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Mischief Managed... Not!

by David Haber

I believe there is a small mistake in the movie script of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. The error is when Lupin says "Mischief managed" to the marauder's map just after saying goodbye to Harry at the end of the movie. Fred and George stole the map from Filch. They would have no way of knowing the original incantations used to operate it. But Lupin uses the same incantation in this scene.

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Yes, Ron does start to trust a locket (which they know is a horocrux) in the 7th book! but he ends up overcoming it by stabbing the locket with Godrioc Gryfinndor's sword!

Posted by KP313 from MIDLAND, NC on August 13, 2007 09:04 AM

I also think that the map probably understood them and gave them the instructions... But even in the books, there is not a word about how Fred and George knew the incantations...

Posted by Thijs from Holland on September 1, 2007 09:37 AM

I found something cool in GOF. On page 286 american edition, harry says to ron (they are mad at each other) "the invisibility cloak wouldn't have got me over that line." He means the age line around the Goblet of Fire. But it might have. Xeno lovegood said that the cloak would make the wearer truly invisible. Because it was a special cloak, it might have gotten him past he age line. Just a theory.

Posted by mourneforsev from birmingham, alabama on September 25, 2007 6:10 PM


That was an interesting theory. Personally, I'm inclined to agree, except that Dumbledore drew the age line himself, knowing full well that Harry had the Invisibility Cloak and that it was a Hallow. Of course Harry would never have been that stupid and he didn't want to enter anyway. But if he could, Dumbledore would have made the age line extra powerful, in case someone (like Ron, perhaps) might "borrow" the Invisibility Cloak.

Posted by C.J. from Utah on September 27, 2007 12:28 PM

Whoever wrote this article:

Good point, though Fred and George might have gotten lucky and picked the exact words, "Mischief Managed". They almost definately couldnt've gotten the "I solemnly swear I am up to no good" right, but there is still the trouble of how they worked out that there isn't a spell to "reveal it's secrets" as Snape says.

Posted by Keira from South Australia on October 4, 2007 01:30 AM

In the books it is revealed several times that Fred and George are two amazingly gifted people. Hermione and others constantly make that comment. Also they are compared to James and Sirius, perhaps their minds thought alike. They were probably able to discover the true incantion. Also the map appears to know who some people are-like snape- so perhaps it recognized the Weasleys as kindred spirits and gave them the incantation.

Posted by Dracorex on October 14, 2007 1:28 PM

I haven't read all 10 pages worth of comments, but the original point was a mistake in the script regarding Lupin knowing how to use the map...he was one of the original four creators of the map. Next...when he took the map from Harry, Lupin had not yet met with Sirius Black to know if he was on the good side or the bad side. He had not talked to Black since before Black was carted off to Azkaban. For all Lupin knew, Black may very well have toasted a crowd of people along with Pettigrew. How many people knew that the Potter's had changed from Black to Pettigrew as the Secret Keeper? Only Black knew that part of the story until he revealed it himself to HP. That's why Lupin advised Harry about the dangers of the map...nobody knew just what was up at that point in the saga.

Posted by beebester from Burley, ID USA on October 22, 2007 8:17 PM

In the book, it said that the map was orginally used by James Potter and his friends, so it makes sense that Lupin would know how to use it.

Posted by GossipGirl on October 22, 2007 8:33 PM

There is another mistake in the movie version of PoA, which once you have noticed grate on your nerves forever. Harry of course has just turned 13 in PoA but when he has the conversation with Mr Weasley regarding the 'notorious mass er' Sirius Black, Mr Weasley says that 'Thirteen years ago...' - erm NO it would have been just coming up to 12yrs ago that the events happened. Film fans MUST notice, especially now we have OotP and Sirius saying 'Fourteen years ago...'

Posted by Orlando from England on November 13, 2007 03:52 AM

I think that the marauders map knows who to trust. like in book 3 when snape demanded it to reveal its secret it wrote back with quite a few comments. i think Fred and George asked it for the password or how to work it and it told them knowing they where trustworthy.

Posted by Anonymous on November 23, 2007 12:43 PM

I believe this is not true at all! If Fred and George were clever enough to know how to work the map, then fine be it. Another thing is, if they made a mistake in the movie, it doesn't matter. They bought the rights and have the rights to change certain things unfortunately.

Posted by Bethany on November 27, 2007 3:24 PM

Who did Filch confiscate the map from? maybe it was lupin, after all, Filch must be pretty old, no offence filch, so maybe he was the caretaker in their day? "I solemnly swear i am up to no good" and "mischeaf managed" may be the original words lupin and his lot made up, i mean, they're not exactly hard tpo work out if you're someone like Fred or Geroge.

Posted by Ve nha from doi me on December 16, 2007 03:57 AM

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