She didn't choose to violate genre conventions. She doesn't read fantasy in the first place, and Harry Potter wasn't intended as a (high) fantasy.
In an interview with The New York Times, J. K. Rowling said the following:
Any literary genre you simply can’t be bothered with?
“Can’t be bothered with” isn’t a phrase I’d use, because my reading tastes ...
The "Werewolves" in the Forest are Actually Highly Intelligent Regular Wolves
This is from the Pottermore entry on werewolves:
One curious feature of the condition is that if two werewolves meet
and mate at the full moon (a highly unlikely contingency which is
known to have occurred only twice) the result of the mating will be
wolf cubs which ...
This one was answered (or one might say waved away), a long time back by JKR. She said that the death has to sink in for somebody to see the Thestrals.
From an interview with Stephen Fry in 2003:
[…] Harry saw his parents die, so why hasn't he been able to see the Thestrals before?
At the end of Goblet of Fire, we sent ...
Hogwarts is their home. The kids are (mostly) protected by being told to keep away from the animals.
Many of the creatures in question considered Hogwarts to be their home, just as much as any of the children did.
"What are you doing in our Forest?" bellowed the hard-faced grey centaur Harry and Hermione had seen on their last trip into the Forest. "Why ...
Dragons in Harry Potter are indeed powerful.
Though it’s true that dragons were used in one of the tasks of the Triwizard Tournament competed in by schoolchildren, dragons were shown to be powerful creatures. The task wasn’t actually to defeat a dragon, just to retrieve an egg guarded by one. To defeat a dragon, Sirius Black says would need about six ...
There are dwarves in Potterverse, they don't seem to be very prevalent though. Professor Lockhart sent them around dressed as Cupid on valentines day, and they tackled Harry to sing to him.
Here is the quote:
Lockhart clapped his hands and through the doors to the entrance hall marched a dozen surlylooking dwarfs. Not just any dwarfs, however. Lockhart ...
The Chamber was NOT designed for indoor plumbing. If you recall, once they fell through the pipe, they were walking in the tunnel, with no pipes mentioned. The Chamber was not a "place where plumbing goes". It was more of a catacombs/hidden chambers, under the lake (presumably as per Ron's guess - "Under the lake, probably" was the exact quote), which was a ...
I would say no.
We have two canon instances of a boggart taking the form of a deadly creature.
The first is a banshee, which materialises as Seamus’s fear in the first class with the boggart.
Where the mummy had been was a woman with floorlength black hair and a skeletal, green-tinged face – a banshee. She opened her mouth wide and an unearthly sound ...
I wondered this myself, and Googled it a bit back. I could find absolutely no canon on it. Since there is no canonical answer (as far as i can find) I'm going to give an answer based on logic and extrapolation from canon.
As you clearly pointed out, Lockhart did claim that the Waga Waga Werewolf was defeated by an Armenian warlock, and implied that he'd ...
I would say yes.
Three pieces of supporting evidence:
Using Thestrals for transport is a serious breach of the Statute of Secrecy.
From the first WOMBAT (transcript on HP Lexicon), if we assume that it isn’t a trick question, then we learn that Thestrals can’t be used for transport:
Which of the following unorthodox means of transportation is ...
You need to bow again.
Harry bowed to Buckbeak in the lessons:
Harry didn't much feel like exposing the back of his neck to Buckbeak, but he did as he was told. He gave a short bow and then looked up.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, chapter 6
but when he goes back in time he has to bow again. Remember, this is all chronologically after that ...
A lot of the material and references you mention are part of the Dungeons and Dragons game source material.
In particular, Tales of the Sword Coast takes place in the Forgotten Realms setting, which is a campaign world designed by Ed Greenwood for his Dungeons and Dragons game, and which eventually became a licensed product that included source books, ...
The good news is that the information is actually reliable, out of universe, and comes from HP book and therefore is canon:
Hagrid has no intention of ceasing his campaign of intimidation, however. In
conversation with a Daily Prophet reporter last month, he admitted breeding
creatures he has dubbed "Blast-Ended Skrewts," highly dangerous ...
The obvious answer would be that the literal act of seeing isn't necessary, rather that it's experiencing someone's death that is key.
Rowling somewhat backs this up:
Harry did not see his parents die. He was one year old and in a cot at the time. Although you never see that scene, I wrote it and then cut it. He didn’t see it; he was too young to ...
I will admit, I don't have canon evidence. It may exist, but if it does, I have not seen any. Heck, the fact you are asking this is good evidence that there is not. :)
But, within reason, maybe Tom found the Basilisk because he was a Parselmouth. It is an exceptionally rare gift, so it's possible that he was the first Parselmouth that had been at Hogwarts ...
It doesn’t seem to be a requirement to bow, just highly advised.
In Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Newt writes that bowing to the Hippogriff shows good intentions, but he doesn’t say it’s an absolute requirement to tame or ride on one. It’s likely that by not bowing, the person who doesn’t risks being attacked like Draco if the Hippogriff doesn’t ...
They can likely communicate since they told the Ministry what Sirius was muttering prior to escaping from Azkaban.
"Molly, how many times do I have to tell you? They didn't report it in the press because Fudge wanted it kept quiet, but Fudge went out to Azkaban the night Black escaped. The guards told Fudge that Black's been talking in his sleep for a ...
Let me quote J. K. Rowling's answer from her old website at
Why could Harry see the Thestrals 'Order of the Phoenix'? Shouldn't he have been able to see them much earlier, because he saw his parents/Quirrell/Cedric die?
I’ve been asked this a lot. Harry ...
You can safely click "Yes, Endorse" button without feeling like you're just rubberstamping to make your friend Hagrid look good.
Here's an example of Hagrid knowing tons about the most gentle creatures possible (after Pigmy Puffs):
Whether Hagrid was trying to make up for the Blast-Ended Skrewts, or because
there were now only two skrewts left, or ...
An answer comes from a Pottermore update which describes the history of the Chamber of Secrets (transcript), along with some speculation of my own.
Here’s the relevant passage:
(In spoiler text for those who want to work through Pottermore themselves; spoilers in the discussion below.)
So here are my answers to your specific questions:
Indoor plumbing in ...
There are no werewolves in the Forest. Hagrid was just giving a quick, factual answer. He might also have been teasing Malfoy.
I think it's correct to say that there were no werewolves in the Forest for the reasons stated in the question. Primarily, it would've been dangerous for the students; I think we can conclude that Dumbledore was aware that students ...
Not specifically, but we know from a Bloomsbury Live Chat with JKR that Luna spent her entire professional life looking for one (with her husband, the noted Magiczoologist Rolf Scamander, grandson of Newt) and never found one. Sadly, nargles also appear to be fictional.
J.K. Rowling: Luna became a very famous wizarding naturalist who discovered and ...
Those creatures are Matagots, spirit familiars that resemble cats.
Those cat-like creatures are Matagots, as Newt says when he sees them in the French Ministry.
At that moment, MELUSINE enters the records room surrounded by growling Matagots.
(scared) What kind of cats are those?
These aren’t cats, they’re ...
The Cornish pixies make their second appearance in the Room of
Requirement in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2.
Behind the scenes: Cornish pixies
These are, of course, the same kind of pixies (possibly even the very same pixies given that Lockhart would have had no further need for them) that Harry valiantly fought ...
This is 'Egg Creature'.
Apologies if that seems like an anti-climax but, based on a discussion with the filmmakers, I think that's the best answer we're going to get.
Firstly, if it seems that this isn't a creature that was mentioned in the books, that's because it isn't. That was my first impression as a Harry Potter gold badge holder and I was unable to ...
The non-human creatures that use magic aren’t called wizards.
There are some non-human creatures that can do magic, like goblins and house-elves, but those beings aren’t called wizards - wizards have to be human, at least partially. Griphook, a goblin, makes a clear distinction between wizards and other magical beings (including goblins like him).
From Pottermore's Wand Cores page (it has to be unlocked), as an quote from Ollivander:
After much experimentation and research, I concluded that only three
substances produce wands of the quality to which I am happy to give
the illustrious name of Ollivander: unicorn hair, dragon heartstring
and phoenix feather. Each of these costly and rare ...
No JKR info that I could find, but most likely it is Chordae Tendineae
The chordae tendineae are tendons linking the papillary muscles to the tricuspid valve in the right ventricle and the mitral valve in the left ventricle. As the papillary muscles contract and relax, the chordae tendineae transmit the resulting increase and decrease in tension to the ...
Danger is part and parcel of a Hogwarts education
Hagrid may deal with dangerous creatures, and believe them to be far less dangerous than they actually are, but in bringing them to lessons, he is very much in accord with the general tenor of lessons at Hogwarts.
In Herbology, students deal with Mandrakes, whose cry, when mature, will kill those ...