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Living with his blood family gives Harry magical protection. "While you can still call home the place where your mother's blood dwells, there you cannot be touched or harmed by Voldemort. He shed her blood, but it lives on in you and her sister. Her blood became your refuge. You need return there only once a year, but as long as you can still call it home,...


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Speculation: He's using it as further evidence that Snape had turned against Voldemort and had been playing him the entire time. He's calling out to Voldemort that not only was his attack on Harry and his family part of his original undoing - but it will ultimately serve to be part of his final undoing and Snape will have had a hand in that, all because ...


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It's a left-over bit from a dropped plot point. The following quote from Rowling I found at the Harry Potter wiki, originally from Pottermore: Florean is a descendant of Dexter, and I originally planned Florean to be the conduit for clues that I needed to give Harry during his quest for the Hallows, which is why I established an acquaintance fairly early ...


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As someone who was in school during the 1980s in the UK, I'm very pleased to confirm that free eye tests were an annual event. Teachers and parents/guardians were both made aware of potential difficulties and, because of the availability of NHS glasses (free from optometrists before 1985 and free to the bearer of a voucher after 1985) it would have been seen ...


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Well we know essentially why, because we see the murder from Voldemort's own eyes. 'Not Harry, not Harry, please not Harry!' 'Stand aside, you silly girl ... stand aside, now ...' 'Not Harry, please no, take me, kill me instead -' 'This is my last warning -' 'Not Harry! Please ... have mercy ... have mercy ... Not Harry! Not Harry! ...


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The Time-Turner only allows you to travel back by multiples of 60 minutes. The smallest unit of time that you can go back by using the Time-Turner is one hour. The next option after that is two hours. The Time-Turners have no capability to travel by units of time which are smaller than one hour. Time travel is done in multiples of one whole hour. That's ...


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There are a couple of reasons: So he didn't have to deal with her. If he got past her without killing her and then killed her son, her life would be ruined--and she would probably go into the revenge business, which could be a nuisance for him. Because he's Voldemort. He's evil. That's just what he does. To make a Horcrux. Killing her can only be good ...


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Because the prisoners were calling Gamora a "green whore" when she first entered the prison yard, and Drax is incredibly literal. He has no clue they were using it as an insult; he thinks that's what she actually was. The problem is if you weren't really listening it was easy to miss,there was a lot going on in that scene. When Drax says it again later in ...


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"The Ring has passed beyond his help" Although he did what he could indirectly, there was no way Gandalf could directly help Frodo any longer as he himself states: The Ring now has passed beyond my help, or the help of any of the Company that set out from Rivendell. Very nearly it was revealed to the Enemy, but it escaped. I had some part in that: for I ...


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Because Humperdinck hired him to. He mentions it when he and Count Rugen are outside the Pit of despair. The first plan was for Vizzini to kill her near Guilder to spark a war. Plan B is for Humperdinck to do it himself. I know, the people are quite taken with her. It's odd, but when I hired Vizzini to have her murdered on our engagement day, I thought ...


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The most important part of that conversation would be: Brienne: I can go and find the master of arms for you, my lady. Arya: He didn't beat the Hound. You did. My own interpretation was that given Arya's character, it can be read in a combination of (at least) three ways: Arya wants to improve Throughout the books/series she's been continually ...


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Because it wasn't Dumbledore's fault, and because he still loved Lily and wanted to do this in her memory. No one was expecting Pettigrew's betrayal. Remember that it was Lily and James who made Peter the Keeper a few days before the attack. Dumbledore likely didn't know about this, and even if he did, it seemed a reasonable choice at the moment. As to why ...


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The official script for the episode has been released and shares some interesting insight into the trial. The main thing being that everyone in the room apparently already knew the trial was for Littlefinger, not Arya. SANSA: How do you answer these charges, Lord Baelish? Littlefinger stiffens, as everyone in the room looks at him. Everyone else ...


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Because Tony Stark persuaded him. And not just with the promise of a new suit. There are two things that Tony does to convince Peter to come help. The first surrounds Peter's version of "With great power comes great responsibility" that he says to Tony Stark; "When you can do the things that I can, but you don't, and then the bad things happen? They ...


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Harry himself asked if he could tag along “And if you do,” said Harry quickly, “can I come with you and help get rid of it?” Dumbledore looked at Harry very intently for a moment before saying, “Yes, I think so.” “I can?” said Harry, thoroughly taken aback. “Oh yes,” said Dumbledore, smiling slightly. “I think you have earned that ...


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He tried to fix the DeLorean: I set myself up as a blacksmith as a front while I attempted to repair the damage to the time circuits. Unfortunately, this proved impossible because suitable replacement parts will not be invented until 1947. He wouldn't have sent the letter if he thought he could fix the DeLorean. He would have only sent the letter ...


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Ron wondered this too, in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: "This is the one that gives explicit instructions on how to make a Horcrux. Secrets of the Darkest Art - it's a horrible book, really awful, full of evil magic. I wonder when Dumbledore removed it from the library... If he didn't do it until he became headmaster, I bet Voldemort got all the ...


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In The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros, it is noted that King Aerys and Tywin were close friends as boys, along with Steffon Baratheon. Being such good friends and a close confidant of Aerys, Tywin became the youngest Hand in the Seven Kingdoms at the age of 20. Through the years, as we are well aware, Aerys became paranoid and ...


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The Nazgul were there to take the Ring. Frodo had the Ring. So they targeted Frodo. Before they could slay (or wraithify, at any rate) Frodo and take the Ring, Aragorn drove them off - but not before they poisoned Frodo. After that, they were not terribly worried, since: They tried to pierce your heart with a Morgul-knife which remains in the wound. If ...


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First thing first: Spider-man is not taking this fight seriously Please notice how he reacts in the fight: he keeps saying how "cool" are his opponents: [webbing comes down, grabs Cap's shield and cuffs his hands. Spider-Man lands on a nearby truck holding Cap's shield] Tony Stark: Nice job, kid! Spider-Man: Thanks! Well, I could have stuck ...


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Simply put: He was in despair because of the loss of his kingdom, the loss of his sons, and the (probable) loss of his right to rule. He didn't want to become Sauron's slave He didn't want to serve Aragorn He didn't want his body preserved He didn't have any of his sons left His House had effectively ended His Kingdom was coming to an end Denethor knew of ...


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In the novel, his decision to allow Ron to destroy the locket was based on gut instinct, presumably a crude form of divination: ‘No, you should do it.’ ‘Me?’ said Ron, looking shocked. ‘Why?’ ‘Because you got the sword out of the pool. I think it’s supposed to be you.’ He was not being kind or generous. As certainly as he had known that the doe was ...


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Per the Architect in The Matrix Reloaded: The first Matrix I designed was quite naturally perfect, it was a work of art, flawless, sublime. A triumph equaled only by its monumental failure. The inevitability of its doom is apparent to me now as a consequence of the imperfection inherent in every human being. Thus, I redesigned it based on your history to ...


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As far as specialization, there's a school of military thought that says role specialization is bad, or at least suboptimal, and that interchangeability is good. If your tank driver, your infantryman, and your pilot are all held to equal physical standards and given equal training, then you can have your pilots shoot people or your tank driver fly a gunship ...


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Hermione's post-Hogwarts career is detailed in an interview with JKR. In short, she decided to work at the Ministry in order to further her SPEW campaign. Over time she became known as a powerful and progressive voice for liberal modern wizarding JKR: Harry and Ron utterly revolutionized the Auror Department at the Ministry of Magic... Hermione began ...


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I'm not sure Elrond or Cirdan really had that much knowledge of the Ring's significance. No one but Sauron had actually worn the ring. All they knew for sure was that the One Ring could be used by Sauron to control the other rings. No doubt Elrond understood the general nature of power and evil and had a pretty good guess that keeping the Ring was a bad idea,...


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I’m fairly sure this is never answered definitively, but I can make some guesses. The death of his mother Tom Riddle’s childhood was defined by death: specifically, the death of his mother. That’s how he came to be left at the orphanage. Listen to how he reacts to the news that he has magical abilities: “My mother can’t have been magic, or she wouldn’t ...


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