Things You Didn't Know About 'The Prisoner Of Azkaban' If You've Only Seen The Movie

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is the movie that fans generally consider to be faithful to the books. The backdrop and aesthetic of Hogwarts feel much more authentic and the characters show significant development. Still, there are plenty of things that the filmmakers ended up leaving out or altering. Those who have just seen the movie will be surprised by the depth and flaws the protagonists display in the story. 

It's worth knowing the finer details of Prisoner of Azkaban as it is in the source material to truly understand its events, so there are things that movie fans definitely would not know about.


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    Sirius Delivers The Firebolt To Harry During The School Year Using Crookshanks

    Sirius Delivers The Firebolt To Harry During The School Year Using Crookshanks
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    Harry receives the Firebolt midway through the school year and is so ecstatic that he doesn't even care that it's been sent anonymously. Hermione snitches on this fact to Professor McGonagall, who confiscates the broom for a while to check if it's hexed; Harry and Ron stop talking to Hermione for weeks as a result.

    Sirius reveals in the end that he's the one who bought the Firebolt - he had Crookshanks deliver the order with a letter in Harry's name but the funds were taken from Sirius' account in Gringotts. Harry uses the Firebolt throughout the year in his matches for the Quidditch Cup.

    69 votes
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    Harry And Ron Spot Two Versions Of Hermione At The Same Time

    Harry And Ron Spot Two Versions Of Hermione At The Same Time
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    Shortly after Ron and Harry reconcile with Hermione, her schedule starts to become more and more frantic, so much so that she doesn't realize she's time-traveling close to her past self. At one point, Ron and Harry go to a class with Hermione but realize she's missing.

    Hermione shows up around the staircase not far from the class, which stumps Ron and Harry because they don't realize how she got there so fast. It's one of the indications that Hermione is traveling through time, and also alludes to the fact that there are multiple versions of Hermione at Hogwarts at the same time.

    60 votes
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    Crookshanks Becomes Sirius's Friend While He's In His Dog Form

    Crookshanks Becomes Sirius's Friend While He's In His Dog Form
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    Crookshanks is instrumental for Sirius to gain access to Hogwarts - he communicates with the cat while in his dog form. Crookshanks becomes Sirius's friend and informs him that Scabbers is an Animagus, which helps Sirius deduce that Pettigrew is Ron's pet.

    Sirius also tasks Crookshanks to deliver Scabbers to him, which is why the cat constantly attacks him throughout the year. Crookshanks remains in communication with Sirius and is once spotted by Harry from afar, who mistakes Sirius to be the form of a grim.

    Crookshanks is the reason why Harry and Hermione enter the Shrieking Shack to chase after Ron and Sirius because he knows how to disable the Whomping Willow's defenses. 

    80 votes
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    Aunt Marge's Antagonism Of Harry Is Much More Extreme

    Aunt Marge's Antagonism Of Harry Is Much More Extreme
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    Aunt Marge's ill-treatment of Harry is far worse in the book, where she places him in physical danger multiple times.

    Harry recounts terrible times in his younger days, such as when Marge brought a packet of dog biscuits for him to eat, forced Harry to watch Dudley ride a bike she'd gifted him, outright him when he was beating Dudley in a game of musical statues, and ordered her dog to chase Harry up a tree for hours just to laugh at him.

    Marge's stay lasts a week at the Dursleys, where she forces Harry to sit next to her so that she can badmouth his parents to his face. She doesn't shut up even when Harry reaches his breaking point and starts yelling back, which is what causes him to blow her up using magic.

    68 votes
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    Harry And Ron End Their Friendship With Hermione For Months

    Harry And Ron End Their Friendship With Hermione For Months
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    The film only has one scene where Ron and Hermione bicker over Crookshanks supposedly eating Scabbers; there's an entire arc about this in the novel. As it is, Crookshanks attempts multiple times to attack Scabbers over several months, which results in fights between Ron and Hermione.

    Eventually, Peter Pettigrew (Scabbers's true form) fakes his demise by making it appear as if Crookshanks ate him. Ron is convinced that's exactly what happened and ends his friendship with Hermione. Harry, who prefers Ron as his friend, simply stops hanging out with Hermione. 

    Hermione spends months alone as a result and starts to visit Hagrid because he's the only friend she has left. It's after Hagrid asks the three to help him fight Buckbeak's appeal when Ron and Harry start talking to Hermione again.

    85 votes
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    Ron Defends Hermione From Snape's Insults And Is The Only One Who Notices Her Constant Disappearances

    Ron Defends Hermione From Snape's Insults And Is The Only One Who Notices Her Constant Disappearances
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    Hermione's reveal of holding a Time-turner isn't as big a shock in the book as it is in the film if readers follow clues through Ron's dialogue. Ron is the only one who notices Hermione's constant disappearance and uneven schedule and tries to keep track of her whereabouts.

    Ron notices that Hermione has three classes at the same time according to her schedule, which is a hint that she's traveling through time and there are three versions of Hermione at Hogwarts. 

    Ron's growing feelings for Hermione are alluded to as well, as he stands up for her when others don't. When Snape calls her an "Insufferable know-it-all," Ron lashes out in anger for Hermione's benefit and is given detention. 

     

    52 votes