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Question: If Dumbledore wanted to take the Philosopher's Stone and hide it at Hogwarts in order to lure Voldemort out (as answered in another question), isn't that taking a huge risk in regards to Harry's safety? Dumbledore knows Harry is starting that year and also that Voldemort wants to eliminate Harry, so isn't he potentially putting Harry at risk by attempting to lure Voldemort to Hogwarts (to get the stone). I mean after Harry defeats Quirrell/ Voldemort in the chamber and Dumbledore visits him in the hospital wing, he doesn't even apologise for risking Harry's life by moving the stone from Gringotts to Hogwarts.

Chosen answer: Dumbledore did not bring the Philosopher's Stone to Hogwarts to lure Voldemort there. He brought it to the castle to protect it after hearing that one of Voldemort's servants may attempt to steal it. No one knew then that Professor Quirrell was that agent. Dumbledore did not know for certain that Voldemort had returned, only that it was probable.

raywest Premium member

Question: Near the start of the movie, we see a young Angel cutting off his wings when his father walks in on him and says "Oh God, not you too." I was just wondering, does his father has something against mutants?

oncerella

Chosen answer: He was ashamed that his son was a mutant, especially given his status in the business community. Warren Worthington Jr. (Angel's father) was the one who, through his company, created the mutant cure 10 years later. In the comics, he also supported the mutant registration act.

Bishop73

Question: Why did Bruce Willis refuse to help Haley Joel Osment after he told him he sees ghosts? As a psychiatrist, surely he's used to patients with hallucinations. And what made him change his mind?

raph

Chosen answer: Spoiler alert: Psychiatrists help their patients in a variety of ways. Generally, they begin by developing rapport, establishing an empathetic relationship, and trying to understand the patient's perspective and how he views the world. Some therapeutic approaches are based on the notion that the relationship between therapist and patient is the prime source of healing. Many psychiatrists would also prescribe medication to ameliorate what they would almost assuredly view as psychotic symptoms. But in this case, I think Dr. Crowe has a sense, throughout, that his young patient's experiences are more than hallucinations. Cole's stories resonate with him at a deep level, as he is also struggling internally and subconsciously with his own (as we will later learn) ambiguous position between life and death. I don't think there's a point where Dr. Crowe changes his mind, per se. He develops. And in the process, he definitely assists Cole in overcoming his fears, as well. During the film, they heal one another.

Michael Albert

Question: Near the end of the film, Stephen asks Jane how long he has to live, and she says two years. But I thought they already established he had two years near the start of the film. Can someone please explain this?

raph

Chosen answer: Throughout his existence, prognoses of the life expectancy for Dr. Stephen Hawking have been repeatedly offered and then surpassed. He continues to amaze with not only his brilliance, but his resilience. In this case it sounds like a callback to the initial estimate, which was demonstrably inaccurate.

Michael Albert

Question: Roy and Chuck Frechette are shooting the breeze about their teenagers, and Frank is a little floored. Right after Frechette says "Summer's The WORST" then Frank does a quick impression, with some kind of European accent maybe "It's Crazy...it's Wild..." and Roy says "He sounds just like him!" What are they talking about? Who is Frank doing an impression of?

Chosen answer: Frank has just done his Christopher Walken impression, the same one Sam Rockwell can be heard doing in Iron Man 2 outtakes and has spoken about in interviews. Most likely just the actors having fun with some improvisation that Ridley Scott chose to leave in.

Question: Why did Jackie tell Isabel that she lost Ben? Was it to prove to Isabel that she (Jackie) is not a perfect mother?

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

Chosen answer: Yes.

Greg Dwyer

Show generally

Question: Given that north of the Wall is snow and ice with mostly pine trees as vegetation, how do the thousands of Wildlings feed themselves? There are no crops and no game. The same for the Dothraki. How do they feed their thousands of horses in desert country?

Chosen answer: There is game north of the wall. Mostly rabbits and dear. Where do you think they get all that fur? Also fish near the coast. As for the Dothraki, we see tall grass and other trees, that could provide food for both the Dothraki and their horses.

MasterOfAll

Question: What books do Julius and David share?

Chosen answer: Julius doesn't give David a book. He gives him an air sickness bag. David gives him a Tanakh, the Hebrew Bible, and a kippah (yarmulke).

Greg Dwyer

Question: Why did Snape put Crabbe and Goyle in detention simply for failing their defense against the dark arts OWL? I thought Snape favoured his own house (Slytherin) before all others.

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

Chosen answer: Because them failing their OWLs embarrasses him as their head of house.

Greg Dwyer

Question: When Andy tells the warden how Tommy knows who really murdered his wife, the warden sympathetically says that Tommy made up the story to impress Andy, and he's surprised that Andy believed it. He also says they'd never be able to find that Elmo guy, and even if they did, he'd never confess. Isn't the warden essentially admitting he thinks that Andy is not guilty? Otherwise he'd just say 'I don't believe you, I know you were the one who killed your wife.'.

Brian Katcher

Chosen answer: The warden doesn't care whether Andy is innocent or guilty, only that his money-making schemes continue (with Andy's help).

Jason Hoffman

Question: Mel Gibson says "They killed them both." I know he's referring to his wife, but who's the second person?

raph

Chosen answer: Rika Van Den Haas, the South African woman he was seeing whose body he finds tied up under water.

Jon Sandys Premium member

Question: How is Herbie able to come to life on his own? I haven't seen the other movies.

Chosen answer: It is explained in the 1997 version of "the love bug". When a scientist was building Herbie, a picture of the scientist's deceased wife who he loved very much fell into the container of molten metal. This accidental action caused Herbie to have love for any owner he has.

Question: Why did the killer place the key into the bathtub together with Adam? If it hadn't been sucked down the drain the game would have been over pretty quickly.

Chosen answer: The key wasn't supposed to be visible at first, that's why Jigsaw asked "what do voyeurs see when they look in the mirror?"

Question: How does Jack hypnotise Merritt's twin brother when he is suppose to be doing a street show?

Chosen answer: The entire sequence in London was all a montage. It is never really established if all of the scenes that took place there were coinciding with each other. The scene where Jack hypnotises Chase could have easily taken place after he had finished the street show.

Casual Person

Question: I thought that the chip they stole was fake? Why did Walter think it is real? Hypnosis?

Chosen answer: Walter thought the chip was real because he placed it under a scanner and the scanner confirmed that the chip was real. However, given the fact that later on it was revealed that the whole plane sequence was a set up, it is probable that the device used to scan the chip was actually a fake that was used to make Walter believe the chip was real, most likely throw him off guard.

Casual Person

Question: At the end of the movie when Barbossa's crew is freed from the curse why do they surrender if in all likelihood they would be hung? Was there the possibility of them only being imprisoned?

Chosen answer: They could possibly escape from imprisonment (as Pintel and Ragetti obviously did). But they didn't know what to do once they were no longer cursed. It's possible that they forgot how to fight without intentionally taking wounds.

Greg Dwyer

Question: What made room 1408 so special? That it's numbers added up to 13, and it was on the 13th floor? Wouldn't that also make room 1426 evil as well? Or was the room just inherently evil?

Chosen answer: Like many of King's work, it's never explained why the room is evil, it's just something that resides in the room that is evil. The fact that it's on the 13th floor and 1408 adds up to 13 just makes it worse, superstitiously, so perhaps that's why the evilness chose that room. But the 13's don't really contribute to the events inside the room, so other rooms aren't affected.

Bishop73

Question: Why did Kevin Spacey shoot Samuel L Jackson? I know he wanted to fake his death, but he could've actually died. He could've just shot him with a blank. Also, did Samuel L Jackson know he was about to get shot?

raph

Chosen answer: It's unlikely in the extreme that Kevin Spacey would have a blank round on him. He had to actually shoot him so he'd bleed and appear dead. Remember, both characters were improvising.

Jason Hoffman

Question: In the nightclub, Mel Gibson shoots a guy who says "Hey, what are you..." Was he a bad guy, or was he just a random citizen?

raph

Chosen answer: He was one of Hunsacker's men.

Jason Hoffman

Question: Why do the ghosts want Jack to kill his family?

Socks1000

Chosen answer: The Ghosts want Jack to kill Danny because the shining is what gives the Hotel power. The only way Danny's shine would stay permanently at the Hotel would be for him to die there. The only reason Jack was chosen was because he was the weakest link to get to Danny.

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