"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 series and was based on J. K. Rowling's novel Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.


Different versions of this game were produced for the different platforms it was released for. Three versions were produced:

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) Max Di Benedetto (Italian 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) Claudio Ridolfo (Italian 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 a Hippogriff. Completing the Famous Wizard Card sets Dragons and Classical Beasts will boost Ron's health permanently.
  • Hermione Granger (voice:Harper Marshall (English version) Tosawi Piovani (Italian 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)


Carpe Retractum

Ron Weasley on his Carpe Retractum lesson


Console version

GBA version


Do the Hippogriff

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


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.
  • Troll: 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.


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.
  • 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).


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, however in the GBA version the Knight Bus is mentioned and the Leaky Cauldron is the starting point.
  • 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 (a lot more slower).
  • The GBA version of the game reprises the same RPG format of the first two GBC version games.
  • Although in the film (at the request of director Alfonso Cuarón) the Hogwarts students are only occasionally seen in their school uniforms, this is the only game adaptation in which the they are shown in a full uniform (in the previous games they wore everyday clothes underneath their wizards' robes, and in the subsequent games they wear their grey jumpers and house-colored neckties but no robes).
    • Additionally, due to an oversight by the game developers, all of the non-Gryffindor students (with the exceptions of Malfoy, Crabbe, and Goyle) wear the red and gold Gryffindor ties.

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
Cursed Child script play
Fantastic Beasts (film series)
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them book screenplay film soundtrack game
The Crimes of Grindelwald screenplay film soundtrack
Fantastic Beasts 3 film
Fantastic Beasts 4 film
Fantastic Beasts 5 film
Other written works Other games
Quidditch Through the Ages Wonderbook: Book of Spells / Book of Potions
The Tales of Beedle the Bard Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup
Harry Potter Prequel Harry Potter: Find Scabbers
Encyclopaedia of Potterworld (potentially cancelled) Harry Potter DVD Game: Hogwarts Challenge / Wizarding World
Pottermore Presents 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 LEGO Dimensions
LEGO Harry Potter: Characters of the Magical World Motorbike Escape
Harry Potter: A Pop-Up Book Harry Potter: The Quest
J. K. Rowling: A Bibliography Harry Potter for Kinect
Harry Potter: The Character Vault / Creature Vault / Artifact Vault Wizard's Challenge
Harry Potter Film Wizardry Fantastic Beasts: Cases from the Wizarding World
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Art of The Film Harry Potter: Trading Card Game
The Case of Beasts: Explore the Film Wizardry of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them LEGO Creator: Harry Potter / Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J. K. Rowling's Wizarding World: Movie Magic Volume One: Extraordinary People and Fascinating Places / Volume Two: Curious Creatures Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery
Other canon Other films / documentaries
J. K. Rowling's official site Harry Potter and Me
Pottermore The Queen's Handbag
J. K. Rowling's Twitter account J.K. Rowling: A Year in the Life
Harry Potter: The Exhibition Magic Beyond Words: The J.K. Rowling Story
The Making of Harry Potter Harry Potter: Beyond the Page
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter The Tale of the Three Brothers
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