History Headscratchers / HarryPotterHogwarts

5th Jul '16 5:13:32 PM inspibrain101
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** It seems to me we're not talking about an Unreliable Narrator as described on the trope page, (a narrator that deliberately misleads you,) but a narrator whose depictions of previous events are filled with bias, like how two different people who witnessed the exact same thing give two very different accounts, influenced by their perspective, personalities, emotions, memories, and opinions. We sat with Harry in Potions Class and learned what a jerk Snape is. If we had sat in Potions Class with Hermione, we might have learned a lot more about the actual subject. If we had sat in Potions Class with Draco, we might have more fondness for Snape.
3rd Jul '16 4:32:54 PM QuarrelsomeChevon
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* Wouldn't that be like denying entrance to a high school to the son/daughter of a suspected/known criminal? Besides some Death Eaters family are very wealthy and probably donate a lot to the school.

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* ** Wouldn't that be like denying entrance to a high school to the son/daughter of a suspected/known criminal? Besides some Death Eaters family are very wealthy and probably donate a lot to the school. school.
** Not so much a criminal as a member of a widespread terrorist group, perhaps, who has attempted ''repeatedly'' even in recent months to stage an attack on said high school, for various reasons. And their donations acting as an admittance fee for their kids would make more sense if the headmaster was someone other than Dumbledore.
9th Jun '16 9:28:07 PM Luppercus
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* Wouldn't that be like denying entrance to a high school to the son/daughter of a suspected/known criminal? Besides some Death Eaters family are very wealthy and probably donate a lot to the school.
8th Jun '16 11:47:08 AM QuarrelsomeChevon
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* One thing I ''would'' like to address about Hogwarts' security issues, though, is their attendance policy. Why do they continually allow the children of suspected, known, or even recently-arrested Death Eaters to attend school there? Wouldn't an arrest record be reasonable grounds for at least some of the students to be banned from entering the grounds?
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20th May '16 3:33:33 PM Blueace
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*** Huh, guys, must I remind you that one of Fake!Moody's classes involved Imperiusing the fourth year Gryffindors (and likely the whole of Hogwarts fourth year)to see if they could resist it?


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** There are several reasons for why Neville is bad at Potions. Sure, he improved a lot in the last couple of books, but think about the issues he showed in the first few. He is clumsy, something that will likely cause spilled potions, broken cauldrons, improperly cut ingredients, among other things. He has an awful memory, so him losing track of how much of something he added or how many times he stirred is expected. He gets nervous easily, so his early mistakes cause even bigger ones to happen. Now, maybe he could deal with all of that if he gave his all and focused on his stuff, but his last issue is the last nail in the coffin. His teacher is an asshole who hates him for no good reason (he has reasons, but they just make him look worse) and is basically breathing down his neck looking for a reason to flunk him. Just one of those could cause a fair bit of trouble on a class that requires as much precision as Potions, but with all of them together, and things look pretty bleak.
13th May '16 12:27:30 PM QuarrelsomeChevon
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** ...Or for that last point, did you mean, "Harry and Ron never move to a different dorm for each new year at Hogwarts"? If so, that was explained in one of the books - when Harry first comes to Hogwarts, he stays in the first-year dorm. When he comes back the next year, he goes back to the first-year dorm, which thus becomes the second-year dorm. And it progresses like that, second-year to third-year, third to fourth, fourth to fifth, fifth to sixth, sixth to seventh, and once the seventh-years graduate, their dorms go back to the first-years.
13th May '16 12:20:59 PM QuarrelsomeChevon
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** What's wrong with each house having 14 dorms? We only ever see the Gryffindor common room in great details, so it's perfectly reasonable to assume that the boys' and girls' staircases lead up to several different dormitories, one for each year. And of course they aren't going to specify that there's more than just "boys' dorms and girls' dorms" when they're addressing students - they don't need to. "Oh, Mr. Potter, please return to your dormitory, the one designated specifically for fourth-years, for the evening, ''quietly''." Also, "the films make it look like Harry and Ron are in the same dorm throughout their time at Hogwarts"...So what? There's only a few other Gryffindor boys in Harry's year, so odds are there's only one dorm room for each gender of each year in each house.
13th May '16 8:08:47 AM Da1tonTheGreat
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* They share a dorm with students of the same sex and the same year. If that's the case, then each house must have 14 different dormitories, but the books never really touch on this. Instead, they make it sound like there's ''the'' boys' dormitory and ''the'' girls' dormitory, instead of the 4th year boys' dormitory or the 7th year girls' dormitory. What's the deal?

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* They share a dorm with students of the same sex and the same year. If that's the case, then each house must have 14 different dormitories, but the books never really touch on this. Instead, they make it sound like there's ''the'' boys' dormitory and ''the'' girls' dormitory, instead of the 4th year boys' dormitory or the 7th year girls' dormitory. To make matters worse, the films make it look like Harry and Ron are in the same dorm throughout their time at Hogwarts. What's the deal?
13th May '16 8:06:25 AM Da1tonTheGreat
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13th May '16 8:05:27 AM Da1tonTheGreat
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* They share a dorm with students of the same sex and the same year. If that's the case, then each house must have 14 different dormitories, but the books never really touch on this. Instead, they make it sound like there's ''the'' boys' dormitory and ''the'' girls' dormitory, instead of the 4th year boys' dormitory or the 7th year girls' dormitory. What's the deal?
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