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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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Who created Avada Kedavra?

I know, that some wizards created well known spells, like "Wingardium Leviosa", "Alohomora" or "Reparo". Wizards use them very often. So I think, if the levitation spell was invented by some person, ...
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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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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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Why was Harry's scar lightning-shaped?

Why was the scar that Harry received from the Avada Kedavra spell lightning shaped? Is there any reason why a death spell that was blocked by would leave a scar specifically in the shape of a ...
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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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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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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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What is the source of this lighting bolt shaped wand movement for Avada Kedavra?

On the Harry Potter wikia's page for Killing Curse, the following lightning bolt shaped icon is displayed as the wand movement. This icon is stylized like the ones that appeared on the old, pre-2015 ...
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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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Are there any creatures resistant to Avada Kedavra?

Throughout the books there are some creatures that are explicitly quoted to be resistant to magic (giants being the one that comes to mind). Are there any references in canon about creatures not being ...
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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?
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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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Had Voldemort used somebody else's blood, would he have been able to kill Harry in the final duel?

Was Lily's original protection not enough for Harry to survive Voldemort's Avada Kedavra in the forbidden forest? I know that the reason given is that Lily's protection is alive in Voldemort's blood, ...
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Do we know of any non "Avada Kedavra" killing spell?

Is there any spell other than Avada Kedavra that immediately kills? (To be clear, not any spell that can wound and later kill, such as diffindo or sectumsempra.) So does such a spell exist, and if so- ...
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How did Sirius and Lupin intend to kill Peter?

In the end of Prisoner of Azkaban, there is a scene in the "Shrieking Shack" where Sirius and Lupin prepare to kill Wormtail. They both point their wands at him and intend to kill him ...
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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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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 couldn't someone use the killing curse on Voldemort to get more time?

Since Voldemort had his soul in different objects/animals, he couldn't be killed by 'Avada Kedavra'. But would the killing curse have at least destroyed his body temporarily, like at Godric's Hollow? ...
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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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Was Harry permanently immune to Voldemort's killing curse after Goblet of Fire?

We know that the presence of Lily's sacrifice in Voldemort's blood basically tethers Harry to life, allowing him to return. Does this basically mean that between books 4 and 7, Voldemort had no chance ...
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Why doesn't Harry die when Voldemort uses the killing curse on him? [duplicate]

Why doesn't Harry die when Voldemort uses the killing curse on him? I'm talking about the second time this happens, when they are in the forbidden forest during the Battle of Hogwarts, not in Godric's ...
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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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Are there any other magic spells that affect the caster's soul, aside from Avada Kedavra?

We know Avada Kedavra affects a person's metaphysical soul. It rips the spellcaster's soul apart. Are there other curses that can affect one's soul, say the other unforgivable curses? Is Avada Kedavra ...
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