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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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Script-writers are never competely loyal to the books that they are portraying...I think that this is just what I call a "convenience article" where the writer uses little things out of the ordinary in films to create a baseless theory...Im just wondering though...whats the point?

Posted by Maddii from Sydney, Australia on November 12, 2006 9:13 PM

I actually agree completely with Dave's argument. Fred and George's incantations aren't the exact same ones as the original, but the intent is still there. That is what counts to the map. The Alohomora charm is a totally different type of spell...

Posted by Anthony from United States on November 29, 2006 5:03 PM

I wonder what the map can do if you use the "PROPPER" incantations...
Mabey it has other powers that the twins never thought to look for because the map as it was was so useful to them...

Posted by Kevin from Wisconsin on November 30, 2006 07:25 AM

I wouldn't rule out Dave's theory on the mistake in the movie, but I do like the theory that the map told F&G; the incantation, but I'm still unsure. Also, the movies are going to be prone to many inconsistencies, I mean the movie said James was a seeker but he was actually a the movie isn't reliable to base theories on.

Posted by Dagor from Canada on December 1, 2006 11:11 AM

The movies are not always true to the books. There are Character, and scenes not in the moves that are in the books. The job of movie makers is not to be true to the books but to sell movies. This "fluke" did not change the outcome of the movie.If it was to change the outcome J.K.Rowling would have said some thing.

Posted by Kayla from Utah on December 3, 2006 2:09 PM

I totally agree with Pamela the movies leave out way too many details I mean I don't care how long the movies are I still see them and I think it's like that for every Harry Potter fan like me, I can't stand all the details they left out because people who don't read the books(crazy people!) won't understand anything that's going on and then what's the point of watching the movie! That's also why I like to go to the movies and talk to my friends and discuss how much they left out. Also why I don't own the fourth movie even though I am a hard HArry Potter fan and I don't know what I would do without Harry Potter.

Posted by Charlotte from Maryland on December 7, 2006 5:45 PM

Umm.. I'd just like to point out that Filch wouldn't have taken it from one of the marauders because it would have been a different caretaker then, the one Mrs Weasley mentioned in book 4.

Posted by Kathryn from U.K on December 9, 2006 03:13 AM

I'm sure that, as proven by the Map's notes to Severus Snape, that it somehow recognizes the person bearing the map. And seeing as James and Sirius has been compared to Fred and George so many times, it would glady say it's incantation to them.

As a sidenote, the particular scene where Fred and George (Gred and Forge... lol) gives Harry the map in the movie, makes me laugh every single time. It might've taken awhile, but the syncronisation and voices/dialects of the two twins sounds hilarous every time.

Posted by Rane from Sweden on December 13, 2006 11:20 AM

They're twins in real-life, I bet it was real easy for them...

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on December 13, 2006 11:24 AM

Yeah, I know, James and Oliver Phelps. Really good casting there. As the trivia on Wikipedia says:

"Their pranks include messing with people's heads at school when they switch names, obviously."

They're a bit like Fred and George:D

Posted by Rane from Sweden on December 14, 2006 2:04 PM

The movie doesn't, can't match the book. Aside from that, just as the map itself gave Harry the words to get into the one-eyed witch statue, it would've been happy to somehow help the twins learn how to use it. JKR makes it clear that the inanimate pictures, books, etc. in her world can act on their own. The ironic part is that in confiscating magical stuff he can't understand, Filch himself has built up a stockpile of magic for future generations of mischief makers.

Posted by Mary from Richmond, VA on December 22, 2006 12:32 PM

i think the film makers dont care that one incantation is not correct and i dont think everyone should get this worked up about a little teeny tiny detail!

Posted by molly from north carolina on December 23, 2006 12:40 PM

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