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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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Lupin and Sirius ? Not a chance! Remember people, Harry Potter is essentially a CHILDREN'S book. Hermionie an older woman? an interesting theory, certaintly, but extremely unlikely in my opinion.

Posted by Ellie from Sydney, Australia on January 25, 2007 6:16 PM

hermione doesn't seem really really clever like they all think. the only reason she knows so much is because she's read almost every book in the hogwarts library. yeh, she can do spells almost straight away, but this could just be talent. so in my opinion there's no way hermione is an older woman.

Posted by claire from townsville, queensland, australia on January 26, 2007 5:11 PM

Hermionie an older woman? well it is possible because nobody knew her before Hogwarts since she's "muggle born" but then why would teachers reward her so much in classes (through points) if she was realy was an older witch?
as for Lupin and Sirius being no because it's a childrens book and Lupin is something normal witches are scared off.

Posted by vivian from Sydney, Australia on January 28, 2007 7:19 PM

When I watch the DVD version of PoA there are always three things that stand out for me.

The first is the fact that Snape physically protects Harry, Ron, & Hermione. He doesn't need to do it, in the book he obviously cannot so why in the film? He could just back himself up by a tree and make a half hearted attempt to call the trio to safety. But he places himself in mortal danger, he would have d to protect them. I have believed in Snape since Book 1, maybe this is why the scene stands out for me - evidence of his goodness.

The second thing that stands out for me is the conversation between Lupin and Harry talking about Lily and James, Lupin reveals everything and nothing at the same time. The 'you have your mother's eyes' thing has left me clueless for ages, so THANK YOU to everyone on this site as I like the idea of seeing the good in people.

The third thing that has always bugged me, is that in the film it is glaringly obvious that when Dumbledore is at Hagrid's hut preparing for the execution of BuckBeak he is stalling for time. He KNOWS that time is being altered as he is standing there, he knows he is playing for time to help Harry and Hermione get BuckBeak off the scene. This just makes everything extremely complicated, Dumbledore lives the X amount of hours once, Harry and Hermione live it twice, this means DD can see the future and is more of a genius and even more powerful than ever we knew.

Nothing to do with PoA, but now OotP and Snape's worst memory. In my humble opinion Snape's worst memory is not the teasing and name calling he receives that day from James and his pals as I suspect he would have been subjected to that kind of teasing on various occassions. I think it is his worst memory as it is the day he called Lily a mudblood - something he has hated himself for ever since.

Oh and a question (sorry to go on) I have just finished with PS again and there is the comment by Dumbledore that Snape hated James because he had saved his life - which I assume is the werewolf thing in the shack. If James saved Snape's life - does Snape not owe James Potter a life ? If he does, seeing as James is , does it pass to Harry?:o)

Posted by Orlando from England on January 30, 2007 2:21 PM

Re: Orlando's comment about Lupin telling Harry that he has his mother's eyes.

I think that this is possibly the most important foreshadowing in the movie. If we are correct in interpreting those lines to mean that harry, like Lily, can see the good in people that others cannot, then maybe we are in store for a very different ending to book seven than we are expecting. In Harry's lessons with Dumbledore in book 6 we already see that Harry can identify with Voldemort's childhood and in some ways feels sorry for him. Is it possible that Harry see the better parts of Voldemort and spare his life? I know that the prophecy says that only one can live while the other survives, however that is referring to Harry and Voldemort. What if the twist is that Voldemort renounces that persona and becomes Tom Riddle again?

Posted by Danielle V from Brooklyn, NY on February 1, 2007 11:27 AM

It is not true that we have never seen girlfriends of Lupin's; at Dumbledore's , Tonks is happy again and holding hands with Lupin. So, we can infere they are together, finally.

Posted by Ariadna from Mexico on February 2, 2007 4:03 PM

If you think about the third movie the scene that stands out is Snape jumping in front of the children. J.K. has said that she checks the script and would not allow the script to compromise the integrity of any of her characters.
I understand this as that this is in Snape's character because J.K. authorized the script.

Posted by Asidi from Ak on February 5, 2007 12:31 AM

I think it could be true that Harry ron and Hermione need to become animaguses, but I think its more likely that Hermione become a beaver, because her patronus (book 6) is one too.

Posted by Anonymous on February 7, 2007 07:10 AM

I wonder if Hermione and Ron could still become an Animagus, since we are told it took the Maurauder's a couple of years to do it?
Sorry, Hermione's patronus is an otter not a beaver. Jo's favorite animal.

Posted by Mistral from Switzerland on February 7, 2007 11:13 AM


good point about Snape protecting the kids in the movie. even though he did not protect them in the book, it's nice to know that he would have if given the chance :)

I must say, that I am usually dissapointed when the movies deviate from the books, but in this case I'll let it slide.

10 points for Snape!

Posted by Heather from NJ on February 8, 2007 3:59 PM

With regards to Harry, Ron and Hermione becoming animangi: At the begining of the P.O.A. movie, Ron is able to magially impersonate a lion. If Ron was to become an animangus and take the form of a lion [The symbol of Griffindor], I think that scene would be goose bump worthy. Personally I doubt it but it is no more far-fetched than Lupin and Sirius being .

If J.K. was able to proof read the screenplay before the film was shot, then she shouldn't be surprised by any of the dialogue of the movie. In that case it would be the visuals of the movie that took her by surprise.

Posted by Mikey from New Jersey on February 8, 2007 6:35 PM


Haha...I thought about the same thing, why is she so surprised if she is on the set, reading the script, and conversing to the actors? She wanted to draw our attention to specific scenes.
After seeing the movie the first time, my ten year old male cousin did laugh at the whole Lupin, Sirius "love" scene. I don't know about the goosebumps, but it is very humorous.
It is probably a visual scene, like our (hopefully good)potions master selflessly putting himself between the kids, and then letting Harry be a man and take care of business.

Posted by Asidi from Ak on February 10, 2007 12:04 AM

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