Questions tagged [harry-potter]

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In the second Deathly Hallows film, did Harry change clothes while Snape and McGonagall were fighting?

I've just finished watching a broadcast of the film and I'm wondering if my mind's playing tricks on me. I'm sure that I saw Harry wearing his normal clothes in the previous scene, only for him to ...
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How was the Horcrux in Nagini destroyed, when only a few specific things can destroy one; those being Basilisk venom, Fiendfyre and the Killing Curse?

There's no reason that the Horcrux in the snake should have been destroyed with just lopping off her head. If that were possible, then any other sort of spell would be able to destroy them. Instead ...
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Why didn't Cedric directly tell Harry how to figure out the golden egg?

When Harry tells Cedric about the first task: "Dragons," said Harry ... "They've got four, one for each of us, and we've got to get past them." It is very obvious that the task ...
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If magic leaves traces, then how can wards hide you from witches and wizards?

Dumbledore had an easy time detecting the leftover magic in the cave near the end of the sixth book. In the seventh, the trio cast a heck of a lot of charms in order to hide their presence. However, ...
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Are there any in-book clues that the T in "Voldemort" is silent, and why did the movies choose to pronounce the T?

J.K. Rowling has gone on record a few times that she pronounces Voldemort with a silent T, so like vol-de-more. Are there any hints in the book that basically the entire English-speaking world is ...
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What does "order" refer to?

In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009), a flying female holding a weighing scale: FEMALE VOICE: I will have order! I really hate children. I will have order! I really hate children. I will ...
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Why did Dumbledore ask McGonagall to bring Fang before questioning Crouch?

In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Dumbledore asked Professor McGonagall to bring Hagrid's dog Fang to his office before questioning Crouch Jr. Why did he do this? "Minerva, kindly go down ...
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Harry Potter Fanfic Where Harry Gets Adopted By Snape and Befriends Draco and Pansy

So before I had an AO3 account I was reading this fanfic where Dumbledore had told Harry (I think it was 3rd or 4th year) that if he left the Dursleys house that summer, it would endanger everyone he ...
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Which scenes in The Burrow are exclusive to the Half-Blood Prince film?

The Half-Blood Prince film mostly takes place in Hogwarts, but it has many scenes in and around The Burrow that I don't recall happening in the book. Which of these are exclusive to the film? I'm ...
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Why is Narcissa in tears in this scene?

In the scene from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009), where Snape makes an Unbreakable Vow with Narcissa to protect Draco and fulfill his assignment if he fails: Why is Narcissa in tears ...
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How was the Philosopher's Stone destroyed?

How was the Philosopher's Stone destroyed? Was it ever stated in the first book how the Stone was destroyed? Was the Stone destroyed when Harry dropped it?
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Do other Wizarding schools offer electives not taught at Hogwarts?

Hogwarts has a ton of electives offered after third year, but what about other wizarding schools? Do they offer different electives that aren't offered at Hogwarts? Any answer from canon sources is ...
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Does the association between Gringotts and Barclays in fan-fiction originate with JK Rowling?

There is a "standard" in Harry Potter fan fiction, that very often, when Goblins of Gringotts need to act in a banking capacity in the Muggle world, they use Barclay's bank (if such a bank ...
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Why does Hermione claim that all wands are equal, save for the Elder Wand?

In Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Ollivander and Harry have this conversation: ‘Ah yes,’ said the man. ‘Yes, yes. I thought I’d be seeing you soon. Harry Potter.’ It wasn’t a question. ‘...
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Harry stands up, but wasn't he already standing up?

'Well, we've got to try, haven't we?' said Harry. He stood up and pressed his own ear against the door. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Chapter 21 Harry and Hermione are in a broom cupboard ...
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Can there be nuances or uncertainties in the Unbreakable Vow?

Can there be nuances or uncertainties in the Unbreakable Vow? Snape made an Unbreakable Vow to watch over Draco, protect Draco, and to kill Dumbledore in his place if he couldn't do so. However, it ...
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How do the Weasleys stay poor? Also, how do wizarding restaurants and boutiques remain in business? [duplicate]

If spells that can replicate clothing, duplicate and transfigure food exist, how can the Weasleys or any other poor wizarding families remain poor? Also, how can wizarding restaurants remain in ...
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If an animagus dies in animal form, does he take human form upon death? [duplicate]

If an animagus dies in animal form, does he take human form upon death ?
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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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Where and how is there an electric light at Hogwarts?

The chapter illustration for Chapter Twelve of Chamber of Secrets shows Harry examining himself in a mirror after using the Polyjuice potion to transform into Goyle. Interestingly, the light above the ...
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Was Hagrid accused of opening the Chamber of Secrets, and if so, where?

If Hagrid was accused of opening the Chamber of Secrets in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, where exactly was he accused? I have had this question on my mind, and I haven't been able to get ...
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What is the first work to base Hogwarts uniforms on modern school uniforms?

The text of the first Harry Potter book describe the school uniform as a black robe with a black cloak, a hat, and dragon hide gloves when hand protection is needed, and I think that's pretty cool. ...
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Where can I find Harry Potter game called "Pottermore"? [closed]

What is the Pottermore game and where can I play this?
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What did 'thrice defied' really mean? [duplicate]

The prophecy states: "The one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord approaches...born to those who have thrice defied him, born as the seventh month dies...and the Dark Lord will mark him as ...
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If the General Counter-Spell exists, why are there specific counter-curses?

If a combined Finite could stop Grindelwald's extremely powerful Protego Diabolica, and various spells like the ones in the Duelling Club orchestrated by Severus Snape and Gilderoy Lockhart, why are ...
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Would Umbridge kill Harry if she got the chance?

We all know Umbridge loathes Harry, but is there any indication whether she would have killed him (or had him killed) if the opportunity had presented itself?
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Does transfiguration truly change one thing to another?

I mean, if someone transforms a match into a needle, is the needle a real needle? Or is it something that looks and weighs like a needle but actually a match in disguise? If I burn this needle, would ...
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When did these characters die in the Battle for Hogwarts?

Maybe I missed the bit where there deaths were mentioned but I could have sworn they were fine one minute and dead the next. When were killed in the Battle for Hogwarts?
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How does Owl Magic work? [duplicate]

Do the owl and the wizard have some sort of magical bond? Or have owls been used for so long by magic users that it's just in their DNA now?
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Can Neville cast a corporeal Patronus?

I was on Quora and one person asked the question, "Why is Neville Longbottom's Patronus non-corporeal?". I didn't think much of it until I read the answer by Matthew Beasley. He answered, ...
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When Harry tries on the Invisibility Cloak for the first time, you can only see his head. What would you see if you sat next to him and looked up? [duplicate]

Would it be the inside of his neck? The bottom of his jaw? A big, back hole where his insides should be?
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Does anyone else have a clock like Molly Weasley's?

And for that matter, what kind of magic is involved with that clock? Shouldn't everyone have it?
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What does "it" in "it's hidden" refer to?

Before Dolores, Harry hints something to Snape: HARRY: He's got Padfoot. He's got Padfoot at the place where it's hidden. Dolores: Padfoot? What is Padfoot? Where what is hidden? What is he talking ...
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Are there any scene removed to make it so short? [duplicate]

Being lengthy book in the Harry Potter series, Order of the Pheonix is second shortest movie in the Harry Potter series. Are there any scene removed to make it so short?
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What does "Something" refer to?

Context: End of the Order of The Pheonix: Harry Potter: I've been thinking about something Dumbledore said to me. Ron: What's that? Harry Potter: That even though we've got a fight ahead of us...we'...
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Why didn't Dumbledore Apparate to Slughorn's doorstep?

In Half Blood Prince Harry and Dumbledore walk to Slughorn's hiding place. Why didn't Dumbledore Apparate directly to his doorstep instead of walking there?
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Why did Voldemort have to die?

It seems that to Dumbledore, defeating Voldemort could only happen in one way: by having Voldemort die. The entire quest to find and destroy the horcruxes took place only to achieve this objective. ...
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Why did Ron ask such a question?

Behind Umbridge's back, Harry and his team collected the names of students who were interested in joining Dumbledore's army: Hermione: I mean, it's sort of exciting, isn't it, breaking the rules? Ron:...
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Why does the Wizarding World have a binary perspective on Muggle interactions?

As I get older, the more I struggle to understand the Wizarding World's relationship to muggles. The Wizarding World seems to have two chief perspectives on how to interact with muggles. Go to ...
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Why does Deathly Hallows imply that Dumbledore dueled Grindelwald in 1904?

Here's the quote from Deathly Hallows: Neither Dumbledore nor Grindelwald ever seem to have referred to this brief boyhood friendship in later life. However, there can be no doubt that Dumbledore ...
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Why did Quirrell wait so long to try to steal the Philosopher's Stone?

Quirrell knew how to get around Fluffy around in April, but he waited until June to try to steal the Philosopher's Stone. Why didn't he try earlier? I know Voldemort was afraid of Dumbledore, but was ...
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What does "disappearances" refer to?

FUDGE (ON RADIO): Security has been and will remain the Ministry's top priority. Furthermore, we have convincing evidence...that these disappearances are the work... of notorious mass murderer Sirius ...
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Did the Death Eaters know about the refounded Order of the Phoenix in Book 5 or were Kingsley, Tonks, and Moody just seen as Aurors?

In Order of the Phoenix Kingsley, Tonks, Moody, Lupin, and Sirius break into the Ministry to save Team DA. Did Voldemort know Kingsley, Tonks and Mad-eye were in the Order or were they just seen as ...
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Why is Luna Lovegood reading this book upside-down?

Why is Luna Lovegood reading this book upside-down?
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Why didn't the Hogwarts portraits ever see any of the crimes going on during Tom Riddle's days?

Why didn't the Hogwarts portraits ever see any of the crimes going on during Tom Riddle's days? Or any criminals in particular? We see many of the Hogwarts portraits interacting with students and ...
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How many scenes in the Chamber of Secrets book included Dobby?

My notes on the book make the strange claim that he only appears in exactly three scenes. I cannot believe that I ever cared to count, but my memory of the book agrees with this count. I can only ...
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Isn't Merlin in the Harry Potter Universe a half-Muggle? [duplicate]

In the Harry Potter universe, Merlin is well regarded as arguably the Grand-Daddy Poobah of Wizards, having a number of honors named after him, including chocolate frog cards. There are a lot of ...
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Can a Patronus only be used on a dementor? Can a Patronus be used to attack somebody or to drive them away? [duplicate]

Patronuses are commonly used against Dementors but can they attack someone or something else?
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What does Lupin mean by the word "truth" here?

In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Lupin says to Harry: Lupin: The last time Voldemort gained power...he almost destroyed everything we hold most dear. Now he's returned, and I'm afraid ...
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Was there a magical source behind the heatwave in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix?

In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007), temperature is too hot: What's the reason behind hot temperature ?

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