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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - Time Travel Inconsistency
Near the end of this movie is a scene where Harry is fighting Dementors. Across the lake, he sees himself (who had gone back in time) conjure up the stag Patronus. While watching this the first time (from Harry & Sirius' side of the lake), the waves of the Patronus enter back into the "future" Harry's wand, the "future" Harry stands there for a second, and then the "present" Harry collapses.
The second time this scene is shown, from Harry & Hermoine's side of the lake, the "past" Harry collapses as the waves of light are entering back to the wand, and immediately after they disappear, Harry turns back to Hermoine, instead of standing there with the tip of the wand glowing, as it showed in the first time.
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WNK on 06-30-2004
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Laura writes:
Yeah, and the second time you don't see the stag either, just a bunch of light.
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Improbability writes:
It's all about perspective. From 'future' Harry's perspective, and the camera angle coming from behind him the second go around, it's reasonable to think that all he'd see would be a white light. There's also the fact that the first time we encounter that scene, everything is slown down massively. Later, it's in normal time. Everything seems off because of this, but it really isn't.
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moviebluebird writes:
I agree it's all about perspective,you have to take into consideration that the 'past' Harry is about to collapse and this may be affecting his vision. You may remember that the past Harry also thinks he saw his dad. This backs up the theory that Harry's vision isnt at its best at this point. You also have to remember that the camera angle is different. When Harry and Hermione return to the lake after they travel back in time, at this point you are viewing the patronus from behind.
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Tigro writes:
Actually, if you look carefully at the patronus as it is released from his wand you can see the head of a stag down to its shoulders appear within the light.
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