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Old 09-22-2012, 12:15 PM   #14255
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Cool Spoilered discussion of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban plot point

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Which was good again, but the introduction of the
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time turner
was a bad move, IMO.

It is interesting reading it knowing the rest of the books. Enjoyable in a different way, knowing what's going to be coming up and spotting the hints I missed the first time around...
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Why do you think that?
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Spoilered discussion of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban plot point

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The problem with a time travel device like the time turner is that it introduces time travel into the HP world without ever fully exploring it.

Can they change events in the past? In which case, why not go back more than three hours, and remind Lupin to take his potion? Or any other the other many things that could be done, up to and including going back in time and killing Voldemort while he was still Tom Riddle!

Or if the past is fixed, including any travel to the past from the present, doesn't that mean that there is no free will?

And then we don't hear about the time turner ever again.
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Ah, all good points. I just hadn't thought that deeply about it.
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