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Chris’s Corner of Conundrums and Comprehension – Episode Three: Harry Plotholes July 13, 2015

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Beware: this post contains spoilers from multiple books in the Harry Potter series.

One of my absolute favorite topics of discussion amongst friends is the inconsistencies and possible alternatives to storylines such as those in Harry Potter. As you probably know, Megan and I are close to Harry Potter fanatics. We’re not completely obsessed, but we do listen to the books on audio when we drive cross-country. And the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is one of our favorite theme park destinations. We own all of the books and the movies, too, of course. Basically, we know quite a lot about the Potterverse and love to discuss the books: our favorite moments and characters, whether or not Harry was able to thwart Voldemort near the end of book seven because he had ownership (though not possession) of all three hallows or because he himself was a horcrux, and certain plot holes that we think we caught.

One such plot hole was brought to our attention through an article on Facebook. Megan had a bit of a freak out, saying that if Rowling, who is a genius, had missed such a crucial detail, how much would she (Megan) inadvertently miss in her books? The plot hole to which I refer is this: how did the Weasley twins never once notice the name Peter Pettigrew on the Marauder’s Map sleeping next to Ronald Weasley or next to Percy Weasley before Ron had come to Hogwarts? Mind-blown! In all of the years that we had been listening to, reading, and watching the Harry Potter series, that had never once crossed our minds.

Also, there are a lot of things we discovered on our own but have since accepted as a part of the Harry Potter mythos. We wondered about this for the longest: if Harry’s were the true cloak of invisibility (the one worn by the youngest Peverell brother), why was Moody’s eye able to penetrate it? Again, we have read many explanations on this “hole” and have since considered it filled.

I’ll leave more of our ponderings for another date, and before you judge us too harshly for wasting time wondering about such unimportant topics, remember that we spend A LOT of time traveling to our jobs. Until next time at Chris’s Corner of Conundrums and Comprehension, I bid you adieu and hope that adventure may always find you, even in the most mundane of life’s activities.



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