If there's one guaranteed way to make yourself old, it's to look back at when the various Harry Potter books and films were released. It's been almost 16 years since Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone was first published and over 12 years since its movie adaptation was released, when we first got to see Harry, Ron, and Hermione come to life. June 4 marks Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 's tenth anniversary, the third film and one considered by many fans to be one of the series' best.
Whether or not you agree with that, it's easy to see that Prisoner of Azkaban was very different from the two films that preceded it and still stands out from the eight-film series. Much of that is thanks to its much darker tone and being the only Harry Potter film to be directed by Gravity's Alfonso Cuarón. However as time has passed and the earlier films begin to blur together, you might have forgotten than Prisoner of Azkaban also stands out for containing major, unforgettable moments in the Harry Potter series.
What better way to celebrate the movie's tenth anniversary than looking back at those very moments and remembering why it's held so dearly by Harry Potter fans? Here's everything we still love about Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, ten years later.
When Harry Gets Sassy with Aunt Marge
And Delivers Magical Revenge
Which Leads Him to the Knight Bus
Seeing Michael Gambon as Dumbledore for the First Time
And knowing that even though you miss Richard Harris, there's room in your heart for both Dumbledores.
How Actually Terrifying the Dementors Were
And let's be honest, still are.
Meeting Remus Lupin
Learning All About Boggarts
The most fun Defense Against the Dark Arts class there ever was.
The Glorious Introduction of Emma Thompson as Professor Trelawney
Hermione's Immediate Hatred for Her
Hagrid Teaching Care for Magical Creatures
With an extremely aggressive textbook.
The Crookshanks/Scabbers Feud
That Gorgeous Hogwarts Winter
Discovering the Truth About Sirius
And being so happy that Harry has someone else to care for him and tell him about his parents.
His Most Meme-able Quote
Did anyone else run to their local mall right after the movie in search of a replica necklace? Just me?
The Confusion It Caused Ron
Hermione Finally Giving Malfoy What He Deserved
Harry (Unknowingly) Getting in the Way
The Chosen One has a habit of also being the third wheel.
That Epic Buckbeak Ride
The Greatest Snape Line in Harry Potter History
Yes, Prisoner of Azkaban contains all of the amazing above moments AND "turn to page 394." No wonder people are so obsessed with it.
Discovering the Marauder's Map for the First Time
Because Harry Potter fans know that no matter how many years it's been, the mischief is never quite managed.
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