J.K. Rowling Just Solved 3 of the Biggest 'Harry Potter' Mysteries


The Harry Potter series may have officially come to an end in 2007, but the universe and its characters still live on in the hearts of fans everywhere.

To wit: They're still trying to figure out some of the series' unexplained mysteries. One such question — Why wasn't the Horcrux inside Harry destroyed when he was bitten by the Basilisk in the second book? — popped up recently on Tumblr.

Fans will remember that the venom of the Basilisk, the gargantuan reptile that lived below Hogwarts, can both kill a wizard and destroy a Horcrux, one of seven objects that housed a piece of Voldemort's soul. Harry was bitten by the creature during the climax of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, but he was saved by the tears of a phoenix. 

Yet, as we later learned, the last Horcrux was actually inside Harry's body. So, what gives?

Thankfully, J.K. Rowling came to the rescue in a big way:

She really does have all the answers. 

Not content to stop there, however, she answered two more questions from Potterheads:

The Harry Potter series is powerful because it creates a world that seems absolutely real, and Rowling's answers to these questions — as specific and nitpicky as they are — affirms that realness. She has, quite literally, thought of everything.