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, and 3 supplementary works. The subject is the titular character's journey in a school for Witches and Wizards, fighting against a Dark Lord he is ...

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How could Voldemort be killed when Harry's blood runs through them both?

As we know, at the end of Goblet of Fire, Voldemort takes Harry's blood into his new body, thus binding Harry to life so long as Voldemort lives due to his mother's sacrifice. My question is, then, ...
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What happens to Perkins?

We know that from at least Goblet of Fire and onwards, Perkins, the other guy that works in the Misuse of Muggle Artifacts Office, has lumbago (according to Wikipedia, a common disorder involving the ...
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What was Otto Bagman doing with a lawnmower?

The lawnmower owned by Ludo Bagman's brother Otto is the most important objects in all of the Harry Potter series*! And everyone was obviously so immersed in the lawnmower's awesomeness, nobody ...
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Why didn't Dumbledore try to convince Slughorn a year earlier?

Before Harry's fifth year at Hogwarts, Dumbledore has trouble finding anyone for the DADA job, and so Fudge gives him Umbridge. He must've known why Fudge wanted Umbridge there, and he must've known ...
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What do you call a wizard's headquarters? [on hold]

What do you call a wizard's headquarters? i.e. lair, domain, compound?
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Why did R.A.B even use the fake locket at all? [duplicate]

Sirius's brother Regulus took Kreacher to the cave, drank the potion, and swapped the real locket for a fake one. Inside the fake one was a note telling whoever happened to find the locket--most ...
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Why does Hermione pass out first?

When Harry and Hermione are trying to stop the Dementors from Kissing Sirius at the end of Prisoner of Azkaban, they are unsuccessful in their Patronus attempts. It is well known that dementors ...
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Which ghosts were based on folklore?

On Accio Quote, the point is made that: JKR speaks of researching specific ghosts, implying that one or more of the Hogwarts ghosts are based on ghosts from folklore. Do we know whether any ...
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Why did JK Rowling choose the name 'Hogwarts'? [duplicate]

A follow on from my previous question, I'm wondering, has JK Rowling ever commented on why she chose to name the school Hogwarts in particular?
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Why is the Monster Book of Monsters the way it is?

When I was a kid and saw the movie I was like "well obviously the Monster Book got to be a vicious biting thing". But now it dawns on me: what the hell? Is there a legitimate reason why whoever ...
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What is required to create magical items such as The Monster Book of Monsters?

I know that magic is used to transfigure/charm single items to get the desired results, but what about mass produced items like the Monster Book of Monsters? Is there a wizard sweat shop set up where ...
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How does Charlie's wand work for Ron?

On the train to Hogwarts in the first book, Ron says he uses Charlie's old wand. I have two questions: Doesn't he have to kill or disarm Charlie to be able to effectively use Charlie's wand? How ...
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How did Lucius Malfoy get back to being a school governor?

I don't have access to my copy of Prisoner of Azkaban currently, but I'm pretty sure I remember correctly that Lucius Malfoy is one of he school governors, since he is a big part of Hagrid's appeal ...
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Why did Lockhart take the job?

"...Dumbledore obviously thought he was the best man for the job--" "He was the on'y man for the job," said Hagrid We know that Dumbledore hired Lockhart because he had too. But why did ...
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Shouldn't Avada Kedavra be just like the Dementor's Kiss?

From what I've seen about it, the way Avada Kedavra kills you is by blowing apart your soul. My evidence for this is in three parts: When the Killing Curse rebounds on Lord Voldemort the first ...
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Should basilisk venom really be able to destroy Horcruxes?

The only way to destroy a Horcrux, as Hermione tells us, is to put it beyond magical repair. The cup, the locket, Nagini, the ring, and the diary are all destroyed by a sword or fang covered in ...
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Why didn't the soul inside Voldemort's body die when he tried to kill Harry?

In Deathly Hallows, Dumbledore says, "...the Killing Curse rebounded on Lord Voldemort, and a fragment of Lord Voldemort's soul was blasted apart from the whole, and latched itself onto the only ...
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Why does Flitwick need Hagrid to set up the Christmas trees?

In Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone, Hagrid drags a large fir tree from somewhere, most likely the Forbidden forest, to the Great Hall, where Flitwick is busy putting up Christmas decorations. ...
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Where did the insults generated by the Marauder's map come from?

When Severus Snape attempted to make the Marauder's map "yield the information it conceals" and whatnot, how could it insult him in the way it did? Specifically, it talked about how he was a ...
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How long does a spell last in the Harry Potter universe? [duplicate]

I didn't find this question or a related answer to my question. Some spells like "Avada Kedavra" are spells that are intended to do one thing, the conjurer focuses on that spell and when they stop ...
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Why are basilisks mortal enemies of spiders?

Spiders, specifically, are mentioned several times throughout Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets as running away, not just all creepy, crawly critters. I looked up basilisks and see other parts ...
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Why did Dumbledore allow The Forbidden Forest for Detention?

“First years should note that the forest on the grounds is forbidden to all pupils. And a few of our older students would do well to remember that as well.” -Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's ...
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Harry Potter- questions about wizard and muggle parents [closed]

I will change my question so it will be more answerable. I was wondering, where would a muggle and a wizard meet? Muggles don't know about the wizarding world, so where would they meet? I know ...
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Why did Dumbledore's wand connect with Voldemort's?

At the Battle at the Ministry of Magic, Dumbledore and Voldemort's wands connect (Priori Incantatem) but as far as I'm aware, the Priori Incantatem only happens when two wands share the same core ...
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Why isn't Harry punished for using magic outside Hogwarts?

I was wondering how come Harry and his DA pals aren't punished for using magic in the OotP when they fight death-eaters in the department of mystery; I mean, wasn't underage magic supposed to trigger ...
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Why did JK Rowling choose the name 'Harry'?

The title says it all, my question is, has JK Rowling ever commented on why she chose the name Harry for her main character?
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With a Resurrection stone, the people who come from dead, speak according to the person who called them?

Will the people who appear back from death speak the words which the User wanted to hear or, is that actually what the person would say?
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What spells did Harry and Draco use in the bathroom battle scene?

When the fight kicked off, Malfoy attacked Harry and Harry attacked back with which spell/charm? I'm uncertain because they didn't speak the words of the spell.
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Inspiration for the Dementors

Are there any classical analogues to the dementors in the Harry Potter franchise? Many of the creatures that inhabit J.K. Rowling's world of Harry Potter and hogwarts are taken directly from ...
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Why did Arthur Weasley prefer Portkey rather than Apparition? [duplicate]

The Weasley's along with Harry and Hermoine could have Sidealong Apparated to the Quidditch World Cup, There are four licenced and professional practitioners (Arthur, Bill, Charlie, Percy) in ...
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Why did Dumbledore block Voldemort's Avada Kedavra aimed at Harry Potter?

Near the end of Order of the Phoenix, Voldemort was ready to "kill" Harry, and would have if Dumbledore didn't interfere: 'I have nothing more to say to you, Potter,' he said quietly. 'You have ...
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Spells Battle at the ministry

Which spells did Voldemort and Dumbledore use at the battle of the ministry. Voldi used avada and what red spell was it what dumbledore used? The burning snake? The Water bending? The glass ...
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Why didn't Voldemort become the owner of Elder Wand?

I've read the question Here and learnt that even Stealing the Elder wand makes a person owner of it. Then why didn't Voldemort become the owner of elder wand even though he stole it from the tomb of ...
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House bias among Hogwarts Headmasters?

Headmasters and Headmistresses of Hogwarts should be above the petty squabbling between the four houses, but are they really? Being raised to a higher level and becoming (supposedly) neutral is a ...
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Is there any significance to the color of spells?

In the movies at least, I have noticed that different spells have different colors e.g. Avada Kedavra is green, Expelliarmus is red etc. I was wondering is there any information to support the notion ...
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What did Harry get Gryffindor points for at the end of the first book?

In the first book it was said that Voldemort couldn't get the Philosopher's Stone from the Mirror of Erised in any case. That means that even if Harry hadn't gone to stop Voldemort then nothing bad ...
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Did Snape know what was going to happen in Goblet of Fire?

We all know Snape Did Snape know what was coming for Harry in The Goblet of Fire?
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Energy expenditure in doing magic [duplicate]

I've been wondering whether in Harry Potter canon there is any hint on whether there is energy expenditure involved in doing magic. Hints would be things like increased tiredness, fatigue after doing ...
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What kind of magic is happening in these screenshots?

In HP and the Order of the Phoenix, we see this magic occurring; What's this called?
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In what way were the chess pieces transfigured?

Inspired by Childcat15's comment on this question In Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone McGonagall transfigures the chess pieces that the trio battle to gain access to the Philosopher's Stone. ...
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Was the 'first' wizarding war with Voldemort really the first ever wizarding war?

Related: Why aren't Grindelwald's events called the First Wizarding War? Why would the "First Wizarding War" be called this, when it clearly wasn't the first? Especially when you have J.K. ...
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Were the flying keys charmed or transfigured?

So in the climax of The Philosopher's Stone, we see Harry and the Gang pass through some challenges to stop Quirell retrieving the stone; one of these challenges is chasing down a flying key. ...
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Why did Sirius slash the portrait of The Fat Lady?

In The Prisoner of Azkaban, the escaped convict Sirius Black enters Hogwarts. When denied entrance to the Gryffindor Tower, he slashes the portrait of the Fat Lady (who is then replaced by Sir ...
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Why was the ending of the book different from the ending of the movie in regards to the Elder Wand? [duplicate]

I was watching the film "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2" in which Harry broke the Elder Wand. However, in the book he put the wand back inside Dumbledore's grave. Why was this changed in ...
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Etymology of 'Muggles'

The title says it all really: what is the etymology of JK Rowling's word 'Muggle'? I have read from the Harry Potter Wikia that: Muggle is derived from the word "mug," which refers to a gullible ...
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Why did Voldemort take 11 years to steal the Sorcerer's stone?

After the first Wizarding war, when Voldemort went to deep Albanian forests to escape from Auroras, Why did he take 11 long years to come back to steal the philosophers stone. When he acquired ...
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Why was Quirell unable to take the stone out of 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 wanted to find the Stone — find it, but not use ...
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Why don't muggles notice people disappearing from Platform 9 3/4?

It appears that a sizeable number of Hogwarts students must be using King's Cross. So wizards are always traveling to and from the platform 9 3/4 at the start and end of the term of Hogwarts: ...
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How did Dumbledore gain the loyalty of Fawkes?

How did Dumbledore find Fawkes. Did Dumbledore have Fawkes even when working as a Transfiguration teacher or acquired it after having Headmaster position. They both have a very strong bond between ...
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Harry Potter characters with alliterative names?

Lots and lots of characters in the Harry Potter books have alliterative names (Severus Snape, Peter Pettigrew, Godric Gryffindor, Stan Shunpike, to name but a few). Is there a complete list of such ...