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6th Dec '16 9:43:45 AM QuarrelsomeChevon
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** I think the OP was asking why Voldemort would've put it on Draco specifically, as his heart clearly wasn't in it, which is answered by what's posted above, along with giving him some emotional torment and a punishment for his father's failure to retrieve the prophecy in the last book. His orders weren't "You need to be the one to kill Dumbledore," just something like "You need to get some of my followers into the school and ensure that Dumbledore dies at some point, or else you're responsible."
27th Nov '16 11:10:16 PM Luppercus
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** The plan actually makes a lot of sense. DD is the world's most powerful wizard and living in a place where entering is near to impossible, having him killed by a student (something that DD may not expect) is logic, more than sending some sort of attack force or an undercover Death Eater. On the other hand, he did had a Plan B as we see that, actually, Draco did fail and di not kill DD (Snape did).
27th Nov '16 11:12:04 AM QuarrelsomeChevon
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** Voldemort probably figured that if Draco failed to do the job, one of the Death Eaters he helped into the school would do it for him, and that he would find out sooner or later if this happened. And considering Draco wasn't killed when Voldemort found out ''Snape'' did it, the proposition made was probably something like "If the plan to smuggle some Death Eaters into Hogwarts to kill Dumbledore fails, then I'll kill your family because YOU were the stakeholder," rather than outright telling him, "You yourself need to personally kill Dumbledore, and I'll kill you and your family if you don't."
23rd Nov '16 12:37:03 PM rt2012
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* What did Voldemort have to gain by sending Draco on a suicide mission to off Dumbledore, other than petty revenge against Lucius in the likely event that Draco died in the attempt? Killing the only wizard he ever feared was a crucial step for Voldemort in his quest for world domination, and if he fucked it up, Dumbledore and the rest of the wizarding world would've been on even higher alert. Why didn't he go for a plan that had less chance of failure? And slightly on topic, how did Voldemort communicate with Draco while he was at Hogwarts, threatening to kill him and his family if he failed, etc.?
9th Nov '16 3:16:44 PM phoenixrider
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** Harry always had Dumbledore's favour, intentionally or not, and it would it would take one word (assuming Dumbledore's wasn't keeping an eye on Harry) before Dumbledore to demand the Cloak back. Draco has enough to worry about withouybdrawing Dumbledore's attention. Beating Harry up stays between them due as a schoolyard brawl. Theft of a valuable magical device that has saved Harry'a life will not be ignored.
8th Nov '16 7:06:00 PM Luppercus
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**Hogwarts is a high school, you generally study science in college.
8th Nov '16 8:53:23 AM GranChi
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** There's nothing to indicate that genetic science isn't true in the Harry Potter universe. In fact, Rowling has even said that wizardry is genetically determined (see [http://harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki/Magic_genes here), which would indicate that muggles and wizards alike have DNA. So Slughorn could have known this without having to learn it from Muggle Studies or reading muggle magazines. (This does raise another question, though: if some branches of science work in the magical world in the same was as the muggle world, how would wizards learn them, given the only science studied at Hogwarts is astronomy?)

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** There's nothing to indicate that genetic science isn't true in the Harry Potter universe. In fact, Rowling has even said that wizardry is genetically determined (see [http://harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki/Magic_genes here), which would indicate that muggles and wizards alike have DNA. So Slughorn could have known this without having to learn it from Muggle Studies or reading muggle magazines. (This does raise another question, though: if some branches of science work in the magical world in mostly the same was as the muggle world, how would wizards learn them, given the only science studied at Hogwarts is astronomy?)
8th Nov '16 8:53:20 AM GranChi
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** There's nothing to indicate that genetic science isn't true in the Harry Potter universe. In fact, Rowling has even said that wizardry is genetically determined (see [http://harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki/Magic_genes here), which would indicate that muggles and wizards alike have DNA. So Slughorn could have known this without having to learn it from Muggle Studies or reading muggle magazines. (This does raise another question, though: if some branches of science work in the magical world in the same was as the muggle world, how would wizards learn them, given the only science studied at Hogwarts is astronomy?)
5th Oct '16 5:21:51 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** Thing is, that's more or less how it was in the book. Nobody could've known Snape was the Half-Blood Prince without being insanely GenreSavvy. There were no clues. Harry tried a bit harder to figure it out in the book, which is true. But did he ever get anywhere with that? Nope.

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** Thing is, that's more or less how it was in the book. Nobody could've known Snape was the Half-Blood Prince without being insanely GenreSavvy.savvy. There were no clues. Harry tried a bit harder to figure it out in the book, which is true. But did he ever get anywhere with that? Nope.
28th Sep '16 11:28:53 PM Luppercus
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** Hagrid was a half-giant, part of a discriminated minority and even so he wasnít put in jail (if youíre referring to him been blame for the deaths of student in Chamber of Secrets), the second time he was in jail probably in preventive custody he does was release once charges where clear, Sirius and Shunpike situations happened during the war (or very soon after it ends) and even in real life due process is generally omitted when a country is at war. In Sirius cases, besides, he was considered mad and, again, in real life a person can end up in a mental institution without trial (and wizards doesnít seem to have a place for the criminally insane), but yes, letís say Sirius case is truly irregular. Is there another case in-universe that make you think it will be socially accepted and legal for a person, even the equivalent of Chief Justice of a country, to arrest and convict a teenager base only in rumors? And if thatís the case, what stopped the Ministry to do exactly that with Harry during Book Five?

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** Hagrid was a half-giant, part of a discriminated minority and even so he wasnít put in jail (if youíre referring to him been blame for the deaths of student in Chamber of Secrets), the second time he was in jail probably in preventive custody he does was release once charges where clear, cleared, Sirius and Shunpike situations happened during the war (or very soon after it ends) and even in real life due process is generally omitted when a country is at war. In Sirius cases, case, besides, he was considered mad and, again, in real life a person can end up in a mental institution without trial (and wizards doesnít seem to have a place for the criminally insane), but yes, letís say Sirius case is truly irregular. Is there another case in-universe that make you think it will be socially accepted and legal for a person, even the equivalent of Chief Justice of a country, to arrest and convict a teenager base only in rumors? And if thatís the case, what stopped the Ministry to do exactly that with Harry during Book Five?
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