History Headscratchers / HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban

5th Aug '16 12:52:10 AM QuarrelsomeChevon
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** He's an idiot.
30th Jul '16 1:14:23 PM Gess
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*** And don't forget that little bombshell about their only prison being staffed by ''demons'' that drive people insane, which is casually dropped and then never explored in any way other than the unpleasant experience the named characters have with them or their unreliability as guards. What's that, a grossest violation of prisoners' rights in history, which god knows how many people could've been sumbitted to for little to no reason, like Hagrid? Buck that, we have a Quiddich tournament coming!
26th Jul '16 10:02:39 PM inspibrain101
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*** You know, if Peter hadn't been a [[DirtyCoward dirty coward,]] making him the Secret Keeper would have been a [[CrowningMomentofHeartwarming sweet, heartwarming moment.]] Can't you just hear James giving his friend encouragement? "Listen, Peter, I know we've never been really close. I know everyone says you're a coward. But you've always been behind my back, all throughout Hogwarts. We wouldn't be the Marauders without you. I want to make you the Secret Keeper. I believe you can be brave enough, and I trust you." Like I said, sucks that he was a traitor.
26th Jul '16 4:54:15 PM inspibrain101
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*** All of these points about witnesses and lack of evidence are irrelevant; Black never had a trial, and thus was never actually convicted on any sort of evidence.
25th Jul '16 7:05:31 PM inspibrain101
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** If you think about it, it's a great defense mechanism, playing on your fight-or-flight responses. It's not about making you face your own shortcomings and insecurities, no matter what the fanfictions say- that's just stupid. Why don't they just use the Boggarts as shrinks in that case? No, the Boggarts scan your mind for the thing that will make you freeze up in terror- I, for one, totally freeze up at spiders. While the prey is frozen with terror, the Boggart gets lunch.
25th Jul '16 6:59:24 PM inspibrain101
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** The "weaker Boggart" theory makes a lot of sense- either that, or that it shows you your "greatest fear" is an exaggeration. Because honestly, who would be more scared of a spider or a snake than, say, a serial killer murdering your entire family, or getting burned alive, and other [[FridgeHorror Fridge Horrors]] for the entire family to enjoy? J.K. does, though, have a bit of a problem with downgrading the severity of different situations; kids being shown their worst fears? Played for laughs! The crucio curse driving people insane? An abomination! Not saying they're equally awful in real life, just that she tends to flip-flop on what's supposed to be dark and emotionally taxing.
25th Jul '16 6:24:25 PM inspibrain101
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** I've always had the impression that Hagrid, being half-giant, is a bit more durable than the average third-year, hence why he has no problem with playing with monster spiders and dragons like puppies, and has a hard time understanding the danger we frail mortals are in. No one is saying that Hagrid doesn't know his stuff- on the contrary, he's perfectly qualified to tame hippogriffs and take care of dragons. ''Teaching'' others how to do it? Heck no. Bring it back to the Chemistry Teacher analogy: just because you can work in a lab setting and make marvelous scientific breakthroughs does not necessarily make you qualified to teach chemistry to High Schoolers; along with proper knowledge of chemistry, a proper teacher would need the skills to put together a curriculum, make sure the students are doing things safely, and knowing how to keep order in the classroom. Hagrid has essentially handed the strong acids to twelve-year-olds without much more safety instruction than "don't spill it".
25th Jul '16 6:11:16 PM inspibrain101
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** You'd think that, since the Wizarding Justice System became such a major point in the later books, J.K. would have at least ''attempted'' to explain how their laws and government work, you know, beyond, "There's a minister of magic, and he's a useless, power-hungry bureaucrat".
25th Jul '16 4:49:12 PM inspibrain101
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*** Of course, this is all assuming that Wizarding Law is any sort of rational or logical.
25th Jul '16 1:04:06 PM inspibrain101
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*** The thing that bothers me most about the entire scenario is not necessarily that Sirius never got a trial, but that no one is ever ''ever particularly concerned'' that he never got a trial. J.K. does this a lot in the series, I think. She gives lip service to ideas like equality and justice, but we never see it in application; sure, not all Slytherins are bad, but is there ever an effective example? Sure, the Ministry of Magic is awful, but do we ever see any attempts to reform the government? No, all we see is a less-jerky Minister getting elected. To modern day British and American readers, Sirius' lack of a trial would be a huge deal, yet this is never resolved, or ever addressed. Here's how J.K. seems to have dealt with it:
--> Reader: Well, how come they didn't just ask Sirius what happened? He'd have told them!
--> J.K.: Oh, well... He was put in Azkaban without a trial, so he never got the chance.
--> Reader: Oh, okay, that makes sense.
--> Troper: Actually, that's a serious breach of an individual's legal rights, and sounds like a huge problem!
--> Sirius: Oh, I'm not complaining. I got out, didn't I?
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