History Headscratchers / HarryPotterHogwarts

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."
11th Jan '17 8:22:30 AM Kalu-chan
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** Unless you're literally made of plastic, you'll have some charasteristics. The houses are not just one trait and that's it - Hufflepuff, for example, is not just "We take the ones who work hard". They also value loyalty, fair play and kindness. Gryffindors are brave, but also value, for example, determination, and quite a few seem to be a bit arrogant, a trait they share with several Slytherins. Ravenclaws don't need to be smart, even those who just enjoy learning new things would fit in there, which may be what got Luna in that house, since she is rather curious. Slytherins are ambitious, but also cunning, similar to many Ravenclaws, and proud, like many Gryffindors. And even if you somehow manage to not have ''any'' of those traits, there's probably still one you value a lot. I could imagine Pettigrew, for example, simply ''valuing'' courage, since he's shown to be a bit of a coward.
24th Dec '16 6:49:29 PM TheMysteriousTroper
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*** I know students are able to buy and use their own brooms, that's the whole point. Why are they? Why does the school have spare brooms rather than just having regulation brooms for everyone? (And just because Snape does it - and gets called on it as well he should - doesn't make it any less favouritism for McGonagal to give special treatment to Special Harry Potter.)

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*** I know students are able to buy and use their own brooms, that's the whole point. Why are they? Why does the school have spare brooms rather than just having regulation brooms for everyone? (And just because Snape does it - and gets called on it as well he should - doesn't make it any less favouritism for McGonagal [=McGonagall=] to give special treatment to Special Harry Potter.)
24th Dec '16 1:56:22 PM TheMysteriousTroper
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* Whatever happened to Lily's Hogwarts friends? Everyone described her as pretty and popular and kind and beloved, so you'd think she'd have tons of friends. Instead, we only ever see her with Snape and the Marauders and hear Mary MacDonald name-dropped twice. Maybe they wouldn't play the same role as the Marauders did in Harry's life, but you'd think that at least one of them would be in the Order or want to visit Harry.

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* Whatever happened to Lily's Hogwarts friends? Everyone described her as pretty and popular and kind and beloved, so you'd think she'd have tons of friends. Instead, we only ever see her with Snape and the Marauders and hear Mary MacDonald [=MacDonald=] name-dropped twice. Maybe they wouldn't play the same role as the Marauders did in Harry's life, but you'd think that at least one of them would be in the Order or want to visit Harry.
4th Dec '16 10:51:30 PM Luppercus
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** If the kid lives with the parent in the same household then the parent is a suspect, not yet a terrorist (even in the wizarding world you have to be found guilty first). But then I guess in the US won't be such a controversy that the children of a domestic terrorist, let's say like Timothy Mc Veigh, be deny to enter a particular school, but I'm not sure the same would happened in Britain. Brisith had their own home terrorists, the IRA, and I'm pretty sure the kids of IRA members could go to any school they wanted even if they live with their parents.

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** If the kid lives with the parent in the same household then the parent is a suspect, not yet a terrorist (even in the wizarding world you have to be found guilty first). But then I guess in the US won't be such a controversy that the children of a domestic terrorist, let's say like Timothy Mc Veigh, be deny to enter a particular school, but I'm not sure the same would happened happen in Britain. Brisith had their own home terrorists, the IRA, and I'm pretty sure the kids of IRA members could go to any school they wanted even if they live with their parents.
4th Dec '16 10:48:20 PM Luppercus
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** If the kid lives with the parent in the same household then the parent is a suspect, not yet a terrorist (even in the wizarding world you have to be found guilty first). But then I guess in the US won't be such a controversy that the children of a domestic terrorist, let's say like Timothy Mc Veigh, be deny to enter a particular school, but I'm not sure the same would happened in Britain. Brisith had their own home terrorists, the IRA, and I'm pretty sure the kids of IRA members could go to any school they wanted even if they live with their parents.
4th Dec '16 3:16:31 PM QuarrelsomeChevon
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** If Bin Laden lived somewhere in America (I only say that because I don't what sort of terrorist acts he committed on his home soil, if there were any), and his son lived in the same household as him and regularly went home to visit him for holidays...Then no, I can't really see it as that simple for the school to just welcome him in like that.
29th Oct '16 6:15:10 PM nombretomado
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** There's a pretty good argument that the Sorting Hat relies almost ''exclusively'' on choice, which would mean that the four temperaments are actually self-perpetuating stereotypes. For example, Slytherin is home to the racists because mostly just kids from racist families would be happy to be in Slytherin; all the ambitious/cunning kids who find the reputation troubling subconsciously think "not Slytherin!". (That specific idea is stolen from the fanfic HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality.) Near-confirmation of this: Hermione says "I hope I'm in Gryffindor, it sounds by far the best; I hear Dumbledore himself was in it, but I suppose Ravenclaw wouldn't be too bad." She didn't have to consciously think "Put me in Gryffindor!", but the hat was still able to suss out her wishes while orating: "the Sorting Hat did seriously consider putting me in Ravenclaw during my Sorting, but it decided on Gryffindor in the end."

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** There's a pretty good argument that the Sorting Hat relies almost ''exclusively'' on choice, which would mean that the four temperaments are actually self-perpetuating stereotypes. For example, Slytherin is home to the racists because mostly just kids from racist families would be happy to be in Slytherin; all the ambitious/cunning kids who find the reputation troubling subconsciously think "not Slytherin!". (That specific idea is stolen from the fanfic HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality.''Fanfic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality''.) Near-confirmation of this: Hermione says "I hope I'm in Gryffindor, it sounds by far the best; I hear Dumbledore himself was in it, but I suppose Ravenclaw wouldn't be too bad." She didn't have to consciously think "Put me in Gryffindor!", but the hat was still able to suss out her wishes while orating: "the Sorting Hat did seriously consider putting me in Ravenclaw during my Sorting, but it decided on Gryffindor in the end."
5th Oct '16 11:51:44 AM tafelshrew
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*** I know students are able to buy and use their own brooms, that's the whole point. Why are they? Why does the school have spare brooms rather than just having regulation brooms for everyone? (And just because Snape does it - and gets called on it as well he should - doesn't make it any less favouritism for McGonagal to give special treatment to Special Harry Potter.)
4th Oct '16 11:43:03 PM Dgon
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** Well I do can picture Hermione in a meeting in the Ministry saying: here is our new program for the improvement of working conditions of House Elves and their legal protection from abuseÖ oh you donít like it? You know who didnít liked it these kind of stuffs either [[HitlerAteSugar VOLDEMORT]]

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** Well I do can picture Hermione in a meeting in the Ministry saying: here is our new program for the improvement of working conditions of House Elves and their legal protection from abuseÖ oh you donít like it? You know who didnít liked it these kind of stuffs either [[HitlerAteSugar VOLDEMORT]]
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