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Is this a laptop in the Weasley's house?

It appears to be a two-tier, cantilever sewing box. Given that Molly is a known knitter, those large orange round things are likely to be balls of orange wool.
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Did Ariana Dumbledore's portrait dig the tunnel to Hogwarts?

It appeared in the Room of Requirement when Neville got hungry. When Hogwarts was taken over by Death Eaters, Neville began using the Room of Requirements as his hideout. The Room tries to provide ...
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Why model Smaug after a cat?

The appearance of Smaug in the 1977 Rankin-Bass adaptation of The Hobbit was the result of artistic license and the nationality of the animators. The animation team was from Japan, and they depicted ...
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Why did Peter Jackson add the Nazgûls attack scene in Bree when it was not present in the original story, nor very important for the plot?

He didn't deviate from the book...much At least one Ring-Wraith does enter Bree in the night and is seen by Merry: "I have seen them Frodo! I have seen them! Black riders!...Here. In the village....
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Was the "Something Wicked This Way Comes" tag line to the Prisoner Of Azkaban movie poster taken from the 1962 Ray Bradbury novel of the same name?

It's from the play Macbeth (Act IV, Scene 1), by William Shakespeare: Second Witch: By the pricking of my thumbs, Something wicked this way comes. Open, locks, Whoever knocks. Notably the line ...
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Why was Hermione always late when she used the Time Turner?

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....
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Movie where protagonist time-travels to dystopian future when people become mentally degraded

Idiocracy IMDb has the following summary for the film: Private Joe Bauers, the definition of "average American", is selected by the Pentagon to be the guinea pig for a top-secret hibernation ...
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Why don't the people of Rohan recognize Gandalf's staff?

In the novel a few different reasons are offered; Gandalf tries to make himself look old and infirm. The Rohirrim place great stock in courtesy and form. Gandalf refuses to go inside without his ...
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Who do these helmets belong to?

Top row (L to R) The Rocketeer Iron Man Tron Red Ranger (from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers) Center Row (L to R) Judge Dredd Darth Vader (from the Star Wars franchise) The Witch King of ...
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Why clap for Hagrid?

Several reasons. Here are some possible reasons any given student might have had to give Hagrid the ovation he got: 1) Because Dumbledore did. When the Headmaster claps, it's considered rude (or ...
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Movie with Zoltar in a trailer park named Paradise and a boy playing a video game then being recruited by aliens to fight in space

The Last Starfighter (1984) Video game expert Alex Rogan finds himself transported to another planet after conquering The Last Starfighter video game only to find out it was just a test. He was ...
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Why did Peter Jackson replace Glorfindel's role with Arwen?

Because roles needed consolidation There are way too many characters in the Lord of the Rings books to properly cover them all in movie form. Just as scenes are often cut for time (most extra details ...
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Ender's Game: Simulations before the graduation exam

Novel Series The source novel is pretty clear on the sequence of events. When Ender arrives on Eros, he's placed into a flight simulator and learns how to control a single fighter until he reaches a ...
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Old movie about a crazy flying car

Many of those details match the 1968 musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. It involves a flying car, the father is an inventor who creates a new type of candy, and the children are captured by the evil ...
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Who was the student that previously brewed a potion of sufficient quality to claim the Felix Felicis?

Almost certainly Snape The Harry Potter Wikia has an article for the student aptly named Unidentified Potions student. In it, it identifies Tom Riddle, Snape and Lily as possible candidates. This ...
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Why did Peter Jackson add the Nazgûls attack scene in Bree when it was not present in the original story, nor very important for the plot?

Jackson and Boyens felt that the medium of film (as opposed to Tolkien's fairly stodgy prose) allowed them a unique opportunity to create a scene that would heighten tension for a few minutes as well ...
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Time as money movie

This looks like it might be The Price of Life, a 1987 short film produced by Chanticleer Films and originally aired on the U.S. cable channel, Showtime. While it doesn’t have a Wikipedia entry of its ...
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Film about some dude who fell in love with a star (a literal stellar object)

This is Stardust from 2007. The film follows Tristan, a young man from the fictional town of Wall. Wall is a town on the border of the magical fantasy kingdom of Stormhold. Tristan enters the ...
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Movie where a boy is transported into the future by an alien spaceship

This is Disney's 1986 film, The Flight of the Navigator On the night of July 4, 1978, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 12-year-old David Freeman walks through the woods to pick up his 8-year-old younger ...
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Why was the breaking of the wall of Helm's Deep so important in "The Two Towers" movie?

The whole fortification complex at Helm's Deep was not only meant to defend itself, but also, and mainly, to protect the whole valley from external threats. Technically speaking, Helm's Deep was the ...
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1980s live-action movie where individually-coloured nations on clouds fight

Rainbow War (1985) Overview Rainbow War was featured in the Canadian Pacific Pavilion as part of Expo 86 in Vancouver, BC, Canada. It is available on DVD and Blu-ray from Pyramid Media. Trailer: ...
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People running into the shadows to hide from killer sunlight, climbing scene

Could this be The Chronicles of Riddick? There's a scene where various characters are climbing an outcrop. When the sun touches them, they burn horribly.
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70s(?) film with rich folks using guns to burn trees for fun?

This sounds like it could be Rollerball, a 1975 science fiction film starring James Caan. Although it is most famous for the violent sporting scenes, it did include a passage where after a party a ...
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Movie about Space Pirates that have bodies tied to their ships

This is Serenity (2005) the follow up film to the TV series Firefly (2002). In the scene you've remembered, the crew strap bodies to the ship to blend in with the Reaver fleet around Miranda. The ...
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Why did Ron tell Harry not to tell Hermione that Snatchers are ‘a bit dim’?

Ron wants to impress Hermione. Consequently, a fact that makes his achievement look easier and lessens the apparent danger he was in, is not something he wants Hermione to know.
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Why was Newt Scamander's name on the Marauder's Map when Fred and George gave it to Harry?

There are few theories for the visit and none of these are mine. Theory 1: Visiting Dumbledore The theory that makes the most sense is that Newt was visiting Dumbledore. People who have seen ...
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Animated movie with fight scene in Big Ben

Possibly Disney's The Great Mouse Detective (1986)? The movie ends with a fight inside Big Ben in which the villain's cloak gets caught between some gears. Also ...
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Old part-animated live action movie musical; single mom takes a correspondence course on magic

This is Bedknobs and Broomsticks, a 1971 Disney film that's set in England during the early days of WWII. Your recollection of it is remarkably accurate. It stars Angela Lansbury (of later Murder, ...
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Can you identify the flying ship in this screenshot?

That's Captain Shakespeare's sky-ship (The Perdita) from the film Stardust.
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Why did the Beatles' proposal to make a Lord of the Rings movie fall through?

The answer is quite boring: Tolkien didn’t like the idea. Peter Jackson, who directed a slightly better-known film adaptation, met Paul McCartney at the Academy Awards in 2002, where he learnt about ...
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