:24 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    Julez sends us this link from ic seftonandwestlancs, which has up a whole new gallery from the event.

    06. 1

     PoA: Supersized

    - [ Jasen @ 04:21 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    Victoria Lee of lets us know:

    Thought you might like to know that the Science Museum IMAX Cinema will be showing Harry Potter 3 in IMAX from 19 July. We're taking bookings now -
    more information under Coming Soon at www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/imax.

    06. 1

     Three More Days...

    - [ Jasen @ 12:51 AM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    Yep, the big day's almost upon us. Remember when The Chamber of Secrets came out and we thought it'd be an eternity before PoA arrived? Didn't seem so long a wait, now did it?

    Let out your excitement here ;)


     TIME Says PoA is Smarter and Darker

    - [ Jasen @ 12:25 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    Richard Corliss of TIME reviews the film:

    Seems ages ago — but it was less than 2 1/2 years — that folks were seriously debating whether The Lord of the Rings or the Harry Potter films would make the more enthralling adaptation of fantasy literature. That competition was over — declared a forfeit, really — as soon as the respective first installments appeared: the Gandalf wizard movie vanquished the Harry wizard movie in thrills and technical splendor, artistry and maturity. But in the values Hollywood understands, worldwide box-office income, the first two films from the J.K. Rowling books outperformed the first two Tolkien films, $1.84 billion to $1.78 billion. Reason enough to continue with the education of Harry Potter.

    There's another reason. As the new Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban proves, these can be smart, enjoyable films if the stars are properly aligned. It helps that Azkaban has one of the strongest plots in the canon thus far. Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), now 13 and in his third year at Hogwarts' School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, is challenged by the escape of the notorious Sirius Black (Gary Oldman) from Azkaban, the Alcatraz of the wizardly world. With a new danger, a new protector: Defense Against the Dark Arts Professor Lupin (David Thewlis), a wise, kindly gent with the habit of disappearing every few weeks, then returning with unseemly scratches on his face. Aided by his school chums Hermione (Emma Watson) and Ron (Rupert Grint), Harry must discern protective friend from mortal foe at the risk of his life — and of learning astonishing things about himself.

    He caught his three young leads at the right time. Uncertain in their first films, they are comfortable with the camera now, and have grown into their roles as into their maturing bodies. That is appropriate, for this episode is a parable of puberty — of boys bursting into young manhood, when the sprouting of hair and the deepening of voices are exciting and threatening. No lad is fully prepared for this convulsive rite of passage, not even a Hogwarts wizard — of Harry's generation or the one before.

    Read the full at the link!


     More On The London Premiere

    - [ Jasen @ 11:43 AM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    From The AP:

    LONDON — The screams of young fans greeted the stars from the latest Harry Potter film at the British premiere Sunday of "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban."

    Author J.K. Rowling also appeared before the hundreds of excited fans outside a Leicester Square cinema for the screening of the third film about the boy wizard.

    "I love it; it's just such fun," Rowling said of the premiere. She added that work on the sixth Potter book was "well under way" but didn't give a date for its completion.

    Daniel Radcliffe, who plays Potter, signed autographs for adoring fans before entering the cinema.

    "It's so brilliant, it's so exciting to be here. It's bigger than New York and I didn't think that could be possible," the 14-year-old said, referring to the film's U.S. premiere a week ago at Radio City Music Hall.

    Asked how he felt about being a heart throb, Radcliffe said: "It's great, I have no problems with it so far."

    Read on at the link!


     The PoA Premiere in Singapore

    - [ Jasen @ 11:37 AM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    Channel News Asia reports:

    The third instalment of J.K. Rowling's magical tale - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - premiered at Cineleisure on Monday.

    Adding to the hype was a purple triple-decker replica of the Knight Bus - the magical shape-shifting bus that whisks Potter through the streets of London as he escapes from the Ministry of Magic.

    Potter fans in Singapore can hop on the bus at the National Youth Park at Grange Road for a 30-minute ride through the Orchard area.

    And the premiere in Dundee (UK).


     Producer David Heyman Talks PoA and GoF

    - [ Jasen @ 11:33 AM . GMT . Movie: GoF, Movie: PoA ]

    The producer tells Sci Fi Wire:

    Heyman added that the turnout at the New York City premiere of the third film in the series, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, on May 23 also greatly encouraged him. "Judging by the response outside of Radio City Music Hall, it was alive and well," Heyman said. "It was amazing. So it's hard to tell. I hope that it's alive and well. I think that it is. You see and hear the enthusiasm from friends second-hand and third-hand. I see the response of the fans in the street [at the premiere], and so it seems pretty good."

    Heyman is already deep into work on Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the next movie in the franchise, based on the fourth book in J.K. Rowling's series about a teen wizard and his experiences at a school of wizardry and witchcraft. Asked what aspect of Goblet of Fire he was most excited to see realized on-screen, Heyman replied, "Well, there's a lot involved. I look forward to the 'three tasks,' and I'm particularly looking forward to the 'unexpected task.' I think that this is a film where boys and girls begin to interact in a much more concrete way. I'm looking forward to seeing that come to life. I think that it'll be a really funny film. I think that it'll also work as a thriller, because it is a thriller. And Lord Voldemort is back." Prisoner of Azkaban opens June 4. Warner Brothers is targeting a Nov. 18, 2005, release date for Goblet of Fire.


     Win A Divination Tea Set!

    - [ Jasen @ 11:27 AM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    NBC 11 in San Francisco, CA, will be giving away a Divination tea set to a lucky, random winner! Five first-prize winners will receive one of a variety of hats; and fifteen runners-up will get either a Time Turner, a poster, or T-shirt.

    All very nice ;)


     Another Year, An Older Cast

    - [ Jasen @ 11:22 AM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    "The way I see it, the older the characters get in the book, the easier they are to play them," adds Dan Jolin, Features Editor of Total Film.

    "The actors are at that age where they can play slightly older rather than younger, and I think the producers would prefer to keep the same actors as they've become so recognisable."

    "Whether they want to carry on playing the parts is another matter."

    BBC has the rest!


     Outdone by the Brits!

    - [ Scott @ 07:12 AM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    According to Daniel Radcliffe, anyway. At the premiere in Leicester Square in London, he said that the London Premiere was "bigger than New York and I didn't think that could be possible." Here's the story from Canada.com:

    Teen screams filled the air Sunday as stars of the latest Harry Potter film attended the movie's British premiere in central London.

    Author J. K. Rowling also appeared before the hundreds of excited fans gathered outside a Leicester Square cinema for the screening of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. "I love it, it's just such fun," Rowling said of the atmosphere at the premiere. She added that work on the sixth Potter book was "well under way" but didn't give a date for its completion.

    Daniel Radcliffe, who plays the boy wizard, signed autographs for fans before entering the cinema.

    "It's so brilliant, it's so exciting to be here. It's bigger than New York and I didn't think that could be possible," the 14-year-old said, referring to the film's U.S. premiere a week ago at Radio City Music Hall.

    Asked how he felt about being a heartthrob, Radcliffe said: "It's great, I have no problems with it so far."

    Radcliffe and Emma Watson, who plays Hermione, held hands during a photo call. Watson said the crowd's enthusiasm was "crazy," adding that it was "very flattering more than anything else."

    Alfonso Cuaron - director of the Mexican hit Y Tu Mama Tambien - took over as director for Prisoner of Azkaban. Watson said the result was "a bit darker" than previous Potter films. "It has a much colder, eerier feel to it."

    Robbie Coltrane, who plays Hagrid, said the premiere was "insane. . . . I thought New York was wild, but this is even bigger."

    Other celebrities attending the premiere included model Claudia Schiffer and pop singer Natalie Imbruglia.

    The film opens to general audiences in Britain on Monday.


     Preventing Potter Piracy

    - [ Scott @ 07:00 AM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    BBC.com has an article how one theatre chain is doing its best to prevent Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban from being pirated by audience members....and it would do the Army proud, hehe.

    A leading cinema chain has equipped its employees with night vision goggles to prevent the latest Harry Potter film being illegally recorded.
    Vue Cinemas - formerly Warner Village - have asked staff to check that audience members do not use video cameras to make pirate copies of the film.

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban opens in the UK on Monday.

    Hundreds of Potter fans turned out for Sunday night's premiere at the Odeon Leicester Square in central London.

    Jamie Graham, manager of the Vue complex in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, said the monocle devices had been sent to outlets because of the extraordinary popularity of the film.

    I have been working in the cinema industry for 10 years and I have never heard of anything like this before," he said.

    "Our ushers are using the goggles in every screening to check nobody is making any illegal recordings.

    "If anybody is caught then they will be reported to the police."

    Poor quality copies of the first two movies were freely available on the black market.

    Using codes imprinted on the films as a security device, distributor Warner Brothers were able to trace some pirate DVD versions to Britain.

    Three times as many fans watched the stars arrive at Sunday's screening as had turned out for the US premiere eight days earlier.

    "It's bigger than New York and I didn't think that could be possible," said Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe.

    "I love it, it's just such fun," said Harry Potter author JK Rowling, who is estimated to have earned £435m from her creation.

    Rowling was full of praise for Radcliffe and his young co-stars Emma Watson and Rupert Grint.

    "You could not meet a nicer, saner bunch of people," she told reporters.


     Chris Columbus May Return For Another

    - [ Jasen @ 03:53 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    Thanks to Lily for this from Teletext:

    Chris Columbus has hinted that he may return to direct another Harry Potter movie.

    The director of the first two films left the franchise so he could "have dinner with his kids".

    But at a press conference to promote the third boy wizard movie he said: "The kids have become so good as actors, they've grown so much. That's the only thing that may make me come back for a sixth or seventh film."

    Columbus would not return, however, if they were to leave. That could happen if Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint become too old to play the characters.

    Producer David Heyman said: "There may come a point we are unable to keep up with the ages of the characters or they may decide to move on. When that time comes they go with all our blessings."


     PoA Was A Learning Process For Director

    - [ Jasen @ 11:11 AM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    Zap2it has this:

    "I was completely ignorant about the 'Harry Potter' universe - I knew it existed but I didn't know what it was about, I hadn't read the books or seen the films," Cuaron admits to Zap2it.com. "I wasn't even curious."

    All that changed when producer David Heyman called him and sent him the script and said he was interested in Cuaron directing the film.

    "I thought I'd read 20 pages and tell him that it's not for me, and I just got hooked on the script," the director laughs. He then asked Heyman if he could read the book before giving his answer. "The moment I read the book, I said, 'I have to do this.'"

    Learning the "Harry Potter" universe wasn't the only thing Cuaron had to pick up for "Azkaban." The director also had to steep himself in the latest in special effects and CGI techniques, and that had the director feeling a little out of his element.

    "It's such a technical process and I'm not very technical," he admits. "It's fun when things start coming together, but it's just the process is a little tedious"

    Yet, the film also gave Cuaron the chance to work with one of his favorite actors, Gary Oldman. Cuaron personally wooed the actor for the part by sending him a letter asking him to consider the role even though it's not a large one in the film.

    "In the letter, I was clarifying that it's not unlike Orson Welles in 'The Third Man,'" Cuaron explains, referring to how Welles' character reveals knowledge in the film that must be kept a mystery until the end for the story to work. "I'm so thankful to Gary because I think he crafted it beautifully."

    It's one thing to agree to come aboard a franchise already in existence, but it's another to do so with the director of the first two films looking over your shoulder. " Azkaban" is the third movie in the "Harry Potter" series and the first not directed by Columbus. Yet, he did stay involved in the project as the film's producer.

    "We've now set up a world where a director can come in and play and have a great time and not worry about casting, and yet at the same time have a tremendous amount of freedom in terms of how they make the movie," Columbus says of the collaboration with Cuaron.

    "I think it's very smart what they are doing," Cuaron says of the idea to bring in different directors to helm Rowling's seven stories. "They are keeping this franchise alive and refreshing the thing all the time."

    In fact, Cuaron has already talked to director Mike Newell ("Mona Lisa Smile," "Four Weddings and a Funeral"), who is already working on the fourth movie, "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," and offered him full use of his editing room as he was putting together "Azkaban."

    Cuaron says he'd love to come back and direct another film in the franchise before it's over - however, it's not likely to be the fifth film.

    "I think I need to take a couple years of not doing visual effects," he laughs. "They should do four and five and then I'll jump in."


     The Radio City Hall Premiere

    - [ Jasen @ 11:06 AM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    thestar.com has up an account of Friday's PoA premiere at Radio City Hall, in New York City.


     More Reviews

    - [ Jasen @ 10:59 AM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    Check out what the Hollywood Reporter thinks; meanwhile, Guardian Unlimited gives the movie 3 out of a possible 5 stars.


     Waiting For The Leicester Premiere

    - [ Jasen @ 10:42 AM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    Thousands of fans are expected at London's Leicester Square where most of the film's big stars will be.

    Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson are all expected to be there, posing for pictures and signing autographs - if you're lucky!

    The premiere itself starts at 6pm, but the stars are expected to arrive in Leicester Square a few hours before that.

    More at Newsround.


     New Life To The Movies

    - [ Jasen @ 10:37 AM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    Here's another positive PoA review in advance, this time from Independent.co.uk.

    In fact, Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban turns out to be entirely chaste - implausibly chaste; given what else goes on in Hogwarts you'd think the magic of romance would tickle at least one or two of these teenage wizards. So far we haven't seen so much as a peck on the cheek. Cuaron does, however, import something different into a series whose blandness under Columbus had become crowd-pleasing to the point of suffocation. He and his cinematographer Michael Seresin have darkened the Potter palette to a medley of blue-blacks, gunmetals and sickly greens, and fitted out the Gothic interiors with a disquieting touch of noir: mirrors, shadows and flickering lights are significantly featured.

    Read on at the link!


     Harry Potter for Dummies

    - [ Scott @ 05:50 AM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    The Seattle Times has an article that explains all the major characters, phrases, and places in the first three movies, with no spoilers.

    The article also goes on to detail what is known about the status of Book 6 (nothing) Goblet of Fire, the movie (very little), and Order of the Phoenix, the movie (nothing). And what better way to discuss the future of Harry Potter without asking whether the cast can come back for all the movies (the article says they'll have no problem playing characters just a few years younger than they are). There's nothing new for anyone who's read the books or visits fansites, but if you want to read the article anyway, click the link.


     PoA related TV in the US

    - [ Deb @ 11:05 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    Here is a complete listing of TV regarding the greatly anticpated release of PoA. Thanks to TLC for gathering the information.

    US PoA Related TV

    Here’s an updated list of US TV Harry Potter related shows

    *Monday May 31st NBC Today Show (7am est)
    Gary Oldman scheduled to appear
    *Monday May 31st Live! with Regis and Kelly (various am)
    Daniel Radcliffe scheduled to appear
    *(NEW) Tuesday, June 1st CBS The Early Show (8am est)
    Daniel Radcliffe scheduled to appear
    * Wednesday June 2nd A & E ” Biography “(8pm est)
    Repeat of the J.K. Rowling biography
    Wednesday, June 2nd A& E (9pm est) “MagicTouch of Harry Potter”
    A behind-the-scenes look at the making of the latest Harry Potter film, “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”.
    * Thursday, June 3rd NBC Today Show (7am est)
    Emma Watson scheduled to appear
    * Thursday, June 3rd E! Behind the Scenes (4:30pm est)
    a look at the making of ” Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban ”
    * Friday, June 4th Live! with Regis and Kelly (various am)
    Emma Watson scheduled to appear


     Words With Gary Oldman

    - [ Jasen @ 10:39 PM . GMT . Movie: General, Movie: PoA ]

    scotsman.com and Times Online both have very excellent (and long) interviews with the actor.


     A Whole Spew of Cast Interviews!

    - [ Jasen @ 10:32 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    Newsround has a whole bunch of new interviews with Dan Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Gary Oldman, Michael Gambon, and director Alfonso Cuaron!


     Matthew Lewis Shares Thoughts On PoA

    - [ Jasen @ 10:30 PM . GMT . Movie: GoF, Movie: PoA ]

    Newsround was able to catch up with Lewis, the actor who plays Neville Longbottom:

    Have you seen the film yet?
    I have hardly seen any of it at all! It will be a surprise, apart from the bits I actually filmed. I've never been to one of the US premieres before either so that's one of the reasons I'm really looking forward to it.

    What's your fave bit?
    The scene with Hagrid when he takes his first lesson in Care of Magical Creatures. When he first brings in the Hippogriff.

    ...What are you doing now?
    I've started filming on the Goblet Of Fire. I started a couple of weeks ago. I've just been working on a few difficult scenes so far. But I'm off now til July. There's a lot of things to prepare for before filming really starts all the time. There's a lot of stuff to do with Dan. It seems to be getting pretty busy though once I am back in July. They have given us a schedule but I don't trust it - ha! Film schedules don't usually go to time.

    Are you looking forward to GOF?
    Yes I'm really looking forward to it. I'm looking forward to playing Neville again, no specific scene, just being back there filming and back with everyone

    Read on at the link!


     Reviews, And Then Some

    - [ Jasen @ 10:24 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    Here's a list of sites that already have reviews online: The Scotsman, The Sun, Empire Online, Daily Post, and BBC--all, of which, have nothing but praise :)


     An Interview With Michael Gambon

    - [ Jasen @ 10:21 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    But illness has not impeded his workload. He’s just finished a three-month stint in the Beckett play Endgame with Lee Evans, and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is one of seven upcoming films.

    "I only did three weeks as Dumbledore, so I’ve forgotten everything about it," he says. "I come from the generation that’s frightened not to take the jobs that are offered. It’s been bred into me, you know. All I remember was that the costume was two layers of silk and quite light. I think I’m a very physical, very visual sort of actor. My first task in rehearsal is to discover what the person looks like, what he wears, how he does his hair. And if you’re thinking the way the character thinks, your face and body will change. My Dumbledore is quite light so he capers around, he has beads because he’s a bit of a hippy, and he has an Irish accent, because Richard was Irish."

    Richard Harris was the first headmaster of Hogwarts, a role Harris was hugely proud of since it gave him new credibility with his grandchildren. Even in hospital, dying of Hodgkin’s disease, he hissed to the film’s producer: "Don’t even think of f***ing recasting."

    But, of course, the Potter show had to go on. The first offer went to Sir Ian McKellan, who felt that playing one bearded, white-haired authority figure in a film series was quite enough, and turned the role down. Gambon, an old drinking friend of Harris, although they had never worked together, was the next choice.

    His debut as the second Dumbledore in the Harry Potter series only premiered on Thursday but already he has had letters from hundreds of children all over the world asking for signed photographs. "They won’t recognise me without the beard and wig, so I don’t think I’ll get stopped in the street much," he says. Won’t his distinctive voice rather give things away? "Then I won’t speak to ’em."

    Read much more here!


     Win PoA Movie Tickets!

    - [ Jasen @ 10:15 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    Enter the contest, courtesy of ic Coventry.


     'Awkward Romance' On The Set

    - [ Jasen @ 10:13 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    From Teen Hollywood:

    'Harry Potter' star Rupert Grint has confessed he felt "awkward" holding hands with his pretty co-star, Emma Watson.

    The 15-year-old actor, who plays Harry's best friend Ron Weasley, claims he wasn't happy filming scenes of a blossoming romance between Ron and young witch Hermione Granger in 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban."

    He admitted: "There were some awkward scenes. There was a lot of hand-holding between me and Hermione. There were hugs as well, but they got cut."

    This is the first time that a potential romance between the two characters has been hinted at in the 'Harry Potter' movies.

    In JK Rowling's popular novels, Ron and Hermione don't hold hands until the fourth book, 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire' - the upcoming movie version of this will also star Rupert, Emma and Daniel Radcliffe as Harry.

    However, Rupert has confessed he is not looking forward to any future love scenes.

    He told Britain's The Sun newspaper: "It's weird doing romance. I've never been attracted to playing a romantic lead."

    Meanwhile, Rupert's co-stars, Daniel and Emma, both 14, danced together at a party following the world premiere of the third 'Harry Potter' film at New York's Radio City Music Hall.

    I guess holding hands is pretty big nowadays, eh?


     Reuters Speaks To Alfonso Cuaron

    - [ Jasen @ 10:10 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    The story is streamlined to keep the action racing forward, and the movie's pounding pace is intensified by Cuaron's technique.

    "We are in motion, constantly moving the camera as we're following Harry's point of view," Cuaron told Reuters in an interview this week in the run-up to the film's opening on June 4. "We're constantly going inside, inside, inside."

    Cuaron, who took over from Chris Columbus, director of the first two Potter films, has brought a galloping style to the movie about teen wizards coming of age that is darker and deeper than the others.

    Cut loose from feeling obliged to explain everything about Harry's magical world, the movie jumps off to a fast start, untethered by exposition, and hardly stops for breath along an exciting 136-minute ride.

    "I think I had a great advantage," said Cuaron. "I didn't have to explain the universe. The universe was so well set up in the first two movies."

    Read on!


     A PoA Experience of Sorts

    - [ Jasen @ 10:08 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    From Scotland Today:

    Asked what he thought was different to the look and feel of this movie compared to the other two, Daniel Radcliffe, who plays Harry Potter, said: "I think it's darker, but that is simply because the book is darker. The material's more kind of edgy. It's great, I really, really like the film, I am very proud of it, as is everyone who worked on it really."

    ...Asked what it is like in the playground for his kids, Gary Oldman said: "It's very much that 'He's Sirius Black, you're dad's Sirius Black.' They see the trailer and they go "that's Guilliver's dad".You know, you're not around it all the time and so to...you get a real sense of what it means to these kids."

    Actor Michael Gambon, who plays Albus Dumbeldore has big shoes to fill in his role, he said: "If someone sits in a room and puts that wig on and puts that beard on, sticks those eyebrows on you, sticks that costume on you with slippers, what else are you going to do. You've got gold rings all over your hands so you've got to move your hands. You know you've got candles, how else will you be with that kind of thing."

    More at the link.


     Australia's Courier Mail Gives Away Character Pins!

    - [ Jasen @ 10:05 PM . GMT . Collecting, Movie: PoA ]

    Talk about awesome--the Australian newspaper will be giving away character pins with their daily delivery while supplies last. There's 20 in all, and the promotion ends June 12.

    I want one...


     Growing Up With Their Characters

    - [ Jasen @ 10:02 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    Paul Fischer of filminsideout was able to sit down with a couple of the cast members:

    Time waits for noone and things have changed for Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson since the first Harry Potter film burst into the public consciousness four years ago.

    ..."We have just been getting older and maturing", a reticent Watson begins, now waiting for her male counterpart to finish her thought. Adds Radcliffe on cue. "I think we probably have changed as actors but I'm not conscious of myself changing. I haven't watched the first film for about three years now, so I can't really compare it to the third because it's not very fresh in my mind," he says. But both admit their confidence has increased throughout the three films, Radcliffe says. "Just because we're really more experienced with different directors."

    The different director Radcliffe refers too is Mexico's Alfonso Cuaron, who replaced America's Chris Columbus for the much darker Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Comparing the two, says Radcliffe, stems from what the pair learnt initially with Columbus.

    "Basically I think, everything we learned with Chris, we were now able to put into practice with Alfonso", says Radcliffe. "The reason why he was able to do longer takes and more complicated shots, was because with Chris we just didn't have the experience or the focus to do that kind of stuff. And it is harder and more challenging, because we're getting older and so if we're not getting challenged there's really no point in doing it."

    In Prisoner of Azkaban, Radcliffe may be the title character, but it's the blossoming Watson who ultimately dominates the fourth adventure, punching her nemesis in the nose and virtually saving the day.

    "I refer to it as my kind of girl power", Watson laughingly exclaims.

    Continuing on that theme of the prevalence of girl power in Prisoner of Azkaban, Emily says she hopes she did the character justice this time around, "because it's my favourite book and such a great part for her, so I hope that she's what they all thought she'd be."

    She adds that Hermione "finally comes into her own in this one. I think you see a really different side to her than you had in the other two. I think her journey is much more personal and this film has really tested me."

    Head on over to the link for the full!


     'Polar Express' Trailer With PoA

    - [ Jasen @ 09:54 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    Zap2it reports:

    LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com) - Before checking into Platform nine and three quarters at King's Cross station, young moviegoers can hop aboard "The Polar Express."
    The trailer for the CGI-heavy adventure will premiere in theaters alongside "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" on Friday, June 4.

    The full trailer will also be sneak previewed online on Tuesday evening (June 1) as a special feature of "The Daily Prophet," the news section of the Harry Potter site, www.harrypotter.com.


     PoA's A Darker Shade of Grey

    - [ Jasen @ 09:52 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    From The New York Times:

    "This is pretty much a film about identity," Cuarón said. "It's about a kid trying to come to terms with being a teenager, with being 13 and having an awareness of things. It's the moment when you realize that the monster is not under the bed or in the closet, but inside you -- and the only weapon to fight that monster also resides inside you."

    Cuarón's task, however, is not only to make "Azkaban" seem fresh, but also to appeal to literal-minded Potter fans, which means remaining true to Rowling's material and making sure the film flows logically from the first two.

    "Chris and I are two different minds; we have different approaches, for good or bad," Cuarón said. "But I think Chris created a very elegant universe and put together an amazing cast. It would have been not only irresponsible, but also stupid to come and say, 'OK, just for the sake of change, let's change all this stuff that is working fantastically well.' "

    As it happens, he turned down the chance to direct Harry Potter No. 4; that job has gone to Mike Newell ("Mona Lisa Smile").

    "The films have to develop and grow with our children," co-producer David Heyman said by phone. "One of the things that was so clear in 'Y Tu Mama Tambien' was that [Cuarón has] a real understanding of the nuances of teenage life."

    Much more at the link!


     TV Watch: Dan and Emma On 'Regis'

    - [ Jasen @ 09:50 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    Thanks to Theresa who informs us that Daniel Radcliffe will be on LIVE with Regis and Kelly this coming Monday; while Emma Watson will be a guest on the Thursday show. Remember to set those VCRs!


     Review the PoA Movie Soundtrack!

    - [ Jasen @ 07:52 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    Now that you bought the soundtrack and listened to it over a hundred times, share your own review of it in its official iHP review thread!


     London Premiere 14 Hours Away

    - [ Scott @ 07:36 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    BBC.com has an article about the premiere of the latest Potter film:

    The European premiere of third Harry Potter film, The Prisoner of Azkaban, takes place in London on Sunday.

    The film, directed by the Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron, will be shown at the Odeon Leicester Square in the capital's West End from 1800 BST.

    Stars taking part will include Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson (Hermione Grainger) and Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley).

    The premiere follows enthusiastic reviews for the film.

    The film has been described as the best of the films so far, with a much darker atmosphere.

    BBC News Online's review said it was "far darker in tone than its predecessors - but that still stays true to the spirit of the book, tempering its scarier moments with some of the most lavish visuals ever to grace the series."

    On Friday, newspaper reviewers were universally positive, with The Times saying "you could spend weeks drooling over the artwork in a single scene".

    The Daily Telegraph said "Cuaron clearly wanted to make us feel we'd experienced a proper movie. He succeeded".

    The film comes after speculation that the film's teenage stars may become too old to play their characters before the end of Rowling's seven-book series.

    In a press conference this week, Radcliffe said the trio were making the fourth film, The Goblet of Fire, with director Mike Newell, but things were not certain after that.

    "I think it's hard for all three of us to look anywhere beyond that. Whatever happens in the future, I'm not sure yet," he said during a press conference.

    He also said that he believed his character would die in the seventh book - even though Rowling has refused to divulge what happens at the end.

    "I'm going to be really unpopular for saying this," he said, "but I've always had the suspicion that Harry might die."

    "Harry and Voldemort have the same core in them, and the only way he could die is if Harry dies as well."


     Crackdown on Piracy...

    - [ M17 @ 07:23 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    As a follow-up story to the one a few posts down, a Leamington Cinema has started to use high-tech means to crackdown on piracy, specifically of Prisoner of Azkaban... in the form of night vision goggles. More here.


     Critics' Takes on the New Movie

    - [ M17 @ 07:18 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    Critics have already rated PoA based on their opinions (and they seem to like what they're seeing!)... Gary Slaymaker calls it ...definitely the best in the series so far.

    Rob's verdict
    Best performance: Rupert Grint is hilarious as the one-line wonder Ron Weasley - he's fast becoming the mini-Chandler of this particular group of Friends.
    Best scene: Pam Ferris as Aunt Marge being inflated into a giant balloon by Harry.
    Overall rating: ****

    Gary Slaymaker, film critic for Box Office and S4C
    AFTER a long wait (for me at least), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban finally hits the big screen just before the European Football Championships kick-off.

    And what an absolute gem it is. Having enjoyed all the novels and been blown away by the quality of the first two movie versions, The Prisoner of Azkaban is definitely the best in the series so far.

    Gary's verdict
    Best performance: They were all very good and the young cast have definitely improved with age. Emma Thompson had me laughing as Professor Sybil Trelawney
    Best scene: The first time we come across Buckbeak - a magical half-eagle, half-horse type of creature, which is brilliant-looking. It takes Harry flying and it's a magical scene watching him go through the air.
    Overall rating: *****

    Source: icWales


     Clips Galore!

    - [ Jasen @ 07:11 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    Yahoo! Movies has just uploaded twelve new clips direct from the movie! Don't go, unless you want to be spoiled a week in advance ;)


     About the Premiere

    - [ Jasen @ 07:08 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    PR Newswire has details on when you can check out the European and Worldwide premieres of the PoA movie.


     PoA Already Pirated?

    - [ Jasen @ 07:04 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    In 6 days, Warner Bros. will release ``Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban" but the movie is already available through P2P networks. Among the tremendous swapped files, we have identified various qualities and versions (English, German, French, Spanish, Italian...) which now propagate at a rate of 318,592 downloads per hour (minimal values).



     Robbie Coltrane On Alfonso Cuaron

    - [ Jasen @ 06:57 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    KillerMovies has this:

    Robbie Coltrane, who plays Hagrid in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, says he enjoyed working with director Alfonso Cuaron. "A nightmare," joked Coltrane in an interview with Sci-Fi Wire. "Dreadful. No sense of humor. I don't know how he got the job. He must have slept with somebody."

    "No, I adore him." he said seriously. "I think he's a wonderfully talented man. He's exactly the way I expected him to be, having seen his other films: slightly wild and crazy, rock and roll and adolescent, but phenomenally focused about what he wants to do."

    Coltrane didn't want to say much on Cuaron taking over the directors chair from Chris Columbus for the third movie. "I don't want to dis anybody or say anyone is better than anyone else," the actor said. "Every film is a year in the life of the children [Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint]. This film had to be darker and more rock and roll and immediate. A big-budget movie, if you're not careful, is a cumbersome beast. It's hard to keep a level of agility and vitality going. [Cuaron] kept the camera moving all the time, which the [visual-effects] people so hate. It's mind-blowing, complicated stuff."


     Harry Potter Goes Wireless!

    - [ Jasen @ 06:49 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    The Official Site has up new details on the latest promotion for PoA.


     PoA = Lots o' Bucks For IMAX

    - [ Jasen @ 06:31 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    Next Friday's opening of the movie Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban could be a crucial turning point for Imax Corp., the entertainment company that has shifted its focus from specialty films to Hollywood hits.

    Imax is gearing its future success to having major movies released in Imax format simultaneously with their opening in conventional theatres. So expectations are high for Harry, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger when their images hit 49 of Imax's giant screens in Canada and the United States, and a handful more in Europe, next week.

    Read on at The Globe and Mail!


     Utah Theater To Have Midnight Screening

    - [ Jasen @ 06:23 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    From The Salt Lake Tribune reports:

    midnight screening of "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," to benefit the Salt Lake City Main Library, is set for early Friday morning at the Megaplex 12 at The Gateway.

    The event starts with a pre-screening party featuring "fun, food and magic," with doors opening at 10 p.m. Thursday. The movie starts promptly at the witching hour.

    More at the link.


     PoA Foreshadows Books 6 & 7!

    - [ M17 @ 06:20 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    This news is just a little old, but it's pretty newsworthy!

    Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling says that Alfonso Cuaron, who directed The Prisoner of Azkaban, which opens next Friday, inadvertently foreshadowed events that will happen in books six and seven, which she has yet to complete.

    "I really got goose bumps when I saw a couple of those things, and I thought, people are going to look back on the film and think that those were put in deliberately as clues," Rowling says in an interview released by Warner Bros., which is distributing the movie.

    More at USA Today!


     New Cast Interviews!

    - [ M17 @ 06:15 PM . GMT . Movie: PoA ]

    The Scotsman has new interview of Gary Oldman, as well as an interview with Michael Gambon, who plays Dumbledore in Prisoner of Azkaban!

    ...even Professor Dumbledore, Harry Potter’s magisterial head teacher, has now been incarnated with Gambon’s sly sense of fun. The actor adores pranks, especially the ones that require a straight face and his familiar lugubrious delivery.

    Read on at the links! (Thanks, Leaky)

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