Guillermo del Toro was not kind to the director of this opus

It was in 2004 that fans of JK Rowling’s work discovered the adaptation of the volume Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban on the big screen with a certain Alfonso Cuarón directing. What you may not know is that the filmmaker did not rush headlong into making this opus. He initially thought about it and almost refused before changing his mind after a director friend insulted him.

The Prisoner of Azkaban celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2024

This year, in 2024, moviegoers are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the first opus of the prelogy Star Wars, The Phantom Menace but also the 20th anniversary of the third film in the saga Harry Potter, The Prisoner of Azkaban directed by Alfonso Cuarón.


We owe the Mexican director films such as The Sons of Man Or Gravity. He stands out with his fantastic film The little Princess and it was in 2001, after the release of his last film in Spanish called And… your mother too! that Warner decided to approach him to offer to direct the third episode of the saga Harry Potter. Cuarón did not hide his astonishment at this proposal, especially since he did not know at all the magical universe imagined by JK Rowling. However, for David Heyman, producers of the eight films Harry Potter, Alfonso Cuarón was the perfect director.

Alfonso Cuarón insulted as an “arrogant bastard”

In a recent interview given to the site Total FilmCuarón returned to this anecdote in his career and more precisely to this exchange he had with a filmmaker friend known to everyone.

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Indeed, Cuarón explains having a discussion with Guillermo del Toro during which he tells her that he was offered to direct the film Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban :

I often speak with Guillermo and a few days later I say to him: ‘You know, they offered me this Harry Potter film, but it’s really weird that they offered me this’. He said to me, ‘Wait, wait, wait, are you telling me you’ve never read Harry Potter?’ I said, ‘I don’t think it’s for me.’ And in very flowery Spanish language he said to me: ‘You are an arrogant bastard.’

We must therefore deduce that after this exchange with his friend and compatriot del Toro, Alfonso Cuarón finally listened to him since he agreed to direct The Prisoner of Azkaban. And Fortunately he did not decline Warner’s offer because this opus is considered one of the best in the saga.



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