More Notable and Likeable Moments in PoA
- The clouds about yonder Number 4 Privet Drive are more noticeable as the film begins when seen in IMAX
- There is a school is located behind the playground
- Sir Cadogen appears more than once in the film
- I think I saw Oliver Wood for a glimpse of a second near the end – it certainly looked like Sean Biggerstaff
- Harry and Hermione hold hands and have intimate body contact frequently (I’ve noticed this beforehand, but it’s clearer on IMAX)
- Lupin has nifty shoes (DADA lesson)
- Clown jack-in-the-box freakier and bigger
- Draco’s expressions are clearer and perfect in all the Malfoy-like ways
- Pansy’s haircut reminded me of Scout’s haircut in To Kill a Mockingbird, as well as Uma Thurman’s character, Mia, in Pulp Fiction
- Tiger in the Portrait Gallery
- Harry WAS crying in the Hogsmeade scene – there are tearstains on his cheeks
- Either Harry or one of the twins sneezed while Fred and George were dragging Harry to give him the Marauder’s Map (one of the twins actually said ‘bless you’)
- Lupin says Parvati’s name
- Time usage in the film; clocks everywhere, Hermione’s watch that is shown in one scene, the clock tower and the giant pendulum etc.
- When Harry is behind the counter at the Dursley’s dealing with the dirty dishes and whatnot, I had a sudden image of him being on a home cooking show
- A crow is sitting on the Hogwarts/Hogsmeade sign as the carriages go by (symbolism)
- Sirius has Celtic-like runes tattooed on his hands and fingers – as seen in the very last scene with him and Harry; symbols that could have a translation of some kind?
- Buckbeak pooped during the Care of Magical Creatures lesson in a wide-screen shot. My sister pointed this out after our second viewing in IMAX. Such a lovely thing to see a Hippogriff taking a dump; it’s totally random yet natural at the same time. I wonder if Alfonso noticed this and said, ‘Ah, the hell with it! If a Hippogriff has to poop it has to poop. Leave it in there! Fun for everyone! Ole!’
- Sirius says, “Oh, bite yourself Remus!” in the Shrieking Shack scene when he and Lupin are ‘quibbling like an old-married couple.’
Symbolisms in the Film
Reflections – Harry looking through the train window, his reflection in the water while riding on Buckbeak, the mirrored wardrobe in the Defense Against the Dart Arts lesson, the mirror while wandering the corridors with the Marauder’s Map, believing that he’d saw his dad when, in fact, he saw himself, which all led to Harry going back in time and seeing himself.
Alfonso made this connection because he made the film based on the reflection of what a teenager feels; the emotions, the understanding that not all the monsters in the world come from under the bed or in the closet and are the Big Bads, but from inside yourself. I also believe it is part of growing up, and realizing that our deepest fears come from within ourselves and not from anyone else.
Also, this was foreshadowing the Time-Turner sequence. It goes right along with the theme of the film/storyline.
Time – the clock tower and the gigantic pendulum near the entranceway, the sundial that is shown where Hermione threatens/punches Draco, the cuckoo clock in the Dursley’s home, Hermione’s watch, the clock that is in the hospital wing, the Time-Turner, and the Jamaican shrunken head counting downward on the Knight Bus, which leads us back to the subject matter of the story, time.
This connection brings back the ultimate moral lesson: time is very precious; time doesn’t slow down for anyone, and once something is done it cannot be undone and time is very important and crucial.
I also believe that Alfonso connected this theme with the representation of the teen years. Time is merely wasted away, and most times in teenagers they believe they have all the time in the world to do whatever they want, that is why they’re very reckless and destructive. Just because you are young doesn’t mean that time stands still for you. You must savor all that is given to you, because you may not get another chance. In the Time-Turner scene, it shows that in the Wizarding World there are ways to undo what had gone wrong, but under strict circumstances. In reality it doesn’t work that way. When we do something time cannot rewind itself for you to undo that mistake, and I believe that it is shown clearly in Prisoner of Azkaban that time is sacred, particularly in the teen years.
The Number Seven – the number seven on Harry’s Quidditch robes, the Roman numerals on the spine candles in the Astronomy Tower going up to number seven (or at least it was focused specifically on that number).
We all know that there are seven years at Hogwarts, and once Harry reaches that seventh year he will be seventeen. The connection between this knowledge and what has been shown in the third film makes me wonder if there is anything past the number seven. The significance to the number seven is uncanny, since there are many theories that others have thought up that Harry might not survive past his seventh year at Hogwarts. Or possibly it could just be the lucky number that says that Harry gets a second chance.
Birds – Buckbeak, the tiny blue bird, the millions and millions of crows, the cuckoo clock birdie, the eagle statues, owls and other birds flying about Hagrid’s hut.
This is yet another thing themed for the film that goes with the main theme, time flies by. Either you’re doing something productive or nothing at all, time does fly by.