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Why are the Weasleys so poor? (and other Qs)

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Oliviab Mon 01-Aug-05 08:20:44

If there's some unwritten rule about not using magic to help yourself (like many other magic books) then why does Mrs Weasley have a self-stirring cauldron? By Book6 they only have 2 kids to support.
And if Mr Weasley is so into muggle stuff why aren't they benefitting from Muggle conveniences that wouldn't contravene misuse. Why can't he say telephone if he's the biggest authority on Muggle artifacts?
Why didn't anyone just cut off the silly lace on Ron's 2nd hand dress robes in book 4?

happymerryberries Mon 01-Aug-05 08:26:42

YOu can't use electricity and magic in the same place...they intefere with each other

There is no rule about not using magic to help yourself if you are over 17 (adult in the magic world). It is onlt undersage wiazards/witches that can't use magic outside Hogwarts.

Once they turned 17 the twins used magic all the time just to rub it in to the younger children.

gscrym Mon 01-Aug-05 09:22:52

The twins are also now successful shop keepers so they can help out the family. If they telephoned or used the internet, there would be no need for owls. There would be a huge rise in owl unemployment and the place would be riddled with owls hanging around and hooting menacingly.
I think the Weasleys like being the way they are and don't want to change. They've probably got vaults stuffed with galleons at Gringotts.

happymerryberries Mon 01-Aug-05 09:24:48

No, unless they have more than one. Harry has seen the weaslies vault and it just had a small pile of sickles and Knuts. They migh be better investing it in some high interest stocks???

Oliviab Mon 01-Aug-05 16:42:32

There's a magic platform at Kings Cross! Is that why British train services are so poor, because of all the magical interference ?

Hausfrau Tue 02-Aug-05 09:11:07

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expatinscotland Tue 02-Aug-05 09:20:41

They had seven kids and has to pay boarding school fees for the lot of them - that's why they are poor.

trollprincess Tue 02-Aug-05 20:16:25

WHy exactly should Hermione sort out Ron's robes? Sure he's capable of picking up a pair of scissors himself

Hausfrau Wed 03-Aug-05 10:09:33

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Frieda Wed 03-Aug-05 10:12:08

gscrym re the owls hanging around and hooting menacingly!

trollprincess Thu 04-Aug-05 20:04:00

oh, okay - I see what you mean hf. Sorry - got carried away on feminist rant. would the unemployed owls wear hoodies?

ABow Fri 05-Aug-05 15:09:56

How jealous of Tonks am I

She can change her hair colour and nose shape with just a thought. How useful would that be when you are going out for the evening

Norash Fri 05-Aug-05 15:36:06

Abow I would be even jealous if she could perform the sixpack and breastlift trick

Norash Fri 05-Aug-05 15:44:42

Was anyone sad that Dumbledor died?

SoupDragon Fri 05-Aug-05 15:49:05

not sad really.

Norash Fri 05-Aug-05 15:52:43

I was really sad and cried during the burial.

ABow Fri 05-Aug-05 19:38:27

Bawled my eyes!

Hausfrau Fri 05-Aug-05 19:43:31

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Hausfrau Fri 05-Aug-05 19:44:36

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Dior Sat 06-Aug-05 13:09:56

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SleepyJess Sat 06-Aug-05 13:13:42

There weren't 150 more pages after the burial for you to cry during, Haufrau!

Lonelymum Sat 06-Aug-05 13:22:02

gscrym, I loved your comment re owl unemployment!

I am only on Book 4, but Ron did magic away the lace on his cuffs.

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