IntroductionAs Wikipedia defines it,
A plot hole is created by the details of the writing itself being contradictory, in a way that impacts the plot. If Harry was stated to have been born on July 30th, but then later born on July 20th, this would be an irreconcilable contradiction but not necessarily one that affects anything.
Nothing prevents Harry from, let’s say, pulling out a gun and shooting a Death Eater- but as that hadn’t been established or explained, there would be a grave loss of faith in the writing and characterization. One would start to call into question what else we don’t know, causality would lose meaning, and the plot falls apart. Yet, nothing indicates this would be impossible.
I’d call this a frayed thread- you can still wear a sweater if it’s frayed a bit, but you’ll have an irresistible urge to pick at it, or it’ll get caught on something, and the sweater will start to come undone.
Scanning discussions online, I've found that many Harry Potter "plot holes" can fit into three buckets. Errors, frayed threads, non-problems, and real deal plot holes. Errors are usually problems that have to do with dates, times, values, and other numerical details that don't add up. They also generally don't matter to the plot itself.Frayed threads can usually be phrased as, why didn't [character] do [this]? This could be due to:
Naturally, it’s up to the reader to judge the merits of each explanation, and what those explanations imply about the overall quality of the books. That being said, the intention of this article is to be a compendium of all supposed Harry Potter "plot holes", how they can be classified, and possible explanations.