History Fridge / HarryPotter

19th Jun '17 5:34:04 AM ading
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* Dolores Umbridge: "Dolor" is Latin for pain or grief, which she gives both out in large quantities. "Umbrage" means taking offense, annoyance and displeasure. ''Everyone'' is annoyed and displeased by her tyrannical nature.) She takes umbridge at a great many things, which she uses to justify her painful punishments. She's a parody of "nanny State" politicians, who justify their mean policies with stories about how immoral and deserving of punishment their targets are.

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* Dolores Umbridge: "Dolor" is Latin for pain or grief, which she gives both out in large quantities. "Umbrage" means taking offense, annoyance and displeasure. ''Everyone'' is annoyed and displeased by her tyrannical nature.) She takes umbridge umbrage at a great many things, which she uses to justify her painful punishments. She's a parody of "nanny State" politicians, who justify their mean policies with stories about how immoral and deserving of punishment their targets are.
19th Jun '17 5:33:25 AM ading
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* Voldemort's NAME, for heaven's sake. In French, "vol-" means "escape," "-de-" means "from" and "-mort" means "death." His entire name is a mashup of the phrase "escape from death." Alternatively, in Latin, "vol" means "wish", "de" means "of", and "mort" means "death". So in Latin, Voldemort is "death wisher" or "one who wishes death". Tie that in with the French translation meaning "escape from death", and J.K. Rowling is a genius on so many levels. "Vol" can also be thief, or theft, too; both stealing from death, and stealing death itself. You can really tell J.K. Rowling was a languages scholar.

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* Voldemort's NAME, for heaven's sake. In French, "vol-" means "escape," "-de-" means "from" and "-mort" means "death." His entire name is a mashup of the phrase "escape from death." Alternatively, in Latin, "vol" means "wish", "de" means "of", and "mort" means "death". So in Latin, Voldemort is "death wisher" or "one who wishes death". Tie that in with the French translation meaning "escape from death", and J.K. Rowling is a genius on so many levels. "Vol" can also be thief, or theft, too; both stealing from death, and stealing death itself. You can really tell J.K. Rowling was a languages scholar.
14th Jun '17 9:19:26 PM NyxShadowhawk
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* The very ''concept'' of the Wizarding World is FridgeHorror. Think about it. A bunch of people, who at best either know nothing about us at all or regard us in an extreamly condescending way, secretly MindRape us into not realizing they exist. And then they say we [[BerserkButton deserve]] not to know based on the logical fallacy that we wouldn't "believe" in magic sufficiently enough anyway, whatever that's supposed to mean.
* Let's think for a moment about how the wizarding world as a whole behaved in the past, if the one phrase almost everyone associates with magic is a corrupted form of the words of an unblockable deathspell. And with Lockhart and a few others, we are shown quite well what unscrupulous wizards can do, and do routinely. Suddenly, the efforts of the Holy Inquisition in rooting them out seem genuinely heroic, in the universe Rowling has written.
9th May '17 11:20:07 AM Syrika
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* The name of the Killing Curse makes a lot of sense. Avada Kedavra sounds like a play on the "Muggle" magic word Abracadabra, but what if it's the other way around? As much as the wizarding world is kept under wraps, it's likely that some faint whispers and rumors can escape into the regular world - for example, the most feared and infamous curse ever. Some Muggles must have heard the words Avada Kedavra from some wizards and misheard or mutated it into abracadabra over time.

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* The name of the Killing Curse makes might not be a lot of sense.play on words like we thought. Avada Kedavra sounds like a play on the "Muggle" magic word Abracadabra, but what if it's the other way around? As much as the wizarding world is kept under wraps, it's likely that some faint whispers and rumors can escape into the regular world - for example, the most feared and infamous curse ever. Some Muggles must have heard the words Avada Kedavra from some wizards and misheard or mutated it into abracadabra over time.
9th May '17 11:18:40 AM Syrika
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* The name of the Killing Curse makes a lot of sense. Avada Kedavra sounds like a play on the "Muggle" magic word Abracadabra, but what if it's the other way around? As much as the wizarding world is kept under wraps, it's likely that some faint whispers and rumors can escape into the regular world - for example, the most feared and infamous curse ever. Some Muggles must have heard the words Avada Kedavra from some wizards and misheard or mutated it into abracadabra over time.
18th Apr '17 3:52:04 PM SparkyYoungUpstart
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* In the Battle of Hogwarts most of the Slytherin students refuse to fight, and this is chalked up by the cast to them essentially siding with Voldemort. But hold on--most of the Death Eaters were Slytherins during their time at Hogwarts, which would mean a majority of Voldemort's forces could have children at Hogwarts...children who were probably sorted into Slytherin. So it's not so much that Slytherin house isn't interested in defending the school so much as they don't want to risk fighting and possibly killing their own parents.
18th Feb '17 6:54:07 PM Kalu-chan
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* Werewolf pups. Explained in length [[http://kalu-chan.tumblr.com/post/157381393159/harry-potter-werewolf-pups here]], but the short version? Two werewolves in wolf form can mate (Fridge Horror in its own right, considering neither can give consent), causing the girl to get pregnant and give birth to a litter of incredibly intelligent wolf cubs.
12th Feb '17 8:34:52 AM TheMightyHeptagon
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* Madam Pomfrey never reports any students to Dumbledore or their Head of House even when she obviously knows they've been breaking rules. Harry explicitly says that she "never asks too many questions" in ''Chamber of Secrets''. It makes perfect sense that the person whose first and foremost responsibility is the health of the students wouldn't get people in trouble because that would discourage them from coming to her for help (such as when Ron is scared that she might recognize a dragon bite in ''Philosopher's Stone''). Many universities in the United States have similar policies regarding underage drinking.

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* Madam Pomfrey never reports any students to Dumbledore or their Head of House even when she obviously knows they've been breaking rules. Harry explicitly says that she "never asks too many questions" in ''Chamber of Secrets''. It makes perfect sense that the person whose first and foremost responsibility is the health of the students wouldn't get people in trouble because that would discourage them from coming to her for help (such as when Ron is scared that she might recognize a dragon bite in ''Philosopher's Stone''). Many universities in the United States have similar policies regarding underage drinking.drinking: even when doctors at the school infirmary recognize the signs of alcohol poisoning, they're not required to report students, because helping them is supposed to be their first concern.


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* The values of the four Houses of Hogwarts seem even more meaningful when you realize that they correspond perfectly to the four most "honorable" career paths in the Middle Ages, when Hogwarts was founded; Gryffindors are the students best suited to becoming knights, Hufflepuffs are well-suited to becoming monks (or nuns), Ravenclaws are likely to become scholars, and Slytherins are likely to be members of the nobility. To elaborate:
** Gryffindor's House Ghost is '''Sir''' Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington, who was clearly knighted when he was alive, and their Common Room is guarded by the armored knight '''Sir''' Cadogan at one point. Their core values (courage, camaraderie, self-sacrifice, etc.) correspond quite closely with the tenets of the law of chivalry, and their emblem (a lion) is an animal usually portrayed as a natural warrior. Their founder, Godric Gryffindor, is also strongly implied to have been a knight, as he had a sword as his IconicItem, and he believed that people with a history of brave and noble deeds were most worthy of studying at Hogwarts--a philosophy befitting a "man of action" who valued deeds and accomplishments more than ancestry or personal traits.
** Hufflepuff's House Ghost is the Fat Friar, who was clearly part of the priesthood when he was still alive, and their Head of House (Pomona Sprout) is a botanist who spends most of her time cultivating plants--the kind of trade that keeps many monks occupied while they're sequestered in their abbeys and monasteries. Their core values (honesty, compassion, hard work, humility, etc.) quite aptly describe the lifestyle of monks, who are committed to caring for the sick and needy, and always keep themselves busy while resisting the allure of glory and wealth. Their founder, Helga Hufflepuff, also notably wanted to make Hogwarts open to '''all''' willing students who wanted to study there, much like monasteries have historically been places of sanctuary open to all, and much like the priesthood has historically been a career open to everyone (hence, why it was often seen as a "last resort" for people trying to escape their old life). And Helga Hufflepuff's IconicItem was a chalice, an item associated with the Christian communion.
** Ravenclaw's founder, Rowena Ravenclaw, openly believed that ''"Wit beyond measure is man's greatest treasure"'', she wanted to accept only the most intelligent students, and her house's values (intelligence, independence, creativity, etc.) correspond perfectly to the lifestyle of scholars and academics who devote their lives to pursuing the truth, even if it means flouting social conventions. It's likely not an accident that their Head of House, Filius Flitwick, is the one who teaches the main trio the first spell that we see them learning. And their House Ghost, the Grey Lady, is later revealed to have died as a result of pursuing an artifact that could have given her great knowledge. Also note that their emblem, the eagle, is an animal that's infamously difficult to train and domesticate--hence why "falconry" (the art of training birds of prey for hunting) is a highly specialized discipline that's often considered a mark of great education.
** Slytherin's House Ghost is the Bloody '''Baron''', and the two most prominent Slytherins in the series are '''Lord''' Voldemort and Severus Snape--who calls himself "The Half-Blood '''Prince'''". From what we see of Slytherin, their members tend to be much wealthier than the average Hogwarts student, and they tend to prize students from prominent Pureblood families over those of mixed ancestry. Their founder, Salazar Slytherin, even believed that Hogwarts should be open to only students of pure Wizarding ancestry--reflecting the values of nobles, whose entire world revolved around ancestry and familial inheritance. A major plot point in the second book even revolves around the identity of Salazar Slytherin's heir, making him the only one of the founders whose surviving bloodline actually plays a role in the plot. Their core values (ambition, self-preservation, cunning, leadership etc.) also correspond quite well with the traits of nobles who are burdened with the responsibility of governing realms, and must sometimes do morally questionable things for the good of their subjects. If you've read Machievelli's ''The Prince'', you'll notice that his philosophy overlaps pretty well with the Slytherin way of life.
8th Feb '17 6:29:50 AM TheMightyHeptagon
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** This is somewhat {{Lampshaded}} by Draco in the first book. He expressed strong disdain for Hufflepuff when he first met Harry. Also, both houses have their dormitories located in the dungeons, but while the Slytherin common room is gloomy and cold, from what we know of the Hufflepuff common room, it's warm and cozy. And yes, Gryffindors are more opposed to the Ravenclaws, in a RedOniBlueOni way, even with matching colors.

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** This is somewhat {{Lampshaded}} by Draco in the first book. He expressed strong disdain for Hufflepuff when he first met Harry. Also, both houses have their dormitories located in the dungeons, but while the Slytherin common room is gloomy and cold, from what we know of the Hufflepuff common room, it's warm and cozy. And yes, Gryffindors are more opposed to the Ravenclaws, in a RedOniBlueOni way, even with matching colors. Note that Godric Gryffindor and Rowena Ravenclaw also had diametrically opposed ideas about how to choose the worthiest students: unlike Hufflepuff and Slytherin, they seemed to support making Hogwarts a meritocracy, and they both wanted to look at students individually and choose them based on personal qualities--but Gryffindor thought that a history of brave and noble achievements was the most important personal quality, while Ravenclaw thought it was inherent cleverness.
** Also: ''Pottermore'''s official introduction for new Hufflepuffs outright states that Hufflepuff House has produced fewer Dark Wizards than any other Hogwarts house, and that that fact is one of their greatest points of pride (though they seldom brag about it). By contrast, Slytherin House has--of course--produced ''more'' Dark Wizards than any other House, and their official introduction even acknowledges that fact.
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.
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