Do they show the rat on the floor in the scene where Harry looks for Peter in the third Harry Potter film when he sees him on the map?

  • Iirc, yes, but in a way that shows that Harry (and unknowing audience members) don't know.
    – user16696
    Feb 26, 2015 at 12:58
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    @cde In what way?
    – Lars Ebert
    Feb 26, 2015 at 13:37
  • @lars in that a rat scurried away in the barely lit edge of the screen and small rat noises. Very subtle. I'll see if I can find a YouTube video to confirm, but I'm not 100% so that's why I commented instead of post
    – user16696
    Feb 26, 2015 at 13:47
  • Can you clarify this for people who may not know the ins and outs of the books? Presumably this is some kind of easter egg for readers of the book? Or what? Feb 26, 2015 at 17:51
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    @LightnessRacesinOrbit No, it's an integral part of the movie. One of the characters can transform into a rat (Peter). Without going into much detail, Harry sees a person on the map, but is unable to visually identify the person (because he's currently a rat.) The OP is asking whether or not the rat was actually shown on screen or just implied.
    – user22481
    Feb 26, 2015 at 20:59

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I've rewatched the scene a number of times and it appears that there was no (real) rat visible in the scene. To back this up, you can see the report from the American Humane Association which fails to mention this scene entirely.

This obviously doesn't remove the possibility that they added one in digitally and there are definitely rat noises in the background.

You may wish to note that there's no mention of a rat in the film's script and direction.

Harry moves down a DARK corridor, map in hand, WAND AGLOW. In the PAINTINGS he passes, the subjects SNORE



"Harry Potter" and "Peter Pettigrew" draw closer and closer.

BACK TO SCENE : Harry squints toward the end of the corridor. Down at the map. Pettigrew moves quickly down the adjoining corridor. Twenty yards away. Ten. Only seconds away... Wand trembling in his hand, Harry glances from the map to the dark corridor ahead, again and again. Then... as the two DOTS are about to collide... he looks slowly up... turns the corner... heart in his chest... and meets...


... reflected in a MIRROR. He BLINKS, startled, then glances back down at the map. Pettigrew has moved past him. Confused, Harry wheels, casts his wand along the walls.

VOICE (O.S.) : Watch it there, boy!
Harry JUMPS. But it's only an OLD MAN in a PAINTING, scowling in the glare of Harry's wand light. On the map, "Pettigrew" continues to move away. Harry makes to follow, then stops. HEARS FOOTSTEPS.

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