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How is canonicity of derivative works determined for Star Wars?

For all types of derivative works, namely: Movies Novels Comic books Other written works (including RPG materials) Cartoons Video games Derivative movies (such as the infamous Ewok movies and even ...
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Why don't Muggle-born wizards use Muggle technology to fight Death Eaters?

We know that wizards in the Harry Potter universe are subject to regular physical harm (e.g. witness injuries from being hit by Bludgers or just colliding with things when playing Quidditch). ...
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How did Harry become a Horcrux?

To make a Horcrux, certainly murder can't be the only requirement. It is obvious a proper spell is needed for completing a Horcrux. Voldemort could have made a thousand Horcruxes, as he had already ...
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Is Tolkien's Middle-earth in our Universe?

I started reading The Hobbit to my daughter last night having read most of Tolkien's books in my youth, but haven't read them again for some years. In the first few pages of The Hobbit, Tolkien talks ...
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What canon evidence is there that Stormtroopers are/are not still clones?

Reading this article about The Top 10 Reasons Proving Boba Fett Killed Luke Skywalker's Aunt and Uncle, my nerd-rage started flaring as they claimed that Stormtroopers were still Fett-Clones 20 years ...
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Looking for sci-fi novel I read about humanity finding alien station on orbit of Earth

I am looking for a novel that I'd love to re-read it with my wife (my 13-year old self must be proud of me I guess). Key Plot points The plot was about humanity finding an alien station on an orbit of ...
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Are E.T. and Star Wars in the same universe?

An answer about the Star Wars timeline, uses the appearance of E.T.-like creatures in the Star Wars universe as a frame of reference for dating the sagas relative to our present day. I remember ...
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What are the rules and limits of Accio spell?

We know that Accio spell (aka Summoning Charm) has some limits: It can be blocked (e.g. Harry couldn't Accio the Diadem in RoR in Deathly Hallows). Many more failures are listed on Wikia. But what ...
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What Percentage Makes Someone a Half-blood?

I was checking on something in the Harry Potter wiki and saw Harry listed as "Half-Blood." Both his parents were magical, but, as we know, his grandparents on his Mother's side were muggles. This ...
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Are all stormtroopers as poor soldiers as the ones in the movies?

In the Star Wars films we consistently witness just how poor soldiers stormtroopers are. They show very sub-par marksmanship, crappy house searching tactics, and are easily fooled and defeated by ...
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Where did the "Magic Blood" of the Harry Potter Universe Originate From?

What is a wizard that makes them non-Muggle? Or, more directly, what ancestry does the witch/wizard gene follow? Is there a patriarchal wizard (or matriarchal witch) that Muggles have no part in? ...
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Was the "Eye of Sauron" Sauron's actual physical form?

During the time frame of The Lord of the Rings, was the Eye of Sauron Sauron's actual physical form? If not, what form did he have?
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What is the true origin of the Orcs?

There are a bunch of theories about the true origin of the Orcs. Tolkien tried out a few different origins for his Orcs throughout his life but died before he could fully revise The Silmarillion with ...
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Trying to remember a book about a human male travelling to alien planet

I listened to this on audiobook and it was great. The premise was a human ends up travelling to an alien planet. The aliens have a perimeter to their 'base' that is under constant attack from the ...
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series of young adult science fiction books from early 1980s about last of a race of martial experts that sees the destruction of his home planet

I remember that the main character is trying to find the group that destroyed his home planet while he was on a mission. His planet was very difficult to live on and the people became expert in ...
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Anime with gems that can summon beasts to fight for the user, one is a purple turtle

What is the name of the anime TV show where a boy can summon beasts with crystals/gems. It was on SABC 2. There was also a boy that could summon a purple turtle . I think the gems were blue, green, ...
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Who or what was Tom Bombadil?

The most iconic of Middle-earth questions: Who or what was Tom Bombadil? Was he an elf? Was he akin to Gandalf, and one of the wizardly stock? Was he something… else?
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How was the Chosen One meant to bring balance to the Force?

The legend of the Chosen One foretold the coming of a being who would restore balance to the Force. Now we know that Anakin Skywalker was the Chosen One, but how exactly was he supposed to restore ...
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Which Harry Potter works are considered canon?

There are many different Harry Potter works including: books short stories movies card games video games toys amusement parks web content Which ones are considered to be canon?
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Would the One Ring even work for anyone but Sauron?

The temptation of the One Ring, we quickly learn, is always tied up with power: each character's fantasies of possessing it seem to be about what they would do with great power. Even Sam, as I recall, ...
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Why is JK Rowling considered 'bad at math'?

An often repeated meme about Harry Potter is that JK Rowling is 'bad at math'. I see this all over this site and the saying is probably used elsewhere. The following is said, in the comments for the ...
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Can wizards create their own spells?

In the Harry Potter series, are wizards capable of creating their own spells, or are they limited to the spells that they're taught/learn? I seem to remember something about Snape creating ...
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Why did the Jedi want to bring balance to the Force?

During the Prequel trilogy, the Jedi wanted to bring balance to the Force, in accordance with a prophecy. There seemed to be a general agreement that this was a 'good thing', but a disagreement with ...
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During the events of the Harry Potter series what is the total population of Wizards/Witches globally?

The question "How do Muggle-borns end up with magical ability?" got me to wondering how many wizards and witches there were on the planet during the events of the Harry Potter series. Was there any ...
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What causes the portraits of Wizards to behave interactively?

Does J.K. Rowling address how the interactive portraits work? Would a portrait painted after a Wizard/Witch died become interactive, or does the painting of the portrait have to take place during the ...
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Book ID: Astronauts and Lab Students can create portals through space

Desperate to locate and re-read exceptional book/series, but cannot remember the title. The high concept: The U.S. has just sent the first successful expedition to Mars, and it has just landed. As the ...
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Why are there humans in the Star Wars Universe?

Kind of brought to my attention by this answer. The poster mentions non-humans, which implies that there are humans in the Star Wars universe. However, since it happened "A long time ago, in a ...
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What is this Disney scifi movie from the late 80s/early 90s?

When I was a kid we had a VHS tape of some Disney live action (not animated) sci-fi movie. It may have been a mini-series or a made-for-tv movie, but I'm not sure. I'm also not sure about the year but ...
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Anime with a boy hiring a creature from a stone, meets a man named Dante and starts a journey to collect crystals

I am from India, this anime or animated series (I can't remember this was made by the Japan or other countries) was aired between 2009 and 2012 probably in Jetix/Disney XD (but I'm not sure). This ...
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Why didn't Sauron find Bilbo when he put on the ring like Frodo?

When Frodo put on the One Ring, both the Nazgûl and Sauron himself found Frodo. However when Bilbo had the ring and possibly used it many times, Sauron sought Gollum to get a hint on where to look for ...
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In what time period does The Lord of the Rings take place in the real world?

I know that The Lord of the Rings is located in Middle-earth and by the looks of clothes and props, we're looking at well before the 18th century. What's the best guess at the time period that The ...
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Children's book with "square triangles" in parallel universe?

In the 1960s I read book--an older children's book, I think--which I loved, and still remember, roughly. I have no idea what the title is or who the author is, and I'm wondering if anyone knows this ...
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Is the basic premise of humans as a power source in The Matrix reasonable? [closed]

In The Matrix the machines "grow" humans to provide a source of power. Is this really feasible from the perspective of power generation (never mind all the business of growing/feeding people)? Wouldn'...
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Where did Harry's parents get all of their money from?

So, at the beginning of Harry Potter, Harry is found to have a large vault of gold at Gringotts. Where did all of that money come from? What did James (I assume it came from him, as Lily was muggle-...
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Why didn't Palpatine publicly change his name once he became Emperor?

Anakin Skywalker was known as Darth Vader (this was already his Sith name) after the creation of the Galactic Empire. So why did Palpatine remain "Emperor Palpatine"? Why didn't he embrace his ...
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What was the origin of Star Trek's Borg?

Was there any explanation of the origin of the Borg from Star Trek? I've seen most of the TV shows but not read any books - is it explained there?
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Why Did the Machines Even Bother With a Matrix?

Agent Smith, in the first Matrix movie (The Matrix) talks about how the machines originally created a paradise setting and humans didn't accept it, so it went back and created a more realistic one ...
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Did Eru Ilúvatar trip Gollum?

The LOTR wiki lists four times Eru Ilúvatar intervened in the history of Arda: creating Elves and Men removing Aman from the spherical Earth resurrecting Gandalf making Gollum trip In a letter ...
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Why couldn't Harry or anybody else see Peter Pettigrew aka Scabbers on the Marauder's Map when Lupin could?

Fred and George stumbled upon the Marauder's map in their first year. They passed it on to Harry while in their fifth year. Also note that, while talking to Harry on the train, Ron described Scabbers ...
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Why didn't James' love and sacrifice for Lily protect her?

We know that Harry survived Voldemort's killing curse because Lily loved him so much that she sacrificed herself in an attempt to protect him. This resulted in a very powerful charm that pretty much ...
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Did Voldemort actually curse the job of Defense Against Dark Arts professor after being denied the position?

So, everyone and their formidable Grandmother believes that DADA position at Hogwarts is cursed so that anyone taking it only lasts a year at most. Some people who know more than others, might ...
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How is the Starkiller Base supposed to work more than one time, given how it draws its power?

In Star Wars: The Force Awakens, once the Starkiller Base has depleted the star it is drawing power from, is it supposed to travel to another star where it can draw more power? Or is it non-mobile and ...
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Rich Wizards, Poor Muggles

Why, oh why, don't the Weasleys "conjure" up some diamonds/gold/etc, sell 'em to Muggles, and get rich? They could buy a mansion (like the Malfoys), and live there happily ever after. I know there's ...
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Is there an official Marvel Cinematic Universe viewing order?

I'm planning on re-watching the currently-released 5 Marvel films prior to seeing The Avengers. Have Marvel released any sort of official viewing order? Captain America: The First Avenger seems like ...
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How many times was Obi-Wan less than honest with Luke?

Despite his attempts to persuade Luke otherwise1, Obi-Wan is often less than entirely honest with Luke. Sometimes he stretches the truth, sometimes he omits important details in such a way that Luke ...
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What really happened to Voldemort's nose?

The nose of Tom Riddle (as a student) was fine, as I have seen in the movies. But, Voldemort's nose doesn't look like a normal human nose. What really happened?
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Is there any canonical reference to the fate of the Blue Wizards: Alatar and Pallando?

All I've ever been able to find is that they arrived in Middle-earth and left to go do something outside of the scope of the story. Has anyone ever found any additional information?
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Is Kylo Ren a Sith?

Kylo Ren is obsessed with Darth Vader and vows to finish what he started. He wields a red lightsaber. He opposes the Jedi. He fights for the Empire... err First Order Does that mean he is a Sith?
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Short story where the Earth has been kept inside a force field for millennia

First we are told that the Galactic Empire/Federation/Powers-that-be have kept the Earth locked up for being too warlike, but now their help is needed against invaders from another galaxy. When the ...
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When Jedi lose parts of their body, does their midi-chlorian count and strength in the Force diminish?

From what I understand, midi-chlorian count is a strong indicator of ability in the Force (though there are other factors as well). So it seems like when Anakin loses his arm or Luke loses his hand, ...
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