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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.
22nd May '17 2:24:05 AM sugaricequeen
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[[folder: Fluffy's home]]
* Where was Fluffy living before and after Hagrid lent him to Dumbledore in this book? Does Hagrid own a storage space somewhere he's allowed to keep him inside? Or is he chained up in the Forbidden Woods somewhere? Or does he have a magical suitcase like the one Newt Scamander owns? Forgive me, but I don't believe Hagrid ever actually mentions this...
21st May '17 5:54:50 PM sugaricequeen
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** That line has always stuck out to this troper, and I could really look at it either way. Either Hagrid may be too scared even to put the name down on paper and he just phrased this fear a bit improperly, or it's as you've suggested and he really can't spell it. I don't think we're ever shown that he did particularly ''well'' in school, and there are a number of people I've heard of who can spell most common words well enough but have trouble with something that might seem easy to any literate person. So I wouldn't find it too much of a stretch if Hagrid really didn't know how to spell "Voldemort."
20th May '17 2:18:55 AM ScroogeMacDuck
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* When Hagrid can't bring himself to say Voldemort's name, Harry suggests he write it down. Hagrid shakes his head and says something to the effect of 'Nah, I can't spell it'. ''What do you'' '''''mean''''', ''you can't spell it?'' Especially with the movies' pronunciation of the final 'T', that spelling's as phonetical as it gets. Even assuming it wasn't, writing a phonetical approximation would still get the point across to Harry, anyway. And don't tell me Hagrid is covering up that he can't read or write at all, because clearly he ''can'' — he went through three years of Hogwarts before he was expelled, didn't he?

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* When Hagrid can't bring himself to say Voldemort's name, Harry suggests he write it down. Hagrid shakes his head and says something to the effect of 'Nah, I can't spell it'. ''What do you'' '''''mean''''', ''you can't spell it?'' Especially with the movies' pronunciation of the final 'T', that spelling's as phonetical as it gets. Even assuming it wasn't, writing a phonetical approximation would still get the point across to Harry, anyway. And don't tell me Hagrid is covering up that he can't read or write at all, because clearly he ''can'' — he went through three years of Hogwarts before he was expelled, didn't he?he?
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20th May '17 2:17:59 AM ScroogeMacDuck
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*When Hagrid can't bring himself to say Voldemort's name, Harry suggests he write it down. Hagrid shakes his head and says something to the effect of 'Nah, I can't spell it'. ''What do you'' '''''mean''''', ''you can't spell it?'' Especially with the movies' pronunciation of the final 'T', that spelling's as phonetical as it gets. Even assuming it wasn't, writing a phonetical approximation would still get the point across to Harry, anyway. And don't tell me Hagrid is covering up that he can't read or write at all, because clearly he ''can'' — he went through three years of Hogwarts before he was expelled, didn't he?
12th May '17 8:54:40 PM QuarrelsomeChevon
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[[folder: Secret Identity]]
* In terms of circumventing Harry's obligated stays at the Dursleys', why not raise him from infancy under some secret identity and in the care of a competent wizard for protection? They could go even further than just changing his name, using magic or even Muggle techniques to alter his appearance and render him completely unrecognizable, and Harry would be none the wiser until the right time came to tell him the truth. This way, the reveal wouldn't be quite as shocking since he could've already known about magic, meaning the truth about the deaths of his parents (something he had to come to terms with anyway) would've been all that was left.
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