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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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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If Harry had died [closed]

What would have happened if Harry had died of natural causes before defeating Voldemort? Leaving aside the prophecy, would Harry's natural death (say, slipping in the shower) have affected Voldemort ...
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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 ...
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Why did Dumbledore have a say over what books were allowed when Dippet was headmaster?

Armando Dippet was the headmaster of Hogwarts when Tom Riddle was attended the school, at least from when Riddle was in his fifth year until after he graduated. When Dumbledore is teaching Harry about ...
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Why are Crabbe and Goyle both described as having “long gorilla arms?”

In the Chamber of Secrets, Harry and Ron take polyjuice potion to transform into Crabbe and Goyle. Ron turns into Crabbe and is described as having long, gorilla arms: Ron's door opened. They ...
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Why did Lily’s protective enchantments protect Harry beyond his fourth year?

After Voldemort was resurrected, he was apparently immune to Harry's mother's protection thing. As I understand it, the reason Harry was with Dursleys was because he needed to be there to keep the ...
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Why are Ogg and Hagrid gamekeepers?

Following up on this question, based on the below excerpt: Mrs. Weasley was intrigued by the Whomping Willow, which had been planted after she had left school, and reminisced at length about the ...
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Why does Molly Weasley remember a different gamekeeper?

In Goblet of Fire, when Molly and Billy Weasley come to visit Harry before the Third Task, Molly talks about Hagrid’s predecessor. Mrs. Weasley was intrigued by the Whomping Willow, which had been ...
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Why weren't more Death Eaters kissed?

Why didn't Dumbledore and the Ministry have most if not all of the Death Eaters caught kissed? Especially ones like Bellatrix.
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Why would Snape still be well informed about Order plans?

When we see Snape's memories in DH Dumbledore's portrait tells Snape that he must tell Voldemort the right date Harry will be moved from Privet Dr because Voldemort believes Snape so well informed. ...
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How could Dumbledore hire Hagrid when he wasn't Headmaster?

In Philosopher's Stone, Hagrid tells Harry how he was hired by Dumbledore. "I was at Hogwarts meself but I — er — got expelled, ter tell yeh the truth. In me third year. They snapped me wand in ...
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Did Madame Maxime really just have big bones?

In Goblet of Fire it is heavily implied that Madame Maxime is half giant, but never explicitly mentioned. In The Order of the Phoenix, this is further enforced by stating that she went with Hagrid to ...
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Why did Voldemort need to drink Unicorn blood?

"[...] it is a monstrous thing, to slay a unicorn. Only one who has nothing to lose, and everything to gain, would commit such a crime. The blood of a unicorn will keep you alive, even if you are ...
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Why is there such a severe penalty for expulsion in the Wizarding world?

It always bugged me that being expelled from Hogwarts meant that you could no longer be educated in magic and that your wand would be snapped in half. Expulsion is serious, of course, but magic is the ...
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Is there an Italian-English Harry Potter dictionary?

Many nouns in the Italian version of Harry Potter have been changed to something else. Is there a comprehensive dictionary encompassing all changes? Including characters, spells, objects, places, ...
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Does the Polyjuice Potion Dark Mark work?

I was just reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and I was wondering, when Hermione Granger changed into Bellatrix Lestrange, she should've obtained the Dark Mark, temporarily. Now, my ...
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How do the Azkaban escapees get their wands back?

Sirius Black and a few Death Eaters escape Azkaban and seem to operate after that with their wands intact. How come? If a mere expulsion from Hogwarts entails wand destruction (as happened with ...
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Did the Sword of Gryffindor become a dark artefact when Harry killed the Basilisk?

Did the Sword of Gryffindor become a dark artefact when it was imbued with Basilisk venom? Now I don't have an opinion one way or the other, but if you take the time to consider the following bit of ...
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Which spell would Harry have used to kill Sirius? [duplicate]

Before this is marked as a duplicate, my question is more specific than the other one. In the third book, when Harry has his wand on Black in the Shrieking Shack, he wants to kill him. He also ...
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Why didn't Harry's scar ever hurt prior to him finding out he is a wizard?

Pretty straightforward: Why didn't Harry's scar ever hurt prior to him finding out he is a wizard? Harry's connection to Voldemort was present since Harry was one year old, so why didn't his scar ...
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Why did Dumbledore not face Voldemort earlier like he did for Grindlewald [duplicate]

We know that Dumbledore marched and faced Grindelwald on his own. However why did he not do the same for Voldemort before? What was he waiting for or was he afraid of facing Voldemort?
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Can someone tell when they've become a Secret Keeper?

In the Harry Potter franchise, when you know a secret which is held by a Secret Keeper and they die, you yourself become a Secret Keeper in their place. In Chapter 10 (The Marauder's Map) of The ...
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Why did fake Moody have Krum torture Cedric instead of just stun him?

In the fourth book, Barty Crouch Jr as Moody tries to get Harry to the cup first by taking out the other chamions. He says that he stunned Fleur and then had Krum take out Diggory. This seems ...
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How big is the Marauder's map?

The size of the Marauder's Map always bothered me. I assumed it unfolded into a large but still manageable piece of parchment. However, the fact that it shows the entirety of Hogwarts - every floor ...
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To what extent can animagi communicate with other animals?

In the fourth book, after Voldemort returns and is telling the Death Eaters about his exile, he says that Wormtail (after escaping from Sirus, Lupin, and the trio) transformed into a rat and was ...
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What does the ministry do with those who have been kissed by dementors?

The ministry seems to use the Dementor's Kiss as a last and ultimate punishment for its criminals, like Sirius Black and to a certain extent, Barty Crouch Jr (even if his death was unsanctioned). If ...
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Why was Quirrell scared away by Firenze?

‘AAAAAAAAAAARGH!’ Malfoy let out a terrible scream and bolted – so did Fang. The hooded figure raised its head and looked right at Harry – unicorn blood was dribbling down its front. It got to ...
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When do students wear their hats at Hogwarts?

I wondered when the students are wearing their uniform's hat at Hogwarts since there's hardly any mention of it. In the list given when they have to buy their stuff for the new school year, it asks ...
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Is it ever explained why Harry has to cage Hedwig when he travels?

Doesn't this seem extremely unnecessary? Hedwig is an Wizarding Owl, she can fly and can travel wherever needed with minimal instruction. Hedwig in particular is very loyal and intelligent. There are ...
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Do we know anything about magical history before Harry? [closed]

Are there any other resources describing how the world of magic was before Harry was born and how Voldemort came to power the first time. Even articles about Dumbledore would be genuinely interesting. ...