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Why doesn't Hogwarts have more teachers?

Hogwarts apparently has only one professor per subject. We could reason this out by looking at the fact that all of Harry's Potions classes are with Snape (for as long as Snape is teaching Potions), ...
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Why don't wizards rob muggle banks to become rich?

The movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them showed that any wizard with a little skill could rob a muggle bank. Newt Scamander used kid-level spells to infiltrate a muggle bank vault ...
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Why are there no battle tactics among groups of wizards or witches?

In Harry Potter, all of the magic-user-to-magic-user combat is split up into single combat, like here: Duels between one person and more than one opponent exist, ...
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During the events of the Harry Potter series what is the total population of Wizards/Witches globally?

The question "How do Muggle-borns end up with magical ability?" got me to wondering how many wizards and witches there were on the planet during the events of the Harry Potter series. Was there any ...
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How had the Potters 'thrice defied him'?

I noticed this in another question: Sybill Trelawney's prophecy: "The one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord approaches. Born to those who have thrice defied him, born as the seventh month ...
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What age did Dumbledore live to?

I have tried to figure this out but I cannot come to a specific conclusion. I am just asking this to confirm my own theory. In Half-Blood Prince, Dumbledore's memory proves that he was the headmaster ...
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Why did Snape become a teacher?

Why did Snape become a teacher when he hates children so much? Why didn't he, for instance, set up a potions emporium on Diagon Alley?
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Do Hogwarts Houses have quotas?

Not a year goes by where we don't see at least one person Sorted into each House, and it's usually a fairly even distribution. The Sorting Hat doesn't get a chance to study the mind of each child ...
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Are Ron's Quidditch points wrong?

I am always thoroughly confused when reading the chapter Seen and Unforseen in Order of the Phoenix. It says Hufflepuff defeated Gryffindor, 240-230. It's known that each goal score is worth 10 points ...
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How old is quidditch?

We know that quidditch is at least decades old, but how long ago did witches and wizards start playing the sport? Out of universe, I would imagine hundreds of years at least as the image of witches on ...
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Do the Harry Potter books ever contradict themselves?

Rephrasing, do any of the Harry Potter books create situations which conflict with earlier and/or later canon? What are the more conflicting or note-worthy examples? It's been quite a few years since ...
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What is JK Rowling “bad” at?

We all have come to know that J.K. Rowling considers herself bad at maths. She has even admitted it freely; ES: How many wizards are there? JKR: In the world? Oh, Emerson, my maths is so bad. ...
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Why is the intake of students for Hogwarts so small compared to the number of witches and wizards in Britain?

If we assume that Harry's year in Hogwarts is an average size, and that each house gets roughly a quarter of the amount of new students each year, then it seems to me that Hogwarts doesn't house ...
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How could Hermione have gotten more OWLs than classes?

I was doing some research for this question, and that brought to my attention something that doesn't add up. According to Half-Blood Prince, Hermione achieved eleven OWLs: 'Oh, come off it,' said ...
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How could Dudley have wrecked his PlayStation if the PlayStation didn't exist yet?

Harry was born in 1980. Therefore, the fourth book should be set in 1994. Yet, Harry mentions in his letter to Sirius that Dudley chucked his new PlayStation out of the window. The only problem is ...

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