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 ...

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How did Dumbledore know that Slughorn was an armchair?

In Chapter 4 of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, do we know why Dumbledore immediately knew that Horace was the armchair? Please, I am looking for a different answer than "Dumbledore is ...
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Why is the Elder Wand aligned with Harry and not Voldemort? [duplicate]

I get that Draco was the true master of the elder wand, and by disarming Draco, Harry becomes the wands true master. However... When Harry is hit by Voldemort's killing curse in the forbidden ...
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Why didn't the Death Eaters capture Harry Potter at the end of the Half-Blood Prince?

I was watching the Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince movie recently and when Harry tries to take down Snape at the end it was a perfect opportunity for the Death Eaters to take Harry to ...
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What determines the power of a wizard in Harry Potter's world

It is obvious that different wizards can cast spells with different power and/or effect (same for potions). But why? Just some observations from my side - perhaps I'm wrong for some of them: Spell ...
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Did the Elder Wand try to kill Harry?

If Harry needed to die, then the Elder Wand should have done it's best to follow Harry's intentions. The excerpt below sounds like Harry wishing for his death to be quick. If the Elder wand is tuned ...
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What tone of voice does Tom Marvolo Riddle use during this speech? [on hold]

In Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets, what tone of voice does Tom Marvolo Riddle say... "You'll be with your dear Mudblood mother soon, Harry" I've read the book over and over again and ...
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How was Voldemort able to continue flight without a wand [duplicate]

In Chapter 4 of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (The Seven Potters) Voldemort was flying unaided, which meant it must have been done with the use of a spell. Fast forward to Chapter 30 (The ...
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Why is Harry's protection so unique? [duplicate]

There are a number of questions on this site about the protection spell that Lily gave to Harry through her death, but one question doesn't seem to have been touched on: Why aren't such spells ...
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Why must Harry Potter be told that a part of Voldemort's soul latched itself onto the only living thing it could find, again?

In Severus's memory, he and Dumbledore have a talk about Harry Potter. Professor Albus Dumbledore: There will come a time when Harry Potter must be told something. But you must wait until ...
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Would it have been possible to trap Lord Voldemort in Professor Quirrell's body?

Had Harry had not interfered with Professor Quirrell/Lord Voldemort when they go into the final room with the Mirror of Erised, Dumbledore and Snape could have easily cornered and trapped them during ...
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Musical Instrument from HP:Goblet of Fire, were they magical?

Post the Yule Ball's dance, Fred and George Weasley climb on the stage and starts playing Rock music (don't exactly know what type of music it was, so Rock). The instruments they use, looked like ...
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Can students in Hogwarts change their houses after official sorting has been done? [duplicate]

People change as we know, as time passes, as they grow, as they face various situations in their life. Even wizards are basically people like muggles except for magic. Say a student is intelligent so ...
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Can non-British wizards attend Hogwarts?

Is there any evidence of non-British wizards attending Hogwarts?
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Why was Harry Potter flying on an eagle owl in his dream in Goblet of Fire?

This is really bugging me. I've searched and searched but I could not find anything from J.K. Rowling or others giving a respectable reason as to why Harry would be on an owl in his dream flying to ...
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Do Quidditch rivalries exist in wizard world?

Like in muggle sports there are rivalries between two teams, most of the times due to historic reasons or sometimes given rise by fans or media. Do such rivalries exist in quidditch? For example, in ...
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Did Voldemort know what would happen when he died? [duplicate]

There's plenty of info about the process that Voldemort used to create his horcruxes and even more info about how he ultimately used them to return from the dead but a simple question occurred to me; ...
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Was Professor Snape's handwriting significantly different from the Half-Blood Prince's?

It occurs me that it's a bit strange that after 5 years of being Snape's students, and presumably seeing his handwriting almost everyday - writing class instructions, correcting papers etc etc, ...
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Quirrell knew Snape was trying to save Harry — so Voldemort knew as well?

In another question, a good answer is given regarding how Snape shot down suspicions that he was a double-agent by explaining his opposition to Quirrell in the matter of the Philosopher's Stone: He ...
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Why was a piece of Voldemort's soul installed into Harry precisely at the moment when Harry' mother was killed? [duplicate]

Why was a piece of Voldemort's soul installed into Harry precisely at the moment when Harry' mother was killed? Voldemort has killed a lot of people, but the eighth horcrux was created precisely at ...
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Why didn't Dumbledore tell Harry that Snape was going to kill him?

Why didn't Dumbledore tell Harry that Snape was going to kill him? I do realise that this would be a very harsh thing to say to Harry, however, wouldn't it have made it easier for Harry in the end to ...
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Why didn't Snape keep or secure his copy of Advanced Potion-Making?

Advanced Potion-Making (by Libatius Borage!) was used for sixth year Potions classes. Canon does not make clear whether it was also used for seventh year Potions, so I'm going to presume it was only ...
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Why did Dumbledore allow Draco to disarm him?

Related: How was Harry supposed to defeat Voldemort in Dumbledore's original plan? by @Arthur Related: What were Dumbledore's actual intentions for the Elder Wand? by @NominSim This question is not ...
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Why didn't anyone go looking for Voldemort's wand after he was defeated at the Potters?

This question shows that only Wormtail, after almost 14 years, decided to go and fish out Voldemort's wand from the wreckage Is it hinted anywhere in the book why no one else ever tried to look for ...
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Why did the movie depart from the book when Harry broke the Elder Wand? [duplicate]

Looking for an out-of-universe answer. The Elder Wand is such a significant artifact, in that it is an extremely powerful object as well as being one of the Deathly Hallows, and so central to the ...
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Why did it take Voldemort thirteen years to figure out the resurrection potion?

Voldemort's resurrection potion from Goblet of Fire reads: ‘Bone of the father, unknowingly given, you will renew your son! Flesh – of the servant, willingly given, you will revive your master. ...
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What are the rules that the teachers in Hogwarts should comply to? [closed]

The teachers seem to be free to do anything, short from killing someone. Well also THIS happens and Snape gets away with it but we can be explained with the political situation. So the teachers may: ...
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Couldn't Fudge stop the governors removing Dumbledore?

In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Lucius Malfoy showed Dumbledore and Fudge and order of suspension for Dumbledore. Clearly, Fudge did not want this to happen. Oh, now, see here, Lucius, ...
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Did the Fat Lady ever question why sometimes people would leave the Gryffindor common room unseen?

Harry often uses his Invisibility Cloak to lurk around the castle in the dead of night. He almost always leaves the common room with the Cloak on, instead of putting it on afterwards. One example: ...
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Dark mark on Harry Potter's hand

What does the Dark Mark on Harry's arm mean, and why does he have it if it was only meant for Voldemort's inner circle? DUMBLEDORE : Barty Crouch Junior. BARTY JR : I'll show you mine if you ...
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Do magical words differ between languages in Harry Potter? [duplicate]

As we know Hogwarts and its surrounding environment are located in Great Britain and so wizards and witches speak British English. But we see students from various ethnicities at Hogwarts, which means ...
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Are spells in Harry Potter invented or discovered? [duplicate]

Are the spells in the magical world of Harry Potter invented or discovered? Maybe someone just said “Avada Kedavra” and the rest is history.
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Are the Four Great Houses of Hogwarts based on the Four Temperaments?

Is there any canon information, quotes, or interviews with J.K. Rowling that suggests the Hogwarts houses are (loosely) based on the four temperaments: Choleric, Sanguine, Melancholic, and Phlegmatic? ...
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Why are Hermione's efforts to free the House-elves so incompetent?

As I understand it, if you don't own the House-elf, then you can't set it free. This means that Hermione's hats would not have freed the elves, as she didn't own them; Hogwarts did. Only the ...
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Why didn't Harry offer for one of the Order members to ride his Firebolt in the battle of the Seven Potters?

He had the best racing broom in the world, and he ends up losing it. Tonks, Arthur or Mad-Eye could have used Harry's Firebolt instead of their much slower brooms, and Harry probably wouldn’t have ...
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Did the Malfoys replace Dobby?

It is known that Dobby was the house-elf (servant) which belonged to the Malfoy family; until he was set free by Lucius (as set-up by Harry with a sock in Tom Riddle's diary) in Harry Potter and the ...
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Immortality loop-hole - Hide horcrux inside Fidelus-protected building/place [duplicate]

According to canon, is there anything preventing one from concealing one's Horcrux inside a building/place and then simply protecting it with the Fidelius charm, with one being the one and only ...
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If Voldemort intends for wizards to rule the muggles why the apparent hesitation to reveal Wizard superiority and the magical world to the Muggles [duplicate]

If Voldemort intends for wizards to rule the muggles does he also intend to reveal the magical world to the Muggles. After Voldemort supporters takes over the Ministry of Magic and openly advocating ...
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In the Harry Potter world, who was their god? [duplicate]

Take the entire Harry Potter series. Just being curious: Who was their god / The Ultimate? Whom did they worship? [Sorry if this is too naive as I didn't find any references. Recently started ...
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Why didn't the first years know about the Sorting ceremony?

In the first book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, just before the Sorting ceremony, all the first years were quite terrified. No one had any idea what was going to follow (even Ron who came ...
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Can a secret keeper be forced to reveal the secret with the Imperius spell?

If I know that the secret keeper of a secret I really want to know is John Doe, can I cast Imperius on John Doe and try to make him reveal the secret? Let's assume John Doe doesn't have a strong ...
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Did Hermione really bring Death Eaters into the Fidelius Charm's protection?

In Deathly Hallows Hermione says that she brought a Death Eater within the Fidelius Charm's protection of Grimmauld Place through Side-Along Apparition. Since she was a Secret-Keeper, she's shared the ...
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Why does Dobby accompany Lucius Malfoy to Dumbledore's office in the chamber of secrets?

Harry and Dumbledore are in Dumbledore's office after Harry has defeated the Basilik in the Chamber of Secrets, when Lucicus Malfoy bursts in accompanied by Dobby. Is there an explanation as to why ...
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Why DID the the Potters use Peter as a secret-keeper?

It was said in Prisoner of Azkaban that the Potters used Peter instead of Sirius as a Secret Keeper for the Fidelius Charm on their house because everyone would have expected them to use Sirius and so ...
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Shouldn't Dumbledore have known that Sirius helped Voldemort find the Potters?

In Chapter 1 of Philosopher’s Stone, Hagrid mentioned that Sirius Black lent him his motorbike. Based on the information we now know from the earlier parts of Prisoner of Azkaban, Dumbledore was still ...
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Who (if anyone) could canonically tell Fred and George apart?

Is there anyone in canon who was stated to be able to tell Fred and George apart? Consistently, and not by randomly guessing.
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How will the Fantastic Beasts film series fit into the Harry Potter Canon?

More or less exactly what it says on the tin: How will the upcoming Fantastic Beasts films, written by JK Rowling, fit into the existing Harry Potter canon? Will they have the same level of authority ...
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How could Harry have become an Auror?

From the top answer on this question: What is Harry & Ginny's Profession? Harry became an Auror under the new Minister of magic Kingsley Shacklebolt and Ginny became a professional Quidditch ...
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Why are McGonagall, Hagrid and Flitwick allowed to stay at Hogwarts after Voldemort took power

Why indeed? McGonagall and Hagrid are active members of the Order of the Phoenix. Flitwick is not but is obviously affiliated with them. Same goes for the other teachers - while they are not members, ...
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Why is Harry Potter so important? [duplicate]

I didn't read books, but I have seen movies with Harry Potter. I understand that he is the main character. What I don't understand is that everyone treats him as someone very important. For example, ...
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How do you know who you are really talking to?

Throughout the series we have seen many scenarios in which someone acts as someone else. Barty Crouch Jr. transforms into Mad-Eye Moody, Harry and Ron transform into Crabbe and Goyle, and Hermione ...