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Rowling, we need to talk! The 11 biggest plot gaps in "Harry Potter"

When "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows", the seventh and final part of the Potter saga, appeared in 2007, it felt like the whole world made a pilgrimage to the nearest bookstore. It should be worth it: Because Joanne K. Rowling managed to sensibly close this monster of a book series with numerous storylines, so that in the end no reader had the feeling that they could no longer grasp what had actually happened in the course of the last several hundred pages . On the contrary: Most probably put the book aside at the end with a loud "WHOA ...".

But - and you have to be very strong now - unfortunately the "Harry Potter" series is not without its flaws either. With seven books it is certainly forgivable and no wonder that perhaps not every puzzle or subplot is 100% logically resolved. However, some of the following loopholes are pretty serious when you think about them carefully - what do you all mean?

What uneducated children

When did you start school - when you were six years old? Seven? Five? It doesn't matter, but you all have one thing in common: at the age of eleven you had several years of school under your belt - in contrast to wizard and witch children. As shown in the book, September 1st after their 11th birthday is their very first day of school for magical children ever. It is never mentioned that before Hogwarts Ron and Co. even had a basic school education approach. Maths? Spelling, orthography?! Nothing. And that's not all: Hogwarts continues like that.

McGonagall can only shake her head.

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While Harry and his friends have exciting subjects like Potions or Metamorphosis, they don't seem to even learn the multiplication tables or comma rules. That they can even do their homework borders on a miracle. Only Muggleborns or those who grew up among Muggles, like Harry and Hermione, should at least theoretically be able to master the basics of elementary school. Or is the wizarding world a requirement that all children be homeschooled before they start school? Well, that would at least explain why no magical mother seems to have a job ...

Why weren't James and Lily their own secret keepers?

October 31, 1981 got the ball rolling: Voldemort visited Lily and James Potter at home and killed them. Harry got his lightning scar, Voldemort disappeared into oblivion, and the story as we know it began - for which we are of course very grateful. But the fact is that they actually shouldn't have started at all, because James and Lily died completely in vain - because they chose the traitor Peter Pettigrew to be their keeper and confided in him where they had been hiding.

Dance to unnecessary death?

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The justification behind this is quite understandable: James' BFF Sirius was supposed to keep the secret of the Potter's hiding place, but Sirius advised his buddy to choose the far less obvious Peter instead. But why didn't James and Lily just choose themselves?

We learn that this would have been possible in "Deathly Hallows": Bill and Arthur are keepers of secrets in their own accommodation (Shell Cottage and Aunt Muriel's house, respectively). And that's awesome, because after all, hardly anything can happen when the keeper of secrets is hiding In the hiding place is. Why didn't Lily and James do the same?

Peter Pettigrew, the animal marauder

Probably the biggest story gap in the whole saga! The animagus Peter Pettigrew lived for years in the Weasley house as Ron's rat Scabies and was only revealed as a human at the end of "The Prisoner of Azkaban". A surprising turn that probably all of us were amazed - and remembered, a bit disgusted, that Ron had apparently shared the bed with Peter, alias Scabies, night after night.

And that's where it becomes illogical: Ron and Scabies were virtually inseparable until Ron found out his rat's true identity. But who should have noticed long ago that scabies wasn't all it appeared to be? Ron's own brothers: Fred and George. They said they had had the marauder's card for years before they gave it to Harry. And now we are supposed to believe that they never noticed that their brother was hanging around with a guy named Peter all the time - even at night ?! It became clear in the third volume that it actually appeared on the menu.

Oh guys.

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Or did the twins suspect that their brother had a little secret ...?

The Triwizard Tournament is the most boring event ever

"Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" is - admit it - one of the most exciting books in the series. Suddenly Harry finds himself in a game of life and death, from which, as a much too young and also involuntary participant, he actually thinks he will emerge more dead. The opponents of the various magic schools have to pass three spectacular tasks: a fight against a dragon, a rescue operation in a gloomy lake and a tricky labyrinth. It all sounds very exciting ... for the participants.

Have fun kids.

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But to be honest, we would never want to look at this ourselves - apart from the kite, maybe. Staring at a lake for hours? It's almost as boring as staring at a labyrinth for hours. From the outside. Wow. No wonder that the delegations from Beauxbatons and Durmstrang left most of their student body at home. Nobody can stand that much boredom.

The crassest portkey

And while we're on "The Goblet of Fire": What kind of blatant portkey was that in the labyrinth? Sure, Voldemort needed some way of transporting Harry to the cemetery to get his blood drawn there - which, incidentally, could have been done a lot easier: Moody aka Barty Crouch Jr. was after all already at Hogwarts, why didn't he have Harry simply anesthetized and rammed a syringe into your arm?


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But no, instead Voldemort opted for a portkey. But what we had already learned from the same book: Portkeys work like trains - if you are in the right place at the right time, you can start. Voldemort's portkey, on the other hand, was either perfectly timed and activated exactly when Harry touched it, or it was a kind of Portkey 2.0: always active.

And that's not all! The portkey also had a built-in return ticket. Harry just had to touch it again and was transported back - but also not to the center of the maze where he had started, but conveniently right in front of the audience bleachers. What kind of crazy magic is that, Voldy?

Veritaserum for everyone!

"Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" starts out excitingly: In order to fend off two Dementors who appear out of nowhere in Little Whinging, Harry has to conjure up a Patronus - which brings him straight into trouble with the Ministry, because as a minor wizard he is allowed to stay away from Hogwarts do not do magic at all. Of course, thanks to the "trail" that lies on him, which allows the Ministry to track down sorcery in minors (another logical problem we'll get to in a moment), the Ministry knows right away and Harry has to go to a hearing.

There he tries to make the Wizengamot believe that there really Were dementors. Hardly anyone believes him, least of all Fudge and Umbridge. But why wasn't Harry simply subjected to the magical polygraph test at this point: Veritaserum?

Loves Snape.

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Whoever swallows this magic potion can only speak the truth - as demonstrated in the same book when Umbridge used the serum to interview students. Using Veritaserum would save the Ministry of Magic so much work and save many innocent people from staying in Azkaban - especially Sirius Black ...?

The sorcery of minors

Harry, the little rebel, does magic a few times outside of Hogwarts before he is officially allowed to do it: He uses the Patronus spell just mentioned, he blows up his terrible aunt. But when Dobby ignites a levitation spell in "The Chamber of Secrets" in the Dursley's house, Harry receives a passive-aggressive letter from the Ministry directly: The magic of minors is forbidden! Wait, didn't the Ministry know it wasn't Harry?

Always those ministry bastards.

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Correct. As we will learn later, minors have what is known as a "trace", a kind of radar, on which the ministry can recognize if magic is being performed in a place where no adult wizards live until their 17th birthday. But wait a minute, there is much more magic in Privet Drive! In "The Order of the Phoenix" the order members are busy doing magic when they pick up Harry, and Dumbledore himself cannot do without magic in "The Half-Blood Prince" when he visits Harry. And Harry does magic himself: He uses "Lumos" several times at home. What's wrong with this unreliable "trail"?

Harry's glasses are only decoration

Now seriously: There is apparently little that cannot be fixed with the help of magic - in "The Chamber of Secrets" Harry even grows back bones that have disappeared. But why does the poor boy have to consistently wear the round glasses?

Poor Harry.

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We're not assuming it should be a fashion statement from Harry; the guy really has other priorities than looking particularly hip. While it makes sense that Harry would have to run around wearing glasses until he arrived at Hogwarts - the Dursleys couldn't do magic, after all - Madam Pomfrey would have surely had a spell or potion in store to cure his poor eyesight as soon as he entered Hogwarts arrived.

Quite apart from the fact that this handicap could, well, easily have handicapped him. Voldemort would only have "Accio glasses!" have to shout, et voilĂ , Harry would have been defenseless. Unspectacular, but effective.

Harry and the Thestrals of Death

Probably the most controversial story gap: Harry and the Thestrals, a never-ending debate between Rowling and her readers! To briefly summarize the problem: Thestrals are magical beings that are only visible to a person if they have already witnessed a death. Correct: Deliberately has witnessed - the main point of this discussion.

Oh how, uh, cute.

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Harry first sees the Thestrals in Volume 5, "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix". The trigger in this case - the death that made them visible to him: Cedric Diggory, who is killed by Wormtail at the end of the previous volume. But ... but ... STOP! If you've already become suspicious: Rightly so. Because for Harry, Cedric's death wasn't the first to witness, was it? First and foremost there would be his parents, or at least his mother (because his father died outside the nursery) - and what about Professor Quirrell, who blessed the temporal in "The Philosopher's Stone"?

Rowling explained it this way:

"Harry didn't see his parents die. He was a year old and in a cot at the time. Though you never see this scene, I wrote it and crossed it out. He didn't see it; he was too young to understand." . [...] You can only see them [the thestrals] if you understand death in the broader sense, if you really know what it means.
Someone said Harry saw Quirrell die, but that's not true. He was passed out when Quirrell died. [...] "

J. K. Rowling at the Edinburgh Book Festival 2004accio-quote

And whoever has thought along very cleverly will have thought: Hey! But what about Cedric? Because Harry was already at the end of the fourth book traveling back to the train in the carriages pulled by thestrals and didn't seem to notice them - and by then he had already seen Cedric die. Rowling explained this with Harry's shock: At the time, he had not really processed what he had experienced. Does that sound plausible? You can decide for yourself.

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Moody and his Mad Eye

When we first met Mad-Eye Moody in Harry's fourth year - or at least someone who looks like it, because Barty Crouch Jr. is hidden under it - we were certainly all a little upset. Claw feet? Wooden leg? Lined face? And above all: a magical eye that could not only see through the back of its own head, but also through table tops and the like ?!

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Quite apart from the fact that we don't even want to imagine what the most intimate insights were possible for him thanks to this eye (ahem, Professor Moody, where are you looking ?!), you can't help but be a little jealous. An eye that sees everything - even invisible teenagers, hidden under an invisibility cloak.

Under the Invisibility Cloak, to be precise - the only real one, the Deathly Hallows, Harry's most important heirloom. But how is that possible when the invisibility cloak supposedly even hid the wearer from death himself? Is Moody - or the bearer of his eye - more powerful (or at least technologically more advanced) than the Grim Reaper? Or is Moody's eye another, previously hidden sanctuary of death? Whoooaaa.

Grindelwald, Gregorowitsch and the all-important magic wand

And finally a real cracker - and now it's getting complicated, excuse me.

Since we have just been to the Deathly Hallows: One of them is the legendary Elder Wand, whose bloody history stretched across Europe before it ended up in Harry's hands. But on the way there he took a few turns that weren't exactly logical.

Allow me: Grindelwald.

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Before the Elder Wand fell into Dumbledore's hands, it was owned by a wizard named Gellert Grindelwald. He was once friends with Dumbledore, but turned to "the dark side of the force". Dumbledore finally defeated him in a duel and took the Elder Wand for himself - without killing Grindelwald (Voldemort later took this over to supposedly become the true owner of the Elder wand). We know that the Elder Wand can change hands without bloodshed, because Harry eventually became his master by disarming Draco (and Draco's own wand at the time had adopted the properties of the Elder wand - but you can read that for yourself in the last volume) . But who did the Elder Wand belong to before Grindelwald? Right: Gregorovich.

Mykew Gregorovich was apparent the Wandmaker of mainland Europe. No wonder he was interested in the elder wand that had ended up in his possession - and he was bragging about it. No wonder it was stolen: From Grindelwald. The transfer of the property was done neither by "Avada Kedavra" nor by "Expelliarmus" - but simply by theft and a stunning spell. But that doesn't fit into our magical worldview at all. If a simple stun spell can change the loyalty of a wand, most wands probably no longer rightfully belong to their wearers. And if the elder wand's loyalty is precisely because of this illogic Not transferred from Gregorowitsch to Grindelwald, it means that then Dumbledore could not become master of the staff either - and then Malfoy - and then Harry ...

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... okay Harry.
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