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  The Wizarding World is full of unanswered questions. Why was Wilfred Wistful? What was going through the head of the person who invented something quite as stupendously impractical as the exploding tuba? Why did the Hogwarts founders leave a distinctly dangerous patch of trees on their front door step?

 

  This is your chance to ask and get some answers. The aim of the game is to think up the stories and people behind those obscure wizarding discoveries, inventions and nicknames. Someone will pose a question and it’s your job to answer it in a sentence, then to pose one of your own. If there’s an explanation already in cannon then you can tell us that if you like, otherwise let your imagination run wild. You’ll earn 2 beans per post for your first 5 posts up until 31st October.

 

For Example….

Person 1: How was the jinx that causes leeks to sprout out of people’s ears invented?

Person 2: A very nasty altercation over steam tampering at the Welsh Amateur All-comers Soup Cook Out of 1248.

What possessed Barnabas the Barmy to try to teach Trolls Ballet?

And so on….

 

So, what really did possess Barnabas the Barmy to try to teach trolls ballet?

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Barnabas the Barmy is a brave soul who tried to teach ballet to trolls because he thought that every creature had a soft side, and this was his way of showing it to the world. He was clubbed to death for this. A real unsung hero!

 

What's the story behind the gloves of Boris the Bewildered being in the wrong hands? 

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Poor Boris the Bewildered had spilled ink all over his hands on the day his portrait was to be done, and he was already late, so the artist threw some gloves at him, he hastily put them on, and that is why his portrait has gloves on the wrong hands!

 

As none of the Founders of Hogwarts were Headmasters, how did they decide who would be the first Headmaster?

 

 

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They didn't. They split the job up between the four of them. Then, they had a national Hogwarts voting to see who the students and teachers wanted as the next headmaster.

Why did the founders think it was a good idea for a school to be next to a dangerous forest?

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The Forbidden Forest forest was just a normal forest when Hogwarts was founded.  It was the residual magic forest the school that enchanted the forest into what we know it as today.

 

How did people cast spells before the Latin language came into being?

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People cast spells because they are naturally, inherently, magic. Words (for spells) are often just intellect mnemonic devices -- no matter of what language they spring.

 

What ability does Crookshanks have that Pigwidgeon shown to him to determine if Pigwidgeon was an animagus?

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Crookshanks could communicate with other animals and he asked Pigwidgeon if he was an animagus. Crookshanks can also sense whether someone is or not because he was the Potter’s family cat (confirmed by J.K. Rowling supposedly) and therefore, had been around animagus’s for a long time.

Did the pieces in Wizarding chess stay broken after a game?

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Yes, the pieces stay broken. After you're finished playing you should collect most of them and put them back in the chess board, close it, shake it three times, and new pieces will appear inside the board.

 

Who was the first to discover the Animagus spell and how did it happen?

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A man named Mr. Animagus discovered the spell after screwing around to see if the position of the moon and other things affected a spell. He found out they did when he turned into a peacock. 

Did the Hogwarts professors all stay during Christmas break or did they all leave? How about Summer?

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We know some stayed over Christmas (they'd have to to look after the students): I reckon the ones for whom family wasn't a big draw probably did (like Prof. McGonagall who was a widow). As for summer I think a lot of them went off to unwind, to visit friends/family and maybe even to conduct research in far flung places where no teenagers could interrupt.

 

What lead 'Dangerous' Dai Llewellyn to get on the wrong side of a chimaera while on holiday in Greece?

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‘Dangerous' Dai Llewellyn was known for the dangerous things he would do during a quidditch match. Once, while on a holiday with a fellow friend and quidditch player, his friend dared him to screw around with a Chimaera just because Dai Llewellyn told his friend there was no way he would do it. His friend, looking for some amusement found no danger in it. Finally, for ten galleons, Dai agreed to do it. However, his act of stupidity and tempting a dangerous animal cost him his life. His friend, full of sadness and guilt at having caused Dai’s death, quit the quidditch team and went to live in a secluded village somewhere in Africa.

How did the people appoint a new headmaster and do you think that they tried to appoint one that was impartial towards the houses?

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The headmaster was chosen almost in the same way as the champions in the goblet of fire. A white basin filled in half with water. When it was really needed to pick a new headmaster the basin would show their name written over the water in silver puffs of smoke. 

How exactly came the idea of using toilets as an entrance to the Ministry of Magic for the employees? 

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It happened when an employee fell into a toilet and got his leg stuck. He tried to apparate out and that’s how they got the idea. ;)

What would the misistry do with children criminals who if they were were an adult would be put into Azkaban, but sense they are children cannot be?

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They have a young offenders institution in Inverness guarded by security trolls.

 

What led someone to invent something as disgusting as cockroach clusters?

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