Harry Potter, the highest-earning book series of all time, consists of seven fantasy novels by British author J. K. Rowling, 8 full length feature films, and 3 supplementary works. The subject is the titular character's journey in a school for Witches and Wizards, fighting against a Dark Lord he is ...

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Did any of the Weasley kids get new dress robes for the Yule Ball?

In Goblet of Fire, Ron is appalled when Molly sends him his dress robes for the Yule Ball. Apparently, they smelled like Ron's Great Aunt Tessie and looked like they sashayed right off The Love Boat. ...
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Was Snape really prejudiced?

Canon demonstrates that Snape was not a nice man, who bullied his students and embraced the Dark Arts, and who was a Death Eater. Canon also suggests that Snape held anti-Muggleborn sentiments as a ...
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In Harry Potter, were there any benevolent Slytherins [duplicate]

Anyone who has read or seen any of the Harry Potter books or movies is very aware that Slytherin is a house that is notoriously evil. In pretty much every instance, all of the bad in the Harry Potter ...
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Why was Voldemort unable to make the Sword of Gryffindor a Horcrux?

Tom Riddle's goal is to to make a horcrux from each house owner's belongings. He is successful in making a horcrux from three of the owners' items. Why isn't he successful in making the Sword of ...
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Did Voldemort already decide on what Horcruxes he should make?

Tom presumably travelled to the far-flung forest in Albania about which Helena Ravenclaw had told him, and retrieved the diadem. He murdered an Albanian peasant and turned the diadem into a Horcrux. ...
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How much of the world can one see in a pensieve that the original owner of the memory did not? [duplicate]

This comment raised a question for me During the Chamber of Secrets while Harry is in Riddle's memory he is described as gliding alongside Riddle, watching whatever Riddle saw (however this not ...
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Does Hogwarts have sports if you're not in a Quidditch team?

The only organised physical activity in the Harry Potter books seems to be the Quidditch Cup. The teams for that are very small (even assuming a reserve for every position, there only 14 players per ...
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Why would the eleven year old Snape want to be sorted in Slytherin

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II we see the eleven-year-old Snape on the Hogwarts Express with Lily. He shares with her that: You'd better be in Slytherin Are there any ...
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How did the pensieve float in air?

In Harry Potter Deathly Hallows Part 2, when Harry goes to Dumbledore chamber to see about Snape's memory, he heaves the pensieve and it floated in air. How does it float without magic? Harry ...
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Was Severus Snape from J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter ever loved/liked romantically by a woman?

Is there any evidence that Snape was ever loved romantically (please provide canon evidence only) by a woman? If so, please provide evidence that he was loved.
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When and why did Harry Potter fall in love with Ginny Weasley?

In the earlier HP books it's pretty clear that Harry and Ginny get on quite well as friends (and that she's rather smitten with him) but I'm struggling to identify when and why Harry started to like ...
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What were Snape's O.W.L. scores?

Is there any canon information about Snape's O.W.L. scores? There was something mentioned that he did write "twice as much" as the other students during his Defence Against the Dark Arts O.W.L. exam, ...
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Why was Severus Snape placed in Slytherin? [duplicate]

Well, I have come to understand persons with the following traits will be usually be Sorted to Slytherin Resourcefulness Cunning Ambition Leadership Qualities Self-Preservation Determination ...
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Why didn't Dobby heal himself?

When Dobby was injured by Bellatrix Lestrange's knife. Why didn't Dobby or Harry use Healing Magic to treat Dobby. “The door banged open behind Harry and he looked up, terrified: Snape had burst ...
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Family owls in Harry Potter

In Harry Potter, many Wizarding Families have owls. I'm assuming these owls don't stay in their cages all the time, so where do they live? Would the families have a room/owlery for them? Or would they ...
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What do wizards think of Azkaban's effectiveness?

Since medieval times politicians have argued that harsh punishments (such as drawing and quartering, torture and the like) has a substantial deterrent effect on criminals. Some philosophers disagree ...
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How did using Lily's blood allow Voldemort to touch Harry? [duplicate]

How did using Lily's blood allow Voldemort to touch Harry? Like did it make Harry's body not recognize him as Voldemort? Or did it make Voldemort part Harry? Please give me a detailed explanation.
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Can Nagini from Harry Potter be killed with magical spells like Avada Kedavra?

In the movie Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Ron tries to use magic to kill Nagini, but fails. In the movie, Neville Long bottom succeeds in killing Nagini with the Sword of Gryffindor. Could ...
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Why didn't Severus Snape from Harry Potter kill Nagini? [duplicate]

It's stupid how Snape didn't resist Nagini when Voldemort ordered Snape's death.
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Why couldn't parseltongue be learnt and could Dumbledore understand it? [duplicate]

Parseltongue could only be spoken by certain wizards such as Gaunts, Voldemort, Harry (temporarily) and Slytherin. Why couldn't it taught like French or Latin? Why wasn't it a subject in Hogwarts? Ron ...
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Animagi (Sirus specifically) and wands?

I have 3 questions about animagus transformation and wands Does animagus transformation require the use of a wand? If yes, where does the wand go after the wizard transforms? Again, if 1 is ...
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Why were Dumbledore and Ron so angry at Harry?

Why were Dumbledore and Ron so angry with Harry when his name appeared in the Goblet of Fire? These two people had never questioned him before so why did they suddenly become enraged at him?
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How were Sirius Black and Barty Crouch Jr able to function inside Azkaban?

How were Sirius Black and Barty Crouch Jr. able to devise clever plans and escape when all other prisoners are practically lifeless?
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Why in 'Deathly Hallows' was a Portkey not used in the beginning?

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the plan to get Harry from Privet Drive is by using six decoy Harry's as they can't apparate or use the floo network as its being monitored and also to stop ...
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What if Lockhart had used Obliviate on Riddle's diary?

While reading the Chamber of Secrets for the first time, I thought I had guessed the ending before I got there - you have a character who is good at nothing but memory charms, and a villain who is ...
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Why are Basilisks rare?

I mean to say that anybody can hatch a chicken's egg under a toad, (even Neville can do that with his own toad ), so why are they so rare that there is only one in all of Hogwarts?
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Are phoenixes immune to the gaze of a basilisk? [duplicate]

Did Fawkes make the basilisk blind without seeing into its eye, or are phoenixes protected from the petrifying gaze of the basilisk?
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Why didn't Draco Malfoy buy Firebolt?

After Harry was gifted with a Firebolt by his godfather Sirius Black, why didn't Draco Malfoy buy a Firebolt who indeed bought Nimbus 2001 after seeing Harry having Nimbus 2000.
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Is the basilisk's stare the same type of magic as Avada kedavra?

In lieu of the recent basilisk related question, here's another one Is the same type of magic being invoked when a basilisk kills its victim by its stare and a wizard kills his victim with avada ...
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What are fans speculations about fiction universes turned out to be true? [closed]

Fans of such universes often like to speculate, why such character do that, or why such party do this, what Obi-Wan though in this moment, what agenda of Tom Bombadil was, etc, etc. And I wonder, is ...
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Can the Sword of Gryffindor absorb power from spells?

The Sword of Gryffindor takes on that which makes it stronger. If the sword were to deflect like the killing curse, hit with the spell [Sectumsempra], or another magical spell, could the sword absorb ...
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Would seeing a Basilisk in a memory cause death?

I am currently rereading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and I was wondering if looking at a basilisk in a memory would cause death? If, eg., Harry had seen the basilisk in Tom Riddle memory, ...
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In Half-Blood Prince, how does Harry know that Voldemort is convinced that Snape is on his side?

In Chapter Twenty-Five of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry says, And isn’t Voldemort convinced that Snape’s on his side, even now? How does he know that?
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Did people start using the name “Voldemort” after his death

In HP universe all the Wizarding community (apart from a few people) feared using the name Voldemort when referring to The Dark Lord. I wonder if the fear would persist after the death of Voldemort.
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Why would Snape live on such a miserable place

At the start of Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince there is a description of the place where Snape lives when he is not teaching at the school. The neighbourhood and the house itself are quite ...
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Did Dumbledore himself take The Sword of Gryffindor under conditions of “Need and Valor”?

In Chapter 33: The Prince's Tale of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, it is revealed that the Sword of Gryffindor "must" be taken under conditions of "need and valor", and that kind of explains ...
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Could Voldemort actually kill Harry in The Order of The Phoenix? [duplicate]

At the end of the OoTP, Voldemort casts Avada Kedavra on Harry, but the spell is deflected by the golden statue of the wizard in the fountain. Let's assume that Dumbledore could have not helped Harry ...
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Why didn't Ron and Harry ask professor McGonagall for help instead of Lockhart to enter the Chamber of Secrets?

After Harry and Ron discovered Hermione's note (torn from a book) and they figured out where the Chamber might be and that Slytherin's monster is a basilisk, they went to the staffroom. My question is ...
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What monster did Headmaster Armando Dippet suspect made the attacks?

We learn from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets that the young Tom Riddle convinced Headmaster Armando Dippet that Hagrid was Slytherin's heir, and that he was responsible for the death of ...
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Why did Hagrid suggest to follow the spiders?

In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets chapter 14, Hagrid suggests the trio to follow the spiders. This has led them to the lair of the Acromantula (giant spider) Aragog and its hive in the ...
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What do people who are using a pensieve look like?

As far as I remember from the books, there's no description of what a person using a Pensieve looks like. When Harry is using the Pensieve, he describes it as if he were falling into it, but it's ...
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When did Wormtail become a Death Eater?

Wormtail had the dark mark and everything, which means he was in Voldemort's inner circle This itself is strange already, as we see in Goblet that Voldemort is very condescending towards Wormtail ...
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Why did Dumbledore reveal the prophecy to Harry?

At the end of the Harry Potter 5, Dumbledore shows the prophecy to Harry, whose mind is still connected to Voldemort's . Why? Wasn't protecting the prophecy his goal? Were Harry's and Voldemort's ...
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How did Uncle Vernon forget that magical events appear on the Muggle news?

In Prizoner of Azkaban, Sirius Black appears on the Muggle news as a wanted fugitive. Uncle Vernon learns later that Sirius is Harry's godfather, so Vernon knows that Wizards may appear on Muggle ...
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What are the limitations of healing magic?

While reading Sorcerer's Stone, I just finished the chapter where Harry walks in on Snape and Filch bandaging Snape's leg. In a previous chapter Neville falls off of his broom and we see that magic ...
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Did J.K. Rowling give two or more unrelated characters the same first name in any of the 10 books?

When I say "the 10 books", I mean the seven Harry Potter novels, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Quidditch Through the Ages, and The Tales of Beedle the Bard. However, I will also gladly ...
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Did Hermione shorten her life expectancy using the time turner? [duplicate]

When Hermione uses the Time-Turner she is making her 24 hour day even longer by going back into the past a few hours. Let's say her time spent in the past has added up to one year (I know it couldn't ...
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How did Ron Weasley have money to spend in Hogsmeade?

From the beginning of the Harry Potter series, the Weasley family's money problems come up repeatedly. Ron has to get all of his textbooks used, he is afraid to ask his parents to spend money on a new ...
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Why are Thestrals not a threat to humans?

Despite being predators and carnivorous, JK writes that Thestrals are not in any way threatening to humans and can be domesticated. My problem with this is, not all Thestrals are domesticated and as ...
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How could Barty Crouch Jr. perform such powerful magic?

Barty Crouch Jr. was about 19 when he was thrown into Azkaban. According to this answer, he spent 11 years and 10 months under the control of his father's Imperius Curse--over a third of his life. ...