1. “Harry Potter: Prisoner of Azkaban” by J.K. Roling is a novel that includes themes such as “Owl Post” and the sport of Quidditch. The first chapter in the book, which is even titled “Owl Post”, makes it clear that these characters rely heavily on their pet owls to send messages to one another. Harry Potter received a few birthday cards from his friends through the owl post for the first time in his life. And we learn in the lecture that in the book reading, writing, book and letters define Potter’s world, and a huge part of that is the owls traveling to send them the letters and any other information. Quidditch is another theme in the novel that seems a lot more important here than in the films. The author made a note to point out that this game of Quidditch was the first one that Potter did not catch the Snitch and he lost the game. When Potter realized this happened he was extremely upset and disappointed, which isn’t as emphasized in the film. Like Professor Byrne said in the lecture the movie didn’t show the centrality of Quidditch to Hogwarts School culture.
  2. “Harry Potter: Prisoner of Azkaban” directed by Alfonso Cuaron contains themes such as magic and monsters. Magic is a theme that appears through out the movie, countless times. We see it when Potter blows up his aunt, the floating broomstick and people changing into animals. Magic is something that the movie is based on and what helps Potter to get through his adventures. Monsters are a huge theme for this movie as it is the one known as taking a darker turn, as pointed out in the lecture. Potter’s foster parents will always seem like monsters to him and to the viewers this movie introduces the very scary dementors. We even see Potter wrestling with “The Book of Monsters” in the film. The Hippogriff, werewolf and the Grim might be considered monster like creatures according to some.
  3. The issues and problems with converting “Harry Potter: Prisoner of Azkaban” from novel to film include getting all the details into one 2 hour movie. Reading a little from the book and watching the movie made me realize that there were a lot of other details that did not make it in the film. That’s probably because they were deemed not important enough and the movie wanted to take all the main ideas and storylines. But all the little details enhance the story a lot more. Making this movie series into a television show would be really interesting and it could help in getting all those details that couldn’t fit in the movie (like Harry’s first ever birthday cards). Also adapting the book series into a theme park at Universal Studios is so amazing to visit. It really feels like you’re in the world J.K. Rolings originally created and you might just see Harry himself. Around the corner. Everything from the rides, to the butter beer and little shops really had the essence of the books and movies.
  4. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8CL6H0dWA8                                                       This source is important in understanding the film because you get information from the director himself about what it was like to make the film. He answers questions about what it was like to do the third movie in a series and what it was like working with teenagers and J.K. Roling herself. He talks about the advance that she gave in in adapting the film, which was to not put elements that contradict the books or the books to come. And to stay true to the spirit of the book, but he could almost do whatever he wanted. This information helps viewers understand the adaptation process a little more and it let you see a little about what it was like to do this film.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axRu7aEnktM                                                         I really loved this source and felt that it gave a lot of interesting information and a behind the scenes look about making the film. It tells again the importance J.K. Roling put on staying true to the spirit of the novel in the film and the movie being faithful to the novel, which makes me like the book series even more. I also learned that Hippgriffs weren’t her original idea and either was the shrunken talking heads (Cuaron’s idea)



This source gives a summary of the book, a little biography of the author, information about the suggested reading age and genre and subjects of the book.



This is a great source that contains quotes from “Harry Potter: Prisoner of Azkaban” the novel.



This is a fun link that contains games and trivia about the film.

 5. Q: To many critics, Alfonso Cuarón did a good job in the film in steering the Harry Potter series in a darker direction. How is Prisoner of Azkaban “dark”? And how does this relate to the growing maturity of both the main characters and the actors?

A: Prisoner of Azkaban is dark mainly because of the introduction of the dementors. These creatures are dark and scary and try to harm Harry Potter on several different occasions even through Harry isn’t Sirius Black or got in their way like Dumbledore said. It’s darker because we don’t know a lot about these dementors and little by little we find out more about them. So the mystery in the dementors makes the movie seem darker as well. This relates to the growing maturity of both the main characters and the actors by as they are growing up in the movies (and real life) so are the fans following this series that when it started were children. So making the movies darker and more grown up makes sense because it is more relatable to the devoted fans.