Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is a 2004 British-American fantasy film distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling, the third instalment in the Harry Potter film series and the sequel to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002). It was directed by Alfonso Cuarón, written by Steve Kloves and produced by David Heyman, Mark Radcliffe Chris Columbus, (the director of the first two instalments). The story follows Harry Potter's third year at Hogwarts as he is informed that a prisoner named Sirius Black has escaped from Azkaban intending to kill him.
Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson and Alan Rickman again reprise their roles as Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger and Severus Snape. They are joined by Michael Gambon, who reprise Richard Harris as the role of Albus Dumbledore, and Gary Oldman, who plays Sirius Black.
The film was released in theatres May 31, 2004 in the United Kingdom and June 4, 2004 in North America, as the first Harry Potter film released into IMAX theatres and to be using IMAX Technology. It is also the last Harry Potter film to be released on VHS. The film was nominated for two Academy Awards, Best Original Music Score and Best Visual Effects at the 77th Academy Awards in 2005.
Prisoner of Azkaban grossed a total of $796.7 million worldwide, with its box office performance ranking as the lowest-grossing in both the Harry Potter series and J. K. Rowling's Wizarding World series. However, it is the second-best-reviewed film of the series according to review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes and is also considered to be the best Harry Potter film by many critics and fans.
A sequel, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, was released in 2005.