I watched Harry Potter and the Prisoner from Azkban last night. I am – quite unoriginal, I know – a Harry Potter fan. Sometimes I feel the urge for children’s literature and I feel Harry Potter fills that genre well. I always defend the books from critics who say they are not good compared to other books on the bestselling chart or from the list of classics. It is a children’s book and should be read as one. You should feel like reading a children’s book in one go, it should have an easy plot and the characters should be predictable.
But back to the film, I found this film to be quite different from the previous two adaptations. It is very visible that it has been a change of directors; from Chris Columbus to Alfonso Cuarón. The scenography and costumes have become modern and the story is not a fairytale any more. Harry has become cool, Ron is funky and Hermione is now a beauty more than a bookworm. It is a children’s action film. But though I like children’s literature, I am not as interested in children’s films. The Hogwart’s universe is still fascinating and the acting is good, so it is a film worth seeing if one liked the first films or is a Harry Potter fan (but I assume that people in this category will see the film any way, so a recommendation is not really necessary).
So far I found the third book Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban the best read. But my nice reading experience was not captured in this film. When it comes to the adaptations, I would rank Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone first, and a joint second to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Harry Potter and the Prisoner from Azkaban. (HP and the Camber of Secrets was too long).