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

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Summoning Snape at the top of Astronomy tower

Towards the end of HP6 (Half Blood Prince), we see Dumbledore atop the Astronomy Tower, together with Harry. His condition was rather pitiable from drinking the potion, and he asks Harry to call ...
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Can any magic besides the Sorcerer's Stone or Horcruxes delay death?

Related: How did Albus Dumbledore get so old and remain so functional? [CLOSED] Related: In Harry Potter, how old will a wizard live to be on average? Related: How could Dumbledore live longer than ...
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How did Albus Dumbledore get so old and still functioning? [duplicate]

Just curiously. He was about 150 and still able to walk and work at Hogwarts. Was it a charm? Is he just very fit?
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Do Wizards need specific transfiguration spells for everything?

In Harry Potter, Wizards obviously use some specific transfiguration and conjuration spells, but do they actually need a specific spell for every transmutation and conjuration? Are the specific spells ...
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Harry Potter Time Turner question: how is murdering past or future selves possible? Is it possible to prevent someone from dying [duplicate]

In Harry Potter, it seems like Time Turners are mostly used to correct minor things or do things that wouldn't have any major effect. Also, in Prisoner of Azkaban, it seems like Time-Turners/time ...
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Harry Potter Portraits [duplicate]

So most people just ask questions about how the portraits actually speak, but I haven't seen anyone ask if someone knows the process a wizard has to go through to make the portrait move. I mainly was ...
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Why didn't Voldemort kill this character?

Draco failed to kill Dumbledore due to whatever reason. Why didn't Voldemort kill him? It could also be a punishment to Mr. Malfoy.
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When does a family become a wizard family?

NB: This isn't a question about degrees of bloodlines (as signified by the "m" word). The Grangers produced 1 child with magic ability, are they a wizard family? The Evans' produced 1 child with and ...
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Could a squib go to Hogwarts?

There are many subjects in Hogwarts that require magical knowledge, but not magical ability. Of course, subjects such as Charms and Defense Against the Dark Arts require the student to have magic, but ...
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What is it about a specific broomstick that makes one better than another?

For instance, how is the Nimbus 2001 better than the Nimbus 2000? What makes one better from the other?
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Can you create (or transfigure) plants with magic? [duplicate]

I'm asking because if you can create plants, you can indirectly create food. Such as turning a chair into an apple tree, or dandelions (which are edible). Unless that means the dandelions either ...
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What is the most dangerous being in the Forbidden Forest? [closed]

I have used the word being because I don't know the extent of creatures and their classifications that inhabit the Forbidden Forest.
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What is the point of potions class?

In the first years it seems like all the students do is follow instructions. I have a scene in my mind where Snape gave the students instructions on the blackboard which makes them hard to read later ...
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Do the diary Riddle and Voldemort share memory?

In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Tom Riddle is interested to know how Harry survived Voldemort's spell. This implies that Tom Riddle from the diary could not deduce/guess what happened that ...
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In GoF, why was a cold, mountainside cave safer for Sirius than No. Twelve Grimmauld Place with the Fidelius Charm?

During the events of Goblet of Fire, why did Dumbledore have Sirius live in a cold cave instead of at No. Twelve Grimmauld Place? ‘No, I – how did you know it woke me up over the summer?’ said ...
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Why didn't Dumbledore ever heal his nose?

I have always wondered why Dumbledore didn't have his broken nose "magic-ed" back into place. It is a nice character element with his half-moon spectacles, etc. but one wonders if it is intended to ...
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Hogwarts Teaching Books [closed]

I've recently watched all of the Harry Potter movies. I was really excited by them. But I had one question - which has nearly nothing to do with the concept: What kinds of books and lessons would be ...
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Who is Gilderoy Lockhart based on?

J.K. Rowling has stated that Gilderoy Lockhart is the only character in the Harry Potter series who is based on a real person she knows. Are any of your characters based on real people? The ...
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Why are Harry's GoF dreams in the third-person?

In Goblet of Fire, when Harry dreams about Voldemort, it's always in the third-person. For the first dream, when Frank Bryce is being murdered, the text makes it clear that Harry is not dreaming from ...
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How do the Death Eaters fly?

In the movies, the Death Eaters leave a smoky trail behind them as they fly. As the Order arrive in the Ministry of Magic in Order of the Phoenix, they leave a silvery trail behind them. In the books, ...
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How many people knew the full contents of the Prophecy?

Does Molly, Arthur, Lupin, Sirius, or anyone else realize the full contents? Did Sirius know when the Potters went into hiding? Is Dumbledore the only one knows that Harry might have to die?
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If Voldemort had succeeded in killing Harry Potter, would he have gone on to try and kill Neville Longbottom?

If Voldemort had succeeded in killing Harry Potter (when Harry was one year old), would he have gone on to try and kill Neville Longbottom right away, just to make sure he wasn't wrong in identifying ...
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Why did Lord Voldemort choose Harry Potter as his equal?

Its well established that both Harry Potter and Neville Longbottom could have filled the prophecy: The one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord approaches ... born to those who have thrice ...
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Why Dumbledore kept mum until the very end of the “Deathly Hallows”?

Dumbledore always let Harry try his strengths. But in desperate times as in Deathly Hallows, is it right for him to have kept mum? During their exile, Harry asks Phineas Nigellus if he could bring ...
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Who was the first Headmaster of Hogwarts?

Which of the four founders was the Headmaster of Hogwarts? (if any of the four?) If there was no Headmaster at that time, who was the very first Headmaster?
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Is anyone at Hogwarts married?

Is anybody at Hogwarts married? Professors, groundskeepers, lunch ladies? (Joking about the lunch ladies.) For however well we got to know the faculty of Hogwarts, I don't remember spouses or ...
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Did Sirius' family assume he was a Death Eater and like him post-arrest?

Reading this question, a thought visited me: Sirius Black was disliked by his family (Blacks) because he didn't follow their blood purity ideology and was friends with Potter, Lupin, and co. 'I ...
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How did the letter from Lily to Sirius make it to Grimmauld Place?

In Deathly Hallows, at the beginning of Chapter 10, 'Kreacher's Tale', Harry enters Sirius' room and, after rummaging, finds the first page of his mother's letter to Sirius and the remnants of a ...
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Can Harry Potter's Invisibility Cloak hide inanimate objects/Non-sentient beings?

So anyone with the invisibility cloak (The Deathly Hallows cloak) can hide themselves, almost completely. Can this effect work on inanimate objects in any capacity? As someone in the comments said, ...
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Had JK Rowling seen King's Cross Station before writing the first book?

A someone who frequented King's Cross a great deal for commuting, one things always struck me as odd: Platforms 9 through 11 do not have the large pillars shown in the movie that is used for access to ...
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Why we don't see guns in Harry Potter World? [duplicate]

They can shield bullets ? and a shot seems to be much stronger than a expelliarmus
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Why didn't Molly Weasley remember the platform number?

In the first Harry Potter book, Molly is seen asking her children "what platform number is it again?" (I don't have the books in front of me, so excuse me if i quoted incorrectly.) Ginny reminds her ...
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Is there much performance fiction in the British magical world?

Throughout the books we see a lot of reading but nearly all of it is for school or non-fiction. The only fiction I can remember seeing mentioned is Ron's comic books and Beedle the Bard. Obviously ...
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Was the Elder Wand really that great? [duplicate]

Just from the fact the Dumbledore defeated it when Grindlewald was using it makes me wonder if it was really unbeatable. Unless of course he beat him non-magically. But that could just be hype.
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When did Dumbledore destroy the horcrux ring?

In book 6, chapter 4, when Dumbledore takes Harry to meet Slughorn, he is using Gaunt's ring to atract Slughorn: He shrugged and spread his hands wide, as though to say that age had its ...
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In which Year do they teach Apparition?

When Harry Potter apparated (alongside Dumbledore) for the first time, he was already near the end of 6th year and it wasn't an academic lesson. Do they teach Apparition in the last year? Or, ...
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What is fastest way to travel in Harry Potter universe?

As the question title says, what's the fastest way to travel in the Harry Potter universe?
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Does Sirius Black have a middle name?

Both Sirius Black and his brother Regulus Arcturus Black are named after some of brightest stars on the sky. Given that connection, and given that they are brothers, I guess it is fair to assume that ...
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How does a broomstick determine which rider is in control?

In Harry Potter, how does the broomstick know who to listen to when there is more than one person on it? Is it the person in the front? The person using hands holding it? The first person to get on? ...
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Does a non-Slytherin ever display blood prejudice?

We all know by now that Slytherin =/= evil. We also know that there have been plenty of good and evil wizards in all four Houses, and that even a few Muggle-borns end up in Slytherin. But the ...
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What's the point of a Remembrall?

Not sure if there's a canon answer for this or not, but in the Harry Potter books, how would a Remembrall be useful? Does it do more than just turn red when someone forgets something?
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How did the Death Eaters take the Ministry of Magic?

Yesterday I watched Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, and I was wondering how exactly the Death Eaters took the Ministry? In the movies we never saw that. Later I checked on Wikipedia's ...
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What house of Hogwarts was Barty Crouch Jr. in?

Did Barty Crouch Jr. attend Hogwarts? In which house was he sorted? What's the breakdown of Hogwart's Professor in Houses? lists him as a Slytherin, but gives no evidence. Do you have any ...
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Has anyone other than Sybill Trelawney made a real prediction/prophecy in HP world?

We know that there are tons of prophecies held in the Ministry of Magic, but those are just records of past predictions, and we don't know who made them. Aside from two prophecies made by Sybill ...
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Why did Dumbledore contemplate discontinuing Divination at Hogwarts?

In Order of the Phoenix, Dumbledore tells Harry 'I did,' said Dumbledore. 'On a cold, wet night sixteen years ago, in a room above the bar at the Hog's Head inn. I had gone there to see an ...
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Harry Potter's prophecy

Currently I'm reading Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and on page 78 Dumbledore says: "There are only two people in the whole world who know the full contents of the prophecy made about ...
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What does it mean when Harry is described as having a “mean stature”?

When Trelawney is talking about Harry in Divination, she speaks of his "dark hair, mean stature, tragic losses so young in life..." What exactly is a "mean stature"? I can't seem to find that ...
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Does Voldemort have the “Unicorn's blood curse”? [duplicate]

Quirrel drank Unicorn blood while Voldemort was inhabiting his body, and he himself drank a potion containing the substance (mixed with Nagini's venom) as well. So does that mean Voldemort has this ...
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Why didn't Harry get all his books from the Room of Requirement?

In OOTP, we see that the Room can give books when needed: ‘And just look at these books!’ said Hermione excitedly, running a finger along the spines of the large leather-bound tomes. ‘A Compendium ...
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Could the Elder Wand have healed Neville's Parents? [closed]

We know from the end of Deathly Hallows that Harry becomes the master of the Elder Wand, and uses it to repair his own broken wand. Until this point, it has been impossible to repair broken wands, and ...