Oddities and Coincidences
this section oddities, “coincidences”, and other clues are listed. We
already know what many of these clues lead to, but many of them we have not yet
figured out, and may have an impact in later books of the septology (a septology
is a 7 book series, just like The Lord of the Rings is a trilogy: a 3 book
-On page 221 of Harry Potter and the
Sorcerer’s Stone, American version, about 2/3 down the page, it says,
"yet he sometimes had the horrible feeling that Snape could read
minds." As we all know, in
OotP, Snape shows a talent with Legilimency.
Even though, in OotP, Snape has to have eye contact and say a spell
before getting into Harry's thoughts, I thought that there may be a possibility
that a small-scale form of Legilimency could be accomplished simply with eye
contact. Regardless of that, I thought it was an interesting connection.
-J. K. Rowling casually remarks about Sirius at the beginning of book 1:
“Borrowed it Professor Dumbledore, sir,” said the giant climbing carefully off the motorcycle as he spoke. “Young Sirius Black lent it to me.”
We later find out in book 3, that Sirius is Harry’s godfather.
-Mundungus Fletch, who later plays a larger role in book 5, is first mentioned by Mr. Weasley when he arrives home from work in book 2:
“What a night,” [Mr. Weasley] mumbled, groping for the teapot as they all sat down around him. “Nine raids. Nine! And old Mundungus Fletcher tried to put a hex on me when I had my back turned….”
-In book 2, Dumbledore explains to Harry about phoenixes:
“It’s a shame you had to see [Fawkes] on a Burning Day,” said Dumbledore, seating himself behind his desk. “He’s really very handsome most of the time, wonderful red and gold plumage. Fascinating creatures, phoenixes. They can carry immensely heavy loads, their tears have healing powers, and they make highly faithful pets.”
Little did we know that Fawkes would later you his powers to save Harry’s life.
-When Harry first visits the Apothecary in Diagon Alley, it is described as “fascinating enough to make up for its horrible smell, a mixture of bad eggs and rotted cabbages.” Several other places throughout the septology have been described as smelling like cabbages including Mrs. Figg’s house. Is this some sort of clue?
-Mrs. Figg’s house, like many other places mentioned in the book, smells like cabbages:
“Every year, Harry was left behind with Mrs. Figg, a mad old lady who lived two streets away. Harry hated is there. The whole house smelled of cabbage and Mrs. Figg made him look at photographs of all the cats she’d ever owned.”
Hog’s Head bar comprised one small, dingy, and very dirty room that smelled
strongly of something that might have been goats.” In the fourth book,
Dumbledore mentions that his “own brother, Aberforth, was prosecuted for
practicing inappropriate charms on a goat.” Could these two casual references
to goats be related in anyway? Could Aberforth be associated with the Hogs Head?
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