Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game)

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
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PAL region cover art
Developer(s) KnowWonder (PC),
EA UK (XBOX, PS2, GC),
Griptonite Games (GBA)
Publisher(s) Electronic Arts
Distributor(s) Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Engine Unreal Engine 2 (PC)

RenderWare (XBOX, PS2, GC)

Platform(s) PC, Game Boy Advance, Xbox, PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube
Release date(s) PC
  • NA 25 May 2004
  • EU 29 May 2004
Game Boy Advance
  • NA 25 May 2004
  • EU 29 May 2004
  • JP 26 June 2004
Xbox
  • EU 29 May 2004
  • NA 2 June 2004
PlayStation 2 & Nintendo GameCube
  • EU 29 May 2004
  • NA 2 June 2004
  • JP 26 June 2004
Genre(s) Action-adventure with 3D platformer elements
Role-playing (Game Boy Advance version)
Mode(s) Single-player

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is a 2004 action-adventure game with heavy platformer elements video game that was released concurrently with the film release of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Both the game and the film were based on J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the third novel in the Harry Potter series.

Background[edit]

Plot[edit]

After another dreadful summer with the Dursleys, thirteen year-old Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for his third year. On the Hogwarts Express, he finds out that the mass murderer Sirius Black, who had betrayed Harry's parents, has escaped from the wizard prison Azkaban and seems to want to kill Harry for thwarting He Who Must Not Be Named (Voldemort). While Harry helps Ron look for his pet rat Scabbers, the train suddenly stops and a hooded figure appears. Harry suddenly faints. The new Defense Against the Dark Arts Teacher, Professor Remus Lupin, arrives and stops the figure, and explains that the figure is one of the soul sucking dementors, guards of Azkaban.

Once at Hogwarts, it is announced that the dementors will be guarding the school entrances, affecting Harry in a disturbing way. With the help of his friends, Ron and Hermione, Harry is intent on unraveling the mystery surrounding Sirius Black and his escape from Azkaban.[1]

Voice cast[edit]

Spells[edit]

  • Flipendo: Knock-back things. Renamed Depulso in the PC version.
  • Expelliarmus: Sends spells and projectiles back at opponents. Not present in the PC version. Also not in GBA version.
  • Glacius: Freezes water and other liquids. Can only be used by Harry in the PC version, Hermione in others.
  • Lumos Duo: Emits light from the wand. Can only be used by Ron. Not present in the PC version. Lumos in the PC version does the same thing, and can be used by all players.
  • Carpe Retractum: Pulls objects to the castor or pulls the castor towards a certain object. Can only be used by Ron in the PC version, Harry in others.
  • Expecto Patronum: Wards off Dementors. Can only be used by Harry.
  • Draconifors/Lapifors: Turns dragon and rabbit statues into real dragons and rabbits. Can only be used by Hermione.
  • Snufflifors: Turns charmed books into mice. Can only be used by Hermione. Only obtainable in Fred and George's shop in console versions.
  • Alohomora: Unlocks doors or packs. Can only be used by all players in the PC version, Ron in the GBA version only. Not in the Console versions.
  • Rictusempra: Knock-back objects. Only in the PC version.
  • Spongify: Transforms Spongify symbols into trampolines. Not in Nintendo GameCube, Xbox, or PlayStation 2.

Differences between versions[edit]

There are three distinct versions of the game. The GBA version is a role-playing video game, which more closely resembles the GBC versions of the previous two games rather than the PC versions of the previous two. The PS2/Gamecube/Xbox is the typical action/adventure platformer game. The PC version is also an action/adventure platformer but a different game entirely than the console version.

The GBA version follows the storyline the closest, and the PC version was farthest from the original plot. The console version is made up mostly of quests, whereas the PC version is made up more of lessons and exams.

The PlayStation 2 version features mini games compatible with the EyeToy.

The Gamecube version of the game features the possibility to connect with the GBA version. If the player has a GBA Connection Cable and the Player connects a GBA with the game's GBA version in it, it gives them the possibility to play the minigames from the GBA version on their TV screen. Besides that, they can also send an Owl Caring package to the GBA game, so they can play an extra mini game on the GBA where they have to take care for an Owl.

The PAL console versions have seven selectable languages; British English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, and Dutch.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings (PS2) 72.59%[5]
(GC) 69.74%[6]
(GBA) 69.58%[7]
(PC) 68.52%[8]
(Xbox) 68.39%[9]
Metacritic (PS2) 70/100[10]
(GBA) 69/100[11]
(GC) 67/100[12]
(PC) 67/100[13]
(Xbox) 67/100[14]
Review scores
Publication Score
ActionTrip 4.9/10[15]
Electronic Gaming Monthly 6.5/10[16]
Famitsu (GC & PS2) 30/40
(GBA) 27/40[17]
Game Informer (GBA) 8/10[18]
6.5/10[19]
GamePro 3.5/5 stars[21]
Game Revolution C[22][23][24]
GameSpot (GBA) 7.5/10[25]
(PS2) 7.2/10[26]
7/10[27][28]
GameSpy 3/5 stars[29][30]
GameZone (PS2) 9/10[31]
(GBA) 7.5/10[32]
(Xbox) 6.8/10[33]
(PC) 6.5/10[34]
IGN (GBA) 6.5/10[35]
(PS2) 6.2/10[36]
(Xbox) 6.1/10[37]
6/10[38][39]
Nintendo Power (GBA) 4.4/5[40]
(GC) 3.9/5[41]
Official PlayStation Magazine (US) 4/5 stars[42]
Official Xbox Magazine 7/10[43]
PC Gamer US 72%[44]

The game has received average to positive reviews. GameRankings gave it a score of 68.52% for the PC version,[8] 69.58% for the Game Boy Advance version,[7] 68.39% for the Xbox version,[9] 69.74% for the GameCube version,[6] and 72.59% for the PlayStation 2 version.[5] Likewise, Metacritic gave it a score of 67 out of 100 each for the PC, GameCube and Xbox versions,[12][13][14] 69 out of 100 for the GBA version,[11] and 70 out of 100 for the PS2 version.[10]

The Times gave the game a score of four stars out of five and stated, "The game remains faithful to the spirit of the book, but it is perhaps a little too linear and predictable. Some scenes do not look quite right — the scale of the characters against the width of the Hogwarts Express clearly do not tally. But these minor disappointments are quickly outweighed by stunning visuals in the later levels. While older teenagers may snub this Harry Potter outing, there’s still good mileage in the bespectacled chappie for younger players."[45]

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