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    We've created a poll for a bit of fun and we'd love to hear your answers! I've personally read the books more than 5 times, and I've honestly lost count how many time I've rewatched the movies........ AND I DON'T CARE! HAHA!
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    I have a small collections of Funko POP figures, amd Funko Rock Candy figures. I used to get them a subscription service but stopped due to plans to move and not knowing how much space I'd have to put them! I do hope to add to my collection as well. I keep most of them in their boxes for the time being, until I have space to display them, however Harry, Ron and Hermione that aren't in boxes were the first figures I got so they are out on display! I love the Funko Rock Candy figures the most, as they are a bit smaller but more detailed, however there aren't as many figures in that collection as there are in the Funko POP figures!
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    What's your favourite horocrux? You've got a choice of a Horocrux, but which one would you choose to be your favorite and why? What's your inner desire, what does the heart choose? 50 Points to your house for the most creative answers.
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    This is a long post to come to the eventual question of Do You Have a favourite Harry Potter track? So feel free to skip over my essay if you'd like. In recent years I've come to really appreciate how non-diegetic sound (usually a score or track played over the action, but not part of the action) can shape a film. I think a good score can make a film, whilst a bad score can break it. I'll only be talking about the score on the original films, as I've listened to these a lot more than the Fantastic Beast films, or Cursed Child play (but I can do a post on those if it's interesting enough). For the most part I'll try to refer to the With Harry Potter, I think for the most part, the scores composed by John Williams (1-3), Patrick Doyle (4) the few tracks from James Buckle, Steve Claydon and Jarvis Cocker in GoF, Nicholas Hooper (5-6) and Alexandre Desplat (7-8) are overwhelmingly positive with their placement in the films. They don't overwhelm you, nor do they feel forced. Each piece has been carefully composed and constructed to fit the scene, the plot, and build the atmosphere. I don't know much about music composition, but finding myself coming back to film scores time and time again, I got thinking... In college, the OOTP soundtrack was my favourite, and I'd listen to that most out of the films. I thought the Fireworks track was particularly effective for the scene, which Hooper later built on for Weasley Stomp in HBP. However, that was never my favourite track on them. It was always Umbridge Spoils a Beautiful Morning, for being so effective I could visualise the scene. It didn't matter where I was, I could always see the sequence playing. Now, almost five years on, I've realised that I have favourites for a completely different reason. I still love Fireworks and Weasley Stomp, part due to the significance they have in my Film Studies Journey. However, my favourite album is the Philosopher's Stone. There are several motifs (repeated moments) that make John Williams tracks so identifiable, and each track feels like it's made for just listening to, as well as accompanying whatever is on screen. Mr Longbottom Flies is so iconic (I have a story attached to this track, so let me know if you want to hear it), Harry's Wondrous Wold, Prologue and Hedwig's theme are such a staple across all the films. However, it's Diagon Alley and the Gringotts Vault that makes me smile, and I think it's just the transition from Diagon Alley to Gringott's that I really love and appreciate, and sets the tone for the rest of the film - fantastical, but slightly darker underneath the wondrous first impression of magic. To conclude this essay, I'll leave you with my three favourite tracks (although if you've read this, you can probably guess them.) Diagon Alley and the Gringotts Vault - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - John Williams. Weasley Stomp - Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince - Nicholas Hooper. Umbridge Spoils a Beautiful Morning - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - Nicholas Hooper. Do you have any favourite tracks from the films? Or overall album? I'd love to see which ones you enjoy the most!
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    The Harry Potter Timeline 1980 - 2016 ~ Books and Films ~ ~ Story Timeline ~ Jul 1980: Harry Potter was born to James and Lily Potter on July 31, 1980. His father was from a wizarding family, and his mother muggle-born. Oct 1981: On October 31, 1981, when Harry was one, Lily and James were killed in an attack by Voldemort. Harry survived, with only a lightning-shaped scar on his forehead. Hagrid took the baby, meeting Dumbledore outside the Dursley's home. Young Harry was left with the Dursleys. Jul 1991: Immediately before Harry's 11th birthday, letters began arriving via Owl Post. The Dursleys were horrified and went into hiding. Hagrid rode his flying motorcycle, rescuing Harry and taking him to Diagon Alley for his school supplies. Sep 1991: On September 1, 1991, Harry went to Platform 9 3/4 to catch the train to Hogwart's. He met Ron and Hermione for the first time. Jun 1992: At the end of his first year at Hogwart's, Harry defeated Voldemort, in the guise of the Defense of the Dark Arts professor, Quirrell. This was Harry's first encounter with He-who-shall-not-be-named. Aug 1992: In August 1992, Ron, Fred, and George picked up Harry in their father's flying car. Harry and Ron later used the car to get to Hogwart's when Dobby blocked their access to Platform 9 3/4. Sep 1992: The students began their second year at the beginning of September 1992. Dobby feared for their lives and blocked their access to Platform 9 3/4; however, the students took the flying car, crashing in the woods. They would later serve a detention in the woods. Feb 1993: In February 1993, Harry defeated Tom Riddle and the basilisk in the tunnels beneath Hogwarts. He destroyed Tom Riddle, later to become Voldemort's diary. Readers will later learn this was one of Voldemort's horcruxes. Jul 1993: In the summer of 1993, Harry fled the Dursleys. He learned, for the first time, of the existence of Sirius Black, and was later warned away from him by Arthur Weasley. Sep 1993: In September 1993, Harry and the others began their third year at Hogwart's. Dementors were on campus because of the escape of Sirius that summer. Jun 1994: In June 1994, using the time-turner Dumbledore gave Hermione, Harry and the others free Sirius, as well as the hippogriff, Buckbeak. Sirius leaves Harry a letter providing permission to go to Hogsmeade. Sep 1994: Harry's fourth year at Hogwart's began in September 1994. Hogwart's was anxiously awaiting the Tri-Wizard Tournament. Oct 1994: On October 31, 1994, the Goblet of Fire provided an additional competitor's name, Harry Potter. Harry began to prepare for the competition. Jun 1995: At the end of the Tri-wizard Tournament, Harry fought Voldemort. Voldemort ordered the other student from Hogwart's in the Tournament, Cedric Diggory killed by Peter Pettigrew. Aug 1995: Following Harry's unauthorized use of magic to save his cousin Dudley from dementors, Harry is force to attend a disciplinary hearing at the Ministry of Magic. He is cleared of wrongdoing on the basis of Dumbledore's testimony. Sep 1995: Harry began his fifth year at Hogwarts in 1995. By this time, Dumbledore had re-established the Order of the Phoenix, headquartered in Sirius Black's family home. Jun 1996: Harry and the Order of the Phoenix prevent Voldemort and his associates from acquiring the prophecy in the Department of Mysteries. Sirius Black is killed in the Battle of the Department of Mysteries. Sep 1996: Harry began his sixth year at Hogwart's in September 1996. Dumbledore began to prepare for his death and Draco Malfoy supported the Death Eaters. Jun 1997: In June 1997, Severus Snape killed Albus Dumbledore. Snape acted at Dumbledore's request, as Dumbledore wanted to preserve Draco's soul. Draco had already been ordered to kill Dumbledore by Voldemore. 1997: After Dumbledore's death, Harry, Ron and Hermione sought out the horcruxes to destroy Voldemort. Conditions continued to worsen with Voldemort in power. May 1998: The Battle of Hogwart's brought conditions in the magical world to a head. There were multiple deaths, including Snape, Lupin, Tonks and Fred Weasley. Hermione returned to complete her education, but many of the others, including Ron and Harry moved on to their professional lives. 2007: In 2007, Harry was appointed head of the Aurors Department in the Ministry of Magic. The other students in his circle at Hogwart's were equally successful. 2016: Harry and Ginny, Ron and Hermione and others watch their children leave for Hogwart's.
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    That was Hermione I guess
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    "Turn to page; 394..." - Me
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    You're still here, surely that can only mean one thing? (Draco hasn't frightened you off... Or Snape for that matter.) Have we convinced you yet? If so, come and join us! You can join by creating a unique username or simply sign in using you Twitter or Facebook acount here. First thing's first. Let's get to know you by creating an introduction post. Create or reply to your introduction topic here In your introduction tell us about yourself, your love for all things Harry Potter and what got you hooked! After that, make your way around the community and after 10 substantive posts you can make your way to sorting hat to be sorted into your houses. Create a new topic here to apply for your house. While you are at TWW your triumphs will earn you House Points, while any rule-breaking will lose House Points. At the end of the year, the House with the most points is awarded the House Cup. Once you're sorted you'll be able to access the Hogwarts common rooms.
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    They are just fun They are just fun to collect. Its like getting a tattoo. Once you get one, you gotta keep going lol.
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    I was browsing through twitter and this site popped up. Looked interesting so I figured I would check it out
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    I went there in November 2018 for my *cough* 30th *cough* birthday. It was my first time going there and I loved it! I discovered I missed a few things though as this guy told me to go round a particular way, so I missed some things my friend saw. The entire experience was amazing and I felt right at home there! I really loved the Forbidden Forrest - although it was quite loud in there which I didn't like. Meeting Buckbeak was great though! I also saw Aragogg - super scary! I took photos of pretty much everything so didn't really look at everything in detail - something I plan to do on my next visit! I loved sitting in Hagrid's motorbike, and kept my wand ready to fight off Voldemort and any Death Eaters who may have been following us! I dressed up in my Hufflepuff robes and took my wand! We visited Diagon Alley, Privet Drive and the Potter's house. Everything was all Christmassy which made it even more magical and I'd love to go back at another time of year to see what is there instead of the Christmas display!
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    Welcome everyone to the new theme launch for TWW Forums. We now have a background picker, to access this, select the picture icon in the menu header (highlighted in picture) and choose your desired wallpaper. Note: This is only availible to REGISTERED USERS who have been sorted into their houses! Any issues, please leave a reply! Thanks
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    Hello fellow HP fans, I have been storing the box that the original Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince books were shipped to the bookstore in my home town. It has sentimental value to me but I wanted to see if anyone would potentially purchase such a piece of Potter memorabilia. Anyone have any ideas? Cheers, Jesse
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    Oh, this is an interesting one! I'm probably going to ramble on so bare with me for it. I would have to agree that the trio deserved to be punished - I mean who disobeys adults to go on a potentially dangerous quest for a stone that you know is guarded by a three-headed dog amongst other mysteries? I mean for goodness sake, Harry literally killed a man (unintentional or not, Harry as an eleven year old killed someone and got rewarded for it!). I think given how little we know about Dumbledore's thinking behind placing the stone in the mirror, one can assume that Quirrel may have tried to destroy the mirror. In which case, I believe at least, that the stone would have been lost forever anyway. So same result would have happened to Flamel. As for the trio getting points, it should have been on sheer dumb luck, not for playing a game of chess, or use of cool intellect (like come on, I bet Ravenclaws do that all the time in the common room and don't get any reward). Neville out of the four that got points was the only one to deserve any, and that was for stopping his friends and not joining them. However, I also believe that Dumbledore wanted to reward the trio to encourage them to do other dangerous things in their school careers. As it's the first time they get rewarded, but in the future, they don't - at least not in points. Just a leader and his puppets. At least that's my take in a very brief overview.
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    Wow what a great piece of history there I too would put it on eBay with a reserve of what you think it maybe worth!!!!!! $100/$200 reserve? Guess it’s only worth what someone is willing to pay for it.
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    If Hagrid said he could get you one magical creature, what would you have?
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    Ludovic Bagman. Alright, I think I better leave some for others to do now while I go get some sleep! Next one is roethode tont.
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    At least we're a friendly bunch I suppose!
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    Borgin and Burkes. Hadpaynrmo Nokst
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    I seriously can't wait for the expanded version, being able to complete quests in a Hogwarts map would be amazing!
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    Hello my name is Enzic. I have always known about the movies but it was not until recently I started really getting into the fantasy genre. I have watch all of the Harry Potter movies and I am now in the progress of watching them again, also, I have ordered a book set. I play video games like Halo and other games. My house is Gryffindor and I think it fits. My wand is Poplar wood with a unicorn hair core, 13 3/4'' and quite bendy flexibility. (not 100% sure it means) My patronus is a Fox Terrier (again not 100% sure what it means) Feel free to send me a PM if you like.
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    Music can be seen around us. It differs from which country you belong. There are also a variety of music like Jazz, Pop, RnB and the likes. Music have so many uses in our daily life. It could be stress reliever, entertainment, etc. I want to know what type of music you listen to, which country does it come from, and who is the artist. I'm gonna share mine. I love Western, K-pop, P-pop, and Christian Music. In Western, I like the boy group One Direction. I love the meaning of their songs and the tune is very relaxing. In K-pop or Korean pop, I like EXO though there are a lot of groups. I'm loyal to them. I love their songs because just by hearing it, you can know what it convey even though you can't understand the song. I also like the dance. P-pop or Pinoy pop, this is my country's own music. I like all Filipino artist, I salute them. I like the tunes and the message it convey. Christian Music or religous music. It gives me inspiration when I feel down. When I feel like nothing will be okay. These musics are my strength during my bad days. Here's mine now it's you turn
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    I would assume they at least have Maths and English up until age 11, so that children who have grown up in the Wizarding World are at an equal level to those raised in the Muggle World. As for learning there, I think there would be a section for Maths and English, even if it's in the Muggle Studies section. Since the books are set in the 90s, there's only about 80 years of consistent cinema, politics and Muggle history would be a big one to look at, but I would hope there's a section on what Muggle children learn and that would be the way to incorporate Maths and English in. Artimacy would presume to have problems to solve, to understand the properties. And with Latin, there must be someway for the Latin to be translated into English. Overall though, I think that Maths and English are probably self directed and up to the students, with the limited supply the Hogwarts library would have.
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    Hey everyone! Thought I'd jump on and tell you all that Pottermore is making the full transition to WizardingWorld.com. They explain it all here but just in case you haven't seen it, I figured I'd copy it into here. The link is also posted at the bottom if you prefer to do it through the article itself. I'll also try to answer any questions, as I'm already on the WizardingWorld.com site. Engorgio Pottermore... We're moving to WizardingWorld.com - our new, bigger home for all of the magic you love. Here's everything you need to know. After seven years of providing you with all the latest Wizarding World reports, analysing every single facet of the Harry Potter stories, breaking news about the Fantastic Beasts films, challenging your fandom with some rather tough quizzes and, of course, asking you to discover your true Hogwarts house, we can now announce... that we're going to do more of it! Just next door at our new home, WizardingWorld.com. It's a bit like The Burrow; we're magically adding a few extra floors to our house and throwing in some Extension Charms, bringing over the content you know and love from Pottermore.com, and adding some new, enhanced surprises. A visit to Pottermore.com will redirect to WizardingWorld.com - but don't worry, you haven't made a mistake with your Floo Powder. It is still, very much, the online home of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts. We've been busy working on a variety of exciting projects to make your journey through the Wizarding World even better, requiring an even better website to show it all off. For now, create a Wizarding Passport on WizardingWorld.com using your Pottermore account details - all your existing traits will then move over to the new site. That's your Hogwarts house, wand and Patronus. Your Wizarding Passport is your very magical identity that holds your Wizarding World credentials in one place. Stay tuned to see what happens next, and we'll see you at our new house just as soon as we've shifted all the furniture. Pottermore Link What do you think about this move? Do you think it's good? What about the passports? At the moment they're pretty lacklustre, but the site is still in its early stages. Let us know!
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    The student books, I'd say Advanced Potions Making. I think it's interesting how Snape changed the ingredients or brewing process, and the impact it has on Hermione's brewing when she follows the text and not Snape's instructions. Furthermore, it just looks like such an interesting textbook and I'd love to have something similar to it as a purchasable item. Alas, for now I'll stick to it being in the films and book canon only. And I do enjoy Tales of Beedle the Bard. I enjoy short stories that are like fairy tales, and there's something quite magical about the Wizarding World having their own version of fairy tales. Whilst not quite as grim as some of the ones I like, it does open up an insight and discussion into cultural unconsciousness. I love how unique each story is, whilst also drawing on contemporary imaginings of classic myths/legends/folklore.
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    I was shocked at first about what you said but as I read your reasons, I understand why. Yes, Fleur seems to be unlikely but as you dig deeper you'll know something more than what you see and of course Neville's traits are also outstanding. Being weak to being noble.
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    Fun off topic chat! So, what was the first song you can remember as a child. I actually have two, but my most memorable was: The Scatman - Scatman (ski-ba-bop-ba-dop-bop) I kept singing this over and over and still know all the words! Note: To embed a Youtube link, simply paste the complete URL and press enter and it should display the video. Example Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hy8kmNEo1i8
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    I've been reading a lot lately, but currently I'm reading Boy Erased by Garrard Conley. I'm only about half way through it, but it's such a heavy read, so I'm struggling to read it all in one go. I wanted to read it before I watched the film adaptation of it. I'll just post the full blurb as it doesn't give too much away. The son of a Baptist pastor in a small-town Arkansas, Garrard Conley was outed to his parents at nineteen and forced to attend a church-supported conversion therapy programme that promised to 'cure' him of his homosexuality. Through an institutionalised Twelve-Step programme heavy on Bible study, he was supposed to emerge heterosexual, ex-gay, cleansed of impure urges and stronger in his faith in God for his brush with sin. Instead, even when faced with a harrowing and brutal journey, Garrard found the strength and understanding to break out in search of his true self and forgiveness. At times heartbreaking, at times triumphant, this memoir is a testament to love that survives despite all odds. So far I'm enjoying reading this, but it's also horrifying to realise that the troubles Garrard went through are still prevalent in American society, particularly within the Bible belt. But it's still also educational, honest and raw, which is something I love but struggle with in books.
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    For me it's pacing of some of the films. I understand that things had to be cut, and characters missed out or misinterpreted (which is a whole other issue I have with the films), but sometimes they just weren't consistent, or that interesting to watch. For example, in Goblet of Fire, it was very much centred on the Triwizard Tournament that you didn't really get a feel for the film canon getting darker, or the students being students. There wasn't even a reason for Quidditch being cancelled, unlike in the books where there was at least that mention. And I feel like the Quidditch World Cup compensated for that, almost like the screenwriter/producers went; "well there's Quidditch already, so we don't need to mention why it isn't happening in the school year." I know that likely isn't the case, and maybe this is my own bias talking because GoF is my least favourite of all the films, but this film definitely doesn't have the best pacing. Another (and I'll make it my final example) is Deathly Hallows Part 1 with the camping sequences. Looking at the book it's literally three or four chapters, with scarce mentions after those main camping chapters. It doesn't make sense why we need a third, to half, of the film to be camping. It doesn't add anything except extra depth to the mise-en-scene (what's on screen). The significance of certain locations have to be explained through expositionary dialogue and it's basically a slow, cluggy way showing the passage of time without doing very much, and building up to DH2. -Sorry for getting a bit carried away. As much as I love the films, from a film student perspective, there's a lot of flaws with them. I got a little too passionate about it there.-
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    This is a hard one as there's so many things I'm scared of! Death, fire, cows, clowns, loud noises, horses, spiders ... The list goes on and on. I guess there's a reason I'm not a Gryffindor!
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    Slip and slide – A Prankster's Helper As Headmaster of Hogwarts, he shouldn't publicly accept the Marauder's escapades, but no rules stated that he could not help them in secret. When Hogwarts gets hit by a heatwave, he decides to give the boys some inspiration. One-shot. Say Goodbye - M Rating In their seventh year at Hogwarts, Michael Corner falls in love with Padma Patil, she does not seem to realise this. Can he convince her that he means it before it is too late? Warnings – Mentions of Character Torture and Death. Up a tomb without a broomstick A drabble about one of Bill Weasley's adventures in Egypt as a curse-breaker, he finds himself in a spot of trouble and manages to make a big discovery! Why dancing on top of a volcano is a bad idea! Many muggles knew the story of Pompeii that Mount Vesuvius erupted with little warning, killing most of its residents and covering the town in volcanic ash in 79AD. What they did not know however was that it was a Wizard who caused the eruption. This is his story. Warning: Catastrophe and Character death Splitting the hourglass - Multichapter with hopefully an update soon! An accident involving the time-turners at the Department of Mysteries sends Hermione back to the Marauder Era. Will she be able to get back? Can/Should she try to prevent the events of the future? HGRL and a little JPLE. Ron's surprise dinner Ron decides to try and cook a meal for Hermione without magic! He enlists his mother-in-law to teach him before trying his hand at recreating Hermione's favourite dish. He soon loses patience, will he be able to resist using magic and what will be the end result? Okay that is enough for this post - I will post more tomorrow.
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    This is amazing!! I was never sure about those dates!
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    “If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals” – Sirius Black.
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    I’ve started collecting them myself. I have 15 so far.
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    Hi everybody! Thanks for the welcome. Big time fan here and ready to have some fun!
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    Still recovering from a broken bone. Will be more active once I'm better!
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    I'm not sure if this is in the books, but there's a deleted scene in Deathly Hallows where Aunt Petunia tells Harry "you didn't just lose a mother that night in Godric's Hollow. I lost a sister". I wish this had been in the movie because it shows that she did care about Lily, and I kind of feel like it's her way of apologising to Harry. Grief affects everyone in different ways, and I think had she had time to grieve for her sister (and maybe not have been married to Vernon) then she would have been a little nicer to Harry. Because Harry just arrived, with no prior warning, and she had a young child the same age, she had no to time to really process what had happened to her little sister, and no time to grieve for her. I think it would have been nice to see that scene, just so we could have made peace with Petunia, and it may have helped some people understand why she treated Harry so badly. Certainly after I saw that deleted scene, my opinion of Petunia changed!
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    Hagrids facts about the Magical Creatures of Harry Potter. 24. Sounds Real Safe How could anyone forget the Blast-Ended Skrewt, the nightmare creatures that Hagrid inexplicably loves? Okay, it’s explicable: the man has a heart the size of Texas. And he bred them into existence. Skrewts are hybrid creatures, and come about by breeding a Manitcore to a Fire Crab. 23. Don’t Mess With Norbert Believe it or not, Norwegian Ridgebacks (the same breed as Hagrid’s pet dragon, Norbert) start breathing fire as young as one-month-old. This makes them the youngest species of dragon to shoot flames. 22. It’s So Fluffy, I’m Gonna Die Soft and furry, a Puffskein is quite possibly one of the most cuddle-worthy magical creatures. Don’t recognize the name Puffskein? You may know them by their other name, “Pygmy Puffs.” Puffskeins, a group of which is called a poffle (how adorable is that?), were altered by Fred and George Weasley to produce a miniature version, which they called Pygmy Puffs and sold at their shop, Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes. 21. Over Achievers Looks like Norwegian Ridgebacks aren’t the only magical creature to develop their skills young. Hippogriffs are able to fly no less than one week after being born. That being said, it can take a few months before they have the strength to undertake long journeys with their parents. 20. Unwanted Visitors If you live in Wisconsin and have noticed a frog-headed beast in your backyard, it’s quite possible you weren’t just imagining things! The Hodag is a magical beast native to Wisconsin. Its main source of food are mooncalves, creatures that burrow holes in the ground and only come out during full moons, which has lead Hodags to wander into the farms of muggles at night looking for food. Thus, the MACUSA Department of No-Maj Misinformation was forced to work tirelessly to convince the American public that all reported Hodag sightings were just hoaxes (luckily, we know the truth). Funny, I never thought of Wisconsin as one of the many places Harry Potter fans should visit. Guess it should be added to the list! 19. Kitty Cat Kneazles, otherwise known as the magical felines of the wizarding world, are more than just cute and cuddly. Their whiskers can actually be used to make wands. Don’t get too excited though, because wands made from unicorn hair, phoenix feathers, and dragon heartstrings are said to be far superior. 18. Halfbreed Looks like Hermione isn’t the only halfbreed at Hogwarts. Kneazles are commonly interbred with regular cats to create part-Kneazles. There are even some witches and wizards who have gone into the kneazle-breeding business; Arabella Figg is one such example. Hermione’s cat, Crookshanks, is also a half-Kneazle. 17. Better Call Pest Control Though Doxies might look like an adorable version of a bat to us mere muggles, in the wizarding world, they are considered to be pests. They tend to live in draping like curtains and are known to infest houses. Luckily, there are two ways to get rid of them. 1. Doxycide, a black-hued solution that paralyzes doxies when sprayed on them, allowing for safe removal, and 2. casting a Knockback Jinx, a spell they are powerless to. 16. Literal Translation While the name “Bowtruckle” may not seem too significant, when looking back into the etymology of these covert plant-like animals, we discovered that the name is very apt, indeed. In an old Scottish dialect, the word “bow” means “dwelling.” Meanwhile, in old English, “truckle” translates to “limb of tree.” Makes a lot more sense now, huh? 15. How Fitting Another fun fact about bowtruckles? A group of them is referred to as a branch. 14. All Hail the Thunderbird If you’re lucky enough to have a wand made from a Thunderbird’s tail feather, we recommend guarding it with your life. Wands containing the tail feather of a Thunderbird may be difficult to get a handle on, but they’re also extremely powerful (and known for their transfiguration skills in particular). Another added bonus (that could end up saving your life)? Wands with this ingredient are able to sense danger and can cast spells independent of their owner. 13. Girl Power Most of us only know the Chinese Fireball as the breed of dragon that fought Viktor Krum in the Triwizard Tournament. What you may not know is that for this species of dragon, the females are usually larger than the males. Take that, boys! 12. The Groundhog of the Wizarding World Nifflers stole our hearts onscreen as the funniest and most adorable beasts in 2016’s Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. What fans of the book and film may not have realized is that Nifflers are known for their ability to burrow. In fact, they live in burrows that can be as much as 20 feet below the ground. They’re so good at burrowing, the goblins used Nifflers to burrow underground for treasure. 11. Pickled Murtlap Though the Murtlap looks like an underwater hamster on steroids, it happens to be super useful when it comes to resisting jinxes. The tentacles that grow on a Murtlap’s back can actually be pickled and eaten to help build up resistance to jinxes. Murtlap tentacles can also heal scrapes and were a key ingredient in the essence that Hermione covered Harry’s cuts in after his torturous detention with Umbridge. 10. Moody Mandrake Mandrakes age just like humans, and part of their growing process includes a period of adolescence. It’s actually been proven that during this period, Mandrakes take on the traits of typical teens, such as being moody and secretive, and even getting acne. 9. The Finest Silver In addition to being one of the cleverest creatures in the wizarding world, Goblins are also accomplished metalsmiths. There are many references to “goblin-wrought” metals throughout the Harry Potter series, including when Sirius Black mentions family dishes made from the “finest fifteenth-century goblin-wrought silver,” and when Hagrid gave an “indestructible” helmet made by Goblins as a gift to the giants. 8. Float Away, Plimpy The Plimpy, a round fish with long, thin legs, is considered by Merpeople to be a pest. Unlike Doxies, there isn’t a magical solution to get rid of them. Rather, the easiest way to get rid of a Plimpy is to tie its leg into a knot, at which point it will gently drift away. 7. Go Sparky! Fawkes kind of stole the spotlight when it came to Phoenixes in the Harry Potter series, so much so that you may not have even realized that Fawkes was not the only known domesticated Phoenix. The New Zealand Quidditch team, the Moutohora Macaws, actually have a domesticated Phoenix as their mascot. Its name is Sparky. 6. He’s Gonna Blow Erumpents (aka magical rhinos) may be one of the fiercest-looking beasts in the wizarding world, but they also have rather peculiar habits. Erumpent populations were never very big, largely owing to the fact that male Erumpents are frequently known to blow themselves up during mating season. 5. Feeling Giddy The Billywig, for those who don’t remember, is a sapphire-blue insect native to Australia. They have a long stinger on their bodies, but unlike wasps’ relationship with muggles, young witches and wizards actively try to get stung by Billywigs. This is because getting stung by one of these Australian insects results in a period of giddiness, followed by levitation. The only catch is that too many stings can cause uncontrollable hovering. 4. Don’t Forget the Ear Muffs! From their brief introduction in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, you might think that mandrakes aren’t so bad (save for being a little annoying). However, what you may be forgetting is that the Mandrakes in the second book were young and hadn’t matured yet. What happens with age, you may be wondering? Well, a Mandrake’s cry becomes more powerful as it grows older. A baby Mandrake’s cry can knock a person unconscious, while an adult Mandrake’s cry has the ability to kill someone. A famous example of this was Venusia Crickerly. In 1912, the former Minister for Magic was gardening when she accidentally uprooted a Mandrake, and its cry ended her life. 3. In Mourning When a member of an Acromantula colony dies, the corpse is then eaten by the other spiders in the colony after death. Who’s hungry? 2. Immortal… Almost For anyone with a fear of snakes, Basilisks are quite possibly the most terrifying creature ever to step foot inside Hogwarts. Even more terrifying, they lead extremely long lives (up to 900 years!). Not to totally scare you, but the Basilisk of Salazar Slytherin lived to be roughly 1,000 years old. 1. Cock a Doodle Doo Here’s a strange Harry Potter fact: the mortal weakness of the Basilisk is the crow of a rooster (we’re not making this up, we promise). The next time you’re head to head with the King of Serpents, just be sure to have a chicken in your back pocket. Source: Factinate
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    Thanks for posting @rhiseesyou - I've updated the first post!
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    Hello whoever is reading! I'm bored so decided to make a small forum on some of the Harry Potter theories that exist! Feel free to debate whether they are believable or not and even leave your own! Have fun! ?
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    The last time I went was in 2017 I think, this is when they announced The Forbidden Forest, before that it was the opening of The Hogwarts Express, so we managed to get some tickets on both opening days! Staff as usual are very friendly and informative, so much so that I had bumped into a slightly older gentlemen who was working there who absolutely loved what he did and that you could see he got an buzz out of it. This studio really is an experience to be had if you're fans of the books and the films, but I think that even those who have only watched the films will be amazed!! It is so much fun and gives you so much info on how the series was made and how every scene was constructed over the years with the attention to detail is just simply amazing. We tried the butterbear, I can't say that I liked it personally and the only way I can describe it is that it tastes like an Iron Bru float (Ice Cream), not that I've had one but it was a mixture of iron bru and vanilla ice cream, so weird.. Here are a few photos of Privet Drive and the Dursleys house, and the Hogwarts Express. Being able to go inside was great and really added to the experience. We've booked tickets again to go on the 6th April to visit Gringotts Bank and can't wait!
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    I've been fixing the site and improving speed time across the server, hopefully this helps your browsing expereince!
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    Thank you for stopping off at the TheWizardingWorld | Harry Potter Fan Forum: Headmaster’s Welcome We like to think that we’re a Harry Potter fan site - with a difference! The fact that we are a forum based community means that we give our users the freedom to create and control the content! Do you have a theory about an aspect of the films and / or books that you’d like to get off of your chest? Do you fancy yourself as a ‘J.K. Rowling in-the-making’ with stories and original pieces of fan fiction that pick up where the original stories left off? Or maybe you’re a serious collector whose amassed hoards of uniquely fascinating Harry Potter memorabilia that you’d like to showcase? Sign up, become a student and you’ll be ‘sorted’ into your house; where you can design your own profile page, and start creating your own personalised ‘topics’ straight away. You can also join existing conversations with fellow fans by replying to ‘threads’ and discussions that pique your interest. Are you a true PotterHead? Find out by putting your knowledge to the test in our ‘quizzes and competitions’ sections, too! Here at the TWWForums, a fan’s appreciation or passion for Harry Potter is recognised and rewarded - quite literally. Content that you create and posts that you make, win points for your house! Is your wand at the ready? Well, why not come on in and join us? The important thing to remember, is that this site can be whatever our users want it to be! Introductions: Once registered, why not take a walk over to platform 9 3/4. This is were you'll introduce yourself to the rest of the Hogwarts Students. Click here to visit Platform 9 3/4. Of course like most sites we do have some rules, please familiarise yourself with them: Our Guidelines. Privacy Policy Search the Site. Hogwarts Gallery. Make a date, the Calendar. TheWizardingWorld community is here to help each other out, we share our love of all things Harry Potter and make friendships. Introductions: Now that you've registered why not take a walk over to platform 9 3/4. This is were you introduce yourself to our Hogwarts Students. Click here to visit Platform 9 3/4.
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