History Headscratchers / HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone

1st Sep '17 9:20:27 PM HalcyonDayz
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** I think the issue here is that your theory hinges on a lot. How could Dumbeldore have used the same tail feather of the same phoenix that provided its tail feather for Voldy's wand? Phoenixes only give one tail feather and we know, despite popular theory, that Fawkes was not that Phoenix. So Dumbledore hunted down that particular Phoenix and plucked a feather aganst it's will? Plus Dumbeledore himself was surprised at the wands connecting in [=GoF=]. So I don't think it was something he was thinking about or did on purpose. The most plausible reason really is that it was all just coincidence, or fate.

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** I think the issue here is that your theory hinges on a lot. How could Dumbeldore have used the same tail feather of the same phoenix that provided its tail feather for Voldy's wand? Phoenixes only give one tail feather and we know, despite popular theory, that Fawkes was not that Phoenix. So Dumbledore hunted down that particular Phoenix and plucked a feather aganst it's will? Plus Dumbeledore himself was surprised at the wands connecting in [=GoF=].''[=GoF=]''. So I don't think it was something he was thinking about or did on purpose. The most plausible reason really is that it was all just coincidence, or fate.



* If wizarding families go through the Muggle part of King's Cross to get to Platform Nine and Three Quarters (I mean, I can't imagine why the Weasleys, for example, would spend hours in the car if they could Floo, Side-Along Apparate, or Portkey their way directly to the platform, nor does it make sense that anyone would risk being seen passing through the ticket barrier if they had a choice), how do purebloods manage to blend in? Do the Malfoys, of all people, have special Muggle clothes for each time they drop off or pick up Draco? How is it possible that that guy in GoF doesn't know dresses are for women if every parent in Britain has to dress as a Muggle at least twice a year?

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* If wizarding families go through the Muggle part of King's Cross to get to Platform Nine and Three Quarters (I mean, I can't imagine why the Weasleys, for example, would spend hours in the car if they could Floo, Side-Along Apparate, or Portkey their way directly to the platform, nor does it make sense that anyone would risk being seen passing through the ticket barrier if they had a choice), how do purebloods manage to blend in? Do the Malfoys, of all people, have special Muggle clothes for each time they drop off or pick up Draco? How is it possible that that guy in GoF ''[=GoF=]'' doesn't know dresses are for women if every parent in Britain has to dress as a Muggle at least twice a year?
30th Aug '17 8:54:51 AM MicoolTNT
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** Wizards don't require a wand to use magic, it's just easier and that's how they're trained to do it. Children who notice they're magic soon enough can learn to use their magic before getting their wands (Tom Riddle, Lilly Evans and Severus Snape are all known to do this) so all other wizards are lacking is practice at not using their wands. Granted, some magic likely needs a wand but if Quirrell, or more likely Voldemort, had practiced enough he should be more than capable of overpowering a first year wandless.
** Didn't Quirrell originally teach Muggle Studies? Being able to cast spells without whipping out a wand for everyone to see would be a useful skill for a wizard whose job requires close observation of Muggles, keeping track of their customs, etc.



** Wizards don't require a wand to use magic, it's just easier and that's how they're trained to do it. Children who notice they're magic soon enough can learn to use their magic before getting their wands (Tom Riddle, Lilly Evans and Severus Snape are all known to do this) so all other wizards are lacking is practice at not using their wands. Granted, some magic likely needs a wand but if Quirrell, or more likely Voldemort, had practiced enough he should be more than capable of overpowering a first year wandless.
** Didn't Quirrell originally teach Muggle Studies? Being able to cast spells without whipping out a wand for everyone to see would be a useful skill for a wizard whose job requires close observation of Muggles, keeping track of their customs, etc.

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** Wizards don't require a wand to use magic, it's just easier and that's how they're trained to do it. Children who notice they're magic soon enough can learn to use their magic before getting their wands (Tom Riddle, Lilly Evans and Severus Snape are all known to do this) so all other wizards are lacking is practice at not using their wands. Granted, some magic likely needs a wand but if Quirrell, or more likely Voldemort, had practiced enough he should be more than capable of overpowering a first year wandless.
** Didn't Quirrell originally teach Muggle Studies? Being able to cast spells without whipping out a wand for everyone to see would be a useful skill for a wizard whose job requires close observation of Muggles, keeping track of their customs, etc.
20th Aug '17 2:40:34 PM dartblaze
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** In Europe a lot of public schools have uniforms.

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** In Europe Virtually every school in the United Kingdom has a lot of public schools have uniforms.uniform, private or public.
5th Aug '17 11:30:56 AM akanesarumara
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**** The wording is correct though as those really are the way the translators thought and why it was changed. Basically, to answer the question, the 2nd reply was meant as "based on what the translators think" rather than what the replier thought.
31st Jul '17 7:49:44 AM SeptimusHeap
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* Sooo.... after counting his birthday presents, Dudley has no problems whatsoever calculating that his thirty-six birthday presents are "two less than last year." When Petunia points out that he's missed one, he corrects himself and says all right, he has thirty-''seven'' presents. While this scene does highlight his greed, it at least proves that he has a basic grasp of elementary addition and subtraction. However, ten seconds later when Petunia says they'll get him two more presents, he's suddenly too stupid to work out what thirty-seven plus two is? Is Dudley somehow unable to grasp any number larger than thirty-eight (like the rabbits in WatershipDown can't count past four), or is this a new world record in TookALevelInDumbass?

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* Sooo.... after counting his birthday presents, Dudley has no problems whatsoever calculating that his thirty-six birthday presents are "two less than last year." When Petunia points out that he's missed one, he corrects himself and says all right, he has thirty-''seven'' presents. While this scene does highlight his greed, it at least proves that he has a basic grasp of elementary addition and subtraction. However, ten seconds later when Petunia says they'll get him two more presents, he's suddenly too stupid to work out what thirty-seven plus two is? Is Dudley somehow unable to grasp any number larger than thirty-eight (like the rabbits in WatershipDown Literature/WatershipDown can't count past four), or is this a new world record in TookALevelInDumbass?
19th Jun '17 8:13:03 PM GhostHeart60
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** According to a 2001 interview with J.K., Fluffy was released into the Forbidden Forest. According to a 2015 twitter reply to this question, she said "He was repatriated to Greece. Dumbledore liked to put Hagrid's more foolish acquisitions back where they belong - not the forest." Either you can think they stored him in the forest until they could get him back to Greece, or they contradict and can choose your preferred answer.
29th May '17 5:18:53 AM Laecy
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** This could actually be 'thanks' to the horcrux. Even though Harry’s fundamentally decent nature kept him from being turned into a psychopath, he did grow up with a piece of his mind having had a lifetime’s experience as an isolated orphan with no desire for human relationships. He accepted and valued his relationships once he developed them, but he was okay without them too.

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** This could actually be 'thanks' thanks to the horcrux. Even though Harry’s fundamentally decent nature kept him from being turned into a psychopath, he did grow up with a piece of his mind having had a lifetime’s experience as an isolated orphan with no desire for human relationships. He accepted and valued his relationships once he developed them, but he was okay without them too.
29th May '17 5:14:47 AM Laecy
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** This could actually be 'thanks' to the horcrux. Even though Harry’s fundamentally decent nature kept him from being turned into a psychopath, he did grow up with a piece of his mind having had a lifetime’s experience as an isolated orphan with no desire for human relationships. He accepted and valued his relationships once he developed them, but he was okay without them too.
22nd May '17 5:22:28 PM Fireblood
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** I'm pretty sure he's shown living with Hagrib, who has a cabin on the grounds near the Forbidden Forest.
22nd May '17 5:21:21 PM Fireblood
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** I'm pretty sure he's shown living with Hagrib, who has a cabin on the grounds near the Forbidden Forest.
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