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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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As I read Bartholomew's comments today a light bulb went off in my head. What if Harry in book seven becomes more like his mom in the way that he (Harry) can "see the good in others even when they can't see it in themselves" does he help turn Draco Malfoy around or does Harry help someone else recognize they are good and not evil... just a thought.

Posted by Sharon M. from San Angelo, TX on September 21, 2006 5:14 PM

Yes, Sharon that makes perfect sense. Another possiblity is what if Harry's able to see the good in Snape at the end when all of the wizarding world including himself at the moment thinks Snape's an evil er.

Posted by bartholomew from Denver, Colorado on September 22, 2006 10:25 AM

I think Harry see the good in Voldemort and stop him from being evil. Since Dumbledore always stresses that Harry can love. And having his mothers traits helps him see the good in people when they cant see it in them selves. And we know Voldemort cant love. just a thought.

Posted by James from Chicago, Illinois on September 22, 2006 12:00 PM

I just thought of something. What if Hermione is an older woman, and she and Krum broke up because she told him her real age.
I mean, if she was old, wouldn't you dump her to? I know it seems a bit far fetched, but it is possible.

Posted by Malynne from Chipley, Florida on September 22, 2006 12:57 PM

I guess Ron likes older women...

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on September 22, 2006 1:29 PM

I don't have anything particularly insightful to add. I just wholeheartedly agree that 1) Snape protecting the trio and 2) Lupin speaking of Lily so affectionately are two possible 'foreshadowings' made in the movie.

That's all!

Posted by Yvette from Sydney, Australia on September 23, 2006 03:45 AM

So that must be why Harry has his mother's eyes! JKR particularly mentions the scene in PoA where Lupin is talking about Lily, and that must indicate that what he said about 'seeing the good in others even when they can't themselves' has something to do with Harry. He has his mother's eyes, that must be why he can probably 'see the good in others' too.

Posted by Sara on September 24, 2006 07:39 AM

I pretty much think she meant the whole foreshadowing of Ron and Hermione, it think thats whats most important

Posted by Justine from Bklyn, NY on September 27, 2006 11:35 AM

Has no one noticed that Buckbeak saved Harry and Hermione from the werewolf? That was not in the book, but came to be in book 6 when Buckbeak fought off Snape. Also, the number on Harry's Quiddich uniform is 7. In prior films, there was no number at all. The number 7? How significant is that to the series?

Posted by Carol Ann from Santa Monica, Californi on September 27, 2006 12:30 PM

No doubt they gave Harry the number 7 on his Quidditch robes because 7 is used elsewhere in the series... 7 players in Quidditch... 7 parts of Voldemort's soul... 7 Weasley children... 7 books... need I go on? I don't think that the fact that he had a number on his robes means anything significant, merely that the director decided to place that significant number in an unsignificant place.:)

I can see the 'Harry has his mother's eyes and therefore can see the good in people, being capable of love... blahblahblah' as being more significant to the seventh book than Lupin having loved Lily... speaking of Harry seeing the good in people, I've noticed throughout the books that Ron is the meanest of the Trio. He's not mean to Harry or Hermione, but he is much more callous towards other people's feelings.

Posted by Dantzel from Idaho Falls, ID on September 28, 2006 08:06 AM

In other words, Dantzel, he's a typical teenage boy.:-)

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on September 28, 2006 09:33 AM

I agree that all of the comments made about Harry's similarities to Lily mean he find the goodness in someone thought to be evil. I am leaning towards Snape. Voldemort has just caused too much destruction. I guess it could be like Star Wars, but I doubt it. I do not think that Lupin and Sirius are s. I believe that comment just goes to show how jealous Snape was of their friendship since he did not have any friends in school. I don't put much stock in Hermione being an older witch either. Interesting thought about Ron or Hermione betraying Harry in the end. I did not pay much attention to that scene while watching PoA, but it might play out that way. Any thoughts on how that could be accomplished?

Posted by Karolyn from Columbia, SC on September 29, 2006 11:10 AM

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