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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Is JK Rowling an architect or a gardener, for her Harry Potter series?

I was watching Brandon Sanderson's lecture called "Gardeners vs Architects": In short a gardener allows that part of the story (characters and plot/world) develop ...
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Why did Voldemort need a house-elf?

(I’m currently travelling with no access to the books, so bear with my paraphrasing from memory.) During Deathly Hallows, we see through Kreacher’s retelling how – Voldemort told his Death Eaters ...
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Do Squibs have to be pureblood?

If a Muggle was born of a wizard/witch and a Muggle, is that person a Squib, or is that reserved to people born from pureblood families? (Related: Is a Squib a Muggle?)
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Why did Fudge have to come to arrest Hagrid?

In CoS, Fudge comes to Hogwarts to arrest Hagrid, so he can make it look like the Ministry is doing something (i.e., arresting innocent people). But why did Fudge himself have to come? Isn't this a ...
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Do all Squibs have an affinity with cats?

Throughout Harry's years at Hogwarts, the strange relationship between Argus Filch and Mrs Norris is mentioned multiple times, with Harry speculating - or at least wondering - if the two of them can ...
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Is Snape sensationalizing? [duplicate]

I can teach you how to bottle fame, brew glory, even stopper death -- Chapter 8, The potion master, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone This quote give Snape's almost an almighty aura. Do we ...
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How many years was it between Dumbledore's friendship with Grindelwald and their final duel?

There is a passage in The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore which seems to imply that there was a five year gap between the time that (eighteen-year-old) Dumbledore parted ways with Gridelwald and ...
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Which war did Frank Bryce injure his leg in?

It is said that Frank Bryce, the gardener for the Riddle house, injured his leg during the "war". Frank Bryce was the Riddles’ gardener. He lived alone in a run-down cottage on the grounds of the ...
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Why didn't poor Wizards/Witches turn to Muggle World to earn some money?

Why the poor Wizard Families(like Weaseley's) do not turn to the muggle world to earn some easy money and then change the Muggle money back to Wizard one and get better financially. Things like ...
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How didn't this person change back to this person during lessons?

Because the question contains spoilers, I'll put it here; The polyjuice potion only lasts for about an hour, as shown in the Chamber of Secrets. And lessons usually last about 1 hour. So does he ...
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Why did Snape love dark Magic so much?

In her answer to another question, Slytherincess mentioned this from a chat with JK Rowling : From a web chat: Jaclyn: Did Lily ever have feelings back for Snape? J.K. ...
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When you kill someone, does your soul immediately split, or is there a process? [duplicate]

I've read the Harry Potter books many, many, many, many times, and this has never exactly been clear to me. Do you need to do something in addition to murdering someone to make a Horcrux, or does it ...
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Why did the DADA teachers before Harry came accept the position?

By the time Harry came to Hogwarts, the curse on the DADA position had been there for a while, and these people had for some reason accepted the job (During the books, they accept the job for these ...
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Why did Voldemort brand Death Eaters with the Dark Mark?

It's just so stupid. If anyone in his inner circle gets caught, they can immediately be discovered to be a Death Eater and sentenced, no other evidence needed. Is there any reasonable explanation ...
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Why did nobody else need a Time Turner?

In The Prisoner of Azkaban, Hermione forgets to go to Charms after going to whatever other class she has that day--Muggle Studies, Runes, or maybe Arithmancy. Whatever class it is that is always the ...
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Did Professors at Hogwarts Take a Salary? [duplicate]

Would the professors of Hogwarts be paid a salary for their teaching? There's obviously Gringot's where the wizarding world (at least in the UK) would store their riches. I seem to recall there being ...
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Does Gringotts employ any non-goblins?

I'm asking for a friend, a wizard who until recently worked at the Apothecary in Diagon Alley, but is really interested in banking, like his Muggle cousin who made millions of dollars working for a ...
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Was Harry three months old or fifteen months old when his parents were killed?

I know Harry was born in 1980 and went to Hogwarts in 1991, and he was described as a baby when his parents were killed on Halloween night. But was this 1980 or 1981? Was he only three months old or ...
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What else does Magical Maintenance do?

Magical Maintenance is a branch of the ministry containing a bunch of people wearing blue robes who work at the ministry. One thing they do is control the weather: "Mr. Weasley," said Harry, as ...
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Did Voldemort choose to kill Harry on Halloween intentionally?

Did he intentionally choose Halloween as a significant date that "worked" with what he was about to do, or just that happened to be the day that he was able to go to Godric's Hollow, or the day when ...
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How far do the grounds of Hogwarts extend through the Forbidden Forest

"Of course," said Moody, taking a swig from his flask. "Took a leaf out of your book, Potter. Summoned it from my office into the forest. He wasn't anywhere on there." "So he did ...
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Is Snape supposed to have facial hair?

This is an image that appears to be one of the original drawings for the books: But I don't recall Snape ever being mentioned to have facial hair in the books or otherwise. Has JK Rowling ever ...
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Albus Dumbledore and teachers of the Defense Against the Dark Arts

Reading the Harry Potter series, I have this feeling that Dumbledore always got the Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher wrong. Was this on purpose or was it his incompetence?
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Harry Potter after Hogwarts? [duplicate]

After Hogwarts, Harry and Ginny have children, but from what I remember, it doesn't mention what he does for a living, nor does it mention what Ron and Hermione do. At one point, I distinctly ...
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What happened with the souls of Severus Snape and Lily Potter? [on hold]

What happened with the souls of Severus Snape and Lily Potter? Are their souls together after their death? Is Snape finally happy?
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How could Barty Crouch not know Percy Weasley's name?

Given that Barty Crouch was apparently a close colleague of Arthur Weasley, with whom he was on a first-name basis, how could Crouch have mistakenly believed Percy Weasley's last name was Weatherby? ...
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Where were Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw & Slytherin from?

Inspired by rand al'thor's question asking us to narrow down the location of Gryffindor's birthplace, I thought I'd ask about the other three. Where were Helga Hufflepuff, Rowena Ravenclaw and ...
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Where is Godric's Hollow?

In the Harry Potter books (specifically, HP and the Deathly Hallows), Godric's Hollow is the home and/or birthplace of a great many famous British witches and wizards - maybe even all of them. But ...
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What is the meaning of the surname Hooch?

What is the meaning of the surname Hooch (Madam Hooch from the Harry Potter books)? Has J. K. Rowling said what it means, in-universe? In the Russian translation she is called like Madam Hooch or ...
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How were Muggles able to kill Wizards in old times?

In the Harry Potter series we see multiple times that Muggles have killed Wizards in around the 1400s. They say that the Witch Burning was real and that actual Witches died. Harry had to finish ...
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How great a Quidditch player was Madam Hooch?

Madam Rolanda Hooch was a strict but caring witch who worked as the Flying instructor, Quidditch referee and coach at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry Are there any canon sources (from the ...
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What spells, charms, curses, hexes, jinxes, enchantments and charms do we know were taught in the Hogwart's curriculum?

I'm about to write a fanfiction based in the Harry Potter universe, but I want it to be strictly canonical. A lot of fanfics invent spells of their own similar to Eliezer Yudowsky's satirical Fixus ...
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What actually is Arithmancy?

A subject taken by some students at Hogwarts is Arithmancy. Throughout the Harry Potter series, we don't seem to be given much information as to what arithmancy actually is. For example, Defence ...
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Did Dumbledore know there would be a possible inside job?

I ask this due to the search procedures during the sixth film. Along with this, Dumbledore has a speech regarding Tom Riddle, which highlights a very key quote. Now as you know, each and every one ...
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When/How did Snape become a double agent? [duplicate]

Judging from the below quote was Snape already a double agent when he found out about the meaning of the prophecy? 'Well, Severus? What message does Lord Voldemort have for me? 'No - No ...
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How loyal was Snape to Voldemort before becoming a double agent?

In seeing these two questions and some their answers it prompted me think of the question I am asking... Why would Voldemort spare Lily? Why didn't James' love and sacrifice for Lily protect ...
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In the Harry Potter universe, what control do the Muggles have over wizards?

In the books, it's indicated that Muggles are in the vast majority, and many wizarding families had reduced considerably due to purebloods marrying their own cousins. This majority of Muggles must ...
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Why aren't there magic circles in the potterverse? [closed]

As with many questions here I might be thinking too deeply (and greedily?) into what is a 'magical universe', however please consider the following: Why aren't there any magic circles within the ...
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Why doesn't Lily have the scar? [duplicate]

According to what I believe is correct, Lily Potter should be the Horcrux, not Harry. When You-Know-Who got to the Potter house, he killed James Potter first. James was trying to protect Lilly and ...
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Why did Hagrid say that all bad witches and wizards are from Slytherin?

Hagrid once said: "There's not a single witch or wizard who went bad who wasn't in Slytherin." Which simply isn't true. Take these awful people as examples: Peter Pettigrew betrayed his good ...
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When did magic originate in humans? [duplicate]

I have no idea how the magic gene in Harry Potter is supposed to work, or how it first came about. It could have been some kind of genetic mutation, or maybe we--I mean, wizards--are a totally ...
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Do you keep momentum when you Apparate?

For example, if you were falling, facing upwards, and you Disapparated, would you continue to move backwards really fast once you got there? If so, could you change your momentum by Apparating to a ...
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Could chocolate frogs function as mass surveillance?

We know that portraits can interact with the real world, and the subjects can move between any different frames they are painted in. This is used as a plot device in the Deathly Hallows. We also ...
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Can a wizard “daisy-chain” Apparate to travel long distances?

After reading through a few answers about long distance/international traveling in the HP universe, it seems that apparating over very long distances is not advised/practical/etc due to the extreme ...
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What would happen if you used a dead person's hair in Polyjuice Potion?

Polyjuice Potion is changing based on someone's current physical state. It shows tattoos (or lack of) and such from DH when Ron changed to Harry. "I knew Ginny was lying about that tattoo,” said ...
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What happens to the wands of dead wizards?

When wizards die, are their wands recycled? Or are they buried with the wizard or what? I mean, the wand might not be interested in a new master just yet, but it seems like a waste of a perfectly ...
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How can students learn making potions?

How can students learn making potions when some of them takes months to complete? Sleeping Draught takes 70 minutes to brew and since Draught of Living Death it lot more complicated that previous one ...
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What kind of magic stops when its creator dies, which doesn't? [duplicate]

Through the book series there have been examples of charms stopping when its creator dies (Harry could move again after Dumbledore fell in HBP), but also of charms continue working (Protection of ...
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Who created the Room of Requirement?

The Room of Requirement is a very useful secret feature of Hogwarts, but how did it get there in the first place? Was it included (created or requested) by the Four Founders when they had the place ...
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How is a Portkey made?

The question I am wondering is a little more invloved than the title. I know the following A Portkey is made with the spell Portus. Almost any object can be made into a Portkey. Portkeys can beused ...