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Why wasn't James Potter his own Secret Keeper?

Why wasn't James Potter his own Secret Keeper? The whole thing came about because Potters chose the wrong Secret Keeper (who betrayed them) for the Fidelius Charm on their house. Why didn't James just ...
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Why did the Fidelius Charm on the Potters' house break?

When Harry and Hermione visit Godric's Hollow, Harry wonders something I find rather silly: ... they passed more cottages: any one of them might have been the one in which James and Lily had once ...
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What happens when Veritaserum and a Fidelius Charm meet?

The title kind of explains the question. If a Secret Keeper was given Veritaserum, what would happen? What if the Veritaserum was willingly taken? EDIT: Given the answers here, I'm not sure which ...
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Would Voldemort's Taboo Spell Trump the Fidelius Charm?

In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry sneaks into The Three Broomsticks and overhears Madam Rosmerta, the Minister for Magic, and several Hogwarts teachers discuss his parents' death and ...
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Why didn't the Fidelius charm on Shell Cottage stop the heroes from apparating there from Malfoy Manor?

Considering Bill Weasley was the Secret Keeper for Shell Cottage, how did Harry and Dobby Apparate to the cottage? Or, for that matter, Luna and Ollivander?
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Do people forget where something protected by the Fidelius charm is, if the spell is cast after they already know this location?

As a simple example - lets say that someone casts the Fidelius charm on a public building like Hogwarts or the Ministry of Magic. Will everyone (so LOTS of people) immediately "forget" where these ...
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Did Bill Weasley create a plot hole?

I was reading through questions related to one of my others, and came across a gem by Slytherincess about the Fidelius charm and saw something interesting. She mentions that Harry can see Bill Weasley'...
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Did Hermione really bring Death Eaters into the Fidelius Charm's protection?

In Deathly Hallows Hermione says that she brought a Death Eater within the Fidelius Charm's protection of Grimmauld Place through Side-Along Apparition. Since she was a Secret-Keeper, she's shared the ...
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Precisely How Does the Fidelius Charm Work?

I've read J.K. Rowling's website and FAQ. I've read every interview with her that I know of. I've read all the books many, many times. I've read the HP Wikia, the Lexicon, essays, fan fiction, and ...
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How could Yaxley bring Death Eaters into Grimmauld Place by side-along apparition?

After searching various different resources, I am still confused as to why Hermione thought that bringing Yaxley inside the Fidelius charm cast on Grimmauld Place would comprimise the safety of the ...
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Why did Harry, Ron, and Hermione think it safe to hide in Grimmauld Place?

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, after Bill and Fleur's wedding, the trio needs a place to hide. They decide on 12 Grimmauld Place, but obviously they're unsure if this is best. The Fidelius ...
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Can a Secret Keeper break their Fidelius Charm?

It’s now been definitively established that Peter Pettigrew was concealing the location of the Potter family’s house in Godric’s Hollow as their Secret Keeper. This means that the house was invisible ...
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Fidelius charm interaction with pensieve

Does the fidelius charm protect secrets across pensieves? If a person who is "in" on a secret observes, say 12 Grimmauld Place, for example and then gives a memory to someone who does not know the ...
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Can a secret keeper be forced to reveal the secret with the Imperius spell?

If I know that the secret keeper of a secret I really want to know is John Doe, can I cast Imperius on John Doe and try to make him reveal the secret? Let's assume John Doe doesn't have a strong ...
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What was the Fidelius secret that Peter Pettigrew concealed?

(It has been established fairly well by now on here that the Fidelius charm is not the most consistent and well-explained elements in the Potterverse. But we can still try to make sense of the madness…...
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Does the Fidelius Charm keep out owls, cats, elves?

Since the Fidelius Charm involves the Secret Keeper having to explicitly reveal the location before anyone can see/enter the house, how are letters delivered(if at all)? I seem to remember that Harry ...
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Why didn't Voldemort hide his Horcruxes using Fidelius Charm?

I have seen many discussions here about locations where Voldemort hid his Horcruxes. The fans settle down with this: Voldemort chose those locations where he himself could easily reach. Why didn't ...
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Are Fidelius charms stackable?

When the Order of the Phoenix fears that Snape will reveal Grimmauld Place to the Death Eaters, they have to evacuate, leaving rather shaky defences behind. Why could they not have cast another ...
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Can someone tell when they've become a Secret Keeper?

In the Harry Potter franchise, when you know a secret which is held by a Secret Keeper and they die, you yourself become a Secret Keeper in their place. In Chapter 10 (The Marauder's Map) of The ...
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Would mutually recursive Fidelius Charms work?

“So Black was the Potters’ Secret-Keeper?” whispered Madam Rosmerta. “Naturally,” said Professor McGonagall. “James Potter told Dumbledore that Black would die rather than tell where they were, ...
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What would happen if you made a horcrux after taking the fidelius charm?

I was reading this question, Would Voldemort's Taboo Spell Trump the Fidelius Charm?, and I thought to myself if the secret is kept in the soul, what happens if it's split? ‘An immensely ...
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Why did Bill Weasley choose to be his own Secret Keeper?

Grimmauld Place's location was revealed to Yaxley when he held onto Hermione, while she was apparating there. This indicates that the Secret is vulnerable for the length of time it is being accessed ...
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Fidelius Charm: can it be used to hide more than just a place?

According to Filius Flitwick the Fidelius charm is: "An immensely complex spell involving the magical concealment of a secret inside a single, living soul. The information is hidden inside ...
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Given that it was under the Fidelius Charm, why did anyone fear Bellatrix turning up at Grimmauld Place?

Chapter 3 of Half-Blood Prince makes it very clear that, because she now probably owns it, The Order is concerned that Bellatrix can go to Grimmauld Place: We do not know whether the enchantments we ...
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Why didn't someone recast the Fidelius Charm on Grimmauld Place? [duplicate]

If they knew the place was compromised with Snape knowing its location and the Order thinking him a traitor, why didn't someone just remove and recast the Charm? Obviously, we know that he didn't tell ...
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Why didn't Harry's parents make each other their secret keeper? [duplicate]

In the Harry Potter series Harry's parents go into hiding by using a Fidelus Charm which needs a secret keeper. So they chose Peter Pettigrew as their secret keeper and were betrayed. Why didn't they ...
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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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Can you travel to a Fidelius Charm concealed building using The Floo Network?

Harry talked to Sirius twice (from Gryffindor common room) and Lupin once (from Umbridge's office) using The Floo Network in The Order of the Phoenix while they were at Grimmauld Place. So that means ...
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Immortality loop-hole - Hide horcrux inside Fidelus-protected building/place [duplicate]

According to canon, is there anything preventing one from concealing one's Horcrux inside a building/place and then simply protecting it with the Fidelius charm, with one being the one and only secret-...
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How did Hagrid, Sirius and Severus find Harry? [duplicate]

So we know that the Fidelius charm was cast to protect the Potter's location. I think in the third book it is mentioned somewhere that the location was hidden not the Potter's themselves. And I guess ...
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What are the limits of the Fidelius Charm?

I was watching a Super Carlin Brothers youtube video when they touched briefly on the subject of Secret Keepers and the Fidelius Charm. They were confused over what info it could be used on. Their ...
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Was the Fidelius Charm responsible for hiding Grimmauld Place from both Harry and the local muggles?

I've recently discovered that Chapter 12 of Deathly Hallows tells us that Grimmauld Place has been hidden to muggle eyes for a long time: The Muggles who lived in Grimmauld Place had long since ...
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How was the Potter's house not invisible? [duplicate]

In Harry Potter 7, Harry visits his parent's graves. He also sees his old house, with a sign: On this spot, on this night of 31 October 1981, Lily and James Potter lost their lives. Their son, Harry, ...
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Would the Fidelius charm prevent me from shopping online?

The Fidelius charm is commonly used to hide the fact that certain people are hiding in a certain location. To achieve this, they entrust the knowledge of their location to a 'secret keeper' - this ...
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Given that it was under the Fidelius Charm, why did Grimmauld Place require any additional magical protection?

Chapter 3 of Half-Blood Prince makes it very clear that Grimmauld Place has more protections placed on it by The Order than just the Fidelius Charm: We do not know whether the enchantments we ...
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If you know someone who can cast the Fidelius Charm, why have a bank vault?

Gringotts is considered rather safe, but its security has been under question since the attempted robbery back in the first book. Furthermore, as shown in that book and in Deathly Hallows, it's a bit ...
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