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6th Apr '17 7:23:18 PM nombretomado
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* Perhaps the person creating the Horcrux must murder a person, then replace part of his or her body with the victim's. This has nice parallels with the Horcrux's purpose: requiring one to fragment their body to fragment their soul. Also, it's pretty darn squicky to think of someone going all [[PlanescapeTorment Nameless One]] and tearing out their own eye, liver, ulna, or what-have-you and replacing it with that of a corpse's.

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* Perhaps the person creating the Horcrux must murder a person, then replace part of his or her body with the victim's. This has nice parallels with the Horcrux's purpose: requiring one to fragment their body to fragment their soul. Also, it's pretty darn squicky to think of someone going all [[PlanescapeTorment [[VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment Nameless One]] and tearing out their own eye, liver, ulna, or what-have-you and replacing it with that of a corpse's.
26th Mar '17 1:01:16 PM nombretomado
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For example, if a wizard had attempted to turn a teapot into a wheelbarrow ''while'' the protagonists of the ''OceansEleven'' remake set off the EMP bomb nearby, the transfiguration would have failed catastrophically and resulted in, say, a large, lopsided stone washbasin with a spout. However, if someone in the vicinity had attempted a simple candle-lighting charm moments later (during the blackout), using the typical amount of effort for such a spell, the candle would have flared up and taken their eyebrows with it.\\

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For example, if a wizard had attempted to turn a teapot into a wheelbarrow ''while'' the protagonists of the ''OceansEleven'' ''Film/OceansEleven'' remake set off the EMP bomb nearby, the transfiguration would have failed catastrophically and resulted in, say, a large, lopsided stone washbasin with a spout. However, if someone in the vicinity had attempted a simple candle-lighting charm moments later (during the blackout), using the typical amount of effort for such a spell, the candle would have flared up and taken their eyebrows with it.\\
6th Jan '17 7:34:40 AM SeptimusHeap
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* Okay, so I thought this was interesting enough to google it. The first 3 results were all {{Slash Fic}}. [[FreudWasRight Seriously, people?]]

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* Okay, so I thought this was interesting enough to google it. The first 3 results were all {{Slash Fic}}. [[FreudWasRight Seriously, people?]]
people?
23rd Dec '16 9:48:36 PM nombretomado
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Which is why he's such a CoolOldGuy in the first few books ("As long as they don't take me off the chocolate frog cards!") and such an IdiotBall-toting JerkAss in the last books. Same reason, different symptoms. He's not wise, he's just a SeeminglyProfoundFool. The times he was BadAss in battle was because he was lashing out with his coolest spells at someone who PO'd him, not because he's all that competent.

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Which is why he's such a CoolOldGuy in the first few books ("As long as they don't take me off the chocolate frog cards!") and such an IdiotBall-toting JerkAss in the last books. Same reason, different symptoms. He's not wise, he's just a SeeminglyProfoundFool. The times he was BadAss badass in battle was because he was lashing out with his coolest spells at someone who PO'd him, not because he's all that competent.
17th Jun '16 7:40:34 PM nombretomado
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* The term ''eminence grise'', essentially meaning TheManBehindTheMan, comes from an influential advisor to Cardinal Richelieu who was known as the "Grey Friar" -- basically a figure who organised The Terror from the back room. HufflepuffHouse, as the trope they gave their name to implies, are never in the spotlight and nobody knows what they're supposed to be good at, and the mascot of their house is similarly obscure. So, what are Hufflepuffs good at? Getting stuff done without drawing attention to themselves. Keeping a low profile, and encouraging people to think of them as {{Living Prop}}s, if they think of them at all. Getting their powerful friends to do their dirty work. Kind of a change of image from the [[ThatMitchellAndWebbLook "bumbling badger of mediocrity"]], no? Suddenly, I find myself wondering what shadowy intrigues they managed to orchestrate while Harry and Voldemort were causing all that noisy commotion... -JohnNye

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* The term ''eminence grise'', essentially meaning TheManBehindTheMan, comes from an influential advisor to Cardinal Richelieu who was known as the "Grey Friar" -- basically a figure who organised The Terror from the back room. HufflepuffHouse, as the trope they gave their name to implies, are never in the spotlight and nobody knows what they're supposed to be good at, and the mascot of their house is similarly obscure. So, what are Hufflepuffs good at? Getting stuff done without drawing attention to themselves. Keeping a low profile, and encouraging people to think of them as {{Living Prop}}s, if they think of them at all. Getting their powerful friends to do their dirty work. Kind of a change of image from the [[ThatMitchellAndWebbLook [[Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook "bumbling badger of mediocrity"]], no? Suddenly, I find myself wondering what shadowy intrigues they managed to orchestrate while Harry and Voldemort were causing all that noisy commotion... -JohnNye
17th Jan '16 10:14:55 AM nombretomado
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Think about it. Young girl forms a trusting/confidant relationship with an older male 'friend' she doesn't know much about - a 'friend' who gets his jollies on domination and sociopathic behavior, by the way, and is willing to humor this little girl for as long as it suits his needs. After some of her encounters with him, she blacks out and wakes up not knowing what happened. She feels dirty inside and can't really explain why. And at the end of it all, she ends up being kidnapped and lured by this 'boy' into a place called The Chamber of Secrets, where she is meant to be used for his ends. For God's sake, the entire thing plays out like something straight out of LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit.

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Think about it. Young girl forms a trusting/confidant relationship with an older male 'friend' she doesn't know much about - a 'friend' who gets his jollies on domination and sociopathic behavior, by the way, and is willing to humor this little girl for as long as it suits his needs. After some of her encounters with him, she blacks out and wakes up not knowing what happened. She feels dirty inside and can't really explain why. And at the end of it all, she ends up being kidnapped and lured by this 'boy' into a place called The Chamber of Secrets, where she is meant to be used for his ends. For God's sake, the entire thing plays out like something straight out of LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit.''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit''.
29th Dec '15 8:09:36 PM Willbyr
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Could Grindlewald's obsession with death be due to the death of a close relative? Maybe he was expelled for experimenting with death. Are Grindlewald's parents mentioned? Could it be that they died? Or maybe I am thinking of DoctorDoom. But if Grindlewald lost a parent that would give more connection to Dumbledore.

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Could Grindlewald's obsession with death be due to the death of a close relative? Maybe he was expelled for experimenting with death. Are Grindlewald's parents mentioned? Could it be that they died? Or maybe I am thinking of DoctorDoom.Doctor Doom. But if Grindlewald lost a parent that would give more connection to Dumbledore.
11th Mar '15 2:40:24 AM DrImpossible
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* Kingsley: Probably Ravenclaw - if he indeed went to Hogwarts.
** There's never any suggestion Kingsley isn't British, so I'd say he almost certainly went to Hogwarts.

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* Kingsley: Probably Ravenclaw - if he indeed went to Hogwarts.
** There's never any suggestion Kingsley isn't British, so I'd say he almost certainly went to Hogwarts.
Ravenclaw.




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* Confirmed. This is canonically what happened.



*** There are ways around that....
* Or he could be Aberforth's son, which would account for why Xenophilius and his daughter are both Cloudcuckoolanders. So Luna would be Albus's niece.

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*** There Well, first of all, being attracted to men doesn't preclude also being attracted to women. And, second of all, while [[WordOfGod JKRowling said that after Grindelwald, Dumbledore didn't love anyone romantically ever again,]] that doesn't mean that he never had sex ever again. Besides, there are ways around that....
that. Artificial insemination, etc.
* Or he could be Aberforth's son, which would account for why Xenophilius and his daughter are both Cloudcuckoolanders. So Luna would be Albus's niece.
great-niece.



This is just a necessary non-canon assumption for the Wizard of Oz and special-ed theories above.
* Ambition, guys, ambition... Ambition and sociopathy have a high correlation.
** Jossed.

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This is just a necessary non-canon assumption for the Wizard of Oz and special-ed theories above.
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Ambition, guys, ambition... Ambition and sociopathy have a high correlation.
** Jossed.
28th Feb '15 6:54:40 AM SeptimusHeap
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If a student was under the age minimum and could find a sufficiently sneaky way to enter their name (or even any way, if the teachers weren't to stop someone tipping it in with an [[DungeonsAndDragons eleven-foot pole]]), they would be allowed to enter. It was only Harry's unconventional and illegal entry that caused the school heads to bring up his age, and they would not have complained (nay, they may have smirked with joy) had the small fourteen-year-old been Hogwarts' only champion. The age line simply acted as a pre-test for younger students, to prevent every immature student who thought the idea of being Champion was cool from dropping in their names. Of course, this follows my original assumption from the first time experiencing the story that the beards on Fred, George, and Katie (along with being expelled from the circle) were a result of Dumbledore adding an "insult-to-injury" clause to the age line's programming that punished anyone who attempted such an un-innovative technique as age alteration.

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If a student was under the age minimum and could find a sufficiently sneaky way to enter their name (or even any way, if the teachers weren't to stop someone tipping it in with an [[DungeonsAndDragons [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons eleven-foot pole]]), they would be allowed to enter. It was only Harry's unconventional and illegal entry that caused the school heads to bring up his age, and they would not have complained (nay, they may have smirked with joy) had the small fourteen-year-old been Hogwarts' only champion. The age line simply acted as a pre-test for younger students, to prevent every immature student who thought the idea of being Champion was cool from dropping in their names. Of course, this follows my original assumption from the first time experiencing the story that the beards on Fred, George, and Katie (along with being expelled from the circle) were a result of Dumbledore adding an "insult-to-injury" clause to the age line's programming that punished anyone who attempted such an un-innovative technique as age alteration.
22nd Jan '15 10:49:54 PM xXwindsofchangeXx
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* TT always thought that torturing the Longbottoms might have been part of Crouch's initiation ritual into the Death Eaters. He would've been about 18 or 19 when the tortures happened, probably struggling between wanting to do things on his own and going against his upbringing (I'm assuming that Barty Crouch Sr. would have married a woman that felt just as strongly about the Dark Arts as he did). The Lestranges brought Crouch there to be the one to torture Frank and Alice while the more senior Death Eaters presumably were to interrogate them. But Crouch was either too afraid or simply couldn't summon up the sadism necessary to really make the Longbottoms hurt - at which point Bellatrix took matters into her own hands. Of course, Bellatrix being Bellatrix, started enjoying herself too much and overdid it, leaving Frank and Alice in the sad situation portrayed in the book series proper. But Barty really wasn't responsible for the end result, he was just there when it happened, and ended up with a harsher sentence because his father wanted to save himself the embarrassment ''and'' because everyone assumed he was equally guilty.
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