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8th Jan '17 12:27:43 PM barryc10
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* The love protection magic that's being used to protect Harry is very neutral at best, malignant at worst, if you think about it. I mean, it's ancient magic, so its rules are going to be different. But the way it works is, as long as Harry calls #4 Privet Drive home, he's safe. Sounds fine, right? But consider this: Harry considered the place a prison ever since he started going to Hogwarts, even feeling like Hogwarts was his real home, yet he was still protected at Privet Drive? Then Half-Blood Prince came, and revealed the damning evidence. Harry doesn't need to feel at home in #4 Privet Drive in the modern sense of the phrase. All he needs is for Petunia to willingly continue to provide him with houseroom, no matter how reluctantly. Also, here's something else: If Harry ever leaves the property line before he turns 17, with the full understanding and intent of never returning, then every bit of protection that magic grants him will vanish in a snap, including his defense against pure evil. Think about it, the ultimate defense against evil Harry had required Harry to return to a very neglectful, borderline abusive household each summer, until he turned 17. Brrr.
30th Dec '16 2:40:17 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* In the infamous CruelTwistEnding of ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'', Harry [[spoiler: accidentally gets Sirius killed]] when he rushes to the Ministry of Magic to save him from Voldemort, only to find out that [[spoiler: Sirius was never in danger]] and Voldemort was trying to steal a prophecy that only Harry could retrieve--meaning that [[spoiler: Sirius died for nothing]] and Harry [[NiceJobBreakingItHero could have foiled Voldemort's plans if he'd just stayed at Hogwarts and told the adults what was going on]]. Sure, it seems like a perfect way to herald the series' descent into CerebusSyndrome turn...but it's actually the second time in the series that it happens. ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone'' has almost exactly the same ending, where Harry rushes off to stop Voldemort from stealing the Philosopher's Stone, only to find that it was sealed inside the Mirror of Erised, where Voldemort was physically incapable of retrieving it. Harry stops Voldemort in the end, but [[NiceJobBreakingItHero he also pulls the Stone out of the mirror after Voldemort fails to, nearly giving him the opportunity that he needs to take it]]; if he'd just told the adults what was going on instead of rushing off to play Hero, [[CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot Voldemort almost certainly would have failed anyway]]. It's easy to miss, since ''Philosopher's Stone'' actually [[EarnYourHappyEnding ends on a happy note]], but it's an early hint that Harry's ChronicHeroSyndrome isn't always for the best.

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* In the infamous CruelTwistEnding of ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'', Harry [[spoiler: accidentally gets Sirius killed]] when he rushes to the Ministry of Magic to save him from Voldemort, only to find out that [[spoiler: Sirius was never in danger]] and Voldemort was trying to steal a prophecy that only Harry could retrieve--meaning that [[spoiler: Sirius died for nothing]] and Harry [[NiceJobBreakingItHero could have foiled Voldemort's plans if he'd just stayed at Hogwarts and told the adults what was going on]]. Sure, it seems like a perfect way to herald the series' descent into CerebusSyndrome turn...but it's actually the second time in the series that it happens. ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone'' has almost exactly the same ending, where Harry rushes off to stop Voldemort from stealing the Philosopher's Stone, only to find that it was sealed inside the Mirror of Erised, where Voldemort was physically incapable of retrieving it. Harry stops Voldemort in the end, but [[NiceJobBreakingItHero he also pulls the Stone out of the mirror after Voldemort fails to, nearly giving him the opportunity that he needs to take it]]; if he'd just told the adults what was going on instead of rushing off to play Hero, [[CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot Voldemort almost certainly would have failed anyway]].anyway. It's easy to miss, since ''Philosopher's Stone'' actually [[EarnYourHappyEnding ends on a happy note]], but it's an early hint that Harry's ChronicHeroSyndrome isn't always for the best.
29th Dec '16 9:33:54 AM Chabal2
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* ''Fantastic Beasts'' introduces the concept of Obscurials, kids that turn into essentially sentient hurricanes due to having to keep their magic hidden away. Vernon's justification in the very first book for his (mis)treatment of Harry was to stamp Harry's "freakishness" out of him, imagine if he'd gone the CorporalPunishment route...
29th Dec '16 6:27:20 AM finalfaw
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** There is also the fact that J.K herself answered (when asked) that Voldemort being concieved under the effects of a love potion, may have caused some emotional connection problems 9even if it was only symbolicly)
24th Dec '16 5:58:34 PM TheMysteriousTroper
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** McGonagall starts her lessons with first years by turning her desk into a pig and back. For the few moments the pig was alive, it must have been terrified, not knowing what was happening, and then it just stopped existing.

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** McGonagall [=McGonagall=] starts her lessons with first years by turning her desk into a pig and back. For the few moments the pig was alive, it must have been terrified, not knowing what was happening, and then it just stopped existing.
23rd Dec '16 12:04:32 PM Da1tonTheGreat
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* In ''Goblet of Fire'', Voldemort explicitly states that three Death Eaters are absent from the meeting because they died in his service. Sure enough, only three Death Eaters are known to have died in the first war: Wilkes, Even Rosier, and Regulus Black. The first two were already mentioned earlier in the book, but the third is not mentioned until the next. However, then Sirius speculates that Regulus had fallen out of favor and was killed on Voldemort's orders, which would decidedly not be considered having died in his service. It is not revealed until ''Deathly Hallows'' that he died betraying Voldemort, who was unaware of this and incorrectly assumed he died loyal to him, while outsiders incorrectly assumed he had been killed by his fellow Death Eaters.
16th Dec '16 3:33:15 PM ScroogeMacDuck
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* According to Dumbledore, it is his use of Dark Magic in general (and of Horcruxes in particular) that led Voldemort to turn himself from a handsome dark-haired boy into a noseless snake-man who LooksLikeOrlock. Now, ''most'' of the damage is understood to have been caused by his making so many Horcruxes. Indeed, the only other character who is known to have possessed a Horcrux, the Ancient Greek wizard [[http://harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki/Herpo_the_Foul Herpo the Foul]], who only made one horcrux, looks a ''little'' snakelike, with a rather flat nose and slightly slit-pupiled eyes.
** On the same topic, a neat little piece of continuity that is exclusive to the movies (and might have actually been accidental): when we see him on the back of Quirrel's head in ''Philosopher's Stone'', Voldemort does look rather snakelike, but, among other details, still has an actual nose, if a rather flat one. When we meet him again in the flesh in ''Goblet of Fire'', he now completely lacks a nose. Well, of course he does; he's just come out of an ''extremely'' dark resurrection ritual that involved drinking snake's venom, someone cutting off their own hand and torturing a teenager. If ''that'' couldn't corrupt Voldemort, we don't know what will.
15th Dec '16 12:00:32 PM Shadowwing09
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** Not to mention that when you consider what her life was like, you can hardly blame Merope for not having the emotional strength to preserver after Tom Sr. left her.
7th Dec '16 12:13:18 AM Decima
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** As it turned out, [[spoiler:there were already thirteen people at the dinner table in ''Prisoner of Azkaban''. Scabbers, aka Peter Pettigrew, was in Ron's pocket. Dumbledore was the first person to rise from the table, and he was the first person in that particular group to die.]]

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** *** As it turned out, [[spoiler:there were already thirteen people at the dinner table in ''Prisoner of Azkaban''. Scabbers, aka Peter Pettigrew, was in Ron's pocket. Dumbledore was the first person to rise from the table, and he was the first person in that particular group to die.]]
6th Dec '16 11:17:19 PM Decima
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** As it turned out, [[spoiler:there were already thirteen people at the dinner table in ''Prisoner of Azkaban''. Scabbers, aka Peter Pettigrew, was in Ron's pocket. Dumbledore was the first person to rise from the table, and he was the first person in that particular group to die.]]
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