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Old June 7th, 2012, 9:45 pm
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Broom transport came before flying carpets?


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Broom transport came before flying carpets?
Flying carpets are not a mode of transport in the West.
(I specifically said the magic broom appears to be the first mode of magical transport "in the West" - by which I meant Europe and its cultural descendents).

However, back to my question... I would still like to know about the history of portkeys. Is there one? Does anybody know who invented them or when they were invented?


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I don't know where to put this, b/c I can't find a thread that it seems to fit in, but I don't want to start a new thread for one question.mI know this is a speculation question.

If Snape had gotten married to Lily do you think he would have wanted kids?


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I don't know where to put this, b/c I can't find a thread that it seems to fit in, but I don't want to start a new thread for one question.mI know this is a speculation question.

If Snape had gotten married to Lily do you think he would have wanted kids?
I would suggest this be asked in the "General 'What If...?" Thread".


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Old June 9th, 2012, 9:08 pm
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Re: Little Questions Answered v.20

Maybe Pottermore will mention portkeys in the GOF book section. This another little question that can't be answered yet.


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Old June 15th, 2012, 12:58 am
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However, back to my question... I would still like to know about the history of portkeys. Is there one? Does anybody know who invented them or when they were invented?
The earliest record of Portkeys that I have found comes from Pottermore:
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Pottermore, Hogwarts ExpressIn spite of the accidents attendant on these various modes of magical transport, not to mention the annual Muggle sightings of vast numbers of airborne wizards travelling northwards, it remained the responsibility of parents to convey their children to school, right up until the imposition of the International Statute of Secrecy in 1692. At this point, it became a matter of urgency to find some more discreet method of transporting hundreds of wizarding children from all over Britain to their secret school in the Highlands of Scotland.

Portkeys were therefore arranged at collecting points all over Britain. The logistics caused problems from the start. Up to a third of students would fail to arrive every year, having missed their time slot, or been unable to find the unobtrusive enchanted object that would transport them to their school. There was also the unfortunate fact that many children were (and are) 'Portkey-sick', and the hospital wing was frequently full to bursting for the first few days of every year, while susceptible students overcame their hysterics and nausea.

While admitting that Portkeys were not an ideal solution to the problem of school transportation, the Ministry of Magic failed to find an acceptable alternative.

Thus, we know that in 1692 Portkeys were used en masse and, furthermore, were apparently regulated by the Ministry of Magic at that time. To me, this date suggests a much earlier invention date, since it seems unlikely that a new method of transportation would be used for mass transport to Hogwarts by the Ministry. But how much earlier than 1692 is certainly debatable. But that seems to me the only hard date we can associate with Portkey history.

As for who invented it, I think that is also unknown as of yet. It seems to me information that may have cropped up in either video game or JKR's Famous Witch and Wizard cards, but I see no mention of Portkeys in those. I think merrymarge may be right in saying this could be information that could crop up on Pottermore.


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Did Tom Riddle ask Slughorn if you could split your soul into 7 pieces, or if you could make 7 horcruxes?


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Did Tom Riddle ask Slughorn if you could split your soul into 7 pieces, or if you could make 7 horcruxes?
It isn't specified. He just says "isn't seven......" then is cut off by Slughorn.

Dumbledore has to guess at his meaning.


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It isn't specified. He just says "isn't seven......" then is cut off by Slughorn.

Dumbledore has to guess at his meaning.
Seven pieces of his soul because he made 6 horcruxes (not including Harry's accidental horcrux)?


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Seven pieces of his soul because he made 6 horcruxes (not including Harry's accidental horcrux)?
Well, yeah, but the question was regarding what Tom was asking Slughorn.


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Re: Little Questions Answered v.20

Thanks, merrymarge and willfitz for your answers. Sorry I didn't see this earlier.

Anyway, it's pretty much what I thought, but I did want to see if anyone had better information than I did. And yes, maybe Pottermore will give us further information about Wizarding transport.


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Well, yeah, but the question was regarding what Tom was asking Slughorn.
I know, that was my answer to the question -- he was asking about 7 pieces of soul.


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I know, that was my answer to the question -- he was asking about 7 pieces of soul.
Oh, that makes sense. I always wondered why he didn't make a 7th horcrux after his body returned (Nagini was his 6th intentional one, right?). It's because he wanted 7 pieces, not 7 horcruxes. Thanks!


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I had to re-read your statement because I, too, thought Voldemort wanted to make 7 horcruxes, but that wouldn't work. The seventh piece of his soul was the original left inside Voldemort. But, Slughorn was right, splitting your soul involves murder and splitting your soul so many times is shocking.


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Did Tom Riddle ask Slughorn if you could split your soul into 7 pieces, or if you could make 7 horcruxes?
Although I think this question has been mostly resolved, I will add just a little bit. As I read it, it seems to me that Slughorn interpreted Tom Riddle's question as splitting the soul into seven pieces - that is, 6 Horcruxes and 1 residual soul piece:
HBP, Horcruxes“Yes, sir,” said Riddle. “What I don’t understand, though — just out of curiosity — I mean, would one Horcrux be much use? Can you only split your soul once? Wouldn’t it be better, make you stronger, to have your soul in more pieces, I mean, for instance, isn’t seven the most powerfully magical number, wouldn’t seven —?”

“Merlin’s beard, Tom!” yelped Slughorn. “Seven! Isn’t it bad enough to think of killing one person? And in any case… bad enough to divide the soul… but to rip it into seven pieces…”

So Slughorn says "rip it [the soul] into seven pieces," which implies that he saw Tom's suggestion as one of having a seven-part soul. Slughorn, just like Dumbledore, would likely understand this as 6 Horcruxes and 1 bodied soul (and this is, indeed, how Dumbledore interpreted it as well). Given Voldemort's later actions, creating 6 intentional Horcruxes, I think we can be fairly certain that Tom Riddle was asking Slughorn about splitting the soul into seven pieces rather than creating 7 Horcruxes.


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I'm just wonderng. when Voldemort tried to kill baby harry, the curse bounces back right? what happened to the wand? who hid his wand? and how did he got his wand back?


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I'm just wonderng. when Voldemort tried to kill baby harry, the curse bounces back right? what happened to the wand? who hid his wand? and how did he got his wand back?
JKR answered this question in the Bloomsbury Web Chat.


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Christiana: How did voldemort get his wand back after he was in was exile

J.K. Rowling: Wormtail, desperate to curry favour, salvaged it from the place it had fallen and carried it to him. I admit that would have been a bit of a feat for a rat, but they are highly intelligent creatures!


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Christiana: How did voldemort get his wand back after he was in was exile

J.K. Rowling: Wormtail, desperate to curry favour, salvaged it from the place it had fallen and carried it to him. I admit that would have been a bit of a feat for a rat, but they are highly intelligent creatures!
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So all those years Voldemort's wand was, like, hidden behind the headboard of Percy's bed?


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Even more un-nerving, the thought that Ron had had the wand in his bed!


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So all those years Voldemort's wand was, like, hidden behind the headboard of Percy's bed?
Not necessarily. He could easily have found a hiding place for it elsewhere. He didn't have a wand when he escaped from Sirius and Lupin, it would appear, and it seems unlikely that he managed to break into the Burrow prior to finding Voldemort.


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