The Six Most Interesting Questions I Missed

For each of my previous posts, I primarily answered questions from Quora.com. I’m getting daily requests for new questions to answer, and I haven’t been able to keep up with them all. So, for this blog post, I’m going to make it my goal to address some of those questions…the most interesting ones, that is.

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Q #1: In Harry Potter, what do you think would happen if a young wizard couldn’t afford a wand?

A: They would probably be provided for. Remember how Harry got his wand? Olivander went about, trying each and every wand to see exactly which one was the best fit. There was no discussion of cost. For a wizard, a wand is so important that I don’t think cost would be taken into account, and Hogwarts wouldn’t have anyone attending who didn’t get the best wand for their needs, or at least have the opportunity to get the best wand for their needs.

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Q #2: A lot of dystopian books have the world splitting up into factions (Divergent), districts (The Hunger Games), or something similar in the future. How likely is this to actually happen far in the future?

A: I would say there’s two parts to this question. First, we have to consider whether it’s likely that the world will be ruled by one government in the future. If there’s not a single ruling entity, the whole world could not be split up into factions/districts. Second, we have to consider whether it’s likely that this one government would create a system of factions/districts. I think that it’s not particularly likely that the world would be ruled by one government in the future, so I don’t think we can even get to the second part of this question. The reason being is that in all of history the world has never been ruled by one government. Powerful countries have risen, like Rome, but they always fall, and never conquer the whole world. Plus, there is much more communication throughout the world nowadays, and more of an effort to keep super-countries from forming. Imperialism has even largely died out. If anything, there will be more countries in the far future, as people venture into and colonize space. However, it could still be that perhaps these factions/districts will form in a single country, and not the rest of the world. If this happens, that single country would have to either be aware of other countries where the districts/factions did not exist, or else they would have to be living a life with technology way behind their time, since I do not think the other countries could be hidden from that world with the technology we have nowadays, there is simply too much communication. I would say that one country developing the faction/district system is a much more likely scenario than the world adopting it, since there is such a wide array of ways a country could be run, though I think it unlikely the country running themselves this way could keep the rest of the world a secret.

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Q #3: What is the Avatar the Last Airbender Live action show going to be about?

A: As far as I’m aware, it’s just going to be a retelling of the animated show.

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Q #4: Who would win in a fight Percy Jackson or Optimus Prime?

A: I think it depends on where they’re fighting. On land or in the sky, Optimus Prime wins. In or near the water so that Percy can force the fight to the sea, he’d win.

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Q #5: What 3 unrelated books would make a weird but workable trilogy?

A: Fun question! I think my theme for answering this question will be riches-to-rags. So for the first book we have The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, because obviously Arthur Dent has to find a cool planet for the trilogy to take place on. Once he’s there, he’ll inevitably screw things up, and that’s how we get to Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson. The second book takes place about 1000 years after the first, and Arthur Dent is probably The Chosen One talked about so much in that book. Finally, after Mistborn, book three would be Holes by Louis Sachar, since by this time I imagine that’s what the day-to-day life on this planet would be like.

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Q #6: Why can only portraits in Harry Potter speak? Why not photographs?

A: Because of the way that wizarding magic works. I suspect there’s some sort of magic used to give portraits life, whereas with photographs that type of magic is not generally used. There are probably portraits that can’t speak, especially in muggle homes, it’s just that the ones we do see can speak. Photographs, likewise, I suspect could speak, if the witch or wizard who created them wanted them to, but the creator elects not to give them that power most of the time, so they don’t have the ability to speak. It all comes down to what magic is used.

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Three Quick Questions about Eragon

Christopher Paolini’s new book is called The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm, and it’s set in the same world as Eragon was, Alagaesia.

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Q #1: What if Eragon fought Gandalf?

A: If Eragon fought Gandalf, I believe he would lose. As awesome and powerful as Eragon is (he has powerful magic, Sapphira, his sword), he doesn’t have anywhere near the amount of experience that Gandalf does. Gandalf’s experience would give him the edge in my opinion.

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Q #2: What book would you recommend to someone who loves Eragon?

A: I’m going to recommend some non-dragon books. I believe the Pendragon series by D.J. MacHale would appeal to the same demographic as Eragon does. If the reader is a bit older, I would recommend Brandon Sanderson. Mistborn is a great place to start. The Ranger’s Apprentice series is also pretty good.

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Q #3: How can I download The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm: Tales from Alagaesia by Christopher Paolini?

Christopher Paolini’s new book is called The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm, and it’s set in the same world as Eragon was, Alagaesia. You can purchase it on Amazon, here’s a link. You can also probably purchase it from many bookstores and online. Here’s a link to the book on Paolini’s website: link. In my opinion it’s best to pay for these things if you can, to support all the work that goes into them!

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Eight Most Interesting Questions about Avatar: The Last Airbender and Legend of Korra

The idea of the four elements is something that goes back to alchemy. Before chemistry existed, people used to believe there were four elements, but when chemistry came along we discovered the whole periodic table. I’d love to see a series that throws everything on its head by revealing that there are more than just four elements.

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Q #1: Who is the best villain of both Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra?

A: There are so many good villains it’s hard to choose.  Haha.  You know, I’d say Azula is probably the best villain.  She’s certainly the most talked about villain, maybe even more talked about than Fire Lord Ozai.  Combustion Man was pretty hot too though.  And in Legend of Korra, you’ve got Amon, the season one villain, and Zaheer, the season three villain who’s a first of his kind.  Those are some of my favorite villains; there are lots of good villains though.

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Q #2: Is Iroh the best character in Avatar, the Last Airbender?

A: It’s debatable whether he’s the best. But he’s certainly one of the best. He’s very kindhearted, and funny, and I think that’s what makes him so lovable. Aang is also very kindhearted, and funny. I think Zuko might be my favorite character, though. He has a terrific character arc.

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Q #3: Is the new Netflix show The Dragon Prince a rip-off of Avatar?

A: No, absolutely not. It’s made by some of the same people behind Avatar: The Last Airbender and Legend of Korra, and it has a similar feel to those shows, but it’s unique and very different. The show is set in a completely different world, with elves, dragons, and a medieval feel. It does feature strange creatures, such as the glow toad, but I don’t think there are enough similarities to even consider it a rip-off.

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Q #4: Who would win Princess Azula Firebending Master Lightning generation from Avatar The Last Airbender or Fire Lord Zuko Dancing Dragon Firebending Lightning redirection from Avatar The Last Airbender?

A: This is a hard one! First off, it might depend on whether Azula is still alive in Fire Lord Zuko’s time, and if so, how her skills have grown. I think that Azula can beat Zuko at the ages and the time of when they were both in The Last Airbender series. By Legend of Korra, Zuko’s skills have obviously grown. I’d say he is probably powerful enough in Legend of Korra to defeat Azula as she was in The Last Airbender, but if he’s fighting Azula as an older, more skilled warrior in his own time during The Legend of Korra, I think she might be able to beat him, depending on if she got more powerful.

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Q #5: What is your review of each season of Legend of Korra? I thought season one was amazing.

A: Season one was amazing. Season two wasn’t so great for me. Mainly, I didn’t like the changes to Bolin’s character, he seemed to get really stupid in season two. The villain of season two wasn’t very good either. There were a lot of plotholes, and it didn’t make sense why Korra could become a giant energy monster. I’m watching season three right now and it’s great so far. Can’t comment past that.

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Q #6: If they did another sequel to Avatar The Last Airbender what would your idea be?

A: There are a lot of ways they could go with it. Personally, I think a sequel that focuses on a secondary or tertiary character could be really good.  For example, Suki was a really great character, I think it’d be great to see a show with her as the main character. Or, it might be interesting to see a show with Tenzin as a little kid. Another thing they could do is make a prequel series. I actually really liked the story in The Legend of Korra about how the benders got their abilities. I’d love to see more from that point in time. Another thing is that the Avatar shows all focus on the Avatar’s journey as they learn to master all four elements. I’d love to see a show set in a time when the Avatar has already mastered all of the elements, and everything related to being the Avatar, yet that’s not enough and they have to overcome other obstacles, just to mix things up. This could have an older Avatar too, on their last legs, that’d be cool to see. Also, the idea of the four elements is something that goes back to alchemy. Before chemistry existed, people used to believe there were four elements, but when chemistry came along we discovered the whole periodic table. I’d love to see a series that throws everything on its head by revealing that there are more than just four elements.

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Q #7: If you could bend any element from Avatar: The Last Airbender what element would it be?

A: I’d probably bend water. Firebending sounds like a cool ability, but in practice I think it’s probably one of the least useful elements to bend, because it can only be used to attack. Earthbending is probably more useful than firebending, and airbending is a wildcard. Waterbending I like because it can be used to heal. Waterbenders can also freeze the water; it’s a very versatile skill. Some waterbenders can even bloodbend, which is probably the most powerful form of bending, period.

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Q #8: Am I the only one who wanted Zuko and Katara to end up together in Avatar The Last Airbender?

A: No. I think there’s plenty of others who wanted them to end up together. I think Zuko and Katara could have been a good match, too. Mainly because Aang seemed too young and naive in the series to me to have any interest in a relationship, and Katara and Zuko did strike me as older, at least in terms of their personalities.

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Nine Most Interesting Questions about Harry Potter

Nowadays, if someone like Harry saw moving images on trading cards, he’d probably assume there must be a computer chip somewhere in there.

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Q #1: What is Lord Voldemort’s boggart in Harry Potter?

A: Good question!  Boggarts are shapeshifters that take the form of whatever a person most fears.  Thus, Lord Voldemort’s boggart would be whatever he most fears.  There can be debate on this, however, I think what Lord Voldemort most fears is Harry Potter, so his boggart would take the form of Harry.

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Q #2: If I have a piece of Harry Potter merchandise that would be a huge collector’s item (though not technically on the market in the first place), how would I go about selling it?

A: Wow!  First of all, I’m jealous.  Second, it depends how much work you want to put into it, and how much value you want to get out of it.  The simple solution would be to place it up on eBay, and just see what kind of offers you get.  However, if you’re more ambitious, I would suggest looking for people who have had similar items in the past and sold them for large amounts of money.  Then copy their strategies.  You could also reach out to people on Instagram, Twitter, or other social media with large followings that are in some way related to Harry Potter and ask them to advertise the item for you.  The more people who see your item, the more potential buyers, and the higher the demand is, the more money you will be able to get for it.  So it all comes down to making sure everyone knows you have that piece of merchandise and are selling it.  That’s my thinking on it anyway.  Obviously you would want to keep your personal details hidden, if you’re worried about it being stolen you could use an alias to sell/advertise until you find your buyer.

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Q #3: Do you like Harry Potter or Batman?

A: Can I like both?  Ha ha.  I think that I like Harry Potter more than Batman.  I mean, Hogwarts is just so cool!  If you’re asking who would win in a fight between Harry Potter and Batman…well, it’s also Harry.  Harry has magic so he could just paralyze Batman.  The only way Batman would stand a chance is if he snuck up on Harry, and even then he’d need to keep Harry from launching any spells, just one spell could turn the tides of the entire battle.

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Q #4: Do you believe the government has “Invisibility Cloaking” capability like in the Harry Potter movie?

A: No.  If they did, we would know about it.  Because the US is ruled by capitalism, and corporations.  The corporations would find out about the technology, and market it to the public for a profit.

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Q #5: Would you want a Harry Potter TV show?

A: Yes!  I think a Harry Potter TV show would be awesome.  In particular, I think it’d be an awesome opportunity to expand on the existing universe.  In the movies, things from the book needed to be cut to fit into 2 or 2.5 hours, whatever their runtimes were.  A TV show would have the opposite problem: the books wouldn’t contain enough material!  But we could add in other things, like seeing Hermione’s parents, or seeing Ron’s brother Charlie working with the dragons, or seeing more of Dumbledore (he’s much more of a minor character early on in the series).  The possibilities are endless!

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Q #6: My friends said they think I would be in Slytherin house in Harry Potter and I can’t help but feel like the worst person?

A: You’re not the worst person!  In fact, if you feel that way, I dare say you probably aren’t in Slytherin house.  A Slytherin wouldn’t feel like a bad person for being a Slytherin.  A Slytherin would relish in it, and use their reputation for their own gain.

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Q #7: Who are the top ten most powerful wizards of the Harry Potter series?

A: In no particular order, I would say they are Dumbledore, Voldemort, Harry Potter, Grindelwald, Credence, Snape, McGonagall, Hermione, Mad-Eye Moody, and Bellatrix Lestrange.

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Q #8: If Harry Potter series is written in 2019, how different would it be from the originals considering the changes in the world in the last 25 years?

A: In my opinion, the biggest differences would be in technology.  We have smartphones now, and nobody goes anywhere without them.  In addition, the first Harry Potter was published in 1997 originally, before people even used laptops regularly.  I remember one of the scenes from Harry Potter, when Harry’s on the train with Ron and at first sees the moving images on the cards with different wizards.  Back then, the only thing to assume would have been those moving images were magic.  Nowadays, if someone like Harry saw moving images on trading cards, he’d probably assume there must be a computer chip somewhere in there.

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Q #9: Why do Harry Potter, LOFTR Trilogy, and Star Wars all use such stark good versus evil symbolism?

A: It’s because a shift in the way we think about things.  Back when many of those franchises were made, there was a stark good vs. evil mentality in storytelling, and even maybe in the world.  People wanted the good guys to beat the bad guys.  Those type of stories still work, I think, but they are becoming less popular than stories where the lines between good and evil get blurred.  Nowadays, things are much more complex.  People like stories that are about bad guys who have a good reason for being bad, or good guys who use wicked means to accomplish what they need to get done.  One great example of this is to look at the Star Wars franchise.  The originals and the prequels were all about the Jedi, the light, defeating the Sith, the dark side.  Now, in film #8, suddenly Rey discovers and tells Luke that the dark side is not actually to be avoided, but that balance means light and dark, and not just light.

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