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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What is the consequence of violating the binding magical contract of the Triwizard Tournament? [duplicate]

In the book Harry Potter And The Goblet of Fire Chapter 16 and on page 256, Albus Dumbledore states "The placing of your name in the goblet constitutes a binding, magic contract. There can be no ...
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How did Harry’s watch work at Hogwarts? [duplicate]

How did Harry's watch work in Hogwarts as magic is supposed to render Muggle inventions like electricity and batteries incapable of normal functioning?
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Harry Potter fanfic where Harry time travels and is de-aged to 10, the same age as James

I can’t find this fanfic I read a couple years ago. I remember the following details: Harry goes back in time and is de-aged to 10 and is the same age as James He claims he is the son of Charlus ...
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Why not use a matter eating curse that feeds on Dementors, and Death Eaters? [closed]

Why not use a matter eating curse that feeds on Dementors, and Death Eaters? Like a back hole that not even light can escape.
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When are Hogwarts book lists sent out?

We know that Harry's introductory letter from Hogwarts arrived some time before his birthday, but after he had already been accepted at the school Vernon and Petunia had picked out. It's possible that ...
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Looking for a Hermione Granger and Draco Malfoy love story

I read a Hermione and Draco love story a few years ago on QuoteV but I think it has been deleted since. It was about Draco being forced to stay with Hermione during a probation period forcing him to ...
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How do kids know Voldemort’s name if they’ve only every called him You know who? [duplicate]

At first I was curious how muggle born kids knew Voldemort’s name if every one refuses to call him by his name and only refers to him as you know who but then I started thinking. If everybody always ...
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How did Ron's Ford Anglia cross the barrier between Wizarding World & Muggle World in HP Chamber of Secrets? [duplicate]

In Harry Potter & The Chamber Of Secrets, when Harry and Ron fail to cross the 9&3/4 barrier, they use their flying Ford Anglia instead to fly to Hogwarts. It is implied that there is some ...
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Use of magic by underaged students. Harry Potter [duplicate]

I've been rereading the HP books and something keeps bugging me. In Chamber of Secrets the Ministry assumes Harry used magic, because he was the only magical being around, so basically that was their ...
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Is there any evidence that Voldemort was a nationalist?

In a recent radio programme for the BBC J.K. Rowling discussed Voldemort's personal ideology and philosophy. Bridget Christie: When there were studies that found that people who read the books had ...
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Did Voldemort ever worry about Slughorn's Horcrux memory?

Did Voldemort ever show concern about the conversation that he had with Slughorn (as a young Tom Riddle) about Horcruxes? Did he ever feel the need to kill Slughorn? Is this the only known ...
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Where does Voldemort get the body from? [duplicate]

When Voldemort created Horcruxes, he divided the soul into it. Once he died only soul was present. Then from where exactly his body came from? Peter Pettigrew used Harry's Blood but whose flesh he ...
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How long did Harry James Potter live

I want to know how long Harry James Potter ended up living.
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How can wizards avoid Trelawney's statement when dining with 13 people? [closed]

Trelawney's statement: Never forget that when thirteen dine together, the first to rise will be the first to die! This statement was proven to be correct multiple times throughout the series. But,...
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What color are Dumbledore's glasses' frames (in the novels)?

Have the Harry Potter novels ever given a color for the frames of Dumbledore's glasses? Basically every time they've been referenced, they've been called "half-moon" shaped, but never with a ...
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Why Dumbledore didn't tell Harry how to destroy horcruxes? [duplicate]

Knowing that it is difficult to destroy a horcrux, why didn't Dumbledore just tell Harry (during his meetings in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince) that he had to use the Sword of Gryffindor to ...
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What is the difference between Protego Horribilis and Protego Maxima? [duplicate]

What is the the difference between Protego Horribilis and Protego Maxima? Flitwick used Protego Horribilis in Battle of Hogwarts to defend to castle. Protego maxima is the standard, stronger version ...
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Why are claims about Sirius so exaggerated?

Note: I am not asking why people thought Sirius was guilty, and I am not asking why he was convicted. My question assumes as a given that Sirius was guilty of both giving Voldemort the Potter’s ...
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Are house-elves powerful creatures?

We have seen in HP and the Chamber of Secrets that Dobby could easily defeat Malfoy, when Malfoy tried to attack Harry for freeing Dobby. Also Dobby is able to perform magic without any wand. So are ...
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Harry Potter fan fiction with a sentient Hogwarts

I am looking for a Harry Potter fan fiction where Harry and others took controls on Hogwarts pre-attending, she is communication via parchment and is sarcastic and funny.
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How to reconcile this apparent flaw in Chamber of Secrets about knowledge of Voldemort's identity? [closed]

There are a number of threads discussing who knew Voldemort = Riddle. However, none seem to go one step further and use this to challenge the credibility of the plot of the Chamber of Secrets. Here ...
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What extra protection did Voldemort gain using Harry's blood [duplicate]

When Lily gave her life for Harry she protected Harry and this is why Voldemort couldn't kill him. But what extra protection came about when Voldemort used Harry's blood to regain a body, and what ...
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As its creator, can Snape reverse Sectumsempra?

In The Half-Blood Prince, when Harry used the spell Sectumsempra on Malfoy, was Snape able to reverse the effects of the curse because he was the one who created it?
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Can wizard transfigure a wand?

In books many material objects were transfigured into animals or just another objects. So can a wizard use transfiguration spell with another wizards' wands?
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When Voldemort's spell originally rebounded and almost killed him, was a Horcrux 'used' to stop his death? [duplicate]

I think I misunderstand Horcruxes here - are they used up? Or do they just exist to stop the person dying but are not actually 'used up' in the process? By this logic someone could be killed infinite ...
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Looking for a Harry Potter fanfic where Severus lives and is in hiding

I'm looking for a Snarry fic I read some years ago I don't remember much from the fic but what I do recall is that Snape, who survived Nagini's attack went into hiding and that his injury to his neck ...
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Which floor is the Hogwarts Library on?

Is there any text in any of the Harry Potter books that identifies which floor of Hogwarts Castle the entrance to the Library is located in?
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How could Harry use 'Sectumsempra' without learning it? [duplicate]

In Hogwarts students learn how to cast every spell, and it takes some tries to cast the spell correctly. But Harry was able to use 'Sectumsempra' just by reading it in a book and without knowing what ...
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What did Harry mean when he said “Well, I take it you're not sorry?” to Griphook?

After the death of Dobby, Harry speaks to Griphook. Their conversation goes like this: “You buried the elf,” he said, sounding unexpectedly rancorous. “I watched you from the window of the bedroom ...
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Does ANY use of the Cruciatus Curse get you sent to Azkaban?

In the movies they make it sound like if you use any of the 3 Unforgivable Curses you get a one way ticket to Azkaban. But wouldn't the circumstances of each event affect that? Say Harry Potter got ...
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Can potion ingredients that are multiplied after casting Doubling charm be used to create potions?

This question has been on my mind for a while. Wizards can multiply food. It is implied by Ron that Molly has used similar charm.
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Why didn't Voldemort just switch back to his old wand?

In the final battle between Harry and Voldemort, Harry apparently wins because the wand Voldemort is using is actually under Harry's allegiance: Harry saw Voldemort's green jet meet his own spell, ...
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Is the Avery who is Snape's friend a relative of Avery who is in Tom Riddle's circle?

In Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince when Harry and Dumbledore are in Slughorn's memory they see see Tom Riddle with a bunch of other students in Slughorn's office. Among them are Lestrange and ...
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Fan fiction where Harry Potter is allergic to a potion

I’ve read a fic but I can’t remember what it was called where Harry is allergic to an ingredient in a potion and they only find out after a potion accident? Sorry my memory is very bad so sorry for ...
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Harry Potter fan-fiction with young Severus Snape potion accident

I'm looking for a young Severus Snape fanfic I read. I remember that Snape was in potion class and someone added something to the potion; he tried to put up a shield to contain the explosion but the ...
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How many times does Dumbledore use the Pensieve in the films?

I wondered how many times the Pensieve is used by Albus Dumbledore in the films?
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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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How did Ollivander know about Voldemort's wand?

There's evidence that Ollivander knew that Voldemort and Tom Riddle were the same person. When he gave Harry his wand, he remarked that a similar wand was given to Voldemort, who did 'terrible, but ...
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Was the controversy around Harry Potter embellished for publicity?

The first I heard of Harry Potter was from a string of news reports in the '90s, centred around complaints that the book series might encourage children to investigate the occult. This seemed odd at ...
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Harry Potter fanfiction in which he gets placed with Severus rather abruptly as per Dumbledore's wishes

I am looking for a fan fiction in which Harry gets placed with Severus quite abruptly. It is Dumbledore's ploy to keep him safe. Harry's new name is Tristan. Dumbledore spreads it that his mother died,...
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Is the Hogwarts Express in the magical or non-magical realm?

This question is related to Is the Weasley's residence "the Burrow" in the magical or non-magical realm? and explores an apparent inconsistency, given only the Harry Potter movies as ...
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Is the Weasley's residence “the Burrow” in the magical or non-magical realm?

Based solely on what appears in the Harry Potter movies, there appear to be inconsistencies with the existence of some things in the Muggle vs magical realms. In Harry Potter, there are clearly ...
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Did Draco Malfoy want to work for the Death Eaters and Voldemort at first?

In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Draco is uncomfortable being coerced into helping the Death Eaters enter Hogwarts. He was forced to do it because of his father's failure to retrieve the ...
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Are there any known instances of animagi (registered or unregistererd) murdering other wizards?

Following the answer to the question Why is being an unregistered animagus against the law?, the animagi are involved in crimes and espionage. Although it isn't exactly mentioned what crimes are ...
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How did Hermione know that Lupin hadn't taken his potion?

In Chapter Twenty of Prisoner of Azkaban Lupin suddenly transforms into a werewolf: Harry could see Lupin's silhouette. He had gone rigid. Then his limbs began to shake. "Oh my –" Hermione ...
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Fanfiction about Draco and Harry switching bodies after a Polyjuice accident

There’s this one fanfiction I read where Draco and Harry each drank Polyjuice and got stuck as each other. I can’t remember the name, but I believe it was a series. I’m pretty sure each book started ...
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In The Prisoner of Azkaban movie, what wolf howled in the distance, drawing werewolf Lupin away?

Lupin was getting the best of Sirius, and if not for the interruption would most probably have killed him. What wolf would have compelled Lupin to leave the fight and go to him/her?
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Why is a dog (the Grim) the “worst omen” of death?

Why would the wizards be so terrified of a spectre of a dog? Spectres are fairly common in the wizrading world, so why does the Grim terrify them so? Why is it special? Is the Grim alike the mythical ...
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Can Protego block Petrificus Totalus?

I was wondering mainly because I've got two Harry Potter video games; one based on Deathly Hallows Part 2 and one based on Half Blood Prince. In the Deathly Hallows game you can Protego the spell but ...
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Why was the Gryffindor Quidditch team flying outside the Quidditch pitch?

At about an hour and seven minutes into the film Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald the Gryffindor Quidditch team is seen flying in formation towards the Quidditch stadium in the background. ...