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Why didn't Albus Dumbledore lift the Anti-Apparition wards like he did in the Great Hall? [duplicate]

If Dumbledore can lift the Anti-Apparition wards even temporarily, like in the Great Hall, why didn't he do it in the Astronomy Tower? Wouldn't that have allowed him to do more in the Battle of ...
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Why did the protections on The Burrow fail so quickly? How did the guests instantly know that they had?

Chapter 8 of Deathly Hallows ends with the following line: "The Ministry has fallen. Scrimgeour is dead. They are coming." A few lines in to the next chapter, we're told this: Guests were ...
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How did Dobby know where Hogwarts was in "The Chamber of Secrets"?

Dobby apparated to Hogwarts to put a charm on the Quidditch Bludger to follow Harry and try to hit him. The question is, though, how did Dobby apparate to Hogwarts if he had never been to Hogwarts ...
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Could a house elf use Side-Along Apparition and bring a wizard or wizards into Hogwarts that way? [duplicate]

For instance, in The "Half-Blood Prince", Draco spends almost his entire school year trying to fix the Vanishing Cabinet so he will be able to bring back-up Death Eaters into Hogwarts. But couldn't he ...
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Why would anyone even use a Portkey?

I wonder why would anyone need a Portkey when there's a possibility to Apparate? I was thinking that some would not be able to Apparate since they have no license, I asked about it here, thinking ...
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Why can Voldemort not just use an elf to apparate Harry out of his house?

Could Voldemort have used an elf to Side-along Apparate Harry with him, and take Harry to Voldemort? Since any elf could apparate directly in and out of Harry's house, as seen in Chamber of Secrets.
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Does the Fidelius charm prevent Apparation?

When Harry, Hermione, and Ron leave Shell Cottage in Deathly Hallows we are told that they needed to leave the bounds of the Fidelius Charm in order to Apparate: All three of them glanced back at ...
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How did the couple in GOF survive Apparition Splinching?

Following is an excerpt from Goblet of Fire : ‘Oh yes,’ said Mr Weasley, tucking the tickets safely into the back pocket of his jeans. ‘The Department of Magical Transportation had to fine a couple ...
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Can you Apparate to a place that you haven't been to?

For instance, if a wizard has a magical photograph of a place, but has never been there physically, can he Apparate there by just focusing on the picture?
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What happened for them to ban Apparition in Hogwarts? [duplicate]

In the new trailer for the new Fantastic Beasts film, it shows people apparating into Hogwarts yet apparition is banned on the Howarts grounds, so I was wondering if anyone knew why it got banned or ...
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Can Ministry officials Apparate inside Hogwarts?

In the recently launched trailer of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, there are people Apparating inside Hogwarts grounds. As these people later question ...
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How did the Ministry not catch the trio in Deathly Hallows?

Given that The Ministry keeps tabs on people Apparating (according to JKR, interview quoted here), and that the Death Eaters controlled the Ministry after the death of Rufus Scrimgeour in Book 7 ...
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Is side-Apparition not allowed for underage people?

Why bother with flying cars, Floo powder and the Hogwarts Express if parents could just Side-Apparate with their kids anywhere?
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Why didn't Fawkes Apparate Harry and the others out of the chamber?

In the Chamber of Secrets Fawkes appears in the chamber through Apparition while Harry is fighting the Basilisk. We also know he can side-along Apparate others with him and, at least with wizard ...
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Is apparition effectively teleportation?

In the books, apparition is described as a process when you disappear in one place and immediately reappear in another. In Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them movie, it is displayed as a very fast ...
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How did Harry and his friends know so many places to disapparate to?

In Deathly Hallows they traveled every day to a different place, for months, all over England. How could they know so many places? Or does apparition work even when you don't know the place you are ...
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What creatures can apparate?

It's known that House elves can apparate without a wand. Wizards can do it but usually with a wand. Are there any other creatures able to apparate?
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What are the limits of house-elf apparition?

I know Wizards can't apparate where they want on the Earth, except if they are very powerful but what about a house-elf ? Their magic is different so I was wondering if they can apparate wherever they ...
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Why the need for Vanishing Cabinets when you can disapparate?

My question is simple - Why is/was there a need for Vanishing Cabinets when you can simply disapparate? edit: I don't believe, as mentioned in both replies below, that 'A vanishing cabinet can take ...
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Why are characters always pointing out that no one can apparate in and out of Hogwarts?

Time and time again, several times per book, characters will emotionally point out "...you can't apparate in or out of Hogwarts!!" And this statement happens often enough that I'm starting to think ...
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Why didn't Dumbledore and Harry bring a house-elf to the Horcrux cave?

Related: Regulus Black and the Horcrux Cave Why didn't Dumbledore and Harry Potter bring a house elf with them to the Horcrux cave so they could get in and out more easily (given that elves could ...
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What is the incantation of the apparition spell?

Is there any canon reference of someone saying an incantation when apparating? I don't remember one and even on the lessons in the sixth year, the teacher never mentions any.
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If a spell is cast on a wizard who then Apparates, will the spell survive?

Say a wizard performs a spell on himself, such as the Bubble-Head Charm or the Disillusionment Charm. Or another witch or wizard performs a spell on him. Will the effect of these charms not wear off ...
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Why didn't Dumbledore make a sound when he appeared at Privet Drive?

In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Dumbledore appears at Privet Drive: A man appeared on the corner the cat had been watching, appeared so suddenly and silently you'd have thought he'd just ...
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How could the Death Eaters Apparate straight to Voldemort without knowing where he is? [duplicate]

In this question, I am speaking mostly about the first time Voldemort calls them after being reconstituted at the end of Goblet of Fire. Here, there is no indication that they had been informed that ...
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Are there any references of students (i.e. Hermione) using Apparition outside classes?

I'm aware that Apparition is taught to the students, but I wonder if there's any student using this spell besides, for example, Hermione, in The Deadly Hallows if I'm not mistaken, when she takes ...
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While in hiding, why did they have to apparate on the top step of Grimmauld Place entrance (and not directly inside)?

As Dumbledore once explained Harry, people usually apparate in front of the house (or around the house, at least not in it) they're visiting for two reasons: it's rude to apparate directly into your ...
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Why are people surprised that Hogwarts is non-apparateable?

Most Wizarding dwellings are shielded against Apparation. “Professor, why couldn’t we just Apparate directly into your old colleague’s house?” “Because it would be quite as rude as kicking down ...
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Do you keep momentum when you Apparate?

For example, if you were falling, facing upwards, and you Disapparated, would you continue to move backwards really fast once you got there? If so, could you change your momentum by Apparating to a ...
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Can a wizard "daisy-chain" Apparate to travel long distances?

After reading through a few answers about long distance/international traveling in the HP universe, it seems that apparating over very long distances is not advised/practical/etc due to the extreme ...
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Could an underage witch/wizard accidentally Apparate?

It seems like a pretty simple process and an easy mistake to make. So if an underage witch/wizard was Determined to get to a Destination, and they turned on the spot (with Deliberation) could they ...
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Why is Apparition harder in the dark?

Fred and George claim it is harder to Apparate in the dark: "You two just Apparated on my knees!" "Yeah, well, it's harder in the dark --" Ch. 6, OOTP But from HBP, we know that ...
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What happens if you Apparate without a license?

What happens if you Apparate correctly without a license? Is there any way to detect Apparitions without licenses as there are to detect Underage magic?
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Is "Apparition" (in the sense of 'traveling') a specifically Harry Potter concept?

What the question says... Is the concept of "apparition" (as a means of transport from one place to another) introduced by the Harry Potter novels or did it exist prior to it ? Googling for "...
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Could a house-elf apparate into the high security vaults at Gringotts?

We know that house-elves can apparate into Hogwarts, where wand-carriers can’t. Could they do the same with a high security vault at Gringotts?
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Limits of house-elf apparition [duplicate]

Was Dumbledore aware of house-elf magic? If he was aware of house-elf Apparition, he should have gone to the Cave with Dobby. It seems nobody in the story made use of elf Apparition fully (it isn't ...
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What is known about Side-Along-Apparition in Harry Potter?

I had a few questions about Side-Along-Apparition: Must the thing taken along be conscious (can I Side-Along a chair or table for example)? If 1 is yes, must they be willing (can I kidnap someone ...
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What is the speed of Apparation?

At what speed do all wizards apparate? Is it controlled at the will of each individual wizard or it is constant for all? What's the speed (or, upper speed limit)? Is it sub-light speed or light speed? ...
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Why didn't The Order & Harry apparate to the safe place instead of falling in The Battle of Seven Potters?

The Order Of The Phoenix tried Polyjuice Potion to trick the Death Eaters and started their voyage with slow speed, only to fall into The Battle of Seven Potters. Battle comes at cost and there was ...
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How far can a person Apparate?

Is Apparation limited at all by distance? It seems to me that in the books no one Apparates further than length (or width) of the United Kingdom. Are there any instances where they travel further ...
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