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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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I was just re-watching the POA movie and I think I found one of the future clues JKR was talking about. In the hospital scene when Dumbledore suggests Harry & Hermione use the time turner there is a difference in how Dumbledore phrases should do it. In the movie, Dumbledore says "when in doubt, I find it useful to re-trace my steps". In the book he doesn't say this. On several other postings for other articles on this site people have proposed that Dumbledore has been time traveling, even to the point of being at the Potter's when they were ed, or that it is a future Dumbledore that is ed in the HBP. The statement from the movie would suggest that Dumbledore is an accomplished time traveler, something the books don't mention. I think this may be significant. Re-watch this scene in the movie & then read the book (P. 393-394 in american version).

Posted by Dave Porter from New Mexico, USA on February 25, 2007 7:54 PM

I dont think that Sirius and Lupin are together but to boost your theory, remember after Bill was bit, Tonks told Lupin that she didnt care if he was a werewolf. Lupin responded with a response like "I'm too old" but if he loved her would he have cared? maybe what you said is right.

But I think that the retrace your steps idea is more realistic.

Posted by Megan on February 26, 2007 09:56 AM

"ok, so we know that hermione has a time-turner, what happened to it then? did she give it up or keep it? i think it's more likely she gave it up because she said it was driving her crazy."

if you read page 430 you see that hermione says "that time-turner, it was driving me mad. i've handed it in." she is no longer in posession of a time-turner.

"None of the main characters time travel." JK Rowling herself said this.

Posted by david from south windsor CT on February 26, 2007 11:48 AM

Thx for correcting me, david. But isnt jk rowling contradicting herself? I mean we get the point but she shoud have rephrased a bit. "None of the main characters time travel." Doesn't Hermione time travel?

Posted by Melissa from Australia on February 27, 2007 12:23 AM

Thx for correcting me, david. But isnt jk rowling contradicting herself? I mean we get the point but she shoud have rephrased a bit. "None of the main characters time travel." Doesn't Hermione time travel?

Posted by Melissa from Australia on February 27, 2007 12:23 AM

Hermonie's time turner, and the rest of the Ministry of Magic time turners were destroyed. After she turned it in, This doesn't mean that all time turners were destroyed, I suspect Dumbledore's watch is a time turner....

JKR doesn't say that no one time travel, what she said was that none of the characters in the books have RETURNED from the future. It's on her website, under the Rumors section, under the Rumor that Dumbledore is Harry/Ron from the future.

Also, I don't think that anything that does not show up in the books AND the movies the same is going to be very significant. I am sure the significant stuff is done right in the movies:)

Posted by karen from texas on February 27, 2007 2:01 PM

Melissa: Jo said that about DH. None of the main characters time travel in DH, but onviously some already have.

Posted by Lola from Hogwarts on February 27, 2007 2:06 PM

Lola: I don't think Jo said that about DH, at least not in the rumours section quoted by karen. Jo was answering a question about Dumbledore being the son of Harry or Ron. That would have meant traveling through 160 years at least, and made Dumbledore someone who came from the future. And she didn't say "in DH", but "in the books". This applies to PoA as well as DH.

Posted by herve from strasbourg on February 27, 2007 11:25 PM

I think that Herminoie is really professor mcgonagall

Posted by bill on February 28, 2007 2:18 PM

Bill: Hermione is very clever and gifted (as probably Dawlish was, for he got an Outstanding at all his NEWTs), and she could be an older witch in disguise. But I think it would be very hard for her to be Mc Gonagall: that would need time-turning at every lesson, Mc Gonagall appears while Hermione is unable to move, due to the Basilisk (CoS) and I think Hermione is at the ministery while Mc Gonagall is supposed to be unconscious, due to the stunning curse in OotP.

What in the movie makes you feel this way?

Posted by herve from strasbourg on March 1, 2007 12:06 AM

When Hermione used a time turner for her classes would she instantly disappear? Karen mentioned that she thought Dumbledore's watch was a time turner, and it or any of several other items in his office might be one. In OOTP when Dumbledore grabs Fawkes' tail it may have been done just to make Fawkes leave the office. Dumbledore, whom I feel is an experienced time traveler "flicked" his own time turner and went back an hour or so to warn himself. I would think he had by now (and being extremely bright) figured out that his time travels would bring him face-to-face with himself once in a while. While Hermione remarked that horrible things have happened to some wizards when they meet themselves, Dumbledore is wise enough to know better. Fawkes & house elves can disapparate, but not people. Why not disappear by instant time travel?

Posted by Dave Porter from New Mexico, USA on March 1, 2007 6:01 PM

Just because Snape sad "Look at you, quarelling like an old married couple" doesn't mean they're ! And even if they were, how would Snape know? But them being wouldn't even be important to the plot, would it? I mean, face it. If Lupin told Tonks "I can't date you, I'm ", she would be heartbroken, eventually recover, end of story.

And Snape jumping in front of Harry, Ron and Hermy (love Grawp's nickname for her!) was probably just an act of instinct. I mean, he was a full grown man, and a bunch of 13-year-olds were facing a werewolf. He could hardly, as someone put it, "hide behind a tree and beckon them over" because that would be cowardly and Lupin would be right there, watching them. Snape had a better chance against Lupin than the Trio, right?

Posted by Hannia from Markham, Canada on March 3, 2007 09:12 AM

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