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Baruffio is a blog for people who take silly things way too seriously. It’s where you can read ludicrously in-depth analyses of a single spell. It’s where the only argument against a conspiracy theory is that it’s not consistent. It’s where we’re still talking about Harry Potter, after all these years.

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The Philosopher’s Stoned: an Opinionated Introduction to Proper Names

Snape was wrong when he suggested that the Marauder’s Map is “plainly full of Dark Magic,” but it really is a remarkably powerful artifact and it’s not at all obvious how it works. How does it know your name, in order to label your dot as it tracks you throughout the castle? To figure that out, we’re going to have to start from the beginning, and figure out what names even are, and how they work.



You can't spell “OotP” without “OTP”: an essay in Ronbledore apologetics

Earlier this month, J.K. Rowling finally admitted that Ron and Hermione should not have ended up together. While this led us to ponder what alternate endings Rowling might have secretly preferred, it offered powerful support for the once-maligned Ronbledore Theory, which maintains that Ron is Dumbledore, and at some point went back in time to live the majority of his life as the eldest son of Percival and Kendra Dumbledore.


There are ways to stop even a Hufflepuff from finding

In Harry Potter, places like Hogwarts are hidden from unwelcome eyes with a number of protective enchantments. One of these enchantments makes the building unplottable, and so—apparently—incapable of being plotted on a map. It’s not immediately obvious how this is possible. Some of the simpler and more obvious proposals as to how Unplottability might work turn out to be no good. Unplottability cannot not say anything about what I can and can’t draw on a piece of paper.


The complete guide to wand ownership in Harry Potter

Until Deathly Hallows, we all thought Expelliarmus was just a nifty spell that causes people to drop their wands and sometimes knocks them over (which is why we had all those Tower Truthers saying that Dumbledore wasn’t dead). But then it turns out that it’s totally bonkers. Apparently disarming someone actually transfers their wand’s loyalty to you. This is totally bonkers because everybody disarms everybody at some point. So to figure out whose wand is whose and what really happened, let’s catalog every instance of disarming ever!