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Natalie Michelle Wright

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Introduction

I solmenly swear that I am up to no good, we're opening the Maurader's map to see what we already know about Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Sirius is Harry's Godfather, Remus is good friends with Sirius, Remus is a werewolf, Sirius and Remus were good friends to Lily and James Potter, Hagrid has a pet Hippogrif name Buckbeak, Sirius escaped from Azkaban, Peter Pettigrew was Ron's rat and he betrayed Harry's parents by taking them to Voldemort. Mischief Manage. Here are some more interesting facts on Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban!

1. Dementors

The dementors are actually based on J.K Rowling's battle with depression.

2. Tattoos

The tattoos on Sirius Black's body and hands are made from the Russian prison gangs,the markings identify the person as a man to be feared and respected.

3. What does Remus Lupin's name mean?

Not only does Professor Remus Lupin's name refer to a wolf, ("lupus" being the species name of the wolf), but his first name does as well. In Roman mythology, Romulus and Remus were the founders of Rome and were raised by a female wolf also known as a she-wolf. In reality, Lupin is a type of flower, and Remus actually translates to "swift".

4. Stanley and Ernie

Author J.K Rowling had 2 grandfathers named Stanley and Ernie,these names were then used for the conductor and driver of the Knight Bus early in the film.

5. Why Was Goyle Often Absent from the Set?

Josh Herdman as Gregory Goyle was mostly absent and only did a few scenes in the movie because he injured his arm. For this reason, he was unable to film certain scenes. Actor Bronson Webb was cast as an unnamed Slytherin boy, also referred to as Pike in the script, and this character filled Herdman's role in those scenes.

6. Raining At Hogwarts

This is the first Harry Potter film to have a rainy scenes at Hogwarts, fans will know that each movie gets darker, meaning that these scenes were an omen of things to come.

7. "I Solmenly Swear That I Am Up To No Good"

When we see the Marauder's Map for the first time, the name Newt Scamander can be seen. In the Harry Potter universe, he wrote the book, "Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them", which you can also buy and read for yourself. He was not, however, a teacher at Hogwarts.

8. Cedric Diggory Is A Hufflepuff Seeker?

The Hufflepuff seeker that Harry competes against during the Quidditch match is actually Cedric Diggory, Harry also competes with Cedric a year later during the Tri-Wizard Tournament.

9. Lumos

The spell, "Lumos", is also the name of J.K Rowling's charity for children. Lumos is a wand-lighting charm that only features in the movie.

10. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

When Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was released, it was the shortest film of the trilogy so far, the book, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is actually longer than Sorcerer's Stone and Chamber of Secrets. After all 8 films were released, Prisoner of Azkaban ended up being the third shortest film in the series.

11. A Moving Painting of "You Know Who"?

Although the Dark Lord himself does not appear in the movie, there's a moving painting of him that can be seen in the lower right hand corner of the screen (below the painting of 3 women in the picture above) when Harry and his friends walk up the stairs to discover the Fat Lady singing.

12. Shrieking Shack

During the Shrieking Shack scene, you can see that the shack is swaying side to side and the doors and window panels open and close.

13. Time For Essays

In order to acquaint himself with the 3 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 Hermione fashion went a little overboard and wrote a 16 page essay, Daniel Radcliffe wrote a simple 1 page essay and Rupert Grint never turned his in.

14. What Do The Symbols In The Wanted Poster Mean?

The symbols under Sirius Black's picture on the Wanted Poster translates as "more or less human".

15. Suggestions and Designs

Gary Oldman suggested Sirius' hairstyle, while Alfonso Cuaron designed his tattoos.

Did you know all of these facts about the Prisoner of Azkaban? If so, why not share more with us in the comments section - we'd love to know the facts that have been hiding under an invisible cloak all this time!

Source: IMDb


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