Harry Potter an…

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

1.Analysis of the film. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is the 3rd film in the Harry Potter series of films adapted from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. It is a slightly darker adaptation than the other films. For example, the Dementors are considered by many to be too frightening for children. This is strange since it is a children’s book series. The tone of this film is decidedly more English than the previous three films, and there are a number of English references present in the film.

2.Analysis of the book. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is part of the Harry Potter series written by J.K. Rowling. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was published in 1999. As with the other novels in the series, the writing is rich, descriptive, and brings to life a fantasy world full of fascinating characters and stories.

3.Analysis of the Adaptation. In the adapting the book into a film, Alfonso Cuaron was presented with a difficult challenge: the fans of the books are difficult to please, and the special effects challenges of adapting a  book set in a fantasy backdrop presents a number of daunting special effects challenges.  The film is a relatively faithful adaptation of the book, but it is a highly condensed version (as it must be considering the considerable detail of the novel) which omits various details. For example, the titles of some of Harry’s books (i.e. A Handbook of Do-It-Yourself Broomcare and Witch Burning in the 14th Century Was Completely Pointless) were omitted from the book, and, therefore, omitted some insights, humor, concepts.

4.Online Research of the Film. The three online sources I found in relation to Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban include:

www.sparknotes.com/lit/potter3/themes.html As loathe as many might be to recommend cliff notes for book reviews, this is a good starting point for understanding concepts in the film. Especially for people unfamiliar with the series. There is a lot of information here.

http://www.shmoop.com/harry-potter-3-azkaban/friendship-theme.html An interesting breakdown of the theme of friendship in the film.

http://suite101.com/article/discussion-questions-for-harry-potter-3-the-prisoner-of-azkaban-a256935 An interesting breakdown as part of a book club discussion group which offers a lot of questions for meaningful reflection.

5.Critical Analysis. Perhaps more so than other Harry Potter films, in Prisoner of Azkaban Harry seems to be having “daddy issues.” What are they and how does this relate to the theme of growing up and learning to be a man? How does the feminine fit into this process?

The film has a significant amount of time devoted to Harry’s desire for greater connection with his father (aka daddy issues). As a father I actually found it refreshing. Among the scenes relating to this are the scene where he overcomes the Dementors, the dream with his father, and the godfather scenes with Sirius Black. In short, the scene where his judgment is clouded as he waits for his father to rescue him from the Dementors shows his passage to greater adulthood when he successfully wards of the Dementors on his own, and no longer seeks the assistance of his father. Additionally, the scenes where he longingly seeks/accepts guidance from Sirius Black (the desire to move in with him, the fatherly advice later, and the gift with the feather) show his continuing pursuit of a father figure to protect him and guide him. This is not an uncommon characteristic in films of children without a father (ex. Pink Floyd’s The Wall).

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1 Comment

July 2, 2012 · 3:20 pm

One response to “Harry Potter an…

  1. This one feels a little rushed. The argument paragraph was good. It’s particularly significant that Harry thinks the stag is his father when in fact it’s him: his father lives on in him. 10/10. JB.

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