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Oct. 8th, 2009 | 08:33 am
location: home
mood: curiouscurious

I had another Harry Potter conundrum wake me up early this morning.

It seems that boys are unable to go up the stairs to the girls' dormitories, they turn into a slide or a ramp. Right? And one would assume that the same applies to girls going up to the boys' rooms.

Now, was it a plot hole or did Ginny go up to Harry's room in CoS and get the diary back?

Or, is there some deep, dark reason why the boys' stairs aren't charmed to keep girls from using them?

Personally, since I perceive the wizarding world as rather paternalistic and even chauvinistic, I think the founders simply never figured that a witch would be so 'wanton' or 'unladylike' to actually go to a boys' room.

Or, perhaps when Hogwarts was founded in the Middle Ages and people weren't ashamed or embarrassed by sex back then, maybe there weren't any opposite sex spells on the stairs. Maybe they were added later, say during the Victorian period, but again with the thought that a 'proper young witch' would never want to go into a boys' room.

Thoughts?

I'm going to lay awake again tonight, I just know it.

Damn Harry Potter.

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Master of the Blaster

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from: kanedax
date: Oct. 8th, 2009 01:00 pm (UTC)
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Hermione mentions that the founders trusted girls more than they trusted boys, so girls can go to the boys dorms whenever they want. She talks about it right after the boys get the slide treatment.

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luvscharlie

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from: luvscharlie
date: Oct. 8th, 2009 01:06 pm (UTC)
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And one would assume that the same applies to girls going up to the boys' rooms.

Not so. Hermione gives a speech in one of the books about how girls are more trustworthy and that's why it only works one way.

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