10 Things Wrong With The Harry Potter Books
Hello everyone. Over the last month the full set of Harry Potter films have been shown on telly. My boy and I have watched them all as we both love them. However the boy hasn’t read all the books and asked loads of questions about things in the films that didn’t make sense. This prompted me to re-read the books, to find out things such as how Sirius or Barty Crouch Jr escaped Azkaban.
I loved reading the books. They are fabulous, with layers of detail that could never be conveyed properly in the films. Yet after finishing them I couldn’t help but notice certain things didn’t make sense.
Some of these things fell into the category of personal opinion. Such as how did Hermione end up with Ron? Or why did Harry name one of his children after Snape? Other questions however relate to things that genuinely don’t make sense in the context of the wizarding world. And it’s these things I’m discuss today.
*side note* I love the books. I have the utmost respect for JK Rowling for creating this amazing wizarding world. I’m asking these questions not to criticise, but rather to seek fun debate with fellow Potter-heads on the possible answers.
1 Who taught Fred and George the spell for marauders map?
The marauders map played a part in several of the books. Fred and George gave Harry the map and the exact spell needed to use it, so he could sneak into Hogsmead. We know they found the map in Filches office, but how did they find the spell to activate and deactivate the map? As was seen when Snape found the map, any attempt to make it work with the wrong spell resulted in the map being rather rude.
2 Why couldn’t Fred and George see Peter Pettigrew?
The marauders map causes many problems for the serious Potter-head. Although it’s not known for sure when Fred and George found the map, its safe to assume it was before Harry, Ron and Hermione started at Hogwarts. So why didn’t they notice that Ron, and before him Percy had an unknown person (Peter Pettigrew) sleeping with them in the form of Scabbers the rat.
We know Peter, still disguised as a rat, was visable to Harry. So he should have been visable to the twins too. Further more when the chamber of secrets they should have notice their little sister Ginny had been present in all the places where people were found petrified?
3 How did the Dursleys send Harry Christmas presents?
This is one of those things that’s mentioned very briefly in the book, yet poses a huge question to anyone who stops to think about it (aka me).
Uncle Vernon and Aunt Petunia sent Harry rubbish presents at Christmas. One year for example he received a single tissue. But how did they get the presents to Hogwarts?
Being muggles the Dursleys couldn’t use owl post. Further more they would never have tried using anything connected to the wizzarding world.
If they tried using muggle post they would have come up with two problems. The first being they didn’t know where Hogwarts is, so couldn’t address the letter. Secondly Hogwarts was hidden by magic from all muggles, so no postman would be able to find it to deliver post anyway.
4 How Was Hagrid a half giant?
This whole question of Hagrids parentage poses big problems. Firstly and most obviously there’s the physical aspects of the conception. Giants are 4 times bigger than humans, so how did Hagrids dad do the deed with his mum.
Beyond this there are more subtle how and why questions about Hagrids parents. How did Hagrids dad come into contact with a giantess? Why would he have wanted to engage in a relationship with her, and for that matter what did she want with a human. Where did they live when she was pregnant?
5 Why can’t Harry see thestrals?
Thestrals are strange horse like creatures that can only be seen by people who have witnessed death. By rights Harry should have been able to see Theatrals from the time he started Hogwarts as he had seen his mother die. However its possible it didn’t count as he was a baby.
But after seeing Cedric die at the hands of Voldemort in The Goblet of Fire, Harry rode in the carriages pulled by thestrals to take him to Hogsmead station, yet he wasn’t able to see the thestrals on that journey.
6 Why when many wizards are halfboods or muggle born, do they know so little about muggles?
Many of the students of Hogwarts had one or more muggle parents. So it’s logical to think there were muggle grandparents, cousins and other relatives out there. And yet most wizards had little or no idea about muggles, so much so that it was taught as a special subject at the school.
7 Where did students learn to read and write?
Hogwarts had a very limited curriculum. There was no mention in the books about English, maths, geography or other normal subjects being taught at the school. While the average 11-year-old will have a basic level of maths and English, its daft to assume they didnt need to be taught anything more from that age onwards.
8 Why couldn’t Hermione use magic to make more food?
When Harry, Ron and Hermione were searching for horcruxes in the Deathly Hallows much was made of how hungry they all were, especially Ron. Hermione attempted to explain the lack of food by saying she couldn’t make food out of nothing. Food could be summoned, or be transformed, or increased if they had some. So why didn’t they find some edible plants in the woods and transform it into nicer food? Or when they had food they had bought from farms why didn’t they increase the amount they had before cooking it so they had spare food?
9 Why doesn’t the Ministry of Magic use truth potion instead of trials?
One of the thing that frustrated Harry in the books was the authorities unwillingness to believe wizards such as Lucius Malfoy might still have an allegiance to Voldemort.
The official line was they were investigated and cleared of wrong doing. However the investigations never used the truth drug veritaserum. Why would they not use a truth serum to categorically ensure wizards were telling the truth about their actions during the time of Voldemort?
10 Why did Hogwarts have a caretaker who can’t do magic?
Filch is a strange character in the books. Dispite being called the caretaker, what be actually did within the Castle is unclear. The house elves cleaned the castle. It’s possible he fixed things, but in a world where magic is used to do all traditional manual tasks, why would they entrust the care of a huge castle to someone who has to do everything the slow muggle way?
So there are the things I think make no sense with the Harry Potter books. Do you have any theories that mAay answer my questions, or do you have questions I haven’t thought of?
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