Questions tagged [harry-potter]

For questions about J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter or the related franchise, consisting of the original book series, expanded books, feature length films, plays, Pottermore, video games and more (including fan fiction). For questions about the Fantastic Beasts series also tag with [fantastic-beasts].

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Why was Jacob still hanging onto the bucket?

Newt and Jacob travel to Paris by Portkey in The Crimes of Grindelwald. The Portkey in question is a bucket. Yet, some time after they've arrived in Paris and gone to Place Cachée, he's still hanging ...
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Were Hecate and Miss Cackle's personalities based on the books?

In the TV show The Worst Witch, two of the teachers are Hecate and the headmistress, Miss Cackle. I couldn't help but notice that their personalities seemed slightly similar to two characters from ...
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JK Rowling Illustrated editions book tours

My sons really like the illustrated editions of the Harry Potter books. Two are coming out in October -- Quidditch through the Ages and Goblet of Fire. I would like to find author readings & ...
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Who is the wealthiest wizard in the Harry Potter universe?

Economics in the Harry Potter world is weird, not least because there's a single bank controlling all the money. But who has (or needs) the biggest chamber at Gringotts? Who is the richest wizard?
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Harry Potter Fanfic where Harry is sent to an alternate dimension where Tom Riddle is good

I know this fic is either on AO3 or Fanfic. It’s a Harry Potter story, I can’t remember if it had a set ship or not. The background is; Harry is somehow transported to an alternate dimension. In ...
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Are there any actual examples of “awful things happening to wizards who meddle with time” in the book? [duplicate]

In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Hermione mentions: Awful things happen to wizards who meddle with time. Now, I can imagine what could go wrong logically, for example, their past self ...
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What was the skeleton under bench in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 [duplicate]

Spoilers for Deathly Hallows who or what was the skeleton under the white bench?
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Harry Potter fan fiction where he reads fairy tales and fantasy to learn magic

I remember reading it ages ago, it wasn’t finished at the time and was still being added to. As much as I can remember was that Harry discovered his magic early and in a search for answers starts ...
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Harry Potter and Percy Jackson fanfic where Sally Jackson is James Potter's sister

Sally Jackson is James Potter's sister. Sally is friends with Severus. Sally doesn't want anything to do with the war and hides besides some type of magic or wards, but Dumbledore finds out how to go ...
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How can the Room of Requirement be so easily accessed using force?

Check out this very short scene from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: The Room of Requirement is a magical room, described as a place where it is only ...
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Harry Potter fanfiction where he perfects a sweet potion

I read a Harry Potter fan-fiction a while ago where Harry perfects a sweet potion. I vaguely remember the potion being called "Fairy Floss" or something like that. I'm pretty sure it was either Drarry ...
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How does the time-turning event work in “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”? [duplicate]

I know in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Harry and Hermione go back in time, save Buckbeak and free Sirius Black. However, in the actual movie before this event, Harry sees - according to ...
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Does a person need to be a Wizard to open the Room of Requirement? [duplicate]

Inspired by this question It is stated tha Mr. Filch cannot open the Room because he cannot guess what are the students doing there. But we know that Mr. Filch is a Squib, i.e. his magical ...
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Does Fire Emblem: Three Houses have any connection with the Harry Potter series?

The newly released video game Fire Emblem: Three Houses features the main locale as a monastery that acts as a school. Within this school are the titular Three Houses: Black Eagles (red and black), ...
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Ron has Charlie’s old wand [duplicate]

in The philosophers stone Ron says he has Charlie’s old wand. Would it work for him properly. And why would Charlie want a new wand?
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In the movie Harry Potter and the Order or the Phoenix, why didn't Mr. Filch succeed to open the Room of Requirement if it's what he needed?

As stated by Dobby in The Order of the Phoenix ‘Because [the Room of Requirement] is a room that a person can only enter,’ said Dobby seriously, ‘when they have real need of it’ Order of ...
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Would the Elder Wand have been able to destroy a Horcrux?

We see that the Elder Wand is able to perform magic that would not normally be possible with a regular wand. For example, in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Harry fixes his broken wand with it: (...
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Merman Tom, pirate Hermione story

Looking for an unfinished Tomione fanfic on AO3. Tom was a merman, the terror hiding in the depths, terrorizing honest sailors and pirates alike, sinking ships and drowning people in droves. Enter ...
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Why did Harry get in trouble for performing magic “in front of a Muggle“ when Dudley knew about magic? [duplicate]

So in Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix, Harry gets in trouble for use his patronus. He was charged with performing underage magic inform of a Muggle. But that Muggle, Dudley, knew about magic. ...
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Harry Potter fanfic where Harry has amnesia and forgets his pregnant husband Draco and tries to get back together with Ginny

No matter how I search in google, I am unable to find this fic. Please help me if you know this fic with the details I can remember - Harry and Draco are married for a long time. Harry is an Auror. ...
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Will the Sorting Hat still hesitate on the House of Harry after he lose this part? [duplicate]

As we learn in the last book Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows that Harry Potter is a Horcrux of Voldemort. Could we tell that all the specificities of Harry in some area come from this part of ...
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Can a Hogwarts student refuse the Sorting Hat's decision?

After reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and remembering how Harry asked the Sorting Hat not to join Slytherin and how it granted his request, I started wondering what happens when a student ...
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What does Argus Filch specifically do?

I was reading a fanfiction when they asked this specific question, and it make me think... Specifically what does he do in Hogwarts? In all the seven books, do they explain exactly what he does? In ...
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Can the Room of Requirement bring people, if a person was to need someone else?

In Harry Potter, the Room of Requirement is said to be able to give anyone anything they needed. Hence the name. Can the Room of Requirement bring another person, if the person inside it needed them? ...
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When did J.K. Rowling decide to make Harry and Ginny a couple?

I asked a similar question recently, and it occurred to me that we only see Harry feeling attraction towards Ginny in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (emphases mine): They chose the one ...
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When was the first dementor created and by whom? [duplicate]

I'm unable to figure out when was the first Dementor created and by whom. I know they don't breed and grow out of despair and gloom and they can't be destroyed. They have been guarding Prison of ...
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How do the ages of Flamel, Dumbledore, etc. work out? [duplicate]

In the first Harry Potter book, it is said that Flamel and Dumbledore invented the philosopher's stone together. It's also heavily implied that this stone is the only reason why Flamel lived so long. ...
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When did J.K. Rowling decide to make Ron and Hermione a couple?

We see in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire that Hermione seems more than disgruntled when Fleur kisses Ron on both cheeks (my emphasis): Fleur bent down, kissed Harry twice on each cheek (he ...
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In Half Blood Prince, Arthur Weasley tells Potter that the ministry raided Lucius' manor when he was arrested. How is it possible?

Why didn't they find Voldemort or Bellatrix there? If Bellatrix wasn't there, where was she? In the beginning of HBP, when Narcissa goes to Spinner's End, Bellatrix quickly apparates after her to stop ...
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Where did they get the bicorn horn from?

In chapter eleven of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets we are told that one of the ingredients that would need to be procured for the Polyjuice Potion is powdered horn of a bicorn: "This is ...
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What would happen if a Polyjuice Potion has two (or more) person's hair or nails?

Is there a canonical explanation on the effects if someone drinks a Polyjuice Potion (prepared properly, of course) with hairs/nails of two different persons? What would the transformation resulting ...
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Who's in charge of selecting the Quidditch Captain?

We see that in his sixth year, Harry is made captain of the Gryffindor Quidditch team. Who selects the Quidditch Captain for each house? Would it just be McGonagall as she is the Head of the House of ...
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Why did it take Snape so long to pass on a message?

In book 5, the Order of the Phoenix, when Harry is captured by Umbridge he tries to tell Snape that Voldemort has Sirius at the Department of Mysteries. Snape supposedly plays dumb with Umbridge and ...
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How could Barty Crouch Jr. have run out of Polyjuice Potion at the end of the Goblet of Fire movie?

Why did Barty Crouch Jr. run of of Polyjuice Potion at the end of the movie Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire? I mean, it takes literally weeks to prepare, as we've seen in Harry Potter and the ...
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How could there be multiple instances of Moody in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire?

I understand that Barty Crouch Jr. had drank a potion called Polyjuice to transform into a likness of Moody whilst keeping the real Moody locked up. However, there appears to be a discrepancy. When ...
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Why was Quirrell said to be in the Black Forest if Voldemort was actually in Albania?

In the first book of the Harry Potter series, Hagrid says that Quirrell met vampires in the Black Forest and it changed him. However, the Black Forest is in Germany, and it is said that Voldemort was ...
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Harry Potter fanfiction where Harry is found abused and taken in by Snape

Harry is found abused and is taken in by Snape, then later on Harry is tortured by Voldemort and Lucius with needles and becomes blind. Eventually Snape adopts Harry and Draco. Dumbledore is a good ...
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Wasn't the Forbidden Forest detention useless?

Why would detention take place in the Forbidden Forest? Besides walking around at night, what was their assignment? I wouldn’t expect them to be doing anything useful, especially during the night, so ...
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Why was this the first time that no one applauded McGonagall's transformation?

In Chapter Six of Prisoner of Azkaban we have the following passage: "Really, what has got into you all today?" said Professor McGonagall, turning back into herself with a faint pop, and staring ...
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Why are flying carpets banned while flying brooms are not?

Before the Quidditch World Cup, Mr. Crouch Sr. says: “Oh and I’ve been wanting a word with you too, Arthur,” said Mr. Crouch, his sharp eyes falling upon Mr. Weasley. “Ali Bashir’s on the warpath. ...
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What happened to Burke in “Harry Potter”?

We meet Borgin, but Burke is only even mentioned once, where is he all the time, what happened to him? He is never stated to be dead, maybe You-Know-Who killed him as a loose end, but that would ...
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Did Voldemort kill his father before finding out about Horcruxes?

During Harry's time in the Pensieve in Half-Blood Prince he saw the young Tom Riddle with Professor Slughorn. The book states that Tom was already wearing Marvolo Gaunt's ring, indicating he had ...
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Where were the Death Eaters' headquarters in the first wizarding war and later?

Malfoy Manor wasn't the headquarters initially in the 2nd war and presumably not in the first war. Where were the headquarters then?
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How old were Fred and George when they left Hogwarts, and what year were they in?

How old were Fred and George when they left Hogwarts, and what year were they in? I’ve been struggling to find out this answer!
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Why did Harry Potter get a bedroom?

In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Uncle Vernon says: We even let you have Dudley's second bedroom purely out of the goodness of our hearts. There is plenty of evidence that there's no "...
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Why are there 7 total horcruxes when Voldemort intended for 7 original horcruxes? [duplicate]

All the horcruxes are as follows: Tom Riddle's Diary Marvolo Gaunt's Ring Salazar Slytherin's Locket Helga Hufflepuff's Cup Rowena Ravenclaw's Diadem Nagini Harry Potter My question is though why ...
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How do First Years know where their classes are?

How do the first year students know where their classes are? I know in the books Harry and Ron get lost a few times, but how would they know where to head to in the first place?
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Harry Potter fanfic where he never got his Hogwarts letter and lives on his own in an apartment

Harry didn’t live with the Dursleys. He lives by himself in an apartment with a snake. The Order was trying to find Harry and ended up chasing him multiple times although they found it difficult to ...
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Why did Dumbledore ignore this line?

In Chapter Thirty-Three of Goblet of Fire Voldemort says: What I was, even I do not know... I, who have gone further than anybody along the path that leads to immortality. You know my goal – to ...
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How did Tom Riddle go about cursing the position of Defence Against the Dark Arts?

How did Tom Riddle, upon being denied the position of teacher for Defence Against the Dark Arts, actually go about cursing it? Did he just whip out his wand and say “Positionus Cursus”? Did he dip the ...