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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 27)

I saw the movie again and i was trying to understand what those foreshadowings are and i was able, at least i think, to find one.

In the match with Hufflepuff i noticed that Harry's shirt number is number 7 so i immediately remembered the books, number 7 is the most powerful number in the magic world and Harry was the 7th horcrux.

Posted by Prongs from Athens,Greece on August 15, 2007 3:13 PM

What is up with the hermione conspiracy thing? who in their right mind would think hermione's a dark arts agent?
oh yeah, and prongs, your assumption is a very good point.

Posted by koko from tokyo,japan on August 20, 2007 06:23 AM

The one on the bridge definetely gave JKR goosebumps. How come Alfonso Cuaron (accidentally) put about 4 foreshadowings and the others didn't? What a coinkydink! I know which ones were right.

Snape shielding Harry, Ron, and Hermione.

On the bridge- "She had a way of seeing the beauty in others, even and, perhaps, most especially, when that person could not see it in themselves." That's about Snape.

When Hagrid says, "He's comin' down, Dumbledore, I want to be there when... When it happens."


After Quidditch when Fred or George said "How would you like it if they pushed you off the astronomy tower?"

Posted by Elder_Wand from san antonio, TX on August 20, 2007 5:00 PM

i was reading some comments on page 18 about how crookshanks seems to be more important than some let on. Now that i've read the 7th book i know that crookshanks insn't really anything to do with what some readers assumed, but i still think it was a really interesting point to bring up. Crookshanks was playing with sirius in his dog form in PoA and crookshanks also hated scabbers (who ironically turned out to be peter pettigrew in the end) and i found myself agreeing with the person that said...could Crookshanks be someone, like James or Lily Potter, who were though to be ?

Posted by Lisa-Marie from Australia, Sydney on August 21, 2007 12:46 AM

Even though I have read the last book and know for a fact that Lupin was not because he married tonks, I still wouldn't have really believed it. Lupin probably never had a girl friend because they would notice that he was gone once a month and make him tell them, and if they broke up she would tell everyone that he's a werewolf and then the parents would find out and force dumbledore to send him home. He also didn't want a girlfriend because if they got married and they couldn't make the wolfsbane potion lupin would always be in fear of attacking his wifeand she might not want to marry him because he's a werewolf. He was probably living with Sirius because I think that snape only made the potion for him while he was teaching because lupin couldn't make it and Sirius was an animagus. If you read the PoA Sirius said that when he turned into a dog it didn't affect him when he got bit and he could control him more. If Lupin didn't live with Sirius he would be a danger to himself and others.

Posted by Anonymous on August 26, 2007 7:54 PM

In DH, James and Lily had a cat when Harry was a baby. Could have been Crookshanks. He would know Sirius already. Might be a bit old now.

Posted by IzzieDee from the Netherlands on August 28, 2007 04:31 AM

maybe sirius and lupin didn't have girl friends because sirius's family is dark wizards and lupin was suspicious disappearing once a month at the full moon.

Posted by abby from johnstown,pa on August 30, 2007 3:01 PM

Maximo Beras from Dominican Republic said:

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...

Maximo: now read DH and see if that changes your mind!

Posted by dumbledore from hogwarts on October 8, 2007 12:42 PM

Got only one of those intuitions right... the one about Snape protecting Harry. way to go!

Posted by Anupama from Chennai on October 10, 2007 10:35 AM

I got goosebumps when Dumbledore says
"happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, one only remembers to turn on the light"

I really think this refers to Ron and deluminator. Afterall, Dumbledore invented the deluminator and he gave it to Ron who 'needed a little more guidance'. During the darkest of times (I mean seriously, it was an awful time with the trio split up like that), Ron just needed to click the deluminatro on and the light emitted apparated him to his friends. Brilliant!

Posted by Jamie from Seoul on October 21, 2007 09:33 AM

I read this topic many months before the final book came out, and i was very intrigued. I went back and watched the 3rd film, and i couldnt really see anything except the 'eyes' conversation, that would actually make sense. After reading DH i went back and watched PoA and i settled on a few clues, and after reading most of the comments here, i think these are the really obvious and legitamite clues-

-when dumbledore is giving his speech and he talks of 'turning on a light', i think this is an obvious reference to the deluminator.

-when harry awakes after falling of his broom, fred and george say 'lets throw you off the astronomy tower and see how you look' or something along tose lines, obvious reference to dumbledore falling off the astronomy tower, i am positive this would have given jkr goosebumps.

-the 'eyes' conversation, this is brought up by both lupin and sirius, and plays a part in the fianl book.

- when snape protects harry from lupin, an obvious clue which is a major part of all the books, snape protects harry because of his love for lily.

-this may have been just coincedince, but the two parts coming from harry when his soul is being sucked by the demetors is a huge clue to the fact that harrys a horcrux.

i think they are the clues, other things mentioned are probably just coincedince like the 7 on harrys robes, or maybe it was put there cause it was pretty obvious then that there would be 7 books.

I also really want to know where fawkes is, maybe she, like dumbledore, d and did not return, maybe there is more to know about phoenixes and their 'immense loyalty' to their owners

I'm also really want to know more about crookshanks, it was in the book that harry had a cat when he was younger, so if it is crookshanks, he would know sirius, but i think sirius may have told harry if he knew it was his childhood pet.

OR, would it be possible that dumbledore was protecting harry and his parents by more then the fidelus charm, as he had a feeling it may be broken, could it be possible that dumbledore assigned mrs mcgonagall to keep an eye on harry, as he does with mrs figg, is it possible that mcgonagoll, being able to turn into a cat, was harrys childhood pet. She may have been out somewhere when voldemort when to harry, this would explain why she went to all the trouble off sitting outside the dursleys house for so long, was she more then just curious, was she concerned for her 'owners' when she had returned to the house and found it in ruins, and contacted dumbledore, giving a reason as to how dumbledore knew so fast. But it wouldnt seem to fit if she was there when it happened, as she asks dumbledore 'are the rumours true albus'. And my crazy theory now makes less sense when i think about the fact that she was a teacher and wouldnt have been able to leave the school to watch harry. But, is it possible that the school was tempararly closed due to that being the period that voldemort was at his strongest.

These are just my theories.

Posted by Joshua from Hogwarts on November 30, 2007 8:24 PM

this is before the ly hallows or even the halfblood prince came out right?

Posted by Anonymous on February 17, 2008 8:52 PM

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