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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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in the 4th movie, when harry comes out of the maze he 'breakes down' and starts crying. but in the book he just sits there.

by the way mr. black, i dont think peter pettigrew is actualy evil, he's just an idiot.

Posted by R.A.B. on May 20, 2007 06:42 AM

Yes but he became a eater, and of course cho's friend isn't evil, I mean eater evil

Posted by Sirius Black on May 21, 2007 08:03 AM

Sirius - One doesn't have to be evil to be tricked, blackmailed, or, as in Peter's case, scared into joining the Eathers. Jo has said that Hagrid was exaggerating when he said that. By the way, cute names, you two.

Posted by Monkeeshrines from orlando fl on May 22, 2007 06:20 AM

Ashley from Missouri -

Good ALWAYS triumph over evil, and i believe jo thinks that way. she emphasized this many times (though not literally) in the HP 6 books, so i think it be pointless to end the 7th book with evil winning, and harry helplessly, right?

i know it comes so predictable, but let's leave that to rowling. anyway, jo's good at making her plot twists work. i totally agree that jo's very clever in placing the accurate words to describe actions in these books.

i think the foreshadowing jo was referring to was the part when snape protected the trio - i really really believe that harry not , but snape .

Posted by Ashley from Baguio City, Philippines on May 22, 2007 09:33 AM

Sirius Black,

I do not think that Wormtail is a true Eater. Peter just follows the biggest bully, he is a coward. Petigrew goes to those who can protect him, he does not oppose the one winning. Wormtail prove useful to Harry at the end; he owes him a life , and he feels oppressed by Voldemort, and see a way out by siding with Harry, who be holding his ground against the most powerful Dark Wizard that ever existed, thus giving Petigrew the possibility to change sides and tip the balance of the power struggle.

Posted by Emilio from Mexico City, Mexico on May 22, 2007 1:33 PM

I agree that pettigrew just follows people who are powerful. but i think he is actually good, just too scared to defy voldemort.

Posted by R.A.B. on May 24, 2007 1:00 PM

Its funny I don't notice half of this stuff.

Posted by Katherine from Southend, England on May 29, 2007 1:19 PM

I have been thinking through the clues. First the clue about Sirius and Lupin being - it is not likely Lupin is because we know he is with Tonks in the end but there was no mention of Sirius having a girlfriend so maybe Sirius is the one who was and he had feelings for Remus or James or both but had to accept that they were straight. That would fit in.

I don't think Lupin was in a relationship with Lily before she went out with James since his werewolf condition made him reluctant to even have a relationship with Tonks. Snape protecting the trio is likeliest to my mind. This hints he is a good guy despite what happened with Dumbledore at the end.

Posted by Lizzie Brookes from Oxford on May 30, 2007 01:30 AM

Well, the scene that gave me goosebumps was the one where Harry is working with Lupin to conjure a Patronus. (I'm doing this from memory, so don't have direct quotes, forgive minor errors) - so Harry has a few false starts, not thinking happy enough thoughts, right (learning to fly, winning the Quidditch cup...) - then the third time's a charm, he conjures the Patronus - Lupin asks him what he was thinking about, and Harry gives this creepy short monologue about talking with his parents, he doesn't even know if it's true, but he felt safe and truly happy (something like that) - this was definitely not in the book. I guess everyone thinks that this is something like Harry having a memory of his parents talking to him when he was a baby, but one-year-olds don't talk with their parents, so it wouldn't be much of a conversation, and as I remember the scene, Harry definitely refers to talking with his parents.

What if as a baby Harry saw his grownup self talking to his parents, and remembers that? Or he just remembers it because it's in his past (albeit in a messed up way - it DID happen when he was a baby). We all know Wizards can travel back in time - just a thought, but that scene did give me the ies.

Posted by Megan from Austin TX on June 2, 2007 4:50 PM

I think I have found one of the clues, and its something Hermione says. In a scene where the trio is walking down a set of winding steps outdoors, Hermione says that she always thought that divination was a horrible subject. Then she suggests that the Study of Ancient Runes is a fascinating subject- and I suspect that the hints at runes in the books (Hermione's reading from rune books, her misspelling of a rune in OtP, the runes of the pensieve, and most importantly, the triangle-circle thing on the cover) were substantiated by the movie.

Posted by Greg from Houston on June 4, 2007 11:49 PM

Megan, what if Harry meet his parents in the seventh book? What if he s and then join his loved ones? I really don't want it to happen. But what if?

Posted by no0r from india on June 6, 2007 06:59 AM

Greg from Houston,

I agree with you, we have seen the use of ALL subjects except for Ancient Runes, so it stands to reason that we see what how Hermione puts it to use.

Posted by Emilio from Mexico City, Mexico on June 6, 2007 08:28 AM

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