Maria’s review published on Letterboxd:
At the threshold between wide-eyed wonder and a darkness that looms larger and larger, The Prisoner of Azkaban is Harry Potter at its most magical. Hogwarts is not a safe place anymore; the horrors of the wizarding world have pierced through the barrier that seemed to keep them away. An escaped murderer is on the loose, soul-sucking dementors are patrolling the school’s grounds, and executions await the innocents. But for the first time in his life as a wizard, Harry discovers that it’s not so much the magic outside, but the magic within that counts. When the lights go out and the sun disappears behind the clouds, strength is found inwards, in memories and in dreams of a happier future, and uncertainty is conquered with the conviction that better times lie ahead. If Chris Columbus revealed a distant world of fantasy filled with warmth and life, Alfonso Cuarón made it even more alive and brought it even closer to us by showing that tragedy is temporary, and in its wake, happiness can be found again.