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Pompous? without any explanation or context. not really simple english

I've tagged this as unsimple. I think transfiguration and prophecy should also be simplified. This should be a quick one for someone who has the time to simplify. If you find any more unsimple pages, kindly tag them as {{unsimple}} the way I did. Thanks! zephyr2k 12:26, 18 October 2006 (UTC)

True colors of Snape?[change source]

I deleted this line. It did not seem basic English. (I can be wrong). Moreover questions about the real loyalty of Snape are still open. (Anonimous) --80.183.134.210 08:05, 18 May 2007 (UTC)

Spoilers[change source]

A good encyclopedia article can give a lot of very useful information, without giving spoilers. If you put in spoilers, then it makes the article quite useless to someone who is perhaps only reading book one, and doesn't want to know the ends of books 2, 3, 4 and 5. Why bother, when there are so many good, clever, interesting things to say about these books without spoiling the stories? It looks as if you can't think of anything sensible to write.

Also: In the paragraphs describing people, the sense is all muddled. It says "This thing happened. There are rumours about what happened. Only Rowling knows what happened." That is three sentences. (I've deleted this bit now.) What's the problem?

  1. "This thing happened" - It happened in the book.
  2. "There are rumours about what happened." - Are the rumours in the book? No, the person who wrote this paragraph means to say that Harry Potter fans have been discussing what really happened.
  3. "Only Rowling knows what happened."- Is she a character in the book?

You can't put three sentences like that side by side in the same paragraph. It's not encyclopedic! --Amandajm 12:18, 14 June 2007 (UTC)


NPOV[change source]

Parts of the following were deleted as being "poin of view"


The Harry Potter books are about the struggle between good and evil. Harry is the hero of the stories. But he is not a super hero. He is an ordinary sort of a boy. He is skinny, he wears glasses and has a scar on his forehead. He has some special talents and quite a lot of problems.

Joanne Rowling has written about a magical world, an a hero with magical powers. But the fact that Harry Potter is magic does not make life easy for him. Like everyone else in the world that the author has created, he has day-to-day problems to deal with.

Firstly, Harry has the problem of being an orphan - both his parents are dead, and he grows up with an aunt and uncle who do not love him or understand his magic.

Harry has the personal problem of not trusting grown-ups. Even when it is really important to tell the truth, Harry tells lies.

Harry has problems with his friends. He fights with his closest friend. He finds it hard to know a good friend, when he meets one.

Harry is not a very good student. Even though he has a lot of magic power, he forgets simple spells and has to be reminded.

Harry biggest problem is that he often loses his self control. Self control is a very important thing for him to learn.

Over the years in the seven books, Harry gets more trusting, more confident, more loving to other people, and gets more control over himself. These things are all very important in Harry's life, because he is in very great danger."

The stuff that is written here contains main themes of the book. Moreover, it contains themes that can enlighten young readers as to what the book is about, without goiving away plot.

To deal with the points individually-

  1. Orphan, lack of love, suspicion- a far reaching theme
  2. lies- book one, over and over Rowling write "Harry lied". Book two, Dumbledore asks Harry and another siignificant character the same question and is answered by the same lie.
  3. Harry has problems with his friends- Yes, it's an ongoning theme
  4. Harry is not a good student- yes, right up to the last book he bemoans the spells that he has never bothered to learn.
  5. Harry's biggest problem is that he looses self control- Not the place to elaborate on this, buut it is a major theme.

Don't know why this stuff was deleted. --Amandajm 10:50, 22 July 2007 (UTC)

Spoiler warnings[change source]

What I have written in this article about the books details the basic themes. Beyond that, it does not relate anything more than the reader needs to know to understand what the stories are about. The plot details are minimal. The action of the book, with the exception of the fact that Harry's parents were killed and him saved (which is essential background) are not given away.

I don't know quite why there is a spoiler warning, since it has been written specifically to avoid "spoilers". I don't mind a tag that says that it contains some "plot details" but to suggest that it tells the end, seems ridiculous.

--Amandajm 10:50, 22 July 2007 (UTC)


A very clever vandal or an innocent mistake?[change source]

Watch out for user 212.87.71.218

This person went through the list of Harry Potter title and made a tiny change to each one so that none of them linked any more. All this person did was add a little fullstop after every title.

  • Titles are not sentences. They don't have fullstops.
  • Some new editors don't realise that any tiny change will stop a link from working
  • On the other hand...some clever vandals do know that any tiny change will stop a link from working.

Amandajm (talk) 01:52, 5 February 2008 (UTC)

Character definitions[change source]

I didn't think being homosexual is a really essential part of Dumbledore's character. So I deleted that part. I also find those definitions extremely short. I'm going to extend them. I'm telling so, if it is short because of some reason you can stop me:) Also you may help...--Velag (talk) 12:21, 27 October 2009

Wands[change source]

Something about wands may be a good thing at some point in the future, for example:

List of wands in Harry Potter

Wands in Harry Potter are tools of magic. In the books of J. K. Rowling, the wand chooses its owner. The wizard doesn't really choose his/her wand.[Wand 1]

==List==

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===Harry Potter===

The wand which chose Harry Potter is unique, but it has one thing in common with the wand of Lord Voldemort. Both wands have phoenix feathers in them.[Wand 2]

===Hermione Granger===

The wand of Hermione Granger is unique.

===Ron Weasley===

The wand of Ron Weasley is unique.

===Draco Malfoy===

The wand of Draco Malfoy is unique.[Wand 7]

===Neville Longbottom===

The wand of Neville Longbottom is unique.[Wand 8]

==References==

  1. Stouffer, Tere. (2007). The Complete Idiot's Guide to The World of Harry Potter, pp. 46-51.
  2. Stouffer, p. 50.
  3. Stouffer, p. 48.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Riphouse, Acascias. (2004). The Harry Potter Companion, p. 429.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Stouffer, p. 49.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Riphouse, p. 180.
  7. In the development of the story, Draco Malfoy has more than one wand.
  8. Neville Longbottom used his father's wand before he got his own.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Agarwal, Chitra and Nikita. (1007). Friends And Foes of Harry Potter: Names Decoded, p. 121.

Opinions were discussed at Wikipedia:Requests for deletion#Wands in Harry Potter. --Horeki (talk) 19:38, 25 August 2012 (UTC)