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In both the books and films, it's made clear that Harry saw his mother dying when he was a baby. He clearly remembers this, due to the flashbacks that are induced every time he gets near a Dementor.

However, he only sees the Thestrals (creatures that require you to have seen death for them to appear visible to you) after Cedric Diggory dies.

Why is this?

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    Dupity dupe: scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/8182/… – Adamant Apr 17 '16 at 17:53
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    In addition to the question @Jonah mentioned, this has already been asked twice more. Good question though! – Rand al'Thor Apr 17 '16 at 17:54
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    You question is a separate question. Unfortunately, it falls afoul of the rule that if an answer to another question answers yours, that's enough for it to be duplicate. – Adamant Apr 17 '16 at 17:58
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    Your question is different from the one @Jonah mentioned (although its answers solve this one), but seems identical to the two I linked to (which is why I mentioned them rather than just closing outright). – Rand al'Thor Apr 17 '16 at 18:03
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    Apparently this is now the question that JKR is tired of justifying lol. – ThruGog Apr 17 '16 at 18:26

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