BlackThorn
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Is anyone else not buying the Buggers' story?
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I believe you are right to question the Hive Queen's story. The first formic war could be chalked up to a misunderstanding by a terraforming crew, but the second invasion was war. We can't really know ...

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Why did Snape give his loyalty to Dumbledore after Dumbledore failed to carry out his part of the deal?
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I think something that is not expressed in Gallifreyan's excellent answer has to do with Snape's relationship with Voldemort. Snape's loyalty to Voldemort was never as deep as his loyalty to Lily. ...

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In canon, has a Jedi ever used the light side to kill a Sith?
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Adamant's answer was right at the time he answered it, but with more recent episodes of Star Wars Rebels, the answer is a definitive yes.

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Why didn't Harry Potter become a professional seeker?
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Harry was sick of the spotlight Harry's experience as the boy who lived taught him to spurn the spotlight. He was annoyed by the attention of people like the Creevey brothers, and, even worse, the ...

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Why would Dumbledore and McGonagall carry Colin Creevey with their arms?
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First of all, we know that human levitation is possible and known. In The Prizoner of Azkaban, we see Sirius Black use Mobilicorpus on Snape's unconcious body to levitate it away from the Shrieking ...

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Why didn't the Order of the Phoenix send Harry directly to a safe house from Hogwarts?
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This has always confused me as well. I think, though, that there are several reasons. Snape leaking the correct information about the departure was crucial to proving his loyalty to Voldemort and the ...

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Edge of Tomorrow: Who cares what Rita's middle name is?
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As some of the other answers have suggested, it might really be an open-ended part of the story where the explanation was dropped at some point to save on screen time or because the story was changed ...

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In the movies why does Frodo try to give the One Ring to Aragorn?
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Edlothiad's answer gives a great perspective on why Aragorn was presented with this challenge, and why it is an important moment for Aragorn, but I'd like to add my thoughts on why Frodo would choose ...

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How are Dementors created/born?
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The claim that dementors [don't] breed but grow like a fungus where there is decay has been canonically disproven, at least if you can trust Fudge's knowledge. It seems to be an early idea by JKR, but ...

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Why didn't Voyager make a cloaking device?
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They had to boldly explore to find new people and technology that could bring them home faster. They didn't utilize a cloaking device because they were not trying to hide (usually). They were so far ...

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Being unaware of the prophecy, for what reason did the rest of the Order of the Phoenix think Voldemort was hunting down Harry?
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The Dark Lord gave a great answer about what speculation people might have concerning the prophecy. Let me add a more basic answer from a different angle. Harry Potter was The Boy Who Lived. I find ...

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What was the first alien species on Earth in Doctor Who?
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If you take the term "alien" with more of a cultural than literal definition, the Silurans were probably the first non-human sentient life to live on Earth. They were around far far before humans, ...

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How are copper mistings discovered?
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After re-reading the series, I think I have a better idea how this works. Copper mistings have essentially 2 abilities: The power to obscure allomancy. The power to resist emotional allomancy. This ...

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Were the Stormtroopers on the Death Star ever intended to be a ground assault force?
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Yes, the Stormtroopers on the Death Star were intended to be capable of ground assault, or at least to board and take over ships. Their armor and guns are evidence of this. That kind of armor and ...

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How is Bumblebee able to use his own voice?
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This one is a little tough to explain without saying something like "because of the power of friendship." Part of the difficulty is due to the fact that Bumblebee's voice problems are a construct of ...

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How did new Muggle-born students relieve themselves before toilets were added?
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They relieved themselves the muggle way. It is pretty common for witches and wizards to be practiced in some of the more mundane muggle arts, and often possess many of the tools requisite for the ...

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Why did none of the Gaunts open the Chamber of Secrets?
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This is related to Is Tom Marvolo Riddle the only one who opened the Chamber of Secrets after Salazar Slytherin? The answer there claims that the Gaunts did open the Chamber of Secrets, but for one ...

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Does Investiture influence people in small quantities?
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Cosmere Spoilers I think it is difficult to make a conclusion about the macro-effect of investiture at this time. The Shards obviously can have direct, though imperfect, influence on people, such as ...

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Sex and Family Life on the Death Star?
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Canon speculation: In rogue one, we definitely see at least science officers have families, though we never see for sure if any are actually brought aboard the Death Star. However, it seemed like ...

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