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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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I'm quite glad, to tell you the truth, that Lupin / Sirius didn't have a relationship and that Lupin didn't have a relationship with Lily because I think that Lupin and Tonks go really well together. About Draco, in the seventh book, he is acting like a Eater, but at the end, his mother, Narcissa, tells Voldemort that Harry is when he really isn't. Do the Malfoys want Voldemort's downfall more than they're letting on?

Posted by Helene from Newcastle on July 23, 2007 1:15 PM

What would have happened to Narcissa if Voldemort had realised Harry wasn't and she told him he was? Seems like her fear of Voldemort was not as strong as her love for Draco?

Also, is it significant that Harry didn't destroy any of the Horcruxes? Nor did he Voldemort!

Posted by Peter from Newcastle on July 24, 2007 08:11 AM

The Lupin on the bridge scene was the right one..

"She had a way of seeing the beauty in others, even and, perhaps, most especially, when that person could not see it in themselves."

Lupin talking about Lily Potter, wich was right, since she loved Snape as her best friend.

Posted by Alex from Norway on July 24, 2007 7:26 PM

I think the foreshadowing is when Lupin tells Harry that James had a talent for trouble and that James passed it to Harry. After that he say's "You're more like them than you know, Harry. In time, you'll come to see just how much."

Posted by Edward Gonzalez on July 24, 2007 9:15 PM

Harry DID destroy one of the Horcruxes - the diary.

Posted by Katie from Vancouver on July 24, 2007 9:44 PM

I agree, that what JK was talking about the foreshadowing from the third movie was the scene where Harry and Lupin were talking on the bridge about Lily seeing the beauty in other even when they don't see it in themselves. Must of been referring to the fact that Snape loved Lily and Lily saw the good in Snape even when others at school did not. She always had faith in Snape even when Snape didn't see it in himself. He finally saw it in himself when he returned to help the Dumbledore after her . Sometimes it must take a tragic turn of events to see your true colors and those of others.

Posted by Ben Crowgey from East Lansing, Michigan on July 25, 2007 07:16 AM

I still think my previous point that the scene with the Dementors performing two "soul suck kisses" on Harry simultaneously may have alluded unwittingly to Harry being a Horcrux and having two souls within him...

Posted by Michael C. from Pasadena, CA on July 26, 2007 3:09 PM

I think it was obviously when Lupin was talking to Harry about Lily being able to see the good in everyone even if they couldn't see it themselves. At first I thought this was referring to the fact that he may have had feelings for Lily, but of course, it all makes sense now that we know Snape loved her.

Posted by Rashida from Northants, England on July 26, 2007 5:35 PM

I just watched the movie again because I was to know what the foreshadowing was. As I was watching it the only things that stuck out to me were Ron and Hermione's relationship which was much more advanced in the movies than it was in the books as someone mentioned earlier. The other thing I noticed which made me gasp when I saw it was Hagrid carrying Malfoy out of the forest which looked like it could have been the exact picture from the last chapter of the DH book. But someone pointed out that this is also in the book.

I agree that the Snape foreshadowing was pretty obvious in the movie but at the same time, it doesn't seem like something that would have given JK "goosebumps." I still think we're missing something. Has she talked about this yet?

Posted by Emma from Daytona Beach, FL on July 30, 2007 3:25 PM

Another foreshadowing i've found concerns the of Albus Dumbledore and how he fell from the astronomy tower. After the Quidditch match where Harry passes out from the dementors, falls from the sky, and is slowed down by Dumbledore, he wakes up in the hospital wing with Ron, Fred, George and others around him. Amongst their talking, Ron makes a comment about falling from such a height, and either Fred or George responds with a comment along the lines of such: "How would you like it if you were pushed off the astronomy tower?" I can't remember the exact words, but it definitely involved falling from the astronomy tower, which is a foreshadowing of Dumbledore's .

Posted by Chris from South Park, PA on August 4, 2007 8:39 PM

I think the foreshadowing is the relationship between Ron and Hermione which grows later in the series, until they finally marry in the last book. There are lots of little tidbits in the movie that are charming now that we know that they really do fall for each other-- for example, when Ron and Hermione are in Hogsmeade alone, Hermione says, "Want to get a little closer?" and Ron looks quizzical and says "What do you--?" Hermione blushes and says "Oh, no, to the shack..."

Posted by Anonymous on August 13, 2007 04:14 AM

i doubt Lupin and Lily ever felt anything toward each other but friendship! it just doesn't make sense! she had always "had a way of seeing the beauty in someone, even when they themseleves could not see it" - in Lupin's case it was him being a werewolf, Snape it was him being an oddball and they understood each other. Lily actually reminds me of Ginny, ya know the way she is friends with Luna and Neville!

i don't think Hermione is an old witch. yes, she did have a hard time saying Voldemort, but that was because she had been around certain people for years and they were to afraid to say the name.

Posted by KP313 from MIDLAND NC on August 13, 2007 08:32 AM

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