Re: Nitpicking Book Seven
- From: SPT <Rhododactylon@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 11 Sep 2007 23:45:54 -0000
On Sep 2, 11:11 pm, Louis Epstein <l...@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
SPT <chai...@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
1. "The Flaw in the Plan"
At the end, Harry plans to return the Elder Wand to DD's tomb and die
undefeated, thus ending the power of the Deathstick.
But this cunning plan seems virtually suicidal. Harry became master of
the wand simply by disarming Malfoy, who had never even touched it. So
surely anybody who disarmed Harry in the future, or killed him, or beat
him at chess, would become the new master of the Elder wand.
Further, Harry *explains* all this to the watching crowd during his duel
with Voldemort. Which means, presumably, that everyone in the Wizarding
World knows exactly how to do it. The legend is right: the wand makes
you way too gabby for your own good.
2. "It only took Alexander ten years. And he didn't know magic"
Dumbledore is about 150 years old in Book One. That means he met
Grindelwald in 1860 (give or take a few years). At this time, the two
made their plans to seek out the Deathly Hallows and establish a New
Wizarding Order for the "greater good". After the death of Ariana,
Grindelwald departs alone to undertake this plan.
Eventually he finds the Deathstick (while still a "merry youth") and
begins to build his new order. Dumbledore, still sympathetic to his
erstwhile friend, waits until it would be shameful not to act against
this would be conqueror. Eventually however, he must act and finally
defeats Grindelwald..... in 1945.
This means that Grindelwald spent 85 years just getting his Dark
Wizarding empire rolling. And he didn't even conquer the world. He just
mucked around in Eastern Europe for a while. No wonder Dumbledore didn't
feel there was an urgency in fighting him.
3. "Putting the Dumb back in Dumbledore"
Grindlewald may have been slow, but at least he actually managed to find
one of the Deathly Hallows. Albus Dumbledore, on the other hand,
greatest wizard of the age, could not locate one of Lord Voldemort's
horcruxes hidden..... just a little ways down the corridor from his office.
Of course, he only had a mere FOUR DECADES to look for it. Merlin's
pants, I'm surprised Voldemort didn't just hide it under the
headmaster's desk.> at least as tall as before...or terror has triumphed.
14. "Spiritual and Temporal"
The rank of "Baron" was introduced to Britain by William the Conqueror
after 1066. This would date the Bloody Baron as living in the late-
eleventh century, at the earliest. In all likelihood he must have come
later, since it seems unlikely that he was one of William's personal
retrieve her daughter and the diadem, lived until at least this time.From this we can deduce that Rowena Ravenclaw, who sent the Baron to
Which means either:
a. Ravenclaw was exceptionally long-lived, probably at least 100 years
old at the time of the conquest, yet still having a youthful daughter.
b. Hogwarts was founded, at the earliest, in the Eleventh Century.
This, however makes the "over a thousand years ago" language of
Professor Binns (for the founding) impossible.
Other possibilities: Barty Crouch Jr. took the Baron back in time in
his TARDIS.; The Fat Friar was, in life, the Meddling Monk, and took
the Baron back in time in *his* TARDIS; or finally, that the Baron
took a lot of spins on a time turner.
Also note that a livespan in the Tenth or Eleventh Centuries makes the
Baron's appearance in the Sorceror's Stone film with a curled wig and
ruffled shirt highly anachronistic.
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