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Foreshadowings in Prisoner of Azkaban

by David Haber

In an interview released around the time of the theatrical premiere of Prisoner of Azkaban, an interview which is also on the Prisoner of Azkaban DVD, J.K. Rowling said, "Alfonso Cuaron had very good intuition about what would and wouldn't work. He's put things in the film that, without knowing it, foreshadow things that are going to happen in the final two books."

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Sirius and Lupin are certainly not . Lupin has feelings towards Tonks. And if you are inplying that Lupin had feelings towards Lily then how could he be ? I agree that Snape was just jealous of Sirius and Lupin's friendship.
I don't see what is so important about the Draco thing? He says to Harry that he get him, so why is it so bad that he says that he is going to get Hermione? In the second book he tells everyone that all the mudblood's would be next and that he hopes it is Hermione. I think he just doesn't like Hermione that much!
Lupin and Lily is a good theory. They were both talented and well behaved so they would be good together. Also, maybe Lupin told Lily that he was a werewolf and she didn't seem to upset be it. Also, i think everybody saying Harry has Lily's eyes is very significent. I even think JK said that it was significent. It is because he can see the good in people as well. I mean, he didn't get scared or worried or even changed his mind at all when he found out Lupin was a werewolf. He also trusted Sirius when he heard his side of the story. How did he know that Sirius wasn't making it up?
I don't think Sirius come back as a dog. His dog form is still him, only in dog form. JK cryed when writing that bit. She knew that he wasn't coming back. I looked for any signs of Sirius coming back because he was my favourite character but i really think he is gone.
It was very interesting that Snape tryed to save the trio. I think that Snape was in Dumbledore's because Snape was able to get a job and so Snape wouldn't do anything to get on Dumbledore's badside unless he had to. (Voldemort probably made Snape Dumbledore).
I extremley doubt Hermione is actually an old witch but i must asy that the first person that popped into my head when i heard that was Ms Figg. Oh and even if hermione is actually and old witch, she would be good, not evil because it is because of Hermione that Harry got past Voldemort a lot of times.

Posted by Cathy from Australia on January 12, 2007 01:04 AM

I have a theory: In an anime series called 'Kyo Kara Maou', there this guy called Murata or 'The Great Sage' knows exactly who he was in his past life. When he s his soul was transferred to a newborn baby, and afterwards is that he could remember everything from his past life. This soul transfer carried on for a couple of centuries and plays a big part in the present time.

This example could be true referring to Hermione. If she really is for example Rowena Rawenclaw? It could be possible, you know this is the magical world we're talking about. And it would actually make sense! Rawenclaws are known of their smartness and The S-Hat suggested her to go to house Ravenclaw in the first place, right? Maybe she knows practically everything, but need to refresh everything first by reading them only once because of the transfer to another body...

Posted by mjj from Ii, Finland on January 13, 2007 03:41 AM

From reading the 6 books, and seeing the films, i think in the PoA the most crucial thing is that hermione can call off a werewolf! this must be a crucial thing, as it was very clearly said only a werewolf can call off another werewolf, and i have a huge suspision that as harry ron and hermione are about to go on a mission to find the last horcruxs and defeat voldemort they might want to learn some very usefull sls such as becoming animaguses as they must be able to learn how to do it, or else it would be a very big coincidence that harrys father, sirius, lupin and wormtail all just happend to be animaguses and best of friends, they all should be able to do it, especially harry, and so what if hermiones animagus is a wolf.

Posted by Mark Sunter from Malvern, England on January 13, 2007 1:58 PM

Refering to the part about Snape. It is also very posible,depending on the fact that Harry is the final horcrux, that Snape was trieing to preserve part of Voldemort's soul. Snape is posiblely doubling for the Dark Lord!

But, you never know! He could be one; he could be the other. Confuzing, huh?

Posted by Emily Carlton from Fort Worth, Tx (USA) on January 14, 2007 6:17 PM

I've wondered how Hermione did that too.
All I can come up with (besides the fact that she's just clever enough to do anything) is that a werewolf is basically a person turned wolf. So the werewolf call is just a person making a "wolf call" which is what Hermione did... I know....pretty thin huh?

Posted by Kevin from Wisconsin on January 16, 2007 10:48 AM

I had an idea while reading about Hermione and her wolf call. Instead of this event forshadowing the fact that Harry, Ron, and Hermione have to become Animagi, maybe its pointing to someone receiving a bite from a werewolf. We all know that this happens to Bill Weasley in HBP (even though Greyback wasn't transformed at the time), but we dont know if it could potentially happen to anyone else. Its possible that Hermione may be next, as much as I hate to say it.

Posted by Nadia from Texas on January 17, 2007 2:06 PM

Hermione an old lady? I don't think so. She's just a witch who happens to be extremely bright. That theory was far fetched. Lupin and Sirius ? That was far fetched too. But the theory with Snape physically protecting the Trio is interesting. That may have some significance.

Posted by Samantha Hom from Brooklyn,NY on January 19, 2007 1:57 PM

I just remebered soemthing quite interesting that could be very relevant to the final book. Just before PoA was released I remember reading an interview in a magazine with the guy who plays Sirius, the interviwer asked what the meaning of the tattoos that Sirius has in the film are and the actor replied that they were very important to the overall plot. Since the tattoos have yet to even be mentioned in the books could this mean that Sirius still has some role to play in the last book?

Posted by Kyle from UK on January 20, 2007 4:39 PM

Kyle, please don't think I want to spoil your comment on Sirius's Tattoos.
But I just remembered to have read an old interview, on what Gary Oldman had to say on his role of "Sirius Black". Quote:

CBCB Newsround May 28 2004
Lizo: Did you have an input into how Sirius looks in this film?
Gary: Yeah, a little bit. I had long hair and a beard and I thought it's a look that we could possibly go with and I turned up.

In terms of costumes I mean it's limited - I wear a prison outfit, I've escaped. But a lot of the look, the tattoos and things was Alfonso.

Jo won't tell us so far, if Harry be able to contact Sirius again! Maybe with the broken two-way-mirror?

Posted by Mistral from Switzerland on January 21, 2007 05:30 AM

If Hermione was a Werewolf why didn't she transform when Lupin did?

Posted by Donna from Yeovil on January 22, 2007 08:17 AM

I think that maybe the fact that Snape tells them to open to page 394 is important. Maybe something important happens on that page in the 7th book.

Posted by someone from somewhere on January 22, 2007 4:34 PM

When Harry is recovering in the hospital wing after being knocked off his broom by the dementors, Fred/George (not sure which) says to Ron, "How would you like it if you fell from the top of the astronomy tower" or something to that effect.

Posted by Joe from Kissimmee, FL on January 23, 2007 6:15 PM

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