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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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On page 17 of this topic, Anonymous from Aus saw where Dumbledore slowed Harry's fall from a broom, using a verbal spell and no wand. I tend to agree with Anonymous (especially after seeing the US book cover) and think Harry figure out how to perform magic without his wand.

Posted by Linda from Fort Wayne, IN on April 25, 2007 09:46 AM

omar from oxnard,

Harry did things without knowing or being able to control it.

Before he went to Hogwarts he jumped to the roof of a house when he was being chased, he grew his hair overnight when aunt Petunia cut it too short.

On PS/SS he vanished the glass that was holding the serpent, causing his cousin to fall in.

On POA he blew-up Aunt Marge.

Harry has done magic without a wand, he just would have to perfect it.

Posted by Emilio from Mexico City, Mexico on April 25, 2007 11:58 AM

I am almost positive that J.K. Rowling was referring to Lupin and Harry's talk on the bridge. I think she has already confirmed that Harry having his mother's eyes is important. Then he says that she could always see the good in people. I think there are two (maybe three?) people that Harry could end up "seeing good in." 1. Snape 2. Voldemort and 3. Whoever R.A.B. is. Wouldn't it be weird if in the end, Harry saw the good in Voldemort? Crazy.

Posted by Sky from Utah on May 1, 2007 7:01 PM

One thing I thought might be foreshadowed was that scene with Ron and Hermione and Draco comes by and teases them about them out shopping for their dream home... well J.K. already has the final chapter of the final book written, right? (For some time now.) So maybe when it tells what becomes of Ron and Hermione later on, it says they're out shopping for a home? cause you know, they're a definite coupling...

Posted by Viktor with a C from Texas, on May 2, 2007 11:16 AM

I have enjoyed reading these theories, and a lot of them make sense, however nobody seems to have picked up on the part of the film that jumped out at me as not being in the book, and then once I had finished reading OotP suddenly seemed to be very important.

When Hermione leaves the divination class after Trelawney has insulted her, she knocks the crystal ball down the stairs, when Harry returns it he sees Sirius's face in the ball before Trelawney make her prophecy. I think this is a foreshadowing of Harry being able to either see of communicate with Sirius by way of seeing him in some kind of glass, possibly the mirror that Sirius gave him (although we know he has tried this once, but it could also be maybe the Mirror of Erised, or something in the Dept of Mysteries!)

This could also be an indication that Harry actually has some s in Divination, and that it just hasn't been able to show itself, probably due to Ron and Hermione's derision of the subject, and Trelawney's insistance that Harry is more of a subject of study than a student to teach.

I was also taken by Snape jumping infront of the kids, and I agree that this is something that happen in the final book.

Also the conversation between Lupin and Harry on the bridge, that people seem to think indicates a relationship between Lupin and Lilly, but I think it shows that Lilly saw the best in Snape, and that this have some significance in the last book.

Posted by David from Leeds, UK on May 7, 2007 01:03 AM

david from leeds;
Excellent! In the hp7 discussion I found a similar symbol that refered to Divination and calling spirits through either a crystal ball or mirror, your point was great. I also watched this interveiw on dvd today and immediately picked up on something. Alfonso was saying how he wished to show Buckbeak executed in a grave yard, and he implied there was a graveyard at Hogwarts, but it wasn't near Hagrid's hut, he then said JKR had said no to this idea, as she had everything planned for book 7. The whole time he was talking she looked at him politely, but didn't try to cut him off. With other things, she corrected him, but not with the Hogwarts graveyard.
Is this just coincidence, or a misunderstanding on her part, or is there something more to it?

Posted by mmc from sa on May 8, 2007 12:00 AM

The first one made me laugh so hard that I fell off of my chair! And the Hermione thing, does anyone actually believe that? Trelawney is psycho, the only credible thing she's ever said is the prophecy!

Posted by anonymous on May 15, 2007 4:48 PM

Actually Trelawny is much more accurate that what we give her credit for. When Sybil is alone (or thinks she is) she has been reading the cards and mumbling what they mean, and even she does not give credit to shat she is reading, but it comes true. When she spoke about the grim, it was true, in a way. She did see a huge dog in the tea cup, which turned out to be Sirius. In that same session Ron told Harry that he was going to suffer, but would be happy about it, he was also right.

Posted by Emilio from Mexico City, Mexico on May 16, 2007 3:26 PM

Hermione is Cassandra Trelawney! It was never said that she d.

Posted by Anonymous on May 16, 2007 4:10 PM

Many people suggested that Hermione in the final book as she sees herself whilst time-travelling. If that's the case then Harry sees himself too while driving the dementors away at the lake. Moreover, he knows it and confirms to Hermione that he has infact seen himself. So, I don't think both of them in the final book. It's just that the theory isn't plausible.

My friend Anonymous, I am sure your comment is only to remind us Trelawney's mother's name with no pun intended.

Lastly, can anyone please tell me what's that creature that Hagrid feeds and later hides in his hut before Buckbeak's execution. I don't remember reading about it.

Posted by no0r from india on May 18, 2007 04:12 AM

I've had a thought somewhere in one of the books it says that nobody has turned evil who wasn't in Slytherin, Peter Pettigrew? he must have been in Gryffindor to be friends with Potter and all that lot...?

Posted by sirius black from ipswich on May 18, 2007 10:50 AM

good point, but Pettigrew isn't evil, just weak. The same could be said for Cho's friend. She's not in Slytherin, and isn't evil, but weak.

Posted by mmc from sa, australia on May 19, 2007 6:35 PM

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