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Old 04-07-2020, 09:01 PM
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HP Discussion Thread #8: Should Harry have used his friends' magic to escape from his room in Dursley's house?

Welcome to the HP Discussion Thread #8


Each week, we'll have different questions pertaining to different storylines and characters in all HP books and this thread is all about discussing our opinions on these. Please note the following reminders for this thread:


1. No bashing of characters & actors.
2. Keep criticism constructive (saying this XXX character is stupid is not constructive).
3. Please be on-topic at all times.
4. Please be respectful of everyone's opinions since we won't agree all the time.


Please also note that we can base our discussions on what we truly feel or quote various interviews we've seen or heard or parts from the book to justify our answers.

So let's start! Next question is: "Should Harry have used his friends' magic to escape from his room in Dursleys' house? Did he have any alternatives?"

Was Dobby’s constant interference in Harry’s life warranted his death?
Should Quidditch be abolished?
Should Harry have grown up with the Dursleys?
Which character deserves more attention in the Harry Potter books?
Was Barty Crouch Jr. as Mad-Eye Moody the best Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher?
You wake up and realize you're at the Hogwarts entrance hall. Where is the first place you would visit?
Should Harry have died in the end?
Which would you rather be good at: potion making or Quidditch?
Why wasn't Felix Felicis used more often?
Which character had the most tragic death?
Who is your least favorite Harry Potter character?
Why do you think the Harry Potter books are so popular?
Should house points be abolished at Hogwarts?
Which house do you belong to before they put you in and why?
What was your favorite moment from Philosopher's Stone?
What was your favorite moment from Chamber of Secrets?
What was your favorite moment from Prisoner of Azkaban?
What was your favorite moment from Goblet of Fire?
What was your favorite moment from Order of the Phoenix?
Do you think Time-Turners will be helpful/important in the muggle world?
What was your favorite moment from Half Blood Prince?
What was your favorite moment from Deathly Hallows?
If Draco Malfoy had been sorted into Gryffindor, do you think he would have eventually become friends with Harry?
Do you think Snape hates Harry or was it because he reminds him of James?
Which character is your least favorite and why: Rita Skeeter or Dolores Umbridge?
Who was the best DADA professor?
Would Harry have succeeded at the tasks he faced in The Goblet of Fire without outside assistance?
Sirius Black is imprisoned for 12 years in Azkaban, and Pettigrew is imprisoned for the same amount of time in the body of a rat. Which character was more truly the prisoner?
Do you think Harry would have still succeeded against the obstacles without Ron and Hermione?
If you were to drink a Polyjuice Potion, which person would you change into?
Do you think the love potion is dangerous?
What Wizarding Career Would You Pursue?
What do you think Dumbledore feared the most?
Which character's death hit you the hardest?
Which Deathly Hallow would you have?
Who is your favorite Hogwarts professor?
Do you think Draco would have been able to kill Dumbledore?
Should Slughorn have offered Felix Felicis as a prize?
What are the dangers of using the Pensieve?
Is being in the Slug Club a good thing?
How do you think Jacob will retain his memories?
Out of all the 3 tasks at the Triwizard Tournament, which do you think would you fare well?
"They're out of Hogwarts, what do the characters do with their lives now?"
"Who would you cast in a Marauders movie?
"Why did Dumbledore trust Severus Snape?"
Why do you think Harry was sorted into Gryffindor?
If you were a Hogwarts student, which class do you think you'll excel in?
If you have a Resurrection Stone, which HP character would you resurrect and why?
Which Hogwarts Professor is your favorite and why
What do the books want to tell us about the importance of friendship and family?
Apart from Harry, who do you think got the best character development?
How much different would Harry be growing up with his parents instead of the Dursleys?
Do you think the Dursleys are muggle versions of the Malfoys?
Had your view of the Dursleys changed across all the books?"
In the second task at Goblet of Fire, should Harry save Hermione instead of Ron?
Do you think Harry would have still succeeded against the obstacles without Ron and Hermione?
What do you think would your Patronus be and why?
Who would you go to the Yule Ball with?
What untold story in the HP world would you want tackled on Pottermore?
If you could save any dead character from dying, who will it be and why?
Do you think the spouses of muggle siblings are allowed to be told before they marry muggle-born witch or wizard's sibling or did Petunia break a wizarding law?
Should magic be contained within the wizarding community or should muggles be exposed to it?
Do you think wealthy pure-blood parents, such as the Blacks, Lestranges, Malfoys, Potters, etc., took an active role in raising their children or did they let nannies and/or house-elves do all the work?
Should house-elves be slaves?
Do you think the professors all had timeturners or were all lessons shared with another house even though it wasn't always mentioned?
Do you think Hogwarts houses were ruthless in competitions or was it all fun and games?
Was Dumbledore really trying to make Harry, or was he playing/using him all along?
Who helps Harry more on his quest: Ron or Hermione?
Do you think Amortentia is dangerous?
Should we pity Voldemort or hate him?
Is Severus Snape really a hero?
Who is the better supporting character: Luna Lovegood or Neville Longbottom?
Should Peter Pettigrew have been sorted in Gryffindor?

*This thread is based on the book "Harry Potter Should Have Died"
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Old 04-08-2020, 06:54 PM
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Thanks for the new thread!
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Old 04-08-2020, 08:31 PM
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You're welcome.

As for my answer to the question. I don't think Harry had a choice. The Dursleys are his family. But they were constantly abusing him, so someone should've interfered and gotten Harry out of that house. Dumbledore knows what was going on. Maybe he could've arranged for the Weasleys to take in Harry?
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Old 04-09-2020, 07:03 PM
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I think that he has no choice, but I can see him move out once he's 18 years old.. I mean, unless if he know someone else who's connection to his parents???
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Old 04-09-2020, 08:34 PM
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There's no other. His dad was an only child and so it's really on Petunia he has for a relative.

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JKR: No. This takes us into more mundane territory. As a writer, it was more interesting, plot-wise, if Harry was completely alone. So I rather ruthlessly disposed of his entire family apart from Aunt Petunia. I mean, James and Lily are massively important to the plot, of course, but the grandparents? No. And, because I do like my backstory: Petunia and Lily's parents, normal Muggle death. James's parents were elderly, were getting on a little when he was born, which explains the only child, very pampered, had-him-late-in-life-so-he's-an-extra-treasure, as often happens, I think. They were old in wizarding terms, and they died. They succumbed to a wizarding illness. That's as far as it goes. There's nothing serious or sinister about those deaths. I just needed them out of the way so I killed them.
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Old 04-10-2020, 08:19 AM
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Yeah bec not everyone have one.. And that made sense..
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Jo really wanted for Harry to be alone with no family so the Dursleys were no help and she killed both of his parents. So the only closest family Harry had were Remus & Sirius who both died too. So technically the only family Harry was are the Weasleys and his own family later with Ginny.
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Old 04-11-2020, 09:20 AM
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And yet he found the family in the Weasleys..
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Old 04-11-2020, 08:35 PM
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At least he did. What if he became Draco's friend? Then Harry would've gone to the dark side.
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Old 04-12-2020, 10:28 AM
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Well, I would like to see it..
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We can only get that scenario through fanfics now.
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Old 04-13-2020, 09:26 AM
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Which better than nothing..
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And even when the Dursleys stopped making Harry stay in that cupboard, they locked him up in his room too. And they're so proud because they keep telling/reminding Harry that at least they let him eat and have a bed to sleep on and a roof over his head. Yeah right. He's also family so that's not how a relative should treat a family member. And just cause Petunia hates Lily, she projected that hate onto her husband and son so they hate Lily and Harry too.
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Yeah since they have the bars at the windows.. It shows that they resent him..
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Old 04-14-2020, 09:21 PM
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It's quite alarming what the Dursleys did to Harry. I'm actually glad he left and blew up his Aunt Marge in POA.

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