Update: Sneak peek report of 'Prisoner of Azkaban' DVD

  October 11, 2004 at 3:47 PM ET
  Geri     CBBC Newsround
  harry potter and the prisoner of azkaban dvd

Lizo from CBBC Newsround has gotten an exclusive lookopens in new window at the Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban DVD. In his extremely in-depth report he discusses the five different sections, the pluses and minuses of the DVD, the deleted scenes and the many interviews of the cast.

UPDATE: Lizo has let us know that "there was a glitch with the demonstration of the copy that was shown to us earlier this week, and that there are in fact 5 deleted scenes. We'll have a report on what's on the remaining 2 up as soon as possible."

Here is a brief section of the report:

The most fascinating feature here is Creating The Vision which has JK Rowling talking alongside the film's director Alfonso Cuaron, as well as contributions from the likes of Producer David Heyman, Steve Kloves who adapted the book for the screen and Production Designer Stuart Craig.

The ground of how the first three films have reached the screen is covered well. And there are a few gems of information for hardcore fans. Stuart Craig shows us a map of Hogwarts that J K Rowling drew for him when the first movie was being planned, showing how she sees the exact position of the castle, the forest, the Quidditch pitch, Hagrid's Hut etc. Alfonso again talks about how he planned a scene in a Hogwarts graveyard, but that JK Rowling asked him not to include it because there was a graveyard somewhere else in the castle that we'd find out more about later. And JK Rowling mentions for the first time that when she was a teenager, she had a nightmare about 'hooded, gliding figures' which were part inspiration for the Dementors.

It would have been great to have more detail on the scripting process. Several elements of the book didn't make their way into the film, it would have been good to find out how the decisions were made about what went in and what was thrown out. And when Alfonso talks about the graveyard, Potter fans would have loved to hear a little from JK Rowling herself about this mysterious cemetery.

Read the rest of the report hereopens in new window and for an additional story on the DVD, check hereopens in new window.


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