Chris Columbus, who directed the first two Harry Potter movies, has passed the wand to Alfonso Cuaron (Y Tu Mama Tambien), and in contrast to Columbus's bloated theme-park rides, this third installment (2004) more closely approximates the character-driven storytelling of J.K. Rowling's beloved children's books. The young wizard (Daniel Radcliffe) returns to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft for his third year, but his studies are overshadowed by the escape of convicted murderer Sirius Black (Gary Oldman), an acolyte of the evil Lord Voldemort (whom Harry defeated in the previous film). Like the first two movies, this is loaded with computer-generated imagery, but for the first time there's a sense of dramatic proportion balancing the spectacle and the story line.
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Producer: Chris Columbus, David Heyman, Mark Radcliffe, Michael Barnathan, Callum McDougall and Tanya Seghatchian
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Gary Oldman, David Thewlis, Michael Gambon, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, Robbie Coltrane, Tom Felton, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters, Timothy Spall, Julie Christie, Peter Best, David Bradley, Alfred Enoch, Pam Ferris, Dawn French, Jimmy Gardner, Richard Griffiths, Fiona Shaw, Josh Herdman, Matthew Lewis, Devon Murray, Chris Rankin, Jim Tavaré, Jamie Waylett and Paul Whitehouse
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban