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.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 brings the L.M.D. storyline to a truly wild end. Here’s what to expect from “Self Control”!

You don’t know what’s coming

Yeah, there’s a synopsis for “Self Control” — “Suspicion turns to paranoia when the team doesn’t know who can be trusted as more LMDs infiltrate S.H.I.E.L.D.” But that’s the equivalent of saying that Iron Man is about a goateed man who can fly.

Sure, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 answers a lot of questions about who is and who isn’t a robot. More profoundly though, the episode goes in for a final knead and punch of the ideas that have been floating around all season.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 brings the L.M.D. storyline to a truly wild end. Here’s what to expect from “Self Control”!

You don’t know what’s coming

Yeah, there’s a synopsis for “Self Control” — “Suspicion turns to paranoia when the team doesn’t know who can be trusted as more LMDs infiltrate S.H.I.E.L.D.” But that’s the equivalent of saying that Iron Man is about a goateed man who can fly.

Sure, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 answers a lot of questions about who is and who isn’t a robot. More profoundly though, the episode goes in for a final knead and punch of the ideas that have been floating around all season.

Free will and humanity. Sacrifice and love. The nature of reality — and even of life itself. Beneath the plot, surprises, and pain, that’s what’s really going on in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spring finale.

That, and the characters who get caught in the middle.

Jed Whedon is Not. Playing. Around.

Executive producer and showrunner Jed Whedon is the man behind the pen and the camera in “Self Control,” and he’s there for a reason. Whedon’s first try at the director’s chair on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is operatic, incisive, and perpetually gut-clenching.

Yes, there are lovely and disturbing vistas, an artistry that comes from a deliberate and careful eye. But more important is the unshakable Whedon impulse that animates Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15, that builds through the episode like a cresting tide.

You know that unmistakable sense that someone is laughing behind the scenes? Yeah. That’s why Jed Whedon is here.

What’s next?

Well, that’s a very good question. “Self Control” leaves us with a few razor-like possibilities, all of which lead down spiky corridors of questions. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 is here to leave us thirsty for the season’s final seven episodes, and that’s exactly what it does.

Oh, and to answer your next question…

Cliffhanger?

Uh, yes. Cliffhanger.

Oh boy, cliffhanger.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15, “Self Control,” airs Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 10:00 p.m. on ABC.

What are your top theories for ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ 4×15?

Have President’s Day off? Here are some movies, TV shows, and soundtracks with which to celebrate President’s Day.

‘Hamilton’


Even if you were somehow lucky enough to have already seen the musical, you might as well celebrate today with another listen to the soundtrack. In case you have been living under a rock, Hamilton is a hip-hop, rap, musical about Alexander Hamilton. Yes, Hamilton never became president, but the musical does include multiple would-be presidents. Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and even birthday boy himself George Washington are heavily featured in Hamilton. Based on the biography by Ron Chernow, you can get a history lesson while you listen to great music.

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Have President’s Day off? Here are some movies, TV shows, and soundtracks with which to celebrate President’s Day.

‘Hamilton’


Even if you were somehow lucky enough to have already seen the musical, you might as well celebrate today with another listen to the soundtrack. In case you have been living under a rock, Hamilton is a hip-hop, rap, musical about Alexander Hamilton. Yes, Hamilton never became president, but the musical does include multiple would-be presidents. Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and even birthday boy himself George Washington are heavily featured in Hamilton. Based on the biography by Ron Chernow, you can get a history lesson while you listen to great music.

‘Liberty’s Kids’


Liberty’s Kids aired in the early 2000s on PBS. Liberty’s Kids follows three teenagers from varying backgrounds throughout the American Revolution, mentored by Benjamin Franklin. It is geared for children but is still pretty enjoyable for adults. In each episode, the teenagers encounter a significant person or event from the revolution, giving a concise and entertaining history lesson. The show features many important figures throughout the revolution, showing even more presidents than in Hamilton. As one can imagine, Washington is among these.

‘Lincoln’


Lincoln is a 2012, Oscar nominated movie, directed by Steven Spielberg based on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s biography of Abraham Lincoln, Team of Rivals. Instead of a biopic of Lincoln’s entire life, Lincoln is specifically about his passing of the 13th amendment. Essentially directed between each of his science fiction blockbusters, Spielberg also made many significant historical movies, Lincoln among them. Lincoln not only shows his power as a president, but also humanizes him through an Oscar winning performance by Daniel Day-Lewis.

‘1776’


Hamilton is not the first musical about American history. Thankfully, though, because this way there are other options, one of which is 1776. Even more conveniently, the musical 1776 was adapted into a movie in the early 1970s. Heavily implied by its name, 1776 is about the signing of the Declaration of Independence. 1776 definitely has a more classical musical theater vibe than Hamilton. The strange combination of American history and musical theater allows for a humorous yet educational experience. However, as reflective of the history of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Washington is not a character in the musical; yet, it obviously includes many other significant historical figures.

‘The West Wing’ or ‘The American President’


Unlike the other items on this list, these two are about fictional presidents. But it would be nice if they were real. Of the many politically charged movies and television shows by Aaron Sorkin, these two are specifically about presidents. If you have the day off and want to attempt to binge watch seven seasons, then you may want to check out The West Wing. The West Wing follows President Bartlet and his staff and advisors during their time in the White House. If you want a movie to help you transition between Valentine’s Day and President’s Day then The American President is worth watching. It is a romantic comedy about President Shepherd, who falls in love with a lobbyist.

How else will you celebrate President’s Day?

The first two cast members for Disney’s live-action adaptation of The Lion King have been announced by director Jon Favreau.

James Earl Jones, who voiced Mufasa in the animated movie in the ’90s, is returning as the character in the live-action adaptation. Interesting!

Meanwhile, Donald Glover — who will co-star in this summer’s Spider-Man: Homecoming for Disney and Marvel — will play Adult Simba.

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The first two cast members for Disney’s live-action adaptation of The Lion King have been announced by director Jon Favreau.

James Earl Jones, who voiced Mufasa in the animated movie in the ’90s, is returning as the character in the live-action adaptation. Interesting!

Meanwhile, Donald Glover — who will co-star in this summer’s Spider-Man: Homecoming for Disney and Marvel — will play Adult Simba.

Favreau tweeted the news Friday evening:

According to a statement from Disney, The Lion King “will build on the groundbreaking technology used in The Jungle Book to bring the story of Simba to photorealistic life.”

A release date for the film hasn’t been set. Favreau also helmed the live-action Jungle Book for the studio.

So far casting is off to a great start!