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Initial post: Nov 5, 2009 8:18:12 AM PST
M. Svitak says:
After reading the books (and listening to the audiobooks I don't know how many times) and since I know the story lines so well, I start to think about the details. And sometimes I have questions that probably have no answers, but are just nitpicky little things. So I thought I'd start a thread posting some of these thoughts and invite comments or your own questions.

So here goes-- If Filch is cleaning the castle all day, and roaming the corridors at night, when does he sleep? And how exactly does he clean the whole castle-- I'm assuming the House Elves help with the dormitories and such, but even if he just has to do the corridors and classrooms, that's a lot of work, especially if he's a squib.
Any thoughts?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2009 5:28:20 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 6, 2009 5:29:16 AM PST
He's only 30 years old, and the work and no sleep show in his appearance? (Just Kidding) As to sleep, in many facilities (colleges and universities) the janitorial staff works from early morning to mid-day. I think Filch probably takes from around 4 a.m. till noon to sleep. The likelihood students would be prowling early in that time is remote, and when they are - going to classes - there are teachers and prefects to keep order. If they are, I'm sure Peeves would love to wake Filch up with some snotty poem.

I suspect that house elves do indeed do the dormitories. Filch gives no indication that he knows any passwords. (If he does, I'm changing the one on my computer.) Passwords in his brain would be too dangerous to consider. "I'll get those brats to my dungeon now."

Only in Order of the Phoenix do we really get an idea of vigilant Argus.
He must use no magic to clean, which would explain why he couldn't get passed F & G's bog in the hallway.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2009 9:34:43 AM PST
Come to think of it, maybe that's *why* they hired a squib-- with all the loose magic in the halls after classes change, cleaning spells might go *boom* accidentally. The teachers must have enough to do to make their classrooms safe in time for the next class.

Posted on Nov 6, 2009 1:40:50 PM PST
krdieder says:
Funny, I've actually wondered this before myself. Glad I'm not the only one! :)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2009 6:26:46 PM PST
M. Svitak says:
Does this mean I'm insane too? <<grin>>

Posted on Nov 7, 2009 3:44:53 PM PST
M. Svitak says:
OK, how about this one--

Peter Pettigrew was the weakest of the four friends in terms of his magical abilities, yet he was able to kill Cedric with Avada Kedavra even though Moody tells DADA class that not everyone can do it, you need to have a good bit of magic to work that spell. Also, "Wormtail" was his nickname with the Marauders, yet that's what the Voldy and the Deatheaters (wow, does anyone know if that's one of those musical groups?) call him. In fact, I don't know if he's ever referred to as "Peter" after PoA.

Posted on Nov 8, 2009 8:53:41 AM PST
1593 says:
It was probably his choice to be called Wormtail -- he has such an affinity for rats!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 8, 2009 9:43:56 AM PST
I can't see Voldy passing up such a really insulting nickname, really. Nor James nor Sirius, either. As for the Avada Kedavra-- good question-- but making oneself into an Animagus, no matter what kind or how much help he had, also took a good bit of ability.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 8, 2009 2:18:38 PM PST
Maybe having magical ability and being a nice guy don't go hand in hand all the time. After all LV, as a wizard, did "great things - terrible, but great." Godric Gryffindor was apparently a good wizard and yet was quite more reasonable as a personality. Otherwise he would not have established help for Muggle-borns.

Posted on Nov 8, 2009 2:34:02 PM PST
1593 says:
I wonder if after Voldy went Moldy if the ministry took away Peter Pettigrew's Order of Merlin 1st Class posthumously.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 8, 2009 3:00:53 PM PST
Okay, that is a *really* good one....

Posted on Nov 8, 2009 5:11:28 PM PST
C. Wiley says:
I always wonder how unceremoniously they disposed of LV's body, as it is in a room by its self after the battle. One would think very little care would go into its disposal and it also makes one ponder if it would be buried next to his first body.

Posted on Nov 8, 2009 5:48:12 PM PST
1593 says:
JK Rowling leaves a lot of ends loose at the end of Deathly Hallows. You might read "Aftermath" by Moon Shadow Magic on --  She (I am assuming) poses a really good solution to that question -- and a lot of others. Enjoy

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 8, 2009 5:49:35 PM PST
M. Svitak says:
oooh, THAT'S a good question, what did they do with Moldy Voldy 1.0 and 2.0? No kin to claim him, can't see him buried in the Riddle family plot. I'm thinking cremation, maybe a little fiend fyre?
Or did 1.0 even leave a body in the Potter house? Hadn't thought of that at all.

Posted on Nov 8, 2009 5:52:30 PM PST
C. Wiley says:
1.0 as you dubbed it (good one btw) did leave a body due to he was ripped from his body , less then a ghost.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 9, 2009 8:02:48 AM PST
They never found body 1.0, though they obviously found Lily and an intact Harry. When Hagrid first explains it all to Harry in SS, he says Voldy vanished and nobody really knew whether he was dead or not.

1593: I'm blushing. (I am, in fact, a she.) In my fanfic I did have LV buried in his family plot because a) he'd have hated that and b) it conveniently cleared Frank Bryce's name in a way that Little Hangleton wouldn't forget. Oh, and c) I didn't think of fiendfyre.

Posted on Nov 9, 2009 9:18:31 AM PST
M. Svitak says:
MSM, cool, I started reading it, but need to continue when I have some nice quiet time to do it properly. But just from the little I read made me think of something else that always bothered me...

Why does Harry have a bed waiting for him in Gryffindor tower at the end of DH? He wasn't enrolled for that year so why would he assume that his four poster was still there? It never made any sense to me.

Posted on Nov 9, 2009 2:00:55 PM PST
1593 says:
After "the duel", I'll bet they would let Harry sleep in any palace he chose.

Posted on Nov 9, 2009 2:26:06 PM PST
C. Wiley says:
@ Svitak , I always figured his bed would be there and vacant due to there would be no other 7th years to sign up to take their beds?

@Moon, I read your fan fiction last night and I must say I enjoyed it.. Ty for sharing that.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 9, 2009 6:35:13 PM PST
Thanks for reading! I enjoyed writing that....

I agree-- with all the Muggle- borns excluded from the school and all the evacuees, I doubt anyone would have been using Harry's old bed, and the house- elves seemed like they'd be glad to fix it up quick.

Posted on Nov 9, 2009 7:25:20 PM PST
C. Wiley says:
I do not think it would matter who was excluded , best I can figure is the dorms are fit to size for the students of their year. If you remember Harry and them have the same dorm, same beds all thru out their school time. So if I first year was denied or was on run they would only affect their years dorm , not those of Neville and Dean ?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 9, 2009 7:58:11 PM PST
M. Svitak says:
And when you think about it, the whole dorm would've been empty as Dean was on the run, and Neville and Seamus were in the Room of Requirement.

Posted on Nov 12, 2009 8:51:45 AM PST
M. Svitak says:
OK, I have another one--

At the end of SS, Gryffindor lost spectacularly to Slytherin in the last Quiddich match because Harry was in the Hospital wing. Why doesn't Quiddich (at least at Hogwarts) have reserve players? Someone to substitute if someone gets hurt. When Harry and the twins were banned in OotP, Angelina got replacement players that they had to train, but wouldn't it have been easier if they had a second string that would train with the regular team?

Posted on Nov 12, 2009 10:48:27 AM PST
C. Wiley says:
That one I have to agree, as Ginny took Harry's spot although you could say they had more time to get replacements instead of a day or 2. But even so Draco had someone fill in for him while he was off in the Room of Requirements in HBP. So there for JK over looked that in the first book...... good catch.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2009 8:17:22 AM PST
There may be a rule for reserves in "Quidditch Through the Ages" but I think it's that the lineup can't be changed after the game starts. Quite possibly there was no Gryffindor capable of beating the Slytherin Seeker or no one willing to try; and since Hogwarts doesn't seem to willing to concede any actual importance to the sport (despite Captains' privileges and its popularity) perhaps even those who try out and don't make the team don't feel a reserve position is worth the time and effort taken from study.

Or, JKR might have left a plothole. Which answer is shorter?
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