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3rd Dec '17 12:43:59 PM sugaricequeen
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** Correlation does not imply causation. The majority of Slytherins don't turn out evil because they were sorted into Slytherin; they're sorted into Slytherin because they have the qualities represented by the house. They're ambitious, but also cunning and pragmatic. Draco was already shown to be a bully before he even donned the Sorting Hat. And people don't hate Slytherins for being in Slytherin; they hate the ones who are downright dirty cheaters. If Slytherins were actual decent people, like Slughorn, Albus and Scorpius, I'd bet other people would have no problem liking them.
24th Nov '17 11:57:25 AM Luppercus
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** Well, teachers in boarding schools tend to live there in RealLife but leave to other places during vacations. But of course, wizards have ways to move faster from one location to another. They probabl have private homes and they may also have especiall rooms for each one when they stay working late and is easir to sleep there than go to their residences, which probably is often.
24th Nov '17 10:33:37 AM sugaricequeen
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* Do the books ever clarify where the teachers live? Is it at Hogwarts? In Hogsmade? Or perhaps somewhere else? In ''Order of the Phoenix'', someone's able to find [=McGonagall=] in the middle of the night, but ''Half-Blood Prince'' has Bellatrix and Narcissa visiting Snape in his home, that's nowhere near Hogwarts...Do they have living quarters at the school ''and'' elsewhere during the summer?
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24th Nov '17 10:28:20 AM sugaricequeen
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** IIRC, there was a portrait of a mermaid in the prefects' washroom, which helped Harry figure out that the second task would take place beneath the Hogwarts lake.
20th Oct '17 11:51:18 PM Luppercus
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** But we '''do''' know they can touch things. Sir Nicholas does it at least once in the books.
20th Oct '17 12:41:51 PM Sharlee
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** We never actually learn the full range of what ghosts are capable of, but it's not out of the question that some could retain the ability to use magic. They may need to have died with a wand on their person, or to have been good enough to work spells without one, but all the food and decor at the Deathday Party had to have come from ''somewhere'', and the former didn't seem like the sort of (rotten) food the house-elves would think it sanitary to whip up in the school kitchens.

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** We never actually learn the full range of what ghosts are capable of, but it's not out of the question that some could retain the ability to use magic. They may need to have died with a wand on their person, or to have been good enough to work spells without one, but all the food and decor at the Deathday Party had to have come from ''somewhere'', and the former didn't seem like the sort of (rotten) food the house-elves would think it sanitary to whip up in the school kitchens. As Binns died while napping in the staff room, not asleep in bed, it's quite likely he'd have had his wand with him, and could have a ghostly wand in his ghostly pocket as a consequence.
20th Oct '17 12:38:35 PM Sharlee
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** We never actually learn the full range of what ghosts are capable of, but it's not out of the question that some could retain the ability to use magic. They may need to have died with a wand on their person, or to have been good enough to work spells without one, but all the food and decor at the Deathday Party had to have come from ''somewhere'', and the former didn't seem like the sort of (rotten) food the house-elves would think it sanitary to whip up in the school kitchens.
20th Oct '17 12:28:08 PM Sharlee
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** Given that ''every'' student gets Sorted immediately after arrival, it's quite likely that the scarves are enchanted to change from plain black to the appropriate House colors once the Sorting result is called for each student and their luggage is moved to their designated dormitory. Else, scarves would be on a separate list of items to be purchased by the parents ''after'' the Sorting, and owl-posted to school before the weather turns cold enough to actually need them.
7th Oct '17 5:03:32 PM sugaricequeen
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** WordOfGod is that Rowena Ravenclaw designed the moving staircases, so I would assume that she enchanted the rooms to move about too. And considering the motto of Ravenclaw House is all about individualism and unique perspectives of intelligence, it was probably her way of teaching students to expect the unexpected and the like.
16th Jul '17 9:50:31 AM nombretomado
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** If the books are an analogy of both wars (been the first Death Eaters war somewhat like UsefulNotes/WorldWarI and the second one, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII) then thereís certain level of TruthInTelevision; Germany and Europe in general DOES change a lot after WW2 and Hitlerís defeat you know? And though yes, I do agree that changing social and cultural prejudices take generations even with laws (been the race issue in the USA a good example, been the caste system in India another, both countries having race segregation and caste system totally outlawed de iure bot still a problem in their society de facto), Europe is an example of a culture changing radically after a terrible conflict. During the 50s to 80s period Europeans where the exact opposite politically of what they where during 20s, 30s and 40s. Most Germans and many Europeans in general left anti-Semitism and other prejudices very quickly to the point than been racist in Germany today is taboo (and Germanís far-right parties have minimal support). Guilt can do that to a society. Something curious for example is that younger German and European genetarions tend to be more critical of stuffs like immigration than the older generations [oppose to most countries in the Americas] mainly because the milenials do not feel any guilt for the Holocaust as they werenít even bore then.

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** If the books are an analogy of both wars (been the first Death Eaters war somewhat like UsefulNotes/WorldWarI and the second one, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII) then thereís certain level of TruthInTelevision; Germany and Europe in general DOES change a lot after WW2 [=WW2=] and Hitlerís defeat you know? And though yes, I do agree that changing social and cultural prejudices take generations even with laws (been the race issue in the USA a good example, been the caste system in India another, both countries having race segregation and caste system totally outlawed de iure bot still a problem in their society de facto), Europe is an example of a culture changing radically after a terrible conflict. During the 50s to 80s period Europeans where the exact opposite politically of what they where during 20s, 30s and 40s. Most Germans and many Europeans in general left anti-Semitism and other prejudices very quickly to the point than been racist in Germany today is taboo (and Germanís far-right parties have minimal support). Guilt can do that to a society. Something curious for example is that younger German and European genetarions tend to be more critical of stuffs like immigration than the older generations [oppose to most countries in the Americas] mainly because the milenials do not feel any guilt for the Holocaust as they werenít even bore then.
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