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  1. Ok, this is a long shot, but we know that Hermione is muggle born. She's also an only child. Neither of these are particularly unique, but I feel a witch as clever as Hermione would want to research her family tree, to discover who the last witch/wizard was. We don't know very much about Hermione's family, other than her parents are dentists. I myself have tried finding out who in her family was magical and got no where! If Hermione was adopted then it could explain why she never mentions researching her family tree. Of course, she may have done this and we didn't know about it, but I feel that she probably would have told Harry about it had she done so. Let's look at how adoptions work in the UK. Adoptions are usually "closed" - this means that the birth family do not know anything about the adoptive family. They do not know where the child lives, which school they go to, or even what their surname is. They might be told the first names of the adoptive parents, but this isn't always the case. Also, most adopted children have something called "Letterbox contact". This is basically where they and the birth family can send a letter, usually once a year, through the social services. It usually just talks about some of the things that the child has been doing, it might mention their school report, or if the child is very young it could include a drawing they have done. It rarely includes photographs, although the arrangement is different for each child, and it is optional, so the birth family and adoptive families do not have to do it. In the time Harry Potter is set, children did not have to be told they were adopted until they were 18 - nowadays children are told as they are growing up. It do think that if Hermione was adopted then she would know about it - she is very close to her parents and they may have told her as a child or when she got her Hogwarts letter and asked who in the family tree was magical! If Hermione was adopted, there could be several reasons. Maybe her birth parents are dead. Maybe they couldn't take care of her. Or maybe, they were magical parents and gave her up in order to protect her - she was born in 1979, and the First Wizarding War ended in 1981. Let's start with the theory that one or both of her birth parents were magical. They probably could have placed her with non magical friends during the end of that war, to keep her safe. If the parents then died in that war, she would have been adopted (it's VERY rare that a child that young wouldn't be adopted!) either by the friends, or by strangers. I don't think it's possible that the Granger's would have been the friends she could have been left with, as she said she was surprised to get her letter, which makes me believe they didn't know she was a witch. Also, most children are moved out of the area they were in when they are adopted, so that could have given her greater protection during the end of the First Wizarding War. Now let's look at the theory that her birth parents were not magical. This works well with not knowing that she was a witch - she would still be muggle born as well. She might not know who her birth parents are, and therefore can't research her family tree. I do think it's possible she was originally born into a non magical family - for the purpose of the story, having at least one muggle born with or wizard as a main character shows that not only can they achieve great things in the Wizarding World, but that they are equals to both full and half blood witches and wizards. I mentioned at the start she is an only child. Whilst this isn't strange - a LOT of people are only children! - the adoption process is long and can be difficult, so it makes sense that if Hermione was adopted that she'd be an only child, as her parents may not have wanted to go through the process again. Also, most of the main characters have at least one sibling or live with another child (Dudley is of course Harry's cousin, but they are brought up together) so it does make sense that JK Rowling would want a main character with no siblings, so talking about their families doesn't get too complicated. Of course she might not even have been adopted, and her parents are her biological parents. But I feel if this was the case that she would have made some attempt to trace her family tree. Not only that, but if you look at the scene of her wiping her parent's memories in Deathly Hallows (movie) there are NO pictures of her as a young baby. There's a couple of her on the mantlepiece as a toddler, but none as a baby. Had she been adopted as a toddler this would make prefect sense! This is just a theory I have, and I don't think we'll ever know, but I'd love to hear other thoughts on this. I've often wondered why we dont know much about Hermione's family. Even Voldemort knew about who his family was and he was growing up in an orphanage! And Lily Potter was muggle born, but we can trace her family tree, so why we can't we trace Hermione's?
  2. I honestly don't believe Harry is under a love potion. Her personality doesn't seem like she's do that. I DO think that Harry marrying Ginny was a convenient way for Harry, Ron and Hermione to stay together, but I think Harry genuinely loves Ginny. If he didn't, he wouldn't have broken up with her to protect her. Also I think Harry is bright enough to know if Ginny was brewing love potions. Not only that but Voldemort was conceived with a love potion and I don't JK Rowling would have her main hero the victim of something like that. Dumbledore says throughout the entire series that love is the strongest magic of all, and Harry has a lot of love for people. I also don't think the Weasley's would be particularly proud of their only daughter for only loving Harry with a potion!
  3. I've thought for a long time now that Harry, Ron and Hermione were put into the same house for convenience! Hear me out : First off, we know that the Sorting Hat took time for Hermione, and finally decided on Gryffindor. The hat also considered Ravenclaw but what about Hufflepuff?? Hermione was very loyal to Harry throughout the entire series. She sticks by him no matter what, even when Ron went into jealous fits and left Harry to deal with things by himself (examples - when Harry's name came out the Goblet of Fire and when hunting for Horcruxes) yet Hermione stayed to help Harry. She believed in him and was incredibly loyal to him - a trait associated with Hufflepuff. She broke rules to help the boys and lied about the troll making her become friends with Harry and Ron. I honestly believe Ron would have done better academically if he wasn't in Gryffindor - because being placed in the same house as all his brothers means he already has a reputation to live up to before he's barely even started there. I don't know what other house Ron could have belonged to - a small part of me thinks Slytherin but I don't think he has the right personality for being in Slytherin. Had he not felt he had to live up to the expectations based on his brothers all being in Gryffindor, there's a chance he could have done very well in Ravenclaw. As for Harry, my opinion on his house is divided. Although he proved to be brave, he was also loyal towards those he loved, even sacrificing himself at the end of Deathly Hallows. He even told Narcissa Malfoy that her son - a boy who'd basically bullied him for 6 years - was alive, which allowed her to lie to Voldemort about Harry's supposed death. He broke up with Ginny to protect her and her family, and didn't want his friends to die during the battle of the 7 Potters. But, he was also very brave! He is also fairly bright and probably would have done well in Ravenclaw! The Sorting Hat thought he'd do well in Slytherin, because of the part of Voldermort's soul that was in Harry. I don't think the Sorting Hat would have even considered Slytherin otherwise, and I certainly wouldn't have put him in Slytherin. Anyway, I do feel that JK Rowling put them all into the same house for convenience - had the three of them been in different houses I don't think they'd have been able to help each other much, and they probably wouldn't have been as close. Certainly Harry and Hermione needed to be in the same house to ensure they were able to help each other, and Harry wouldn't have got very far without her. I'd love to know what others think about this topic, because it has bugged me so much!
  4. 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!
  5. Not yet. I've had bad experiences with sudio books before but I'll give them a go!
  6. Hello! I'm older than you but have been obsessed with Harry Potter since it first came out. I must admit I've not read the books - I'm dyslexic and reading is not my strong point. My sister did read the first book to me though. I have seen all the movies so many times I usually can recite the next line! I usually watch them in order and as soon as I get to the evd I start all over again ... Anyqay welcome!
  7. Hey there! I'm new to this site which I came across from the muggle site Twitter. I am not very good with introductions so am not really sure what to say here! Since I was a tiny witch I've been obsessed with unicorns, cats and magic. I do have some muggle hobbies though - I really enjoy playing computer games, watching movies and photography! *Insert awkward silence here* .......... I guess I'll leave my introduction here as I'm clueless as to what to put! Mischief managed

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