Harry Potter 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. Harry Potter is the highest-earning series of books of all time, earning at least $400 million on the books alone, not including movies ...

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Was it out of character for “Mad Eye” Moody to punish Draco Malfoy the way he did?

In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, we see Alastor "Mad Eye" Moody dole out punishment to Draco, by turning him into The Amazing Bouncing Ferret. Of course, later we learn that it wasn't really ...
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Can an elf apparate in the Room of requirement

Can a house elf apparate in the Room of requirement from Hogwarts or not?
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Limits of elf Apparition

Was Dumbledore aware of Elf magic? If he was aware of elf Apparition, he should have gone to the Cave with Dobby. It seems nobody in the story made use of elf Apparition fully(It isn't abuse, as ...
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Did either of the two other 'unforgiveable curses' get used during the course of the seven books?

We see a lot of Avada Kadavra being thrown around by Death Eaters, and we know that Nevill's Parents suffered the curses personally, but besides a rather gruesome demonstration on a spider, I don't ...
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How did Harry not get crushed in Godric's Hollow?

It is explained that when Voldemort tried to kill Harry as a baby, his Avada Kedavra rebounded due to Lily's sacrifice. This caused two (important) things to happen: Voldemort got blasted into an ...
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What was the prime directive for keeping the Veil in the Department of Mysteries? [duplicate]

From the information I gathered from the H/P Wiki, it says that the veil is a barrier between the land of the living and the land of the dead. Just wondering on this but what was the prime directive ...
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How are Time Turners made?

I'm curious whether any canonical explanation has ever been given. It seems that Time Turners must be extremely difficult to create, seeing that it's mentioned in the books that their use is tightly ...
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What house were James and his friends in?

I have (as I believe most people do) always believed that James, Lily, Sirius, Lupin and Peter were all in Gryffindor house. However I've never found any canon to support this. I half expected us to ...
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Was there a Parselmouth before Salazar Slytherin?

Was Salazar Slytherin the first Parselmouth, or did somebody else use it before him? I’ve read the books, but I can’t find any examples.
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Who created the veil in the death chamber, and why?

Was the veil created by someone or was it always there in HP? What is its purpose? If one can't communicate with the dead through the veil, then what/how do unspeakables learn from the the veil?
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What house was Hagrid in before being expelled?

Hagrid, as shown in Chamber of Secrets, was once a student at Hogwarts, but was expelled from the school when Thomas Riddle framed him for keeping dangerous pets in the school. Since Hagrid was ...
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Does the Harry Potter series have any instances of muggles being employed by Wizards?

In Harry Potter there are muggles who interact with the wizarding world, e.g. spouses, government officials, siblings etc. However, I cannot recall any examples of muggles being employed in the ...
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Why was Tom Riddles trophy at Hogwarts never removed?

In CoS, Harry, Ron and Hermione stumble upon a trophy for Tom Riddle, which he was awarded for catching the heir of Slytherin. As we know, at least Dumbledore knew that Tom Riddle was Lord Voldemort, ...
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Doesn't Hogwarts seriously put the world in jeopardy? [duplicate]

Forty kids enter Hogwarts every year. That's forty potentially powerful wizards from potentially broken homes, abusive families...orphanages. We all know about Voldemort, and I think that's reason ...
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Why doesn't Voldemort use muggle technology to trivially destroy all of his obstacles? [duplicate]

Avada Kedavra < ICBM I know Voldemort despises mudbloods and muggles but even he couldn't deny the brutality of muggle weapons. An intelligent and dark mind such as his must have been drawn to and ...
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Why doesn't the wizarding world use computers?

I know, I know it would destroy the atmosphere. But I'm interested to see if JK Rowling has made a up a valid reason for a complete lack of computers in Hogwarts. It's always bugged me ever since I ...
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Why didn't Dumbledore hide everything in the Mirror of Erised?

Why didn't Dumbledore hide everything in the Mirror of Erised? Surely it would have served as a better hiding place for the Bowl of Prophecy rather than the Department of Mysteries. Similarly Godric ...
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Are there exceptions in the International Statute of Secrecy?

I was wondering what a wizard should do when a Muggle is about to be killed (let's say in a car accident) and a present wizard notices this in time to prevent this (for example by levitating the ...
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How far does Avada Kedrava penetrate things?

I know this is a bit of a silly question, but I have to ask it as a scientist: How far does this spell (and others I guess) penetrate objects? Clearly it goes through clothes, from the books, but I ...
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What was Dumbledore's original wand made of?

Before acquiring the Elder Wand, what kind of wand did Dumbledore have, and what kind of wood and core components went into it? We know that he was buried with the Elder Wand. Are there any ...
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Do Wizards pay Muggle taxes?

There are quite a lot of Wizarding families who, I assume, live in places inaccessible/invisible to Muggles. However, there are examples of families who live among the Muggles, so their neighbors know ...
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Harry Potter: Who owns the Riddle house?

In the first chapter of Goblet of Fire, it is mentioned that the Riddle house is currently owned by someone "for tax reasons". Do we ever learn who this man is? Is there any canon information on this? ...
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Could George's ear have been healed by Snape?

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows George's ear gets cut off by a stray Sectumsempra (cast by Snape). Now this was an act of Dark-magic and therefore George's ears could not be healed: Mrs. ...
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What was Draco Malfoy's biggest fear?

If Draco were to be confronted by a boggart what would it appear as to him? Was this ever suggested in the books or mentioned by JKR?
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Fidelius Charm: can it be used to hide more than just a place?

According to Filius Flitwick the Fidelius charm is: "An immensely complex spell involving the magical concealment of a secret inside a single, living soul. The information is hidden inside ...
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Does the Taboo jinx work while in Hogsmeade and/or Hogwarts?

Does the Taboo jinx work while in Hogsmeade and/or Hogwarts? Or would it be rendered useless? I can't remember, and I've lost my copy of Deathly Hallows. Any knowledge would be appreciated.
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Why wasn't Harry punished after he used Sectumsempra on Malfoy?

Sectumsempra is a very dark curse that causes a cut ("sectum" = "cut") which will not heal ever ("sempra" = "forever"). Harry used a dark curse on Malfoy (in the 6th movie). While Snape was able to ...
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What does Dumbledore see when he looks into the Mirror of Erised? [duplicate]

From page 214 of my copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: "Sir -- Professor Dumbledore? Can I ask you something?" "Obviously you've just done so," Dumbledore smiled. "You may ask ...
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Flitwick's office: thirteenth window from the right of the West Tower, looking east or west?

In PoA Dumbledore tells Hermione and Harry that Flitwick's office is located on the seventh floor at the thirteenth window from the right of the west tower,but is it the right of the tower itself ...
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In the HP books, what do wizards wear under their robes?

I'm curious. In the movies, they wore ties and really nice shirts, but I don't think that's how it was in the books?
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Is Santa more than fiction in the Harry Potter Universe?

We know that the Potterians (Potterites?, Potterlings?) celebrate Christmas (at least they do in the UK). Are there mentions of Santa? Is/was he some sort of real person. In the same way we (out of ...
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Are there spells that are affected by caster's emotional state and/or depth of emotions?

We know of Patronus (requires positive emotions) Avada Kedavra (actually I'm not certain about that) Crucio (you have to hate the target, as demonstrated by Harry's attempt on Bellatrix) ...
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Can an Animagus take the form of any animal?

Similar to my old question about what animals a Patronus can be, are there any limits to the animal forms an Animagus can be? We know that the animal form can be much smaller than human (cat, rat, ...
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Can Animagus form do magic?

The 2 main theoretical issues with an Animagus in an animal form doing magic would be: having the animal speaking human words - which isn't a complete impedimet due to ability of many wizards to ...
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Would a Mandrake scream still be deadly if it were recorded and broadcast on the wizarding radio?

We know the basilisk's stare must be viewed directly to retain the deadly effect, so at best it would petrify people watching TV, **but what of sounds? Can a magical deadly scream such as the ...
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Veil of death: no escape for a Phoenix? [on hold]

We know that going throught the veil of death results in instant death, we aslo know that when they die, phoenixes burst into flammes and are reborn from their ashes. But there's the thing: the veil ...
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Would a blind man survive the Basilisk's deadly gaze?

A simple enough question, assuming that one would need to see the Basilisk gaze to die, would a blind man's life be spared? What about someone suffering from neurological blindness (perfectly heathly ...
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Was Dumbledore aware that Professor Snape took points from Harry/Gryffindor unfairly?

In many situations, we see Professor Snape behave in an unfair manner. Snape unfairly and arbitrarily takes house points away from Harry/Gryffindors. Was Dumbledore aware of this and, if so, did he ...
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Were the Deathly Hallows invented for book 7?

When I read "Deathly Hallows", the whole idea seemed to be less organic to me. Unlike Horcruxes that were foreshadowed ever since "Chamber of Secrets" and subsequent books, the idea of Hallows seemed ...
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Did Rowling invent the Deathly Hallows, or borrow them from existing legends/stories?

Did Rowling invent the Deathly Hallows, or borrow them from existing legends/stories? Both the whole idea of 3 gifts from Death; and specifics of each Hallow?
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Why didn't the Weasley family use their magic tent to accommodate their visitors during Bill's wedding to Fleur?

We know Mr. Weasley had the magic expandible tent as the original owner wizard Perkins didn't feel well enough to use it for camping any more. So when they had the Delacour family, couldn't they ...
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Gryffindor Tower: beginning at the 7th floor and suspended by magic or is it just the common room?

Hogwarts very much like the burrow is a piece of magical architecture that muggles couldn't build and wouldn't respect muggle standards or logic for that matter. We know that the entrance to the ...
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Why didn’t James Potter and the rest if Marauders register as Animagii?

James Potter and co became un-registered Animagii in their school years. Presumably they didn't say anything about it for 2 reasons: first, it would prevent them from spending full moons with Moony; ...
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Prior to Umbridge, could anyone simply floo to Hogwarts?

“Come on,” said Harry dully. “With Umbridge policing the fires and reading all our mail?” Umbridge started policing the fires after Harry first talked to Sirius in Year 5. Prior to Umbridge, ...
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In what interview does Rowling say Umbridge is sentenced to prison?

Multiple webpages claim that after the events of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Dolores Umbridge was sent to the prison Azkaban with a life-long sentence. In what interview did J. K. Rowling ...
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In Harry Potter, what is the ultimate source of magicians and magic?

In Harry Potter, where did the magicians come from? Like Tolkien gives idea about Eru creating the Valars and so on. How did the magic begin, was the first being created Muggle or magician? Is there ...
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Were the Peverell brothers and Salazar Slytherin related?

Were the Peverell brothers and Slytherin related or not? In the books it is mentioned that both were ancestors of Voldemort but I couldn't find their mutual relation.
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How can McGonagall make sandwiches appear?

According to Hermione in DH, food is one of the Five Exceptions to Gamp's Law on Transfiguration. Yet, in CS, Professor McGonagall is able to give Harry and Ron a plate in which sandwiches appear ...
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A question about the room of requirement [duplicate]

The room of requirement is supposed to fulfill the seeker's needs. Voldemort needed to hide his Hocrux where none could reach. Now how come Harry Potter could find the Hocrux hidden in the room of ...
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Overpowering The Elder wand

According to Dumbledore, the Elder Wand was not created by Death himself but rather by Antioch Peverell. So, is it not possible for a powerful wizard, such as Dumbledore, to create a wand that equals ...