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The Third Holmes Brother



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After a long hiatus, I am finally going through my inbox and the number of questions about the identify of the third Holmesbrother is phenomenal. People have postulated everyone from Q in James Bond to Moriarty.

I do have my theory about the Third Holmes Brother and it is very simple: he doesn’t exist and I shall explain why it fits perfectly with the themes of His Last Vow.

Moffat and Gatiss love exploiting with our preconceptions to produce amazing plot twists. If there is any episode where facts turned out to be nothing more than smoke and mirrors, it would be His Last Vow.

The Third Holmes Brother is another wonderful piece of deception.

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Is Voldemort truly evil or does he have a psychiatric condition?

Why is he unable to love?

If he is incapable of love can he truly be held responsible for his actions?



Voldemort remains one the most iconic villains in children’s literature. However, because of his iconic status, it can be difficult to recognise and relate to him him as a truly three dimensional character because in order to do so we must analyse him as a real person rather than a plot device.


I explore the root cause for Voldemort's inability to love and why, regardless of this "handicap" Voldemort is still ultimately responsible for his choices and his actions.



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The Most Feared Dark Lord in a Century

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Exploring

  • War and conflict in the wizarding world

  • The history of Dark Lords and violent uprisings

  • Why Voldemort was so successful in terrorizing the population

  • Why the Ministry is so powerless against Dark Lords.

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Continued in Hogwarts, a Fortress

Medieval in More Ways than One



We have seen that the demographics of the wizarding world resembles pre-industrial Britain between the late middle ages and the early modern period. I have discussed the burden of infectious diseases on wizarding society but traditionally disease is not the only problem facing pre-industrial societies.

Where death stalks the land, it does so in the twin forms of war and plague.


  • Why we cannot assume that the Ministry is similar to a Muggle Government

  • Why wizarding society is inherently unstable

  • Why injustice is so widespread in wizarding society

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Continued in: The Most Feared Dark Lord (In a Century)

The Missing Babies




Exploring:


  • Infant mortality in the wizarding world and why there is so little evidence for it

  • How wizarding society functions

  • Why having a large family is beneficial

  • Why wizards/witches may have a very different attitude to family planning



In previous essays, I have explored how infectious disease can create high death rates in wizarding society. This does not just effect the population structure, it has huge consequences on how society functions and how the wizarding world approaches family planning.

Draco Malfoy is probably not a single child by choice...

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Fantastic Beasts and Gruesome Diseases





A discussion of


  • Purely magical diseases

  • Ways in which infections can jump from magical creatures to wizards

  • How the magical world controls the spread to muggles

  • Why the magical world doesn't use modern medical techniques



In the previous essay I discussed how diseases contributes to the high death rate in the wizarding world and how the magical world has a different approach to curing the diseases that are very familiar to muggles.

However the wizarding world doesn't just have to contend with mundane illness, there are myriads of magical creatures and beings in Harry Potter that muggles never see or come into contact with. These creatures/beings most likely harbour their own diseases which can jump species and infect wizards.

Dragonpox may actually come from dragons...

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In the previous essays I have explained why the population structure of the wizarding world is much more similar to a pre-industrial country than modern muggle Britain.

High death rates in pre-industrialised countries reflect a large disease burden. Mostly this disease burden is due to infectious diseases that are endemic and also circulated as frequent, regular epidemics. With modern medical care, developed nations like Britain have managed to cut both the disease burden and death rate from infectious diseases but clearly the wizarding world is still being plagued with….plagues.

There is a possibility that purely magical maladies exist which can only affect wizards/witches, which will explain the discrepancies between modern muggle Britain and wizarding Britain. However given that wizards and muggles are all one species with the same immune system, it stands to reason that all diseases experienced by wizards must also be able to infect muggles, whether this is literally the case is a whole different question.



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Continued in Part 3 - Fantastic Beasts and Gruesome Disease

1. Demographics of the Wizarding World

Throughout human history the demographics of our societies has changed as we have developed. Today different societies are at different points along this demographic transition. For example developed nations like Japan and the UK, typically have a low birthrate and long life expectancy making children only a small proportion of the population, whereas in less developed countries the opposite is true.


Of course it is not possible to fit wizarding Britain into the muggle trend of population change because wizards have magic. There is no reason to believe that just because modern Britain has a low birth rate and relatively small proportion of children, the same can be said of wizarding Britain.


So at what developmental demographic stage is wizarding Britain in?


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Continued in Part 2 - Magical Maladies

Why Mary Did Not Intend to Kill Sherlock


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As  follow on from my previous article: Why Mary shot Sherlock.


I explain in more detail:


1. How we know that Mary did not intend to kill Sherlock from the position of the bullet wound. She shot him in the liver not the heart or the lungs.


2. Why she chose that particular spot above all other organs, she was not trying to kill him slowly.


3. Why Mary is a morally interesting character, and much more than just another villain


4. Why Sherlock forgave Mary


5. Why Mary was unhappy when she heard Sherlock had lived



Thank you to everyone who sent in questions, submission etc. My inbox is now overflowing. I aim to answer all you questions in one post.




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Hello everyone,


We are the four psychiatrists who contributed to the original article called: “Sherlock does not have Autism – Thanks from 4 psychiatrists”. We are overwhelmed by the responses we have received.


We all feel that some of the message we have been trying to put across has been lost in translation, so this is both a reiteration of our message and a response to the online community. We hope that this will answer at least some of your questions, and give you a better idea of why we helped write the article in the first place.



1. Why Sherlock is Not a Good Representation of Autism


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