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Fidelius Charm: can it be used to hide more than just a place?

According to Filius Flitwick the Fidelius charm is: "An immensely complex spell involving the magical concealment of a secret inside a single, living soul. The information is hidden inside ...
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A question about the room of requirement [duplicate]

The room of requirement is supposed to fulfill the seeker's needs. Voldemort needed to hide his Hocrux where none could reach. Now how come Harry Potter could find the Hocrux hidden in the room of ...
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Why isn't entry through the floo network protected like entry through apparition?

In Half Blood Prince Dumbledore said that apparating inside a house is rude, and usually wizards will have protection in place to prevent unwanted guests entering this way: "Professor, why ...
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How *did* Dumbledore detect the “traces of magic” in the Cave?

Albus Dumbledore was able to do things many other wizards/witches could not. He was after all a brilliant Wizard. The best ever? That's up to the individual to decide. He most certainly (in my ...
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how does removing memory into the pensieve work in Harry Potter?

There seem to be two ways of taking memory out of the mind in Harry Potter One is what Prof. Slughorn did, that is, give Harry a copy of his real memory of telling Tom Riddle about Horcruxes. It is ...
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Terry Brooks - is there a book which explains how Wishsong works

I have been reading "The Dark Legacy of Shannara" series by Terry Brooks and a couple of characters possess the power of the Wishsong. It seems a rather powerful power to possess, but I am only ...
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Ring-bearers - who can notice what about whom and when?

So, I want to get something straight with respect to the bearers of the 20 rings of power (3 Eldar, 7 Dwarves, 9 Men, 1 Boss). Before asking my question(s), here is some Motivation: Sometimes ...
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Is there a strip of “mana points” in Potterverse? [duplicate]

The idea came from a now-deleted answer to another question (dealing with why people would/wouldn't use household cleannig spell). In a typical fantasy RPG, spell casters are frequently limited in ...
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What effect did Voldemort's presence have on Quirrell?

It seems to me that having the Dark Lord inhabiting the back of your head would have some practical effect (other than requiring a turban). Was Quirrell impeded in any way? Was his ability to do ...
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Does animagus transformation alter the level of intelligence?

I found this quote: No spell yet devised enables wizards to fly unaided in human form. Those few Animagi who transform into winged creatures may enjoy flight, but they are a rarity. The ...
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What kind of long term effects would Voldemort's soul have had on Harry? [closed]

Let's suppose Voldemort wasn't resurrected after his attack on the Potter family (Quirrel never happened to venture into the woods where he was hiding, Scabbers got eaten by Mrs. Norris in the first ...
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Was Voldemort intending to create a horcrux when he attacked Harry Potter?

Now I'm not talking about part of Voldemort's soul inside Harry which he never intended to put there. What I am asking is when he went to the Potter's house, was he only intending to destroy Harry ...
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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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Wasn’t Quirrelmort a bit too adept with an intentional wandless magic in PS?

In Philosopher’s Stone Professor Quirrel(mort) is shown doing the jinxing (of Harry’s broom) [Ch11], rope conjuration and animation (Incarcerous?) [Ch17], and is ready to use ‘a deadly curse’ [also ...
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What are the limits of “physical effects” in the Tel'aran'rhiod?

A lot is made of the dangers of Tel'aran'rhiod, that any wounds or effects suffered in the World of Dreams are real. What are the limits of such a principle? Some specific points come to mind: Could ...
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Were there any other 'wizards' in middle earth apart from the Istari?

We know Gandalf, Radagast, Saruman, Pallando and Alatar, who are all Istari, Maiar in physical form. The elves can also do 'magic', and Sauron, being a Maiar himself. Were there any other people with ...
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How are potions made?

Where does majority of the energy for the magical effect of a potion comes from? Does it all comes from the brewer? Or does most of it comes from the ingredients? I know JKR said that you have to ...
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Charms&Enchantments conundrum

Is there any difference between charming objects (i.e. "adding or changing certain properties of an object") and enchanting them? Is charming/enchantment used in creation of magical objects? Do ...
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Why did Lily's enchantments work for Voldemort?

Lily Potter chose to die instead of sacrifice her son Harry to Voldemort. In doing so, protective enchantments were created that protected Harry and made him less vulnerable to Voldemort and ...
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Why Does Harry Have a Scar When Avada Kedavra Leaves No Trace?

Why does Harry have a scar when Avada Kedavra leaves no trace? ‘The Muggle authorities were perplexed. As far as I am aware, they do not know to this day how the Riddles died, for the Avada ...
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Could a Muggle Access the Room of Requirement?

Could a Muggle access the Room of Requirement? ‘Because [the Room of Requirement] is a room that a person can only enter,’ said Dobby seriously, ‘when they have real need of it. Sometimes it is ...
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Could Hermione Really Free the Hogwarts House-Elves With Her Knitted Hats?

Could Hermione really free the Hogwarts house-elves with the little knitted hats she hides around Gryffindor Tower? ‘Why d’you wear that thing, Dobby?’ [Harry] asked curiously. ‘This, sir?’ said ...
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Can House-Elves Do Laundry Without Being Freed?

Can House-Elves do laundry without being freed? ‘Why d’you wear that thing, Dobby?’ [Harry] asked curiously. ‘This, sir?’ said Dobby, plucking at the pillowcase. ‘’Tis a mark of the house-elf’s ...
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How Did Ginny Weasley Set the Basilisk on Muggleborns Without Getting Killed or Petrified?

In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Ginny Weasley carries out Tom Riddle's plan by proxy and apparently leads the Basilisk to attack four Muggleborns and Filch's cat Mrs Norris in the castle. ...
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Could Avada Kedavra Be Used Legally Against Werewolves In Their Transformed State?

Could Avada Kedavra be used legally against werewolves in their transformed state? Humans turn into werewolves only when bitten. There is no known cure, though recent developments in potion-making ...
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What Is the History of the Unforgivable Curses?

What is the history of the Unforgivable curses? ‘Now ... those three curses – Avada Kedavra, Imperius and Cruciatus – are known as the Unforgivable Curses. The use of any one of them on a fellow ...
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Would Voldemort's Taboo Spell Trump the Fidelius Charm?

In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry sneaks into The Three Broomsticks and overhears Madam Rosmerta, the Minister for Magic, and several Hogwarts teachers discuss his parents' death and ...
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Can an Animagus Be Infected With Lycanthropy While In Animal Form?

Pursuant to Why did Remus and Sirius fight in Prisoner of Azkaban (Werewolf vs Dog) I wondered if a human in Animagus form could be infected with lycanthropy if bitten by a werewolf. An Animagus ...
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Can a Muggle-Repelling Charm Be Broken?

Hermione is notorious for quoting Hogwarts, a History regarding protective enchantments, magic that makes Hogwarts Unplottable, and Muggle-repelling charms that hide Hogwarts from Muggle eyes and make ...
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When Did Voldemort Realize the Value of Harry's Blood?

In Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Voldemort is happy to see Harry dead and in the chapter The Man With Two Faces he orders Quirrell multiple times to kill Harry. And Quirrell, though ...
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What Are the Other Four Exceptions to Gamp's Law of Elemental Transfiguration?

In reading Why does the Aguamenti spell work? question, Gamp's Law of Elemental Transfiguration came up in DVK's answer. ‘It’s quite straightforward, really,’ said Neville modestly. ‘I’d been in ...
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What are the rules and limits of *accio* spell?

We know that Accio spell (aka Summoning Charm) has some limits: It can be blocked (e.g. Harry couldn't Accio the Diadem in RoR in Deathly Hallows). Many more failures are listed on Wikia. But what ...
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Should Quirrell Have Survived Harry's Touch?

In Philosopher's Stone, chapter fifteen, The Forbidden Forest, while serving detention, Harry, Malfoy, and Fang encounter a robed figure, who ultimately turns out to be Quirrell, drinking unicorn's ...
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Why Did Colin Creevey's Muggle Camera Work at Hogwarts?

Hermione says in Goblet of Fire: ‘All those substitutes for magic Muggles use – electricity, and computers and radar, and all those things – they all go haywire around Hogwarts, there’s too much ...
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How Would the Elixir of Life Have Given Voldemort a Body?

The properties of the Elixir of Life are said to make one immortal: The ancient study of alchemy is concerned with making the Philosopher’s Stone, a legendary substance with astonishing ...
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Why Did Mrs. Crouch Die While Taking Polyjuice Potion?

So I've been re-reading Goblet of Fire and after reading Barty Crouch Jr's recounting of how he and his mother switched places in Azkaban via Polyjuice, I'm unclear why Mrs. Crouch died while she was ...
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During Priori Incantatem, How Did Cedric, Bertha, Lily, and James Know So Much Info?

In Goblet of Fire, Harry's and Voldemort's wands connect due to their twin cores, forcing Priori Incantatem to occur. Voldemort's wand spits out spectral figures of his last five victims. Later, after ...
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What is the link between the spoken incantation and the casting of a spell in Harry Potter?

In Harry Potter, you have to pronounce (or think) a string of sounds to cast a spell. For example: Stupefy! That always seemed very strange to me. So I would like to know: Are the words ...
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Can House-Elves Side-Along Apparate/Disapparate to/from Hogwarts?

I know that House Elves can Apparate inside Hogwarts, but this comment made me question whether they could Side-Along Apparate a human to/from Hogwarts. From what canon tells us, it is impossible for ...
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Was Nagini Technically an Inferi When She Possessed Bathilda Bagshot's Body?

J.K. Rowling writes in Tales of Beedle the Bard that an Inferi is simply a corpse reanimated by Dark Magic and she describes them as "ghastly puppets" that are not sentient. Nagini was a Horcrux, ...
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How Do Death Eaters Send Messages Via the Dark Mark?

In Deathly Hallows, Alecto Carrow sends a message to Snape -- Dark Mark to Dark Mark -- letting Snape know she's apprehended Harry Potter. ‘I was under the impression,’ said Snape, ‘that Alecto ...
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Did Harry Owe Draco Malfoy a Life Debt?

I know it's not the same as Harry saving Draco from the Fiendfyre in the Room of Requirement in Deathly Hallows -- Draco's, as JKR puts it¹, ‘Hi. It's so embarrassing, you saved my life. No ...
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Why Was It 'Essential' That Voldemort Kill Harry Potter?

‘So the boy ... the boy must die?’ asked Snape, quite calmly. ‘And Voldemort himself must do it, Severus. That is essential.’ Deathly Hallows - page 551 - UK Hardcover - chapter 33, The ...
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What Is the Difference Between Wizard and Warlock in Potterverse?

One of Dumbledore's titles is "Chief Warlock of the Wizengamot". What is the difference between a Wizard and a Warlock in Potterverse? As we don't see the term Warlock used often in the books, my ...
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Could a Homorphus Charm Change a Werewolf Back Into a Human Before the Moon Cycle Ends?

‘Nice loud howl, Harry – exactly – and then, if you’ll believe it, I pounced – like this – slammed [the werewolf] to the floor – thus – with one hand, I managed to hold him down – with my other, I ...
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Is Polyjuice Potion a Form of Transfiguration?

Is Polyjuice Potion a chemical transformation or a form of Transfiguration? I'm not a science genius and I genuinely can't decide if this is a chemical transformation or Transfiguration, or a ...
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Is a Squib a Muggle?

‘And what on earth’s a Squib?’ said Harry. To his surprise, Ron stifled a snigger. ‘Well – it’s not funny really – but as it’s Filch ...’ he said. ‘A Squib is someone who was born into a ...
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Can a Squib Own a Wand?

KWIKSPELL A Correspondence Course in Beginners’ Magic Intrigued, Harry flicked the envelope open and pulled out the sheaf of parchment inside. More curly silver writing on the front page ...
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The Heir of Slytherin — Why Was the Heir Tom Riddle?

If it will be helpful to anyone, here is Tom Riddle/Voldemort's timeline from the HP Lexicon. Okay, my math is generally terrible, but if Hogwarts was established approximately 1000 years prior to ...
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How Did Tom Riddle Find Out About the Existence/Location of the Chamber of Secrets?

This is the third of a three-part question on the basilisk plot in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets that I'm looking for CANON COMPLIANT explanations for. By "canon compliant", I mean within ...