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With Pottermore now fully off the ground and word of the encyclopedia floating around, I’m reminded of some of the burning questions I had whilst reading J.K. Rowling’s series. And while McGonagall’s backstory and the story of how the Dursleys met were interesting and informative, they were also completely superfluous.

They were never things I had particularly wondered about. I will never say no to knowing more about the world of Harry Potter, but here are seven questions I particularly wondered about while I was reading and re-reading the series.

1) Who are the two missing Gryffindor girls?

It may be a bit presumptive of me to think that there are two missing Gryffindor girls in the first place, but hear me out. How can the House Cup competition be fair if the houses did not have equal amounts of students? It may seem like a far-fetched cry to believe that every year, Hogwarts gets the same number of students and they all just fit evenly into the 4 houses, but isn’t that what Hufflepuff is for? She’ll “take all the rest”? Plus many students showed aptitude for multiple houses it seems, so I’m sure the Sorting Hat can fudge things a bit to ensure even numbers.

Also, J.K. Rowling seems to be all about the numbers. Would it not make sense to have 5 boys and 5 girls in each house for each year? That would be 10 students per house per year, for a total of 40 students per year. Hogwarts serves all of the United Kingdom. Considering my neighbourhood primary school had approximately 40 students per grade, I’m sure Hogwarts can scrape up 40 wizards in the UK. We know who the boys are [Harry, Ron, Neville, Dean and Seamus], and we know three of the girls [Hermione, Pavarti and Lavender], so who are the other two girls?

And if there aren’t two missing girls and I’m just over-thinking this, I would like to know more about Hogwarts’ attendance rate and sorting.

2) What happened to Neville’s parents and St Mungo’s during Voldemort’s reign in Deathly Hallows?

We see what happens to the Ministry and to Hogwarts. They undergo radical changes in their regimes with all the Muggle-borns being rounded up and persecuted. How did St Mungo’s fare? And what happened to Neville’s parents? Did Bellatrix come along to finish them off, just for the heck of it? And while we’re speculating that little part of the world, did Gilderoy Lockhart ever get better or is he still memory-adled??

3) How did Angelina and George get together?

In Goblet of Fire, we see that it’s Fred who asks Angelina out. From that point onward, we have mention of them together in the background and generally interacting. So how did she end up marrying George? In Goblet of Fire, either Fred and Angelina start dating or they don’t. If they’re dating, were they still together when Fred died? If your boyfriend died, would you start dating his twin brother?? And if they dated, but broke up, again… if you broke up with your boyfriend, would you start dating his twin brother?

And if they never started dating, if they only attended the Yule Ball and that was it, why? Was Angelina just not ready for a boyfriend? Did she secretly want George this whole time? How does George feel about this? Your twin dies, and you start going out with the girl he was interested in? Was he interested in her this whole time too? I personally would be afraid that Angelina was using me as a replacement for Fred. Either way, I want more clarification on what happened here.

4) What happened to Harry’s grandparents?

Why did Harry have to end up with the Dursleys? We know that James was an only child, so that rules out any aunts or uncles from Harry’s father’s side, but what about his grandparents? J.K. Rowling has stated that James’ parents were quite late in life when they had him, and as a result spoiled him and died natural wizard deaths. However, we know that wizards can live up to 150, as demonstrated by Dumbledore. We also know that Lily and James were about 20 when they had Harry and subsequently died.

Assuming James’ parents were healthy [which they must’ve been if they were able to produce him late in life], they should’ve lived to be at least 100. Does that mean they had him when they were 80? How does the wizard’s life-span and reproductive system work? The numbers just don’t add up. Logistics aside, I would just like to know more about their deaths and how wizard’s life-span works.

And what about Lily’s parents? Did they too have Petunia and Lily late in life? I’m a muggle [obviously] and 23 years old and my parents are 55. At the time they had me, 32 was considered to be “getting there” for having your first-born. If Lily died around age 20, and her parents were already dead, then how? They either must’ve had her at age 60 and then died at age 80, or they died of unnatural deaths at age 50. It’s been stated that the Evans’ were proud to have a witch in the family and were constantly praising her. Did they live to see her graduate from Hogwarts? What happened to them in the few short years between Lily leaving Hogwarts and her dying?

5) How did Hagrid’s parents meet?

…And you know… make Hagrid, haha. But no, seriously. How does a wizard meet a giant in the first place? In Order of the Phoenix, we hear about how in order to approach the giants, Hagrid must present gifts to the leader. Did Hagrid’s father do this… and then met, courted, married and produced off-spring with one of them?? Why was Hagrid’s father meeting with the giants in the first place? Was he going for business reasons and then just happened to befriend Fridwulfa? Or did he go for personal reasons, like vacation or with the intent on getting a giant bride?

And then there’s the question of how this even worked. Hagrid is only a half-giant, and he’s described at 8 and a half feet tall. From Hagrid’s perspective, his father was a “tiny little man” who he was able to pick up using only one hand by age 6. Grawp is described as 16 feet tall, but that’s considered small for a giant. Assuming Hagrid’s father isn’t Flitwick-sized, he’s probably about 5’2-5’5”. Yet he marries a giantess who is well over 16 feet tall. And has Hagrid. Again, how?

Of course, I don’t expect J.K. Rowling to explain the logistics of how Hagrid came to be, but I would really like to know under what circumstances his parents met and how they came to be married.

6) What are some of the other international schools of witchcraft and wizardry?

In Goblet of Fire, we were made aware of the existence of international wizards. We know that Hogwarts serves the UK, Beauxbatons serves France [maybe Italy and Spain too?] and that Durmstrang has the Scandinavian countries. How many schools are there in Asia? Is there only one school for all of Oceania? In the US, are the schools divided by region or religion or political views? Do Canada and Mexico have separate schools, or is it like, one set of schools for all of North America? How does schooling differ? Do Canadian wizards learn both in English and in French? Do some parts of the world have higher wizarding populations than others?

7) With spells like “reparo” and “engorgio,” how come the Weasleys can’t dress better?

The Weasley children are always described as wearing patched, frayed, ill-fitting hand-me-down robes. But why? The hand-me-down part makes sense. If they have a perfectly good sweater, might as well keep passing it around. But why would it be patched or ill-fitting? If a hole was made, couldn’t they just use “reparo”? Couldn’t they shrink and enlarge the clothes as they needed to? One person can argue that the laws of physics come into play and that you cannot make something from nothing.

But if you tear your shirt, you don’t need new material to fix it. You just need the two sides of the hole to be rejoined. Hence, “reparo.” And say Ron, who is tall and lanky, gets pants from Fred, who was described as being more stocky in build, can’t they redistribute the material so that the pants are not as wide, but instead more long? Same amount of matter, but the pants would now fit Ron better.

Of course, there are many more unanswered questions and details that I would like to know about. Anyone’s backstory would be fun to hear, and just general knowledge on how the wizarding world exists and functions. But those are my seven burning questions derived from me reading the books and over-questioning and analyzing everything. Hopefully they and everyone else’s questions will be answered in time.

  • http://twitter.com/ceilidh_brenzzz Ceilidh Brennan

    I’ve always wondered the same thing about Hagrid…

    • http://jimmypautz.com Jimmy Pautz

      I’ve wondered that but the logistics of how a man could procreate with a giantess really baffled me more.

  • Caroline

    I feel like number four was already explained somewhere. But all in all, these are interesting questions. Number three is speculated in numerous fanfics, so PotterMore not only came out too late, but destroys fanfic as well. Naughty, naughty PotterMore…

  • Craig Rogers

    I have read somewhere that when it comes to Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling has written new content about other wizarding schools.

  • http://twitter.com/StarkidSims Simone

    I don’t think Bellatrix would kill Neville’s parents, they suffered a fate worse than death and she takes sick pleasure in that. I doubt Voldy would have gotten around to caring about St Mungo’s one way or the other. As for George and Angelina I feel like mutual mourning of Fred would have brought them together. I really want to know more about the department of mysteries

    • Ela09ah

      YES the department of mysteries was criminally underdeveloped after all the interesting sections in OOTP

  • HBT

    JK said in a webchat post DH that Gilderoy stayed the same and that she’s happy he did. http://www.the-leaky-cauldron.org/2007/7/30/j-k-rowling-web-chat-transcript

  • Hermione Granger

    Aaahh!! These are like exactly the same questions I’ve been wondering about for years. I really hope they’re answered…

  • HBT

    Awesome article though. I would want little things. Like how Ron and Harry proposed lol.

    • Tucker

      or even the details of what Ron’s and Harry weddings were like!

      • http://the-wittiest-of-titles.tumblr.com/ Katie

        I can’t be the only one who was sure you just said “Ron and Harry’s wedding”.  Can I?

  • CliveRogan

    TBH I’d find it quite weird if there were exactly 20 boys and 20 girls in each year.  It makes more sense for there to be around 8 in each one.  Or as the way that sorting happens seems to suggest, Gryffindor, Ravenclaw and Slytherin are all quite selective so Hufflepuff could easily have many more students than those three, which would make the house points per person ratio a bit depressing.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joey-Mangum/1820064015 Joey Mangum

      Especially since Hufflepuff is listed as just having generally average intelligence for the most part in Pottermore. They just don’t get all the house points in lessons.

  • Americanmoth

    J.K. Rowling said that Harry’s grandparents died from natural causes, and I think that clothes is one of the exceptions to Gamp’s Law of Elemental Transformation (along with food) that wizards can’t conjure/configure.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joey-Mangum/1820064015 Joey Mangum

      Do glasses not count, then?

      • sarahd15

         It’s an accessory?…

    • Marie

      I can’t find any evidence from the book at the top of my head, but I feel like clothing wouldn’t be an exception.. It just feels a bit off. 

      Remember in Half-Blood Prince when Harry and Dumbledore finished their swim to the cave, and Harry was shivering like mad, then Dumbledore flicked his wand and Harry was all warm? Would that be a charm or transfiguration?

    • Katelyn

      Maybe they just look shabby because they’re homemade, and store-bought wizarding clothes probably have a bunch of magic put in them to look super fancy.  Or at least different.  Or maybe Molly just decided that she could make clothes, so it wasn’t a necessary expense and she’d rather spend the family’s tight budget on awesome food.  Ron never had to go without food, which you’d think if they were on a tight budget it wouldn’t be and awesome meal every time.  

  • VioletTreeman

    I wonder where the wizarding school in Australia would be…

    • Ela09ah

      inside Ayers ;)

    • oblyviate

      at Dingowoopwoop.

  • Matthewhpg

    As for wizarding schools, she has said there is one in Brazil (where Bill had a pen-pal), there was the mention of a “Salem Witches’ Institute” at the Quidditch World Cup (though it doesn’t necessarily say it is a school). In Pottermore, Jo actually does tell us about Mahoutokoro, a wizarding school in Japan in the wand woods section. Tales of Beedle the Bard mentions a Wizarding Acadmey of Dramatic Arts, although it is in the UK. 

    • Matthewhpg

      Oh, and Pigfarts on Mars.

      • akacj7

        Martian wizards need magical education too!

  • http://www.facebook.com/aaccss Alex Smith

    Boring “great mysteries”

    Something I’d like to see touched on is the economic side of Hogwarts. Whether students had to pay tuition, how teachers were paid and housed, etc.

    • http://jimmypautz.com Jimmy Pautz

      The economics of Hogwarts are definitely boring compared to the above column.

      • Tom

        To each his own.

      • http://www.facebook.com/aaccss Alex Smith

        Hogwarts>irrelevant characters who were never mentioned at all. 

    • Ela09ah

      how in the world is that more interesting?

    • http://twitter.com/dreamfall31 Kevin Slechta

      Talk about boring!  I’m sure even if tuition was thing that it must not cost much especially of the Weaselys could afford it!  But seriously who cares about that?  You must be pretty boring if you want to know that detail of the HP univers!

      • Jelly

         Because obviously people who have other interests than you are boring? I don’t care one bit about the missing Gryffindor girls or how Hagrid’s parents met, so those details would be “boring” to me. Doesn’t mean that the original poster is boring, just we have different interests, and perhaps that we make associations.
         Perhaps in my life such a thing as tuition matters a lot for one way or another. Maybe it’s been an obstacle or an issue for me, thus making it an interesting subject matter that I can relate to. Or maybe ‘tuition’ clues me in to the school’s mentality, the status, how the school might use resources, how much families will have to adjust etc. Perhaps I just have different taste.

        I actually don’t care much about the subject of tuition either, but come on now: “who cares about that?” – obviously someone does and they’re probably no more “boring” than you.

        • Kathleen

          But the poster of the comment Kevin was replying to (Alex Smith) WAS calling the original poster boring for having different interests.  Then Kevin called him boring back for being so judgmental.  So if you want to get on someones case, make it the Alex guy.  He started it.

    • akacj7

      to each, his or her own…

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=17127641 Laura Jurgensmeyer

       While I don’t think the above mentioned mysteries are boring, the economic side of Hogwarts is definitely something I’d like to find out about as well!

    • Katelyn

      They basically cover this on Pottermore and in the books.  Dumbledore mentions a fund for students that need financial help when he first meets Tom Riddle, and says that he’d have to get most of his things second-hand.  The Weasleys probably benefit from that fund as well, or there’s some sort of multi-sibling discount.  McGonagall has an apartment in Hogsmede for a while before she moves into a spare room connected to her study.  I’d imagine most professors either lived in Hogsmede (ones with a family) or in the castle itself. That explains why Snape was always out roaming the hallways at night, because he lived in the castle until he had to babysit Wormtail.  

    • Isenhobbitz

      I’ve actually wondered that too…..it is a reasonable question……

  • http://twitter.com/Tygridia Tygridia

    I always compare Voldemort with Hitler, and Hitler believed people with mental or physical problems were worse than animals, so somehow I think he would have destroyed St. Mungo and kill as many of its patients as possible.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joey-Mangum/1820064015 Joey Mangum

      I feel like that’s something we would have heard about, though, if it had indeed happened.

      • Marie

        Me too, it’d make a really good headline. And I don’t think St. Mungo’s is TOTALLY ministry-dependent. I think they’d be able to function during the Second War. 

    • akacj7

      i hope he was too busy focusing on Harry and his horcruxes to have time to destroy St. Mungo’s *crossing my fingers*

  • StarKiddie

    I want to know more about the department of mysteries…

    • http://www.facebook.com/thecoolguy4ever Ahmed Tarek Saad

       me 2 really

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joey-Mangum/1820064015 Joey Mangum

        I third this.

  • blablablah

    excellent article :)

  • http://about.me/dshana Shana Debusschere

    JK has admitted that there are two missing gryffindor girl. You can hear her talk about it in her interview on pottercast. 

  • Hermione Granger

    I also really want:
    1) A thorough description/chart explaining Hogwarts classes and who’s in what, because try as I might they just don’t add up right (at least before NEWT level).2) An explanation on how Hogwarts students are expected to write fairly complex essays etc when the highest education in English (Reading, Writing, etc) they could have would be 5th grade, and that’s only if they went to a Muggle school. How do they manage at their jobs if they stop taking basic classes so early on? And how do people like Mrs. Weasley teach their kids to read/write/do math if they themselves were not educated beyond such an elementary level? Even adult wizards need to have these skills… 

    • http://twitter.com/CassiopeiaDrake Cassie Drake

       THAT’S the one I forgot to include. I couldn’t remember what my original #7 was, but yeah, it was that, is it better to be Muggle-born? What do wizard-born children do before the age of 11? Ron re-assures Harry that it makes no difference really being Muggle-born or wizard-born, everyone’s pretty much equally bad/inexperienced at magic. So what was he doing this whole time whilst Harry and Hermione were learning to read and write and do math and science and history and all that jazz??

      • Nadine

        I remember this being answered somewhere – Wizarding kids are tutored by their parents and sometimes attend Muggle schools, I THINK. 

      • PotionWillow207

        It’s mentioned in the books and by Jo that before entering wizarding school at 11 children born into magical families are either home schooled by their parents or sent to muggle schools.

    • PotionWillow207

      I don’t think they’re required to right complicated essays. Yes, they have writing assignments about werewolves and whatnot; but I had book reports and science project write-ups at that age, too. I mean Ron and Harry don’t particularly write “complex” essays and they get good enough grades.

  • Cortney J

    RE: International wizarding schools.
    In Quidditch: Throughout the Ages (which I have only just recently read, overjoyed that there were Canadian Quidditch teams), I pretty much assumed that the attitudes about Quidditch from each mentioned area was respective/relative to the presence of wizarding schools or magic at all. E.g. Jo says Asian countries don’t really have patience for Quidditch in the book, so I assumed there may not be a single (or even multiple) main wizarding schools for Asia, maybe preferring home-schooling or smaller schools for secret training (Prof. Miyagi, anyone?) I’m sure I’m totally off but I have to believe Canada has its own Hogwarts. I JUST GOTTA.

    • http://twitter.com/CassiopeiaDrake Cassie Drake

      I think the fact that the Asian countries aren’t that interested in Quidditch might play into the stereotype that Asians are more studious. So maybe they have better academic facilities and the fact that they aren’t into Quidditch is not indicative of their magical population at all.

      • Katelyn

        Or maybe they just have another sport that’s as big as Quidditch.  

    • Morsmordre79

      Rowling once mentioned somewhere that witches and wizards in Asia prefer flying carpets to brooms, so I think that may have something to do with Quidditch being less popular in those countries.

  • Isak

    Incredible questions! The ones I’m most intrigued by are 2,4,5 and 6! Since starting the HP series 10 years ago a LOT of really good questions came to me but I should have written them down, they were all very on spot :) I’ll try to get them out!

  • Josh

    3) How did Angelina and George get together?

    They shared a common bond: Fred. They both grew together because they both knew how the other felt. Well, maybe not Angelina, but still. 

    • Kelseygreene

       It’s still weird and I’d prefer an explanation.

      • Dlmarvin05

        there was, a long time ago, on JKR’s old website that showed who all got married and had kids and things. Fred and George were on there and I’m pretty sure that it didn’t show that Fred had married anyone. I could be wrong, but I’m sure that family tree is around somewhere, even with her website revamp

        • Lucia

          Fred died before he could get married, and George married Angelina after the Battle.

      • oblyviate

        i think on the doco on HBP dvd, JKR does say it is unhealthy that George married Angelina, but she doesnt blame him or something like that.

      • oblyviate

        i think on the doco on HBP dvd, JKR does say it is unhealthy that George married Angelina, but she doesnt blame him or something like that.

    • Katelyn

      Well, yeah, assuming that Fred and Angelina were super serious and probably would have gotten married, they’re probably the only two people who could have even attempted to understand what it was like losing Fred for each other.  Fred asked her so casually to the Yule Ball, so they were probably good friends already at that point.  Or at least Angelina would be best equipped to be sympathetic to George’s feelings compared to any other girl who didn’t know Fred as well. 

    • Jacky

      I feel like I’m the only person who doesn’t see the big deal between George, Fred, and Angelina. Fred asked a girl (who he was already friends with) to a dance when he was 15, and then they continued to be friends after that. Think about it, even in the muggle world plenty of people go to dances just as friends. We never actually see Fred and Angelina as being romantic. It was just a dance. I always thought that the three of them were all just good friends. I figured after losing Fred, George and Angelina may have been brought closer together. 

      • LGray1983

        This is how I see it, as well. Always thought the supposed Fred/George/Angelina triangle was exaggerated….

    • Tina

      I always imagined that George had a crush on Angelina, but wouldn’t admit it to Fred, and Fred asked her to the Yule Ball out of resentment or jealousy or something.  He might have disliked the idea of George having a close relationship with someone else (who wasn’t family), or of George getting a serious girlfriend before he did.

  • http://twitter.com/marypao Mary

    As far as the missing students – there are a lot more than two missing.  JKR has said that there were between 800-1000 students at the school.  Divide that by 4 houses, then by 7 years. That would give you 30-35 students per house grade.  Then maybe further split so you’d have 15 students/house per class so you could have a joint class of 30 students…    

    Basically what it comes down to is the book is basically the world from Harry’s point of view. Those other kids probably weren’t important enough for him to think about unless they tried out for the Quidditch Team or joined DA.

    • Maria Stolen


      • Samuel

        I think, though I’m not entirely sure, that Jo later admitted that she’d over-estimated the amount of students at the school.

    • Astraea

      But if you accept that estimate you also have to accept that there would be a number of professors/staff missing – you wouldn’t be able to have 1 professor per subject for all 7 years. The math just doesn’t work (even with 300-400 students it’s stretching it.) 

      • freckles.

        On Pottermore, when JK is talking about McGonagall’s past she mentions that when McGonagall first came to Hogwarts to teach, she got a position in the Transfiguration Department under the Deaprtment Head, Dumbledore. This would imply that there is more than one teacher in any given subject at any given time. I think it would have been too confusing if Harry had different teachers for every subject every single year (DADA is bad enough! :P)

    • http://www.facebook.com/grace.sims.186 Grace Sims

      personally I think that there were more than one dorm room for one year like they may have had two dorms for all the boys in Harry’s year

  • Sujay

    one of the questions i remember now is : why did voldemort never come to hogwarts to know the full details of the prophecy from trelawny during the 7th book… he was madly looking to learn abt it in the 5th book, and during his second reign, he could have just come and get the prophecy out from trelawny through legilimency and then killed her. snape would not have been able to stop voldemort from what he wanted so desperately and still keep his cover…

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joey-Mangum/1820064015 Joey Mangum

      I don’t think Trelawny remembers giving the prophecy at all. She didn’t remember when she gave the one about Peter Pettigrew in PoA.

      • PotionWillow207

        Yeah, I think Dumbledore says at one point that she didn’t even know she gave it. Plus, I don’t think Voldemort knows that he hadn’t heard the whole prophecy. And just knowing that he needs to kill Harry is enough for him.

    • Mia

      and i don’t think he knew. i thought dumbledore has a line something to the lines of “even trelawney doesn’t know how much danger she is in” in the fifth or sixth book. maybe i’m wrong. 

  • frezb

    5) How did Hagrid’s parents meet?

    I was re-reading GoF last week and it suddenly occurred to me… how the heck did they even do the deed?!?!?. Thanks for letting me know I’m not the only one thinking about that. HAHA.

    • GoodFinder

      That’s always bothered me too. And worrying about what would have happened if the giant had been the man instead of the woman…

    • rubyphoenix

      I’ve always just wondered when they had sex education and how they were taught about, i’m assuming, magical birth control at Hogwarts. It’s not possible for all of them to have had the “talk” at home by their parents or guardians. Can you imagine the Dursley’s trying to give Harry the “talk”? 

      • LilyLuna

        You mean like this? Xp

  • http://twitter.com/emilyecstasyTM Emily Bryan

    I can’t think of any burning questions on my mind to share, however I do especially agree with point 6. I’m currently rereading Goblet of Fire right now and I read that the trio saw a sign for the Salem Witch Institute. Seeing as ‘witch’ is in the name, I assume that would be an all-girls school of magic, which led me to wonder about any other magical schools in the US or North America. I assume there’s at least one that’s co-ed, but yeah. Wonderings and ponderings.

    • http://twitter.com/greeneggsplusam Sam

       I think there’s probably multiple North American schools since it’s so big.

      • http://twitter.com/emilyecstasyTM Emily Bryan

        That’s true. :]

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joey-Mangum/1820064015 Joey Mangum

    I know it’s really sick and dark, but I want to know about how Horcruxes are made. Voldemort’s wickedness kind of fascinates me as it is. I feel like knowing how to make a Horcrux would make him that much more scary, since he went through said act on six occasions purposefully and then the one on accident when his killing curse backfired.

    I want to know EVERYTHING possible about the Department of Mysteries, too… Nothing left out… ALL OF IT!

    Also, if the Weasleys lived in such a bad house, then why couldn’t they fix it up some with magic, like they did for the wedding? Was there already too much magic holding it up to start with, or are they worried about the house falling down on top of them when one of them died since spells and enchantments tend to die with the caster’s death? 

    If they didn’t use Dementors in Azkaban anymore after the end of the second war with Voldemort, then what did they use? Just witches and wizards? The Baltic sea is horribly frigid… I wonder if they used enchantments to keep warm in the freezing cold.

    I’m sure I’ll think of more things and edit this post as more come to mind, but in the meantime, this is some of the stuff that makes me ponder the most.

    • stjff03

      I know! In an interview she mentioned that she knows how it’s done but is hesitant to say because it’s so gruesome. I’m not sure what this says about me, but that only makes me even more curious about the whole process!

      • Mrs_Badcrumble

        Yes! And since the ritual to create a Horcrux needs that horrible, sick act (that even Jo said is revolting) and probably also a complex and elaborate spell, then why did he create one without wanting to or knowing?

        • PotionWillow207

          He didn’t. Jo explained that calling Harry a horcrux was the easy way out of a complicated situation for Dumbledore, but that he technically isn’t a horcrux because Voldemort didn’t perform the necessary magic to create it. Simply having the bit of soul inside of him isn’t really enough to make Harry a horcrux.

          • Mrs_Badcrumble

            Humm… Ok. Still would like to know more about it. The process and, in that case, the difference between what Harry is and a real Horcrux. We can always give the easy answer that all this belonged to a very dark and unexplored realm of magic (Dumbledore says that Voldemort went farther then anyone in his explorations of magic) but since Jo is so meticulous in her form of creating this world, with it’s own logic and rules, I think she could give us more info on all that. =)

  • Tom

    Hmm, interesting choices. I can think of far more interesting things I’d want to find out than why they didn’t use engorgio on Ron’s trousers, lolol.

    The St. Mungo’s one is a good choice. I’d also like to find out a bit more about the founders of Hogwarts. Actually I’d love JKR to write a whole novel or series about that one day. It could be incredible.

    The stuff in the Department of Mysteries has always fascinated me as well, although I think I might like that to stay a mystery. I don’t want too much to be revealed, y’know?

  • akacj7

    “I’m a muggle…” OR ARE YOU????
    Good article, made me think AND laugh!

  • adyinglight

    I’d love to know some details of Hogwarts proceedings, like graduation and job placement and things. The OWLs and NEWTs are confusing, as I am never sure what it means when it talks about certain professions needing certain NEWT level courses…. and do wizards go into the workforce immediately after Hogwarts? If not, where do they go?

    I desperately want some Next Generation literature: the trio’s marriages, adult lives, and children. Fascinating.

    • Katelyn

      I think it’s the British system of schooling…where you only have to take certain subjects later on. I think NEWTS are like choosing a major in college.  But I wonder…is there wizarding graduate school?  :) 

      • PotionWillow207

        I would say yes. McGonagall mentions to Harry in OotP that there would be several more years of training after leaving Hogwarts for him to qualify to be an Auror, and even then he wouldn’t be guaranteed to be accepted. I would imagine that that’s like graduate school or police academy.

    • Ailsa

      OWLs are the equivalent to GCSEs in Britain, which you take at the age of 15 or 16, after that you can leave school if you want. NEWTs are the equivalent of A levels which you finish when your 18 and are needed to go to university or you can just get a job straight away.

    • freckles.

      In muggle terms, I think it’s kinda like how if you want to study to be a doctor you have to get a certain mark in science. I like the idea of there being options for further research after Hogwarts. Like, where do all these people go that further their field (like the witch who discovered the magical properties of the number 7; Nicholas Flamel, Dumbledore). Someone on Alohomora said that they thought these people would stay at Hogwarts for research, and where better? In my opinion, anyway. :)

  • http://twitter.com/SlySound Brett H

    Ummm, the Houses don’t have to be equal in population for the House Cup to be fair. It isn’t a game of basketball (or Quidditch). Each House will always have those students who don’t earn points at all or those with an aptitude of losing points. Many students probably don’t simply care or actively try to earn points.

    It is easily possible for one House with 700 students to lose to a House of 500 students especially since points are awarded on merit. 

  • Megan

    This is so morbid but I’ve always wondered the order in which Harry, Ron, Hermione and Ginny died.

    • Plat

      They are probably still alive if the events of Harry Potter took place in the 90s. 

      • Megan

        I’m sure they’re still alive now, as the epilogue takes place in the year 2017.  But I mean eventually, a hundred years from now.

        • http://twitter.com/vonchambers Devon Chambers

          This is my uneducated guess but I’d imagine Harry (has had the most stressful life plus his job would put him at the most risk) Hermione (don’t have much reasoning other than I imagine Ron having to live life alone for a few years) Ron and then Ginny because she is youngest.

  • Muggle Maestra

    I would like to know what it takes to be a “qualified” wizard, for example Hagrid never becoming one, but what about someone like Stan Shunpike? Is he just a “wizard” or some low level of one? I mean, the trio never finish their Hogwarts education, so are they ever “qualified”? Also, what is a “Madam” and “Warlock”?

    • Kathryn Norton

      I believe JK Rowling has revealed that Hermione went back to Hogwarts to finish her 7th year at some point after the events of Deathly Hallows.

    • http://twitter.com/greeneggsplusam Sam

       Everyone is a wizard, just like everyone is a person. The difference is if you’re an educated wizard or not.

  • Zack

    Here’s a burning question of mine that I want to know yet don’t want to, as Jo herself said that it is too gruesome to share, but:

    What is the incantation of making a Horcrux, and why is it gruesome?! I heard that the editor wanted throw up when Jo told her…lol

    • Marie

      Oh, I remember reading that, I’m DYING to know too! 

    • gleeky-potterhead

      I’ve heard rumors way back when Jo was thinking about doing an encyclopedia that she would include that. But that was YEARS and YEARS ago…

  • http://www.korracast.com/ Fravit

    The title of this article is somewhat misleading. I thought someone came out and said that these things would be answered, but I guess this is just a fan wishlist. I’m kind of disappointed now :(

    • http://twitter.com/CassiopeiaDrake Cassie Drake

       Yeah, sorry about that. I’m pretty bad at coming up with titles. At best, they’re puns or wordplay. I figured they’d fix it, or mark that it was an opinion piece or at the very least a user-submitted article lol

      • http://www.korracast.com/ Fravit

        it’s ok :)

  • Hermione Jean

    Those are all great questions, many of which have left me pondering as well.  Maybe someday we’ll get some of those answers?  Thanks for the article!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594745593 Caileigh Marks

    I want to know what Aberforth did with that goat.

    • Marie

      We know this! :) Carnegie Hall 2007 - 
      Q: In the Goblet of Fire Dumbledore said his brother was prosecuted for practicing inappropriate charms [JKR buries her head, to laughter] on a goat; what were the inappropriate charms he was practicing on that goat?JKR: How old are you?Eight.JKR: I think that he was trying to make a goat that was easy to keep clean [laughter], curly horns. That’s a joke that works on a couple of levels. I really like Aberforth and his goats. But you know Aberforth having this strange fondness for goats if you’ve read book seven, came in really useful to Harry, later on, because a goat, a stag, you know. If you’re a stupid Death Eater, what’s the difference. So, that is my answer to YOU.

  • Astraea

    For #1, I think the law of averages would mean there would be about the same number of students over 7 years – some years might have more and others would have less. TBH, I’d find it much stranger if we suddenly learn that there were two girls in Harry’s year who he never mentioned, ever. 
    For #4, JKR just isn’t good with the multigenerational math. Look at the Black family tree – they all have remarkably short lifespans for wizards and one Black became a parent at the ages of 13, 15, and 17. JKR confirmed that Lily and Petunia’s parents died of natural causes (presumably disease, given that they were young, but never stated.) 

    With the education question in the comments, Wizarding kids are either home-schooled or attend Muggle schools until the age of 11. Presumably as a wizard you don’t need science (the laws of physics don’t appear to apply to magic) and at Hogwarts they get lots of practice with essay-writing. The currency section of Pottermore talks about how they have magical means of doing mathematics.

    (Basically, the world of Harry Potter makes much more sense if you accept JKR is very fallible when it comes to matters of mathematics and that either “magic does it for them” or “JKR screwed up” will solve about 90% of your issues with math-related conundrums for the series.) 

    • http://twitter.com/timlwalsh Tim Walsh

      And then, why don’t muggle authorities make wizarding children go to muggle schools as it is the law.

      • http://twitter.com/vonchambers Devon Chambers

        because you can still legally homeschool your children / say they attend a far away boarding school … those would be the likely excuses wizarding families would use. 

      • Katelyn

        I don’t know how it is in the UK, but in the US you don’t actually have to go to school.  You can be homeschooled if you fill out the proper paperwork and pass some tests every so often.  And I’d imagine that there are some wizards in the department of education to make it work for their fellows. 

      • freckles.

        I don’t know why, but I always just assumed that the wizarding community operated outside the laws of muggles. Like they have muggle-repelling charms on their houses and villages, etc. For the government to know that you have a kid in your home, that kid has to have a birth certificate, and other such identification. If they don’t know that there’s a kid in the house, they can’t force them to go to school. And if they can’t see the house, they can’t check if there are any kids in it. Get what I mean?

        I just thought that there would be other options, if one wanted to go out into the muggle world, probably through the relationship between the Minister for Magic and the Prime Minister. That’s what I always thought anyway. :)

  • oblyviate

    #1 always bothered me – particularly as the movies showed SO MANY students which just wouldnt work out with about 8-10 kids per year per house. and i have had heated arguments with friends about whether those 2 missing girls exist (i dont think they do, Harry would have interacted with them at least once in 7 years – even if just to desperately ask them to the Yule Ball)
    #3 – JKR has mentioned this on a doco on one of the dvds – how it was an unhealthy move for George – but it is weird from Angelina’s side too. I think they were all just friends though…
    #4 and #5 I think will always be vague because JKR only needs to the product – Hagrid and Harry with the Dursleys.
    #6 always bugged me too. I just figured there were other UK schools, just less prestigious ones, that parents could send their kids too. Like maybe an Irish one in particular….and schools that Squibs could be discreetly sent to (where would the Longbottoms have sent Neville, if they had never received his Hogwarts letter?)

    • http://twitter.com/greeneggsplusam Sam

       Squibs go to muggle school, I believe, and Hogwarts is the only wizarding school in the UK. It services Ireland, as we can see through Seamus. There isn’t a large enough wizarding population to need multiple schools.

  • Musician

    I think that there are well over ten students per year, per house. We just only really hear about the five total in Harry’s dorm and the two others in Hermione’s dorm because they’re in the same social group since they all share rooms. There’s probably other kids in their year in Gryffindor that sleep in a different tower, but they don’t interact all the time. We don’t know everything about the Trio’s time at Hogwarts, just what Jo tells us, so we tend to assume that there are only a few Gryffindor boys in Harry’s year, but that isn’t necessarily so.

  • sarahd15

    I just wanna know everything. I wanna know every little detail about the Harry Potter universe that is swimming through J.K. Rowling’s beautifully genius mind! And in all those boxes in her office! ;)

  • Samma

    I like your last question best because the answer HAS to be “Um…because…you know…uh…just because…SHUT UP!” hehehe. I’m really interested in hearing about number 2, personally.

  • Kody

    How about what is the actual purpose of the Veil–or for that matter, anything in the Department of Mysteries. 

    • http://twitter.com/MowTheFrontLawn Juan Pedia

      I always assumed it was like a lot of big science experiments:  They just experimented with these things because they could and MAYBE discover some magical benefits.

    • Persia

      Jo once said “It’s been there as long as the Ministry itself” (if that’s of any help.) 

  • PopoK

    JK mentioned that Angelina and George’s relationship was a unhealthy and a little disturbing. Sounded to me like Angelina was trying to hold onto Fred through his brother and George was trying to hold on to Fred by just grasping at every part of Fred’s life i.e. marrying Angelina. 

    • Katelyn

      Where did she mention this?

      • Katelyn

        Nevermind.  Found it. :) 

        • Catnip

          Where did you find it?

    • Marie

      Oh, wow, I never knew this. This breaks my heart. 

  • moonshoespotter1712

    Yeah, I’ve always wondered about how Hagrid was.. made.

  • Andy

    Uhm, Durmstrang doesn’t cover Scandinavia right? I never saw it like that, I thought it covered eastern Europe (since, you know, Krum is from Bulgaria). And those to places are very different :)

    • LilyLuna

      Yeah that’s the impression I got as well. It’s located in Scandinavia, but services Eastern European students.

      • http://hypable.com Selina

        I don’t think Durmstrang is in Scandinavia, I feel like it was somewhere in Eastern Europe, or even Russia.

        …But maybe I just don’t want to accept the fact that I would have been sent to Durmstrang ;)

        • Katelyn

          Nah, it’s more likely in Norway, or somewhere in the Baltic Sea. 

          Hey, you wouldn’t have gone there necessarily!  Draco said his dad almost sent him to Durmstrang, but his mom wouldn’t let him go! 

          • AnnaTveit

            Are you saying that Norway isn’t in Scandinavia? Because it is…

        • http://twitter.com/CassiopeiaDrake Cassie Drake

          You’re right. I just found an article that said that J.K. Rowling said it was in Russia. Boy do I feel dumb now >__< lol

        • http://twitter.com/Red_Fiasco Cris

          It definitely served Bulgaria, as Krum went there and he was on the country’s national Quidditch team. But maybe people from Denmark would go there too? Or… Sweden, I s’pose?

        • http://twitter.com/Red_Fiasco Cris

          It definitely served Bulgaria, as Krum went there and he was on the country’s national Quidditch team. But maybe people from Denmark would go there too? Or… Sweden, I s’pose?

  • Delena

    Number 3! Number 3! Number 3! That’s what I want to know about the most! I just want to know about George after the 7th book in general. How long did it take him to get WWW back off the ground? Did he ask Ron to help, or did he offer? Do him and Angelina actually love each other? Does only one love the other? Did she marry him cause he was the closest thing she could get to Fred? Did he marry her cause he either felt obligated to, or just didn’t really care anymore? (JKR has talked a little bit about their relationship, but not very much) What about their kids? Who did George go with to the Yule Ball? Did he have a girlfriend? What was Verity’s relationship with the twins? Actually, I just want to know more about the twins in general!! Ahhhhh so many questions that Pottermore needs to answer! 

  • Mrs_Badcrumble

    Yes, these are all very interesting questions that I would love to see answered!

    The international Wizarding Schools would be really cool to know more about. Their traditions and history… Really cool material to speculate there!

    The part about the 2 missing Gryffindors… Unless the Magical world was also ruled by numbers (hence the existence of squibs and muggleborns – the so called “anomalies”) and every year a certain number of wizards was born, it is almost impossible to get exactly the same amount of Gryffindors, Hufflepuffs, Ravenclaws and Slytherins every single year. Even though the numbers were there, the universe can’t control people’s personalities… That’s something I would also like to know more about. Imagine one year there are 20 Ravenclaws a no Gryffindors? How would that work?

  • http://hypable.com Selina

    I like number 3 the best! :)

    Didn’t Harry’s grandparents die of some mysterious wizarding disease? I feel like Jo explained once that they all died of natural causes. But what a great idea for a list, Cassie! :)

    • http://twitter.com/CassiopeiaDrake Cassie Drake

       Thanks! =D

      I remember Jo explaining briefly that James’ parents were old and died of natural causes, but I don’t know if that just simply means “not murdered”; ie: old age or disease are both equally likely.

      But she’s never really spoken much about the Evans, other than simply saying that they were dead too. Either way, I’d like to know more about the circumstances of their deaths.

      Imagine if all of Harry’s grandparents died relatively young of natural causes! What terrible genes that kid must have xD lol

  • Luna

    The students thing has beeng bugging me for a while too now!

  • Anonymous

    number seven I understand the logic, but magic would wear right?The Weasleys are not about all that Molly and Arthur want their kids to have values, and if you fix everything with magic how would they teach their children to value what they have? I think fixing things the easy way messes with the message.

  • Ncnapper92

    I want more information about The Veil (is it a doorway to the next world/how exactly it works) and the room in the Ministry full of “love”. Those seem like bigger mysteries than the Weasley’s clothing options. 

    • http://twitter.com/greeneggsplusam Sam

       I think some mysteries are meant to stay mysteries :)

  • Hanarr-wills-x

    Jo has already answered some of your questions…

    Lily’s parents died natural muggle deaths, nothing sinister. This was obviously before Lily died as Harry might of gone to them. You don’t have to be old to die obviously, it maybe before you’re time but there we are. They could have had cancer, or a car crash or something (Ironic)

    Fred and Angelina did go out and then George and Angelina went out and got married. Jo has said ‘others may think this a bit unhealthy but I think they would have been happy.’ She said this in her Year in a Life documentary.

    Jo has also said that she realises that her maths on the students isn’t perfect and doesn’t really add up. She has the 40 students in Harry’s year pretty fleshed out and the list being on Pottermore. I doubt she’ll really go into this anymore as its sort of a grey area in her mind.

    I was thinking maybe Reparo doesn’t really work on clothes? Who knows. I think Jo has described their clothes like that to make it obvious that they don’t have much money.

    Also Jo has said what the other Wizarding schools are in the world, its all on Pottermore. I know theres one in Japan and America, I don’t know about the others and I can’t remember there names but its actually on the website.

    • http://twitter.com/greeneggsplusam Sam

       Where does it mention the schools? I’ve read through the whole website and missed that!

    • Goodwinhp4

       The one in America is called the Salem Witches’ Institute.

      • Guest

        i thought that was just a club-they were OLD witches, not students.

  • Peter

    I would love to know how the hell is a horcrux made…I read somewhere that jo said it’s a disgusting process

  • Alyssamz

    Is it just me or were there NO AMERICAN wizards or people at all….?

    • sza22

      i believe that an american wizard school was mentioned in goblet of fire, but i’m not 100% sure of that.

      • Misshoginpitt

        Yes, a Salem school was mentioned. 

        • Corrine Clapp

           But in Oregon or Massachusetts, I wonder? :P

          • http://www.facebook.com/david.sanderszakre David Sanders-Zakre

            I think it was supposed to be Salem Massachusetts because I think it was in reference to the Salem Witch Trails.

      • Alyssavanskyock

        In Goblet of Fire during the Quidditch World Cup, Harry and the gang does pass by an American group of witches. They are called the Salem Witches I believe.

  • Samuel

    Great list!  No. 2) is something I’d never really thought about before…

  • PotionWillow207

    I think you’re over thinking a lot of this. About Harry’s grandparents, dying of natural causes doesn’t necessarily mean that they died of old age. Dying of a heart attack, a stroke or other disease is also considered dying of natural causes. So even if James’ or Lily’s parents died at the age of 40, as long as they didn’t die a violent or suspicious death then it would be considered dying of natural causes.

    The missing Gryffindor thing is kind of silly. First of all, it doesn’t really matter who they are. They aren’t named in the books at all, not the mention the fact that we don’t even know they exist. Plus, you talk about logic, but it would be completely illogical to expect that every year the students are divided perfectly evenly into the 4 houses.

    The Reparo thing actually wouldn’t necessarily work out the way you say. As someone who has some experience in sewing, if you were to rip a shirt along a seam then yes, it would just be the simple task of restitching the seam. That would be something that Reparo could fix. However, if you were to get an actual hole in the shirt, or rip it in a place other than the seam, then the fibers of the fabric are damaged. That is what requires a patch because you have actually lost some of the fabric in the shirt.

    The resizing would be pretty difficult with magic, as well. We saw some of it when Ron shrunk one of his Weasley sweaters for Dobby to wear, but that’s all those spells do: shrink the entire garment or enlarge the entire garment. Making something fit a person’s body requires a lot of tweaking. You might need to make the chest larger, the waist smaller and leave the hips the same. Are wizards able to use magic to adjust a garment like that? Or do they just enchant the scissors and needle and thread to make the adjustments? In that case, you would need skill to know how to take those measurements and how much to adjust. Madame Malkin obviously does, but Molly Weasley seems to only be comfortable knitting and patching.

    Also, I find it odd that you make the jump from Fred asking Angelina to the Yule Ball to them all of a sudden dating. One doesn’t have to equal the other. And of course they’re going to be hanging out together a lot in the background. They are in the same year, the same house, probably share almost all the same classes and both are on the Gryffindor quidditch team. The two of them going out one time (which to me, it seemed as if they just went as friends because they HAD to have a date) and hanging out in the common room does not mean they were ever a couple.

  • sarazarah

    What I have always wondered is how many wizards and suqibs are in ratio to muggles?  It seems like muggles would have have to know about the wizarding world since muggles can have wizard children and because some children of wizards have to live as muggles.  The wizarding population must be rather small to have kept it all hushed up for so long.  Any thoughts?

  • Corrine Clapp

    There are supposedly only forty students in Harry’s year, but if that were the same for every year, there would only be about 280 students total…. I specifically remember Jo saying there were about a thousand students. So is Harry’s year just REALLY small?

  • http://twitter.com/xhpfanatic Grace Chen

    i love these questions!

  • Melanie V

    I have always wanted to know what happens to the mirror of erised. If I could ask Jo any question this would definitely be it. 

  • Luke_rutledge49

    Can’t say I’ve ever wanted to know the answer to any of these questions….and I doubt Jo will answer them.  What I want to know is what were Jo’s original plans for Petunia, and who was the character that she originally planned to get “magical powers later in life”? 

  • entermausoleum

    Hufflepuff is great ok it isn’t where “the rest” go. 

    • Allison Shannon

      “Good Hufflepuff, she took the rest,
      And taught them all she knew,
      Thus the Houses and their founders
      Retained friendships firm and true.”

  • Guest

    One thing i’ve wondered is why the weasley’s and the diggory’s didn’t use side-along apparition when heading to the portkey. Mr. Diggory said he would be happy when Cedric knew how to apparate, but he could’ve easily used side-along and they wouldn’t have had to wake up so early. It’s not like it’s a difficult process…

  • SilverMidnight14999

    question 1: what’s with the 2 missing Gryffindor girls? that sounds disturbing. Hogwarts isn’t your typicall boarding school. and the sorting hat knows what’s it doing. If it had sorted all pure bloods in Slytherin they would probably be just 10 of them.

    2. Neville’s parents were tortured using unforgivable curses by Death Eaters because they won’t join Lord Voldy’s group. There were a member of the Order of the Phoenix and that’s one reason why they were tortured.

    3 George was just showing Harry how to get girls without even trying. Remember Harry and Ron were on their necks trying to get a date for teh Yule ball. He meant to show the boys you can ask your best friend or friend to the Yule ball. its a a no brainer, why get a pretty girl who doesnt even like you? just enjoy the party with your friends

    4. Jo haven’t really tackle with Harry’s grandparents. its his story . its his show,
    5. you don’;t really want to know.
    6. The Tri Wizard cup may be for European schools only. its like the ASEAN Games were the only participants are Asian countries only.
    7. Of course the weasleys can do magic. they just probably created clothes from rags. But you see they are poor, like food, it cannot be created out of nothing. and so does clothes.

    • guest

       question 2 asks what happened to them AFTER voldemort began taking over
      again, not why they are in ST. Mungo’s to begin with. and question 6
      asks about whether there are any other international schools, not why
      they aren’t allowed to compete in the triwizard tournament.

  • http://twitter.com/ladylycanthrope Amber

    I would like to know more about the wizard schools in America, as well as if there are other wizard locations besides Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley that wizards go to shop. And honestly I’d love to know how George and Angelina got together, as well as all the others (Draco and Astoria, Neville and Hannah, Luna and Rolf, etc). I want to know why Harry didn’t become a professional quidditch player, seeing as how it was one of the only things to bring him joy. What happens when someone goes beyond the Veil? 

  • Paul

    One thing I’ve always wondered, even though it’s not exactly a nail-biter, is that in POA, Lupin says that no one knows what a boggart looks like when it’s alone, but in OOTP, Moody looks through two ceilings, a wall, and some wood into a locked drawer and says “Yeah, it’s a boggart, Molly.” Wouldn’t HE know what one looks like?

  • Miguel Angel Sosa

    The U.S. has the S.I.M.S. (the Salem Institute of Magic and Sorcery

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