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By keeping monsters afraid of humans, Monsters Inc. was able to exploit human children in a pretty horrible way for their own gain. It's not stated in the movies, but that seems like a strong motivation to me. Society would have a hard time basing its energy consumption on terrorizing Boo if it knew that she was an adorable little girl who was perfectly ...


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The reason Luke and Leia's siblinghood was important to the plot was because A New Hope set Luke, Leia, and Han up as a Love Triangle. This caused Luke and Han to be rivals for Leia's affection. One can imagine the awkwardness of having one's budding Jedi hero be a spurned lover who also must face the humiliation of being saved by the "other man". Having ...


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The first thing that comes to mind as to why this was important was the end of ROTJ. VADER You cannot hide forever, Luke. LUKE I will not fight you. VADER Give yourself to the dark side. It is the only way you can save your friends. Yes, your thoughts betray you. Your feelings for them are strong. Especially for... Vader stops and senses something. ...


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It was always my impression that the message had nothing to do with Miranda. Rather, the subliminal message simply amounted to a single command: Attack. The idea is that River would see it, freak out, attack everything and everyone in the area (and be damn effective at doing so), and then all the Operative would have to do is look for headlines about crazy-...


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There does not seem to be any information about the start of this myth in any official sources that I've been able to find. Some probable reasons could be: 1. Children really are toxic - when they're sick with human diseases. Perhaps, at some point in history, probably when measles, mumps, poxes and scarlet fevers were a serious danger, some Scarers ...


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Like practically everything else in HP, it is part of the overall racism theme Q. Your books have a theme of racism with the wizards oppressing other races and half­bloods. Do you think this has changed how people think when they read them? JK Rowling: do not think I am pessimistic but I think I am realistic about how much you can change deeply entrenched ...


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The screen direction in the original script indicates that Data was simply unable to read the label. Since the earlier direction is that the bottle is "very old" the implication would be that the label is decayed rather than that he doesn't speak the language. He smells it but is unfamiliar with the scent. Data bends down and reaches under the bar... ...


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Matrix is a world with rules. There are laws of nature written into the simulation. Those weapons on the racks are nothing more than programs written by the Zion rebels. As such those programs exist within those rules and laws of nature imposed by the operating environment where they function (Matrix). As an example: I can use a nuke to kill everyone in a ...


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In the original script, we see that Fletcher's incapacity is that he can't say something that he knows to be untrue. This includes not being able to hand a (previously written) statement that he knows is untrue to the judge in the divorce case. He is, however able to be somewhat deceptive, as long as he doesn't actually lie. On several occasions he does ...


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Lily actually broke the rules several times and did magic outside of school. As Petunia screams in Philosopher's Stone: "Oh, she got a letter just like that and disappeared off to that – that school – and came home every holiday with her pockets full of frog-spawn, turning teacups into rats.” JK Rowling was apparently asked about this enough that it ...


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It might have been a hoax by the CDA, but for a completely different reason--playing the long game. Keeping monsters scared of children keeps monsters from touching children, or interacting with them within arms-length. Because here's the problem with children: they grow up into parents. I remember being afraid of monsters as a little kid. My parents ...


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She definitely knew once, but seems to have forgotten. We know from memories we see in the final book that Petunia overheard a conversation in which Lily was told about the Statute of Secrecy, and how she couldn’t do magic outside school: “…and the Ministry can punish you if you do magic outside school, you get letters.” “But I have done magic outside ...


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At least 18 times First, let us note that Dumbledore is a very deceptive individual. Thus he undoubtedly has lied many more times than documented in the main series. "Oh, did he now? And did he tell you everything, was he honest with you?” Harry wanted him with all his heart to say “Yes,” but somehow the simple word would not rise to his lips. ...


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My understanding of the movie is that the curse prevents him from saying anything he believes to be false, not that it magically prevents him from saying anything that's untrue. (The latter would actually be a major benefit for him as a lawyer, as he could determine the objective truth of things just by trying to say them out loud.) The fact that he was ...


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The last two mentions of Filch I can find in the book are in Chapter 31 - The Battle of Hogwarts: “… evacuation will be overseen by Mr. Filch and Madam Pomfrey. Prefects, when I give the word, you will organize your House and take your charges, in an orderly fashion, to the evacuation point.” And: “Thank you, Miss Parkinson,” said Professor McGonagall ...


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The "huge futuristic laser" you've described is better known as a Lightning Rifle. It appears to be the only advanced weapon that the Zionese rebels have access to. Since we see various anachronistic technology working inside the matrix (the bugs, for example) the decision not to use them must be an operational reason which seem to boil down to 'higher tech ...


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Like Hagrid, she has some giant blood. From the Pottermore entry for “Beauxbatons Academy of Magic”: Headmistress Olympe Maxime is (in spite of her protestations to the contrary) half-giantess; brilliant, elegant and undeniably awe-inspiring. Alternatively, this issue was hinted at obliquely in a post-Deathly Hallows interview: Did Hagrid ever get married ...


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I don't believe that there is a canonical explanation, but the impression I received was that the Children Detection Agency promulgates the belief to help protect the source of power, the children. By forcing an entirely hands-off approach, there is no physical evidence, especially no injury, that might lead to the human world cutting off all access or ...


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There is no dialog in the movie that directly explains Neo's condition. But here are some answer based on the movies. He wakes up at the trainman's station because his mind crosses over to the Matrix without being physically hooked up. The train station was a default gateway for any entity trying to cross over from The Matrix to the machine world(real world)...


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I want to extend the good answer of ibid abit. The phrase "entrenched prejudice" is important. If the house elves had not wanted to be slaves, the whole situation would have been so simplistic as to be almost babyish. Adding a layer of entrenchment of the prejudice to include the house elves themselves challenges us to think "whoa, is it possible that ...


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I don't know that anything canon ever rules out using communications while in Hyperspace. Reality is we don't see a lot of scenes where ships are in Hyperspace to begin with (I think ANH gives the most time to said scenario, and they had every reason NOT to send any transmissions). Something that, in theory, could do such a thing would be the Holonet, which ...


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Part of this question is answered in an FAQ from J.K. Rowling’s website: What did Dumbledore’s Howler to Aunt Petunia mean? (“Remember my last”?) So: Dumbledore is referring to his last letter, which means, of course, the letter he left upon the Dursleys’ doorstep when Harry was one year old. But why then (you may well ask) did he not just say “remember my ...


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It seems that Arthur Weasley and Kingsley Shacklebolt (and probably others in the Order of the Phoenix) believed that Voldemort would be able to get at Harry when he turns seventeen and the protective charm that Dumbledore put on the house would break. In the Deathly Hallows (page 33 of Scholastic paperback), Harry is telling the Dursleys: Once I’m ...


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The Marauder's map showed humans (obviously), Peeves and the other ghosts, and transformed animagi, as well as Mrs. Norris and Crookshanks, but not insects or vermin (other than Pettigrew, of course; if it did show animals to that level, the map would be a complete mess and unreadable). It showed these beings from every inch of the Hogwarts castle and ...


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Becalmed in Hell by Larry Niven addresses this. The ship uses a nuclear ramjet/chemical rocket propulsion system, and the fuel is kept in a "blimp tank". Our ship hung below the Earth-to-Venus hydrogen fuel tank, twenty miles up and all but motionless in the syrupy air. The tank, nearly empty now, made an excellent blimp. It would keep us aloft as long ...


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I think you might be reading into it too much. He's literally (and figuratively) brainless because of the dumb things he did as the VP. Agnew was the only VP with criminal charges brought against him (extortion, bribery, tax fraud, conspiracy) he resigned to avoid the worst of it and later he publicly made anti-Semitic remarks.


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Since Harry and Ron were able to follow it in the flying car during Chamber of Secrets pretty much straight after it left the station, I think we should conclude that it's just a platform located somewhere in (or very near to) King's Cross station that is hidden - just like its entrance - from Muggles. I really don't think we're going to get more precise ...


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The Operative knew about the conditioning of River, and either had no knowledge of Miranda or didn't care. As he said in the movie- "Secrets are not my concern. Keeping them is." As shown by the off hand way that he disposes of the doctor, he doesn't care about anything but his mission to get River back. During this scene, he also tells the assistant "...


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The Split Timeline concept is one that has existed since 2002. Eiji Aonuma first mentioned in an interview that Ocarina of Time had two endings, one where Link returned to his childhood (the one we actually see in-game), and one where he instead disappears forever, leading to the events of Wind Waker. After Wind Waker came out fans hotly debated the idea, as ...


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NOTE: this answer is totally wrong! The Russo brothers have confirmed that alternate realities are created without removing Infinity Stones from the timeline. It just means that there's now an alternative timeline kicking off in 2014 in which Nebula and Thanos don't exist. Just like in the movie itself, people love to confidently state how time travel ...


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