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Is there any info about how the paintings function? [duplicate]

So in both the books and the films Dumbledore's (headmaster's) office is filled with the paintings of previous headmasters. Even if the person the painting is of is dead they are still there and able ...
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Are Hogwarts portraits able to learn/respond to novel stimuli? [duplicate]

Much in the way that Dumbledore told Harry that it was unhealthy to stare at the reflection of his parents in "The Socerer's/Philosopher's Stone," I get the feeling that it would be easy to want to ...
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Harry Potter Portrait's life - an act of creation? [duplicate]

The portraits in the Harry Potter world - they talk, they act. Are they reflections of the person whom they portray, or are they, at least potentially, independent? Do they have free will? Do they, ...
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Do portraits of wizards only have their characters or also their memories? [duplicate]

Do the magical portraits, like the ones of the headmasters of Hogwarts, still have all their memories? Hypothetical example: If Harry's parents were on a portrait, would they just love Harry and be ...
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How were the moving portraits in the wizarding world created? Why couldn't the trio make a new portrait of Dumbledore during the Horcrux hunt? [duplicate]

I came across similar questions, but my doubt still remains. Yes, there is a portrait of Dumbledore at Hogwarts, and it was impossible for Harry, Ron and Hermione to access it during DH. But why ...
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What's the deal with the portraits? [duplicate]

In Harry Potter, the portraits of people move and behave as though they are actual people. It's even possible to converse with them. So what's the deal with them? Are they simply extensions of the ...
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Questions about Hogwarts Paintings [duplicate]

Can you get cursed into being stuck in a Hogwarts painting? Do people in the paintings have feelings? Are they secretly trapped in Hogwarts? Are the Hogwarts paintings actually sinister prisons ...
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Is the Sorting Hat a Horcrux?

The Sorting Hat is significantly different from most other enchanted objects we've seen in the Wizarding World. The hat is sapient - it not only converses with Harry on multiple occasions but invents ...
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Why could the pictures and paintings in Hogwarts talk and the photos of Harry's parents couldn't?

In the Harry Potter universe, the people in photographs and paintings can move and talk. You actually see characters interacting with the "people" in the pictures, particularly in the portraits that ...
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Can tapestries move in the same way that photos and paintings can?

In the Harry Potter universe, can tapestries move, in the same way that photos and paintings can? I know there are some other questions here already about what level of interactivity there is ...
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Multiple moving pictures? [duplicate]

In Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry buys a Chocolate Frog from the Trolley Witch. On the back, there is a trading card. It's of Dumbledore, but his picture disappears quickly. When ...
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How do portraits work in the Potter-verse? [duplicate]

It's accepted fact that pictures move, and that portraits talk. However, why is it that the subject of a portrait can be in only one frame at a time? Also, what happens, if a new portrait is made? ...