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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In Harry Potter, is there any reason why Wizards didn't adopt Muggle technology? [duplicate]

I find this very weird. Some technology, obviously, is shared by Muggles and Wizards, such as construction, cars, even physics and chemistry. But some very useful technology is not shared - in such ...
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When exactly did Moody and Tonks become close?

In Book 4, it's implied that Moody has been in retirement for some time. In Book 5, it's stated that Tonks only qualified to be an Auror a year ago. Even allowing for the three years that Auror ...
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How did the Unspeakables know to change the records in the Hall of Prophecy?

Related: How do you listen to a prophecy without smashing it in Harry Potter?; How do the spheres with recorded prophecies appear in the Department of Mysteries? We know that the contents of the ...
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Why did the Beauxbatons students expect to find Madame Maxime at the Quidditch World Cup?

A huddle of teenagers in pyjamas was arguing vociferously a little way along the path. When they saw Harry, Ron and Hermione, a girl with thick, curly hair turned and said quickly, "Ou est Madame ...
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In Goblet of Fire, why doesn't Sirius get help from Lupin?

It's canon that Lupin and Sirius embrace like brothers at the end of Prisoner of Azkaban, and that they were best friends for years, and that Lupin is loyal to a fault. Couldn't Sirius have used ...
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Why can you not name He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named? [duplicate]

I know that there is some magic cast on his name later in the series, but has it always been like this? What's the origin of this title?
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Looking for a specific Harry Potter fanfic where Harry stays with Snape during the summer of 2nd year

I'm looking for a Harry Potter fanfic, which I had been reading on fanfiction.net. It's AU starting in the summer of Harry's second year. Harry has to stay with Snape during the summer at Hogwarts. I ...
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How many inventions did Fred and George have?

Fred and George Weasley are known for the trouble-making and generally "solemnly swearing they are up to no good". Their antic/adventures give something to smile about and show us not all wizard are ...
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How many wands were chosen for Pottermore?

If we believe this the answer to this question How many possible types of wands can Ollivander make?; there are 19,152 different wand combinations. Pottermore has brought back Sorting (House and ...
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Why did Mr. Ollivander call Voldemort “The Dark Lord” in Deathly Hallows?

He used to use the rather classic "He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named": "After all, He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named did great things -- terrible, yes, but great." (The Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 5, Diagon ...
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In the last Harry Potter book, who kills these two characters?

I have always wondered this, and as today is the anniversary of the battle of Hogwarts, I think I will ask this:
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Do Vanishing Cabinets come in pairs or singles?

After seeing this question and some of the discussion on it got me wondering if this pair of Vanishing Cabinets was common or rare... How did Dumbledore not know that the Vanishing Cabinet was one ...
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How is Ludo Bagman a 'bad wizard'?

In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry, Ron and Hermione run into Dobby and Winky at the Hogwarts kitchens. When Hermione mentions Bagman is a judge for the Triwizard Tournament, Winky ...
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Who gave Harry Potter his scar, and how did it shape itself like lightning bolt? [duplicate]

Who gave Harry Potter his scar, and how did it come in the shape of a lightning bolt? Does it hurt often?
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Does the Elixir of Life heal injuries?

We know that in the Harry Potter series the Philosopher's Stone can produce the Elixir of Life, which grants dramatically increased longevity. The only known maker, Nicolas Flamel, lived for over 600 ...
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What happened to Mundungus Fletcher after the Second Wizarding War

Mundungus vanished after seeing Voldemort and was last seen in the Order's Hideout. Did Rowling mention his whereabouts after the Wizarding War or was he just not an important character?
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How could Dumbledore summon the House-elf Kreacher in Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 3?

Here is the relevant text from Half-blood Prince: "You see," Dumbledore said, turning back to Harry and again speaking as though Uncle Vernon had not uttered, "if you have indeed inherited the ...
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How did Hagrid vanish into thin air?

In the film Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Hagrid mentions he needs to leave in a hurry and hands Harry the train ticket. Harry asks Hagrid about the ticket as he squints at it in confusion, ...
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Did Dumbledore's scar adapt to reflect Muggle changes in the London Underground?

We learn about Dumbledore's scar when he drops Harry off at the Dursleys: "Couldn't you do something about it, Dumbledore?" "Even if I could, I wouldn't. Scars can come in useful. I have one ...
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What Houses was the Sorting Hat deliberating between for Minerva McGonagall's sorting?

The Pottermore article on Hatstall includes the following passage: The only true Hatstalls known personally to Harry Potter were Minerva McGonagall and Peter Pettigrew. It's obvious that for ...
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How did Dumbledore not know that the Vanishing Cabinet was one of a pair?

In Harry Potter and the Halfblood Prince, Draco Malfoy uses a Vanishing Cabinet stored in the Room of Requirement to bring in a bunch of Death Eaters to wreak havoc and kill Dumbledore. Before (not) ...
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How did Montague apparate into hogwarts bathroom

In year 5 Fred and George jam Montague into the vanishing cabinet. Hes found weeks later in a toilet. ‘He never managed to get all the words out,’ said Fred, ‘due to the fact that we forced him ...
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Are there any references of students (i.e. Hermione) using Apparition outside classes?

I'm aware that Apparition is taught to the students, but I wonder if there's any student using this spell besides, for example, Hermione, in The Deadly Hallows if I'm not mistaken, when she takes ...
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Was Harry actually a hat-stall? [closed]

When the Sorting Hat initially assigned Harry to House Slytherin, was it because of Harry's nature or was it actually detecting Voldemort's presence?
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How did Trelawney know Snape interrupted her interview with Dumbledore (and her prophecy)?

Sybill Trelawney does not know when she does actual prophecies. "She does not know — and I think it would be unwise to enlighten her — that she made the prophecy about you and Voldemort, you ...
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Can Hogwarts students belong to multiple Houses?

On the surface of it, this sounds like a ridiculous question. Every student in the books is described as a Slytherin, a Gryffindor, a Hufflepuff, or a Ravenclaw. There aren't even any "unaffiliated" ...
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Into which house was Rowling sorted?

I've heard that JKR is both a Gryffindor and a Hufflepuff, so I'm not sure what to believe. Has J. K. Rowling revealed the house into which she was sorted, and has her answer been consistent?
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How does the Accio spell work? [duplicate]

I know it is used to summon things. But can the summoner only summon things that he own or is there a range within which it can summon anything or visualizing something that he doesn't own summons the ...
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Why didn't Dumbledore leave Harry a big pile of basilisk fangs?

As the answer to this question ponders, Dumbledore seems to have left a lot of information out when giving Harry, Ron and Hermione their Horcrux assignment. Let's consider the following points. ...
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Where was the locket between its Horcrux's creation and Kreacher's first visit to the cave?

According to this question's answers, which seems to be accepted (and which seems acceptable to me!), Slytherin's locket was made a Horcrux around 1945-1946. Besides, I found that Regulus died in ...
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Do we ever see Lockhart use the correct spell?

It's made pretty clear that Lockhart is a failure of a wizard, apart from his use of memory charms for which he is quite gifted. In the movie, we regularly see him use a spell which turns out to not ...
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What are the listed magical wand components used in Harry Potter canon?

Lots of things are used in the making of wands, Dragon Heartstrings, unicorn hairs, phoenix feathers, however some much more interesting and expanded lore could be derived from the use of other things ...
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When does Umbridge have time to audit the other teachers?

This has to do with the workload of Hogwarts teachers. Subquestion: How many hours does a teacher of the core subjects (DADA, Transfig, Charms, Potions) teach a week? If this question has already ...
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Can normal wands be won through non-magical fights?

In Harry Potter, if a wizard is defeated in a magical duel, their opponent my claim their wand. Additionally, for the Elder Wand at least, whoever kills the previous owner may claim the wand. We know ...
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Why was Slytherin giving James Potter a standing ovation?

In the first book (James Potter and the Hall of Elders Crossing) of the James Potter series (a fanfiction that J. K. Rowling liked) by G. Norman Lippert, Slytherin house gives James Potter and ...
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What did Madam Hooch do all day?

Far be it from me to accuse the Hogwarts teachers of not working hard enough but I struggle to see how Flying Teacher is really a full-time occupation. As far as I can tell, Madame Hooch has two main ...
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Harry Potter: driving a Muggle car [duplicate]

In the final chapter of "Deathly Hallows" ("Nineteen Years Later"), Ron tells Harry that he managed to pass his Muggle driving test by casting a charm on the driving instructor so he would forget ...
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How was Umbridge even able to cast a Patronus? [duplicate]

In DH, while Umbridge casts a Patronus to keep the Dememtors at bay. But if she was capable of such a charm, surely she could have kept some centaurs at bay. “Nooooo!” he heard Umbridge ...
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Why can't wizards magically fix clothing?

I've found reasons on this site for Lupin's battered 'Professor' briefcase even though he hadn't taught before, but are the descriptions of his clothes an inconsistency? Can wizards not fix clothing ...
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Are heliopaths a figment of Luna's imagination?

In OotP Luna Lovegood claimed the Minister of Magic had a secret army of fire spirits called heliopaths. The fact that Luna spoke of such beings in itself is seen by others as reason enough to doubt ...
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Why was Mafalda Hopkirk a “pleasant heliotrope?”

When you put some hairs/essence of a person into a Polyjuice Potion, the potion ends up a color that roughly represents the person. Mafalda Hopkirk, as a Ministry witch under the corrupt Voldemortian ...
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Why didn't Dumbledore act more decisively in response to Trelawney's second prophecy?

Professor Trelawney's second prophecy turns out in some ways to be almost as significant as her first. Crucially, it gives Harry and everyone connected with him a key heads-up notice period where they ...
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What would happen if you were to look at a picture of a Basilisk? [duplicate]

Would you be petrified by it, or would nothing happen? Or is it not possible to take a photo of a Basilisk?
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How did Voldemort intend to question the person who got to the locket?

When discovering the locket's basin, Harry thinks the potion will kill whoever drinks it, but Dumbledore thinks otherwise: "I can only conclude that this potion is supposed to be drunk." ...
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Why would Professor Slughorn eat food provided by young Tom Riddle?

When Harry is looking into the Pensieve, he sees a modified memory of Horace Slughorn. Tom Riddle was visiting Slughorn and provided some snacks for him. (IIRC, it was candied pineapple, which was one ...
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Did Dumbledore Raise Harry Like a Pig For Slaughter? [duplicate]

Can't seem to find if there is already a question similar - though I do think there may. Two similar questions; did Dumbledore really raise Harry like a pig for slaughter, and did he know Harry would ...
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How did Malfoy feasibly manage to buy Peruvian Instant Darkness Powder from the Weasleys?

Draco Malfoy manages to bring Death Eaters into Hogwarts during his sixth year partly by using Peruvian Instant Darkness Powder from Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes: "Anyway," Ginny went on, "he must ...
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Can you block Avada Kevadra with a Patronus charm?

In my question here, I asked if Patronuses were corporeal or not. The answer was that they are decidedly so, and can interact with the physical world. Now my question is if they are indeed corporeal ...
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Must a physical Patronus charm take the form of an animal?

To my recollection, all physical Patronus charms that we see in the Harry Potter story are in the form of an animal. However, to quote this answer the nature of a Patronus charm is that it represents ...
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Can you touch an animal from the Patronus charm?

The animals are described to be incorporeal, but seemingly can still touch dementors (which aren't). Given that the above is true, can you touch a Patronus?