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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 think most of these ideas are interesting but hermione cant be an old witch. if she was she clearly wouldnt have been so affected by ron's behavior over victor in GOF. sirius and lupin cant be . remember lupin was hiding his feelings for tonks because he was poor and a werewolf but there was an attraction. then at dumbledore's , they were holding hands. i dont think draco would hurt hermione because he is too much of a coward. the life between peter and harry could be significant. the thing about harry facing young riddle and his parents taking him to the train is bizarre. JK ROWLING wouldnt do that. the whole thing about the eyes too. neville ing voldermort,please. i cant decide whether snape is good or bad. ron could betray harry because he was so quick in believing that harry was guilty in GOF. sirius coming back,impossible. dumbledore made clear at the end of GOF. lilly/ginny relationsip, that is interesting. snape might have had feelings for lilly.

Posted by hafsa from virginia,us on November 10, 2006 2:52 PM

I rewatched the movie, and here are the clues I detected. When Snape assigns the werewolf project, he specifically says, "Werewolves respond to the call of their own kind." When Hermione howled to distract Lupin, he came.? I think it is too far-fetched that Hermione is a werewolf, but...?

Posted by Koby from New Jersey on November 11, 2006 2:59 PM

I mentioned the "Hermione being a werewolf" thing on page 1...


Posted by Timmargh from Kidderminster, England on November 11, 2006 3:48 PM

Maybe Hermione did the Werewolf call just because that is what she heard in class. I mean come on. If SHE was a werewolf than it would have been mentioned that she was by herself once a month. That is NEVER mentioned in any of the books OR movies. Plus werewolves are animals. Its not like they can really tell the difference between another werewolf calling and a human imitating it. I did notice that difference the first time I watch the movie but I do not belive that is what gave JK "goosbumps'. But about that whole Harry's dad being alive. Is THAT too far fetched. the only problem with that theory is why wouldn't he have come to harry before now. but Bridget has a very good point. We cannot be Absolutly positive that his dad is .

Posted by Sara from Chicago. Ill on November 11, 2006 4:30 PM

Unfortunately, we're sure both James and Lily are , because we saw them come out of Voldemort's wand during the priori incantatem.

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on November 11, 2006 4:33 PM

Sorry...didn't realize you already said that. I know Hermione is not a werewolf. I'm not suggesting that. I just found it interesting. I also found something incredibly interesting. When Ron steps in front of the boggart, if you put the movie on incredibly slow, you see and Snape starts transforming, you see a face of a red-haired man with long teeth and a scary expression. Nothing telling for Book Seven, but interesting all the same. Extremely doubtful JK did what I did, but fascinating, don't you agree?

Posted by Koby from New Jersey on November 11, 2006 7:56 PM

Perhaps Hermione reveal herself to be an Animancer with a wolf form or some such. That would seem to make the most sense. She would already have to be a werewolf if it is specifically a werewolf call that elicits a response, and if she were she would have shifted at the same time Lupin did. But if werewolves respond to the howls of other wolves...! Then perhaps she is a wolf animancer just waiting to happen.

Posted by Emma Rastaban from Northampton, Massachusetts on November 12, 2006 4:11 PM

Emma, I was really just throwing the idea around because it was interesting. I sincerely doubt Hermione is a werewolf. If you recall, Hermione was in the direct moonlight along with Lupin, which would have triggered the transformation but had no effect on her.

Posted by Koby from New Jersey on November 13, 2006 12:37 PM

hey i just thought of somthing cool. remember in the end of the 2nd movie when Harry sets Dobby free? WelL, Malfoy (the old one) get pretty mad and trys to curse Harry. In the book we have no idea what curse he planned on doing. But in the movie he starts the curse by saying AVADA. Which is obviously the beginning to the ing curse. Then Dobby protects Harry. But after that, Malfoy tells potter that he soon meet the "same sticky end". Now I know that this was the 2nd and not the 3rd movie and is looked at as an empty threght but I still find it fishy. Maybe he turn out to be a little more important than we think.

Posted by Sara from Chicago. Ill on November 14, 2006 3:31 PM

Hey, I just watched PoA and I noticed something interesting in the scene with the Boggart and the Riddikulus Charm.

After Harry perceives the Dementor, Professor Lupin steps forward and shields Harry. Interestingly enough, the boggart immediately takes the shape of a Full Moon... something a Werewolf (Lupin) fears most.

Also, in the following scene with Lupin and Harry on the bridge... Lupin goes into great length about Lily and the effect she had on him and perhaps others at the school (Snape is the most obvious). However, when it comes to describing James... he's almost at a loss for words. He musters up something about "a talent for trouble" but that's after a long pause in which it seems like he's finding the appropriate words to describe his best mate. It seems odd that he wouldn't have as glowing a review of James, as he did for Lily (especially since James was Lupin�s best friend, and Lily was James' girlfriend). James even went as far as to become an animagus so that Lupin wouldn�t be alone on his bouts as a werewolf. Perhaps, Lupin did have feelings for Lily and that's why it was hard for him to follow through with his feelings for Tonks in Book 6. I think it was Dumbledore's tragedy that brought Lupin and Tonks together more than "true love".

As for Harry's eyes and their resemblance to Lily's, I think the theory of them being symbolic of his "ability to see the beauty in others" is bang on. It makes perfect sense, especially given the whole theme of choices defining who we are as opposed to our abilities. I think Harry allow someone in Book 7 to repent. It could be Voldemort as Harry has had numerous chances through the books to see events unfold through Tom Riddle�s prerogative. Harry recognizes and possibly understands the feelings underlying many of Voldemort�s actions (those which other wizards fail to see). By the same token, it could also Snape that is forgiven. I don�t remember clearly, but I believe Harry came to empathise with Snape for a short time after he glimpsed moments of Snape�s youth. I�m rooting for Draco Malfoy though. I think he�s just trying to live up to his Father�s expectations, and isn�t really as sinister as we think he is. After all, he did try to �befriend� Harry in the first book. He seems to be more of a bully than manipulative and probably hates on Harry cause Harry is everything that Draco wishes he could be. Anyways, whoever it is, remains to be seen.

Posted by Neha from Montreal, Quebec on November 18, 2006 12:23 AM

In the beginning of the movie, the director has a group of children sing at Hogwarts. They're singing one of the witches' speeches in Macbeth. The three witches of Macbeth are referred to as the Weird Sisters. This ties in with the theory that Regulus Black is hiding in plain sight as the bassist in the rock group the Weird Sisters.

Posted by Linda from Fort Wayne, IN on November 19, 2006 10:35 AM

I have just read your comment and got almost as exited as yesterday, when I watched the short Trailer from OotP;-)

How in the name of Harry Potter did you come across this ingenious idea? If ever something fitted with the idea that the hairy bass player at Dumbledore�s was Regulus, this is it.

I think this was excellent sleuthing teamwork, between European HP fan and American HP fan. Thanks again to Dave for his amazing Website!

Posted by Mistral from Switzerland on November 19, 2006 12:18 PM

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