Harry Potter and the Prison of Azkaban

Lynea and I took great pleasure today in going out to the local movie theatre and watching a good movie, instead of the piece of drivel we sat through on Sunday.

It looks like the Potter crowds are finally thinning out for this movie. There were only two showings today, and the one we were in was only about a third full.

Both of us have read all of the books and eagerly await each new film. As has been reported elsewhere, this one was much darker than the previous ones. The humour was greatly reduced. The characters are developing. The kids are growing up. Nice to see there was only a minimal number of Malfoy appearances and Quidditch matches, two parts of Potter films that I find tiresome.

Michael Gambon carried on the role of Dumbledore, slightly different (more animated), but it didn't feel out of place. Good to see new characters introduced. Gary Oldman as Sirius Black and the cameo by Dawn French as the Fat Lady were my favorites.

I also love the incidentals that appear in the Potter movies. This time it was the Marauders Map. Very cleverly done. Obviously others felt the same way as it was used for the credits at the end of the film.

I don't know whether I want the rest of the Potter films right away, or to wait a while and see more after a few years (like Lucas did with Star Wars). Part of me wants to see the same actors playing the roles and part of me would like the Potter universe on film to be fresh. Don't get me wrong, Alfonso Cuaron has definitely made it feel more lived-in, and I like that but I wonder what a few years and advances in technology could do to improve it even more.

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