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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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Patty, I just have a few words for you.
I have tried, but couldn't put it better myself.

Posted by Kevin from Wisconsin on January 24, 2007 08:05 AM

Patty, you said the map would recognize Moody (aka Barty Crouch) because he wasn't a real teacher. I think you're wrong there because when Harry got stuck in the trick step on the staircase, it was because he was staring at the map, which then flew out of his hands. He did not get a chance to wipe it clean with "mischief managed." Then when Moody/Crouch came along, he saw the map as it was. Remember what Fred and George said to Harry when they gave him the map? "Dont forget to wipe it clean or else anyone can read it." (I dont have my book in front of me, but i think that's along the lines of what they said.)

I think the map can tell the intentions of the user, and maybe gives them clues to what the incantation is. Maybe Fred anf George were close, and the map accepted their version of the incantation.

Posted by Nadia from Texas on January 24, 2007 12:51 PM

Maybe the map, since it was made in part by Harry's father, knew how to make itself useful to Harry and anyone that would be in connection with Harry. What I'm saying is maybe the map had an original purpose to make it to Harry's hands, and that's the reason the Weasley twins were able to decipher the code.

aside from all of that though, I wonder why the movie didn't say anything about the founders. I feel like it was partly disregarding the truth of James, Remus, Sirius, and even Peter's past. The example of such that if you just follow the movies, you'll never know that James was an animagus...that Harry's Patronus was in fact Prongs. It explains more of why Harry seemed to think it was his dad he saw when he conjured the Patronus. I guess I just wish there were some things that they kept in the movies, even if it would've made it longer.

Posted by Fate from USA on January 25, 2007 11:50 AM

Also I wonder if Mr. Weasely knew where the brain of the Ford Anglia was. Like father, like sons.

When the map was made, Harry didn't exist. I too miss the connection of the map and it's makers in the movie.

Posted by Mikey from New Jersey on January 25, 2007 3:12 PM

Speaking of the Marauder's Map:
Unless I've overlooked something, I can't figure out how Harry gets the map back after imposter-Moody "borrows" it from him in year 4. I suppose Harry could have sneaked it from Moody's office, but it seemed as though he was in a very stressed state after coming back from the Graveyard and the map would be the furthest thing from his mind. Any thoughts?

Posted by Lisa from Ann Arbor, Michigan on January 26, 2007 11:13 AM

I looked at JK Rowling's website and she said that she assumed people would know that Harry would take back the map the next time he passed by the office if Moody was not there.

Posted by Patty from Quincy,MA on January 29, 2007 10:20 AM


Did Mr.Weasley confiscate the Ford Anglia, or did he tinker with it himself?
You're right though, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree!

The movies can never approach the books for their complexity and character development. Movies need action and adventure, they don't have time to waste on details!
I think the movies are valuable in that they encourage people to read the books who otherwise might not.

Posted by Patty from Quincy,Massachusetts on January 30, 2007 06:42 AM

My guess is that Mr. Weasely confiscated the Ford and only recently. When he found out that his boys took the car out he asked "How did it go?" as if it was a novelty for him.

Posted by Mikey from New Jersey on January 31, 2007 8:08 PM

I think if you check CoS you'll find that Mr Weasley bought the car. Mrs Weasley says something about it. Speaking of which, near where I used to live, someone owned a Ford Anglia. We'd see it occasionally and then after the movie came out and they were rather trendy, we saw that it was for sale. It had a sign in the rear window... "Drives well. Flies okay." I was sooooo tempted!

Posted by Elizabeth from Australia on February 1, 2007 05:58 AM

For Lupin, its easy. Obviously when he was at school, he had it also. Then Filch found it. As for Fred and George, I think someone else in the school had heard of it and knew how to use it (then they told them).

Posted by Hip Hop Is Dead from Queensbridge,New York on February 7, 2007 1:46 PM

Actually, Elizabeth, in CoS Arthur did buy the car, but he did enchant it to make it fly. remember when Fred, George, Ron and harry got back from Surrey, Molly was yelling at Arthur. "imagine a man who bought a Muggle car, told his wife that he was taking it apart only so he could see how it works, but really was enchanting it to make it fly?" (forgive me if i messed that up, i havent read it in 3 wks) so yes, he bought the car, but probably not from a wizard, it was probably still a Muggle car when he bought it. cause remember Molly said, when they were all going to platform 9 3/4 in CoS, "we certainly dont give those Muggles enough credit, do we? you never would have known it was this roomy from the outside would you?" without knowing that Arthur had put a spell on it, so it was probably a Muggle dealership where Arthur bought the Ford Anglia.

Posted by Ashley from Missouri on February 7, 2007 2:35 PM

I'm pretty sure that the movie makers never thought this through when they made the movie and only put it in there to make the movie better. I don't think it really makes much difference.

Posted by Anonymous on February 8, 2007 7:17 PM

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