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24th Apr '17 12:39:46 AM Luppercus
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*** Thereís a possible explanation of why a bad seer like Trelawny is the Divination teacher. If there are other seers and are better and more efficient than Trelawny (who only had two major predictions in her life) they are probably doing something else better than teaching, like winning the lottery. So all good seers wonít be teachers as they probably are rich and have no reason to work. Thatís why the subject is doomed, only bad seers can be a teachers. The exception was Fireze and because he as a centaur had no need for money, and even he had to pay a high price becoming an outcast among centaurs.

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*** Thereís a possible explanation of why a bad seer like Trelawny is the Divination teacher. If there are other seers and are better and more efficient than Trelawny (who only had two major predictions in her life) they are probably doing something else better than teaching, like winning the lottery. So all good seers wonít be teachers as they probably are rich and have no reason to work. Thatís why the subject is doomed, only bad seers can be a teachers. The exception was Fireze and because he as a centaur had no need for money, and even he had to pay a high price becoming an outcast among centaurs.
24th Apr '17 12:38:50 AM Luppercus
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** I always felt Filch was more like the chief of security and/or administrator than just a janitor like Groundskeeper Willie, and as such did thing that House Elves canít do like giving order to students, supervising students behabior (with the help of his sentient cat), interact with the teachers and answering to their request (as he does with Umbridge), etc. Even if he orders the House Elves to do the stuffs (especially because even if House Elves respond to the headmaster is doubtful that Dumbledores does the micromanagement). Besides I donít remember in the books him doing any real hard work (that is probably done by Elves), he does seem to be more like a manager of the place.

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** I always felt Filch was more like the chief of security and/or administrator than just a janitor like Groundskeeper Willie, and as such did thing things that House Elves canít do like giving order to students, supervising students behabior students' behavior (with the help of his sentient cat), interact with the teachers and answering to their request (as he does with Umbridge), etc. Even if he orders the House Elves to do the stuffs (especially because even if House Elves respond to the headmaster is doubtful that Dumbledores does the micromanagement). Besides I donít remember in the books him doing any real hard work (that is probably done by Elves), he does seem to be more like a manager of the place.


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***Thereís a possible explanation of why a bad seer like Trelawny is the Divination teacher. If there are other seers and are better and more efficient than Trelawny (who only had two major predictions in her life) they are probably doing something else better than teaching, like winning the lottery. So all good seers wonít be teachers as they probably are rich and have no reason to work. Thatís why the subject is doomed, only bad seers can be a teachers. The exception was Fireze and because he as a centaur had no need for money, and even he had to pay a high price becoming an outcast among centaurs.
24th Apr '17 12:12:18 AM Luppercus
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****It's been I while since I read the book but IIRC Harry passes out because of the effort doing the Patronus, not because the Boggart could emulate the Dementor's attack. The indication in-universe is that the Boggarts can scare but are otherwise harmless said by Lupin openly in the books. In any case a relatively big spider doesn't seem truly dangerous in a classroom with an expert adult wizard, especially not in a school with most subjects with the exception of Divination, Ancient Runes and Muggle Studies to be equally or more dangerous.
23rd Apr '17 1:24:28 AM Darth_Marth
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*** Molly's boggart didn't hurt her because the form it took wasn't capable of causing her physical pain. Harry's was able to simulate the effects of a Dementor attack (albeit weaker than the real deal) and eventually caused him to pass out. Presumably they are able to hurt people, possibly even kill them, but it's dependent on the form they take. Something like Ron's (giant spider) would presumably be capable of biting you the way a real giant spider could (were giant spiders a real thing).
31st Mar '17 8:14:54 PM Rubber_Lotus
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\n** ''Do'' remember that most of Hufflepuff House had no problem joining in on Slytherin's bagging on Harry in ''Goblet of Fire'' (I think Hanna and Justin were specifically mentioned as wearing Draco's "POTTER STINKS" badges), until Cedric specifically made them stop. Most of ''Gryffindor'' hates Slytherin, but the other two Houses seem more neutral on the subject.
11th Feb '17 2:21:54 PM Luppercus
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**Cosidering that is a school, some spells might have been accidentally done when someone was practiting a spell or experimenting and might be that no one knows how to counter it. On the other hand won't be totally crazy to make them willingly as having students getting "lost" once in a while will help them develop certain skills and keep their senses sharp, something very useful in a school with certain level of danger.
11th Feb '17 10:20:26 AM Dere
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*** No, the books make it clear that Trelawney's divinatory skills are really poor by divinatory standards. Her getting TWO accurate predictions in her life is an extremely poor showing and doesn't account for anything if she's unable to muster such skills during her teachings.

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*** No, the books make it clear that Trelawney's divinatory skills are really poor by divinatory standards. Her getting TWO accurate predictions in her life is an extremely poor showing and doesn't account for amount to anything if she's unable to muster such skills during her teachings.
11th Feb '17 10:10:53 AM Dere
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*** No, the books make it clear that Trelawney's divinatory skills are really poor by divinatory standards. Her getting TWO accurate predictions in her life is an extremely poor showing and doesn't account for anything if she's unable to muster such skills during her teachings.
11th Feb '17 10:02:13 AM Dere
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[[folder:The moving rooms]]
* Why oh why did they enchant some rooms in Hogwarts to move around? Did they want people to get lost!?
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11th Jan '17 8:38:55 AM Kalu-chan
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** And all of the above does not change what was mentioned before; the houses interact with each other, they are not isolated and they even have inter-house romances, so again, they are not exposed to one exclusive environment except maybe during the nights. Also, thinking that everyone inside a house has exaclty the same personality traits is very simplistic. Yes, there are certain similarities among the members of the houses over some very specific virtues or characteristics, but the different members are as different to each other as they are to the members of the other houses. The best example is probably the Trio, they are all Gryffindorfs and yet they personalities can't be more different.

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** *** And all of the above does not change what was mentioned before; the houses interact with each other, they are not isolated and they even have inter-house romances, so again, they are not exposed to one exclusive environment except maybe during the nights. Also, thinking that everyone inside a house has exaclty the same personality traits is very simplistic. Yes, there are certain similarities among the members of the houses over some very specific virtues or characteristics, but the different members are as different to each other as they are to the members of the other houses. The best example is probably the Trio, they are all Gryffindorfs and yet they personalities can't be more different.
*** Not to mention all houses have several traits they value, and people can be sorted for any of those, or even just for the values they deem best. Look at Neville - Gryffindor, but definitely not the roaring lion type. Luna is smart, but mostly she's just very curious and willing to learn that way instead of only through books. Tonks, a Hufflepuff, is incredibly brave, but probably values loyalty and/or kindness more. Thus, the houses aren't as uniform as so many people make them out to be - "A Gryffindor is probably either brave, or determined, or proud, or just values any of these characteristics a lot" is not the same as "All Gryffindors are brave, and nothing else."
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