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There are several occasions in the Time Travellers Wife where Henry arrives at the same point as he's already been, such as when he sees himself die and when Alba is conceived.

Why does he never meet himself on these occasions? Is there any other reason than the story would become too complicated?

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Do you missed the scene where he meets himself after his mother's accident ? if yes then this question ssems wrong or incomplete –  Near May 14 '12 at 4:47

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I'm not sure about the movie, but in the book he does meet himself a few times. I particularly remember an incident when teenage Henry met himself and decided to ... experiment.

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... It's not gay if it's with yourself... right? –  Coomie Feb 14 '12 at 1:31
    
LOL yeah. Dad caught them. It was a funny scene. –  System Down Feb 14 '12 at 5:36

In many books and movies dealing with time travel, there is the implicit (and occasionally explicit) 'rule' that the traveler never changes anything, because it may 'alter the course of history.'

Think Back to the Future, Hot Tub Time Machine, The Terminator, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and 12 Monkeys, just to name a few.

This 'rule' likely plays a role in Henry avoiding himself in the past, because he wants to be sure his future with Claire and the birth of their daughter all happen as he knows them to.

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In the movie, an older Alba met the younger one. She appeared to to be explaining about death (looking at the dead bird), and possibly explaining about Henry impending demise.

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