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Is Harry Potter the first piece of fiction to involve wands with special cores?

It now seems like a common idea, perhaps one with a long reaching tradition. But my google results seem to be solely dominated by Harry Potter references. I've found references to wands with different ...
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Why did Hogwarts students have lessons after the Triwizard Tournament?

Here is a passage from the Goblet of Fire: The only person apart from Ron and Hermione that Harry felt able to talk to was Hagrid. As there was no longer a Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher, ...
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Comic about a man on the run who helps a lost girl and encounters a woman who can see into the future

In the early seventies DC reprinted a story as a second or third feature in one of their comics. It was possibly a National story from the forties or fifties about a man on the run from the law. He's ...
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What is the Hong Kong Businessman Shouting before he tries to jump out the window?

At approximately 6:57 into the Ready Player One film, there is a humorous scene in which the avatar of a "Hong Kong Businessman" played by Jason Forman (Jason Voorhes) is killed. After being killed in ...
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The core of Voldemort's wand came from Fawkes, so how could he successfully use a Killing Curse against Fawkes?

We know that Voldemort's wand was made from one of Fawkes' feathers, like Harry's. We know that this fact caused the weird behavior of the wands when Harry and Voldemort battled in Little Hangleton ...
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In Star Wars, did anyone travel outside the Galaxy? [duplicate]

Given the Hyperdrives and other tech in the Star Wars universe surely someone has traveled outside the Galaxy? Or does this happen but doesn't impact the stories or characters we know of? (I don't ...
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Where does the trope of magic spells being driven by advanced technology originate from?

Imagine a typical fantasy world, where wizards need to perform rituals, or specific hand movements, and utter specific phrases with correct pronunciation to trigger well-defined magic spells. The ...
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Have the positive viruses ever been used in the Red Dwarf books?

In at least 1 episode of Red Dwarf there where positive viruses. Have the positive viruses ever been used in the Red Dwarf books?
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Why was Boomer surprised of Daniel's existence?

In 4x17 "No Exit" Boomer learns about Daniel, She seems genuinely surprised at this, despite her often enough referred to as She certainly wasn't that bad at counting as to be surprised of Daniel's ...
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Why was Benj Clarke trying to blow up Iceland?

In the Ragdoll Physicist chapter of Ra, Benj Clarke is trying to blow up Iceland. Can it be inferred what he tries to achieve by that? At first it would seem logical, if he was indeed being ... But ...
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In universe, why do we see almost no Chinese people in Firefly?

Firefly takes place in a universe where Chinese and American cultures have fused, as evidenced by Chinese signage, and the frequent use of spoken Chinese in the series. Yet, for a universe that's ...
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How did Red Skull know about the Infinity Stones?

In Avengers: Infinity War, Red Skull says that he had been searching for the Infinity Stones. The problem is that at the time that he is referring to he only knew about the Tesseract from Norse ...
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Was the viewscreen in TOS viewed as novel or incremental at the time?

Obviously the original Star Trek presented a number of amazing technologies (even if it wasn't necessarily the genesis of all of them). Today we have amazingly huge high-resolution screens becoming ...
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Children's story series about a chemistry set

In elementary school in the US in the 1970's, our teacher read to us from a series of stories about a boy who receives a chemistry set from a mysterious old woman. She then gives him recipes to make ...
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Young adult novel about a warlock studying in a magical school

It's the warlock's first time attending a magical school. In this school students are different magic users, but he is the only warlock. He has been repeatedly bullied throughout the school year; one ...
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Who is the little girl in Raising Steam who blocks the railway meant to be a reference to?

In Raising Steam, about 80% of the way in, a girl named Edith and her brothers intentionally block the railway so as to be able to save the train and be heroes. “I dare say you do, but I don’t ...
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Drarry fanfiction where Harry is a guardian angel

I read this drarry fan fiction story a while ago but I forgot the name of it. Here are a few details that I remember: There are around 60 chapters. I remember reading it on a site with a dark ...
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Are there any rare magical objects that Harry has never seen?

In the Harry Potter series, Harry always gets his hands on the rarest and unique magical items of the wizarding world: He saw the Mirror of Erised, He found the Philosopher's Stone, The Sword of ...
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Where was the Wakandan Air Force?

Why didn't Wakanda use their jets/ships, specifically to destroy Thanos' army as they came through the gap in the shield, and generally in the battle?
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80's TV series where a boy's bedroom becomes a space ship, steering it with his desk lamp

Looking for the name of a children's TV show. Saw it first on TV in the early 80's but possibly produced earlier. Might have been of British origin. Plot: When a boy fiddles with the lamp on his desk,...
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Harry Potter fanfic about a ‘wild-child’ god-daughter of Voldemort seeking revenge

I'm looking for a Harry Potter fanfic I read around 10 years back. It's the Marauder's Era, a new girl is transferred/brought unwilling to Hogwarts in the 5th/7th year. I don't remember her name, but ...
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How involved are Muggles who are allowed to know about magic in the wizarding world?

To clarify, this is different from the question How involved are Muggle parents in the school lives of their magical kids? I am not talking about coming to Hogwarts. I am thinking outside the school. ...
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Sci-fi film with humans with blades for hands

A few years ago, I watched a sci-fi movie, but I forgot the title, and I only remember a few things about it: It takes place in the future. Human things with blades on their hands come out from a ...
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Do you appear on the Marauder's Map if you're dead?

I was thinking of how Barty Crouch Sr. was killed. After that was he (and other bodies) visible on the map?
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Why does Duke Leto have a pug?

In the Dune film adaptation, Duke Leto Atreides possesses a pug (a dog) that appears in several scenes. At one point, Gurney Halleck, as portrayed by Patrick Stewart carries it into battle. I don't ...
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How come the Weasley twins didn't realize Wormtail was alive because of the Marauder's Map? [duplicate]

We are probably all familiar with this one: How come Fred and George don't realize the long-dead Peter Pettigrew is alive? They had the map for many years while Wormtail was at Hogwarts (he was Percy'...
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Was there a part 2 to Ralph Bakshi's Lord of the Rings?

Is there any production footage of part 2 of Ralph Bakshi's Lord of The Rings 70's animated movie? At the end of the film there is dialogue indicating that there would be another film: Narrator: As ...
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Are there any known experiments the Department of Mysteries has conducted?

During the fifth book, the Golden Trio plus Neville, Luna, and Ginny travel to the Department of Mysteries. During that time we see a variety of interesting things (Ex. the veil, prophecies, brains). ...
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Was Daedra West involved in the murder of her sister?

I've read The Peripheral more than once and I still can't decide if Daedra was involved.
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What land is the Evil Queen ruler of?

In Shrek the Third, we see the Evil Queen as a minor antagonist. But what was she Queen of? Duloc? Far Far Away? If she was Queen of Duloc, that would explain how Farquaad got the Mirror. But if Far ...
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Why wasn't the Room of Requirement used more often? [duplicate]

The Room of Requirement is extremely useful, but Harry barely uses it. Sure the DA uses it, and so does Harry to hide his Potions book, but for half of the fifth book, and the sixth, whenever he ...
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Young adult book about a girl who goes to live with her dead mother's people, who are aliens

This book is probably from the 70s or early 80s. A girl's mother dies, and she and her father go to live in another town with her mother's relatives. The town looks relatively normal at first, but the ...
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Why new Time Turners were not produceed when needed?

By the time of the Cursed Child, time turners but we discover that It's then made pretty clear that once the time turners are Why couldn't someone just make more? I mean, the already existing ones ...
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Why didn't this character get involved earlier?

At the beginning of Avengers: Infinity War we see a lot of people lying dead or injured after Followed shortly by the appearance of What was doing while all those people were fighting and dying?
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Short story in White Dwarf magazine about a travelling wizard and a village being terrorised by some kind of demon

I'm trying to remember the title and author of a short story in White Dwarf magazine from the eighties. All I can remember is a travelling wizard type arriving at a small village which is being ...
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How would schools that take in multiple nationalities address the language barrier issue?

Although Hogwarts has an attendance of mostly British, Scottish, and Irish students, Beauxbatons, Durmstrang, Castelobruxo, Uagadou, and possibly Ilvermorny and Mahoutokoro all accept kids from other ...
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Sci-Fi short story: Side with the most advanced technology loses [duplicate]

Looking for an old sci-fi short story where the side with the most advanced technology loses because of unexpected side effects of their high tech. The story is told from the perspective of the ...
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Why are Fremen children not all pre-born with prescience?

In the Dune saga (1st three books) why aren't Fremen children born with prescience or pre-born? I get that Chani was put on a high spice diet when pregnant but surely given that all adult Fremen have ...
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Anime where students are transported to another world and awaken a female robot/witch

The story begins with a group of high school students entering a different dimension/world. The main male character awakens a female robot/witch by using her wand/staff which is key shaped at the end ...
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Do Italian wizards go to Beauxbatons?

I'm asking this for a YouTuber who thinks that Lavender Brown survives, marries an Italian man and has 3 children who go to Beauxbatons. Do Italian wizards go to Beauxbatons?
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Cartoon about an alien that came to Earth, and is helped back to his home planet by a boy

There was a cartoon show, where an alien comes to Earth. A boy helps him, he turns him into a boy with the help of his watch. After that the boy, the alien and his friends help the alien back their ...
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What is the shortest route through the Horus Heresy series?

I have begun reading the Horus Heresy stories in the recommended order: Horus Rising False Gods Galaxy in Flames Flight of the Eisenstein I've also read Fulgrim where the story moves onto Isstan V ...
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What is a “bogle”?

In The Island of Doctor Moreau, when Prendick first sees the Beast Man, Montgomery tells him that it could be a "bogle": I stood up in front of him. "What was that thing that came after me?" I ...
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TV film about aliens with clear brain cases and a single eye stalk brainwashing people

The film was show on TV prior to the 1980s. The antagonists were aliens which had a clear brain case and a single eye stalk (similar to the Dr Who character; The Brain of Morbius) They brain wash ...
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Short story about a man diminished by the news

Back in 1979, I read a short story in a science fiction collection about a man who was obsessed with the news. He constantly read, listened to, and watched the events of the day most of his day. Some ...
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At what point did C. S. Lewis decide that humans were a normal part of Narnia's world?

C. S. Lewis wrote most of The Chronicles of Narnia without a long-term plan. In most cases, he published each volume with little to no idea what the next one would be about. (The major exception ...
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What is the Star Trek Episode where aliens from another dimension are sent to our dimension when they die?

I am wracking my brain for this episode. I think it was a Next Generation show, but I can't find it on the list of their episodes. The ship comes across a small vessel which contains an alien from ...
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Book about a boy who joins secret society that protects the timelines. They time travel through sleep

It has been some years (before 2009?) since I've read this book. The story starts off with this boy [teens] who can sleep anywhere, even with his eyes open, and can do this on cue! This secret company ...
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Is magic inherited in the Alex Verus world?

In the Alex Verus (TVTropes page) series of books, there are people with the talent to wield magic, ranging from full mages who can use many spells within their given domains to Adepts who can handle ...
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In Batman (1989), does the Joker know who Batman is?

At the end of Batman (the 1989 movie), Batman says to the Joker 'you killed my parents'; the Joker replies that he (Jack Napier) was a kid when he killed them. Does this mean the Joker knew Batman is ...

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