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18 July 2015 @ 11:24 am





Hogwarts castle was not built by the founders, nor was it originally built to house a school. Castle building technology did not arrive in Britain until after the Norman Conquest in 1066. The founders most likely set up their “school” in a large town called Hogwarts, which had already existed in one form or another for millennia.

Hogwarts castle must have been built long after the founding for the defence of the town called Hogwarts and continued to be used for military and political purposes for many centuries afterward before it came to house the modern Hogwarts School.


I explain:


  • When Hogwarts was built

  • How it lead to the founding of Hogsmeade

  • What purpose the castle was used for before it became a school

  • Why it contains something as powerful as the Room of Requirement

 
 
13 July 2015 @ 10:26 pm





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Hogwarts did not appear fully form out of the founders’ shared vision; it evolved slowly over the centuries to the recognisable school in the Harry Potter books.

The modern version of Hogwarts is a post-industrial concept of education, where children are organised by age and progress in a linear fashion through distinct phases of learning. It is nothing like what the founders would have set up over 1000 years ago.

I have previously explained that the concept of school, as we understand it, simply did not exist during the founders’ time (Hogwarts: a Founding). The only form of instruction that existed for common people in dark ages was apprenticeships. The founders must have taken dozens of personal apprentices to be instructed in their own unique trades.

In essence what the founders set up were four individual apprenticeship schemes which were independent of each other but happened to inhabit the same area – most likely a fortified town call Hogwarts which had existed on this site for millennia (Hogwarts: a Founding)

However the four individual “schools” did eventually unite into one.

I explain:


  • What prompted the four different apprenticeship schemes to unite into one

  • What happened after Slytherin left

  • The original role of the sorting hat

  • How Hogwarts evolved into the modern school seen in the books


 
 
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I understand this topic has been analysed repeated and extrapolated on. Nearly every conceivable conspiracy theory has been rolled out to explain why Sirius (and James) escaped any kind of justice for what is essentially attempted murder, except of course, the one theory that no-one was willing to write down: maybe nobody cared enough to do anything.

I explain:


  • Why wizards attitudes to child protection are different to muggles


  • Why it would be more surprising if James and Sirus had been called to account.

 
 
14 February 2015 @ 10:47 pm




The wizarding world has many inherent prejudices, the most notable of which is pureblood prejudice against muggleborns and squibs. On a superficial level these view appear only to be a product of the nasty personalities of people like the Malfoys.

However this prejudice runs deep within wizarding society, so deep that pureblood families would rather breed themselves in complete degeneracy than broaden their gene pool with non-purebloods. Whilst we can write this off as pure pig-headed dedication to ideology. I believe that there is a much deeper, rational reason behind pureblood prejuidice.

I explore:


  • Why pureblood families continued to inbreed to the point of degeneracy.

  • Where pureblood prejudice came from and how it developed

  • The effects of seclusion on wizarding culture and stigma

  • The genetics behind squibs/muggleborns and why they are hated by the pureblood supremists.


 
 
04 February 2015 @ 01:08 pm



Exploring


  • How humans became magical

  • Our evolutionary relationship with fellow magical creatures.

  • The genes responsible for being magical and how they are inherited

  • The existence of squibs and and unusual explanation for Muggleborns.

Magic will always be magic and the beauty is that it does not follow the laws of science or logic. It is something wild, unexplained and unknowable, but given this blog is all about semantics: I say to hell with beauty, let's douse Magic in science and see what strange hybrid ideas are produced!

Read on LJ

 
 
 
27 January 2015 @ 07:39 pm



Is Voldemort truly evil or does he have a psychiatric condition?

Why is he unable to love?

If he is incapable of love can he truly be held responsible for his actions?


Voldemort remains one the most iconic villains in children’s literature. However, because of his iconic status, it can be difficult to recognise and relate to him him as a truly three dimensional character because in order to do so we must analyse him as a real person rather than a plot device.


I explore the root cause for Voldemort's inability to love and why, regardless of this "handicap" Voldemort is still ultimately responsible for his choices and his actions.


 
 
27 August 2014 @ 11:14 pm
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Exploring

  • War and conflict in the wizarding world

  • The history of Dark Lords and violent uprisings

  • Why Voldemort was so successful in terrorizing the population

  • Why the Ministry is so powerless against Dark Lords.


 
 
24 August 2014 @ 08:21 pm


We have seen that the demographics of the wizarding world resembles pre-industrial Britain between the late middle ages and the early modern period. I have discussed the burden of infectious diseases on wizarding society but traditionally disease is not the only problem facing pre-industrial societies.

Where death stalks the land, it does so in the twin forms of war and plague.


  • Why we cannot assume that the Ministry is similar to a Muggle Government

  • Why wizarding society is inherently unstable

  • Why injustice is so widespread in wizarding society

 
 
23 August 2014 @ 09:25 pm



Exploring:


  • Infant mortality in the wizarding world and why there is so little evidence for it

  • How wizarding society functions

  • Why having a large family is beneficial

  • Why wizards/witches may have a very different attitude to family planning



In previous essays, I have explored how infectious disease can create high death rates in wizarding society. This does not just effect the population structure, it has huge consequences on how society functions and how the wizarding world approaches family planning.

Draco Malfoy is probably not a single child by choice...