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Who/What is the suspicious character in HP - PoA

After Harry blows up his aunt in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, he stays in the Leaky Cauldron. After the first night JKR describes what he sees in Diagon Alley. There she mentions a ...
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When did Snape become a member of the Order of the Phoenix?

SPOILERS UPCOMING; FAIR WARNING! Severus Snape was a Death Eater when he heard Sybil Trelawney's prophecy in the Hog's Head Pub in 1980. He later regrets telling Voldemort of the prophecy when he ...
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How did Harry not get crushed in Godric's Hollow?

It is explained that when Voldemort tried to kill Harry as a baby, his Avada Kedavra rebounded due to Lily's sacrifice. This caused two (important) things to happen: Voldemort got blasted into an ...
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Is Santa more than fiction in the Harry Potter Universe?

We know that the Potterians (Potterites?, Potterlings?) celebrate Christmas (at least they do in the UK). Are there mentions of Santa? Is/was he some sort of real person. In the same way we (out of ...
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Why did Dumbledore 'put on' the Resurrection Stone (Ring)?

WARNING: Spoiler Alerts throughout this question... Now, Dumbledore put on Marvolo's ring, knowing that it was the Resurrection Stone which was on the ring. He also knew (even though he "lost his ...
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Did anyone ever possess all three Hallows?

In the Harry Potter universe; was there anyone who ever possessed all three (Elder Wand, Resurrection Stone, the Invisibility Cloak) Hallows at once? This is barring the creator / creators (Death or ...
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Why does Dumbledore beg Snape in HBP?

When Snape climbs the steps up to the Astronomy Tower in Half-Blood Prince (The Lightning-Struck Tower chapter): But somebody else had spoken Snape's name, quite softly. "Severus..." The sound ...
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Was Snape better at Potions or Defence Against the Dark Arts? [closed]

We know Snape has been an excellent Potions-master at Hogwarts and he has always wanted to be the DADA teacher Given that he is also Would he be considered better at Defence Against the Dark ...
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Are there other types of Elves in HP?

In the Harry Potter universe, we obviously know of House-elves. They have their own brand of powerful magic. In general I love the thought of Elves as beings. Is there any mention of other types of ...
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Why didn't Dumbledore prevent the prosecution of Sirius Black?

Dumbledore performed the Fidelius charm on the Potters, so he knew who the Secret-Keeper was1. That implies he knew not Sirius but Wormtail betrayed the Potters. Why didn't he prevent Sirius ...
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Who made or authorized the portkeys used by the order members to gather at the burrow after the battle of the seven Potters?

I have established in my question How did the Ministry protect against the use of unauthorized portkeys? (at least in my mind) that it is extremely difficult to make and use a portkey not previously ...
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How did the Ministry protect against the use of unauthorized portkeys?

I've noticed some confusion over portkeys and their use. On this site, in particular, Why was the Triwizard Cup used as the portkey?. The question Barring legal issues, why aren't portkeys used ...
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In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix it seems Dumbledore makes a portkey that only Harry can use. Am I interpreting this correctly?

Spoiler alert!! In Chapter 36 of Order of the Phoenix, Dumbledore makes a portkey to send Harry back to Hogwarts just after the duel with Lord V. "I Shall explain everything," repeated ...
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Is Harry's boggart still a Dementor?

Every HP fan knows Harry's boggart was a Dementor. Dementors can make you relive your most fearful memories. Harry's was exceptionally fearful/tragic. That's why he was so affected by them, and ...
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What would have happened if Snape had died in absence of Harry

Snape dies after being repeatedly stabbed & poisoned by Nagini, at different locations in the book & the movie, but in both Harry is witnessing this in hiding. As Snape counts his final ...
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How could Argus Filch clean up the whole castle by himself without magic?

Hogwarts castle is quite big as far as I know (7 or more floors plus all the Towers). How could Filch alone clean up the whole castle provided the fact that he is unable to use magic? Maybe Mrs. ...
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What were the W.O.M.B.A.T questions on Rowling's old site?

Does anyone have the entire list of questions and answers from the W.O.M.B.A.T tests that were posted on J.K. Rowling's website a few years back?. A link or an entire list of the answers would be ...
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What Is the Correct Pronunciation of Beauxbatons?

What is the correct pronunciation of 'Beauxbatons'? I was wondering about Beauxbatons this morning. In the Goblet of Fire movie, Dumbledore pronounces Beauxbatons as "Bo-ba-tins." It's been many ...
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Which Harry Potter Characters Appear in All Seven Books Only to Die In Book Seven?

Which Harry Potter characters appear in all seven books, only to die in book seven? [MAJOR SPOILERS/CHARACTER DEATHS] I can go either way on Harry, depending on your interpretation of the King's ...
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Were there any jokes in LOTR?

I saw this Q&A from J.K. Rowling interview: Q: Hello, I was wondering how much Tolkien inspired and influenced your writing? J.K. Rowling responds: Hard to say. I didn't read The Hobbit ...
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Does Rowling have an inordinate fondness for the letter H in naming characters?

Why are there so many characters/things named with letter "H" in Harry Potter? We have: Harry himself, Hagrid, Hogwarts school, Helga Hufflepuff, Hermione, Harry's Owl (Hedwig), Horace Slughorn, ...
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Why exactly was information on Hogwarts Professors' spouses restricted?

In one of her interviews, J.K. Rowling once stated: Q: Have any of the Hogwarts professors had spouses? JKR: Good question - yes, a few of them, but that information is sort of restricted - ...
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What is the official position of JKR franchise on “canonicity” of facts in Harry Potter universe?

We know that there are multiplicity of different works/sources in Harry Potter Universe: HP books 1-7 Associated JKR books (Beedle the Bard, QTTA, HP Prequel story, Magical Beasts) HP Movies 1-7 JKR ...
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Are J.K. Rowling interviews Harry Potter canon? What happens to canon if there's a discrepancy with the book?

It seems that a lot of Harry Potter questions (including my last one) are answered based on tidbits of info that J.K. Rowling provided in various interviews. I have two related questions (I'll post ...
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Was J.K. Rowling ever incorrect/misleading in her interviews/answers?

It seems that a lot of Harry Potter questions (including my last one) are answered based on tidbits of info that J.K. Rowling provided in various interviews. I have two related questions (I'll post ...
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Did J. K. Rowling's Religious Beliefs Determine Much in Harry Potter?

I can't find the link, but I remember reading a quote that J. K. Rowling said that she didn't believe in witches and wizards and magic, and that the only reason she could write about it was because ...
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Is there any confirmed instance of J.K.Rowling changing her mind about future HP book detail to accomodate fans?

Is there even one confirmed instance of J.K.Rowling changing her mind about HP book detail to accomodate fans? To be specific, I mean an instance where: Rowling had a plan to write a specific ...
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What was JK Rowling referring to during the Prisoner of Azkaban DVD commentary?

In an interview on the Prisoner of Azkaban DVD Rowling mentioned that the director Alfonso CuarĂ³n had unwittingly foreshadowed developments in then unreleased HP books (and of course would not ...
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In the Goblet of Fire, what was the point of S.P.E.W.?

In Harry Potter book 4, the Goblet of Fire, S.P.E.W. (Society for the Promotion of Elvish Welfare) was created. How did its creation drive the plot of the book forward? To me, it doesn't seem to drive ...
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Does J.K. Rowling deny writing fantasy?

From this article (about the recent protest from SFF authors against BBC's discriminatory behaviour). JK Rowling sadly felt she had to deny she was writing fantasy with her Harry Potter series ...