Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Newsweek has an early look at one of next year's most anticipated movies, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Directed by Alfonso Cuaron, this installment, according to Hermione portrayer Emma Watson, is the one where �all those lovely, lovely hormones start coming out.� Hmm. Newsweek also reports that Daniel Radcliffe is trying "to get a handle on Harry�s 'feelings of hopelessness'" by watching a lot of Francois Truffaut (�The 400 Blows�) and Vittorio De Sica (�The Bicycle Thief�). Plus Radcliffe's been listening to the Sex Pistols and what Newsweek calls "edgy new acts" like the Strokes and the Dandy Warhols, 'cause he's young and cool - he's not JUST Harry Potter! The Daily News also looks at Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, which opens next summer on June 4, 2004.

In other Harry Potter speculation, there's been some gay subtextual readings of Harry Potter, like this Boston Phoenix article by Michael Bronski from the other week. There's also a sidebar from Joyce Millman about Harry Potter slash fiction.

Mike Newell (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Donnie Brasco) is thinking about directing Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Buy Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban at Amazon.