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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How did the Dumbledore brothers get away with Ariana's murder?

Some of you might insist that it was not a murder, as we know that a rebounding spell had hit Ariana, as shown in this answer. However, a death in such a well known family would not go uninvestigated,...
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Trying to find a fanfiction of Harry Potter and the deathly hallows

Trying to find a fan fiction of Deathly Hallows where the following happen. It's quite detailed and as long as the book itself. Towards the end harry makes a horcrux out of the golden snitch Ginny ...
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How does one “master” a spell? [duplicate]

We can see that Hermione is great at "mastering" spells, and Ron and Harry take longer, but what exactly does it mean to completely "master" a spell? EDIT: After seeing the possible duplicate, I want ...
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How did the Basilisk tooth and Gryffindor sword get the power to destroy a Horcrux? Are they the only means to destroy horcruxes? [duplicate]

Based on the movie, I wonder whether only a Basilisk tooth and Gryffindor's sword could destroy Horcruxes. Horcruxes can't be destroyed by spells (as seen in HP7). But why is it so? Are they unique?
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What exactly happened to Ariana when Dumbledore and Grindelwald fought?

I have seen few narrations and some fan made videos on the battle between Dumbledore and Grindelwald. There was some magic that killed Ariana when both Dumbledore and Grindelwald were duelling. What ...
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How could Dumbledore see Harry under the Invisibility cloak? [duplicate]

I've had a look, and while there are many similar questions, they ask about the Marauder's Map or Nagini or some other such magically enhanced object/creature. My question is specifically about ...
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Why did the name 'Riddle' ring a bell to Harry?

When Ron and Harry find the diary, a name is written on it : "T. M. Riddle". If I'm not mistaken, the quote below is the first time we hear about the name Riddle: Harry saw at once that it was a ...
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Why didn't Harry Potter marry Hermione?

I am confused about the marriage of Harry Potter and Ron's sister, and why he didn't marry Hermione. Any idea?
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How can Dumbledore cast a spell on Harry while Harry was under the invisibility cloak? Is this a plot mistake of JKR? [duplicate]

It was clearly mentioned in Deathly Hallows that you can't curse someone under the Invisibility cloak, since it is one of the Deathly Hallows and Death has given immunity. Even if Dumbledore was the ...
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Did JKR make some kind of an inside joke about Moaning Myrtle's death?

When the trio wonders about the reason that Riddle got a special award, Ron has a hypothesis: “I wouldn’t mind knowing how Riddle got an award for special services to Hogwarts either.” “Could’...
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Would someone skilled at Occlumency be unaffected by Obliviate?

Could the wizard block or negate the effects of the Obliviate spell by using Occlumency? Is there any evidence in the books that this could happen?
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What happened to Barty Crouch Jr. after he was given the Dementor's Kiss?

At the end of HP & GOF we see for the first time an actual Dementor's Kiss given to Barty Crouch Jr. We know by fact that a Dementor's Kiss doesnt actually kill the person to whom it is given; ...
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What happened to Dolores Umbridge after the end of Deathly Hallows? [duplicate]

What happened to Dolores Umbridge after the end of Deathly Hallows? Was she punished?
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Which are all the known “joke items” that Fred & George created throughout HP History?

Fred and George seem to have created a wide range of gag gifts and practical joke items, both while at Hogwarts and then as owners of their "Wizard Wheezes" emporium. What are all the known "jokes ...
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Did Tom Riddle's Diary contain half of Voldemort's soul, or a smaller fraction? [duplicate]

We know that Horcruxes are made with a fragment of the creator's soul. We know that each subsequent time Voldemort made a Horcrux, he further damaged his soul. We also know that Tom Riddle's Diary ...
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Why was the Sorcerer's Stone so poorly protected? [duplicate]

I understand that there is a similar question about, but I would like to phrase this in a different way. In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's stone there is a series of tests that someone attempting to ...
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How did Nicolas Flamel plan to use the Philosopher's Stone after Dumbledore hid it?

Dumbledore and Flamel remove the stone from Gringotts in the summer before Harry's first year at Hogwarts. Dumbledore hides it in Hogwarts, with one of his most wonderful ideas: only someone wanting ...
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Did Snape ever had coitus?

While reading this question Did Voldemort ever have sex? I thought of Snape's version. He was desperately in love with Lilly Potter (as we know by facts, e.g his patronus) until the moment he died. ...
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Is the water from the Aqua spell consumable?

The title is pretty clear by itself. Is the water that is being produced by the Aqua spell consumable?
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How does Azkaban's management work?

I was under the impression that only Dementors are guarding the prison of Azkaban and are only there to keep the inmates on their cells, though after reading again the following passage it put me into ...
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What are the ways of someone identifying him/herself at Gringotts?

We know by hand for two possible ways of how someone can identify himself as the owner of a vault in Gringotts. The first one we know of, from the HP & PS were Harry goes to Gringotts with ...
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How does the diary prove Voldemort is the Heir of Slytherin?

Harry: "The diary wasn't that special." Dumbledore: "The diary, as you have said yourself, was proof that he was the Heir of Slytherin; I am sure that Voldemort considered it of stupendous ...
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What would happen if a muggle went inside hogwarts [duplicate]

Since muggles know nothing about Hogwarts and the wizards inside don't want any muggles finding it, what would happen if a muggle had discovered it by accident (For example, plane crash or hiking)? ...
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Why did Dumbledore allow bad things happen when he could've avoided them? [on hold]

Why did he allow things that he could have stopped and that should have been stopped for other people's sake such as: Letting Snape be unjust, biased, mean, rude, treat all students (who aren't ...
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If a Muggle-born Witch or Wizard was to die and they have a Gringott's account, what happens to it?

If a Muggle-born Witch or Wizard was to die and they have a Gringott's account, the contents of which have been left to a non-magical Muggle within their family, how do Gringott's contact that person ...
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How does a Muggle-born open a Gringott's bank account?

In CoS Mr Weasley comments "Oh, you're changing Muggle money. Molly, look!" He pointed excitedly at the ten pound notes in Mr Granger's hand. —Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,...
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Why are the obstacles in the Underground Chambers in HP1 so easy?

Considering that a wizard trying to get the Philosopher's Stone will probably be a powerful one, why didn't the professors put much more difficult obstacles in the Underground Chambers? Is it because ...
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Are there any non-Slytherin Death Eaters (besides Pettigrew)?

In Philosopher's Stone, Hagrid explains to Harry: All wizards who turned evil have been in Slytherin. Later we learn that he was wrong, as Peter Pettigrew was in Gryffindor and has been a Death ...
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Does the protection on Harry still work after the death of Voldemort? [duplicate]

We know that the death spell by Voldemort didn't work on Harry because of Lilly's sacrifice. Does that mean no one can kill Harry with Avada Kedavra? I mean even after the death of Voldemort, can ...
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if harry has to face Voldemort before Voldemort had created any horcruxes, Harry wouldn't even have a chance to win? [closed]

Is Harry Potter is just a normal wizard without part of Voldemort inside him?? when harry was a horcrux, he seemd to have a lot of special abilities but after getting killed by Voldemort, he seemed to ...
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Are Pensieves used for criminal trials?

Pensieves, the memory-storing devices, would be extremely useful in criminal trials, as they would take out the factor of witnesses lying. Or, they could just bypass the whole trial by forcible ...
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Does the hand used for magic matter?

“You do,” said Dumbledore. “So you will need to hold on to my arm very tightly. My left, if you don’t mind — as you have noticed, my wand arm is a little fragile at the moment.” "Well, now — ...
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How many times has Dumbledore outright lied to Harry (or anyone)?

As we are on the subject of lies in Harry Potter, We know that him and Aberforth grew up with lies and deceit, and Albus was a natural. He also asks Harry whether Dumbledore has always been ...
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Why didn't Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Lupin collectively put their memories of the unveiling of Wormtail into a pensieve?

My question is pretty much summed up in the title, but I'd like to add a little more to it. If all four of them had the exact same recollection of the truth (Wormtail being revealed as the true killer)...
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How did Voldemort communicate with Barty Crouch Jr at Hogwarts?

Toward the end of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Barty Crouch Jr is forced to reveal his entire story, under the influence of Veritaserum. At one point, he tells everyone: "My master sent ...
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Is Voldemort a liar?

From a comment in another question: One should never assume that any given statement by Voldemort is truthful. Indeed, because he deliberately spews lies and distortions all the time, one should be ...
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Further Mistakes at the Ministry of Magic

In page 203 of Goblet of Fire, a newspaper article states that the Ministry has made further mistakes, that Mad-Eye made a false alarm and that Arthur Weasley involved the Ministry in an embarrassing ...
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Explaining Snape's behaviour in the Order of the Phoenix

Despite the fact that the mistrust and hate between Harry and Snape is an important theme of the whole series, I do not fully understand Snape's behaviour in OOTP from a logical point of view, ...
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Pensieve physics

I've just became curious about one aspect of the Pensieve in the Harry Potter universe. The spectators always seem tp walk on the floor in the memories. But if it's a memory, you can't really interact ...
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Why did Harry tell Snape's secret to everyone?

In the climax of the Battle of Hogwarts, when he duels the Dark Lord for the last time, Harry Potter explains to the Dark Lord that Professor Snape was in love with Lily Potter. (Harry addresses ...
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Why does Harry Potter say the killing curse to Lord Voldemort in the Battle of Hogwarts? [closed]

Why does Harry Potter say the killing curse to Voldemort in the Battle of Hogwarts?
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Division on the soul splitting [duplicate]

I don't think there will be a canonical answer for this question. I'm just wondering if this is how it works. It's said that when you kill someone, you split your soul. I believe that means you split ...
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Is there a way to clear your wand of spells you've used?

Okay so. I know you can see the last spell someone cast (from memory, this was in the Goblet of Fire), but is there a spell that can, for lack of a better phrase, clear your wands' history?
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How the Magic World obtains their food?

Reading the question about Rich Wizards, Poor Muggles about wizard money and muggle money a contradiction about that came up in my head. In the answer of that question it was stated corectly that: ...
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Which Harry Potter characters' races were canonically stated?

As you may know, there is some controversy about the casting of a Black actor to play the part of Hermione, which has led, among other things, to questions such as "Was JK Rowling involved with Noma ...
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Was Harry really a Horcrux? [duplicate]

in the 7th book at heaven station this bit happens ‘He took my blood,’ said Harry. ‘Precisely!’ said Dumbledore. ‘He took your blood and rebuilt his living body with it! Your blood in his ...
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Why didn't Voldemort break the defensive charm at the Tonks?

We see in Harry potter and the Deathly hallows, that Harry and Hagrid, once inside the protective charms set by the Order, were safe from Voldemort. But soon after, at the Wedding, we see that Death ...
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What happens if you blow the ashes as soon as a Phoenix dies?

Phoenixes are immortal, they die and are reborn from their ashes. But what happens if we blow the ashes as soon as the Phoenix dies? And what happens if we recollect those ashes in a place?
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How did Winky meet / know Dobby?

In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the main trio meet the Crouches' house-elf Winky. Winky indicates that not only does she know Dobby, she also knows of his freedom as well as his 'wanting ...
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What branches of magic were the Weasley twins good at?

What branches (like Transfiguration, DaDA, etc) of magic were the Weasley twins good at? And what, if any, Hogwarts course-work helped them in their business/startup?