Questions tagged [j-k-rowling]

For questions regarding the British author J.K. Rowling and her works, most famously the immensely popular Harry Potter series.

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What is the radical feminist take on Harry Potter?

Rowling recently came out as a radical feminist, but the book series she is famous for seems to have some problems from that perspective. For instance, the main character is a male, anointed as the ...
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Is Harry Potter a coming of age story?

When talking about the coming of age genre a friend of mine mentioned Harry Potter as an example. I found myself incapable of sharing this idea since not only I do not think that the core of the plot ...
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What is the narrative type used in “Harry Potter” called?

Is there a name of the type of narrative used in J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter novels, where the events are written about in third person but exclusively follows the perspective of Harry Potter? Only ...
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Why didn't Harry and Hermione Granger get married?

In terms of magical brilliance and personal traits, it was Hermione who was the closest to the main hero Harry Potter, and therefore was the most suited to have him as her spouse. A timid Ronald was a ...
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What does Narcissa Malfoy's name say about her character?

Many of the names in the Harry Potter series are chosen so as to reflect some trait of their character. For example: Sirius Black the black dog, Remus Lupin the wolf, Severus the severe teacher, Luna ...
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Did J.K. Rowling know the diary was a horcrux when she wrote about it?

As far as I can tell, Rowling had planned out A LOT of details for the main plot of all 7 Harry Potter books even before publishing the first. Such questions have been asked here before (such as this)....
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JKR says that Hermione shouldn't have married Ron. Is this correct?

In an interview, JKR says that Hermione would not have married Ron: She told the magazine: "I wrote the Hermione-Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfilment. That's how it was conceived, really....
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Do the *books* show that Hogwarts is in Scotland?

It's well known among Harry Potter nerds that Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is located in Scotland. But the only sources I've found for this are extratextual, e.g. from interviews with ...
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Was Rowling inspired by the railway station scene in Prince Caspian?

I was rereading Prince Caspian and noticed that in the start of the story they're in an empty, sleepy country station, and there was hardly anyone on the platform but themselves and then they're ...
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Are the inconsistencies in Harry Potter symbolic or allegorical?

(I asked a more verbose version of this question on Sci Fi & Fantasy where it didn't go down well. It seemed to get bogged down in whether or not the Potterverse really is "inconsistent". But I ...
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Is it whitewashing to depict Blaise Zabini as white?

I was reading about a little kerfuckle in the Harry Potter community over the character of Blaise Zabini, who was revealed in The Half Blood Prince (more than half way through the series, despite ...
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In the chapter 'Xenophilius Lovegood', why did the Death Eaters use broomsticks and not Apparition?

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, chapter "Xenophilius Lovegood", when Mr. Lovegood summons Death Eaters, they arrive using broomsticks instead of simply Apparating to his house. I did not ...
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Why didn't Hermione or Dumbledore use the Time-Turner to defeat Voldemort?

In The Prisoner of Azkaban, Albus Dumbledore hands Hermione the 'Time-Turner', which they use to free Buckbeak and later on to rescue Sirus Black. One spin on the Time-Turner equals one hour ...
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Are photographs in Harry Potter a device for characterizing subjects?

In an answer that I recently wrote elsewhere on this site, I posited that photographs are used by J.K. Rowling in the Harry Potter books as a device to portray the subjects of the photograph in a ...
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Does it fit in with Hermione's character for her to be tipsy?

One of the things that always bothered me about the Half Blood Prince movie is that there's a scene where Hermione is tipsy. I can't find a good clip of the scene online, but there's a lot of ...
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Do wizards in Harry Potter's world wear trousers under their robes?

There has been lively discussion about whether or not witches and wizards in the world of Harry Potter wear trousers under their robes (for example, in this tweet). I have not yet seen a definitive ...
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Was Sybill Trelawney named after “the” Sybil?

When she gave actual prophecies, Sybill Trelawney had a completely different "persona," not remembering what she said afterwards. Was she named after "the" Sybil (the one known for multiple ...
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How did Snape figure out the stuff he had written in his Advanced Potion-Making book?

The first thing that we're actually shown is Snape's modifications to the Draught of Living Death potion. Some of his modifications, like crushing the bean instead of cutting to release more juice, ...
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The Mirror of Erised, gnica psno itp ircs ni

The inscription on the Mirror of Erised reads Erised stra ehru oyt ube cafru oyt on wohsi which reads "ishow no tyo urfac ebu tyo urhe arts desirE" backwards. I'm okay that the punctuation ends ...
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How does the justice system work in Harry Potter?

I find the justice system in Harry Potter very interesting. One one hand, it seems similar to the justice system in the real world: there are trials where the accused can call a witness. 'I may be ...
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Where's the climax of J.K. Rowling's The Casual Vacancy?

I recently read J.K. Rowling's The Casual Vacancy. An issue I have with it is that I couldn't see a clear climax. It just felt like a bunch of unhappy people making everyone around them unhappy. ...
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Why is Regulus Black a seeker?

In Chapter Ten of the Deathly Hallows, we're told that Regulus Black is a seeker for the Slytherin team. Is there any symbolism behind Regulus Black's Quidditch position? I got the idea for this ...
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Is there any evidence that this character in Harry Potter was a double agent all along, prior to the revelation?

Warning: MASSIVE spoilers ahead. If you haven't read the last Harry Potter book, but plan to do so, turn back now Throughout the entire Harry Potter series, there was one character who was the comic '...
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Is there any textual evidence that this death in Deathly Hallows symbolized the end of childhood?

In the beginning of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, we see that Hedwig is killed by the Avada Kedavra curse. "No - HEDWIG!" The broomstick spun to earth, but he just managed to seize the ...
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Does Snape talk in code?

In Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Snape asks Harry many questions during his first Potions class. The first thing Snape asks Harry is “Potter! What would I get if I added powdered ...
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Why is Snape so fond of Malfoy?

In the end of Harry Potter, we learn that This however, does not account for why Snape shows favoritism to Draco before the Dark Lord resurrects (after which it is relatively obvious why). I am ...
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How far ahead did J.K. Rowling plan Harry Potter?

I recently reread Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone after a long time away from the series. I noticed that within in the first five pages, Sirius Black is mentioned. "Borrowed it, Professor ...
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Is there any textual evidence to support that Dumbledore was gay?

JK Rowling announced in 2007 to an audience at Carnegie Hall that Albus Dumbledore was in fact, gay and always had been... Q: Did Dumbledore, who believed in the prevailing power of love, ever fall ...
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Why was Ginny Weasley named Ginny Weasley?

The official publishing company of J.K Rowling named Pottermore have revealed (see here) that there are/were interesting and well thought etymology of characters in Harry Potter book series. It does ...
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Why was the Obscurus omitted?

In the Fantastic Beasts Character Guide, there's a section that contains most of the animals that were shown in the movie. However, curiously, the Obscurus is missing from the book, despite its ...
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Did J. K. Rowling base platform 9 3/4 on the Gump?

In the Harry Potter series, there is platform 9 ¾ in Kings Cross Station. You travel through this place to go to a magical place. In The Secret of Platform 13, by Eva Ibbotson, (which is ...
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Symbolism of Albus Dumbledore's name in Harry Potter

What is the symbolism of the name Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter? 'Albus' means white 'Dumbledore' is a type of bee What is this representing?