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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Does anyone really know what would have happened if Harry had shaken Malfoy's hand in HP1 before they got sorted? [on hold]

Would they have become friends or would they still have had a dislike for eachother??
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Is there any Harry Potter canon that says Ghosts are really disembodied spirits?

The HP wiki states: "A ghost is the disembodied spirit of a once-living wizard or witch... These fleshless spirits were either afraid of death or have some extraordinarily strong connection to the ...
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In HP1 why did Harry only grab one letter when they were coming down the chimney?

Surely he would have caught five, at least, and hid them from Vernon while he was getting sprayed by the letters? Then he could have read any one?
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Why did Hagrid send Harry and Ron into the Forbidden Forest if he knew Aragog would want to kill and eat them?

It just seems silly that he would put them in danger like that. Why didn't Hagrid just tell them that he didn't do anything in the slightest to attack muggleborns when they were talking in the hut?
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Is Hufflepuff's Cup stored in Bellatrix's personal vault or family vault?

The HP Wikia claims that the vault Helga Hufflepuff's Cup was in was the Lestrange family vault. However, Hermione (under polyjuice as Bellatrix) tells the goblins: "I wish to enter my vault." ...
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How can a Seeker practice if the Snitch can't be touched prior to a Quidditch match?

In Deathly Hallows, Scrimgeour tells Harry, Ron, and Hermione the following regarding the Golden Snitch: ‘Correct,’ said Scrimgeour. ‘A Snitch is not touched by bare skin before it is released, ...
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Why does Snape weaken Harry's protection against legilimency?

In Deathly Hallows we learn Snape was in love with Lily, so he risked his life becoming a double agent in order to protect Harry. But in Order of the Phoenix, instead of strengthening Harry's ...
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Any reference that all the pure blood slytherin family tree is tracked back to Salazar slytherin?

In the family tree drawing of Sirius black's house its been show that most of the slytherin families are inter-related with each other. Is there any reference that all the slyterin families, mostly ...
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Why didn't Voldemort hide his Horcruxes using Fidelius Charm? [on hold]

I have seen many discussions here about locations where Voldemort hid his Horcruxes. The fans settle down with this: Voldemort chose those locations where he himself could easily reach. Why didn't ...
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Are there any limitations to the absorption of the sword of Gryffindor?

What objects can be used as wand substitutes? This question got me thinking. Godric Gryffindor's sword can absorb properties, and only positive properties (said in DH). Then, couldn't it in theory ...
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Why did Fleur scream?

In the Goblet of Fire, during the Third Task, Harry hears Fleur scream while in the maze. He assumes she is out of action. Later, Krum attacks Cedric with the Cruciatus curse. After Harry stuns Krum, ...
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Has the Magical Community breached the Final Frontier? (aka Wizards in Space?)

Have they? Given that Muggles put the first man in space in 1961, even by 1991 a lot of Muggleborns perfectly aware of the space-travel would have passed through Hogwarts and into the Ministry, even ...
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Why does Umbridge ask Harry where Sirius is?

In Order of the Phoenix, while Umbridge thinks Harry is under veritaserum effect, she asks him where Sirius is hidden. Then, If she stills thinks Sirius is guilty and wants to kill Harry She ...
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Why did Dumbledore say Snape saved Harry because James saved Snape?

At the end of Philosopher's Stone, Dumbledore tells Harry that Snape was trying so hard to protect Harry because James once saved Snape's life. He could have said the complete truth, something like: ...
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Did the Ministry inspect Sirius' will?

We know from Deathly Hallows that the Ministry examines Wills, as Scrimgeour shows up to give Harry the items that are bequeathed to him (save the Sword, of course). Hermoine even suggests that ...
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Where is Platform 9 3/4 located?

King Cross's Platform 9 3/4: we can go "there" by throwing ourselves on the wall between Platforms 9 and 10. But where is that "there"? Is it on King's Cross? Then where at King's Cross? What is ...
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Can you transfigure a human into an inanimate object?

One of the first spells students at Hogwarts are taught is how to transfigure an animal into a goblet. In fact, Ron attempted to turn Scabbers (who turned out to be Peter Pettigrew in disguise) into ...
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How did Fred and George fly out of Hogwarts?

When Fred and George leave in the fifth book, they summon their brooms and fly away out of Hogwarts. How was this possible with all the protective enchantments protecting the castle, preventing flying ...
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Did making Nagini a horcrux made it immortal? [duplicate]

So, Voldemort thought it was a good idea to make Nagini one of the horcruxes. Did making Nagini ( or any other living creature, generally speaking ) a horcrux also make it immortal ? Because ...
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Why does Harry's scar hurt when Umbridge touches him?

In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Dolores Umbridge, chapter 13, Detention with Dolores, Harry's scar hurts when Umbridge touches him. However, the canon does not establish any direct ...
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How much would the knowledge of Harry's dream have helped Dumbledore? [closed]

In the beginning of Goblet of Fire, Harry has a vivid dream about Voldemort’s conversation with Wormtail. When he wakes up, he doesn’t remember most of the details, and he never mentions it to anyone ...
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Creative theories/ principles in fictions like Harry Potter, Game of thrones applied to classical problems that are wise management lessons [closed]

I'm interested to know if there some very creative applications of some philosophical/ management theories that were applied to some timeless problems which yielded result that probably surprised ...
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Could Snape have broken the curse on the DADA job?

In the 6th chronicled year at Hogwarts, Snape is the new Defense Against the Dark Arts (DADA) teacher. Slughorn replaces him as a potions teacher. At the end of the sixth year The next year And ...
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Where did Harry Potter learn that the invisibility cloak was his father's?

In the Harry Potter film #2 ( The Chamber of Secrets ), there is a moment where Harry says : " I think it's time to use my dad's old cloak again. " ( Sorry if I misquoted by a word or two ) We ...
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Is Quidditch an inherently flawed sport?

I realise it's self evidently impossible, since real people don't have flying broomsticks. But even allowing for its fantastic nature, am I not right in thinking that it's alse self evidently ...
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Why James and Sirius distrust Lupin and trust Pettigrew?

Remus: "...he thought I was the spy, Peter. I assume that's why you didn't tell me, Sirius?" Sirius: "Forgive me, Remus." — Remus and Sirius reflecting on the first wizarding war while ...
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Do Muggles refer to Magical cities and places by different names?

Do Muggles also live in places such as Godric's Hollows, Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley as well as other towns and villages with magical populations? If yes, do they refer to those places using different ...
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What did Professor McGonagall know about the Order of the Phoenix?

McGonagall was a trusted ally of Dumbledore in the cause against Voldemort. With this mind, did she know about the plans and actions of the Order of the Phoenix? And did she know about Snape’s role ...
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What would have happened if Snape became the Master of the Elder Wand? [closed]

This question contains spoilers. As we already know, Dumbledore planned to have Snape kill him and this would likely have the power of the wand die with Dumbledore with Snape holding onto the wand ...
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Why didn't Harry's touch hurt Voldemort in “HP and the Deathly Hallows”? [duplicate]

I watched some of the Harry Potter movies today, and there is something I didn't understand. In the first movie, Harry's touch hurts Professor Quirrell, but when Voldemort and Harry "fall-fly" during ...
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Is Horace Slughorn head of Slytherin during his second term at Hogwarts?

We know that the Potions master at Hogwarts is also the Head of Slytherin house. This Wiki entry tells us that Prof Slughorn indeed was the Head of Slytherin during his first term at Hogwarts. But ...
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How did a young Tom Riddle find his way to the Leaky Cauldron on his own?

In Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Dumbledore leads Harry in his memories to Tom Riddle's orphanage. After having persuaded Tom, Dumbledore gives him some money, and Tom tells Dumbledore that ...
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Did Bellatrix have any affection towards Voldemort?

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, when Voldemort tries to kill Harry and Harry travel to the Deathly hallows ie. Kings Cross Station and he later comes back. There it has been mentioned that ...
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Was the Taboo in place on Voldemort's name during the First Wizarding War?

Voldemort placed the Taboo on his name during the Second Wizarding War, and I had always assumed that the Taboo was in place for the First War, hence the fear of his name, but the wiki claims: ...
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Were Potters in anyway related with Dumbledores? [duplicate]

Is there any canon indication (books, films, additional materials) that Harry Potter is in any way related to Albus Dumbledore? There seem to be some similarities between them like Ancestors of ...
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Does Worthiness have Anything to do with Mastery of the Hallows?

In Deathly Hallows, Dumbledore's seems to put some stock in a person's worthiness to unite the Hallows. “I was such a fool, Harry. After all those years I had learned nothing. I was unworthy to ...
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How did Harry remove the Philosopher's Stone from the Mirror of Erised?

‘How did I get the Stone out of the Mirror?’ ‘Ah, now, I’m glad you asked me that. It was one of my more brilliant ideas, and between you and me, that’s saying something. You see, only one who ...
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Did Dumbledore use the Resurrection Stone again?

It is explained here that Prof. Dumbledore tried to use the Resurrection Stone to see his family again. Albeit in his haste, he gets struck by the curse. Later, Dumbledore still wears the ring, with ...
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Which Professor created which obstacle in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone?

I looked at the forums sffworld and coolscifi as well as this discussion area but could not find the answer... It is clear that Dumbledore created the mirror at the end of the Sorcerer's Stone and ...
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How exactly is Gringotts secure?

"Wizards have banks?" "Just the one. Gringotts. Run by goblins." Harry dropped the bit of sausage he was holding. "Goblins?" "Yeah -- so yeh'd be mad ter try an' rob it, I'll ...
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What are transfigured animals essentially made of?

Animals are (sorry to all the vegetarians out there) essentially food. However, Gamp's Law of Elemental Transfiguration states that you can't conjure / transfigure the inedible into the edible. Do ...
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Why doesn’t Harry realise Dumbledore and Snape’s true motivations?

In the film version of Half-Blood Prince, Harry enters the Astronomy Tower as Dumbledore and Snape are talking. The conversation he overhears has Dumbledore telling Snape that If so, why didn’t ...
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Orchestra at Yule Ball in Harry Potter

I just rewatched the movie of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and I stumbled upon something strange. In the orchestra at the Yule Ball you can clearly see a saxophone being played at 1:19:08, but ...
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Was the Sorcerer's (Philosopher's) Stone really that well protected?

The Sorcerer's (Philosopher's) stone was moved from Gringotts to Hogwarts because Dumbledore wanted the stone to be better protected. In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone however, Harry, Ron, and ...
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How did Harry Potter survive as a baby when Voldemort used Avada Kedavra, but get killed in Deathly Hallows 2? [duplicate]

I don't know if Voldemort failed at something, and also, when he failed, why did Voldemort give up? he could just try other magics, but the question up here is it what makes me curious...
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Shapeshifting after death

In Deathly Hallows, we see that die. After this: The last one seems more likely, but thoughts anyone?
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Did the Hogwarts' Express take a detour in Prisoner of Azkaban?

Did the Hogwarts' Express take a detour in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban to pick up the Dementors? Yesterday, I listened to the German audio book and there Ron complains that it takes ...
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Is Joan of Arc mentioned in the Harry Potter Universe?

The earliest moment in wizarding history i can find is the Soap Blizzard of 1378 which would indicate that wizarding society had existed at that time and also Bathilda Bagshot's mentions in her book ...
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How does the wizarding community handle covers ups?

Places of significant importance in the wizarding community (whether because of magical properly or deemed significant by society) are hidden from Muggles. For example: disguising Hogwarts as a ruined ...
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Does the burning of witches/wizards hold special societal significance?

In the Harry Potter series, the world's history is largely based upon our own, with the idea that there's this secret magic world that exists alongside our familiar real world. In our history, people ...