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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Six Most Interesting Questions about The Flash

We’re all kids at heart, and The Flash knows that so they make Barry like a kid so that we can relate to him.

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Q #1: Who is the better ‘Flash’: Grant Gustin or Ezra Miller?

A: Grant Gustin! In my opinion, the DC TV shows have proven to be much better than the DC movies. Grant Gustin is great as The Flash in in the TV show, and while Ezra Miller’s Flash movie hasn’t come out yet, given recent history I expect Grant Gustin’s performance to be more memorable.

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Q #2: Why do some superheroes (e.g. the Flash, Superman) fixate on the idea that killing the villain is never justified? Is it true there is always a moral alternative, or is this just a comic book fantasy?

A: I don’t think killing the villain is never justified. Look at Green Arrow and Damien Darhk. However, it’s better not to kill if you can; it’s what the good guy does. And in real life, people who go around killing, whether they kill people who are good or bad, are called serial killers. So obviously the hero wants to do things the just way. I do think killing the villain can be justified, however in order to be justified, it would need to be because the hero has no other way to save their own, or somebody else’s life. So, they fixate on it because it’s the right thing to do.

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Q #3: Anybody else miss Iris? What’s up with Iris not being as involved as she used to be? I’m honestly missing her and would like to see her more. Meanwhile, we’re getting wayy too much Caitlin and I’m not enjoying her performance this season AT ALL.

A: This is such an insightful question! I hadn’t even realized while watching the show, but now that I think about it, Iris has been particularly uninvolved this season. The most meaningful moments have been between her and Nora. It’d be awesome to see her contribute more to defeating Cicada, and maybe that’s what Team Flash needs, given their lack of success so far. On the other hand, I think Caitlin/Killer Frost have had some really amazing moments this season. I know they’re featured more than normal, and maybe that’s contributing to Iris getting less screen time, but I’ve always thought Killer Frost was pretty awesome and it is very worthwhile in my opinion to see the evolution of her and Caitlin.

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Q #5: How can the Flash be defeated if he moves so fast?

A: By somebody who moves faster than him. Like the Reverse-Flash! Also, by somebody who takes away his powers, like Cicada. He could also be defeated by somebody who sneaks up on him unaware, or by somebody with a forcefield like DeVoe which prevents him from vibrating through it to harm him. These are just examples from the show. Some other things I can think of that might defeat him are an enemy who is invisible so The Flash can’t find them, an enemy who can multiply themselves into so many copies that The Flash can’t possibly overcome them, even with speed, an enemy who goes inside of the Flash’s body and infects him, an enemy who possesses the Flash’s body, or an enemy who is so hot/bright/cold that The Flash can’t approach without being harmed or losing his powers. Some of those might have been from the show also.

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Q #5: I know nobody cares about Cicada anymore but…what do you guys think is going on with the Nurse? Maybe she is keeping grace in a coma on purpose manipulating Cicada?

A: The Nurse is obviously evil. Probably more evil than Cicada. She seems like she’s manipulating him in a lot of ways. I wouldn’t be surprised if she’s keeping Grace in a coma on purpose. Maybe Team Flash will defeat Cicada only to find out that the Nurse is a much more potent villain than he was.

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Q #6: Is Barry still a kid in The Flash?

A: Ha ha. Yes. Also, we are still kids. That’s why we enjoy superhero shows like The Flash. We’re all kids at heart, and The Flash knows that so they make Barry like a kid so that we can relate to him.

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