In “The Prisoner of Azkaban,” a dangerous criminal has escaped and many believe he is heading toward Hogwarts to finish the job of killing Harry Potter. Or so we think. Sirius Black, played brilliantly by Gary Oldman, is in fact not the murderer. He seeks revenge on someone else, someone he and his friend, Remus Lupin, believed to be dead: Ron’s rat, Scabbers.

This movie took things to the next level and showed what can be done with a new director. Alfonso Cuaron took over and in doing so allowed the actors to grow in their roles and bring small traits to their characters, to make them believable. One theme that was focused on was legacy.

Remus Lupin and Sirius Black were friends of James Potter, Harry’s father, and wanted to find the traitor in their group. The root out Peter Pettigrew and intend to kill him, but Harry convinces them not to do it. When told Pettigrew deserves to die, Harry replies that the truth would die with him and he feels his father wouldn’t want his friends to become killers. At 13, Harry shows maturity and insight with his handling of the situation. He was intent on killing Sirius, in discovering the events leading up to his parents death, but Harry held his emotions in check and got to the truth. This is something he does well, something that will continue to serve him as he grows older. Although he never knew his parents, with that statement Harry feels there are things he likes to believe his parents would approve and disapprove of, that even in the heat of the moment Harry knew a bit more than his father’s closes friends. Mature, indeed.

We see Harry and his friends move into adolescence, some going through the motions of what is typical, such as jokes, pranks, surliness, and awkward attractions, but as much as Harry would like to be typical he cannot be and here we can see why.