The strange words Dumbledore says is the house elves cue to Magic the food up.
The house elves may know their masters needs, but if said master had a flair for the dramatic like Dumbledore, he'd set a cue for them to follow- in this case, three words that are... odd, so as to not be confused with the many conversations and thoughts in the Great Hall.
Dumbledore smoothed over Hagrid's transfiguration of Dudley, when Hagrid give him a tail.
After all, in book six we learn about the ministry stepping in when Morfin cast boils on Tom Riddle Sr.
, I don't see why Hagrid doing this to a muggle child would be any different - or more serious.
- The Ministry can tell when magic is used but not who does it. They likely assumed it was Harry, especially given how it was just a tail and Hagrid isn't supposed to be using magic at all.
- The Ministry can tell when anyone who has the Trace on them uses magic, unless the person with the Trace is near other wizards. Hagrid doesn't have the Trace. Regarding Dobby in Chamber
Hagrid got to the Hut-on-the-Rock using Floo powder.
When Harry asks Hagrid how he got there, Hagrid's reply is "Flew", but we are taking the word in the manner that Harry would've understood it - he doesn't know about Floo powder. Granted, to travel by Floo Network it requires a working fireplace. It's known there is a fireplace in the hut, but Hagrid doesn't appear directly into it. Perhaps, due to his size, there is a loophole and he appeared on top of the chimney instead, which would explain why he was outside.
Dumbledore was lying about the earwax every flavor bean.
Just to distract from the seriousness of the conversation. He had toffee.
Quirrell wasn't completely evil
I mean how would you
act if the dark lord had fastened himself to the back of your head, no only threatening your life but the lives of your friends and family as well, not to mention mental torture
. It could be the case that Quirrell was an innocent (and at the end when he tries to kill Harry, it was in fact Voldemort, having completely taken over his mind by that point) and died in agony, trapped inside his own mind.
Harry grandparents on both sides were killed by Death Eaters.
Throughout the early books, nothing is ever said about Harry's relationship with his family outside of the Dursleys and Aunt Marge. It's hard to imagine that either side would willingly let Harry be abused if they were around. Harry's wizard grandparents certainly wouldn't. Whether Petunia knows the truth is another matter, though she may have her suspicions.
The Mirror of Erised has prophetic powers.
While it can't actually change the future, it always shows a desire that's likely to come true
in preference to any other desires the viewer might harbor. In Harry's case, its vision of him surrounded by his dead family effectively comes true in the last book, when he's surrounded by the ghostly presences of his parents, his godfather, and even the father of the orphaned boy who'll grow up as Harry's foster child. In Ron's case, he actually does become a prefect later in the series, which is as close to Head Boy as someone who missed his seventh year can get, and while he would never officially be named Quidditch captain, he's effectively the acting captain during the last such game featured in the books.
So each of those visions came, if not perfectly
true, at least as close to true as circumstances allowed. And Harry's last Erised vision, of finding the Stone in his pocket, of course came true in the literal sense.
The one vision described in the novel that doesn't seem to be accurate is Quirrell's vision of seeing himself giving the Philosopher's Stone to his master ... but who's to say that he was necessarily telling the truth about that? Given his own circumstances, it's far more likely that Quirrell actually saw Voldemort leaving his body in the Mirror: even villains want freedom, after all, and Voldemort had abused Quirrell incessantly even before he physically possessed the guy. He only claimed he'd seen something else because his master — who couldn't see what Quirrell saw; even if the Mirror treated Voldemort as merely a part of Quirrell, Voldemort's face and Quirrell's look in opposite directions — would punish him for defiance if he admitted his desire to separate. In which case, Quirrell's real desire also came true in the end, albeit at the cost of his life.
The broomstick jinx scene had been foreshadowed earlier.
During the first Quidditch match, Harry's broom was assumed to be jinxed by Snape, who was actually countering Quirrel's
. Earlier on during Harry's first official flying lesson, Neville's broom seemed to go haywire resulting in a minor injury. While it would seem normal for a then accident-prone Neville to have experienced this, there maybe another reason: Quirrell
was experimenting the jinx on someone else before he decided to execute it during the Quidditch match.
Explanation: Both incidents were very similar in the broom's erratic movements, especially the jerking movements and directions the broom went. Harry's broom however jerked more violently indicating that the jinx performed on Mr. Longbottom was less potent and only intended as an experiment for the real thing.
If this is indeed true, then Quirrell would be invoking Fridge Horror, as he planned to use a random student as a guinea pig, so as to MURDER another.
Dumbledore was telling the truth about the Mirror of Erised
Everyone assumes he was lying because of his relationship with Grindlewald. However, maybe Grindlewald used to sew Dumbledore thick, woolen socks, and Dumbledore couldn't get them after leaving Grindlewald.