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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 we know from HBP Lupin does have some relationship with Tonks, albeit reluctantly. Sirius had an active social life with the opposite sex (discussions in OOP). This also is not a thread of plot which would give the author 'goosebumps'

Of the threads which would lead somewhere it is that Everyone could not help but being fond of Lilly Potter. Slughorn says the same thing. It is Snape's love for Lilly upon which so much of the story turn. It is important because it allows Love to be the strongest magic, resolves the conflict within and about Snape, and come to the aid of Harry.

Snape's physically throwing himself between a werewolf and the kids is also a 'goosebump' moment. I had recently seen the film again and was struck by Snape's action in the film.. so struck that I went and read the same scene in the book. This also is a clue to Snape's final choice as well as his motivation throughout the series.

This fits so well with the clues that Snape's 'greatest regret' would have been to cause the of Lilly Potter who was the only real love in his life. (Hence explaining why of ALL the potentially incriminating memories in Snape's head, including those involving Voldemort, he chose the 'beech tree memory'. This memory shows when he alienated Lilly to an extent that he would never be able to become her boyfriend.)

When Lupin reminds Harry how much he reminds people of his parents he foreshadows this effect upon Slughorn (which leads to the memory(. It also explains the love/hate relationship between Harry and Snape. Snape sees both Lilly, whom he loved, and James with whom he had 'issues'in Harry. Also, at the time that JKR made here 'goosebumps' statement books Six and Seven had not been written. Some of the 'goosebumps' could also refer to the Slughorn Memory incident which ended up in Book 6 but as we know parts of the story float from one volume to another before finally being assigned a location. (JRK comments that major parts of the HBP story could have been in Book 2 for example)

Posted by Charlie Tarbox from Gettysburg, Pa, USA on October 3, 2006 06:52 AM

Yes, I think there are many clues in the movies. For example, in the second movie when Hermione comes into the Great Hall at the end, Ron looks awkward and just shakes her hand. And then in the books Ron seems to have a "crush" on Hermione!

Posted by Toria from MD on October 3, 2006 4:23 PM

I don't think this adds up for snape in a good way when he protects the trio.
Snape probably knew LV was gonna come back so he had to protect harry until LV could use his blood for his reawakening. Snape also had to portect hermione and ron cuz if he only protected harry and let the other two be ed harry would tell everyone. obvioulsy, this is only a guess and probably not true but still...

Posted by Drake Bell from LA, America on October 7, 2006 11:55 AM

just a thought but what if the reference to lily is forcasting that harry sacrifices himself to save someone close to him (maybe ron/hermonie)
this obviously would make harry like his mum
what does everyone else think bout this theory?

Posted by kayjay from newcastle on October 7, 2006 2:26 PM

What if Snape and Lilly really were going out secretly? Then he got Lilly pregnant and she got scared and married James?

Posted by Brandi from Provo, Utah on October 8, 2006 7:27 PM

The director, Alfonso Cuaron, put small symbols/items of Mexico in the movie. He had Dumbledore whistle a Mexican tune, placed Mexican sugar skulls in the candy store, and had the symbol on the Mexican flag--an eagle holding a snake in its beak (on a fountain I think). This could imply two possiblities: Buckbeak might play a role in ing Lord Voldemort or his snake OR perhaps a Ravenclaw student actually do the ing. The animal symbol of Ravenclaw is an eagle.

Posted by Linda from Fort Wayne, IN on October 9, 2006 08:37 AM

Snape could not be Harry's dad because Harry is the splitting image of his father.
This Hermonie theory of her being older seems feesiable but why would she have muggle parents then?
and dating younger guys - she never really did. She basically communicated via letters with Krum and only in the movie does it mention that they were kissing, not in the books.

Now this mexican thing with the eagle and the snake, maybe it's to do with not having the ravenclaw horcrux yet and that is the last one to be destroyed and it finishes off old voldy, cause only harry can voldy, dumbeldore said that it can only come from him. and neville has been cancelled out and he is a gryfinndor

Posted by emk from Brooklyn on October 10, 2006 12:01 PM

If a Ravenclaw student is involved in 'snake ing', it's Luna Lovegood, who's a member of Dumbledore's Army. I thought it was a nice coincidence since 'Luna' is a Spanish word (moon). And her last name, 'Lovegood', seems to be the message of the books, 'love good'. But I'm not sure if Luna has it (ing) in her...

Posted by Linda from Fort Wayne, IN on October 10, 2006 1:26 PM

i think that some of the points do have forshadowings, particularly the one of the betrayle by ron, as he has allready turned against harry before, in GOF. it could happen again.

also, about the whole hermione is an ancient witch thing, it's stupid, though not impossible. if anyone has the games, look at the card collection in the third, and it tell of an old ogre called meladora grymm who used a beutifying potion to make herself appear younger. however, if potions has taught us anything, it is that they never last forever. the polyjuice potion lasts only for an hour, and in the sixth book, we see that love potions only last a little while too. as this shows, mental or physical allteration potions do not work forever, meaning hermione would have to be allways making them, and her many trips around the catle shows this isn't so, particularly when she turns into a cat girl in COS, and stays in the hospital wing for at least a week. i don't think madam popfrey would aprove of beutifying potions, do you?

Posted by chris from australia on October 10, 2006 5:34 PM

If Hermione was an older witch it would be easy to bewitch a couple of muggles into thinking they were her parents.

Posted by Brandi from Provo, Utah on October 10, 2006 5:42 PM

If there is foreshadowing in the Trelawney-Granger scene, maybe it implies that Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley not get together/married in the end. Maybe, Hermione Granger end up 'an old maid' should Ron Weasley in the seventh book.

Posted by Linda from Fort Wayne, IN on October 11, 2006 08:42 AM

when you talk about forshadowing in the prizoner of azkaban movie, could one of them be that the four friends of the marauders map be back together not sure that it really suggested it in the movie but Dumbledore made some reference to it in the book, even though James was in the form of a protronus. Indeed this is very farfetched and most likely untrue, but it is a thought... just wondered about it after seeing that you mentioned some forshadowing in the last book and the previous one.

Posted by tanya from waco, tx on October 12, 2006 09:13 AM

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