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Foreshadowings in Prisoner of Azkaban

by David Haber

In an interview released around the time of the theatrical premiere of Prisoner of Azkaban, an interview which is also on the Prisoner of Azkaban DVD, J.K. Rowling said, "Alfonso Cuaron had very good intuition about what would and wouldn't work. He's put things in the film that, without knowing it, foreshadow things that are going to happen in the final two books."

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There are a few more things that are shown in the third movie but definitely not mentioned in the book like Hermione throwing small pieces from the pumpkin into Hagrid's house to warn them of the arrival of the Minister of Magic, Dumbledore and the executioner, she howling to distract the werewolf Lupin, she commenting how bushy her hair looks from the back, Ron and Hermione grabbing each other's hands by mistake (which might be an already expressed clue because it was not until the 4th book that Ron showed any signs of loving Hermione), the boggart actually coming face to face with Harry and transforming into a dementor during Lupin's 1st class etc. The other clues which was mentioned in the article were nicely analysed but it would be better if these clues were lokked into also.

Posted by Navid Ibtehaj Nizam from Sylhet,Bangladesh on September 10, 2006 12:36 AM

The point of the article was things in the movie that were not in the book and also could point to an important clue about something in a book we don't have yet. So, while all of your points are true about being in the movie but not in the book, I originally didn't feel they could be clues to the future story. Do you?

Except, of course, for the Hermione/Ron holding hands thing. Yes, that's a valid one. The Azkaban movie establishes the relationship earlier than the books. But so, too, did the Chamber of Secrets movie. Remember at the end, when Harry hugs Hermione, but then Ron and Hermione feel "akward" doing the same thing. So, the Azkaban movie is just picking up on this more.

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on September 10, 2006 2:47 PM

One Snape quote from the Shrieking Shack that I think needs to be noted is when he has his wand pointed to Sirius and says, "I could do it you know." Snape says some other things, but I cannot quote them off the top of my head. This was probably foreshadowing Dumbledore's in Book 6.

Posted by Lauren on September 10, 2006 6:24 PM

I think that suggesting Remus Lupin is is a little far-fetched, as is hinting that Hermione is actually an old woman. However, I agree that Sirius coming back as a dog is a possible option and I find it interesting that even though Snape physically protects the Trio, none of them make a big deal out of it.
After all, in Book 1 they made a big deal out of Snape uttering the counter curse. Essentially, Snape is once again saving their lives... or at least, preparing to.

Posted by Jennifer from Wolverhampton, England on September 11, 2006 3:03 PM

I did say, in the article, that I believed the one about Sirius and Lupin living together was very unlikely, and I included it for completeness and mainly just for fun...

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on September 11, 2006 3:07 PM

Snape and the other 'Marauders' have a long history, something it is easy to forget. His saying ' I could do it you know' seems to come loaded with a lifetime of hate.

They all went to school together, Sirius tormented Snape, as we know, There was mutual antipathy from an early point, but this doesn't just happen. I have always had the impression there is 'something' we don't know about what happened at school. Possibilites I have read so far include Snape loved Lily and James "stole her away", Sirius went a Joke too far once (one that we don't know about?), Did James or Sirium stop Snape getting top marks? Who knows, but I suspect this is one of the big things to be resolved in book 7.

After all, the story has been set, Harry just has to find the Horcruxes, and fight Voldemort, and, JKR has to resolve once for for all whether Snape is or is not The Bad Guy.

Posted by Marjorie from Wellington, NZ on September 12, 2006 01:22 AM

Hermione article impressed me. Yes, I've read another book, Harry Potter type and... The one who had a function the same as Filch actually was the powerfullest wizard from the school.

Posted by Miruna from Romania on September 13, 2006 08:55 AM

I agree with the coments about Snape being good because he saved Harry, Ron, and Hermione a few times, but to me the huge peace of info that was put into the film is the fact that harry has is mom's eyes. I have a strong fealing that Harry having his moms eyes play a big part in one of the plot twists for the finale book.

Posted by Joseph from Saddle brook, NJ on September 14, 2006 12:33 PM

Well, the fact that he has his mother's eyes has been mentioned so many times in the books... I'm almost positive that it was mentioned at least once per book, so no credit to the movie for that.

Personally, I find the bit where Snape protects the Trio when faced by a werewolf as the significant foreshadowing. I mean, we already know he's faced Lupin before and his life had been threatened, but unlike a proper Slytherin, he doesnt look out for himself but faces upto the werewolf and protects the Trio. Significant all right. Definitely points to a Good Snape.

She mentioned a 'couple of things' that foreshadow the last 2 books, and I'd say the Lupin quotes about Lily are probably important somehow, a)because Jo is always talking about Lily, Harry's eyes, Lily's sacrifice etc. b)we get very little about Harry's parents, so anything new about them is bound to be important.

Posted by Nabila from billi1970s@yahoo.com on September 14, 2006 2:04 PM

I seem to remember Hermione saying that werewolves only respond to the call of their own kind and then, when Professor Lupin's wolfing it up, he hears and follows the sound of her howling... I'm sure lots of lads would describe her as "a fox", but maybe she's a wolf, too?

And the "Professor Snape shielding Harry, Ron and Hermione" thing kept lighting up in my mind when I was reading about him being a double agent for Lord Voldemort so I'm guessing (and hoping!) that he actually is a good 'un.

Posted by Timmargh from Kidderminster, England on September 14, 2006 5:50 PM

I have one more piece of information to put the "Sirius and Remus are " theory to rest. I know Mr. Haber has already said he doesn't take it seriously anyway, but others might. I hope I'm not ruining Half-Blood Prince for anyone by adding this comment; if so, read no further. For the rest of you, remember that Remus ends up dating Tonks at the end of HBP and that both of them look very happy, and that this resolves a conflict for them both that, unbeknownst to us, had lasted throughout HBP. No, my friends, Remus isn't , he is a werewolf who feared getting close to a woman because of what he is.

As far as Sirius coming back as a dog? Not likely. OoP made it clear that Sirius d when he fell behind the veil. I think Ms. Rowling used a metaphor for , the veil, to actually signify in the book. If Sirius is truly he can't come back as a human or as a dog as both are a form of the same man. However, these theories may lead to a SirusIsNot website, of course! Don't forget how hard Joanne took it when she wrote of Sirius' . She wouldn't have cried so much if she knew she was bringing him back in any form, even as a dog. I think the best theory so far is the Protective Snape theory, followed by the "you have your mother's eyes" theory.

Posted by Mike Bruni from Jamesburg, NJ on September 14, 2006 9:46 PM

I noticed two things in PoA that I think are foreshadowing. One, in the scene in the hospital wing after Harry falls off his broom, the Weasley Twins make a sarcastic remark to Ron something like, "How'd you like it if we pushed you off the astronomy tower." As we all now know, when Dumbledore was ed he fell off the astronomy tower. Two, in the scene after Harry finds out that Sirius Black is his godfather, he's sitting on a rock crying. Ron and Hermione run after him, but only Hermione crosses the clearing to go to him. Ron remains at the edge. Then when Hermione asks Harry what's wrong, Harry shouts "He was their friend, and he betrayed them!". When he shouts this he looks at Ron standing at the edge of the clearing. I always found this scene very strange. Could it foreshadow that Ron betray Harry? I really hope not, because Ron is one of my favorite characters, but take a look at the scene yourself and see what you think.

Posted by Kate from Gastonia, NC on September 15, 2006 07:20 AM

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