Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

New this month Question: I've heard that this movie shows some Ron and Hermione moments that weren't in the book, can someone please tell me what they are?

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

New this month Question: I've only ever guessed this but am I right in thinking that the reason Harry wasn't expelled from Hogwarts because they thought he'd be safe from Black only there? Is that also why they wouldn't overlook Harry's Hogsmeade form not being signed?

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

New this month Answer: Harry's protection from Black was always the first priority, but the reason Harry was wasn't expelled from Hogwarts was because he never did anything that warranted permanent dismissal. The incident with Aunt Marge was provoked by Harry's family and Dumbledore never would have held him fully accountable. Any other school rule-breaking on his part was never anything more than what other students had engaged in and resulted in being punished in an appropriate way. The school would never have overlooked Harry's unsigned form. If a parent or guardian did not sign it, then the school would not allow a student to participate in any activity that needed parental permission. That was the rule.

raywest

New this month Question: Why didn't they take Snape with them when they were leaving the shrieking shack?

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

New this month Answer: Because he'd been knocked out by Harry's spell. Either he'd wake up on his own, or someone from Hogwarts would have been sent to fetch him. Ron was the one who needed immediate help because of his leg. Also, Snape would still be trying to apprehend Sirius if he was brought with them.

raywest

New this month Question: From the way Rosmerta said "Harry Potter?" I'm just wondering has she never heard of him?

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

New this month Answer: She's heard of him, she is just surprised to hear his name when asking what Sirius Black is doing here.

lionhead

Question: Why does Dumbledore purposely hit Ron's injured leg?

Chosen answer: This didn't happen in the book. It appears to be done purely for comic effect in the movie, showing Dumbledore's eccentric and quirky nature. He's seemingly oblivious to what he's doing and how it affects Ron.

raywest

Question: What is supposed to happen if you say Voldemort's name? Harry says it throughout the series many times, and nothing happens to him. Why do Arthur Weasley (in this movie) and other people always tell him to stop?

Chosen answer: Actually, nothing happens to anyone who says it. The idea is that Voldemort was so evil that nearly everyone feared saying his name aloud, referring to him only as "You-Know-Who" or "The Dark Lord." Only Harry and Dumbledore freely spoke his name aloud, having no fear of it. However, in HP and the Deathly Hallows, Voldemort, knowing this about Harry, places a jinx on his own name, and anyone saying it will immediately reveal their location. Hermione happened to say "Voldemort" out loud right after she, Harry, and Ron escaped the attack at the wedding and were in the coffee shop. Two Death Eaters appear immediately after she says it, and almost capture the trio.

raywest

Question: If Sirius Black is innocent, why is he so menacing-looking in his picture on all the Wanted-posters?

Chosen answer: He is angry over his false arrest and he is very concerned about the welfare of his God-son Harry Potter. Also would you want to go to prison and be with the Dementors? I would be yelling my head off as well.

Mark English

Question: When the lady knocks on the door and says "House keeping" which causes some monster wind thing, If you look on the right side of the screen, what's inside the room?

Cloude2

Chosen answer: It's not known what it is. It is left to the audience's imagination of what exactly is in the room or what some witch or wizard was doing in there. This is only meant to be a humorous bit and is unrelated to the plot. It didn't happen in the book.

raywest

Question: When the Fat Lady portrait is found shredded (by Sirius) there is a baby crying. In the scene you can see a youngish girl holding a crying baby, off to the left in the screen. Why is there a baby at Hogwarts?

Hide Ledge

Chosen answer: It is not an actual mother and baby. Like the Fat Lady, they are one of the many moving portraits hanging on Hogwarts' walls. Look a little closer and you'll see the picture frame surrounding them.

raywest

Question: What was the little ball of light coming out of Sirius's mouth when the dementors were around him?

Emily

Chosen answer: It's supposed to be his soul.

Xofer

Question: Towards the end of the third film, when Harry and Hermione are successful in saving Sirius Black, why does Dumbledore act like he doesn't know anything when they see him outside the hospital room door?

Chosen answer: He does not want it known that he was the one who planned for Harry and Hermione to rescue Sirius, who is still a wanted felon at this point. It would cause Dumbledore serious legal problems (he would be arrested and sent to Azkaban) if was he suspected of aiding Sirius' escape. That is why he acts like he does not know what happened.

raywest

Question: When Sirius is a dog dragging Ron down the hole, why didn't the Whomping Willow attack him? And when they're leaving the hole (Sirius, Ron, Hermione, and Harry) the Whomping Willow stays still. Why is that?

Alex Lynn Cline

Chosen answer: In the books, the Whomping Willow had a knot on its trunk that, when pressed, froze the tree. In the movie, the tree is stilled by using the "Immobilus" spell. When Sirius, in his dog form, pulls Ron into the opening at the base of the Whomping Willow, he does it fast enough that the tree has not responded yet to someone being there. It starts whomping moments later just as Harry and Hermione arrive. Later, when Lupin arrived, he stopped the tree by casting Immobilus. (Harry and Hermione watch him doing this when they go back in time.) The spell was still effect when everyone left the Shrieking Shack.

raywest

Question: I'm confused about Lupin's friendship with Lily, James, Peter, and Sirius. Lupin says that Lily was there for him at a time "when no one else was." Was he not friends with James, Peter, and Sirius? Didn't they learn the Animagus spell so that they could spend time with him at night?

Chosen answer: He didn't mean it quite so literally. Yes, he was friends with James, Sirius, and also Peter Pettigrew, but Lily was an especially close and caring friend to him and was among the very first to reach out to him in true friendship.

raywest

Question: Except for Remus Lupin in this movie, it seems as though the Hogwarts teachers do not use the Hogwarts Express. How do they arrive at and leave the school?

Chosen answer: There's a variety of ways that wizards can travel including magical vehicles (like the motorcycle that Hagrid drove), broomsticks, port keys, or riding flying animals (like a hippogriff or the threstrals). They could also use floo powder if their fireplace was connected to the floo network like Umbridge had in her office. The other teachers can certainly travel on the Hogwarts Express, and some probably do but just aren't shown. In the book, "Half-Blood Prince", Professor Slughorn rode the train and some teachers live at the school year round.

raywest

Question: Does Lily Potter scream anything in particular when she dies? Some fans (according to Google searches) seem to think that she is screaming "Always", but it sounds more like "Harry" to me. Has JK Rowling ever answered this?

Answer: She is screaming Harry.

Chosen answer: I've listened to this a number of times, and her scream is just that - a scream, somewhat enhanced with special sound effects. It's too unintelligible to make out if she was saying anything. I have not found anything about J.K. Rowling commenting on whether Lily said anything.

raywest

Question: When Fred and George were in possession of the Marauders Map, before giving it to Harry, how come they never wondered why Ron was always hanging around with a person called Peter Pettigrew? He shows up on the Map even whilst disguised as Scabbers, as we know from when Harry spots him.

JBrock

Chosen answer: Fred and George used the map to aid them in their mischievous activities at Hogwarts, and probably had little interest in what their little brother was doing or who he might be with at any given time.

raywest

Question: Near the end of the film, from Buckbeak's execution, there are things that relate to Harry and Hermione going back in time, like the stones being thrown through Hagrid's window, and the wolf howl etc. But if they had already gone back in time to do these things, then wouldn't Buckbeak and Sirius have already been saved, meaning that they wouldn't have to go back and do all that in the first place?

Chosen answer: Yes, they had already been saved. But the kids didn't know about either of them. And Dumbledore didn't yet know about Sirius. He did know that Buckbeak had mysteriously vanished, but the fact that these things had already happened didn't mean they didn't have to do them. To the contrary, it formed a bit of a prophecy, telling Dumbledore that they not only had to do it, but that they would succeed, at least in the areas he knew had already happened. When time travel is involved, you are not allowed to assume your job is done just because a task has already been completed. In fact, that it actually locks you into a path that eventually leads to performing that same task.

Garlonuss

Question: On the 2nd Disc, there is an interview with director Alfonso Cuaron and J.K. Rowling. In the interview, Rowling states that Cuaron unknowingly put some clues in the movie that foreshadow events that happen in books 6 an 7. I have read books 6 and 7 and I re-watched the movie, but I still have no idea what clues Rowling was referring to. Could someone please fill me in?

Blibbetyblip

Chosen answer: Semi-spoilers, but just a few things that I noticed: Lupin speaking about Lily, saying that she saw the good in anyone, Hermione and Ron's little "moments" which were much more plentiful than in the 3rd book, and Snape protecting Harry from the werewolf when he could have run. I'm sure there might be more, but also keep in mind that between the making of this movie and the release of the final books, JKR did change/edit several things so some "clues" might foreshadow things that never made it into the books.

Question: Does Professor Snape know about Hermione's time-turner necklace? He doesn't seem to care that she suddenly appears in the Defense Against Dark Arts class out of nowhere, especially after class started. (I haven't read the third book yet, so I apologize if this is answered there).

Chosen answer: Snape, and all the Hogwarts instructors know that Hermione is using the time-turner to take extra classes. A time-turner can only be used under very strict conditions and must be approved by the Ministry of Magic. That is why Snape does not punish Hermione for arriving after class has started. If she was merely being late, he would have been angry and deducted house points from Gryffindor.

raywest

Answer: Snape cannot possibly know about the time turner. At the end of the third book when Harry and Hermione rescue Sirius, Snape storms in and yells that they had helped Sirius escape, however he can prove nothing. This means that he does not know about the time turner, otherwise he would have brought it up in evidence that the pair must have used it to save Sirius, and furthermore that with the time turner they would be able to be in two places at once, which is the original evidential downfall for him. All of this proves that Snape does not know about the time turner. In response to the piece about the class, it's possible he just didn't notice her popping up out of nowhere.

Question: Sirius receives a serious wound from Lupin when he's a werewolf. According to legend, if you're bitten by a werewolf, you become one. Why doesn't Sirius? I watched this scene several times, and Padfoot (Sirius) was bit by Lupin.

Chosen answer: In the book Lupin says to harry "Werewolf bites are only fatal to humans". Sirius Black does not become infected with lycanthropy because he was in his animagus form of the dog "the grim" at the time of the bite.

Question: Both the movie and book make it seem like Harry did a merciful act by sparing Peter Pettigrew's life and trying to take him to the Dementors instead. It even created a life debt that made Peter hesitate to kill Harry later on (during the "Deathly Hallows" events). But having your soul removed by a Dementor is supposed to be a fate worse than death. How has Harry been merciful at all?

Chosen answer: It wasn't about his being merciful. Harry knew that Pettigrew needed to be alive long enough so he could exonerate Sirius Black by confessing his part in the crime. Sirius had been wrongly accused of killing Harry's parents.

raywest

Question: Is it possible to tell what Hermione was doing to Ron in the background when Harry and Sirius are talking after they get out of the whomping willow? I thought she was untying his shoelaces but his laces are still tied so what was she doing?

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

Chosen answer: She was tending to the bite wound on Ron's leg.

Casual Person

Question: Not sure if anybody will have an answer to this, but I would appreciate any good guesses. I read the book and it describes Remus' suitcase as having the name "Professor RJ Lupin" in "peeling" letters, so the letters have been there for a while. Did he teach at Hogwarts in the past, or could there be smaller magical schools in Britain?

Chosen answer: Lupin did not work at other schools as none would have allowed a werewolf to teach children. Only Dumbledore ever offered him a teaching position. Regarding the title "Professor" on his suitcase that had appeared to be there for some time, I believe this is actually a movie mistake. He did not previously have this title for any reason.

raywest

Question: This occured to me after watching all the movies. Until the end of this movie, everyone thought Sirius Black supported Voldemort. Therefore, if Severus Snape wants Voldemort to believe that he is loyal to him and is only faking his allegiance to Dumbledore, why does he attempt to capture Sirius and turn him over to the Dementors? Wouldn't he have to explain to Voldemort why he attacked a fellow servant?

Chosen answer: This is not explained well in the movie. Snape was motivated purely by hatred toward Sirius that extended back to when they were students at Hogwarts together. Young Sirius bullied Snape relentlessly and nearly got him killed by playing a trick on him. Like others, he also erroneously believed Black had betrayed the Potters. Snape never forgave him and was so blinded by wanting revenge that he would let the Dementors suck out his soul. Snape would not have to explain anything to Voldemort because Sirius, unlike his family, was never a Death Eater nor did he ever serve the Dark Lord. In fact, he joined the Order of the Phoenix and fought against Voldemort. The Dark Lord knew this.

raywest

Question: This is a two-part question. 1. When the Dementors first appear on the train, why does frost cover the windows and the train become so cold? 2. If the Dementors were sent to capture Sirius Black, why would they be on a train full of Hogwarts students?

Chosen answer: The frost appearing whenever the Dementors are nearby never happened in the books. It was solely a creation for the movie as a device to foreshadow their oncoming and ominous presence. This same freezing over plays a part later in the movie when Harry saves Sirius from the Dementors by the lake. The audience already knows it signals something bad is about to happen. Regarding the second part of your question, When Sirius Black escaped from Azkaban, it was known that he wanted to kill someone who was at Hogwarts. Because he was convicted as Voldemort's accomplice in Lily and James Potters' murders, it was assumed he was on his way to kill Harry. The Dementors are on the Hogwarts express, and later at the school, to protect Harry as well as hunt for Sirius. However, the Dementors have overstepped their purpose and become a threat to Harry, who has a particularly strong reaction whenever they approach him.

raywest

Question: Before Harry gets on the bus for stranded witches/wizards, Sirius appears in dog form and growls at him. Why is Sirius behaving aggressively toward his godson?

Chosen answer: Sirius wasn't being aggressive toward Harry. In the book, Harry merely saw a hulking shape and a pair of eyes in the bushes watching him, but there was no growling. The way it's shown in the movie was played up to make it appear that there is some imminent threat to Harry. The filmmakers were apparently attempting to foreshadow the coming danger and to keep the audience in suspense about Sirius' identity and true intentions.

raywest

Question: What song/music is Lupin playing in the first Boggart scene?

Chosen answer: The song during the boggart scene is called Hot Liquorice.

Question: How did Harry send his own patronum at the lake without knowing it ?

Chosen answer: After the first time Harry saw it, as he was being attacked by the dementors, he had convinced himself that it was sent by his (dead) father, who he believed had somehow been resurrected. When he goes back in time three hours, and watches the other Harry across the lake, he realizes that it was he who cast the earlier patronus, not his father. That is when he casts it again.

raywest

Question: Why did Professor Snape insist on teaching Professor Lupin's class about werewolves (when he takes over the class)? If he or any other staff members suspected Lupin of being one, it seems that they wouldn't want to cause any panic or distraction among the students.

Chosen answer: Severus Snape hates Remus Lupin because he was best friends with Sirius Black and James Potter, who used to torment Snape when they were all students at Hogwarts together. Snape is teaching the class about werewolves in the hope that one or more of the students will recognize Lupin for what he is, tell their parents about it, and then Lupin will be fired from his position. Snape takes this roundabout course of action most likely because all the faculty had promised Dumbledore to keep Lupin's nature a secret from the student body for this very reason.

Phixius

Question: After turning into a werewolf, what is it Lupin mutters as Hermione is walking over to him? It's very difficult to understand, but it sounds like words. Not just whining. (I don't know if it is in the theatrical version. I am noticing it on the DVD copy).

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Chosen answer: He's not saying anything, it's just unintelligible whimpering. It gives the impression that Hermione is able to communicate with him, but once Lupin has transformed into a werewolf, he has no human consciousness.

raywest

Question: WWhen the boggart changes into something in the classroom scene, can everybody see it then? Are all people seeing the same, or do they see the object that frightens them the most?

Loesjuh1985

Chosen answer: The all see it the same; it turns into the thing that most frightens whoever has the boggart's attention at the time.

Phixius

Question: Why is there another flight of stairs going up from the Fat Lady's portrait when there are only supposed to be 7 floors on the Grand Staircase? There's also another flight of stairs going up higher in the background (behind Harry and the others) when the Fat Lady won't allow the students in until she's broken the glass with her voice. Is there an 8th floor we're not hearing about?

Chosen answer: We are constantly told that the staircases move by themselves and often lead no-where. It is very easy to assume that these stairs are ones that go no-where.

A Demon

Question: What is the creature that roars at the maid in the Leaky Cauldron scene?

Chosen answer: We're never told. This scene is not in the book, and it is never elaborated on in the film. It was just added to be amusing.

Phixius

Question: Am I mistaken or does Malfoy mean Bad Dragon?

Chosen answer: According to Language Realm - Malfoy can be taken as "mal" and "foi" or translated to "bad faith or evil belief". Draco, of course, is akin to the Greek "drakon" for dragon. So where Draco refers to a dragon, the name Malfoy itself, does not mean Bad Dragon - but Bad Faith (which in itself makes sense in the Rowling realm).

Zwn Annwn

Question: In the first scene, Harry is seen practicing his 'Lumos Maximus' spell under his bedcovers. But in film 5 (and the books, for that matter) it is said that students aren't allowed to perform any magic outside of school. So how was he able to perform this spell without being warned/expelled from Hogwarts?

Chosen answer: It's also shown that the Ministry have some discretion in what's allowable. Given that Harry's using a low-level spell, out of the sight of any muggles (the incidents that get him into trouble in books 3 and 5 both take place with muggles present), in a repeated fashion that would clearly indicate practice, it's reasonable to think that the Ministry would exercise its discretion in this instance and choose not to pursue the matter.

Tailkinker

Question: Why did they change the geography of Hogwarts (Hagrid's hut, Whomping Willow, etc.) if it would just annoy people?

Chosen answer: They didn't do it with the assumption that it would annoy people; like anything, they knew some people would like it and others wouldn't. But that was one of the things they decided could be changed when Alfonso Cuaron took over as director. His vision was different from that of Chris Columbus, and it was now Cuaron's movie.

Krista

Question: Can anyone tell me what exactly a kneazle is? I know Crookshanks is part kneazle, as stated in Corrections, but I don't know what that means.

Chosen answer: To summarise their entry in "Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them", a companion book written for charity by J K Rowling (under the pseudonym of "Newt Scamander", a Kneazle is a small cat-like creature which is intelligent, independent and occasionally aggressive which, should it take a liking to a witch or wizard, makes an excellent pet. They have an uncanny ability to detect unsavoury or suspicious characters and can be relied upon to guide their owner safely home if lost.

Tailkinker

Question: When the fat lady painting lets Harry and the others in after "breaking" the glass, she says something quite quietly to herself, possibly foregin. I can't make it out - does anyone know what she says? The subtitles don't say...

Hamster

Chosen answer: She calls them plebs - dates back to Roman times, relating to common people.

Super Grover

Question: Who are Mooney, Wormtail, Padfoot and Prongs?, I haven't read the books yet, so I don't know if there's anything about them in the books.

Chosen answer: They're the nicknames of Remus Lupin, Peter Pettigrew, Sirius Black and James Potter. Lupin is "Mooney" because he's a werewolf (full moon, get it?), Pettigrew is Wormtail because he's a rat, Black is Padfoot because he's a dog, and Potter is prongs because he's a stag (with antlers).

Krista

Question: Do some Hogwarts students arrive at school before others? I ask because of the choir singing in this movie, on the first day of the term. Wouldn't they have needed at least a day to practice the song?

Chosen answer: All the students arrive on the train, but it is feasible they took part or all of the afternoon on the train to practise. They also could have met a few times over the summer.

kristenlouise3

Question: How is it possible that Peter Petigrew was in Gryffindor? The main Gryffindor attribute is bravery, and we can see that Petigrew is a total coward.

Feather

Chosen answer: The sorting hat takes into consideration your choices. Black, Lupin, & Potter befriended Pettigrew on the Hogwarts express. So when Black and Lupin, preceeding Pettigrew alphabetically, were sorted into Gryffindor, Pettigrew chose to join his new friends thinking to have them as protectors from school bullies.

Phixius

Question: During the DADA class that Snape teaches, Hermione says that "werewolves only respond to a call from their own kind". Why, then, does the werewolf-Lupin go to Hermione's wolf call when she and Harry have gone back in time to save themselves? Does this mean that she is something other than a girl?

Chosen answer: She is not something other than a girl. Hermione is just able to imitate a werewolf's howl to save Harry and the others.

raywest

Question: In the book, Snape and Lupin look at the Marauder's Map to see that Ron, Peter, Hermione, Harry and Sirius are all in the Shrieking Shack. How come Snape and Lupin didn't notice the second/future Harry and Hermione when they were near the whomping willow on the map?

Chosen answer: They didn't notice the second ones because they weren't close enough to the tree when they were focused on that part of the map. There are hundreds of dots moving around the castle and it is possible they were just missed.

kristenlouise3

Question: Does anyone know why in some scenes with Malfoy and Crabbe that there's a tall, skinny, nasty looking kid accompanying them instead of Goyle? Did Cuaron think the actor who plays Goyle was looking too cuddly and teddy bear-like?

Chosen answer: The character that you see is actually Blaise Zabini and he is standing with Goyle not Crabbe. Harry turned into Goyle in Chamber of Secrets and Ron turns into Crabbe. The actor who played Crabbe was actually arrested for growing marijuana in his home so the director had to replace him.

Question: I don't understand the ending bit. Why did Lupin and Sirius Black want to kill Harry, then when Pettigrew turned up they all became friends? It just doesn't make sense to me.

Chosen answer: Neither Lupin nor Black ever wanted to kill Harry. Black was only at Hogwarts to get Pettigrew (in the form of Ron's rat), who he knew to be the real murderer. Lupin thought Black was evil and had killed Harry's parents until the truth came out that it was Pettigrew. Then he sided with Black, renewing their old friendship.

Krista

Question: When Harry and Lupin are talking about Harry's boggart that turned into a dementor, Lupin says that he thought the boggart was going to transform into Voldemort. If that had been so, would Harry have had a clear image of what Voldemort may have looked like? He probably wouldn't have imagined Voldemort as Tom Riddle from the diary in CoS because Voldemort's more human form isn't fearful and even in The Philosopher's Stone Voldemort's face isn't fully formed as it eventually is in GoF.

Answer: There is no way of knowing how Harry would have imagined how Voldemort looked. However, since Voldemort was an infamous figure, Harry could have, at some point, seen photos or portraits of him in books, old news articles, or other sources.

raywest

Question: Why is Hermione wearing a bandage? I see no injury to her hand but when they travel back in time she has a bandage on her hand.

ForceSlytherin

Chosen answer: There's no reason given and it is not part of the story line. Most likely, at some point during the filming of this scene, Emma Watson suffered some minor injury and needed to wear a bandage.

raywest

Question: Why didn't werewolf Remus kill the marauders in animagus from? What difference did it make if they were in animal form then human form?

Chosen answer: Remus, when in his werewolf form (and before the werewolf potion was invented) did not display aggression towards any other animals, only humans. This allowed James, Sirius and Pettigrew to be able control him at all times when they were transformed into their animagus forms.

raywest

Question: Lupin said he recognised Harry because of the eyes, but apart from the eyes, Harry looks like his father. Shouldn't Lupin recognise him as the son of one of his best friends?

Chosen answer: This is a plot hole. Harry is often told, "You look just like your father, except you have your mother's eyes." or some variation of that. Because of this, there really isn't a logical explanation as to why Lupin wouldn't immediately recognize Harry as his best friend's son.

Question: Why is it when Harry is fainting from his encounter with the dementor he hears a woman screaming? In the film it sounds exactly like the train. I haven't read the book, so I am unsure if this is answered there.

slp44

Chosen answer: It transitions into a train whistle in the film for dramatic effect. The scream is his far-distant infant's memory of his mother screaming when Voldemort came to kill Harry, brought back to the surface by the dementors' ability to make your relive your worst memories.

Phixius

Question: When they are in the hospital wing why did Madame Pomfrey take off Ron's sock? it was his leg that was broken, not his foot. Besides why did Ron need a cast on his leg if Hermione cleaned up all the blood on Ron's leg?

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

Chosen answer: It was never stated that Ron's leg was broken. Sirius, in his dog form, grabbed him by the lower part and pulled him into the Shrieking Shack, injuring him. Hermione did only minor treatment on Ron's leg until they could get him to the infirmary. Madam Promfrey would naturally remove a dirty sock to more thoroughly treat and clean his wounds.

raywest

Question: When freeing Sirius Black, then flying around the School, why did they whoop and holler and make so much noise if they were trying to be secretive?

Beau Peterson

Chosen answer: They were still high enough in the air where there was little chance of being heard or if they were, it would be muffled. Also, they're kids. They are not always capable of restraining their emotions or enthusiasm when they should. It is also a means to heighten the scene's mood (enthusiasm and success) and show the audience what emotions the characters are feeling at the time.

raywest

Question: When Harry and Hermione were sitting with Buckbeak waiting to see themselves as Lupin turned into a werewolf, why didn't one of them go to where Pettigrew escaped to capture him?

Alex Lynn Cline

Chosen answer: Their focus was to save Sirius from the Dementors. It would have been too dangerous for Harry and Hermione to split up at that time and try to handle each situation separately. They would also risk being seen by the other Harry and Hermione, which could have derailed the entire plan.

raywest

Question: Why did Harry and Hermione fear the werewolf if they knew that Hermione would save them?

Loesjuh1985

Chosen answer: They didn't know. Hermione's call distracted the werewolf when they first saw him, true enough, but that was before they had time jumped, so the Harry and Hermione that were scared of the werewolf were unaware that their future selves were around to save them.

roboc

Question: Can somebody please tell me why there was a dog in the sky? I know it had something to do with the 'Grim'.

Loesjuh1985

Chosen answer: That's it exactly. It's a bit of in-world foreshadowing. Divination isn't complete malarkey, as McGonagall makes it out to be; Trelawney just doesn't have a knack for it aside from Prophecy which she herself is ignorant of actually possessing. Whatever magic controls such things as tea leaves and the like caused the clouds to form into the shape of a Grim. Harry just misunderstood the warning.

Phixius

Question: I don't understand something about the last part of the movie. Before they going back in time, they are leaving Hagrid's hut and watch somebody pretending to eliminate the hippogriff. Shouldn't they've seen Harry and Hermione rescuing the hippogiff before? Because they were observing until the bad people came outside Hagrid's hut. Or do we must assume that they were rescuing the hippogriff in the meantime they were running behind the rocks?

Loesjuh1985

Chosen answer: Harry and friends leave Hagrid's hut, then watch as Fudge and company arrive, go into the hut for a short time, then exit and supposedly execute Buckbeak. However, as they can't actually see the area where Buckbeak is, they don't realise that what they think is an execution is actually the executioner slamming his axe onto the floor in frustration at Buckbeak being missing. Buckbeak was rescued by the future Harry and Hermione while Fudge was in the hut; as Buckbeak was out of sight, their younger selves didn't see it happen.

Tailkinker

Question: When Harry and Hermione are rescuing Sirius, Hermione blasts open the door using a different spell than the one she used in The Philosopher's Stone to open the door to where Fluffy was. I can understand that the reason the spell would be stronger on Sirius's cell is so he can't escape and it's more secure. But the Philosopher's Stone had to be secured well, so why was the lock so easy to unlock?

Chosen answer: It's never stated that one spell is stronger than the other. There may be different spells that achieve similar results, and Hermione simply chose one over the other. Therefore, it should not be assumed that one lock was easier to open than the other. Also, the "bombarda" spell was never mentioned in the books. It was invented by the filmmakers for the movie, probably because it sounded stronger and was more descriptive (as in to bombard).

raywest

Question: When Hermione says 'I thought I just saw. Never mind' what did she think she saw?

kkaattiiee

Chosen answer: She thought she saw herself, which would have been impossible, if not for the Timeturner that Prof. McGonigall gave her. She saw a flash of the scene as it appears when she and Harry revisit that moment in time.

MovieFan612

Question: There's a scene in the Leaky Cauldron where an anonymous customer is reading Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time and stirring a spoon in his coffee cup without touching it. Is this just a random display of magic, or is it some kind of inside physics joke? I seem to remember some example (maybe about entropy?) in Hawking's book that included reference to a coffee cup, but it's been a really long time since I read it. Does anyone know what, if anything, this scene is supposed to signify?

Chosen answer: It is a bit of an inside joke, but not as significant as you make it out to be. The plot in "Azkaban" involves time travel, and the book, written by the famous British scientist, fits in with that premise. The magic being used to stir the coffee is probably just that—a demonstration of magic. It also draws attention to Ian Brown of the band Stone Roses, who makes a cameo appearance as the coffee drinker.

raywest

Question: What is the 'Messrs.' in 'Messrs. Mooney, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs' on the marauders map?

Chosen answer: It's the plural form of Mr. Effectively the same as saying "Mr Mooney, Mr Wormtail, Mr Padfoot and Mr Prongs", but without the repetition.

Tailkinker

Question: When Harry and Hermione go back in time to rescue Sirius and Buckbeak, does Dumbledore know that they are rescuing them? It's just that earlier the execution happened quickly, but when they go back in time, Dumbledore seems to be distracting the executioner and Fudge so that Harry and Hermione can do what they need to do.

Chosen answer: Yes Dumbledore knows that they are rescuing Buckbeak and Sirius, because (and this is a little complicated) he is planning to tell Harry and Hermione (the Harry and Hermione who have just left Hagrid's Hut, not the Harry and Hermione who are now rescuing Buckbeak) to go back in time and rescue them, so he is presuming that a future Harry and Hermione would currently be rescuing Buckbeak. Hope that doesnt play with your mind too much!

Blibbetyblip

Question: What is it that Malfoy calls Ron in the scene near the shrieking shack?

Chosen answer: He calls him Weaselby (a pun on Ron's last name Weasley and a weasel).

Blibbetyblip

Question: How did Lupin become a werewolf? Did he get bitten or is he a shape shifter?

Chosen answer: This is answered in the sixth book. He was bitten as a small boy (about 5) by a dangerous Werewolf called Fenrir Greyback. He is not an Animagus like Sirius Black.

Scrappy

Question: When Aunt Marge starts to inflate, Uncle Vernon starts kind of whining. He's supposed to be really tough, why doesn't he growl or yell instead? Or at least try to save his sister?

Chosen answer: He is a big bully. He isn't tough at all, he just acts that way to Harry. When confronted by something scary, he wusses out!

Grumpy Scot

Question: What is the age different between the teenage actors and their characters?

Chosen answer: In the up coming movie Goblet Of fire the trio will be 14. Dan Radcliffe (Harry) is 16 Rupert Grint (Ron) is 17 and Emma Watson (Hermione) is 15.

Kirsty Marshall

Question: In the scene where Hermione grabs Ron's hand, you can see Malfoy in the background pointing and laughing at something. Is he pointing at Harry and Buckbeak or has he noticed Ron and Hermione's awkward hand-grab?

Chosen answer: He's laughing at Harry's situation, expecting him to get mauled at any moment.

Tailkinker

Question: Does anyone know what the symbols carved on the back of the seat risers in Trelawney's classroom are and what they mean?

Chosen answer: The symbols were just done by the crew to make the set look more magical and strange. They have no real meaning.

Question: I've tried to look for this in the books but I still don't get it. When future Harry and Hermione come back to the hospital wing after they went back in time and saved Sirius, then their selves should have just left again to do the same thing. What happens to them, since it was already done? Where do they go?

Chosen answer: Time travel is very complex. They are going back to fix things, but from out point of view, they already have! But, if you consider when our Harry and Hermionie leave, the previous Harry and Hermionie would enter the room, it might start to make sense. Basically, an infinite number of Harry and Hermionie travel back to change the past, but we only follow one.

SexyIrishLeprechaun

Question: In the scene where Draco was struck by Buckbeak. You see Hermione run up saying to take him to the hospital. If you look she has the timeturner outside of her shirt. Isn't the timeturner supposed to be a secret?

mrslaura

Chosen answer: She wears it as a necklace. Anyone knows that a necklace can pop out of your shirt at anytime. She was just careless. Anyhow I doubt any of the others around her would know that it was a timeturner and probably didn't notice it at all.

Mortug

Question: What evidence linked Black to killing the Potters? After the movie I didn't understand how everyone could have been so completely wrong.

Chosen answer: Black was thought to be the Potter's secret keeper and only the secret keeper could have directed Voldemort to the Potters. There was a showdown on a street between Pettigrew and Black, after the Potters were killed, where many people died. Since Black was the only one to live, and they found only Pettigrew's finger, everyone assumed Black did the killing. No one knew that Pettingrew, along with Black, and James Potter, were animagi.

Rlvlk

Question: I read in Teen Beat that one of the actors calls Emma Watson by her real name but they did not mention who did or which scene it was done in. Do you know? Thanks.

Chosen answer: There may have been some crossed wires. It was believed in the Whomping Willow scene that Emma Watson called Rupert Grint by his real name, but has since been proven to be untrue.

Question: Its not really to do with the film but I didn't know where else to put it. Does anyone know who Hermione Granger shares her dorm with at Hogwarts? I don't know whether it's in the books or not. Thanks.

Kirsty Marshall

Chosen answer: Hermione shares her dormitory with Parvati Patil, Lavender Brown, and two other girls whose names are never revealed during their sorting in "Philosopher's Stone."

Cubs Fan

Question: Was the candy in Honeydukes real and, if so, what happened to it at the end of shooting?

Chosen answer: Some of the candy was real and was eaten by the actors, and later film crew. The rest was props. I assume excess candy was just trashed after a while.

Mark English

Question: When Lupin is on the bridge with Harry, he talks about Lily as though he liked her. Is there any evidence in the book that supports this?

Chosen answer: Lupin does like Lily (in purely friendly terms). They don't say this in the movie, but in the book when Lupin turned into a werewolf she was his only true friend. She was the only one in the school who didn't think he was evil. She believed in him, and that is why he didn't give up. He does say in the book that he is thankful for Lily.

Question: When Lupin asks 'Can anyone take a guess as to what is inside' someone says 'That's a boggart that is.' who says this?

Chosen answer: It's Dean Thomas that says that. He stands between Seamus and Harry, with Neville behind him.

Super Grover

Question: Does anyone know what the two main instruments are at the beginning the track called 'Hagrid the Professor' on the soundtrack?

Chosen answer: An oboe and then a flute.

Question: I read in the trivia section that Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) had his pockets sewn shut to prevent him from taking food on the set. Why couldn't he take food on the set?

Chosen answer: There's the danger of getting food on your wardrobe, spilling or getting crumbs on the set and props, and of course getting food in your teeth, all of which take time to remedy before filming can begin. Film sets always have food set up nearby, but it's for breaks between setups. No one wants to deal with food between takes, when the camera is about to roll.

Krista

Question: What was the exactly function of the spell that Dumbledore casts to save Harry in the Quidditch game?, I think it was Aresto Momentum, or something like that.

Chosen answer: "Aresto Momentum" is kind of like saying "stop moving." It basically freezes Harry in midair and keeps him from hitting the ground.

Krista

Question: Time travel question: Harry has been saved after the transformation of the werewolf because of a howl. However, this only happened because of their time travel, so the "first run" is maybe supposed to end somehow differently - e.g. Harry having been killed by the werewolf, making the scenario at the hospital ward unable to happen at all.

Chosen answer: No that howl the whole time was Hermione, it was never another wolf. Look at it this way: at Hagrid's hut the trio did not know to leave until the Future Hermione threw 2 stones through the window. This scene (and any times Hermione travels back in time) is basically on a loop. One (Hermione throwing the stone to alert her self) has to happen for the other (real time) to continue as planned. Any other sequence of events is impossible. Weird, but just how it works.

bessytheevilcow

Question: When Hermione is using her Time Turner to attend multiple classes scheduled at the same time, she appears out of nowhere in the middle of the lessons. For this to happen, she must be travelling to the classroom after the lesson and then using the Time Turner in the empty classroom to send herself back. Is there any reason why she does it this way (rather than just travelling back to before the lesson and then entering the classroom with the others)?

Moose

Chosen answer: This is probably because she can't control exactly when she gets to class (she can only go back a number of hours), so she ends up slightly late for the lesson.

KingofallSamurai

Question: This has already been asked, but who is the black kid that reads about the Grim? Someone said it was Dean Thomas, which is what I thought, but you can see the original actor for Dean Thomas in a few scenes IN ADDITION to the new kid.

Chosen answer: This is NOT Dean Thomas, who is played again by the same actor from the first two HPs. This is just a random Hogwarts student. No special reason he was put in this film (no conspiracy theories!), just as an extra. Remember, there are students at the school whose names are never mentioned in the books. Check out IMDB, there are 2 kids, listed as Boy 1 and Boy 2. He's got to be one of them.

angi

Question: In the book, Lupins fear (the boggart) is a Silver ORB, It never says anything about the moon besides the fact that every full moon he transforms. In the movie, it turns to the moon with clouds and everything, was it supposed to be a moon in the book?

Chosen answer: Actually, in the book, Lupin compliments Hermione on noticing that the boggart turned into the moon when he was present. Rowling initially describes it as a silvery orb, presumably to preserve the mystery of Lupin's nature, but it's clearly intended to be the moon all along.

Tailkinker

Question: We know Professor Lupin is a werewolf, but is he also an animagus? If so, does he change into a wolf or something else?

Chosen answer: No - he's a werewolf, nothing more. His friends, Sirius, Peter Pettigrew and James Potter all became animagi so that they could help him, but he himself is not one.

Tailkinker

Question: Does anyone know which Scottish loch Harry rides over on Buckbeak, assuming it is a real loch and not CG?

Chosen answer: According to the IMDB, they filmed at Loch Shiel.

Tailkinker

Question: How is it that when the kids are on the train with Lupin, Lupin is able to preform the Patronus spell without saying the incantation?

Chosen answer: There are numerous examples in the series of adult wizards and witches casting spells without any incantation. Presumably, as they age and gain experience, they no longer need to say the incantation out loud - they may choose to, or possibly speaking the words aloud increases the potential power of the spell. The pupils at the school need to know the incantations, so are told to speak them out loud - this would allow the teachers to correct flaws in pronounciation and so forth.

Tailkinker

Question: Can anyone tell me who the person is that is conducting the choir at Hogwarts? I thought it was Flitwick but he had long silvery hair in the first 2 films and the person conducting has short black hair.

Chosen answer: The new director, Alfonso Cuaron, changed Flitwick's look to make him look "younger." Now, instead of long grayish hair he has short, dark black hair.

Question: Sirius' beard looks very full. Did Gary Oldman have to grow it all out, or were parts of it real and others added as a part of his costume?

Chosen answer: Sirius' beard had to be grown out and then they added some artificial parts to it to make it look like it does in the movie.

Question: When Harry's boggart turns into a dementor, Lupin dives in front and says "ridiculous". He then later says he did this because he thought the boggart would turn into Lord Voldemort. But the boggart wasn't Lord Voldemort, but just a dementor. So that excuse doesn't hold up. Why wouldn't he let harry fend off the boggart like the rest of the class?

Carl Missouri

Chosen answer: He says that he instinctively thought the boggart would turn into Voldemort. He jumped in front of this as Harry had already had dealings with a dementor, and the boggart would be able to weald the same powers a dementor has. He knew once Harry had seen the dementor that he would not be able to deal with it due to his past experience.

Scrappy

Question: Does anyone know why they changed the position of the fat lady (the entrance to the Gryffindor tower) in this film? She's along a deserted corridor in the previous films, but she's in the main stairwell in POA.

Chosen answer: Cuaron changed the locations of a lot of things. See: Whomping Willow, Hagrid's Hut among others. Why? It's his film, he did things his way, as he had every right to.

angi

Question: How come Hermione and Harry are confused when Dumbledore lies about not knowing they were rescuing Sirius? Hermione at least should know.

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

Answer: I don't recall either Harry or Hermione acting confused and Dumbledore never lied to them about knowing they rescued Sirius. He would never directly acknowledge it to them, however, because he could more truthfully tell investigators that he knew nothing about Sirius' escape. It's called "plausible deniability." The less detail he knows about how they accomplished their goal, the less he can be questioned about it.

raywest

Question: When Harry and Hermione go back in time to save Buckbeak, they both see Professor Dumbledore turning around and pointing something out to Fudge, Malfoy and the executioner. This was obviously done to distract them so Harry and Hermione could rescue Buckbeak but how could past Dumbledore know that future Harry and Hermione would be there to save his life?

Chosen answer: Dumbledore is an immensely powerful wizard who detected them before he saw them.

Greg Dwyer

Question: Why do Hermione's blue shoes look different in each scene? Like when they are running up the hill just before Buckbeak is executed compared to when Buckbeak chases werewolf Lupin away.

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

Chosen answer: Either the lighting made the shoes' color appear different, or she was wearing different shoes at different times when the scene was being filmed. One scene is filmed over multiple days, and actors usually have more than one set of a particular costume in case the clothing is damaged, gets dirty, etc. so her wardrobe might have changed slightly throughout and she could have been wearing a different pair of shoes.

raywest

Question: When they are leaving the shrieking shack, why does Hermione keep looking back?

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

Chosen answer: She could have been looking at Remus and Pettigrew, who exited from the tunnel behind her, Ron, Harry, and Sirius. She probably also heard Snape making his way through the tunnel shortly after that. He was the last to exit from the Shrieking Shack after being knocked out by Harry's spell.

raywest

Question: When Hermione says "if we succeed more than one innocent life could be spared" why was she saying it in such a surprised tone?

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

Chosen answer: Because it was at that moment she understood what Dumbledore had meant when he said earlier that more than one life could be spared - meaning that both Buckbeak and Sirius Black could be saved.

raywest

Question: Even though Pettigrew valued his own life over his friends, why not just lie and tell him they went to Ireland to keep them safe?

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

Chosen answer: Wizards have access to veritaserum, the truth potion, and there are others who can use legilimacy to read minds. Any lies Pettigrew told would be exposed eventually.

raywest

Question: Just before Harry casts expelliarmus on Snape, why did Ron grab Hermione's sleeve?

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

Chosen answer: He was just pulling her out of the way to what he thought was a safer spot and out of the line of fire from Snape's wand.

raywest

Question: Can we even hear one word of what Ron and Hermione are saying when Sirius explains how it was noble for Harry to save Pettigrew?

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

Chosen answer: They can be overheard discussing Ron's injured leg. Hermione says she's sure that Madam Pomfrey will be able to fix it in no time. Ron's being overly dramatic, saying it might have to be chopped off.

raywest

Question: When Harry and Sirius are talking out of the whomping Willow, why was Hermione untying Ron's shoelaces? Was it to ease the pain?

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

Chosen answer: She could be untying them because one of his legs is broken and sometimes a broken limb can become swollen.

Question: Why did Lupin resign?

DFirst1

Chosen answer: Because Snape had let it be generally known that Lupin was a werewolf. Previously only the Hogwarts faculty knew about this, and kept it secret. Snape still hated James Potter and Sirius Black for them mistreating him when they were all students at Hogwarts. Although Lupin never treated him badly, Snape still resented Remus for being friends with James and Sirius (Lupin was one of the four Marauders of the "Marauder's Map"). As Lupin told Harry, once the parents found out about his condition, they'd be contacting Dumbledore, protesting a werewolf teaching their children. It also fulfilled the curse that Voldemort had placed on the Defense Against the Dark Arts teaching position: no instructor lasts more than one year.

raywest

Question: Why did Hermione and Harry try to stop Ron from getting Scabbers back? They surely don't want their best friend's pet to go missing? They couldn't have been worried about getting caught since they were so far away?

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

Chosen answer: For one, students are forbidden to be outside the castle at night and, second, it was believed that Sirius Black was hunting Harry because he wanted to kill him, making it dangerous for Harry to be out. The dementor guards are also roaming the castle grounds, and Dumbledore had warned students that they cannot not distinguish friend from foe. They had already attempted to attack Harry twice. Also, if Harry, Ron, and Hermione were caught being outside, they would also get in trouble for having been at Hagrid's right before Buckbeak's execution. Students would not be allowed to be present at an event like that.

raywest

Question: Maybe this has been brought up before, but I haven't been able to find a discussion of this particular time-turner question. If they went back in time and ensured Remus took his potion, wouldn't it sort of solve all of the problems? He wouldn't turn, Pettigrew would still be captured, Sirius would be proven innocent and not forced into hiding, and Lupin could still teach at the school. I know they aren't supposed to know that he is a werewolf in the past, but they could at least mention the moon or something! I know that there are a million other ways it could have gone, but this is one I haven't seen discussed.

thebirdandbull

Chosen answer: There's no particular answer to this. When Dumbledore had Harry and Hermione go back in time to save Sirius and Buckbeak, he may have wanted to minimize any chance of them causing irreparable harm by changing too many events. The Ministry of Magic strictly controlled how the Time Turners were used and by whom for a good reason. As Hermione mentioned to Harry, horrible things could happen to wizards who meddled with time. It may simply have been too dangerous to add that on to Harry and Hermione's primary mission. Dumbledore may also not have had all the facts about what transpired inside the Shrieking Shack, and he needed to act quickly. He also knew that due to the curse Voldemort put on the Defense Against the Dark Arts teaching position that Lupin would not last longer (one year) than any previous instructor and there was no point in attempting to change that. It also serves the movie's and the book's story lines for the events to unfold as they did. Sirius' unproven innocence was carried over into the next book/movie, and unfortunately, it ended tragically for him.

raywest

Question: What did Hermione mean by "thought I just saw...never mind"?

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

Chosen answer: In the pumpkin patch, Hermione turned and glimpsed the "other" Harry and Hermione hiding behind the trees. She either thought she'd imagined it or else she realised that it was her time-traveling self and could not let Harry and Ron know what was going on.

raywest

Question: This goes for all the movies. All the times Emma Watson was supposed to be crying. How was she able to fake all those tears?

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

Chosen answer: Hermione did not cry that often during the series. When she did, it was minimal. Actors can become so immersed in the scene that they feel the emotions they are portraying and produce real tears. Actors also use eye drops to simulate crying.

raywest

Question: Why did Harry, Ron and Hermione stay behind the pumpkins and then run up the hill and watch Buckbeak's execution since it was just gonna upset Hermione?

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

Chosen answer: They stayed behind the pumpkins until they were sure no one would see them. As for when they were running up the hill, they are kids and act on impulse when in a difficult situation. Most likely they were not thinking about what they would see or Hermione's reaction to it.

raywest

Question: During the Boggart scene when the boggart Snape transforms into a big spider if you look closely he goes from a witch, bat, mummy, lime lizard, small bug and then to the spider - why?

Cloude2

Chosen answer: Ron fears all of those things. It took the boggart a moment to decide what Ron feared the most.

Jason Hoffman

Question: How come Harry, Ron and Hermione in the past don't see the future Harry and Hermione save Buckbeak? In the first part, Harry, Ron and Hermione stop above Hagrid's house to watch Buckbeak's death so surely they must have also seen the future Harry and Hermione save him?

Chosen answer: Future Harry and Hermione grab Buckbeak when the past trio are walking up the hill. Once they reach the top of the hill, foliage blocks their view of where Buckbeak is.

Greg Dwyer

Question: 1. Draco, does he know his parents work together with Voldemort? Or what does he know? Does Draco know he is betraying Dumbledore or doesn't he know anything about his future to help Voldemort? 2. When Harry and Sirius are attacked at the lake, a doe / deer showed up that saved both of them, who what it? Some say it's Harry himself from the future while others say it was professor Snape? (If it's Snape then how)?

Zoey

Chosen answer: 1: In this time Draco's parents are not working "with" Voldemort. Voldemort is thought to be dead and Sirius never tries to help him at any time. Draco does know his father was a death eater and he does agree to some of the things Voldemort and Sirius believe in but its not until after Voldemort's resurrection that he starts actually betraying Dumbledore and his fellow students and becomes a death eater himself. 2: The deer that shows up at the lake is Harry's own patronus as shown and explained in the movie. It's the future Harry that does this. He shows up at the lake with Hermione convinced that his dad made the deer, once he realises his dad isn't going to appear he himself goes over there and created the patronus deer to ward off the dementors.

lionhead

Question: How could Hermione attend classes back in time, when all the others were seeing her? When she travelled with Harry, they were told they can't be seen.

Chosen answer: Hermione had special permission, arranged by Dumbledore from the Ministry of Magic to use the Time Turner to take classes that were scheduled at the same time. Its use was carefully regulated and Hermione was instructed on how to utilize it so that she could attend multiple classes without other students noticing. When she is traveling with Harry to rescue Sirius, she is explaining to Harry that they must not be seen at the same time as the "other" Harry and Hermione that are in the past.

raywest

Question: Can students arrive at Hogwarts without riding on the train first? Surely some of the Hogsmeade residents have children, and it doesn't make sense for them to go to London and get on a train just to go right back to the Hogsmeade/Hogwarts area.

Chosen answer: Children from anywhere but Hogsmeade must take the train.

Question: In the answer to another question here, it says that Dumbledore wanted the other teachers to keep Remus' werewolf condition a secret. Wouldn't Severus get into trouble for trying to teach the Defense Against Dark Arts class about werewolves?

Chosen answer: Snape is clever enough to know how to circumvent getting into any serious trouble, though Dumbledore probably was displeased by what he did. Werewolves were a standard part of the Defense Against the Dark Arts curriculum, though, when subbing for Lupin, he decided to cover the subject weeks ahead of schedule in the hopes a student would recognize that Lupin was a werewolf without it being him directly giving away the secret. Of course, it was Hermione who figured it out, though she kept that knowledge to herself until it became necessary to reveal it.

raywest

Question: Did Harry simply get away with attacking Professor Snape? It happened before the moment that he and Hermione would time-travel back to, so it wasn't erased.

Chosen answer: Harry was acting to save Sirius, who Snape was intending to turn over to the Dementors so his soul could be sucked out. Due to the unusual circumstances, Dumbledore would not have allowed Harry to be punished for protecting his godfather and uncovering the truth that proved his innocence. Dumbledore also knew Snape had acted inappropriately due to his personal hatred of Sirius. In the book, Snape was simultaneously jinxed by Harry, Ron, and Hermione. Snape later claimed they were not responsible for their own actions and were coerced.

raywest

Question: After Harry wakes up in the hospital wing, Hermione was telling Harry that Snape said an incredibly powerful wizard could have produced the patronus that saved Harry and Sirius Black's life. Snape knew how powerful James and Lily were as witches/wizards so did he make the connection? Does Snape know that Harry made the patronus? even though Snape already knows Harry is destined to destroy Voldemort.

Chosen answer: Snape woke up after the Patronus was conjured, only seeing the Dementors flying away from the scene. Harry nor Snape did not know who made the Patronus (it was Harry, even though Harry thought it was his dad) And at this point, Snape does not know that Harry is destined to destroy Voldemort. He did not hear the end of the prophecy and Dumbledore had not confided such information to Snape as of the end of the third book.

kristenlouise3

Question: In the scene where Harry is playing Quidditch, he is followed by the dementors. Why isn't he flying back to the Quidditch game at the ground? There would've been enough people who could have helped him. What happened to the dementors after, did they hurt anybody else?

Loesjuh1985

Chosen answer: Hermione visits Harry while he's recovering and explains that the incident never should have happened and Dumbledore was so furious over it that he banished the dementors way back behind the ground's perimeter. When Harry encounters the dementors they begin sucking out his soul, sort of. His face is shown almost like smoke being drawn to them and they, in turn, appear to be "sucking" the face smoke stuff into their "mouths." it looks horrific and I'm surprised anybody would ever wonder why he didn't retreat. He didn't retreat because he couldn't. It's that simple - he wasn't able to.

Question: When Harry and Hermione are using the time turner, I have two questions about that scene. One: Why can't anyone see them? IS this crucial to their mission? Two: Before they go back in time, we see that they already have (Hermione thinks she saw herself in the tree's.). But this means that there would never be an end to the chain. It's a time paradox.

M0vi3

Chosen answer: They can't be seen to avoid people asking questions. It's generally known where Harry and Hermione were during the course of events, so if somebody later claimed to have spotted them somewhere, people might realise what had really happened, which could cause them problems. As for the paradox, I don't see one - it's a simple course of events. Harry and Hermione live through the chain of events once, including a couple of unknowing interactions with their future selves. They then use the time-turner to travel back and re-experience the events and interactions with themselves again, this time from the alternate perspective. They catch up with the time left departed from and continue onwards. It's pretty straightforward, with no obvious paradox involved.

Tailkinker

Question: This applies more to the book: Buckbeak's appeal is set for two in the afternoon, and his execution at sundown. If the Committee for the Disposal of Dangerous Creatures is so certain of Buckbeak's guilt, why (besides the gaping plot hole) do they wait so long between appeal and execution?

Cubs Fan

Chosen answer: The gap is to get all the formalities done. There was probably lots of paperwork to be done.

A Demon

Question: This applies to the movie and the book. Is there any reason why somebody can't go back in time using a Time Turner and save all those people that Voldemort killed or perhaps kill the child Voldemort? It seems like such a big plot hole so I had to check before I submitted it as a mistake.

Blibbetyblip

Chosen answer: To change time, even with good intentions, would be to break one of the most important wizarding laws. Hermione was only allowed access to a Time Turner under very carefully controlled conditions; Professor McGonagall had to write many letters to the Ministry on her behalf and, according to Hermione, told her a number of stories about occasions when wizards had attempted to alter time with horrific consequences. Going back to kill the infant Voldemort would simply not be an option.

Tailkinker

Question: Why was there never a tribute to Richard Harris in the credits of any of the Harry Potter movies? I understand he died 2 weeks before the Chamber of Secretes debuted in theaters, however there was plenty of time to put a tribute in the credits of The Prisoner of Azkaban.

SAZOO1975

Chosen answer: Probably because it was eighteen months later by that point and, in the end, Harris really had nothing to do with that film, making a tribute to him in the credits inappropriate.

Tailkinker

Question: Are there any midi files or digital sheet music or pictures of sheet music available for the knight bus or apparition on the train?

Chosen answer: Here is a midi file from the Knight Bus http://www.filmtracks.com/titles/prisoner_azkaban.html#audio. I wasn't able to find any free midis for Apparation On The Train, but if you are willing to spend $0.08 you can download it from http://songs3.allofmp3.com/mcatalog.shtml?group=5823&album=3&song=4&affiliate=saniheating.

Mortug

Question: When Harry and Sirius are being attacked by the Dementors at the lake, Harry sees a glowing stag across the water. When Harry wakes up in the infirmary he says that he saw his father. Since his parents were killed when he was just a baby, how could he have known that the stag was his fathers animagi?

Chosen answer: This is better answered by the book. Apparently each person has a different animal or shape that appears when they use the patronas spell. Professor Lupin (maybe Sirius) told Harry in the book that his father's patronas or shape was the White Stag. When Harry and Sirius were being attacked by the Dementors, Harry thought the White Stag Patronas was his father come back to save them. He only realized later that his own patronas was also a White Stag like his father.

Mark English

Question: Why does the first Dementor we see on the train focus specifically on Harry, and attack him? It seems a bit off for a "prison guard", looking for an escaped prisoner, to go after an innocent child.

Chosen answer: Dementors are drawn to unhappy memories, bad emotions and so so - Harry's got more of those than just about anybody else on the train, which would draw the Dementors to him. It's also not really the case that Harry was really attacked as such - the presence of the Dementor would have brought bad memories to the fore for all those present. Harry having worse memories than the others, he was simply affected to a much greater degree.

Tailkinker

Question: I'm actually wondering if any other fans out there can spot students from Ravenclaw and Huffelpuff throughout the film? I've watched a lot of classroom scenes a few times and can only ever see Griffyndor and Slytherin students. Even in the choir scene it's difficult to make them out and I'm still not sure there are any. The new uniform colours make it quite difficult to spot them as: Slytherin wear dark green, Ravenclaw dark blue, Griffyndor dark red, and Huffelpuff dark yellow.

Chosen answer: In the choir scene, the girl directly in front with the brown hair and pigtails, is from Ravenclaw. You can tell because of her blue lining.

Question: I know that Chris Columbus didn't direct this movie, but was his daughter an extra like she was in the past 2 movies?

Chosen answer: According to IMDB, Violet Columbus was "Girl With Flowers."

Hamster

Question: Is it ever explained why the characters cannot use magic to protect themselves from the werewolf (Lupin)?

Chosen answer: No, it's not really explained, though one could argue that it's simply because nobody wanted to harm Professor Lupin. Potions can be used to help subdue the beast, but it was too late by the time Lupin transformed.

LuMaria 1

Question: In the boggart scene, is all of the scene filmed in the mirror? To begin with, when Lupin says, "Fascinating, isn't it' the camera comes 'out' of the mirror, and at the end of the scene, the camera comes 'out' again when Harry is staring at the cupboard, so was it all filmed in the mirror?

Chosen answer: The opening shot behind Parvati Patel, as Lupin muses, "Intriguing, isn't it?", is actually the reflection, note the stairs on the left leading to Lupin's office. The camera then pans into the mirror and it is then the real world, so to speak, for the entire scene, note the stairs again and more importantly Harry's scar. When the balloon Boggart re-enters the wardrobe, the camera pans back into the mirror and this is once again the reflection as Lupin dismisses the class.

Super Grover

Question: In the scene where Malfoy is sitting in the great Hall (after the Hippogriff attack when he's cradling his arm), a black-haired girl says something like, "Does it hurt terribly, Draco?" Who is she?

Chosen answer: It is likely that she is Pansy Parkinson, a very unpleasant Slytherin schoolgirl, who tends to join in with Malfoy, Crabbe and Goyle when they pick on Harry and co.

Foebane

Question: This is sort of a question for the three movies, I just don't know where to put it...In the first movie, Emma Watson's (Hermione) hair is very thick and bushy, where as in the next two movies, her hair is a bit more straight and neat. In the first movie, was that her real hair, or did she have hair extensions or something?

Chosen answer: It has always been her natural hair, she just seemed to 'grow' into it. It has also been styled differently in each subsequent movie, presumably for the maturity of the character.

Reformed Dispatcher

Question: When Harry sneaks into Hogsmeade, he buys a lollipop. Since the lollipop is under the invisibility cloak, why isn't it also invisible like Harry?

Chosen answer: Simple: the lollipop isn't under the invisibility cloak.

Xofer

Question: I heard that Trelawney's prophecy was worded different in the movie than in the book. Does anyone know what the change was and/or how it could change the plot?

Chosen answer: The prediction in the book is, "The Dark Lord lies alone and friendless, abandoned by his followers. His servant has been chained these twelve years. Tonight, before midnight, the servant will break free and set out to rejoin his master. The Dark Lord will rise again with his servant's aid, greater and more terrible than ever before." It doesn't change the plot at all in the movie. It was just reworded to make it shorter.

Question: As Harry and Hermione are going back in time, after Ron has left the room, there is a part where it looks as though a number of people are unwrapping someone to the right of the screen. What is happening then?

Chosen answer: Exactly what it looks like - a person is being unwrapped from full body bandages. It's a hospital ward and they are just showing things representative of Harry and Hermione going back in time. It's just supposed to be something that happened earlier that day that they are "passing" by.

wolfchild

Question: When Hermione, Harry and Ron are in Hagrid's hut and the Ministry of Magic Knock on the door, what is it that Hagrid puts a blanket over?

Chosen answer: A bit earlier in that scene, he tosses food to a new 'pet', aka a new strange creature, that catches it in his 'mouth' and that is what he covers up, because he doesn't want his new 'pet' to be confiscated/sent back to its own kind, just like Norbert was.

Super Grover

Question: Not including the Dursleys, is it known what happened to the rest of Harry's family - paternal and maternal grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc.? Is their absence ever explained?

Chosen answer: Although I don't think it's ever been mentioned, given their absence to date, his grandparents must be deceased. I believe that it's established in the books that James Potter was an only child, while Lily had only one sibling, Petunia, who married Vernon Dursley. Dudley is therefore his only cousin.

Tailkinker

Question: When the Fat Lady is gone out of the portrait, Harry is carrying something in his hand. Someone told me it was a gift that Ron gave to Harry when he was in Hogsmeade. Does anyone know what it is?

Chosen answer: It's supposed to be the Sneakoscope that in the book is given to him by Ron at the very beginning of the book.

wolfchild

Question: In the scene where aunt Marge gets blown up and floats away, what is the music being played? It made the scene a whole lot funnier.

Chosen answer: It's the original score by John Williams.

MoonFaery

Question: What is the spell that Hermione casts to free Sirius when he is locked in Hogwarts? It is not alohamora. It sounds like bombarda.

Chosen answer: It is Bombarda, or something to that effect. Alohamora only opens a regular doorlock, a good old padlock obvoiusly calls for a different, more powerful spell.

Question: Since when do Dementors fly? Gliding is different than flying.

Chosen answer: I think any glider pilot would take issue with that last statement. This is a choice by the filmmakers in their portrayal of the Dementors - the books never state, as far as I can remember, that the Dementors aren't capable of leaving the ground, so it's not necessarily an incorrect interpretation. J.K. Rowling is consulted during the making of these films, so she presumably has no problem with this.

Tailkinker

Question: I don't remember a choir in the book. Was it added or is it actually in the book somewhere? If it was in the book, where was it?

Chosen answer: No choir in the book. It was added for the film.

Grumpy Scot

Question: In one of the trailers Harry is looking into a photo. Does anyone know who is in it?

Chosen answer: His parents, James and Lily Potter.

cullothiel

Question: I heard that Chris Columbus isn't the director of PoA. Is he or the other director of PoA, going to direct HP 4?

Chosen answer: Neither. Mike Newell (Mona Lisa Smile, Four Weddings and a Funeral) will direct Goblet of Fire.

Krista

Question: Where can I see some good trailers?

sdgirl98

Chosen answer: Try http://www.apple.com/trailers/wb/harry_potter-azkaban/

Garlonuss

Question: There is a trailer out that ends with a girl knocking on a door and saying "housekeeping," and the door flies open and there is a big shrieking noise. Then as the door slams shut the girl says, "I'll come back later." Has anyone any idea of what part in the books this is?

Chosen answer: That scene is not in the book.

cullothiel

Question: Why are Hermione, Harry, and Ron wearing 'muggle' clothes during most of the teaser trailer?

Chosen answer: We can't be 100% sure of any answer until the movie actually comes out. All people know is that the new director has made some changes to the style of the movie and characters. Including, but not limited to a redesign of their uniforms, some hairstyles and apparently more time in muggle clothes.

wolfchild

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In order to acquaint himself with his three lead actors, director Alfonso Cuaron had each of them write an essay about their characters, from a first-person point of view. Emma Watson, in true Hermione fashion, went a little overboard and wrote an 16-page essay, Daniel Radcliffe wrote a simple one page paper, and Rupert Grint never even turned his in, as he said that is what Ron would have done.

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