Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Trivia: 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.

Trivia: Actor Tom Felton's Hogwarts' robes' pockets had to be sewn shut to prevent him from taking food on set.

Trivia: The song featured in the trailer (Double, double, toil and trouble...) is the spell the three witches (a.k.a. Weird Sisters) chant over the caldron in Shakespeare's Macbeth.

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Trivia: The room Lupin uses to teach Harry how to fight a Dementor is the same as Dumbledore's office in the second movie.

Trivia: Just as 'Sirius Black' has a connection to a black dog (his alter ego) (sirius is another name for the Dog star), Professor Remus J. Lupin has his meaning too: in latin 'Lupo' means wolf and Remus is one of the twin brothers brought up by a lupa (female wolf) in Roman mythology.


Trivia: There is a portrait of a woman with a baby to the left of the Fat Lady's portrait. The baby is director Alfonso Cuaron's daughter, Tess Bu Cuaron.

Trivia: There are several scenes on the staircases where you can see an 'overanxious' knight in the background, fighting and running around and such, most visible when the fat lady is discovered missing. This knight, though not prominent in the film, is mentioned several times in the books and initially helped Harry, Ron, and Hermione to find their first divination lesson. His name is Sir Cadogan and he was originally going to be played by Paul Whitehouse.

Trivia: When Harry goes to Honeydukes, the candy shop in Hogsmeade, there is a scene that shows him entering through a hidden hole in the floor. On the left you can see a lot of sugar skulls. This is a typical Mexican candy that is very popular around the first days of November, when Mexicans celebrate "The Day of the Dead" (The film's director, Alfonso Cuaron, is Mexican).

Trivia: At the Leaky Cauldron, Fred and George walk in and grab the clipping of their Egypt trip away from Ron, while bantering. As they proceed to sit down at the table, when Mrs. Weasley says hello to Harry, twin 1 unintentionally jabs twin 2 in the face with his elbow. (00:07:10)

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Trivia: Director Alfonso Cuaron and the special effects team spent six months creating the Dementors.

Trivia: For those who haven't read the book, Hermione's cat Crookshanks, is no ordinary feline. He is able to communicate with Sirius Black's animagus form and helps him sneak into Hogwarts. This extraordinary ability is explained further in J. K. Rowling's book, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, where it's noted that Crookshanks is part kneazle.

Trivia: Filming was halted in mid/late 2003 after the train used as the Hogwarts Express was vandalized.

Trivia: Look out for a cameo from ex-Stone Roses frontman Ian Brown, a friend of Alfonso Cuaron, in the first scene inside The Leaky Cauldron. He's the wizard stirring a cup of tea and reading the book "A Brief History of Time", by Stephen W. Hawking.

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Trivia: For those that haven't read the book, the creators of the Marauders Map are none other than young Remus Lupin (Moony), Peter Pettigrew (Wormtail), Sirius Black (Padfoot) and James Potter (Prongs); the names come from their animal forms (James Potter's was a stag).


Trivia: When Lupin is turning into a werewolf, Sirius says to him, "Did you take your potion tonight?" He is referring to a wolfsbane potion, which is not included in the film. According to the book, if a werewolf drinks the potion on the day before and the day of a full moon, he can keep his mind when he transforms. Lupin forgot to take it because he saw Harry with Sirius in the Shrieking Shack (on the Marauder's Map). Therefore, he became a fully-fledged monster.

Trivia: Director Alfonso Cuaron makes two cameo appearances. The first is a man in the Three Broomsticks, Madame Rosmerta's pub, who holds a newspaper and what appears to be one candle which becomes two and then three, with quick finger maneuvering. The second is as one of the Hogwarts paintings when Harry is looking for Peter Pettigrew with the Marauder's Map.

Trivia: During Hagrid's Care of Magical Creatures lesson, just before Harry approaches Buckbeak in the paddock Beaky has a 'potty accident.' Manure is seen dropping from his hindquarters and can be heard thudding onto the ground. This is computer generated— - the CGI artists were having a bit of fun and wanted to add a touch of realism. (Commentary on DVD 2). (00:34:00)

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Trivia: The cast was told that the Honeydukes candy was lacquer-coated, when in fact it wasn't, to prevent candy from disappearing between takes.

Trivia: When the Dementor enters the carriage, you can hear a sort of underwater bubbling sound. This is a tribute to the fact that director Alfonso Cuaron originally wanted the Dementors to be puppets filmed underwater; this was changed due to the difficulty.


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Continuity mistake: When Malfoy and his friends bother Ron and Hermione, Harry shows up and messes with the three boys. He grabs hold of Malfoy's feet, lifts them in the air and pulls him across the snow. In the first close-up of the soles of Malfoy's boots, not a speck of snow is on them, though he was just walking in it. Then in the next close-up, his feet still in the air, the soles are now covered in snow. (01:02:45)

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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.


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.

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