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Why didn't Gandalf or Frodo Fly to Mount Doom?

Why didn't Gandalf use his eagles to fly over Mount Doom and drop the ring? I know he feared what he would do if the ring overpowered him, so why not just give Frodo an eagle? And, if there would be ...
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Why aren't Muggles extinct?

One of the basic premises of the Potterverse is that Muggles are much, much more common than wizards. This is what in part necessitates the need for the Wizarding world to hide itself away because, ...
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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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How blind are wizards to Muggle technology?

After reading a few other questions where people were talking about how dangerous knowledge of Muggle weaponry would be on the world of wizardry. It made me think: how could they not know about it? ...
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What would Voldemort have done had he won?

This might sound like speculation, but can it be reliably predicted from canon what Voldemort would have done after he won, were he successful in defeating Harry and the Order? Would he just rule ...
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Why would a slug thrower be more effective against a lightsaber/Jedi than a blaster?

From this question about gunpowder in the Star Wars universe it is quoted that the shot from a slug thrower is not completely deflectable by a lightsaber. This seems to be listed as an advantage (...
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Why is the wizard world so clueless about Muggles if so many of them are related to Muggles?

It seems that the vast majority of wizards were either half-bloods or Muggle-borns. Ron says that Most wizards these days are half-blood anyway. If we hadn’t married Muggles we'd've died out. ...
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Why did the Ministry of Magic choose an ax for carrying out a death sentence?

In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is sentenced to death by the Ministry of Magic. Walden Macnair, the Executioner of the Ministry of Magic, is brought to Hogwarts to carry out the sentence. ...
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Did J.K. Rowling say that a gun would beat a wand?

A common claim online is that J.K Rowling said (at some point or another) that a Muggle with a gun would beat a wizard with a wand. For example, on TV Tropes: J.K mentioned that in a battle ...
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Why was the time turner never used again?

It seems like it would be a very helpful device. Why was it never used again, regardless of the purpose?
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Why is there a cannon at Hogwarts?

In the Triwizard Tournament in the HP and the Goblet of Fire film, a cannon is used at the start of each of the three tasks. It can be seen e.g. in this video clip: ...
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Why is the Magical world kept hidden from the Muggle world?

In the Harry Potter universe, there is a huge effort to hide the Wizarding world from the Muggle world. From the Platform 9 3/4 at King's Cross Station, to Diagon Alley, to the Knight Bus, everything ...
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Was there a good way to search for information in Harry Potter?

In the Harry Potter universe was there an easy way to search for information? It seems like any time the trio wants to know something, Hermione either just knows it or runs to the library. In the ...
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Did Voldemort ever stand a chance of killing Harry?

Up until recently I thought that the night Voldemort went to kill baby Harry, Lily had stepped in front of the killing curse aimed at Harry. I now realise that Voldemort cast separate curses on Lily ...
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How Fast do Spells Travel in the Harry Potter Universe?

We've discussed if spells travel in a straight line and about blocking spells. We know spells don't just happen. They have to be directed by a wand and they can be blocked, so there's every ...

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