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!]

A Friends Jewelry Collection Just Launched From Alex and Ani for the Show's 25th Anniversary

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The 25th anniversary of Friends is coming in September, and there is no shortage of ways you can celebrate, whether you binge-watch the series while drinking a cup of Central Perk coffee or head to a movie theater for a marathon of some of the show's standout episodes. Now, courtesy of jewelry outlet Alex and Ani, you can further flaunt your love of Friends with a line of new charm bracelets and necklaces inspired by episodes from the beloved '90s sitcom.

If you're looking for a gift for the Rachel to your Ross, Alex and Ani has a “You’re My Lobster” bracelet, featuring a charm of a little lobster and one with Phoebe’s famous advice. For your favorite coffee lover, you can get the Central Perk bracelet with the café’s logo and two little steaming coffee mugs. And for that friend that's always there to help you move, there's the gold Couch and Pivot Cluster Charm Bangle, which has multi-colored crystal charms, a couch charm, and one that, of course, reads “Pivot! Pivot! Pivot!”


Alex and Ani

The pieces in the Friends Alex and Ani collection run from $39-$49 and can be found on the company's website or at select retailers.

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[h/t US Weekly]

Netflix's Stranger Things Season 3 Video Is Full of Easter Eggs You Might Have Missed

Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, and Gaten Matarazzo in Stranger Things.
Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, and Gaten Matarazzo in Stranger Things.
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Stranger Things's third season was full of many surprising twists and turns, not to mention some awkward teen romances. While the gruesome Mind Flayer and the evil Russians were no doubt terrifying, the show kept its sweet touch of nostalgia due mainly to the fact that the Hawkins gang is now smack-dab in the middle of the 1980s.

It doesn’t take a keen eye to see many of the series's '80s references, particularly in the latest season. With scenes taking place at the new mall, references from the decade—including Hot Dog on a Stick, Sam Goody, and Back to the Future—are all part of the setting. However, creators Ross and Matt Duffer wanted to pay true homage to the decade, and thus left Easter eggs throughout the season that you likely missed.

Luckily for us, as BGR reports, Netflix has just released a video explaining the hidden references (with the New Coke debate, Mrs. Wheeler’s erotica novel, and Hopper’s Tom Selleck-inspired Hawaiian shirt among some of our favorites).

Check out the full video above and see what you missed!

[h/t BGR]

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