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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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Ashley from Missouri,

As many have said, JKR never puts a word without thought or meaning into her books. There is a passage in HBP in which it states "and Harry would remember that in years to come", which states that Harry live more than one year more.

As we have always known, the series shows the life of Harry Potter, each book constitutes one year of his "Coming of age", so 7 books, 7 years.

As this Passage is written almost at the end of book 6, it foreshadows that Harry live on after the series is over.

Posted by Emilio from Mexico City, Mexico on April 9, 2007 5:12 PM

At the end of Prisoner of Azkaban (the movie) there is a touching scene between Harry and Sirius that doesn't take place in the book. In not so many words Harry has a similar conversation with Dumbledore in the book, but it didn't have the same affect on me. Sirius tells Harry that those that he loves are never truly lost if when he can still find them in his heart. Kind of made me wonder about Sirius' fate. Maybe those that Harry loves really are not gone.
As far as the article describing possible foreshadows goes, I think that the only one plausible is Snape protecting the kids from the werewolf. But I don't think it has to do with Snape confronting an actual werewolf later. I definitely think that Remus is going to be the one fighting in that department. I have been a hater of Snape from the get-go, but I am slowly being swayed to the "Snape-is-good-side." I don't want to admit it, and I really believe that Dumbledore is , (maybe not gone, but definitely ) but I now think that maybe Snape and Dumbledore have their reasons. Who knows? The anticipation of waiting and trying to figure it out is more than half of the fun. I be sad when "ly Hallows" finally hits the stands and ends our Beloved Harry Potter series.

Posted by Kristy from Michigan on April 10, 2007 09:44 AM

I really do believe that Sirius could possibly come back as a dog. In pg. 844 of the US Edition of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, there is something that hints he may come back as a dog:

"....Harry still believed that if he had only pulled back that veil, he would have found Sirius looking back at him, greeting him, perhaps, with his laugh like a bark..."

This could have been J.K. Rowling foreshadowing Sirius' return as a dog, with his laugh "like a bark".

Posted by Robert from California on April 10, 2007 3:43 PM

Interesting idea about Sirius coming back as a dog. In PoA we see Crookshanks running around with Sirius in his dog form and we find out that the four of them (Peter, Sirius, James and Remus) can all change their forms. I think that Sirius or Remus tells Harry that James' animagus was a stag but I often wondered about Crookshanks...He seemed to know from the start that Peter was the rat, from the moment he saw him in the store. Throughout the book he tries to attack and Peter. When I just reread the scene where Harry looks out the window and sees Sirius the dog and Crookshanks running around I just thought, could he be James?

Posted by Jennie from Beachwood NJ on April 13, 2007 3:16 PM

Jennie - I agree with you: Crookshanks has always been a very intelligent cat, almost like its owner Hermione! The fact that he could communicate with Sirius (he learned to calm down the Whomping Willow by pushing the right branch, for instance) is, to me, a sure sign that this cat is more than just another pet. So was Scabbers... But I think Crookshanks is definitely one of the good guys/girls (not sure there). I've expected something to be revealed about Crookshanks since its first apparition in the books. So far that has not happened, but who knows? It might be James... or Lily?

Posted by Johanna from Belgium on April 14, 2007 03:03 AM

Crookshanks is a kneazle.. Jo told us that crookshanks is just really intelligent so I doubt that it is James or Lily.
I do agree that Dumbledore must be experienced at time travel because of the part where he is stalling for the trio to rescue Buckbeak. I wonder what significance that is going to have in the ly Hallows. I also believe that Dumbledore is but he still be in the 7th book...there is the portrait in the headmaster's office. Harry must be able to still have contact with him although I don't think a lot of the 7th book takes place at Hogwarts... i think i read that somewhere. of course i'm sure dumbledore has many other portraits in other magical institutes... he is a very powerful and important wizard.
I also believe that Harry is going to see the good in someone but I do not believe it is Voldemort.. he's just too evil and I mean come on.. Voldemort ed Harry's parents... you can't forgive someone for that. It'll be either Snape or Draco.

Posted by Jodi from PEI on April 14, 2007 10:07 AM

Jodi, I completely agree with you. Those are very good points. Good job!

Posted by George from Newtown, Connecticut on April 16, 2007 2:40 PM

I can for sure see where "you have your mother's eyes" could mean that he see the good in someone where no one else could. I had never really thought of it so black and white like that before. I think you could probably link that with the fabulous Sorting Hat and his song during the sorting ceremony in OOTP. If I'm not mistaken, the TRIO made a big deal about the content of the song and how it preached for them to unite and band together, even with the ones they don't usually associate with. During HBP we see Draco's reluctance to completely give in to the evil demands placed upon him, possible giving us a glimmer of hope that he is redeemable. One can hope, right?

I don't think we'll see more time tuner stuff, but, mark my words, we definitely see the pensieve again. Good ole Albus would not have gone to as much trouble of letting Harry "stumble" upon it the first time or go through the trouble of using it as his teaching tool. If all that transpired on the tower was indeed premeditated, than the worldly Professor would have saved those thoughts, for he knows that Harry would know how to use it, you know, when he finally comes to his senses and thinks about things like his mentor would!

Posted by Trev from Abilene, TX on April 16, 2007 3:08 PM

I don't believe that Hermione is an older witch, but I do believe that it is possible. After all, we have seen someone be transformed into a partial baby. The baby-headed eater in OOTP. It is possible that a person could be returned to babyhood using the bell jar in the time room at the Ministry. I don't think this happened with Hermionie, but it is possible.

Posted by LMN from Fayetteville, NC on April 18, 2007 10:39 PM

There is, of course, the thing about Ron and Hermione holding hands.

Then there's another part when Harry first meets the dementors. It looks a bit like the dementers are performing the kiss on him, right? With his face sort of drawing away. Well, what if Harry WAS the last horcrux? Would that mean that there were two souls inside Harry's body? So usually, when dementors suck out one's soul, the body is left with none, correct? But how about if a body contains TWO souls? Perhaps the dementor suck out only one at a time? So Voldemort's soul might be sucked out first?

Posted by Pieretta on April 21, 2007 1:05 PM

I think the foreshadowing involve Harry doing magic without his wand and Snape protecting someone from a werewolf.

Posted by Linda from Fort Wayne, IN on April 22, 2007 10:02 AM

yeah i think it is snape protecting the trio and being good...but Linda i dont remember harry doing magic without his wand, when was that?

Posted by omar from oxnard, california on April 24, 2007 11:40 AM

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