Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the 3rd installation of what will become a seven-book collection, is somewhat of a young adult unto itself. As experience unavoidably begins to embed in, the mere existence a wonderful community is no more enough to maintain Harry psychologically, nor is the sparkling appearance of Chris Columbus' Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Rock and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Keys sufficient to please target markets. Subsequently, a then-43-year-old Alfonso Cuarón was faced with among the vital challenges of early teenage years in consenting to route the movie-- developing an identity and also funneling the plant stages of agony right into efficiency. Thankfully, Cuarón plainly remembers what it's like to be 13. From raging hormones and increasing vanities to debilitating self-doubt and also hope despite it, the trademarks of youth appear in essentially every frame of Prisoner of Azkaban. The stars, naturally, play no small role: Daniel Radcliffe has enhanced exponentially, while Rupert Grint continues to show an outstanding flair for comic timing. Emma Watson is best as Hermione; similar to Michael Gambon's representation of Dumbledore, Watson originates wit and also power, as well as, in staying with her character, communicates a feeling of harried urgency in everything she does. The veteran British actors making up the Hogwarts team are just as remarkable. Emma Thompson, specifically, is wonderfully batty as the boy-who-cried-Grim prophecy teacher, while Alan Rickman's Teacher Snape is as indecipherable and also complex as ever. Though David Thewlis supplies a strong efficiency as the haunted Professor Lupin, Gary Oldman is probably the most noteworthy newcomer to the movie collection. With little time to spare, Oldman manages to express the tragic yet unerringly devoted nature of Sirius Black.