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Why don't Muggle-born wizards use Muggle technology to fight Death Eaters?

We know that wizards in the Harry Potter universe are subject to regular physical harm (e.g. witness injuries from being hit by Bludgers or just colliding with things when playing Quidditch). ...
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How could Fred and George have figured the exact password to the Marauder's map?

The Weasley twins told Harry that the password to the map was: "I solemnly swear that I am up to no good". But how could THEY have known it? It's not exactly LOTR's Moria door with "12345" level of ...
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Did Hermione cheat?

Ostensibly, cheating is a relatively significant infraction at Hogwarts, at the very least academically. In Philosopher's Stone it is revealed the quills and parchment used for exams are enchanted ...
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Is there a “reverse-Accio” spell?

Is there a complementary return-to-where-it-was spell that can be used after the Accio spell has been used? For example, Harry Accios his broom from his closet in GoF to help him retrieve the dragon ...
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Why didn't anybody Summon the Triwizard cup in the maze?

We know that the Triwizard cup itself was Summonable. After all, Harry did Summon it in the graveyard. So why didn't any of the contestants Summon it while in the maze? Canonical answers, please.
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Why couldn't Harry use Accio on the Golden Egg in Goblet of Fire?

In Goblet of Fire, when Harry Potter is faced with a dragon, he used 'Accio' to get his broomstick and then grabbed the Golden Egg after some flying. My question is, why couldn't he use 'Accio' on the ...
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What would happen if someone tried to summon a very large object? [duplicate]

I remember something in The Deathly Hallows that Harry tries "Accio Hagrid" and the bike shoots towards Hagrid instead of the opposite thing that should occur. (Thanks Himarm for the quote) “Hagrid!...
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Why didn't Harry use the Summoning Charm to retrieve the Marauders' Map in GoF?

In my humble opinion, the turning point in Goblet of Fire, or maybe the whole of the Potter series, was when: Harry was wandering around in Hogwarts in the middle of night with the Marauder's Map ...
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Why didn't Scrimgeour try to escape the Ministry of Magic?

Why didn't Rufus Scrimgeour escape the Ministry of Magic when he knew the Death Eaters were staging a coup on the Ministry of Magic? Why didn't he summon the Order of the Phoenix for help when he was ...
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What does a wizard do if he loses his wand?

Since you don't have a wand, you can't use the Accio spell to find it. But of course you could just get a buddy to say "Accio Harry's Wand" but would that work? If you could just summon your wand via ...
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What is the smallest object that can be summoned by a Summoning charm?

This question brought up a good point about un-mixing via Accio. However, were there any rules set about the size of an object that can be summoned via that charm? Could something on the cellular or ...
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Are humans Summonable? [duplicate]

In this comment, the question was raised: Are humans Summonable? In the Triwizard Tournament, Harry Potter summons his broom. In the second task, none of the contestants even attempt to summon the ...
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How does the Ministry use forensics for crimes lacking evidence? [duplicate]

I noticed that in the books, there's a canon example of a Death Eater attempting to use Accio on the Invisibility Cloak, but to no avail. There's also one where Harry says "Accio Firebolt" and his ...
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If I wanted to animate, say, a mannequin and an origami bird, would I use a charm or transfiguration?

From what I understand, the fundamentals are: charms add properties to an object (like invisibility, buoyancy, etc.) and transfiguration changes what something is (like the substance and shape). So ...
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How did Snape block Harry's Unforgivable Curses?

In the Flight of the Prince chapter of book 6, Snape is able to block Harry's spells, including the Cruciatus Curse, which Harry casts several times against Snape. According to canon, the ...

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