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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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Book Reader from Rolla, Missouri on March 13, 2008 1:40 PM

ok, your also forgetting that the map is not why filch always turns up when mrs norris sees a student. its mrs. norris who brings filch there, or at least, who alerts filch.

proof of this is that even after harry comes to possess he map in book 3 [and before that when fred and george steal it], filch's footsteps can be heard and he approaches and finds harry and friends.

so your logic is incorrect

Posted by Ayoub from Kuwait on June 3, 2008 08:16 AM

We don't know if there were instructions on what to say in the map when Fred and George found it.

Posted by Greta Gaffin from Boston, MA on June 16, 2008 04:46 AM

What says the map can be used with other incantations then those the marauders came up with? And as you said, after many errors the map started leading F&G; closer buy reacting when they where close so that they could in fact find the real incantations?

Posted by Magicael from Oslo, Norway on August 1, 2008 5:03 PM

what if it recognized snape because james and sirius must have made sure that snape of all people could discover and use their creation.

Posted by mattie from England on August 21, 2008 04:02 AM

Rowling said that Harry's son James later steals the Map. This is totally out of the books but just a thought, James (Harry's Son) wouldn't be able to use the map at all. Unless Harry taught them. I don't know but I thought of it.

Posted by Charles from Little Hangleton on August 23, 2008 6:17 PM

I think that you are being to picky. All it says is that if you say mischeif manage the map open. He said mischeif manage. End of story. It opened

Posted by Nyx on October 25, 2008 3:46 PM

Would Filch be able to use the map, since he happens to be a Squib? Also, the little James would probably have heard his dad using the map before, considering Neville is working there and there are other relatives of friends there.

Posted by Lara from East Greenville on March 5, 2009 2:39 PM

I don't think Filch could work the map, because it requires a wand and the issuance of magical spell ("I solemnly swear I am up to no good") to work it.

Being a squib, Filch can't use a wand or issue spells.

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on March 5, 2009 2:45 PM

The idea is good that Filch could not use the map as he was a squib.
But if the map doesn't give any clue to it's new users, how to work with it, how could Fred and George were able to do that?

Posted by Arman from Bangladesh on July 29, 2009 11:49 PM

Ah, but don't forget, that the Marauders somehow were able to imprint their personalities into the Map. Not only that, it seems that this imprint is somewhat sentient. When Snape was trying to find out what the "parchment" did, the Marauders didn't just insult Snape, but they insulted him using very personal remarks, such as dissing his greasy hair or his nose. So maybe when the Weasleys found the Map, the Marauders knew that these were kindred spirits, so maybe the Marauders told them how to use it, including the magic words that would activate and deactivate it. So it would be possible that "I solemnly swear that I am up to no good" and "Mischief managed" were the exact same words used by the Marauders, taught to the Weasleys even after they had disbanded and one of them had d.

Posted by Ligeius the Undying on August 21, 2009 09:35 AM

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