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ELEN
31-05-04, 17:59
European premiere of "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban"

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The magic of Harry Potter is set to cast a spell over South Devon when the third movie in the series is released today.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is the most dramatic and darkest of the films by far and is sure to smash box office records as audiences flock to cinemas. Paignton's Apollo Cinema is just one of many venues bracing itself for a bumper turnout.

Manager Kirstin Tripp said: "Pre-booking for the film has really taken off in the past few days although we have got tickets left.

"We've got three screens dedicated to Harry, it's going to be a busy week."

Under the direction of Alfonso Cuaron, the film explores some of the hidden agendas within JK Rowling's writing.

It's still an action-packed adventure for all the family, but The Prisoner of Azkaban is stripped of the gloss and sentimentality, and to a certain extent some of the poor acting, which blighted the first two films. By the time the John Williams overture starts and the camera slowly pans into the Privet Drive, the long wait since the previous instalment will seem like distant memory.

After a fight with Uncle Vernon and his bullying, bloated sister Aunt Marge, Harry heads back to Hogwarts with best friends Hermione and Ron.

The entire school is enthralled with rumours of Sirius Black, a convicted killer who has escaped from Azkaban and is making his way to Hogwarts to kill Harry.

As a precaution Professor Dumbledore has permitted the prison's guards, the hideous Dementors, to be stationed around the school grounds.

If Black attempts to gain access to the school, he will be set upon by the Dementors and his soul sucked from his body.

Fans of the book will notice chunks of the text are missing in the adapted screenplay.

At nearly two-and-a-half hours long, the film is the shortest yet, but still captures all the things you would hope after reading the book.

Daniel Radcliffe as Harry relaxes in front of the cameras, finally showing a glimmer of Harry's anguish and vulnerability.

The magical world of computer generated effects including a Quidditch, Hippogriff flights and the final fast-paced fight are a joy to watch.

A word of caution for parents, some of the sequences with the life-sucking Dementors are so realistic that youngers could be scared.

For those a little older, the Paignton seafront cinema has a dedicated licensed screen showing the film for over 18s wanting an alcoholic drink while they watch.

Kirstin Tripp said: "Last time we found that Harry Potter was just as popular with adults."

Harry Potter shows today at the Apollo Cinema Paignton, Central Cinema Torquay and Alexandra Cinema Newton Abbot rated PG.

thisissouthdevon.co.uk

illyria
31-05-04, 18:28
This is my favourite of the series and I hope to see it this week! (I am a child at heart http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif ) I really hope the film follows the book, 'cos I heard a couple of the characters were 'cut' out. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/privateeye.gif .

rocker2004
01-06-04, 17:56
harry potter movies suck!!
dont get me wrong the books are fantastic but the films just miss out so much and are more for kids than people my age!
id rather have books so i can get my imagination run away with me! :D

[ 01. June 2004, 18:56: Message edited by: kick_some_ass ]

knienie
01-06-04, 18:12
You're right KSA, the films don't ever catch up with the books, but I think though the films are great!!!
I realy love the series to

ELEN
01-06-04, 18:57
Series? Oh... I didn't know that.

andromeda_eats
02-06-04, 07:21
Yay!! Harry!! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/jumper.gif

Peachy
02-06-04, 10:03
I'm really looking forward to the goblet of fire film because i loved that book! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/thumb.gif