What are some amazing knots/coincidences/events that are untied in the Harry Potter series?

Yilise Lin’s Answer:

In Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the first thing Snape asks Harry in Potions class is, “Potter! What would I get if I added powdered root of asphodel to an infusion of wormwood?”

According to the Victorian Language of Flowers [1], asphodel is a type of lily meaning ‘my regrets follow you to the grave’ and wormwood means ‘absence’and symbolizes bitter sorrow. The entire question has a hidden meaning of “I bitterly regret Lily’s death”.

Alexander Irpan’s Answer:
At the end of the first book, Harry, Ron, and Hermione try to retrieve the Sorcerer’s Stone. On the way, they encounter seven obstacles. Each obstacle foreshadows/symbolizes something about the corresponding book in the series.

As a refresher, the seven traps in order are:
  1. The trapdoor guarded by Fluffy
  2. The Devil’s Snare
  3. The flying key room
  4. The chess game
  5. The troll
  6. The potion logic puzzle
  7. The Mirror of Erised
    (Continue reading the rest of his answer to see how the seven traps in the 1st book foreshadowed the entire series…)

    Joseph Chastain’s Answer:
    In Prisoner of Azkaban Trelawny refuses to sit at a table with 12 other characters because she would be the 13th and the first one to get up after that would die. In Order of the Phoenix, 13 members of the order are sitting and Sirius is the first to stand.

    Part of Vijay Sarathy’s Answer:
    As Professor Trelawney tells us in Book 3, whenever 13 people gather, the first to leave the group will be the first to die. In chapter 5, 13 of the survivors of Voldemort’s attack (Harry, Ron, Hermione, Mr. and Mrs. Weasley, Fred, George, Bill, Fleur, Ginny, Hagrid, Tonks, and Lupin) all drink firewhiskey together. Lupin is both the first to finish his glass (he had “drained his glass in one”) and the first to leave the gathering (to look for Mad-Eye’s body). He dies first.

    Steve Jones’s Answer:
    In Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, on his first trip into the Forbidden Forest, Harry comes face to face with Voldemort. This was the first time they meet in the series (as Harry does not remember their meeting as a baby). Harry is rescued by Firenze, who is chastised by the other centaurs (especially Bane). They ask Firenze how much he has told Harry, and warn him that centaurs do not set themselves against what is written in the stars.

    In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Firenze is banished from the herd for agreeing to help Dumbledore. The other centaurs however show their respect for Dumbledore during his funeral in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

    In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Harry enters the Forbidden Forest for the last time, and comes face to face with Voldemort again. Here the Prophecy comes full circle, and ”either must die at the hand of the other for neither can live while the other survives.” Voldemort casts the Killing Curse at Harry and both fall briefly unconscious. The centaurs do nothing to prevent this, only joining the battle with the second wave (when everyone believe Harry Potter is dead)

    So in conclusion, that final key scene in Deathly Hallows is foreshadowed in the first book, as it seems that (known to the centaurs) it had always been written in the stars that Harry and Voldemort would meet in the forest with deathly consequences.


    My other favourite bit of foreshadowing in Philosopher’s Stone is when Harry is learning about his past and asks Hagrid what happened to Voldemort. Hagrid replies ”Some say he died. Codswallop in my opinion. Dunno if he had enough human left in him to die” which of course foreshadows the creation of Horcruxes

    And there’s still so many more mind-blowing details woven throughout the series that are pointed out in the rest of these answers. JK Rowling accomplished an impressive feat with the Harry Potter series.
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    humansofnewyork:

My name is Brandon Stanton and I’m a photographer in New York City. As many of you already know, several months ago I was approached by the fashion label DKNY, who offered me $15,000 to purchase 300 of my photographs. I politely refused the offer. But earlier this week, one of my fans discovered that DKNY was using my photographs anyway— in Asia. (Full Story:http://thebea.st/13ijYt6) As atonement for this infringement, I publicly requested that DKNY donate $100,000 in my name to the YMCA in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, so that underprivileged children could attend summer camp. DKNY responded on Monday with a $25,000 donation.Over the next three days, my audience stepped in and raised the full $100,000 themselves. Over 3,000 people chipped in, and raised an astonishing $103,710 in 72 hours. (http://bit.ly/YTy4h3)I have no interest in vilifying DKNY. It is a company composed of thousands of good people. The founder, Donna Karan, is highly respected around the world for both her creativity and philanthropy. But I would appreciate if you would REBLOG this post, and lend your voice to my request that DKNY raise their donation to match the $103,710 that we raised. Together, we could create a $208,000 investment in the lives of children in one of New York’s most vital and diverse neighborhoods. Thank you so much.

    humansofnewyork:

    My name is Brandon Stanton and I’m a photographer in New York City. As many of you already know, several months ago I was approached by the fashion label DKNY, who offered me $15,000 to purchase 300 of my photographs. I politely refused the offer. But earlier this week, one of my fans discovered that DKNY was using my photographs anyway— in Asia. (Full Story:http://thebea.st/13ijYt6

    As atonement for this infringement, I publicly requested that DKNY donate $100,000 in my name to the YMCA in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, so that underprivileged children could attend summer camp. DKNY responded on Monday with a $25,000 donation.

    Over the next three days, my audience stepped in and raised the full $100,000 themselves. Over 3,000 people chipped in, and raised an astonishing $103,710 in 72 hours. (http://bit.ly/YTy4h3)

    I have no interest in vilifying DKNY. It is a company composed of thousands of good people. The founder, Donna Karan, is highly respected around the world for both her creativity and philanthropy. 

    But I would appreciate if you would REBLOG this post, and lend your voice to my request that DKNY raise their donation to match the $103,710 that we raised. 

    Together, we could create a $208,000 investment in the lives of children in one of New York’s most vital and diverse neighborhoods. Thank you so much.

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    Silly Asses

    Naron of the long-lived Rigellian race was the fourth of his line to keep the galactic records.

    He had a large book which contained the list of the numerous races throughout the galaxies that had developed intelligence, and the much smaller book that listed those races that had reached maturity and had qualified for the Galactic Federation. In the first book, a number of those listed were crossed out; those that, for one reason or another, had failed. Misfortune, biochemical or biophysical shortcomings, social maladjustment took their toll. In the smaller book, however, no member listed had yet blanked out.

    And now Naron, large and incredibly ancient, looked up as a messenger approached.

    “Naron,” said the messenger. “Great One!”

    “Well, well, what is it? Less ceremony.”

    “Another group of organisms has attained maturity.”

    “Excellent. Excellent. They are coming up quickly now. Scarcely a year passes without a new one. And who are these?”

    The messenger gave the code number of the galaxy and the coordinates of the world within it.

    “Ah, yes,” said Naron. “I know the world.” And in flowing script he noted it in the first book and transferred its name into the second, using, as was customary, the name by which the planet was known to the largest fraction of its populace. He wrote: Earth.

    He said, “These new creatures have set a record. No other group has passed from intelligence to maturity so quickly. No mistake, I hope.”

    “None, sir,” said the messenger.

    “They have attained to thermonuclear power, have they?”

    “Yes, sir.”

    “Well, thats the criterion.” Naron chuckled. “And soon their ships will probe out and contact the Federation.”

    “Actually, Great One,” said the messenger, reluctantly, “the Observers tell us they have not yet penetrated space.”

    Naron was astonished. “Not at all? Not even a space station?”

    “Not yet, sir.”

    “But if they have thermonuclear power, where do they conduct the tests and detonations?”

    “On their own planet, sir.”

    Naron rose to his full twenty feet of height and thundered, “On their own planet?”

    “Yes, sir.”

    Slowly Naron drew out his stylus and passed a line through the latest addition in the small book. It was an unprecedented act, but, then, Naron was very wise and could see the inevitable as well as anyone in the galaxy.

    “Silly asses,” he muttered.

    Written by Issac Asimov (1958)
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