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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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Someone once mentioned that JK Rowling doesn't mention "little things" for no reason. I've noticed that throughout the books werewolves have been mentioned a few times, but apart from POA, they haven't played a major role, and werewolves h ave still been mentioned here and there after POA. So I think that the final book is the one where werewolves play a better part.

When Malfoy was in Borgin and Burkes, Malfoy says to Borgin "Perhaps this make you more confident." "Tell anyone and there be retribution. You know Fenrir Greyaback? He's a family friend, he'll be dropping in from time to time..." If it was really the Dark Mark on his arm that he was showing Borgin, then why would he mention Fenrir at the same time? It's very like JK to make us think one thing, and then we find out it was something else all along!

Also, in POA Lupin tells Harry "It was Greyback who bit me. My father offended him..." Isn't it a coiicidence that at the beginning of HBP Snape tells Narcissa that Voldemort is angry with Lucius? "I cannot pretend that the Dark Lord is not angry with Lucius..." and then Narcissa replies "Then I am right, he has chosen Draco in revenge!"

Remember that Snape was helping Malfoy all through the HBP but we never found out what he was doing. We know that Snape made Lupin his potion in POA, so what if this is how Snape was helping Malfoy? A few times in HBP it was mentioned that Malfoy looked really sick... full moon coming up maybe?

So now we have Lupin, Bill (who I'm sure we'll hear more about), and Fenrir who probably play a bigger part in the last book, and wouldn't it be just like JK to tell us that now Malfoy is a werewolf as well?

Posted by Andrea on July 13, 2007 5:31 PM

I hope we find out more about Bill. Apparently at the end of Half Blood Prince we find out that nothing much has changed about him apart that he now likes to eat very rare steaks.

I think Malfoy might be a werewolf.. I kinda feel sorry for him now. It must be hard for him if he has to go cry in the bathroom.

Posted by Jen from Perth, Western Australia on July 13, 2007 8:12 PM

In response to Andrea...

I've been reading up on that theory myself...and it seems more and more likely that its true that Draco is a werewolf...

Lets not forget the 2 nights worth of Transfigurations homework he didn't hand in, missing the Quiddich match...I'm pretty sure some people out there have even looked into it as far as to prove that Draco is unwell each month...

AND lets look at the symptoms, he is described as looking 'ill', having a 'greyish tinge' and 'dark rings under his eyes'...sound familiar? It should...they're the exact same terms used in PoA to describe Lupin...fancy that...

I mean...there is pages and pages about this out there...but in terms of foreshadowing in PoA...its creepy how well it works...In case you don't know which scene I am referring to...see when Snape is taking the DADA class and does a section on werewolves, during which our beloved Draco howls like a werewolf...creepy...I'd get shivers too.

As for werewolves playing a bigger part...well, seeing as we're getting so many new werewolf characters, I'm guessing that Harry's side might just get a few new additions to his side of the war, I do believe that Lupin was spying on the werewolves on behalf of Dumbledore (or am I getting that mixed up with a fan fiction?) so perhaps its time the 'light' side got some magical creatures fighting for them...its not fair for Voldy to have all the fun.

However...the only thing that makes me suspicious of the 'Draco is a werewolf' theory is that she DID just make Bill a werewolf...would she really create two new werewolves?

Posted by Lora from Sydney, Australia on July 13, 2007 11:03 PM

In GoF book, it is written that the gillyweed was given to harry by Dobby. But in the GoF movie it is given to harry by Nevile.

Posted by maaz ali from karachi,pakistan on July 14, 2007 02:43 AM

When Luna Lovegood said something about things coming back but not in the way that you would imagine in the movie, I think this is too much of a co-incindence for it to be in there by accident. I think that it hints that Sirius return as a dog.
Also, in POA, Sirius and Lupin carry out a spell on Scabbers to make him Wormtail. I think that this may happen again to the dog who comes out of the veil and so Sirius be able to fight again.

Posted by Coco on July 14, 2007 04:00 AM

Harry is a horcrux. It seems a little bit too obvious for JK. Malfoy is a werewolf. Genius.
Hermione is an older witch. Far-fetched.
One thing that i wondered since the fifth book is why Harry couldn't see the Thestrals until after Cedric d. He was definitely there on the night that his parents 'd' and when he was attacked by Voldemort. As he could not see the thestrals in his first four years, it may suggest that his parents are not actually .

Posted by Andrea on July 14, 2007 04:11 AM

Speaking of Lucius Malfoy, if you watch the end of CoS (I can't be bothered to read the book), when Harry sents Dobby free, is Malfoy about to use AK on Harry? It sounds like it!

Posted by -Levitch- from Sydney, Australia on July 14, 2007 8:42 PM

Okay. The Lupin and Sirius thing? That one's definitely not true. I also don't believe that Hermione is older than she is potrayed in the movie.
The others though...They could be possible.

Posted by Becca from Eagle, Idaho on July 15, 2007 5:22 PM

I think the theory of Sirius is coming back as a dog is an interesting one. JKR has said that Harry may get a new pet at some point.

Posted by Shawn from Wayne, NJ on July 15, 2007 6:56 PM

Lupin from POA: "You're more like them than you know, Harry. In time you'll come to see just how much."

JKR herself said in an interview that we'd get to know something very important and incredibly significant about Lily (or her eyes) in books 5 & 6, that "make Harry do what he ends up having to do."

Harry's final choices dependant on Lily?

Posted by Anmol from Pakistan on July 16, 2007 05:33 AM

ok the sirius lupin thing: not a chance... the hermione being an older witch: i dont think so... but i DEFINATELY think that there is something more to harry's eyes, she just mentions them too much for it to be noting....the mayfoy being a werewolf: when i first heard it i was more than skeptical, but now i am actually convinced this might have some truth... one other thing i noticed in the movie but not in the book is that when lupin tells harry why he didnt let him fight the boggart they are standing on a bridge, i cant think of what this could mean but you never know.

Posted by richie from NJ on July 16, 2007 09:28 AM

I actually find the Hermione being an older witch quite interesting. Maybe not true, but interesting. After all, she can read "like she's swallowed the textbook", and is quite a child genius. And in CoS they ask her where she found out about Polyjuice Potion, she replies that Snape had mentioned it. We've never heard Snape talk about it (I know Harry messes around a lot in his class) but it makes you wonder how she'd know so much about it if she wasn't using it herself. The thing that Trelawney says is quite a clue. And in tPS she gets an excuse to go into Harry's carriage before they even get to school. Surely she had somewhere to sit before?

I'm not sure about it but I think of it in the future.

Posted by Jane from Sheffield, England on July 16, 2007 10:16 AM

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