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 Witches and Wizards, fighting against a Dark ...

learn more… | top users | synonyms

0
votes
0answers
25 views

Why didn't mastery of the Elder Wand move on from Harry? [duplicate]

There's a lot of emphasis on Harry becoming the master of the Elder Wand after he defeats Draco. But what constitutes a “defeat”? It seems that Harry wins a wrestling match with Draco, so now he’s ...
2
votes
2answers
235 views

Reading order for Harry Potter auxilary books? [on hold]

Preface: I ran into this question in real life -- getting kids I know hooked on Harry Potter. To my utter surprise, I realized we don't have this question on the site yet. So here it goes, in hopes ...
23
votes
2answers
3k views

Why did Snape leave Gryffindor's sword in an icy lake?

Why did Snape have to place Gryffindor's Sword in a lake? It was cold enough for ice to form, and so Harry's life was in risk (from hypothermia). It was obvious that Snape had to place the sword ...
8
votes
1answer
196 views

Why would Dumbledore annotate a children's book?

Dumbledore is a pre-eminent magician, magical "scientist", and holds tons of other posts (Chief Warlock of Wizengamot, Supreme Mugwamp, Headmaster of Hogwarts, Leader of the Order of the Phoenix, Best ...
4
votes
1answer
151 views

What would have happened if voldemort had won priori incantatum before nagini had been decapitated?

As wielder of an elder wand that belonged to Harry, during Voldemort's Last Stand, there are two instances of priori incantatum occurring, back to back. Basically, the current order of events makes ...
5
votes
1answer
231 views

Could Muggles enter Diagon Alley from Leaky Cauldron?

Courtesy of this answer, I found the a bit of weird information on Wikipedia (currently un-cited): The Leaky Cauldron The pub serves as a way of entering into Diagon Alley from the Muggle ...
1
vote
1answer
113 views

How difficult was it to apply for time-turners?

As far as we know from the books (I haven't been on Pottermore or seen any of JKR's interviews) Hermoine is the only witch or wizard to have legally used a time-turner. So how does the application ...
15
votes
3answers
2k views

How would Slughorn have known how to cast the Dark Mark?

In Half Blood Prince, once Dumbledore has determined that no one had been harmed or killed and has found Horace Slughorn transfigured into an armchair, Dumbledore mentions that the Death Eaters would ...
6
votes
0answers
116 views

Does Horace recognise Marvolo's ring?

When Dumbledore and Harry visit Horace in HBP, Horace seems to react to the ring that Dumbledore was wearing. Does he recognise this from Tom Riddle wearing it when he asked about Horcruxes or why did ...
2
votes
1answer
254 views

What does “Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak!” mean?

Welcome to a new year at Hogwarts! Before we begin our banquet, I would like to say a few words. And here they are: Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak! Thank you." (Albus Dumbldore, at the ...
-5
votes
1answer
264 views

Is it possible that Dumbledore isn't dead?

How do we know that Dumbledore didn't create Horcruxes as he was already familiar with it? (or used some other means of being able to come back from the dead - such as Elixir, or his link to Phoenix, ...
1
vote
1answer
213 views

Why is Harry's Horcrux benign? [duplicate]

How come the Horcrux in attached to Harry's soul (for years) does not affect him like the Horcrux in the locket. The Horcrux in the locket affected Ron's, Hermione's, and Harry's moods (when worn ...
5
votes
1answer
268 views

Why were Harry's Hogwarts Acceptance Letters Not Sent Directly To Him?

In Harry Potter and the philosophers stone Harry was "receiving" his letters in a way that was so labour intensive. First, one was sent in the mail, and the others where then sent, either shoved into ...
15
votes
1answer
283 views

According to canon, did Dumbledore ever use an Unforgivable curse?

We know that "Good Guys" do use Unforgivable curses in Harry Potter (Harry planned to use Cruciatus on Bellatrix, they used Imperio when knocking over Bellatrix's vault at Gringotts, Aurors were ...
0
votes
2answers
261 views

When exactly was the Sword of Gryffindore imbued with basilisk venom?

It is assumed that the Sword absorbed basilisk venom when Harry killed the basilisk using the sword in the Chamber of Secrets, but is there any proof that this was the point when the sword got imbued ...
4
votes
2answers
308 views

What did Umbridge have against Harry in the first place?

I don't recall Harry ever having contact with Umbridge ever in any of the books prior to Order of the Phoenix. He never had anything against her at all. She hated Harry from the beginning, she even ...
2
votes
1answer
157 views

Did Harry meet Neville/the Weasley twins as a baby?

Before the Potters were killed and Harry moved in with the Dursleys, did he ever meet Neville or Ron and the other Weasley children as a baby, but doesn't remember it? The Potters, Longbottoms, and ...
0
votes
1answer
123 views

Was Voldemort still making his horcruxes?

When Voldemort cursed Harry in Godrics Hollow, thus turning him into a horcrux, he didn't know that he'd just done what he'd done. Counting Harry, there are 7 horcruxes, but Voldemort only knew of 6. ...
0
votes
0answers
124 views

Were “green eyes” ever mentioned in the movies?

Harry having "green eyes like Lily" is an important point in the books as discussed here: Why are there so many times Harry was told about him having his mother's eyes? However, for the movies, ...
0
votes
2answers
252 views

Did Voldemort know what his name meant?

In French Voldemort means "flight from death". Was Voldemort aware of that fact when he created it?
5
votes
1answer
164 views

If Voldemort had planned to kill Lily, would her sacrifice have saved Harry?

In Deathly Hallows, we find out Voldemort never intended killing Lily, upon entering Godric's Hollow, if she hadn't put herself in the way of Harry. Had he specifically intended to kill all three ...
14
votes
4answers
335 views

What's the source of this PoA fact?

The following fact about PoA movie is fairly popular (even listed on the film's IMDB Trivia page): The symbols under Sirius Black's picture on the Wanted Poster translate as "more or less human." ...
18
votes
5answers
4k views

Why was Slughorn so surprised that someone he taught was a murderer?

'Snape!' ejaculated Slughorn, who looked the most shaken, pale and sweating. 'Snape! I taught him! I thought I knew him!' (Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 29) Considering the long and illustrious list ...
5
votes
3answers
305 views

How did the community at large explain Sirius's being a Gryffindor while he was still believed to be a faithful follower of Voldemort?

In Philosopher's Stone, Hagrid says that "there's not a single witch or wizard who went bad who wasn't in Slytherin," and yet Sirius Black, a Gryffindor, was still considered to be one of the most ...
-4
votes
3answers
179 views

Where are all the parents in the Harry Potter movies? [closed]

An entire school of children made to battle in a magical war? Where are their parents? Did the students need permission slips to join the battle?
3
votes
2answers
472 views

Can you use a Pensieve-memory to explore a place?

For example, if I revisit a memory of mine where I'm inside a castle and talking to someone, can the present-me explore different parts of the castle meanwhile the past-me continues her conversation? ...
0
votes
1answer
309 views

Was killing Dumbledore “worth it”? [closed]

As we probably all know, Snape kills Dumbledore. Dumbledore ordered him to, because it was the only way to prove to Voldemort that Snape was loyal to him. But was it really worth it to lose one of the ...
6
votes
2answers
339 views

What was the item that Lucius Malfoy refused to sell to Borgin?

In a deleted scene for "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" film, Harry (hidden in the Vanishing Cabinet?) observes Draco Malfoy and Lucius Malfoy going to Borgin and Burke's shop, and Malfoy ...
1
vote
2answers
231 views

Why was Umbridge hired?

Why was Umbridge hired if Snape also applied for the position? Surely Dumbledore would prefer Snape as the Defence against the Dark Arts teacher than a ministry official. UPDATE: She was only hired ...
4
votes
1answer
309 views

How does Gringotts fit the global picture?

In the first Harry Potter book, Hagrid tells Harry that Gringotts is the only bank: ‘They didn’ keep their gold in the house, boy! Nah, first stop fer us is Gringotts. Wizards’ bank. Have a ...
2
votes
2answers
355 views

Why didn't Severus save this character?

In the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 film adaptation we see Severus Snape crying over the dead body of Lily Potter. In this scene we can see that Harry is in the same room. In the ...
11
votes
2answers
523 views

Why Didn't Severus Disapparate In the Shrieking Shack?

I do believe that Severus knew he was in danger in the Shrieking Shack. Harry even wondered if he sensed danger. Voldemort said to him, I have thought long and hard, Severus… do you know why I ...
1
vote
1answer
210 views

Could Harry Die As Many Times as He Needed To?

After the events of sometime in 1995-96 in GoF Voldemort recreated a body for himself, in the graveyard. He used Harry's blood as he thought it would strengthen him. The quote from Dumbledore is: ...
4
votes
1answer
370 views

Seeing from behind a person with the face revealed under an invisibily cloak

Imagine if someone in front of you is wearing an invisibility cloak like Frodo is wearing his: What would you see if you see that person from behind? Would you see the “inside” of that person's ...
4
votes
3answers
361 views

How was Harry's scar useful as Dumbledore expected?

‘He’ll have that scar for ever.’ ‘Couldn’t you do something about it, Dumbledore?’ [said McGonagall] ‘Even if I could, I wouldn’t. Scars can come in useful. I have one myself above my left knee ...
3
votes
1answer
239 views

Ministry of Magic cannot detect illegal time tampering?

Since Hermione already admitted that they were breaking the Law. Would it be safe to conclude that the Ministry cannot instantly (by magic) detect illegal time-tampering. (before and during the ...
-4
votes
2answers
210 views

Is Harry a Wizard or Warlock? [duplicate]

Being the buff of lore that I am, I come across a lot of Sci-Fi and Magic based stories. But, my question is simple. Because of how spells and charms are used in the Harry Potter world, would it not ...
1
vote
1answer
170 views

Can a Boggart Kiss someone as a Dementor? [duplicate]

If someone's boggart was a Dementor, could they get Kissed and lose their soul? Related: Would a boggart-basilisk kill someone?
8
votes
2answers
270 views

Why did the protection spell work for Harry?

I'm new here(actually posting at least) so forgive me if I'm doing this wrong. I am a little confused as to why Harry's sacrifice in the forest gave the same protection to the people he loved as what ...
60
votes
11answers
13k views

What's the “official” explanation for Harry's (and everyone else's) absence from muggle school?

So a bunch of kids all of a sudden "go missing" from school. Harry Potter having attended school for a couple of years before starting at Hogwarts, one semester just doesn't show up. How is this ...
2
votes
1answer
322 views

Why is “Diagon Alley” named that way?

I totally didn't get the Diagon Alley / "diagonally" thing for a long time after reading the first Harry Potter book. I think my mind didn't want it to be such a sleazy pun. (Re-run commentary to ...
0
votes
1answer
185 views

If Harry Potter went to Lord Voldemort AFTER Nagini had been killed, would he have survived Voldemort's killing curse? [duplicate]

So Harry went to Voldemort in the forest and let Voldemort kill him (thus killing the piece of Voldemort's soul within Harry). If this had taken place AFTER Nagini had been killed, would Harry have ...
0
votes
0answers
73 views

Why can't Harry see the Thestrals? [duplicate]

If Harry has seen his mother die, as revealed in The Deathly Hallows, why couldn't he see the thestrals before The Order of the Pheonix (after he's seen Cedric Digory die)?
8
votes
2answers
293 views

What's the policy of Ministry of Magic over Muggle law conflicts?

Many wizards live dual identities, one in the magic world and another in the muggle world. So, they need to follow muggle laws, too. Also, they are protected by muggle laws (they have certain rights ...
6
votes
1answer
183 views

In Potterverse, what would be as protective as, or stronger than, dragon's hide?

Dragon's hide seems to be the gold standard when it comes to protective gear at Hogwarts, and basically for the wizarding world as a whole. Harry's school supplies requirements lists the following ...
0
votes
0answers
52 views

Can the Killing Curse destroy Horcruxes? [duplicate]

Close to the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Harry willingly gives himself up to Voldemort. Whilst doing this he is actually giving all of his friends a magic protection. Voldemort ...
5
votes
1answer
379 views

What did Dumbledore suspect of Harry during their conversation in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets?

‘I must ask you, Harry, whether there is anything you’d like to tell me,’ [Dumbledore] said gently. ‘Anything at all.’ Chamber of Secrets - page 156 - Bloomsbury - chapter twelve, The Polyjuice ...
0
votes
2answers
223 views

Why is Percy sometime spelled Perce?

The brother of the Weasley family, Percy is sometime spelled Perce whilst in dialog. Why is this? My edition of Harry Potter is (I believe) and adult cover. It illustrates grave stones, along with ...
0
votes
1answer
197 views

Hermione says “Voldemort” at Grimmauld Place [duplicate]

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, we find out when Ron returns to Harry and Hermione that Lord Voldemort put a taboo on his alias. We see that this works in the chapter "A Place To Hide" when ...
1
vote
1answer
274 views

Was Snape helping Lily in Potions?

I understand there might not be anything in the books to explain this, but I was wondering. Slughorn repeatedly tells Harry of Lily's almost inspired abilities in Potions, while Snape, according to ...