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Small Details From 'Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban' That Remind Us Why It's The Best

Updated February 9, 2021 5.4k votes 797 voters 106.2k views18 items

List RulesVote up the most impressive details from 'The Prisoner of Azkaban!'

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban gave audiences a totally different kind of movie than its predecessors. Alfonso Cuarón took on the massive task of directing the pivotal franchise film, and the amount of meaningful details fans found prove it was well worth it. 

We didn't realize how many important details and clues we missed the first one thousand times we watch The Prisoner of Azkaban. Take a look below and vote up the most impressive details fans found in everyone's favorite comfort film.

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    Lupin Was Exhausted Because He Transformed The Night Before

    It's true Lupin has a right to be exhausted during every waking moment, considering his pet situation. However, it's always fun to know there's a reason behind every movie frame. From Redditor /u/hesperidae:

    In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Professor Lupin sleeps through most of the train ride to Hogwarts. The date is the 1st of September, 1993. There really was a full moon the previous night; he was exhausted because he'd transformed the night before.

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    The Students Dressed Themselves

    The subtle details established behind the scenes have some of the biggest impact. In this case, the direction on the costumes made for a completely immersive experience. From Redditor /u/Tokyono:

    For Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), Alfonso Cuarón asked the kids playing the Hogwarts students to wear their uniforms as they would if their parents weren't around. This is in sharp contrast to the first two films; were they wore their uniforms in a very orderly fashion.

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    Every Costume Was Altered Except Snape's

    There's a reason why it's almost impossible to imagine Snape in anything but his black gowns. Besides Neville's grandmother's clothing, of course. From Redditor /u/Tokyono:

    In the Harry Potter movies (2001-2011), Snape’s costume was the only one that never changed. According to costume designer, Jany Temine: "Because, it was perfect. When something is perfect you cannot change it.” She joined in Prisoner of Azkaban and changed most costumes except Snape’s.

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    Emma Watson Really Smacked Tom Felton

    Everything about the way Hermione punches Draco in The Prisoner of Azkaban is satisfying, but this detail somehow makes it even more so. From Redditor /u/Tokyono:

    In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), when Hermione hit Draco, she hit him for real. Emma Watson accidentally punched Tom Felton. He asked her to give him a "fake slap," but she smacked him in the face.

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