I wasn’t dreaming about it, and I didn’t really have any questions about it, nor was I even thinking about it at all. But when I woke up this morning, I suddenly understood one of the techniques Cuaron used in Prisoner of Azkaban to create between-scene continuity and also an added sense of depth, the overlap of objects or speech from previous (and upcoming) scenes. (Some spoilers from the movie below!)
Just the first few scenes of the movie… from the Dursley’s house where Marge floated out the window, scene change to Harry stomping along the street with his trunk, Marge floating in the background (plus, added humor.) Then, just Harry on the street, then add ‘the grim’. Scene ‘change’ when the Knight Bus comes, and a scene where Harry’s looking around the bus for the grim, and then Stan sticks his head in the scene too. Then ‘Tom’ transitions Harry from the Knight Bus to Fudge at the Leaky Cauldron. Fudge mentions Marge, and then casually mentions they’ve gotten Harry’s books. I think the next scene is Harry interacting in his room the next day with the Monster Book. Then he goes out in the Hall to go to the common room and we see Crookshanks chasing Scabbers down the Hall, and hear raised voices, as a prelude to the common room scene where we then see Hermione and Ron.
Anyway, you get the idea. This is probably really obvious to serious film people, but it seemed like a neat point to me – LOL – especially as an insight so early in the day. (There’s probably some sort of metaphysical significance for this in my own life as well – will think about that some more too.) And I think this kind of thing could have seriously helped the pacing of the first two movies, which seem much more a string of separate scenes than a flow at times.