Famous fantasy author, best known for her Harry Potter series. This tag should be used when asking about J. K. Rowling's motivations, philosophies, and comments on her works.

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Further Mistakes at the Ministry of Magic

In page 203 of Goblet of Fire, a newspaper article states that the Ministry has made further mistakes, that Mad-Eye made a false alarm and that Arthur Weasley involved the Ministry in an embarrassing ...
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Could Dumbledore have made a horcrux?

There are some popular theories flying around the internet about the possibility that Dumbledore may have accidentally made a horcrux and that the object containing the fragment was either Fawkes the ...
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What were J. K. Rowling's “theories” about book seven?

One of the news articles that J K Rowling wrote on her old website was about how she tried posting Book 7 theories on Mugglenet's chatroom. Monday 15 March 2004 Mugglenet Chatroom Uninterested ...
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Did Rowling ever say why more isn't said about Minerva McGonagall?

In the seven Harry Potter books we are given, through observed events, insights into the personalities of the major adult characters such as Dumbledore, Snape, James and Lily Potter, Hagrid, the ...
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Can Hogwarts students belong to multiple Houses?

On the surface of it, this sounds like a ridiculous question. Every student in the books is described as a Slytherin, a Gryffindor, a Hufflepuff, or a Ravenclaw. There aren't even any "unaffiliated" ...
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Into which house was Rowling sorted?

I've heard that JKR is both a Gryffindor and a Hufflepuff, so I'm not sure what to believe. Has J. K. Rowling revealed the house into which she was sorted, and has her answer been consistent?
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How did Newt graduate from Hogwarts if he got expelled?

JK Rowling revealed1 on twitter that Newt Scamander got expelled from Hogwarts. J.K. Rowling @JK_Rowling Dumbledore was a young teacher at the time Newt was expelled. He wasn't able to revoke ...
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Has J K Rowling ever created any official Harry Potter quizzes/puzzles?

There are many different Harry Potter trivia puzzles that can be found online, some better than others. Did JKR ever create any herself? Are there any official Harry Potter quizzes/puzzles that were ...
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Why did Rowling seemingly make light of the house-elf situation?

According to J.K. Rowling, the house-elves are used as an allegory for slavery. The house elves is really for slavery, isn't it, the house elves are slaves, so that is an issue that I think we ...
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Is there a complete list of JK Rowling's Harry Potter tweets?

J K Rowling is pretty active on Twitter, and often enough releases new canon information there. However, the vast majority of her tweets are completely unrelated to Harry Potter. Is there any ...
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Has JK Rowling ever directly contradicted the Movies

The Harry Potter books are pretty different than the movies. This can be seen in depth over here. My question however, is whether JK Rowling ever directly contradicted the movies with later books in ...
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Is this JK Rowling “pocketeded” story true?

There's a Stephen Fry vs. JK Rowling story that periodically memes up: Just after the first Harry Potter book had been released, [Fry] was offered the role of narrating it for audiobooks. He hadn’...
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Where do the Dursleys' names come from?

JK Rowling is an author who seems to have taken pains to choose names for her characters carefully: wise Minerva McGonagall, severe Severus Snape, Sirius Black the black dog, Lupin the wolf, and so on....
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Is there conclusive evidence that Rowling planned the existence of the Deathly Hallows before the book of that name? [duplicate]

I can't find this question previously answered here and as this site is about gathering a database of knowledge, I feel it must be asked. Inspired by my brief discussion with @Richard. I believe ...
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Why was Snape known as the Half-Blood Prince? [duplicate]

After re-watching the movie, I realised that although Snape is revealed to be the 'Half-Blood Prince' - it is never explained as to how he got his name. I assume 'Half-Blood' would be Half Muggle? ...
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Was JK Rowling inspired by IT (Stephen King)?

In the novel Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Remus Lupin teaches how to fight the boggarts, which are "amortal shape-shifting non-being that takes on the form of the viewer's worst fear." ...
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Was there ever a case where a Muggle used magic? [duplicate]

Wish I had the citations, they were once everywhere. Rowling promised a major scene in HALLOWS that would feature a Muggle using magic. Didn't happen ... anyone know why, or which character was ...
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Which Harry Potter works are considered canon?

There are many different Harry Potter works including: books short stories movies card games video games toys amusement parks Which ones are considered to be canon?
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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, he explains a gardener allows that part of the story (characters and/or plot/...
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Who is Sirius Black based on?

JKR has indicated that many of the main characters are based on real people - Harry on a relative who's also named Potter, Hermione on the author herself, Pansy Parkinson on a real life anti-Joanne, ...
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Why was the old Pottermore shut down?

Pottermore used to have an interactive format with lots of original content from J.K. Rowling tightly structured around the Harry Potter books. In September the site was replaced with something ...
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Will there be a Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them novelization?

Warner Bros is making a Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film with a script from JK Rowling. Is there any official word from Rowling or any of the producers at Warner Bros if she or anyone ...
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How did JK Rowling imagine the voices of her characters?

From various illustrations by Rowling herself, we have at least some idea of how she imagined most of her major characters to look. For instance, here's a piece of concept art she drew in relation to ...
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Why does Newt say Lumos Maxima in the Fantastic Beasts trailer?

At the beginning of the trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, someone (who I think is Newt Scamander) says the spell "Lumos Maxima". The problem is that Lumos Maxima is not a canon ...
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What other Harry Potter related writings has Rowling written?

Which Harry Potter related writings has J K Rowling written (not counting the seven main books)? I'm ideally looking for writings set in the Harry Potter world, not writings about the books. (i.e. ...
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Which names (besides for Voldemort) do the movies pronounce wrong?

JK Rowling has said the Voldemort is pronounced Voldemor (with a slient t). In the movies they always pronounce it Voldemort. Are there any other names which the movies pronounce incorrectly?
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What was the flaw in Goblet of Fire?

From this 2000 interview with JK Rowling: Q: You mentioned something in a recent interview about a flaw in Book 4. . . A: Did I? Oh yes. . .I repaired it! This is why Book 4 nearly caused me a ...
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What are the differences between old Pottermore and new?

What parts of the old Pottermore weren't carried over to the new Pottermore? Conversely, which parts of the new Pottermore weren't on the old Pottermore? (I'm only asking about the parts actually ...
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What happened to each of The Original Forty?

J. K. Rowling had released (Harry Potter and Me and then Pottermore) the original draft for the names of the students in Harry's year. Not counting the ones crossed out, these are the original forty ...
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Is it implied that Porpetina and Queenie Goldstein are Jewish?

J.K Rowling has said on Twitter that Porpetina and Queenie Goldstein are distantly related to Anthony Goldstein, J.K. Rowling ‏@jk_rowling Well, I think it's widely known that that characters ...
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Was JK Rowling involved with Noma Dumezweni's casting as Hermione Granger in Cursed Child?

It has been announced that Noma Dumezweni, a person of color, will play Hermione Granger in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Is there any indication of JK Rowling's involvement in this casting? ...
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When is Harry Potter's birthday?

Can we determine the boy wizard's birthday?
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How tall were Hagrid's parents?

In the book Goblet of Fire, Hagrid claims that when he was 6 he could pick his dad up and put him in a dresser, and how tall his mom was, I have not the slightest clue. Does JK Rowling give any ...
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Are Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley Distant Relatives?

Below is a picture of the Black Family Tree, based on a tree drawn by J.K. Rowling. (Second link) Please note the unions of: Dorea Black and Charlus Potter Lucretia Black and Ignatius Prewett (...
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What Happened to Rodolphus Lestrange (Bellatrix's Husband)?

In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix there is the mass breakout from Azkaban, Rodolphus and Bellatrix being two of the escapers. Rodolphus is very briefly mentioned (once) in the Battle of the ...
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When and why had Dumbledore taken James’s Invisibility Cloak?

Dumbledore said that James had left the cloak in his possession, but nowhere in the series is it explained why he had left it. In the letter from Lily to Sirius, she said that James couldn't have ...
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Difference between a Ghoul and an Inferius in Harry Potter

JKR often refers to ghouls (ex. Gilderoy Lockhearts "Gadding with Ghouls", or in the attic floor of "The Burrow") but also describes inferi as mindless corpses controlled by a dark wizard. As far as ...
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Harry Potter: Why 7?

While rereading the entire Harry Potter series I noticed that the number 7 occurs quite often, for instance: Seven books Seven Horcruxes planned by Tom Riddle Seven Weasley kids Seven years at ...
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The war with Grindelwald links with Muggle WW2. Was there a Muggle war that links with the war with Voldemort?

It has been established that the war with Grindelwald was hand-in-hand with the Muggle World War Two, with Grindelwald being defeated in 1945. According to @Au101, Voldemort was defeated in the ...
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What has J. K. Rowling done with her manuscripts?

Seems like it would make sense for her to put her Harry Potter manuscripts and related documents in some kind of archive where they can be properly preserved for future study and reference. Something ...
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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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Family owls in Harry Potter

In Harry Potter, many Wizarding Families have owls. I'm assuming these owls don't stay in their cages all the time, so where do they live? Would the families have a room/owlery for them? Or would they ...
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Did Dumbledore believe that Voldemort was redeemable?

Did Dumbledore ever express his opinions on whether or not he believed Voldemort to be able to find redemption after all that he had done? I've searched for quotes from Dumbledore regarding Voldemort'...
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Is this inconsistent writing or is there another reason for JKR's choice of words in the slaying of Snape?

Deathly Hollows: ""Perhaps you already know it? You are a clever man, after all, Severus. You have been a good and faithful servant, and I regret what must happen." "My Lord" "The ...
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Did Rowling borrow the prohibition on saying Voldemort's name from Tolkien?

In The Lord of the Rings (The Two Towers), Faramir refers to Sauron as "him who we do not name." Apparently the Gondorians avoided speaking Sauron's name, just as most wizards avoid speaking Voldemort'...
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Who were James Potter's family? [duplicate]

In the whole series we never know who were Harry's grandparents. He sees them in that magical mirror in the first book but it does not ever occur to him to ask about them from anyone. He never wonders ...
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Which Harry Potter video games have approval and oversight from J.K.Rowling?

There are a ton of Harry Potter video games out right now, movie games, LEGO games, and others. Which games, if any, have had input by J.K. Rowling, and/or had nods of approval?
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What's the relationship of Harry Potter Trading Card Game to J. K. Rowling?

The Wikia page doesn't seem to reflect on canonicity level of Harry Potter Trading Card Game. For myself, I'm defining canonicity on two independent axis: How much input did J. K. Rowling have into ...
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Were parts of Harry Potter inspired by James and the Giant Peach?

James and the Giant Peach: full name James Henry Trotter parents killed by a rampaging rhinoceros when he was very young lived with 2 abusive aunts until magic came into his life Harry Potter: ...
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How did Ron speak Parseltongue and re-enter the Chamber of Secrets?

Although 'The Deathly Hallows' was overall an excellent conclusion to Harry Potter's saga, there were moments within the book that felt infuriatingly lazy, like Rowling was whipping the plot along ...