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 Wizards, fighting against a Dark Lord he is ...

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Which spell would Harry have used to kill Sirius? [duplicate]

Before this is marked as a duplicate, my question is more specific than the other one. In the third book, when Harry has his wand on Black in the Shrieking Shack, he wants to kill him. He also ...
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Why didn't Harry's scar ever hurt prior to him finding out he is a wizard?

Pretty straightforward: Why didn't Harry's scar ever hurt prior to him finding out he is a wizard? Harry's connection to Voldemort was present since Harry was one year old, so why didn't his scar ...
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Why did Dumbledore not face Voldemort earlier like he did for Grindlewald [duplicate]

We know that Dumbledore marched and faced Grindelwald on his own. However why did he not do the same for Voldemort before? What was he waiting for or was he afraid of facing Voldemort?
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Can someone tell when they've become a Secret Keeper?

In the Harry Potter franchise, when you know a secret which is held by a Secret Keeper and they die, you yourself become a Secret Keeper in their place. In Chapter 10 (The Marauder's Map) of The ...
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Why did fake Moody have Krum torture Cedric instead of just stun him?

In the fourth book, Barty Crouch Jr as Moody tries to get Harry to the cup first by taking out the other chamions. He says that he stunned Fleur and then had Krum take out Diggory. This seems ...
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How big is the Marauder's map?

The size of the Marauder's Map always bothered me. I assumed it unfolded into a large but still manageable piece of parchment. However, the fact that it shows the entirety of Hogwarts - every floor ...
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To what extent can animagi communicate with other animals?

In the fourth book, after Voldemort returns and is telling the Death Eaters about his exile, he says that Wormtail (after escaping from Sirus, Lupin, and the trio) transformed into a rat and was ...
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What does the ministry do with those who have been kissed by dementors?

The ministry seems to use the Dementor's Kiss as a last and ultimate punishment for its criminals, like Sirius Black and to a certain extent, Barty Crouch Jr (even if his death was unsanctioned). If ...
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Why was Quirrell scared away by Firenze?

‘AAAAAAAAAAARGH!’ Malfoy let out a terrible scream and bolted – so did Fang. The hooded figure raised its head and looked right at Harry – unicorn blood was dribbling down its front. It got to ...
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Was Harry practically a duffer compared to his father, Snape, Sirius and Lupin? [closed]

It is shown that James and the other marauders were making such an astounding magical object as the map and Snape inventing spells, but Harry has difficulty even doing non-verbal spells?
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When do students wear their hats at Hogwarts?

I wondered when the students are wearing their uniform's hat at Hogwarts since there's hardly any mention of it. In the list given when they have to buy their stuff for the new school year, it asks ...
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Is it ever explained why Harry has to cage Hedwig when he travels?

Doesn't this seem extremely unnecessary? Hedwig is an Wizarding Owl, she can fly and can travel wherever needed with minimal instruction. Hedwig in particular is very loyal and intelligent. There are ...
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Do we know anything about magical history before Harry? [closed]

Are there any other resources describing how the world of magic was before Harry was born and how Voldemort came to power the first time. Even articles about Dumbledore would be genuinely interesting. ...
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Can a living thing be a Portkey?

Okay so I'm writing a Harry Potter fanfiction, and I'm wondering if a living thing could be used as a Portkey. You know, if someone were to just point at themselves and go "Portus". Or if that's not ...
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How and when was the statue head Portkey to Hogwarts set up?

After the battle in the Ministry, Professor Dumbledore sends Harry to Hogwarts using a Portkey. The Portkey is a part of the statue in the "Fountain of magical brethern" in the atrium of the Ministry ...
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Fiendfyre to destroy horcrux

In the book after the diadem is destroyed by fiendfyre caused by Crabbe, Hermione mentioned that she had read that this fire could destroy horcruxes, still it was difficult to control. In The Order of ...
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Why would Dumbledore trust Hagrid with his life?

Related: Did Dumbledore ever trust Hagrid with his life? ‘How is the boy getting here, Dumbledore?’ [Professor McGonagall] eyed his cloak suddenly as though she thought he might be hiding Harry ...
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What's the point of the whole tri-wizard tournament? [duplicate]

The motive of the imposter Moody was to transport Harry to the graveyard and he achieves it with nothing more subtle than a portkey. Then why did he have to help Harry win the whole thing just to make ...
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Does an Animagus's animal form change along with their Patronus?

In the two examples shown of an Animagus capable of casting a corporeal Patronus (Minerva McGonagall and James Potter) both had the same animal as their Patronus and as their Animagus animal. Now, it ...
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Do Phoenixes have souls?

In Harry Potter universe, do Phoenixes have souls? Canon based answers only please.
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What type of damage does Avada Kedavra do?

Avada Kedavra kills things, that much is known, but what kind of damage does it actually do? Does it just stop all bodily functions? Does it force the soul to pass on? Damage the soul? Has J.K. ...
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Is there any source saying Voldemort and Bellatrix had affairs?

A friend of mine told me that Bellatrix is Voldemort's girl. I argued that I didn't agree (because Voldemort never valued love) but he countered with the argument that even evil super-villains may ...
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Why does this act of sacrificial protection against Voldemort not work? [duplicate]

In Harry Potter, it is understood that the act of Self Sacrifice is a means of protecting one or more people from death from Avada Kedavra. Sacrificial Protection happens at least twice in the Harry ...
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Did Dumbledore die? [duplicate]

In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Professor Dumbledore was killed by Snape. But later he talked with Harry. Did Dumbledore really die? Or not?
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Why does Sirius Black feel that he has to keep his two-way mirror a secret from the others?

The common problem that most people have with Sirius' mirror is why Harry never even bothers to check out what he gave him and why Sirius doesn't ask Harry why he isn't using it when Harry talks to ...
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How could the Marauder's Map detect something which Death could not?

According to this article on the Marauder's Map, and from the general knowledge acquired through the books and movies, it is quite clear that nothing is hidden from the map. This includes even the ...
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What did Voldemort experience when he fainted?

When Voldemort cast the Avada Kedavra and Harry didn't raise his wand in defence, Harry went into a kind of limbo where he met Dumbledore. When Harry awakens, he finds that Voldemort had also fainted. ...
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When does Wormtail switch sides?

I've had a long drawn out debate with someone and we can't agree when Wormtail switches sides. The wiki says: After graduating from Hogwarts, Pettigrew and his friends joined the Order of the ...
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Was Wormtail the only Dark wizard sorted to Gryffindor?

In the HP universe the Gryffindor house is somewhat a metaphor of righteousness and morality. On the other hand Slytherin house represents the dark side. However, there are a few exceptions on the ...
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Did Harry Potter ever intentionally kill?

I've read and read the books but I can't seem to find any place where Harry kills another person. My question is does he? And where? And who?
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Why didn't the Trace work in Goblet of Fire?

During Goblet of Fire, Voldemort lured Harry away from Hogwarts and into a Muggle cemetery. This was done during the Triwizard tournament to make Harry’s death look like an accident. Harry was ...
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Who/what is the dying infant-like creature in the limbo King's Cross, around the end of Deathly Hallows?

When Harry has been hit with the killing curse, he ends up in an imaginary King's Cross, with Dumbledore, and an infant-like creature that can be heard crying. What is this creature?
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In the Chamber of Secrets, why does the Ford Anglia come to Harry and Ron's rescue?

In the movie, when Harry and Ron are being surrounded by the Acromantulas in the Forbidden Forest, the car out of nowhere comes to their rescue. Why does the car do this? Unfortunately I haven't read ...
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Is Herpo the Foul still alive?

Herpo the Foul is one of the earliest known dark wizards. He was the first person ever to create a Horcrux. Did someone take the pains to destroy his Horcrux or is he still alive?
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What was Harry’s choice at the end of Deathly Hallows?

Towards the end of Deathly Hallows, Harry is presented with a choice: “I’ve got to go back, haven’t I?” “That is up to you.” “I’ve got a choice?” “Oh yes.” Dumbledore smiled at him. ...
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How did Slytherin win the House Cup so many years in a row/ Why doesn't Ravenclaw win every year?

It has been previously established that Slytherin won the House Cup for six years in a row before Philosopher's Stone. We also know that there are two sources of House Points: those awarded (or ...
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Could the Imperius curse be used to control werewolves?

We know that the Imperius curse works against non-human animals as well as humans, so it should work on transfigured humans. A werewolf could probably be considered a transfigured human so it should ...
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How the Dursleys could be allowed to tell nothing to Harry?

Harry discovers his true nature of wizard when Hagrid comes to see him at the chapter 4 of the first book. Yet, it is a shock to him that Harry doesn't know anything about the magical world he belongs ...
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Why didn't the Marauder's Map identify Barty Crouch Jr.?

It is a major plot point in Goblet of Fire that the Marauder's map identifies Bartemius Crouch Jr. as simply Bartemius Crouch; therefore leading to the confusion that Bartemius Crouch (Sr.) was the ...
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Is Parseltongue a useful skill?

While we know Parseltongue brings all the Basilisks to the yard, Parseltongue is kind of presented in canon as this edgy, somewhat cool ability that very few wizards (who are direct descendants of ...
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Did the Centaurs participate in the Battle of Hogwarts?

Centaurs are the magical creatures lived in the Forbidden Forest, at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. In Sorcerer's Stone a centaur, named Firenze who rescued Harry in the Forbidden ...
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Why are there so many only children in Harry Potter's generation?

Only counting people who were Hogwarts students at he same time as Harry, I can only think of four sets of students with at least one sibling: the Weasleys, Colin and Dennis Creevey, Padma and Parvati ...
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How did Harry breach the Statute of Secrecy?

Something always bothered me with Fudge's accusations: “Disciplinary hearing of the twelfth of August,” said Fudge in a ringing voice, and Percy began taking notes at once, “into offences ...
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Why did Dumbledore leave Harry on the Dursleys' doorstep?

Note: This is NOT a question about why Dumbledore left Harry with the Dursleys, which he himself answers pretty well. But I've always wondered about the manner of how Dumbledore left Harry with the ...
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Is Stonewall High a boarding school?

In Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the Dursleys were planning to send Dudley to Uncle Vernon's old school, Smeltings, in September. At the same time, they were also planning to send Harry ...
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Wouldn't Aunt Petunia know that Harry couldn't use magic outside school?

The answers to this question got me thinking. Aunt Petunia probably spent her childhood with Lily and though she was bitter, was probably in close contact with her at least until she finished ...
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Did Prof Trelawney change Harry's grade after Buckbeak's escape?

When Harry takes his Divination exam in the third book, he pretends to see Buckbeak in the crystal ball. Trelawney is initially impressed, believing Harry to be "seeing" the outcome of Buckbeak's ...
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Why didn't the Dursleys gladly ship Harry off to Hogwarts?

Uncle Vernon, still ashen-faced but looking very angry, moved into the firelight. ‘He’s not going [to Hogwarts],’ he said. Hagrid grunted. ‘I’d like ter see a great Muggle like you stop ...
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Who did George take to the Yule Ball in the Goblet of Fire?

I don't remember the Goblet of Fire ever mentioning who George took to the Yule Ball. Was it ever mentioned anywhere, or did he go alone? I don't think he went alone and just hung out with his twin, ...
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Could a house-elf apparate into the high security vaults at Gringotts?

We know that house-elves can apparate into Hogwarts, where wand-carriers can’t. Could they do the same with a high security vault at Gringotts?