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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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This theory assumes that the twins made up their incantation and that Lupin only knew the original. There is no basis to believe either of these premises, so there is no basis to accept the conclusion.

Posted by Tom from Fairfax, Virginia on May 17, 2007 12:58 PM

Granted, Tom. But it just makes logical sense. They must have made up those incantations. How else would they know them? They did not know Harry when they first stole the map from Filch. They had no connection with or to the original marauders, nor could they even have known that Messrs. Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot and Prings were past Hogwarts students.

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on May 17, 2007 4:23 PM

Tom from Fairfax -

I don't think the Weasley twins made up their own incantation. Remember that they're very good with magical objects, that's why they were able to open up their own shop - the WWW. so it is most likely that they learned how to open and operate the Marauder's Map, through trial and error... and by their abilities.

or maybe, the Marauder's Map attracted to troublemakers, and allows them "to be up to no good".

Posted by Ashley from Baguio City, Philippines on May 25, 2007 12:48 AM

Ashley from Baguio City,

I agree with your assessment, usually Fred and George are not given a lot of credit for their magical abilities, as they are not particularly good in tests, but that doesn't mean that they are not powerful wizards in their own non-traditional way. They just pass their subjects, not excel in them because their efforts are not focused into stu what they might be tested on, but on what they are interested on.

You are right Ashley, they are extremely good with magical objects.

Posted by Emilio from Mexico City, Mexico on May 25, 2007 11:47 AM

Emilio and Ashley--
I would like to say that I agree with you: Fred and George are talented. I would also like to add what Ron said:
"Fred and George mess around alot, but they still get really good marks and everyone thinks they are really funny."
don't know if that helps but it seemed to fit.

Posted by Ashley R. from Missouri on May 27, 2007 2:25 PM

For sure Fred and George are talented, Flitwick preserved a little part of their magical swamp in OotP, because he thought it was tremendous magic.

Posted by herve from strasbourg on May 28, 2007 12:37 AM

I think that they just figured it out. The thing that ticks me off is that the movie never explains how Lupin knows it's a map, or how he's friends with James. He talks like he was better friends with Lily.

Posted by Lauren from atlanta, ga on June 5, 2007 4:56 PM

in the corridor scene of POA, harry hurriedly whispers the incantation to wipe the map loud enough for us to hear it, before he puts out his wand seconds before snape, and then lupin, appear. who's to say that lupin didn't hear him?

Posted by Sydney from Louisiana on June 9, 2007 2:39 PM

If Lupin had heard him, then obviously Snape would because he was closer, but makes no comment about it, so I doubt either one did hear him.

Posted by Emilio from Mexico City, Mexico on June 11, 2007 10:44 AM

I just hope they don't sacrifice too much in the fifth movie. Something minor like dung bombs bouncing off the door in OOP headquarters without mention of the impenitrable charm I can live with, just don't slice out tasty chunks... please.

Posted by Ian from St. Joseph, Missouri on June 16, 2007 08:33 AM

remember when Snape wanted to find out the map's secrets? he tried to find out with his wand and said something along the lines of "Reveal your secrets". the Marauders knew snape was bad, so they concealed the secret form him. fred and george on the other hand, the marauders may have known were good trouble makers, and so the marauders felt fit to help them out with the incantations.

Posted by Ayoub from Kuwait on June 17, 2007 07:54 AM


Couldn't it be that they found out by accident? They could have been in an argument and one of them yelled it at the other while the map was touching their wand? And then they go do whatever and findout the map works. Then they finish their task and twinsay "mischief managed" and see that the map turns off. Just saying. Also, it might have been in the film for effect.

Posted by Orhan on June 19, 2007 08:12 AM

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