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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 some fan fiction).

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What was the point of Draco's plan?

When I think about the whole plan Draco tried to fulfill throughout The Half-Blood Prince it seems unnecessarily complicated. He got the task to kill Dumbledore, but instead of concentrating on this ...
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Harry Potter fanfic: Snape takes care of a baby Harry

Most likely read on FF.net. I can't remember if it was a de-ageing accident or if it was a "Snape rescues/adopts Harry as a baby". The most prominent portion of the story that I can only remember ...
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Hilarious Harry Potter fanfic: Snape disguises himself as a woman when taking baby Harry outside

Most likely read on FanFiction.net, Draco and Harry are both de-aged into babies and Professor Snape becomes the unwilling guardian of them where hilarity ensues; the storytelling of this fic wasn't ...
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Why didn’t Harry’s power from his mother affect others who wanted to hurt him?

If Quirrell got burnt when he wanted to hurt Harry, why didn’t others? I mean, was this power Harry had from his mother mentioned in any other situation? Or did Lily's sacrifice just work for ...
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Will Horcruxes show up in the Fantastic Beasts series? [on hold]

Do we know if Horcruxes will make an appearance in Fantastic Beasts? Did JK Rowling ever mention anything about Grindelwald and Horcruxes?
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If you are scared of food and encounter at a Boggart, would that Boggart be edible?

I think it wouldn't be edible because it is still a Boggart, but I have no idea
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Why does the Obscurial not consistently appear as its given shape?

In the film, Fantastic Beasts and where to Find Them, Credence, the Obscurial, appears in the first shot as an invisible force causing destruction throughout the city. Then, later in the film, we see ...
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What are these fantastic beasts from The Crimes of Grindelwald trailer?

In the Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - Official Comic-Con Trailer we see these creatures: Does anyone know what these are?
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Why don't Harry, Griphook, Hermione and Ron fall to their deaths?

In Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, while in Gringotts when Harry, Ron, Hermione and Griphook are disguised, they pass through the thief's downfall and just fall toward their destination. Wouldn'...
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Can supremacist Purebloods (like the Malfoys) be seen wearing Muggle clothes in the books?

First of all I only mean books, not the movies please. To begin with, here is related question - it doesn't reflect Draco's case though. I do not ask what he wears under his robes, I ask if he can be ...
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What did Rufus Scrimgeour do differently when he became the Minister for Magic compared to Cornelius Fudge?

In Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, it was mentioned that Rufus Scrimgeour succeeded Fudge to be the new Minister for Magic. Is Scrimgeour a more proactive Minister when fighting Voldemort and ...
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How can Molly access Harry's vault?

I was reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and in Chapter 10 - Mayhem at the Ministry - and I was surprised when Ron tells Harry: “Look, here’s the stuff Mum got for you in Diagon Alley. And ...
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Has Rowling ever expressed her opinion on whether Snape is a good teacher or not?

I realise it can be quite a speculative subject, but I believe JKR herself must have had some distinct image of Snape's teaching role in Hogwarts. Evidences seem to be contradictive though. We know ...
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Snarry Harry Potter fan fiction where the Minister had bound Harry's magic

I read a fan fiction a while back that had a Snarry pairing I think. It had them in some kind of arranged relationship but Harry had no desire and they later found out that the Minister had bound ...
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In the Battle of Department of Mysteries, why were only 5 Order members sent to rescue Harry Potter?

In the Battle of the Department of Mysteries, there were more than 12 Death Eaters, why were only 5 Order members (Remus Lupin, Sirius Black, Alastor Moody, Kingsley Shacklebolt and Nymphadora Tonks) ...
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How much did Peter Pettigrew learn about Harry as Scabbers, and did he ever relay all this personal information to Voldemort?

Whilst reading the first three books, and especially PoA, I kept wondering whether it's known how much Pettigrew learned about Harry, Ron and Hermione whilst in Animagus form; i.e. as Scabbers. How ...
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Why hasn't Rita Skeeter registered as an Animagus?

I mean after she got caught by Hermione. While being an officially known Animagus can be a downside to her work, not working at all is surely a bigger issue. We know she was forced to be unemployed: ...
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How can the years of Fudge's ministership be reconciled with Sirius's statement?

In the Pottermore article "Ministers for Magic" by J.K. Rowling, the years given for Cornelius Fudge's term are 1990 - 1996: Cornelius Fudge 1990 - 1996 A career politician overly-fond of ...
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Can Lucius Malfoy be a friend of a Half-Blood like Snape or was he brainwashing a young boy to the dark side? [closed]

It's highly doubtful that a Half-Blood hater like Malfoy who judges people by their money would embrace Snape so warmly just because he has been accepted to Slytherin. We of course, have not an ...
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Why didn't Dumbledore put the same spell on the books of the library in restricted area like the one on the marauders map?

In the books and movies, the marauder's map only reveals it's true information for someone who knows the password. If the books in the restricted area of the library are so dangerous and thus ...
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Unidentified lake creature in the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire DVD game

The Lake Challenge game in Disc 2 of the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire DVD features an unidentified lake creature- a blue humanoid with huge jaws that attacks the player. It is distinct from the ...
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Drarry fan fiction where Draco lives in New York and works at a tattoo shop

I am looking for a really long Drarry fan fiction where Draco lives in New York and works at a tattoo shop as well as with at risk youth. He is 'cursed' to see Harry in his dreams. The story is ...
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Did Joe Sowerbutts re-dub a couple of scenes for Daniel Radcliffe in Philosopher’s Stone after his voice began to break?

Some sources say that during the end of filming of Philosopher’s Stone, Daniel Radcliffe’s voice began to break, so the filmmakers, at the last minute, brought in 13 year old schoolboy Joe Sowerbutts, ...
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Harry Potter fanfic, with Snape and a Muggle who becomes pregnant

I'm looking for a Harry Potter fanfic in which Severus Snape is out and about in the Muggle world and meets a Muggle woman. After a one-night-stand or more times together, she gets pregnant. When she ...
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Looking for Harry Potter fan fic story w/ unique character Jamie Oliver

I’ve read this story a few times along with its sequel. I was so sure I bookmarked it but unfortunately I had not. The first story is set during Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Harry gets ...
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Harry Potter Portrait's life - an act of creation? [duplicate]

The portraits in the Harry Potter world - they talk, they act. Are they reflections of the person whom they portray, or are they, at least potentially, independent? Do they have free will? Do they, ...
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Why didn't Snape work out Voldemort had Horcruxes?

Snape is repeatedly referred to as a highly intelligent wizard, most skilled in the Dark Arts. We don't know for sure, but it seems probable he would know about Horcruxes, at least in theory. He ...
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When did the last wizarding war happen before “The Crimes of Grindelwald”?

The new Crimes of Grindelwald trailer states The wizarding and non-wizarding world have been at peace for over a century Implying that previously there wasn't peace. ...
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What do we currently know about the storyline of Harry Potter Magic Awakens?

Today, there was huge online buzz about this new video game called "Harry Potter: Magic Awakens". What do we currently know about this game's storyline and when does it take place? Will the game ...
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How was Dumbledore's portrait put up so quickly?

In Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, when Harry goes into the headmaster's/headmistresse's study with McGonagall, Dumbledore's portrait is already on the wall, how was it painted so quickly? Did ...
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Why didn't the Elder Wand answer to Voldemort?

When Voldemort cast the Avada Kedavra spell on Harry it basically disarmed him. So why didn't the Elder Wand answer to Voldemort afterwards?
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What's the meaning behind Newt Scamander's name?

We know that JKR likes putting not so hidden clues in people’s names. Remus Lupin and Sirius Black are the obvious examples. Do we know if the same is the case for Newt Scamander? Newt: a small ...
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How could the Room of Requirement create the tunnel to the Hog's Head?

I don't understand how the room created the tunnel for Neville because of several things: The room always came out at a different location, so the tunnel would move every day. Don't you think someone ...
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When/why did Voldemort reconsider letting Snape know about the Elder Wand?

When Voldemort is about to break into Dumbledore's tomb to take the Elder Wand, the following happens: "I shall join you in the castle shortly," he said in his high, cold voice. "Leave me now." ...
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Are there any regulations for using offensive (though legal) spells?

There are only three Unforgivable Curses that are punishable. It seems that all the other spells can be freely used in any situation (until someone actually killed I guess). There seem to be no ...
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Why did Aurors do nothing to rescue kidnapped Ollivander?

In Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Ollivander was kidnapped by Death Eaters from his shop directly. Why did Aurors do nothing to save Ollivander?
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How come Harry didn't see Thestrals after “killing” Quirrel? [duplicate]

I looked through all questions regarding seeing thestrals but couldn't find an answer, as they all debate Harry's ability to see thestrals at the age of 1. Please mark as duplicate if question is ...
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What is Voldemort doing in Harry Potter and the half blood prince? [duplicate]

In Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, what was Voldemort doing? At the end of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Voldemort showed up in the Ministry of Magic, and duelled with Dumbledore....
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What does Ravenclaw mean by being clever?

As far as I am concerned, one is sorted into Ravenclaw when being highly intelligent or wise or scholar type. In the real world, intelligence can be understood in different ways. Like there are ...
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Where do people and Hogwarts get their money from in Harry Potter? [duplicate]

I was beginning to re read Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone when 2 questions struck me: As a non profit oganization, where does Hogwarts get its money from? Which leads me to another one: ...
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In Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, what did the Ministry do to increase the security at Hogwarts?

In Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, what did the Ministry do to increase the protection around Hogwarts, apart from stationing Aurors at Hogwarts?
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Why did the Marauders not find the room of requirement?

The Marauders found every secret passage out and into Hogwarts and every shortcut, hidden passage, and hidden room in Hogwarts, how did they miss the Room of Requirement?
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Is there any possibility that Harry's wand was a Horcrux?

I came upon this possibility due to Dumbledore's words: “I believe that your wand imbibed some of the power and qualities of Voldemort’s wand that night, which is to say that it contained a little ...
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In what way is the Elder Wand more powerful than a regular wand?

The Elder Wand is more powerful than a regular wand, as we see Harry use it to repair his seemingly irreparable wand. We have also seen that every time the wand had been used in front of the readers ...
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Could Harry have used the Elder Wand to undo the damage to Hogwarts after the Battle of Hogwarts?

Could Harry have used the Elder Wand to undo the damage to Hogwarts after the Battle of Hogwarts before he broke it in half and threw it away? In other words, would the Elder Wand have given Harry ...
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What actually happened during the silent coup at the Ministry of Magic in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows?

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, it was said that on 1st August 1997, Voldemort and Death Eaters took over the Ministry of Magic, and killed Rufus Scrimgeour. What happened exactly on that ...
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How did Hermione get galleons? [duplicate]

It is implied in HP books that Hermione Granger is reasonably affluent, compared to eg. Ron Weasley. At the start of Prisoner of Azkhaban, she had 10 galleons left to spend after purchasing what was ...
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Did the neighbors see the Dursleys for what they were?

The Dursleys considered themselves as a respectful family, but did anyone else see them as such? Neighborhood children all around were terrified of him [Dudley] - even more terrified than they were ...
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How did Voldemort infiltrate the Ministry so easily in Deathly Hallows? [duplicate]

In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, it was said that Rufus Scrimgeour took over Fudge to become the Minister for Magic. Also, Dumbledore stated that he is a more proactive and decisive ...
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In Harry Potter, are we aware of any fairy-tales not in “The Tales of Beedle the Bard”?

In Deathly Hallows, Ron says: “Oh come on! All the old kids’ stories are supposed to be Beedle’s, aren’t they? ‘The Fountain of Fair Fortune’ . . . ‘The Wizard and the Hopping Pot’ . . . ‘...