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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Is there a full list of what Dumbledore planned and/or set in motion after Half blood prince? [on hold]

Albus Dumbledore was a great planner, especially when you look at the level of detail in his plans. I'm wondering does a full list of what he planned to happen after his death exist? If not, should we ...
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Is it “Ollivanders” or “Ollivander's”?

What is the correct way to refer to the wand shop owned by Mr. Ollivander? I've seen plenty of people say Ollivander's Wand Shop as in, "The Wand Shop belonging to Mr. Ollivander". But I've ...
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Who has access to the Restricted Section of the Hogwarts Library?

Who was permitted to be in the Restricted Section? If the books were not to be read by students why not place the books in a more secure location, perhaps the headmaster's office etc. Or were certain ...
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Why did Hogwarts Library carry a book containing information on horcruxes if it was a banned subject?

The book I'm talking about is 'Secrets of the Darkest Arts' (which is the only book covering the subject of horcruxes to my knowledge). Riddle presumably read this book prior to him asking Slughorn ...
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Whatever happened to Millicent Bulstrode?

In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets there is a relatively important minor character called Millicent Bulstrode. It is Millicent Bulstrode who Snape pairs with Hermione in the duelling club and ...
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Can Diagon Alley be accessed through the sky?

We see that Diagon Alley can be accessed through the Leaky Cauldron, by apparition and the Floo Network. In the movie, Death Eaters fly through the Leaky Cauldron and into Diagon Alley. Would it not ...
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Why didn't Dumbledore value Neville's (Philosopher's Stone) courage as highly as Harry's?

I was reading the question Why is it considered admirable that Neville stood up to his friends?, and it reminded me of something I've been mulling over for years. At the awarding of the House Cup at ...
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Is there evidence in the books about Harry Potter's birthday?

We know HP's born on July 31, 1980, there's overwhelming fan-directed and Rowling-based evidence, along with pretty transparent clues. But then, I reread the chapter of his 11th birthday (here is a ...
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Did J.K.Rowling purposefully name the school founders off of Hogwarts?

So we have. Hufflepuff. Gryffindor. Ravenclaw. Slytherin. Hmm. HGRS. What does that spell. Oh right! Hogwarts! Did J. K. Rowling do that on purpose?
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Could Neville have picked up the prophecy in the Ministry instead of Harry?

Or to put it another way, why does the prophecy in the Ministry have a (?) sign in front of Harry's name? This was the label on the prophecy S.P.T to A.P.W.B.D Dark Lord and (?) Harry Potter ...
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Why did Voldemort blow his cover and choose to go to the Ministry? [duplicate]

Voldemort clearly had a good thing going for him when Fudge was in denial about his return. This allowed him free reign to move, manipulate and organise without Ministry interference. In his pursuit ...
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Harry Potter- Muggle Borns may be honorable? [closed]

So I was thinking about blood purity the other day and came up with an interesting idea. I think there is a flaw in pure blood supremacy. So the common thing is as we know that muggleborns are ...
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Who cursed the necklace in Harry Potter?

In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (#6) there is a cursed necklace that makes you fly in the air or something. My question is, who cursed it? Someone told me it was cursed a long time ago.
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Why didn't Voldemort begin searching for the Elder Wand much earlier on?

After experiencing Priori Incantatem in the graveyard during Goblet of Fire (and not coming off the best for it) Voldemort must have clocked that a) Harry and he had some sort of wand connection and ...
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Could you use a Shrinking Solution on a basilisk?

According to what I've read, the Shrinking Solution makes things smaller/younger (Neville's toad Trevor turns into a tadpole). Is there any evidence to suggest that this potion wouldn't work on a ...
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Why did Sirius suggest the Three Broomsticks as a better meeting location for Dumbledore's Army?

Is there any real advantage to the Three Broomsticks? Sirius says that it would be harder to be overheard in there, but I think that's stupid because more than one person would be suspicious of a ...
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Why didn't Sirius remind Harry about the mirror when he used Umbridge's fireplace?

I understand from this answer why not-so-bright Harry didn't understand the true usefulness or significance of the two-way mirror until it was too late. This was basically because Sirius described it ...
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Why is it considered admirable that Neville stood up to his friends?

Neville does stand up to his friends, but he doesn't know the whole picture and refuses to listen, disregarding the possibility that their reasons for breaking the rules may be more important than ...
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Which of the Death Eaters survive after the final battle?

So after the final battle, lots of people die. But not everyone! Even people from the bad side had to have survived. So who did?
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What is the difference between a hex, a jinx and a curse? [duplicate]

I know that they are all "bad" spells, but what is the difference? Are they interchangeable?
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What protection does Hogwarts have at the school entrance?

In Prisoner of Azkaban, Cornelius Fudge decides that the dementors are no longer appropriate protection after they tried to steal Harry's soul with the Dementor's Kiss. He then says the following: ...
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Why did the Ministry remove the dementors from Hogwarts?

So in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban The security measures for Hogwarts should stay the same, right? So why did they remove the dementors?
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Why wasn't there an investigation following Ariana Dumbledore's death? [duplicate]

A girl is killed by magic in a wizard's household. Said girl never attended Hogwarts and there's nothing known about her, except that her mother, Kendra, also died in unclear circumstances not long ...
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The Slug Club - best example of house unity in Hogwarts?

Yes, it's elitist and selective and in general probably unethical, but wasn't it the best (and maybe only) attempt of successful cooperation between relatively large number of individuals from all ...
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The sorting hat's priorities and it's influence on the wizarding society [closed]

When sorting Draco and Ron It seems the hat didn't waste time to find out their character traits . In Ron's case he even says: "Another Weasley! I know just what to do with you." It seems as if ...
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How exactly did Voldemort change his appearance? [duplicate]

So Tom Riddle was described as sort of "handsome" and stuff in the second book. Then he went someplace and completely changed his appearance, and became snakelike and stuff. I believe he is in the ...
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Did Dumbledore and McGonagall cheat so the Gryffindors would win the House and Quidditch Cups?

When Harry is a first year, Professor McGonagall recommends Harry as seeker and gifts him a Nimbus 2000, breaking the house rule according to which first years are not allowed to have brooms. The ...
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How did Snape know that Moony was Lupin's nickname?

So, Snape calls for Lupin because his name shows on the Marauder's Map. “Mr. Moony presents his compliments to Professor Snape, and begs him to keep his abnormally large nose out of other people’...
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Where did Dumbledore go during Order of the Phoenix?

Following his eviction (of sorts) from Hogwarts it isn't clear where Dumbledore heads off to. The only place he rules out is Grimmauld Place. "Where will you go, Dumbledore?" whispered Professor ...
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Could Molly Weasley create a Horcrux?

Molly Weasley is the only character I can remember who's killed someone (Bellatrix) and remains alive at the end of the HP novels, save for Harry killing Voldemort. Can she learn the magical ...
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Why is Harry glad to lose the ability to talk to snakes?

In Rowling Web Chat Transcript, after someone asks her whether Harry is still a parselmouth, J.K. Rowling states that No, he loses the ability, and is very glad to do so. In his whole life, ...
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After Harry opened the Chamber of Secrets why did no-one try to open it again?

Considering the fact that the Chamber of Secrets is one of the greatest secrets of Hogwarts and Harry killed a basilisk inside the Chamber of Secrets, one wonders why Dumbledore or other teachers did ...
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What is the origin of witchcraft and wizardry? [duplicate]

Who was the first witch or wizard in history and how did s/he acquire this ability? I think there are some possibilities. The first one is that the ability is some kind of a genetic mutation which ...
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Why did Voldemort simply reveal he had made Horcruxes?

It seems to me that none of his followers, even the closest and most fervent ones, know about his Horcruxes. It makes sense; you don't reveal your greatest weakness to those you command. And of course,...
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Was Voldemort an idiot?

Why did Voldemort wait all those years to kill Harry Potter? It would have been a lot easier for him to kill him when he was still a toddler. The reason why I am asking this I read only the first ...
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Why did Harry, Ron, and Hermione think it safe to hide in Grimmauld Place?

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, after Bill and Fleur's wedding, the trio needs a place to hide. They decide on 12 Grimmauld Place, but obviously they're unsure if this is best. The Fidelius ...
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Why is Harry a half-blood? [duplicate]

In the Harry Potter series, Harry is always called a half-blood, just like Voldemort. And it makes sense in Voldemort's case, seeing as his mother (Merope Gaunt) was a witch and his father (Tom Riddle ...
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Was the choice of 'Mimbulus Mimbletonia' as a password a coincidence?

In book 5 the Gryffindor password is mimbulus mimbletonia, the plant which Neville has just been given for his birthday. "Harry, I know it!" Someone panted up behind him and he turned to see ...
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What are all these Harry Potter objects?

The first three or four were especially confusing to me, I'm not sure what they are. What are all these Harry Potter objects? (it's apparently from this article, though I couldn't view the page).
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What are the relative ages of the next-generation Weasleys?

The epilogue to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows introduces several members of the next generation of the Weasley extended family. Not long after, J.K. Rowling released a family tree, including ...
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Why does the chandelier unscrew the other way?

Harry witnessed Professor McGonagall walking right past Peeves who was determinedly loosening a crystal chandelier and could have sworn he heard her tell the poltergeist out of the corner of her mouth,...
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Harry Potter: can Muggles publically establish the existence of a magical community? [closed]

In the Harry Potter universe, wizards and witches have managed to keep Muggles unaware of their existence, across the planet and over many centuries. Up to the timeframe that the novels take place in (...
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Why no taboo for the “Dark Lord” to catch Death Eaters?

We know that Death Eaters call Voldemort "The Dark Lord" (Harry confronting Snape in one the occlumency lessons, Order of the Phoenix). In the seventh book, the Death Eaters jinx the name "Voldemort" ...
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Did Tom Riddle and Voldemort have the same wand?

This question caused me to think of another question. The books/movies establish that Voldemort (as well as Harry) has a wand with the incredibly rare Phoenix feather as the core. Voldemort's wand ...
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Any official comments on wands reflecting the characteristics of their owners?

In the Harry Potter films (and to a lesser extent, the books), I have observed that many witches and wizards often had wands that seemed to have characteristics that made them sort of tailored to ...
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Does Gryffindor have a backup seeker?

In Chamber of Secrets, Oliver Wood mentions that the Gryffindor team lost the game and the Quidditch cup all because Harry, the team seeker, was in the dungeons busy saving the day. It seems to imply ...
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If Harry spoke two or more languages, what would it sound like to him if he talked to a snake?

Before the Horcrux in his body got destroyed, Harry could speak to snakes, right? However, the whole ''conversation'' sounded just like English to him, right? That's fine. But if Harry were a ...
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Is Tom Marvolo Riddle the only heir of Slytherin?

Is there any canon-based information on whether Tom Marvolo Riddle (a.k.a. Lord Voldemort) is the only wizard in history (after Salazar Slytherin, before Tom Marvolo Riddle) who opened the Chamber of ...
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How much significance did JKR put into the birth dates in Harry Potter?

We know JK Rowling gave Harry Potter her own birth date for (presumably) purely sentimental reasons. She has, I think, been remarkably detailed on the dates of birth for a huge number of her ...
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Are Quidditch teams restricted to 7 players in a squad?

In CoS Wood comments before Quidditch practice we should have won the Quidditch Cup last year...But unfortunately owing to circumstances beyond our control... p84, chapter 7 We learn Harry's ...