If you’ve spent the last 16+ years involved in the Harry Potter fandom, you’ve probably had some of the magical years of your life, but you’ve also had some confusing moments. J.K. Rowling created an in-depth world of witches and wizards that quenches our thirst for magic, and yet, she managed to somehow leave quite a few questions unanswered.
1. What happened to Mr. & Mrs. Potter?
We get that it’s stressed that the Durselys are Harry’s only remaining family. But why? James Potter’s parents don’t even get first names in this series, they’re just Mr. & Mrs. Potter. They were apparently amazing, older parents who doted on James and let his best friend Sirius live with them when he ran away at 16, and yet no names? No story behind their deaths?
2. Were there other international wizards?
We know about Beauxbatons (southern France) and Durmstrang (Sweden or Norway), but what about the rest of the world? What about us American witches? Where were we supposed to go to school? Why was this Salem Witches Institute never mentioned in the films or books?
3. Why does Harry still wear glasses?
Maybe we’re being vain here, but c’mon yer a wizard Harry. We find it hard to believe that after all this time of witches and wizards, someone didn’t come up with a quick and easy process to fix your eyes.
4. What do wizards have against computers?
And the rest of technology? Granted, we get that the Second Wizarding War ended in 1998, before Facebook was even an idea, but that whole “no tech in the castle thing” is kind of ridiculous.
5. Why did Fred and George Weasley never ask Ron who Peter Pettigrew was?
They apparently found the Marauder’s Map when they were first years, meaning they had it the entire time Ron attended Hogwarts. You’re telling me, not once, did they see or question their brother about who this Peter Pettigrew he was clearly hanging out with was?
6. Why were dementors still allowed at Azkaban after the 1995 “mass breakout”?
Fudge was doing his best to try and deny that Voldemort was back, but by the end of Order of the Phoenix, it was obvious that he was back. So, after Fudge got canned, why didn’t the dementors also get let go? Once itwas acknowledged that Voldemort is alive and trying to reclaim power, didn’t it become obvious that the dementors were the ones who helped break Bellatrix Lestrange and the other high-profile convicts out?
7. Why did Professor Flitwick’s appearance change so drastically?
We know that Prisoner of Azkaban director Alfonso Cuaron got a little liberally creative while filming, but that still doesn’t explain why absolutely no one acknowledges this huge change in appearance.
8. Why did Voldemort hug Draco?
This moment was apparently not scripted, so we guess the only real person who knows why Voldemort did this is Voldemort himself, Ralph Fiennes. We imagine it was mean to be menacing, and yet, as viewers it’s one of the few moments we were able to laugh through our tears during Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.
9. Is there really no cure for Frank and Alice Longbottom?
It makes for a very tragic plot and back story for Neville Longbottom to have both of his parents stuck in St. Mungos Hospital for Magic Maladies, but we never got much information on what was done for them post-torturing. With a firm grasp on all the amazing things that the Wizarding world has to offer, we can’t imagine that in Neville’s lifespan, a breakthrough in his parents’ treatment wasn’t made.
10. How often did people get trapped on the stairs?
Maybe it’s not something very pertinent to worry about, but still we’re curious. How many people got stuck every day? Could their professors really get mad if they were late to class, since it was the school’s fault in the first place?
11. Why isn’t Ravenclaw’s symbol a raven?
The Ravenclaw family crest is an eagle, AKA that is why it is the symbol for the house at Hogwarts, yet we’re still confused. Which Ravenclaw ancestor managed to mess that up?
What questions do you have about the Harry Potter series? Sound off in the comment section!