It’s been over 20 years since J.K. Rowling first introduced us to her magical Wizarding World with Harry Potter. Though the books came first, fans of the series are just as enamored with the film franchise.
In 2001, Home Alone director, Chris Columbus brought Rowling’s world to the big screen with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. The film also introduced Potterheads to Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint, who played Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, and Ron Weasley respectively.
As the actors, characters, and storylines developed, so did the films. By the time, Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuarón came on board to direct Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in 2004, the series had taken a much darker and mature turn. In fact, one Potter fan just uncovered something absolutely shocking in Azkaban.
Alfonso Cuarón changed YA movies with ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’
Any fan of Harry Potter knows there was a massive shift in the franchise when Cuarón came on board to direct Prisoner of Azkaban. Prior to his arrival, the first two movies were fairly rigid when it came to sticking to the source material.
Cuarón wasn’t afraid to step outside of the box, setting a much darker and more ominous tone for the five films that would follow. However, he also added his own quirks and details that really brought forth the texture of what it meant to be a teenager in this magical world.
“I had to be very respectful to the source material, but also to the two previous films,” he told IGN. “But, at the same time, I was trying to make something that I could feel my own.”
Inside the Marauder’s Map
One of the most pivotal plot points in Prisoner of Azkaban is the Marauder’s Map. Ron’s older brothers, Fred and George steal the map from Filtch in their first year at Hogwarts and gift it to Harry so that he can travel to Hogsmeade Village undetected.
We later find out that the map was created by Remus Lupin (Moony), Peter Pettigrew (Wormtail), Sirius Black (Padfoot), and James Potter (Prongs) while they were attending Hogwarts. According to Wizarding World, “The magic used in the map’s creation is advanced and impressive; it includes the Homonculous Charm, enabling the possessor of the map to track the movements of every person in the castle, and it was also enchanted to forever repel (as insultingly as possible) the curiosity of their nemesis, Severus Snape.”
The map enables Harry to identify Peter Pettigrew and find out the truth about his godfather, Sirius Black.
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There’s a hidden sex scene on the Marauder’s Map in ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’
Now that most people have been in quarantine and HBO Max has all eight Harry Potter films streaming, fans are discovering new details about the movies that they previously missed.
On Twitter user discovered a detail in Prisoner of Azkaban that showcases the Marauder’s Map that shows two pairs of feet in the bottom left-hand corner very intricately placed together.
“Day ??? of the lockdown,” one fan wrote on Twitter. “I found the secret sex scene in Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban.” Another added, “Thanks, that’s my childhood ruined. I was 35 at the time but that’s beside the point.”
Honestly, we’re sure there are so many hidden gems we still haven’t discovered.