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Why can't Harry Potter see the threstrals in the books before the fifth?

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 ...
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Why can't Harry Potter see the threstrals in the books before the fifth?

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-...
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Why does Hermione say she has not made a Memory Charm in the café, when she did one on her parents?

They were two different spells. The author answered this specific question in an interview she did shortly after the release of the Deathly Hallows book: Laura Trego: Did hermione really put a memory ...
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The problem of Percy’s presence

A detail like this wouldn't necessarily be preserved by spreading gossip. There were very few people in the room to observe the exact order of events, but from outside anyone might have seen who ...
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Is this free indirect speech in "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets"?

Chris Baldick's The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms (second edition. Oxford University Press, 2001) defines free indirect speech as follows: a manner of presenting the thoughts or ...
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Why can't Harry Potter see the threstrals in the books before the fifth?

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 ...
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