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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is a 2004 fantasy film directed by Alfonso Cuarón and distributed by Warner Bros. The film stars Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, alongside Rupert Grint and Emma Watson as Harry’s best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. The film was released on 31 May 2004 in the United Kingdom and on 4 June 2004 in North America, as the first Harry Potter film released into IMAX theatres and to be using IMAX Technology. It was also the last Harry Potter film to be released on VHS. 7 million worldwide, making it the second highest-grossing film of 2004 and received praise for Cuarón’s direction and the performances of the lead actors. Harry Potter has been spending another dissatisfying summer with The Dursleys. When Harry’s Aunt Marge insults his parents, he loses his temper and silently wills her to bloat up and float away.
Fed up, Harry then flees the Dursleys with his luggage. The trio return to Hogwarts for the school year on the Hogwarts Express, only for dementors to suddenly board the train, searching for Sirius. The Fat Lady’s portrait, which guards the Gryffindor quarters, is found ruined and empty. Terrified and hiding in another painting, she tells Dumbledore that Sirius has entered the castle. After Harry, Ron, and Hermione witness Buckbeak’s execution, Ron’s pet rat Scabbers bites him and escapes.