This close analysis of Alfonso Cuarón’s Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban examines how collaborative authorship produced a thematically layered blockbuster film with a distinctively cinematic point of view.
Series: 21st Century Film Essentials
An essential work of twenty-first-century cinema, Alfonso Cuarón’s 2004 film Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is an elegant exemplar of contemporary cinematic trends, including serial storytelling, the rise of the fantasy genre, digital filmmaking, and collaborative authorship. With craft, wonder, and wit, the film captures the most engaging elements of the novel while artfully translating its literary point of view into cinematic terms that expand on the world established in the book series and previous films.
In this book, Patrick Keating examines how Cuarón and his collaborators employ cinematography, production design, music, performance, costume, dialogue, and more to create the richly textured world of Harry Potter—a world filtered principally through Harry’s perspective, characterized by gaps, uncertainties, and surprises. Rather than upholding the vision of a single auteur, Keating celebrates Cuarón’s direction as a collaborative achievement that resulted in a family blockbuster layered with thematic insights.
- Point of View in the Novels
- Novel to Screenplay
- Camera, Perspective, and Point of View
- Actors and Authorship
- Designing a World
- Sound Design and Music