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Harry Potter and the...Vanishing Kittens??

So I'm re-reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in order to (finally!) round out my condensed parody collection. And here was this I came across at the start of chapter 16:

"Hermione had actually progressed to vanishing kittens"

Another item for the list of times the Hogwarts curriculum really disturbs me. Making KITTENS VANISH FOREVER? How is this okay, and not Unforgivable? Or even if it's okay under wonky wizarding ethics, how is it fine with Hermione, who gets all up in arms about house-elves' rights? Apparently the Vanishing spell doesn't just make things invisible, either; it sends them into "non-being." So that's better than Avada Kedavra...how?

And the book even says they were moving up from Vanishing snails to Vanishing mammals, because mammals are much more difficult to Vanish, so therefore the POINT in this class is to learn how to make living creatures vanish forever. When are they planning to use that? Defense against bear attacks? Surely Stunning is more ethical there. (And then why don't they just Vanish Umbridge or Voldemort...ha...)

It's a messed-up school, all right. But I guess it still makes for a good story.

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serai1
Jul. 14th, 2016 09:38 pm (UTC)
When are they planning to use that? Defense against bear attacks?

You never know.



mollyringle
Jul. 14th, 2016 10:28 pm (UTC)
Haha! Well, in THAT event maybe... Though still, they have so many attack-type spells (petrify, stun, disarm...) that using "vanish" for a living creature seems an odd ability to go for. Hrm.
archersangel
Jul. 14th, 2016 11:52 pm (UTC)
Making KITTENS VANISH FOREVER? How is this okay, and not Unforgivable?

that's what i want to know.
mollyringle
Jul. 15th, 2016 04:23 am (UTC)
Indeed. And I'm still not sure why one needs to use this spell on animals. Hmm.
thatgaywizard
Jul. 15th, 2016 01:48 am (UTC)
wow yeah I don't remember that. Maybe they could have been charmed mammals? Like not real ones? Like teacups that were transfigured into kittens and then vanished? Still, kinda unsettling.
mollyringle
Jul. 15th, 2016 04:23 am (UTC)
I hope so! That's less disturbing. Still, yeah, what is this even supposed to be used for? Hard to imagine. Odd place, Hogwarts. :)
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