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Why is JK Rowling considered 'bad at math'?

Dates From alexwlchan's excellent answer here (emphasis mine): I know that Harry Potter Wikia isn’t usually considered canon, but they have a list of dating contradictions which looks fairly ...
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Why did Rowling seemingly make light of the house-elf situation?

Hermione's crusade is portrayed as comically misguided because it kind of is comically misguided, but perhaps not for the reasons you think. Rowling commented on this in a 2000 interview with CBC ...
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Can Hogwarts students belong to multiple Houses?

JKR's tweets are usually inspired from some form of intoxication. Her tweets are not to be considered Primary Canon especially when they seem completely facetious, and completely contradict the ...
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What is JK Rowling "bad" at?

She is bad at returning library books Question: Did you use the library a lot as a child? J.K. Rowling responds: Yes, I loved the library, though I was very bad at returning books on time. I once ran ...
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When did J.K. Rowling decide to make Ron and Hermione a couple?

It seems like it was planned from the very beginning. In a February 2014 interview with Emma Watson for the magazine Wonderland Rowling stated: I wrote the Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of ...
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Has JK Rowling ever directly contradicted the movies?

Yes, at least twice. Both come from Philosopher’s Stone, which was released a year after the book version of Goblet of Fire: In the film, after escaping from Fluffy for the first time, Ron and Harry ...
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Just how much of The Cursed Child is JKR's?

It would appear that JKR co-authored the play's story (which presumably includes character creation) but Jack Thorne wrote the actual play. Consultation was held at each stage of the play's ...
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Why was the old Pottermore shut down?

According to an article by The Bookseller, Susan Jurevics, Pottermore's CEO, had essentially three reasons. We might argue over whether or not they were good reasons1, but these are hers: They don't ...
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Has JK Rowling ever explained why she chose the address 4 Privet Drive?

The street name is a reference to the privet bush, a common feature enclosing suburban English gardens The name of the street where the Dursleys live is a reference to that most suburban plant, the ...
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What other Harry Potter related writings has Rowling written?

Note: Many smaller tidbits (example) are not mentioned in this list. Lots of these can be found on Accio-Quote Companion books Quidditch Through The Ages Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them (...
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Has the original Fantastic Beasts book been pulled off shelves?

Looks like it: But with the selection of Fantastic Beasts to become the foundation for a trilogy of films, and Scholastic’s new deal with Warner Brothers to publish it as part of the spin off ...
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Has JK Rowling ever directly contradicted the movies?

I’m not sure this is quite cut and dried as you’d hope, but the first thing that comes to mind is Lavender Brown’s skin colour. (In)famously, by now, Lavender Brown was a minor character in the first ...
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Is this JK Rowling "pocketeded" story true?

UPDATE: Rowling has apparently just addressed this on Twitter. Good story, but it isn't true! @stephenfry wasn't condescending, he was completely lovely, and that phrase isn't in 4 books! #...
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What was the flaw in Goblet of Fire?

I thought about this issue too and researched some time ago. I found half of the answer but not the whole one. So JKR told us in BBC Newsround, 7/8/2000 interview there are two plot holes. The ...
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Did JK make a mistake when she referred to a Thestral as "grazing"?

I do not have a definite answer to your question. But: Have you never seen a cat or dog eating grass? They are carnivores as well, but same as many carnivores they eat grass for mainly two reasons: 1....
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Who was J. K. Rowling referring to in this quote about the change to the last chapter?

This was discussed in an interview with Today.com's Jen Brown. Apparently Arthur Weasley was the one who was originally slated to die but got a reprieve, largely due to the author's desire to keep ...
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Has Rowling ever recognised mistakes or inconsistencies?

Yes. As explained in “Why did Harry's father emerge before his mother in HP and the Goblet of Fire?”, early editions of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire have a mistake in chapter 34 where the ...
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Did Rowling ever say why more isn't said about Minerva McGonagall?

Actually Rowling has given us an insight into Minerva McGonagall's life through an article on Pottermore titled 'Professor McGonagall'. This article provides a quite comprehensive look into McGonagall'...
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When did J.K. Rowling decide to make Ron and Hermione a couple?

Rowling began publicly hinting at the relationship from at least 2000. Since the question seeks Rowling quotes, I thought I'd assemble an answer of public statements she made before she had finished ...
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Did J.K. Rowling say that a gun would beat a wand?

I'm gonna go ahead and say this is most likely a made up quote. In the first link provided (to Post-Modern Magik), after that quote it says (see Muggles Do It Better) In the literature examples of ...
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When did J.K. Rowling decide to make Harry and Ginny a couple?

This was planned years before Book 6 In an interview at Leaky Cauldron in 2005, Rowling revealed that she intended for these two character to end up together, because Harry needed someone "who ...
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Is there a complete list of JK Rowling's Harry Potter tweets?

This list should be complete as of December 2016, though it is very possible that some tweets were missed. This list was started by @Alexwchan using some Python scripts that used the Twitter API to ...
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How could MACUSA exist in 1693 or be in Washington in 1777?

Probably for the same reason MACUSA is called MACUSA in 1693, over 100 years before the United States became the United States, and why Dudley had a Playstation before Playstations existed! Poor or ...
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Significance of Harry Potter's glasses

As has been noted in other aspects of her opinions, Rowling is a member of an older generation with attitudes to some aspects of modern culture that could at best be called old fashioned. Wearing ...
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Significance of Harry Potter's glasses

A quote from a BBC interview she did in 2005 supports Separatrix's answer: Eun Ji An for Raincoast.com, Canada - I was wondering why Harry had glasses? JK Rowling: Because I had glasses all through ...
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Just how much of The Cursed Child is JKR's?

Based on what Rowling has said in interviews, it would seem that the original idea was created by Jack Thorne, John Tiffany, Sonia Friedman, and Colin Callender before Rowling was even involved. Like ...
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How did this Fantastic Beasts character disguise themselves?

Through an advanced spell J.K. Rowling answered this question in the FAQ of her new website. Obsolete answer below:
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Did Rowling ever say why more isn't said about Minerva McGonagall?

It never really came up I'm afraid there's not a whole lot else to say on this, there was just never the right moment to inject this information. Naturally, when good authors write their stories, ...
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Has JKR ever talked about the inspiration of creating the Horcrux idea? Is it related to the One Ring?

It is certainly possible, but the concept of a supernatural villain who can only be killed by destroying a particular object is much older than Tolkien. It's found in a variety of folk tales, ...
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Has JK Rowling ever directly contradicted the movies?

This isn't quite what you're looking for. But the latter part of your question ("The movies said something which didn't contradict canon at the time, but Rowling subsequently wrote something to ...
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