In the first book there is a discussion between McGonagall and Dumbledore while they are waiting for Hagrid. Dumbledore uses the name "Voldemort" and McGonagall cringes:
"My dear Professor, surely a sensible person like yourself can call him by his name? All this 'You-Know-Who' nonsense - for eleven years I have been trying to persuade people to call him ...
We don't need to argue about reproductive fitness to explain this.
Here in the real world, the fertility rate falls off as the standard of living increases. Until quite recently, the magical community has had a much higher standard of living than Muggles. (Arguably, they still do!) So we would expect their fertility rate, historically, to be similar to ...
You're looking for the Bartimaeus Sequence by Jonathan Stroud, the first book of which is "The Amulet of Samarkand"
A brief summary of the trilogy from the wiki (spoilered for those who haven't read the series yet):
Each of the three books is named for a magical artifact or spell: the Amulet of Samarkand, named after the city of Samarkand in Uzbekistan, ...
Quidditch Through The Ages states on its first page that no wizarding spell has been invented that allows a wizard or witch to fly unaided.
It seems likely, therefore, that the spell must be a new one, dating to some time during the series. We know from HBP that Snape was an inventor of spells, he must have figured out a way to do it. Voldemort likely ...
I've written before here that "magic" in Tolkien's world isn't really how we traditionally envisage it. Again, the key quote is Galadriel's confusion over what Sam means by the word itself:
'For this is what your folk would call magic, I believe: though I do not understand clearly what they mean; and they seem to use the same word of the deceits of the ...
The best explanation is that the first two Discworld aren't really "Discworld" books as much as they are "Rincewind" books. They're much more aimed at being parody of a large number of fantasy genres than they are designed to be a unique work that starts a brand new franchise.
There's tons of inconsistencies between the early books and the later. In the ...
Kwikspell courses are (probably) useful to some wizards, but not to squibs.
The Kwikspell course literature comes with two testimonials.
Madam Z. Nettles of Topsham writes:
‘I had no memory for incantations and my potions were a family joke! Now, after a Kwikspell course, I am the centre of attention at parties and friends beg for the recipe of my ...
First let me say that I don't believe it is a real spell.
The thing we need to realize is that Ron did not know enough spells to differentiate between fake and real spells. Mr and Mrs Weasley would have used Nonverbal Spells at home.
We also know that Ron blindly trusted his brothers which is normal at that age.
“So we’ve just got to try ...
From the Order of the Phoenix:
Hatred rose in Harry such as he had never known before; he flung himself out from behind the fountain and bellowed, 'Crucio!'
Bellatrix screamed: the spell had knocked her off her feet, but she did not writhe and shriek with pain as Neville had – she was already back on her feet, breathless, no longer laughing. ...
The use of the word "discovery" is used in another instance in the Harry Potter books:
CURRENTLY HEADMASTER OF HOGWARTS
Considered by many
the greatest wizard of modern times, Dumbledore is particularly famous
for his defeat of the Dark wizard Grindelwald in 1945, for the
discovery of the twelve uses of dragon’s blood, ...
If you take this statement from Rowling at face value then anyone at any age would be able to use instinctive magic:
You can do unfocused and uncontrolled magic without a wand (for instance when Harry blows up Aunt Marge) but to do really good spells, yes, you need a wand.
from 2001 interview
I'd speculate that Lily's sacrifice for Harry ...
Barty Crouch Jr, who has a lot of experience in both ends of the Imperius curse, tells us that its victims can be aware of their situation, although normally they are not:
‘But your father escaped,’ said Dumbledore.
‘Yes. After a while he began to fight the Imperius curse just as I had done. There were periods where he knew what was happening. My ...
It's a snake oil subject from practical Hogwarts teaching standpoint.
He likely knew that for students like Harry and Ron, the best and only way to pass it is to make *&t up. The darker the better.
He also knows very well that the professor makes predictions up (e.g. Trelawny predicting someone will die every year, as Professor McGonagall indicated).
Given the context of the line (Voldemort complaining that the Elder Wand isn't making him any stronger than before), I don't believe Voldemort was referring to a specific spell or set of spells, but rather the power of his magic in general. He expected the Elder Wand to increase that power, but because he wasn't its true owner, his magic was instead being ...
It sounds like Eragon by Christopher Paolini. Published in 2003 but it looks like the German translation wasn't published until 2009. The film was 2006.
Eragon finds a dragon egg and it hatches. He bonds with it and becomes a dragon rider.
Big Bad Galbatorix has his own dragon and had all the other riders killed.
There are elves.
There was a film that a ...
Pratchett himself always claimed that all consistencies in his work were accidental so there almost certainly is an inconsistency. That's the first point.
Secondly Rincewind is a special case, he has a very nasty spell in his head that chases other spells away so what he says is probably his exact experience of trying to learn other magicks.
Thirdly Esk is ...
She had no reason to use Legilimency.
It's true that the Veritaserum she uses on Harry is fake.
"It was [Snape], too, who gave Professor Umbridge fake Veritaserum when she was attempting to force you to tell her Sirius's whereabouts."
(Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 37, The Lost Prophecy).
However, at the time Umbridge (obviously) didn't know that the ...
Harry wears his glasses during Quidditch because he cannot see without them. Why he cannot see without glasses, I think, has to be one of three reasons.
Harry's poor eyesight is collateral damage from Avada Kedavra, the darkest of evil curses. Body parts that are damaged, destroyed, or severed due to dark curses don't seem to be repairable in Potterverse:
There are several things to keep in mind.
According to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the cry of a mandrake is only fatal if the mandrake is fully grown. A juvenile mandrake would knock anyone who heard it unconscious for several hours, but its cry would not kill them. Given that the purpose of the battle was to delay (not defeat) Voldemort and ...
The Hollows Series by Kim Harrison
The Tomato-part checks out on this, as well as the titles.
Relevant part from the above wiki:
The alternate history is built upon two premises: the recent open existence of magical and supernatural species, primarily witches, vampires, and werewolves, with the human population; and the historical investment of Cold ...
According to Deathly Hallows, the substance that leaked from Snape was not tears:
Something more than blood was leaking from Snape. Silvery blue, neither gas nor liquid, it gushed from his mouth and his ears and his eyes, and Harry knew what it was, but did not know what to do—
A flask, conjured from thin air, was thrust into his shaking hands by ...
Good question - ultimately one for the movie though, since, in the book, Ron wasn't trying to transfigure Scabbers, but rather, beetles into buttons.
Here is what we do know about Transfiguration and Ron and good vs broken wands:
Even in their first year Transfiguration class, Ron (and the rest of the class) are unable to successfully perform ...
It's very possible that a lot of "muggles" just didn't know they were wizards.
The book that admits students to Hogwarts needs concrete evidence of a child using magic before it will write them down as being accepted to Hogwarts. That book was put there (and likely created by) the founders of Hogwarts.
Since Hogwarts was founded just over 1000 years ago, ...
Well, Lupin addresses that very issue:
“The number of times I saw James disappearing under it…” said Lupin, waving an impatient hand again. “The point is, even if you’re wearing an Invisibility Cloak, you still show up on the Marauder’s Map. I watched you cross the grounds and enter Hagrid’s hut. Twenty minutes later, you left Hagrid, and set off back ...
According to Wikipedia:
"The Fisherman and the Jinni" is the second top-level story told by Sheherazade in the One Thousand and One Nights.
According to the synopsis, in the third century that the Jinn (genie) was imprisoned he swore to give whoever freed him three wishes.
Therefore, the ...
It's perfectly possible to duplicate gold currency but it
breaks the law
has a tendency to evaporate
can be detected with trivial ease
JKR spoke (tangentially) to the first two issues in an interview in 2000
Q: It seems that the wizards and witches at Hogwarts are able to
conjure up many things, such as food for the feasts, chairs and
sleeping bags. ...
I'd like to challenge one of the assumptions in the question:
... we can see many wizards in many really important situations/fights using very ineffective spells ...
Are they actually very ineffective? Not necessarily.
Most of the spells we see used in combat are actually effective at lowering or eliminating the combat ...