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Question: When Harry and Hermione go back in time to save Buckbeak, they both see Professor Dumbledore turning around and pointing something out to Fudge, Malfoy and the executioner. This was obviously done to distract them so Harry and Hermione could rescue Buckbeak but how could past Dumbledore know that future Harry and Hermione would be there to save his life?

Answer: Dumbledore is an immensely powerful wizard who detected them before he saw them.

Greg Dwyer

Question: When Frost attempts suicide, Beck shoots him in the shoulder to disarm him... why? He could have easily killed Frost (or Danny and Chris, who were several feet behind Frost).

EK8829

Chosen answer: Beck wants Frost to stand trial and suffer for his crimes. Realistically a trained officer would never do this not only for the reasons stated but also because police officers are trained to shoot to kill, not to wound.

BaconIsMyBFF

Question: When Mulder finds the bomb, what are the numbers he relates to Scully that tells her he found it?

Answer: Scully thinks Mulder is joking. He is reading the counter on the bomb to prove he isn't, second by second.

BaconIsMyBFF

Question: When young Joe retires from his looper job after killing old Joe, and also leaves Kansas for Shanghai, how would he be present in Kansas to kill old Joe the 2nd time (when he fails)? I didn't get this.

Answer: The movie is called looper. Meaning these people are stuck in a loop. Unless broken it's going to continue. Both Joes break the loop. Old Joe first, by escaping young Joe. Young Joe again, by killing himself.

Question: A flashback shows how the Warden hated it when her grandfather made her dig and look for treasure all day. Why would she choose to create the facility as an adult, and continue to look for treasure that she apparently did not believe in?

Answer: She did believe in the treasure. She just didn't want to dig for it. Which is why she started the camp. Free labor.

Question: How come Kailey never actually cries? In every scene she never has tears but sounds like she does.

Answer: That would be a flaw with the actress.

MasterOfAll

Question: How did Nick know that the man in the window was their dad, given he never met him before?

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

Chosen answer: Kevin says "he use to hold me like that." Kinda obvious after that.

MasterOfAll

Question: Is the Witch King more powerful than Saruman? Considering he did break the staff of Gandalf, which Saruman couldn't do.

DFirst1

Chosen answer: By this point the witch king is indeed stronger than Saruman. However Saruman's power had been declining ever since he chose to follow Sauron.

lionhead

Question: At the end Dumbledore says that Harry's power of love allowed him to escape from Voldemort 4 times but is it not 5 times? when he was a baby, in book 1, book 2, book 4 and this book.

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

Chosen answer: In book 2 it wasn't love that allowed him to escape.

lionhead

Question: After Rapunzel locks an unconscious Flynn in her closet, Gothel returns home and Rapunzel tries to show her Flynn to prove her bravery and confidence. After Gothel screams at her, Rapunzel suddenly hesitates to open the closet door. What would have happened if Rapunzel actually opened the closet door and Gothel saw Flynn then?

Johman

Chosen answer: Gothel would have most likely killed Flynn.

Question: When Rachael leaves and Deckard is looking at the photograph and flips it over, there's writing on the back. What was written and what does it mean? And was this something Rachael wrote on the back before leaving? Looking online I could only find people guessing what was written or what it meant. So is there a correct answer that I missed or is it just an ambiguous clue?

Bishop73

Chosen answer: Keep in mind, Deckard already determined that Rachel was a replicant. Her memories were implants, and her family photos were fake. So, the text on the back of the photo was probably meaningless, placed there just to lend another level of authenticity to Rachel's false memories. The text appears to be a phone number at the top (CAS 4217) followed by an address (68 W. Thika Blvd, South Wenton, Waytton). The word or name "Waytton" has a line drawn through it, apparently striking it out. This was possibly Rachel's childhood home phone number and address (completely fake, of course), which had sentimental value for Rachel but was useless information for Deckard's assignment.

Charles Austin Miller

Question: Beside Barnabas, does Angelique have other love interests throughout the two centuries?

Answer: Most likely there were "love interests" she used to help build her fishing business over the years, but her deepest and truest love was for Barnabas - if she could not have him, then no one will, so she cursed him forever.

Scott215

Question: What is the relationship like between Elizabeth and Angelique?

Answer: Business adversaries on the surface, but a personal distaste for each other - Angelique does not like Elizabeth for still being in the fishing business, and for being a Collins. Elizabeth does not like Angelique because Angelique is trying to destroy the Collins' fishing business and run the Collins out of town.

Scott215

Question: The scene where Angier and Cutter capture Fallon is the one scene in the movie I still don't understand. Why does Borden decide to walk after the show, why does Fallon follow Angier, and how did Angier know that Fallon was going to follow him in the back alley so that they could trap him?

Answer: Borden decided to walk simply because he felt like it; Fallon noticed Angier start to follow him (Borden), and was worried he might do something (remember, earlier Angier shot Borden's fingers off), and so tailed him; Angier knew that Fallon and Borden were inseparable, and that Fallon would follow him, and so broke off from Borden and trusted that Fallon's curiosity would lead him to fall into the trap.

Saving Private Brian - S5-E4

Question: This episode involves a couple of scenes with Marilyn Manson, who is actually being voiced by one of the show's writers. How are they legally allowed to portray a celebrity for this long - more than a quick joke/cutaway?

Answer: Parodies are protected speech. See Hustler Magazine v. Falwell.

MasterOfAll

Question: How did the game come into existence in the first place? I mean why would anyone create a magical board game with features that could get people killed? Like letting animals on the loose, or releasing a poacher who kills people?

Answer: It is never explained, although many sinister things exist in films and books that come into being through various means. The movie is based on a children's picture book where Judy and Peter find the game abandoned in the park and it doesn't explain its origins either.

Bishop73

Question: I don't get why Alice is being nice to Karen after she almost ran her over with her car? Why is she telling her to have a nice day and smiling at her? She's a crook so I just don't understand.

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

Chosen answer: She is supposed to be inconspicuous, blending into a family friendly neighborhood. It would arouse suspicions, if she screamed and threatened to knock her block off.

Members Only - S6-E1

Question: How did they fake Eugene's suicide?

Answer: If you're asking how the FBI, or anyone else, faked his suicide, in the show Eugene actually committed suicide and did not fake his death. If you're asking how, in real life, they were able to make it look like actor Robert Funaro was hung, it would have been no different than any other hanging stunt. A rig or brace is placed on the actor's back, under their shirt, that supports the weight of the actor when they are "hung" (or "hanged" depending on your word preference). The noose is lightly connected to the rope, say with wax, so that should an accident or malfunction occur with the rig, the noose would break away from the rope instead of the neck bearing the actor's weight. The rest is just acting.

Bishop73

Question: What was the deal with the woman in the bank? Why did she get a bag of money at the end of the movie?

Answer: Thanks to her, the group was able to measure the vault in which all the money from the race would be stored, as to know distances and the amount of garbage bags to bring and to ensure the shortest time possible. So they gave her the money for aiding them without her knowing.

Question: I have a question about the CIA mission. The team are breaking into CIA HQ to get the NOC list, because Luther can't hack into the computer the list is held on, so Ethan has to physically be in the same room as the computer to get it. But if Luther is able to hack into the CIA's own security system to set off a fake fire alert in one of the areas, then why can't he hack the NOC list computer? It can't be that much harder considering how skilled he is.

Answer: It's not that it's difficult security, it's that there is no outside line connected to that computer. It's impossible to access from anywhere except that room because it's the only room that it has a connection to.

Greg Dwyer

Answer: In the movie they mention it's a "stand alone" computer. Meaning that it has no network access (no internet/intranet/...) and can't be accessed from an other location. Which makes sense for a computer storing such sensitive information. The only way to get the data is to get on that computer physically inside the vault.

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