How the Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Movie Accidentally Spoiled Some Future Storylines

© 2004 Warner Bros. Ent. Harry Potter Publishing Rights
© 2004 Warner Bros. Ent. Harry Potter Publishing Rights

While Academy Award winner Alfonso Cuarón wasn't exactly sold at first on the idea of helming the third Harry Potter film, The Prisoner of Azkaban, it proved to be a major success and a favorite for many Potterheads. And it wasn't only fans who loved the director's approach to the installment—series creator J.K. Rowling also praised his choices. During an interview featured on the film's DVD, the acclaimed author explained how intuitive Cuarón was.

"Alfonso had very good intuition about what would and wouldn't work," Rowling said. "He's put things in the film that, without knowing it, foreshadow things that are going to happen in the final two books. So, I really got goosebumps when I saw a couple of those things and I thought people are going to look back on the film and think those were put in deliberately as clues."

Rowling did not specifically say which moments she was referring to, but there are a few possibilities. Among many ideas that Potter blog Beyond Hogwarts speculates, one that seems the most likely is in regards to the scene between Harry and Professor Lupin on the bridge. This part is not in the books, but it allows Lupin to open up in detail about Lily and James Potter—Harry's parents, and Lupin's close friends. One line in particular, in which he tells the Boy Wizard, "You're more like them than you know, Harry. In time you'll come to see just how much," seems to foreshadow Harry's move to sacrifice himself in the final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

There's no debate that Prisoner of Azkaban is one of the best movies of the entire Harry Potter series—Rotten Tomatoes even ranks it as the the second-best in the run (just after Deathly Hallows Part II, the eighth and final installment). It's nice to know Cuarón's work affected Rowling as much as it did moviegoers.

[h/t Yahoo!]

How Much Are You Spending on Streaming Services? This Handy Calculator Can Tell You

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With the recent debut of both Disney+ and Apple TV+, not to mention upcoming launches for HBO Max, NBC’s Peacock, and more, streaming services are officially coming for cable television’s throne—and might sneakily empty your bank account while they're at it.

While a monthly fee of $10 to $15 seems easy enough to justify if you’re willing to sacrifice a burrito bowl or fancy cocktail once a month, the little voice in the back of your head is probably whispering, “but it still adds up.” To find out just how much, MarketWatch created a calculator that will not only tell you how much you’re spending on streaming services every month; it’ll also add up the lifetime cost of all those entertainment expenses.

The calculator covers Netflix, CBS All Access, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Sling TV, Disney+, Apple TV+, and YouTube TV, and it also includes a whole host of add-ons that you might not even have realized were available. Through Amazon Prime, for example, you can subscribe to HBO, Showtime, and other premium channels—but there are also more niche options like Hallmark Movies Now and NickHits (with iCarly, The Fairly OddParents, and other Nickelodeon classics).

As you check off services and add-ons, you’ll see your monthly bill on the right side of the total box, and the lifetime cost—which accounts for 50 years of streaming, adjusted for inflation—will balloon before your eyes on the left side. Below that, there’s an even larger number labeled as the lifetime “true” cost, which estimates how much you would’ve made if you had invested that money instead.

For example: If you sign up for basic monthly subscriptions to Netflix and Disney+ for $9 and $7, respectively, your lifetime cost totals around $16,200. However, if you had opted to invest that money, the 50-year prediction sees you walking away with almost $74,000.

Having said that, it’s understandably hard to look that far into the future, especially when Disney+ is tempting you with the Lizzie McGuire series, Star Wars spinoff The Mandalorian, and practically every beloved animated Disney movie from your childhood.

[h/t MarketWatch]

Hallmark Released Some Adorable Harry Potter Ornaments—Just In Time for Christmas

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Amazon

Even if you never received your letter of acceptance to Hogwarts on your 11th birthday, you can still add some magic to your Christmas tree this year with some Harry Potter Christmas ornaments from Hallmark. These pieces have more of a minimalist style than Hallmark's other Potter releases, which are modeled to look identical to the characters' movie counterparts. But with that simplicity comes a unique charm that is sure to be popular with Potterheads.

Shoppers can look for seven different ornaments, which include Harry, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger in mid-flight, as well as Hedwig, the Sorting Hat, Dobby, and the Hogwarts Crest. Each one comes with a hanger, so is ready to be put on your Christmas tree as soon as its out of the packaging. You can find each one for $9 on Amazon—though be forewarned that Harry is currently out of stock (but you can find an equally adorable replacement Potter for $8).

If you can’t get enough wizarding gifts this holiday season, then check out our Harry Potter gift guide, which includes everything from magical cookbooks to chess sets.

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