For “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”, the Warner studio had a very specific clause placed in the contract of its director Alfonso Cuarón and which he had to respect to the letter and it concerned his behavior on the set.
With Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Warner Bros. changes director for the first time in the saga. Exit Chris Columbus, who wanted to devote himself to his family rather than spending a decade shooting Harry Potter films without seeing his children grow up, and welcome Alfonso Cuarón!
When he signs his contract to film the third film of the magical franchise, Cuarón notices a strange clause that forbids him to … swear during the entire shooting! Indeed, there are children permanently on the set and it is advisable to remain polite and correct.
A laudable intention which will therefore be a sine qua non working condition at a time when Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson, interpreters of the heroes of the film, were only 14, 15 and 13 years old respectively!
Cuaron didn’t want to make the film!
When he was contacted by the studio to shoot The Prisoner of Azkaban, Cuarón initially looked at the project with disdain, especially since he was not familiar with the books or the two previous films. It is the producer and director Guillermo Del Toro who advises him to dive into it, and Cuarón will finally be convinced by the richness of the universe.
Years later, he confided to Vanity Fair : “As a director, it was a lesson in humility. To have to do it my way while respecting what was loved in the previous films.”
We can also meet relatives of the director in the film: his companion Annalisa Bugliani and his then baby daughter (Tess Bu) appear in one of the portraits of the Hogwarts school.
All the little details hidden in “The Prisoner of Azkaban”: