Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: In a recent interview with former Potter director, now producer, Chris Columbus, the filmmaker talked about his first impressions of the new Harry Potter film with SciFi Wire...

"As a director I've always been excited about sequences," Columbus said in an interview. "When I talk about my favorite films it's always certain moments in a film, certain sequences, whether it's Michael Corleone sitting in that restaurant right before he's about to shoot the sergeant or whether it's Marlon Brando and Rod Steiger in the back seat of the car in On the Waterfront."

Columbus, who said he's already seen Azkaban three times, added, "In Azkaban, that kind of scene for me is the first attack on the train by the Dementors. It's such a beautifully directed scene that Alfonso has done. I remember that scene immensely. And there's also Harry's (Daniel Radcliffe) first ride on the hippogryph, which is just magical and poetic. Those are the two scenes that really stick with me. I keep thinking about those scenes constantly and [also about] how proud I am to be involved in them, but mostly how wonderful a job Alfonso has done as a director."

Brian B.