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“Wondering vaguely how many elves had now been set free whether they wanted to be or not” grammar

Wondering vaguely how many elves had now been set free whether they wanted to be or not, Harry uncorked his ink bottle, dipped his quill into it, then held it suspended an inch above the smooth ...
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“They seated themselves (?) either side of Harry”

In Harry Potter III, my attention was caught by the following construction: Hermione and Ron were looking daggers at each other, and when they got into class, they seated themselves either side ...
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How to understand “got a good bit of use out of them”

‘Fred and George have invented Extendable Ears, see,’ said Ron. ‘They're really useful.’ ‘Extendable—?’ ‘Ears, yeah. Only we've had to stop using them lately because Mum found out and went ...
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How to understand “I suppose it varies, just like with wizards?” in this context

‘Yeah, well, the more the better,’ said Moody darkly. ‘We're your guard, Potter.’ ‘We're just waiting for the signal to tell us it's safe to set off,’ said Lupin, glancing out of the kitchen ...
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The grammar of “struck dumb, sprouting feelers” in this sentence

Harry was pointing the wand directly at Dudley's heart. Harry could feel fourteen years’ hatred of Dudley pounding in his veins—what wouldn't he give to strike now, to jinx Dudley so thoroughly he'd ...
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What “the thing” refer to in this context

“You've got to take the rest of your potion. Harry,” Mrs. Weasley said at last. Her hand nudged the sack of gold on his bedside cabinet as she reached for the bottle and the goblet. “You have a good ...
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What does “Scary-lookin' fing, inee” mean?

... Harry had never met a vampire, but he had seen pictures of them in his Defence Against the Dark Arts classes, and Black, with his waxy white skin, looked just like one. 'Scary-lookin' fing, ...
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What does “my name was down for Eton” mean?

My name was down for Eton, you know, I can't tell you how glad I am I came here instead. Of course, Mother was slightly disappointed, but since I made her read Lockhart's books I think she has begun ...
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How to understand “Ron had gone a nasty greenish colour”?

Ron had gone a nasty greenish colour, his eyes fixed on the house. The other three wheeled around. Ron had gone a nasty greenish colour because her mother would give them a hard time. My question ...
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“It's them as should be sorry!” grammar

The sentence is from the book Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. I can probably get the meaning of the sentence, but the grammar really confuses me, especially the usage of the word as. I could ...
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Why are all “sort” in Harry Potter written in capital letters?

The Great Hall rang with applause as the Sorting Hat finished. "That's not the song it sang when it Sorted us," said Harry, clapping along with everyone else. (p.178) Harry looked away, staring ...
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What does “dark hints” mean in Harry Potter?

As Aunt Marge started to make herself at home, Harry caught himself thinking almost longingly of life at number four without her. Uncle Vernon and Aunt Petunia usually encouraged Harry to stay out of ...
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Harry Potter sentence meaning [duplicate]

This extract is from - The Philosopher's stone - First book in the Harry Potter series Mr. Dursley sat frozen in his armchair. Shooting stars all over Britain? Owls flying by daylight? Mysterious ...
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Why is the subject omitted?

The class everyone had really been looking forward to was Defense Against the Dark Arts, but Quirrell's lessons turned out to be a bit of a joke. His classroom smelled strongly of garlic, which ...
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Is this a perfunctory greeting?

Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much. (Harry Potter) Why is ‘thank you very much’? jotted down? Is it a kind ...
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Is the phrase “back to the Muggle world” an adjective or adverbial one?

People jostled them as they moved forward toward the gateway back to the Muggle world. (Harry Potter) Is the phrase "back to the Muggle world" an adjective or adverbial one?