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Comment author: PetjaY 08 October 2016 04:35:37PM 1 point [-]

Legal does not mean "accepted". For us you could replace it with hugging: "Can I delay or prevent someone from getting from point A to point B by hugging them in the hallway? What if three people all decide they want to hug same person at once? Twelve people? A hundred?"

Most interaction between people is controlled by people losing social status when behaving wrong, and some mild violence (mostly pushing away) for more extreme misbehavior. Laws are only needed for really extreme cases.

Comment author: Pavitra 30 November 2016 06:09:47PM 0 points [-]

That's a good point, but I'm still not convinced.

Hugging is, potentially, fast: if A tries to hug B and B pulls away, a hug has still occurred. Sex takes longer: there's complicated steps involving disrobing and so forth. Your argument applies to, say, groping; but if B doesn't want to cooperate then that becomes relevant before sex has occurred. It's clear ("safe", "take matters into her own hands") that there is not a reliable way of getting out of sex.

Also, the dialogue ("Prohibition", "too much") seems to suggest social acceptance.

Comment author: Alicorn 16 April 2009 11:35:49PM 2 points [-]

Considering that an alicorn is a unicorn's horn, I think mine is a fairly girly username. Unless there is a unicorn-loving male element I should be aware of.

Comment author: Pavitra 11 September 2014 08:38:14PM 1 point [-]

Wacky theory: it sounds masculine because it ends in a consonant.

Comment author: gwern 22 February 2014 11:09:39PM -1 points [-]

My guess is one possible aversion is 'have the protagonist be mind-altered so the obvious clues don't add up', which is one of the leading theories for 'why hasn't Harry figured out yet that Quirrel is Voldemort even though people were figuring that out by like ch20?'

Comment author: Pavitra 23 February 2014 12:01:05AM 3 points [-]

Well, part of it is that Quirrel is Voldemort in canon, which is significant evidence that Harry doesn't have.

Comment author: Pavitra 15 September 2013 07:10:30PM 0 points [-]

I don't think it's a good idea to do a formal memorization of something that's not based on any kind of scientific research.

Comment author: Dentin 04 September 2013 04:09:34PM *  32 points [-]

There is no glory, no beauty in death. Only loss. It does not have meaning. I will never see my loved ones again. They are permanently lost to the void. If this is the natural order of things, then I reject that order. I burn here my hopelessness, I burn here my constraints. By my hand, death shall fall. And if I fail, another shall take my place ... and another, and another, until this wound in the world is healed at last.

Anonymous, found written in the Temple at 2013 Burning Man

Comment author: Pavitra 04 September 2013 05:57:17PM 16 points [-]

Part of that seems to be from HPMOR. I'm not sure where the rest comes from.

Comment author: jimmy 03 September 2013 01:47:02AM 16 points [-]

"To know thoroughly what has caused a man to say something is to understand the significance of what he has said in its very deepest sense." -Willard F. Day

Comment author: Pavitra 04 September 2013 05:41:30PM -1 points [-]

On the other hand, one should consider not only what was said, but also what should have been said.

Comment author: NancyLebovitz 30 June 2013 12:39:35PM 3 points [-]

Here's a miserable plot possibility. Hermione was concealed, something went wrong, and the feeling of her mind going past was because a number of other things happened, and the concealed Hermione was killed.

Neutral plot possibility: usually, dying minds aren't felt in the wizarding world. Something unusual was going on, and I don't know what it was.

Comment author: Pavitra 08 July 2013 06:21:03AM -1 points [-]

Neutral plot possibility: usually, dying minds aren't felt in the wizarding world. Something unusual was going on, and I don't know what it was.

This seems unlikely. There was a mention about ghosts being caused by "the burst of magic that accompanied the violent death of a wizard" (or something along those lines -- I don't feel like looking up the exact quote right now.)

Comment author: LucasSloan 30 June 2013 07:17:57AM 4 points [-]

Well, in the spirit of sticking your neck out:

Harry was sorted into Slytherin.

Dumbledore created Harry to be the ideal literary hero.

Lord Voldemort doesn't want to conquer the world.

Dumbledore is working on way more advance information than everyone else.

Comment author: Pavitra 30 June 2013 10:17:01AM *  11 points [-]

Counter-evidence: Harry produces blue and bronze sparks at Ollivander's.

As long as we're sticking necks out, though:

  • Definitely: The horcrux technology uses the ghost phenomenon. Specifically, by causing the violent death of a wizard under controlled conditions (i.e., murder) it's possible to harness the powerful burst of magic to make a ghost of the living caster instead of of the dying victim: a backup copy. A ghost may be static data rather than a running instance, but hey, so is a cryo patient.

  • Definitely: Baby Harry was overwritten with a horcrux-backup-copy of Voldemort. Voldemort didn't plan on childhood amnesia, though, and much of the information was erased (or at least made harder to access consciously). The Remembrall-like-the-Sun indicated the forgotten lifetime as Riddle. Remnants of Voldemort's memories are the reason Harrymort has a cold side; his upbringing in a loving family is the reason he has a warm side.

  • Mere hunch: In chapter 45, the Dementor recognized Harry as Voldemort and addressed him by name: "Riddle".

  • Mere hunch: Voldemort may have chosen to impress his horcrux in a living human in order to try to get around the "static data" problem. If it had worked, he would have forked himself -- there would have been two fully functional running instances of Voldemort, all the time, plus twelve hours a day worth of Time-copies.

Comment author: Alsadius 30 June 2013 09:05:48AM 1 point [-]

The soul releasing seems easy enough to fake, as does Hermione's comment to the Patronus. Hermione being under an invisibiliy cloak near fake-Hermione would do for the Patronus taking Harry to her(though screaming mid-combat would be quite dangerous, even invisible).

The hardest part would be creating a fake Hermione sufficiently well to convince both the troll and Harry. Do we know of any magic sufficient to that task? Copying the form can be done, as was done with the Azkaban breakout, but the blood and the talking both seem outside the capabilities of that spell.

Comment author: Pavitra 30 June 2013 10:04:19AM 1 point [-]

It's not obvious to me how to fake the soul releasing. It was perceived by the magic-sense, not just with the muggle senses.

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Comment author: Qiaochu_Yuan 26 March 2013 08:07:20PM 4 points [-]

I know how Eliezer is using the word "insane."

Comment author: Pavitra 27 March 2013 12:05:15PM 0 points [-]

Just because $CELEBRITY uses it that way doesn't make it right. This usage is conflating two usefully distinct concepts.

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