Monday, November 15, 2010

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

Harry Potter
and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Directed by: Alfonso Cuarón
Screenplay by: Steve Kloves
Based on novel by: J.K. Rowling

Quickie storyline:
Harry spends another year at Hogwarts honing his magical skills. He learns more about his past and people involved with his parents.

Caught my fancy: Hogwarts Clock Tower

The Clock Tower is one of the features of Hogwarts Castle. There are many gears and bells inside that run the tower. There is an old courtyard at its base, and at the top is the clear glass dial of the clock. There is space at the top for a person to either work on the clock or to stand and look out over the courtyard. The Clock Towers bells chime on the hour and at the start and end of lessons.

The Tower doesn't begin at the Ground Floor level. Because it's placed on top of a hill, the Tower begins at the Third Floor level. When you enter the Tower, there's a large Hall with flights of wooden stairs at the right and left side and the pendulum of the Clock Tower can be seen as well. The first landing is at the Fourth Floor level. It's at this landing that are the clock's gears and face. A long corridor with an entrance to the Hospital wing is at this landing. This same corridor connects the Tower to the remaining castle. If you go up another flight of wooden stairs, you will get to another landing, this time at the Fifth Floor level. It's in this landing that are the clock's bells; some massive gold and copper bells and the beginning of the pendulum. There is another corridor at this landing; like the other, it links the Tower to the main castle. -per Harry Potter Wiki

Of all the films, I liked the imagery presented in this one. I chose the Clock Tower because of the steampunk feel to it. Gears and pulleys and sounds all tied in to the theme of time and time travel.

What caught your fancy in this first film?

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* image source Hogwarts Clock Tower 1, 2

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