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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Video game information
Developer

KnowWonder, Electronic Arts, Griptonite Games

Publisher

Electronic Arts

Released

25 May, 2004

Genre

Action-adventure

Platforms
  • Microsoft Windows
  • PlayStation 2
  • Game Boy Advance
  • Nintendo GameCube
  • Xbox
"The Dementors Are Coming..."
—Official tagline

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is a computer and video game that was released concurrently with the film release of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in 2004. It is the third game release in the Harry Potter Harry Potter series and was based on J. K. Rowling's novel Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Game Plot

Harry Potter learns that a dangerous man, Sirius Black, has escaped from Azkaban and is allegedly after him. With his best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, Harry learns and masters the spells and skills needed to confront Black. However, the reality of the crime that Black was accused of, the murder of thirteen people twelve years prior, becomes clear as the real murderer, Peter Pettigrew, is discovered to be in hiding in the disguise of Ron's pet rat, Scabbers. Together with Professor Remus Lupin and Black, Harry, Ron, and Hermione unmask Pettigrew, only to have him escape. Using Hermione's Time-Turner, Harry and Hermione go back in time and rescue Buckbeak and use him to rescue Sirius Black and himself from the terrible fate of a Dementor's Kiss. As in the first fight, A Dementor grabs Harry and raises his face to the Dementor's hood, but as it was attempting to perform a kiss, the future version of Harry conjures a Patronus and starts a second fight.

Playable Characters

A novelty for the Harry Potter game series is the fact that Ron and Hermione are playable as well. You cannot play one character through the whole game. Instead, you automatically get switched at different parts to another character. In the console versions, you can switch at will, but some characters will be unavailable at times.

In the PC version, every character has access to the spells Lumos, Alohomora, Rictusempra, Spongify, and Depulso, while in the console versions, the only two universal spells are Flipendo and Expelliarmus.

  • Harry Potter (voice:Tom Attenborough and Harry Robinson (English version), Nick Seidensticker (German version), Jonasz Tołpoiło (Polish version)): Harry is the only game character who can jump across chasms, he's the fastest runner and he alone has access to the Marauder's Map. Harry has Carpe Retractum as an exclusive spell in the console versions, Glacius in the PC version, and Expecto Patronum in both. Harry is one of the two playable characters that can ride Hippogriffs, the other being Hermione. Completing the Famous Wizard Card sets Wizards and Quidditch will boost Harry's health permanently.
  • Ron Weasley (voice:Greg Chillin (English version), Jesse Grimm (German version), Allan Hyde (Danish version), Marcin Łabno (Polish version): Ron is the sneaker of the gang - he can open secret passages and
    Black still at Large

    Sirius Black on the Daily Prophet headline in 1993.

    search bookshelves for items, as well as using Stink Bombs and Stink Pellets, but he has the smallest spell arsenal. In the PC version, his only exclusive spell is Carpe Retractum, while in the console version, he only has Lumos Duo. Ron is the only playable character that cannot ride Hippogriff. Completing the Famous Wizard Card sets Dragons and Classical Beasts will boost Ron's health permanently.
  • Hermione Granger (voice:Harper Marshall (English version), Johanna C. Neuhold (German version): Hermione is the last character to join. She has the highest base power of her spells and has the greatest spell arsenal, as well as the ability to crawl into tight spaces, but she is the slowest runner. In console and PC versions alike, she has Draconifors as an exclusive spell. In the PC version, her exclusive spells list also includes Lapifors, while the console version list includes Glacius, Reparo and Snufflifors instead. Hermione is also one of two playable characters that can ride Hippogriffs, the other is being Harry. Completing the Famous Wizard Card sets Witches and Hags will boost Hermione's health permanently.
  • Buckbeak: Buckbeak is Hagrid's pet Hippogriff. Only playable when Harry or Hermione is flying him.
  • Hedwig: Hedwig is Harry's pet snowy owl. She can be used when Harry gives her a Owl Treat, but this is exclusive to console versions.

Game features

The game includes a Trailer from the Film, Wizard duels, a Gallery and more. Also, on the PS2 version, the player can use an Eyetoy toy camera that allows the player to play mini games by moving the character's arms and body. Such games include catching a snitch or catching wizard cards. The PC version allows access to the Bean Bonus Room for collecting more sweets.

Non-playable characters (NPC)

Spells

Carpe Retractum

Ron Weasley on his Carpe Retractum challenge/lesson.

  • Alohomora: ( PC/GBA versions only). use to unlock locked chests and doors Harry Ron and Hermionie all know this spell from the beginning
  • Flipendo: ( Ps2, Xbox, Gamecube/ GBA versions only). used to knock back oponents trigger switches and stun magical creatures. Harry Ron and Hermionie start the game with this spell.
  • Depulso: ( PC version only) Upgrade of Flipendo. The trio start the game with this spell.
  • Expelliarmus: ( PS2 Gamecube and Xbox versions only ). Repells offensive spells Harry and Ron learn this spell from Hermionie who knows it aswell. 
  • Glacius:( All Versions). Freezes water and salamanders, and extinguishes fires. This spell is learned from D.A.D.A. class in the console versions, or Charms class in the PC version Or Hermionie knows this spell from the start ( GBA),  Only Hermione can use this on the consoles, and GBA, though only Harry can in the PC game version.
  • Draconifors: ( PS2 Gamecube Xbox and Pc version only). Transforms dragon statues into real dragons that the player may control. ( Only controlable in PC version).  This spell is learned from Transfiguration class or on the Fourth Floor After Harry's Expecto Patronum Challenge. Only Hermione can use this spell.
  • Lapifors: ( PC version only ). Transforms rabbit statues into real rabbits. This spell is learned from Transfiguration class along with Draconiforce. Only Hermione can use this spell in the computer game version.
  • Lumos: PC/GBA version only Emits light from wand, will reveal a collection of bubbles (usually in a wall) that you can walk through. The trio know this spell from the start of the game
  • Lumos Duo: ( PS2 Gamecube and Xbox version only). Emits light from a wand, causes Hinkypunks to turn solid, and forces ghouls to retreat. Only Ron can use this spell
  • Reparo: PS2, Gamecube, Xbox, and GBA version only Fixes broken objects. Only Hermione can use this spell. Hermionie knows  this spell from the begining of the game ( GBA version). or from the dungunes ( PS2, Gamecube, and  Xbox, version
  • Snufflifors: ( Ps2, Gamecube, and Xbox version only  Hermione can use this spell to turn books into mice. This must be bought from Fred and George's shop.
  • Rictusempra: ( PC /GBA version only). Stuns or destroys certain enemies. The trio know this spell from the start
  • Carpe Retractum: ( All versions except GBA ). Pulls objects toward the caster, or the caster toward the object. This spell is learned from Charms class in the console versions, or D.A.D.A. class in the PC version. Only Harry can use this spell in the Consoles, although Ron also can in the PC game version.
  • Expecto Patronum: ( All versions). Dispels Dementors. Harry learns this spell from Profesor Lupin Only Harry can use this spell.
  • Ridiculas ( GBA version only). used to fight of Boggerts Used only in a mini game.
  • Diffindo (GBA version only). used to cut ropes and tapastrys it can also be used against enamies. The trio learn this spell from Herbology.
  • Spongefy ( PC/GBA version only). Used against enamies and to turn tiles into trampaleens The trio know the spell from the start.
  • Wingardiumleviosa (GBA version only). This spell is used to levitate certain objects The Trio learn this spell from Charms class  

If a Gameshark is used, Ron has a patronus symbol. However, it does not do anything. Interestingly, when the player attempts to use it, the spell resembles Lumos Duo.

In the dueling mini-game, the opponents are able to cast Histedius, Melofors and Steleus. Histedius works like Flipendo. Melofors puts a pumpkin on your head. Steleus makes you sneeze about four times. (note: At the beginning of the game, during a cut-scene, Malfoy casts a spell at Ron and Harry. This spell is supposed to be Histedius, but his incantation is "Rictusempra." It is unknown if the spell is Rictusempra or Histedius.)

Potions

Console version

GBA version

Creatures

Do the Hippogriff

Harry Potter riding a Hippogriff for his flying challenge/lesson.

Pixies

The Pixies.

  • Bundimun: Shoot green "acid" which hurts a player if stepped on. Jumping on them will give a player Pumpkin Pasties.
  • Dementors
  • Doxies: Blue flying creatures that attempt to bite and poison the player. Their eggs are used in certain potions.
  • Fairies: Wings are used in certain potions. To get the wings, first knock down the fairies with Flipendo, then freeze them with Glacius.
  • Fire Salamanders: They breathe fire unless they are frozen. They can be defeated by putting out the fire they came from and putting out the fire from the salamanders themself.
  • Flying books: They bite, but they can be destroyed through attacking, or turned into mice for bonus points, Bertie Bott's Beans, or Famous Wizards Cards.
  • Ghouls: Generally harmless, but throw objects around.
  • Hinkypunks: Creatures that stand on one leg, look as if made of smoke and carry a lantern. They may shoot at a player.
  • Hippogriff: Generally harmless unless a character does not bow to it. (PS2 Version)
  • The Monster Book of Monsters: Larger than flying books, they bite and shoot pages. They are immune to Snufflifors and are only hurt when hit in the mouth. Pages must be targeted with Rictusempra in the PC version. In console versions, it can be knocked down with Flipendo or the pages can be fired back at the book with Expelliarmus.
  • Pixies: They shoot electric blue orbs at the player.
  • Red Caps: They throw stink pellets and knock players over.
  • Trolls: Very strong and guard hallways. They are attracted with dungbombs.
  • Charmed Skeleton: They throw bones at players. Defeat them with Rictusempra.
  • Fire crabs: They Shoot Fire out of their backsides.

Items

Carlotta Pinkstone

Example of Famous Wizard Card.

  • Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans: Found all over Hogwarts and can be used to buy things from Fred and George's shop.
  • Chocolate Frogs: They increase a player's health.
  • Cauldron Cakes: Used for trading at Fred and George's shop and are worth the most out of all the tradable items. They also give players health.
  • Dungbombs: Ron can use them to distract trolls.
  • Folio Bruti Pages: Collect pages to make a book about magical creatures.
  • Folio Universitas: Shows the content of a player's Wizard Card collection.
  • Owl Treats: Bribe Hedwig with these for favours.
  • Pumpkin Pasties: Worth more than beans at Fred and George's shop.Aunt Marge
  • Stink Pellets: Used in Fred and George's game to get wizard cards.
  • Chocolate Frog Cards: Pentagonal-shaped cards with famous wizards and witches on them. Collect them all for rewards.
  • Statues: If Hermione can find all nine statues around Hogwarts, Fred and George will give her 3 chapters to The Dark Forces: A Guide to Self Protection, getting one chapter for every three statues after talking to Fred and George (note: you have to go back to the shop and take it off the shelf to get each chapter) Each chapter increases your ability to cast spells (PS2).

Media

Behind the scenes

  • The game begins with Harry, Ron and Hermione on the Hogwarts Express, entirely omitting Aunt Marge blowing up, the Knight Bus, and the Leaky Cauldron.
  • Harry's appeance in the game is vastly different than that in the film. He has longer hair like he did in the previous book and speaks differently too.

External links

J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series
Philosopher's Stone book film game film soundtrack game soundtrack
Chamber of Secrets book film game film soundtrack game soundtrack
Prisoner of Azkaban book film game film soundtrack game soundtrack
Goblet of Fire book film game film soundtrack game soundtrack
Order of the Phoenix book film game film soundtrack game soundtrack
Half-Blood Prince book film game film soundtrack game soundtrack
Deathly Hallows book film 1 game 1 film soundtrack 1 game soundtrack 1
film 2 game 2 film soundtrack 2 game soundtrack 2
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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Harry Potter: Trading Card Game
Quidditch Through the Ages LEGO Creator: Harry Potter/Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
The Tales of Beedle the Bard Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup
Harry Potter Prequel Harry Potter: Find Scabbers
Harry Potter: A Pop-Up Book Harry Potter DVD Game: Hogwarts Challenge/Wizarding World
Harry Potter Film Wizardry Harry Potter: Spells
Harry Potter Page to Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Journey LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4/Years 5-7
LEGO Harry Potter: Building the Magical World Motorbike Escape
LEGO Harry Potter: Characters of the Magical World Harry Potter: The Quest
Encyclopaedia of Potterworld (potentially cancelled) Harry Potter for Kinect
J.K. Rowling: A Bibliography Wizard's Challenge
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J.K.Rowling Official Site Harry Potter and Me
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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter J.K. Rowling: A Year in the Life
Harry Potter: The Exhibition Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup (video game soundtrack)
The Making of Harry Potter Magic Beyond Words: The J.K. Rowling Story
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