Things That Make Absolutely No Sense About Harry Potter

Things That Make Absolutely No Sense About Harry Potter


When rereading the Harry Potter books or watching
the movies, it’s hard not to stumble onto little inconsistencies here and there. From limited career options to the logistics
of Polyjuice Potion, these are just a few Harry Potter details that don’t make sense. After a young witch or wizard graduates from
Hogwarts, they’re expected to join the adult wizarding world, and part of that is figuring
out which career works for them. During the fifth book in the series, Order
of the Phoenix, Harry visits Professor McGonagall for a required career advice meeting, and
they discuss which classes Harry should take to qualify for his desired post-grad job. However, besides becoming an Auror — a “dark
wizard catcher” — post-Hogwarts options seem pretty scarce, especially according to
the adults in Harry’s life. It’s never revealed what Harry’s parents,
James and Lily, did for a living, but almost every adult he knows growing up either works
for the wizarding government, the Ministry of Magic, or teaches at Hogwarts. Though there is a wizarding hospital, St.
Mungo’s, which is stocked with Healers, and some talented athletes might become Quidditch
players, this means there are roughly four viable career paths in the wizarding world. The stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed
Child, which serves as a sort of sequel to the original series, seems to confirm the
lack of career options — as adults, Harry, Ron and Hermione are all employed by the Ministry,
with Hermione even serving a term as the Minister of Magic. In Harry’s third year at Hogwarts, he discovers
the Marauder’s Map, an enchanted, moving map of Hogwarts that details every secret passageway,
contains every room, and shows the user where every single person within the castle is and
whether or not they’re on the move. A password-protected cheat sheet to the school,
the map is immensely useful to Harry throughout his time at Hogwarts and beyond. And, as it turns out, it was his birthright
all along; Harry’s father, James, helped create the map during his own time there. “I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.” Harry is given the map by Ron’s brothers Fred
and George, the notoriously mischievous Weasley twins, who have been its custodians for years,
but this seems a bit off, considering that the map apparently contained a huge, conspicuous
secret the entire time they had it. Peter Pettigrew, one of the map’s creators
and the man who betrayed Harry’s parents, spent 12 years posing as Ron’s pet rat and
sharing a dorm room with Ron and Harry, and apparently, Fred and George didn’t pay much
attention to the strange name hanging out with their brother for years. The twins may be troublemakers, but they’re
not stupid! It just doesn’t add up. One notable feature of Hogwarts is that it’s
filled with magical, moving portraits, and students and professors alike can communicate
with the seemingly sentient subjects within. From the portrait of the Fat Lady, who guards
the Gryffindor Common Room, to the former headmasters and headmistresses living in their
own commemorative portraits in Dumbledore’s office, this world is filled with painted
personalities who are fully capable of carrying on conversations with anyone who tries to
talk to them. “Password?” “Caput Draconis.” “Wow.” Though Harry never directly learns the rules
of portraits, it seems as if they’re only created when a wizard dies; after Dumbledore’s
death in Half-Blood Prince, his portrait appears alongside his predecessors in the headmaster’s
office, and as it turns out, he dispenses advice to Severus Snape, who takes up the
post in the seventh book. Even so, the exact mechanics of these magical
portraits remain bafflingly unclear. There’s definitely some part of the person
within the portraits, but does it only contain the knowledge they possessed until their death,
or can the portraits continue to evolve? “Eyes like the devil, he’s got, and a soul
as dark as his name. It’s him, headmaster. The one they all talk about. He’s here.” Every portrait Harry encounters seems to be
able to process and learn new information, making the concept all the more confusing;
naturally, the magic behind this went unexplained throughout the series. Harry encounters plenty of action and adventure
during his time in Hogwarts, which seems par for the course for a kid constantly evading
the most dangerous dark wizard of all time. As a result, he also encounters plenty of
injuries — from regrowing all of the bones in his arm to recovering from deadly curses. The medical staff at Hogwarts is usually on
high alert, and the school nurse, Madam Pomfrey is capable of mending broken bones in the
blink of an eye. Madam Pomfrey’s skills extend beyond life
and death circumstances as well; when Hermione ends up cursed with expanding teeth, the nurse
shrinks them so that they’re cosmetically perfect, even though Hermione’s teeth weren’t
perfect before she was hit with the curse. With that being said, it’s a little odd that
so many characters in Harry’s world, including Harry himself, wear glasses. If Madam Pomfrey or any healer at St. Mungo’s
can cure poisoned snake bites and broken legs, why can’t they fix something as simple as
astigmatism? One of the most interesting potions in the
wizarding world is Polyjuice Potion, a brew that allows the user to transform into any
other person for one hour, as long as they have a “bit” of that person — which, in
Harry’s experience, typically means a hair or two from the person’s head. In Harry’s second year, he and Ron impersonate
two Slytherin students, Crabbe and Goyle, to figure out if Harry’s nemesis, Draco Malfoy,
is using the Chamber of Secrets to attack Muggleborn students. “Why are you wearing glasses?” “Uh… um… reading.” “Reading? I didn’t know you could read.” Then, in Harry’s fourth year, it turns out
that one of his professors is not the actual Auror Mad-Eye Moody, but a Death Eater pretending
to be Moody thanks to the potion. Despite the difficult brewing process, Polyjuice
Potion is a constant factor throughout Harry’s journey. If Polyjuice Potion seems too good to be true,
you’re right — there are any number of problems the user could encounter while using
it, beyond Hermione accidentally using a cat hair in Chamber of Secrets and ending up in
the hospital wing. Even if you look exactly like the person you’re
impersonating, anyone who knows them well enough would likely notice if your mannerisms
are off. The entire situation could be blown wide open
when someone whose hair has been used for Polyjuice suddenly doesn’t remember conversations
or experiences they had with other people. Polyjuice might seem foolproof, but it’s far
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100 comments

  1. The thing about portraits is actually explained in one of the pottermore books and a bit in the cursed child

  2. How about the fact that there's only one sport that gets showcased in this world and it's not all that fun when you think about it.  I mean 99 and a half out of 100 times the game ends when some one grabs a buzzing gold ping pong ball which is a game by itself.

  3. there's a theory that only marauders can see one another on the map, hence why fred and george couldn't see peter. the only reason harry could see peter is because he has james' blood

  4. Question: How did the Weasley twins learn how to use to map? Like, how did they figure out the sayings? Filch obviously didn't know and Snape tried and failed.

  5. The Cursed Child is not a sequel of sorts. It's a big flaming dump that was taken on the orginial series. I honestly can not for the life of me. Figure out why JK Rowling signed off on it. Though considering the mess(not bad but a total mess) the Fantastic Beast movies are maybe Rowling has just lost her touch. She for sure doesn't know how to write a movie. I will forever love Harry Potter and her for making it. I however can't pretend i am not incredibly disappointed with her follow up work. She created it so it's hers to do with what she wants, but after FB2 i have zero intrest in the third film.

  6. Wish they would have mentioned the most glaringly terrible things about these stories….basically how every single problem/conflict is resolved by a deus ex machina, for example, every time there's an obstacle they have to overcome, a minute later it's revealed that some magical device or spell already exists to solve that speciric problem alone…"Oh wait, we can't get past this door"…"Oh, yeah, I just so happened to learn a door opening spell five minutes ago even though the author never bothered to introduce that concept peior to this moment"

  7. Careful now, pretty soon you might start to scrutinize these books and this universe and realize J.K. Rowling can't write for shit.

  8. You forgot all the adult wizards who run shops or other businesses.

    The map doesn't show the house wings, therefore it wouldn't show Peter Pettigrew when he was in Ron's dorm.

    Also, something being unexplained is NOT the same as making no sense.

  9. One thing that always got me: Ok Hogwarts is a School for Wizards – but it's also still a school for children. Potions, Defence against the Dark Arts etc all very cool but you never see them learning English. Or maths, science, geography…

  10. Weirdly limited career options | @
    Marauder's Map inconsistencies | @
    Anything about the portraits | @
    Why do wizards wear glasses? | @
    Most things about Polyjuice Potion | @

  11. Instead of "things that absolutely makes no sense", the things in this video are simply "things that we don't understand yet or find confusing" because seriously, all of these things can be explained or answered easily. There have been some confusing loopholes that I've heard before about HP, but these things on the list aren't loopholes imo..

  12. First is bullshit. There are a lot of people who have different jobs. Ollivander, Madame Pomfrey, Weasley brothers. Second one is too. There are hundreds of people and who the fuck will track Ron?

  13. “4 viable career options for in wizarding world”……. in other words, you were too lazy to think of any more….

  14. There tons of magical careers…

    You’re just limiting your thinking to what Harry, Ron and Hermione did.

    George and Fred started a joke shop… but there’s a lot of shops in Diagon Alley.
    Someone must craft the wands that go into Olivanders, or source the dark relics in Borgin and Burke, or create the next Nimbus broomstick, or become a quidditch player or… source fantastic beasts for various magic purposes…

  15. One thing that bugs the daylights out of me, once I figured it out, was, why didn’t Harry “sense” the horcrux when he and Hermione were in the elevator with Dolores Umbridge?

    I mean, she had to have it with her because Hermione was with Umbridge all the way down to the courtroom.

    Never mind the fact of the timeturner. I mean, travel back in time to stop the conception🙄

  16. Ok for Number 1. Dudes just no what about working as a writter independent or either of the newspaper, or charlie weasly taking care and studying dragons, or bill weasly at gringots those are just that come to mind you sold it pretty low at just 5 examples also alchemeist maybe? Shopkeepers. for number 3 its not absent of sense but yes it is obscure. and number 5…so it's difficult to get away with…that doesn't make it nonsensical

  17. A nurse not fixing something so obvious as eyesight is not surprising since every student has to go back to the normal world where such a change would be super obvious leading to the exposure of the magical world, something that magicians have been trying to prevent.

  18. voldemort could have turned anything harry wanted to usually touch like his toothbrush into a port key but instead he turned the goblet of fire trophy into one and then had to send in a spy to hogwards to work out a meticulous plan to have harry win a super hard tournament against 3 experienced and older students in a place everyone and their mum would be watching. Great thinking voldemort! You sure are a believable villain!

  19. Nothing makes sense in H.P. series. I can't bare comparing JKR to Tolkien or GRRM, she didn't create the whole world, just a main plot with charters and some random stuff that she doesn't know how to explain so she says "well, it's just magic". WTF is wrong with magical beasts for example? Why he can close this case, yet he doesn't do it when it is most needed, but only when checked by the guard? And if they can cure everything why don''t they cure cancer? Why they have Christmas, do they believe in Christ or what? How they can hide from Mugols for so long but they have no spell that works against Avada Cedavra? Where are the boundaries? J.K. Rowling is NOT a good writer, she had only 1/3 of the idea, the rest? She doesn't know herself, yet she put 1/3 of the world into the books anyways…

    PS. Avada Cedavra is not an inside joke, actually the original spell "Abracadabra" is spelled differently and means giving or taking energy with the help of good or bad entities.

  20. PS. Avada Cedavra is not an inside joke, actually the original spell "Abracadabra" is spelled differently and means giving or taking energy with the help of good or bad entities.

  21. Explanations:

    1. Other careers that you didn't list: Dragon Keeper (ex: Charlie Weasley and the other dragon dudes in GoF), Curse Breaker (ex: Bill Weasley), Writer, Wandmaker, businessman.

    2. Fred and George Weasley didn't know who Peter Pettigrew was, and they never looked at areas of the map where Ron was. They used it to look for secret passages/areas and professors/prefects when sneaking around.

    3. Portraits have the memories/thoughts they have of when the person was alive.

    4. Maybe they like the way they look with glasses. I personally prefer Harry, McGonagall, and Dumbledore's appearance with glasses. They might too.

    5. Yes, the polyjuice potion is very risky to use. That's why drinkers must be careful.

  22. First one there are many jobs. Hell there are even bartenders!

    Teeth can be fixed in the muggle world too. But glasses has a lot to do with genetics.

  23. I don’t understand why transfiguration is considered one of the core subjects. “Oh yeah I need one extra glass. Lucky that I have a spare parrot, I’ll just tranfigure it” lmao I think muggle studies should be a core subject instead.

  24. 1. First of all, maybe there weren't a lot of options that were named in the books, that doesn't mean that they don't exist. Harry's career was just a side-plot, so of course you don't get every little detail. Just because you can't see it doesn't mean it's not there. Second of all, even if there weren't a lot of options, why is that a plothole. They could work more normal jobs, that muggles also do, but use their magic. I don't see why you made a problem out of this.
    third of all, just because Harry, Ron and Hermione went to work for the ministery doesn't mean other jobs don't exist. It makes sense that they'd get similar jobs, as they have similar interests, as they are friends.

    2. There are so many theories about how this could work. I'll name the (in my opinion) most likely one: The Marauders, who made the map, also had the power to make themselves invisible on the map (this wouldn't be very farfetched, as they know how the magic of the map works). The night that Harry did see Peter Pettigrew (who is a Marauder, and therefore co-maker of the map), it was because Pettigrew thought he'd be able to escape the castle that night, so he let his guard down. Or he forgot to make himself invisible, or he did something wrong (this also wouldn't be so farfetched, as Pettigrew is incredibly clumsy).
    3. The portraits are enchanted to move and be sentient. They have personalities, and the ability to speak. Still, their intelligence is far lower than that of a human. An enchanted portrait may have elements of a person in it, but is not the complete person. Only a fragment of their memory at most. They are able to learn information, but their memory is limited: they can't remember things for very long.
    4. WHAT?!?!?! You're just making assumptions that curing ailments, and how bad they are, is the same in the wizarding world as it is in hours. It could very well be that for some reason. My theory would be that bad eyesight is a thing you're born with (I know that it sometimes becomes worse with age, but most of the time it is already determined from birth), unlike a broken arm, which is not predetermined.
    5. First of all, you'd have to be extremely paranoid to assume someone is using polyjuice potion, just because their mannerisms are a bit off. That sort of thing could happen for any number of reasons. Having a bad day perhaps? No! Polyjuice potion! Stubbed your toe and walking a bit weird perhaps? No! Polyjuice potion!
    Second of all, Malfoy in part two isn't particularly bright, Barty Crouch Jr. in part four was very smart and a good actor, the relationship of the people in the ministery in part seven is purely professional and not personal, and the imperius curse was used in part seven to get into Gringotts.

    OH MY GOD DO YOUR RESEARCH. EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THESE DAMN 'HARRY POTTER PLOTHOLES' VIDEO'S ARE SO STUPID.

    – A passionate Harry Potter fan who will defend the series until the end of time

  25. There are so many jobs available. Who do you think makes all the different things; cauldron, robes,crystal balls, candy, books, quills, parchment, jewelry, toys, etc. we’re limited as readers because it’s from Harry’s viewpoint.

  26. Ok, this has been driving me crazy for seven movies now, and I know you’re going to roll your eyes, but hear me out: Harry Potter should have carried a 1911. Here’s why: Think about how quickly the entire WWWIII (Wizarding-World War III) would have ended if all of the good guys had simply armed up with good ol’ American hot lead. Basilisk? Let’s see how tough it is when you shoot it with a .470 Nitro Express. Worried about its Medusa-gaze? Wear night vision goggles. The image is light-amplified and re-transmitted to your eyes. You aren’t looking at it–you’re looking at a picture of it. Imagine how epic the first movie would be if Harry had put a breeching charge on the bathroom wall, flash-banged the hole, and then went in wearing NVGs and a Kevlar-weave stab-vest, carrying a SPAS-12. And have you noticed that only Europe seems to a problem with Deatheaters? Maybe it’s because Americans have spent the last 200 years shooting deer, playing GTA: Vice City, and keeping an eye out for black helicopters over their compounds. Meanwhile, Brits have been cutting their steaks with spoons. Remember: gun-control means that Voldemort wins. God made wizards and God made muggles, but Samuel Colt made them equal. Now I know what you’re going to say: “But a wizard could just disarm someone with a gun!” Yeah, well they can also disarm someone with a wand (as they do many times throughout the books/movies). But which is faster: saying a spell or pulling a trigger? Avada Kedavra, meet Avtomat Kalashnikova.

  27. what kind of bull is this? wizzards can only work in ministry or at school? what about magical shops, and pubs (diagon/nocturne alley, hogsmeade), what about gringotts (Bill Weasley), what about care for magical creatures (Charlie Weasley)? there is only one path after school?

  28. Magical creature breeding, taming owls to deliver post, growing plants: especially the ones for potions ingredients and the trees needed for wands, making robes/clothes and selling them, making broomsticks, selling food, selling pets, managing a hotel – all mentioned at one point in the books. Also The reason Harry's parents managed to leave him so much gold was because James father became rich by inventing hair products.

  29. The one thing that doesn't make sense to me is why Pollyjuice Potion doesn't work the same way for animal transformations in terms of turning in an hour. Also, why was Hermione's transformation in The Chamber of Secrets incomplete. Why wasn't she on all fours without an ability to speak?

  30. Why does tom say split soul 7 times when harry is the MISTAKEN 7th hoar crux. Shouldnt he have said 6

  31. Fred and George Weasley already new all the secret passageways of the school and didn’t use it for the two years that harry and ron started at hogwarts and would not have noticed while at home because it only shows hogwarts

  32. Because Peter Pettigrew was in animagus form for all those 12 years. The maruader’s map doesn’t pick up animals.

  33. Magical animals! I understand hiding the wizarding world from muggles but why conceal random animals such as gnomes and grindylows from muggles? It makes no sense

  34. Charlie Weasley trained or cared for dragons and Bill Weasley was a banker.

    There are plenty of shopkeepers in Hogsmeade, Diagon Alley, and Knockturn Alley.

    …Okay. So polyjuice potion disguises are not foolproof. Who said otherwise?

  35. You lost me at point number one. Firstly, Harry, Ron and Hermione aren’t all hired by the Ministry- Ron by then was working at the joke shop at the time of the cursed child. There are plenty of careers in the Magical World… wand maker, Professor, dragon handler, magical merchandise inventor and enchanter, photographer, auror and lower down versions of aurors who deal with more mundane issues, quidditch player, journalist, sports writer, bartender, shop keeper, obviously someone who have to make magical beverages and sweets, potions ingredients collector and seller, potions inventer, magical creature handler, breeders of magical creatures, healers, careers in the ministry, dark artefact dealers, people who deal with the rights of magical creatures, bankers (like Bill), people who make sure muggles don’t discover the secret, people who deal with muggle artefacts, people who make and sell potions (Fred and George were even selling pre-made potions), enchanter of novelty items like at the quidditch World Cup, person who sells sports memorabilia, gambling, fashion designer, troll security guard trainer, quidditch commentator, quidditch referee, agricultural (magical folk still need to eat- we even see hagrid growing pumpkins and using magical gardening repellent to make them big), curse breaker, artists, broom stick enchanter/ creator, snitch maker and enchanter, blugger maker and enchanter etc etc, people who deal with cursed objects, builders (houses didn’t just pop out of thin air, someone had to make them, even if they used magic), authors like bathilda, historians, book enchanters (remember that book Hagrid assigned? Someone enchanted it), editor, publisher…
    And yes, Rowling doesn’t go into detail about careers not important to the plot. She probably didn’t want to make her books too long and include mundane details about random professions, but assume we would realise that if she mentioned something like butterbeer, we the reader would make the intuitive leap that someone had the job of making it.
    As for James and Lily… I thought it was stated that they finished school and went into hiding because of Voldemort. James’ family was wealthy because his dad invented a grooming potion or something (I remember reading something like that somewhere), so they didn’t need to work then. Then they died at 21 or something so couldn’t exactly establish careers. Do research before making a video like this, you just look dumb if you don’t.

  36. Have you even read the books properly???????
    There are so many wizarding career options :
    Auror, Ministry of Magic official, Teacher, Writer, Editor, Herbologist, Magizoologist, Quidditch player, Healer, Shopkeeper(eg. Flourish and Blotts), magical inventor, Magical craftsperson, Wandmaker, Referee, Curse-Breaker, Dragon keeper, Pub landlord and many more.
    Honestly, You should do some research

  37. It makes no sense when he could see the horse things when you see people die because he saw his parents die but it said he only saw them when he saw cedric die

  38. The portraits are painted before the witch or wizard dies but they are hanged after their deaths. And the witch or wizard can teach their portraits what to say after their deaths. This is how Dumbledore told Snape what to do next.

  39. you can still work in every single shop in diagon alley or work in hogsmade

    and sight cant be healed it is the way you ere made

  40. Wear glasses is probably like cancer. Bones can be fixed irl but problems with eyes and cancer usually can't. I believe magic is a type o tech. Therefore new things are still to be discovered.

  41. I never understood how Harry's parents died so young but were able to leave Harry so much money! Is there wizard's life insurance?

  42. Yeah, yeah. We kept telling her that her story didn't make sense. She just kept making weird stuff up. Oh well, I still have my memoirs.

  43. In te fifth book it's stated that prefects can't dock points but in the second percy do ks five because ron was in the girls bathroom

  44. 5:52. You seriously didn't even mention the fact that in chamber of secrets Harry and Ron need to make their voices sound like Crabbe and Goyle and in Goblet of fire Barty Crouch . Jr sounded exactly like Moody (there was no proof in the book but it just seemed like it)?

  45. I didn't really pay attention to the fact that they changed the common room painting of the Fat Lady until I saw this video, but WOW she looks different

  46. 1:21
    Proves you've no interest in crosschecking your facts, in correlation with the book.
    Harry never found out about Peter Pettigrew's locations.
    It was Remus. Now, an interesting and logical response to the question could be that even though the marauder's map showed the location of every person within the span of the the map, the identity of the four creators stayed hidden. It would make sense to keep them hidden, given there's nothing even remotely suggested against it in the books
    It's the movie's fault, and not a plot hole.

  47. Also in the first 2 movies dumbledore is a wise old man but in the other movies he’s an old maniac

  48. I always told myself the map only shows the "known" name. Everyone knew him as Scabbers so it showed "Scabbers"… Once Harry heard his "true" name, the map was like "oh thats this guy right here".

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