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For questions about Avada Kedavra, the Killing Curse in Harry Potter.

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Can a single Killing Curse kill more than one soul?

If targeted at a group of individuals and with the intention to kill them, could a single invocation of Avada Kedavra eliminate an entire group? I am asking for, er, a friend who has, um, a pest ...
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Why don't Voldemort and DEs spam Avada Kedavra? [duplicate]

I know that in order to successfully cast AK, you need to mean it and have a powerful mindset at that moment. However during DH, in the RoR Crabbe is using it twice in a really short period toward ...
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Why can't horcruxes in Harry Potter be destroyed by Avada Kedavra? [duplicate]

In the Deathly Hallows book/movie, Voldemort 'kills' Harry with the avada kedavra curse. But if Harry was a Horcrux, then why can't the other horcruxes be destroyed by Avada Kedavra? It might be ...
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Why does Voldemort always say 'Avada Kedavra' instead of casting it wordlessly? [duplicate]

Competent wizards, (as Voldemort clearly is) can effectively cast spells without speaking. Dumbledore does this to reveal Harry under his invisibility cloak: J.K. Rowling: Dumbledore, who could ...
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Can the Killing Curse be used to block another Killing Curse?

If one character used the Avada Kedavra against an armed wizard (has his wand on the ready), can that armed wizard use the same curse to block Avada Kedavra? I know Avada Kedavra is considered "...
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Does Avada Kedavra only damage the caster's soul *when it kills someone?*

Throughout Harry Potter, we see the Killing Curse used constantly by ne'er-do-wells. We are later told that using it damages the soul, and this damage is what makes Horcruxes possible. However, if we ...
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Can Kevlar or some other kind of body armor stop unforgivable curse?

As the question states, would Kevlar or body armor stop an unforgivable curse like Avada Kedavra? It is shown in Harry Potter and OotP that unforgivable curses can be blocked by solid objects: “I ...
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Why WOULD Moody get a nosebleed?

When fake-Professor-Moody is telling about Avada Kedavra, he says that if they all point their wands at him and say the words, he doubts he would "even get as much as a nosebleed" Why would he get a ...
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Could Draco kill Dumbledore with Avada Kedavra?

I have read the books a while ago and reading some questions here I have seen two mentions: Avada Kedavra is not an easy spell, it requires some bit of powerful magic. Moody (Barty Crouch Jr.) says ...
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Can you block Avada Kevadra with a Patronus charm?

In my question here, I asked if Patronuses were corporeal or not. The answer was that they are decidedly so, and can interact with the physical world. Now my question is if they are indeed corporeal ...
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Why didn't Voldemort use Avada Kedavra on Dumbledore during their duel at the Ministry of Magic?

If avada kedavra is unblockable (except when an object comes in between the victim and the castor), why didn't Voldemort use it against Dumbledore during their battle at the Ministry in book 5? Was he ...
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Death Penalties using Avada Kedavra in the wizarding world

Is there any possible occurrence or canonical reference that the wizarding world has an option of the death penalty by Avada Kedavra? Has anyone been sentenced to death in Azkaban by the Ministry of ...
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Why didn't Harry die the first time Voldemort used the Killing Curse in the Forbidden Forest?

And in Deathly Hallows, why didn't the Killing Curse rebound when Voldemort tried killing Harry with the Elder Wand when Harry was undefended?