Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Movie Poster
  • Released
  • June 4, 2004
  • PG, 2 hr 21 min
  • Action/Adventure
  • Family
  • 4,685 Fan Ratings

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What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the third movie in the fantastic Harry Potter series is growing up with the Hogwarts crew; the themes are darker, the peril is more intense, and the images of some magical creatures are grotesque and Halloween-ish. For most of the school year, Harry believes he is marked for death and stalked by an escaped prisoner. He also battles a creature of kids' worst nightmares: the Dementors are black-robed floating beings that suck out happiness and feed on your worst fears, which is why Harry hears the sound of his mother's last scream when he sees them. While this can be tough for young and sensitive viewers, the bright spot is the Boggart lesson in Defense Against the Dark Arts. Boggarts can turn into what a person fears most, but the kids learn to yell "Ridiculous!" and turn it into something to laugh at.

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