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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Film Facts

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Muggles and wizards alike are dying to see the latest Harry Potter movie. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is set to hit theaters on June 4, 2004. But, if you just can't wait, Kidzworld has some fun facts and trivia about the making of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban to keep ya going.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Film Facts

  • A real life illusionist (magician) named Paul Kieve was on the set to give tips and advice. He even taught magic tricks to Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson (Harry and Hermione).
  • Ewan MacGregor was considered for the part of Professor Lupin, but it went to an actor by the name of David Thewlis instead.
  • Unlike Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chris Columbus is not directing this movie. Instead, director Alfonso Cuaron is directing Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
  • The Prisoner of Azkaban is Daniel Radcliffe's favorite Harry Potter book.

Harry Potter Movie Messes

There were a few near-disasters on the set of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban that halted filming. Someone vandalized the Hogwarts Express by covering it with graffiti. Filming had to be stopped until the train was cleaned up. Also, there was a large fire on the set in December 2002 which halted filming. Luckily no one was injured.

Harry Potter's New Dumbledore

The actor who played Albus Dumbledore, Richard Harris, died before Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was filmed. Two actors that were rumored to be up for the part, Christopher Lee and Sir Ian McKellen, already had some wizardly experience (they played Saruman and Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy). However, in the end, the part of Dumbledore went to Sir Michael Gambon.

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