I clicked on this thinking “yes, and….” but your explanation of HP time-travel Logic is fucking phenomenal. I (avid fan of the books for 20 years) and my husband (watched the movies with me bc the series is dear to me) have gotten into so many debates and “but maybes” regarding the subject Watch Out! I Hide Inside Pumpkins T-Shirt I’ll have to show him this later Same with me and my boyfriend! He hasn’t read the books and when we watched the movie, he thought that the time travel was wierd. He thinks that the time travel theory with multiple realities existing at the same time is better. I’ve always thought that the one in The Prisoner of the Azkaban was better. I grew up reading the books and I think that the way of thinking time as a one straight line that goes forward and can’t be changed makes more sense to me.
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Yes! You can’t change the past via time travel, because whatever you do is what already happened. Multiple time streams is messy, leaves too many loose ends and plot holes, and just doesn’t make sense to me. I know there’s a name for this kind of time travel, but I can’t remember Watch Out! I Hide Inside Pumpkins T-Shirt it is. Either way, it leads to much more creative storytelling imo, to make everything slot into place and still work for your story. I personally don’t like that sort of time travel because I feel like it gets kind of weird and confusing in regards to both free will and the grandfather “paradox”. It’s honestly really convenient that it worked out in Harry Potter (imagine if Macnair hadn’t swung the axe in frustration, then the gang wouldn’t think Buckbeak had died and therefore wouldn’t have gone back in time!)
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And with the example of Hermione having “always” missed her Cheering Charms class, what action of hers determined her having missed it? She would always have to “miss” a class when going to another at the same time, but she’d go back to it later. Is there a concrete window of time in which a person can go back? And if not, what was different about Hermione forgetting to go to the Cheering Charms class compared to others besides the fact that Hermione had forgotten to go back? I feel like it requires a pretty strong suspension of logic for it to work. And yeah, I get that Watch Out! I Hide Inside Pumpkins T-Shirt time travel and it’s not even real, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t make sense within the confines of the story.