“Harry Potter” may be one of the most beloved series in the world, but that doesn’t mean J.K. Rowling’s books are perfect.
“As obsessive fans will tell you, I do slip up!” Rowling said on her archived fan site. “Several classrooms move floors mysteriously between books and these are the least serious continuity errors! Most of the fan sites will point you in the direction of my mistakes.”
We’re not here to point out every single error — like dates that don’t make sense, continuity errors, or mistakes fixed in future additions — but instead to focus on plot points that still plague fans eight years after the final book was released.
Keep reading to see the biggest plot holes in “Harry Potter.”
James or Lily Potter could have been their own Secret Keepers.
The reason Harry’s parents were murdered by Lord Voldemort was because he was able to find their hiding place after their Secret Keeper Peter Pettigrew betrayed their location and broke the Fidelius Charm.
But fans have wondered why James Potter chose one of his friends to perform the charm when he could have been his own Secret Keeper?
In “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” it was revealed Bill Weasley and Arthur Weasley became their own Secret Keepers: Bill for Shell Cottage where he lives with his wife Fleur and Arthur for Aunt Muriel’s home.
Since the most fool-proof form of protection would be if the Secret Keeper stayed in the protected home, why couldn’t James or Lily have performed the charm themselves?
Ollivander loses money on every wand he sells.
The “Harry Potter” tribute band Harry and the Potters has a fantastic song about how wizard economics make absolutely no sense. The best example is how a unicorn hair costs 10 galleons while a wand from Ollivander — some of which contain unicorn hair and other expensive cores like dragon heartstring and phoenix feathers — will only cost you seven galleons.
Assuming he doesn’t cut the hair while making the wand, Ollivander is selling his wands at a loss of at least three galleons.
Wizard children learn no basic reading, writing, or math skills.
Harry, Hermione, and the other Muggle-raised witches and wizards are all taught at least basic math and reading skills before attending Hogwarts.
But once they get to Hogwarts, their Muggle education is done and they focus on magical classes like Transfiguration, Arithmancy, Charms, and others. During the seven years the students spend at Hogwarts, they are never taught advanced math, literature, music, health, or any foreign languages.
That would be tragic enough, but as far as we can tell, students from magical families don’t go to any school at all until they’re 11 years old and receive their letter from Hogwarts.
Is this why Hagrid and Mr. Weasley have so much trouble with Muggle money? Is this the reason Ron needs Hermione to help him so often with his school work since he was never taught to properly write an essay?
So many questions, so little education.
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