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16th Jun '16 6:48:22 PM MicoolTNT
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** Or a Muggleborn. Half-blood Prince, remember? He could easily have read that out of a textbook and remembered it.
9th Jun '16 9:40:44 AM ScroogeMacDuck
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* In the story, We learn that "normal" patronuses [[spoiler: are reflections of the casters' not thinking about Death]]. Now, Dumbledore has a phoenix patronus. Why is that? [[spoiler: Dumbledore's way of escaping death is that he strongly believes in an afterlife… and the Phoenix (a being who is reborn whenever he dies) is a metaphor for that]].



* Crosses with FridgeHorror, in Chapter 103, Quirrel gives [[spoiler:Hermione a D on a Ministry exam, and laments that he would have given her a lower grade, but that would have been "in poor taste".]] Considering how, in canon, the only [[spoiler: grade lower than a D is a T... for ''troll''...]]

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* Crosses with FridgeHorror, in Chapter 103, Quirrel gives [[spoiler:Hermione a D on a Ministry exam, and laments that he would have given her a lower grade, but that would have been "in poor taste".]] taste"]]. Considering how, in canon, the only [[spoiler: grade lower than a D is a T... for ''troll''...]]
3rd Jun '16 1:41:45 PM Kaeleigh
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* In chapter 18, Snape correctly answers Harry's question on how many valence electrons a carbon atom has. Why would a wizard know this relatively obscure bit of information? Oh right, [[spoiler:he's a Legilimens!]]
10th May '16 1:21:24 PM ScroogeMacDuck
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* Subtle play of words. Throughout [[spoiler: her trial]], Hermione's [[spoiler: alleged crime]] is referred to as a "[[spoiler: "cold-blooded murder"]]. Now, remember [[spoiler: the alleged murder was committed by gradually ''cooling the victim's blood'']].
5th Dec '15 6:35:27 AM Paradukes
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* One of Canon!Harry's favourite spells is Expelliarmus; the disarming charm. He uses it regularly throughout the canon, and in the final fight with Canon!Voldemort, the spell is what wins the fight. In chapter 114, [[spoiler: How does Harry defeat Voldemort? He ''literally'' disarms him. Admittedly it only extends to just below the wrists, but it still counts.]]
18th Nov '15 6:33:07 PM Hanzousama
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* In chapter 3 when Professor [=McGonagall=] asked Harry [[spoiler:what sort of contingency that Harry needs a Emergency Healing Pack Plus for, he replied "One of my classmates gets bitten by a horrible monster..." This was proved to be {{Tempting Fate}} with what happened to Hermione.]] What's worse is, [[spoiler:Harry's point was to be well-prepared, and indeed Hermione would likely have died of blood loss if he hadn't had the healing pack, but with the revelation of a horror above, the direct cause of her death was brain hypoxia caused by ''Harry using the healing pack'' (wrongly).]]

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* In chapter 3 6 when Professor [=McGonagall=] asked Harry [[spoiler:what sort of contingency that Harry needs a Emergency Healing Pack Plus for, he replied "One of my classmates gets bitten by a horrible monster..." This was proved to be {{Tempting Fate}} with what happened to Hermione.]] What's worse is, [[spoiler:Harry's point was to be well-prepared, and indeed Hermione would likely have died of blood loss if he hadn't had the healing pack, but with the revelation of a horror above, the direct cause of her death was brain hypoxia caused by ''Harry using the healing pack'' (wrongly).]]
18th Nov '15 6:31:57 PM Hanzousama
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* In chapter 3 when Professor [=McGonagall=] asked Harry [[spoiler:what sort of contingency that Harry needs a Emergency Healing Pack Plus for, he replied "One of my classmates gets bitten by a horrible monster..." This was proved to be {{Tempting Fate}} with what happened to Hermione.]] What's worse is, [[spoiler:Harry's point was to be well-prepared, and indeed Hermione would likely have died of blood loss if he hadn't had the healing pack, but with the revelation of a horror above, the direct cause of her death was brain hypoxia caused by ''Harry using the healing pack'' (wrongly).]]
28th Oct '15 5:45:07 AM higurashimerlin
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* In chapter 89 when [[spoiler: Hermione dies, she says "not your fault". At first you might think she is talking about not saving her the troll fast enough, but it is actually about the syringe he use on her. Its function to treat a poison area by '''slowing blood in and out of the area''' While keeping it alive. By putting it into her neck, he cut off the blood flow to her head.]]
5th Oct '15 8:05:42 PM Discar
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* The extent of how dangerous magic can become, as mentioned in chapter 119. Attempts on the quantify the risk of just transmutation on forums or reddit have ranged from the civilization-ending (a few nuclear weapons or biological weapons) to the world-ending (a black hole) to tearing apart stars within several hundred light-years (transmuting an ultra-dense volume of charged subatomic particles like packed electrons) to universe-destroying (violating colour symmetry by transfiguring a single red quark, transfiguring up a lower vacuum state). Given that this same society considers locally suspending the Newtownian laws as an afternoon's work, or what the hidden law of potion making might mean to someone who really understands what makes up iron or uranium, it's quite probable someone might mess around with these aspects by accident even before working with transfiguration.

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* The extent of how dangerous magic can become, as mentioned in chapter 119. Attempts on the to quantify the risk of just transmutation on forums or reddit have ranged from the civilization-ending (a few nuclear weapons or biological weapons) to the world-ending (a black hole) to tearing apart stars within several hundred light-years (transmuting an ultra-dense volume of charged subatomic particles like packed electrons) to universe-destroying (violating colour symmetry by transfiguring a single red quark, transfiguring up a lower vacuum state). Given that this same society considers locally suspending the Newtownian laws as an afternoon's work, or what the hidden law of potion making might mean to someone who really understands what makes up iron or uranium, it's quite probable someone might mess around with these aspects by accident even before working with transfiguration.
18th Sep '15 6:58:46 AM Edgehopper
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* The rest of the world thinks Dumbledore was waiting for the most dramatic moment to fight Grindelwald; Dumbledore reveals that the Holocaust was powering Grindelwald and he had to stop that first. Why the difference? Because most wizards don't think Muggles are people worth protecting or knowing about, and Dumbledore is an unusual exception!
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