It's subtle and perhaps a bit of a stretch, but I think we can infer that Snape likes Draco for a similar reason to why he dislikes Harry. He dislikes Harry because Harry's father treated him badly at school. And he likes Draco because Draco's father treated him well at school. I'm mostly getting this from the following passage in the chapter "The Prince's ...
We don't know, but there's a lot of evidence supporting it.
The Language of flowers, or floriography, goes back much further than Victorian times. It was used or alluded to in Shakespeare's plays (see also this question) and even the Hebrew Bible. It's unknown whether J.K. Rowling knew about it - she's never commented publicly on the wormwood/asphodel ...
In terms of explicit confirmation, the answer is a very solid no. At no point did any character, nor the omniscient narrator, identify Dumbledore's sexuality in simple terms.
Signs and portents.
Various writers have identified incidents and passages that might act as subtle indicators toward his sexuality. Note that all of these were spotted post-facto ...
Wands have been associated with magic for millennia, both in fiction and in the real-world practice of both stage magic (conjuring tricks for an audience) and occultism (purported real magic). You can learn more about wands and their history in association with magic at sources such as Wikipedia and Esoteric Archives.
The earliest recorded ...
WARNING: Spoilers ahead.
(Emphasis mine on all quotes below)
Why was Hedwig killed anyway?
Other than the twitter link provided in the question, Rowling gave a fuller explanation in an interview (full transcript of the interview can be found here):
Twinkletoes*: "Why did you feel that Hedwig's death was necessary?"
J.K. Rowling: "The loss of ...
Time Turners can't go back that far.
J.K. Rowling has said that it's impossible for those 1-hour Time-Turners to go back farther than 5 hours. (See quote below.) So: She can't.
If you're asking about making sure he doesn't come back, how would she do that? She can't do anything that would prevent him from coming back, as she doesn't have the power to be ...
If she did, she hasn't admitted it. In her writing on Pottermore she states:
King's Cross, which is one of London's main railway stations, has a very personal significance for me, because my parents met on a train to Scotland which departed from King’s Cross station. For this reason, and because it has such an evocative and symbolic name, and because it is ...
As stated in this same question on Science Fiction & Fantasy Stack Exchange, J. K. Rowling has never said anything stating whether or not this was intentional. We only have speculation to go on, so I will speculate :)
My guess is yes. Why?
Too much of a coincidence
How likely is it that this was by accident? You've got him saying something that, when ...
On a Pottermore article ("Lily, Petunia, and the Language of Flowers") this is written:
If his first words to Harry are anything to go by, the language of flowers suggests that Snape deeply regrets Lily Potter’s death.
Also on monkshood and wolfsbane, the next tings he asks about:
Snape also asks Harry what the difference is between monkshood and ...
As you state, Albus translates to "white", which was a nod to alchemy:
Colours also played their part in the naming of Hagrid and Dumbledore, whose first names are Rubeus (red) and Albus (white) respectively. The choice was a nod to alchemy, which is so important in the first Harry Potter book, where 'the red' and 'the white' are essential ...
It is there...
In the Amazon preview of the book, on page 122 there is a chapter on The Obscurus.
If you're asking why it's not included in the' beasts' section, probably because:
It's not strictly a beast. It's the magic of a wizard that was suppressed and is sort of a beast.
It's a larger topic. These things are completely new. We know nothing about ...
Since this is basically the same question as the one on Sci-Fi I will summarize the answer from @Valorum.
Basically, some wear underwear, some don't even go that far. Valorum gives more quotes (I encourage you to take a look at his answer), but I feel that these are the best examples.
From The Order of the Phoenix, here's an example with underwear:
Oddly enough, Rowling has cited The Chronicles of Narnia as an inspiration for her King's Cross entryway to the world of magic, but not the part you're thinking of!
I found myself thinking about the wardrobe route to Narnia when Harry is told he has to hurl himself at a barrier in Kings Cross Station - it dissolves and he's on platform Nine and Three-...
I believe all the Weasleys except Ron were named after either characters from Arthurian legend or historical royalty of England/Albion/Britain:
Molly (sometimes a nickname for Margaret or Mary)
Ginevra (a form of Guinevere)
The last name is actually not that fancy. As this old interview with Rowling states:
How did you decide what to name your characters and places?
I collect unusual names. I have notebooks full of them. Some of the names I made up, like Quidditch, Malfoy. Other names mean something -- Dumbledore, which means "bumblebee" in Old English...seemed to ...
JKR has stated this:
Sybill's first name is a homonym of 'Sibyl', which was a female clairvoyant in ancient times. My American editor wanted me to use 'Sibyl', but I preferred my version, because while it keeps the reference to the august clairvoyants of old, it is really no more than a variant the [sic] unfashionable female name 'Sybil'. Professor ...
"Scotland" is only mentioned once in the series, and that is as a Quidditch team in Chapter Five of Goblet of Fire:
And Wales lost to Uganda, and Scotland was slaughtered by Luxembourg."
In Chapter Sixteen of Deathly Hallows there is a mention of Harry and Hermione camping in a Scottish loch, but not in any relation to Hogwarts's location:
They did ...
If we're interpreting the scene that Hamlet wrote about in his answer (I haven't read the books recently enough to recall whether Regulus' Quidditch position is mentioned elsewhere), I have another, perhaps simpler explanation.
I think that Regulus' position is mentioned, specifically noticed by Harry, to create some form of kinship or connection between ...
Spoilers involved! TL;DR at the bottom.
In an interview (1,2,3), the author says the following about the name Narcissa (emphasis mine):
queenmarion: I noticed in the Black Family tree that everyone is named after a constellation. Is this intentional? Does this have any bearing on the plot?
JK Rowling: It's just one of those family traditions, although ...
Whitewashing is distinct but related things.
Changing an existing non-white character to be a white one.
Using white characters in a setting that would typically have non-whites.
White actors, directors, writers, singers (i.e. content creators) receiving the majority of awards and accolades.
The fact that it is white people being accused off this action ...
Defining flavours of feminism is difficult, but let's go with the Wikipedia definition:
Radical feminism is a perspective within feminism that calls for a radical reordering of society in which male supremacy is eliminated in all social and economic contexts.
It is very difficult to see Harry Potter in this light. Indeed it's been a source of fierce debate ...
The first example in Der Orden des Phönix seems to be
Solch wilde Gedanken wirbelten durch Harrys Kopf, und seine Eingeweide verknoteten sich vor Zorn
The original English is
These furious thoughts whirled around in Harry’s head, and his insides writhed with anger
Next we find
Harry spürte, wie seine Eingeweide einen mächtigen Satz ...
The strongest evidence (in my opinion) is Dumbledore's unwavering trust. When other characters doubted him, Dumbledore always affirmed his confidence, but never gave others a reason to share it. This clearly suggests that he possesses some secret knowledge.
For example, when Harry and Lupin discuss Snape (Half Blood Prince) we have the following exchange
In Chamber of Secrets (p. 106) we read as follows:
Harry looked bemusedly at the photograph Colin was brandishing under
A moving, black-and-white Lockhart was tugging on an arm Harry
recognized as his own. He was pleased to see that his photographic
self was putting up a good fight and refusing to be dragged into view.
As Harry ...
There are a couple of possible reasons why the spacing was chosen in a different way from that of the original unreversed words (which is, by the way, a very minor stylistic choice) ...
To make the 'words' in the reversed inscription sound more like real words.
Compare "Erised stra ehru oyt ube cafru oyt on wohsi" with "Erised straeh ruoy tub ecaf ruoy ton ...
As previously answered on another Stack Exchange site; some things were certainly pre-planned (h/t yannis in the comments). According to an archived version of Potter FAQ on Rowling's website:
'The Half-Blood Prince' might be described as a strand of the overall
plot. That strand could be used in a whole variety of ways and back in
1997 I considered ...
When a story is told from a single character's point of view, this type of narrative is known as third-person-limited narration (see Terms Used by Narratology and Film Theory by Dino Franco Felluga, Pudue University). This type of narration can be contrasted with other third-person narratives, such as the omniscient third-person narration and the objective ...
Why can't HP be both?
I particularly like your comment about HP being a hero-slaying-the-dragon story, and I agree that if you have to choose 1 trope to force HP into, this may be the best one.
However, I think HP is very much a coming-of-age story, and more so than most coming-of-age stories. Here are some of my best thoughts:
Harry grows to know more about ...
I'm going to approach this from a mythological perspective to show how the series strongly reinforces the idea of patriarchy via symbolism.
Harry is an "Athenian" hero
Here I mean in the sense of the goddess Athena. This connection is explicit in that his familiar is an owl, the bird of Athena. Like Athena, Harry grew up without a mother. For ...