Pottermania from Friday

FOR FANS of Harry Potter, it is no news. The story is turning darker with every episode. As Lord Voldemort becomes more powerful, the plot thickens. Harry Potter and his friends Hermione Granger and Ron Weasely find it hard to ward off the threat that keeps returning.

The multi-media fantasy created by Harry Potter and the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft has been an instant hit in the medium of cinema. Even though the little wizard, who is destined to prevent the Dark Lord from gaining absolute control over the magic and `muggle' (the ordinary world as known among wizards and witches) worlds, has entered his fifth year at Hogwarts, the film industry lags behind.

The latest film, which will be released in the city on June 4, has Harry in his third year. `Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban' brings the young boy face-to-face with Sirius Black for the first time. Black, who has been imprisoned in the dreaded prison of Azkaban, breaks free. He was arrested for helping Lord Voldemort kill Harry's parents. Now, he is back - to kill Harry and return to the service of his master.

Harry is to find the truth, as it is always in magic world, as the story takes weird turns and twists before reaching a logical conclusion. Harry Potter fans are waiting eagerly for the release of the film.

By Anand Haridas