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So, I Finally Watched Harry Potter

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at KU chapter.

DISCLAIMER: Spoilers Ahead

I have spent a lot of my adolescence hearing about Harry Potter. For some reason, even though my parents didn’t read me the books or take me to the movies, I seemed to attract Potterheads. I couldn’t escape it. One of my longest friends was obsessed with the series. We couldn’t escape each other from school to synagogue to camp, and I couldn’t escape her Hermione Granger-ness when it comes to the Wizarding World. Harry Potter would always be referenced in TV shows and movies that I watched, like Pretty Little Liars (Hanna wittily said “she can’t just disappear. This isn’t Hogwarts. there’s only so many halls and classrooms” in Season 4 when she was trying to lighten the mood while her mom was framed for manslaughter; Spencer once told Aria “So, Ezra is like Lord Voldemort” in Season 3 in reference to how her dad Byron tolerates their relationship; Hanna makes a reference to flushing herself down a toilet in order to make a quick getaway in a scene in a bathroom in Season 7; Jonny, the guy that stay in the Hastings barn in Season 5 said to Spencer “I know your mom loves the idea of shipping you off to Hogwarts”; when Spencer says “I need answers from a guy who spends his weekends pretending to be a Hufflepuff” in Season 4; plus Tom Felton co-starred in a movie with Troian Bellisario that she also wrote and produced called Feed), Gossip Girl (Blair “babysits” an rebellious 8th grader who’s mom says “as long as she has her Harry Potter book and a bowl of ice cream she’s as happy as a clown” about secretly devious daughter with the book in reference probably being Deathly Hallows based on this being 2008/2009), the To All The Boys series (Lara Jean said she and John Ambrose were both Hufflepuffs in the second To All The Boys film while they read Harry Potter in the treehouse; and the Coveys seem to be big Potterheads because Kitty basically breaks up with her long-distance boyfriend in the final film because he doesn’t like Harry Potter), The Vampire Diaries (Damon tells Alacric that he has know been employed in the “cursed faculty position” during the Season 1 1950s decade dance and also says that he let Liv and Jo Parker turn his house into Hogwarts in Season 6 when she was training for The Merge against Kai) and Legacies (They constantly reference Harry Potter, but some of the most memorable ones are how Lizzie constantly calls Landon a Muggle and once said “My sister’s supposed to be all about that Muggle life, not shopping around witch stuff,” in reference to her sister Josie switching schools and how Alaric said that he doesn’t have a welcome speech for the Salvatore School because he claims that “most people have seen Harry Potter“). Sophia Bush even compared the creator of One Tree Hill to Voldemort (the irony of Lucius Malfoy himself playing her TV dad in Good Sam). So yeah, Harry Potter references were inescapable, and now I can see why. Even at the aforementioned camp, they would have us watch Chamber of Secrets and The Half-Blood Prince on rainy days, not that I paid much attention (literally I remember from watching these films prior to watching the full series the name Tom Riddle who was somehow connected to Voldemort, that there are a lot of snakes in the Chamber of Secrets and that in one of the later movies Emma Watson runs out upset after Ron kisses some girl and everyone cheers, granted that when we watched Half-Blood Prince at camp I gave up about halfway through from pure confusion to go downstairs and play GaGa (for context, it was a Jewish sleepaway camp). However, in hindsight now that I have seen the whole series Chamber of Secrets and Half-Blood Prince are such odd and random choices to show a group of kids completely out of context. Prince more so as it’s so pivotal and has such a huge plot twist, but Chamber too because if you are gonna show that one, you might as well just show Sorcerer’s Stone instead). One year, our Maccabia (color war) theme was Harry Potter with each team being a (fairly obvious) Hogwarts house. And of course, with the internet, I saw things all the time. In fact, the first YouTube videos I ever watched were Harry Potter Puppet PalseBay song and mysterious ticking noise. I remember as a kid seeing the commercials for Harry Potter marathons on TV (now that I am older, I realize that this was when only 4 or 5 of the films were out, which just shows how popular this series was that it was already getting syndicated. That’s pretty unprecedented. I don’t remember seeing The Hunger Games movies syndicated on TV until after all the movies came out in the late 2010s) and the only clips I really remember seeing from those promos for the marathons were the flying car shots (which now I know were a great comedic moment in the Chamber of Secrets). I remember seeing certain shots from the films growing up because of trailers and things, like the shot of Harry holding his wand for the first time in Ollivander’s and the shot as Fluffy stands up in front of the trio in Stone, Hermione punching Draco in Azkaban, Hermione’s grand entrance at the beginning of the Yule Ball in Goblet, the Hall of Prophecies in Phoenix (I think it was the shot of Ginny’s reaction to her Reducto Curse because I remember my friend saying “God, I hate Ginny” when it came on. I have no recollection of what year this was so I have no idea if Prince was out yet), Harry and Dumbledore are on the isolated rock by the cave in Prince and Harry and Voldemort’s bright final duel in Hallows. Obviously now with all the context, they are much more nostalgic, sentimental and powerful images to me than they were back then. Through these experiences and exposures, I picked up bits and pieces. Hermione had a crush on Ron. You can be either a Gryffindor, a Hufflepuff, a Slytherin, or a Ravenclaw. Butterbeer is a thing and a wizard’s drink of choice. Draco Malfoy deserved better (TRUE). You have to swish and flick. It’s LeviOsa, not LeviosA. All of this definitely intrigued me, but again, no one in my family was interested, and I didn’t know really how to talk about it since I never watched it. So, when the reunion came out, I finally decided to watch the full series. And here are my thoughts.

(Also, right after I watch the whole series for the first time, one of my favorite podcasts Chicks In The Office created a Harry Potter rewatch podcast called Chicks In Hogwarts. Check it out!)

I was truly surprised by how much I loved these movies. But the more I think about it, I may not be into Marvel, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Star Trek, Game of Thrones, etc., but I have always loved the fantasy genre. I grew up with Wizards of Waverly Place being my favorite show, which now I see was clearly Disney Channel’s attempt to capitalize on the Potter craze. Alex Russo literally made me the woman I am today. My favorite episode was when she went crazy for chocolate (very Lupin of her), because I, too, am a chocoholic. I read The Chronicles of Narnia series in 5th grade and fell in love with the movies (now, that’s a reboot I can get behind. Especially because they never finished the franchise out, only getting through the first three books). The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe was even the movie I chose to watch one time when I got an MRI. Also, I know this is a controversial opinion, but I think Voyage of the Dawn Treader was the best film out of the three. I also liked the Percy Jackson movies due to my young fascination with Greek Mythology, but I never read the books and I haven’t rewatched the films since I was 10 (unlike Hunger Games, Narnia and even Twilight, which I have rewatched since my obsessive phase during my pre-teen years). I was very into The Chronicles of Narnia franchise when I was 11 and 12 (which was also clearly the Disney Studios’ answer to the Potter craze), and I still believe the rest of the books should have been given their film adaptions. As a college kid I started The Vampire Diaries freshman year, and am now obsessed with the whole The Vampire Diaries cinematic universe (I rewatch the show and the whole cinematic universe constantly as my mindless homework/comfort show). I also don’t like that medieval fantasy that Games of Thrones and Lord of the Rings employ. I like fantasy that’s grounded in reality. The characters go to school like in The Vampire Diaries and have real-world jobs like in True Blood. There’s the fantastical element that makes it fun and escapist, but then there’s the realistic element that makes it relatable and visceral. So, I guess if I am to like one iconic and beloved film franchise in this world, it would be Harry Potter. There is clearly a classically blockbuster epicness to these films, but they are far more cinematic and emotionally grounded then you would think, so they don’t always feel like a blockbuster most of the time you watch them. They are truly pieces of cinema which I feel like other film franchises can’t say, but also they are obviously very much blockbusters. No movie is perfect. No adaption is perfect. But these films are all truly good. Good acting. Good writing. Good storytelling. Good production elements. Good cinematography. The fact that I can say specific things in each film that I do and don’t like, as you will soon see, proves this. 

Out of all those aforementioned franchises that I never liked, the one I liked the most was The Hunger Games. To be clear, I always liked The Hunger Games, but I never loved it. Sure, I found it entertaining, thought-provoking and fascinating, but I always felt like I was supposed to like the series, both the books and the films, more than I actually did (and as much as I love vampire shows like The Vampire Diaries and True Blood, Twilight just sucked in my opinion, but I do appreciate its iconicism and the memes). I never liked it as much as everyone else did. Sure, I loved Jennifer Lawrence, but I far prefer her other films like Silver Linings Playbook and Don’t Look Up. But it was the cool thing when I was in middle school, so I pretended to be as obsessed with it as everyone else when I only sort of liked it. I do rewatch them and enjoy them (at least more than Twilight, which is a film series I have never been able to get all the way through), but now that I have finally found a film franchise I genuinely enjoy and am officially obsessed with, I feel like I can know critically compare them, even though they are drastically different genres as one is fantasy and the other is a dystopia (although, to me, the Ministry of Magic eerily mirrored an authoritarian, dystopian government with or without Voldemort’s influence. Like that banner of Fudge has in Phoenix gives off “Big Brother Is Watching You” vibes very much). One thing that I like significantly better in The Hunger Games series was the costumes. They were so distinctive and vibrant and created such a unique, iconic aesthetic that no other film or series had at the time, and many since have taken inspiration from it. They even managed to get real designer clothing for the films straight from the runway fashion houses and designers like Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, and Schiaparelli. I will talk more about this later on, but Harry Potter had such lackluster costuming with every bland aesthetic, especially in the later films. The earlier films created so much potential in terms of costuming and aesthetics, and they just never built upon it. The costume designers often had great ideas in the latter films, but the execution was almost always off. Potter should have worked harder to have better costuming as it would have probably had a huge effect on fashion like The Hunger Games movies did, especially since it was the biggest franchise in the world at the time. Also, Toby Jones, who voiced Dobby, was actually in the first two Hunger Games movies.

Now that I have watched these films, I am honestly so upset that I missed out Harry Potter mania. That I didn’t race to get the next book or wait in line for the new movie (I REALLY want to watch these movies in the theatre). Also, as a pop culture connoisseur, I feel deeply ashamed that I hadn’t watched probably one of the most impactful and iconic stories of my generation. These films are a staple in pop culture overall, but especially in 2000s pop culture. It’s nostalgic for me even if I didn’t grow up with it just because it was such an iconic part of that era that I was still surrounded by it and picked up things about it here and there. 

The thing is Harry Potter, The Vampire Diaries, The Chronicles of Narnia and Wizards of Waverly Place all deal with very similar themes like good vs. evil (the battle of good vs. evil was clearly the main theme, I mean that’s what the Battle of Hogwarts was all about right? Through parallels and metaphors for the real world, I think this theme of good vs. evil was done very well), life vs. death, light vs. dark, growing up, inequality, wisdom, loss of innocence, moral ambiguity, imperfections, flaws in humanity, the difference between the simple things of life and the not simple, the grayness of the world, living life to the fullest, prejudice, the power of youth, love, corruption, madness, enduring friendship through hardship and adversity, humanity (“We’ve all got both light and dark inside of us.” – Sirius Black), learning, things worth fighting for, strength and overcoming, and eternal love, whether that be familial or romantic. There are also just running themes throughout the series that offer interesting comparisons and parallels, like bad parents, love, the number 7 (Weasleys siblings, Quidditch players, Harry was born at the end of July AKA the seventh month, secret passages to Hogsmeade, number of times Voldemort failed to kill Harry, years at Hogwarts, Horcruxes, Harry’s Quidditch number, number of books, etc.), a new DADA teacher in every film, fears (Boggart), desires (Mirror of Erised), death, troubled childhoods, trauma and choices. The reason why I think I like the fantasy genre (magic-based fantasy), not the dystopian, sci-fi (except ET: The Extra-Terrestrial and the first two Back To The Future movies, obviously. Those are the best sci-fi entities ever, mostly because they take place in the 80s, and the only ones I really, truly love. I mean, I like Stranger Things too, but I love these films) medieval-aesthetic fantasy, action-adventure or any other blockbuster-y genres because it’s grounded in humanity and growing up, something everyone, no matter what age, can relate to (hence why I like E.T. and Back To The Future). Other blockbuster genres, at least in my opinion, aren’t. With fantasy, it’s already fantastical and epic, so the groundedness only amplifies that in a very natural way, while other genres amplify that epicness when its unnecessary and in forced ways, usually, in my opinion. Those themes are universal, no matter what age you are and no matter if you have magical powers or not.

The theme of family, especially found family, is a very important one in these films. If your blood relatives let you down, you find new ones and that’s exactly what Harry did. He found a family in Sirius and Lupin, his parent’s most trusted friends. And when he lost them as well, he found family within the only example of a family that he ever knew, the Weasleys. Hermione may have had a family, but they were Muggles, who didn’t understand the stresses of Wizard life, the Weasleys gave her a Wizard family. It also showed how accepting the Weasleys are. Harry and Hermione’s Mudblood and half-blood status wasn’t even a factor in their assimilation into the family. Ron and Ginny welcoming Hermione and Harry into their family and through marriage, all of them becoming an actual family was the most satisfying ending that could have happened. The first and only true family Harry ever had and knew.

However, out of all these themes, the theme of good vs. evil is the most prevalent throughout the story, after all, that’s what the final battle they are building toward for the entire series is all about. However, it tackles this theme in a surprisingly sophisticated way for a children’s story. It shows that good and evil are not absolute. It’s a choice and that means it can often be misleading. After all, Snape is seen as a villain, but by the end, he is revealed to not be, while Dumbledore has been seen as the heroic God when in reality the is the villain. This is foreshadowed in the first film between Snape and Quirrell. The trio thinks Snape must be the culprit because of his evil demeanor and menacing attitude, but in reality, it’s the cowardly Professor Quirrell who is an agent to Voldemort, not Snape, although we do find out later that Snape is a double agent (and later becomes a triple agent). This idea of don’t-judge-a-book-by-it’s-cover idea happens multiple times throughout the series, with Tom Riddle in Chamber, Sirius in Azkaban, Moody in Goblet and Snape again, in the opposite way, in Prince and even, you could argue, with Neville and Snape, again, in the finale (the way Snape has this idea center around his character at three different points in the series, in Stone, Prince and Part 2). This leads to plot twists, second chances, and redemption arcs throughout the series. This is reflected in Harry and his self-doubt through learning about his connections to Voldemort through her scar and through his ability to speak Parseltongue. He doubts his morality but realizes that Dumbledore (for once) is right. He had to choose to be good or evil and unlike Voldemort, Harry chose to be good. Dumbledore gave this same lesson to Draco on the Astronomy tower. However, this idea about morality and redemption is never more prevalent than in Snape’s arc and characterization. He is the most complicated, mysterious and multifaceted character in the entire series. On the surface, and due to the title, the story is of course about Harry’s morality, however in reality, by the end of the series, we realize it’s actually about Snape’s morality.

The films also had so many great messages for young kids to see in the cinema, both through the story and the character, my favorites probably being the plot of the Order of the Phoenix where Harry realized that the fact that he had love and friendship in his heart was gonna be how he will beat Voldemort and Hermione’s character and how she showed young girls that they are allowed to be the smartest person in the room and that being smart and outspoken is badass. However, I do love certain quotes as well. Mainly, Sirius’ “The world isn’t split between good people and Death Eaters. We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are (although the irony of Sirius saying this after he, an adult, although traumatized by Azkaban, continued to bully Snape in the Shrieking Shack isn’t lost on me),” Dumbledore’s “While we may come from different places and speak in different tongues, our hearts beat as one,” “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light,” and “For in dreams we enter a world that is entirely our own. Let him swim in the deepest ocean or glide over the highest cloud.” Never underestimate someone purely based on their age, because honestly, the children in these movies are so much more powerful, smarter and craftier than most of the adults. Harry’s quote in Phoenix saying “if they can do it, why can’t we?” is also an amazing message, as it can be translated to every ambition. Every legendary actor, politician, doctor, writer and artist started out as nothing more than a student, with enough drive, confidence and passion to achieve their goals. Life isn’t fair, as Snape so painfully proclaims to Harry. But it’s true. Life isn’t fair. No one knows that more or taught us that more than Snape. I also loved how Luna and Neville represented how your so-called “weaknesses” can become your superpower if you learn how to use them to your advantage. Violence is not the answer, disarming your enemies is (kill people with kindness, essentially). The world isn’t black or white, it’s grey and complicated shown through Snape and Draco’s complex arcs. Snape represents how you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover and how actions speak louder than words. It isn’t who you are, but who you grow to be. It’s our choices that matter far more than our abilities. Our choices reveal our true colors. It’s not about similarities or differences or actions, it’s about our choices, that’s what makes us who we are and what defines us. Right and wrong isn’t the hard choice, the hard choice is what’s right versus what’s easy (“the world isn’t split into good people and Death Eaters. We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on.” – Sirius Black). You can’t fight all alone. In unity, there is strength (yes, Harry Potter proved this to be true long before Jughead Jones and the Southside Serpents in Riverdale). Friendship leads to success, as seen from the moment Harry steps onto the Hogwarts Express and meets his two closest friends and during the DA meetings when they are all supporting each other as they become trained and skilled wizards. Chocolate solves everything. Facing your fears is important and one of the only ways to truly grow and improve. It may not be comfortable, as most fears are attached to some kind of trauma and facing trauma isn’t fun, it’s scary in itself, but this does help you become a stronger, better person. In a world of bullies and peer pressure, it’s a great message to show kids that it’s far more virtuous to stand up to your friends rather then your enemies. The story showed three boys, Voldemort, Snape and Harry, who all had troubled upbrings and showed how their circumstances and backgrounds weighed on them and impacted them, and how each turned into very different people in spite of that. Voldemort was born without any love and turned into the ultimate evil villain. Harry was born into love and had it ripped away from him and turned into an undeniably good guy and a hero, and Snape was born into love and was beaten down by the world, so first chose evil and then learned the error of his ways and made up for lost time and his mistakes. All three of them were also all abandoned by the people they valued most (whether it was their decision or not with Tom’s parents putting him in an orphanage, whether it was their choice, forced upon them or their last resort, or Lily sacrificing herself for Harry and because of Snape’s mistrust putting her in that situation) and their first true home was Hogwarts, which is probably the most central parallel between these three in the series. We are all human. We all have hearts that beat and brains that think. Because of that, we are all worth the same and all worth saving. Though a Snitch is small, it earns the most points when caught, which is symbolic of being small, but mighty. How being underestimated can be your superpower. Like fake swallowing Felix Felicis, believing in yourself is all that matters. Being rich with love, loyalty, family and friendship is far better and richer than being rich with wealth, status and money. The importance of rebuilding after tragedy and war, as seen with JKR’s decision to have Harry survive the Battle of Hogwarts, not just Voldemort’s execution of him. However, the biggest message of the series is that love conquers all. And this is shown through all different kinds of love from romance to family to friendship to unrequited love. This is proven when Lily’s death gave Harry the protection of love and how Snape’s love for Lily helped him protect her son after her death and gave him the strength to become a villain for the greater good (this represents a cycle of love conquering all in a way). Also, love is what ultimately helps Harry defeat Voldemort, as his mother’s love protection helped him survive the Killing Curse twice, with the second only killing the Horcrux that was inside Harry. It also helped repel Voldemort from Harry’s body in Phoenix with the power of love through friendship. Harry as a character also was a great message. Harry was a symbol of the triumph of good, the power of male vulnerability, the importance of understanding innocence versus naivety and that there is strength in determination, resilience, resisting and fighting. Love conquers all is the overarching message of the series. Love is the greatest and most important power of all in the series, as I have just explained, and that is metaphorical for real life as well. Whether it’s familial, like Lily, romantic, like Ron and Hermione, or friendship like the trio. That is all a really beautiful message. The thing about all these messages is that they are timeless and universal, which makes the story itself timeless and universal as well.

I also appreciated the films’ parallels to real life. The political subtexts include themes of oppression, survival, ending bigotry, questioning authority, not assuming the establishment and press are always telling the truth and ostracizing people who are different. Its prejudice against Mudbloods reflects racism and Nazism (can same goes for half-bloods with people of mixed race and faith), the Death Eaters are very much the terrorist of the Wizarding World (and the Muggle world too TBH because of that opening scene in Prince) and make the Taliban look as pathetic and petty as Peter Pettigrew and Lucius Malfoy, the corruption of the justice system in the Ministry of Magic eerily mirrors the judicial system in real life, especially in the U.S. (especially today with the near-Handmaiden’s Tale authoritarian control of women’s bodies), the “pure-blood mania” stuff was quite ahead of its time in how it reflects the conservative conspiracy and Christian extremism of everything from abortion to vaccines to the LGBTQ+ (yes, I know the irony by me saying that last part), the lack of knowledge, empathy and perceived danger causing a larger stigma werewolves and lycanthropy in this universe reminds me of how people treated AIDS in the 90s, government corruption and fake news (with these latter two being rather ahead of its time) paralleling the relationships between the government and it’s citizens all over the world throughout all of history, the Wizarding World has the issue of nepotism babies, specifically shown through Draco and Harry (Harry is probably the most worthy nepo baby in history. I mean, yes there is a prophecy that centers around him, which gave him the motivation get good at magic, but he was also skilled in his own right and went about in the right way because once he joined the Wizarding World, he found a great support system, unlike Draco who learned the hard way that power isn’t as important as a support system and skill), underage magic (LOL) parallels underage drinking and rebellion. While, it is a little, erm, interesting that the source material was written by You-Know-Who, at least she tried and make some sort of social commentary, especially given the 90s time period. It made it more relatable and digestible.

It’s also wild, at least within this world and this mythology, when you think about how Harry, specifically, but also Neville and Draco too have their family histories literally in the textbooks they are using in school, making their lives, relatives and pasts literally have historical significance. I mean, Harry is the only person ever to survive the Killing Curse, and does so TWICE! That’s historic in this world, because clearly, in a very rare way, it’s possible. Almost like Prince William and Prince Harry learning about British history in their classes and having it literally center around their family. Also similar to political families like the Kennedys or Old Money families in the U.S. Or like Klaus and the Mikaelson family in The Vampire Diaries universe, specifically in Legacies. Harry’s parents dying, putting an end to Voldemort and therefore the First Wizarding War is literally a historical event in this world. See! This world feels so real that it has me thinking this literally. That’s such a testament to how well done the mythology is. The events of these books/films, at least most of the major ones (especially the battles), are literally historical events, which is even more insane when you remember that these were literal kids, teenagers, fighting in these battles. Harry, Ron, Hermione and Neville all helped destroy Horcruxes and therefore end Voldemort, which makes them historical figures too within this world. Snape and his triple agent status plot twist is also a literal historical plot twist in this world, like many in real life (although I can’t think of any examples right now). Wizarding World history is so thought out and specific, probably even more so in the books, that it feels like the real history of a specific culture, not just the background context of a fictitious mythology. After all, the hysteria around witchcraft is rippled throughout European and world history, and that persecution seemed to influence the prejudices within the Wizarding World, as humans are naturally judgmental human beings. People find scapegoats in the real world, just like they do in this world. I am curious if this was talked about in the books, like if JKR connected them to the Salem Witch Trials or the witch trials in Britain or something. Also, the First and Second Wizarding Wars parallel the real-life World War I & II (which begs the question, what was the Wizarding World like during those Muggle World Wars or any Muggle war or government situation. Does it ever affect them?) When you think about that way, it’s quite wild. Also, as cool as this is, it’s so kind of distributing because like the Royal Family (at least until recent years) the manic pure-blood families are all probably inbred, especially if pure-blood mania has existed since Salazar Slytherin’s time, which was 1,000 years ago (the Mikaelson’s time in a different fantasy cinematic universe LOL, I guess these mythologies just love saying “a thousand years ago…” or that’s as far back as these creators can think of). Also, if these pure-blood families are somewhat inbred, does that mean that pure-bloods like Draco and Ron are distantly related in some capacity, and therefore Ron and Sirius (Draco and Sirius are clearly related because of Narcissa)? I assume that since Lily is Muggle-born and Harry is a half-blood that James was a pure-blood, does that mean that Harry is also distantly related to the Blacks, Malfoys and Weasleys, this fact being even wilder knowing that he ends up marrying into the anti-prejudice Weasley family through Ginny? I guess in British minds, this is normal due to the monarchy being such a big part of the country’s identity, but as an American, this is just odd to think about. From what I heard, The Cursed Child basically ruined the Harry Potter legacy. I feel like they could have used this idea and related it to Harry and Ron’s kids for a better, more interesting sequel. Like the dynamic between The Vampire Diaries and Legacies. Especially with how beloved worldwide the Potter-verse is, I think that would have worked better, from what I have heard.

Personally, I am very fascinated by the worlds of old money and old money families (like is it any wonder why Gossip Girl and Succession are some of my favorite shows?), so combining that with something else I’m fascinated by, villains and anti-heroes, through the Malfoy and Black families (especially with them being connected through Narcissa) was just a match made in heaven for me. I also liked how they used these old money families and made them villainous families because that’s how the world sees real old money families like the Vanderbilts and the Hearsts, who hoard money while the rest of the world suffers. This aspect parallels white privilege in a way, which is why I am glad they made those families white (even though, besides the Patils, Cho Chang and Dean Thomas, these films are very, very white. It was the 2000s after all, just look at the other films from that time. And while I find Zoe Kravitz’s casting in Fantastic Beasts refreshing as she is a Black American in a Harry Potter universe film, the fact that her character’s last name is Lestrange does make this white privilege parallel point mute which is both good and bad for a variety of reasons that would take a whole separate article to discuss, not to mention the fact that she is American), including the pureblood Weasley family. However, with that being said, I do like how they made the Weasleys the rare historic but not wealthy family because there are many families who aren’t extremely wealthy but have lived in the U.S. for 100s of years. This representation of historical families that don’t equate to wealthy families is rarely seen in the media. And before you say, this point about old money and white privilege Americanizing the franchise, it’s not. Just look at the British monarchy and Princess Diana’s family. Britain just has a much longer history that would take even longer for me to talk about and I am Amercian, so in a way, this is my only form of reference (even though I am educated about how it works in Britain due to my fascination with old money, monarchy and British history). One of the ways the Malfoys and Blacks realistically showcase their old money status is with their values and emphasis on tradition, status and loyalty. The latter two are obviously shown with how Draco only strategically defies his family in Hallows, not actually, as he clearly values his family, no matter how dysfunctional it may be, which is also shown when he kicks Harry’s head in on the train in Prince in his pathetic father’s defense even though Lucius is the reason that he will probably end this school year as a murderer, and with how Draco constantly finds ways to up his status like joining Umbridge’s Inquisitorial Squad and the Slytherin Quidditch team. However, one way the Black and Malfoy families showcase their value of tradition, something very important to old money families, is how many of them are named after stars. Bellatrix is a star found in the Orion constellation. Sirius is the name of a star system. Draco is the root of Draconis, which is a word found in many Greek star systems, especially in the Draco constellation. This shows the Black family tradition of naming their kids after stars, as even though Narcissa is named after the flower, she continues the tradition with Draco’s name.

Going back to Narnia, I kind of appreciate how it wasn’t some sort of portal fantasy into another world like the Wardrobe in Narnia. It was a world within a world. It’s a world of magic within a world of mundanity. Part of why I love this mythology so much is how mundane and old-fashioned it is despite being magical. They write letters, travel through fireplaces like Santa Claus and read books. there’s no internet or crystal ball face-timing (the closest we get to that is that glass shard in Hallows or that unnecessary time Sirius showed up in the crystal ball), or something. It makes it charming and easy to grasp as a world that really could exist. It made it, ironically, more realistic. like, this could exist? It kept the world grounded and relatable. Also, these mundane magical elements add a level of timelessness to the story, as they communicate with letters, no phone calls or texts, listen to the radio, write with quills and ink, use lanterns instead of flashlights (at least in Stone before Harry learns the Lumos spell), and research by reading, not Googling. The series’ use of practical effects also helped make it feel more real and like it could really exist, not like a portal fantasy. It made it easier for the audience to grasp on to, with the magical world being somewhat mundane, just with some sort of fantastical flair. They have paintings, but they move and talk. The Great Hall has a skylight, but it’s not a window, it’s a bewitchment magically showing the sky as if the Great Hall is roofless. The books bite readers, paper maps turn into a magical GPS and letters howl at their recipients, literally (this is one of the funniest scenes in the whole series and probably one of my favorites. I am using that monologue to try and learn a British accent). Also, in this universe, with brooms being a prominent mode of transportation, it’s really smart because with the world being hidden within the Muggle world, broomsticks, despite them having foot pedals and everything, for the most part, look pretty mundane, which don’t raise Muggle suspicions. That mundane-ness is also where a lot of the humor comes from the collision between the Wizarding World and the Muggle world, with the Dursleys, Mr, Weasley, Hermione and Ron utilizing this aspect of the series’ humor the most. That’s when a lot of British humor came out. I love British humor because of how sophisticated, satirical, dry, sarcastic, sassy, snarky and witty it is and it was fun to see that kind of humor in the early movies especially because the kids were so young. I had never seen such dry humor involve such young kids before on screen. It was great. I particularly loved the humor of Ron, Hermione, Snape, Harry, the Weasley twins, Neville and Luna. Honestly, probably one of my favorite things about these films is how they all have accents, and not just any accents, British accents, my favorite accent. If anything, I hope to just keep rewatching these films in order to teach myself a British accent, especially since there is such a variety of them. The closest to portal fantasy these films got to was the way they enter Platform 9 and 3/4 (which, at least for the Weasleys, doesn’t make much sense because don’t they live in the Wizarding World? Doesn’t Platform 9 and 3/4 exist in the Wizarding World, not some pocket train station-only dimension?), and how they travel, by Floo Powder and Portkey (which by the way, how the hell did You-Know-Who come up with that these means of traveling?). There are also no talking animals like in Narnia, unless you count that spider Aragog who told Harry that Hagrid was innocent and didn’t open the Chamber of Secrets. The closest to that is an Animagus.

Also, like Narnia, Potter also has religious symbolism, particularly Christian symbolism, which as a Jew, is surprising because I enjoy both series so much. Both source materials, AKA both book series, use magic as a portal of sorts to understand spirituality. They also both have the key theme of exploring good versus evil, particularly when it involves supremacy over people’s souls or a group of subjects, although Harry Potter’s is more consistent with the main evil always being Voldemort and his Death Eaters, while Narnia‘s constantly changed due to the mythology’s use of time jumps, with Jadis the White Witch being the only contact antagonist even though in the latter films she was also a spirit of sorts. Harry also parallels Jesus Christ as “The Chosen One,” which is ironic because Jesus was a Jew, and Jews are considered “The Chosen People,” (and in regards to Potter, this is an odd feeling when you realize how the design of the Gringott’s goblins are undeniably based on the Jewish stereotypes of wealth and big noses and how Voldemort’s half-blood status eerily mirrors the myth that Hitler was a Jew, especially because this proves how the idea of Jesus being a Jew showcases how hypocritical Anti-semitism really is). Harry is the one who provides hope in the Wizarding community just like Jesus did for his subjects and still does today. He also sacrifices himself and has Voldemort give an epic speech after his death, only for Harry to resurrect, like Jesus, after the speech. This is also really interesting when you remember how in the 90s and 2000s, the religious group held book burnings for the Harry Potter series for their “controversial” themes of occultism and witchcraft, being so-called ‘sacrilegious’ and seemingly reviving Satanic Panic. I remember religious extremists calling the books to be banned from schools, which was probably why I was given Narnia and not Potter as I was introduced to Narnia in school (like the teacher literally had us read it for a grade in 5th grade). This is also hilariously ironic, not just due to how religious extremists are now praising the series today due to JKR’s transphobic beliefs, but also due to its Christian themes. However, the Potter series proved to be a force to be reckoned with, never losing popularity, only gaining it with the final film being the highest-grossing of the whole franchise. The popularity was so large and strong, that it just proved further that the past negative connotations of witches (sexism, Salem, etc.) has dwindled and that Potter has cemented itself a permanent place in both just pop culture, but also British culture and American culture alike (as they were British stories, but American-produced films). This religious controversy wasn’t why I didn’t read the books when I was a kid in the 2000s or watch the films. I was just never introduced to them properly until I became friends with Potterheads in my teens and twenties. After all, in the 2000s, I did read and watch Narnia, and while it is about fantasy and magic, it’s not necessarily about witchcraft like Harry Potter. After all, it takes place at the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. My parents just aren’t big fantasy fans, so I was never encouraged to read them or watch the films, which in hindsight was a mistake because as you can probably tell, I am now obsessed and genuinely considering reading the books, and as I have said, I am not a reader at all. If I was introduced to Harry Potter, as my 5th-grade teacher introduced me to Narnia, I probably would have become a reader very quickly. Or at least my mom could bargain with me in regard to the films and therefore I would become a reader.

Potter was also part of the rebranding of the witch genre from a spooky, seductive adult-focused genre (due to it being taboo and witchcraft often had negative connotations instead of intriguing ones) to a kid-friendly one, with Halloweentown, Twitches (which all spawned sequels and franchises) and Wizards of Waverly Place, all airing on Disney Channel in the 90s and 2000s (the witch genre was far more popular on Disney then Nickelodeon with many notably less unpopular shows like Every Witch Way and House of Anubis never really getting the same traction). However, Harry Potter was undeniably the most successful kid-friendly witch genre entity ever, and still is (but nice try Narnia). The books, the films and the mythology itself are all immensely popular worldwide and have become not just a franchise, but a multi-million dollar corporation. Its impact on the genre is undeniable, and based on how much I loved Halloweentown, Twitches, Wizards of Waverly Place, and Narnia, it makes total sense that I’d be into Harry Potter. Potter also was used as inspiration so much in these various franchises. Does anyone remember when the Russos went to that wizard school Wiz Tech? Remember how Alex said Justin looked like some famous wizard in glasses when he wore his uniform-required pair, but couldn’t remember the name? Potter was also unique because unlike Wizards and Halloweentown, which were on kid-friendly TV networks, Potter was its own entity. It wasn’t funneled through a channel geared toward a specific demographic. It was mainstream and therefore could reach a larger audience, and did, and not just a larger, global audience, but an audience of all ages and demographics, not just kids, even if that’s what it was originally geared towards.

There are also so many cinematic parallels between Potter and Narnia. Obviously, the characters and location were both in Britain and they both had huge impacts on British culture. Harry kills the Basilisk the exact same way Edmund kills the Seas Serpent in the Dawn Treader, both with an enchanted sword and a snake-like mythical creature. Also, that scene in the final Narnia film with the green mist showing the White Witch parallels Ron’s Horcrux dream sequence, both dealing with temptation, fear, insecurity, trauma and innermost thoughts. The dark island also reminds me of the Chamber of Secrets. The Durmstrung ship also reminds me of the Dawn Treader ship. Prince Caspian’s tragic life and appearance also remind me of Sirius in a lot of ways. The Pevensies take a train to the country in the first book/movie, which reminds me of how Hogwarts students take the Hogwarts Express from London’s King’s Cross to Hogwarts, which seems to be in the Scottish mountainous countryside. The school uniforms in the very beginning of the Prince Caspian film with their striped scarves, not to mention the train station setting magically giving way back to Narnia for the Pevensie siblings had major Potter vibes. Also, the snow scenes particularly in Azkaban, especially the Draco snowball scene, give major Lion, Witch and The Wardrobe vibes. Also, the Book of Incantation being the catalyst for a teenage girl’s insecurities in Narnia with Lucy reminds me of Hermione with her insecurities and passion and skill when it comes to spells. Draco kind of reminds me of Edmund, with how both are selfish and arrogant but eventually, they learn from their mistakes, and they learn from them because of being traumatized, Draco by the Death Eaters and Edmund by the White Witch. Also, the character of Eustace Scrubb reminded me of Dudley Dursley with how nasty and biased he is toward things in Narnia. The White witch used Edmund as bait to lure his siblings and stop the prophecy, similar to how the Death Eaters used Sirius to lure Harry to the Hall of Prophecies. Father Christmas had a very similar look to Dumbledore in the Narnia films, far more similar than to the commercially used Santa Claus. The Juice of the Firefly Father Christmas gifts Lucy works similarly to phoenix tears, Susan’s horn for help is similar to the red sparks used during the maze in Goblet and of course, Peter’s sword is very similar in importance and legacy to the Sword of Gryffindor. The professor has a similar purpose to Dumbledore, although he is a far better father figure for the story as a whole then Dumbledore. The White Witch turns traitors into stone similar to how the Basilisk petrified Muggle-borns, making them as still as stone. Pevensie is literally Pensieve with a few letters switched around. Both stories take place in the U.K. in the 20th century. All the characters and actors are British. There is also a character in Narnia named Diggory Kirke (who was actually played by Slughorn actor Jim Broadbent in the movies) whose name mirrors that of Cedric Diggory. The Wardrobe reminds me of the Vanishing Cabinet from Half-Blood Prince. And of course, Aslan’s colors are red and gold, as those who are loyal to him wear those colors, and he is a lion, which is very similar to how those are Gryfinndor colors and their mascot is a lion.

Wizards of Waverly Place also had clear comparisons to Potter, which isn’t a surprise as it came out after at least 4 of the film were out, especially the episodes that took place at Wiz Tech, the Wizard Boarding School. It was clearly a parody of Harry Potter, poking fun at the inevitable criticism (I was too young at that time but as an adult, I am certain it was there) that the show is just Disney Chanel’s way of profiting off the Potter craze. The headmaster, Professor Krums, has a long beard just like Dumbledore, wore a witchy, sleepy pillbox cap and were just as confusing and vague with their advice, which honestly could be a satirical commentary on Dumbledore’s character as a whole, although I doubt anything Disney ever did was that deep. Krums was a parody of how confusing Dumbledore is, always speaking in vague riddles. Professor Krums almost satirizes Dumledore’s hypocrisy and encouragement of rebellion, causing his students to be put in danger. They also wear black robes with yellow details, making them all look like Hufflepuffs. They also wear circular glasses with the uniform, which Alex Russo even makes a subtle joke about in the episode. Wiz Tech itself was a castle. Justin’s rival is also named Jerko, which obviously references Draco. Also, both Mason Greyback and Fenrir Greyback are werewolves.

Harry Potter’s importance in people’s lives seemed ridiculous to me prior to watching, but now I get it. It’s one of the healthier forms of escapism and obsession. It’s magical and cinematically stunning to watch. The impossible is possible. Unlike things like Gossip Girl or American Horror Story, which are fun with high stakes, or reality TV shows like Keeping Up With The Kardashians or Selling Sunset, which are fun and mindless, but don’t have as positive of a message overall. Those shows are guilty pleasures, Potter is more of a community, a sense of belonging and camaraderie. It’s escapism. It’s precious and beloved. After all, some people are obsessed with drugs or booze, so being obsessed with series is far less toxic when you look at it that way. It’s also a comforting, nostalgic obsession, even for me who just watched just because it was such a formative part of the era I grew up in. Harry Potter is a literal fantasy, not a hypothetical one (like Gossip Girl or Selling Sunset). After all, it’s about magic. However, it’s always rooted in reality and real-life issues. It’s about kids growing up right in front of our eyes. While the circumstances and overall situations are fantastical, the nuances are eternally relatable. It was also about the misfits. Harry may have been famous and popular, but he didn’t feel that way. Hermione may be wicked smart, but she was teased. Ron may have been a pureblood wizard, but he was ridiculed just like his friends. However, their flaws became their biggest strengths by the end of the series. It’s a comforting message. The mythology you-know-who (LOL) created was so rich, vivid, intriguing, detailed, vibrant and thorough that it was easy to escape into. It’s insane that this whole world came from one woman’s mind (it would be such a powerful feminist stance if she wasn’t such a transphobe). Even with the life or death stakes, there is something comforting about it. It’s reliable and gives you a sense of belonging, even if it’s fictional. Why? Because it’s about characters who don’t belong and they end up finding each other and winning against all odds. It makes people feel less lonely. It’s almost therapeutic in that sense. It gives you security in an unpredictable world, and that’s such a relaxing feeling. It may be fantastical, but it’s still relatable at its core.

The series is so relatable too, despite being a fantasy series. First and foremost it’s a coming-of-age series. In the same vein The Vampire Diaries, both series have a perfect balance of fantasy drama and coming-of-age drama. Between crushes, first kisses, friendships, fights, rivalries, classes, insecurities, confusion, school dances, hormones, dating, standardized tests, family drama, sibling drama, teachers, extracurriculars, sports and hanging out with friends (like in the common room, at Hogsmeade or in the dorms like that scene in Azkaban with the Gryffindor boys and the animal noise candy) it’s very relatable and just like you grow up with the cast, you really do grow up with the characters and what they are going through too.

The Harry Potter series is also so impactful. Especially the latter films like Goblet, Phoenix and Prince being more young adult focused, it helped spawn the YA boom, proving that stories centered around youths taking matters into their own hands for the greater good aren’t niche but rich, deep, interesting and viable. There would be no Divergent, The Hunger Games, After, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before or even the teen drama boom like The O.C., Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars and Glee. They also kicked off the fantasy boom. Without Potter, there would be no Twilight, The Vampire Diaries, True Blood, Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones (even though medieval fantasy isn’t really my thing). Obviously, these started out off as children’s films, but they became young adult films, and it happened naturally. It’s also so rare for a series to so expertly and seamlessly transition from a children’s story to a young adult story, and they succeed at it mostly because the characters themselves grow up at a natural pace. The transition of that during Azkaban, Goblet and Phoenix is perfectly timed because just as the series is maturing, going from a children’s story to a YA story, so are the characters, they are going from children to young adults during that time too. I mean I remember Pottermania in the 2000s. The films’ premieres were full-on events. The lines and craziness to get the new book was worse than on Black Friday. There were posters and cardboard cut-outs all over the movie theater. The trailers were on TV constantly. Every time a new movie or book came out it was all over Good Morning America and The Today Show. It was like Rocky Horror or a Taylor Swift concert with how people would dress up and be so theatrical about it, like Comic-Con or a sporting event or Halloween or something. It was insane. I never felt pressured to hop on the bandwagon though because none of my immediate or extended family members were on it. So, I didn’t judge it, I didn’t partake in it. I just didn’t think much about it. I was indifferent. Now I realize how naive and stupid that was. Pottermania still exists. That’s how strong it is. Between fanfiction and (like any fanbase) shipping and social media and fan sites and fan films and fan tours (personally, I’d just save my money and do it on my own as I did for Gossip Girl in New York, but I digress) and even something literally called Wizard Rock with student bands called Harry and The Potters and Draco and the Malfoys (which even performed at Horace Mann prep school in NYC). It’s clear that Pottermania was, and still is, a force to be reckoned with. I mean, Radcliffe, Watson and Grint were the It-kids of the 2000s (like Henry Thomas in the 80s with E.T. and Mara Wilson in the 90s with Matilda). They were global celebrities, dare I say the most famous teenagers in the world during the 2000s. They were so popular and famous that they were included in Vanity Fair’s iconic It’s Raining Teens magazine spread (and the photo, as seen here, is clearly during the filming of Azkaban as their hair looks the same as in that film). I grew up in the 2000s. I saw on the news the Black Friday-esque chaos when the new Harry Potter books as released on the news or how much of a phenomenon and spectacle it was to go to the midnight showings at the movie theater. I remember having so many friends who loved reading because of Harry Potter, while I hated reading, probably because I wasn’t introduced to Harry Potter. These stories helped turn digital-age kids into readers, saving reading or pleasure from extinction. These stories kept reading cool and fun, and now that I have seen the films, I realize how much I was missing. I was missing out on these amazing characters, stories and world. Now, I actually do have a desire to read because I am just itching to know more, even though I know how it ends already. I want my boatload of questions answered, and maybe most of them are in the books. This franchise can never be replicated. Not the world (score, set, atmosphere and tone). Not the perfect casting (There are also so many actors who are irreplaceable as their characters. Mainly, Snape, no one else can ever play Snape in my mind. I truly can’t even fathom anyone else in that role. The trio of course, but also Hagrid, McGonagall, Bellatrix, Lucius, the Twins, Neville, Luna and Draco are such great castings that I truly can’t imagine anyone else in those roles. One of the series’ greatest strengths was its supporting characters. It says so much about how well-developed and well-written their relationships with Harry were, the story was and how talented and perfectly cast the actors were. Also, these movies got MANY absolute acting legends to play supporting or often times minor roles which is very unprecedented. Most projects are not lucky enough to get one acting legend let alone have a huge portion of their cast be one. The caliber of legendary British acting talent in these films is insane. The cast, both establishing and new, and how perfectly each of them fit their roles was one of the series’ greatest strengths, a strength few ensemble-based franchises, series and films have managed to achieve to quite the same standard). I was around when these films were coming out and I can say with certainty that they came out right time. This series was a pillar of 2000s pop culture. You can’t replicate that impact, that iconicism, that legacy. It’s so singular. They aren’t just a franchise. These films are truly part of film history. It’s truly an icon of cinema and pop culture. These films are like poetry. Despite having different directors and screenwriters, the story, the scenes, the dialogue and the cinematography all work off each other and often times parallel each other, making them visually rhyme or be written in a cohesive, full-circle manner. It’s satisfying, sentimental, profound, nostalgic, and poetic. Few film franchises execute this cinematic poetry so beautifully, effectively and brilliantly. That’s part of why it’s so impactful and beloved. It’s poetic, in every sense of the word. I didn’t even watch these films in the 2000s when they were coming out and I still get a rush of nostalgia when watching it. This series truly never gets old, proving how timeless, charming, good quality and universal it is. Also, I know that real Quidditch leagues exist, although I am very confused about how. I have no desire to play, but I would love to see how Muggles play the one sport I understand. For better or worse, authors became celebrities, like Rick Rioden, Colleen Hoover and Taylor Jenkins Reid are today. Also, from my understanding, fan fiction also didn’t really exist until Harry Potter, so there’s also that. However, I think the most important impact Harry Potter had was teaching the generation that grew up with it about tolerance and accepting people no matter how different they are. For however effed up JKR is, she did take typical discriminatory ideas of gender and race out of the equation and, frankly, brilliantly replaced it with something even more uncontrollable and ludicrous, blood. Everyone has blood. To the bigoted characters, they don’t care what other looks like, only what blood follows through their veins, the exact opposite of how racism works in the real world. That parallels undeniably helped this generation become more accepting (which makes JKR transphobic stances even more tragic, unfortunate and ironic). 

Before we start, I do want to say what Hogwarts House I am in. Before I watched the movies, I took the official quiz and got Ravenclaw. I did my research on their traits and everything, and while I got consider myself an overachiever like Hermione (who as my friends say was almost a Ravenclaw) and creative like Luna, I just didn’t feel like that was the right one for me. So, I watched all the films and took the quiz again. I got Slytherin. Then I researched the traits, which are ambition and determination, and I think that suits me more. I identify with the individualism, wit, perfectionism, independence, completionism and creativity of Ravenclaw as I feel I do have those traits and qualities, but I feel like I am truly more of a Slytherin because I value determination, ambition and success a lot, hence my completionism and perfectionism. The irony is that I HATE snakes, but I still vibe the most with Slytherin, especially because I love more complicated, complex, anti-heroic characters like Draco and Snape in this series, but also in many other shows and movies (ex. Blair Waldorf, Maddy Perez, Jennifer Check, etc.). Also, Slytherins all have a flair for the dramatic. Draco’s swagger pre-Hermione’s punch. Narcissa’s intense stare during the Unbreakable Vow and calmly and slowly turning around just to say “dead.” Bellatrix’s brash and chaotic personality. Voldemort and Lucius slow-speaking. Snape’s sharp movements. I definitely vibe with that. Slytherins aren’t all villains though. Horace Slughorn is a Slytherin I found out, and he is a literal cinnamon roll of a professor. Draco is just a lost, damaged kid. And Snape turned out to be the hero of the whole series and the bravest man our main hero has ever known. They truly are just ambitious, cunning and determined, which I think I am. However, like Ravenclaw, I want to be satisfied with my own success, on my own terms, not on anyone else’s. My friend said that in the Harry Potter community, it is possible for people to be a combination of two Houses, so hell, maybe I’m a Slytherclaw. But to me, Houses seem to be more about values rather then personalities, because each Gryffindor and each Slytherin (the two main Houses) we meet each have very different personalities, but also very similar values. I also have a St. Bernard Patronus (I am a dog lover, so I definitely vibe with this, although I do wish I got the rarer West Highland Terrier since I actually have had them my whole life), and I have a Unicorn hair wand (the same as fellow Slytherin Draco Malfoy).

DISCLAIMER: there will be spoilers ahead. I also paused the movies a lot to look up information and loose threads on Google, specifically on Wiki Fandom and Pottermore/WizardingWorld.com, or whatever it’s called. I knew they couldn’t fit everything about this world’s mythology from the books in each two-hour and 30-minute movie and they go pretty fast. I wanted to understand it the best I could. I felt it was important because that world you-know-who is so rich and has so much depth. I’m not complaining. It’s that richness that made it so intriguing to watch. The mythology of worlds like these is part of the reason I love them (like with The Vampire Diaries or Greek mythology, for me). I found it endlessly fascinating. If anything, learning about Harry Potter‘s mythology was one of the most fun parts for me.

Expectations and Surprises

I understand why so many people have connected with this series on such a profound level. The world is so rich and wonderful. It has so much depth. Like I said before, the mythology is so intriguing and it’s great escapism. Because I found the mythology so fascinating, I enjoyed that the audience studies magic alongside the characters due to the story taking place in a school setting, which is so smart because we learn about the mythology as the characters do, especially through a character who grew up in our world, just like us. Also, thinking of Hogwarts as a real place, like “what if this was a real school?” is so cool because it truly feels real, which I think makes it stand out amongst other films and shows in the fantasy genre. It also helps that the characters are so relatable despite going to a magical school and having magical powers, they feel more like friends than fictional characters, which is honestly very, very rare. The series gradually transitions from childhood to adulthood as we grow with these characters. The tone and story also mature as the themes get darker and the stakes get higher. Also, I was surprised how the dialogue uses so many big words that I, a college student, had to look up, like loquacious and daft (I literally only had heard the word daft from the band Daft Punk, I’m afraid). Like do British people actually say such big words like that in casual conversation? After watching The Crown and this series, I think so. Reason number 5389 why I love British culture and wish I was British. I was also shocked at how complex this series is or a children’s story. The storytelling is very sophisticated for a young audience. Honestly, this is probably why all my Potterhead friends who grew up reading the books are so smart. They also filmed at a lot of real locations around England and more specifically London, especially at Oxford University, which I think is really cool, because you can visit it, and even cooler if you go to school there. Also, a lot of places they went to in Part 1 were real locations in England like Shaftesbury Avenue and the Forest of Dean, which was refreshing after such CGI-heavy prior films. And of course, King’s Cross station is a real place in London. I also found out you can go to the real film sets at Warner Brothers’ Leavesden Studios, the real studio they filmed at, in London. I would love to visit a Harry Potter World now that I am familiar with the mythology and just as obsessed as the lifelong Potterheads, but I think if I am going to go to any Harry Potter World, it would have to be the one in London for that authenticity, plus as an actor, I think it would be educational and so cool to see the real sets. It would be so cool. That is very rare and really the only other place I can think of that’s like that is the Warner Bros. lot with the sets of Gilmore Girls and Pretty Little Liars in Los Angeles. It’s so cool. It’s amazing how one person thought of all of this and came up with this world and now it’s one of the most beloved stories and mythologies in the world, enough to create multiple theme parks, communities, festivals, conversations, debates, spinoffs and merch (even if that woman has terrible personal beliefs). Stuart Craig did a phenomenal job bringing the Wizarding World and Hogwarts to life. The attention to detail in the sets is incredible. The way he created such an iconic world, one that is timeless and could also be built strong enough for a decades’ worth of movies just shows how brilliant and talented Stuart Craig is. I never read the books, and I maybe never will, but I hope the world he created matched the one people had in their heads because it was beautiful and breathtaking to look at. It was so detailed and vivid. The architecture of Hogwarts is also stunning. It really looks like a centuries-old castle and is also unique enough architecturally to buy as a magical school. His set design was stunning and has definitely inspired many sets since the films began (I mean, the quality in the special effects and set design between Sorcerer’s Stone and Deathly Hallows is night and day, but, in regards to Sorcerer’s Stone, that’s also the best part about it because gives it that 90s witchy charm that the Halloweentown movies and Hocus Pocus have that’s nostalgic and never gets old, and in regards to the later films, provided a benchmark for every fantasy genre project since). I mean, Craig’s set design was so good that 2+ theme parks were created, and they recreated the world he brought to life. That’s unprecedented and incredible. The world-building in this franchise was incredible, especially in Goblet of Fire and Order of the Phoenix when we’re introduced to the international and political aspects of the Wizarding World, and accordingly, those mesmerizing sets too. The world of Harry Potter, the mythology and it’s sets also had an arc just like each film and the entire franchise. It went from the lens of childhood innocence to darkness and power. From the Reunion Special, you learn how they mixed special effects and practical effects like the candles in Great Hall were real candles (which was very dangerous, especially with kids around, but also very cool and will probably never happen again) and rigged spells like when Bellatrix blew up Hagrid’s Hut. From dipping my toe into Fandom Wiki, I have learned just how far back this mythology goes. How much it is thought out. How deep and vivid and rich it is. How much historical context there is for every little thing (although, I haven’t really read it. But just skimming it, it’s mind-blowing how deep this fictional folklore goes). Very few fictional mythologies are this fleshed out and tangible. It’s so interesting how far back its history goes and how many blanks have been filled beyond the confines of the series itself. I can just tell from the subheadings on the Fandom Wiki pages. It must feel like learning real history, not fan fiction or simply fictional mythology. That’s how well-crafted and well-written this world is, I know because even as a twenty-something who is fully aware of the real world, I am just as intrigued as a 10-year-old would be.

These films also had stunning cinematography, These films are so visually stunning, oftentimes making them look and feel more like prestige films rather than blockbusters. Sure, blockbusters are cool and epic to watch, but there are very few, at least from what I have seen, that truly have the prestigious cinematic quality that these films possess. It’s so cinematic and beautifully shot. Truly visually stunning. This cinematic and visual beautiful epicness is really what sets the franchise apart from other blockbuster franchises that are more VFX-heavy. Potter doesn’t let the special effects take over, it has great cinematic and stylistic balance. Honestly, some of my favorite scenes from a stylistic view are some of the scenes with very few special effects, not the duels or the battles. Many shots, mainly by Cuaron and Yates, were just so breathtakingly beautiful, especially in Prisoner of Azkaban, by far the most visually stunning film of the series. Alfonso Cuarón’s films always have great cinematography, so I would expect nothing less. These films undeniably set such a huge precedent for the fantasy genre and adaption franchises, however, one of the biggest things it did that for was it’s production quality. The attention to detail was impeccable and the cinematography was just amazing! It made the cinematic experience that much more magical. But I think another thing that makes this film series stand out among other series and films of the same genre is just how beautiful they are to watch. They truly feel epic.

While there are a few scenes I think did the actors a disservice editing-wise (audiences severely underestimate how much power the editor has when it comes to making or breaking an actor’s performance and crafting an impactful scene), overall editor Mark Day, the editor on all of David Yates Potter films, did a fantastic job, especially in Phoenix and Part 2. I clearly haven’t read the books, but I hope Steve Kloves, who wrote all the screenplays except or Phoenix, did a great job and I hope he did a great job adaption the books to screen. David Heyman also made very good decisions when it came to the continuity of each film in terms of their look, plot and tone. Of course, there were some minor issues continuity-wise as there always are in adaption and series, but nothing as too distracting. 

The names in the story also seem very purposeful. Draco is the root of draconian, which means harsh and severe. Severus Snape sounds like “severe snake” when you say it too fast, which I don’t think is a coincidence. Filch sounds like fickle and Lupin being a werewolf is just ironic. There are so many flower names too. Lily. Petunia. Narcissa. Pansy. Lavender. Fleur is named after the French floral company, I assume, as well as the ornate flower Fleur-de-lis. It’s also ironic because Petunias symbolize anger and resentment, Lilies symbolize purity and innocence, Fleure-de-lis symbolize purity, Pansies symbolize love (furthering my suspicion that Pansy had feelings for Draco), Narcissus symbolizes awareness and reflection and Lavender symbolizes devotion and spirituality (as she’s a witch). Just by the characters’ names, you can tell how much thought was put into the story, which is why the repetition of names like Marcus with Marcus Belby and Marcus Flint for example, or how much Moody and Moony sound alike, is just a little jarring. 

I expected Butterbeer to be a much bigger thing. I remember when secret menu Frappuccinos were a huge thing on social media and everyone raved about the butterbeer one. From my memory, the drink was barely mentioned. Pumpkin Juice (which isn’t that just a Pumpkin Spice Latte without the coffee?) was mentioned way more. Only once in the Half-Blood Prince. In fact, I had to rewind to make sure I actually did hear it. I heard of Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans and Chocolate Frogs, but I was most familiar with butterbeer. Maybe they are all bigger in the books. The Pumpkin Pasties, Doobles and Sherbert Lemons (aren’t those just lemon drops?) I had never heard of it before watching the movies.

Now, I know I said that I love how vivid the mythology is in these films, proven by the monstrous length of this article, however, I also noticed quite a few plot holes that still didn’t even make sense to me when I googled them, hoping they were in books and someone put them online. I mean, it’s hard for any long-running, ever-expanding fictional mythology to be consistent, with perfect continuity all the time, and as The Vampire Diaries always says, there’s always a loophole, but honestly, these mistakes just prove how deep and rich everything in the world is and how real this world feels. Firstly, Why are some spells are spoken and others not? Are there specific ones that can be unspoken, or is it unlimited? Granted, this was either shown by the adults or by older students. Non-verbal spells were mostly used in the final movie, but was that just free up space in the script (screenplay scripts only have so much room, which is why you have to be as concise as possible) or is that an actual thing? Are there only certain situations when they can be used? Can they only be used by certain people? Are there any wandless spells in this universe? How are students chosen for attendance at Hogwarts? How does Hogwarts find them? I mean, the U.K. is small, but not that small. I am also a bit confused by how kids discover they are magical, because Harry didn’t have a wand when he took the glass away in the zoo scene in the first film. He did that with wandless magic. So are there some spells and magic that can be done wandlessly? Or is it only small kids, when they begin to show signs of magic, before learning to control their magic, that can do wandless spells? Or can wizards use magic without wands, but wands help them keep control of their magic? Then why is “the wand choosing the wizard” and wands breaking throughout the series such a big deal? For example, we never see Harry pull out his wand to blow up Aunt Marge in Azkaban, so clearly, it was a wandless spell, but it was one of immense power clearly as she had to be obliviated and literally flew into the sky. Does this uncontrollable magic only happen to wizards who live in the Muggle world when they are not at Hogwarts due to the underage magic rule? So, they can do wandless magic, but the wand makes it better, controlled and purposeful? Is that right? Like McGonagall uses wandless magic, just a gesture, when she says “sherbert lemon” and opens up Dumbledore’s office door in Chamber when Dumbledore says “happiness can be found even in the darkest of time if one only remembers to turn on the light” he uses wandless magic and Dumbledore uses wandless magic when he pushes Harry out of the way when he is dueling Voldemort at the Ministry of Magic in Phoenix, so can only really, really, really advanced, skills wizards use wandless magic? Do wizards just prefer wands then? Also, Harry blows up Aunt Marge without a wand. So is it just an emotional burst of magic, because Harry does that in a moment of rage after going to Hogwarts, while the snake glass debacle was an ignorant accident? Or is it only that way for kids, because kids have a harder time controlling their emotions and therefore do wandless magic more spontaneously or is it because McGonagall and Dumbledore do it purposefully, but they are well-skilled, well-trained adults? Is this what Dumbledore meant in that Tom Riddle flashback at the orphanage with how Hogwarts teaches you how to use magic and control magic? Also, Tom Riddle at that age and Harry were all kids and had never been to Hogwarts at that point, so they did that stuff instinctively without a wand, but once they get their wands, they never do wandless magic again, until Aunt Marge incident and when Tom Riddle becomes Lord Voldemort. Hermione also uses wandless magic when she does the Confundus Charm on Cormac (which seems especially impressive since she is young, it wasn’t accidental or strongly emotional, so either she has terrific aim or she’s Hermione and just super gifted and talented). Can house elves use wandless spells, because Dobby didn’t have a wand when they threw Lucius back in Chamber? Why don’t house elves use a wand? What about humans? Nobody, human or elf, seems to be able to teleport, or Apparate, without a wand. I know it was a big deal with Ron in the second film breaking his wand and Harry in the penultimate film, but wasn’t that just because Ron was young and Harry was on the run? What happens if you use multiple wands at once, which I believe happens at some point in the Malfoy Manor battle in Part 1? Did Voldemort and the Death Eaters simply not know about house elves’ unique powers and how they differ from a wizard’s powers (or seem like they do, I don’t know, do they?), or do they simply not care because they are extermely elitist, prejudice and have Kanye West-sized superiority complexes, because the Black family had Kreacher and the Malfoys had Dobby in Chamber, they had to know or have an inkling, right? Or do they simply just underestimate them because of their elitism and prejudice? Also, when Harry steals Draco’s regular wand in Part 1, does that in itself mean, that since Draco’s wand then became loyal to Harry, that without knowing it, how Harry became the master of the Elder Wand, without Draco even knowing it or ever touching it? Why and how, in the final film, did Crabbe’s fire manifest into different animals and Voldemort? I noticed the fire turning into a bird, a lion, a snake, which are the Hogwarts House mascots (I assume I just missed the badger), was that on purpose? Was that in the books or was that just an Easter Egg, like a Taylor Swift-level Easter Egg? That didn’t happen with any other fire spells shown. Also, who was the other boy in Prisoner of Azkaban that was in Draco’s entourage that wasn’t Crabbe, Goyle or Blaise? Is name was Pike, right (as I found out through a LOT of research thanks to my manic obsessive determined brain)? If Ginny terrorized the school because she was possessed, how did no one see her? how did Tom Riddle know when and which hallways were deserted or when and where a Mudblood was? How would Voldemort come back through Tom Riddle’s memory if baby form Voldemort is somewhere else? Would there be two Voldemorts then? Oh god! How does the Marauder’s Map know that Snape is a professor now? I get that he did that spell, but still, why wouldn’t have just said “Severus Snape”? Did Harry pass on his mother’s power of love, or give the power of love to everyone fighting for him when he died, defenseless just like Lily, because no one died when the battle resumed after he revealed himself? Why don’t wizards use Accio more often? It’s a Summoning spell. It’s like the ultimate laziness spell. We never even see Ron use it, who out of the trio, is by far the laziest. How exactly do Animagus work? Do you get to pick which animal, because Pettigrew as a rat, McGonagall as a cat (she’s an Animagus right? Or is it because she’s the Transfiguration teacher, she just has a superior talent at turning herself into animals, her favorite being a cat?) and Sirius as a dog are too perfect? Dumbledore tells the Filch to round up the ghosts to search through the portrait for the Fat Lady, so doe that mean ghosts can travel through and into the portraits too? Also, can we talk about how Dumbledore cares more for the Fat Lady than he ever did about Harry’s safety? Why does a radio work at Hogwarts in Phoenix and in the Wizarding World in the Deathly Hallows, but no other technology works in the Wizarding World or at Hogwarts? We never even see anyone talk on the phone or talk about the Internet, which did exist in the 90s. So, if McGonagall, being Head of Gryffindor house, was teaching the Gryffindors how to dance for the Yule Ball, that means that Sprout, Flitwick and of course, Snape were doing the same things with their Houses. I would literally PAY to see Alan Rickman play Snape as he teaches the Slytherins how to dance. Like imagine him using Pansy Parkinson in the same way McGonagall uses Ron (also Rupert Grint has bragging rights for life for having danced with THE Maggie Smith. What an honor!). I am confused, is Hagrid in the Order or not? Because he’s in that photo, and he helps transfer Harry during the Seven Potters ordeal, but he wasn’t at the meeting at Grimmauld Place in Order of the Phoenix. I get that he was with the giants and that he probably wouldn’t fit inside due to its narrow set design of it being crammed in between two buildings, but even Snape and Lupin made it and they are a professor and a werewolf. Also, is Snape in the Order? Is that why they had to switch to the Burrow and left Grimmauld Place abandoned after Dumbledore’s death? Also, why was Snape so disgusted by Harry and Sirius hugging at the Order’s headquarters in that flashback sequence when, from the expandable ears bit (which was so realistic, for kids to eavesdrop on the adults) we could hear Snape’s very distinctive voice. It was kind of confusing. Also, why wasn’t the Engorgement Charm used on the tent in Goblet of Fire used on Grimmauld Place? However, that’s more of a set design consistency issue. Speaking of the flashback sequence in the Order of the Phoenix, what exactly was Snape doing to Harry? I get that it was called Occlumency and happening because of his mind’s connection to Voldemort but what was it and why was it so invasive and brutal? Was it mind reading? Did it have to do with his vow to protect Harry and deceive Voldemort? At least, this mind-reading situation helped Harry realize both Snape and, especially, his father wasn’t perfect and that world is not black and white, but gray and complex, however, this hurts even more after Harry watches Snape kill Dumbledore in the following movie and not learn the truth of Snape’s efforts to protect him until after Snape’s death. What exactly is Fred and George’s age? Also, why didn’t Mr. and Mrs. Weasley come to Hogwarts when Ginny and Ron got hurt in the Chamber of Secrets and poisoned in Half-Blood Prince (also, can we talk about how Harry saved Ginny, Arthur AND Ron? and how the Chamber of Secrets brought both Ginny and Harry AND Ron and Hermione together? Harry really is a Weasley at heart)? I mean those are their children? Could they just not afford it? Even with Floo Powder and all the other magical mods of transportation? How do Thestrals work? How could Hermione and the rest of them ride them to the Ministry despite not being able to see them in the beginning of the film? Did they just fly on top of midair? Is there a spell to make them visible to someone who hasn’t seen someone die (that’s such a sad idea, only being able to see a creature after being traumatized)? What’s on Ginny’s shoulder on the Hogwarts Express in Half-Blood Prince? Is butterbeer really beer? If so, what’s the drinking age in the Wizarding World? Why did Snape fancy the Dark Arts so much? Because he was supposed to be an agent? Because he was a Death Eater? Why, exactly, did he finally get it in Half-Blood Prince? Also, how did Snape find out the prophecy? Did Voldemort tell him? I find that kind of hard to believe. Is it more clear in the book? Also, if Harry really believed Snape betrayed Dumbledore, then why did he act so mercifully while Snape was dying? I get that he’s “the good guy,” but he’s also the loyal guy. I mean, it was a great scene, but still. Also, we literally saw Fred get disarmed, then it cut to Mrs. Weasley listening to that creepy and cringy Voldemort voiceover and then the next time we see Fred, he’s dead. Was he killed right in front of Mrs. Weasley? That is unspeakably cruel! They both deserved better! Did Lavender and Pavarti (I assume so since she wasn’t in Part 2 at all, and we see Padma and Trelawney cover a corpse) die? Did Padma live? Am I confusing them for other characters? What year was Cedric in? Was he in the Twins’ year? How does the character of Greyback work? How is he always in werewolf form? Is that a choice because of his viciousness? Also, how is he a Death Eater? It seemed like most creatures, other then trolls (who were established as very dumb back in Stone) were on the Death Eaters’ side. Is Malfoy Manor basically “Death Eater Headquarters” in Part 1? It seems like it since the Death Eater meeting is there and the Snatchers take the trio there later on. Why does Ginny suggest the Shrieking Shack in Phoenix if it’s supposedly the most haunted building in not just the British Wizarding World, but in all of Britain (so it seems)? Obviously, Harry Ron and Hermione know it’s not as scary as it’s rumored to be after Azkaban, but does Ginny know about all of that? Why isn’t Harry’s eyesight ever fixed by magic? Instead, Hermione always just fixes his glasses. I get it’s his signature look, but still. How exactly do you get a portrait or painting at Hogwarts? Do only headmasters get them? Do only dead people get them? What about the Fat Lady (also, between this title and Aunt Marge, why so much fatphobia I guess shouldn’t be surprised with these being written by You-Know-Who)? What happened to Buckbeak after he escaped with Sirius? We literally never saw him again after that whole ordeal to save him. Did he live a happy life? Did he see Hagrid again? What happened to Mirror of Erised? We know that the Sorcerer’s Stone was destroyed, but what happened to the Mirror of Erised? What ever happened to Fluffy? What ever happened to Norbert? Does Hagrid still have him? If so, where does he keep him? Is it just me or are unicorns and Thestrals exact opposites of each other? Unicorns are seen as beautiful, their blood gives life but with consequences because it’s criminal to slay a unicorn and they are respected. Thestrals are seen as ugly, can only be seen when one sees death and are ostracized for being different despite being really sweet, lovable and helpful creatures. Does Dumbledore literally have a Griffin-door to his office? That’s definitely not that subtle. And he’s supposed to be the unbiased headmaster, LOL. So, the idea of dueling is introduced in Chamber with Lockhart’s dueling club, and the films remind us about it in Goblet, foreshadowing how important the skill will be in the future. However, both these times, it’s very formal with the walks away from each other and the bow. It happens during Snape and Lockhart’s duel, Draco and Harry’s duel and Voldemort even initiated formality during his graveyard duel with Harry. However, the duels we see later on are far less formal. They are almost all fights to the death and very impulsive and gritty. However, this informal dueling is never taught, unlike formal dueling (even if it was by the idiotic Lockhart while really being by Snape, it still counts). Not even during the DA, probably because Harry hadn’t learned either since his only two duels thus far have been formal, not informal. Shouldn’t the skill of dueling be more important, especially with an impending war? Like isn’t that what they should be teaching during DADA? Because its seems more to do with defending against Dark creatures, not Dark wizards. You still need spells to protect against Dark creatures, as seen in Azkaban and part of why the students are upset in Phoenix, but still? Is dueling even taught at Hogwarts? In DADA? Isn’t it an important enough topic to be it’s own class? After all, these kids need to be good duelists to protect themselves, like Hermione says in Phoenix, from all Dark creatures and wizards. How can these kids be good duelists if they aren’t trained and only had one lesson with a teacher as stupid as Lockhart? Why does Voldemort have bare feet in Goblet of Fire? Did Wormtails seriously not think to bring his master shoes? I never wanted to see Voldemort’s feet. The idea of it is so weird that Voldemort has feet because of his snake-like appearance. I would have felt better if he kept that illusion of floating under his raggedy black cloak up. It’s more eerie. I know Dumbledore said it was because of their twin wands, but seriously? And how did Cedric, that guy Voldemort killed at the beginning of the movie that was hardly ever talked about, and Harry’s parents appear out of their wands like ghosts during that scene? Which one was the Priori Incantatem that Dumbledore talked about? I tried googling it, but I was so confused. How is Harry’s broom already outside when the Order lines up to transport him to Grimmauld Place on Privet Drive, when they all walk him out together, also without a backpack or trunk or anything? Why does Sirius and the Order not tell Harry what the weapon actually is, when they clearly know because Mr. Weasley was attacked while in the Hall of Prophecies? Dumbledore probably. God, he’s such a hypocrite. Why wasn’t the fact that Ron and Harry took a flying car to school a bigger deal amongst the students? No doubt the Twins would be jealous and amazed, Hermione would be disappointed, but impressed, Neville would be in awe, and Draco would no doubt be snarky about it to try and hide his jealousy and desire for attention. Also, in Chamber, Sprout says “welcome to greenhouse three” so does that mean there is more than one greenhouse at Hogwarts? Then does that mean multiple Herbology classes are taught at once (and if so, by who?)? Or are there just so many plants and that’s why, but then why don’t they just use the same charm as they used on the tent in Goblet and Part 1? How did Draco know about the Vanishing Cabinet? Did Bellatrix know about it when she was at school? Did she put it in the Room of Requirement? Also, how was Harry in Nagini’s mind watching Mr. Weasley be attacked when it’s not Nagini’s mind he’s connected to, it’s Voldemort? How does Lupin know how to calm down the Whomping Willow in order to go into the tunnel? Why are the Weasleys and Harry covered in ash when use Floo Powder in Chamber but then all the other times Floo Powder is used, the characters aren’t covered in ash? Is it because with the Weasleys being poor makes their fireplace ashier then the average wizard, because they can’t afford to clean it as well as others, because no doubt Lucius and Draco also sued Floo Powder to get to Diagon Alley too. Also, does every shop have a fireplace for that reason? Also, is there a way for wizards to get to Platform Nine and Three Quarters directly from the Wizarding World without going through the Muggle exposed barrier like they do from Diagon Alley, not necessarily needing to go through the Leaky Cauldron to get to Diagon Alley as shown in Chamber? Also, what fireplace did the Weasley go through to get to Diagon Alley? Is there some random one in the middle of Diagon Alley or something that we didn’t see? Nymphadora looks like she literally just graduated Hogwarts in the Order of the Phoenix and then suddenly she’s dating Lupin, who looks like he could literally be her father? When and how did they start dating? How old is she? Also, does Hogwarts even have a graduation? Did Harry, Ron, Hermione and everyone else get the opportunity to go back and finish their degrees if they so desired? Did Fred, George and Percy? Speaking of, did Fred and George Apparate in Order of the Phoenix? I am so confused about how Apparition works. When it is even thought? We never saw them learn it or even talk about learning it, or what it is exactly, they just suddenly could do it. Because after Harry Apparated with Dumbledore for the first time in Half-Blood Prince, they could suddenly Apparate in the Deathly Hallows. If both the Weasleys and the Malfoys are pure-blood families, then why is one very poor and the other very rich? Does the pure blood status instantly mean wealth status like with the Malfoys and the Blacks? Is it a choice? I would like some clarification. Also, I did like how the Weasleys showed that not all pureblood families are extremists like the Malfoys, Blacks and Lestranges and raise their kids to be that way. The Weasleys let their kids make their own choices (Percy), unlike the Blacks, who disowned Sirius for believing differently. Why did Harry’s Expelliarmus spell throw Snape back like that in the Azkaban Shrieking Shack scene, when in all the other films, anytime Harry or someone else uses that spell, it simply just disarms their opponent? So, because swords also exist in this universe and are important to wizards (i.e. the Sword of Gryffindor), then why in Chamber is dueling only with wands, when for viewers, when I hear dueling I think of swords like in fencing or guns like in Bridgerton? So, in the Wizarding World, is dueling just with wands, not a sword? Are swords for something else? I get that a wand is the ultimate tool for a wizard, but if this is true it’s also their ultimate shield and weapon. Was James Potter pureblood? Did Harry really not have grandparents to stay with like Neville? Either, his wizard’s grandparents on James’ side or his Muggle grandparents on Lily’s side? It’s a miracle Harry turned out so good after how the Dursleys treated him and all the turmoil he went through. He’s strong and resilient as hell. That’s so inspiring (I can relate). Most people would be so bitter after having overcome so much adversity, but Harry’s resilience and hopefulness for the future is truly inspiring. I also thought the tape on Harry’s glasses in the first movie was so funny because are we really supposed to believe that the Dursleys would take the time to take him to the eye doctor? Did nobody notice when Hermione and Ron didn’t show up to Hogwarts, especially with Ginny going and them being Harry’s best friends? Why were there no consequences for this? Did Hermione ever see her parents again and un-obliviate their memories? Why didn’t the picture of young Dumbledore and Jamie Campbell Bower’s (god, this guy’s career is enviable? First Harry Potter and Twilight, which are two huge movie franchises with fanbases that are still very dedicated to this day, and now, soon, Stranger Things, as well. It’s just incredible. Most actors can’t say they were in one high-grossing movie, yet alone three high-grossing franchises) young Grindelwald move like all the other pictures in the Wizarding World? How did Harry know the password to get into the headmaster’s office if it was now Snape’s and he wasn’t at school that year, and he didn’t see him ask anyone for it between discovering that Fred, Tonks and Lupin were dead and him entering the headmaster’s office? Or since Snape was now dead, did the password just go away? Did Neville and Luna end up together because that was hinted at in the finale? Did Dumbledore ever have a funeral? Did Sirius, or because of the veil, his body was never retrieved? Did Harry’s parents get a funeral? Did Cedric? Did Snape? Snape deserved a funeral more than anyone who died in this series for all his heroics. Why wasn’t it a bigger deal, and more of a red flag, that Snape suddenly finally got the DADA job? Sure, the Slytherins applauded, but it was glossed over fairly quickly when it seems like a pretty big deal that he finally got the job he’s always wanted for some seemingly ‘mysterious’ reason. How did Snape come up with the name “Half-Blood Prince”? Since he met Lily before Hogwarts, as seen as they knew each other outside of Hogwarts before the Sorting Ceremony, he seems like he is actually a Half-Blood. It’s so weird to me that so many Half-Bloods are prejudiced towards part of their own identity as they are loyal, or at least at one time loyal to Voldemort. It reminds me of how some minorities initially voted for Trump, but then regretted it and voted for Biden in 2020. How does the technology work in the Wizarding World? Because they use owls, not telephones, but then at Hogwarts has a loudspeaker, which McGonagall uses in Chamber and Umbridge uses in Phoenix, they have record players, as seen in Azkaban with Lupin and Goblet with the Yule Ball practice scene, cameras (for moving wizard photos) like Colin Creevey’s and the many ones used in Prince, and they have 1930s-esque (not a 90s-esque stereo) giant light bulb radio communication device used in Phoenix (Fudge’s voice on the radio in Phoenix reminded me a lot of old FDR broadcasts from the 30s) and Part 2 when Neville tells Nigel to alert Lupin and the Order that Harry’s back (hilariously and brilliantly saying the little-too-obvious code “lightning has struck”). However, Ron listens for Wizarding World news on a portable 90s Muggle radio and then Hermione and Harry listen to a Muggle song on that same radio too. Did Ron’s dad bewitch it or something in his Muggle artifacts workshop where he talked to Harry in Prince? Is it more explained in the books why some technology works in the Wizarding World and others don’t? Is it a spell? But what about Muggle artifacts law, you know the office Mr. Weasley at, and continuously defies? Karkaroff seems to be the only non-British Death Eater, but are there more? Did Voldemort recruit Death Eaters from all over the Wizarding World? How did McGonagall know that it was Ginny show as taken into the Chamber of Secrets? How did she deduce this or how did she find out? Wait, because the prophecy said neither can live while the other survives, does that mean that Harry was immortal until Voldemort’s death, ending the prophecy and his immortality? After all, he was a Horcrux. he also survived many near-death experiences with pure luck. So, since Voldemort latched itself to Quirrell when he was only his soul, not his body, does that mean Quirrell was a temporary Horcrux? If he was then that means a Horcrux can destroy another Horcrux, as Harry he died at the hands of Harry, literally, right? Did Voldemort have that skeletal snake-like appearance when he killed the Potters or is it because of the concoct that returned him to full power, because even baby Voldemort has that flat nose? How does the Trace work? Is that how it can sense when students use magic outside of Hogwarts? How did it know, in Phoenix, that Dudley was present though? Why can’t it detect brooms, other flying transport and Thestrals? When did Voldemort get Nagini? While in hiding because she is there in the opening of Goblet or during his original rise to power? Why was Colin Creevey always taking photos? Was he on the Hogwarts newspaper staff or something? What are all the extracurriculars at Hogwarts besides Quidditch, choir and the DA? Did Mrs. Weasley literally just not care that Harry, Hermione and especially Ron just casually dropped out of Hogwarts? I mean Hermione obliviated her parents’ memories and Harry obviously has a lot going on, but Ginny went back, so why wasn’t it a bigger deal that Ron didn’t, especially with how much she heckled Fred and George about their choice of job? Did Draco ditch school like the trio in Hallows? Was he forced to become a full-time Death Eater? Honestly, the smart thing would be for him to be Voldemort’s eyes and ears in the student population, as Snape, supposedly, and the Carrows would be his eyes and ears at Hogwarts as a whole. What were the consequences for all of the missing school? Were they held back a year? Did they even bother completing their Hogwarts degrees after all this real-life experience? How do you make a Portkey? If Hermione can brew Polyjuice at 12, couldn’t she also figure out how to make a Portkey to get to the Ministry in Phoenix? Why is Harry’s scar shaped like a lightning bolt? Are all scars from powerful spells shaped like that? How did Lupin know how to stop the Whomping Willow? Clearly, he is a powerful wizard, but still, how did he know it would even respond to the spell and not make it angrier? How did Snape come up with the nickname “Half-Blood Prince”? I can assume that it’s because he’s a half-blood, but why “prince”? Knowing how detailed this universe is, I find it hard to believe that the name itself has no purpose. How is it that we, and Harry, saw Grindelwald actually steal the Elder Wand despite that being in Gregorovitch’s memory, not Voldemort’s? Wait, was Voldemort, who prides himself on being the most skilled wizard ever even though, as powerful as he is, his arrogance blinds him, doing the same Legilimens spell that Snape did to Harry in Phoenix when he was teaching him Occlumency? And did Harry’s mind connection piggyback onto that and therefore saw it too? Also, why did Mrs. Weasley have such a problem with Fred and George’s careers? They were smart and ambitious enough to start their own unique business that was already successful before they even left Hogwarts. Any parents should be proud and happy that their kids are financially secure, healthy and happy. How did Mr. Weasley feel about their business endeavors? I know he tried to hide his admiration or them taking the flying car in Chamber of Secrets, but that was only our real hint at his thoughts. I guess they were positive and proud, significantly more so then Mrs. Weasley’s. What did Ginny, Luna and Neville do to get captured by Draco and the Inquisitorial Squad? It just seemed a bit random and was never explained. Was it explained in the books? I mean its the trio that was caught in Umbridge’s office, what were Neville, Luna and Ginny doing? This makes me wish we got to see the “bizarre-o” trio (Neville, Luna, and Ginny)’s friendship more. When does Harry tell Ron and Hermione about the Horcruxes? After Dumbledore’s death when he has to or before? Does he tell anyone else? Ginny? Neville? Lupin, because he pushes him away from the Death Eaters at the wedding and towards Ron and Hermione? So, in Phoenix Fred and George escape Umbridge’s Hogwarts regime in an epic firework-filled way, but why don’t they come back and don’t they help in the Battle at the Department of Mysteries? Like, they could have met them at the Ministry, as they no doubt know how to get there with their dad working there. Where did the Twins go after leaving school anyway, because they definitely didn’t have that shop ready yet? Back to the Burrow? Did they literally just leave school forever (I wouldn’t put it past these boys)? Were there any consequences, because with the Twins basically being the Marauders’ successors, I can see them being good at avoiding consequences (after all, we never saw them get detentions, but we saw Ron and Harry get detentions). Also, how were the Twins able to afford that shop on Diagon Alley? it’s not like they could ask their parents for money. So, Pettigrew was in the Order of the Phoenix photo with Harry and Neville’s parents, so wouldn’t be able to help Voldemort find their headquarters after they reunited after Voldemort’s return? What about Snape after Half-Blood Prince, when they all thought he betrayed them? Why is the Defense Against the Dark Arts position jinxed? Is it just a running joke or a plot device or is there a specific reason? How did Neville get the gillyweed for Harry? In the previous movie he literally says his biggest fear is Snape and this is before he gains his confidence through the DA, so does he really steal it…? Why does Dumbledore pronounce the Beauxbatons as bow-bat-tons? Was Gambon just not told that that’s wrong? Did JKR ever tell him? How exactly do you become an Anigmigas because it seems very difficult, what with transfiguration being its own class and everything? How exactly does Wizard schooling work? The French school was girls-only, the Bulgarian school was boys-only, but Hogwarts is co-ed. Does it depend on the location? Is there one (or two) school(s) that every witch and/or wizard in each specific country attends? Does homeschooling and foreign exchanging student things exist (besides the Triwizard Tournament thing)? Speaking of the Triwizard Tournament, where did those other schools take classes, because they clearly didn’t combine with the Hogwarts kids? Does the whole school come? Is it always at Hogwarts? Where do they sleep? why are Time-Turners never used again? How old are Snape, Lily and the Marauders supposed to be? Did they get to school at the same time as the Weasley parents, the Malfoy parents and Bellatrix? How long have all of them been at Hogwarts? What were their jobs supposed to be before we meet them in the series timeline besides rich dickheads (Malfoys) felons (Bellatrix and unfortunately Sirius), animals (Peter) teacher by day and triple agent by night (Snape) and dead (Potters)? How do they keep track of House Points? Is there something in the magical ether that magically keeps track of these points just by saying “ten points added” or “ten points taken away”? I know England isn’t known for the heat, but do Wizards really have to suffer in the summer by wearing those robes? Is there a cooling spell or something? Also, I get that the Order wanted to use skill, goodness and love to defeat Voldemort, but why didn’t they use Voldemort’s malice and arrogance to their advantage? Hold Slytherins hostage, but treat them well? Say ambush Death Eaters by purposefully using Voldemort’s name? Like, come on! Kingsley and Lupin seem to be smarter then that. Snape invented Sectumsempra in school, but it begs the question of how are spells invented or created? If the wand chooses the wizard, then how did it affect Harry when his wand, a wand that literally fought a dragon, a Basilisk, Voldemort himself and Snape too, broke? Shouldn’t that have been a bigger deal, especially after Draco’s wand changed allegiance from Draco to Harry? After all, a wand is like a Wizard’s best friend. Like mentally, like the lack of a companion, what’s that like? Especially, with the whole twin core aspect of Harry’s wand connecting with Voldemort in such a unique way that it could actually save him, this should have a much bigger deal. He must have been counting on the protection so much in the battle against Voldemort, and his part in it. Also, if he needed a new wand, and had suddenly found knowledge of an unbeatable wand such as the Elder Wand, then wouldn’t he, like Voldemort (I see the irony of Harry and Voldemort wanting to possess the same wand), search for it endlessly? I know Hermione obligated her parent’s memories, but couldn’t the Death Eaters still track them down, regardless of their memories? My friend said that in the books, Hermione erases their memories and sends them to Australia, but what if they get a clue that Hermione existed? Is there also a spell to make them not care if a clue came up? Also, the fact that Draco’s wand switches loyalties to Harry also foreshadows Draco’s arc as a character. Literally, how did no Muggle see a dragon crash through a building in London and fly away and escape from said building? How did the Wizarding World hide that from Muggles? Given the regime, did they even bother? Because of things like this, and the Muggle deaths that were surely happening, is the British Prime Minister aware of the Wizarding World in order to protect his subjects? Is the Queen? When Snape threatens to send Harry and Ron back home on the train in Chamber, how would that work? Do they have to send an owl to the train conductor or something? Is there even a train conductor or is it just a magical train? Would they seriously send a full train for just two students, especially two known for rebellion, or is it a continuous roundtrip? If it is the latter, then why don’t adults visit their kids then during Hogsmeade trips? What about Portkeys or Apparition in that regard? How did Luan get back to Hogwarts after escaping Malfoy Manor to Shell Cottage? You can’t Apparate to Hogwarts, so did she take the tunnel that the trio takes a few days before them? What if Harry chose Draco’s friendship instead of Ron’s in the first film? Imagine that alternate universe for a second. How does Snape come up with the nickname “Half-Blood Prince”? Does Trelawney know that she made the prophecy about Harry and Voldemort? Is that why she keeps telling him that he’s gonna die? Did Dumbledore have a funeral for that white tomb or only the wand tribute? He’s the headmaster, a wrongly positioned figure of hope and the most powerful wizard of his time, wouldn’t that garner some sort of ceremony? Where is Dumbedore’s tomb? That lake island is so odd to me. Do you find out what Snape and Lily are falling out was in the book, I am really curious. Or was it simply Snape joining the Death Eaters and Lily joining the Order, and therefore falling in love with James? When and how did James and Lily fall in love, because she definitely knew that he was a bully and bullied Snape, and Lily doesn’t seem like the kind of person who would marry a Draco Malfoy-type? So, I am guessing it was when they both joined the Order. It also seems like a case of maturing and/or a girl making the bad boy good (which based on the fan fiction, people clearly wanted between Draco and Hermione). Did Neville know that Nagini had to be killed, because it does seem it he was just trying to save Ron and Hermione, he had no idea that by killing the snake, he would actually be saving the whole Wizarding World. Does Neville even know that he killed a Horcrux? Did Harry ever tell him the full story? Do werewolves not prey on animals? because Sirius turned into his Padfoot form to fight Lupin in his werewolf form to protect the trio, and even Snape, and Buckbeak protected Hermione and Harry from Lupin’s werewolf form, so it seems like it. Wait! Is that why Peter and Sirius became Animagus, to be with Lupin during his transitions? I am guessing they did this during their school days a this seems like an incredibly hard skill to perfect. So, is that how Sirius and eventually Lupin recognized Scabbers as Peter? Lupin only recognized that Scabbers was Peter after Harry told him about seeing his name on the Maraders Map, right? Can Dementors not sense animals, only humans? Is that how Sirius was able to escape? But why then exactly? Was Lucius one of the Death Eaters that wreaked havoc at the World Cup, because we do see him before that and we find out he’s a Death Eater at the end of the film? If so, the clearly he did suspect that Voldemort was coming back, right? Or was it just a cruel joke? Did Draco know, and under orders from his father to hide, so is that he was bragging about sitting with the Minister (despite us not actually seeing him there when we see Fudge begin the game) and Lucius stopped him, or was that just Lucius being a cruel dad as usual? Is all this more explained in the book? Because of Narcissa’s lie and betrayal, did the whole Malfoy family get off scot-free? It seems like it, as Draco seems successful and polished when we see him in the Epilogue. How did people find out about that? Harry must have said something in there defense. What was Lucius’ reaction to Narcissa’s lie, because he clearly still wanted to fight, as he turns back before running to catch up with wife and son, so he clearly still believes in the cause but could tell it was no use? Narcissa and Draco definitely deserve to not be punished as Narcissa barely protected Harry, as did Draco, and Draco was forced into that lifestyle and never actually killed Dumbledore. However, if this is all true, Lucius caught an incredibly lucky break, as he does deserve to rot in jail for putting his son and wife through so much. Did Narcissa even feel bad about Bellatrix’s death, or because of how she treated Draco, not so much? I feel like she didn’t really care, because to her, she seems to have lost her sister decades ago. Also, so the Marauder’s Map see-through people’s Animagus forms as seen with Pettigrew, is it the same way for Polyjuice? Then how did Harry, who still had the Marauder’s Map in Goblet as he uses it in Prince and Hallows, just not notice or both get suspicious about seeing Barty Crouch Jr.’s name, especially after seeing Dumbledore’s memory of Karkaroff’s trial? So, since Harry went to the Forbidden Forest to die and sacrificed himself, not fighting Voldemort back, did he give everyone he loved and was fighting with him the same love protection his mother gave him (as she was also defenseless when she was killed not dueling back at Voldemort, from the flashbacks shown at least), because no one seemed to die when the battle resumed, including Neville who was pretty powerfully stunned right as it was beginning again (and thank goodness he was okay)? Why didn’t James sacrifice protect Lily and Harry? It’s not like James had to be standings directly in front of them because Harry’s sacrifice didn’t involve people being there. Is it because a mother’s love is the strongest magically? Only women can cast the love protection unless a man received a woman’s love protection then they can pass it on? So, Harry was stabbed by the Basilisk fang in the Chamber of Secrets, and since that was also used to kill the diary, AKA a Horcrux, why didn’t the Horcrux inside of Harry also die from the venom? When Fawkes healed him, did he also heal the Horcrux, or is that simply a plot hole? In the ending scene of Phoenix, if you look in the background, Padma seemingly bumps into something as she and the other students walk widely around the carriage, are they avoiding the Thestrals? Is that what Padma bumped into? Once again, I am confused about how Thestrals work. Why does Draco call Filch a Squib when he caught him sneaking into the Slug Club? What is a Squib? Was this when Draco poisoned Slughorn’s mead, after seeing him in the Three Broomsticks? Because otherwise I have no idea when he would have done that and like the necklace, we probably had a hint before the mead incident, right? Also with all the stress Draco is under, he wouldn’t merely crash a party, right? Also, why is Draco sneering at Snape when he is caught? Does he know about the Vow Snape made with Narcissa? Narcissa also die if Snape broke the Unbreakable Vow, right? How does Ron know that you die if you break an Unbreakable Vow? I get he grew up in the Wizarding World, but he is also a kid. Is that Fawkes singing and flying as the trio watches on the Astronomy Tower? How did the Burrow get fixed after Bellatrix burned it at Bill and Fleur’s wedding in Part 1? I find it really hard to believe, knowing the Weasleys, that Charlie wasn’t at Bill and Fleur’s wedding or the Battle of Hogwarts. Was he there in the books, they just didn’t have the time to introduce another less pivotal character at this point in the story? How did the trio get Slytherin robes and uniforms for their first venture with Polyjuice in Chamber? Honestly, I barely noticed that at first, but it’s a good attention to detail for both Hermione and the costume department. Does Hogwarts have a laundry service or is there a laundry spell? Where are the showers at Hogwarts? I’m guessing they are communal. Is the firework that goes by Albus on the train in the Epilogue a Weasley firework? Do McGonagall, Harry, Hermione, Ron and Neville get Chocolate Frog cards? Is it just me, or does Polyjuice Potion reminds you of that gross drink you have right before a colonoscopy? Why does Polyjuice have to bubble during the transformation? That’s a terrible sight and I would imagine a horrible feeling too, like it looks like they are about to explode. The logic around disarming also confuses me because other times people disarm people and then their wand simply changes loyalties, but other times that doesn’t happen, and it’s not like any time is more powerful than the other. Like when Ron disarms Bellatrix, he doesn’t become master of her wand, same with Harry when Lupin disarms him in the Shrieking Shack as his wand doesn’t change loyalties, and neither does Lupin’s wand when he gives it to Sirius and then Snape disarms him, but when Harry simply yanks his wand, disarming him without any magic, and he becomes master of not just Draco’s wand and by proxy also the Elder Wand (awfully convenient). Also, sometimes wizards disarm someone and the wand simply flies out of their hand, like in Azkaban with Lupin disarming Harry and Harry disarming Peter and Draco disarming Dumbledore in the Astronomy Tower, but other times the wizard casting the spell catches the wand, like Ron when he disarms Bellatrix and Harry when he finally disarms Voldemort. So I am just very confused. How did they get Hermione’s wand back in Part 1 after the Malfoy Manor battle because Draco only had Ron and Harry’s wands (and his own), right? When Harry disarms Draco? But I thought the third wand was Draco’s, along with Ron’s and Harry’s not Hermione’s. And how did she get her beaded bag back too, because I thought one of the Snatchers said they had it. Why doesn’t Ron want Hermione to know that Snatchers are not that bright when he talks to Harry after Ron reunites with them in Part 1? How does Snape know about Lupin’s werewolf condition, because he clearly knows with all of his “out for a little walk in the moonlight?” teasing and poking at him? Also, if Dumbledore knows Lupin is a werewolf and he hires him as the DADA teacher knowing it’s cursed, does that mean he set up Lupin to be outed as a werewolf? He’s such a manipulator! That’s so cruel. Lupin doesn’t deserve that. Why can’t Voldemort grasp the idea of love? We learn about his backstory, but not that aspect of it? Was he conceived in a loveless way, like assault or something? I hope not, because this is a children’s story at its core. So, if Voldemort feared death so much and thought death was beneath him so much that he made himself immortal by making Horcruxes, then why would he mercilessly kill anyone who crossed him, if it was such a weak thing in his eyes? Why did he kill Charity Burbage, order Dumbledore’s death like a mobster and kill Snape and not simply imprison them if he thought so little of death? What kind of person would Tom riddle be if he did have love in his heart? Would be more like Snape, who is cold, or Harry, who is warm? Voldemort could have been a powerful wizard either way, honestly. Did Voldemort ever actually trust his followers? Like seriously, how much did he trust Snape, Lucius and Bellatrix? Who made those “Potter Stinks” badges? Cedric’s friends? Draco? How long had Dursleys House been being sent Hogwarts letters for Harry, because Hermione early had enough time to learn about magic prior to getting on the Hogwarts Express, while Harry just got his books the night before he boarded the train? What happened to Hermione’s parents after the Battle of Hogwarts? Did she ever return their memories? How could she, because Lockhart’s memories, based on that post-credits scene, could never get them back, but was that because of Ron’s wand being broken? If Hermione did restore the memories, how long did she wait? I hope they weren’t blindsided by grandchildren or something, even though it would be a pleasant surprise I am sure. I hope they remember both their time obliviated and Hermione herself because I am sure even their obliviated selves had good memories they won’t want to forget. Could they even tell something was missing? By those awkwardly framed or empty photographs now without Hermione in them or her bedroom? Did Draco go back to Hogwarts in Hallows, since he was at Malfoy Manor throughout Part 1, it doesn’t seem like it. Also, it would make more sense as he wouldn’t know what the Carrows would be teaching and therefore how reckless and powerful his friends, specifically Goyle, have gotten, hence not realizing he would send a Killing Curse at the trio or burn down the Room of Requirement. Also, I know Hermione adores school and studying as she adored it so much that she was eager and gutsy enough to ask for the privilege of a double workload, but wouldn’t her double workload in Azkaban due to the Time Turner cause her so much emotional exhaustion and mental distress? Did she also use it to give herself more time to study? Like, didn’t she have a lot of emotional weight on her, especially as a teenager? Honestly, how did Harry and Ron both not notice except for just class time? Wouldn’t that stress also impact her friendships with Harry, Ron and even Hagrid and the Buckbeak situation and leave them strained or in a strange place? I get that she’s resilient, eager, emotionally mature and tough, but she’s also human and a kid. She is not a perfect person, she has weaknesses and flaws. Also, even for a fanatics film, I find that hard to believe. The only time we really saw her lash out was when she punched Draco, but that was more (seemingly) because he used his dad’s status to get Buckbeak executed, not because of her stress. What happened with Percy after Phoenix, because he was with Fudge when he finally saw Voldemort? Did he realize that his loyalties were wrong because he suddenly and randomly shows up to the Battle of Hogwarts as if nothing happened, and wasn’t ever in the Order or even at Bill and Fleur’s wedding, from what we’ve seen? So, when did Percy make up with his family? How is Greyback still a partially personified werewolf, but not Lupin? Is it a choice? Does cruelty make him so scratched up that he began to look like a werewolf? In the Chamber dueling scene between Harry and Draco, how do these 12-year-olds already know such intense, violent spells? I doubt they learned them from Quirrell with his shy stuttering persona, and Snape only demonstrated Expelliarmus. Especially the Serpentsortia spell, how does Draco know such a dangerous spell? His dad thinks Draco’s a loser, so I doubt he taught him that. So, what happened to the Weasleys after Bill and Fleur’s wedding? Were they put into hiding? How was Ginny able to go to Hogwarts anyway that year? So, since the trio immediately starts to hunt Horcruxes after the wedding, was that always the plan do they get forced into starting it early because Hermione clearly had a gut feeling something would happen, as she “had the essentials packed for days”? So, did they just want one last hurrah at the wedding then they were off, but the Death Eaters slightly sped up that timeline? Then how did Hermione get her beaded bag? So, the Seven Potters ordeal was meant to transport Harry for the wedding, but since he no longer had the Trace on him, why couldn’t he just Apparate? Moody’s life could have been spared. When did the trio learn to Apparate? Who keeps track of the Trace? The Ministry, I know, but who’s job is it? Is the Trace on a child before they are even accepted into Hogwarts? Is that how they find Muggle-borns? I am still so confused about how it works. Wasn’t Ron leaving in Part 1 kind of dumb, not just immature, since he is a known “blood traitor” and associate of Harry, which means he was also wanted and could be used as bait? Did JKR only have Harry get with Ginny for convenience’s sake? Because she wanted Harry’s happy ending to be him officially joining the Weasley family and she was the only daughter and there’s no way her prejudiced ass (ironic!) would make Harry gay. If Neville and Dean are both apparently in the Order of the Phoenix, as we see in the Part 2 Great Hall scene, then why aren’t they are Bill and Fleur’s wedding or helping with the Seven Potters ordeal, as they were both before school starts? Was Tonks at the wedding? I assume so since Lupin was and she made it back to the Burrow, but we don’t actually see her. If Luna lived close to the Weasleys, then why didn’t we catch a glimpse of the Burrow before they went to the Lovegoods in Part 1? Such a missed opportunity! How big is Platform Nine and Three Quarters? Is it the whole train station or just a single platform with Platform Nine and Three Quarters is the only entryway? Are other wizard trains used there? Can they see Muggles through it? Were Mr. and Mrs. Weasley in the OG Order of the Phoenix, because they weren’t in that OG photo? So, were they friendly with Harry’s parents, or Sirius and Lupin before Phoenix? If so, why don’t they ever talk about them with Harry? Did they even find Moody’s body after he fell from the air in the Seven Potters ordeal? Did they ever have a funeral for him? Or Sirius? Or Tonks? Or Lupin? Or Fred? Or Snape? Or even Dumbledore? How the hell did Pettigrew find Voldmoert and therefore help him return to full power? How did Harry get into the headmaster’s office in Part 2 if it was Snape’s then and he didn’t know the password? Also, all the portraits are empty now, and seemingly so is Dumbledore’s, which was sleeping in Prince, so where are all they? Watching the battle like the other portraits? Wait, if Dumbledore had a portrait after his death, was he STILL puppet-mastering Snape through that? Did portrait Dumbledore know his and Snape’s plan? Besides that graveyard being where Tom Riddle Sr. is buried, what is the significance of that mansion Wormtail, Nagini and cripple Voldemort are hiding out at? Also, is it just me, or is that Muggle caretaker supposed to foreshadow Cedric’s death, not just show Voldemort’s ruthlessness, because both the Muggle caretaker and Cedric die the same way, by Wormtail on orders from Voldemort? Also, why did Dumbledore come down when Buckbeak was about to get executed? I get that future Dumbledore told Harry and Hermione to use the Time Turner, but still, he seems rather casual about Buckbeak not being at the pumpkin patch anymore, and he’s a massive manipulator, so I find the fact that he was clueless at that moment hard to believe. I think this was all a well-orchestrated plan, 12 years in the making with Sirius in prison all that time and Dumbledore no doubt knowing he was innocent. Also, Hermione and Ron never really make up for their fight about Crookshansk and Scabbers in Azkaban, they just kind of moved on from it, as true friends do, but we all know there was something else going on underneath. I wish e saw more of a reconciliation because all we saw was Ron choosing to bicker more with Hermione rather than apologize then Ron is in the hospital while Hermione and Harry save the day, then the next day they are sitting with Harry’s new Firebolt. I’m guessing this is more fleshed out in the book? Had Ron ever actually driven that Ford Anglia before? Had the Twins prior to going to Privet drive, because they seem to know what they are doing? Did Mr. Weasley teach them? If he is a pureblood, and therefore grew up in Wizarding Word, then how did he learn how to drive anyway too? What is a prefect? Why does Half-Blood Prince start right after the Battle of the Department of Mysteries when Phoenix ends with the students walking to the Hogwarts Express? That’s a rather odd choice. What exactly is that cringy and painful voiceover thing that puts so much physical pressure on the characters’ bodies and minds in the finale that Voldemort does? Is the fact the spiders don’t dare to speak the Basilisk’s name, or tell Harry specifically what the creature is, suppose to parallel how wizards don’t dare to speak Voldemort’s name? Was it supposed to be a hint that he is the Heir of Slytherin and that Tom Riddle, who Harry saw confront Hagrid, was somehow related to Voldemort? How did the Weasleys fit all their trunks and all the kids in the Ford Anglia in Chamber? The same charm as the tent from Goblet and Part 1? Wait, was that the same tent, just without all the decor, and a smaller Engorgement Charm in Part 1? So, was the Horcrux that Ron destroyed in Part 1, the one that taunted him with a making out Harry and Hermione, behaving similar to a Boggart? I know Ron’s Boggart in Azkaban was a spider, which makes sense for younger Ron., but he isn’t that same boy anymore. Can’t Boggarts change? So wouldn’t Boggart now be Hermione being in love with someone else, especially if that other person is Harry? That’s his biggest insecurity. Wouldn’t that also be his biggest fear too, because that also seems to be why he left Hermione and Harry during their Horcrux hunt, right? How did Sirius escape from Azkaban? Was it because of his being an Animagus? Do Dementors not sense animals like they do humans? They guard Azkaban, so is that how Sirius managed to escape? Did he train himself become an Animagus during his time in Azkaban then? But then how did he know and recognize Pettigrew’s Animagus form? If so, he is very smart, especially since not prisoner before him seemed to have figured that out. The concept of underage magic is so funny to me and also makes no sense. If there are so many people so prejudiced about magic, then are they restricting the next generation, especially if they grew up in the Wizarding World? It’s all very confusing and every time the phrase “underage magic” was uttered I let out a chuckle. Although, the actors did portray that ridiculous idea and the stakes of it very well. Why does Harry use magic to practice the Lumos Maxima spell (which honestly serves no point because it’s not like he uses that spell when he confronts Sirius, Wormtail or the Dementor) in the opening scene of Azkaban if underage magic is illegal outside of school, even for practice sake? After all, how can they tell if the students are using it for educational practice or for personal gain? Also, the Trace they talk about in Part 1 has to do with this underage magic law, correct? How does the Trace work exactly? Is it like a chip they get implanted or something when they start going to Hogwarts? Is there a charm that can for magical reasons only be used on somebody “of age” to remove the Trace? I am so confused. How does Draco already know about the Weasleys in the first film? Was it because of hearing about his dad making fun of their poverty and allegiance to Muggles or did Draco and Ron grow up together, like in Wizard pre-school or something (is that a thing?), Because Draco made fun of Ron and his Weasley-ness during their first meeting in the movies, and Ron would also be the one to tell the other Harry and Hermione that Draco wasn’t “worth it,” like with Hermione when she has her wand to Draco’s throat in Azkaban right before she punches him and holds Harry back from tackling Draco when they get off the train in Phoenix. Is this why, because they are both kids who grew up as wizards, unlike Harry and Hermione who are both new to the Wizarding World, having grown up in the Muggle world? Who do the Snatchers work for, the Ministry or Voldemort? I mean, I guess by Hallows, they are the same thing. Was Harry only almost chosen for Slytherin because of all being one of Voldemort’s Horcruxes, because his parents were both Gryffindors and Harry seems like the ultimate Gryffindor to me? Is that what they are hinting at in Chamber when they say that the only reason Harry doesn’t get Slytherin is that he asked? If so, then did Sirius do the same thing during his Sorting ceremony, because he didn’t want to follow in his family’s Slytherin footsteps? When Draco introduced himself to Harry in the first film, did he know that his parents are allies with the person who killed his parents? Like did Lucius tell him to become Harry’s friend, because as much the soap opera fan in me loves conflict and drama, Harry has enough going on that he doesn’t need that betrayal of friendship under false pretenses. Thank goodness Harry chose Ron, because at least his animosity with Draco, which stems from this rejection of friendship in the first film, is consistent throughout the whole series and just makes more sense as the series goes on. Harry didn’t need this betrayal on top of everything (Dumbledore has that cover later on). Are Crabbe and Goyle actually friends with Draco, or they scared on him just like how Lucius is scared of Voldemort? Oh, the irony if that is true. What ever happened to Grimmauld Place after the finale? What happened to the Potters original home? Did it stay how it was, like a historical landmark (because it is)? Like Anne Frank’s house or something? Or did Harry buy it and rebuild it? Or did he ever visit it again, maybe with his kids? If not his original home, did he move into Sirius’ place Grimmauld place? Or did Ginny inherit the Burrow? Or did Hermione and Ron? Or did another Weasley? How did Snape A) find Harry in the Forest of Dean B) send such a long-acting Patronus to him that found him and guided him to the Sword of Gryffindor and C) not reveal himself to Harry or Voldemort as doing this while he was Voldemort’s eyes at Hogwarts was incredibly risky? With or without Horcruxes, if the Heir of Slytherin looks into the Basilisk’s eyes, will he die? Or because they are the only ones who can control it, they wouldn’t. Why can Ron speak Parseltongue in the finale film to open the Chamber when he isn’t a Parselmouth? He said it was because of Harry, but if you can simply learn Parseltongue, wouldn’t many people be able to speak it? Also, can Harry still speak Parseltongue after Voldemort killed the Horcrux inside him or not? When Harry has his Hippogriff lesson with Hagrid and Harry and Luna talk and interact with the Thestrals, both those scenes are in the forest during the day. Is it the Forbidden Forest, or a different forest? Is there a different first? There must be because the Death Eaters walk through the castle and than through a forest after killing Dumbledore to Hagrid’s Hut, which is on the outskirts of the Forbidden Forest. How did they all ride Thestrals in Phoenix to the Ministry in London and in Part 1 from Privet Drive to the Burrow if they can’t see them? Only Harry and maybe a few others can. A spell, to make unseen things seen, like in Narnia? How and when did Mr. and Mrs. Weasley join the Order, because they aren’t in the OG Order photograph? Did Neville ever find out that the prophecy was also/almost about him? In Part 2, when the trio returns to Hogwarts, where are they? That doesn’t look like the Gryffindor or Ravenclaw common rooms, and those are really the only students there. It’s gray and rugged and filled with hammocks all the way up to the ceiling. Wait, if they did start the DA up again, as I hope, is it the Room of Requirement? Are portraits another form of travel even if you aren’t in a painting, especially for semi-close locations? Or am I right and it was the Room of Requirement and it built a secret passageway using the portraits? Does that mean Ariana has a Portrait in the Room of Requirement at Hogwarts? If those kids are in the Room of Requirement, then does that mean when the fire goes off in the hiding part of the Room of Requirement from Crabbe’s wand, it burns all of their belongings too? Or is the hiding part of the room the only room that’s destroyed? Did Hermione ever un-obliviate her parents’ memories? I know this is an awful thing to think about, but if Hermione did die in Hallows after obliviating her parent’s memories, would her parents have no chance of ever remembering their daughter because she would be the only one able to give them their memories back? Or is it like compulsion in The Vampire Diaries, when the person dies, the memories come back to the people they obliviated? Harry used two out of the three Unforgivable Curses throughout the series, the Cruciatus Curse and the Imperius Curse. However, despite Moody Crouch saying that any one of those curses earns you a one-way ticket to Azkaban, Harry doesn’t go to Azkaban for using them. Is it because he was using them for the greater good, because I assume like Aurors would (like police using force in a high-stakes situation. So are Aurors like wizard police?) be able to use them during high staked situations? Did Hermione, Harry and Ron ever go back to Hogwarts to complete their degrees or whatever? How did Luna get back to Hogwarts to reunite with Harry there after escaping from Malfoy Manor to Shell Cottage? How the hell did Fleur and Bill meet? Was Fleur and Bill’s wedding Harry’s first wedding? Based on how Harry’s life at the Dursleys consisted of him being like “I’ll be in my bedroom, making no noise, and pretending I don’t exist (LOL relatable but in a not neglectful way. More in a self-induced way),” I’m guessing it was. How exactly does the whole “traveling between portraits” thing work? Like when Dumbledore tells that portrait of Phineas Nigellus Black to go to Grimmauld Place in Phoenix, how does he get there? Doesn’t it make more sense for Dementors to be called Death Eaters, what with their whole “Dementor’s Kiss” soul-sucking business, and vice-versa, since the Death Eaters are truly demented human beings and don’t actually eat death? How did Bellatrix end up with a fake Gryffindor sword in her Gringotts vault? The only theory that I can think of is that Snape was ordered by Voldemort to steal it from Dumbledore, but Snape, being a triple agent, fashioned a fake one and Voldemort told Bellatrix to hide it with the Horcrux, which is extremely dumb if you I say so myself (why would he hide the thing that kills Horcruxes with a Horcrux?). Is this somewhat correct? If Harry found the Sword of Gryffindor after seeing the doe Patronus (which was sent by Snape as we find out in the final movie), does that mean that the real sword was sent by Snape, further proving this theory? Speaking of that scene, was the Horcrux choking Harry because it didn’t want it to get the sword because it could sense that it is the thing that would kill it? So does that mean, like wands, Horcruxes also have feelings, just dark ones given that they are a kind of Dark Art? How did Harry know he had to speak Parseltongue to the locket to destroy it? Was it because to enter the Chamber of Secrets, he had to speak Parseltongue, and since that’s where he destroyed the diary, which he mentioned in the scene that whatever was in Tom Riddle’s diary tried to kill him? Did he just assume because of all of that he needs to speak Parseltongue? He assumed right, but still, why couldn’t he just, open it, like he did with the fake locket? What if that was the real one? Also, If so, why was Harry, who is pretty resourceful and smart, dumb enough to leave it on while polar plunging for the thing that destroys it? To quote Ron, “are you mental?” Like I get he didn’t want to lose it or for it to fall in, but couldn’t he have just hidden it or something? How did Harry survive Avada Kedavra? His mom’s love protection? If Parseltongue exists, are there other secret languages that involve talking to animals? Does Hagrid have one of them? Is that why he thinks dragons are “misunderstood creatures”? I find it very hard to believe that Snape does conclude that Harry has his old potions book after he finds Draco bleeding the way he did and saves him the way he did. Why doesn’t he do anything about it? After all, Snape is a fiercely determined individual, so I find him doing nothing about this very odd. Also, the irony that the Sectumsempra spell was probably meant for Harry’s father because of him bullying Snape. Why don’t we ever meet Charlie? He’s only ever mentioned in dialogue, and not even by his own parents, just by Ron or Hagrid, who has clearly bonded with him over dragons. Not in Stone when Hagrid hatches a dragon named Norbert that we never see again. Not in Goblet when there is literally a full-on task about dragons. Not at Bill’s wedding in Part 1 or with his family at the Battle of Hogwarts in Part 2 where his brother literally dies. He’s also never mentioned again after Goblet. The fact that he’s basically forgotten about is very uncharacteristic of the Weasleys. Was Bellatrix ordered to marry Rodolphus Lestrange (who’s name is under her’s on the Black family tree so I assume they are married) by Voldemort? She seems almost horny for him at certain points, so I feel like Voldemort knew this was the only way for her to back off, not that cheating goes beyond her non-existent morals, but Voldemort is so arrogant and independent that he clearly thinks he’s beyond having a life companion that’s not a giant snake. How did Narcissa feel about Sirius going to Azkaban? How did she feel about him breaking out? Does Snape know about the Deathly Hallows? I feel like would at least know the story as the way he wandlessly flies the leave to Lily when they first meet suggest that he at least partially grew up in the Wizarding World. Are purebloods so manic and crazy because they are all inbred? I honestly find the logic behind the 1,000 years of blood purity kind of head to believe without a lot of inbreeding. I mean, I am sure that’s because of pureblood families ‘contaminating’ or dying off, but still, I find it hard to believe that even purebloods don’t have some Muggle blood, even Hagrid suggests so in Chamber when he is cheering Hermione up. If Voldemort went to Hogwarts 50 years before Harry and Bellatrix is around Sirius’ age does that mean that she is obsessed with a MUCH older man, kind of like a naive teenager? If Voldemort wasn’t a creepy predator before, he sure is now. How did the Twins figure out how to open and close the Marauder’s Map? And since it looks like a bare piece of parchment, how did they figure out what it is? How did the Marauders get it taken away by Filch or whoever was the caretaker was before him? Is the Forbidden Forest the only forest on the Hogwarts grounds, because it doesn’t seem like it. The Forbidden Forest looks very different from the forest that the students meet Buckbeak in, where Lupin and Harry go for their walk in Azkaban, when Hagrid and the trio go for a walk in Goblet and the forest where the Death Eaters walk through to get to the Forbidden Forest and Hagrid’s Hut, which is on the outskirts of the Forbidden Forest in Prince? Especially for that Prince example, why would they walk through the same forest only to change directions, after all, they are on the run, right, because they can’t Apparate from inside the grounds as they are the headmaster, and Snape isn’t headmaster yet? Also, the direction the Death Eaters are walking, down the hill towards Hagrid’s Hut, makes it seem like the crossed through one forest to get to another? Is the name of that other forest in the books? Snape knew about Horcruxes, right? He’s brilliant and educated about the Dark Arts, so I find it hard to believe that he doesn’t put two-and-two together after Dumbledore tells him that a part of Voldemort’s soul lives inside Harry. Harry says when he tells Ron and Hermione that he knows why he can hear the Horcruxes that he thinks he’s known for a while, and says that he thinks Hermione has known, is this expanded upon in the books? In a book, you get to hear a characters inner dialogue, so is this idea foreshadowed in the book? Why is Peter at Snape’s summer house (is that right?) in Prince when Narcissa and Bellatrix come to see him? They aren’t friends. Snape hates Peter as he is a Marauder, is the reason Lily died and he isn’t actually on his side (but honestly, is Peter even on his own side? He’s such a coward I doubt it). Which of Harry and Ginny’s kids got the Invisibility Cloak and/or the Marauder’s Map? Did he tell them the story behind it? I hope so! How did Sirius buy that Firebolt for him? Dogs can’t exactly go shopping. How did he know he needed a new broom, because we never saw them talk about that? Unless, Sirius watched his Quidditch games in dog form. That would be so sweet, but how would he know that he plays Quidditch? Also, in the Firebolt package, because Sirius can’t leave a note, he leaves one of Buckbeak’s feathers in the package so Harry knows who it is from, however, didn’t Hagrid warn Harry not to pull Buckbeak’s feathers? Also, we never saw Hermione or Sirius bow to Buckbeak like Hagrid teaches Harry to, and we saw what happens when you don’t do that with Draco, so do they bow to Buckbeak off screen or something? I get Hermione saved Buckbeak and save him an ‘offering’ of a “nice dead ferret” but what about Sirius? What if there were people in the hospital wing when Hermione and Harry use the Time Turner? Awfully convenient that it’s empty. As we saw when they return, they simply disappear like if they Apparated, but they are seemingly too young to Apparate as Fred and George can’t do it until their 7th year and the trio seemingly can’t do it until their 7th year, so wouldn’t them appearing out of nowhere alarm some people? How and when did Tonks get to the Battle of Hogwarts? Because she doesn’t arrive with the rest of the Order in the Great Hall, although Percy doesn’t either and when everyone steps forward to guard Harry from Pansy Parkinson, Percy is suddenly there for some reason. However, suddenly during that montage of everyone watching the barrier fall down, we see Tonks in the battlements with Lupin reaching for his hand. When Sirius attempts to break into the Gryffindor common room, he is trying to find Scabbers, right? I think this because he obviously cares for Harry, and he seems to already know Ron’s rat is really Pettigrew as he manically (and misleadingly) tells Lupin in the Shrieking Shack “let’s kill him!” However, how would he know that, especially since that seems to be the reason that he escapes? If he knew that Pettigrew was masquerading as the Weasley family’s rat all this time, then why did escape then and not before? Now that he knows where Harry is? But how would he know about Scabbers being in the Weasley family and Harry returning to the Wizarding World? How exactly do you make a Horcrux? I know you have to kill someone, but how exactly do you make one beyond that because Voldemort kills many people, but he only has 7 Horcruxes, so clearly there is more you need to do. Is this expanded on in the books? I’d assume so because when Harry touches the Horcrux ring in the Half-Blood Prince, there is a quick montage and in it there is quick shot of teenage Tom Riddle (the actor from Prince) screaming in a very disturbing way, which makes me think that was glimpse at what it’s like to make a Horcrux, as splitting one’s soul sounds incredibly painful, as its also very painful when those parts of the soul are destroyed as seen in Part 2. What happens if you die before you complete your Unbreakable Vow, but not exactly from it? Do Unbreakable Vows expire? Or when Draco becomes master of the Elder Wand, is it still active which is part of why Snape is killed? Dumbledore clearly manipulated the situation so Draco would disarm him, but since Voldemort believes killing is more powerful then disarming, he would only see Snape as the rightful owner, still saving Draco and keeping Unbreakable Vow. Dumbledore knew he was going to die that night, right? Snape clearly did as there is the shot of him preparing himself, too ashamed to look at us, also how else would he have known to go to the Astronomy Tower? The Astronomy Tower scene before Harry and Dumbledore go to the cave must have been when Snape told him as Snape is literally begging him to not force him to do this. Harry says that you can’t Apparate inside the Hogwarts grounds, but then how do kids learn to Apparate? How did they learn to Apparate? is it a skill they suddenly get when they turn 17, as we don’t see the trio do it until after Harry, seemingly the youngest of the trio, turn 17? Also, if you can’t apprate on the Hogwarts grounds, is it that only headmasters can, which is why Dumbledore can? after all, he does say “well being me has it’s privileges (he is so freaking concieted).” Okay, this might be a bit nit-picky (as is this whole article really LOL), but Hogwarts is called “Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry,” but what exactly is the difference between witchcraft and wizardry? Is it just the gender of the person, so it was just saying that Hogwarts was a co-ed school unlike Durmstrung and Beauxbaton? It seems that “wizard” is a catch-all term for witches and wizards, so why are both wizard and witch in the school’s official title? It sounds cooler and more prestigious, but it’s not exactly simple. Is Lupin supposed to be poor because of his ostracized werewolf status, and his rough-and-tough robes? Was Aberforth in the Order? What was his and Albus’ relationship like? Based on what I know about Albus Dumbledore, he was probably a crappy brother to Aberforth. If Hrry’s parents didn’t die, would he have had siblings? I’m guessing James was an only child because Harry would have surely gone with his Wizarding relatives or literally any relatives other then the Dursleys? What about his paternal and maternal grandparents? Literally, just why the Dursleys? Did any of the teachers get in trouble for voting their opinions against the Death Eaters when they took over Hogwarts? If any of them would, I’m guessing it is Hagrid because he is not the most socially intelligent, but very loyal to Harry and Dumbledore. McGonagall would also be a little sassy about it, but Snape knows he needs her, especially as a triple agent. We never actually saw a funeral, so what are the Wizarding traditions? They clearly have tombs, but do they have tombstones? What are the Wizarding holidays and Christmas traditions, honestly besides using magic for decorum, i still looks like Muggle Christmas to me. How did Ravenclaw’s diadem become lost? If the Gray Lady, her daughter, knows where it is, then she must have been the one to make it lost right? Did she hide it or steal it? Why would she ever tell Tom Riddle (also LOL at her calling Tom’s name stranger, honey it only gets stranger)? How does the Fat Lady go into a different portrait in Azkaban? Why is there a ghost student taking a test when the trio runs in to see McGonagall in the first film? That was so distracting and confusing in such a hectic scene. So, if Arthur Weasley works in the Misuse of Muggle Artifacts department and he’s a hobby of magically enhancing Muggle artifacts, isn’t he participating in the same crime his job attempts to prohibit? Obviously, it’s in a less effed way the Lucius, who pretends to be a stand-up Ministry official when he is actually a Death Eater, but it’s still lying. Are the Weasleyskids just good liars because most young kids have no filter? Also, if they are already poor, why would Mr. Weasley risk it? Even if it’s a smaller crime in the big scheme of things, could it get him sent to Azkaban if he is caught? And how is Molly Weasley okay with this? She seems to be a rule stickler, which is probably where Percy gets it from and why she treats Hermione like a daughter. Did Hermione and Harry ever tell Ron about the Time Turner? How exactly do Time-Turners work? Why are they never used again, to save Sirius again? To save Harry’s parents and Dumbledore (ew) and Snape and Fred and Lupin and Cedric? Can they only be used for certain things and to fix certain events, not including deaths? I understand that Hermione is a rule follower, and probably had to vow to Dumbledore and McGonagall that she would only use it to get to her extra classes, as the overly-ambitious, curious, excited student she is, and only used it to save Sirius and Buckbeak because Dumbledore told her too, giving her permission to use it for something other then taking two classes at the same time. But the begs the question, why wouldn’t Dumbledore use it to undue Harry’s parents deaths, Voldemort’s rise to power or tell Snape to use it to resurrect his selfish ass? Sirius claimed to resent his family’s deranged superiority complex, and get he acts that way towards Kreacher, who, granted, is just as nasty as the Black family, but is also an enslaved house elf, similar to a prisoner which Sirius of all people should have empathy for. It does seem a little hypocritical though, right? I know animals don’t talk in this magical universe, unlike Narnia, but do animals in the magical world sense each other and others? Like Crookshanks hated Scabbers, which is just the way the animal kingdom works, but is their a chance that Crookshanks could sense that Scabbers was actually the anigmias form of a human, and that’s why Crookshanks didn’t like him? How exactly do Animagus work? Do you get to pick which animal, because Pettigrew as a rat, McGonagall as a cat (she’s an Animagus right? Or is it because she’s the Transfiguration teacher, she just has a superior talent at turning herself into animals, her favorite being a cat?) and Sirius as a dog are too perfect? Animagus Why does a radio work at Hogwarts and in the Wizarding World in the Deathly Hallows, but no other technology works in the Wizarding World or at Hogwarts? We never even see anyone talk on the phone or talk about the Internet, which did exist in the 90s. So, if McGonagall, being Head of Gryffindor house, was teaching the Gryffindors how to dance for the Yule Ball, that means that Sprout, Flitwick and of course, Snape were doing the same things with their Houses. I would literally PAY to see Alan Rickman play Snape teaching the Slytherins how to dance. Like imagine him using Pansy Parkinson in the same way McGonagall uses Ron (also Rupert Grint has bragging rights for life for having danced with THE Maggie Smith. What an honor!). Wasn’t it kind of dumb for the trio, and Hermione Polyjuice’d as Bellatrix to use Bellatrix’s real wand in Part 2, when surely the ordeal at Malfoy Manor and the fact that they stole Bellatrix’s wand would have been making the rounds in the now officially corrupt Daily Prophet, inevitably revealing that this Bellatrix is an imposter (also, did Hermione, Ron and Harry ever take a moment to realize that they held the wand that tortured Neville’s parents and killed Sirius? Like that’s insane! And it’s honestly very odd and disturbingly satisfying in how full circle that fact is)? Is that why Harry used the Imperius Curse on the goblin, correct? His first time using an Unforgivable Curse and actually having it and wanting it to work (unlike when he tried the Cruciatus Curse on Bellatrix after she killed Sirius in Phoenix and it didn’t work (also, LOL at the full circle of it all with Hagrid said in the first movie the first time Harry ever went to Gringotts how the Wizard bank is the safest place other then Hogwarts and in this film he broke into both as a fugitive, and both being extremely well-protected wizard locations)? Did Draco try and help Luna while she was held hostage at Malfoy Manor? They stand next to each other before Draco walks over to his parents in the courtyard. He definitely bullied her at school, but he would never want to actually kidnap her like the Death Eaters did. Did he try? Also, in that courtyard scene in Part 2, Draco’s head shifts toward Luna, who is standing behind him, almost ashamed that she specifically has to see this. Maybe before this scene, before the Hogwarts sidewalks out to see Harry’s body and the Death Eater army, they were talking and he was apologizing and trying to ask her if she’s okay. Luna also looks so remorseful and sad when Draco is called over and when he actually does walks off. Speaking of the Malfoy Manor incident, what exactly was Bellatrix and the Malfoys’ punishment, because you know there was one? If the trio saved Ollivander, the series’ wandmaker, in Hallows, then why couldn’t he fashion Harry, who broke his wand, a new wand as a thank you? Aren’t they made of wood and things found in nature anyway, and that kind of stuff was all about Bill and Fleur’s cottage? This also begs the question, how exactly are wands made? Nature and enchantment, or just having the wizard channel their magic into nature, just in a different way then Bonnie on The Vampire Diaries? I am confused, is Hagrid in the Order or not? Because he’s in that photo, and he helps transfer Harry during the Seven Potters ordeal, but he wasn’t at the meeting at Grimmauld Place in Order of the Phoenix. I get that he was with the giants and that he probably wouldn’t fit inside due to its narrow set design of it being crammed in between two buildings, but even Snape and Lupin made it and they are a professor and a werewolf. Also, is Snape in the Order? Is that why they had to switch to the Burrow and left Grimmauld Place abandoned after Dumbledore’s death? Also, why was Snape so disgusted by Harry and Sirius hugging at the Order’s headquarters in that flashback sequence when, from the expandable ears bit (which was so realistic, for kids to eavesdrop on the adults) we could hear Snape’s very distinctive voice. It was kind of confusing. Also, why wasn’t the Engorgement Charm used on the tent in Goblet of Fire used on Grimmauld Place? However, that’s more of a set design consistency issue. Speaking of the flashback sequence in the Order of the Phoenix, what exactly was Snape doing to Harry? I get that it was because of his mind’s connection to Voldemort but what was it and why was it so invasive and brutal? Was it mind reading? Did it have to do with his vow to protect Harry and deceive Voldemort? At least, this mind-reading situation helped Harry realize both Snape and, especially, his father weren’t perfect and that world is not black and white, but gray and complex, however, this hurts even more after Harry watches Snape kill Dumbledore in the following movie and not learn the truth of Snape’s efforts to protect him until after Snape’s death. How could Harry go to Hogsmeade in the later movies without his permission slip (why does a Wizarding school have a permission slip? That’s so Muggle of them)? off-screen, does Sirius or the Dursleys ever sign it? Does Harry use his privilege and fame (a rarity for Harry) to get special permission from Dumbledore? What exactly is Fred and George’s age? Also, why didn’t Mr. and Mrs. Weasley come to Hogwarts when Ginny and Ron got hurt in the Chamber of Secrets and poisoned in Half-Blood Prince (also, can we talk about how Harry saved Ginny, Arthur AND Ron? and how the Chamber of Secrets brought both Ginny and Harry AND Ron and Hermione together? Harry really is a Weasley at heart)? I mean those are their children? Could they just not afford it? Even with Floo Powder and all the other magical mods of transportation? How do Thestrals work? How could Hermione and the rest of them ride them to the Ministry despite not being able to see them in the beginning of the film? Did they just fly on top of midair? Is there a spell to make them visible to someone who hasn’t seen someone die (that’s such a sad idea, only being able to see a creature after being traumatized)? What’s on Ginny’s shoulder on the Hogwarts Express in Half-Blood Prince? Is butterbeer really beer? If so, what’s the drinking age in the Wizarding World? Why did Snape fancy the Dark Arts so much? Because he was supposed to be a triple agent? Because he was a Death Eater? Why, exactly, did he finally get it in Half-Blood Prince? Also, if Harry really believed Snape betrayed Dumbledore, then why did he act so mercifully while Snape was dying? I get that he’s “the good guy,” but he’s also the loyal guy. I mean, it was a great scene, but still. Also, we literally saw Fred get disarmed, then it cut to Mrs. Weasley listening to that creepy and cringy Voldemort voiceover and then the next time we see Fred, he’s dead. Was he killed right in front of Mrs. Weasley? That is unspeakably cruel! They both deserved better! Did Lavender and Pavarti die? Did Padma live? Am I confusing them for other characters? What year was Cedric in? Was he in the Twins year? How does the character of Greyback work? How is he always in werewolf form? Is that a choice because of his viciousness? Also, how is he a Death Eater? It seemed like most creatures, other then trolls (who were established as very dumb back in Stone) were on the Death Eaters’ side. Is Malfoy Manor basically “Death Eater Headquarters” in Part 1? Why does Ginny suggest the Shrieking Shack in Phoenix if it’s supposedly the most haunted building in not just the British Wizarding World, but in all of Britian (so it seems)? Obviously, Harry Ron and Hermione know it’s not as scary as it’s rumored to be after Azkaban, but does Ginny know about all of that? Why isn’t Harry’s eyesight ever fixed by magic? Instead, Hermione always just fix his glasses. I get it’s his signature look, but still. How exactly do you get a portrait or painting at Hogwarts? Do only headmasters get them? Do only dead people get them? What about the Fat Lady (also, between this title and Aunt Marge, why so much fatphobia I guess shouldn’t be surprised with these being written by You-Know-Who)? What happened to Buckbeak after he escaped with Sirius? We literally never saw him again after that whole ordeal. Did he live a happy life? Did he see Hagrid again? Does Dumbledore literally have a Griffin-door to his office? That’s definitely not that subtle. And he’s supposed to be the unbiased headmaster, LOL. Why does Voldemort have bare feet in Goblet of Fire? Did Wormtails seriously not think to bring his Master shoes? I never wanted to see Voldemort’s feet. The idea of it is so weird that Voldemort has feet because of his snake-like appearance. I would have felt better if he kept that illusion of floating under his raggedy black cloak up. It’s more eerie. How are magical plants bread or whatever? How the hell did Expelliarimus manage to block Avada Kedavra? I know Dumbledore said it was because of their twin wands, but seriously? And how did Cedric, that guy Voldemort killed at the beginning of the movie that was hardly ever talked about, and Harry’s parents appear out of their wands like ghosts during that scene? Which one was the Priori Incantatem that Dumbledore talked about? I tried googling it, but I was so confused. Nymphadora looks like she literally just graduated Hogwarts in the Order of the Phoenix and then suddenly she’s dating Lupin, who looks like he could literally be her father? When and how did they start dating? How old is she? Also, does Hogwarts even have a graduation? Did Harry, Ron, Hermione and everyone else get the opportunity to go back and finish their degrees if they so desired? Did Fred, George and Percy? Speaking of, did Fred and George Apparate in Order of the Phoenix? I am so confused about how Apparition works. When it is even thought? We never saw them learn it or even talk about learning it, or what it is exactly, they just suddenly could do it. Because after Harry Apparated with Dumbledore for the first time in Half-Blood Prince, they could suddenly Apparate in the Deathly Hallows. If both the Weasleys and the Malfoys are pure-blood families, then why is one very poor and the other very rich? Does the pure blood status instantly mean wealth status like with the Malfoys and the Blacks? Is it a choice? I would like some clarification. Also, I did like how the Weasleys showed that not all pureblood families are extremists like the Malfoys, Blacks and Lestranges and raise their kids to be that way. The Weasleys let their kids make their own choices (Percy), unlike the Blacks, who disowned Sirius for believing differently. Why did Harry’s Expelliarmus spell throw Snape back like that in the Azkaban Shrieking Shack scene, when in all the other films, anytime Harry or someone else uses that spell, it simply just disarms their opponent? Yes, it throws Lockhart back when Snape fires an Expelliarmus spell at him in Chamber during the dueling club scene, but after Azkaban, this getting thrown back idea goes away, so I am just confused. Like is it the certain amount of power you have when you fire the spell or what? I am so confused. So, in the Wizarding World, is dueling just with wands, not a sword? Are swords for something else? I get that a wand is the ultimate tool for a wizard, but if this is true it’s also their ultimate shield and weapon. Was James Potter pureblood? Did Harry really not have grandparents to stay with like Neville? It’s a miracle Harry turned out so good after how the Dursleys treated him and all the turmoil he went through. He’s strong and resilient as hell. That’s so inspiring (I can relate). Most people would be so bitter after having overcome so much adversity, but Harry’s resilience and hopefulness for the future is truly inspiring. I also thought the tape on Harry’s glasses in the first movie was so funny because are we really supposed to believe that the Dursleys would take the time to take him to the eye doctor? Did nobody notice when Hermione and Ron didn’t show up to Hogwarts, especially with Ginny going and them being Harry’s best friends? Why were there no consequences for this? Did Hermione ever see her parents again and un-obliviate their memories? Why didn’t the picture of young Dumbledore and Jamie Campbell Bower’s (god, this guy’s career is enviable? First Harry Potter and Twilight, which are two huge movie franchises with fanbases that are still very dedicated to this day, and now, soon, Stranger Things, as well. It’s just incredible. Most actors can’t say they were in one high-grossing movie, yet alone three high-grossing franchises) young Grindelwald move like all the other pictures in the Wizarding World? What the hell were those creatures in Half-Blood Prince that come after Harry and Dumbledore from the lake inside the cave? Also, why would they Apparate to the rock island miles away from the cave and not just the cave itself? For a cinematic quality, but ntohing else? Did Neville and Luna end up together because that was hinted at in the finale? So, since there seem to be multiple kinds of dueling spells and repairing spells, do spells come in and out of popularity like fashion trends because so many of these spells are so similar? That would make sense because in the real world, there are different social media and security trends too and this seems like the Wizarding World equivalent. Did Dumbledore ever have a funeral? Because of the veil, was Sirius’ body ever retrieved? Did Harry’s parents get a funeral? Did Cedric? Did Snape? Snape deserved a funeral more than anyone who died in this series for all his sacrifices. Did Mrs. Weasley literally just not care that Harry, Hermione and especially Ron just casually dropped out of Hogwarts to go on the run and hunt for Horcruxes? Did she even know that was what they were doing? Did any of the Order members? Did they know how dangerous it really was? I mean Hermione obliviated her parents’ memories and Harry obviously has a lot going on, but Ginny went back, so why wasn’t it a bigger deal that Ron didn’t, especially with how much she heckled Fred and George about their choice of job? Also, why did Mrs. Weasley have such a problem with Fred and George’s careers? They were smart and ambitious enough to start their own unique business that was already successful before they even left Hogwarts. Any parents should be proud and happy that their kids are financially secure, healthy and happy. How did Mr. Weasley feel about their business endeavors? I know he tried to hide his admiration or them taking the flying car in Chamber of Secrets, but that was only our real hint at his thoughts. I guess they were positive and proud, significantly more so then Mrs. Weasley’s. So, Pettigrew was in the Order of the Phoenix photo with Harry and Neville’s parents, so wouldn’t be able to help Voldemort find their headquarters after they reunited after Voldemort’s return? What about Snape after Half-Blood Prince, when they all thought he betrayed them? Why is the Defense Against the Dark Arts position jinxed? Is it just a running joke or a plot device or is there a specific reason? How exactly does Wizard schooling work? The French school was girls-only, the Bulgarian school was boys-only, but Hogwarts is co-ed. Does it depend on the location? Is there one (or two) school(s) that every witch and/or wizard in each specific country attends? Does homeschooling and foreign exchanging student things exist (besides the Triwizard Tournament thing)? Speaking of the Triwizard Tournament, where did those other schools take classes, because they clearly didn’t combine with the Hogwarts kids? Does the whole school come? Is it always at Hogwarts? Where do they sleep? I know England isn’t known for the heat, but do Wizards really have to suffer in the summer by wearing those robes? Is there a cooling spell or something? Snape invented Sectumsempra in school, but it begs the question of how are spells invented or created? If the wand chooses the wizard, then how did it affect Harry when his wand, a wand that literally fought a dragon, a Basilisk, Voldemort himself and Snape too, broke? Shouldn’t that have been a bigger deal, especially after Draco’s wand changed allegiance from Draco to Harry? After all, a wand is like a Wizard’s best friend. Like mentally, like the lack of a companion, what’s that like? Especially, with the whole twin core aspect of Harry’s wand connecting with Voldemort in such a unique way that it could actually save him, this should have a much bigger deal. He must have been counting on the protection so much in the battle against Voldemort, and his part in it. Also, if he needed a new wand, and had suddenly found knowledge of an unbeatable wand such as the Elder Wand, then wouldn’t he, like Voldemort (I see the irony of Harry and Voldemort wanting to possess the same wand), search for it endlessly? I know Hermione obligated her parent’s memories, but couldn’t the Death Eaters still track them down, regardless of their memories? My friend said that in the books, Hermione erases their memories and sends them to Australia, but what if they get a clue that Hermione existed? Is there also a spell to make them not care if a clue came up? Why can’t they say Voldemort’s name? Why couldn’t they say it even after he was gone between wars? I get after Goblet it being too dangerous, even with the Ministry’s hysteria, but I still don’t really get it. Is it something magical? Is it like a magical tracking device? It was just really unclear and not explained. It was just the way it was. But then some people said his name, especially in the first through fifth movies, when they were brave enough, mainly Harry, Dumbledore, Hermione and McGonagall. The wand chooses the wizard, right? So, does the wand also decide how powerful to make their wizard? Or is the wand only as powerful as the wizard who uses it? Or is it about the harmony of the right wizard with the right wand making the wizard’s abilities fully actualized? Also, the fact that Draco’s wand switches loyalties to Harry also foreshadows Draco’s arc as a character. Literally, how did no Muggle see a dragon crash through a building in London and fly away and escape from said building? How did the Wizarding World hide that from Muggles? Given the regime, did they even bother? Because of things like this, and the Muggle death that were surely happening, is the British Prime Minister aware of the Wizarding World in order to protect his subjects? Is the Queen? So, was the Horcrux that Ron destroyed in Part 1, the one that taunted him with a making out Harry and Hermione, behaving similar to a Boggart? I know Ron’s Boggart in Azkaban was a spider, which makes sense for younger Ron., but he isn’t that same boy anymore. Can’t Boggarts change? So wouldn’t Boggart now be Hermione being in love with someone else, especially if that other person is Harry? That’s his biggest insecurity. Wouldn’t that also be his biggest fear too, because that also seems to be why he left Hermione and Harry during their Horcrux hunt, right? How did Sirius escape from Azkaban? Was it because of his Animagus? Do Dementors not sense animals like they do humans? They guard Azkaban, so is that how Sirius managed to escape? The concept of underage magic is so funny to me and also makes no sense. If there are so many people so prejudiced about magic, then are they restricting the next generation, especially if they grew up in the Wizarding World? It’s all very confusing and every time the phrase “underage magic” was uttered I let out a chuckle. Although, the actors did portray that ridiculous idea and the stakes of it very well. Also, LOL at how underage wizards aren’t just allowed to do magic outside of school, but also how there are some bars their not allowed in, like in Azkaban. Also, the way it took 6 films to see Dobby again. I wish we got to see him more. Is he used more in the books? What is Priori Incantatem? I am really confused about that and his parents coming back, and being aware (also LOL at the Muggle guy coming back too. Poor guy must have been so confused). How does Draco already know about the Weasleys in the first film? Was it because of hearing about his dad making fun of their poverty and allegiance to Muggles or did Draco and Ron grow up together, like in Wizard pre-school or something (is that a thing?), Because Draco made fun of Ron and his Weasley-ness during their first meeting in the movies, and Ron would also be the one to tell the other Harry and Hermione that Draco wasn’t “worth it,” like with Hermione when she has her wand to Draco’s throat in Azkaban right before she punches him and holds Harry back from tackling Draco when they get off the train in Phoenix. Is this why, because they are both kids who grew up as wizards, unlike Harry and Hermione who are both new to the Wizarding World, having grown up in the Muggle world? Who do the Snatchers work for, the Ministry or Voldemort? I mean, I guess by Hallows, they are the same thing. Was Harry only almost chosen for Slytherin because of all being one of Voldemort’s Horcruxes, because his parents were both Gryffindors and Harry seems like the ultimate Gryffindor to me? Is that what they are hinting at in Chamber when they say that the only reason Harry doesn’t get Slytherin is that he asked? If so, then did Sirius do the same thing during his Sorting ceremony, because he didn’t want to follow in his family’s Slytherin footsteps? What ever happened to Grimmauld Place after the finale? What happened to the Potters original home? Did it stay how it was, like a historical landmark (because it is)? Like Anne Frank’s house or something? Or did Harry buy it and rebuild it? Or did he ever visit it again, maybe with his kids? If not his original home, did he move into Sirius’ place Grimmauld Place? Or did Ginny inherit the Borrow? Or did Hermione and Ron? Or did another Weasley? Did Hermione, Harry and Ron ever go back to Hogwarts to complete their degrees or whatever? How did Luna get back to Hogwarts to reunite with Harry there after escaping from Malfoy Manor to Sheel Cottage? How the hell did Fleur and Bill meet? Was Fleur and Bill’s wedding Harry’s first wedding? Based on how Harry’s life at the Dursleys consisted of him being like “I’ll be in my bedroom, making no noise, and pretending I don’t exist (LOL relatable but in a not neglectful way. More in a self-induced way),” I’m guessing it was. How exactly does the whole “traveling between portraits” thing work? Like when Dumbledore tells that portrait of Phineas Nigellus Black to go to Grimmauld Place in Phoenix, how does he get there? Doesn’t it make more sense for Dementors to be called Death Eaters, with their whole “Dementor’s Kiss” soul-sucking business, and vice-versa, since the Death Eaters are truly demented human beings and don’t actually eat death? How did Bellatrix end up with a fake Gryffindor sword in her Gringotts vault? The only theory that I can think of is that Snape was ordered by Voldemort to steal it from Dumbledore, but Snape, being a triple agent, fashioned a fake one and Voldemort told Bellatrix to hide it with the Horcrux, which is extremely dumb if you I say so myself (why would he hide the thing that kills Horcruxes with a Horcrux?). Is this somewhat correct? If Harry found the Sword of Gryffindor after seeing the doe Patronus (which was sent by Snape as we find out in the final movie), does that mean that the real sword was sent by Snape, further proving this theory? Speaking of that scene, was the Horcrux choking Harry because it didn’t want it to get the sword because it could sense that it is the thing that would kill it? So does that mean, like wands, Horcruxes also have feelings, just dark ones given that they are a kind of Dark Art? How did Harry know he had to speak Parseltongue to the locket to destroy it? Was it because to enter the Chamber of Secrets, he had to speak Parseltongue, and since that’s where he destroyed the diary, which he mentioned in the scene that whatever was in Tom Riddle’s diary tried to kill him. Did he just assume because of all of that he needs to speak Parseltongue? He assumed right, but still, why couldn’t he just, open it, like he did with the fake locket? What if that was the real one? Also, If so, why was Harry, who is pretty resourceful and smart, dumb enough to leave it on while polar plunging for the thing that destroys it? To quote Ron: “are you mental?” Like I get he didn’t want to lose it or for it to fall in, but couldn’t he have just hidden it or something? How did Harry survive Avada Kedavra? His mom’s love protection? My friend told me that when Sirius says that the Longbottoms had a fate worse than death, it’s that they were tortured into insanity. Are they in a wizard mental hospital? Do they ever get visitors? Neville? Order members? If Parseltongue exists, are there other secret languages that involve talking to animals? Does Hagrid have one of them? Is that why he thinks dragons are “misunderstood creatures”? Is Lupin supposed to be poor because of his ostracized werewolf status, and his rough-and-tough robes? Was Aberforth in the Order? What was his and Albus’ relationship like? Based on what I know about Albus Dumbledore, he was probably a crappy brother to Aberforth. If Harry’s parents didn’t die, would he have had siblings? I’m guessing James was an only child because Harry would have surely gone with his Wizarding relatives or literally any relatives other then the Dursleys? What about his paternal and maternal grandparents? Literally, just why the Dursleys? Like what does that “the only family he has” excuse Dumbledore uses to justify this have to do with anything? And why did he always have to return to the Dursleys after school ended? Why couldn’t he just stay full-time with the Weasleys? Molly even said that he’s just as good as his son. Did any of the teachers get in trouble for voting their opinions against the Death Eaters when they took over Hogwarts? If any of them would, I’m guessing it is Hagrid because he is not the most socially intelligent, but very loyal to Harry and Dumbledore. McGonagall would also be a little sassy about it, but Snape knows he needs her, especially as a triple agent. We never actually saw a funeral, so what are the Wizarding traditions? They clearly have tombs, but do they have tombstones? What are the Wizarding holidays and Christmas traditions, honestly besides using magic for decorum, i still looks like Muggle Christmas to me. So, is the Resurrection Stone the new lost diadem after Harry drops it in the dark, smokey Forbidden Forest? I mean it’s tiny and black, it’s gonna be impossible to find in that gigantic forest. How did Ravenclaw’s diadem become lost? If the Gray Lady, her daughter, knows where it is, then she must have been the one to make it lost right? Did she hide it or steal it? Why would she ever tell Tom Riddle (also LOL at her calling Tom’s name stranger, honey it only gets stranger)? How does the Fat Lady go into a different portrait in Azkaban? Can portrait people die, otherwise why would the Fat Lady have any reason to be scared? Also, Sirius was a Gryffindor, wouldn’t he know what simply cutting the portrait (not the magic-proof wood door?) wouldn’t break down the magical portrait door? Why does Slughorn unironically wear a graduation cap? What exactly is in the Department of Mysteries? What is its job and its purpose besides being very ominous? To document prophecies? What is the purpose of that veil room? Are there any other rooms? Is its job simply to explore the Wizarding World’s greatest mysteries, like time, Muggle-borns, the power of love and Horcruxes? Do people actually work in it? Is it like the secret service or the CIA or FBI? If the Ministry is against the Order in the fifth film, then how does Arthur Weasley get in there, and why? Because he works for the Ministry? But he works with Muggle artifacts, not with prophecies? Why can Harry and Luna hear voices in the veil (Harry is always hearing voices. First with the Basilisk behind the wall in Chamber and then with the veil in Phoenix)? Since they can both see Thestrals and Sirius gets engulfed in it when he dies, are they hearing the dead? Isn’t also hypnotizing them in a way? Is the reason why for the same reason they can see Thestrals? Does the veil have something to do with death? Even though Hermione says it’s an empty archway, it clearly has some sort of elements within it. Sirius was already dead when he fell into it, but what happens when you are alive and you fall into it? If the power of love is a shield, like a Patronus, then can it shield anyone from Avada Kedavra? When Voldemort and Harry duel in the battle of Seven Potters, he isn’t using his twin core wand and against Harry, that’s why Harry could block his Killing Curse, how is he able to then? The power of love? Is the power of love the only thing that can shield you from the Killing Curse? Not a Patronus? If Amortentina is a love potion, can it also protect you from the Killing Curse? Wait, in Prince, when McGonagall and Harry talk in Dumbledore’s office, there’s a moving portrait of Dumbledore sleeping…because he’s dead? Aren’t all those other portraits of dead people too? I’m very confused. Also, did that portrait exist before he died or just after he died? Who paints them? How are those moving portraits, especially of the headmasters created? So, can Harry and Snape still technically talk to him? So, when Harry watches Snape walk around the headmaster’s office on the Marauder’s Map in Part 1, is that what Snape is doing, talking to Dumbledore’s portrait? Does that iteration of Dumbledore know about their plan? Is that why Snape had the Sword of Gryffindor and gave it to Harry? Did Snape get a headmaster portrait? If Harry cleared his name (which he clearly did as he named his son after him) then he should have had a portrait made too. Also, since living people can also have portraits not just dead people, as Lockhart had one of himself painting himself, then when you die, is it a way to pass on but still have a connection, unlike a ghost who obviously can’t pass on? So, did Harry get portraits of Sirius, Lupin, Lily and James too? What is in those jars at Grimmauld Place? Dead house elves? That’s horrible. What is the life expectancy of a house elf anyway, if they are meant to serve a master all their lives? Can they mate? How, what if each family only has one elf? Did the Weasleys know James and Lily? Were they friends? Mrs. Weasley does say to Sirius “he’s not James” through the expandable ears. Does that mean that Ron and Harry would have grown up together regardless? When did the Dursleys find out he can’t use magic outside of school? How does the Gemino spell actually work? It sounds like thins only multiply if you touch them, but eventually, they stopped touching everything and it kept duplicating. Also, does it duplicate it’s value too because then why wouldn’t all those rich families duplicate everything they own then? Also, it seems deadly, as the trio is almost suffocated by the duplicating spell. Almost drowned in it. But since this is Bellatrix’s vault, that doesn’t surprise me at all. When did she put that spell on her vault? Before or after she suspected the trio broke into it? How does Lupin know the spell to stop the Whomping Willow? Also, the spell he uses is Immobulus, which is the same spell Hermione uses on the Cornish Pixies in the previous movie, so why doesn’t she think of that? Both were high-stakes situations. While it was a fun, and cinematic sequence (far more fun then the dragged-out tasks in Goblet), it just didn’t seem necessary. Also, the spell seemingly lasts long enough for Snape to follow Lupin (How? I get he is suspicious of him, as he told Dumbledore in that Great Hall scene, but why did he decide to follow Lupin right at that moment?) and for all of them, including Snape, later to leave the Whomping Willow hole, so how long does the Immobulus spell last? So, Voldemort brought all the goblins to Malfoy Manor after the Gringotts escaped and after he massacred them all, but Bellatrix wasn’t there? So, when did she find you? Did she ever? Or was it really Voldemort’s vault under Bellatrix’s name? After this, did Voldemort go to check on all his Horcruxes? The cave for the locket? The diary at Malfoys? Is that why he took the goblin there? Wherever Dumbledore found the ring? Obviously, Nagini is fine. Is that why he heads to Hogwarts at the same time as Harry, to check on the diadem? or kill Harry before he gets the chance since the Gringott’s break-in is where he figures out that Harry knows his Horcrux secret? I’m also so confused by the fact that the Dursleys, who hate Harry, are trying desperately to prevent him from going to Hogwarts. If they hate him so much, wouldn’t they rather someone take him off their hands? I get that they don’t want him trained in magic, but isn’t that a worthy sacrifice to make in order to get him off their hands, in their eyes? Is that random, stormy, remote shack the Dursleys go to in the first film in an attempt to hide from the owls the same place they go to hide from the Death Eaters in Hallows? Since Hagrid was once expelled from Hogwarts, is that why he does magic with a pink umbrella in Stone and Part 1, not a wand? Is his wand hidden inside and can only be used sparingly because we almost never see him doing magic, because he never got his magical degree from Hogwarts, right? But since Hagrid never graduated from Hogwarts, how is he allowed to teach in Azkaban? I mean his name is cleared, but he still never finished, but then again neither did the trio, but that was a special circumstance. What year was Hagrid expelled? Does that have an effect on it? Because the trio dropped out between their sixth and seventh years, and Tom Riddle and Hagrid seemed to be around that age too. Are Tom Riddle and Hagrid the same age then? Why is the fact that they went to school together, and seemed friendly, never brought up again? How does the Leaky Cauldron work exactly? Can Muggles walk in? Do they ever walk in accidentally? It seems like a purgatory of sorts to the wider Wizarding World, especially to Diagon Alley, the major shopping area. It is also a hotel, pub and middle ground of sorts. Right? How does the burning work in regard to Quirrell, because when Quirrell touches Harry he’s fine, but when Harry touches him, he burns? Is that why Quirrell doesn’t shake his hand at the Leaky Cauldron? Because Harry instigated it? How does the Diagon Alley entrance from the Leaky Cauldron actually work? Does Diagon Alley just dead end at that brick wall? When the Death Eaters broke through it in Prince, did it just stay that way? When Harry tells Cedric about the dragons, he says Fleur and Krum know, but he knows Maxine knows because she was there with him, so that is safe to assume, but how does he know Krum knows? What’s the point of the brick wall anyway, besides a grand entrance, if only wizards and Muggle parents to wizards-in-training go there? Also, are Muggle parents able to do a currency exchange at Gringotts to pay for their children’s school supplies? Is that why Hermione’s parents go with her to Diagon Alley in Chamber? That, and also her being 12-years-old? Does anyone ever clean Gringotts, because there are cobwebs everywhere, especially on the chandeliers? What does goblin-made actually mean? What do goblins make? I am very confused. Why do certain creatures seem to have certain jobs? Was the Ollivanders set refurbished into Flourish and Blotts for the following film, because the stairs look to be in the exact same spot and everything looks the exact same except instead of wands in the next movie there are books? If Ollivanders has existed since 382 B.C, the Wizarding World was very advanced back then? Also, does that mean Ollivanders is one of the oldest wizarding families? If wizards need wands then how do wizards find out they are wizards at a young age and go to Hogwarts, or do they only find out if they are in a wizarding family or get there Hogwarts letter? After all, Harry removed the glass at the zoo and blew up Aunt Marge without his wand, so it seems that wandless magic is possible, just isn’t preferable. Or is because Harry is young and a wizard-in-training and it’s impulsive and strongly emotional magic, as in the Prince’s Tale, young Snape wandlessly flies a leave over to Lily, and before that Lily wandlessly makes a flower bloom, clearly coming from a strong emotion of happiness and camaraderie. Why do they still not speak Voldemort’s name in Stone? Isn’t he long gone? If phoenixes are technically immortal due to how they die and are reborn on an endless circle, is the fact that both Voldemort and Harry have a phoenix feather in their wand meant to symbolize that, since their whole rivalry is about life and death? Did Snape know about the Deathly Hallows? Did he know Dumbledore had the Elder Wand, that his wand was the Elder Wand? Why couldn’t Tonks use her powers of metamorphosis to turn into Harry for the Seven Potters battle? How is she a Metamorphmagus, like is it an inheritable thing? How does Snape feel about his status as a half-blood? Resentful because he did at one point voluntarily join the Death Eaters? Indifferent? Did the locket Horcrux affect Umbridge or because she was already so sadistic it had no effect? Why were all those girls screaming in the Great Hall in Part 2? Why do only women seem to have their heads hurt by Voldemort’s magical voice amplifying (except Molly Weasley and the Death Eaters, I guess)? So, when Hagrid picks Harry up and they go to Diagon Alley, do they eat dinner and sleep at the Leaky Cauldron and leave for Hogwarts the next day? It wasn’t that explicitly clear. Is there a way for wizards to enter Platform Nine and Three quarters without going through the barrier? Like to go to it directly through the Wizarding World? Like with the Leaky Cauldron and Diagon Alley? So, how did Hagrid go back to Dumbledore and Hogwarts to hide the Sorcerer’s Stone after dropping off Harry at King’s Cross? Did he Apparate, or his he took big to do that? Why don’t the Hogwarts students hug Hermione and Ron too and welcome them back to Hogwarts in Part 2, only Harry? I get that Harry is the Chosen One, but don’t they also miss their friends Ron and Hermione too? It’s just weird to me. How can the Basilisk go between the walls of a centuries-old castle? It’s a big snake, after all. Also, literally how did Ginny write that on the wall? It’s so high up? Like did she have a ladder? How did no one see her if she did? Or because Voldemort possessed her, did she fly because he can fly through that black smoke thing? Also, when that first message “the Chamber of Secrets has been open, enemies of the heir beware” happens, where does everyone come from? The Great Hall for dinner? What happens after the Battle of Hogwarts to Greyback? Death? Azkaban? Is there a death penalty in the Wizarding World for people, not just creatures? How do Dementors affect werewolves, in and out of werewolf form? Did Harry help destigmatized lycanthropy after the Battle of Hogwarts in Lupin’s memory? He meant a lot to Harry, I doubt that he just moved on, especially because Lupin, in a way, parallels pioneers and trailblazers like Rosa Parks who stood up against the stigma put on them and helped their race gain acceptance and kindness, something impactful and textbook-worthy. Lupin deserves a legacy like that, and so does his kid. Why is Luna barefoot in the forest with the Thestrals? I get she’s ~loony~ and people steal her shoes, but at least wear socks, girl, aren’t your feet cold? Did Harry take over for Oliver Wood as Quidditch captain? How much older is Wood? Are he and Percy in the same year? Do the Dursleys not know Mrs. Figg knows about Harry and his magical abilities, because the way Vernon waves to her, it seems like it? If Harry was expelled in Phoenix, what would have happened to his wand? Would he have to use a magical umbrella-like Hagrid? When did Tonks get to the Battle of Hogwarts? She just randomly showed up. How the hell did Percy get there and why was he standing with the Ravenclaws when everyone stood in front of Harry to protect him from Pansy? Did Robert Pattinson have to come back for those dream shots and that smiling photo of him in the DA room or were those residual from the Goblet film (because those Harry shots are straight from Goblet, but those Cedric shots are from a different angle)?Why don’t they use the Time-Turner to save Harry’s parents or Sirius or Snape? Are their rules with the Time Turner and that’s why they don’t? We see the Time Turner go backward in time, but can it also go forward into the future? If the Time Turner works by wearing it like a necklace, how many people can that necklace if around comfortably? The Time Turner is only just that, a Time Turner, not a teleporter as well right? Why does Hermione constantly have the Time Turner around her neck in Azkaban, even when she’s not in classes? Like why did she wear it when she went down to visit Hagrid upon Buckbeak’s execution? How long of a distance can you Apparate? Like from continent to continent? How does the Order know about prophecy anyway? How does Dumbledore? Snape? Did he hear Voldemort talk about it and that’s when he switched sides and agreed to be Dumbledore’s slave? How did Voldemort find it out? He only knew part of it right? isn’t that what they kept hinting at? How didn’t know the full thing, only Dumbledore did. Because of Dumbledore publicly announcing Snape’s status as a spy in Goblet, did the Order know he was a triple agent and then thought that he decided to betray that by killing Dumbledore? So, if the prophecy is the weapon Voldemort didn’t have the last time and the Order knew that, which is why I assume Mr. Weasley was there, then why didn’t they simply tell Harry that instead of letting him worry about some ambiguous weapon all year? That could have saved Arthur and Sirius! It also would have saved Harry so much rage and anguish and pain because of the Occlumency and the nightmares. If Harry was given all the facts, he wouldn’t have fallen for the fake Sirius vision. I don’t think it was Sirius or the order who wanted to keep Harry in the dark, it was definitely Dumbledore. It’s obvious. It also led to the destruction of thousands of other prophecies, putting students in danger, and while Voldemort revealing himself was a plus, it was definitely not worth Sirius, Harry’s only family left, dying. Also, why did Harry just rush to the Ministry and not check Grimmauld Place, where Sirius is clearly hiding out, beforehand? Aren’t they both in London anyway? Also, if the Department of Mysteries and the Hall of Prophecies is so classified, then where is the security? Why is it that Order members, Hogwarts students and Lucius Malfoy can simply walk through there? Why is there not a guard at its door or something? How do the Death Eaters and Snape do the black smokey flying thing in Phoenix, Prince and Hallows? Why can the Order do the white smokey flying in Phoenix and not in any of the other moving (I do love the symbolism of how the black smoke is for the villainous and evil and the white smoke is for the good and pure)? What is this smokey flying technique? How does the floor powder channel at the Ministry work because the trio uses them in Part 1 and Bellatrix uses them in Phoenix but none of them give a location like the Weasleys and Harry do in Chamber? Hermione and Harry talk about how Umbridge is watching all the fireplaces in the castle for Floo Powder transportation except hers, does that mean students can use the Floo Network at school to go home if they need to? How do you attach a fireplace to the Floo Network? Where do you buy Floo Powder? Is Floo Powder how Hermione gets to the Weasleys in Goblet because she hates flying and hasn’t used a Portkey before as she freaks out when they say to let go mid-use? Did Harry feel left out because everyone was getting letters from their families and the Dursleys unsurprisingly never sent him one (and I am guessing they never really helped him make friends either, right? Really what did Harry’s Muggle life look, like ins school and socially, before he got his Hogwarts letter?) and Ron felt bad, so he asked his mom to send him a Christmas present? Is it just me, or were the Twins in that Eygptian trip photograph in the newspaper appropriating Eygptian culture? I get that it was the 2000s and they were jokesters, but still. Also, what prize did they win in order to go to Eygpt and get into the Daily Prophet (that moving photograph of them is so cute though)? Also, is it just me, or did you notice how all Slytherin men at Hogwarts usually go by their last names, and some even call others by their last names? Draco goes by Malfoy. Snape. Slughorn. Crabbe. Goyle. Blaise and Pansy (except for McGonagall calling her “Ms. Parkinson”) are the only ones to go by their first names. Lucius, Draco and Snape also call Harry “Potter” (Snape does this no doubt because he is determined to see James Potter the most in Harry as self-sabotage and self-punishment, he sees Lily Evans in him the least, only in moments of vulnerability), Ron “Weasley,” Hermione “Granger” and Neville “Longbottom.” Must be the whole family legacy thing that’s so important to Slytherins. Why is there a ghost student taking a test when the trio runs in to see McGonagall in the first film? That was so distracting and confusing in such a hectic scene. So, if Arthur Weasley works in the Misuse of Muggle Artifacts department and he’s a hobby of magically enhancing Muggle artifacts, isn’t he participating in the same crime his job attempts to prohibit? Obviously, it’s in a less effed way the Lucius, who pretends to be a stand-up Ministry official when he is actually a Death Eater, but it’s still lying. Are the Weasleys kids just good liars because most young kids have no filter? Also, if they are already poor, why would Mr. Weasley risk it? Even if it’s a smaller crime in the big scheme of things, could it get him sent to Azkaban if he is caught? And how is Molly Weasley okay with this? She seems to be a rule stickler, which is probably where Percy gets it from and why she treats Hermione like a daughter. Sirius claimed to resent his family’s deranged superiority complex, and get he acts that way towards Kreacher, who, granted, is just as nasty as the Black family, but is also an enslaved house elf, similar to a prisoner which Sirius of all people should have empathy for. It does seem a little hypocritical though, right? I know animals don’t talk in this magical universe, unlike Narnia, but do animals in the magical world sense each other and others? Like Crookshanks hated Scabbers, which is just the way the animal kingdom works, but is there a chance that Crookshanks could sense that Scabbers was actually the anigmias form of a human, and that’s why Crookshanks didn’t like him? Why does Bellatrix have a curved wand? For such an impulsive witch, doesn’t the curved wand even more dangerous for as it affects her aim even more? She’s so wild and remorseless, I doubt she even cares about proper aim. Also, is it just me, or does she have romantic feelings for Voldemort, like in the same way as women who love serial killers? When Snape says “I may vomit” when he sees Sirius hug Harry in the Occlumency flashback, wasn’t he there? wasn’t he at the Order meeting? Or did he leave immediately after? Why would Dumbledore choose the Black family home for the headquarters to the Order when three of Voldemort’s most prominent Death Eaters are in the Black family? Why is it so common that so many families always get the same Hogwarts House? Of course, there are exceptions, what with Sirius’ family being a bunch of Slytherins and him being a Gryffindor, but still. I get that values often have similar values and therefore they feed into the values of each House, like the Weasleys value generosity and bravery, like Gryffindor, and the Malfoys value ambition and determination, like Slytherin, but there has to be more to that because the Weasley family members have such different personalities. I mean, the Twins and Percy are polar opposites, but they are both brave and ambitious in different ways (ironically making them both work for both Gryffindor and Slytherin. So, it is more about values then priorities and motivations, and that’s how so many personalities get the same House and how families become loyal to one House? Was Harry how she found out Lily was dead? What if Snape told Petunia about Lily’s death, since besides James, Snape is oddly the only other wizard she has a connection to, and James is so dead, so…? What was Harry’s reaction to literally seeing himself and Hermione makeout right in front of him? Wouldn’t it be weird to watch yourself makeout with someone who is like your sister, especially when you in love with someone else? Even if it’s not real and meant to manipulate you, why was Harry not making a disgusted, sarcastic comment or something about how effed up that was? Is the Resurrection Stone supposed to be the antithesis of the Sorcerer’s Stone? Instead of a stone that can make yourself immortal, a stone that can reverse death if a loved one so seeks it? Are there other Invisibility Cloaks besides the one Harry has, which is a Hallow (as says Fandom Wiki)? We never see another one in any of the films? Are they in the books? How did things like Salem and European witchhunts influence the Wizarding World? Is that why they have to live in secret? How did they avoid the more recent prosecution? Honestly, shouldn’t this persecution show pure-blood maniacs that all wizards should be treated equally, or is this past persecution of their kind their reasoning for hating Muggle-borns, like some sort of revenge? Does anyone ever get motion sick from the traveling methods wizards use like flying, Floo Powder, Portkey and Apparition, because I definitely would? Dumbledore seemed to hint at it when he appeared with harry for the first time in Prince? Apparition seems to basically be squeezing with the will to travel to another location, so do people ever break bones? How do Harry’s glasses not break then? In that case, is Apparition actually healthy? Why are there so many dangerous modes of travel in the Wizarding World? That’s doesn’t necessarily make it easier, now does it? What exactly were the portraits doing in the Battle of Hogwarts? What could they do but watch like they are rowdy spectators at a wrestling match? You can see in many shots the people in the portraits running around as chaotically as the Hogwarts students. I get that they could yell out suggestions and tips, but wouldn’t that be more distracting? If phoenix tears can heal people, why don’t other wizards bring their pet phoenixes to the Battle of Hogwarts to heal people? What if a phoenix doesn’t want to save someone with its tears? Is it like house elves, if their master says to save someone, they must? Also, how does a phoenix cry on cue? Are they empaths (like for real, not the toxic, red flag kind, like Dumbledore is) and do injuries and close-to-death circumstances immediately make them cry? How did Crouch Jr. escape Azkaban? What is up with his weird tongue thing? Is it a Wizarding World condition that’s stigmatized just like being a werewolf? With Trelawney giving the “neither can live while other survives” prophecy, was that in actuality for convenience’s sake? Also, why is the Azkaban prophecy she gives in the Prince’s Tale when that wasn’t the important one that killed Lily? Also, is it just me or is the order and placement of the house table really inconsistent? Like I feel like while Gryffindor is always in the middle, it changes which middle at some points. The only one that seems to change the least is Slytherin, which seems to be the wall except in, I believe, Azkaban? I am guessing this is because of the inconsistency in the directors because I believe Columbus and Yates had the same House table placements in both of their respective films, Stone and Chamber & Phoenix and  Prince. Did George name his future son after Fred? Did he hate a son? No doubt he named that son after Fred. Narcissa Malfoy seems very smart, so did Narcissa figure out that Voldemort was certain Horcruxes? She’s from a Dark wizard family, so she’d be educated on that sort of thing and her husband and sister both had ones in their possession, and since Bellatrix is Sirius’ cousin and Narcissa is Bellatrix’s sister and Regulus is Sirius’ brother that means Regulus and her were cousins, and a locket Horcrux was with him as he stole it. We also didn’t see her check for Harry’s pulse, just whisper to him, so how else would she know or suspect that he’s still alive? If she did figure it out, she clearly kept it a secret, but when did she figure it out? Between wars? Before or after her sister was in Azkaban? Did seeing what happened to Regulus inspire Narcissa to save Harry in order to protect Draco? Because Regulus died trying to do the right thing and she knows Harry is trying to do that too. Did Hermione know about the Yule Ball before it was introduced, because she seemed to in that Ron’s dress robes delivery scene (also that scene and the trio’s teasing at Ron was such a great moment where they are just kids being kids. But also LOL at Harry searching and finding the bonnet), but how? Why does Harry ask out a random Muggle girl in Prince if he’s already supposed to be crushing on Ginny, as he is clearly awkwardly smitten when he first gets to the Burrow? Is it just me or do the Hogwarts grounds and Hogwarts castle change with almost every director and in almost every movie? This makes sense with the inconsistency of directors, but still. Where did that stationary grand staircase come from in Part 2? It doesn’t seem like the moving staircases just magically paused, they seem permanently still. Also, the courtyard and number of them seem different from movie to movie as well as the bridges and the number of them from movie to movie. Also, the Whomping Willow is by the castle in Chamber but far away from the castle in Azkaban. How did Harry’s glasses not break since Chamber? Not while fighting the dragon, dueling Voldemort or falling into the courtyard with him in the finale. How? Why don’t wizards use the Accio spell for everything? That’s like the ultimate laziness charm. Especially Ron, that seems like it would be his favorite charm. Do non-Death Eaters like the trio know Nagini’s name, because when the trio is after the snake in Part 2, the final Horcrux, they just keep calling her “the snake,” not her name? What happened to the Malfoys after the Battle of Hogwarts? Did Narcissa’s betrayal of Voldemort grant them leniency, or just her and Draco? Were they punished? Did Harry ever get other birthday presents from his friends and found family in the Wizarding World? I know Hagrid gave him a cake when they first met and Ron and the Weasleys saved him from the Dursleys for his birthday, but what about his other best friend Hermione? What about Lupin, and Sirius, and Neville and Luna? What about during his later years at Hogwarts? Did he ever celebrate or get birthday gifts? This seems important, especially because of how the Durselys neglected him. I think it would have been really cool to show how gets more and more gifts as the movies progress showing how he is finding his family and his support system within the Wizarding World. Lupin and Tonks had a son, right? What happened to him? I think I read on Fandom Wiki that Harry took him in because he became his godfather (watch him try to be the cool, reckless godfather Sirius was to him with miserable failure because, unlike Sirius, the trouble finds Harry, Harry doesn’t find the trouble). Is that true? Because it is, it would be so full circle as his father was a Marauder and was the godson of another Marauder, and Harry later took in another son of another Marauder. Was he going to give Lupin’s son the adopted life he was deprived of with the Dursleys? What a tragic but also slightly heartwarming full-circle moment! James and Lily died for a greater cause just like Tonks and Lupin, and both couples orphaned their son as a result. At least, hopefully, Teddy had a happier childhood than Harry, full of love and joy. What is the significance of some metal object being “goblin-made”? Does homeschooling exist in the Wizarding World? Then why don’t the kids just do during the so-called Second Wizarding War? I understand being sstrong and holding your ground, and that it’s also much more interesting with the kids still going to school with Hogwarts being the most important location in these films, but doesn’t the safety of these kids matter most? Why isn’t that even a conversation? I mean, in Phoenix and Prince, Ron, Ginny and Seamus say that their families thought about not sending them back to Hogwarts due to the state of things, but then what’s the alternative? Just dropping out? In that regard, can students be held back a year? is that why it’s by year and not by grade? What if their is late bloomer or something? That would make the most sense, right? So, we see Hermione’s bedroom right before she obliviates her parents’ memories of her (which is a great bedroom for her. Organized. Clean. Nostalgic. Bookish. Cozy. Feminine.), but then how does that explain how her parents have a perfectly furnished feminine bedroom? Is it just oblivious to them? Is it magically sealed until she puts the memories back? Is that even possible? And what about her Muggle neighbors and friends? She only took her parents’ memories away, not everyone they have ever met. Also, just because they don’t remember Hermione doesn’t mean the Death Eaters can’t still track them down, right? Did Hermione alter her parents’ memories as well as convince them to move away or go into hiding, just obliviating them as an extra precaution, otherwise, just based on what happened with Neville’s parents, who were purebloods, the Death Eaters could still torture Hermione’s parents if she just left them there without the knowledge of their daughter, basically giving her parents as a death sentence, which I don’t think Hermione is dumb enough to do. So, there must be more to it than that. Is it explained in the books? I know we kind of hear about the Carrows’ wicked ways, but seriously, who was crueler to the students than Umbridge? The Carrows just seem to teach the kids Dark Arts rather the DADA and have them duel each other with little experience or remorse, which is horrible, but it doesn’t seem to have long-lasting scars the way Umbridge gave all these kids. Mental scars, sure, but still. Obviously, Death Eaters are incredibly sadistic and cruel, so I can only imagine what the Carrows did, but I wish we actually saw some of it, as we did with Umbridge, so we can understand the extent of it more. Also, is it just me or are most Death Eaters cowards? Lucius? Pettigrew? The Carrows actually seem cowardly. Draco behaved cowardly, although he had more subtle moments of bravery like not revealing Harry’s identity. Bellatrix seems ballsy, but not necessarily brave. Narcissa seems like the only brave one TBH. What does Apparition actually feel like? How is described in the books? It seems like the weirdest sensation. Actually, all the magical forms of travel seem like such odd sensations. How the hell did Draco know that serpent-shooting-out-of-wand spell? That seems really dangerous and he’s like 12 at the time. How exactly do you make an Unbreakable Vow? How does it work? Is having a third-party witness like Bellatrix absolutely necessary? Also, is an Unbreakable Vow only one-sided like it is for Narcissa and Snape or can it be two-sided too? Like a pact? If it is two-sided, both would die instantly, right? Also, are you immortal until the vow is completed or failed, so can you die earlier? Also, in terms of Narcissa and Snape’s vow was it only if Draco failed or only if he died trying? I mean, either way, Snape completed it and survived it, but is it specified in the books? How exactly do Horcruxes work? I know they split up your soul through death, but how exactly? Because Voldemort kills so many people, but not every person he kills causes him to create a Horcrux. Are their any lasting effects or residual effects of being stunned, because it seems like the good guys use it way more than the Death Eaters? If it doesn’t cause much lasting harm, then no wonder it’s one of the good side’s most used spells in combat, rather than the bad side’s, who genuinely hope to harm and torture. Hermione petrifies Neville, Neville petrified a Death Eater and Draco Petrifies Harry but Luna gets him out of it awfully quickly, so how long does a spell-induced petrifying last compared to a Basilisk stare? Also, can Mandrakes also help with getting someone out of the Petrificus Totalus spell? Was the fire Dumbledore conjured in Prince different from the fire Goyle conjures in Hallows or because of Dumbledore’s experience, he was just better at controlling the magical fire then a teenager like Goyle? How do Time Turners actually work? With the Legilimens spell Snape uses to teach Harry Occlumency, does it have to be so violent or can he dot it automatically, because if so, that would make him an even better spy for Dumbledore as he could get inside Voldemort’s mind? Is it just me, or is the Imperius Curse the least dangerous of the Unforgivable Curses? I mean, it’s violating, but clearly it’s not as deadly or physically harmful? How well known if Sectumsempra if Snape invented it and seemingly only kept it in his old potions book? When Bellatrix tortured Hermione, she’s crazy and clearly isn’t afraid to use the Cruicatus Curse to get answers, as she did that with the Longbottoms, so why did she decide to scar Hermione instead of crucio-ing her? Are the effects to the Cruciatus Curse log-lasting because when it happens to Harry by Voldemort in the graveyard in Goblet, he seems to heel instantly, only stressed due to the situation, not really in actual physical pain? Can Aurors use the Unforgivable Curses in high staked situation, but because they are the good guys, they prefer not too? What was the Ministry like when it was such Pius Thicknesse AKA Death Eater control? We only saw it’s propaganda and procedures, but not it effected employees, especially blood traitors like the Weasleys. Would Harry be a powerful wizard if he wasn’t forced to be due to Voldemort making him the Chosen One, basically forcing him to have expertise in DADA? I think so, especially because of his bravery, boldness and flying skills. I don’t think age defines power, I think virtues, what you strive for and your goals and motivations are what define your power. Does the obliviate spell work differently for wizards versus Muggles, because Hermione took away a specific memory of her parents and the Ministry took Aunt Marge’s memory of the blow-up incident, but Lockhart basically gave himself anemsia? Or wait, was that because of Ron’s broken wand? Also, is it just me, or does modifying someone’s memory seem far too easy? Like how a single spell manage to alter someone’s complex mind any way you want? How exactly does Hogwarts enrollment work? Can kids drop out and be fine, or they must graduate in order to be sufficient in the Wizarding World? It seems like it since the trio basically drops out in Hallows and the Twins fly away in Phoenix. Or are their late bloomers in terms of magic, so are their being ‘held back a year’ or not always in the same year as their age group? How are students found or recruited, specifically Muggle-borns? Is it the Trace? I still am confused about what that is exactly and how it works. Does it matter if Wizarding World adults die, then are Muggle-borns ‘chosen’ to have powers to keep attendance up? How does all that work? I am so confused. Also, some students have British accents while others have Irish accents, is their a certain quota for Irish versus British students that attend Hogwarts? What is Hermione’s favorite subject? I’m betting it’s Magical History since she’s always talking about it or Charms since as Ron says, she’s the best at spells out of the trio. Or Defense Against the Dark Arts, since, while she isn’t as good as Harry, she is very skilled in it and very passionate about it as the DA was her idea. What is Hermione’s GPA? I bet she was Valedictorian. Does Hogwarts even have GPA and Valedictorians? After all that hype, what did the trio get on their O.W.L.s? The Weasleys are the most prominent “blood traitor” family in the series, and palso probably the biggest due to their abundance of children, but are their any others, besides the Lovegoods and Neville and his grandmother, of course? Did Hermione ever write to Krum? Is the old magic that is talked about in the graveyard scene in Goblet of Fire the love protection from Harry’s mom, that Voldemort breaks by using Harry’s blood to bring him back? Did James really leave Dumbledore the Invisibility Cloak or did Dumbledore insist he hands it to him because of James’ rebellious streak? Is this even discussed in the films that it was Dumbledore who gave it to him (I googled it)? How does Dumbledore find out about Harry having the Invisibility Cloak if it’s not? I mean, Hagrid only knew because 75% of the time, they were using it to sneak over to his hut. Speaking of Hagrid, when did Hagrid tell Harry that he always wanted a dragon during their first meeting in the first movie? Harry has a line later on that says that, but we never saw it. Was it a deleted scene? All we see are the people helping Harry who are against Voldemort, but I am sure, like in real life, there were people who were against Voldemort, but still skeptical of Harry for the fact that he is a kid or the fact that he is on the run and not on the front lines? Why don’t we get to see this grayness on the good side, only the grayness on the bad side (through Draco, Narcissa and Snape)? Of course, it’s not as interesting, but its still complex just in a different way, and is a realistic part of rebellion, power and oppression. If Harry is “Undesirable No. 1”? then who are the other Undesirables? Muggle-borns like Hermione? Blood traitors like the Weasleys (if that is the case then why can Ginny go back to school?)? Why did they mention that werewolves live in the Forbidden Forest in the first film, when we learn 2 films later that they are actually normal wizards, just with a strange mutation-like disease? Knowing how far ahead JKR planned in regard to the plot and mythology of the series (as I have heard from my friends) I find this small flaw a bit odd. Wait, Greyback and the Death Eaters pick up Ollivander before they destroy the bridge, so was Ollivander there as they’d destroyed it? Can Muggles see the dark Mark, because that office building full of Muggles in Prince seemed to? How does Polyjuice work in regard to clothing and hair? Because when Hermione and Fleur Polyjuice into Harry, when they come out of it their hair is still in the ponytails they had earlier? What about when Lupin transforms into a werewolf, what happens to his clothes? And Draco still had his clothes when he got out of ferret form in Goblet. I get that this is a kids/YA series so having them fall out of their clothes and be naked like in The Vampire Diaries or True Blood is very weird, but how are they able to keep their clothes on and hairstyles? How did Ron, Hermione and Harry eat and shower when they were on the run in Part 1? I don’t think it’s as easy as “magic”? And after Harry fought against his feelings of isolation in Azkaban, Phoenix and Prince, Ron, Hermione and Harry, all together (not just Harry like in all those films, although Harry’s poor leadership in Deathly Hallows due to Dumbledore not telling him anything about hunting Horcruxes probably still made him feel isolated in some way), were truly isolated from the rest of the world, and not just the Wizard World, all of the world. They may be best friends, but that has got to effect people. We saw how that affected Ron, he couldn’t handle it well and in a heat of frustration, he left, but what about Harry and Hermione? It surely effected them too. What does Voldemort mean when he says that he can “bring Harry’s parents back” in Sorcerer’s Stone? Was he serious, or just manipulating him? Was it because of the Resurrection Stone? Does he actually want to work with Harry? How did Harry’s parents have so much money to leave him? What job did James and Lily have besides being Order members? Were James’ parents rich, because if Petunia had that kind of money, being Lily’s sister, then the Dursleys surely would have lived in a manison, right? How exactly do house elves work? What happens after they are free? How are they able to Apparate when other wizards can’t? Did the Malfoys and Voldemort manipulate Dobby into helping them and that’s why he is at Malfoy Manor? What about Kreacher? Doesn’t he belong to Bellatrix since she was Sirius’ cousin? Why is Harry trusting him, especially because Sirius never liked Kreacher? As much as I appreciate how devastating and beautifully well-done Snape’s death scene is, we have seen just how much Harry hates Snape for killing Dumbledore on numerous occasions, so why would he care about Voldemort killing him? I understand that he is a kind, good-hearted, noble person, but I feel like it still needs more explanation, right? How old is McGonagall if she sorted Lily, James, Sirius and Snape into their Houses? How long has she been a teacher at Hogwarts? Did she have a kid with an M name because, in the first film, it said on James’ Quidditch trophy that one of his teammates was an M. McGonagall? Is it possible for Hogwarts professors to have children because none of them seem to? Literally, what did Lily ever see in James if he bullied her childhood friend? She is so smart and kind, and he sees kine a quintessential jerk athlete. Is this explained more in the books? Like did Snape, because of his Dark Arts fascination, have a falling out with Lily and James swooped in, pissing Snape off even more? If the supposed rumored Harry Potter TV series does get made, it better focus on the Marauders, Lily and Snape because this all needs to be explained. I am so intrigued! So, Dumbledore says that Snape, like Lily and James, put their faith in the wrong person. I know for the Potters that is in reference to Pettigrew, but for Snape, is that in reference to Voldemort? Snape isn’t naive enough to think that Voldemort would show mercy to anyone. Snape is a half-blood, hence the nickname Half-Blood Prince, so he wouldn’t have followed Voldemort because of his pureblood mania, but because of his fascination with the Dark Arts, right? So is Dumbledore actually talking about himself, in one small moment of accountability (that never actually amounts to anything in typical Dumbledore fashion)? Is this explained more in the books? How did Snape see Lily’s last conversation with Harry if he showed up after she died? Why is that shown in the Prince’s Tale if it’s all supposed to be from Snape’s memory? How did Griphook get captured by the Death Eaters and brought to Malfoy Manor? What did he do? Do the citizens of the Wizarding World know who Voldemort’s inner circle Death Eaters are, either by the Daily Prophet or having gone to school with them? Since Hagrid and Tom Riddle went to Hogwarts together, were they in the same year? And if Hagrid was friends with a young Voldemort, then how did he not notice it was him selling him a dragon egg and asking him about Fluffy? I assume the Dursleys starved Harry a lot, and I assume that when Hermione, Ron and Harry were on the run in Part 1, they had some days without food, as I can imagine that they couldn’t exactly go to the grocery store or cook a lot, so was Harry, like, used to starving because of the Dursley’s inhumane cruelty? I wonder how Ron was with that starvation, what with his well-documented appetite throughout the series and the fact that, while very poor, his mom always had food available for everyone so it seems? Could Dudley not see that Dementor in Phoenix, only feel it? Who is that guy at the beginning of Goblet of Fire? What is his significance? None? It seems like it. I am guessing that Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot and Prongs are the Marauders, as the map was literally called “The Marauder’s Map,” Wormtail is what they call Pettigrew many times, even Snape calls him that before he slams the door in the high face in Prince (which I bet after his friends bullied him in high school was extremely satisfying in the same way that success is the revenge), we hear Lupin be called Moony when Harry goes inside Snape’s mind in Phoenix, and Moody (which shame on JKR for not finding him a better name after establishing the nickname of Moony in the film right before Mad-Eye’s introduction) calls Sirius Padfoot when he is in his dog form at the train station before saying goodbye to Harry and Harry uses Sirius’ Padfoot nickname to give Snape a coded message in front of Umbridge, both in Phoenix. I’m guessing Moony is Lupin based on how werewolves turn on the full moon and how his Boggart was a full moon although when he does his Patronus on the train it doesn’t take the form of an animal) and that James was Prongs passed on how his Patronus was seemingly a stag based on how Harry was certain he was the one to drive the Dementors away in Azkaban (also, how does Harry find out his dad’s Patronus is a stag?). Fandom Wiki confirmed this, but if my Hermione-ness didn’t feel the need to google so much, I would have been so confused. I hope this is all better explained in the books. Is the whole point of the Deathly Hallows that they are the only thing that could be a match to Voldemort’s Horcruxes? So, if Dumbledore never gave Harry that mission or told him about the Horcruxes in Prince, at the very last second as he knew he was going to die at some point that year, the final two movies wouldn’t be about the hunt for Horcruxes, but a race to obtain the Deathly Hallows? In the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, did the trio really think that a pile of unconscious bodies, even though they were hidden, wouldn’t be spotted by someone and bring up suspicions? Why didn’t Voldemort become Minister of Magic after the Ministry fell? Who was his puppet who took on the Minister of Magic if it wasn’t himself? Pius Thicknesse? Yaxley? This may make me sound like Death Eater but how do Muggle-borns become wizards? Like is it some religious thing or do they have to have some distant wizard relative? Is Voldemort/the Ministry declaring Harry as “Undesirable No. 1” in the press in Deathly Hallows: Part 1 them trying to spin the story that Harry is the prejudiced one? Harry is “The Boy Who Lived,” so he is the ultimate symbol of hope against Voldemort. So, wouldn’t it make sense for the Voldemort-controlled Ministry to twist the story? To create confusion, uncertainty, fear and hysteria? Like during the Red Scare or the Holocaust (also that horrifying Muggle statue at the Ministry gave me total Holocaust vibes, in the most dehumanizing, disgusting way, not in a memorial way. It seems so realistic that if Hitler was a wizard he would have pulled a Medusa-like this. It’s absolutely hateful and disgusting. Also, Emma Watson’s voice when she said “Muggles. In their rightful place,” was so devastating. The voice crack and all)? Am I on the right track here? How did Narcissa get the “honorable” job of checking if Harry is alive or not after Voldemort fires the Killing Curse at him again? Why was she qualified? Also, since Voldemort only killed the Horcrux part of Harry, is it safe to assume that another way to destroy Horcruxes is by the make itself destroying it or is that just because this Horcrux happened to be a person? And this, a person becoming a Horcrux since they are made by killing people, is a unique thing, right? Unprecedented? So, how did Dumbledore deduct this? How did Voldemort hear about the Deathly Hallows if it stems from a Wizarding children’s story, one he would have never heard in a Muggle Orphanage? If he knew about the Deathly Hallows, which makes someone the “Master of Death” then why did bother with the whole ordeal of making Horcruxes? Did he know that the Elder Wand was a Hallow? How did he hear about the Elder Wand? Did even know about the Deathly Hallows? Is Harry’s Invisibility Cloak the one from the Peverall story? Is he a descendant from the Peveralls? Is that why the Potters lived in Godric’s Hollow? I am really confused about how Dumbledore’s hand became to decayed. Is that why he told Snape to kill him, not necessarily because it was Draco’s mission? How did Lucius break out of Azkaban, because the mass breakout in the same movie where he broke the law to get into Azkaban? Why did Voldemort choose Malfoy Manor as the Death Eater HQ? Because of Lucius’ failure? So it was repayment or to make amends? The Malfoys don’t seem happy with the arrangement. Is this why they begin to question their loyalties and turn even more fearful? Did Draco ever meet his aunt Bellatrix before he became a Death Eater or before her breakout of Azkaban? Did Narcissa ever take him to visit her? Can you visit someone at Azkaban? There are a few plot holes in the story in Azkaban regarding Pettigrew, his betrayal, Sirius being framed, the Marauders, Animagas, the Potters deaths and the Shrieking Shack, right? I am thinking this is all explained in the books, correct (I have a feeling that if and when I read the books, this will be my favorite, especially if it fills these plot holes)? Fandom Wiki said that Tonks is related to the Black, and that Bellatrix is her aunt. Since she’s a Metamorphmagus, does that mean that ‘gene’ or whatever is in the Black family? Is that why it was a bit easier for Sirius to become Padfoot? Or is it not on the Black side but on the other side of Tonks’ family? Did she know about Sirius or had met him prior to joining the Order? How old is she? Had she ever met Bellatrix prior to the Battle at the Department of Mysteries? If Draco and Tonks are both related to the Black family (because Narcissa is technically a Black as she is Bellatrix’s sister and they now have different last names then Black, showing that Bellatrix is married, but we never met her husband.This is what I have collected from reading about it on Fandom Wiki), then did they grow up together or ever meet, or because Tonks died in the Battle of Hogwarts, they never actually met or knew the other existed (my god, the Black family tree is insane)? Why do first years arrive to Hogwarts on boats, but every year after they take the Thestral-drawn carriages? In Half-Blood Prince, what is on Ginny’s shoulder on the train when she’s talking with Dean and Luna hands her a Quibbler? How exactly did Dumbledore’s hand get all black and rotten? Was he really so dumb to put on that Horcrux ring, fully knowing it had Dark magic and that’s how it happened (then why doesn’t that happen when the trio puts on the Horcrux locket?)? And Dumbledore’s supposed to be the all-knowing wise one…sure. Did Harry ever get to grieve Sirius properly? How exactly do Patronuses work? I thought they were supposed to act like some sort of shield, like in Prisoner of Azkaban, but then at the wedding, wasn’t that a Patronus that communicated that the Ministry fell? How did that Patronus speak anyway? Also, that was Snape’s Patronus that checked on Harry in the forest. How does all that work? How do you send a Patronus somewhere? How is it different then sending an Owl? Also, Snape managed to do a non-verbal Patronus in that flashback scene in Dumbledore’s office in the final movie. Based on how non-verbal spells weren’t really used by students until the later movies and how hard Patronuses were for Harry to do in the third film and for Dumbledore’s Army to do in the fifth film, that seems very impressive. Like the trio, did Draco not go back to Hogwarts in the Deathly Hallows despite Snape being the headmaster now? Why is the first film called Sorcerer’s Stone in the U.S., but Philosopher’s Stone everywhere else? Why or how didn’t Fred and George ever notice Peter Pettigrew on the Marauder’s Map? Didn’t they notice some weird, never-before-seen Peter guy next to their brother at all times, especially if he was seemingly always in Gryffindor tower? Did they just accept a faceless Gryffindor at face value? I don’t believe that. How do Patronuses change? How exactly does the so-called “power of love” work? It seems like for harry it’s more physical and tangible, but for Snape it’s more emotional and motivational. Right? Don’t other Death Eaters have kids at Hogwarts, not just the Malfoys? Crabbe and Goyle were mentioned by Voldemort in the Goblet graveyard scene. I get why Harry’s side didn’t keep these Death Eater children hostage or anything, because that’s not who they are and what they’d they don’t stand for fighting fire with fire, they stand up defending the good against the bad, plus they know that wouldn’t stop Voldemort and the Death Eaters know the good guys wouldn’t ever actually kill them and knew Voldemort would if they defy them because he is a ruthless, selfish sociopath, however a cynic like Seamus or someone could have suggested it, since it is a realistic and understandable suggestion. So, McGonagall transfigured the statues into soldiers, Slughorn took his Felix Felicis potion (and I hope tried to brew some more ASAP to give to other students, right? Although, self-preservation is a Slytherin trait. How long does Liquid Luck take to brew? I bet shorter then Polyjuice, right?), Hagrid lured magical creatures out of the Forbidden Forest it seems and Flitwick used his expertise in Charms to protect Hogwarts, but what about Trelawney, Sprout and the other professors? Sprout surely could have used those Mandrake plants to kill Death Eaters as their cries are fatal to anyone who doesn’t wear earmuffs (as long as she gave every student and good guy a pair in the vicinity) and Trelawney seems like an underdog who is actually very good at spell-casting. Why is Snape teaching Harry Occlumency? I assume it’s because he had to be skilled at it because in Part 1 we see Voldemort perform what I assume is the Legilimens spell Snape was doing on Harry during his Occlumency lessons in Phoenix on the wandmaker (as Hermione tells us) Gregorovitch, because how else would we, and Harry see Grindelwald stealing the Elder Wand? So, since Voldemort knows how to do mind invasion, Snape needed to be skilled at it in order to hide his triple agent status. Did Dumbledore know he was going to die that night? Snape clearly knew the Death Eaters were coming, so did he tell Dumbledore? If so, that is so effed up of Dumbledore, because then he manipulated the whole situation to have Harry be once again traumatized by his death. What House is Trelawney? She seems like a Hufflepuff to me. I know Ravenclaw is the creative, eccentric house, but she just seems not as bright as some of the other characters, but then again Lockhart is a Ravenclaw, so…? What House is Tonks in? Gryffindor probably, since all the Order members seem to be in Gryffindor? What about Mad-Eye Moody? He definitely seems like a Gryffindor. Hagrid is in Gryffindor, right? He was so happy when they won the House Cup and support them at their Quidditch Games. So, each Hogwarts House has a color, a founder, a mascot and individual traits, but do each have an element too, because nature is very important in witchcraft, at least in most cinematic witchy mythologies like in Vampire Diaries and also in the religion of Wicca, which is the real-life occultist religion for Witchcraft, or at least the most mainstream and modern one. And knowing how much of this world is clearly inspired by other folkloric stories like werewolves and other known mythologies like the hippogriff from Greek Mythology and how nature is involved in creating wands, it makes sense. I would assume that Gryffindor is fire, Ravenclaw is air, Hufflepuff is Earth and Slytherin is water (after all, Ron and Hermione are basically waterboarded in Salazar Slytherin’s Chamber of Secrets). Does this exist in the books? In Prince, Draco notices the bag move above him in his compartment on the Hogwarts Express, while his friend don’t notice anything. We know that Harry threw Peruvian Instant Darkness Powder and can deduct that he is using his Invisibility Cloak, but how did Harry get up there to the overhead compartment with the passengers’ bags while under the cloak with no one noticing, nothing dropping or hitting something? What happens to Hogwarts in the summer? Where do the Hogwarts professors stay during the summer? Is that Snape’s “summer home” we see in Prince when Narcissa and Bellatrix go to visit him? Why is Wormtail there (Snape slamming the door in Wormtail’s face, his former school bully’s accomplice who is now a weakling must have felt good)? When and how did Harry find out where he was born and where he would have grown up if his parents were never killed? Dumbledore certainly never told him? It would be hilarious that, since his story has such a historical significance in this world, that he found this out in History Class or Hermione pointed it out to him while she was reading her History textbook (Hogwarts surely has a history class, right? I mean this world has such a rich history already. It only makes sense)? How did Voldemort plant the fake vision of Sirius in Harry’s head, the one that ultimately led to Sirius’ death in Phoenix, when the rest of the visions Harry sees from Voldemort’s mind are real? Where do Hogwarts professors, besides Hagrid, and particularly the Heads of Houses, sleep? Where do they stay? Snape is so smart and calculating, I can’t help but think that if he wasn’t so suspicious of Harry, he would have caught onto Moody-Crouch, as Snape was immediately suspicious of Quirrell in Stone? Then yet again, the fact that Snape wasn’t suspicious of Moody-Crouch, probably due to Moody’s reputation of being an odd, paranoid, intense Auror, is just hard to believe. Why is Harry’s scar shaped like a lightning bolt? Are all residual magical scars shaped like that, or something similar? I know the Weasleys are considered “blood traitors” to pure blood maniacs, but why are they so hated by the Ministry too? I get government corruption, but why give them the job in the first place? Like Percy and Arthur both work for the Ministry and seem very good at their jobs as Percy literally chooses it over his family before the Battle of Hogwarts and Arthur is intensely passionate about Muggle artifacts with how he magically enhances a Ford Anglia. The idea of Boggarts and the Mirror of Erised was so clever, but why weren’t either ever used again? Them being used in the same movie would have brought an interesting conversation of our desires versus our fears. After all, one forces us to face our deepest desire and the other forces us to face our biggest fear. Especially with the stakes in the latter movies being so high, it would have provided an interesting dialogue and would be a cool callback to the early movies. Did Snape simply have too much going on in Prince that he never heard around school how suddenly good Harry was at potions and get suspicious that he found his old potions textbook? Or was the only time he got an inkling when he found Draco and recognized the effects of Sectumsempra in the bathroom (and therefore foreshadowing to the audience that he is in fact the Half-Blood Prince)? So, clearly Dumbledore knew that Sirius was innocent, although he clearly didn’t care, but what about McGonagall? Besides, Snape, McGonagall was Dumbledore’s right-hand woman. Wasn’t she in the Order too? What ever happened to Mrs. Cattermole? Did her family flee for safety? Did she divorce her husband after he caught her cheating with a Polyjuice’d Ron? I love how Patronuses are the characters’ spirit animals in a way. A noble stag matches Harry very well (and I am sure the fact that it’s James’ stag and not Lily’s doe pisses Snape off even more. What was Snape’s Patronus before it changed to a doe, or was it always a doe?) Hermione’s otter is adorable and symbolizes how she wants to be seen as playful and fun, but just can’t help her rule-following ways. What is Ron’s Patronus? Also the fact that all these 15-year-olds succeed at a Patronus in Phoenix says so much, especially about how great of a DADA teacher Harry is. Does he become the Hogwarts DADA teacher after the series? That would be a great arc for him, so full circle. Hogwarts was his first home, Lupin was his favorite teacher, and the DA helped him gain confidence in her abilities. Also, we find out when we saw a young Lily’s Sorting ceremony that she was a teacher when Lily, Sirius, James and Snape were at school, so clearly she knew Sirius. He may have been wild, but did she really so easily believe that he was capable of murder and betraying his two best friends? Out of all the teachers, she is the most protective and loyal, and she is very outspoken and isn’t afraid to openly disagree with Dumbledore’s decisions, as we see in the Goblet of Fire after Harry’s name is called. I find this very hard to believe. Also, can we just take a moment that this is his first time seeing the night his parents died, and he literally sees his own parent’s dead bodies? Like, imagine the psychological toll that takes. I get that Harry’s death and why it needs to happen is the point of the story, but why couldn’t there just be a line acknowledging this? Does the Dark Mark give the Death Eaters the power to black smoke from place to place? How exactly do owls work? Can they read the address on the envelope or does the sender have to verbally communicate the letter or package’s destination? Do owls understand human speech? Does it depend on the location and breed? Hermione doesn’t have her own owl, so does she just use Harry’s or Ron’s? Since Hedwig is Harry’s, does it work better for Harry since she is Harry’s companion, and not as well or a different wizard, like, say, Hermione if she borrows her? Or does Hermione have both an owl and a cat in the books, like Ron has a rat and an owl, but the owl is technically his family’s, right? Is the place Harry asks out Cho to the Yule Ball where the owls live when they aren’t sending letters or packages or giving them to their owners/recipients? Does this mean that Voldemort, Umbridge, and the Ministry have the mean to magically track down Harry, Sirius and many more through the owl communication system? What about the Floo Powder system, like is the tracking why they couldn’t simply use that to transport Harry to the Burrow in Part 1 by Floo Powder or Portkey? Can Portkeys be tracked too? Then how did they not realize that Moody-Crouch manipulated in Goblet? Why didn’t Ginny help Harry leave Privet Drive in Part 1? She is his girlfriend after all. If the entire Weasley clan did and Hermione, then why not her? I get that she’s the youngest, but even that could have added so much to her character, reminding us that she is brave and loyal just like everyone else, not just a plain, quiet girl who kisses Harry at ill-times. Why is the Forbidden Forest so feared when it really doesn’t seem that bad? That may make me sound as oblivious as Hagrid, but these are wizards who deal with prejudice, I am sure that they can get more creative with punishments, or at least have them be productive. After all, telling kids something is forbidden probably usually only makes it more alluring, so this would be more of a thrilling thing for a kid then something they dread. These are kids, have them do chores and volunteering (not including Lockhart having Harry organzie his autographed photos). What about being a Candy Stripper in the Hospital Wing and helping with all the insane magical injuries that occur? What about cleaning out the Room of Requirement because that seems like the most stressful, daunting task ever. Anything would make more sense then going into a forest that students with the right skills and Hagrid’s guidance can survive through easy-peazy, except the Umbridge self-harming quill and the Cruciatus Curse that she threatened to use. The most danger we ever saw in the Forbidden Forest and it’s creatures who call it home was in Chamber when Aragog told his so-called children to eat Ron and Harry, and that was without Hagrid and in their second year. Who is Ron badly disguised as when they break into Gringotts in Part 2? What kind of spells did, I’m guessing, Hermione uses to create this disguise (LOL I would have loved to watch that scene)? So, does this mean there are hair-growing spells, since all that seemed to change about Ron was his hair, new beard and rough clothes? However, in the previous movie, Hermione told Harry to never let her cut his hair again, so are there both magical hair removal and hair growth spells? These seem to be the few spells Hermione doesn’t have absolutely perfected, which I may be stereotyping against my own gender, but is hilarious for the only girl in the trio because we all know Ron and Harry would have done an even worse job. This magical cosmetic surgery also begs the question; is a Wizarding World equivalent of plastic surgery? If there is, I assume it’s only temporary as none of the people look like supermodels. Also, what are the Wizarding World beauty standards? The only reason the Sorting Hat would have put Harry in Slytherin was because it could sense the Horcrux inside him, right? Since the Sorting Hat can speak, even when it’s not on someone’s head, does that mean it could have told Harry he was a Horcrux way back during their conversation in Chamber? When Harry walks into the Great Hall during the opening feast in Prince, Ron says something about the Sorting Hat giving the Great Hall a message, what? I am so confused? Was that just an awkward line to fill in for something the Sorting Hat did in the books? Also, since Harry talked to the Sorting Hat without it on his head in Chamber, does that mean that when the hat repeated after him hollering “not Slytherin, eh!” that everyone, including all the Slytherins, heard Harry basically belittle their House? No wonder they all hate him. Not a great first impression, Harry! Also, what kind of magic does the Sorting Hat use? Does it look inside the students’ brain, like Snape was doing to Harry in Phoenix, or is it some other spell that has to do with essence or aura? But if it can read the students’ mind, then isn’t that kind of violating, since it yells out the students’ deepest values in some cases for an entire room of strangers to hear? What classes did the Carrows teach? Because they murdered the Muggle Studies teacher and because of the curse on the DADA position, I’m gonna guess Muggle Studies and DADA, but with really effed curriculums? What happened to that dragon that escaped Gringotts with Harry, Ron and Hermione? Could it even sense the trio riding it? Did Ron alert his brother Charlie, the dragon tamer who we never met, to find the rogue and abused dragon? What is the potion Sirius is talking about when Lupin is in the middle of his werewolf transformation? To stop the werewolf transformation like moonlight rings in The Originals? I don’t think it would stop the transformation, because then there wouldn’t be as much (because it’s clear wizards in the universe love to be prejudiced) of a stigma, right? So, does it let him keep his human mind while he’s a wolf so he doesn’t “kill his best friend he crosses his path”? Why are their talking heads from Azkaban never used again? And why do they have a Jamaican accent (is that a racist undertone in a story where the pure-blood extremism is literally an allegory for racism in the real world I mean, is pure-blood mania the only form of racism in this world? Are people like Dean and Cho also discriminated against just on a far less prominent scale, oddly It’s kind of hypocritical if that is true)? Draco’s all-black suit in Prince mirrors Voldemort’s Platform 9 3/4 dream sequence in Phoenix eerily due to his white-blonde hair. Am I supposed to get that vibe, because he is now a Death Eater? Why did Snape never get the DADA job? Why not until Prince? because he had to kill Dumbledore, and he knew after that he wouldn’t be able to return to Hogwarts? By giving him the position, Dumbledore basically forced him to him (god, this is so manipulative if I am right!)? In Azkaban, why does Hermione randomly, definitively and incredibly seriously say “I think they’re funny” at the beginning of Hagrid’s first Magical Creatures class scene? It’s so random and comes out of nowhere, as she doesn’t seem to be responding to any line that we have heard, at least any line that would make sense for her to say that line that way. She isn’t the kind of person to think Neville’s monster book mishap is funny, she would help him, and she would especially not say it in that serious tone. Was that Pavarati who Padma was covering in Part 2 or the body of the dead Lavender we saw Greyback feeding on earlier? If it was Pavarati, then why wasn’t Padma crying? That was her sister. Did I hear that right, in Goblet of Fire during the Pensieve sequence, that’s when Harry finds out about Neville’s parents, not when Neville tells him himself in Phoenix? I wish Neville was given more time to deal with that trauma. And did the other trio member ever find out the truth about Neville’s parents? Did he tell them? After all, it is his story to tell. I will say I love how Harry held Neville back when he finally came face-to-face with Bellatrix in Phoenix. Why does Moody-Crouch transfigure Lucius’ son into a ferret if they are both Death Eaters? I get that he has to keep his cover, but why like that? The DADA position is jinxed right? Then why wouldn’t the fact that Hogwarts can’t keep a DADA teacher to save its life alarm Lupin and make him suspect that it would out his werewolf status, like it ultimately does? He’s a smart guy, wouldn’t he be able to figure this out? Obviously, Lockhart was too cocky to figure this out, Lupin, really? I get that he loved Hogwarts because it reminded him of his time with the Marauders, but shouldn’t he be more worried about his werewolf status with the stigma? I get wanting to defy a stigma, but not if the consequences are even worse, by doing so, like getting fired. Why is the DADA position jinxed anyway (I found this out on Google BTW)? Also, can we talk about how JKR and/or the screenwriter had name repetition between Marcus Belby, the ice cream-loving kid from the Slug Club and Marcus Flint, who was a Quidditch player from Slytherin in the first two films? For how thought out and this fictional world is, I understand names can be repetitive, but this feels very odd, even for such minor characters. Why don’t they just give the students their robes later along with the rest of their uniform, as we clearly see Harry’s Gryffindor scarf and sweater on a chair next to his bed during his first night at Hogwarts? I think visually it would also help make the first years look even more out of place, then once they are sorted, they could be handed a robe by the Head of House as a welcome of sorts, and then join their House, now looking like they belong. This is more of a theory, but after finding out the truth about Snape’s feelings for Harry, what if Harry was put into Slytherin and had Snape as his Head of House? What kinds of layers would that have added to their dynamic? Is it just me or is the deluminator like the dumbest magical invention ever (however, Dumbledore did use the Deluminator in the very first scene on Privet Drive, which was a cool nod)? You have a wand, use it! I was also really confused with how a deluminator, something meant to create and take away light helped Ron track down Harry and Hermione in Part 1? Like am I suppose to believe that that thing is also like a magical cell phone tracker? The rememberall is also a pretty stupid invention. What’s the use of it just tells you you have forgotten something, but not what you have forgotten? Like Neville totally speaks the truth in that scene by saying “The only problem is, I can’t remember what I’ve forgotten” (also, it was great on the costume department’s fault to have him not wear his robe in that scene, having that be the thing he’s forgotten, only being in his sweater while everyone else has their robes on)! I know that people make fun of how Harry, a wizard, needs glasses, but in the first film, he has tape on his glasses that Hermione fixes. But are we supposed to believe that Dursleys really took Harry to the doctor? They barely fed him. When was Quidditch invented? At the same time as Hogwarts, so 1,000 years ago? So, like the Olympics, it’s basically existed since the beginning of civilization, or Wizarding Civilization in this case? Was that Fawkes, Dumbledore’s Pheonix from the Chamber of Secrets, flying in the final scene of Half-Blood Prince? The train station for the Hogwarts Express is in Hogmeade, correct? So, does that mean that Wizarding Families can take the Hogwarts Express during Hogsmeade Weekends and see their kids at school? I wish the Weasleys did that. I know the whole series is basically about how Muggle-borns are people too, so I don’t mean to sound like a prejudiced Death-eating asshole, but how do Muggles come to possess magical abilities? A distant relative? Are they simply a “Chosen One”? Also, I hate to say it but JKR choosing the word “Mudblood” as the derogatory word for Muggle-born is just so good, because it’s so childish and rolls off the tongue better than “person with dirty blood (as Hermione defines it in Chamber)”, although it’s still incredibly cruel. Another thing that the story gives a big disclaimer that I can’t help but ask about is the Dark Arts. I understand that teaching students to defend themselves is important and part of educating them on defending against the Dark Arts is also knowing about the Dark Arts, but clearly, if Voldemort, Lucius and Snape are any inclinations, clearly this reverse psychology only makes teens’ fascination with whatever thing is banned greater. And there is clearly a restricted section in the Hogwarts library, clearly showing how Hogwarts is trying, and failing, to hide these dark things from students. Now, obviously, if this story teaches authority figures anything, its that they should not hide the truth. However, this information should still be harder to get, but this has clearly been an issue at Hogwarts for decades. There should be more restrictions. A test. An age limit. Faculty permission. Something. Also, the distinction between characters who are interested in the Dark Arts, like Voldemort, who defend against the Dark Arts, like Lupin and characters who are interested in both like Snape is very intriguing to me. I get that in order to defend yourself against the Dark Arts, you have to be educated on them, and since they were all students at Hogwarts, they all learned about the Dark Arts from the DADA class, but how did Snape and Voldemort have access to Dark Arts knowledge beyond that at Hogwarts? The restricted section? So, after the final battle, do they finally change this curriculum to try and stop students’ facsination with the Dark Arts and more focused on fending themselves? Maybe by taking the term “Dark Arts” out of the course’s name? You have to be able to be fascinated by the Dark Arts and not get intoxicated by them because an Aurors whole job, as Moody-Crouch puts it, is to think as Dark wizards do and that’s how they catch them. If there was a Horcrux at Hogwarts because Hogwarts meant everything to Voldemort just like it did to Harry (despite them, mainly Voldemort, being willing to let it crumble if it meant he could murder Harry), and Voldemort put Horcruxes in places that were meaningful to him, like the cave from the photograph at the orphanage, then why didn’t Dumbledore figure out that there was one at Hogwarts, trying to find the one at Hogwarts or even bother trying to find it? Like, it’s literally right there! Why doesn’t Voldemort that sense Harry is a Horcrux? can’t he sense his own soul? Does Snape like his job? When did he become a teacher? After he made his deal with Dumbledore? So, does he actually like teaching or does he only do it to stay close to Dumbledore and Harry? He was such a skilled wizard in so many fields, probably one of the most skilled and best wizards of the whole series, and dare I say the franchise. He had so much to offer. If he actually enjoyed teaching and didn’t have a cold demeanor as his defense mechanism to scare off the students, he could have been the best teacher at Hogwarts. How are Muggle-born treated in the Wizarding World today? Is there still prejudice, just not as much? What about werewolves? Did Lupin become a martyr after this death or something? He deserves greater recognition. How do Muggle-borns find out they are wizards? How does Hogwarts find Muggle-born students or young wizards in general? Do Muggle-borns get just an extra-long Hogwarts letter explaining everything? Does a representative from the school come to them to explain to their parents, because my parents would have a monster truck full of questions if a wizard tried to recruit me to a magical boarding school? Who came to Hermione’s parents to explain? What writes the Hogwarts letters? A quick-quotes quill or a spelled quill? Because it seems pretty tedious. What is up with that Ron and Harry skin conversation in Prince? Please tell me that’s not in the books. But if it’s not, why the hell is it in the films? What was the point of it besides uncomfortable and weird comedic relief and to basically objectify the already bland film interpretation of Ginny? Speaking of Harry and his relationship with Ginny, when did Ginny and Harry officially start dating? When Ginny whispers “about time” to Harry in the hospital when they are at Ron’s bedside after he utters Hermione’s name in his semi-conscious state, are they already dating then or no? Was it made official before or after Ginny comforts him he attacks Draco by saying “you have to get rid of it, today” an they go to the Room of Requirement together? It’s so unclear and comes off as very random, especially because Ron seems oblivious to their romantic feelings for each other, like, does he find out they are together when Ginny comforts Harry over Dumbledore’s dead body? That’s so weird. That’s also the next time we see them together after their kiss, which makes their dating timeline even more unclear. It especially feels random because why would just him and Ginny go to hide the book and not Hermione to Ron. What were they so busy doing when they couldn’t help Harry? It’s so weird, both because that’s uncharacteristic for the two of them and we have never seen a Harry and Ginny one-on-one scene prior to this, which makes it all feel so random. Also, did they keep it a secret from Ron because eits seems like it? Why? For how long? So, yeah, I am very confused on Harry and Ginny’s relationship timeline. Also, how was their relationship affected by Harry literally leaving her for months in Hallows? They didn’t even get a chance to say goodbye, and we never saw them talk about it? I am sure Ginny was fine with it as, like Ron, she is pretty chill, but that still does put a strain on a relationship. And what was Ron’s reaction, especially compared to her relationship with Dean, as the protective big brother? How did it affect him and Harry’s friendship, because it’s very unrealistic, even in a magical world, that that kind of development wouldn’t affect their friendship in some way, good or bad? All we got was Hermione telling Harry that Ron’s okay with it, but, like, Ron can speak for himself, so it was just odd. Like, what was Ron’s reaction, really? Like, why did the screenwriter have Hermione speak for Ron when he can speak for himself? I highly doubt it’s like that in the book, and I also highly doubt it’s glossed over like that too. Also, is it just me or does Harry’s romantic interest in Ginny seemingly come out of nowhere? Like there were a few hints of her crush on him in Chamber and Phoenix, but it’s other was far more development between him and Cho, then him and Ginny, when on paper he and Ginny should be the more interesting, passionate and complex (but the passionate part fails miserably). How did Ginny get on the Quidditch team? How did she get so good, good enough to become captain with Harry in Prince? Is that how they get together, and when the book verison of her character comes out when she yells “shut it!” at the other perspective teammates during tryouts? Why don’t we ever her see her fly on a broom? Even that could have added so much to her character and her personality. A green flash comes from Ron’s wand when Nagini lunges at him and Hermione in Part 2, and since in the last green has come from the person’s wand when they cast Avada Kedrava, because we didn’t what Ron say due to the loud score music, did he cast the Killing Curse at the snake (thank GOD it missed Neville if he did!)? So, like Harry asked not to be in Slytherin, are we supposed to assume that Sirius did the same, but more so as a classic child rebellious act against his parents? Also, from my understanding, the only reason Harry was gonna be put in Slytherin was because of how the Sorting Hat could detect that he was one of Voldemort’s Horcruxes, therefore filled with Dark magic and could speak Parseltongue like Slytherin himself, right? Because of his parents and just who Harry is, he is undeniably a Gryffindor (however, if the House are all about values, how does Harry share the same as his parents if he never actually met them? This brings nature versus nurture into the getting sorted into a House, good vs. evil debacle and that is just far too complicated for me to sort through right now)? Is Luna handing out her quirky magical kaleidoscope-like glasses, Spectrespecs, with the Quibbler magazine, supposed to hint at Sectumsempra, because they share the same root word? Ginny did horrible things because of the diary Horcrux and Ron did something so out of character because of the locket Horcrux, so were the Dursleys also extra cruel to Harry because he was a Horcrux? But then if the Weasleys, due to them being kind folk who mean no harm, seem to be susceptible to falling victim to the evil Horcrux magic, then why isn’t Ron affected when he’s around Harry? Or does it just depend on what part of Voldemort’s soul is in what? Do British people really say “brilliant” this much? Why does Sirius choose then to escape Azkaban and not prior? Is how he escaped due to him being an Animagus? Similar to how other animals can have an equal fight to a werewolf, as seen with Padfoot and Buckbeak against Lupin in werewolf form, can Dementors not sense animals, only humans? Also, while Sirius is manic, he’s not as crazy as Bellatrix, which only makes me think more that Dementors don’t sense animals. Also, if Bellatrix was so insane because of Dementors by the time we meet her then how insane was she before Azkaban, as she was obviously a psychopath based on what she did to the Longbottoms? If Pettigrew was perceived to be dead, and Lupin and Sirius hadn’t seen each other until the Shrieking Shack, then how did Sirius know he was still alive? Does Azkaban prisoners get the Daily Prophet and since Scabbers was in that Weasley family photo of them in Eygpt, is that how Sirius found out and why he escaped then specifically? If they do, then there must be other people who work there, not just Dementors, especially because Ron sent Azkaban an owl to get Hagrid out on Dumbledore’s (ew) request? Also, why would prisoners be given a newspaper if Azkaban is for the worst of the worst? Also, why does Slughorn just casually wear a graduation cap? That makes sense. Is that in the books? Are there better and more distinctive fashion details in the books? Did they translate most of them, or completely ignore them? Based on their laziness, I am guessing, unfortunately, the latter. If werewolves exist in this universe then do vampires also exist? In most mythologies like The Vampire Diaries and True Blood, they both exist. Is it only talked about in the books? Is this question even answered in the books? I would have loved to see one. Did You-Know-Who make up her own language for spells, or are they all Latin? There don’t seem to be any poetry-like spells like in Narnia, at least none that are real spells (Ron’s magic mishaps in Stone and Chamber being examples), most if not all seem to be Latin, similar to Latin words or Latin-sounding. I know the spell Incendio, the spell for fire in Potter, means fire in Latin because it is also the fire spell in The Vampire Diaries universe is, similarly, Incendia. Also, Leviosa shares the same root as levitating, Lumos shares the same root as illumination, Confundus has the same root as confusion, Protego shares the same root as protection, Imperio shares the same root as imperiously, which means expected to obey, Stupefy (probably my favorite spell purely for how fun of a word it is to say. Like, no wonder they used that spell so much!) shares the same root as stupefying, which is a synonym for astonishing, shocking or (obviously) stunning, the root in Immobilius is mobile, which isn’t just a phone, it also means movement, Gemino shares the same root as Gemini which is a word for twins or duplicates, Reparo’s root is obvious repair, Aguamenti shares the same root as the Spanish word for water which is agua, Leviosa has the same root as leviating (*cue Dua Lipa*), Reducto comes from the root of reduce, Imperio has the same root as imperialism (the irony of this being a British film I am well aware of), and the root of Expelliarmus is the same root as expel. So, Dumbledore’s password to his office is non-latin as its Sherbert Lemon, but the password the Gryffindor Common room password in Stone is Caput Draconus which means dragon’s head in latin. Does this relate to the latin versus non-latin spells thing, even though these are passwords? Does it matter? Why do Fudge, Minister of Magic, and McGonagall tell Madame Rosmerta, a random bar owner, seemingly very important  information about Sirius Black randomly? Also, why doesn’t anyone tell Harry that Sirius was his godfather? Was McGonagall under Dumbledore’s orders, because otherwise I can’t imagine her not outright telling Harry that, and that being why he needs to be safe and stay at school and not go to Hogsmeade, which is probably why McGonagall and Dumbledore don’t give him special allowance (due to him being an orphan in an abusive family) to go Hogsmeade, but can in thw other years, because Sirius Black is no longer a threat (although they already knew he wasn’t, and in other years Voldemort was a threat, so…?). Why couldn’t Harry always see Thestrals? He did watch his mom die as a baby. When you Apparate with more then one person, do all of the people involved have to know how to Apparate? Because Harry said it was his first time Apparating with Dumbledore in Prince and even asks if Apparition is what they just did, clearly not having learned how to do it yet. Is there a class at Hogwarts about Apparition? What year? 7th year it seems. Why didn’t we get to see Seamus and Neville inevitably struggle with it in the most hilarious manner? I am right, and only one person needs to know how to Apparate, if you just hold on, like Harry does with Dumbledore? Who teaches Apparition then? I bet that class is so interesting because, and as a history buff this pains me to say, but I am honestly more interested in this fictional world’s history than the real world’s, probably due to my obsession with escapism. How is Hermione able to Apparate after she is tortured by Bellatrix, clearly weakened, while Ron couldn’t Apparate when he was splinched? Is it because Apparition is what caused Ron’s injury? What exactly is splinching anyway? I am so confused what the Leaky Cauldron actually is and for? A restaurant? A pub? A hotel? A off-site office for the Ministry? A sort of purgatory between the Muggle world and Diagon Alley? All of the above? Also, is it just me, but besides The Gray Lady, are the ghosts only in Chris Columbus’ films? Did Snape ever find out about Neville turning his Boggart into himself wearing tack taxidermy? God, I hope not, because his wrath would only make Neville fear him more. He also didn’t seem to corner Neville about it during the “turn to page 394” scene so I assume he didn’t find out, not even from his favorite student Draco, or at least not at that specific moment. How do you get into the other Houses? Do they all have passwords? Do the Heads of Houses know each others passwords for safety purposes? Can members of other Houses go into each others’ Houses’ common rooms if accompanied by one of that House’s members? Does the Head of House also live in their House just in their own room? This might be a really dumb question but does a Head of House have to belong to that House? It seems like it? If Snape is the Head of Slytherin House and he seemingly betrays Hogwarts by killing Dumbledore and then becomes headmaster, then who takes over as Head of House in his place? Slughorn? The Slytherin kids probably hated his jolly demeanor, as they seemed to hilariously and ironiclly love Snape’s cool demeanor. So, was Dumbledore Head of Gryffindor House before he was headmaster? So, did McGonagall take over for him after he became headmaster? How does the Mirror of Erised work exactly? Does it just show you want you want to see or does it reveal your true deepest desire, even if think it’s actually something else, either forcing you to accept your destiny or proving you wrong and confront your denial? In comparison, a Boggart feeds off your fear and brings it to life, emphasizing it right in front of you, forcing you to no longer deny what you fear the most, right? It literally brings a person’s greatest fear to life. It may have been a fun and comedic sequence in Azkaban, a great showcase of how great of a teacher Lupin was, but if you strip all that away, the actual idea of a Boggart is truly terrifying. How do all the students and staff not hear the Death Eaters enter the castle in Prince? Like McGonagall is clearly awake and psychopaths aren’t exactly quiet beings? Since we know Snape knew this was going to happen, did he like put some sort of auditory muffler or silencing spell on the individual Houses? Also, shouldn’t Ollivanders the place where “everyone got their wands” from as Hermione said in Prince, be busier in Stone when Harry walks in? Like at least a parent with their fellow first year getting situated and leaving as Harry walks in or something? Also, with the shop existing since biblical times, should they have developed a less chaotic way of testing wands now? I get there wizards and can fix it, but still. It seems very odd to me. Why are the Weasleys and Hermione at the Leaky Cauldron the day after Harry get there? Did Harry or the Minister send them an owl and they came running to make Harry feel less alone? If that is the case, they are such good people and they really are Harry’s family, the family he also wanted and deserved (it makes the fact that he married Ginny that much more satisfying. And makes me wish that their relationship was filled with more spark and less blandness). What about Hermione? Was Hermione at the Burrow like she was in Prince when Harry arrives after meeting Slughorn? When did the DADA job curse start? What is the different between a spell, a charm, a hex, a jinx, a curse, a bewitchment, an incantation and an enchantment? What happened to Grawp? Did he just stay in the Forbidden Forest forever (also LOL at how in the first movie Dumbledore is like the Forbidden Forest is dangerous don’t go in there and we literally go in it every single film)? What happened to the Ford Anglia from Chamber? Did it just stay in the Forbidden Forest? If Thestrals live in the Forbidden Forest, does that technically make them Dark creatures and the same with a unicorn? That makes nos sense? Thestrals ride the students to schools and unicorns are unicorns. They seem harmless in actuality. How did JKR come up with the name Harry Potter, in actuality, the name is quite ordinary, not iconic like it is today. Why didn’t the Twins bring their joke tools to the Battle of Hogwarts? That would have been such a smart thing to do and something the Death Eaters wouldn’t have expected. It also would have brought everything full circle with how like Sirius says, there is both light and dark in things, even war. How does the Knight Bus work exactly? How does it find stranded wizards? And seriously, how do wizards possibly keep on that enchanted bus? A sleeping spell? What happened after the Fat Lady after she saw Sirius Black? Did she just go back to the portrait or did someone take over, because she seemed terrified? So, when Harry’s Horcrux dies, so does his psychological connection to Voldemort and his ability to speak Parseltongue (even though Ron learned it through Harry so he probably still knows a few words) dies too right? That’s why his scar is gone in the Epilogue, because that was the physical manifestation of that connection, which is why it burned when he was close to Voldemort or felt Voldemort’s emotions, right? What happened to Fenrir Greyback? he is a full-time werewolf, so was he put in Azkaban or was he executed? Did he ever survive the finale? Who killed him? I hope it was Harry or Bill (he almost became a werewolf right? because he and Lupin joked about it in Part 1). Is the Leaky Cauldron a restaurant bar, a hotel or a satellite office for Ministry? Or is it all three? Why does Draco randomly eat an apple in the Buckbeak introduction scene? Ollivander’s wand shop says that it’s been open 382 B.C., which means that the Wizarding World has existed since then. Hogwarts opened 1,000 years ago, which would be AD times. So, if Hogwarts opened that long ago and the wand shop existed that long ago, then how did students get to Hogwarts before that? Did wizards invent the train and eventually some Muggles took the credit? Does the same go for plumbing in the 1,000-year-old Hogwarts castle, which is how the Basilisk got around somehow in the Chamber of Secrets? So, in Prince, when Filch catches Draco crashing the Slug Club Christmas party, he calls Filch a “squib.” I googled what that meant, assuming it was just Wizard slang like “Merlin’s Beard,” but it said that it’s a child born of a wizard family who doesn’t possess the gift of magic. That is such an interesting layer to this pureblood mania plot point in the series. Since, Mrs. Figg lived in harry’s neighborhood and knew Dumbledore, is she a squid who assimilated into Muggle life? I doubt Dumbledore would just ask some random Muggle to keep an eye on Harry. So, Harry doesn’t begin to have Voldemort-connected vision until Goblet, hinting at Voldemort’s return and they don’t truly become a problem until Phoenix when Harry gets Occlumency lessons and gets lured to the Department of Mysteries by Voldemort. But this isn’t just happening because Voldemort has returned to his body because they happened in Goblet before he returned to human form. How? Also, how did that baby-form Voldemort find enough resources to disappear after he killed Harry’s parents? How exactly did that happen? I know it is because the curse rebounded by really there are so many logistical plot holes that I am curious about. Also, is it just me, or is the Malfoy being the Heir of Slytherin theory the trio has in Chamber, while the obvious choice, doesn’t make any sense because since “the whole lot of them have been in Slytherin for centuries,” why would they choose to open the Chamber now, at the exact moment? What are the raids Mr. Weasley talks about during his first scene in Chamber? How do DA members know when meetings occur? They couldn’t exactly just put the date and time on a bulletin board or something. I’m sure Hermione figured out some brilliant idea. Did Umbridge even allow Quidditch? We didn’t see it once in that whole film. Where did Hagrid return from in Phoenix? How does Harry know his dad’s Patronus is a stag? Did Lupin tell him and we just didn’t see that? Or did he see himself across the lake and because he looks like his dad, he thought it was James producing the Patronus? How did Snape see that Patronus (because Hermione said she overheard him talking to Dumbledore about it)? Did he run after Harry and Sirius? When Hermione is watching Harry and Sirius get attacked by the Dementors before Harry does the Patronus, she says that they both died, so are they resurrected then, so Harry could save them by going back in time? Also, was this supposed to be foreshadowing? What ever happened to Amos Diggory? Did he ever ask Harry about what happened to Cedric? What was his reaction to the Ministry’s smear campaign about Harry and the Second Wizarding War? Does the Ministry really think their subjects are so stupid and gullible that they’ll believe Cedric’s death as an “accident” as Umbridge says on the Ministry’s behalf in her first DADA lesson in Phoenix? Why in the POV shot when Harry is in the hospital in Chamber is his vision not blurry? He doesn’t have his glasses on yet? Is that confirming that magic did fix his eyes, but he just likes glasses? Why doesn’t he forgo them then when he’s on the run as a security precaution? What House was Hagrid in? Gryffindor? He seems like a Hufflepuff to me, though. In Goblet, when Harry goes back to talk to Sirius in the fireplace after Ron interrupts them, the camera pans up and in the background, you can see Ron walking back to the dorms on the upstairs balcony, so couldn’t have just spied on Harry or waited for Harry to be done up there instead? Also, if Sirius is such a rebel, why didn’t he just stay in the fire to finish the conversation? It was just Ron, but still? Why would he leave a terrified Harry hanging like that, even if it was a risk, a huge part of Sirius’ character his is love for risk-taking? What do Hermione’s parents think about her spending all her time with the Weasleys? We know they have met, as we see that in Chamber, but this is a foreign world to them. I get Hermione is wise beyond her years, but still. They clearly support her, but they seem smart. They are dentists and Hermione even says they can tell something is going on the Wizarding World in Prince, what do they think about Hermione’s involvement, especially with Harry? My parents would literally pull me out of school and force me to assimilate. Also, how the Pensieve sequences are filmed throughout the series are really inconsistent. In Goblet, he falls in as a ghost almost (someone’s arm goes through him in the same way Myrtle’s arm went through Ron in Chamber). In Prince, however, Dumbledore and Harry don’t fall in, it seems like they are watching it like a movie, just like us. And it’s the same way in the Prince’s Tale sequence. It just confuses me. Also, they have to pour in the Pensieve in all the movies, keeping the memories in viles, but in Goblet, Dumbledore merely places them in the bowl and already has one in there when Harry sees into it. It’s confusing. Also, why would Dumbledore be watching Karkaroff’s trial if he is supposedly friends with him now? When does the trend of now saying Voldemort’s name start back up again? It seems like it only starts back up again after the Death Eaters take over the Ministry, but he’s been back since in Goblet, and many characters say his name between then and Part 1, so when does it become, I don’t know, taboo or whatever again? Moody-Crouch says that the use of any of the Unforgivable Curses would “earn you a one-way ticket to Azkaban,” but Harry uses them and doesn’t got to jail (and both times was when the Ministry was against him too), and he had the Trace on him the first time. Can the Trace detect an Unforgivable Curse or the exact spell? Does use an Unforgivable Curse for harm, necessity, protection or to a deserving target, like Bellatrix, make it forgivable? Like, I am sure the real Moody, and Auror, have used one once or twice. What did Dumbledore teach when he was just a professor at Hogwarts? If there are wizard schools all over the world, then is there one in the U.S.? I want that spinoff! With American actors and characters and great plot and character parallels. Cast me in it, please! How does someone become a ghost? Why doesn’t Voldemort just choose that path? How and why are Lupin, Tonks, Fred, Moody, Snape, Dumbledore, Sirius, Cedric, James and Lily not ghosts? I never really thought about spells being ‘invented’ in magical mythologies, but I guess they are, and since they what kind of freaking psychopaths invented the Unforgivable Curses? Also, is it just me, or is a Killing Curse a little too simple? Kind of like chearing. I mean the fact that it can be used by anyone anytime including a literal child (Goyle) is certainly a freaking terrifying idea, which I understand is the point, but still. How did Hermione know what the word “Mudblood” meant before Draco called her one? Who told her what it meant? Who else previously called her that? She should punch them too. Literally, how did Trelawney get the Divination job if she can rarely ever actually do divination (except, thankfully when it really matters, and only about Harry, of course)? Like did Trelawney actually give the prophecy about Harry and Voldemort, or was that just for production’s sake? Was she one of Dumbledore’s favorite past students, so favoritism? Did he not believe in her and saw her as a wreck-loose unable to take care of herself, so he took pity on her? Did Harry ever clear Sirius’ name posthumously? Did Harry ever clear Snape’s name posthumously in order to repay him? He obviously changed all of his opinions about him by calling him the bravest man he had ever known in the final scene. In that establishing shot right before the Yule Ball, why is there light coming out of the Durmstrang ship? Wait, are those things the other schools traveled in where they sleep and study because we don’t actually see any of them in any of the Hogwarts classes or staying in the various Hogwarts Houses? Do they use a charm or something, like the one the Weasleys did with their tent at the World Cup (also why did the Weasley kids look at that tent confused? Didn’t they grow up in the Wizarding World and are used to stuff like that? At least they acted that once they got inside the tent, making themselves right at home. Makes me wish we saw the Weasley kids interact more with the Muggle world in the same hilarious way we saw Mr. Weasley, with such endearing ignorance and hilarious fascination). Are Chocolate Frogs chocolate-covered frogs or are they just chocolate that’s transfigured or bewitched to jump? How can you each a transfigured food, that seems questionable, like a potion in some way? Speaking of Chocolate Frogs, did any of the heroes in this series get one because Harry being a living legend by 17-years-old certainly deserves one. Ron and Hermione do too for helping. Snape also deserves one for his bravery and sacficing his life and reputation. Dumbledore’s should be revoked. Also, speaking of Chocolate Frog cards, Dumbledore is on Harry’s card at first then leaves, and Ron is like “well you can’t expect him be there all day,” like what? Is that actually Dumbledore or just his picture, and it acts like portrait moving from frame to frame, photo to photo? It still doesn’t make sense to me how Voldemort was supposed to come back through Ginny because of the diary Horcrux. He has no connection to Ginny besides the Horcrux. The Tom Riddle personifed in the Chamber isn’t Voldemort’s soul it’s Tom Riddle’s memory. Would the diary still be a Horcrux if Tom succeed? Would there be too Voldemorts then, the baby one Pettigrew carries in Goblet and Tom Riddle? Would baby Voldemort be able to sense this? Did baby Voldemort sense the diary being destroyed? Did Ginny, the Weasleys, Luna and Neville know what the trio was actually up, hunting Horcruxes, or not? Why do first years ride on boats to the castle, but every other year goes by carriage? How do those boats work, because they have no paddles? Magic, yeah, but what spell? How? Did the Weasleys tell Ron to befriend Harry, knowing that they would be in the same year? I hope not, and I think not, but if so, did Molly just not recognize him or see James and Lily in him when she first him? Weren’t the Weasleys friendly with the Potters through Dumbledore and their mutual friends and shared beliefs. Why are Mrs. Norris’ eyes red? Why are the students wearing their school robes to the Sorting Ceremony if they aren’t sorted yet and are gonna put their House color on the inside and the crest on their left side? Why not just gift them their robe and uniform after Sorting, as like a prize of sorts? Is Gryffindor the ‘hodge podge’ House? Because that’s the House we see the most and meet the most characters from, and yet each character is so different from that House. Hermione’ studious. Ron is easygoing. Harry is modest. Fred and George are hilarious. Ginny is athletic. Neville is introverted. Of course, not everyone is a clone of one another in every House, but this makes me think even more that Houses are about values, not necessarily personality. When the Sorting hat is talking to Harry during his Sorting, can everyone hear that or just Harry, because if they talked during Hermione, Ron and everyone else’s Sorting, we didn’t hear that, but that also could be more about script room and screentime? How does the food at Hogwarts work? Especially with it just appearing out of nowhere like it does in Stone? We don’t see that again, but is that still how it happens? It appears so randomly. Is it bewitched? Where does it come from? If food can be conjured out of nowhere, like water as seen with Aguamenti spell, then why isn’t the trio eating three-course meals while they are camping in Part 1? Why didn’t Ginny go on the Horcrux hunt with the trio? She’s Harry’s girlfriend, Hermione’s friend and Ron’s sister. I get the trio is always a focal point, but still, it does make sense. Besides with Umbridge in Phoenix, has Hogwarts’ curriculum ever evolved since its founding? I would hope so. Was Snape injured by Hermione setting fire to his robes at the Quidditch Match in the first film? The kid who the snake Draco conjured during his duel Harry tried to attack, Justin Finch-Fletchley, was he Muggle-born? Is that it was such a big deal? I know Harry asked Hagrid and he answered, but really, what was Hagrid doing in Knockturn Alley in Chamber? I find it hard to believe that the only place he could get a Herbology product is in such a dark, sketchy area. Did Harry and Ron actually get Special Awards for Services to the School in Chamber? Because it was never talked about again. Also, Hermione deserves one too, because she actually solved it, they just acted on it. What exactly was Mr. Weasley’s punishment for Ron using his bewitched flying car, because he clearly didn’t get into enough trouble to lose his job? Did Ginny get any input on her children’s names, because all of her kids with harry seemed to be named after people Harry valued, not her? Due to how reserved they made her out being in the films, making her look more like a pushover than a sentimental, heartwarming wife. How did Lucius Malfoy get Tom Riddle’s diary in the first place, because he had it before Voldemort returned? Also, why did he give it to an impressionable girl then, specifically, and not earlier? Also, why does Seamus Finnegin advertise that he’s a half-blood during the opening feast in Stone? If he is a half-blood, then he must have somewhat grown up in the Wizarding World, which means he knows about the prejudice. Dangerous (and honestly kind of obnoxious) way to make friends. Why don’t we ever see the ghosts again after the first two movies, until we meet The Gray Lady in the final film? Also, Hagrid was expelled from Hogwarts, but how does he not know how to spell, proven by the cake he gifts Harry and how he literally says so in the Leaky Cauldron scene, both in Stone? Also, is it just me or did the entrance to the Gryffindor common room change over the course of the series, from a corridor to directly from the moving staircase tower, or does it have multiple entrances? How do the moving portraits work? How do they move between portraits? Is it like that episode of Wizard of Waverly Place where they go into Alex’s fairytale storybook? So, when Snape becomes headmaster in Hallows, does he change the  moving siarcase into a non-moving grand staircase going in multiple directions? Or did Snape paus it magically or something? Or did they just change it for the final film to make it less visually chaotic and complicated? Why did Voldemort hide one of his Horcrux’s in Bellatrix’s Gringotts vault anyway? Sure she is one of his most devoted followers, but after he trusted his diary to Lucius, why would he risk it, especially since they are family. God, Voldemort is so incredible arrogant. Did Lucius know that the diary was a Horcrux? Did Bellatrix know that the Horcrux Cup was indeed a Horcrux? Was Fred and George’s joke shop still open after the Death Eaters crashed the wedding causing the Weasleys to go into hiding? When Harry saved Fleur’s sister in Goblet, was she actually in danger, or would he have been able to get out of the Black Lake eventually? How did Bellatrix and thso escaped Death Eaters get their wands back in Phoenix? Hermione had her expandable beaded bag in Part 1 when the Snatchers come after her, and one Snatcher says they went through it after they grabbed them and that’s how they got the Sword of Gryffindor, but Hermione also has it in Part 2 when she’s Polyjuice’d as Bellatrix and goes to Gringotts, so how did she get it back? She was so exhausted when she Apparated from Malfoy Manor? How did she hide it? Did she Accio it off screen or did Ron? Also, is it just me or did the trio get incredibly lucky that Bellatrix’s hair stayed on Hermione’s sweater and didn’t fall or blow off in Hallows? Also, why wasn’t the fact that they were holding the wand that killed Sirius and tortured Neville’s parents a bigger deal? Like that doesn’t seem like the type of the thing the trio wouldn’t acknowledge. With the trio each switching off wearing the locket, we saw how it made Harry angry and made Ron’s insecurities boil over, but we never got to see how it effected Hermione. When she wore it she seemed like her normal self, so how did it effect her? I know the Basilisk can petrify victims, but can other creatures? How do people become werewolves in the universe? How is being a werewolf possible? Is it a curse like in the Vampire Diaries universe? What happened to Bill Weasley? He is scarred and jokes with Lupin about taking his steaks on the raw side now, but it’s never explicitly said, is he a werewolf or just had wolfish tendencies since being attacked by one? How exactly does Greyback work because even when it’s not a full moon, he still looks like Mason Greyback in werewolf form from Wizards of Waverly Place? After Lupin’s death, did Harry work in his memory to help stop the werewolf stigma? Especially after Greyback no doubt died or went to Azkaban. Also, why did they have Neville so panicked when Harry didn’t come up for air during the Second Task when non of the other champions came up anyway? It’s not like Seamus and Dean could see through the lake (literally called the Black Lake) anyway. It was a funny moment that I found endearing, but still. Did Neville ever get the chance to tell Luna that he liked her? Did they end up together? Why did Dumbledore and Harry Apparate to that rock in Prince and not just to the cave? Just for cinematic scenery? Did Ginny get any input when it came to naming her children? It TBH makes her seem even more like a quiet, weak pushover. Did anyone get Chocolate Frog cards after the Battle of Hogwarts? Harry no doubt got one, but Hermione, Ron, Neville and McGonagall should have gotten them too because they certainly deserve it. I wish we saw at least Harry’s when Hermione and Ron’s daughter opened her’s in the Epilogue. It would have made that scene even more full circle. So, the Snatchers say that they found the Sword of Gryffindor in Hermione’s bag, but then when she’s in Bellatrix form, she has the beaded bag? How did she get it back? What is the black smoking thing the Death Eaters, Voldemort and Snape do? What about the white smoking the Order does in Phoenix? What is that? Is it the same thing or different? Why is it never used again after Phoenix, the white smoke? While the black and white visual is very symbolic of good and evil, as seen during the Veil Room battle, especially the smokes fighting and intertwining around the room? What House is Tonks in? Why isn’t anyone doing anything when the dragon breaks the chains and chases Harry around the castle during the First Task in Goblet? The students and even Dumbledore and Fudge are just looking around in curiosity rather than concern. It just seems very odd to me . Where are the dragon tamers, like Charlie? It could have been an opportunity to introduce Charlie. Seriously, why isn’t anybody doing anything? Also, what happened to the dragon? Did it die? Isn’t dangerous now that a dragon is freed or on the Hogwarts grounds? Sure, a dragon got loose in Part 2, but it was abused and in a moment of desperation, there’s a difference. Also, since the Order showed up, why didn’t Mr. and Mrs. Weasley too? How did Griphook know to lie to Bellatrix? It’s not like Harry told him to lie. Did Narcissa know about Horcruxes? How else would she thinks he could ask Harry about Draco? Sure, she probably checked his pulse, but still. Also, she’s Black, her cousin was Regulus, who found the locket and Lucius once own a Horcrux, the diary. I’m guessing things like “git,” “blimey,” “thick,” “bloody” and “rubbish” are British slang, right? I know “rubbish” and “bloody” is (“bloody” is used very often with the Mikaelson family on The Originals, both ironically and unironically)? I am also guessing “Merlin’s beard” is wizards’ slang, is there other wizard slang that I didn’t notice? Also, so was Merlin, as in the legend of Arthur Merlin technically a wizard in this world, hence “Order of Merlin” and “Merlin’s beard”? In the Prince’s Tale, we see Snape and Dumbledore have many conversations about their plans and deals in Dumbledore’s office, but we know from Phoenix and Prince that the headmasters’ office is filled with portraits of past headmasters that they can travel through other portraits, and we see the portraits filled in the background during these conversations, so since they are listening in on Snape and Dumbledore’s secret plan, doesn’t that risk exposing their plan since they can travel to another portrait and tell someone? Is there a spell Dumbledore or Snape does to not let this happen? How does the portrait traveling work then? When Ron says “frankie first year” to Hermione, in the scene when they return to Hogwarts in Part 2 and it’s the first time the trio sees Ginny since Part 1 and Ron’s upset that Ginny is more excited to see her boyfriend than her brother (however TBH she doesn’t look thrilled to see Harry at all), what does Ron mean when he says she’s treating him like he’s a “frankie first year”? Hogwarts legend turned inside joke? British slang? The Black family is very large and expansive with cousins and siblings, and it’s the same with the Weasleys with their 7 kids, but since the Malfoys are also an old Wizarding pureblood family, shouldn’t they be expansive too? They seem oddly small, like does Lucius have siblings? Or is that the point? Are the Malfoys like the elite of the elite, like Caroline Astor ruling all of high society in the Gilded Age? Did Dumbledore know about Scabbers actually being Pettigrew? He was a professor during the Marauders era and recruited Peter Pettigrew to be in the original Order, as seen in that photo (where he is eerily standing between and behind James and Lily, looking very guilty and uncomfortable). So, wouldn’t he know Pettigrew was an Animagus, and recognize his form while Ron and Percy carry Scabbers around school (and he said literally nothing!)? How did the Time Turner not accidentally spin when it hung around Hermione’s neck day in and day out? How flimsy is it? Did the Twins know about the Invisibility cloak because they catch Harry while he’s using it and they know it’s him in Azkaban and did Neville know about the Marauder’s Map because he doesn’t ask what it is when Ron mentions it when they are in the tunnel going to Hogwarts in Part 2 and Neville knows about the secret passage ways and how else would he know about those if he didn’t know about the Marauder’s Map? When did the Twins and Neville find out about those things? When and how did Harry and/or the trio tell them? So, if the Marauders Map shows the 7 secret passages ways out of the castle, can’t the trio and the Twins go to Hogsmeade anytime they like then? Is that why the Twins don’t go on that Hogsmeade trip? Did Harry ever let the Twins borrow the Marauder’s Map after they give it to him? Did I hear that right in Phoenix, was the Marauders’ bullying nickname for Snape “Snivellus Greasy”? I get he has greasy hair (just look at that horrible wig they gave Rickman in the first film) but he never wipes his nose once, clearly not having the snivels or allergies, so I don’t get the first part besides it sounding like Severus. Did Harry tell the world about Snape’s notes in the potion book? He basically corrected the whole thing. I mean, we never actually see Ginny hide it, so maybe she still has it and it didn’t burn in the Room of Requirement fire (it would parallel Ginny and Harry’s relationship to Tom Riddle’s diary in a way) and gave it back to Harry after Snape’s death to publish. It is Snape’s legacy in a way and a symbol of how morally gray he is as it brilliantly corrects the literal school textbook, but also has a very violent spell inked into it. He could also ink it out for cautionary reasons. I get how the world is better without Sectumsempra, especially with how the one person who knows how to correct it and save someone (Snape as he saved Draco because it’s his spell he invented) is dead, but it is his legacy and is far better then Avada Kedavra, especially for an Auror as it stops criminals, but doesn’t kill them. What is splinching, what Hermione says happened to Ron after the Ministry in Part 1? In Part 1, is that the same tent as from Goblet? How convenient that their tent is the only one to survive if it is, but it looks less luxurious and way smaller. We can easily guess what Bellatrix’s relationship with her cousins Sirius and Regulus was like, but what about Narcissa’s relationship with them, what was that like? What was Sirius and Regulus’ relationship like? Did Sirius know about what Regulus did (and therefore know about Horcruxes?)? Did he tell anyone, like Dumbledore or James? Is that how Dumbledore found out? Why didn’t he tell Harry if he did? If Sirius didn’t know though, that’s so sad because he would have been so proud of his brother. How the hell did Salazar Slytherin get that giant Baslilsk into Hogwarts? How the hell did Hagrid get Fluffy into Hogwarts? What ever happened to Fluffy, Nobert, Buckbeak and Grawp after their respective movies? Does Narcissa love or hate her sister Bellatrix? Did she even care that she went to Azkaban? What was her reaction to her release? Did Bellatrix force her to let her join her when they went to visit Snape in Prince? Did she even care when she found out Bellatrix was killed after the Battle of Hogwarts resumed? I ask because of Draco, and how callously and horribly Bellatrix treated him. Also, did Draco ever find out about Narcissa lying to Voldemort and covering for Harry? Is it just me or does it seem like the Dark Mark tattoo the Death Eaters have move (kind of like portraits), especially in Goblet, but not really in the later movies? Also, other tattoos on wizards with tattoos like Sirius and Lucius don’t appear to move. Why don’t the Death Eaters, even the proudest ones like Bellatrix, show off their Dark Marks, why do they all hide them? I get why Draco, Narcissa, Snape and even Lucius do, but why Bellatrix? Karkaroff showed his Dark Mark coming back to Snape in Goblet, does that mean it goes away when Voldemort goes away either by death to by body destruction? How did the Potters get so rich? Why does Harry start driving Hagrid’s bike during the Seven Potters battle? Was he stunned? That wasn’t very clear because he didn’t fall back, but he probably didn’t because he’s a freaking giant. Why was the trio, Ginny, Neville and Luna going to the Department of Mysteries and successfully fighting Death Eaters, not a bigger deal? Wouldn’t that be like the talk of the school or something, especially because that battle also had Voldemort reveal itself to Fudge? Like what did the parents and teachers think about that too? Is Teddy Lupin a werewolf or has the ‘gene’ like in Vampire Diaries, or not? How does that work with a werewolf having an offspring? If a female werewolf gets pregnant, does she still have to turn on the full moon or not, like in The Originals? What’s the difference between a wizard, a warlock and witch? So, Dumbledore’s office door is a literal griffin-door, so does the mascot to the headmaster’s office change depending on their house? So, did it became a snake when Snape became headmaster?How long were the Weasleys and Hermione at Grimmauld Place before Harry arrived in Phoenix? The whole summer? If that’s the case, how did Hermione feel about Dumbledore basically holding their daughter hostage from them? Why did Lily and Snape lose touch? James? Taking different sides, initially? How did James and Lily get together? Why, exactly, did Snape always love Lily? My assumption is it was because he was bullied, and she was the first person to see the goodness in him and be kind to him. How did the Potters get all that gold? Like, seriously, Jesus Christ, that is A LOT of gold. What was James’ relationship with Vernon and Petunia? Did they ever meet? Did he try and make nice with them, but failed because of their prejudice and James’ sense of humor and (I assume because he’s a pure-blood) ignorance about the Muggle world by growing up in the Wizarding World? What about Lily and Vernon? I bet Lily tried to be kind to him, but he was his usually dickish self. Where did James and Lily’s wands go when they were killed? Why didn’t Dumbledore save them for Harry (oh wait, he doesn’t give a sh*t about them)? Why can’t Voldemort understand love? Both he and Harry were orphans, and while Tom was actually cared for in an orphanage with a bed and turned out hateful, Harry slept in a cupboard under the stairs in a place where he was neglected and turned out loving. Is it magic related? Was Voldemort born through artificial love or something, like Amoretentia? How did Snape get to the Potter’s house that night? Did he run into Hagrid trying to save Harry or was he the one to pass Harry off to Hagrid to bring to the Dursleys? So, Snape once met Petunia and knew how awful she was, and we are supposed to believe that he was okay with Lily’s innocent baby boy going to live with her after Lily’s death, under Dumbledore’s orders? that he didn’t object at all? Sure. Why didn’t Harry try and track down his childhood home when he went to visit Godric’s Hollow? I am sure that it’s some historical landmark, like Anne Frank’s house, or something. After all, the Potter’s deaths are in the history books in this world, like Princess Diana or John Lennon. Also, how did Dumbledore hide the Potters exactly if they lived in Godric’s Hollow when Harry was born and when they died? Did they tell people they left, but cast a protection spell, like the ones Hermione uses in Part 1, and actually stayed put, and that’s how they were protected, and since Pettigrew was in the Order, Dumbledore’s secret society, at that time, and I assume the Order was tasked with protecting the Potters, that’s how he knew where they were and betrayed them. Am I on the right track because I am sure the logistics of all of this are explained more thoroughly in the books? Or maybe I am thinking Dumbledore was really noble man he pretended to be and actually tried to protect the Potters and not simply promise Snape he would, forcing him to live the rest of his days 100% devoted to him (how is he better than Voldemort again?) and then actually didn’t do what he promised Snape he would protect the Potters. Maybe because he knew that was how the prophecy would be put in place, and that the prophecy is the only way to officially defeat Voldemort. He decided to play the long game, and after all, he said right after the Potters died “the Dark Lord will return” to Snape, but how else would he know that? God, either way, he is so manipulative and egocentric. How exactly did Harry survive the Killing Curse…twice? Love? But seriously, how? And how does the protection of love work when it comes to physical touch? Especially with how Quirrell refused to touch Harry, and then Harry burned him to dust by touching him and defeated him and expelled Voldemort from Quirrell’s body and then with Voldemort using Harry’s blood to return and then proclaiming “I can touch you now” and touching Harry’s scar and burning him now? When did Quirrell get to the Mirror of Erised room? Was he like…waiting for Harry? For how long? What exactly is Priori Incantatem? Like how exactly did Harry see, and speak, to Lily, James and Cedric that night? How is that different from when he saw his parents and parental figures with the Resurrection Stone? would that Lily and James remember being with Harry at the graveyard that night? Why didn’t Harry die when Voldemort killed him in the final movie? I get it was just the Horcrux that died, not Harry, but how? Love? If Avada Kedarva simply kills a Horcrux, why didn’t the trio ever try that? Or is that only the creator of a Horcrux can simply destroy one with the Killing Curse? How does Voldemort get inside Harry’s head and give him imaginary visions exactly? And how does Harry get inside his head? Do Muggle-borns ever get Slytherin? I know half-bloods do because Snape is a Slytherin and the Half-Blood Prince, but what about Muggle-borns, or did Salazar Slytherin manipulate the hate not to? What about after the Dark Lord fell? How long do wizards live because the trio says Dumbledore is 150 years old in Half-Blood Prince? But is that because of the Sorcerer’s Stone and the Exliar of Life? Also, what happened to Nicolas Flamel? Was he alive throughout the whole season to did he die? Is Nicolas Flamel the only truly immortal wizard, without Horcruxes, but with Sorcerer’s Stone (until it’s destroyed)? Why would Voldemort need the Sorcerer’s Stone if he has Horcruxes? Don’t they do the same thing but one is ‘noble’ and one is ‘dark’? Can any fans actually tell Fred and George apart? Can the characters themselves? I get why Mrs. Weasley is always confused, after all, she has like a million kids, she probably calls Ron by Percy’s name daily even if they are polar opposites. Why do goblins hate wizards so much? I get wizards can be extremely prejudiced, but it’s like Russians, they may have a stern stereotype, but that doesn’t mean they are all that way. Why are goblins so untrustworthy? Yes, I get the spite. goblins are treated with unconscious bias by many wizards, especially because, unlike Muggle-born prejudice, goblins actually look different, so it’s, unfortunately, easier for wizards to be prejudiced. Which side were the goblins on? Harry’s right, as Griphook, helps him? Why do they keep hinting at Harry crushing on Luna, with him mentioning Nargles before kissing Cho for the first time and inviting her to the Slug Club, it’s just so subtle, and yet so obviously hinted at. Who exactly forced Draco to become a Death Eater? Because his dad was in Azkaban, so was it Bellatrix or Narcissa or Voldemort himself? Was Narcissa even a Death Eater herself, was she just loyal to her husband and sister, and by proxy the Dark Lord? She never seemed that passionate about the Dark Lord’s goals, only her son’s safety and of course his blood purity. Also (LOL) but did Narcissa even care that her sister died? I would believe it if she thought “good riddance” when she heard the news because how Bellatrix was okay with the possibility of her son dying due to his mission for the Dark Lord, as Bellatrix said that she and Draco should be “honored.” Azkaban seems like a prisoner for the worst of the worst. Murderers. Torturers. Users of the Unforgivable Curses. But is there another prisoner for petty criminals? Are all Azkaban prisoners there for a lifetime or are there shorter sentences? Literally, how did Sirius escape Azkaban, because from that establishing shot of Azkaban, it seems to be on an island, right? Is he like an Olympic swimmer or something? And why then? Why not earlier, if he was always an Animagus? So, werewolf Lupin runs away after Buckbeak intercepts him when he goes after Hermione and Harry, so do werewolves only hunt humans, not other animals? Is that why Sirius and Peter became Animagus? Did James too? What was his animal form? Why wouldn’t werewolves simply lock themselves up during the full moon to transform like in The Vampire Diaries to avoid fear, exposure and the stigma? Do they? Is a werewolf considered a half-breed, a beast, a being, a creature or a Dark creature in this universe, because wizards clearly love their labels? I have heard that Dumbledore is supposed to be gay (can we talk bout the irony of JKR making a character LGBTQ+ but not accepting that the T is valid and exists?)? Why does Lupin have a cane at the end of Azkaban (him saying to Harry with a slight smile “I’ve looked worse, believe me” after the full moon is such a touching and tender moment)? So, is queerness accepted in the Wizarding World? What about racism in terms of Asians like Cho and Blacks like Dean? or is racism, in this universe, strictly about blood purity (because it’s meant to be a commentary or something, right?)? What about gender equality, because Hermione or Bellatrix are treated the same as Harry and Lucius, if not better in terms of gender, and Luna isn’t an outcast because of her womanhood, but because of her eccentricity? So, Snape clearly went back to the Death Eaters after Goblet to start his work as a triple agent, but what was his excuse to Voldemort of why he didn’t go to the graveyard, because Bellatrix was imprisoned in Azkaban and that’s why she wasn’t there? Was his excuse that he was pretending to be loyal to Dumbledore, telling him that he learned the error of his ways, which is actually true, but he told Voldemort it was a cover, and that’s why he took him back without any punishment? So, basically, knowing how arrogant Voldemort is, cementing his triple agent status was his excuse? Does that make sense? Am I right? Did Narcissa get Bellatrix sent to Azkaban? Because the Malfoys managed to get off scot-free (probably because they used the Imperius Curse as their excuse which is no doubt why Moody-Crouch attacked Draco in Goblet, out of anger and resentment), but people knew Bellatrix and Narcissa were sisters. Bellatrix attacked the Longbottoms and to protect her family, which is Narcissa’s top priority, did she turn her back on Bellatrix after she took things too far (as the Longbottoms had a son who was Draco’s age, unlike Lucius who didn’t think twice about trying to kill Draco’s classmate Harry) and attacked the Longbottoms, sending her to Azkaban? What happened to the remaining and surviving Death Eaters after Voldemort died? Were they executed or sent for life sentences in Azkaban? Is Azkaban only for life sentence or do people have shorter sentences then that? Wait, so if Harry was the true master of the Elder Wand the whole time, then once the final Horcrux was killed, Nagini, did Voldemort feel it and panic and that caused his Avada Kedavra spell coming from the Elder Wand to rebound again and concave into him, not being able to kill its master, and kill Voldemort instead? So, did he kill himself? Death by arrogance, because he searched and searched for the most powerful wand in the world, the notorious Elder Wand, which is supposedly unbeatable for its master, but he was dueling it’s master, so yet again, Voldemort failed? Am I right? Why, in Phoenix, does one of the Twins stare at Harry when he walks into the common room? The Twins were at Grimmauld Place, aren’t they on his side? Are Seamus and Dean supposed to be best friends, because they are almost always together? Someone, I assume a woman, named Andromeda, her face is burned out on the Black family tree next to Bellatrix. The camera focuses on the two of them, so obviously she is significant in the history of this universe and this family and this story, but why is her face blacked out? Is she Bellatrix’s sister, since their names are next to each other? If so, then is that Tonks’ mom? Is that why Tonks are so distant from the Black family? What happened? Wait, is Tonks a half-blood? Is that why? Also, the name Rodolphus Lestrange is under Bellatrix’s name on the Black family tree, is that his husband? She is married?! Did she murder her husband for Voldemort because that sounds like something she’d do and we never seem to meet him (unless that’s the guy she sits next to during the Death Eater meeting in Part 1)? Also, that’s why I assume Bellatrix’s maiden name is Black, especially because Narcissa’s is a Malfoy? Why do we never meet Charlie, especially in Goblet with the dragon task? The dragon task seems like the perfect time to meet Charlie, even if it’s for like 2 seconds. He could have talked to Ron about making up with Harry. We also actually hear about him prior to Goblet. I don’t think we ever get a mention of Bill until Part 1 (maybe in Azkaban, but my memory is fuzzy). If pureblood maniacs like Voldemort were so prejudiced why did they let werewolves like Greyback join their ranks? Bloodlust (he said in Part 1 to Bellatrix that a quality he likes is bloodlust)? Also, Bill says that the reason he is scared was that he was attacked by a werewolf named Greyback, so does that make him a werewolf? He and Lupin seemed to have bonded over it. Bill also said that he hoped to return the favor to Greyback so after Greyback killed Lavender, did Bill kill him? I wish e could have seen Lupin and Bill team up to kill him. Maybe that’s how Lupin died, aww. So, Flitwick is the chorus teacher, so besides Quidditch, the DA and choir, what other extracurriculars are there at Hogwarts? If the Weasley family and Malfoy family kind of grew up together, just hating each other, wouldn’t Narcissa, like Draco, have recognized Ron when they come to Malfoy Manor, and since she would, wouldn’t she know the other two were Hermione and Harry, as he son would have certainly told her about them, especially Hermione and her ‘Mudblood’ status. So, does that mean Draco AND Narcissa both cover for Harry when they are at Malfoy Manor (not Lucius because he is a power-hungry coward who just wants to make right with Voldemort as soon as possible)? This would mean Narcissa would have saved Harry’s life twice. Why does the Sorting hat present the Sword of Gryffindor to the worthy Gryffindor who needs it two out of the three times it’s presented to a Gryffindor in the series? Also, how does such a large sword fit into a hat small enough to fit onto at 11 year old’s head? The same charm as Hermione’s bag? How does it not fall over a first year’s eye and swallow them whole hen? And how does it teleport and disappear and reappear? Did Godric Gryffindor spell it to do that? Literally how did Lily become friends with the Marauders, besides all being Gryffindors? Like, she was in the Slug Club and is constantly praised for her kindness even posthumously. Also, can we talk about how impressive of wizards the Marauders are to be Animagus? That seems like a very difficult skill as Krum has trouble converting himself into a shark in Goblet and we don’t see any other students trying to become Animagus. This also makes me hate Peter Pettigrew’s character even more because if he wasn’t so pathetic, he could have actually been a decent wizard. Why is Harry scared to fight a dragon in Goblet when he literally fought the Chamber of Secrets’ notoriously dangerous monster, the Basilisk, in Chamber? Also, how does Harry come up with the idea to stab the diary? Smart kid! Probably one of his best decision of the series TBH, as he could thank himself later as that decision helped him and Dumbledore figure out that Voldemort split his soul into Horcruxes. How does Harry find out he was born in Godric’s Hollow? History books about himself? How do these wizard towns like Hogsmeade and Godric’s Hollow exist? Are they hidden from Muggles? What about the Burrow and Luna’s house? What about Hogwarts? Do these places have those protection charms Hermione did in Part 1? I assume Snape started working at Hogwarts both because of his deal with Dumbledore and the fact Dumbledore wanted him close and to sell himself as to Voldemort when he returns and become a triple agent, meaning that he would spy on Voldemort for Dumbledore by making Voldemort think he is spying on Dumbledore for him (so, brave, brilliant and incredible), right? Am I correct? Why didn’t they just petrify Pettigrew and levitate him back to the castle after the Shrieking Shack instead of risking his escape? All of these characters are very smart, and they are so determined to get justice for Lily and James, like come on! Although, since this moment is an example of how something they forget that they can do magic, even Muggle-raised wizards like Hermione and Harry, I do appreciate this because it shows how as powerful as they are, they aren’t heavily reliant on it, which I guess in a world where magic is normal, I guess that’s refreshing. However, this situation is an incredibly stupid one for that to arise. Did Lily know that Snape told Dumbledore to protect them? Did she die never finding out? What exactly is the Department of Mysteries? What exactly is the Hall of Prophecies? If prophecies are a spiritual law of the universe or telling of the future, how is a prophecy tangible, able to be physically picked up? How did all those spiders open or break those windows in Chamber? What are they doing in the castle and Hagrid’s Hut if all these magical talking spiders live in the Forbidden forest? And if spiders are scared of the Basilisk, that doesn’t explain why they run away in such an oddly orderly fashion. Also, why don’t the spiders get angry and attack Harry and Ron for stepping on them when following them into the Forbidden Forest? Also, is the Forbidden Forest also called the Dark Forest, because Ron calls it that in Chamber? What ever happened to that Ford Anglia (my friend told me that this is the car that Mr. Weasley turned into the flying car)? Did it just become another peculiar phenomenon that lives in the forest? How does Draco get so good at DADA and dueling in Hallows despite not being in the DA in Phoenix? Did Narcissa or Bellatrix train him? Why don’t any Order members, who all seem to be the closest adults to Harry (like the Order member are really Harry true family) ever confront the Dursleys about their poor treatment of Harry? Why didn’t any of them threaten them? They are all very protective of Harry, but somehow don’t care about how the Dursleys treat him. I don’t believe that. Ron was horrified when he saw the bars Vernon put on his window in Chamber. Am I really supposed to think he didn’t ask his parents to talk to them on Harry’s behalf, especially because they really do treat Harry like a son? Plus, Mr. Weasley is an expert on Muggles, so I am sure he knows how to talk to them. Moody and Sirius have a temper, and due to Sirius’ past in Azkaban and Moody’s terrifying appearance, they definitely could have scared the Dursleys off. Why are Ron and Harry smiling so big in the busy hallways before McGonagall calls Harry over in Prince? I bet it’s explained in the books. Also, I just realized this, but it seems like Hufflepuff is the only Hogwarts House common room we never visit in the series. We technically only see that Ravenclaw has their own outdoor area and courtyard, which I think is really neat. Clearly, Rowena Ravenclaw had a passion for nature and the outdoors. So, Neville was terrified of Snape, no doubt due to his constant belittling and taunting due to his forgetful and shy nature. However, since Snape knew about the prophecy when he went to Dumbledore to ask him to hide the Potters, did he also know that the boy could have been Neville and not Lily’s son, so is that possibly the reason why he picks on Neville, making him become Neville’s worst fear because if Neville became the Chosen One then Lily would still be alive? When Sirius broke into Hogwarts and slashed the Gryffindor portrait door, how did he know Harry was in Gryffindor? Did he just assume because James and he were? The fact that, for weeks, in Part 1 the trio just had, and wore Voldemort’s soul, wouldn’t that be a bigger deal? Like their enemy’s soul is literally with them? Why didn’t they ever talk about how creepy the idea is to fathom? Why does Harry tell everyone Voldemort killed Cedric when it was very clearly Wormtail with Voldemort’s wand? Sure, it was on Voldemort’s orders, callously saying “kill the spare,” but shouldn’t he tell the whole truth, not just the most important parts? Or is it because saying it was someone other then Voldemort would only encourage Fudge’s denial? The final film hinted at Neville and Luna’s potential romance, with Neville saying, while on a high, that he is “mad for her,” despite never having a direct conversation within the films. Did Neville and Luna end up together? Did they ever actually date? It’s clear that Snape is very skilled and passionate about both DADA and potions, which means we would excel at teaching both subjects, however, it’s unclear whether or not he would really want the DADA job if it wasn’t jinxed or not. Would he still want it anyway despite it being cursed and therefore will end his deal with Dumbledore? Potions also seem like a mix of precise measurements found in cooking and pharmacy, so are potions used in the Infirmary a lot? Does that mean Madame Pomfrey is also skilled at potions? Also, what the hell did Narcissa see in Lucius? She genuinely seems to hate her husband, and with good reason. Did they divorce after the finale? Despite them both being from pureblood families and valuing their blood purity, I can’t see how they feel in love with each other at all, and it’s not because of their lack of chemistry, it’s purely because of their characters. Did they only marry to keep their families’ blood pure? It seems like it. It seems very loveless. Their relationship is very complicated between being Death Eaters, their questionable morals, how Lucius treats Draco, Lucius’ failure, Narcissa’s crazy sister, and their prestigious familial reputations which makes their relationship intriguing and compelling, but it was definitely an arranged marriage, right? Like just because Narcissa was sort of upset about Lucius being put in Azkaban, it seemed like she was more upset because of how it affected Draco, not because she actually missed her husband (LOL love that for her!). Hermione was not a common name when the books first came out, so did fans fully butcher her name when they first came out? Also, Umbridge’s reasoning for not teaching the DADA defensive spells is because Voldemort isn’t back, but most of the past DADA classes are mostly about defending themselves against Dark creatures, not Dark wizards, so why did Hermione or Harry never bring up that point? Also, how ironic that Umbridge’s excuse is “who do you imagine would want to attack children like yourself?” when not just her, but also Moody-Crouch, Quirrell and Lockhart all attacked or harmed (or tried to harm) children, usually Harry? Did Narcissa know about Voldemort’s Horcruxes, and now that Harry was one? She asked if Draco was alive, not even bothering to check his pulse or ask him if he was alive. Her husband also one had one of Voldemort’s Horcruxes in his possession, and as a Black, was educated about the Dark Arts from a young age. Also, Luna was held captive at Malfoy Manor, but seems unharmed for the most part, which could be in part to Narcissa’s kinder, and maternal nature in comparison to Lucius or Bellatrix, plus she knew Luna was taken as collateral damage not because she was guilty of something. If she knew about Horcruxes and somehow came to the conclusion that Voldemort used a relic from each Hogwarts founder to make one, that would mean that she thought Luna, being Harry’s friend and a Ravenclaw, could lead him to the Ravenclaw one. She could also assume Harry was hunting them since he was on the run already and is the Chosen One. If this is all true, she is highly underrated. Did Narcissa even care that her sister was imprisoned, or care that she was killed when the Battle of Hogwarts resumed? Why does Moody-Crouch randomly ask Neville about his passion for Herbology? It’s so inorganic. I get it’s supposed to hint at him giving him the Herbology book, but Neville tells us that later, we didn’t need that awkwardly placed line from Moody. Can Voldemort, a powerful but Dark wizard, produce a Patronus? Can Wormtail, Bellatrix, Lucius, Narcissa or any other Death Eater or Voldemort follower (if any Death Eater besides Snape can produce a Patronus, due to how much of a protective mother she is, I’m betting it’s Narcissa)? What are their Patronuses if they can? If they can’t due to their dark nature, what happens to them if they try to produce one? Could all the goodness kill their hateful hearts? How morbidly fitting! If this is true, then that means that Snape is the only Death Eater or person with the Dark Mark able to cast a Patronus successfully, and that itself proves how Snape isn’t evil at his core. If that’s true, can Draco, since he’s not evil at his core either? Does Draco, in his lifetime, ever even try? What is the black, smokey flying thing the Death Eaters use to travel? How and what is it? Even Snape can do it in Part 2. Can Bellatrix? Why did Lupin never stand up to James and Sirius and their bullying? Peter is a coward, but lupin is outspoken and confident in his own right, and I think Sirius and James had always respected him. He also is a strategic, kind person, while I can buy Sirius being a childhood bully due to his wealthy background and reckless personality. It just makes me wonder. mean, Lupin even defends Snape later on when harry accused him of being shady in Prince after he overhears that he made an Unbreakable Vow, so clearly, he never shared the same deep hatred towards Snape that his best friends and pseudo-nephew felt. When and how did Lupin exactly put together that Sirius was good and Wormtail was bad? We never actually saw that light bulb moment just his reaction to Harry by tentatively saying “that’s impossible,” seemingly confirming through his eyes that he always hoped that there was more to the story of Pettigrew’s disappearance and Sirius’ capture. I’m sure, if he was presumably the smartest of the Marauders, that he had a feeling that if any of them were to be a traitor, it would be Pettigrew, not Sirius. I mean, Lupin lost all of his best friends in one fell swoop due to a chain reaction started by Voldemort. That must have kept him up for nights on end. It would have for me. Also, since he confiscated the Marauder’s Map from Harry, is that how he saw that Sirius, Pettigrew and the trio were in the Shrieking Shack? Is the Shrieking Shack technically on the Hogwarts grounds then? Why and how are the Marauder’s Animagus? Was James too? Wait! was it because werewolves are not violent towards animals and when they found out that Lupin was a werewolf (I’m sure due to the stigma he kept it a secret for as long as he could) they didn’t want him to be along? That’s adorable and so sweet! They really were just great friends and a packaged deal just like the trio. Screw Pettigrew for ruining it all! Harry, Hermione and Ron would never! This also begs the question, was Lupin a werewolf when he came to Hogwarts, or did he become one while he was there…under Dumbledore’s watch (once again putting students in danger, not just if this happened, but also for the larger student body in general. Lupin didn’t deserve this)? What’s so sad about the Boggart scene too is that the Boggart wouldn’t have turned to Voldemort anyway as Harry doesn’t even know how Voldemort looks as he was a baby at the time and doesn’t remember, and we don’t know how he looked back then either as Voldemort was in a black cloak in the flashbacks we’ve seen and with Voldemort have a flattened nose when he’s on the back of Quirrell and then no nose, just slits for nostrils like a snake when he officially comes back. His only encounter with Voldemort was through Tom Riddle’s memory and through the back of Quirrell’s head, so wouldn’t it have just turned into Quirrel or Tom Riddle? But then again, how would Lupin know that? That’s probably why he blocked him. How does Bellatrix know that Hermione is a Muggle-born? I understand that she would recognize them from the Departament of Mysteries, but who does she know hat their blood status is? Is there like a log or something? Umbridge did have a file on Hermione, but the only reason she knew about Hermione was because of her time at Hogwarts (which also begs the question why didn’t Umbridge try and expel all the Muggle-borns if she is so prejudiced, infuriatingly giggling as the new Death Eater regime takes over the Ministry). Did Umbridge tell Yaxley who told Bellatrix?  Is it just me or does the point system make absolutely no sense? House points are supposed to be an incentive for good behavior that is rewarded with the House Cup, which in reality is just bragging rights as the House Cup is frivolous more than actually impactful. It seems very arbitrary and inevitable to cause favoritism as many teachers abuse it by giving their House more points and other Houses fewer points, mainly Snape. Also, what is the gumball machine-looking contraption with one of the four machines each having ‘gumballs’ with House colors in the far corner of the Great Hall behind the staff table that is visibly in the scene where Harry’s name is called in Goblet and the scene where Harry confronts Snape in Part 2? Is it for House Points? Also how they kept up with? Is there a charm on Hogwarts that whenever a professor saying something about points they are added or subtracted? The prophecy said that “neither can live while the other survives” so does that mean that Harry is immortal after Voldemort’s death? or was he immortal while he was Horcrux as he could only die at Voldemort’s hands? I get that Harry is destined to be good and skilled at DADA due to his fate with Voldemort, but is it actually his favorite subject? Because every DADA teacher seems to attack him or attempt to. Quirrell strangles him and jinxes his broom. Lockhart tried to erase his memories. Lupin attacked him his werewolf form. Moody-Crouch tried to get him killed during the Triwizard Tournament. Umbridge physically assaulted him, multiple times and sent Dementors to attack him. And of course, Snape, while he didn’t attack him in the film where he was the DADA teacher, did attack his mind in Phoenix and forced his head down in Goblet, whoever that was always for his own good. Also, every DADA teacher had a dark secret. Quirrell had Voldemort on the back of his head (that is truly a bonkers sentence to type). Lockhart was a fraud who cowardly stole other’s accomplishments for his own gain. Lupin was a werewolf. Moody was really Crouch Jr. Umbridge sent the Dementors after Harry. And Snape was the Half-Blood Prince. Was Quirrell a temporary Horcrux? But it was Harry’s touch that simply killed him, not Basilisk’s venom. So does that mean that the power of love can destroy Horcruxes?  Can a Horcrux not touch another Horcrux? But then why didn’t the locket become destroyed simply by Harry wearing it around his neck? Was it because Voldemort took in Harry’s blood in Goblet? Because since Voldemort could now touch him, not could his soul? How the hell did Umbridge get that job at Hogwarts? I swear to god if Dumbledore hired her.  Hermione did say that “the Ministry is interfering at Hogwarts,” so was it Fudge’s doing? But he doesn’t control Hogwarts? Do British people really say brilliant this much? It kind of loses its effect, huh? Did Snape know about Horcruxes? Is that why he goes to rely on Harry for that message during the Christmas party, because you know he would hate being an errand boy? How did Voldemort react to Snape being a known spy for Dumbledore, as told in Goblet, when he returned? Find out? Skeptical? Did Lucius put the diary in Ginny’s caudlron because Harry was at Hogwarts? Is that what Voldemort told him to do? But Voldemort wanted to kill Harry? How long had been since the last Triwizard Tournament? Did Dumbledore and the Ministry really think that it was wise to bring it back if as Sirius says “people die in this tournament”? Was Dumbledore already headmaster during the Marauders era? It’s clear that he was at least a professor when they were at school. Did Neville get to keep the Sword after the Battle of Hogwarts? For how long? Until another Gryffindor needed it? Since Dumbledore willed it to Harry, did he let Neville keep it as a showcase of his gratitude and their friendship? How long does one stay petrified for because Harry got out of it awfully quickly on the train in Prince when Luna came and did the spell to reveal the Invisibility Cloak? How does Sirius do that head-in-the-fire thing he uses to talk to Harry in Goblet and Phoenix? Floo Powder? where does Crookshanks go when Hermione goes on the run with Harry and Ron? How does Ron feel about Crookshanks after he starts dating Hermione? What kinds of people chose to become Death Eaters? Pure blood maniacs like Bellatrix? Dark Arts aficionado like Snape (originally before switching sides)? Psychopaths? Chaos lovers? Murderers? Crime junkies? Obviously, it’s people who strive for power and relish in the worst parts of themselves. Was Harry really the most talented wizard of his year, because despite being THE Harry Potter, I would say, and not just because people always said it, but Hermione was no doubt the most skilled in Harry’s year. Not that Harry wasn’t skilled or intelligent, obviously he conquered one of the most dangerous wizards ever as a teenager, obviously he clearly was, but just not the most skilled or intelligent. Why did Lupin take the train to Hogwarts if he is a professor? How do professors get to Hogwarts anyway? Also, why is he sleeping? Was there a full moon the night before? Why when Lupin does his Patronus in the compartment when the Dementor attacks Harry did it not take animal form? What is his Patronus animal? I’m guessing a wolf, unfortunately. What would his Animagus be if not a wolf? Was Snape jealous that Lupin got the DADA job or was it exactly what they hinted at, he suspected Lupin had something to do with Sirius’ escape and due to his deep resentment, kept a close eye on Lupin’s whereabouts. Also, how di Snape find them in the Shrieking Shack? I highly doubt Lupin is dumb enough to just leave the Marauder’s map out like that, for Snape to walk in and see. Also, how does Snape know that Lupin is a werewolf? Wait, he’s the potion master. The potion Sirius mentions that Lupin forgot to take? So, did he actually leave the Marauder’s Map out and Snape went to give him his potion and saw all of them at the Shrieking Shack on the map, and decided to go follow Lupin and be the hero (as he should! an protect Harry)? The thing is, Lupin doesn’t seem this dumb and impulsive to me, at least compared to Sirius. He seems to be someone more like Hermione, who is capable of quick thinking but prefers to think things through. So, I find this hard to believe. So, did Snape see Lupin rush off and decide to follow him, suspicious? Also, we don’t see either of them actually holding the Marauder’s Map. So, is this correct? Also, can we talk about how impressive of wizards the Marauders are to even get the idea and created the Marauder’s map? How did they even do that? The Weasleys, assuming that they always had the plan to open a joke shop due to other joke toy trunk businesses in Phoenix, should have studied how they made it and made a few more for not just Harry, Ron, Hermione Ginny and themselves as well. Lee Jordan is supposed to be Twins’ best friend as my friend told me? Then why don’t we see him join Dumbledore’s Army in Phoenix? He seemed like the type of kid to be totally down with that kind of rebellion, especially as the Twins’ BFF. When Harry met Slughorn, did he think that he was hired to be the DADA teacher, not the potions teacher,? I mean it was never explicitly said what subject he taught. Also, if he taught Lily potions, that means he also taught Snape, with his Advanced Potions Book, the one he labeled “The Half-Blood Prince.” The same one Harry finds in his sixth year. Do goblins work at the Ministry too, not just Gringotts, because we see one in the elevator when Harry is on his way to his trial in Phoenix? So, the most powerful wand in the Wizarding World was given to Harry just because he simply snatched his wand, Draco’s and Bellatrix’s from Draco? Am I the only one that finds that too easy and ironic? When you transfigure a human into something also alive and active, like an animal, do they remember everything they witnessed while in that form, or even in an inanimate object form? Then why don’t they use transfiguration to spy on people? Also, if people do remember what they witnessed when they are transfigured then can we talk about how traumatizing that must have been for Draco when he went into Crabbe and Goyle’s pants while in ferret form in Goblet? If Draco is technically a Black, did he ever meet Sirius or find out that he is innocent? There is a robo-voice that says “Department of Mysteries” in Phoenix, but why is it never used again like when the trio invades the Ministry in Part 1? Is it just for the Department of Mysteries? Did Arthur and Molly break the cycle in their pureblood families in terms of not being prejudiced against Mudbloods? What pureblood family is Molly from? Literally, how did Fawkes carry Ginny, Harry, Ron and Lockhart out of the Chamber of Secrets? And where is that opening? How has no one found the Chamber that way? That looks like a much easier way, all you need is a broom. Also, couldn’t the professors just Apparate into it when it was opened earlier and no one knew where it was? Problem solved! Did Hermione share a room with Ginny when she stayed at the Burrow like Harry did with Ron? I wish we could have seen their slumber parties if that is the case. If they used a magical expanded tent in Part 1, why didn’t it seem to have kitchen or a bathroom at the very least? Or a shower? How did Voldemort find out that the Triwizard Tournament was happening because how the hell would Pettigrew and Crouch Jr. know? Pettigrew’s Animagus form? What is up with Draco and green apples? He randomly snacks on one before he confronts Buckbeak in Azkaban and then he uses one again when repairing the Vanishing Cabinet, which some mystery person takes a bite out of. However, I do appreciate that the prop team used a green apple both times, as Slytherin’s color is green. So, my friend said that Ravenclaw’s mascot is actually an eagle, not a raven. That is so confusing. What ever happened to the Cattermoles? Did they flee? Where they okay? I hope they didn’t die or something else horrible. Why did Dumbledore wait until the very last moment to award points to Gryffindor in the first film? Also, his bias is very much showing through but in this case, I am okay with it because this scene is adorable. How are moving photos created? A bewitched camera? Are they developed like film photos or with a potion? Are Muggle cameras ever used, especially when reporting on Muggles in the later films? Is it just me, or do Hermione’s teeth look very odd in the final scene of Sorcerer’s Stone? How do Muggles simply not see people on brooms, people walking through the King’s Cross barrier and so much else? It’s not like they are invisible prior to doing those things. Where is the hammock room the DA slept in in Part 2? It made the same noise as the Room of Requirement right before Ginny ran in, so was it the Room of Requirement? It is the only room that seems to be able to create that tunnel to Aberforth’s too. Also, when did Hermione, Ron, the Twins, Bill and Fleur officially join the Order anyway? When did Neville and Dean join the Order, as they walk into the Great Hall with them in Part 2? If Harry didn’t name one of his kids after Hagrid, is Hagrid at least one of their godparents?How do you fix it when you mess up a Transfiguration, like Ron does in Chamber by turning a rat into a cup? However, if that rat was Scabbers, he should have just kept him in cup form. If you are an animal and while you are in your antigas form when someone transfigures you, can you get out of it at will? What if the person who transfigured you dies? Does an animgas have to be an animal or can it be an inanimate object? In the first film, the DADA classroom we see in that quick shot of Quirrell looks very, very similar to the potions classroom in that same film, are they the same sets just with different set dressing? I know the classrooms look completely different in the later films, especially the DADA and potions classrooms, but that’s fairly normal, especially in TV with TV pilots. In fact, the DADA classroom seems to completely change between the first and second films. How exactly does the House Points system work? Like is there some charm or jinx all over the school to something that when teachers give points or take away points it automatically somewhere in the magical stratosphere calculates it?  What are the actual stakes and prizes of that? Just bragging rights? I get pure-bloods and half-bloods having the Trace, but how do Muggle-borns get the Trace? How does the Trace work exactly, because it sounds like some magical chip the Ministry puts inside each other students, which is so odd to me. How does a Pensieve work exactly? What spell is it that can extract information like that, you know the silver thread thing that Dumbledore and Slughorn do? Isn’t it dangerous to do that because someone can manipulate it or steal memories if you just have them lying around? Also, with Dumbledore’s case of memories, wouldn’t some expire or run out of something? Is there an age limit with it, because only Snape, Dumbledore and Slughorn give memories, never anyone younger? Also, clearly, it doesn’t just have to be the magical thread that come out of Slughorn and Dumbledore’s head, right, Harry was able to use Snape’s DNA, his tears, and didn’t just get one memory like with Dumbledore and Slughorn, but multiple and many ones. So, is using DNA more power than the magical thread or whatever that was, then no wonder Dumbledore does that because he wants to give Harry as little information as possible. Did Quidditch always allow female players? Are their all-male and all-female leagues or are they all co-ed, because if so, I love that game even more? Love gender equality! Are Harry and Dudley the same age, or is one older then the other? When Hermione uses Penelope Clearwater’s name when they are caught by the Snatchers, how does she know that she is a half-blood? I know a Clearwater was called out by Nearly Headless Nick in Chamber, I assume Penelope as it’s a girl who was walking with Percy Weasley (how unfortunate for her), so she was a student, but did Hermione grow close to her or something off screen? Also, when the trio was at Malfoy Manor, did Draco cover for Hermione and Ron just like he did for Harry? Was Bellatrix aware of Hermione and knew that was who she was torturing, not Penelope Clearwater? I assume so, since she craved Mudblood into her arm (*sheds tear*). Literally, how did Hagrid’s bike not wake up all of Privet Drive? That thing is loud. Also, how did the Order not wake up Privet Drive in Phoenix and Part 1 or the Weasley boys in Chamber? What was in that Penelope Dumbledore tucked in Harry’s blanket when he first dropped him off at the Dursleys? I know Hagrid was in the original Order, as he is in that photo with James, Lily and Sirius (also, LOL at how long Lupin’s hair is in that photo. H is literally the only Marauder to not keep the same haircut his whole life), but was he actually good friends with the Potters, and that’s why he picks up Harry, drops him off and then introduces him to the Wizarding World? When did Hagrid tell Harry that he was the one who brought him to the Dursleys as a baby? Part 1 certainly wasn’t the first time. Who writes the Hogwarts letter? I am sure their hand hurt if they had to hand write with parchment and a quill each of those 1000s of letters sent to the Dursleys in the first movie. Knowing how paranoid and obsessive the Dursleys are, why didn’t they theorize that someone was spying on them? And if there was, was it McGonagall in her cat form again, like in the first film’s opening? If you are an Animagus, can you pick what animal or breed you turn into? Is it the same as your Patronus? Was Hermione actually good at potions when Snape was the teacher? Did she prove herself to him intelligence-wise, just her friendship with Harry contained his loathsomeness for her? Can Muggles technically make potions too, since most of the ingredients seem to be found in nature and they don’t seem to necessarily need a cauldron, just a stove and a pot…? So, since the first film is, or some odd reason, called the Sorcerer’s Stone in the United States, but the Philosopher’s Stone everywhere else, did they have to reshoot every sign mention of the Stone in the script, with children?! That sounds like such an unnecessary pain. Why couldn’t they just keep the name Philosopher’s Stone? What’s the big deal? It’s not like the name of the Stone actually hints at it’s properties and purpose anyway with either name. When and how exactly did the Order show up at Hogwarts to confront Snape? Aberforth’s tunnel? I know Neville had Nigel, I believe, send them a coded message, but is that how? The tunnel? Did Lupin ever take part in the Marauders’ bullying of Snape? Because in the Shrieking Shack scene, he seems to be trying to defuse the situation, not make it more hostile. Did Pettigrew take part in it? I feel he didn’t as he is SO cowardly, he just sees bullying equating to power, I think. Also, how did news spread that the Battle of Hogwarts was happening, because we see Oliver Wood fly in with I assume other former Quidditch-loving students wanting to help defend their alma mater? But how did word spread? I get that Nigel alerted the Odrer through that radio and that’s why they showed up, although how exactly is a mystery, but was he also alerting other people who were on Harry’s side? I mean that “lightning has struck” code is fairly obvious? So, Bellatrix Avada Kedavra’d Sirius and he died, but not instantly, because he looked at Harry and then became engulfed in the veil and it took his body? So, did the Killing Curse or the veil kill Sirius? Or both? Because, the other times we saw someone get Avada Kedavra’d, they died instantly. Does the veil kill you or just engulf you and pull you into the afterlife, because Harry is held back by Lupin from chasing after him into the veil? If you simply touch the veil, are you killed, or do you have to be fully consumed by it? Also, there may have been a guy with a long silver beard and long hair at that Order meeting Harry walked in on, but it was clearly Sirius and Lupin leading it, so why the hell was Dumbledore not at a meeting of his OWN Secret Society? Also “secret society” seems like a very loose term as Snape openly talked about at the Death Eater meeting in Part 1, but then that could have been Dumbledore’s plan all along, and therefore openly putting his loyal allies in danger (even with their consent, that’s horrible. How does Dumbledore sleep at night?). Also, McGonagall is in that meeting and she sorted the Marauders, did she really not question Sirius being framed? He probably made her life a living hell, but he was loyal to a fault. Come on! How did the school react when it came out that Ginny was the one to open the Chamber of Secrets? Were they mean to her about terrorizing the school, even accidentally, or did they feel bad for her? Why was Wormtail with Snape when Narcissa and Bellatrix come to visit him? Snape hates Wormtail for MANY reasons. Did Hermione and Harry ever hang out outside of Hogwart, as they live in the Muggle world when they aren’t at school with the Weasleys? Did Ginny ever meet the Dursleys? Do some Hogwarts students live in Hogsmeade? Did Sirius ever get a memorial or something, because he deserves one, even if they couldn’t get his body? After all, the way Sirius just disappeared and didn’t even have a body to be buried like Cedric or Dumbledore made it that much more heartbreaking and Sirius deserved a memorial and Harry deserved some closure. When Bellatrix throw the knife as they Apparate out of Malfoy Manor, was she aiming for Harry or Dobby? Dobby right, because he dared to disrespect his former Master, Narcissa? Where did Hermione sleep when she stayed over at the Weasleys because Harry stayed in Ron’s room? Ginny? If so, another reason why we should have gotten more development when it comes to their friendship. How the hell was Sirius able to buy, or honestly probably steal that Firebolt for Harry? I get that maybe it could have been in his dog form, but still that’s so ridiculous, even for a fantasy series. Also, did Harry ever get his Hogsmeade permission slip signed (I’m guessing they have something magical to tell if a signature is a forgery)? Because it’s such a big deal in Azkaban, but then by Phoenix it’s no big deal. Did Dumbledore just let him because he’s Harry (then why didn’t he let him to begin with if this is the case)? Did Sirius sign it and Dumbledore, knowing he’s innocent, allowed it? I find it hard to believe the Dursleys did unless he confundused them. Also, can we talk about the irony of Bellatrix calling Harry a “filthy half-blood,” when her master is a half-blood? Does she even know? If the professors have left over school supplies, as shown with the Half-Blood Prince’s potion book, then why don’t they have left over wands for Ron to use when he breaks his in Chamber? Is the flying Ford Anglia STILL in the Forbidden Forest? What happened to it? How the hell did the Baslilsk get around? If the giant snake at Hogwarts since 1,000 years ago, that is way before plumbing was created (unless wizards are just very, very advanced. Like did they always use the trains too or that wasn’t until trains were invented in the 1500s and 1800s?), so the castle, unless expanded with magic, has very rigid, thin walls, as old buildings do. Also, if it does travel through the pipes, then how does it poke it’s giant head out to petrirfy or kill? Like I get never seeing it, like Voldemort, only adds to it’s sinister and fear-inducing hysteria, however, I just need to understand how? How? How?! Honestly this is part of why Chamber of Secrets is so low on my ranking, besides the abundance of snakes. Also, since Ginny isn’t the Heir of Slytherin, only possessed by him, then how did she control Also, why did they have to wear it? Why couldn’t they just keep in Hermione’s beaded bag? Basilisk? Because she was a pure-blood? Also, how does the Baslilsk know who’s a half-blood, pure-blood or Muggle-born? I would just like to know the logistics of how the Baslilsk does it’s horrific job. How are we supposed to remember Hagrid can do magic with his pink umbrella by Hallows when the last time he used it was in the first film? So, Hermione obliviates her parents memories and then just leaves with her wand and beaded expandable bag. So, did her parents just ignore the girl’s bedroom in their house? When Hermione did the spell, did it become magically enclosed? If they don’t remember her, that wouldn’t stop the Death Eaters from finding them and torturing them, they still needed to go into hiding (after all, Hermione did say in Prince that her Muggle parents could sense something was going on), so did she convince them that they were different people? Come on, Hermione doesn’t half-ass anything. She would have made sure all her I’s were dotted and all her T’s were crossed. Was there more of an explanation in the books? Did she hunt them down after the Battle of Hogwarts and restore their memories? I doubt she’d have kids and everything and not have them meet their Muggle grandparents. What was Neville doing while staying up late in the Gryffindor common room when he caught the trio sneaking out in Stone? We know from his pride in Goblet that he is not one to stay out and up late, so why was he still up in the vacant common room? Who became the leader of the Order after Dumbledore died? Moody, as he leads the Seven Potters battle (if I am right, that makes his death even more tragic and a true blow to morale and hope)? What about after he died? Lupin? Kingsley? Both of them, as they prepare the battlements together during the finale. Also, Neville says “alert Remus and the others that Harry’s back” to Nigel when Harry return to Hogwarts in the finale and Kingsley stands front and center when the Order walks into the Great Hall in the finale. How did Hagrid buy Fluffy? How did he bring him into the school (like the Basilisk)? Where did Fluffy go after the first film? Are three-headed dogs normal, like is there more than one? Also, is it just me or does Devil Snare remind anyone of snakes? Is that supposed to be foreshadowing? How exactly did the Stone get into Harry’s pocket? I know because of Dumbledore’s “more brilliant ideas (ew)” but how exactly? Magic, sure, but how exactly? Also, what was the point of the Mirror of Erised in that scene? Why were both hidden in the same place, and why wasn’t the mirror hidden with the Stone form the beginning? It’s like Dumbledore wanted to taunt Harry with it on purpose, which is disgusting. Also, why didn’t Harry see his parents in it the second time he looked into it, with Quirrell? Why did the sword fall when Harry checkmate during the Wizard’s Chess scene in Stone? The Weasley clock is also so interesting to me, because it’s like wizard Life 360, at least the way my family uses it. Also, I love how the Twins and Ron’s photos in it react to the hand moving (also, is just me, but where are Ginny, Molly, Percy and the other Weasley’s hands? Like why aren’t Ginny, Mrs. Weasley and Percy’s hands also pointed to home?). Also, why does Slughorn not know what a dentist is, Hermione’s parents’ occupation, when the Weasley clock has a dentist on it, showing how dentists exist in Wizarding World? Why wasn’t the fact that a fully formed Patronus comes in animal form was never fully explained, just assumed? It was especially confusing as we see the stag comes and save Harry and Sirius, but when we see Harry do the Patronus, which from past Harry’s POV comes in the form of a delicate, majestic stag, we see it come as a wave of bright light. They really couldn’t have added a signal line where Lupin explains this? I get why Lupin didn’t do his full Patronus, as he didn’t need to in the small train compartment and with a Boggart, but why couldn’t he explain it when he was teaching Harry how to do one? So, when Hermione obliviates her parents, it’s the same spell used on Lockhart that makes him not remember anything, but that was also with a broken wand, so is the Memory Charm, not absolute? Is it malleable to the users intent? Like Hermione takes away her parents’ memory her and she also takes away the Death Eaters’ memory of seeing the, but didn’t take away their full sense of identity and the world, like what happened to Lockhart with Ron’s wand (even though his intention was to make it seem like Harry and Ron went insane for his own person gain)? Also, if obliviation can be reversed, can it only be reversed by the person or wand who casts the spell, so only Hermione can un-obliviate her parents and the Death Eaters, and only Ron’s broken wand can restore Lockhart’s memories? So, Slughorn says only one of his past students managed to brew a perfect Draught of Living Dead (also LOL at Slughorn being so jolly and chill about 16-year-olds brewing such a deadly potion, “one drop would kill us all”) to receive the prize of Liquid Luck, was it Snape, since his instructions in the Half-Blood Prince’s potions book helped Harry claim the prize and he was Slughorn’s student as he and Lily were in the same year (and if so, was Snape in the Slug Club with Lily? Why isn’t he in that photo, or pointed out then? If he is a Slug Club alum then is that how he gets into the Christmas party, while Draco had to gatecrash and Neville had to work it?) and he also became the school’s potions master? Or was it Tom Riddle as he is an evil genius (and if he was, did he use it when he asked Slughorn about Horcruxes?) and was also Slughorn’s student? Why is the first film/book called Sorcerer’s Stone in the U.S. but Philsopher’s Stone in the U.K.? In Part 1, Bellatrix asks to see what Hermione’s last spell was, thinking she did a spell to distort Harry’s face (which she did), however how it that possible? Voldemort wand only did that because of Priori Incantatem, and it was only who he killed, he certainly did other spells in between those murders. When did Bellatrix and Crouch Jr. torture the Longbottoms, before or after the Potters’ death? Because it seems like they did it on behalf of Voldemort, but that doesn’t make sense if he already decided to mark Harry as his equal, not Neville. So, was it after, and since they were friends with the Potters because they were Aurors and Order members, they thought they knew where Voldemort disappeared to, like the Order kidnapped him or something? And the Longbottoms didn’t kidnap him and didn’t know where Voldemort was (which is why this act of cruelty is almost twice as heartbreaking as what happened to the Potters). Am I on the right track here? When Bellatrix and the other Death Eaters escape Azkaban, how do they get their wands back? No doubt the Ministry would take their wands away, right? Why don’t the other Quidditch matches in the later films not have an announcer, but the first two do? If any character should have been an announcer it should have been Luna. That would be hilarious. In the first film, Seamus is trying to turn water into rum. Are they seriously teaching literal children a charm involving alcohol. I know the drinking age in Britian is 18 and I don’t know what the drinking age is in the Wizarding World, but I highly doubt it’s 11. Since mail is delivered during meal times, do the owls ever poop in their food or on their homework? Like this seems very unsanitary. Like that Owlery set in Goblet is filled with poop, probably poop from the school’s founding is still there. That’s disgusting! Also, how the hell did trio manage to get themselves out of Bellatrix’s vault while getting drowned by the Gemino charm? And how the hell did they not loose their wands and the cup Horcrux while being drowned by the Gemino? How did they get out of there? We never relay saw it. Also, is it just me or is the rememberall so dumb? Like what’s the point if it doesn’t tell you what you’ve forgotten. However, it is fitting that it’s Neville who gets it, and even smarter with how he is the only Gryffindor not wearing his black robe, with that being what he had forgotten. At least he remembered it by the next scene, as it’s what saves him when he drops off his broom. How do Harry’s glasses never break during his Quidditch matches? Is there some kind of spell for that? Why do the Weasley parents never come to support Harry, Ron, the Twins and Ginny at the Hogwarts Quidditch games, but of all people, Lucius comes to watch Draco? While it makes sense that Hogwarts would keep leftover books for less fortunate students (do the Weasleys do this? Especially the DADA curriculum changing every year), I find it really hard to believe that Snape would be dumb enough and careless to leave his potions book behind with such a violent spell in writing on the inside and especially with him being the potions master for 5 movies. What are the NEWTs that McGonagall mentions to Harry in Prince? Why is Slughorn unironically wearing a graduation cap, with a tassel in Half-Blood Prince? Why was the locket in the cave so well protected, but the cup and the diadem which just simply hidden in daunting, overcrowded hiding places? Arrogance or just stupidity? So, are Slytherins just naturally good at potions, because both potions masters in the series are Slytherins? DADA teachers are different because Lockhart was a Ravenclaw, Lupin was a Gryffindor and Snape was a Slytherin. How does Lucius get out of Azkaban to go to the Part 1 Death Eater meeting fi that is before the Death Eaters officially take over the Ministry? Snape gives Voldemort the date when the Order is transferring Harry from Privet Drive, but he isn’t in the Order anymore, so how does he know that information? The traitor Mundungus? Who killed Fred, Lupin and Tonks? Bellatrix? The Carrows? How the hell did those spiders manage to crack all those windows open in Chamber? Or does Hogwarts just have horrible quality windows? Also, how the hell did Hagrid sneak a giant spider in and out of the castle, because even if Aragog wasn’t as big during Tom Riddle’s time, he was still way bigger than a normal spider? If you have to bow to a Hippogriff before you approach it, how come Buckbeak doesn’t attack Hermione when she saves him because we never saw her bow to Buckbeak? Does Buckbeak remember Harry because he never bowed to Buckbeak when he and Hermione saved him? How long is a Hippogriff’s memory? So, Snape says in Harry’s first Occlumency lesson “it’s unclear if the Dark Lord knows this connection,” but is it though? He strategically gives Harry memories to lure him to the Department of Mysteries. However, the Mr. Weasley memory was from Nagini’s POV. is that because Nagini is also a Horcrux? But Voldemort doesn’t know Harry is also a Horcrux, so was that intentional? Is Voldemort a snake Animagus? If so, then why does he need Nagini? I only ask because Harry saw through the snake’s POV during the attack of Mr. Weasley, but his mind isn’t connected to Nagini, it’s connected to Voldemort. In the Shrieking Shack scene in Azkaban, why the hell would Sirius place Scabbers on the piano while trying to do the spell that force him out of his Animagus form? Like that chase scene, while exciting, just seems kind of stupid and Sirius and Lupin seem smarter then that. Where does Harry’s Occlumency lesson take place? Snape’s office? It does look very similar to the potions classroom in Prince, aesthetically. It looks different from Snape’s office in Chamber, which isn’t surprising as MANY of the sets have changed since those first two films (just look at the potions classrooms in Stone versus Phoenix). Did Harry ever wonder why Snape would teach him Occlumency and also kill Dumbledore? I’m sure he thought Snape did it to use these memories against him on behalf of Voldemort, but in truth, it was the opposite. How exactly was Harry able to use that Protego spell to overpower and rebound Snape’s Legilimens spell? Snape is a very skilled wizard and that Legilimens spell seems to be very difficult as Snape was the only one who could teach Harry Occlumency, despite being his most hated teacher. When Ginny looks at Harry while the trio is studying in Chamber, is that Tom Riddle’s diary she is writing in? Is it possible to Apparate with the Invisibility Cloak still on? How do young wizards, especially Muggle-borns figure out they are magical? I remember Hagrid asking Harry “ever make something strange happen, anything you couldn’t explain?” which is obviously referencing the zoo incident from earlier which foreshadowed his Parseltongue abilities, but I am still curious about when and for how long? Also, if they are doing this before they get their wands, then clearly wandless magic is possible. What happens to Crookshanks when Hermione does on the Horcrux hunt with Harry and Ron? Did her parents take care of it? Did she bring the Wizarding World-bred cat to a Muggle shelter? I’m saying this because since Crookshanks, who clearly could sense Scabbers falsity as an Animagus, was used to the Wizarding World, therefore cats in Muggle and Wizarding worlds must be very different. Also, if Sirius can transform into a dog, then are dogs also pets in the Wizarding World? Also, the British slang in this film like “blimey,” “the lot,” “git,” and “thick,” was great, but is “Merlin’s beard” also British slang, or is that Wizarding World slang? It would make sense that the Wizarding World would have its own slang. So, why is the Portkey to the World Cup a boot? Can they be any object? Is it a spell or an object to be purchased? If it’s a spell, then why can’t they just do it at any time? It seems like a spell since Moody-Crouch managed to do it on the Triwizard Cup. How do you specify the location though? What happened to pure-blood mania after the war? It’s like just because there is no Nazi army anymore doesn’t mean antisemitism doesn’t exist. Who took over the Ministry, since Voldemort killed Pius in a moment of rage? Kingsley, I’m guessing, as he seemed to be high ranking in the Ministry as he was in Dumbledore’s office as a triple agent during Dumbledore’s ‘arrest’ in Phoenix and Harry did say in Part 1 that Kingsley was tasked with guarding the Muggle Prime Minister, so that makes me think he is very high-ranking in the Ministry. Is the Ministry still corrupt? How did he rebuild it, if I am correct? How exactly does the Daily Prophet work? Like does every wizard, even children have a subscription? Do you have to pay for it? Does Hogwarts get an abundance to hand out to students?Ron got a new wand in Azkaban, was it a brand new wand, or another hand-me-down? Also, if the wand chooses the wizard, then isn’t it unwise to give your kid a wand that didn’t choose them to learn magic on? I get that the Weasleys had no choice, but still, it seems like something important to bring up. Maybe it’s in the books. Wouldn’t Dumbledore know the truth about Sirius, since he is a God-like figure and was the one who put the Potters in hiding in the first place? And yet, he sat idly by and let an innocent man rot in the worst place on earth, and yet he’s kind and noble? No! I also find it really hard to believe that Lupin believed Sirius was guilty. These were his three best friends and he lost them all in one fell swoop. You know he thought about it constantly over the ears, and since he knew Peter and Sirius well, did he really never suspect that the true story is the opposite of what he’s been told? In the Azkaban Quidditch match in the rain, can’t these wizards create some sort of weather dome or something, as they did with the barrier in the finale film, love the Quidditch Pitch during crazy weather like that? Also, when they talk about the Grim in Azkaban, it’s actually Sirius, right? So, is the Grim also a dog? That’s so sad. Is it like the Grim Reaper in dog form? Why is it never brought up again when SO MANY PEOPLE die in this series? What are NEWTs? Like AP classes? Does it have something to do with that Newt Scamander guy from Fantastic Beasts I keep hearing about? So, Snape looks absolutely horrified when Dumbledore tells him he has to murder him, but Snape was clearly once a high-ranking, trusted Death Eater, so it’s safe to assume he probably had to do some heinous things to get that honor, but were those things not including murder? Was Snape purely high ranking for his intelligence because that says so much about how crafty and truly how smart Snape is? Also, what is the life expectancy of a wizard? Because Dumbledore is apparently 150 years old in Prince, but that’s impossible for humans. Was it because of the Exliar of Life? But the Sorcerer’s Stone was destroyed (or at least Dumbledore said it was) in the first film and from my understanding because Dumbledore said “he has enough time to turn his affairs in order) it seems like to have to continue to take doses of the exliar to stay immortal, it’s not just one and done. So, how the hell is he 150? So, Voldemort gave Lucius his diary Horcrux and Lucius just randomly gave it to Ginny Weasley? I find that hard to believe. Did Voldemort also give him instructions for it, to give it to Harry to a close friend of his when he finally attends Hogwarts? But Voldemort wanted to kill Harry? Do either destroy Voldemort manages to contact Lucius (which is unlikely because Voldemort was most pissed at Lucius in the graveyard for not searching for him) or Lucius, now that Voldemort was on his hiatus, was getting cocky and just wanted to cause some chaos, which was incredibly stupid as he clearly knew the Dark Lord would return one day (as he explains in the graveyard scene) and therefore would be angry at him? Also, did Lucius know it was a Horcrux? Was he actually trying to get out of his Death Eater lifestyle based on his behavior at the Department of Mysteries I find that hard to believe. It’s not subtle and layered like with Snape, it’s very obvious that he is loyal to Voldemort and hates Harry. Did Narcissa know about the diary and therefore figure out it was Horcrux, after all if Regulus Black was Sirius’ brother, that means he was also her cousin. Maybe he told her and that’s why she asked Harry if Draco was safe. She brilliantly deduced that the Dark Lord vanished because he accidentally made Harry a Horcrux. If this theory is true, Narcissa is probably one of the smartest characters in the series TBH. Also, did Narcissa even care when Sirius was sentenced to Azkaban or when he died? What was their relationship like? Also, Ron’s spider nightmare in Azkaban, what was the point of that? We know Ron is scared of spiders and they reminded us of that with the Boggart scene, they didn’t need to do that again. How did the Marauders come up with their group’s name? Their nicknames for each other were based on their Animagus and Lupin being a werewolf, right? Once Hagrid’s name was cleared in Chamber, was he finally allowed to do magic? If so, why doesn’t he get an actual wand and not keep using his pink umbrella as he does in Part 1? Ron has a point, what the hell is a three-headed rottweiler doing at a school filled with children? Where did it go after the first film? How did Harry know that he had to open the locket Horcrux with Parseltongue? Did he ever try to open it beforehand? With the trio saying how it felt like Voldemort was there with them, like the Horcrux was alive with the heartbeat-sounding score music playing (almost ticking away that Harry has left, similar to the time-ticking score in Azkaban) during those scenes, when they had the locket, then what was it like to wear it, wear it so close to their hearts, which are capable of love? Did it sting? Is that why they always had it between the layers of their clothes? Also, why did they have to wear it? Why couldn’t they just keep in Hermione’s beaded bag? I get that after Ron destroyed it, it was obvious because it was all blackened and burned, but was it obvious or not? Also how did Regulus Black make a decoy of the locket? I’m such it was a similar charm to the Gemino spell used in Bellatrix’s vault, but wouldn’t that be more difficult to do on a Horcrux? Also, how did Regulus figure out Voldemort’s secret of the Horcruxes? Also, it said in the first film that students are allowed to bring an owl, a toad or a cat, then why was Ron allowed to bring a rat? Also, since Owls also act as a form of communication, why wouldn’t you want to bring an Owl? It’s like a Wizarding World iPhone or smartphone. Every kid should and would really want one until it’s almost second nature, like today, so why would a student even bother with bringing a cat or a toad? Why would a parent even spend the money on it when an owl is more useful as both a companion and a means of communication? How heavy was that beaded bag Hermione had on during Part 1 with all the stuff that was in there? Was it magically weightless? Also, how did she get it back after Malfoy Manor, because she has it when she Polyjuices as Bellatrix, but the Snatchers said something about taking her bag? Was there a spell used to make it weigh less or be weightless? Also, how did she get it back after Malfoy Manor, because she has it when she Polyjuices as Bellatrix, but the Snatchers said something about taking her bag? Wait, if Hermione dropped Yaxley off at Grimmauld Place, then he was delivered to Kreacher, and Kreacher knew that they were looking for a locket, and Yaxley shares Kreacher’s pureblood beliefs the Blacks instilled in him, so did Kreacher tell Yaxley about the locket and is that how Voldemort found out that they were hunting Horcruxes, since Yaxley is an inner circle Death Eater as he was at the meeting at Malfoy Manor in the beginning of Part 1? But also, what stopped Kreacher from running into Bellatrix or Narcissa, who are also Blacks, and telling them what is going on with Harry as Blacks are his masters, not Harry? That’s why them using Grimmauld Place as HQ for the Order and the trio hiding there when they are visiting on the run is so dumb to me. Why did Hermione tie her scarf around a tree in Part 1 before Apparating with Harry? For Ron if he came back? What would that do? Also, did Hermione (the planner and also the only Muggle-raised person of the trio who had loving parents who clearly brought her camping) like, plan and find remote locations before leaving? How did they know about all these locations? What is a Squib, the thing Draco calls Flich when he drags him into the Slughorn Christmas party? Did Dumbledore know that Tom Riddle was the original one to open the Chamber of Secrets, and still let Hagrid take the blame, because the way he asks Tom “is there anything you wish to tell me, Tom?” in Chamber, although flashback is formed Tom Riddle’s perspective, is a little too telling. Can Dementors be killed? If so, how? Also, is it just me or did the Sorcerer’s Stone hint at the Elder Wand? because with both, only someone who wanted it to save others, not for personal gain, was worthy of it, one of Dumbledore’s “more brilliant ideas.” Harry got the Stone because he wanted to save others from the return of Voldemort. The cloak was passed down to him by his father, making him the rightful owner. He never seemed it out. He had the Resurrection Stone, not to use it selfishly to drag his loved ones back form the dead, but to take to them to give him the strength to sacfrice himself for the greater good. And he not only became the owner of the Elder Wand due to him taking Draco’s wand right out of his hand, but he also sealed that fate by beating Voldemort as when the Horcruxes were gone, so was his protection. He became the Master of Death and therefore came back from the dead to finish Voldemort off once and for all. After all, a Master of Death can resurrect himself, right? While he definitely grew up a lot over the series, his core maintained the same; good, kind, humble and heroic. He’s also Also, why did they have to wear it? Why couldn’t they just keep in Hermione’s beaded bag? titular hero, so of course he gets it. Do we know Harry’s birthday but when are Ron and Hermione’s? Why didn’t the teachers get the Sorcerer’s Stone and hide it before term started, not right as term started, as seen with Hagrid taking Harry to Gringotts and then leaving him at King’s Cross all alone? I just feel like that’s not the smartest thing to do as a school staff and while taking care of an 11-year-old who is joining a literally foreign world, although it a very entertaining, and very, very Hagrid. Hagrid says he’s getting flesh-eating slug repellent in Chamber when he runs into Harry at Knockturn Alley, but what is that exactly? Why is that? That sounds terrifying. Was Quirrell like a temporary Horcrux, because with Voldemort on the back of his head, wouldn’t that mean that he has his soul inside him, or I guess s just a piece of it? Could the Order members and DA members who fought at the Department of Mysteries battle see Thestrals afterward, because they did witness Sirius’ death, right? How could the DA members who haven’ts been death see Thestrals in order to fly to London? Is there a spell or something? Is it only if wizards see death or can Muggles see them too afterward? Also, does it count if your the one who caused it, like can Death Eaters see Thestrals even though most of them are murderers? Can the people who survived the Battle of Hogwarts see Thestrals afterwards? Can Harry still speak Parseltongue after the Battle of Hogwarts? I assume not, but also it’s clearly also a language that can be learned as Ron uses some that he picked from Harry to open the Chamber in Part 2? What does Harry think Hermione saw in Borgin & Burke’s in Prince when they talk on the train? It’s not clearly explained? Draco’s Dark Mark? Because Harry is trying to convince them that he’s a Death Eater now. That is the only thing that seems sensical to me. How does one get a Dark Mark? I know through Voldemort, but still. How does it work? Did they disappear after Voldemort’s death, because that is what seemed to happened when he first disappeared? How exactly did the Stone appear in Harry’s pocket, and why did Harry see it in the mirror if he didn’t desire it, he only desired to stop Snape/Quirrell from getting it? I know it’s because he’s a Horcrux, but really, how was Harry able to speak Parseltongue and not know it? And how did Ron learn it in order to open the Chamber of Secrets in the finale? Is Godric’s Hollow named after Godric Gryffindor? Is that also why they think the Sword of Gryffindor is there? How exactly do wizards live side-by-side Muggles? Do they Confundus Charm them or something? Like the area the Weasleys, Diggorys and Lovegoods, Hogsmeade and Godric’s Hollow with the Potters and Bathilda Bagshot, how do they hide their communities, with their weird houses and even their cemeteries from Muggles? What about Hogwarts castle? With those protective enchantments Hermione used in Part 1? How is that dust tornado disappearing thing Voldemort does at the Department of Mysteries in Phoenix different from his black smoking thing? Why isn’t Neville at Bill and Fleur’s wedding? He’s in the Order and his parents were in the Order, which means he’s no doubt family friends with the Weasleys. If Luna is there, and she isn’t in the Order (but is apparently their neighbor as Xenophilius says), then Neville should be too. Just give Neville more to do then that one scene in Part 1! How long were the Weasleys at Grimmauld Place? All summer? Also, the DADA job is cursed or jinxed or whatever, right? And Percy tells Harry in the first film that Snape has been after the DADA job for years, and because of his villainous demeanor and reputation, we are meant to perceive this as him simply wanting a job that better suits his interest, not just the things he excels at like potions, dueling, Occlumency, etc. but Dumbledore doesn’t let him have the job. It seems like it’s pretty well known that the job is jinxed which is why Dumbledore is forced to resort to horrible people like Lockhart and Umbridge for the job, and yet Snape still asks for it every year. Is this because he is trying desperately get out of his deal with Dumbledore? He fully knows that it would either mean he’d leave Hogwarts for good, his home or die, showing how little he actually values his own life and how miserable he is during his enslavement to Dumbledore that he’d rather die and be with Lily then alive with Dumbledore and her son, and Dumbledore take full advantage of that. And then finally, Snape gets the job in Prince as an added layer of force by Dumbledore to force Snape to kill him. Where did the photo of the OG Order of the Phoenix go after Umbridge blew up the Room of Requirement? I hope Neville or Harry saved it. Also, since Umbridge blows up the Room of Requirement, how does it get fixed for Prince and Hallows, as it’s pretty important in both those films? Since it forms into whatever a person needs when they truly need it, if someone just need it fixed, so it fixed itself? If some repaired it, did they do the same after the fire in Hallows? How exactly is Lupin’s werewolf status outed, because he managed to hide it until the night of the Shrieking Shack and the people who found out about aren’t the type to blab, unless it was Snape and his pettiness? How and why is the DADA position cursed or jinxed or whatever? Also, can we take a minute to realize that the DADA class, probably the most important subject at Hogwarts, is the one that’s cursed? If people invent spells, then what psychopath invented the Unforgivable Curses, especially the Killing Curse? Also, is it just me or is a Killing Curse a little too easy and reckless, kind of like cheating? I feel like there should be some limitations on how you use it. It shouldn’t be that easy. Like Goyle, a literal child, shot it at a classmate. That’s horrible. Did they really have to refilm every scene that mentions the Sorcerer’s Stone with takes that also say the Philosopher’s Stone? That’s so tedious. How did Chris Columbus not blow his brains out? Why do Americans make everything so difficult? Can Muggles technically make potions too because how there herbs and animal parts are also found in the real world as well as similarities to facets of science, and chemistry, or is it because it must be brewed by someone of magical heritage? After all, Snape says “There will be no foolish wand-waving or silly incantations in this class.” Also, speaking of silly incantations, is he talking about those turning-yellow and water-to-rum spells the first years do in the first film that isn’t in Latin? Why wasn’t it ever brought up how strange it was that Ginny, a pureblood, was taken down the Chamber of Secrets and not a Mudblood? When exactly do the Dursleys find out that Harry isn’t allowed to use magic outside of school, because they don’t actually say so until Azkaban? How did they find out? Are Ginny and Luna in the same year because we never see Luna in any of the trio’s classes, but we do see many of the other characters? When did Ginny join the Quidditch team? When Ginny comes in late to the Slug Club meeting and Hermione says she’s been crying because she’s been fighting with Dean again, what were their fights about? Also, if both Hermione and Harry couldn’t go to the Slughorn Christmas Party with who they wanted to go, then does that mean Ginny went with Dean? Then why is she standing alone when Filch drags Draco in? Did they have another fight? Why the heck was Seamus, an 11, and Hogwarts itself teaching children, let alone an 11-year-old a spell to turn water into rum? The only reason why this bit is okay is because of Hermione’s stunned reaction to it, it reeks of Ron Weasley and is so quick. Why are the Twins and Angelina studying with the trio and Neville in the Great Hall during Snape’s study hall or test or whatever in Goblet when the Twins are two years older than Ron? Who cursed or jinxed the DADA position? Dumbledore? Voldemort? So, we know Hogwarts students can’t be out and about in the castle at night, but is this like a curfew thing? What about studying and extracurriculars? Also, the common room is only so big (although it does seem empty a lot of the time hilariously enough), what about studying? Is it different as you age up, like the privilege of going to Hogsmeade in your third year? When was Bill attacked by Greyback? Is he a full-fledged werewolf now or not? Ginny was still technically with Harry in Hallows right, as they kiss in both movies, but she doesn’t wish him luck on his journey or even talk to him about it either (yet another example of the series’ disservice to his relationship)? Was that the Killing Curse Ginny blocked from Bellatrix in Part 2 because that is a very impressive, badass move from such a young witch? Is it just me, or does a Killing Curse seem a little too easy, almost like cheating? When Neville’s broom malfunctions in the first film, was it actually bewitched by Quirrell thinking it would be Harry’s, not just Neville’s unlucky and clumsy nature acting up? Or am I reading too much into this? Did the Malfoys just get off scot-free in the end? By the time we get to Phoenix, did everyone just conveniently forget that Ginny was also once possessed by Voldemort? Like if there was just one scene in Prince where Harry and Ginny talked about that, it would have made their romance make so much more sense! Was the Room of Requirement destroyed because of what Crabbe did with the malfunctioned fire spell in the finale, or just that facet of it? Because it so, thanks for ruining it for the rest of them Crabbe! So, it’s clear that Voldemort’s biggest fear is death. he was so scared of death that he tapped into the darkest magic possible in order to outrun and inevitably ran right into it anyway. However, if he was so scared of death, why didn’t he just become a ghost? It’s clearly possible. How did Quirrell meet Voldemort? Was he manipulated or was he a Death Eater? Did Voldemort know that the DADA position is cursed and knew that Dumbledore was desperate for it to be filled every year, so he told Quirrell to apply for it? Are we really supposed to believe that Sirius and Snape have had the exact same haircuts their entire life? I understand this is a film and visually they need to be recognizable (I also really can’t imagine Snape with any other haircut), but still? Why not a different part or length or something? In Chamber, Hagrid says that there isn’t a wizard alive today that isn’t at least half-blood or less, and with the Malfoy and Black families being so old, does that mean if you go far enough, they do have some Muggle blood in them? Do goblins have magic, like house elves? Wandless magic? Fandom Wiki says that the court Harry and Karkaroff having trials in front of is called the Wizagamnot. Is that like the Wizarding World Supreme Court? Do wands work underwater, because Harry and Cedric use them underwater during the second task? If you lose your wand, can you Accio wandlessly to find it? Also, if you transfigure into a water animal, does that mean you an breathe like one, like Viktor Krum does during the second task? In the second task, all of the Hogwarts students that are ‘treasures’ are Harry’s friends, so how does he figure out that Ron is meant for him? Process of elimination? How come the Basilisk’s venom didn’t affect Harry’s Horcrux? Is it possible that Fawkes’ tears healed both Harry and his Horcrux? Are the moving staircases hazardous? Like do kids ever fall off them? I’m surprised that never almost happened to Neville in the early films TBH. How big and deep is the Black Lake because it literally looks deep like the ocean when the champions are swimming in it during the Second Task? What is the history between Karkaroff and Moody in Goblet? Is he the person who turned Karkaroff in? Why did Fleur retreat during the second task? They made her look so weak when she seems like a badass and even looks like one during the final battle. How did the four ‘treasure’ people get down to the Black Lake anyway for the second task? Also, the fact that they forced those kids down there, and none of them covered? Were they just about to let those innocent students drown? Were they spelled to be asleep until the reached the surface? Anyway, it’s really effed up. Also, why do all the “treasures’ from Hogwarts (3 out of the 4 of them BTW) have their Hogwarts robes on? Ron and Hermione didn’t have their robes on when Moody called them away. How does Harry know that Ron and Gabrielle won’t sink when he sacrifices himself so they can make it to shore? Sure they were tied down, but they also seem to be sleeping, so…? In Part 1, Lupin interrogates Harry to make sure it’s the real him by asking what creature was in his classroom the first time they had a meeting in his office and he said a Grindylow, which is seemingly a water creature as Hermione says in Goblet that Fleur never got past them during the Second Task, but we never see anything like that, or see them talk about it in that film, so was this shown on screen, or in the book? Which Marauder came up with the “I solemnly swear I am up to no good” entrance and “Mischief managed” exit for the Marauder’s Map? How did Fred and George figure it out when they clearly had no idea who the Marauders were, and especially that giving it to Harry would be passing on their legacy, and therefore his father’s legacy? Also, did Harry ever tell them the truth about the Marauders? Is that why they let him keep it, because the Twins only gave it to him so he could to go Hogsmeade in the first place, which he doesn’t need it for in the later films? How did Harry not actually die when Voldemort killed him? I know he only killed Harry’s Horcrux, now making Harry’s soul all his own, therefore taking away his mine connection to Voldemort and his Parseltongue ability, but that still doesn’t make sense because it’s a Killing Curse. It can’t be that his loved ones were there with him, because they are already dead. Was it Lily’s love again? Or Voldemort used Harry’s blood to return and be able to touch him without burning, so is that why? Is it similar to how the Elder Wand can’t kill its master, a person’s love protection, which Voldemort transferred to himself, can’t kill him either? Also because Harry was forced to live with Petunia, Lily’s blood sister, and Lily gave her blood son the power of love, and Voldemort used Harry’s love to return, but love is toxic to him as seen in Stone and Phoenix, so does that have something to do with it? Harry was also the Horcrux he never met to make, making his soul so unstable by that point, so is that a reason why Harry survived? The Horcrux part of him actually saved him? The Hogwarts Express goes from King’s Cross in London and stops in Hogsmeade, right? Are there any other stops along the way? McGonagall asks Harry whether it’s still his ambition to become an Auror in Prince. Is that true? I really hope he became one because he would be a great one and has a TON of hands-on experience with defense against the Dark Arts. If he does become one, the fact that he wanted a wizard job just proves how much he belongs in the Wizarding World. Also, why that hell did Moody have Mundungus help the Order in the Seven Potters ordeal? Moody doesn’t seem that desperate, oblivious and stupid. He is also the reason for Moody’s death, so when he had him help, it was basically his death sentence. The Malfoys cut ties with Voldemort after this downfall, claiming they were under the Imperius Curse, which can not be proven to disproven. Bellatrix remained loyal, so much so that she tortured the Longbottoms. Narcissa was kept out of Azkaban, but Bellatrix wasn’t, she went to Azkaban, which I kind of assume was Narcissa cutting ties with her sister as well, which begs the question, did Narcissa snitch on her sister? If she did, I don’t think Bellatrix knows that. Narcissa seems to hate Bellatrix and is only staying with her, especially after the events of Half-Blood Prince, to protect Draco from her. How did the Battle of Hogwarts change things for the wider Wizarding community? Were Muggle-borns finally respected, for the most part? Did the Ministry get rid of the corruption? Did Azkaban change or get worse for people like Umbridge (hopefully)? Are house elves still enslaved? Did Crouch Jr., Umbridge, Moody, Quirrell and Fudge go to Hogwarts? What Houses were they in? Okay, this might sound bad, but I get why Ron is infatuated with Hermione, her smarts, charisma and badassery, but why is Hermione infatuated with Ron? Does she just simply see the best in him, in a way he doesn’t see in himself? It’s never fully shown, at least not as much as Ron’s feelings toward Hermione. I hope it is explained better in the books because it is clearly a writing issue, not an acting issue because Watson and Grint’s chemistry is great and they played their characters’ developing and confusing feelings for each other very well. Where in the U.K. is Hogwarts located exactly? England? Scotland? Ireland? I really hope Harry spread the story of Snape’s heroism to the Wizarding World and the truth about why he did everything he is. Did Harry make sure that Snape got a portrait in the headmaster’s office (maybe replacing Dumbledore’s…? Probably not know how he reacted to seeing him in the afterlife)? He certainly deserves one. If Harry did do this? Harry talk to it about his memories that he saw? Also, how exactly was Snape able to show Harry so many memories, as in the past, Harry only sees one in the Pensieve However, those other times Harry doesn’t use someone’s DNA, just their magical memory thread thing, so is DNA more powerful in that regard? Also, Snape was literally on the brink of death, so how exactly did he decide and was able to give Harry so many specific memories and not accidentally one of him grading papers or something? After all, he didn’t know he was going to be killed. He thought he would be able to actually tell Harry all of this. Where is that opening that Fawkes flies Lockhart, Ron, Harry and Ginny out of the Chamber of Secrets? It’s clearly on the Hogwarts grounds, but am I really supposed to believe no one found this giant hole in the ground for 1,000 years? Also, it just proves that Salazar Slytherin really didn’t give a crap about the students of Hogwarts, because that giant hole is really dangerous. Wait, is that hole in that rocky abyss below the bridge that Seamus and Neville blow up in the finale that Scabior and the Snatchers fell down? If so, why wasn’t there a scene of Hermione and Ron, as they walk out of the Chamber, running into their dead, mangled bodies, sort of as a call back to how Lockhart wanted to leave Harry and Ron down there like that? In Chamber, before confronting the trio and the Weasleys in Flourish and Blotts, Draco rips out a page from a book and stuffs it in his pocket. Hermione later rips out a bag from a book and Harry later finds it in her petrified hand and that page tells him what the monster in the Chamber of Secrets is. However, Hermione loves books, and doesn’t seem like the type to defile one by ripping a page out, but Draco certainly does. So, between Dobby spending the whole film tentatively defying his master, which is Draco’s dad Lucius, and a ripped page from a book ending up with Hermione, who was coming from the library, did Draco find out what his father was planning and due to his shallow friendship with Crabbe and Goyle never told them, and worked with Dobby to protect Harry? Is this how it goes in the books? So, if a first or second year need new school supplies or something do they have to ask an older student to buy for them since it seems like only third years and older are allowed to visit Hogsmeade, right? How do they get to Hogsmeade from Hogwarts castle? The carriages? Or do they walk, even in the cold? Are they more like supervised field trips, since they need a permission form? Why doesn’t Harry just forge Vernon’s signature? Is there a spell to something to catch that? With the secret passageway the Twins show Harry, doesn’t that mean they can just visit Hogsmeade anytime they like? I am sure the Twins did that all the time. Why does black smoke come out of the Vanishing Cabinet when the Death Eaters come in Prince? It’s not like they are flying? Can Muggles see the black smoke? Did Cho and Cedric date officially? Did she and Harry? If they did date officially, then for how long? Why can Harry only see Thestrals after he sees Cedric die, when he watched his mom die? That’s a consistent thing throughout the whole story. Is it because Harry’s mind was more developed when he saw Cedric die, therefore he’s more consciously traumatized rather than when his mom died in front of him, he was only a baby? What is it like for a human to transfigure into someone or something else? That must be such a weird feeling. I can’t even imagine. Also, what were the Ministry and the Daily Prophet telling the world about Cedric’s Death? How did they paint it? As an accident, sure, but what was the full false story? Why is there a weird tracking shot on the Beauxbaton girls’ butts in Goblet? I get that Goblet is a PG-13 film, but I really hope that wasn’t reason why. I hope it was the darkness, horror and intensity that garnered that rating because these films are still kids’ films, especially at this point in the story. The sexualization is just so jarring. The Hogwarts Express is a train, but is it just a normal train or a magical train? It does have a conductor, because Lupin says he needs to have a word with the driver after Harry is attacked by a Dementor (the way that’s the first time he meets his best friend’s son. Did he ever try to get in contact with Harry at the Dursleys? Did Dumbledore, Petunia or Vernon stop him?), but also the Death Eaters magically stopped the train in Part 1, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a magic train. So, in Part 1 we find out the menace to society that is Rita Skeeter actually did a good thing and wrote a salacious, tell-all biography about Dumbledore called The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore, seemingly exposing his past. But after the war, did she write any other biographies? About Harry? Or Snape? Or Neville? Or the Weasleys? or Ron? Or Hermione? I mean, they all have very big impacts and very interesting stories. They all made history in this world. Their impacts are all in the history books and are well known. They are also all very complex people, and just like JFK or Queen Elizabeth II, they have complex histories that a gossip writer like Rita Skeeter would no doubt find ravishing. Are people in the Wizarding World prejudiced towards Metamorphmagus like they are towards werewolves? Is that how Lupin and Tonks found common ground? How did Tonks become a Metamorphmagus? Because it seems different from being an Animagus, as they can turn into multiple things at will, not just one thing. Is it hereditary? Does Teddy Lupin have that ability then? So, in Goblet, Harry is actually in the Pensieve scene we are watching, we see him watch it. But in Prince and Part 2, we are watching it from his perspective, seemingly, we don’t actually see him watching it like we are. So, does that mean something about how the Pensieve works or is it just a stylistic and/or directorial choice? Snape knows about Horcruxes, right? She’s brilliant. He’s knowledgeable about Dark magic. He definitely put the pieces together about Harry being  Horcrux even if Dumbledore never actually used that word. But did he figure out that Voldemort had multiple Horcruxes? So, when Snape tells Harry to take his tears to the Pensieve, was that the same Pensieve as Dumbledore or does each headmaster get a new Pensieve for each of their own memories? I am just very confused about how the memories and the Pensieve and everything involving that works. Like can memories be rewatched? How do you siff through them in the Pensieve? Do Pensieves only work for one persons’ memories, or multiple, because Dumbledore put Slughorn’s in his Pensieve? Also, how is Snape, on his death bed, able to siff through all his memories to put them in a single tear in order to give Harry the information he needs? The mind is complex and layered, just ask anyone with mental illness. And Occlumency also seems to showcase that. So, magic is definitely not the easy answer to this. It has to be something more. Like are those memories always at the top of Snape’s mind because he knew he had to tell Harry? If he wasn’t killed, what was his plan to find Harry and tell him, as Dumbledore told him he needed to do that, especially because at that point he knew Harry despised him? Was McGonagall technically the headmaster while Dumbledore was away in Chamber, because she is the one on the loud speaker to call the faculty to see Heir of Slytherin’s message concerning Ginny (which, did she write that message herself, and then through her possession by Tom Riddle go down to the Chamber herself? Is that what we are supposed to assume, or was Tom Riddle strong enough by then to lure her down there and right the message himself? Also, how did Ginny get the blood to write those messages?) and seems to have the final word when it comes to telling Lockhart to handle it and that they have to close Hogwarts? Also, is it just me or does Amoretentia seem very dark, like the wizard Date Rape Drug? Like with Romilda with Ron and Harry, innocent, but say Bellatrix with Voldemort, dangerous. Also, Liquid Luck seems like wizard laughing gas with how energetic and optimistic Harry is, like a literal fire has been lit under his ass. And the Imperius Curse seems like a more dangerous hallucinating, because you are truly out of control and completely in someone else’s? And the Imperius Curse is so confusing to me, because how do control the person? When Ron and Harry (I just realized that Hermione is the only one of the trio to never use an Unforgivable Curse, wow) use it during their Gringott’s break-in, it seems like they have to use the spell every single they want Bogod to do something, which seems really tedious to me? Also, what if you need someone to do something but your not there with them? I am very confused. Who was on the Chocolate Frog card Hermione and Ron’s daughter had on the train to Hogwarts in the Epilogue (also it’s so perfect that it’s Ron’s daughter who has the Chocolate Frog as we know from the first film hoe much he loves them)? I wish we got more of Pansy’s backstory because she seems really interesting to me. Like does she come from a family like Draco’s or a more loving wealthy family? Are her parents Death Eaters? Was she ever officially Draco’s girlfriend? Did Neville know that Moody, the same Moody who gave him that Herbology book and forced him to watch a spider get put under the Cruciatus Curse was Crouch Jr., the same Crouch Jr. that tortured his parents? Wait, so did Slytherin House win the House Cup the year before Harry’s first year? is that why the Slytherin banner is up in the Great Hall before the points are announced in the first film? What tattoo was Ron-Harry talking about as they were getting dressed for the Seven Potters battle that Ginny lied to him about? Why weren’t Neville and his grandmother invited to Bill and Fleur’s wedding? Give Neville more to do before his epic evolution! Harry also stuns Lucius with three wands in Part 1, how did that possible? That must have hurt. Did Snape hand baby Harry off to Hagrid so he could bring him to the Dursleys or did he sneak off before that? Did Snape go to the Potters’ funerals or ever go to Lily’s grave, or because it was also James’, he couldn’t bare it? Did Snape or Hagrid or even Sirius have to clean up the Potters’ bodies? Did Harry redeem Snape and tell the wider Wizarding World the truth about him? It seems like it, since he named his son after him. Did Snape get a headmaster portrait? If so, I hope Harry talked to his portrait and told him how thankful he is, how much he understands, how he forgives and how he redeemed him to the rest of the Wizarding World. Does Draco still believe in Muggle-born prejudice after the finale or is he more like Narcissa who just quietly and classily keeps his distance? What does he teach his son to believe when it comes to Muggle-borns, what he learned from his parents or what he learned from Hogwarts? Did Harry get a new wand after the Battle of Hogwarts? Did Draco? Is it just me or is the Seven Potters idea so tedious and dumb? With all respect to Mad-Eye Moody, based on his appearance he is clearly great at his job, but this was not his best plan. Why is smarter for 6 people to Polyjuice as the one person who they are all trying to kill, putting a target on more people’s backs, rather than all of them Polyjuice-ing as random people, including Harry, to make everyone decoy and make it even more confusing? Or just have Harry use Polyjuice and his invisibility cloak and use the London trains, which clearly after Prince he is very familiar with, and Mr. Weasley, who respects Muggles, aren’t, so the Death Eaters, unless someone said “Voldemort” definitely wouldn’t be either? Honestly, this is a very Dumbledore plan of Moody to do because in typical Dumbledore fashion, it puts the most people in danger while being disguised as brilliant. Wait, did Dumbledore’s portrait suggest it? Did Hagrid know Harry’s parents personally? They were both in the Order and Hagrid, despite being the sensitive gentle giant he is, was so emotional when he dropped Harry off at the Dursleys. How close were they? Was that Tom Riddle’s diary Ginny was writing in when she catches Harry’s gaze while Harry is distracted by everyone staring at him while studying with Ron and Hermione in Chamber. How do Portkeys work? How do you make a Portkey? Because the three times we hear about them are the boot to the World Cup, the Triwizard Cup and the graveyard and when Dumbledore says the Weasley kids will arrive at Grimmauld Place by Portkey after Mr. Weasley is attacked by the snake, while Harry has to stay and have Occlumency lessons with Snape. Clearly, you can either make one easily with a spell or buy one, and clearly they are made to look like random objects. Or is it some kind of dust, like Floo Powder? Where do you get Floo Powder? What’s the difference between Flooowder and when Sirius talks to Harry through the fire, because both happen with fireplaces (those Floo Networks at the Ministry are technically fireplaces, right?)? Wait, so Dumbledore said that only the person who wanted to find the Stone but not use it, therefore want the glory like a true Gryffindor but not the power like a true Slytherin, would be able to find the Sorcerer’s Stone, so if Harry simply stated in his dorm, Quirrell-Voldemort would’ve been able to find the Stone anyway, right? What Hogwarts House is Tonks in? Gryffindor? How much time does Hermione spend with her parents after she gets accepted into Hogwarts? Because she only seems to spend Christmas with them in Stone and Prince and she seems to spend most of each summer starting in Azkaban with the Weasleys. It’s clear by her obliviating her parents’ memories that despite her never seeing them since joining the Wizarding World that she still loves them, but I am curious just how often she sees them prior to that scene, to what they tell people about her absence. I’m sure they say she’s at some prestigious boarding school because she is Hermione after all. How did the school treat Ginny after everyone no doubt found out she was the one to open the Chamber? We never got to see that aftermath, especially after the Hufflepuffs were so mean to Harry about it. Also, is it just me, or do Hufflepuffs, despite being branded as the kindest House, sort of seem like assholes, between the Chamber stuff where they gossiped about Harry and the Potter Stinks badges, they are kind of culty and mean, aren’t they, at least in the movies? So, I know when Draco was in the Three Broomsticks he gave Katie Bell the cursed necklace and I assume because she doesn’t seem like an idiotic pushover that he Imperius’d her, but is that also where Slughorn bought the bottle of Mead that Draco poisoned? It’s bar and Draco was there, after all. Wait, so we see Myrtle said that someone threw the diary at her, but in the flashback, we see Ginny run into a bathroom stall and throw it into the toilet (Ginny Weasley, the girl who threw Voldemort’s soul in the toilet. Icon!), but Harry finds it on the wet ground of the bathroom outside the stalls? So, did she get rid of it twice, or just have the bathroom flood to get rid of it? Also, did she know about Myrtle? The Chamber is in her bathroom. Did she know someone was witnessing her? Why didn’t Myrtle simply tell Harry and Ron? Myrtle definitely lied to them about knowing who threw the diary, as Ginny was clearly in that bathroom multiple times. Also, how did Hermione know about Moaning Myrtle in the first place? Did Harry know about the Knight Bus before Azkaban? Why didn’t he tell it to go to the Burrow? Also, can we talk about the irony of Dumbledore telling Harry that “curiosity is not a sin, but you schedule exercise caution” when Harry is only curious about his own fate, which he has every right to know? Did Harry and Hermione ever tell Ron about the Time Turner, because Hermione and eventually Harry kept joking about “how can someone be in two places at once?”? How was Snape able to lie to Voldemort’s face ever since his return in Goblet and officially becoming a spy? Was it because, unlike most Death Eaters, Snape was capable of love and since Voldemort couldn’t understand it, he never noticed it? Or was it because Snape knew Occlumency, which is why he teaches Harry, and since Voldemort is very skilled at the Legilimens spell, as we saw with Gregorovitch, that was his protection? Or both, because even if he did have a slip, Voldemort still wouldn’t be able to understand it? So, is it the same way for Narcissa, since she loves Draco? Or is it because of grief combined with love, because Harry’s grief for Sirius and love from his friendship is what expelled Voldemort when he tried to possess him, and Snape loves and grieves Lily? Is it because even can only grieve for someone that they loved? Does the castle magically expand and contract depending on how many students in that age group or year develop magical abilities in the U.K. and therefore are accepted into Hogwarts? Because between wizard families and Muggle-borns, how can they control or predict the number of students emitted each year? Where the Weasleys and Hermione staying at the Leaky Cauldron, and he knew? In the Shrieking Shack scene in Azkaban, why the hell would Sirius place Scabbers on the piano while trying to do the spell that forces him out of his Animagus form? Like that chase scene, while exciting, just seems kind of stupid and Sirius and Lupin seem smarter then that. Did Harry clear Sirius’ name after his death and after everything? Did Slughorn know Sirius was innocent or did it come out after Sirius’ death now that Fudge was out of office? If so, that sucks. Sirius deserves better. Slughorn is very neutral when he mentions Sirius’ death, despite him not being in Slug Club, although every Black was. Wait, so was Narcissa and Bellatrix in the Slug Club, because clearly Regulus was too? Is it just me or is the idea of wizards having trials when they literally have the ability to make a truth serum seem so tedious and dumb? How does the Knight Bus work exactly? Picking up? The beds? Only at night? Dropping off? All of it? I am so confused. Also, how the hell do people sleep on the wild, rambunctious ride? When did Hermione get Crookshanks? How does Harry know that that cat is Hermione’s when it chases Scabbers in the hallway? Also, how does he know it’s Ron’s rat? Ron’s don’t look that different from one another. Did Hermione share this in a letter or something? How the hell do Ron and Hermione get their pets back after they are running down the hallway and the next scene they are in their owners’ arms? Were they running towards the staircase to the pub? Is the Leaky Cauldron a pub, a purgatory of sorts between Muggle London and Diagon Alley, a hotel or all of the above? I know Hermione is using the Time Turner to take multiple classes at once, even hiding that fact from her friends because it’s such a privilege, but how exactly did she get to the classes because it’s not a time freezer and it doesn’t seem like she knows how to Apparate at that point as it wasn’t introduced until the 5th film? Also, because Harry and Hermione had to retrace their steps when they used it later on, they weren’t teleported right to Hagrid’s Hut. Also, doesn’t that overload of classes weigh on her at all? Like sure she’s enjoying it, but also doesn’t that cause her more stress and take her away from her friends? Like how does she even have the time to help Buckbeak and Sirius? Or does she use the Time Turner to give her more study time too? Why didn’t Harry go to stay with Harry at Grimmauld Place after Sirius escapes? Why does he go back to the Dursleys in Phoenix anyway? After all, Sirius offered him another housing option, and Harry isn’t stupid and is miserable at the Dursleys, why didn’t he take him up on his offer? There must be a reason, and not just “it makes good storytelling” because that’s lazy. Do werewolves remember everything they did while in their werewolf form, but just can’t control it? Is there a flying charm put on broomsticks to get them to fly or something? So technically could any household broom be made into a mode of wizarding transportation? Pettigrew is literally the most cowardly character, so how they hell is he a Gryffindor? How did he have any friends? What did they ever see in him? How did Dumbledore ever trust him and make him n Order member? So, Snape came to the Potter’s house just after Voldemort came, so did he give Harry to Hagrid to bring to the Dursleys? Did he ever hold Harry as a baby? Or did Hagrid run into Snape? Did Hagrid ever have an inkling about Snape’s loyalties because of this? Why are there carriages to the Yule Ball, when they all live at the castle? What were the Carrows’ jobs under Snape at Hogwarts in Hallows? DADA teachers? Or I guess just Dark Arts teachers given that they are allied with the Dark Lord. What exactly happens when you are stunned? How long are you out for? Also, is it just me, or does the Chamber of Secrets and the way it opens seem WAY too modern to be built 1,000 years ago? It seems like was built in the 1700s-1800s at the absolute latest. Also, the way it was always wet from the bathroom plumbing made no sense if it was built 1,000 years ago before modern toilets. Maybe that’s why the Basilisk never came out until the 1940s. Ok, so there is a radio in Phoenix and Part 1, but other than that, we really don’t see any other modern technology in the Wizarding World, despite it taking place in the 90s when landlines and computers existed. Is there a reason for this, between owls and Floo Powder, being a wizard doesn’t necessarily seem to be any less of an ordeal or an easier, per se, way of living than being a Muggle? How did Harry summon his broom all the way from the castle? Like did he open a window or something and hide it outside, because it came swooping in awfully fast? When did Hagrid tell Harry he’s always wanted a dragon when they first met? We never heard him say that during their whole trip from the Dursleys to the Leaky Cauldron to Diagon Alley. Was it a deleted scene? Why are the Shrunken Heads used in Azkaban, but we never see them again? Also, what is the point of them and why do they all have Jamaican accents? Also, if Sirius Black inherited the Black House at Grimmauld Place, but he was in Azkaban, wouldn’t it have gone to the Malfoys, making some of Voldemort’s highest-ranking minions access to the Order’s headquarters? Also, can we talk about the irony of Harry and his allies plotting a rebellion against pureblood maniacs in the house where so many of them were born and bred? That’s brilliant honestly. Do wizards get, like normal human illnesses like colds or the flu? Do they have magical remedies for that? If so, really cruel of them not to share that with Muggles TBH. I get prejudiced but come on. If you are so prejudiced then feed those stupid gullible Muggles some story. So, Snape isn’t stupid and definitely is smart enough to figure out that the only way Harry would know about Sectumsempra is from his old potions book, so why doesn’t he bother tracking it down after the Draco incident? Where did Harry get that shard of glass he carries around all of Hallows? Also, is it just me, or do the tables for each House change every movie? I feel like the Slytherin table stays the same most of the time, but the Gryffindor, and especially the Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff I feel like are always in a different place every movie. Ravenclaw is usually at the far end, opposite of Slytherin, but then in Phoenix, it’s between Gryffindor and Slytherin. I don’t know why I am so fixated on it, but I like consistency and it just confused me. How was Lucius and all those other Death Eaters free and able to come to the graveyard in Goblet? Where they the ones Moody-Crouch was hinting at when he said some wizards claimed to do You-Know-Who’s bidding under the Imperius Curse? So, was Draco friends with Crabbe and Goyle before their first year of Hogwarts because their dads were all Death Eaters, because Voldemort calls two Death Eaters Crabbe and Goyle in the graveyard? How did Snape find out when Harry is being moved in Part 1, because he was correct? Also, what is the timeline for that because we see the Dursleys leave and Hermione leave, but then we are Death Eater meeting and Snape makes it sound like Harry’s being moved in the future? I’m confused. Also, Voldemort being like “spoken like a true politician,” when Pius speaks at the Death Eater meeting, why didn’t he just become a politician himself? So, Patronuses can deliver packages (Snape delivering the Sword of Gryffindor) and audio messages (the message at the wedding) too? I am so confused! Is it just me, or did it look like people were coming out of the wedding Patronus (very Hunger Games IMO)? Was that Patronus Kingsley’s voice? Why don’t we actually get to see the fake Sword of Gryffindor when we go to Bellatrix’s vault? How did Snape get the real Sword of Gryffindor? Is that a sign that he isn’t meant to be a Slytherin after all? When does the part in the Prince’s Tale where Dumbledore tells Snape to kill him and the truth about Harry take place in the timeline of events? It clearly happens in Prince, but when exactly is unclear? Before or after the Unbreakable Vow? Before or after Dumbledore introduces Harry to Slughorn, because his hand is rotten by then and contained to his hand by then, so it seems like before? But then, the Unbreakable Vow scene is after Harry and Dumbledore’s venture to Slughorn, so yeah, I am just very confused on the timeline of all of this. It would make sense for the Unbreakable Vow to happen both before in some ways and after in other ways (personally, I think it makes more sense for the Unbreakable Vow to happen after, but that makes the timeline of Dumbledore’s rotten hand not make sense so I digress), so I don’t know. Since you can’t apparte inside the Hogwarts grounds, is that why the Death Eaters run off after killing Dumbledore? Why not just use the Vanishing Cabinet again? Did Snape run into Hagrid when Hagrid picked up baby Harry to bring to the Dursleys, or did Snape sneak out before then? Or did Snape hand off baby Harry to Hagrid? Did Hagrid see Lily and James’ bodies too? Who took care of their dead bodies and organized their funeral? probably Dumbledore just to save face. Also, what about James parents, or does he have siblings? Why couldn’t they take Harry? Or Lily and Petunia’s parents? Why couldn’t Harry have grown up with grandparents like Neville? Are they dead? When Ron says during the Chocolate Frog scene in Stone “you can’t expect him to hang around all day” in regard to Dumbledore in the Chocolate Frog card, what does he mean? Is that supposed to be the real Dumbledore or just his picture, like how portraits can move between pictures? So, could Horcruxes be killed by Voldemort himself, as well as Basilisk venom and magically-intense fire? Since Harry was a Horcrux and therefore could only be killed by Voldemort, does that mean that the Horcrux made him immortal, able to be injured but not die, as well as because of the prophecy? The thing, Harry nearly died multiple times, by Quirrell, Aragog’s children, the Baslisk, the Dementors during Quidditch, the Hungarian Horntail, the squids in the second task, the creatures from the lake in the cave, and somehow was always saved either by pure luck or help. So, is there a way he was immortal until the Horcrux inside him died, then, like Voldemort, he became mortal and therefore able to die? So, I know Harry did detention with Lockhart after the flying car incident because we saw it, but what about Ron, what did he do for detention in Chamber? Did Pettigrew ever bully Snape with James and Sirius, or did he observe them but never stop them, like Lupin? How does Sirius deduce that Scabbers is Pettigrew if he’s been in jail this whole time? How did Ron feel about the fact that he has been sleeping next to a murderer every night? We never really see him process this. Did he even tell Percy? Probably not. Do Animagus get to pick what animal they can turn into at will or no? Because a rat for Pettigrew and a dog for Sirius fits them both so perfectly. How do you become an Animagus? It seems really hard as it’s by will, no incantation. It’s clearly a form of transfiguration, as McGonagall, the Transfiguration teacher is one as well, and Ron uses an incantation when he tried to transfigure Scabbers into a water goblet in Chamber, (which TBH he probably shoulder have just left him that way forever, unless can an Animagus transfigure back at will if their Animagus form was further transfigured?), so clearly it’s ana advanced kind of transfiguration. Did Pettigrew ever once untransfigure himself during his time with Weasleys, just to stretch his legs or something? In Prince, the Death Eaters fly around London, causing chaos in the Muggle world and then in the Wizarding World, but do Muggles just not see them? How? How is that possible? Like how do they simply not see wizards go through the barrier to Platform Nine and Three Quarters? Wait, was Regulus Sirius’ older or younger brother? How old was he when he joined the Death Eaters and die? I assume that he died before Sirius went to Azkaban, because it wasn’t said or explained that news of his death, even if they were estranged no doubt, shocked Sirius. So, if Regulus was his younger brother, does that mean that Narcissa saw history about to repeat itself with Draco becoming a Death Eater, with her now motivated to do anything possible for him not to end up with a fate like Regulus’? So Hogwarts has an Astronomy Tower, which we don’t see until Prince, conveniently. So, what is it usually used for? Is Astronomy a subject at Hogwarts? Also, you see once on the Marauder’s Map, that there is a classroom labeled for Arithmancy, so you are saying that wizards’ have to take math too, it’s just has a fancier name? Screw that! Where, how and why does Draco have a green apple in the Buckbeak introduction scene (at least it’s a green apple. Very Slytherin)? How long did Harry fly on Buckbeak for, because Hermione and all the students were in their robes before lift off and when he comes back Hermione and a lot of other students now had their robes off? So, Scarlett Bryne plays Pansy in the last three films, but then who is that girl on the Inquisitorial Squad in Pheonix with the other Slytherins, to that banged-bobbed-haired girl in Azkaban who hangs out with the Draco and his cronies, particularly in the Buckbeak introductions scene? Are they also supposed to be Pansy? Why didn’t Tom Riddle use his charisma, good reputation in his youth (as he was in the Slug Club) and charm to become Minister of Magic, if he wanted power so badly? Plus with his drive for immortality, I don’t know how terms work for Ministers, but it could mean he’d be Minister for eternity which is still a huge threat knowing his bigoted and ruthless beliefs. He also could have placed his supporters like Lucius and Bellatrix in all the high-ranking positions and tried a change everything so no one can oppose him. TBH, that would have been the smarter thing to do. In a way, not doing this makes him look dumb, instead of a genuine evil genius. Also, when the Death Eaters did take over the Ministry, why didn’t he simply become Minister for Magic? I get that he is arrogant, and entitled and values his fear-inducing mystique, but that also makes it easier for rebels to get by unscathed. In Azkaban, the Fat Lady’s painting get slashed, but how does that work? Does it kill a painting unless they escape like the Fat Lady? Like what if you light it on fire? How do you make a new one, and make it that person’s painting? And is the wood behind the painting spelled so it’s break and an intruder can’t get into the common room? Then why have the students bother sleeping in the Great Hall? Where, how and why does Draco have a green apple in the Buckbeak introduction scene (at least it’s a green apple. Very Slytherin)? Which of the Marauders came up with “I solemnly swear that I am up to no good” and “Mischief managed” quotes for the Marauder’s Map? It’s so iconic and brilliantly showcases what I imagine their dynamic and energy would be as a group before Peter ruined it for the rest of them. Did Cho and Cedric ever acting date or were they just Yule Ball dates because whether friends or more she seemed deeply upset and traumatized by his death, understandably? Also, what did both Cedric and Harry see in Cho, because she doesn’t seem to have much of a personality, sort of like the films’ portrayal of Ginny? If Voldemort also could have gone after the Longbottoms, were they put into hiding too, because Snape never asked Dumbledore, he never did anything to protect them, even though they were in the Order and therefore close to Dumbledore? I wouldn’t put that selfishness past Dumbledore. Since they weren’t in hiding, I’m guessing that’s why Bellatrix and Crouch Jr., Voldemort’s two most loyal followers, went to the Longbottoms and tortured them. So, if this is true, that means Dumbledore singlehandedly made two baby boys orphans. That’s horrible. Seriously how is see seen as a good person? Did Voldemort try and make the Sword of Gryffindor into a Horcrux? Because based on the snake S locket, I assume that’s a Slytherin heirloom that he somehow found as the Heir of Slytherin and obviously, there is the Ravenclaw diadem and I assume the cup has something to do with Hufflepuff since it’s gold and process of elimination, he made Horcruxes out of a relic from each Hogwarts found, also showing how despite his cold heart, did does have a soft spot for the school that as his home as an adolescent. So, did he try to make the sword into a Horcrux but due to how it takes in what makes it stronger due to it being goblin-made, what that means, it would only take in the Dark magic, not preserve it like the other relics? Why is it such a big deal when Hermione utters “Voldemort” in the DA recruitment scene when she literally said his name in the first film saying “we’re forgetting one thing. Who’s the one wizard Voldemort always feared? Dumbledore. As long as Dumbledore’s around, Harry, you’re safe. As long as Dumbledore’s around, you can’t be touched,” and then she gives a reassuring smile, making Harry feel better? It was a pretty pivotal, but small scene. So, in Part 1 the locket says that Ron was the least loved by his mother who always craved a daughter, so does that mean the Weasleys kept having kids until they had a daughter? It seems like it. My friend told me that in the book Ravenclaw’s mascot is an eagle, not a raven and their colors are blue and gold, not blue and silver, so why did they bother changing it? Like how does that impact the story? So, in the first film, the students wear black velvet cone hats during the Sorting Hat ceremony and the end-of-the-year feast, but they are never used again. Why? When Draco gets out of bed before going to the Astronomy Tower in Prince, the bed looks like a major downgrade from his no doubt lavish room at Malfoy Manor. Is that the Slytherin dorms, because if so, why does the House full of wealthy, entitled pureblood maniacs have such a crappy dorm, or is it the hospital wing, with him recovering from the Sectumsempra? It’s unclear. Also, Draco is in his PJs, and then the next time we see him he’s in his suit. Am I supposed to believe he took the time to sneak out of the hospital, go back to the dorm, sneakily put on his suit and go to kill Dumbledore? Honestly, now that I think about it, that is just the kind of dramatic thing a Slytherin would do. I would do that (not for murder obviously, but you get the point). Does Hagrid’s pink umbrella have magic in it, because he uses it to make a fire and open the brick wall to Diagon Alley in the first film, but we also don’t really ever see him cast spells or hold a wand later on in the series? Also, if he was expelled from Hogwarts and therefore doesn’t have the best magic skills, then why does he do the supposedly advanced non-verbal spell when he lights a fire at the Dursleys’ hideaway (which to me looks like if the Burrow was placed on the dark, scary and moody rock Dumbledore and Harry stand on when they arrive at the Horcrux cave in Prince. It also doesn’t look like anywhere a Muggle would realistically go to or be able to go to) when he first introduces himself to Harry when he first picks him up. If the Weasleys have a magical flying car, then how do they possibly fit all nine of them, plus Harry and Hedwig, in there to drive to King’s cross? Expansion charm? That must look so clownish to Muggles LOL. How did Ron and Hermione also not notice Quirrell muttering a curse either at the Quidditch match in Stone? I get that with Snape’s cold demeanor they thought he was the one hurting harry instead of saving him, but still, how did they not notice that? Is it just me or did having the DA actually sign their name on a paper to sign up without some protective enchantment, like with Tom Riddle’s Diary or the Marauder’s Map, very dumb, and very un-Hermione, who would take every precaution necessary even with the rebellious spirit of the idea? Did she do something like this in the books? Did George (or Fred to before he died) ever figure out how to map a Marauder’s Map, and sell them to Hogwarts students at their joke store? It wouldn’t surprise me, as they would want every Hogwarts to be as mischievous as they are and it could have been a tribute to James, Sirius and Lupin too. So, when Luna and Harry were hearing voices in the veil, those were the dead right, that’s why it engulfed Sirius, pulling him it’s the afterlife, right? Luna can hear it because she watched her mom die, while Harry can hear it because he watched Lily and Cedric die, right? It also seems quite hypnotic, which makes it seem even mro dangerous and deadly. Does Harry eventually ever actually learn the repairing spell so he can fix his freaking glasses himself? is there an advanced, non-verbal spell to do Apparition or is it more of an advanced skill? Can you simply teleport an item to someone or do you have to use an owl for literally everything? I mean, this is a magical world, right? They really couldn’t find a better way to communicate. I get it’s better for a story, but come on! Why isn’t “Accio,” the Summoning Charm, used more? That’s like the ultimate sell for lazy people? It also seems like the kind of spell that would be Ron’s favorite (his Expelliarmus)? Seriously, what are all the purposes of a Patronus? is it a shield or a messenger or both? I will say, I didn’t fully understand that a Patronus came in the form of an animal until Phoenix, because when we see a Patronus in Azkaban we only see a white-silvery light when Lupin does it on the train, in the Boggart scene and even when Harry yells “Expecto Patronum.” We only see a random white-silvery horned creature that seemingly trots over to where Harry, Sirius and the Dementors are, and no explanation that it was a fully formed Patronus. I was very confused, especially because Harry reacts to that by saying “I saw my dad,” which I didn’t really get until I found out Snape’s Patronus is the same as Lily’s, so it makes sense that Harry’s is the same as his dad, but then again, that’s never explicitly sad. So, I was very confused about Patronus, and still kind of am, obviously, while watching this series a lot of the time. Does Voldemort know about Dumbledore’s rotten hand? Was that the Horcrux ring Dumbledore was wearing during that Department of Mysteries flashback in the opening of Prince? But his hand wasn’t rotten in Phoenix at all? Did it only become rotten after he took it off? Is part of the reason he was unusually cruel (like on a surface level, not hidden under layers of false honor like usual) to Harry in Phoenix because he was wearing the ring, and it affected him like the Locket affected Harry and Ron? Yeah, I am very confused. If that panning shot that focused for too long on Dumbledore’s embrace of Harry and the rings he’s wearing (which I don’t think matches the ring. It’s gauddier and tackier. Maybe they just changed it though later or halfway through filming, LOL) wasn’t supposed foreshadow that, then what was the point of the lingering shot? Just cinema? I hate cinematic shots just for cinematic’s sake. I like symbolism and meaning. Cinematography without that just feels shallow and forced.Was that Percy at Harry’s trial, working for Ministry? Screw him! That’s someone who is like a brother to three of his brothers and his sister’s biggest crush. How exactly did James evolve from a schoolyard bully to the love of sweet Lily’s life? I get a woman changing a guy through the power of love trope, after all, I love couples like Blair and Chuck from Gossip Girl and Elena and Damon from The Vampire Diaries. I would have just loved to see and hear how exactly it happened. The whole whirlwind romance, especially because Lily, from what we know about her, doesn’t seem like the type to condone bullying from what we know about her, and I am sure Harry would have loved to hear that story too. Do Mr. and Mrs. Weasley ever actually find out about Ginny being taken in the Chamber of Secrets by Tom Riddle? Because Tom Riddle is hidden as a memory in the diary, do all of the Horcruxes have a memory within them, even if we don’t see them? If that is the case, I’m guessing Harry’s Horcrux memory would be his parents dying, which is so sad. Does Neville ever find out that he could have had Harry’s fate? Hagrid came to pick Harry up on his 11th birthday, so do Muggle-borns always find out about the Wizarding World on their 11th birthday? How much do wands cost? They are a necessity, and yet Ron’s family can’t afford to send him a new one, even though it wouldn’t have chosen him, when he breaks his in Chamber? How do Azkaban escapees get their wands back, because they definitely didn’t have them with them in prison, as that would make it too easy for them to escape? Did Lucius kept Bellatrix’s wand while she’s in Azkaban? What about Sirius, because even Lupin thought Sirius was somewhat guilty? Who exactly know where James and Lily were hiding? Obviously Dumbledore, Hagrid and Peter, but what about Sirius and Lupin? Did Dumbledore tell Snape where they are after they made their deal, and as a Death Eater/new triple agent, knew what night the Dark Lord was going to them, and that’s why he knew when and where to go? What made the Dursleys finally give Harry his own room in Chamber? Him growing? Harry’s magical abilities scared them? Fandom Wiki said that the Slytherin common room and dorms are in the dungeon, which while fitting, seems kind of like a punishment despite their entitled and wealthy reputation, but then why did Dumbledore send all the students back to their Houses, including Slytherins, when Quirrell found a troll in the Dungeon? Wouldn’t that be putting the kids in danger? Not surprising coming from Dumbledore, but still. Why didn’t Sirius use his skills as an Animagus to escape Azkaban sooner? How does underage magic (LOL) work exactly? Are they able to track wizards even before they get to Hogwarts, like Harry and the glass at the zoo? How? They seem to be able to track what spell the underage wizard uses, but how? That’s so violating. Why wasn’t having Bellatrix’s wand, the wand that killed Sirius or tortured Neville’s parents (which Harry knows about because Neville told them and Hermione and Ron found out about when Neville finally came face-to-face with Bellatrix at the Hall of Prophecies, but did Neville ever tell them the full story?), a bigger deal for the trio? Also, Harry blew up Aunt Marge and made the glass disappear wandless, but the Ministry knew about the Aunt Marge incident, and they brushed it under the rug. The Trace and underage magic is just really confusing to me. I get that these kids are wizards-in-training, but wouldn’t them not using their magic all summer, espeicllay in magical families, only hold them back instead of help them improve? Like in moderation, it would be fine. It justs seems really dumb to me and another showcase of how corrupt the Ministry is. Like does the Trace exist in Bulgaria, France and other places? How is the Trace put on the child anyway, because it’s clearly a spell, but with Muggle-raised wizards, how do they get that? Once they go to Hogwarts? I am so confused. It seems so inconsistent and like it’s only used when it serves the child to the Ministry, which is icky. Why couldn’t Harry see Thestrals all along, since he saw his mom die as a baby? How did Fred and George not notice Ron sleeping next to a guy named Peter Pettigrew every night on the Marauder’s Map, especially at home in the Burrow? Why didn’t they poke fun at Ron or tease him about it? Did they know who Peter Pettigrew was, because I don’t think so, especially because of this? Harry saw Peter Pettigrew at the Marauder’s Map because he ran away from Ron to save himself, right? He clearly didn’t do a good job. Also, how did Hagrid catch Scabbers? What was the aftermath of the Burrow fire? How quickly did they use magic to rebuild it? Even as wizards, shouldn’t that have had major repercussions? Where did they sleep that night? Since the Blacks, the Malfoys, the Potters, and the Weasleys are all purebloods, are they all distantly related in some way? So, with Voldemort’s death, did the Slytherin line die off? I hope so. What about Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Gryffindor’s heirs? Why didn’t Sirius use Polyjuice Potion to hide while he was on the run? I mean, he manage to buy a Firebolt, he surely could have gotten the ingredients for Polyjuice as well, right? Why didn’t the Ministry simply use Veirtaserum on criminal or perceived criminals like Harry and Sirius? They could have saved everyone so much time and tediousness. Honestly, sometimes being a wizard in this world seems so much harder than being a Muggle, especially with the Seven Potters ordeal, because why couldn’t they save so much time and lives by just having Harry Polyjuice himself into another wizard? Then it would look less like a mission and more like just a group of wizards taking a flight at night. It also would have save many more lives. Of course the Seven Potters ordeal was fun and exciting, but it seemed way more dangerous and tedious when there were clearly other resolutions. If Hogwarts is the safest place in the Wizarding World, then how did Sirius get in when he tore the Fat Lady’s portrait, and how did no one see him? I get he’s an Animagus, but still seeing a random dog in the Hogwarts corridors is kind of strange, even for a magic school? Also, Dumbledore and McGonagall were professors during the Marauders’ era, so they know their skill set, right? On the Weasley Clock, they had dentist on their, but then Slughorn asks Hermione if her parents’ jobs, as dentists, are dangerous, clearly having no knowledge of the practice. Am I the only one who noticed that? Slughorn is smart, so I find this hard to believe and small, but really odd. So, in Chamber and Part 1, the people who Polyjuice into other people keep their voices, but when Moody Polyjuices as Crouch, he has Moody’s voice? Did he just learn his exact accent or something because if so, you gotta admire his commitment? Why didn’t Slughorn hand out Liquid Luck to the students before the Battle of Hogwarts? He clearly took it before he helped Flitwick and McGonagall with the protection charms. How does it take to brew? Did he only have one dose? It was a cute nod, but still shouldn’t a teacher give that to his less experienced students? Clearly, it worked, as Slughorn survived and looked the cleanest, not that I doubt his abilities otherwise as he is a Hogwarts professor. Literally, how does Sirius, a fugitive, manage to get Harry a Firebolt? It’s not like he can buy it or even steal it in his dog form? Also, how does he even have money to pay for it, he may be a Black, but still. Did the Twins ever find out that the Marauders of the Marauader’s Map are James, Lupin, Sirius and Peter (it’s just too perfect that the Twins, basically the Marauder’s successors gifted it to Harry)? When did Snape join the Order? Right after Cedric’s death, along with Mr. and Mrs. Weasley, who like him, aren’t in the OG Order picture? Why don’t they use Veritaserum for justice and innocent until proven guilty? Like why didn’t they simply give Sirius Veritaserum? In Azkaban, when did Hermione get Crookshanks? I know Hermione and Ron would fight all the time because of Crookshanks (really? What kind of name is that? How did she come up with it? Is it some famous Wizard storybook author or something?) going after Scabbers, including when Ron full on blamed Hermione for Scabbers disappearance, claiming Crookshanks ate Scabbers, not even apologizing when Scabbers is found alive by Hagrid. But in hindsight, with Scabber being Peter Pettigrew, wouldn’t it have been better if Crookshanks really did kill Scabbers (I swear I am an animal lover)? It would have stopped the Dark Lord from returning. Also, while Scabbers disappeared, what was Peter doing? Because you know he was turning back into a human at that time (seriously, doesn’t it hurt the person who is an Animagus to be in their animal form for too long?), but to do what? How does someone become a ghost? Why can’t Harry’s parents, Sirius and everyone be ghosts, but Moaning Myrtle and Nearly Headless Nick can? Is Crouch Sr. even upset when he sends his son to Azkaban in Goblet because he looks so ruthless? Also, the way he sends his son to Azkaban without any evidence, just him trying to bolt out of the crowded, overstuffed (literally why is this courtroom so cluttered, it looks like a storage unit or a newspaper archive), no wonder Moody-Crouch wanted to kill him (not justified, but understandable). How did the traumatic Battle of Hogwarts effect everyone? Hagrid was kidnapped by Death Eaters. Ron lost his brother. Harry had so many important people to him die, like Lupin, who had a baby son. There was snow another orphan just like Harry. So many people died during the Battle of Hogwarts Were any of them given a memorial or a funeral? Or a memorial or special cemetery built on the Hogwarts grounds, like for military, wars or the Holocaust? Why are those girls screaming before Voldemort’s cringy voiceover in the Great Hall, but not before any of his other vocieovers later on? Also, why are only girls effected, like only girls scream during Voldemort’s vibrations and cover their ears during his amplified voiceover? Since the DADA position is cursed, it’s very hard for Dumbledore to find people to take it on, but that mean it’s common knowledge that it’s cursed, right? Were any of them given a memorial or a funeral Did Sirius, Cedric, Snape, Fred, Lupin and/or Tonks ever get a funeral or memorial? Was Snape in the Slug Club? He is very talented at potions clearly and is a very brilliant and skilled Slytherin. So, he being a Slug Club alumni how he got into the Christmas party, or just because he is a fellow professor and a fellow Slytherin as he is Head of House (also LOL at them not casting a young girl to play teen Lily. Some of those guys look like they could be a young, happier Snape before his and Lily’s falling out. Was it a Hogwarts Slug Club meeting or an alumni meeting?)? Also, it seems like an exclusive event as Draco had to sneak in, so it seems like Snape was invited. How does Snape know that Lupin is a werewolf in Azkaban? Did he find out during their school days? How long has Lupin been a werewolf? How do you become one? I assume it’s not hereditary like in Vampire Diaries or Lupin definitely wouldn’t have had a kid. It seems like everyone in the Order knows about Lupin’s condition, especially Tonks and the Weasleys. So, but I clearly Snape knew about it prior to Voldemort’s return. Also, is it just me or did Ron get over the fact that a complete stranger, a deranged sociopath, had literally been living with him and his family and watching them for years in the form of a pet rat awfully quick? Also, how did parents, especially of the young students, react to their kids basically being soldiers in this battle? Were parents upset or proud of their kids, or both? How many barely trained first years lost their lives? Could some students opt out of fighting? Where did they go? To the dungeons with Slytherin House? Did all of Slytherin House go to the dungeons or did some sneak out (how?), because Draco Apparates and grabs Blaise and Goyle, was that in the dungeon? Also, how can Draco Apparate into Hogwarts? I thought only the headmaster could? Also, why does he? Was he told by his parents to find Harry as he is his classmate? Is that why Narcissa gave him the wand? Based on how hard she fought for him, I find this a bit odd, logically speaking. Is it more explained in the books? Not all Slytherins are Death Eaters’ children, so did some of them, like Slughorn, choose to fight? Pansy Parkinson is all for sending Harry off to Voldemort to save her and the school’s own skin, is her family a Death Eating, pureblood manic family too? I know Voldemort is a half-blood himself as he grew up in a Muggle orphanage and is the heir of Slytherin, so is that why he let other half-bloods like Snape join his ranks? Could Muggle-borns too, if they for some insane reason desired to if they were just that intrigued by the Dark Arts? Bellatrix is almost more bigoted than Voldemort as she is violent at even the sight of a “Mudblood,” like when she pulls Hermione aside to torture her in Part 1. But does she know that Snape and, especially, Voldemort are half-bloods? Is that why she’s suspicious of Snape in Prince? If Dumbledore is such a manipulative control freak, then why wouldn’t he come back as a ghost to make sure all of his plans are put in place correctly? This “wand choosing the wizard” thing is very confusing. Like what if it breaks, like Ron? Or is stolen, like Draco? Or do they die, like Dumbledore? Is the disarming only for the Elder Wand or for all wand, because it is all wands then almost every villain’s wand belongs to Harry (I mean, everything belongs to Harry. The books are literally called Harry Potter. Plus, he’s “The Chosen One” and “The Boy Who Lived.” Of course, if something big happens, it’s more likely than not to, for, or because of Harry). Ron really had no idea how right he was when he said (that TikTok sound) in the first film “not me, not Hermione, you! when it really was always him. He is the Chosen One. I get that a lot of the answers to these questions is simply magic and may not be as complicated and intricate as I am making them out to be, but what I am saying is I am very intrigued to see how these things are created because they are such interesting concepts and ideas. I’d love to actually see how they are created. And I am sure new and more questions will arise over time and as I rewatch the films and eventually read the books. Maybe some have no answer. I am sure as I rewatch the films, I will find more. Maybe, this is all explained in the books. Maybe my curiosity and newfound adoration for this series will inspire me to become a reader and read the film’s source material for more information and to fill the plot holes. Maybe I just didn’t look hard enough on Fandom Wiki. At the end of the day, these plot holes weren’t distracting, so they are forgivable. I still enjoyed the films immensely. I honestly hate it when people overanalyze cinematic mythologies, films, shows, characters, story and try to put logic into escapist TV and movies, but honestly, in this case, with the mythology being so deep and the characters being so realized, the fact that I do have so many questions proves how much I enjoyed these films, because of how invested I already am in the Potter world as a new Potterhead. It’s a testament to how amazing the writing (of both the story and the book source material, and the eventual screenplays) and creation of the world and it’s characters is. I am so intrigued to learn more about these characters and this world. Bad films are just bad for no good reason or excuse at all. Good films make you itch for more, and these are good films. (also, a lot of these questions were recently answered for me by the MovieFlame Youtube channel. Check them out here!)

From #DracoTok to the internet-obsessed Dramione fan fiction (yes, I knew about this before I watched the movies. They are two of the best, most complex and interesting characters in the entire series, at least out of all the student characters. And they were played by two of the best actors out of the young cast. And I do love a good bad boy-good girl, enemies-to-lovers trope, Damon and Elena-type relationship, so I understand the appeal. It would be an interesting dynamic and great for Draco’s arc in particular with him going from being a racist like his dad to choosing good and learning from his mistakes alongside his classmates. I think it would have a way to more obviously show that arc, instead of the internal way it was presented in the films, which was still successful due to Felton’s great performance but overall the storyline could have been written better. However, I do feel like it would be a step backward for Hermione in some ways as she is someone who has clear morals and boundaries, and I think dating Draco would cross all of them. Even in a world of magic, I think this is long-shot. But that’s what fan fiction is for, right? Both actors are big scene stealers in the franchise with their charismatic performances, so I can see why some fans ship Dramione, although I think it’s more people loving Felton and Watson’s fantastic chemistry and charming, profound friendship IRL. Also it was so cute hearing about their brother-sister, protective, vulnerable relationship in the Reunion. See girls and guys CAN be just friends people, and have very deep, profound friendships. Like did these people just skip over Part 1? It’s just like that dance scene. It’s a deep friendship not anything romantic) to just a random tweet on my timeline, the character I heard the most about prior to watching, besides the core three, Snape and Dumbledore, was Draco Malfoy. I was shocked to see how little he is actually in the movies. In fact, the only major storyline he has isn’t until Half-Blood Prince, the sixth movie in the eight-movie franchise. I wish we got more of him because he was the character I was most excited to see. His bad-boy-gone-good storyline was more riveting than most of the other sub-plots and could have been written so much better, even if Tom Felton gave a scene-stealing performance by doing so much with so little, the producers should have recognized that and written more to highlight his skills. It was honestly criminal because to me Draco was far more interesting than Ron (Sorry, but it’s true). He deserved a more satisfying arc and MUCH more development and screentime.

I also expected the Houses to play a huge part in it and it doesn’t really. I love the idea of the Houses and find it so fascinating. It encourages family and a sense of belonging, which is such a big theme in these films. Also, it kind of reminds me of Astrology as the more you learn about your House, the more you learn about yourself and how each person in each House is not a cookie-cutter copy of each other, just like a zodiac sign. I find the individual personalities of each House so fascinating because each is so complex. They are so complex that so many characters fit into multiple Houses and yet the one they are actually in makes perfect sense. There are so many examples of this. I feel like Cedric fits Gryffindor due to how he died like a true Gryffindor, but I guess someone had to be a relevant Hufflepuff. Plus, he is very selfless and kind. Luna seems like she could fit Hufflepuff because of her kindness and Gryffindor because all of her friends are in that House and she’s brave too. How the hell is Lockhart as Ravenclaw and not a Slytherin? He isn’t intelligent, he just ambitious, admittedly resourceful and completely and totally self-interested. Also, how the hell did Pettigrew get into Gryffindor? He is the most cowardly character in this whole series. Honestly, I don’t see him in any house, but I guess due to his future alliances, Slytherin would be the one for him. Also, how is Snape not a Gryffindor in comparison to the cowardly Pettigrew when Snape is the bravest man Harry’s ever known (it also seems like the set decorators believe Snape belongs in Gryffindor too because there is a Gryffindor scarf behind him during his death scene). If any Weasley had to be in Slytherin, it would be Percy. He is ambitious and determined. I mean, the Twins are also ambitious (and so is Ron in many ways too) but Percy undeniably takes the cake in that department. Dumbledore should have been a Slytherin. Like Narcissa played the long game to protect Draco, Dumbledore played the long game to sacrifice Harry, and they both did anything they needed to do to achieve these goals, for Narcissa it was lying to Voldemort and protecting Harry and for Dumbledore it was serving James, Lily, Sirius and Snape to death on a silver platter. Also, similarly to how Pettigrew gives off major Slytherin vibes in the worst possible way, Lupin also seems to fit Ravenclaw, as the brains behind the Marauders (there is no doubt in my mind that he was a key player in creating the Marauder’s Map). He was also much more reserved and individualistic than his friends. He was very brilliant when it came to DADA, a great teacher and mentor and just had so much various Wizarding World knowledge. He also loves to pass on wisdom, which Ravenclaws notably value. Mr. Weasley could have been in Ravenclaw with his creativity and individuality. Dumbledore should have been a Slytherin. He was the most ambitious character besides Voldemort (which BTW ambition isn’t always a negative trait. I would describe myself as ambitious, hence why I identify with Slytherin, but in Dumbledore’s case, since it comes from a place of greed, it is bad), but Dumbledore was the unsolicited puppet master of the whole series, and he just sucked. He shows ambition through wanting the Deathly Hallows, he shows cunning through the way he talks to Draco on the Astronomy Tower and he shows self-preservation throughout the entire series by having people do his dirty work, until his own stupidity gives him a death sentence (self presevration isn’t always a bad thing, there’s a difference between self-love and selfishness though). Dumbledore also plays the long game, as he did that with Harry (and IMO with the Marauders), which is a very Slytherin trait. Yes, Snape is determined, resourceful and ambitious, but he is also the bravest man Harry knew, and bravery is a key Gryffindor trait, showing how in a different world, maybe he and Lily could have been in the same House. I mean, he lied straight to the Dark Lord’s face and dedicated his life to protecting Harry. Snape also had the Sword of Gryffindor, which he delivered to Harry through his Patronus. Also, how else would he be able to have the sword if he wasn’t a true Gryffindor? And during a shot in his final conversation with Voldemort in Part 2, there is a Gryffindor scarf behind him, which I don’t think was a coincidence on the set decorator’s part, I think it was very purposeful. Yes, he is very much a Slytherin. He’s determined, cunning, resourceful, calculating, dedicated, and plays the long game. But, like I believe maybe that I am a Slytherclaw, maybe Snape is a Slytherdor? Harry, Ron and Hermione were all brave and chivalrous in true Gryffindor fashion, but it is clear that Harry was the Slytherin, Hermione was the Ravenclaw (although with her determination, resourcefulness and drive for success, she does seem to have some Slytherin in her) and Ron was the Hufflepuff of the group (although he too has some Slytherin with his egocentric insecurities, but at least the Sorting Hat saw his potential like it did for Harry and Neville), which is probably why they all worked well together, they were all very similar in many ways, but also all very different in many, very clear, ways. Gryffindor’s bravery is challenged by Pettigrew. Ravenclaw’s intelligence is challenged by Lockhart. Hufflepuff’s perception of weakness is challenged by Cedric. Slytherin’s reputation for villainy is challenged by Snape and Slughorn. I appreciate that JKR shows how their are exceptions to these House guidelines. It makes the whole idea more complex and interesting, making me wish this was explored even more in the series. Houses and sorting seem to be more about a person’s values rather then their personality because of this. This is because while Hermione values her intelligence, she admires the trait of bravery most, Luna may be brave but she values her creativity more, Harry may have a lot of drive but he values his chivalry and nerve most, Neville may start off a pure and good but becomes brave and daring, Ron is good-hearted but he wants to be brave and Draco may be daring and has a lot of nerve but values his ambitions most. Also, Neville begins as a shy Gryffindor. In Goblet we see Hufflepuffs be mean to Harry. Snape is the best example of a brave Slytherin. Also, Lockhart is stupid and he’s a Ravenclaw. So, if this doesn’t prove that it’s values over personality, then I don’t know what does. That also makes it make more sense how so many families and generations end up in same Houses as they pass down their values, with the Weasleys its bravery and chivalry and with Slytherin it’s cunning and ambition. All the Weasley kids have very different personalities, Ron’s easygoing, Ginny is (supposed to be) sassy, the Twins are humorous, Percy is ambitious and Bill is noble, but all value bravery. Same with the Blacks. Bellatrix is psychotic, Narcissa is loyal, Lucius is pathetic, Draco is conflicted, but they all value ambition. Hufflepuffs seem to value the work and their relationships more than their ambitions, glory or intelligence, unlike the Houses. Slytherin are perceived as villains because they are ambitious and determined, willing to do whatever it takes to achieve their goals, however like Potter says over and over it’s about the choice to use those qualities for good to for evil and while Voldemort, Lucius and Bellatrix decide to use those qualities for evil, Draco, Narcissa, Snape and Slughorn decide to use those qualities for good. But also traits aren’t exclusive either. Take the impulsivness of Gryffindors and Hermione. While she is a quick thinker, each of her actions has a reasoning and purpose, unlike most Gryffindors who often make rash decisions like Ron and Harry. In fact, oftentimes, she tames them. That’s another reason why I think Houses, and specifically sorting, is more about what a person values rather then their personality, as the traits commonly associated with each House are their values, and the stereotypical personalities are less exclusive and absolute as their are so many personalities in each House. Gryffindors’ personalities are often impulsive, present, trusting (a little too much as seen through Harry and Lupin, especially when Harry tells the Order that he trusts all of them after Moody dies. Luckily they each deserve it, but still, it’s risky), positive, joyful, pasisonate, funny, playful, kind, stubborn, and have a strong moral compass that guides everything they do. However, they value bravery, chivalry, and nerve. Hufflepuffs’ personalities lean towards being hard working, honest, loyal, genuine, giving, accpeting, good-natured, compassionate, dependable, patient, but they value dedication, oyalty and fairness. Slytherins’ personality tend to be self-reliant, driven, charming, goal-oriented, assertive, determined, cunning, benefit-focused, attention-grabbing, and value opinions of select few by having an inner circle, but they value ambition, cunning and determination. Ravenclaws’ personalities are curious, individualistic, witty, observant, inquisitive, independent, self-entertaining, unique, academic, but they value intelligence, creativity and wisdom (so clearly Ravenclaws are more then just being smart. That’s why Hermione, Lily, Snape and Percy aren’t Ravenclaws, but Luna, who is more known for her quirkiness then her intelligence, is a Ravenclaw). The Houses were what I heard the most about prior to watching, so I was shocked to see how little they are relevant to the larger plot. I mean, every film the trio proves how much they are true Gryffindors. They encounter trolls, Basilisks, werewolves, spiders, unhinged Death Eaters, giants and even the Dark Lord himself. If Houses are like “your family” while at Hogwarts, as McGonagall says, then it really horrible how the Ravenclaws don’t accept Luna. While Luna has Hufflepuff energy with her selflessness and purity, if she wasn’t a Ravenclaw, she would undeniably be Gryffindor, after all, they are the only ones who treat her with kindness and genuity. Is it possible to switch Houses? If so, Luna should switch to Gryffindor, because those are her only friends and the only people who accept her? After all, everyone who went to the Department of Mysteries in Phoenix was a Gryffindor, except Luna. It’s also funny to me how Gryffindor seems to be the most prestigious house when really it’s sort of the throw-away house. What I mean is that there are so many personalities in that house, that it’s not as distinctive personality-wise as the undeniably good Hufflepuffs, smart Ravenclaws and ambitious Slytherins. The Gryffindor house seems to be more of a melting pot than any of the others, which is both good and bad. The Twins are creative like Ravenclaws. Harry is determined like Slytherins. Ron is fair like Hufflepuffs. Hermione is a strive like Slytherins and intelligent like Ravenclaws. Neville is hard-working like Hufflepuffs. They all have very distinct and different personalities, but all seem to value bravery, which makes them all have something in common and bleed Gryffindor. Ron is the Hufflepuff of the group with his unwavering loyalty and dedication but lacks Hufflepuff’s work ethic. Hermione is genius and very wise, but it takes her a while to become creative and open-minded in terms of knowledge, which Ravenclaws naturally are. Harry has Slytherin traits of determination, resourcefulness, independence and ambition, but is far to caring and selfless and wouldn’t have gotten along with the self-preserving students in the House, proven many times throughout the series due to his hero complex. Ron’s good-intentioned impulsiveness, Hermione’s strong moral compass and Harry’s chivalry and nerve are what make them all true Gryffindors though. Like I said, Houses seem to be more based on values rather then personalities. The only person that makes me think the Hogwarts House system is full of crap is Peter Pettigrew because he is the least brave character of the series and doesn’t even value it, he values self-preservation. So it doesn’t match his personality or his values, mostly because he doesn’t have very many values besides selfishness. I understood that the Slytherins and the Gryffindors had a rivalry, but what about the Hufflepuffs and the Ravenclaws? Was Hufflepuffs really that good? Because in Goblet of Fire they were pretty snooty toward Harry. I mean, I get they wanted to support one of their own like Cedric, but they didn’t have to be obnoxious about it, although that is what kids do. I also think it’s more about what you seek out of life. Gryffindors seek glory (the Weasley twins both say “wicked” after Dumbledore says eternal glory is what awaits the student who wins the Triwizard Tournament and Ron even hopes to enter when he’s of age, while Harry replies to him saying “better you than me” as he has a hero complex that results in glory but more because of trauma rather than an actual striving goal) and family. Slytherin seeks power and success. Ravenclaws seek skills and intelligence. Hufflepuffs seek camaraderie and teamwork. Gryffindors want to be the hero. Slytherins want to be the leader. Hufflepuffs want to be good team players. Ravenclaws want to be satisfied within and help others when they can. These points are why I wish they showed more of the high school hierarchy and politics. After all, that’s what makes so many teen-centric films so relatable. I am saying I want cliques like in Mean Girls, but I think this could have helped the audience connect more with the films in a much more interesting way than having them wear Muggle clothes (more on that later). It also could help articulate the social commentary, racism and classism the films already comment on in society, and show how that behavior starts in high school, especially with Draco and the Slytherins. The trio proves in every film that Gryffindor is a well-deserved placement. Despite all the trouble and danger, Harry finds himself in, Ron and Hermione never leave his side. They encounter trolls, spiders, werewolves, manic crazy trees, even the Dark Lord himself and so many other near-death experiences. Their friendship only got stronger over the course of the series, to the point where their teamwork was so seamless in the finale. They are true friends. They would rather die together than leave each other. Also, both Slytherins and Hufflepuffs are highly selective with who they give their loyalty too, while Ravenclaws and Gryffindor sare more open or inclusive with their loyalty, as seen with how Harry naively says he trusts everyone in the Order after Moody’s death. Also, I think the fact that Hufflepuffs and Slytherins seemed to be looked down upon (as we literally meet one prominent Hufflepuff and almost every villain seems to be in Slytherin, which inspired Harry to beg the Sorting Hat not to put him in Slytherin) reveals a double-edged sword in Wizarding society. Hufflepuffs value hard work, relationships and fairness, but are looked at as losers and the nice guys who finish last. Meanwhile, Slytherin value ambition and cunning, which means they are seen as cutthroat, nasty and mean. However, hard work and ambition are both qualities that people who have a drive for self-betterment and success employ, just look at Hermione. Also, this takes place in a world of magic, this gives the assumption that Hufflepuffs are frowned upon because they are willing to do the work in spite of having magical abilities, while Slytherins are frowned upon because they take advantage of their magical abilities too much. However, both Hufflepuffs and Slytherins value their relationships and ambitions. Where Hufflepuffs are kind, Slytherins value their legacy. Where Hufflepuff work hard, Slytherins are laser-focused on their goals. The two Houses have similar ideals, just different ways of getting there. Meanwhile, Gryffindors use magic to be chivalrous and heroic and Ravenclaws use magic for discovery and creativity, both being in the middle of the spectrum. Gryffindor and Slytherin are the two Houses we are most familiar with, as these are the Houses with ‘main character energy’ as they strive for power and glory, hence they are two sides of the same coin, just Slytherins are strategic, calculating and cunning while Gryffindors are impulsive, impatient and action-oriented, like, all Draco wants the satisfaction of shaking hands with the Minister of Magic, while Harry wants to hear the people in the Quidditch cheer for him. Gryffindors are natural leaders, passionate, loyal, trustworthy, competitive, courageous, confident, adaptable, fair, inclusive, just, adventurous and good friends. Slytherins are more exclusive, only putting their faith in as few people as possible, which is why trust is often Gryffindors’ downfall. Slytherins are visual people with big goals, value having an inner circle, value family and legacy, very protective, ruthless when crossed, investigative, question authority and are badasses. Gryffindors blindly trust authority, just look at Harry with Dumbledore, while Slytherins question authority, just look at the Death Eaters (even though they are in the wrong, it’s still an example). Also, both Gryffindors and Slytherins value loyalty greatly, just in different ways. Gryffindors are more inclusive with their loyalty. They aren’t naive or reckless with it, you still have to earn, but it’s much easier to earn. Once you prove yourself, that’s it, which is why they often trust the wrong people, like Dumbledore, Moody-Crouch or Quirrell. Rather than Slytherins who value family over everything, due to their emphasis on status. This also causes them to have a smaller circle, a smaller group of which they are loyal to and who are loyal to them, hence making their status greater due to the exclusivity. Gryffindors are inclusive with their loyalty, hence why Harry meets more and more loyal friends on his journey like Luna, Dobby and Slughorn, while Slytherins are more exclusive with their loyalty, hence why even though Draco hates his dad, he is still loyal to him, which is why he stomps on Harry’s face on the train. Meanwhile, we meet very few Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff characters, showing their individualism, value of community and independence. Hufflepuffs and Ravenclaws are both very kind, but Ravenclaws are free thinkers and don’t care if people think they are crazy while Hufflepuffs value others’ opinions and want to make sure everyone is included, just look at Cedric and how he is always around a group of friends and goes out of his way to make sure Harry is okay. Ravenclaws encourage others to think outside the box and that’s how they help others, with their own individual idea of right and wrong, while Hufflepuffs help others by constantly checking in and being aware and are very selfless people always thinking of others first, doing generally what’s right. Ravenclaws and Slytherins are both rebellious, independent, curious, inquisitive, perfectionistic, completionists, individualistic and innovative, just in very different ways. Luna is quirky and a free thinker, caring more about her own individual achievement, taking her time to master a Patronus and making a lion head just because she wants to, compared to Draco who is entitled and thinks the rules don’t apply to him, cares more about how he can use his achievements to get ahead, but still similarly thinks outside the box by using a Vanishing Cabinet, something that has shrunk in popularity so much it is now hidden in the Room of Requirement (or Snape with him inventing spells). They both are completionists, question authority and will do anything to achieve their personal goals, Slytheirns are just motivated by status, while Ravenclaws are motivated by knowledge. Ravenclaw and Slytherins independence and individualism is shown in different ways, however. Ravenclaws just want self-statsifaction, whether it’s through knowledge, creativity or learning. While Slytherins believe in self-preservation. Not necessarily selfishness, as Narcissa showcases self-preservation by giving her son her wand during the Battle of Hogwarts, as to her, protecting her son is to protect herself. Although, it can be interpreted that way as seen with Peter Pettigrew turning into his Animagus just to avoid Azkaban, Voldemort just by Voldemort-ing and Bellatrix with how she slides herself into he Floo Network immediately when Dumbledore show shismelf at the Department of Mysteries in Phoenix, letting her master who she is endlessly devoted to fend for himself. Basically, it’s putting your own needs before someone else’s. So, if they to watch the world burn, they will do anything possible to achieve that. But fi they want their loved ones to be safe, they’ll do anything possible to achieve that. Ravenclaws and Gryffindors are both brilliant, but Ravenclaws are more individualistic with their knowledge, not necessarily prideful, just more independent, while Gryffindors are chivalrous with their knowledge and are willing to share it, hence having a moment of glory due to their brilliance, this is why Luna and Hermione are almost foils of each other. I also wish we got to learn more about the founders of the Houses and of Hogwarts. It seems so fascinating. Based on my fascination with Houses and this world’s mythology, can you tell how much of a history buff I am? I will say, I appreciate how they presented characters that subvert the stereotypes of each House’s traits. Pettigrew was an evil, cowardly Gryffindor. Slughorn was a pure-hearted, overall good Slytherin. Cedric was a courageous Hufflepuff. Lockhart, obviously was a hysterically idiotic Ravenclaw.

The number of snakes was very terrifying. Snakes are personally a huge fear of mine. I could handle the spiders, but the snakes I had to hide under my covers. Like I barely watched the final battle in Deathly Hallows: Part 2 because Nagini was too terrifying. I wish I had been warned that snakes were in almost every movie. I had watched Chamber of Secrets out of context before and remembered snakes had a huge part to play, so I was somewhat prepared for that film, but not for the others. 

I had seen some of the actors’ past, or I guess post-Harry Potter work. I love Emma Watson. I am a huge fan of her and her films The Bling Ring, Little Women and The Perks of Being A Wallflower are some of my favorites; so she was really the only main actor I was super familiar with. I know Rupert Grint had worked with Ed Westwick and Phoebe Dynevor in Snatch, but I haven’t watched it. I hadn’t really seen anything Daniel Radcliffe has done, though I know he was in How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying on Broadway. I know it’s controversial, but I actually loved the addition of the Heretics in The Vampire Diaries, and one of them was played by Scarlett Byrne who plays Pansy Parkinson, who I wish we got to see more of. As Draco’s girlfriend (right? sort of?), we could have seen his softer side. It was also cool to see Eva from Gossip Girl in the role (BTW Tom Riddle actor Christian Coulson played Ivan in one of Clemence Posey’s episodes of Gossip Girl, in fact they starred in the episode “Touch of Eva” together, even sharing scenes. And Coulson’s character is very different Tom Riddle) she is known for playing, although Fleur Delacour was a very similar character, and Edward Cullen, erm, Robert Pattinson pre-Twilight as the tragic Cedric Diggory.

I had heard a lot of quotes prior to watching, from “yer a wizard, Harry” to “I’m going to bed before either of you come up with another clever idea to get us killed, or worse, expelled.” I first heard “I solemnly swear I am up to no good,” in the song “Salty Sweet” by MS MR which was used in a season three episode of Pretty Little Liars. It was also in the Instagram bio of someone I follow a while back. However, it’s literally said twice, and once was before the end credits, which was a bit disappointing. It was also a “blink and you’ll miss it” moment, which I did. I had to rewind. I knew what a Muggle was before watching, which also shows how impactful this series is, as it was so referenced so much that it blurred the lines of fiction and reality and just became common vernacular, especially in other fantasy universes like The Vampire Diaries universe.

I also appreciate how, as much as the story revolves around Harry and the trio, you can tell that Hogwarts itself didn’t revolve around them. Harry tried his hardest not to grab attention, just he would just naturally get it because of the legend surrounding him. The trio kept to themselves but weren’t exclusive. They included Ron’s siblings, Neville and Luna when they could and when it was safe enough. That inclusivity proves how they weren’t popular, unlike someone like Cedric Diggory, who almost always had an entourage around him. Like Harry, he never tried to be popular, but naturally was. Unlike that, Harry wasn’t popular, just famous. There’s a difference. Fred and George seemed like the popular ones, as they had the most friends, as they were seen talking with Lee, Angelina, Oliver, Neville and of course the trio. I also appreciate how there isn’t a social hierarchy at Hogwarts, to at least an obvious one throughout the series between the students and the Houses. There isn’t a cool House and a loser House. While the students have their insecurities and bullying occurs, they also all seem to just do their own thing. I really appreciate that in this series. It’s really different and sets it apart even further from other teen media. The Vampire Diaries is similar in that, but I feel like with Houses system in itself showing the characters’ different values and personalities, Potter portrays it more strongly.

I also loved how their photographs are like videos or boomerangs. It makes the Wizarding World differ even more from the Muggle world. Like in the newspapers and the pictures in the book Hagrid gave to Harry in the first film, it was so cool. It’s like Harry Potter had the first gifs (Draco’s animated drawing from the note he flew over to Harry in Azkaban could also be categorized as a gif). Like how the Marauder’s Map is like the first Gossip Girl map or Snapchat map.

As someone who hates sports, I actually really liked Quidditch. I like how there isn’t one goal. Every player has a different goal, which makes for a more dynamic game with higher stakes. It was really thrilling to watch. I may think all sports are just glorified running back and forth, but I would genuinely love to see a Quidditch game and real life. It’s the only sport I understand, and it’s fictional. I think that says a lot about how cool and fun those scenes were.

I loved their use of the anti-hero in a children’s story. It was quite sophisticated for children’s literature and cinema. Good and evil are choices rather than inherited traits. Harry gives people second chances when they make mistakes and characters are either more evil than they seem or seem evil, but are later given redemption. This is mainly true for the character of Snape. Snape is THE anti-hero of the series. He’s layered, complicated, mysterious, multi-dimenisonal, complex and contradictory in all the best and most fascinating ways, and that’s exactly what an anti-hero is. Just look at iconic TV anti-heroes like The Sopranos‘ Tony Soprano, Mad Men‘s Don Draper, Euphoria‘s Rue Bennett and The Vampire Diaries‘ Damon Salvatore. In the first movie, Harry views Quirrell as good and Snape, who has a very off-putting appearance and demeanor, as malicious. However, it’s actually the opposite. In that particular instance, Snape is good and Quirrell is bad. And Snape figures out the truth about Quirrell and immediately puts the pieces together when he first sees him and spends the rest of the school year protecting Harry from him, despite being constantly being mean and cold to Harry. This pattern continues with Moody in the fourth film and Snape in almost every movie, especially the first, third and final. Snape isn’t good or bad, he’s complex and multifaceted. On the surface, he is scary, cold and intense. Someone you don’t want to upset, cross or oppose. However, underneath, he has very complicated motives, especially toward Harry. He looks just like his school days’ nemesis, Harry’s dad James (it also doesn’t help that Harry is very close with James’ school best friends Lupin and Sirius), but Harry’s heart and eyes are like his mother Lily, who Snape has always loved wholeheartedly (interpret that as romantic or childhood, lifelong friendship, however, you wish. I see it just as love, not necessarily romantic but not necessarily platonic, just pure and simple, the most pure and simple thing about the complicated man that is Severus Snape). He wants to protect Lily’s son, but he wants to hate anything associated with James. He was also a triple agent because of this. The school bullying drove him to become a Death Eater. However, when he found out they were going after Lily’s son, he panicked and was heartbroken and guilt-ridden when he found her dead. To honor her, he vowed to protect her son, even if that meant risking his life and being hated and feared. And that’s exactly how he spent the entire series. To do that successfully, he had to convince the person threatening Lily’s son, Voldemort, that he was on his side and will spy for him, when really he was on Harry’s side the whole time (he was furious when he found out Harry had to die). Snape is the ultimate anti-hero of the series. Some may consider Snape a tragic hero, which he clearly has elements of due to his gut-wrenching demise and posthumous redemption, but I think anti-hero is a more accurate term because he did do some pretty cruel things like murdering Dumbledore, bullying students when they literally did nothing wrong and hitting his students, even if we learned that deep down, underneath the cold demeanor, he was good all along. Tragic heroes have one key character flaw, and Snape, honestly, had many (cruelty, bias, resentment, trauma, anger, stress, etc.). He also has the anti-heroic arc of having disappointment after disappointment, between his nemesis winning Lily’s heart to many people beating him out of the Defense Against The Dark Arts professor position to being forced to become a murderer and ruin his reputation forever. His clear annoyance for his circumstances, shown through lines like, “Has it ever crossed your brilliant mind that I don’t want to do this anymore?” makes his anti-heroism even more apparent. He was brave enough to be the bad guy to protect Harry, who he had complicated feelings for on top of everything. It’s just brilliant. Snape is literally the perfect anti-hero.

It was also the same for Draco Malfoy. Showing a kid as an antihero is very rare, and doing it well is even rarer, but Tom Felton did an amazing job of showing the depth and hardship Draco dealt with that made him act out at school. He was privileged and wealthy and thought that equaled success, mainly because his father expected excellence always. He was practically forced to be a Death Eater. He even said when he was about to kill Dumbledore that he didn’t want to do that, he had to. Draco may have had parents, which is more then Harry can say, but what Harry had was love, from the Weasleys and the Marauders, which Draco can’t really say the same (except Narcissa who did genuinely love him, but she was still babied him). Draco had bad role models and bad parents. It’s nature versus nurture, and all Draco wanted was some of what Harry had. Harry may not see that (at least for the majority of the series until Prince), but the audience does. And what was Draco supposed to do? Not stand with the Death Eaters with Voldemort right there? He would have gotten killed in front of all his classmates. It was great writing, but we still deserve his redemption and to see him and Harry reconcile more than just a passive nod at Platform 9 and 3/4. Keep in mind that these books were written before the age of Tony Soprano, the ultimate TV anti-hero, which makes all this anti-heroism in Potter very of the times. Gotta love anti-heroes.

I also appreciate how the series matured as it progressed, and along with its characters. As the kids grew up and saw the realities of the Wizarding World, much like it’s the audience and the cruel realities real world, it became progressively darker over time. This made perfect sense. The characters weren’t kids anymore. The audience wasn’t kids anymore either. It couldn’t stay a wide-eyed tale of magic for very long, especially as it went from a children’s story to a coming-of-age story. The series aged and matured alongside the characters, the actors and the audience, similar to the TV show Stranger Things, with that probably being the modern-day equivalent of that kind of aging-as-series-progresses idea, both through the people and the story. The first film was a celebration of magic, youth, adventure, innocence and wonder. With the ending of Sorcerer’s Stone including Harry melting a guy’s face off, it made sense that Chamber of Secrets would lean into that with the ominous threat and use of the two scariest animals ever; snakes and spiders. The Prisoner of Azkaban was the first tonal shift when it sent from innocent to dark, but still kept the adventurous wonder and youthful energy of the first two films. And while Goblet Of Fire started wonderous and fun, its ending became the biggest plot twist of the series, going from light and adventurous to dark and deadly, raising the stakes with one flick of a wand. It was a rude awakening and was the moment our favorite Hogwarts students officially became young adults. The next two, which had the second biggest and darkest tonal shift, were the kids dealing with the harsh realities of living during wartime, and being so young and also on the frontlines, just like wartime IRL. The penultimate film were about preparation, focusing on character development and relationship development, so the final film could be as satisfying, epic and emotional as possible. It reminds me of a Taylor Swift album, they grow up with their audience and come out just at the right moment, especially when you remember that these movies came out yearly to bi-yearly. It makes me wish I watched them as they were released. It would have made what was already a spiritual experience all the more magical. And just like how they got progressively darker in visually, in the color palette, tonally and aesthetic, but the overall quality got better too through the special effects, acting and production design. This was probably (and obviously) because of how much technology changed between 2001 and 2011 and how much the actors have grown.

I will say, I loved the score music in these films. They were really well done. The score music in these movies is very specific for each scene and each movie, making each distinctive and sonically identifiable. They were very distinctive to each film and matched each movie’s “theme” very well. I loved how the music theme in Azkaban resembled a ticking noise (oh, the unintentional Harry Potter Puppet Pals reference, the only thing that would have made it better would be if it was a Euphoria-esque score with lyrics that sang “Snape, Snape, Severus Snape,” although I didn’t watch that video until 2nd grade, which was 2007, which was when the Order of the Phoenix film was released and the final book came out and Azkaban came out in 2004, so), mirroring its repetitive clock imagery and the importance of the Time Turner in the story. Personally, my favorite film, score music-wise, is Azkaban with how distinctive and symbolic it is. Between the cinematography and the time-ticking score, this film really stood out among the rest aesthetically and sonically speaking. Between the jazzy score during the Boggart scene to the medieval-sounding triumphant score during the Great Hall scenes to a middle eastern chiming score throughout the film to a choral one during the Patronus scenes to a flute-sounding one during the more tender moments to the time-ticking score use throughout the series, it kept this rather dark film light, fun and adventurous. And the score music during Lupin’s werewolf transformation and how it changes in tone once it zooms in on his eye and then zooms out as he begins to transform. It was so well-done and built the tenison really well. Now the main ticking score is my favorite of the series, but the more upbeat ones that are used in Hogsmeade, the Boggart scene, and when the ghost crashes through the window are also good too. Then the joyous, uplifting score in Phoenix used to juxtapose Umbridge’s cruelty and support how the teens are taking matters into their own hands by practicing defensive spells in secret in the DA meetings. Phoenix‘s use of the score was smart because it leaned more towards the cheerful side, the DA’s side, rather than the sinister Umbridge side. However, due to her perky mannerism, it didn’t feel awkward when it played in her scenes, just artificial, which was the point. The opening score music in Deathly Hallows: Part 1 that played while Hermione obliviated her parents’ memories of her, Harry watched the Dursleys leave and Hermione walked away from her childhood home was also amazing. You could literally feel the emotions and the stakes getting higher and higher. It was so impactful and powerful, especially for Hermione. It was such a difficult and brave thing for her to do and the combination of Watson’s performance and the music made the emotional weight of the scene so palpable. Then the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 was so eerie and ominous, giving the audience the feeling that things were definitely gonna change by the end of the movie. The scores that played during the overview shots of the Battle were especially good (like when we see the Quidditch Pitch burning down, when Oliver Wood and other I assume alumni fly in on brooms, or as the trio run through the castle and courtyard on their way to Voldemort in boathouse and encounter many beasts and characters from their past, etc.), as well as Lily’s Theme playing during both during Snape’s opening and scene and subtly during his death scene, not to mention the fact that the score being played both times is literally named Lily’s Theme, all of this just makes those moments even better and even more emotional and heartbreaking. Also, the score music during the Prince’s Tale the part as it goes back and forth between Snape walking through the Potter house post-Voldemort and Dumbledore telling him the truth, ugh, it makes an already heartbreaking and powerful scene that much more powerful. And Hedwig’s Theme playing during the reunion scene was just the cherry on top, so nostalgic and joyous. The Hallows films score was done by Alexandre Desplat who also did the score for The French Dispatch, The Shape of Water, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, Greta Gerwig’s Little Women and Moonrise Kingdom. The music theme used in Potions scene where they all attempt to brew Living Death and in the scene with Draco and the Vanishing Cabinet, among others such as when Harry spots Ginny in the window when he arrives at the Burrow, in the Half-Blood Prince were also good and memorable, especially in the potions class scene, in my opinion. The score in Part 2 was so good because it felt like a majestic war movie. It built the tension and anxiety, but it was also breathtaking, which after all 7 films, is exactly what this battle should be and sound like. While looking up the scores on Tunefind, I discovered that this ominous theme music was called “Lily’s Theme,” which gives a whole new meaning to it playing while Snape stands in the window frame at the beginning of the movie, looking down as the students march into the school and during his death scene. The final score in Stone as the train pulls away was also so good. John Williams did the score music for the first three films. Williams’ score had by far the biggest impact on the series, however. Hedwig’s Theme was used in, I believe, every single movie and helped define the overall tone sonically for the rest of the series. “Hedwig’s Theme” is the iconic Harry Potter theme that we all know and love, created by John Williams. Williams is a composing legend. He did so many iconic scores for Jaws, Jurassic Park, Star Wars, E.T. and Indiana Jones. This piece of music manages to work for all the movies, which is part of why it is so iconic and impressive, as not all the books and scripts were written yet. The score music in Stone was so great at encapsulating that wonderous, 90s witchy charm. And it continued into Chamber too, especially in the beginning of that film. I specifically love when “Hedwig’s Theme” plays when Harry finally returns to Hogwarts in Deathly Hallows: Part 2. It makes the scene so fulfilling, full circle, nostalgic and sentimental, especially because its a reunion between the trio and their friends, and seeing how loyal they all are to Harry.

The one main thing I had a MASSIVE problem with in regard to these movies are the costumes. Frankly, they suck. They had so much potential to be used as a nuanced storytelling device and it just looked like they barely even tried, despite the huge budgets you know these films had. There is no story being told when there was so much opportunity to create such iconic, character-revealing looks since they have such interesting, witchy subject matter. They just could have done so much more with it. Judianna Makovsky was the costume designer on the first film, which by far was the film that had the best costumes of the whole series. She was also the costume designer for the first The Hunger Games movie and many Marvel films. Lindy Hemming worked on the second film, attempting to continue Makovsky’s work with little originality or memorability. Meanwhile, Janet Termaine was the costume designer in the last six films, which is when the costumes really went downhill. That’s not to say Termaine did a bad job, it was probably mostly the production team’s (which was mostly men) ignorant requests and approvals of certain looks which made it mostly go downhill, however, there are some things Termaine could have really fought for, or showcased to the production team, that she clearly failed to do, which was a disservice to the franchise and it’s aesthetic impact and storytelling. The best example of the loss of potential and ride downhill with the costumes is when comparing the establishing shots of the Wizarding background actors and their wardrobe in the Sorcerer’s Stone Diagon Alley scene versus the Order of the Phoenix Ministry of Magic scene. Honestly, the comparison is like night and day, literally. The Diagon Alley scene was filled with actors in vibrant and whimsical costumes, while the Ministry of Magic scene just looked like a New York train station filled with mid-20th century Muggle businessmen. It’s honestly so sad. Honestly, the Hogwarts staff have the best costumes purely due to their iconic looks and classic witchy details, not because they are actually good or original. McGonagall’s costume with the stereotypical witch’s hat and Dumbledore’s heavily-detailed cloaks, while they were all very predictable, not very original, nor gave us an insight into their characters, at least they gave us more witchy aesthetic goodness than the majority of the franchise did. Also, why do they dress McGonagall like a villain? She wears an emerald green cloak in the first two movies, which is Slytherin’s color, not Gryffindor’s, and she’s a Gryffindor. Seriously, why, for the first two movies is McGonagall in those emerald green velvet robes with gold embroidery? Isn’t she Gryffindor’s Head of House? She is also one of the most pour characters. It makes no sense to me visually to associate her with Slytherin. However, she also wears black robes in the other movies, which also makes no sense to me because she is one of the more wise, kinder characters. Shouldn’t she wear a color more similar to Dumbledore’s silver robes? At least McGonagall finally stops wearing the emerald robes in Azkaban, but the pointed shoulder cloaks she wears in the rest of the movies still make her look like a villain instead of the stern, but nurturing force she really is. While dressing McGonagall as a stereotypical witch is fine (but predictable) more welcoming colors like purple or maroon, which are also witchy, would have fit her character better, especially maroon as she’s a Gryffindor. While the emerald velvet with gold embroidery is pretty (and also brings out Maggie Smith’s eyes), it just makes no sense symbolically or visually. I do like how her costumes, out of all the professors, seemed to change the most, and so did her accessories. She had brooches (like the yellow diamond one she wore in the first two movies) and different witches hats with different detailing like feathers, which she wore in Stone and Chamber. However, they all kept he looking like a villain, especially her final looks in Prince and Part 2 with those point shoulders and popped back-of-neck collar which made her look like an evil queen. It was such a disservice to her character because while she can be strict, she is also one of the kindest and most supportive characters in the whole series. Now my friends say McGonagall wears an emerald cloak in the books, which was a bizarre choice on the author’s end as green is not Gryffindor’s color, it’s Slytherin’s, and she’s Gryffindor’s Head of House. Honestly, if they had to dress any good character like a villain (besides Snape due to him having to become a villain to hide his triple agent status), it should have been Dumbledore, because at least it would make sense as he is the true villain of the series. Put him in the emeralds and pointed shoulders, because at least those motifs also usually symbolize power, so even if the crew and production team didn’t know how the series would end, it would still be symbolic and also be some accidental foreshadowing (also proving just how little thought was put into the costuming not just by the wardrobe team, even though they definitely screwed up big time, but also by JKR). Personally my favorite McGonagall costume was the one she wore in Goblet, which had large silver and black pendent and simple black robes, mostly because it was her least villainous but still eye-catching look, in comparison to her all-black, but boring looks in Azkaban and Phoenix with a cinches turtleneck. Although her green robes to Yule Ball, while it had gorgeous sleeves as seen when she is dancing with Dumbledore, also makes her look like villian (oh, the irony was she’s dancing with the series’ biggest manipulator). However, Maggie Smith looks freaking adorable in McGonagall’s little plaid green capped-ear hat she wears at Quidditch games. While constructionally, McGonagall’s costumes are beautifully constructed and very, very detailed, with her long bell sleeves, pointed shoulders, cool textures, and glittering pendants, however, they still dress her like a villain, which is so distracting and just does a disservice to her character as one of the only truly protective main professors of the series. Now, the high neck I don’t have a problem with that, as that does show her sternness, however, a maroon color would just work better, as it’s authoritative, as shown with how Dumbledore wears the color in the first two movies (which could also show her allegiance to him), it’s a warm welcoming color, which is why it’s often seen during the autumn, and its red, which is the color of Gryffindor, the House she’s head of. It would just make more sense. Now, for all I know, her emerald cloak could be straight from the book, but in a visual medium like a film where colors and shapes are associated with certain attributes, a maroon would just work so much better. I feel so passionate about this because she was one of the most consistent and maternal character and her costumes should have shown that. It’s such a disservice and something, while watching, I just couldn’t get past it. Umbridge’s costumes were good because the pink color made her look sweet and the silhouettes made her grandmotherly, while in reality, she is one of the most wicked characters in the series. However, I do think, if not purely just for this movie, that it was cruel to make Hermione’s signature color pink, which she does wear in this film because that immediately compares her and visually associates her with Umbridge, which is just nasty and Hermione doesn’t deserve that. Hagrid’s costumes made perfect sense. They were TBH very timeless and the browns helped make him blend in, which for his HUGE character actually served the character as he is always trying to not make his size an issue. Also, LOL at Hagrid one dressy outfit with the yellow polka dot tie, and the flower he adds to his lapel during his dragon date with Madame Maxine when Harry third wheels. Even Fudge’s capelet pinstripe suit in Goblet and  Phoenix is honestly brilliant because structurally it matches the whimsical, visually dominant wardrobe of the Wizarding World, but the pattern is one we as viewers associate with businesswear and professional clothing, which makes it a great blend of the two worlds. Why couldn’t they do that with the rest of the characters in the series? Rita Skeeter also had such a great 90s-inspired witchy look. Her satin lime green dress suit with purple fur and red buttons matched her character so well. And in the tent scene for the first task, her snakeskin jacket (as she is slithering into the off-limits champions’ tent for a scoop) with her dragon-inspired pointed earrings and headband. I also like her Marilyn Monroe-esque bob in the Goblet Pensieve sequence. The fact that a character that was only in one film had one of the best, most visually dynamic, era-appropriate and whimsigothic costumes just baffles me. Kingsley had a GREAT costume. It was eye-catching and perfectly whimsigothic. It gave me an Ancient Eygpt vibe, which I hope was an Easter Egg from the book I just didn’t understand because otherwise, that is kind of odd. Lockhart even has decent costumes with his haute couture-esque three-piece suits with a cape blazer and Spanish matador-inspired dueling look (which the Durmstrang suits also had a similar look to them LOL) with a quilted fencing pad and half cape. Even Sirius has a witchy, velvet, regal, more mature and sophisticated wardrobe in Phoenix with a quintessential witchy color palette. While it doesn’t really make sense, as he may be a Black but he isn’t really a Black and doesn’t share their values, proven as he is a Gryffindor not a Slytherin, I would prefer him in a more relaxed look, a velvet brocade button-down he wears with a few buttons undone (like if Spicoli from Fast Times was a witch, costume wise, obviously Sirius is a very, very different character) rather then in 3 piece suits he wears the whole film. Dumbledore’s costumes in the first few movies, with Richard Harris, were great because of the visual dominance and autumnal color scheme making him come off as warm and inviting. However, Gambon’s Dumbledore is seen in silver robes, no doubt to make him come off as a God or an angel (LOL ew). While both have a whimsigothic vibe, Harris’ Dumbledore gave off those vibes far better then Gambon’s as it was more eye-catching and nurturing. Maroon also symbolizes spirituality and wisdom, which makes it perfect for Dumbledore. And with the brown, gold, orange, black and purple accessories and accents also make him pop more on screen. While Gambon’s Dumbledore faded into the background and also helped his manipulative side, which I am just biased toward because I hate his character. Harris’ Dumbledore used colors and visual dominance to command every room he was in, while Gambon’s Dumbledore’s costume makes him fade into the background with his silver satin robes. Trelawney’s costumes are also decent. They are baggy and disheveled which matches her character, and have many scarves and shawls and layered necklaces. However, her classroom set should have been the inspiration for her costumes, as the scarfs and shawls used in the set design of her classroom were far more whimsigothic then her costumes, when we saw her costumes way more. While the rugged and offbeat pieces work for Trelawney, her wardrobe was far too earthy and put together. A fortune-telling character like herself should have exemplified the whimsigothic vibe with magenta and golds and Stevie Nicks-esque layered scarves and shawls and long flowing fabrics. It would have also made her pop more on the screen. While Trelawney is dressed very typical witchy bohemian with peasant skirts, draping, chunky layered jewelry, headwraps and pendants, it’s very dull in color and very basic. It has her visually fade into the background and doesn’t bring anything new to the table. Also, Aunt Muriel honestly had a great witchy meets British costume at Bill and Fleur’s wedding with the deep, dusty purple, shimmery details and matching fascinator, a British trademark. It’s ugly, matching her gossip-y character, but it works and is far more story-driven then most of the costumes. Even Flitwick in the first two movies and Sprout in the second film had decent wardrobes with her tiny, thin witches hat (which looks like a sprout aww) and velvet leaf-like peter pan color and dirt brown cape coat, and I actually kind of liked Lockhart’s suit with the waistcoat and blazer cape. It was almost like a Muggle haute couture look, and the uniqueness it had, especially during a time when suits were very conventional, made his fame a bit easier to buy, especially with, like Snape, his cape created some visual dominance for him, and the tan color symbolized how he is only surface-level, there is nothing deep about him. Also, just because the adult costumes may have been decent (or at least far better and more distinctive than the majority of the students’ costumes), they still could have been WAY better. I mean, even the extras had better wardrobes than the main characters, especially in the first two movies, specifically in the first film’s Diagon Alley scene. Even that woman next to Snape in the final scene of Chamber had great costume design, with delicious gothic and witchy chic vibes. The first two films honestly had the best costume design of the whole series, which I thought was only gonna get better, but instead, I was left feeling like a clown, and even with that being said, they still weren’t that cool or thought-provoking. The first two films had their own distinctive aesthetic costume-wise that matches the genre so well and I really missed that in the latter films. In the first two films, directed by Chris Columbus, there was obvious Medieval, Renaissance and Middle Ages influence and traditional folkloric and Salem influence, but that’s fairly common in wizardry-fantasy stories. There was also abundant use of colorful velvet, a fabric that undeniably reeks of whimsigothic vibes. There was purple, burgundy, burnt orange, olive green, mustard yellow, cobalt blue, emerald green, golden yellow, maroon and brown used, with many also having symbolism for their characters in some way too. Dumbledore wears deep maroon-ish red velvet robes and hat, symbolizing his godly nature and Gryffindor’s loyalty. But honestly, knowing how lazy the costumes were overall, it probably wasn’t that deep. Just look at the Wizards of Waverly Place, Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings. I wish there was a bit more original, but I am not that mad about this influence because it at least makes sense and viewers will easily be able to connect the dots without any extra thought. The Diagon Alley scene in the first movie was probably the only scene in the entire franchise that showed how wizards truly dress in the Wizarding World. Why couldn’t they continue this trend and create a really unique aesthetic through clothing, that no doubt would have had the potential to inspire every witchy post-Potter? There was an odd amount of green in the first film, which I think would have made much more sense of the Chamber of Secrets, with how much the film focuses on snakes and Slytherin. However, I did like how the group of girls walking out of the Reptile habitat in the first film all wore emerald green Madeline-esque outfits, as a hint of how significant snakes would be to the series and how it’s the mascot for the green House of Slytherin (although it’s hilarious how those outfits/uniforms have more of a witchy vibe than the Hogwarts uniforms). I do appreciate how the uniforms are functional though, with multiple components, with more layers for the colder months and less layers for the warmer months. The variety of pieces and styling is why the personalization idea in Azkaban was great in theory, in was just done poorly (to have a masterclass in school uniform personalization through escapism, watch Gossip Girl instead). Also having the cast do the costume personalization, not the costume designer, who is or at least should be trained on storytelling through clothing, just makes the costuming and newfound personalization fall flat as a storytelling device. I also do appreciate how you can tell the Weasleys’ uniforms were hand-me-downs due to their economic status, especially with how Ginny wears pants in Phoenix instead of a skirt due to how she is the youngest sibling of all brothers, showing that even at school she is growing out of her uniforms (even though it begs the question, aren’t their clothing spells for situations like this?). These were great ideas, but they seemed obvious and unoriginal. There could have been so much more originality and uniqueness! I did like how in that one scene in Sorcerer’s Stone when Harry sees Ron and Hermione after leaving the hospital, Hermione is wearing a headband (was Hermione wearing her headband during her and Ron’s reunion scene after Harry gets released from the hospital in Stone). Headbands are usually worn by more preppy, studious, feminine and driven women in cinema, and that’s who Hermione is. I wish they kept the headband as part of the costume instead of never seeing it again. I mean, she could have worn athletic headbands too for when they were on the run in the Deathly Hallows, unlike Ginny wearing them in Order of the Phoenix, which made no sense for her athletic, tomboy character besides her being a girl (unless they were athletic ones she wore because of Quidditch, but I don’t think they were, and since she didn’t play Quidditch in Phoenix, it just made no sense for her tough, tomboyish character). Hermione’s bangs in the first two movies are so cute and fit her bookish, proper character so well. However, having them not be as prominent in Azkaban was a smart move because that was the movie where Hermione really from movies from a bookworm to badass. Then completely forgoing them in Goblet onward after that, as Hermione moved even more towards badass and away from the obedient child, also showing her belief that she’s beautiful, her confidence and her self-worth (not that people with bangs don’t deserve love, but in media, bangs tend to symbolize a rebirth from a mistake or an impulse). I also think Hermione’s ponytails and buns in Azkaban work better for her studious character, and when Ginny’s hair was in a ponytail, like during the other school’s introduction scene at the opening feast in Goblet, it worked for her love of athletics (also, Bonnie Wright just looks so effortlessly pretty in a ponytail). Also, Hermione’s twisted pigtails during the first task in Goblet and in Ron and Harry’s make-up scene when she goes “boys” were so cute. They fit her characters’ femininity meets one-of-the-boys vibe by being more coquettish and not too tomboyish like Ginny, setting them apart. I also love Hermione’s braid during the final battle. It’s perfect for the character and the circumstances. Its haphazardly and messy, showing how focused she is on the task at hand rather then her looks. However, it’s also feminity and badass, like her personality. Also, the french twist bun hairstyle she had in the Epilogue is great too, as it’s mature, maternal, pretty and poised, just like I imagine older Hermione to be. I loved Hermione’s bangs in the first two films. They were sweet and matched her studious character. However, I appreciate that they let her grow them out for the later films because it showed visually her maturing. I think it would have been a disservice if they kept them (also, was Watson referencing her bangs in the first film by having bangs in the Reunion?). I do like Ginny’s cute face-framing braids she has in Chamber and Azkaban. It matches the 90s time period and has clearly stood the test of time as a popular hairstyle today. It also works for her character, being girly enough but also tomboyish enough for the little sister with 6 older brothers. She also did it way before Cassie Howard from Euphoria made it trendy. I also liked her half-up-half-down in Goblet during the scene at the river bank. I also liked Hermione’s updos in Azkaban, like her bun in the Boggart scene and her ponytail in the courtyard scene where she calls Ron’s accusation that Crooskhanks killed Scabbers “rubbish.” With two movies where her hair was always down, her updos show how she is gaining confidence, as she’s showing her face, it’s not getting lost within her wild mane. I also like Hermione’s low bun at the very end of Goblet, and although Emma Watson looked adorable in those twisted pigtails, they were a little too childish and cutesy for her character. I think they worked better for Ginny in that movie, with her braided pigtails in the Champion-picking scene, just because she looked young than the rest of the cast in that movie, as seen with her dress in the Yule Ball scene. Also, Hermione’s hair being randomly crimped in the flying lesson scene in the first film didn’t work for her character either. Sure, its her character’s signature bushy hair, but crimped hair is usually associated with wilder, more carefree characters, which makes it work better for Luna than Hermione. While Watson looked cute in it, as someone who loves analyzing the storytelling behind a character’s appearance, it was a bit jarring. Harry’s best hair in Azkaban. It matches his characters’ youthful, rebellious and easygoing personality, is age appropriate and also just looks best on Radcliffe. Also, from what I have heard, it’s also the most accurate to the books. While, in Goblet it’s just distracting, in Prince he looks like an overgrown middle schooler, and in Hallows it’s inconsistent continuity-wise and is far too clean for his character’s roughing-it journey. Hermione’s best hair in her younger years is in Chamber and her best hair as a young adult is in Prince. The ringlets in both fit her perfectionist character so well, however, they also are bushy and big which matches her characters’ description of her appearance. Ron’s best hairstyle is also in Azkaban. Is it great? No, honestly it’s terrible. but it matches his youthful, poor, messy, easygoing and awkward character. His hair in the early films is too clean and proper for his socioeconomic status to translate on screen, his hair in Goblet is obviously terrible and his 2010 Justin Bieber haircut in the later films is just so inaccurate to the 90s time period, and is also not well kept as it often covers his eyes, which is a such disservice to performance. Draco’s hair is best in later movies, from Prince onward. It’s accurate to the 90s and the 2000s, and it also helps translate his wealthy, elite upbringing. Bonnie Wright definitely has the best hair in the series. Ginny’s hair never not looks good, even during the Battle of Hogwarts. Every film, every scene, it looks good (however, personally, I don’t like her hair in Phoenix. The only scenes I like it in the Department of Mysteries battle, when she makes the defense statue crumble and in the Patronus scene during the DA meeting. For the majority of the film I either think it doesn’t fit the character or it’s just not my personal taste). Also, if I were to ever die my hair, would be a dark, maroon-ish red like hers. Ginny’s wardrobe in the latter films reminded me of Elena Gilbert’s wardrobe in the early seasons of The Vampire Diaries, which makes sense as those early seasons were airing at the same time as Prince and Hallows (so yes, Ginny has some Elena Gilbert core in her, but she is still a Weasley, which means patchwork, knitwear and color). I found that a bit ironic as Elena is the “everywoman” in TVD, and Ginny falls for the “everyman” in Potter. However, this parallel shouldn’t even exist because again, this series is supposed to take place in the 90s, not the 2000s. I also liked how they made Narcissa’s hair both black and white to represent her allegiance to both the Black and Malfoy families, as well as her internal struggle between good and evil. It was a brilliant visual choice. The band members that performed at the Yule Ball oddly had some of the best costumes, seamlessly mixing boho-chic with Muggle hair metal rock star. The black fur vest with no shirt underneath worn by Jarvis Cocker of the band Pulp was a great choice for a whimsy rock star, whose name is apparently Myron Wagtail (he also wrote the song “Do The Hippogriff” for the film through a submission process). Apparently, he came up with his character’s witchy glam-rock costume himself after he was disappointed with the original costume design. I wish other actors took matters into their own hands in regard to their costume design the same way, especially Emma Watson because she is considered quite the style icon now. The Death Eaters also had some of the most quality costumes, with Lucius, Bellatrix and Narcissa’s being very representative of their personalities. Bellatrix’s costumes was messy, chaotic, strappy and tough, just like her, And Narcissa was a wealthy wife, who dressed with the sort of dark sophistication you would expect from someone of her social standing (although I wish they leaned more into the femme fatale aesthetic with her since it is very associated with witches already). Lucius’ costumes, especially in the second film, were at least distinctive and creative. The black color and suit silhouette fit his character, and you could immediately how falsely powerful he was and how he thought he was superior to everyone else in the room. Just like McGonagall’s costumes, Lucius’ costumes are very well constructed. However, the black textures, intricate stitching and color actually makes sense here, as he is a minion to the literal Dark Lord. The intricate detailing also showcases his wealth. It is also good because we see his arc from a wealthy manipulative father with his large, visually dominant cloak to a cruel minion and fallen-from-grace influential figure in a more structured, tighter, detailed ensemble. All were very polished, but the size is what matters, as the less and less layering and fabric show Lucius gradually losing his power, however, the color of black and the menacing details make it clear that he is always gonna be a villain. I, personally, like Narcissa’s wardrobe best between her, her sister and her husband. her best look was that large, dark green tweed-looking overcoat he wore to visit Snape in Prince. I loved the visual dominance, Slytherin green and how the tweed told the viewer just how wealthy and polished she is, as that is a fabric (although it’s not really tweed, just looks like a more villainous version of tweed) we associate with the lifestyle, like with the Chanel suit for example. I like the long black velvet cloak she wears over her floor-length nude dress. She literally duels in this floor-length look. What a badass!) as it is very luxurious, homey (as this scene takes place at her home) and menacing, however, I don’t like the nude dress underneath. It just doesn’t make sense and isn’t cohesive. Having her wear dark green again would have been, as it would have been more visual, and since that was the same color she wore during the Unbreakable Vow, it would hint at how far she is willing to go to protect Draco, even lie right to Voldemort’s face. I also like Narcissa’s hair, as it’s black to represent the Black family and blond to represent the Malfoy family, while also representing her moral ambiguity. Also, the men, mainly Bill at his wedding and Sirius in Phoenix, wear Regency-inspired velvet overcoats (literally the Duke of Hastings wears them in Bridgerton), which are very whimsigothic and far more interesting than a suit, dress robes or waistcoat. Why couldn’t they have all the men wear suits like this at the wedding or Slughorn’s Christmas party? Kingsley, similar to Dumbledore, was probably the only character with a fun, vibrant whimsy-witchy wardrobe that I hoped from this franchise. The royal blue fit him perfectly since its a powerful saturation, but a calming color, just like his character. He popped on the screen (unlike Dumbledore’s signature silver which faded into the background especially combined with his silver hair) and had such a unique look that was lost costume-wise in the later films. Snape, ironically enough, had probably the best costume of the series because it was iconic and every aspect was so perfect for his character. Snape’s costume never changed throughout all 8 films (the only main change was when he was in or out of his robe) and that lack of originality and consistency (which while a lot of costumes in this series, mainly the professors, remained consistent for multiple films, Snape’s was the only one that was truly the exact same throughout all 8 films) actually makes sense due to his stressful, mysterious, solitary lifestyle. He needed some comfort in his life as a triple agent. The cloak was like his security blanket, like an animal’s defense mechanism. Making him big, off-putting and scary, and therefore making people leave him alone. That large, visually dominant cloak was perfect for his character. And the monochromatic use of black, literally from head to toe, represents how mysterious his motivations were. His costume showed that he is a creature of habit, that his emotion walls have been up for so long that they are basically permanent, basically tattooed to his body at this point. His top was even a long, structured black tunic, also honing in on that rigidness and darkness. Even though the black color made him a wallflower, his costume was the most effective as a storytelling device, which is even more impressive when you know it stayed the same throughout all the films. The flowy, billowing, large, dancing cloak also represented how important to the story he was, with how he was such a grand, unmissable presence on screen in that cloak, foreshadowing his inner depth and how he has a lot going on underneath the surface and how the reason for that is a mystery for the majority of the series. It’s honestly really impressive how Snape had the same costume for the whole series with all the costume designer turnover this series had. Even Dumbledore and McGonagall’s costumes changed from director to director and designer to designer. However, with all the others there really wasn’t an excuse. Harry wears the same blue shirt for multiple movies. It’s a pale blue with a navy rim, which is very 70s and 80s, making it seem like he has had this shirt for a while. He has worn it since Azkaban all the way until Hallows. It’s his favorite and wears it multiple times in each individual film as well as multiple of the film’s posters. There is also two versions of it, a short sleeve and a long sleeve. I have since seen the memes online. While many costume design lovers would say this proves how lazy and unoriginal the costume designers were, and it does, I think it shows just how much the odds are against Harry. He has so much pressure on him. He is a neglected orphan, only given Dudley’s outgrown hand-me-downs as we saw from his oversized clothing in the first film. Even though he’s not alone, he feels that way. He’s isolated. He loses every parent he ever has. This shirt gives him consistency and comfort. It’s his security blanket (this also visually shows how much Snape and Harry have in common as Snape also has a security blanket of sorts through his costume, as aforementioned). So, I actually don’t mind that choice for Harry. Also, maybe it was his dad’s, or he convinced himself that it was, so it gives him security. It’s like Rue’s maroon hoodie in Euphoria. However, in terms of the rest of the costumes, there really isn’t any excuse. I mean these movies had ALL THE MONEY. Also, I didn’t even know the series took place in the 90s until I noticed how the dates on Fandom.com’s Harry Potter Wiki (the website I’d often get linked to when I paused to Google for further explanation. Damn, there is A LOT to absorb. It’s fascinating) don’t match up with the date of films’ release. The 90s had such great fashion and such a diverse scale of aesthetics from Matrix looks to model-off-duty. Now, I’m not asking for Ron to dress like Kurt Cobain or Hermione like Cher Horowitz, but they could have done so much more to show the time period through costume and make the characters more distinctive than just dressing each character very plainly. Maybe British 90s fashion was different (I don’t think it really was though because of how much British fashion and pop culture influenced American trends during that time), but I just saying. Also, the Muggle clothing takes you right out of the escapism of the series, which is one of its biggest appeals, which causes the majority of costuming to be more of a disservice to the series rather than a storytelling device used to enhance the story, like good costuming does. Also, if you aren’t going to fully commit to the wizardy looks and have the characters in Muggle clothes, then at least make it timely and distinctive. I mean, Hermione was seen wearing low-rise jeans, when high-waisted, mom jeans were actually on trend in the 90s, low-rise jeans are quintessentially 2000s. The jeans Hermione wears are also poorly fitted or skinny jeans, which is just terrible, unflattering and not 90s as again baggy mom jeans were popular in the 90s, while skinny jeans weren’t popular until the 2000s. Hermione’s practical wardrobe reflects her practical personality, but that often makes for pretty boring looks. Also, in Slughorn’s moving photo of Lily’s Slug Club, the people are in peasant dresses, whimsigothic 70s vests and 70s collared shirts, which makes sense as, I found out on Fandom Wiki, Lily, Snape and the Marauders went to Hogwarts in the 70s, however, if they can have the people in that photograph dress era-appropriate, then why not all the other actor and main character in the current, 90s timeline? It’s really not an excuse. It’s the same thing with that original Order of the Phoenix photo, with Lily’s peasant to and Lupin’s shaggy hair, it’s very 70s. Why couldn’t make the main timeline be era-appropriate too? Also, in both the 90s when Slughorn is teaching and in the 1970s photograph with Lily, he is in a unique whimsigothic suit, just slightly different to reflect his youth and the time period (however, Slughorn randomly wearing a graduation cap in the present timeline, complete with a tassel, for no reason at all was so jarring and insanely odd), if they put so much thought into that single photograph, why couldn’t they do that for the rest of the series? There really isn’t an excuse. Especially since the 70s AND the 90s were both eras when the whimsigothic aesthetic was thriving, with both decades taking inspiration the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Regency periods.. And in the Goblet of Fire, in the scene where Ginny, Ron and Hermione meet up with Neville and Harry at the river bank and Hermione screams “I’m not an owl!” Ginny literally wears a peasant skirt and tall Uggs, which were both trends that are near-synonmous with the 2000s, not the 90s. This film came out in 2005, but takes place in 1994. Termaine truly has no excuse for this. Something as simple as that could have made all the difference. I do appreciate how the costume designer of Sorcerer’s Stone had Ron and Harry wear flannels and baggy jeans, which are very 90s, in the saving-the-Sorcerer’s-Stone sequence, however, it was much easier for her as 1999 was only a year before filming actually began. But that’s still not an excuse for the later films. Hermione could have worn a velvet shrug over a button-down or a top, which was on trend in both the 90s and 2000s with high-waisted jeans and is very witchy. And they could have had flannels be more of a mainstay in Harry and Ron’s wardrobe, not just the first few films, as grunge was a huge 90s trend, and in colors like maroon and emerald, could have matched the witchy vibe. Like it was honestly easier to be witchy rather than not as it was already hugely popular. It’s inexcusable. A young Emma Watson herself even wore a unique, youthful, and fantastically 90s whimsigothic lime green ensemble to one of the premieres of Sorcerer’s Stone. At 11, she even knew what the right vibe was, by didn’t any of the costume designers. Her Halloween-esque Dior dress she wore to the 2016 Harper’s Bazaar Women of the Year awards also proves how much more understanding she had for this aesthetic, something every costume designer for the films severely lacked, and her own love for it, showing how much of a perfect fit she was for these films. Ugh, if only Pinterest existed in 2001. Also, in the Goblet of Fire Daniel Radcliffe wore a fantastic whimscial Sirius Black-esque emerald velvet three-piece suit with an extra long blazer and Rupert Grint wears a periwinkle velvet blazer, and with velvet being a very witchy fabric, that also just goes to show how well actors knew this universe, and emphasized just how much all the costume designer did not. Hermione is preppier, often wearing knit sweaters, blazers, collared shirts, layers and henley shirts. Harry and Ron were typical teenage boys and would wear blazers, flannels and t-shirts. Ginny is tomboyish and often wears henleys and layered tops a la Elena Gilbert core. But none of this attempted distinction was executed well. Draco, Neville and Luna were the only student character who seemed to have the best-executed distinctive style, and that’s not saying much. Draco wore all-black suits to show off his status and darkness. Neville was always dressed very preppy and cozy, showing his nerdiness and being raised by his grandmother. And Luna’s style was quirky and eccentric. In fact, only the Chris Columbus-directed films had good distinction due to their youthful nature and wizardry details. The first two films had Hogwarts dress robes (which by the way can we talk about how confusing it is visually in the final film with the Hogwarts students and the Death Eaters both wearing black robes in the Deathly Hallows: Part 2?), the house’s signature colors scarves, and other accessories, and pointed hats for big events, although those pointed hats are later used to symbolize Death Eaters (which could be a way to further draw a comparison between Death Eaters and the KKK, but I don’t know. These are British films and that’s an American hate group. Also, mixed with Day of the Dead-like masks, it isn’t great). Also, during the Second Task in Goblet, Seamus and a bunch of Hogwarts Students are wearing black sweatshirts with the Hogwarts crest and black puffer coats. That is not witchy or 90s. In fact, it’s ahead of its time. They look like Pete Davidson. Ginny’s style has a very weird evolution. It starts off as a more youthful version of her mom’s with bright-colored knitwear and patchwork giving an appropriately witchy, crafty, makeshift look, that’s very 90s in a lot of ways. This is seen during her first scene at King’s Cross in the first film, the Burrow and Flourish and Blotts stuff in Chamber, the World Cup stuff in Goblet and especially when they are walking to the train at the end of Phoenix (although again the headbands she wears in Phoenix do not fit her character at all and would have made more sense for the academia, highstrung Hermione). Then it transforms into a more Elena Gilbert core look that’s very modern and uninteresting. The only witchy element to her later style is her dress at Bill and Fleur’s wedding and the one pattern cap sleeve she has on a t-shirt she wears when she force-feeds Harry during Christmas. She wears a sequin LBD to the Slughorn ice cream social thing which is cute but too dressy and boring, because Hermione is in a white button-down top with a small sequin embellishment, which personally I think is Hermione’s only casual character-appropriate, accurately 90s costume in the entire series. Then she wears an emerald dress to the Slughorn Christmas party which makes sense as it is Slughorn’s House color and she wants to make a good impression (however, the black piping with the studs is so 2010 it hurts), but that seems like more of a Hermione thing to do, who is in a bright bubblegum pink dress, which while that’s her character’s signature color, is an odd choice storytelling-wise since Hermione is supposed to be miserable and trying to hide from Cormac, you’d think she’d wear a less eye-catching color, and emerald would be that as well. And since at this point, Ginny is the apple of Harry’s eye and a love interest for him, it would make sense for her to wear a pink dress, as it is out of character enough that would also tell the audience that she is now interested in Harry, as we never really see her offically break things off with Dean. Therefore, Ginny and Hermione’s dresses should be switched, with Hermione trying to appeal to Slughorn and trying to fade into the background and Ginny trying to get Harry’s attention (although Wright’s red hair pops in the emerald dress and Watson looks great in that pink dress, it’s constructed very well and is very flattering on her). I was also confused because in the first few films, they have pointed hats for special occasions, but in later films, starting with Azkaban, they have pointed hoods on their robes. Was this also part of the Azkaban costume change-up and they just kept it this way for the rest of the films (sort of like how Azkaban started the darker cinematography, and that undeniably became a mainstay for the rest of the series). I also like Draco’s winter clothing. Like, the cossack hat he wears when Harry attacks him in the snow under the Invisibility Cloak in Azkaban was just too perfect for his abrasive and cocky character. I also loved how Harry’s wardrobe while at the Dursleys in the first movie was all oversized to reflect that they were Dudley’s hand-me-downs. Alfonso Cuarón started the trend of the youthful characters wearing more Muggle clothes or the men wearing more traditional suits (Draco never wearing casual clothes and always wearing suit, and having them always be all black, was a very good touch (although I wish them and it more structurally interesting because it looks like a Muggle suit and he’s now a Death Eater) because it represented his wealth and his darkness and supposed allegiance to it). Only during school times did they wear their robes. Even the Yule Ball dresses, including Hermione’s, weren’t very 90s. They were not enchanting in a wizardry/witchy way, and they were just ugly, including the dress robes for the men (especially Ron’s, obviously). While I appreciate that Hermione, Ginny, Fleur and Cho’s Yule Ball dresses each, for the most part, match their characters, with Ginny’s being doll-like, Fleur’s being ethereal and simple, Hermione’s being regal and Cho’s taking influence from classic Asian culture, they could have been better. Ginny’s dress with the mint green, hot pink and peter pan collar is just hideous. I get that she’s the youngest main character at the Yule Ball, but they didn’t need to dress her so saccharine. I do think the doll influence works for her usually knitwear-heavy and patchwork-filled wardrobe, especially with the peter pan color, but Ginny still didn’t deserve such a hideous dress. The hot pink also associates her with Hermione in this scene, which I think does a disservice as this is Hermione’s princess moment, not Ginny’s. Personally, Fleur’s Yule Ball dress is my favorite of the main girls (honestly, some of the extras in the background are better dressed then the main characters). Fleur’s look is perfect for the wintery ethereal vibe of the occasion with the dress being light purplish-gray with silvery-gold floral embroidery and mixed it with classic French simplicity by only having simple earring and a sleek snowflake-inspired hair accessory. Some may say her dress is boring, but I think it’s the most timeless and classic. It holds up the best and looks beautiful on her. I also love how she included a shawl, which also matches the wintery occasion. I just wish they committed to the purplish color by making it lavender, helping it to stand out more. It’s the look that’s more fitting and perfect for this occasion. Hermione has been associated with pink since Azkaban, so her wearing a very princessy dress, as this is her princess moment, in that color is very sensical and just too perfect. Plus, it makes her stand out on screen against the Yule Ball’s silvery decor. Also, pink symbolizes feminity and that moment symbolizes Hermione becoming a young woman. Plus, the Yule Ball has decor that is icy blue, which is very similar to the periwinkle color it’s described in the books as I’ve heard. That means, if it was blue, it would get lost in the background and have to compete for attention due to the blue decor. The pink color, a color that’s on the opposite side of the color wheel, helps make Hermione stand out visually on the screen (also the Patil twins while they sit with Ron and Harry, making the viewer draw their eye to the quartet sitting off tot he side rather then the dancing kids in the majority of the shot). While blue is more on theme, it’s not best as a storytelling device, which is why they probably picked pink. Especially because we have spent the film associating the Beauxbatons with powder blue with them due to their uniforms. So, even if those girls aren’t wearing bleu in that scene, having seen them in that color before, would reduce the wow factor, because it would look like their uniforms. Also, if you notice, they strategically don’t have Hermione wear her signature color until that grand moment in the film (except for the moment when she yells “I am not owl,” but its far less obvious as it’s under a jacket and it would feel odd for her to not wear her favorite color until the Yule Ball, making it more natural). Also, with the cape sleeves on Hermione’s gown, if it was blue, it would love like the Beauxbaton school uniforms, making it less of a Cinderella moment and more of Hermione pretending to be someone she’s not, having the audience view the moment from Ron’s perspective, not Hermione and Harry’s. Hermione’s most worn color in the film series is undeniably pink as she wears it at least once in every film since Azkaban and is even a prominent color in her main look in the final film. It’s the color we most associate with her character as she wears it the most. It’s symbolic because she is the ultimate force of girl power in the films and the unique feminine voice she brings to the series and pink is a symbolically feminine color. Also, compared to Ginny and the Patils, Hermione got off easy, but it still looks too mature, more for a 40-year-old (okay, maybe that’s mean. Really, more like a twenty-something coming into her own) rather then a 14-year-old coming into her own. However, it is SO cruel how they make Umbridge’s signature color pink and also have Hermione were it as much as she did in Phoenix, making us visually associate her with Umbridge. That’s just cruel and Hermione does not deserve that association, especially because the DA was Hermione’s idea. Now, with all that being said, there’s no denying that Hermione’s Yule Ball dress moves beautifully. When she’s dancing, descending the stairs, walking out with Krum or walking and fighting with Ron, the sleeves and ruffles move beautifully. While Cho’s dress, although the Asian influence is kind of stereotypical, matches the vibe of the Yule Ball with the metallic silver color. The sleeves are also so unique, whimsigothic and gorgeous. I do appreciate how Cho’s look FINALLY gave us a quintessentially 90s hairstyle with her very of times updo. They also somewhat stereotyped with Padma and Pavarati’s costumes for the Yule Ball as well. While representing different cultures and great, and makes sense for this movie, these kids are at school and are dealing with pressures of popularity and coolness, and am I really supposed to believe they didn’t feel the pressure to not wear a normal ball gown instead a cultural gown? Also, the colors used for the Patil twins, orange and pink, take away from Hermione’s grand entrance and princess moment because she is also wearing pink. This is Hermione’s princess moment, not the Patils (they have a miserable time), so it just does Hermione’s moment a disservice. I get there’s a hot-button debate about the color of Hermione’s dress, and I do like the color pink for her, it seems to be her favorite color as she wears it every movie, as blue is Harry’s and Ron’s is red. This pink also makes her stand out more than blue would, it’s still an ugly dress (not as ugly as Ginny’s, but still). It’s too much fabric and too maternal for a teenager. And the use of pink is very stereotypical, being that she’s the biggest female character in the series, and pink is a stereotypically feminine color. I mean, compared to the Patils and Ginny, Hermione got off easy. It’s not a bad dress. It’s pretty, but for a 27-year-old, not a 14-year-old. It’s too mature and matronly, mostly because of the sleeves, not youthful, pretty and grown up. However, it is well-constructed because, despite all the fabric and ruffles, Watson is wearing the dress, the dress isn’t wearing her, thank god (which can often happen with dresses that have a lot of fabric). The ruffles and the sleeves help the dress move beautifully when it’s in motion, like while she’s dancing or running after Ron to call out his maltreatment of her. Her dress is also very 90s, it reminds me of Bianca in 10 Things I Hate About You and what I imagine she would wear to a ball (not that awful school dance dress from the film). I also don’t like Hermione’s Regency-inspired hairdo. It’s princessy and Emma Watson looks good in every hairstyle, but it’s just not my taste. I prefer Fleur’s or even Ginny’s hairstyle. Ginny’s was very childish when it was more of a young adult event, which could have worked with Ginny being and looking significantly younger then everyone else, but you would think Ginny as a character would want to appear older. With the mix of hot pink and mint green, she looked like a Marie Antoinette cake, not a girl going to a school dance. Also, Ginny’s makeup, especially her lipstick, was very reminiscent of the 90s, which I appreciate. I will say that her dress at Fleur and Bill’s wedding was a bit better because it was age appropriate and the color popped on screen and looked great on Watson. However, it was a bit boring and plain, and more 2000s than 90s, and wasn’t uniquely witchy in any way, especially for a Wizarding World wedding. However, I LOVED Fleur’s wedding dress. It was ethereal and unique. Actually, I was on Vogue Runway the other day and was looking at Alexander McQueen, a very prominent British designer who is a personal favorite of Kate Middleton, collections from the early 2000s, and while looking at their Fall 2008 Ready-To-Wear collection I found Fleur’s dress, just a tea-length, strapless version of it and the runway version has peacocks on it, while Fleur’s had phoenixes. Personally, I far prefer Fleur’s version TBH, even though I love Alexander McQueen. However, it’s still kind of annoying that they if they were going to rip off a designer’s hard work, and they could have at least ripped off a design from the 90s, not the 2000s, however it would show how ahead of their time the Wizarding World, which I am okay with in this case as it’s formal, avant grade clothing, not normal everyday clothing. At least it was a British designer they ripped off, because at least that makes a little bit of sense as the story does take place in the British Wizarding World with how Muggle culture inevitably feeds into and influences Wizarding culture, like other cultures do. After doing further research, I found out that the costume designer was actually accused of stealing the design for the 2010 film, which Diet Prada would have gone crazy for if it existed back then. I am honestly surprised no celebrity Potterhead has taken it out of the archive yet. Maybe if their ever a fantasy/witchy Met Gala theme. However, I still don’t think it’s very cool that they ripped off any designer, British or not, a 2000s design or not. It’s even more unfortunate because this was honestly the best costume of the entire series. I loved the detailed black embroidery of two phoenixes, which gave it a whimsigothic vibe that I had been CRAVING from the series. The silhouette and ruffle details are also stunning. It was realistic enough for Muggle audiences watching to recognize that it was a wedding dress, but it was also fantastical and unique enough for the audience to buy that that’s how more simple, classic wedding dresses look in the Wizarding World. It was great. I also loved her Yule Ball dress the best and out of all the school uniforms we saw in the series, I like Beauxbatons’ blue caplet ones the best. The Beauxbaton uniforms honestly make them look like Disney characters with their morsel hats and blue, candy-like colored uniforms. They all remind me of Cinderella. Honestly, Fleur was the best-dressed character in the whole series, and due to the fact that she was in only three of the films and with very small parts, and the fact that it comparison to the first two films and what they actually should have done in regards to the witchy aesthetic, that still isn’t saying much. Madame Maxine’s wardrobe is also grand and luxurious, with the colored giraffe print, fur details and Anna Wintour-esque hairstyle. It’s not sure that the two main French characters are also two of the most stylish, with France being one of the most influential countries in the fashion world, with brands like Chanel, Saint Laurent, Dior and Givenchy being huge parts of French history and culture. Fleur’s sister also has a cool witchy look with silver velvet, fittingly on-theme flame details and matching silver velvet flame-shaped lapels (also LOL at her wearing velvet underwater during the second task. Also, is that the younger girls’ Beauxbaton uniforms because otherwise why is she wearing something different?). She wears this design in a leotard in the Beauxbaton entrance and in a robe form for the second task. Fleur also looks like such a chic badass in the Battle of Hogwarts, with her leather blazer-inspired jacket and braided hair. It’s so different from her cottage look earlier in the final film too, showing how she knows how to dress for the occasion and still keep her personal, classic and chic style. However, Fleur’s worst outfit by far is what she wears to the Dursley House. It looks so great from the waist up. The blue, paying homage to the color we associated with her the last time we saw her but the marker shade tells us she’s mature. The structured jacket is very Parisian timeless but the unique shape of the buttons makes it very witchy and whimsical. However, then you see a full body shot and she has a t-shirt under her jacket that reeks of Ed Hardy with a grayish tone and red rose design and it’s a tunic length, so it goes over a pair of gray jeans, that is a different shade from the shirt. They are 2000s skinny jeans that don’t fit her well at all due to how scrunched up they are at the end of her legs. It ruins the whole thing and also is a disservice Fleur’s character because just because she is now a Weasley doesn’t means he suddenly has bad taste (the Wealsey may be poor, but they don’t have terrible costuming. Most of the time, it’s the most witchy costuming out of anybody, except Ginny’s Elena Gilbert-esque looks in Prince). She can still keep for chic, ethereal, classic style sensibilities with a more Weasley whimsical twist. A poncho would have been a great way to show that as it’s whimsical and very Weasley but in a solid neutral shade that could have kept with her style sensibilities. The think with Fleur is that she knows how to dress for the occasion, which is something my favorite style icon excel at. Just look at her Shell Cottage look. Its beachy and relaxed with a blue dress and sandy cardigan (however those black pants underneath are unnecessary and so 2007 it hurts). Her hair is very Fleur with the prim and perfect half up half down hairstyle, which looks great on her. However the beachy outfit and prim and proper hairstyle make the look really incohesive. Her hair down and straight, her natural hair, would have been better, while the half up half down would ahve worked better for her wedding, as she wear a curlier verison of the hairstyle there with a black headpiece (headpieces are like the one uniquely wizardy accessory wizard women wear, and it’s only at dressy ocassions. As Hermione, Fleur and Cho each wear hair accessories and headpieces to the Yule Ball, with Fleur’s being the most extravagant then, and her black one at her wedding also being quite extravagant and avant grade. Maybe it’s a British Wizarding World thing, as these sparkely headpieces the women wear could be the wizard equalivalent of fascinators. Other then headpieces, there is nothing truly unique about clothing in the wizarding world except for a few abnormal touches here and there). Fleur may look so effortlessly beautiful in this relaxed look, but from a storytelling perspective it falls flat. Fleur’s outfit in the Battle of Hogwarts is much better. While her skinny jeans are still era-inappropriate and unflattering the combat boots, blazer-inspired leather jacket and French braid keep her classic, chic style sensibilities but make then a badass, battle-ready twist. Also, her wearing a necklace shows that she’s still a glam girl at heart. While I think Fleur was the best-dressed character because her taste and mine are more similar with her girlish, classic, simple style, Luna is also one of the best-dressed characters, as he clothing actually adds to her character. I particularly love the metallic tiered silver mini dress she wears as Harry’s date to Slughorn’s Christmas Party. It’s very futuristic, whimsical, ethereal and witchy, exactly what the aesthetic of the ultimate wizard franchise should be! This is actually one of the few pieces from the franchise I would actually wear. I also love the lettuce hem detail, as it is very 90s as well. Also, from what I have heard, Evanna Lynch made those radish earrings that Luna wears throughout the series that remind me of the Sugarfix earrings that Target sells. That extra effort Lynch put in just shows how passionate she is and how much she understands the character as those are exactly the kind of random, quirky and odd accessory some as one-of-a-kind as Luna would wear. Tonks had a cool edgy wardrobe that worked for her character but made her seem more like a teenager not that much older than Harry and his friends rather than old enough to join the Order (is there an age requirement?). I liked her frilly skirts, waistcoats, blacks, leather jackets, stripes, deep reds, striped tops, chokers, and bohemian tops, which matched her cool character, but again they were very youthful. I much prefer her outfit in Prince with her edgy mullet, deep red pinstripe strip top, black bohemian dress, black and gold scarf and black tights. It was edgy and perfectly whimsigothic. It matched her cool, alternative character well (proven by her badass unnaturally colored bright hair) and was more adult. It also keeps her style sensibilities from Phoenix with the black, pink and stripes, which gives her a more distinctive look. If only all the characters would be given that same level of distinction and whimsy. Part of the reason I wish we got to see more of her character was also just because she was one of the best dressed and one of the few characters who actually understood the whimsigothic assignment, especially later on. She is also one of the few characters who dressed era-appropriate, as her edgy style matched the rocker, punk riot grrl aesthetic that was popular in the 90s, as well as 90s whimsigothic. Somebody told me that Umbridge’s costumes are meant to show her rise in power as the shades of pink she wears become darker as she gains more control of Hogwarts. However, I don’t really see this happening. She wears dark shades of pink throughout the whole movie. This never really translates. This is an example of how the costume designers on these films had great ideas, just poor execution. Also, we have associated pink with Hermione since Azkaban, so having her wear it in her very first scene of Phoenix before we met Umbridge, when Umbridge wears the color in almost every outfit we see her in after her first scene, it’s just so cruel because it makes us associate Hermione and Umbridge together visually, like they are on the same side, like how all the Death Eaters wear black, when Hermione and Umbridge aren’t just opposites as characters and in personality, but they are also on opposite sides. Hermione does not deserve to be visually likened to Umbridge. This also happens with Luna in Prince, the following film. In her very first scene of the film, Luna is wearing a pink tweed jacket, a color, and fabric, we associated with Umbridge in the previous film. Even though this is a separate film, it’s still a continuation of the same story, and Luna, one of the brightest lights in the series, being visually likened to the vile Umbridge is just plain criminal. Luna deserves better then that. Pink has a feminine sweet connotation so having it be Hermione’s color and the color Umbridge uses to mask her sinister nature makes sense, but the least the costume designer could have done was have Hermione take a break from pink in this movie, because that association to Umbridge is just cruel to Hermione and does a disservice to her character, not to mention that pink striped polo is just so 2005 that it takes so out of the story, which as I have said before, takes place in the 90s. Ginny’s dress to Bill and Fleur’s wedding is FAR better than her Yule Ball dress (TBH her Yule Ball dress was just cruel). It honestly might be my favorite dress of the whole series. It’s more my personal style. It’s white with a black sheer overlay and black floral, sequin and lace details. While Emma Watson looks gorgeous in that ruffled dress at Bill and Fleur’s wedding, it’s way too casual compared to what Ginny, Fleur, Mrs. Weasley, Aunt Muriel and even Luna (they both have kinky long hair, however, it does fit Luna’s dreamy character better, where it makes Hermione look more casual and doesn’t match her rule-following character who ould no doubt dress appropriately for the occasion. Luna is also a guest while Hermione is there as part of the family in a way after everything they’ve been through and how they have opened up their home to her, therefore, like Ginny and Mrs. Weasley, she should be more dressed up) are wearing, especially with kinky curly hairstyling. If she had an ethereal side braid or even her hair perfectly straighten, which Hermione has never had before, could have made it much more interesting especially as it would have really honed in on the fact that this is the trio’s last happy moment before the Horcrux hunt. I will say though, I appreciate the gothic necklace she is wearing, with that one necklace being the most witchy thing she wore in the entire series. The red color also looks amazing on Watson. I appreciate how they made Hermione’s costumes feminine (cementing how her intelligence and feminity don’t cancel each other out) and practical because that very much matches her personality and purpose in the story, the low-rise jeans and Muggle-influence just ruin the escapism of the series. It takes you right out of the fantasy of it all. Now, with Muggle-borns joining the Wizarding World, it would make sense that they would bring some of their culture with them, but not all of it. They could have made the fashion distinctive to the Wizarding World and relatable to the audience in a much better way. I get that robes are the big wizard wardrobe piece, but you could have had way more fun with it. You could have made more causal robes like bathrobes and kept the more proper robes like cloaks. They also could have kept the mro proper robes be cotton and the more casual ones be velvet and use color symbolism and embroidery to visually show the emotions the character is feeling. All of this would have still created a very unique look for the films while also being relatable and even spawning real-life fashion friends as underneath is when they could really have fun. Characters like Draco and Pansy could be more prim and preppy while characters like Ron and Harry would be more disheveled, showing their economic status. They could have also used the clothing to show comfortable Harry and Hermione are becoming in the Wizarding World as it makes sense that all they have to wear in the first film are Muggle clothes when they aren’t in their robes because they are Muggle-raised, but in the later films, that doesn’t make sense as they would have had time now to buy clothes that are fashionable in the Wizarding World. Not doing any of this is just such a waste. But also, they couldn’t do this because everyone wears Muggle clothes, even the villains, which just proves how the costuming does absolutely nothing to help tell the story. I wish I could say that Prisoner of Azkaban did a better job at personalizing their uniforms stylistically to show off the characters’ personalities more by wearing their shirts tucked or untucked and the ways they wore their ties, but in actuality, it just wasn’t very well done overall. Some aspects were okay, like Hermione’s was more feminine, Draco’s was more proper and edgier and had symbolic Slytherin accessories, and Ron’s was very relaxed. I see what Cuarón was trying to do (make it more relatable for the viewer). Although, I don’t think Hermione’s really matched her personality. I think Hermione would have definitely kept her uniform top tucked in, not untucked (although maybe Watson just wanted to be more comfortable). Hermione would tuck in her shirt. An untucked shirt for a character who wears a school uniform symbolizes a rebellious spirit and Hermione is rigid and loves the rules, therefore she would wear her uniform properly (also they really overdid the pink in Azkaban like the pink shirt on top of the pink hoodie is just too much. Also, can we talk bout how she wears a pink hoodie in both the finale and in Azkaban?). Just look at how easy breezy Serena wears her uniform untucked versus how prim and proper Blair wears her uniform tucked in in Gossip Girl. I mean, at least he fully committed to this by having the extras personalize their uniforms too, not just the main characters. However, in my opinion, that should have been as far as the personalization has gone, or at least show us how kids in the Wizarding World dress when they aren’t in school (not like Muggles, like we saw during the Diagon Alley scene in the first film). That I feel like would have made more of an impact, and even make the film trendsetting in some ways. Honestly, the personalization of the uniforms in the first film, with Hermione’s being perfect and proper, Ron’s being, loose, oversized, lazy and messy and Harry’s being proper but in a more relaxed way, was way better than in Azkaban. It at least made sense for the world AND the characters, it wasn’t forced or jarring like in the third film. Ron’s robes, especially in Chamber, are more faded then the more saturation black of Hermione and Harry’s robes, also showing how they are hand-me-downs. Also, the dress Hermione wears as Bellatrix is probably the best dress of the series from a storytelling perspective. For one, it looks amazing on both actresses, who both have very different body types. Another reason is how it matches both of their aesthetics. For Hermione, it has a capelet, a smaller, sexier version of the Hogwarts uniform robe and it’s very conservative with the long skirt and the wrists cuffs, reminiscent of a men’s dress skirt. However, the look itself is gothic and slightly sexual, which are qualities found in Bellatrix’s look as a villain and someone completely infatuated with the Dark Lord. The look has a chest cutout and a corset belt shows this aspect off, not to mention the black color. Bellatrix’s wardrobe made a lot of sense for her character too. They mixed the gothic villainess aesthetic with subtle BDSM motifs of leather corset and lace-up detailing (makes me even more convinced that we are supposed to assume that she is creepily horny for Voldemort which I think is disgusting and sad, and only makes me compare her more to women who fall in love with serial killers) to show her confidence and her evilness. The costumes are also just such a boring visual. Black is so overused in these films that it just begins to feel lazy. Black only makes for a cool visual when it has symbolic meaning in my opinion, and it’s just not used that way in these films. Black is literally my favorite color, but it just bored me these films. Even when they added the House colors to the robes in Azkaban, it was still very boring to me. This was only cemented for me during that courtyard scene in the finale, when there’s no visual difference between the Hogwarts side and the Death Eater side. Whimsigothic is such a colorful aesthetic and lends itself to storytelling so much more. It seriously would have only enhanced this series if they went further in that direction after Stone. I will say I did like Hermione’s final battle look because it epitomized her style sensibilities. The layers of the pink hoodie and denim jacket showed her pragmatism, but the pink kept her favorite color and feminine sensibilities alive and well. However, it was not era-accurate. I also love Hermione’s braid in the finale because it matches her character so well. Badass, pretty, practical and feminine. Also, starting in Azkaban, due to Cuaron’s push towards Muggle clothing, Harry appeared in a blue shirt as his main outfit during Azkaban, however, he wears that same blue, navy-rimmed shirt at different points throughout the rest of the series. Harry wearing the same blue shirt in every movie is also kind of realistic with him being a neglected orphan who has been given unflattering hand-me-downs that don’t fit. The witchy aesthetic is so fun and dynamic already, and as the quintessential witchy franchise, they should have capitalized on that. Plus, fans don’t tune into Harry Potter for reality, they tune in for escapism, after all the series is about magic. The audience connects with the character’s reliability for growing up, but the story itself is pure fantastical escapism, and part of building that escapism is having good costuming, and honestly the Muggle clothing was, unfortunately, kind of distracting from the escapism Potter prides itself on, which is a shame. While, it wasn’t a dealbreaker due to the great writing, acting and direction making up for it, it was obviously a huge disappointment for me. The only time it really made sense was in Deathly Hallows, when the trio tried to blend in due to being on the run hunting for Horcruxes. As an admirer of costume design, it was quite disappointing. However, I do like how Prince showed the boys wearing dress robes to Slughorn’s Christmas Party and women wearing dresses, mirroring the more formal Yule Ball. It helped me understand wizarding traditions, however, they didn’t wear dress robes to Bill and Fleur’s wedding, which I think you are how sensical it is either way because while it’s a wedding, it’s also a family affair. The black robes, while very unifying for a school uniform, are just so boring and also very confusing with the Death Eaters’ main color being black as well. Like in that courtyard confrontation scene in the finale between the Death Eaters and the Hogwarts side, they almost all looked the same. I get that the original costume team had no idea about Death Eaters at the time for the first film, but they could have just utilized their sweaters and cardigans more, especially as the characters age and get more comfortable at Hogwarts. And with the House Colors, they could have shown off their House pride more, by having students age into different uniforms after their OWLs or something. And the House Colors thing, while segregating, would also just be a great visual for film, and also show more House pride, which as someone who hates school spirit due to cheerleading trauma, that’s saying a lot, but for a visual medium that actually works so much better and would be really cool, especially with the emerald, sapphire, maroon and mustard deep jewel tones they decided to use, they aren’t so in-your-face and tacky. Now, I understand that having a bunch of students on-screen in multiple colored robes would be a very chaotic visual, but the black robes can stay the same, they just shouldn’t wear them for the Battle of Hogwarts because A) that’s a lot of fabric for battle and B) the Death Eaters also wear black and it also symbolizes darkness so while for Hogwarts it’s neutral, the black visual for the Death Eaters actually makes more sense due to the color’s symbolism. This is why the sweaters and ties that the characters wear under their uniforms should have a bit more color. It would have made much more symbolic visual during that courtyard scene in the finale film when Harry’s body is revealed to see the evil Death Eaters in all black and the accepting Hogwarts side look like a rainbow. However, even though dark jewel tone House color robes could be chaotic visual, it would also be a very satisfying visual too like in the Great Hall meal scenes as they eat with their houses (except at breakfast in later films? bc of rules or Yates?). Now, the better decision would be for the colors to not be that saturated (that would just be cheesy and jarring), but instead to be in darker, muted autumnal jewel tones, to keep the moodiness alive. That visual would have been way more symbolic, dynamic and interesting than the confusing black versus black, which wasn’t just confusing, but also boring. Maybe even gray-colored uniforms would have been better, still with the House color accents, as it would be a more yin-yang visual in the Part 2 courtyard scene with the Death Eaters being the dark and Hogwarts being the light, obviously. A gray, instead of white, would also symbolize the moral ambiguity of Hogwarts. However, gray is a very boring color visually, especially because Hogwarts itself is gray and brown, and combined with the gray sweaters, sweater vests and cardigans the students wear under their robes, it would be an incredibly unremarkable visual. However, this brings up another costume confusion for me and that’s the sudden introduction of new sweater forms throughout the series. In the first few films, there is only a sweater. However, by Phoenix and Prince, they had cardigans and sweater vests. Why? It’s not like it adds any personality to these characters or makes a more dynamic visual. It’s just senseless and sudden, which isn’t good from a storytelling perspective. Is it because as the students age, they are given more liberty with the uniforms and more additions to their uniforms? Then poorly executed Cuaron’s emphasis on personalization completely ruined that costuming arc. The uniforms, espeically in regard to personalization, could have also been symbolic of each House’s personality. Ravenclaws are smart and creative, and therefore their uniforms could be quirky with a thirfty influence. Gryffindors are athletic and could be influenced by athleisure wear. Hufflepuffs are relaxed and therefore could be a bit nonchalant with their wardrobe. And Slytherin value luxury, which could be reflected in their accessories (which the costume designers did attempt to do with the idea of having the Slytherin wear tie pins as family heirlooms, but it is so unnoticable that it falls flat as a distinctive storytelling device). Also, why do the boys not wear dress robes to Bill and Fleur’s wedding and instead dress shirts and waistcoats and Victorian-meets-witchy overcoats? This inconsistency when it comes to costumes once again ruins the escapism, however I do appreciate how the color palette for each of the boys waistcoat and button-down and blazer combo, while seemingly random does make for more whimsical color palette. That’s more then I can say for most of other costumes the main men of the series wear. Although, I did appreciate how the villains didn’t dress like Muggles (although Draco was still in Muggle-esque black suits in the latter films, but I guess that could be interpreted as showing how he really isn’t prejudiced like his dad at all). It made their prejudiced beliefs and superiority complex even stronger. It makes the fact that Harry’s allies and Muggle-born wizards wear Muggle clothing more impactful. I mean, I’m sure they had the characters wear Muggle clothes in an attempt for the viewers to relate to the story more, but the story was already so well-written, they didn’t need this.  I really wanted some original, fun and witchy looks. I was very disappointed. I mean, they did employ some aspects of the dark academia aesthetic, way before it was actually a thing. However, I mostly think that’s through the set, vibe and character, particularly Hermione. I don’t really think that it shows through in the costuming. I mean, the preppiness and autumnal vibes are there, but overall, it’s just not there. The dark academia aesthetic takes a lot of inspiration from gothic architecture and imagery, like castles and old stone buildings, which we definitely see in Potter. It also takes inspiration from gothic literature, both the look of the book and the book itself, and the Hogwarts library definitely has a gothic vibe. Occult, lunar themes and witchcraft are also inspirations within the aesthetic, which is obviously very Harry Potter. The message of dark academia is about finding beauty within the darkest places, which relates to Sirius’ quote “we’ve all got both light and dark inside us.” The whimsigothic aesthetic also places with similar dark and (obviously) gothic themes, and also similarly deals with finding the light within these dark themes, however, the witchy, bohemian, spiritual and colorful aspects are far more present, using occultism, the bohemian vibe, spirituality and the supernatural as major inspirations. While dark academia focuses on natural colors, whimsigothic focuses on color, using burgundy, purple, deep blues, gold accents, jewel tones, orange, black and green. You see elements of both dark academia and whimsigothic within Potter, mainly dark academia in the architecture, look and atmosphere of Hogwarts and Whimsigothic in the atmosphere and look of Diagon Alley (especially in Stone). However, you don’t see dark academia anywhere in the clothing and the whimsigothic aspects of the costuming are very lazy, half-assed and boring. This is a total disappointment as combining these two aesthetics could have made for such a unique look as Potter is a series about coming of age at boarding and discovering a world filled with magic and witchcraft. Also, both these aesthetics were popular in the 90s, which also makes them era-appropriate. Dark academia was worn by iconic 90s supermodels like Cindy Crawford, and celebrities like Gwenyth Paltrow and Carolyn Bessette under the idea of quiet luxury, model-off-duty and gothic or edgy preppy style. However, whimsigothic was actually huge at the time due to the overhaul of witchy media like Hocus Pocus, The Craft, Halloweentown and more. Dramatic sleeves, velvet, embroidery, witchy motifs, lace, nature motifs, bohemian elements inspired by the 70s (which could have paralleled the Potters and Marauders’ wardrobe during their school days), lunar motifs, rich colors and jewel tones (could have really used color symbolism in the same way Euphoria expertly uses it), ethereal motifs, historical influence from the Victorian age, the Renaissance and the Middle ages, celestial motifs mixed with edgier elements like dark floral prints, gothic motifs, corsets (which Bellatrix does wear), and elements of the grunge movement like combat boots, slip dresses and tights were all popular in the 90s. In fact, Helena Bonham Carter was a style icon for 90s girls who love the aesthetic as her personal style during this era was very whimsigothic (which makes her casting even more perfect). Now, if these films were made now, they would have definitely utilized these popular aesthetic. Both whimsigothic and dark academia are aesthetics today that take notes from the 90s, so by fully utilizing these aesthetics in the costuming, it would have it inherently 90s, which proves the lackluster costuming to be an even bigger missed opportunity. Also, the choice to have Voldemort’s robes get dirtier as his Horcruxes are destroyed makes no sense as it wouldn’t be his clothing deteriorating, it would be himself. Also, his billowing cloak isn’t tailored, unlike Snape’s who’s billowing cloak is. Which is confusing to be as Snape is miserable teacher and Voldemort is a all-powerful terrorist, wouldn’t he value his apprenace more? like sure it’s visually dominant, but it literally looks like a black bed sheet over him. Although, Snape’s being more tailor does represent how he is the one with the true power the whole time, not Voldemort, but I doubt the costume designers knew that when they were designing their costumes, which both don’t seem to change over the course of the series, so honestly it’s just lazy costume design. Also, if you notice, the Hogwarts uniforms change between the first two films and the third. In the first two, the Hogwarts ties have thicker stripes, mirroring a barbershop swirl, something quaint and innocent, but when the series takes a dark turn so does the tie, becoming more of a pinstripe pattern, which both more mature and complex, reflecting how the series is taking a similar direction. Also, in the first two films, the robes are all black with the only House identifier being the House crest (however in the Sorting Hat ceremony scene, and Hermione in her very first scene, they wear a plain black robe, plain gray sweater and plain black tie with the Hogwarts crest on it, which young Lily, Snape, Sirius and James are also seen wearing during their Sorting Ceremony in the Prince’s Tale. The fact we only see the trio and their classmates only wear these uniforms once makes it that much weirder to me that they have to buy their uniforms before they get to school. Like, wouldn’t having them all wearing their normal clothes, then once they are sorted be handed their robes and uniform by their Heads of House, going from looking out of place to looking like they belong been so much interesting and symbolic?), while from Azkaban onward the robes also have their House colors on the inside of their robes as shown in the sleeves and the hoods. I prefer the Azkaban version personally as it’s a much more dynamic visual and a great visual identifier, especially because the student characters we meet from that point on don’t have their Hogwarts House explicitly stated in the script, but it’s still a pretty boring design, especially when it comes to the Battle of Hogwarts, where both sides wear black. Also, a cool Easter Egg is that the Hogwarts uniforms change over time. Tom Riddle in the Chamber of Secrets wears a slightly different uniform then Harry, with a Hogwarts crest instead of just the Slytherin crest, a slightly different tie and a blue scarf-like thing. However, in the flashbacks with Snape, Lily and the Marauders, their uniforms are the same as Harry and his classmates, which makes in logical to assume the school re-designed their uniforms in between Tom’s time and James and Lily’s time. From what I have heard, many people sight Harry Potter as a major inspiration for the dark academia aesthetic. However, while I definitely see that in the aesthetic of Hogwarts and the look of the series overall (especially Stone, Azkaban and Prince) especially when it comes the sets, specifically the library, the Great Hall and the courtyards, that is not true at all for clothing. The clothing is very basic, very generic and very boring. Dark academia actually would have worked very well for Hermione as she is an academic girl with a darker, fiercer side to her and she has seen a lot of darkness, but this clothing aesthetic also didn’t really exist in the literal sense when the series was coming out, so it couldn’t really take inspiration from it. Between dark academia and whimsigothic, it was just a total missed opportunity clothing-wise all around. The Twins’ costumes were also such a disservice for their characters. In the first 4 films, they are always wearing identical clothes, which is such an overdone Twins trope on screen and always does those characters a disservice. In the case of the Weasley twins, it especially does them a disservice because they are identical twins who always have the same haircuts, we don’t need them to be more identical then that, especially in visual media. As much as they are a packaged deal, especially knowing how their story ends (which I understand they did not know about while making the first 4 films), that doesn’t mean they need to dress that way (except in their Hogwarts uniforms obviously). A smarter choice would be for them to dress complimentary, showing that they are packaged deal, but also allowing them to develop their own individual identities. To me, while they are both witty and comedic, Fred is the most rambunctious twin, while George is the more savvy twin, making them the perfect team. Why not show this through clothing? Have them wear the exact same outfit just in different colors (In my mind, Fred in warmer colors to show his energetic personality and George in cooler colors to symbolize his brilliance). They attempt to do this the later movies, particularly in the scene when they comfort the Gryffindor boy and Umbridge interrupts them in Phoenix and then in their whimsical suits while at their joke shop in Prince and during the holidays. However, since we have been so used to seeing them in identical wardrobe and don’t have colors associated with them, this new individualistic effort is a failure due to it’s inconsistency, as in they don’t try to give each twin a favorite or signature color by mixing it up too much, and jarring start, as it makes sense their mom would dress them identically, but not themselves once they get to Azkaban). In my opinion, the only times they should have dressed truly identical with while they are in their Hogwarts uniforms. Also, the costuming not creating any distinction between one Twin from the other makes Fred’s death far less impactful as all we can tell is that one Twin died, but we don’t know which one until Neville’s speech. That’s such a disservice to their characters. Again, while they both looked like badasses in those dark, gingham (a very smart, subtle Weasley touch) bomber jackets in the Battle of Hogwarts, the fact they are in different colors, creating individualism, fails because we don’t know which twin is which because we don’t have a color associated with each one. Also, in Part 1, Hermione is dressed far too nice for being on the run. Like why is she wearing peasant tops, belts and peacoats? And she’s not alone, Harry’s wearing blazers, like in the diner scene and in the scene right before they take Polyjuice to infiltrate the Ministry (as well as in the final scene in Phoenix, which just seemed like an odd costume choice to me). Shouldn’t they just be in t-shirts, henleys, (like Ginny’s Elena Gilbert core. This is when that would make sense for Hermione) flannels, sweatshirts, and sweaters? They do wear all of that, but why not keep that consistent, especially because wearing that stuff is realistic when you are roughing it and camping (especially in the Muggle world and they are wearing Muggle clothes anyway)? Harry’s final battle look is a little too nice too. Like at least Hermione’s is feminine, but also comfortable and practical. Harry’s is comfortable, but a little too put together in my opinion. Also, Harry, Ron and the boys (except Elphias Doge, who is in like 5 layers which even for the Wizarding World, is ridiculous) are all in button-downs and waistcoats for Bill and Fleur’s wedding, in whimsigothic colors like mustard yellow, maroon and purple (Bill’s purplish-maroon velvet overcoat looks like it as Sirius’ which is so sweet and also very whimsigothic and cool), with is good, and is clearly Wizarding World wedding attire (which is strangely different from the more formal dress robes they wear at the Yule Ball and Slughorn’s Christmas party but whatever), and while it is (finally!) whimsigothic, the fact that all the body are wearing the same silhouette makes it become boring and reptive after a while. Also, personally, I don’t like Harry’s hair in the final two films. It makes sense that they’d have a more mature, longer haircut as he’s grown up and on the run, (I also think it’s hilarious how Hermione gave Harry a haircut, when it was really Ron and his 2010-era Justin Bieber haircut who really needed it, then Harry’s hair grew back so fast by Part 2), but it definitely wasn’t his best look, but at least it was better than his longhair in Goblet or his overgrown middle schooler look in Prince. Also, the clothing for the Muggle characters wasn’t much better, or era-appropriate. The best example of this is Petunia’s 50s-inspired summer mini dress in Phoenix. It also doesn’t make sense for her character, as Petunia would surely be the kind of woman to judge any woman for dressing age-inappropriate or showing too much skin. I get that it was supposed to be a heat wave, but the block could have at least had her outside sunbathing in that sunroom from the Azkaban Dursley set. It looked like a 50s bathing suit anyway. Also, the spectator boys’ outfits while watching the second task in Goblet of a Hogwarts crest sweatshirt and a puffer vest are way too modern. Not even for the 2000s, more like the 2020s. Seamus literally looks like Pete Davidson in that ensemble. It’s laughable. However, Slughorn unironically wearing a graduation cap for some reason makes no sense to me. Is that in the book or what? My friend told me that Harry is supposed to be dressed similarly to Lupin, his favorite teacher while at Hogwarts, during the DA meetings, but I just don’t see it, because Lupin was also in cloaks, button-downs and always had dirty roughness to him, while harry wear cardigans and looks very put together and clean. It just doesn’t translate the way it should, because it is such a great idea in theory. The only time I really see this is in the blazer he wears in the very last scene, which is very young teacher-like and definitely gives off a Lupin vibe, but I still don’t remember ever actually seeing Lupin in a soft-fabric blazer like that. Now, I am sure the kids were happy to be out of those wool, no-doubt itchy uniforms, especially in more physical scenes, especially Watson because she had to wear tights for “lady-like modesty” (and they weren’t even fun fashion tights like in Gossip Girl. Now that’s how you personalize a uniform, with brooches, jewelry and accessories too), and knowing Watson, she surely wanted to subvert stereotypes of feminity, especially through a character like Hermione who already subverts so many feminine traits, but there was surely another way to do this that still kept with the witchy aesthetic, and not create such a disappointing, lackluster visual. Also, were jeans really that much better for physical scenes? Denim is a very rigid, rough material. There are so many better materials out there that are still comfortable and mobile and would have helped translate the witchy vibe. I mean, hello velvet and latex! However, I did appreciate how Harry and Neville dressed like their fathers in that Order of the Phoenix photo during the Battle of Hogwarts. It was a great parallel, and I love a good costume nod. But seriously, having the majority of the costumes not be era-appropriate and whimsigothic really sucks and is a total missed opportunity.

Casting

Now, the casting in these movies was phenomenal. For any British cinephiles, they must have been freaking out when the cast was first announced. I mean, can we talk about how intimidating it much have been to direct all these legends? These movies had the crème de la crème of British actors. Also, what’s so mindblowing and impressive about the casting in these films is that huge, legendary talent like Imelda Staunton, Emma Thompson, Gary Oldman, Maggie Smith, Helena Bonham Carter, John Cleese (Nearly Headless Nick) and John Hurt took on roles of small side characters that normally they would never take on, which just shows how important and impactful this series is. It’s a multi-generational franchise, which few YA series achieve. This casting only helps make it more apparent. These films had such legendary iconic British actors. The fact that they got so many literal acting legends to play supporting and minor roles is so remarkable and unprecedented and just shows how powerful and amazing this story is. The acting talent in these films too was also a major draw marketing-wise, and frankly brilliant as it really honed in on its universal, timeless and multi-generational appeal. In fact, two of them have starred in The Crown, including Imelda Staunton, who played Dolores Umbridge, as Queen Elizabeth II in the final two seasons, and Helena Bonham Carter, who played Bellatrix Lestrange, as Princess Margaret Seasons three and four.

Umbridge, while a terrible person, was undeniably fun to watch. The way Staunton would deliver her wicked lines with a permanent sweet smile was just genius and so impeccably acted. Her wardrobe and office set was almost exclusively pink and very ladies-at-lunch proper, a great juxtaposition to her sinister character. It was a great example of expert use of color in costume design and a masterclass in opposite acting choices. Great characterization! And Staunton’s performance was so infuriating (which for this character is a good thing. That’s what the audience is supposed to feel) and phenomenal. All the mannerisms and the details, so specific and purposeful. The eyelash flickers. The head tilts. The shoulder shrugs. The entitled sighs. The sickly sweet smiles. It was so well done. Imelda Staunton has starred in films like Shakespeare in Love, Maleficent and the adpation of Much Ado About Nothing. She is also a prominent musical theater actress, starring in Sweeney Todd, Gypsy, Wizard of Oz, Guys and Doll, and Into the Woods. She has also won a SAG Award. Her performance in this series was so brilliant that my friends say that they can’t wtach her in other projects because all they can see is Umbridge. Like she managed to even traumaitze the veiwers with her performance. That’s very impressive TBH.

While watching the Reunion after my first binge, Bonham Carter said how playing Bellatrix was very freeing, and seeing her performance, you could see how much fun she was having. Bellatrix is so playful and impulsive, much like actors have to be, and the best kinds of characters require that not only from an actor but as a character. Bonham Carter thrives in these theatrical, villainous roles, as seen from her work in Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland, which also featured Alan Rickman’s iconic voice as the voice of the Caterpillar as well as Timothy Spall, Imelda Staunton and Johnny Depp who is in Fantastic Beasts (I believe Johnny Depp and Zoe Kravitz are the first Americans to be major roles in the Wizarding World franchise), Charlie In The Chocolate Factory and Les Miserables alongside  Fantastic Beasts‘ Eddie Redmayne. After all, she is known for her collaborations with (former husband) Tim Burton on films like Corspe Bride and Big Fish. She was also good at not forgetting about the layers of Bellatrix and Sirius Black being related, and her being the one to “Avada Kedavra” him. Many other actors wouldn’t have brought those layers to someone as unhinged as Bellatrix. You could also see how much fun she was having playing her. The duality in Bonham Carter’s portrayal is why fans love Bellatrix, even though she is so monstrous and unforgivable, she is damn fun to watch. She is also a BAFTA and SAG Award winner. She has starred in Cinderella, Fight Club, Ocean’s 8, Dark Shadows and the TV series Burton & Taylor where she played Elizabeth Taylor. I especially loved how child-like she was in her portrayal of Bellatrix, especially in the Unberakable Vow and Malfoy Manor scenes. It was a brilliant choice for the ruthless character. In her early career she was referred to as an English Rose, which Emma Watson later became. Honestly, it would have been highly disappointing if not one English Rose was in the entirety of this series. However, Bonham Carter herself was uncomfortable with the label. Watson also followed in her footsteps even more as Bonham Carter also worked within the fashion industry due to quirky and dark style, with brands like Marc Jacobs and Vivienne Westwood and took inspiration from Marie Antoinette. I did love seeing how close her and Daniel Radcliffe are in the Reunion. Them exploring the Gringotts set together and running like quirky, whimsical dwarfs to each other was adorable (“you be Harry Potter” LOL). I also loved hearing about her playful and unhinged approach to Bellatrix. It was fascinating and just shows how fearless she is as an actor.

I had no idea there were two Dumbledores until the reunion when I Googled it. I was SHOCKED. While costume, hair, and makeup certainly helped, being that Dumbledore is covered in thin white hair, Richard Harris and Michael Gambon had seamless performances and even had similar dialects. Incredible! Richard Harris has won Oscars, a Golden Globe and even a Grammy. He also starred in films like Gladiator, Camelot and Cromwell. He also was a skilled Rugby player (so maybe he really would have been a badass during Dumbledore’s fight scenes as Rugby looks very violent). Michael Gambon is a renowned Shakespeare actor (so no wonder he is so godo at delivering those confusing riddles that Dumbledore loves to say), starring in Hamlet, Othello and Macbeth, and has even been knighted by Queen Elizabeth II, which is very impressive (literally had no idea that was even still a thing. what an honor). He has won BAFTAs and SAG Awards, and starred in films like Amazing Grace and Fantastic Mr. Fox. Richard Harris was a great Dumbledore, and honestly my favorite, mostly because he didn’t betray me as Michael Gambon’s did, although that’s not an insult to either’s performance, just the story. They were both amazing Dumbledores and gave impeccable performances. Harris had a much slower pace to him, which made Dumbledore seem grander. His raspy, deep voice and slow, delicate delivery made him feel wise and trustworthy just from the sound of his voice. However, Michael Gambon’s interpretation of the character gave the character more depth and dimension beyond just being the alluring headmaster. I did like his acting in his final scene of Goblet of Fire when he gives his tribute speech about Cedric, especially in the beginning where he doesn’t know were to start. Although from what I have heard from my friends, Harris’ portrayal was more accurate to the books, with it being calmer, cool and collected, while Gambon’s was more energized, which you could argue may have worked better for film because of all his physical work. However, character-wise, the calmness, delicacy and lightness of Harris’ performance worked better to showcase and translate Dumbledore’s more experienced, wise and larger-than-life character. Dumbledore was supposed to be a character that provided calmness and comfort, making even the most fearful, high-staked situation casual and nonchalant. I didn’t really get that from key moments of Gambon’s performance. Literally, the Astronomy Tower scene is Gambon’s best scene acting-wise in the entire series in my opinion. The delicacy in his line delivery seems to be more accurate to how Dumbledore is supposed to be portrayed, from what my friends tell me about book Dumbledore, who always speaks with an air of casual calmness my friends tell me. However, I think his best-acted film was Prisoner of Azkaban. My friends have told me that there is a joke in the Potterhead community about this, especially in regard to the Goblet of Fire movie. Apparently, in the books, Dumbledore asks Harry if he put his name into the Goblet of Fire calmly, but in the movies, Gambon runs in frantically and practically attacks Harry. While that could be more of a direction issue rather than a performance issue, it’s still hilarious. Also, he is just so loud and angry in that movie, which doesn’t seem very Dumbledore to me with what has been establsihed about the character in the prior films. So, you can argue either way. Also, even in Azkaban, he basically bursts up the moving staircase to inspect the Fat Lady’s disappearance. I feel like Dumbledore would be less frantic, and I think Harris would have portrayed it that way. Personally, I prefer Harris’ both because of his characterization and because his Dumbledore didn’t betray me. But both Harris and Gambon are good actors. (Side note: I love Harris’ clap when Hermione is sorted into Gryffindor in the first film’s Sorting Ceremony was so adorable, showing how much precision and detailed characterization he put into the role, much more than Gambon.)

Alan Rickman was a phenomenal Snape. There are only a handful of times when I can’t imagine anyone else playing a certain role, but truly, I can not imagine anyone else playing Snape. Only Alan Rickman. Dare I say, this might be one of the best castings in cinematic history, as well as one of the best-developed characters in cinematic and literary history. Seriously, never has a role been so perfectly cast. Alan Rickman is truly such a brilliant Snape. His performance, dare I say, is the best of the entire series, and dare I say, his performance in specifically the last film, is definitely the best of anyone in the entire series. He is also one of the very few actors who can make sob my eyes out with just a simple facial expression (it’s literally just him and Candice King. I don’t know how to explain it. The second Caroline stops the car in The Vampire Diaries finale I am a sobbing mess from that point on). Literally every scene Snape has in Part 2, I am on the brink of tears due to how painful and powerful his performance is. Now, that’s a powerhouse performance by a powerhouse actor. He portrayed every aspect of Snape so perfectly from his dry wit to his alarming sneer. He is an actor known for playing villainous roles very well between Hans Gruber in Die Hard, Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Jude Turpin in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (which also starred his Harry Potter co-stars Helena Bonham Carter, Timothy Spall and Jamie Campbell Bower) and even Harry in Love Actually (as he plays Emma Thompson’s cheating husband, so that’s kind of villainous), and he is SO phenomenal at it. Like if there’s an actor to beat when it comes to playing a complex villain it’s Alan Rickman (Ralph Fiennes had his work cut out for him playing opposite him). This is proves that type casting isn’t necessarily a bad thing, especially when your type just so happens to be the most complex, interesting character in those stories because villains and ahti-heroes are always the more interesting characters. Villians and anti-heroes are roles that inherently show off an actors’ range, which is why he was also able to believably play non-evil, although leaning more antagionistic, character in filsm like Love, Actually and Sense and Senibility, and clearly Rickman had a boundless versatlity and abyss-deep emotional range. He was also in Kevin Smith’s Dogma, Uli Edel’s Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny and Anthony Minghella’s Truly, Madly, Deeply. While many actors make careers out of playing villains, it’s very rare for an actor to make a career out of playing anti-heroes, and that’s what he did through Snape and many others. His first big role was even the anti-heroic character of Le Vicomte de Valmont in Dangerous Liasions, which got him a Tony nomination. It’s honestly speaks so much to his talent and brilliance that even though he played so many atagionists that he still has such a charming screen presence. He was the definition of a scene stealer as Snape. He may not have been the main character, but as the kids say, he brought the main character energy, which especially worked out in his favor based on how his arc ends in this series. Rickman also does this in many of films as he is often the supporting character, but the scene-stealing one like in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and Sense and Sensibility. It’s also so brilliant how portrayed so many of his characters, but especially Snape, in a way that left them up to audience’s interpretation, and didn’t let the writing speech for itself, no matter if they were stone-cold evil or just misunderstood, he made audiences love them. That’s a very singular, rare thing to be able to do so consistently as an actor. I never read the books, so I don’t know if he was supposed to be so cold and stoic (However, in all honestly, I can not imagine Snape being anything other then cold and stoic. It just wouldn’t be Snape), but Rickman was so great at being such a subtle actor that even his stoic delivery still spoke volumes. He was a master at specificity, precision, line delivery and balancing verbal and non-verbal cues (he is such a great lineless actor). And as much as he is amazing in every role he took on, Snape was clearly his masterpiece. He was so brilliant, captivating, breathtaking, intimidating, anxiety-inducing, exciting, scary and anticipating as Snape. You can tell every nuance from his quick hair flip like when he turns to face Lupin while he’s confronting Harry about being out of bed in Azkaban or turns away from Lockhart fiercely after he tells him that Harry was helping him with his fanmail to his inquisitive, interrogative eyebrow raises like when he confronts the trio about being “up to something” in Stone or when Harry tells him that he wasn’t hungry after the first message from the Heir of Slytherin appears and Snape obvious doesn’t believe him to his understandable and snarky eye rolls like when he says that Veritserum is “regrettably forbidden” in Goblet, and of course, his wicked sneers that he does at least once every movie, so piercing it might be the best of any actor I’ve ever seen (some of my favorite times is against Sirius in the Shrieking Shack, when Bellatrix calls him a coward in Prince, and after Harry invades his memory in Phoenix). All of this also showcases one of my favorite Slytherin qualities, their dramatic flair, and Snape’s is by far the best out of all the Slytherin characters. His sharp movement like head turns, body turns and wand positions, all of this is presented in the Chamber dueling club scene, not to mention his billowing cloak making him a grand presence. So, also the mannerism he brings to Snape, it’s just brilliant. He is genius in this role. With Rickman’s performance in this role, the eyes are truly the window to Snape’s soul. And that’s so powerful and symbolic for so many reasons. For one, Rickman’s ability to communicate so much emotion, usually complex and contradictory emotion, through just his eyes is incredibly impressive, powerful and impactful. However, in this series eyes are such an important thing, especially within Harry and Snape’s relationship, as Harry’s eyes are the one aspect of Lily he constantly sees in Harrry, constantly reminding him of his duty to protect him. So, Rickman’s ability to show so much emotion, even contradictory, complex, layered emotions through his eyes just shows even more how perfectly cast he is as Snape. The way Rickman can masterfully showcase two distinctly different, and often times completely contradictory, emotions and subtexts simultaneously all while keeping a stoic face and piercing eyes is truly insane. This is an incredibly rare quality in an actor, and it’s one of the reasons watching Rickman in this role is absolutely breathtaking and leaves you holding onto your temples, holding your breath, crying your eyes out and completely awestruck. Acting is truly his superpower. Rickman plays Snape with such poised specificity and stoic charisma, it was just brilliant. His line delivery was also so precise and well-paced, which is a very singular compliment to give an actor. You can sense that every word spoken was piercing and purposeful. Even the more casual lines, they never felt casual in the slightest coming from him. You genuinely hang onto every word he says, even if you know or think you know what he’s about to say. That is such a rare quality in an actor, to have the audience on the edge of their seats simply by delivering a line of dialogue. My friend said the JKR told Rickman Snape’s true backstory before the final book was written and before they started production on the first movies, and Rickman, being a great subtle actor, used it to greatly to his advantage and have some of Snape’s best, most powerful, telling, brilliant nuances. He needed to know Snape’s full story in order to do the character justice, and boy did he succeed in doing that, and then some. Every facial expression, odd glance, sharp movement, and subtle look, his whole portrayal, every detail, obvious or subtle, big or small, was all precisely, specifically and meticulously thought out by Rickman because of this. Even his line delivery, it’s so specific, perfectly paced, piercing and precise for maximum emphasis that it’s so impactful to watch. Even if you can guess what he eventually going to say, you hold your breath and hang onto every word, every space, every pause. I have never experienced watching an actor bring that kind of reaction out of me. It’s so powerful. It was thrilling. Also some of his nuances as Snape just make his character that much more moody and comedic. Like his look of disdain at Lockhart when he says that Harry was helping him answer his fanmail, him walking up to the dueling runway with his arms crosse like an angsty teenager or his stare at Harry before he walks off without a word in Prince. It brilliantly gives so much lightness to such a dark, cold character and it’s very well-placed and such a great instinct. Alan Rickman is a brilliant actor. Dare I say, Snape is the most perfectly cast character in the series. He has the rare ability to keep a stoic, stone-cold face and still be able to show a wealth of emotions with the subtlest of nuances. That is a profound ability and it makes him the only person who could have played a character with such mystique, complexity and moral ambiguity like Snape. That is stoic charisma if I have ever seen it. And that’s a very rare ability for an actor to have, especially as effective and impactful as him. It’s breathtaking to watch him perform and is truly one of the most impactful actors I have ever seen. Very few actors make me consistently viscerally laugh, wince with anticipation, hyperventilate, and tear up, but he can. Now, that’s a powerhouse of an actor. And Snape is truly is tour de force. And his expert line delivery is just astounding, like only he can make a line as simple as “let them unfold” (as he says to Dumbledore in Goblet after Harry’s name comes out of the Goblet of Fire) so chilling and memorable. His acting, especially in this role, isn’t just an acting master class, but a masterclass in line delivery. The specificity. The pacing. The precision. How to build anticipation with even a line as simple as “don’t lie to me (which he says in Goblet too).” Also, I loved how he used the trademark Slytherin flair for the dramatic, shown through his sharp movement and head turns. Out of all the Slytherins, Snape’s dramatic flair was the best executed. Also, he adds dry humor to the role in the most brilliant ways, one of my favorite examples being that Goblet study hall scene where he keeps pacing behind the trio, eavesdropping and messing with them. And the way he played buried pain, hidden shame and masked guilt was breathtaking. Also, his deep, magnetic, booming voice is so iconic. and naturally fits Snape so perfectly (also his character’s name in Love Actually is Harry LOL and the movie was made while working on the Potter series. Also after reading his Wikipedia page, apparently his voice mixed with Jeremy Irons’ is the ideal male voice, but okay?). His performance in this series gave a masterclass in vocal precision, line delivery and subtle acting, from the slow phrasing to the dramatic pauses to his sharp, specific gestures to his impeccably well-placed pauses to his dry delivery, it was just perfection. His distinctive way of talking from the proper language in the writing to Rickman’s expert delivery, it was amazingly thrilling to watch. He has won a BAFTA, Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Award (and I seriously can not believe that he never won an Academy Award, that is criminal). Also, he gave up on having the job security through his own graphic design company and decided to become an actor full-time, which is very risky, but clearly massively paid off. At his core, he is clearly an artist at heart. In the Reunion, it was revealed that Rickman was the only one who knew what the ending was gonna be. This makes sense since we don’t really learn Snape’s motivation until literally the last possible second. This needed to happen because otherwise, Rickman’s endlessly intriguing performance wouldn’t be what it was. And looking back, you can see it all through Rickman’s nuanced, complex and dynamic performance (it was also so cool hearing Daniel Radcliffe recall Rickman telling the directors “I’ll tell you later” when they asked why he made certain acting choice. I also liked hearing his impression of Rickman. It was so good, no doubt due to all the time they spent together). I seriously can not say enough (clearly) how incredibly well-acted every single moment and every single scene (he was in) was performed by Rickman. Brava!

Gary Oldman was such a great Sirius. He got every color of the character. His charisma. His madness. His kindness. His cruelty. His strength. His trauma. His sincerity. His warmth. His fire. His boldness. His fierceness. His grandeur. His confidence. All of it. Also from what I heard, he made Sirius much more likable than he was in the books (how could JKR make Harry’s only other family besides the Dursleys also unlikable? That’s horrible. Did she, like, hate Harry or something?) which only made his death more tragic. Few actors could make a character this brash and complicated so likable, and Oldman did it flawlessly. Gary Oldman has starred in The Dark Knight, True Romance, The Fifth Element, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Leon: The Professional, Mank, The Darkest Hour, JFK, Mank, The Laundormat, State of Grace and been in music videos for David Bowie and Guns & Roses. He was also in Friends, in the two-part episode involving Monica and Chandler’s wedding and played three roles in A Christmas Carol. He was also part of what was called the “Brit Pack” in the 80s with Colin Firth and Daniel Day-Lewis. He is has won an Oscar, Golden Globe and a BAFTA for screenwriting and is known for his big, expressive acting style and villainous characters, which why he plays Sirius’ mania and rage in that Shrieking Shack scene so well. It’s also probably why they casted him, as Sirius is painted as a villain, but really isn’t, playing off his type-casting (although, like Rickman, who cares about type-casting when your type is this fun and complex, right?). His co-stars Jason Isaacs and Daniel Radcliffe have also both said that he is one of their biggest influences, which is also incredibly ironic due to Oldman’s Anti-semitic remarks.  What sucks so much about Oldman playing him however is as a Jew, I really have a hard time liking anything Oldman does. But you have to separate the art from the artist, and Oldman did a fantastic job with Sirius. Personally, I like to see the best in people until they do something completely unforgivable (looking at you Trump, Kanye and every sexist Christian extremist). It seems to me like Oldman simply isn’t educated. I don’t think he meant any malice when he defended Mel Gibson’s antisemitism opinions (or rather this right to have an opinion, even if that opinion is wrong), just like when Helena Bonham Carter defended JKR (she said that JKR has a right to her opinion too). It’s a more ‘they have a right to their opinion’ defense rather than a ‘their opinion differs from mine’ thing. To me, (Bonham Carter sounds very naive) Oldman sounds very ignorant. Jason Isaacs, Bonham Carter and Daniel Radcliffe are all Jewish, and based on the Reunion, Radcliffe has always and still very much looks up to Oldman, so I hope that like he publicly condemned JKR’s beliefs on behalf of his work with The Trevor Project (as well as Watson, who publicly condemned it on behalf fon his feminist activism as well as Grint and many other cast members), I hope Radcliffe (and Isaacs) educated Oldman on why him saying Gibson has a right to his opinion is very ignorant. I will say, it sucks that Oldman has a sort of JKR-esque downfall due to his anti-semitic comments and alleged abuse because he was so good in this role and is such a great actor. It would be better if he just kept his mouth shut or apologized and educated himself, but he did not, but at least he didn’t rant about it like JKR, although he did play a Jew in Mank which was odd and uncomfortable, to say the least. I am only mentioning this because it’s important. It’s just sad because like JKR, he was such a pivotal character in a franchise that’s so important to so many young people, many of those being Jews or kids watching these films as escapism from abuse.

Now, I have heard that the Marauders, Snape and Lily are all supposed to be in their upper 20s-mid 30s in the books and a big qualm people have with the films is that obviously, that isn’t the case. However, personally, I would gladly sacrifice that kind of age accuracy for the cast we got, each who embodied their characters so insanely perfectly and gave breathtaking performances. Also, for a decade-long commitment and project like this, you want people who are going to be reliable, and people in their 20s and 30s are starting families during that time, so casting people in their 30s, 40s and 50s, who no doubt have kids who are little more grown up, makes more sense from reliability and continuity. Obviously, there is nothing wrong with that, however, that could be a problem when it comes to scheduling and other conflicts. Also, that’s also the age where you’re building your career, while young kids and older adults have a bit more flexibility, while people in their 20s and 30s could get antsy and rebellious. Also, having many legendary actors in these roles not only gives the kids the best acting teachers and mentors in the world, but also truly makes these films for all ages, as while the kids, the target audience, watch the films due to being fans of the book, the characters and the world, the parents can watch it to see their favorite actors from Fight Club (Helena Bonham Carter), Die Hard (Alan Rickman) and Dracula (Gary Oldman). It would also help hone in on this story’s timeless, cross-generational appeal. 

It was so great seeing Emma Thompson in this wacky role. I have only seen her in Love, Actually, where she is basically crying the entire time. So, this role was great to see her in. Viewers may not realize, but roles like these take so much vulnerability from the actor. You can’t be the tiniest bit insecure when you are playing such a wacky role. Thompson did that flawlessly. Emma Thompson is known for her iconic role as Nanny McPhee in the Nanny McPhee film series, which also starred co-star Imelda Staunton. Like Maggie Smith, she was also made a Dame by Queen Elizabeth. She has won Academy Awrads, BAFTA Awards, Golden Globes and an Emmy. She has also starred in Stranger Than Fiction, Saving Mr. Banks, An Education, and the TV adaption of Angels In America. I wish we got to see more of her because Thompson is such a talent. However, I think it just speaks to the quality and popularity of Potter that a legend like Thompson took on such a small role. Also, thank god she had no notable scenes with Helena Bonham Carter or Kenneth Branagh (aka Lockhart) because Thompson and Branagh were married, and then he had an affair with Bonham Carter and divorced Thompson, which is unfortunate but undeniably ironic due to how very in character is was for Branagh and Bonham Carter. But also, this just shows us again how truly small of a world British Hollywood is. Also, BTW, the Thompson-Branaugh-Bonham Carter triangle happened in the 90s, way before the film series even started production. Also, I am ashamed to say that I often confuse Emma Thompson with Gillian Anderson. I’m so sorry.

Robbie Coltrane was the perfect Hagrid. The gentle giant energy he brought to Hagrid was so genuine and authentic. You can tell that his friendship with the young cast, especially the trio, was so genuine. His warmth, enthusiasm, innocence, sensitivity kindness and fierceness were infectious through the screen. Robbie Coltrane has starred in Mona Lisa, Nuns on the Run, Eat the Rich, Message ina Bottle, The World is Not Enough, The Bogie Man, From Hell, Cracker, and The Pope Must Die. Coltrane didn’t just make Hagrid come to live, he made the “it’s not Hogwarts with you, Hagrid” sentiment come to life. The warmth he brought to the character is best shown through his first journey with Hagrid as he introduces him to so many elements of the Wizarding World, the scene where he comforts Hermione after she’s called a Mudblood and the scene in the woods with the trio in Goblet. His sensitivity is shown by how distraught he is when shared with the trio that Buckbeak was sentenced to death and during Aragog’s funeral. However, the moment that shows these qualities he brought to Hagrid most was the scene where he is carrying Harry across the bridge in the finale. The shock. The numbness. The pain. The dread. The trauma. It was written all over his face. It was heartwrenching and beautiful.

Ralph Fiennes and Jason Isaacs did an amazing job with their villains. From what I’ve been told they had a lot of say in Voldemort’s and Lucius Malfoy’s appearances and it definitely paid off. The inhumane, nearly snake-looking look of Voldemort was creepy AF,  with his flat nose with slits for nostrils and double pointed tongue (is this what happens when you make Horcruxes? Worst plastic surgery ever), and Lucius looked like a Star Wars character even if I have never seen Star Wars. They both looked very non-human which made sense because they are both annoying, racist assholes (also the irony of Snape being a Half-Blood and their “friend” and also the irony of this being written by J.K. Rowling). I loved how, like Alan Rickman, they spoke very slowly as their evil characters. It was never rushed, which made it even creepier. He was also Adam Groff’s uncle in Sex Education (which is GREAT casting as he really does look like he could be the brother to the actor who plays headmaster Groff), which is so cool when you think about how Asa Butterfield and his co-stars seem to be the next generation of big British actors. Isaacs portrayed Lucius’ menacing aura, pathetic cowardice and flair for the dramatic so well. Also, Isaacs, based on his Wikipedia page, voiced the Basilisk in Chamber which is cool (but also kind of confusing because, like what? Do they mean the voiceovers that Harry heard through the walls? Isaacs did those? That must be what they meant. But actually, that’s such a cool Easter Egg because Lucius was the whole reason the Chamber opened in the first place and the Basilisk was let out again) Also, the fact that Jason Isaacs now plays Sophia Bush’s dad in Good Sam is a fact I still can’t get over. Obviously, actors aren’t their characters, but the irony is hilarious to me. Jason Isaacs has starred in Peter Pan, Abduction, Sweet November, Star Wars Rebels, The OA, Green Zone, Armaggedon, Dragonheart, the Star Trek franchise, The Death of Stalin, Look Away, Hotel Mumbai and Divorcing Jack. On his Wikipedia page, their is a hilarious quote about him becoming a fan of the series saying, “I went off and read the books after the audition and I read the first four books in one sitting – you know – didn’t wash, didn’t eat, drove around with them on the steering wheel like a lunatic. I suddenly understood why my friends, who I’d thought were slightly backward, had been so addicted to these children’s books. They’re like crack.” So clearly, this kind of quick, new obsession once you join the Potter craze is somewhat normal, no matter what age you are. As you can probably tell by the length of this article, that comfort me a lot. Ralph Fiennes had his films but in Wuthering Heights, and went on to star in Maid in Manhattan (LOL), Schindler’s List, The Hurt Locker, No Time To Die,  The King’s Man, Clahs of the Titans, Grand Budapest Hotel, The English Patient and The Duchess. He has also won a Tony for his role as Hamlet in, obviously, Hamlet. He is also known for playing many villainious roles, so it’s no wonder they cast him as the main antagionist in the series. Fiennes was great as Voldemort. The way he moved and spoke was truly bone-chilling, which was perfect for the character. Fiennes also portrayed Voldemort’s theatricality and flair for the dramatic perfectly. You could tell he was taking inspiration from the correct charismatic culty dictators. It also showed how insecure Tom Riddle really was. He desperately wants attention and is addicted to the spectacle of it all. It was very smart. Ralph Fiennes did an amazing job as Voldemort. He didn’t let the makeup make the performance, he made so many specific choices that his performance speaks for itself. His cold voice and slow line delivery were bone-chilling. The grandeur in his movements was also an effective choice. It made for an effective and scary performance, and everything someone who goes by He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named should be. Fiennes played Voldemort almost inhumanly, which was very fitting. He’s a reptile with the most extreme superiority complex ever. And Fiennes played so brilliantly because he didn’t even make the audience sympathize with him like with Snape or Draco. It honestly just made you pity Tom if anything, and hate him even more. I think that visceral feeling is a testament to his theatrical and specific performance. I also loved hearing about Fiennes and Isaacs approaches to playing their respective characters in the Reunion. It was very fascinating and just shows how great of actors they are. Also, I love how Hero Fiennes-Tiffin, his nephew, played young Tom Riddle in the Orphanage flashback in Half-Blood Prince. Yes, Hardin Scott from After.

I have heard of Dame Maggie Smith many times. She is a legendary British actress. However, I am American, therefore I hadn’t seen many of her films, and the fact that I’ve never been across the pond means I’ve never had the pleasure of seeing her in a live theatre performance. Maggie Smith is an icon, to say it frankly. She is a Dame by Queen Elizabeth, one of few few who have the Triple Crown of Acting and has starred in over 70 plays and films. She is also a renowned Shakespeare actor and has won Oscars, BAFTAs, Golden Globes, SAG Awards, Emmys and a Tony. She has starred in The Secret Garden, Hook, Death on the Nile, Tea With Mussolini, The Lady in the Van, The Prime of Jean Brodie and California Suite. She is perfect as McGonagall. She plays her sass, her sternness, her consideration, her leadership and her assertiveness so flawlessly and brilliantly. When I had seen pictures of the teachers, she looked scary, so I expected her to be a mean teacher, basically like Umbridge (I am ashamed to say). However, Smith used her character’s harsh appearance to her advantage and used her skills as a nuanced actor to make McGonagall’s caring nature show through at all times, even when she’s being disciplinary. She was so good in this role. Honestly what’s most amazing about Maggie Smith as McGonagall is you can tell how freeing it was for her as an actor. For an actress her age, they rarely get to play such sassy, badass women, and yet that’s exactly who McGonagall is alongside her sternness and kindness. They aren’t mutually exclusive. Smith did a brilliant job with that balance. She is truly one of the greats.

Like I said before, Emma Watson was the only actor, specifically out of the young cast, that I was really familiar with. The Bling Ring is one of my favorite movies and I absolutely love her transformative, fabulous and amazing performance in it, especially because it seems like the exact opposite from how she is in real life it just shows how good of an actor she is that she played a California teen so realistically. I also love her in The Perks of Being a Wallflower. She gives such a good, transformative, powerful and fun performance that is so different from Hermione Granger. And of course in Greta Gerwig’s Little Women, where she is truly the perfect Meg, so kind, caring, optimistic and thoughtful. I was always a fan of her and her feminist activism, but now I am a HUGE fan of hers. I understand why she is such a role model to so many people (and now one to me)! She’s hardworking, ambitious, kind and smart. I mean, she went to an (Ivy League!) college while filming these movies, became a style icon and is a feminist activist. (*Chandler Bing voice*) Could she get any more inspiring? We love an iconic overachiever! Love her! Now, she is a role model and huge inspiration of mine. She is also the rare child actor who never had an overtly sexual period. Maybe her film The Bling Ring is the closest she ever got to that place. Not that sexual celebrities can’t be great role models, it just makes her more unique when there are so many young female celebrities to admire. It also didn’t feel forced or conscious, that’s just who she is. She has also worked on multiple movies at the same time, which shows how great of a work ethic she has, how passionate she is and how focused she is. She is so admirable and inspiring. Emma Watson is also just gorgeous. She has such a unique sense of style that mixes masculinity and feminity in such an elegant way. I love her classic, sophisticated and timeless but also experimental style. She also promotes sustainability in fashion which I love. Also, her role choices are very inspiring as someone who wants to be an actor. She challenges herself with roles that are very different from her, but are also pop culture gold, which means they will be good business decisions due to their commercial success (The Bling Ring and The Perks of Being A Wallflower), but she also knows her star quality through picking blockbusters and epic productions with prestigious directors like Darren Aronofsky’s Noah (I’ve only seen a few of her scenes from thiss movie on YouTube but her acting in it is phenomenal). Both of these prove how much of a smart a businesswoman she is. However, she also chose roles that, similar to Hermione, relate to her feminist activism by picking roles that subvert female stereotypes like Little Women and Beauty And The Beast. She said many times while promoting the latter that she loved playing Meg because it showed that there’s not one way to be a feminist (which is 100% true) She didn’t wear corsets in either film, which as a fashionista frustrates me because corsets are essentially an undergarment and without wearing one, these period looks don’t look quite right (although Watson has been seen in corsets many times in her own life, like the Louis Vuitton one she wore when she went to Glastonbury, her golden Bottega Veneta dress to a Deathly Hallows: Part 2 New York premiere and her whimsigothic Harry Potter-esque Dior dress she wore to the 2016 Harper’s Bazaar Women of the Year awards). However, as an actor and feminist, I adore Watson’s stand on this. She used her creditability and voice as an actor, woman and feminist and spoke out about the modern way she wanted to portray Belle. Go her! Watson is a UN ambassador for gender equality and an advocate for sustainable clothing. As aforementioned, like Bonham Carter, Watson is considered an English Rose, which unlike Bonham Carter she doesn’t seem to mind. She is also very involved in the fashion industry, favoring brand like Chanel, Burberry, Prada and is even on the board of Kering, the parent company for Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen and Gucci. She has also won awards for her fashion like Best British Style from the British Fashion Awards and the British Elle award for being a style Icon, which was presented to her by no other than Vivienne Westwood. She has also combined her activism and fashion sense by wearing a jaw-dropping Calvin Klein gown made out of recycled plastic bottles at the 2016 Met Gala. She also became one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2015. She is so inspiring and definitely an inspiration to me as I head into the professional acting world (I am still trying to nail my Hermione impression though, but mostly my British accent. I want to do one so badly. Besides how much I love this series and characters now and am newly obsessed with it, learning how to do a British accent is probably the majority of the reason why I will keep re-watching these movies. Honestly, a huge part of how enjoyable I found these movies is because of all of their British accents and the movies’ impact and status in British culture. Seriously, the fact that they all have accents, specifically British accents, makes these films 10 times better). Also, side note: but her and fellow media witch Chilling Adventures of Sabrina star Kiernan Shipka are literally doppelgangers. They need to play sisters.

This cast was so good at doing so much with so little, and in such a subtle way too. As an actor, it was very impressive. Obviously, they couldn’t fit every detail of these massive books into these films, but you could tell each actor was genuinely passionate and knowledgeable about the material. That made their ability to do so much with so little that much more meaningful. Also, there are so many actors in this series known for playing Villainious characters, like Rickman, Oldman, Fiennes and Isaacs, but in my opinion, Rickman is far superior and the best at it.

It was so fun when you realize how connected the cast was, both before and after Harry Potter. The acting job that impressed Chris Columbus (who made his directorial debut on one of my mom’s favorite Chicago-based 80s movies Adventures In Babysitting) enough to bring Daniel Radcliffe in to audition for the role of Harry Potter was the 1999 film David Copperfield, which also starred his future Harry Potter professors and British acting icons Imelda Staunton and Dame Maggie Smith (Radcliffe seemed to be the only one out of the trio with professional acting experience as the whole reason Chris Columbus wanted him to audition was because he watched him in David Copperfield on the BBC, as he said in the Reunion. Grint has never acted professionally and had only done school and local theatre and Watson went to a part-time theatre-based school through Oxford but never acted professionally. So, clearly, they all had an interest in acting prior to the series, it wasn’t just a hell mary ‘I want to be in a movie’ thing). Staunton’s daughter is Bessie Carter, who plays Prudence in Bridgerton (which also stars Freddie Stroma AKA Cormac McLaggen as Prince Friedrich). Rupert Grint and Alan Rickman also worked together again in the CBGB movie, where Rickman played the iconic club’s owner. And as aforementioned, Alan Rickman notably played Emma Thompson’s husband, or ex-husband I guess, in Love, Actually. However, they were frequent costars, working together in Ang Lee’s Sense and Sensibility, among others. I wish we got to see Snape and Trelawney have a scene together, not just because it would be hilarious as they are SO different, but mostly because I would have loved to see Rickman and Thompson act alongside each other in the series as they clearly had a very special friendship. Imelda Staunton and Gemma Jones (Madame Pomfrey) were also in that iteration of Sense and Sensibility (Emma Thompson also wrote the screenplay for this adaption). Also, Richard Harris is Jared Harris’ father, as in Lane Pryce from Mad Men and King George VI from The Crown. I love that fact so much. Of course, there can’t be a successful 21st-century movie franchise with some nepotism, and Domhnall Gleeson AKA Bill Weasley is Brendan Gleeson’s son AKA Mad-Eye Moody and Sophie Thompson, who played Mafalda Hopkirk, who Hermione Polyjuices in Part 1, is Emma Thompson’s sister. Helen McCrory, who plays Narcissa Malfoy, is also a frequent costar of his and has worked with Rickman on many films like A Little Chaos. Emma Watson, Kenneth Branagh, Eddie Redmayne and Toby Jones were all in My Week With Marilyn. Fantastic Beasts star Zoe Kravitz worked with Robert Pattinson, AKA Cedric Diggory, in The Batman. Jamie Campbell Bower, you played young Grindelwald in like an one second clip and a moving photo, was in the Twilight franchise, alongside Pattinson, if you live under a rock. Timothy Spall, who played Wormtail, Staunton, Bonham Carter and Rickman were all also in the live-action Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through The Looking Glass (the latter was Rickman’s last film before his death, posthumously released). Helena Bonham Carter will star alongside David Thewlis (Remus Lupin, Thewlis was also in a film called Separate We Come, Separate We Go produced by Bonnie Wright’s production company Bon Bon Lumiere) in Enola Holmes 2, while Bonham Carter starred alongside Fiona Shaw (Petunia Dursley) in the first Enola Holmes film. Emma Watson and David Thewlis co-starred in 2015’s Regression. Timothy Spall and Jim Broadbent also starred in Topsy Turvy together. Broadbent was also in another film adaption of a classic British children’s series, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe as Diggory Kirke (hint Diggory hint). Emma Watson starred alongside Gemma Jones and Richard Griffiths in Ballet Shoes, Watson’s first film that wasn’t Harry Potter, and her first film character that wasn’t Hermione Granger. Richard Harris and Helen McCrory starred alongside each other in the 2002 adaption of The Count of Monte Cristo. Michale Gambon, Timothy Spall and Helena Bonham Carter starred alongside each other in The King’s Speech. Michale Gambon, Imelda Staunton, Julie Walters (aka Molly Weasley), Jim Broadbent, and Brendan Gleeson also all starred alongside each other in the Paddington movies. Maggie Smith and Michael Gambon both starred in Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut Quartet. Ralph Fiennes and Michael Gambon starred alongside each other in the Coen Brothers’ film Hail, Caeser! Bonham Carter, Coltrane and Fiennes also starred alongside each other in Mike Newell’s (who also directed Goblet of Fire) adpation of Great Expectations. Imelda Staunton and Maggie Smith have worked together in the Downton Abbey series. Staunton and Toby Jones starred alongside each other in The Girl. Thomspon and Coltrane starred in Tutti Frutti together. Bonham Carter and Imelda Staunton also starred alongside each other in the film adaptation of Twelfth Night. Smith and Harris were fixtures of the Royal National Theatre in the 60s. Fiennes and Coltrane were both players in the other most notably British film franchise, James Bond. Smith and Bonham Carter starred alongside each other in A Room With a View. Walters and Coltrane starred in National Treasure together. Branaugh directed Coltrane in an adaptation of Henry V. Thompson, Coltrane and Walters all voiced characters in Disney’s Brave. Jones, Broadbent and Smith starred in A Boy Called Christmas together. Fieenes and Isaacs starred alongside each other in The End of the Affair. Broadbent and Isaacs starred in The Dead Spit of Kelly together. Richard Griffith and Daniel Radcliffe also starred in the controversial stage play Equus, for which there was an Easter Egg for in the diner scene in Part 1 as you can see the poster for the play on the wall. Emma Thompson co-starred again with Emma Watson in the live-action Beauty and the Beast, with their characters Mrs. Potts and Belle getting along far better than their Potter characters. Goblet of Fire director Mike Newell even plucked Harry Potter stars Robbie Coltrane, Bonham Carter and Ralph Fiennes for his adaption of Great Expectations. Fiennes and McCroy were in Sam Mendes’ Skyfall. Robbie Coltrane worked with Emma Watson on The Tales of Despereaux. The list goes on and on. Hollywood, itself, is quite a small world, but it seems that British Hollywood is an even smaller world.

It’s also funny when you recognize the extras. I am a HUGE Margot Robbie fan, and I know she’s a Potterhead (she also starred alongside Matthew Lewis AKA Neville Longbottom in Terminal and Domhall Gleeson AKA Bill Weasley in multiple movies including About Time, Peter Rabbit and Goodbye, Christopher Robin). Apparently, her husband Tom Ackerley was one of the Hogwarts students Draco pushes out of the way in the Buckbeak scene in the Prisoner of Azkaban. A very young Julianne Hough was an extra in the Quidditch game in the stands next to Dean Thomas in Sorcerer’s Stone, which is incredibly odd given that she is American, not British, at least Ackerley is British (also, was Derek Hough one too? Where? When?). Bridgerton star Rege-Jean Page was also an extra behind Emma Watson in the scene at Fleur and Bill’s wedding when it’s announced that the Minister of Magic has been assassinated. He was very young and had a dreadlocked ponytail.

It also seems like the cast is unexplainable and grateful for the experience and the opportunity to be a part of these films. It seems like, while they did have hard times, most of those hardships seemed to be introspective and personal, overall they all seemed to have had very a very educational, fun time filming these movies. They speak very highly of the experience from what I have seen and they are also as big of fans of the books as the fans are of the movies. They embrace being a part of the franchise and its legacy, as they should. It shows that the people who made these films are truly good people (notice how I said films, not books?). There didn’t seem to be any toxicity, it seemed to be a very positive, fun and lighthearted on-set environment. They all look back on filming very fondly and describe the experience and the people they shared it with as a foundational part of their lives and growing up (I mean, as they should. Many of them grew up on these sets from kids to young adults). The cast also all seem to genuinely love each other and enjoy each others’ company. They were all so tender, loving, happy and affectionate in the Reunion. It’s so comforting to see as a fan. The cast all seem to genuinely be Potterheads too. Obviously, the young cast grew up with it, reading the books, just as the fans did. But the adults also seem to be genuine fans, no doubt because of their kids. Also, that fact that they cast 9 kids (Radcliffe, Watson, Grint, Felton, Lewis, Wright, James and Oliver Phelps and Evanna Lynch) who all managed to embody their respective characters so well starting at such a young age and having it stay that way for a decade is so impressive. These actors didn’t just grow up alongside their characters, but also alongside the audience. The adults in these films basically raised these kids into the people and actors they are today. Emma Watson said it best in the Reunion, “it’s almost like we did the most extreme form of method acting.” The bond of the main trio is the kind you can’t fake. And it makes so complete sense as they are the only ones who understand what it’s like to lead an incredibly popular, worldwide phenomenon from ages 11 and up. That kind of experience is bound to bond you for life with someone. In the Reunion they talked about how each of the trio fit their characters so well, with Watson’s enthusiasm and brilliance, Grint’s sense of humor and Radcliffe’s “haunting quality” and the Alfonso Cuaron essay writing assignment where Watson went above and beyond like a true overachiever, Radcliffe simply did the assignment as he no doubt had the easiest job as at this point there were 3 books written about his character with all of his internal dialogue, and Grint didn’t do it at all, it’s clear that these actors weren’t just perfect actors for their characters, they were these characters (especially Watson with Hermione and her sharing their passion for justice as Watson is a UN feminist activist, leaderships as showed by Watson leading the conversation in the Reunion, brilliance as Watson went to the Ivy League school Brown and kindness because well duh they are both insanely sentimental and compassionate people). You can tell how much love and trust they have with each other. They are all still willing to talk about and even embrace it. Also, as an actor I just have to say, the actors’ commit meant when it comes to using a wand (they no doubt got many arm spasms due to holding it so fiercely even though in reality nothing was happening) and how committed they are to authentically and casually say such ridiculous things like “did you get my owl?”, “I’m not an owl!” and “my bones grow back.” is so good. That absurdity is very difficult to fully commit too. It can feel silly, embarrassing and dorky, but they fully commit to what’s ‘normal’ in this world with ease and effortlessness. I am sure there were plenty of bloopers laughing at the ridiculous of using a wand and nothing happening and other things, but nonetheless, their commitment to the world itself is undeniable, especially the young actors. They were so young, especially in the first film, and they just dropped into the world so effortlessly and naturally well, which is harder then you would think. On the one hand a child’s vibrant and active imagiantion certainly helps with that but on the other their no doubt short attention span does not help with that, so it’s truly remarkable. And it only gets better, throughout the series, a perk of a decades-long project. Seriously, the committed way they deliver those lines really helps make the world feel real and grounded. While internet trolls may preserve that as a signal of unemployment, (which I think is pure jealousy and stupidity) I see it as them being grateful and proud of where they come from, and it just goes to show much of a positive experience these films were to be a part of. What is wrong with embracing where you come from? After all, these films are part of film history. I don’t care what Scorcese or Tarantino has to say about blockbusters, these films are truly cinema. They are truly film history. Never before or since has there been a film series that has followed its characters and actors grow up, and the viewers have grown up with them (similar to how the kids of Stranger Things grew up with their characters and their audience). Especially for the young actors who played the Hogwarts students, it’s almost like the most extreme form of method acting in a sense because we as the audience grew up with these actors and characters, but the actors literally grew up with these characters. They really got to grow up and slowly see the big differences and big similarities between themselves and their characters. This can be positive and negative, but for this cast, it seemed mostly positive. You only get that kind of growth with a TV cast like in teen dramas or shows like This Is Us or Modern Family that focus on families and generations. Rarely do films, even film series, get that kind of camaraderie, love and sense of family (the 2014 film Boyhood, which was filmed over the course of 12 years, is probably the only exception, with it being the closest cinematic experience I can think of just in a more A24-esque, indie scale, but I think a series like this is more impressive because it’s a series that took a decade-long to film, so you spend more time with these actors and their characters and it’s more timely, as you literally see the actors and characters grow up alongside each other and the viewers. It’s a very rare, singular thing). TV show casts are usually the only ones who get that because of coming back year after year. And if films do have that aspect, it’s never for a decade long like with Harry Potter, and never with people going from childhood to teenagerhood to adulthood right before our eyes. That’s what makes this series truly unique, historical and one-of-a-kind. The audience grew up with these characters movie after movie. They are so attached to them, and now so am I. Also, the cast seems to genuinely admire each other and genuinely be friends and mentors to each other. The seasoned actors admire the youngsters and the youngster have some of the best mentors in the business. The actors who played the students also grew up together. It’s like a high school reunion. It’s sweet and heartwarming to see and hear about.

Film Ranking 

(Please, don’t take offense. I really didn’t hate or dislike any of these films. These films are now some of my favorites of all time now. I genuinely loved every single one, just for very different reasons. I will be rewatching these movies for years and years to come. They are so magical, wonderful, enjoyable and comforting. So this could change over time, although my top 5 are all my top favorites, although the order of those 5 may or may not change passed on the day. My top 2 are also pretty equal for me TBH. Anyways, they are all amazing!)

8. Deathly Hallows: Part 1

Compared to all the other films this one had the least amount of action (I’m speaking like I’m an action movie fiend when I’m not). It’s the slowest-paced and seems to keep dragging on. However, I can see why it’s a necessary film and why they split the book into two films. This movie clearly inspired the trend of blockbuster film adaption series splitting their finales into parts, which is an incredibly bold movie, but I think it was the right one despite being such a slow-paced movie, especially for a penultimate installment, which is meant to set everything up for the epic finale. It also is the only film that doesn’t take place at Hogwarts, which was kind of disappointing because I love the high school coming-of-age aspect of these films and although there is definitely teen angst in this film among the Golden Trio, this movie felt more in the vein of the summertime show Outer Banks than prep school drama Gossip Girl (For the record, I do like both of those shows, but I LOVE Gossip Girl), and without the mutual setting of Hogwarts, it just wasn’t the same. There was only one scene on the train that reminded us that it still existed and that school was in session. I wish we had more, if not for the other characters and supporting actors to grow and develop, especially after learning skills from Harry in The Order of The Phoenix. It could have given them more time to develop. Part 1 was a great film, it just didn’t feel like a Harry Potter film, which both good and bad. Overall, the stakes felt very low in this film, when it was actually the penultimate film. Its goal was to get us ready for the finale, and instead, it just felt like it was dragging on. We knew the stakes were high, but without the Hogwarts settings and community, it wasn’t felt through the screen. It also was very boring to watch. This film that the worst pacing out of all the Harry Potter films. It draaaaggggggedddd on story-wise. It’s also so low energy. While the stakes are high, they don’t always feel high. I expected this film to feel like being on the verge of an anxiety attack for two hours, but that wasn’t the case. I wasn’t holding my breath, I was bored some of the time. The handheld camera work during Part 1 was also such a smart choice, as it helped the movie stand out stylistically and really helped translate that ‘roughing it’ quality to this film to the viewer. This film was all about character development, which as an actor, must have been a blast because of all the action sequences and the opportunity to dig deeper into each of the core three characters and into the mythology in general. The acting in this movie was phenomenal. Watson’s delicate determination. Radcliffe’s pain and focus. Grint’s anger, jealousy and apologeticness. Felton’s anxiety and internal struggle. This film really showcased how good for actors the young cast has become over the years. This movie really showcases how close the trio has gotten and how much they are like family now. They have gone through such scary and traumatic situations together. One of those would bond you for life, let alone all of them. Their friendship is deep and forever. The trio has always been brave and inseparable, but this film shows that the best because when Ron does leave, Harry and Hermione don’t find any Horcruxes or the Sword of Gryffindor. It’s not until he comes back that they do. That proves how much they balance each other out. Deathly Hallows: Part 1 is also a fantastic showcase of how well-balanced the trio is. Hermione is more often then not the true hero of the group as the brains behind the operation, with Ron even saying they wouldn’t last long without her, however, while she does thrive as a leader, she doesn’t need to always be one. What she values more then leading is helping, and that’s why she stays with Harry. She knows he needs her help, not just for himself but also for the greater Wizarding World. Ron is the light of the group, and when he leaves, the film gets significantly more depressing, which reflects that. It’s not until he returns that the light grows a bit brighter, proving this. And while Harry is smart and funny, those weren’t his defining traits. He’s a natural leader, and while not a perfect one, he always knows how to rally up the troops, which his dance with Hermione showcases. They each have traits and skills the others lack, which helps them work as a team, solve problems and get out of trouble (or into it). They are stronger together. Like in Phoenix, it’s about unity. While they aren’t perfect, if one wasn’t there to do their part for the others, they would never be able to solve all the complex mysteries they encounter throughout the series. And in several cases, they would rather die then separate. While the trio has relied on each other in every film, they have also collectively relied on others. During this film, all they have is each other, no one else, and between their difficult Horcrux hunt, their stress over the war worsening and the possibility of loved ones being harmed, tensions run high, which makes for some great character and relationship development. Unlike other films, which focus on mysteries and the development of side characters, this film centers around the trio from beginning to end, especially Hermione, who is the key to the success of their Horcrux hunt just like Chamber, Azkaban and pretty much every single film of the entire series, but especially this journey. Besides Azkaban, this is Hermione’s movie! Also, Emma Watson did such a good job showing how Hermione missed her parents acting-wise, but they also did such a great job showing that in the script, as Hermione continuously took the trio and took places that she used to go to with her parents, usually impulsively and out of immediate necessity (as usually Hermione is a planner but is clearly capable of quick thinking too). Clearly, they are on her mind. It just shows how thoughtful and caring she is. Rupert Grint did such a great job showing Ron’s infatuation with Hermione, and did so linelessly, like the way he looked at her across the wedding and the way he looked at her as she taught him piano, it was so telling about how much he loved Hermione. Also, Ron’s monologue about the deluminator to Hermione was some of Grint’s best acting in the whole series. He made a slightly cheesy monologue so powerful, and Watson had such great reactions to it. That scene was also so well-written and well-acted with how it goes from happy to angry and unintentionally comedic (Harry running from Hermione was so funny to me as he genuinely seems more scared of his “brilliant but scary” best friend than of Voldemort and Watson’s delivery of “you show up here after week! And you say hey.” was so specific and good) for Hermione and fear for the boys to emotional and powerful. It was so well done. Grint turned an easily cheesy monologue into a great and profound piece of acting for him, one of his best moments in the series. The whole trio did a very good job acting-wise in that scene, but especially Grint and Watson. Grint’s genuity, enlightenment and liberation he radiated throughout the monologue and Watson’s lineless reactions, hidden warmth and sentimentality masked by anger and snark and attentive listening. It was so well-acted. This movie definitely stands out from the rest of the films purely due to the non-Hogwarts-centric plot and also its very well-done animation sequence of The Tale of Three Brothers. The animation matched the coloring and tone of the rest of the movie, so it didn’t feel out of place. Also, Emma Watson’s narration was very captivating. The animation design was also very beautiful and timeless, especially the transitions from scene to scene, it was really cool. Overall, this film almost felt like a different film, not a Harry Potter film. It was a true journey filled with high stakes, dread, anticipation and determination. This film is the appetizer to the main course, the finale, and while it does drag on, it is still interesting due to its emphasis on acting and cinematography and gives us very important information and context we need for the finale. Also, can we talk about how good of friends Ron and Hermione are for accepting the risks and helping Harry with his hunt for Voldemort’s Horcruxes, fully knowing that it could lead to their deaths, imprisonment or torture? Those are two FANTASTIC friends. It must have been such a great refresh from Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grunt, but as a viewer, it just felt like the movie that would never end, especially in the middle. It was also sort of lackluster from the action-packed nature we have grown accustomed to and having it in between the climatic film that killed off Dumbledore and the climatic film that killed off Snape and Voldemort. It was by far the best-acted film from the core trio, but honestly, Emma Watson carried this movie on her back. She saved the movie for me and kept me attentive the entire time. If it weren’t for her, I probably would have fallen asleep. I think the best parts were her subtle and amazing performance throughout the film, especially Hermione obliviating her parents’ memories of her and how it affected her (I also appreciate how they hinted at this in Half-Blood Prince when Hermione mentioned that even her Muggle parents had an idea about what was going on in the Wizarding World), her uncomfortable, disturbing and terrifying torture scene with Bellatrix (my gosh Bonham Carter and Watson’s performances in that scene were amazing! If you told me that David Yates just rolled the camera and let them go and improvise, I would believe you. That scene had a terrifying freedom to it that both actors thrived in. It was so scarily beautiful, visceral and impactful), and that adorable dance scene between Harry and Hermione. Speaking of that dance scene, I personally viewed it as two close friends trying to cheer each other up during an incredibly dark, stressful and intense time in their lives, not romantic at all (the same goes for when they hold hands while running away from the Dementors and werewolf Lupin in Prisoner of Azkaban). It was a little bit of light in such a dark movie with a slow-burn pace. There were so many unsaid things in that scene and yet was beautifully raw and well-communicated between the two characters. It was also a GREAT song choice. It’s “O Children” by Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds. The song is perfect for the scene, the film in general and the circumstances the characters are living in. The song is the perfect song for that moment for many reasons. Firstly, the song has very fitting lyrics like “They’re gathering ’round with all my friends/We’re older now, the light is dim/And you are only just beginning,” representing how this moment is kids being kids but these kids are older now and no longer innocent and are aware of the dark time they are living in, “We have the answer to all your fears/It’s short, it’s simple, it’s crystal clear/It’s round about and it’s somewhere here/Lost amongst our winnings,” this represents the fact that they on the Horcrux hunt, the key to ending the war, “O children/Lift up your voice, lift up your voice/Children/Rejoice, rejoice,” this represents how it’s the kids who will win the war for the greater Wizarding World, symbolizing the power of youth, “Hey little train, we are all jumping on/The train that goes to the Kingdom/We’re happy, Ma, we’re having fun/And the train ain’t even left the station,” this no doubt is representative of Harry and Hermione’s nostalgia during this time, laughing like they often did at Hogwarts, dancing at the Yule Ball, and of course, riding on the Hogwarts Express to Hogwarts castle, their kingdom, “Hey little train, wait for me/I once was blind but now I see/Have you left a seat for me? Is that such a stretch of the imagination?” while this is the line of the song that can be interpreted as romantic and therefore prove that this is scene romantic, I think it’s more that Harry and Hermione are at such a low, miserable point and were blinded of all hope an flight and this moment helped remind them what they are fighting for, their friends, their friends who they miss dearly, “Hey little train, wait for me/Was held in chains but now I’m free/I’m hanging in there, don’t you see/In this process of elimination,” this is representative of how the Death Eaters are after both Harry, the Chosen One and Hermione, a Muggle-born, but they are surviving, defying and fighting and “We’re happy, Ma, we’re having fun (ooh, children)/It’s beyond my wildest expectation (ooh, children),” this line represents how much fun they both having in moment, which as we can see by Hermione’s apprehenison at the beginning of the scene was very surprising nd much-needed. The repeating of the line “Hey little train” is also so representative, as it is a callback to the beginning of Harry and Hermione’s friendship, which started in the first film aboard the Hogwarts Express, which is a comforting idea to them during this miserable, uncertain time. The dance scene was also a great example of how good these actors are at lineless scenes, saying everything the scripts couldn’t (This cast was incredibly good at lineless acting. They had to be with such massive source material from the books and so probably being cut out. But it was genuinely very good). There was so much unsaid, so many meaningful, heartfelt, genuine things unsaid. It was such a beautiful scene, and just proves how you don’t need dialogue to have a truly dynamic, emotional, productive, and impactful scene. Harry and Hermione are perfect examples of characters (and actors) who have electric chemistry, but no romance. It can be even more impactful than romance, and the dance scene is a great showcase of that. Also, the Hallows films are shot from multiple perspectives. Throughout most of the series, we have only seen Harry’s point of view, very rarely others. In Part 1, we get to see each of the trio’s POV. Hermione’s with the Snatchers and Ron’s with the locket. So, with that established way before the dance scene, it’s clear that that moment isn’t romantic because Ron isn’t there, we aren’t seeing it from his insecure perspective. Also, this was really smart to establish in Part 1 with just the trio specifically because the finale involves so many people’s perspectives, not just Harry’s. We get Snape’s, Kingsley and Lupin’s, Neville’s, McGonagall’s, Ron and Hermione’s, and mainly Voldemort’s. So, by establishing that multi-POV concept subtlety in Part 1, it makes it less jarring and even more impactful in the finale. We also get Snape’s perspective and Neville’s perspective in this film, as seen with the opening Malfoy Manor scene and the train scene. However, I think these perspectvies could have been GREATLY expanded upon as it would have helped the pacing astronomcially and we could have seen Snape’s regime at Hogwarts and develop their characters more, which would have made their impactful development in Part 2, which is some of my favorite character development of the whole series, that much more impactful as we could have seen Snape’s self-loathing disguised as turning a blind eye to his students’ suffering and Neville’s leadership, as it seems like when the trio returns in Part 2 that Neville sort of restarted the DA as the same people who were in it last time, like Dean, Seamus, the Patils and Cho are waiting for him along with Lavender and Cormac, who we met in Prince, and it seems like they are in the Room of Requirement, as Neville says that the tunnel they are using didn’t exist until that year and from what Seamus says about Aberforth’s cooking, it seems like the reason it leads to his place is because he is feeding those kids who are conspiring against the new regime at Hogwarts. It was just such a missed opportunity. I know a lot of fans ship Harry and Hermione, and this scene no doubt enforces that, but I think that is too predictable and common. I like how Harry is a third wheel in a way because it makes the dynamic between the trio more unique compared to other similar cinematic and literary trios and friendships, and makes Ron far more than just a BFF-sidekick and Hermione far more than a simple female lead. Also, it’s a Muggle song. Both Hermione and Harry grew up in the Muggle world. This gives them comfort in a way during a time of such uncertainty and darkness. They remembered to turn on the light even in the darkest of times. Because of that Muggle world connection, it’s something Ron would never be able to understand. Ron’s weird fantasy of Harry and Hermione making out was unnecessary and uncomfortable (also, LOL at Harry’s most passionate kiss being with Hermione). This is essentially a children’s story, so why did they have to be suggestively naked (seriously, they were clearly in clothes while taunting Ron, why couldn’t they just stay clothed instead of really honing into the sexual aspect of the scene, making it’s like the least necessary sexual scene ever) and in a sort of intense makeout? They were also very young when filming that scene and seem to have a brother-sister-like relationship off-screen too. What’s even weirder about that Horcrux kissing scene is that Harry and Hermione have clothes on while they are taunting Ron, but then no clothes when they make out. Like, what was the point of that besides making it even more disturbing than it already was? Ron was honestly just annoying for the majority of this film. Like I get you are worried for your family, but so are Harry and Hermione, the only family Harry has ever known. It felt very out of character because is a very loyal friend to Harry, and at the end of the day helping Harry find Horcruxes would help his family. That balance of caring for his family versus Harry could have been written better or given Rupert Grint the opportunity for some more vulnerability as an actor, instead of showing angry Ron again, when all Ron has done for the past 7 films was complain. The best part about him during this film was his awkwardness while ordering a cappuccino. It was nice to see his awkwardness in the Muggle world as opposed to his father’s fascination and it paralleled Harry’s fascination with the Wizarding World in the early films. I did enjoy that transition from when they Apparated from the wedding landed in front of a double-decker bus and got at out of the way just in time to not become roadkill. It was really quick and anxiety-inducing, but in a fun way where knew the action was really starting (although, that never actually really happened. Only the hilarious Ministry of Magic Polyjuice fiasco (which it was very dangerous for them to do obviously, especially for not just Harry, but Hermione. After all, she is Muggle-born. Gotta admire her loyalty and bravery. This platonic friendship is proven in Azkaban. Hermione curls up into Ron when Buckbeak is seemingly executed wanting his comfort, while Harry, being the chivalrous Gryffindor he is, rubs her back for consoling her (also LOL at Harry’s third wheeling in this moment), but clearly as a friend. While later in the film, Hermione curls up to Harry after Buckbeak saves them from werewolf Lupin and says “that was so scary.” This isn’t romantic, this is survival. They hold hands while running away also they see the Dementors on their way to Kiss Sirius, which I always thought was odd, but maybe they were so focused and scared that it made them find comfort even within these impossibly high stakes. That is shown when they are still in an embrace when they see the Dementors coming, thinking more about their mission than their relationship. Harry and Hermione are always focused, while Ron and Hermione always have something else going on outside the mission to deal with. That torture scene between Bellatrix and Hermione was very well done. Bonham Carter was so convincing in portraying Bellatrix’s cruelty and Watson didn’t even seem like she was acting, her reactions felt so tragically really. Her face was so scared and in so much and it’s hard to fake those kinds of powerful screaming and shakes of terror. Also, after the torturing, Hermione’s face looks so lifeless and exhausted. It’s so heartbreaking. But props to those two actresses for such a powerful scene and performances. I actually, and surprisingly, liked how the story had them go to Godric’s Hollow and have the realization that it’s Christmas, because it gives us, as viewers, a clear timeline, which is how the holidays worked in all the other films as well. It was also so much more meaningful with Harry seeing his parents’ graves for the first time on this holiday, with it probably being one of his happiest times if his parents had survived, instead of being succumbed to the Dursleys and (based on how shocked he was in the first film that he had presents) present-less holidays. It also makes sense that they would lose track of time and all the days would blend together, much like quarantine, because they were isolated from the rest of the Muggle and Wizarding World and media. also, with how legendary and historic Godric’s Hollow is and Harry’s parents’ deaths are, you’d think there’d be some sort of memorial to the situation, like Harry’s old house as a historical landmark or something. Also, why didn’t Harry bring his Invisibility Cloak to the Ministry?) and the Malfoy Manor debacle qualify, and those moments were very far apart from each other). However, I wish they were wearing dress robes instead of Muggle suits to the wedding because that juxtaposition between Muggle society and Wizard society in that scene, especially in the middle of the hustle-and-bustle would have been a great opportunity for humor before the danger really starts. Also, LOL at Snape giving Harry the real Sword of Gryffindor but still being his petty self and putting it at the bottom of a frozen lake. I love pettiness in cinema. Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson’s acting in the Potters’ grave scene is so well done too. Harry’s quiet sadness. Hermione’s delicate comfort. They took their time with each moment and each beat and really lived in it. Radcliffe also had the right balance of emotion. Yes, this is a big emotional moment for Harry, but he’s also older now. He’s lived his whole life without his parents. They have always been dead. Yet, this is his first time at their grave. It was beautifully emotional but not too much so. Also, Hermione was so gentle and kind in this scene. It’s a side of her that we see often, but in a stronger way, while here she is gentle and delicate. However, I do think the Potters’ house scene was a bit too rushed. The fact that the town of Godric’s Hollow has left the Potters’ house untouched as a monument of sorts is so important, and yet the moment was very rushed through when that’s a huge moment for Harry. That house represents the life that was stolen from him. A happy childhood. Friends. Holidays. Siblings. Memories. And the moment was just brushed over. That’s when there should have been a monologue really showing how Harry’s lack of a childhood, even while he was at Hogwarts because everything he’s gone through, has been stolen by Voldemort. How he isn’t just fighting because of his friends and his destiny, but also for himself and the life Voldemort ruined (it’s also worth noting that even though Neville didn’t get Harry’s fate his childhood was also stolen from him by Voldemort due to his followers giving his parents a fate worse than death). Harry deserved to live in that pain and vent about it for much longer. It would have made his duel with Voldemort in the last film even more satisfying than it already was. Also, this movie does an alright job at showing how traumatized Draco is becoming as a Death Eater (at least if the viewer is not an idiot and pays attention). His reaction to Charity Burbage’s death is heartbreaking (he no doubt hated her at school, but he was clearly horrified to watch her die). The stress he immediately got when his dad started to whisper to him and he touched his neck when he tried to tempt Draco into telling the truth about Harry was palpable. Also, you see in the background of that shot of Bellatrix walking back over to Hermione after interrogating Griphook that Draco is sitting hunched over at a desk not daring to look in Hermione’s direction, clearly not wanting to look at his classmate being tortured, even though he once called her a racial slur. His mom Narcissa is standing behind him, so their duel with Harry and Ron clearly doesn’t come out of nowhere. Also, before Lucius calls the Dark Lord you can see him looking desperately at Narcissa, silently begging for her help. Also, he pathetically fights the wands from Harry’s grip. Chamber Draco would have fully fought Harry, but now he is just so scared. It’s sad, honestly. Also, Draco’s face as his father is about to use his Dark Mark to call Voldemort is just so sad. He despises his current circumstances. His head is down so ashamed, anxious, dreadful and scared for what he knows is about to happen, while Narcissa’s face is greatly anticipating, she looks excited, but from what we know about her late ron, she just wants it to be over with so everything can go back to normal, by any means necessary. Also, LOL at Bellatrix hiding behind a giant pillar when Harry stuns Lucius with three wands and then ducks and hides behind the pillar when Lucius is thrown back. I chuckled so hard at that it was so funny. Also, LOL at Narcissa being more shocked and kind of impressed then worried for Lucius’ well-being when he is stunned by Harry. She literally ahtes her husband. Also, can we talk about how hilariously naive it was for these on-the-run literal kids to try and infiltrate the Ministry, a place that is more complicated and confusing then catacombs? It’s also hilarious that a supposedly powerful and impenetrable government building got broken into (twice) by a bunch of children, both at very dangerous times. I can assume that this took weeks to plan, even if they don’t show it, as we learn in Chamber that Polyjuice takes a month to brew, and clearly they had a plan about what to do to get in, but they were clearly making it up as they went along once they got into, especially because it was obvious that they didn’t even research their disguises jobs, even Hermione who you just know was at the helm when planning this. And you know they were priding themselves son the carefully concocted plan, and as Harry so brutaly puts it, all hell broke loose, but the trio is resourceful if nothing else, so of course, they succeed. Just the irony is uncanny. Going back to Watson and Hermione in this film, that shot of Hermione walking away from her childhood home after oblivating her parent’s memories might be one of the saddest shots in the whole series. I also loved how in this film we really got to see Hermione’s preparedness and the fact that she is a planner, how she had “everything packed for days.” Her overachieving nature was established but hadn’t really seen this prepared type of way yet. I really related to this because I am the same way. I, too, am an overachiever and really value always being prepared and having everything planned out. Something I think could have helped immensely with pacing in this film is if they showed us what life was like under Snape’s regime at Hogwarts. With Ginny, Neville and seemingly Luna too, before she was kidnapped by the Death Eaters, still being at Hogwarts, I would have loved to see them wreak havoc and make Snape’s life a living hell, because you KNOW they were. After all, they have been watching the trio and the Twins do it for 6 movies. Plus, they all really thrived in the DA, why didn’t they start it up again? It would also give Snape, Ginny, Neville and Luna more to do and more development, in order to make how their stories ended even more impactful. Rickman would have portrayed Snape’s hidden guilt so brilliantly, I just know it. Bonnie Wright would’ve finally got her time to shine. Neville would get his time to shine as well as a leader for the first time, taking up the mantle in Harry absence, making his development in the finale that much more impactful then it already was. It would also be such a great full-circle moment for Neville because as we find out in Azkaban, Snape is his greatest fear, since his Boggart turned into Snape, and so to see him defy Snape and stand up to Snape, that would have been such a great moment. And Luna would finally get to show her smart, self-assured side, rather then just her dazy, peaceful side. Also, the Hallows movies are already from multiple characters’ perspectives unlike the past films which are almost entirely from Harry’s perspective, so it would make sense to show Neville (as he took Harry’s place at Hogwarts during his absence as we find out in the following movie) and his journey leading Hogwarts students in a rebellion. Also, the way both Neville and Snape have one scene in this whole movie, and yet have the most powerful, impactful and amazing moments in the following film. I wish they were utilized more in this film. Hermione was instrumental in Harry’s success in the final two movies, especially in regard to finding Horcruxes and evading capture from their enemies. I did love that we got to see Harry and Hermione’s chemistry and have that ironed out, making her end up with Ron all the more satisfying. Sometimes people have great chemistry, but that doesn’t mean it’s romantic chemistry. Friendship chemistry and vulnerability with another person are just as, if not more important than romance (also proven with Snape and Lily’s relationship and his unbreakable loyalty to her even in death, through dedicating his life to protecting her son, who he also despises is). This is also shown in previous films as Hermione is also so supportive of Harry’s romantic endeavors (although he didn’t necessarily seek out her support or advice or help), but gets moody and angry when Ron likes someone else, as proven in Phoenix with Harry and Cho (saying that Cho couldn’t take her eyes off Harry in their recruitment meeting and nipping Ron’s teasing in the bud when Harry debriefs with them after his first kiss with Cho) and mainly in Prince with Harry and Ginny (when she tearfully calls out the way he looks at Ginny after Ron kisses Lavender and when she advises Harry to “keep the snogging to a minimum” with Ginny when Ron’s around). Unlike, I presume, many people, I actually like Harry and Hermione’s dance scene. This movie is so slow, sad and intense that we needed a moment of lightness, and so did those characters. Also, there chemistry in the scene, while electric, it was very clearly friendship chemistry. I never got the feeling for a second that they were about it kiss (that’s probably why that Horcrux version kiss was so cringy in my opinion. They are very clearly friends. Brother and sister. While Ron and Hermione have that friends-to-lovers chemistry perfectly where no matter what the conclusion, it would be electric either way). Their chemistry is like that of siblings, not lovers. It demonstrated their closeness. It’s like slow dancing with your brother or sister at a wedding. It was also performed so naturally and authentically. So much was unsaid about how much their friendship means to each other. It was a beautiful moment of friendship and comfort in times of uncertainty. I really loved the scene where Ron and Hermione reunite and just when you think she will jump into his arms, as he thought, she started pushing him and hitting him and punching him, then saying something like “you’ve been gone for weeks and all you have say is ‘hey’?” and then going after Harry for her wand (Harry is literally more scared of angry Hermione then he is Voldemort, and that just shows how close these characters are), It was a great scene. And Rupert Grint’s monologue and Emma Watson’s attentive listening were just great. The destruction of their first Horcrux and Ron’s reunion with Harry and Hermione was probably one of the best-acted sequences of the whole film. I do wish there was a bigger reunion for Harry and Ron then just destroying the Horcrux. About how Harry loves Hermione like a sister, not like how the