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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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OK...let's see what I can put together here.

In random order:

Did anyone else notice the part in GoF where Neville gives Harry the gillyweed--when Harry is adapting underwater, Neville turns around, grabs his head, and says "Oh no! I've just ed Harry Potter!" That struck me as quite odd..

Prisoner of Azkaban:

The scene where Sirius almost d is a huge foreshadowing for the last book. Having the soul sucked out of you through the dementor's kiss is an excruciating way to --I wonder if this is how Harry s Voldemort by immobilizing V. and then setting the Dementors on him? I just don't see Harry or Neville using the AK curse.

I agree on the "Snape protecting the kids" foreshadowing.

I love the "Sirius comes back as a Dog" theory--but another explanation for Harry's "new pet" is that he inherits Fawkes--either as the Phoenix itself or as a re-incarnation of Dumbledore.

The constant "Mother's eyes" part is very important. The main thing here is not so much what they look like,'s that Lily's saw the good in people when they themselves could not...and her eyes are like Harry.

No one ever said that Harry has his mother's eyes in terms of color, etc. It could mean something completely subjective like the expression in them or the way they see others. Harry see the good in someone evil or misfigured and save them with love. I don't know if it's Voldemort, but it could be someone like Snape or Malfoy whom he turns against Voldemort.

Posted by Michael C. from Pasadena, CA on July 16, 2007 4:55 PM

I really don't like those Hermione theories...She's like my fave character. However I do believe that Ron may betray Harry & Co. and go to the Dark Side, but then return at the end (thanks so much for that comment whoever wrote it, it was a big consolation!)

I have a nice idea of who gets together - Harry and Ginny, Ron and Hermione...and they all end up in the same family!

Posted by Soph from NSW on July 16, 2007 7:33 PM

hermione got flustered with the time turner in the movie. what if she accidently turned it too many times and went into the future and knows whats going to happen? She keeps telling Harry not to do something, it's because she knows the out come of it. I read back there some where that they thought hermione was a old woman, if so wouldn't she have heard of nicholas flamel? wormtail went and joined vordemort, had he had voldemort's wand all along, hidden maybe in the shreaking shack. did he get it from the potters house? was it the one he used to 13 people and blow up the street? it would make sense since he's an idiot, he wouldn't know how powerful voldemort's wand was. in GoF he used the wand to cedric, then when voldemort got out of the cauldron didn't he ask for his wand, it had to be voldemort's original wand or there wouldn't have been a connection of the wands.

Posted by Pamela sue from ark on July 16, 2007 10:34 PM

I think that protecting the trio was the most significant difference in the movie to book and belive that snape is indeed a GOOD GUY. If your on this website you must also agree with the fact that snape is good becasue: #1 dumbledore always trusted him and if you go on this website its because of your unbidding love for dumbledore like me. How can you think his judgement on Snape is wrong? #2 If you come to this site you also obviously dont believe hes and therefore if dumbledores not how could snape have ed him and then what makes snape bad? I be very suprised and crushed if snape is a bad guy!

Posted by snapes a goodfella on July 17, 2007 10:03 PM

In the POA movie when harry and hermione are trying to get past the womping ow it is made very obvious that harry's glasses get knocked off. and ive also read somewhere that harry's glasses is significant to his vulnerability. this is all going to relate to the fact that he has his mothers eyes im just not sure how. his glasses may act as a barrier concealing his eyes power? i really dont know.

Posted by Brad from chicago IL on July 18, 2007 06:23 AM

Well, in my opinion most of the "foresights" are correct, except the one about Lupin and Sirius, and I don't think that Hermione is an old witch too, because if she was she would still hold some connections with her past wouldn't she? and Dumbledore would know it, i believe that she is more of a book person and she is used to work hard to achieve her objectives, when we talk about Harry's eyes we don't talk in a literal way but in a subjective form, because the similaritie with his mother's and his eyes is in the way that he can see the good in other's when even themselves can't.
When we talk about Dumbledore's , i wish i could say it's not real and it's just a plan to defeat the Dark Lord Voldemort, but J.K.Rowling made it perfectly clear that he had passed away, however there are many factors that may suggest that his brother Aberforth, the owner of the Hog's Head, be in some fact important to the next book, i am a great fan of the character Dumbledore, because he is wise and calm in situations of desper, however i don't think he is , at the same time he is wise and his is too real,Dumbledore is too wise to be defeated by some mere and helpless Eaters, Snape could not have ed him because Dumbledore has always trusted him and i fully and totally in Dumbledore so i fully and totally believe that Snape is a good character that has orchestrated a plan to defeat the Dark Lord, and iif we all remember the first book Snape says to his class that he has potions that can even stop !

In my opinion Dumbledore can not, better, must not be because as J.K.R. said herself, " This is the last battle and we are fighting the extreme evil", so Harry can not defeat the "extreme evil" without the help and aid of his mentor.
This is just my opinion and i hope this come true because there must not be a Hogwarts without a Dumbledore and i don't believe that Minerva can hold Hogwarts together by herself!

Posted by Fabio Moreira from Guarda, Portugal on July 18, 2007 4:20 PM

Very interesting article. I think what really got me excited was the last part about Hermione being an older witch. I suppose MAYBE she can act her age sometimes, but if I was an old witch, I'd take advantage of being a teenager again!

And in OotP Ron says Hermione sounds just like his mom sometimes, again foreshadowing the older-witch thing. Another time in the OotP, she can tell with perfect insight as to how Cho Chang feels. I think that sounds a little motherly, or adult-like.

Or what if Hermione herself doesn't quite know it! I don't think Polyjuice Potion is a little insufficient and obvious for a long transformation like this. Suppose this witch was trying to switch bos with Hermione, and something went a little wrong?

This is really interesting.

Posted by C. J. from Utah on July 19, 2007 12:38 AM

this does not have much to do with PoA, but it does have to do with foreshadowing. did it strike anyone else as omnious how quickly Filch switched to Dolores Umbridge's side even when Dumbledore was still at Hogwarts? This obviously shows he can't be trusted but the movie takes it further when it shows Filch going to great pains to catch the DA. He is a squib and is probably secretly afraid of the students rebelling against him. I think Filch has more to come in this series.

Posted by Kristen from Canada on July 19, 2007 07:30 AM

After reading ly Hallows I slapped myself on the forehead because I thought I knew a lot about the PoA and I feel I shouldn't have overlooked this important point.

Dumbledores opening speech hit me a little bit because there was this statement,
"happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, one only remembers to turn on the light"
Now I know this could have been referring to the expecto patronum incantation to make the dementors go away but what if it had some deeper meaning?

One of my thoughts was on Rons deluminator, Dumbledore must of known that the locket would corrupt one of the three. Looking back when he left the group because everything seemed in vain, It bought me back to Dumbledores comment, when Ron used the deluminator, a light appeared on the hill to indicate where Harry and Hermione were so he could be able to rejoin the group. Exactly like Dumbledores quote.

Also, it bought me back to the silver doe, when Harry was really frustrated about not getting the real sword the silver doe guided him to it. This indicating a light showing Harry the way to destroy the horcrux, astoundingly like Dumbledores quote

Posted by Dargor on July 23, 2007 04:13 AM

So, having read the last two books, what do people think were the foreshadowings?
I can only really see the Snape one working. Definitely not the Hermionie/ Lupin and Sirius one!

Posted by WD from Great Britain on July 23, 2007 06:20 AM

I think the major foreshadowing scenes are:

Draco Malfoy running away when threatened. In the ly Hallows, during the battle, he was running to Eaters for protection.

Severus Snape's threatening to do the AK curse. His ability was shown in the Half-Blood Prince book. Also, in DH, Snape's memories refer to his parents arguing all the time. This could be reflected by his comments to Lupin and Black arguing as an old married couple.

Posted by Linda from Fort Wayne, IN on July 23, 2007 07:53 AM

I think the only foreshadowing was Snape... There may have been some other things in the movie you missed, so I'll just HAVE to go and watch it.

Posted by Julie from Jupiter on July 23, 2007 09:04 AM

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