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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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Reader Comments: (Page 2)

Thanks Kate for bringing up the Twins comment in the hospital wing - I was beginning to think I was the only one who noticed that! I also think the whole Hermione/Wolf connection is suspicious - but I can't work out how JKR could work that in in only one book... The protector Snape theory - I do beleive he is on the Trio's side, whether they beleive it or not... I have also wondered about the changed wording in Trelawny's prophecy is there something there? and the appearance of Sirius in the crystal ball, foreshadowing of him appearing in the two-way mirror he gave Harry in book 5?

Posted by Julie S. from Snohomish, WA on September 15, 2006 3:41 PM

Kudo to all those who posted comments. I am amazed at how observant true HP fans are. Anyway, the most significant change I noticed is ... During the time-turner sequence when Harry & Hermoine are hiding behind the pumpkins outside of Hagrid's hut watching themselves inside of Hagrid's hut, Harry see Scabbers and wants to burst into the hut and him. Hermoine stops him and says something to the effect of "you cannot go bursting in there and come face to face with yourself - you'd think you's gone mad. Dumbledore(?) told me that terrible things happen to wizards who tinker with time. We CANNOT be seen." Then, a few minutes later when the trio comes out of Hagrid's hut & Harry & Hermoine are in the tree line of the forest, Hermoine makes a comments about her hair while inadvertantly snapping a twig which makes the other Hermoine turn around and look at the tree line. You can hear Harry say "What?" and Hermoine responds "I just thought I saw... Never mind." Obviously, Hermoine has seen herself in the woods and minutes earlier she had told Harry that terrible things happen to those who meddle with time & see themselves. Perhaps this foreshadows the demise of Hermoine in the last book. Just a thought!

Posted by AJ SENAPE from BUCKS COUNTY, PA on September 16, 2006 05:59 AM

Seriously guys... How come some of you think Snape is good?... I urge you to read book Six (The Half-Blood Prince).... he is definetly the Bad Guy!... I would even say he is worse than You-Know-Who... At least You-Know-Who never had the balls to do himself, what snape did by the end of book six!... Read On guys, stop speculating...

Posted by Maximo Beras from Dominican Republic on September 16, 2006 08:30 AM

Is Snape good or bad? Maybe the reason Snape has saved Harry on occasion is because he too wants Voldemort , not because Snape is good, but because Snape wants to be the biggest, baddest wizard in all the land. And to do that, Snape too needs to get rid of Voldemort. Snape probably did hear all of Trelawney's prediction and Snape is betting that Harry (as opposed to Neville)is the only one who can possibly the nearly immortal Voldermort. Once Harry gets rid of Voldemort, Snape won't need Harry alive anymore. Snape can then the giant er. Snape is a snake in the grass, just biding his time.

Posted by susanne demarco from warwick, ny on September 16, 2006 1:16 PM

I'm surprised NOBODY mentioned the graveyard. it wasn't mentioned in books 1-5 yet they have one, and in the next book Dumbledore s and is buried in the graveyard on Hogwarts... also the random clock might represent something, usually they mean time's running out. as far as snape goes, just because he isn't the most likable guy, and he has an uncanny resemblance to Michal Jackson doesn't mean he's evil. What have we learned here, ALWAYS trust Dumbledore, if he's okay with him, he's okay with me.

Posted by Natalie from Bleakmellow CT on September 16, 2006 7:54 PM

that gave me the creeps to think that Hermione might be someone else in hiding or undercover to either watch over or gain information on ing Harry, not that Marvolo needs any help in doing that. It still creeps me out just thinking about it. :) If she really turned out to be evil Harry wouldn't even suspect her. Scary, Scary.

Posted by t.l. little from waco, tx on September 17, 2006 9:59 PM

I liked Mr Haber's article. The foreshadowings in POA movie which most intrigue me involve Snape. Why does Snape stand in front of Harry, Ron and Hermoine when confronted by the werewolf? (Lupin) If he is truly evil couldn't he have just feigned a fainting spell? He could also have run to the Castle to get DD, which would have still looked like the actions of a goo, but would have given the werewolf more of a chance to finish Harry off? OR are Snape's actions before the 'physical return' of Voldemort not worth debating? In 'Spinners End' in HBP, Snape states that he just stayed comfortable at Hogwarts in the period between Voldemort's fall and return. So, he is not being as two-faced until OOTP and HBP? Also, do you think the way Alan Rickman plays Snape in the Shrieking Shack scenes may foreshadow Book 7 events? He is good at portraying malice! What do you all think?

Posted by Susan from Sydney, NSW, Australia on September 18, 2006 02:27 AM

I don't think Hermione is really an older woman. I believe Hermione is just really smart beyond her years. The idea that Lupin and Sirius could possibly be was interesting. It's possible, but I don't think they are based on how they act in the books. I thought Lupin loved Tonks...

Posted by Caitlin from Saint Cloud, FL on September 18, 2006 5:29 PM

I think the foreshadowing mentioned by JKR in the movie likely is the Lupin/HP conversation on the bridge. While it is possible that Lupin had feelings for Lily, I think the comment that she could "see the good in others even when they can't see it in themselves" hints at the effect she may have had on others such as Snape as well.

Hermione's a bookworm not an old witch. The part about Draco being out to get her is possible. I have a hunch that Ron or Hermione - leaning toward Hermione - buy the farm in Book 7 and maybe Draco who didn't have the stomach to Dumbledore be all to happy to a "mudblood" he's always hated. Ron may get the fame he covets in helping HP Voldemort but lose Hermione.

Lupin and Sirius ? I don't think so

Posted by bartholomew from Denver, Colorado on September 21, 2006 1:44 PM

Who said anything about Hermoine being a witch or an older woman? Perhaps I missed something, but I do not see anything in the posts above that state this idea.

It is mentioned, however, that Hermoine in the POA movie sees herself during the time-turner sequence - which Dumbledore tells us does not bode well for those who experience this (see BUCKS COUNTY post above). Therefore, she may be foreshadowing her own future demise in this scene. Thoughts?

Posted by confused from pennsylvania on September 21, 2006 2:12 PM

The idea of Hermione being an older witch is mentioned in page 2 of the article for these comments.

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on September 21, 2006 2:16 PM

I think since Hermione, when she saw herself, was well aware of the use of the time-turner since she had been using it throughout the school year and would therefore be less shocked by seeing herself then other witches/wizards.

As Dave Haber mentioned, Hermione as an older witch, come back in time to protect HP was mentioned earlier. While an interesting theory, it just seems pretty far-fetched. Not to mention it would make her dating young boys (Ron, V. Krum, etc.) more than a bit disturbing.

Posted by bartholomew from Denver, Colorado on September 21, 2006 3:00 PM

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