“Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” Returns to UK Theaters for 20th Anniversary

The film version of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban brought some of our favorite moments to the big screen, from finally meeting the rest of the Marauders to seeing Harry get revenge on at least one member of the Dursley family. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of its release, the film will be back in selected cinemas across the United Kingdom for a limited time.



Warner Bros. Pictures announced earlier this week that the film will return to screens on May 31, exactly 20 years after it first took the world by storm. Cinemas across the UK are showing the film for a few days, bringing back the adventures of Harry’s third year at Hogwarts. Similar events were held when both Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets turned 20, and we’re happy to see the trend continue.

This isn’t the only way you’ll be able to celebrate the anniversary in the UK. Warner Bros. Studio Tour London announced a new feature focused on the film back in February, which opened at the start of the month. The exhibit includes props from the film, as well as a chance to experience the Knight Bus in motion, courtesy of a full cross-section built by the original filmmakers. There’s also plenty of learning to do in the feature, with a new display of Professor Trelawney’s Divination classroom for any budding Seers to explore and a boggart-infested wardrobe to create Professor Lupin’s Defence Against the Dark Arts classroom.

Various cinema chains, as well as some independent cinemas, are joining in on the celebrations. Tickets for showings are available now, so double-check if your local one is joining in on the magic before it’s too late. Will you be taking a trip to see the film on a big screen again?


Press Release


Blockbuster film returns to UK cinemas from 31st May

THURSDAY 23RD MAY 2024: Over 25 years after we were first introduced to the wizarding world, Harry Potter magic continues to shine brightly…

This month, in honour of its 20th anniversary - Warner Bros Pictures is excited to announce that one of its best loved films Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is returning to UK cinemas for a limited time only!

Premiering in 2004, the third film instalment in the iconic Harry Potter series was highly anticipated by fans and as wannabe Hogwarts students, wizards and witches of all ages flocked to their local screens for opening weekends all over the globe, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban quickly became a runaway success - grossing over $804m worldwide.

Harry Potter is lucky to reach the age of thirteen, particularly since he has survived the murderous attacks of the feared Dark Lord on more than one occasion.

But his hopes for a quiet school term concentrating on Quidditch are dashed when a maniacal mass-murderer escapes from Azkaban, pursued by the soul-sucking Dementors who guard the prison.

It's assumed that Hogwarts is the safest place for Harry to be…but is it a coincidence that he can feel eyes watching him in the dark, and should he be taking Professor Trelawney's ghoulish predictions seriously?

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was directed by Alfonso Cuarón with screenplay by Steve Kloves - based on the 1999 novel of the same name, written by J. K. Rowling.

The film stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Gary Oldman, Robbie Coltrane, Michael Gambon, Richard Griffiths, Alan Rickman, Fiona Shaw, Maggie Smith, Timothy Spall, David Thewlis, Emma Thompson, and Julie Walters.

For screening availability please check your local cinema listings.

Neave Williamson

I've been a proud Slytherin for as long as I can remember, and love taking inspiration from the Wizarding World for short films.