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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 think I have stumbled upon it... Remeber when Harry falls off his broom during his quidditch match because of the dementor attack... he is hurtling down toward his ... the screen cuts, but before it does, Dumbledore stands to attention, points and incants "arresto momentum"... he points people... WITH JUST HIS HAND... NO WAND! So this goes to show, that wizards who are particularly powerful (or as book reference states "emotional, or scared")... are still able to do magic without a wand! I think this is the accidental thing in the Movie JK was refering to that gave her goosebumps... It sure would answer a few questions hey? Plus... it also means that Dumbledore wouldn't need a wand to 'unfreeze' Harry in the tower, it also means that he could have "Arresto momentum'd" his own descent. "for a split second he seemed to hang suspended beneath the shining skull, and then he fell SLOWLY backwards, like a great rag doll, over the battlements and out of sight". SLOWLY? Who falls slowly? (sounds like arresto momentum to me)... this maybe a play on words, maybe... but we all know that JK doesn't often put things in words that have no meaning... she is VERY clever in playing on words as we all know, it lends hope that Dumbledore isn't .

Posted by Anonymous from Aus on March 13, 2007 10:06 PM

I agree that powerfull wizards are able to do magic with just their hands (or minds) since Harry had done so before he knew he was a wizard in SS/PS. Dumbledore found out Tom Riddle was able to do so at the orphanage before Tom learned he was a wizard. How come there were no reprimands by the ministry of magic in those cases for doing underage widardry? There are still too many unanswered questions as to why Dumbledore had different effects from the Avada Kedavra curse than just crumpling up in a heap as others in these books have done. Another good job of sleuthing out clues from the movie! Well Done.

Posted by Dave Porter from New Mexico, USA on March 15, 2007 12:11 AM

Anonymous from Aus, thanks! I really like your explanation. To me it is obvious that although Snape uttered the words Avada Kedavra, a non verbal spell was uttered to create the effect we saw from Dumbledore.

Others have suggested that perhaps the nonverbal spell was expelliarmus, but with that one, something is thrown away. I just don't think it fits. On the tower, dumbledore hovered for a split second, which can not be explained with expelliarmus. Anonymous from Aus, you may be correct in your interpretation of Arresto momentum. I am quite certain that that spell was only used in the movie, but maybe JKR was planning something similar in HBP. Of course we only know for sure in DH.

Posted by Heather from NJ on March 15, 2007 8:39 PM

i feel that in the end everyone be on harry's side and help him in ing Voldemort.
-pettigrew be with harry due to his
-it is posible that the invisibility cloak is godric gryffindor's horcrux and so he can return back to help harry
-ron or neville can't betray harry. the're loyal
-i don't think dumbledore is
-snape is certainly good
so in my opinion harry have his army to fight Voldemort

Posted by ushma from india on March 19, 2007 04:55 AM

Thanks to all. These ideas are interesting, because it could give a way for Snape to make something that in the end s Dumbledore... only if Dumbledore accepts it.

For Dumbledore, it would be like jumping with a closed parachute. He can decide to open it and lend gently on the ground - or not open it and crash to .

If Dumbledore decides to , then Snape's vow is fulfilled, because he really helped Malfoy in doing his duty: Dumbledore is . But, still, he's not a criminal, because Dumbledore decided himself to , in the very moment when he could survive.

If Dumbledore decides to survive, he can fake , but in that case, Malfoy's duty is not done, and Snape s because of his Vow.

I'm really sure that Dumbledore didn't play with Snape's life. He intented to , he d. Snape acted as a real gentleman, in perfect loyalty and bravery, leaving Dumbledore the final choice.

Once again, that doesn't mean we won't see Dumbledore in DH.

Posted by herve from strasbourg on March 19, 2007 09:36 AM

I support the idea that Dumbledore can look into the future, explaining why he intentionally stalled the Ministry officials when they're about to execute Buckbeak.

When I think about it some more, I found these two correlations:
1. Dumbledore said that he could never keep the DADA teacher for more than a year since he refused the post to Tom Riddle. So he knows that whoever teaches that subject would leave Hogwarts for some reason by the end of the year.
2. He assigned Snape the DADA job in the HBP.

That implies that either Dumbledore simply wants to kick Snape out of Hogwarts, or that Dumbledore knew what is going to happen throughout the year (and that he was going to because Snape ed him, about the Unbreakable Vow, etc).

Posted by hendrata from Boston, MA on March 25, 2007 01:05 AM

I believe that the scene that Rowling was referring to was the scene where Snape defended the trio from the werewolf (Lupin).
I think that he be defending them from Greyback in book 7.

Posted by Laura from Cleveland, OH on March 25, 2007 1:24 PM

I believe Hermione to be a older witch. I think it should be lily who is in the guise of Hermione. Then of course, she would be wanting to stay near harry when he is at Hogwarts. Also it is James, in the guise of Ron. When Harry go to Hogwarts he meets Ron and Hermione. And makes friends with them.

See the coincidence between the two pair in many places. Both lily and Hermione are muggle born, James and Ron are pureblood. And the attraction between them. First they fight always but then end up falling in love. In ootp Harry had already seen the Pensive and was sitting under the oak tree with Ron and Hermione as Ron was talking about a quidditch match he had just won. Ron ruffles his hair and looks at three Hufflepuff girls that are listening. Harry grins because it reminds him of another quidditch player he had seen earlier in the pensieve. Also donít forget that the mirror of the erised showed Ron as a head boy and quidditch captain. And this would give the reason for jamesí cloak in dumbledoreís possession. That he can get it later when he comes back to Hogwarts and use it with Harry.

In the third book Dumbledore says to harry, "You think the we loved ever truly leave us? You think that we don't recall them more clearly than ever in times of great trouble? Your father is alive in you, Harry, and shows himself most plainly when you have need of him." So it is James & lily living with harry and they help him throughout.

Posted by Rathi from TN, India on March 29, 2007 07:52 AM

I don't agree with you Hermione and Ron being actually Harry's parents. I guess Dumbledore didn't mean his speech that way. I think he meant the memories we have when someone s. Or maybe this is a foreshadowing to the GoF scene at the graveyard. The Priori Incantatem when Lily and James appear as "ghosts".

Posted by Irene from Heemstede, Holland on April 3, 2007 11:04 AM

Hey, remember in the time turner scene when Harry and Hermione are looking out on Harry and Sirius getting attacked by the dementors. Harry keeps thinking his dad is going to come save them and conjure the petronus. Hermione says: "No one's coming! You're , both of you..."

Perhaps this, while foreshadowing Sirius' in book 5, is also foretelling Harry's in book 7. Whether Harry s or lives is one of the best (or worst) kept secrets about the series, and definately one of the things that would the most important part of book 7.

Posted by i heart lemons from United States, World on April 3, 2007 6:04 PM

I Heart Lemons--
I also think Harry is going to , and I am actually really excited about it. That sounds completely horrible, but good can't ALWAYS triumph over evil; thats too predictable.

Posted by Ashley from Missouri on April 4, 2007 1:29 PM

For Hermione to be an older witch is not right...For her to pose as a younger girl she'd need to drink Polyjuice Potion every hour. However this is impossible since there are times when she isn't able to drink the potion every hour. Unless she is a Metamorphmagus however Tonks said they are very rare. It is highly unlikely that Dumbledore would could fine a clever and very smart person who is a Metamorphmagus and who'd be ingly to play a double agent role for him.

Posted by Robert from California on April 4, 2007 8:56 PM

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