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Foreshadowings in Prisoner of Azkaban
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Sirius, Ron and Harry in the tunnel to the Shrieking Shack

Finally, after the scene in the Shrieking Shack, Harry and Sirius are helping Ron back down the passageway, as Ron is complaining about his injured leg, and Sirius says:

"Normally, I have a very sweet disposition as a dog. In fact, more than once, James suggested that I make the change permanent. The tail I could live with. But the fleas, they're ."

Since Order of the Phoenix was published, a great debate has risen among fans as to whether Sirius is really or not. In the battle at the Department of Mysteries, after Sirius falls through the veil, Lupin tells Harry, "There's nothing you can do. He cannot come back." So, J.K. is strongly implying that it's a rule, once someone crosses over, they never can come back.

But what if there's a loop-hole? Sirius crossed over to the other side of the veil as Sirius. What if he could come back as a dog? He wouldn't be crossing back over, because the dog had never crossed over in the first place. Unfortunately, if he did this, he'd be stuck being a dog, because since he crossed over, Sirius is not allowed on this side of the veil.

This could be the most important foreshadowing in the movie. It mentions a way that Sirius might be able to use to come back, and in the end Harry and his Godfather Sirius could be reunited once more.

Snape physically protects Harry, Ron and Hermione

In the scene when Professor Lupin wolfs out, when Snape is suddenly confronted by the situation, even though he is in the middle of being mad at Harry, Ron and Hermione, his immediate reaction is to put himself between Lupin and the kids to protect them.

Although Snape does things in previous books to prevent harm from coming to Harry, for instance, when he does the counter-curse to prevent him from falling off his broom in the first book, he's never done anything nice out in the open. Because of this, Harry still does not trust him. We readers know he's working against the -eaters in secret for Dumbledore, but can we be sure?

This scene makes Erika Hill over at The Quibbler wonder if Snape's actions in this scene is foreshadowing some sacrifice Snape makes later on Harry's behalf. He might even be the character who s in the future books, and he could do so by physically protecting Harry, allowing us to be sure once and for all that Snape was a good-guy, and forcing Harry to reappraise his feelings about Snape and his motives.

Was it something I said?

In the book and the movie, the second time we see Professor Trelawney's class is also when Hermione gets fed up with Divination and storms out of the class, the last straw being told by Professor Trelawney that she has no talent for this particular kind of magic. In the book, Professor Trelawney says,

"I am sorry to say that from the moment you arrived in this class, my dear, it has been apparent that you do not have what the noble art of Divination requires. Indeed, I don't remember ever meeting a student whose mind was so hopelessly Mundane."

However, in the movie, Professor Trelawney, wonderfully played by Emma Thompson, goes much further:

"My dear, from the first moment you step foot in my class, I sensed that you did not possess the proper spirit for the noble art of divination. No, you see, there. Oh, you may be young in years, but the heart that beats beneath your bosom is as shrivelled as an old maid's, your soul as dry as the pages of the books to which you so desperately cleave."

For Wizard News reader Jesse in Seatte, Washington, this scene triggered a question that Jesse's friends and I had never pondered, which is why is Hermione so smart, seemingly beyond her years?

What if Hermione's really a much older witch, taking the guise of a young girl to be closer to Harry while he's at Hogwarts? Perhaps she was sent there by Dumbledore, to protect him. But what if there are sinister motives involved? It's possible that Snape's not the only "double-agent" at Hogwarts!


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