Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban ★★★★★

(part of the harry potter weekly double feature)

the first film in the series to pop up when you search “harry potter” on letterboxd, and for good reason. when i first saw this in the theater as a kid i was unsure of all the changes it made from the first two movies, but it’s only grown on me over the years. alfonso cuarón brings more to the table here than any other director in the series, the close-ups, bold contrasts and heavy use of pouring rain start to warn us that things are changing for harry, so we better prepare ourselves

and already one of the most enjoyable books in the series, this has a perfect script to go with it. the lightness and darkness is balanced by some of the most natural performances and insightful little moments, whether it’s harry crying alone in the snow, or the contagious laughter of a bunch of 13 year old hogwarts kids. and buckbeak’s flight remains one of the best pieces of score in the whole series. goosebumps every time