5

The author answered this question by saying that you need to have seen death and fully comprehended it in order to see Thestrals. From a 2003 interview with Stephen Fry, in which the latter read out questions from fans (transcript at Accio Quote): Stephen Fry: Internet question from Jessica Wells, originally from Australia now living in London. Email: “...


5

We don't know. The last time Cornelius Fudge is seen in the Harry Potter books is at Dumbledore's funeral at the end of book 6. That's a whole book after his resignation as Minister for Magic (after seeing Voldemort at the end of book 5), but we hardly see him at all in the rest of book 6: I think the only sight of him there is in book 6 chapter 1, narrated ...


4

Some consideration should be given to the possibility that Rowling made it up as she went along: that is, she didn’t think of using the Thestrals to pull the carriages, and didn’t come up with the ad-hoc explanation that seeing death allows you to see the Thestrals, until she was writing Order of the Phoenix. The game of “how can we make the new idea ...


3

No canon information, but comparing it to Chemistry or cookery in real life, even in industry, a lot of times once a procedure is 'good enough' it gets used. There might be a lot of ways to improve it, but nobody has ever tried because the first way it was done works well enough. Then for some reason (methods change, or you can no longer get one of your ...


2

I would like to present a different analysis of most of the same facts mentioned in the other answers. While I am normally skeptical of post facto authorial statements, especially with this author, in this case I think it is reasonable to accept that it is not an invention that was conceived after the story was completed. Let's begin with the three points of ...


1

The most important books in the Harry Potter series are the seven books of the main storyline. They should be read in order, as each builds upon the previous ones. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (aka Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in the USA) Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Harry Potter and ...


Only top voted, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible