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They do complain "Really, Hagrid, if you are holding out for universal popularity, I'm afraid you will be in this cabin for a very long time," said Dumbledore, now peering sternly over his half-moon spectacles. "Not a week has passed since I became headmaster of this school when I haven't had at least one owl complaining about the way I run ...


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Students with glasses: Percy Weasley “I — don’t — want —” said Percy thickly, as the twins forced the sweater over his head, knocking his glasses askew. Myrtle I’d hidden because Olive Hornby was teasing me about my glasses. James Potter Harry recognized his father, his untidy black hair stuck up at the back like Harry’s, and he too wore glasses. ...


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He can't swim... very well. But he suddenly realised what he was saying, and he felt the excitement drain out of him as though someone had just pulled a plug in his stomach. He wasn’t a very good swimmer; he’d never had much practice. Dudley had had lessons in their youth, but Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon, no doubt hoping that Harry would drown one day, ...


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A house-elf? Those inferior beings that do your laundry? It is beneath the dignity of a Dark Wizard to make an attack that depends on such a lowly being. It's as if your own magic were not enough, and worse, could be supplemented by such a creature. No Death Eater would think of such a thing.


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Year 1 - Hermione went home for Christmas. ‘You will keep looking while I’m away, won’t you?’ said Hermione. ‘And send me an owl if you find anything.’ ‘And you could ask your parents if they know who Flamel is,’ said Ron. ‘It’d be safe to ask them.’ ‘Very safe, as they’re both dentists,’ said Hermione. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone ...


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Snape personally valued knowledge. Though Snape may have planned to join the Death Eaters, that does not mean he would therefore not care about his grades because Voldemort and the Death Eaters would not check them. Snape probably still personally cared about his studies, and furthermore was eager to apply himself in class and gain knowledge. From a young ...


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All signs point to inter-school Quidditch matches being voluntary to attend, but also extremely popular, to the point where attendance is pretty much essential, from a social perspective. ‘Stop worrying, Oliver,’ said Alicia soothingly, ‘we don’t mind a bit of rain.’ But it was considerably more than a bit of rain. Such was the popularity of Quidditch that ...


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He didn't pay much attention to the other people in the photographs The entire point of the photo album was so that Harry would have photos of his parents. While some of those photographs would include other people, including James's three best friends, it's unlikely that Harry would pay much attention to those people. They simply wouldn't be of interest to ...


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Parents do indeed complain to Hogwarts. Parents do complain to Hogwarts about particular issues they wish to see them address. In fact, Lupin resigned when it was mentioned over breakfast that he was a werewolf partly because parents would start sending owls to Hogwarts complaining that a werewolf was allowed to be teaching there. “I think the loss of the ...


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Focusing purely on the films, there are a considerable number of background extras other pupils attending Hogwarts with Harry who wear glasses Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Prefect helping First Years to de-train First Year in Great Hall Random Hufflepuff in Great Hall Different random Hufflepuff in Great Hall Random Ravenclaw at flying ...


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Because a boat was not obvious. Why put the Horcrux on an island if any competent witch or wizard could just fly over on a broom? There must, therefore, be a curse on flying within the cavern, as A bakker suggested in the comments. A boat can be hidden, both magically and under the water, and considering the dangerous wraiths visible in the water, only a ...


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It never actually happened before Harry. Though it is mentioned that a sacrificial protection magic is known to exist, Harry is the only one to ever actually have it cast upon him (until he casts it by his sacrifice) and to have survived the Killing Curse. “The nature of that prophecy is unknown, although speculation is rife that it concerns Harry Potter, ...


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They’d be vulnerable to external threats. To begin with, fitting a portion of the wizarding population into a suitcase may not be a particularly good idea. Suitcases, in essence, are portable, and can be held shut. “HOLD ON TINA as she hides on the bridge above them, peeking down. NEWT (O.S.) (to Jacob) In you hop. We see the case sitting ...


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It's a callback to chapter 25, where Trelawney pulls out a card - the lightning-struck tower - and proclaims that calamity is coming: “The headmaster has intimated that he would prefer fewer visits from me,” she said coldly. “I am not one to press my company upon those who do not value it. If Dumbledore chooses to ignore the warnings the cards show —” Her ...


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Well Harry didn't know who to save, as is evident by the fact that he tried to save Hermione right after cutting Ron free. But in doing so he was told by the mermen that Ron was in fact his hostage, and he must leave the others. He turned back to Hermione, raised the jagged rock and began to hack at several of her bindings, too - At once, several pairs of ...


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As per Valorum's comment, the Philosopher's Stone is a legendary alchemical item. The philosopher's stone, more properly philosophers' stone or stone of the philosophers (Latin: lapis philosophorum) is a legendary alchemical substance capable of turning base metals such as mercury into gold (chrysopoeia, from the Greek χρυσός khrusos, "gold", and ποιεῖν ...


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In the films I've spotted at least one other student wearing glasses in Harry's year. We can see her over Harry's shoulder in the Sorting Hat scene in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. We also know of other students who wore glasses, just that they weren't students at the same time as Harry. James Potter Click image to enlarge. Moaning Myrtle ...


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Yes, the dodo. In the Harry Potter universe, the small flightless birds are actually magical creatures called Diricawls that can disappear at will when humans approach. Muggles assume they've hunted them to extinction, and the magical community declines to tell them the truth because of the way it's sparked conservation efforts. Interestingly, Muggles were ...


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The text suggests that even Harry didn’t know for sure that he’s right. “So it all comes down to this, doesn’t it?” whispered Harry. “Does the wand in your hand know its last master was Disarmed? Because if it does... I am the true master of the Elder Wand.” And then the text describes him as “hoping.” A red-gold glow burst suddenly across the ...


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We know that the Daily Prophet delivery owls always arrive at breakfast time regardless of where they're delivering to, as seen early on in Philosopher's Stone when one arrives at the shack to deliver Hagrid's copy. This is in keeping with Muggle post, which (at least in the UK) is almost always delivered in the morning. It's a reasonable assumption, then, ...


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It’s likely just a benefit of being a prefect. Prefects get certain benefits along with the title and job. For example, prefects have their own carriage on the Hogwarts Express. Having their own bathroom is another benefit. “We’re – well – Ron and I are supposed to go into the prefect carriage,’ Hermione said awkwardly.” - Harry Potter and the Order of the ...


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As far as I know, Rowling has never stated a particular meaning to "snape" that relates to the character, although the common theory is indeed that it sounds like "snake". This article on translating Harry Potter into Yiddish mentions both the French and Italian translations in discussing how translation of the names is difficult because ...


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It is a tactic commonly used in Quidditch. As mentioned in Quidditch through the Ages, attacking the opposing team’s Seeker is a common tactic. Due to their important role in determining the score, Seekers are the players most fouled by members of the opposing team, and typically receive the worst injuries. Further confirmation of this is that the first rule ...


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It seems apparent from the Epilogue that Hagrid stayed on at Hogwarts and was still there nineteen years later: "Bye, Al," said Harry as his son hugged him. "Don't forget Hagrid's invited you to tea next Friday. Don't mess with Peeves. Don't duel anyone till you've learned how. And don't let James wind you up."


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You've fundamentally over-estimated the potential cost of the materials required to make a wand. In terms of the cores that Ollivander prefers, dragon heartstrings are likely to be relatively inexpensive if bought from the right (overseas) suppliers and unicorn hair and phoenix feathers can be picked up for free if one knows the correct locations. Similarly, ...


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With a fanbase as big as Harry Potter's is, there's never a complete consensus on anything, of course - but pretty much from the beginning "RAB = Regulus Black" was the frontrunner theory, with only small pockets of fans speculating anything else. Take a look, for example, at this Mugglenet Article published only four days after the release of the ...


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It's hard to give a definitive reason for a fictional character's motivations when they aren't explicitly described anywhere, but there are any number of reasons events may have unfolded as they did. Dumbledore wasn't Voldemort-- he wasn't cool with murdering innocent people or allowing innocent people to die through inaction (certainly not in this phase of ...


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It's not entirely clear that Voldemort could fly when he hid the Horcrux. The implication from Deathly Hallows is that Voldemort's power of flight is a relatively new development, and a shocking one at that. "Followed by five, injured two, might've killed one," Kingsley reeled off, "and we saw You-Know-Who as well, he joined the chase halfway ...


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Textually, we learn that Ron is short for Ronald in the middle of the first book, when Dumbledore and Harry speak about the Mirror of Erised. ‘Yes and no,’ said Dumbledore quietly. ‘It shows us nothing more or less than the deepest, most desperate desire of our hearts. You, who have never known your family, see them standing around you. Ronald Weasley, who ...


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It likely wouldn't have mattered. Psychologically, humans can hold entirely contradictory thoughts about the same subject. A good example, and somewhat analogous in this case, consider white supremacists. On the one hand, they're prone to believing how white Europeans are smarter and better than other people on the planet. But, at the same time, they think ...


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