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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Windows)

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The PC game based on the third Harry Potter story is, like its counterpart on consoles, a three-dimensional action adventure, but with entirely different challenges and levels.

The player controls both Harry as well as his friends Ron and Hermione, while casting spells, solving puzzles and fighting enemies. Each of the three has one unique spell: Harry can freeze things, Hermione can transform statues into living creatures which can reach areas she can't, and Ron can pull himself over chasms or pull things toward him.

When the three (or sometimes only two) of them are together, the one best suited for the task at hand is automatically selected. If the power of several spells is required for a certain task, the other characters (AI-controlled) join in the casting. Spellcasting is context-sensitive - the correct spell is selected according to the object targeted.

When not engaged in a specific mission, the castle of Hogwarts can be freely explored. Many secrets and smaller tasks await. Scattered all around Hogwarts, usually in hidden areas, are Every Flavour Beans, Pumpkin Pasties and Cauldron Cakes, which function as a sort of currency. They can be traded for Collectors Cards, passwords for portraits that lead to more secret areas, and power-ups.

To finish the game, not only must the main missions be completed, but several side tasks as well. All 80 Collectors Cards must be found, all portrait passwords acquired and several mini-games completed. These include battles against pixies and a magically animated book, and a hippogriff flying course.


Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Windows The moving staircases and talking pictures (they don't talk in the game)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Windows You can look inside each collector card category to see which cards you have and get information about the cards
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Windows The Quidditch match is just a short video in this game
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Windows Ron fights some skeletons

Alternate Titles

  • "הארי פוטר והאסיר מאזקבן" -- Hebrew title
  • "Harry Potter y el Prisionero de Azkaban" -- Spanish title
  • "Harry Potter und der Gefangene von Askaban " -- German title
  • "Harry Potter ja Azkabanin vanki" -- Finnish title
  • "Harry Potter Et Le Prisonnier D'Azkaban" -- French title
  • "Harry Potter en de Gevangene van Azakaban" -- Dutch title
  • "해리 포터와 아즈카반의 죄수" -- Korean spelling

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User Reviews

The third Harry Potter adventure game is wonderful! Lill Ferraz (3) unrated

Critic Reviews

4Players.de May 16, 2004 80 out of 100 80
PC Games (Germany) Jun 27, 2004 78 out of 100 78
JeuxVideoPC.com Jul 24, 2004 15 out of 20 75
PC Zone Benelux Jul, 2004 71 out of 100 71
GameSpot Jun 14, 2004 7 out of 10 70
IGN Jun 09, 2004 6 out of 10 60
Gameplay (Benelux) Jul, 2004 59 out of 100 59
Gameplay (Benelux) Jul, 2004 59 out of 100 59
Jolt (UK) Jun 05, 2004 5.7 out of 10 57
Game Shark Jun 17, 2004 D 25


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Terok Nor (21023) added Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Windows) on Aug 24, 2006