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, 3 supplementary works, and 1 play. The subject is the titular character's journey in a school for witches and wizards, fighting against a Dark ...

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What do wizards do for higher education? [duplicate]

In the Potterverse, what do wizards do after they leave Hogwarts to continue their education? Are there any wizarding universities?
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Who died in Harry Potter?

So recently, an image macro has been making the rounds, where J.K. Rowling mentions how hard it is to kill off so many characters, with G.R.R. Martin beneath that saying "You're adorable". Besides ...
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When are Muggles told their child is a Wizard?

Is it ever mentioned when Muggle parents are informed their child is a wizard or witch? I see three possibilites At birth (but who would know) When the Quill of Acceptance and Book of Admittance ...
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Are parents of Muggle-borns subject to the Statute of Secrecy? [duplicate]

A lot is made of the statue of secrecy in the books. However, what about the muggle parents of witches or Wizards? Do they have to sign like an official secrets act? Hundreds of non-wizards knowing ...
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Did Voldemort's cave automatically spawn Inferi?

On the back of this question, did Voldemort's cave turn anyone who entered the lake into an Inferius? We know that Voldemort filled the lake with Inferi when he put the Horcrux there originally. He ...
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Who got drunk in Harry Potter?

I thought that the only case of drunkenness we see in the Harry Potter series was when Winky the house elf got hammered on butter beer. But I was reminded in chat that there were other cases. So my ...
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Why didn't Voldemort use mind control over Harry after Order of the Phoenix?

In Harry Potter: Order of the Phoenix, we see that Voldemort uses Harry's mind to trick him and after that torture him, so he is aware of the connection between them. But why didn't he use it after ...
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Was it out of place for Ron Weasley to say “We'll call you”?

In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Harry and Ron get lost on their way to Divination class and get help from a bumbling knight in a painting. After they find the way the knight offers to help ...
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How intelligent / smart are Dementors?

How smart are Dementors? From what I can see, they can be trained as guards, but they never show the ability to solve complex problems. (e.g. - They are never given a complex task of tracking down an ...
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What did Dumbledore mean to say?

In Harry Potter: The Prisoner of Azkaban, what did Dumbledore mean with these words? Are there any references for future events in the same movie? But you know ...
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Why did Sirius come to the Gryffindor room?

In Harry Potter: The Prisoner of Azkaban, why did Sirius Black come to the Gryffindor rooms? What was his purpose ?
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Did Rowling ever say why more isn't said about Minerva McGonagall?

In the seven Harry Potter books we are given, through observed events, insights into the personalities of the major adult characters such as Dumbledore, Snape, James and Lily Potter, Hagrid, the ...
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How did the Dementors guard Azkaban?

This question is related to "Harry Potter - How can Dementors be trusted to guard Azkaban?" but the answers there don't cover it. What, exactly, did the Dementors do while in Azkaban? We're told that ...
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What are the differences between the US and UK versions of the Harry Potter audio books?

I'm trying to decide between Jim Dale (US) and Stephen Fry (UK) audio book version. What, if any, are the differences between the two versions of the audio books? How well were they received? ...
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Why did the dementor attack Harry in the train?

In Harry Potter : The Prisoner of Azkaban, why did the dementor attack Harry in the train? We know that they were looking for Sirius Black, but it cannot be an excuse for attacking Harry.
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Are Love Potions actually banned at Hogwarts?

Rita Skeeter's Witch Weekly article states that Love Potions are banned at Hogwarts. Love Potions are of course banned at Hogwarts, and no doubt Albus Dumbledore will want to investigate these ...
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Where do Dementors come from? [duplicate]

The main question is: Where do Dementors come from? Also, unexplainable is: Do they have a gender? (male/female) We know that they can't die (JKR answered this), so a kind of undead perhaps? We ...
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Can the Basilisk's petrifying power be 'turned off'?

Theoretically, could the basilisk 'turn off' its petrifying power? Or is it something the basilisk has no control over?
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Was it ever definitely confirmed that it was Ginny who sent Harry his Valentine's Day song?

Harry is the recipient of this endearing ballad during Chamber of Secrets courtesy of Lockhart's Valentine's Day dwarves: His eyes are as green as a fresh pickled toad, His hair is as dark as a ...
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Can you use the Inferius spell on anything, or just on dead people/witches and wizards?

I've had a look through a few sources, but I can't find a clear cut answer. I know all the Inferi in Harry Potter were originally human, but is it possible to create an Inferius using the corpse of, ...
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Elder Wand ownership [duplicate]

I don't understand how does the Elder Wand ownership work. Draco disarmed Dumbledore and gained ownership of the Elder Wand, but when exactly does this switch happen. What if Dumbledore picked up the ...
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Would Voldemort (or Thicknesse) have bothered with Obliviating Muggles?

As is evident from this answer, the Ministry was used to Obliviating Muggles that witnessed magic as a matter of course. Obliviators even had their own "headquarters" as part of the Department of ...
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Why didn't Harry Potter die from the basilisk venom in COS? [duplicate]

In The Chamber of Secrets, Harry gets bitten by the basilisk. Also, we know Harry IS a horcrux. Basilisk venom one of few things that can destroy horcruxes. So why didn't Harry go to the white place ...
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Could you use the Imperius Curse to control a basilisk?

Sorry if this is mentioned somewhere (I am by no definition a Harry Potter nerd), but can you use the Imperius Curse on magical creatures and by default a basilisk? If not, why?
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Were the Hufflepuff and Slytherin Quidditch teams sexist?

Judging from Harry Potter Lexicon's summary of the Hogwarts Quidditch teams, it's clear that Quidditch is a sport that is inclusive and which both boys and girls want to play. Gryffindor in particular ...
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Why would anyone make a dragon enclosure out of wood?

Four fully grown, enormous, vicious-looking dragons were rearing on their hind legs inside an enclosure fenced with thick planks of wood, roaring and snorting - torrents of fire were shooting into ...
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If Death Eaters could come to the Ministry of Magic discreetly, why couldn't Voldemort?

In Order of the Phoenix, Voldemort wants to access the prophecy. It can only be taken from its shelf by Harry or Voldemort. The reason he uses a "complicated plan" (using the connection between his ...
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A question from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire [duplicate]

How did the Triwizard Cup turned back into a portkey to transport Harry from the graveyard back to the school in the end??
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Inconsistency in sender knowing the exact location of the recipient when sending an owl

Many times we have seen the address on the post received through an owl, exact even down to the room in which the recipient is located. For example In Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone: ...
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After Voldemort left Quirrell's body, did he inhabit his next Horcrux, the diary?

I'm rereading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and I think I'm a little confused on how Horcruxes work. I previously understood them like this: a Horcrux is a vessel the soul inhabits once the ...
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Why couldn't Voldemort view the prophecy without Harry's help?

Voldemort filled Harry's mind with visions of Sirius dying in the Department of Mysteries, to lure Harry there. This was because the prophecies were enchanted so that only the people referred to ...
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Why did Hermione use Levicorpus of all spells?

In this question, it was asked, why did Hermione whisper Levicorpus, instead of using it non-verbally. This is in the scene in The Deathly Hallows, where the trio are in the Lestrange Vault, trying to ...
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Is Dark Magic in Harry Potter evil? [duplicate]

In Harry Potter, there is a lot of talk of "Dark Magic", "Dark Witches," and "Dark Wizards". But are they evil? I know that if you're an evil sod, then you're more likely to take any advantage you ...
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How old was Professor Marchbanks?

Professor Marchbanks was the witch in the council which has visited Hogwarts in the OOtP for the OWL tests. She was once quoted saying: ... not if Dumbledore doesn't want to be found! I should ...
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Why was Nick surprised at Hermione's ignorance of the Hogwarts elves?

Nearly-Headless Nick clearly presumes that knowledge of Hogwarts' huge house-elf population should be common knowledge to the average student when Hermione asks about them here: "There are ...
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In canon, has anyone other than Hagrid been expelled?

The following sentence from this question got me thinking. Being expelled has extreme consequences, as we see with Hagrid - your wand is snapped and you're consigned to a life on the confines of ...
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Are Harry, Ron, and Hermione using hand sanitizer after their dragon ride?

There is a scene in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 that I was wondering about. The scene is before the Battle of Hogwarts just after Harry, Ron, and Hermione disembark from their dragon ...
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Why are Hogwarts students threatened with expulsion so much?

It seems to me that the threat of expulsion is hung over the heads of Hogwarts students pretty frequently during their time at the school. In Philosopher's Stone in particular the students seem ...
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Why didn't Sirius, and Ron, Harry, Hermione just conjure animals to use as food while they were on the run?

I know, I know, Gamp's Law of Elemental Transfiguration!... but hear me out. I am aware that food cannot be produced out of thin air. However, I just realised, there seems to be some sort of ...
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What is this Hogwarts Tower?

I recently went to Harry Potter world, towards the end is a huge model of Hogwarts they used to film the outside shots. I noticed this tower It stands a long way (over the other side of the ...
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Why did the Order bother to guard the Prophecy?

(And please, nobody say "Cause Dumbedore asked them to") We know one of the tasks of the Order after its re-creation was to keep safe a weapon Voldemort was after. “What’s he after apart from ...
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How much of a myth was Tom Riddle? And did the Death Eaters know he was a Half Blood, not a Pure Blood? [duplicate]

Additional duplicate: Did the Death Eaters Know Voldemort Was a Half-Blood? In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, we first hear the name Tom Riddle. Until the end of the book, Tom appears to be ...
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Can the killing curse be used to destroy a Horcrux? [duplicate]

When Harry is hit by Voldemort's killing curse at the Battle of Hogwarts, he has a vision of king's cross station in which he sees the accidental horcrux/shard of Voldemort's soul that was inside of ...
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Was Lupin's comment to Harry about fear affected by Franklin Roosevelt? If so, why did Rowling choose this?

In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, after Harry explained the boggart would change into a dementor for him, Lupin says, "That suggests that what you fear most of all, is fear itself. This is ...
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In Harry Potter, is there any reason why Wizards didn't adopt Muggle technology? [duplicate]

I find this very weird. Some technology, obviously, is shared by Muggles and Wizards, such as construction, cars, even physics and chemistry. But some very useful technology is not shared - in such ...
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When exactly did Moody and Tonks become close?

In Book 4, it's implied that Moody has been in retirement for some time. In Book 5, it's stated that Tonks only qualified to be an Auror a year ago. Even allowing for the three years that Auror ...
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How did the Unspeakables know to change the records in the Hall of Prophecy?

Related: How do you listen to a prophecy without smashing it in Harry Potter?; How do the spheres with recorded prophecies appear in the Department of Mysteries? We know that the contents of the ...
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Why did the Beauxbatons students expect to find Madame Maxime at the Quidditch World Cup?

A huddle of teenagers in pyjamas was arguing vociferously a little way along the path. When they saw Harry, Ron and Hermione, a girl with thick, curly hair turned and said quickly, "Ou est Madame ...
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In Goblet of Fire, why doesn't Sirius get help from Lupin?

It's canon that Lupin and Sirius embrace like brothers at the end of Prisoner of Azkaban, and that they were best friends for years, and that Lupin is loyal to a fault. Couldn't Sirius have used ...
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Why can you not name He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named? [duplicate]

I know that there is some magic cast on his name later in the series, but has it always been like this? What's the origin of this title?