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Headscratchers: The Wizard of Oz
  • Why doesn't Dorothy flip the hourglass to buy herself more time before the witch tries to kill her?
    • It looks rather cumbersome, and she probably knew it wouldn't make any difference.
  • In the movie, Glinda says that only bad witches are ugly, so why did she have to ask Dorothy if she was a good witch or a bad witch?
    • Dorothy was obviously so young, she might not have had time to grow ugly from practicing bad witchcraft.
    • Maybe that was Glinda's catty way of saying she thinks Dorothy is plain looking.
    • On a related note, if Glinda is meant to be beautiful, why is she wearing pink when she has red hair?
      • It makes her beautiful, it doesn't make her have a great fashion sense.
    • She didn't say that ALL bad witches are ugly, just that no good witch is ugly.
  • In the movie, there's a red brick road originating from the same place as the famous yellow one. If Dorothy decided to go Off the Rails and follow the red road, where would she end up?
    • Into Munchkin Town? Maybe it was a way to differentiate between the local streets and the one road that led out of town into the rest of Oz.
    • The Sapphire City (based on the color of the road and a guess, as far as I know it doesn't actually exist), Hell (red road, and there would be the convenient pun of Toto going to hell in a handbasket for bad behavior, East Munchkinland could have just been there for the spiral pattern, and trailed of shortly after leaving the town... square. Circle. whatever), or The Desert (Most likely after East Munchkinland Town, considering it surrounds the entirety of Oz, at least in the books).
    • It's been suggested it's where the Good Witch Of The North lives as she flies off there after talking to Dorothy (although she flies in from the other direction). In the books, Glinda's world has a red theme.
  • How could the coroner examine the body of the wicked witch while she was under Dorothy's house? He couldn't have even felt for her heartbeat, much less "thoroughly examined her". Unless he was talking about examining her feet.
    • How much of an examination do you exactly need to declare someone that got crushed by a house is dead?
      • Well, there's a CHANCE it could have been someone else that she crushed...
    • There are pulse points in the feet and ankles which he could have felt.
  • Glinda basically sics the Wicked Witch on Dorothy by gluing the ruby slippers to her feet. She's either evil or a troll.
    • That's a plot hole introduced by the film, in multiple different regards — first off, Glinda doesn't appear until the very end of the story, and it's the unnamed Good Witch of the North that first meets Dorothy. Second, in the book, she chooses to wear the Silver Shoes because her own shoes are too worn for the journey to the Emerald City and silver shoes would not wear out. The most anyone knows at that point is that the Wicked Witch of the East was proud of them, and they had some sort of charm attached to them. No-one knows what they do, exactly, or that anyone else might be after them. Third, the Wicked Witch of the West doesn't figure directly into the story until much later, so merely having the shoes clearly didn't make her a target. Now... as for why this was the case in the film... I have no idea. Can anyone else help out?
    • Think of it this way, the shoes needed to go on somebody to keep them away from the Witch. Dorothy is an outsider who's only desire is to go home, she has no interest in the shoes or their potential powers so there's little chance of her becoming corrupted by whatever powers they possessed. Also, the one time Dorothy and her friends failed to fix a problem put forth by the witch (the poppies) Glinda intervened and undid it herself. Dorothy was never in any real danger, the Witch even engineered her own death. Everyone wins, nobody was seriously hurt and Dorothy went home like she wanted.
    • The Wicked Witch of the West already had a beef against Dorothy for the death of her sister (either not believing it was an accident or not caring that it was). However, as long as Dorothy has the Ruby Slippers on her feet, the Witch has to kill her "delicately" if she wants to preserve their enchantment for her own use, giving Dorothy somewhat better chances of survival. Though that raises the question of how the Ruby Slippers' magic was still working after the Wicked Witch of the East died; having a house dropped on you is hardly delicate.
    • Well, she didn't seem to care at all that her sister was dead and more concerned that Dorothy may be a threat if she was powerful enough to kill her sister. But Glinda called her attention away from that by bringing up the slippers...only to put them on Dorothy, so the Witch has a new reason to go against the girl.
      • Honestly I think people are too hard on Glinda, when I watch her I don't see a Sadist Teacher. When I watch her guile in action I see someone like Master Yoda, and nobody ever calls him sadistic.
      • Perhaps if the Witch just outright kills Dorothy, she can't be certain she'll get the shoes. When the Witch of the East died, the shoes went to Dorothy rather than the two powerful Witches with her. The Witch of the West wants them for herself so she needs to make sure she can get the shoes off Dorothy without them going to someone else.
  • Isn't Ms. Gulch still going to take Toto away?
    • Presumably after her adventure, Dorothy has gained the brains to outsmart her, the heart to make her see reason, or failing that, the courage to kick her in the shins and run for the hills.
    • A cut line says she was killed in the cyclone.
    • There is also the whole "turned into a witch and a house fell on her" thing...
    • In the stage play that was adapted from the movie, it's said she fell off her bicycle and twisted her ankle during the tornado. Without a way to get around, it seems that everyone assumes she'll be unable to take Toto. By the time she healed, she probably realized it wasn't worth it.
    • Dorothy could also say that Toto got lost in the cyclone and just keep him out of sight for a few weeks before saying she got a new dog or something.
  • Why is it not raining during a tornado? Maybe I'm just ignorant, but I thought tornadoes formed in thunderstorms.
    • Most of them do. But most tornadoes occur on the southwest side of a rotating thunderstorm, and typically this southwest portion is free of rain. After the tornado, it usually starts pouring.
    • Not always. There's several ways that a tornado can form. The type known as a "landspout" is created as a storm cloud forms, before the storm itself, and is quite common in Kansas.
    • Tornadoes form through a variety of ways, such as two wind masses of opposing temperatures collide, and the winds are sufficiently strong to maintain them for a time without collapsing. Storms usually create that strong of a wind, but any wind can reach that strength through other factors.
    • Possibly the lack of rain is one reason the tornado caught everyone by surprise, leaving no time for anyone to search for Dorothy.
  • The Munchkin soldiers have rifles. Why don't they just shoot the Wicked Witch of the West instead?
    • You've been watching How It Should Have Ended lately, haven't you?
      • It's not implausible that, being a witch, bullets have no effect on her, or she can at least defend against them. Water may be the Witch's only weakness.
      • And houses.
  • What has the witch got against the Scarecrow? First time she shows up after Munchkinland she immediately attacks the Scarecrow. When the Witches's flying monkeys attack Dorothy and Toto are taken away and The Tin Man and Lion are unharmed... and the Scarecrow's in a million pieces on the ground. When they come to rescue her she chooses the Scarecrow as her first victim after she catches them escaping. And then there's the repeated threats of stuffing a mattress with him. She almost completely ignores the Cowardly Lion, despite being the easiest to scare, and does the same to the Tin Man after the first remark of turning him into a beehive. I mean really, the poor guy doesn't do anything worse than the other two and he gets all the punishment.
    • He probably makes the easiest target, bring literally made of straw and all that. The Tin Man is effectively armored, and carries an axe. The Lion may be a coward, but he's still a freaking lion. The Scarecrow, however, is basically even less tough than a normal person (though the ability to be reassembled helps him out). The witch is a bully, so naturally she torments someone she sees as weak and vulnerable.
      • The Witch also guesses he seems to be Dorothy's first and best friend, so of course she'd go after him first.
    • He's also a little more mouthy in the Witch's presence than the others. More importantly, he's the only one of Dorothy's three companions who's unarmed, having neither ax nor claws: a much better target for the flying monkeys, who are probably afraid of lions and unable to damage a metal body, in any case.
    • The recent The Great And Powerful Oz reveals why the Wicked Witch is particularly leery of being tricked by scarecrows.
  • When the yellow brick road splits into like five roads (when Dorothy meets the Scarecrow), where do the others go? Surely Glinda would know that the road splits and would tell Dorothy? Or do they eventually merge back together somewhere down the way?
    • I think that's probably the explanation, but maybe she assumed Dorothy would ask the Scarecrow? After all, he seemed to know which way to go. Of course, that begs the question of how he knew which path went where...
      • The Scarecrow has been hanging there for a VERY long time. Most likely, he's made conversation with other travelers, asking where they were going, where they were coming from, etc.
    • It would be rather unlikely that they would all merge considering that they are footpaths, not automobile roads, so the main purpose of merging them would not exist (even in roads, the vast majority don't merge), that would just cover less ground and therefore less useful for the general purpose of footpaths. If they needed to be connected they would presumably all connect to a separate path going perpendicular.
      • Still, the other four roads may have merged into two, with ends that suggested an alternate route to the Emerald City, via Glinda's magic, for example. Or one (or more) may have ended up at the Witch's Castle, she and her sister were rather important figures in Oz.
    • Not everyone who takes a certain road goes all the way to the end. It's plausible that all yellow brick roads lead to the Emerald City, but that there may be additional stops along the way that someone might want to go to.

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