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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?
1st May '16 7:22:28 AM ViolaCesario
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** It's possible that there are either books on Latin in the library or that basic Latin is taught in History of Magic or Transfiguration (maybe in one of the optional textbook chapters). Hermione is shown to know some Latin (she uses "mobilliarbus" to specifically move a tree, and it seems unlikely that they'd spend a class period learning to move a tree), and obviously Snape did. Hermione reads everything, and as a social outcast, Snape probably spent a lot of time in the library. For that matter, if Binns taught Latin, how would we know? It's not like Harry pays attention to anything.
1st May '16 6:25:14 AM ViolaCesario
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** My own personal headcanon is that one of the reasons Snape is so bitter is that potions is a class that can't be practiced outside, meaning his homework is nearly always essays. Since the students are writing at best on a fifth year level and at worst with near illiteracy, can you imagine how frustrating that must be for him? Grammar and spelling errors galore, and you know none of them can write a thesis statement.
1st May '16 3:56:52 AM Luppercus
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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 to each other.

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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 to each other.different.
1st May '16 3:56:13 AM Luppercus
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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 to each other.


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**Of course, who wants a Headmaster that is willing to protect the innocents.
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