How Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban’s Time Travel Works


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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Ron, Harry, and Hermione lined up for the poster, with Sirius in the background

It’s been a pair weeks since we started delving into the world of time journey right here at CinemaBlend, however to us, it’s felt like a minute. Time being relative and all, it doesn’t matter how lengthy it’s been since we’ve final met. What issues is we’re right here, but once more, to look into the world of time journey on the motion pictures, and one of the best half is that this week’s exploration not solely doesn’t require a time machine per se, we additionally don’t have to fret about scavenging an outfit as soon as we’re again prior to now. This week, it’s time to show by way of the sands of time within the 2004 function movie adaptation of J.Ok. Rowling’s novel, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban!

Sure, as Hogwarts’ sage headmaster Professor Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) as soon as mentioned time is a “mysterious factor,” that can be “highly effective, and when meddled with, harmful.” However, as with the rest matching that description within the Harry Potter universe, that doesn’t cease a few of our beloved fictional wizards from utilizing them in a pinch. It’s time to solemnly swear we’re as much as no good, as we dig into how the time journey of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban works.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban the Shrieking Shack showdown between Harry, Ron, Hermione, Sirius, and Remus

The Time Travel In Harry Potter

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban drops a variety of bombshells in a single fateful second inside the Shrieking Shack at Hogwarts. Sirus Black (Gary Oldman) continues to be very a lot alive, and can be man/godfather to Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe.) However a complete bunch of wizarding intrigue occurs, and the top result’s that Sirius is sentenced to demise upon his seize. Which results in director Alfonso Cuaron’s huge on display screen time journey, the place not one, however two lives cling within the steadiness.

Who’s Time Touring?

Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) and Harry Potter take the essential journey by way of time. Nonetheless, Ms. Granger has turn into a dab hand on the temporal arts all through Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, as we finally study.

From When To When?

The huge journey sends Harry and Hermione again to earlier within the night the place the massive reveal about Peter Pettigrew’s (Timothy Spall) villainy takes place. Hermione’s different journeys have been additionally comparatively small jaunts as nicely, as she was beforehand utilizing the time turner to attend a number of lessons on the identical time all through her third 12 months at Hogwarts.

The Objective Of Their Journey?

When Hermione Granger initially began time touring, it was to double her course load in Yr 3. With lessons related to her pursuits taking place on the identical time, she’d be capable of have her mind meals and eat it too. Nonetheless, the massive journey sees Hermione and Harry attempting to stop two huge tragedies: the executions of Buckbeak the Hippogriff and Harry’s godfather, Sirius Black.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban the Time Turner up close in Hermione's hands

How Time Travel Occurs In Harry Potter

If you wish to time journey within the Harry Potter universe, all you want is a bit of bit of knickknack. Extra particularly, you’ll want a Time Turner, a tool which, upon first look appears like a necklace with an hourglass in-built. Good luck discovering one although, as your complete lot of them have been believed to have been held by the Ministry of Magic. Hermione acquired particular permission to make use of one for her lessons so long as she abided by the principles. First impressions would counsel that whoever wears this magnificence is both an enormous Boggle or Pictionary fanatic, or simply likes to maintain monitor of the time. The latter assumption, because it seems, couldn’t be extra acceptable.

To make use of the Time Turner, all of the wearer (or within the case of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’s pivotal journey, wearers) has to do is flip the embedded hourglass as soon as for every hour they wish to return, they usually’ll be transported again to that point. In keeping with Dumbledore’s directions, three turns have been all that have been wanted for this journey, which despatched Harry and Hermione again from Midnight to 7:30 that night, proper earlier than Buckbeak was to be executed. With a bit of magic math, we are able to calculate that one flip equals an hour and a half’s price of time journey. That’s positive for a fast journey again into the previous, but when one wished to go additional, it could be instructed that you just put in a pair further arm days on the health club when getting ready.

A extremely neat function to the Time Turner is the truth that, relying on how huge your chain is, you possibly can match a number of vacationers in for a visit to the previous or future. So long as you and your supposed companions can put on the chain collectively, the timeline is your oyster. The rationale behind all of this time touring falderal is similar pressure that drives 90% of the Harry Potter universe: pure magic!

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Harry holding Hermione back in the forest

Can Historical past Be Modified As A End result Of Time Travel In Harry Potter?

Within the case of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, time journey is one thing that does not appear to essentially change the course of occasions. Every part from Hermione throwing rocks to draw Harry’s consideration to Buckbeak not really being executed to saving Sirius from the dementors occurs on either side of the Time Turner’s use. We’re merely seeing them from one other viewpoint, which exhibits that the executioner’s axe chopped right into a pumpkin (the fence, within the ebook), and that it was Harry who saved his previous self along with his stag Patronus. 

From the place issues stand within the movie, it appears like Hermione Granger and Harry Potter are formally college students of the Kyle Reese Faculty of Time Travel, as we have got ourselves a predestination paradox right here. (Additionally, within the books, Hermione by no means throws these rocks. However this is a film, and people kinds of markers actually assist in the storytelling.)

Although this was a loop of occasions that have been all the time going to occur, there are nonetheless guidelines to comply with. As Hermione explains to Harry within the ebook, Professor Minerva McGonagall (Maggie Smith) warned her that horrific issues may occur if one time travelled irresponsibly. Like, say, killing oneself in both the previous or the current, which is form of referenced within the movie throughout Dumbledore’s personal warning to Hermione. His directions have been merely that she and Harry couldn’t be seen by anybody, which additionally warrants a tip of the Sorting Hat to 1 Dr. Emmett L. Brown and his views on time journey; but additionally muddies the waters as as to if or not the younger wizards may ever actually change something. 

So long as Harry and Hermione have completed their objectives, and make it again to their beginning place by the point they left, with out working into their previous selves, the timeline will presumably stay undamaged. Which, in flip, closes the predestination loop, and lets everybody return for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Hearth.

Fortunately for us, the whole lot is fairly above board in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and what we witness is a pre-determined circulation of time that looks like it was all the time going to occur the way in which it panned out. 

Nonetheless, a fast spoiler alert’s price of data, if you wish to examine time journey going horribly improper within the Harry Potter universe, you’ll wish to take a look at the textual content to Harry Potter and the Cursed Little one. Let’s simply say the Again to the Future influences on time journey on this universe run approach deeper in that exact story. Plus, you would return fairly far within the timeline when you actually wished to, as that Time Turner apparently operated on some completely different rules. With that, we’ll add one closing caveat in terms of time touring within the Wizarding World of Harry Potter: ensure you’re touring someplace protected, because the spot you are standing is the place you’re going to wind up.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Buckbeak and Sirius ready to take flight

What Are The Penalties Of Time Travel In Harry Potter?

Due to the eager wit and rule following of Hermione Granger, and with some assist from Harry Potter in fact, Buckbeak and Sirius Black are allowed to flee into the evening. With their freedom received, and their lives spared, Sirius can now go into hiding, hoping that his title can be cleared and that issues will die down sufficient for Harry to have the ability to come stay with him. Nonetheless, darkish occasions wait forward, because the course of occasions in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban weren’t modified a lot as to change historical past’s circulation too closely.

Peter Pettigrew nonetheless escapes from captivity, and Professor Remus Lupin (David Thewlis) resigns after it’s revealed to the world at massive that he’s, in actual fact, a werewolf. So the world of Harry Potter retains handing over the identical orbit that we might have anticipated, by and huge. However in terms of Buckbeak and Sirius, these modifications are undoubtedly massive sufficient to make all of the distinction, they usually would not have been attainable with out the Time Turner.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Harry zooming through the skies

Temporal Mischief Managed

And right here we’re, again the place we began, on the cusp of a brand new time journey exploration. If it’s alright with you of us, it looks like time to calm down with both cup of tea or a big brandy. However that doesn’t imply our temporal revels have ended; in actual fact it’s fairly the other. Nonetheless, earlier than we announce subsequent week’s glorious journey, we’d prefer to take the time to thanks, the followers.

We’ve gotten suggestions requesting some adventures we’d been planning on overlaying, just like the Kelvin timeline of Star Trek, and different motion pictures we hadn’t considered tackling just like the Misplaced in Area reboot from 1998. Gary Oldman simply can’t avoid time journey, can he. Along with these requests, we’ve plans for the remainder of the time touring escapades from the Star Trek movie sequence, as explorations of Star Trek: Generations and Star Trek: First Contact are additionally on the board.

Nonetheless, for subsequent week, we’ve a most triumphant entry within the works. Whereas we teased it a pair paragraphs above, we are able to now come out and say that subsequent week’s time journey lesson will embody the adventures of Invoice S. Preston, Esq and Ted Theodore Logan; or as they’re higher identified to the world, Invoice & Ted! It’s time to face the music, because the Wyld Stallyns are about to trip once more, and it’d be most non-non-heinous if we didn’t leap into their bogus journeys all through all of time and house. So tune up your air guitars and meet us on the Circle Ok subsequent week, as we’ll choose aside the unusual issues which are afoot within the Invoice & Ted universe.

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