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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 fan fiction). For questions about the Fantastic Beasts series also tag with [fantastic-beasts].

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Are skilled wizards or witches better at controlling another person's wand?

Building on this question I come to the following assumptions: With some exceptions, wands choose their own masters. Most wands stay loyal to their original owners. Using another person's wand yields ...
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How did Voldemort know that Frank was lying if he couldn't use Legilimency?

In Goblet of Fire chapter 1, Frank lies about his wife waiting for him while he has no eye contact with Voldemort and Voldemort catches his lie. It is clearly stated that Frank and Voldemort were not ...
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Was Wormtail the only Gryffindor in the Voldemort camp? [duplicate]

As most of Voldemort's camp was filled with Slytherin people, was there any other known Gryffindor other than Peter Pettigrew (Wormtail)? Few names that comes to my mind that doesn't look like ...
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How did Sirius Black bring the Weasley family picture back from Azkaban?

Sirius had the newspaper cutting with a picture of the Weasley family in Azkaban. He then swam back to mainland as a dog. So, one night when they opened my door to bring food, I slipped past them as ...
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Measuring a wizard's 'raw' power in Harry Potter

In the Harry Potter franchise, certain wizards are described as being "the most powerful of their time". For example, Voldemort is described as being the most most powerful dark wizard of ...
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How are Boggarts created?

We know a boggart can be destroyed by Riddikulus. We also know that Boggarts can move as well. "Boggarts like dark, enclosed spaces," said Professor Lupin. "Wardrobes, the gap beneath ...
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Did Draco Malfoy know that Sirius had betrayed Harry's parents? [duplicate]

When Draco asked Harry why he wasn't hunting for Sirius, the only explanation I can think of here is that he believed (just like Lupin) that Sirius betrayed Harry's parents and therefore Harry should ...
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Harry Potter fanfiction involving the wrong twin who lived

I've read this fiction in the last year, but cannot find it! I've posted everywhere with as much detail as I remember, but no luck. See if y'all can help! Details: Wrong twin who lived. They have a ...
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Harry Potter fanfic where Sirius Black has a daughter with telekinetic powers

I believe this was on either FictionAlley or FanFiction.Net. I can't recall names, but the plot I've mostly recalled. The story revolves mostly around the daughter of Sirius Black and Draco. She doesn'...
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Was Tom Riddle the first Parselmouth to attend Hogwarts after Salazar Slytherin? Did none of his descendants (like the Gaunt family) attend Hogwarts? [duplicate]

In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Tom Riddle told Harry that they are the only two Parselmouths to come to Hogwarts since Salazar Slytherin himself. There are strange likenesses between us, ...
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Are Dementors found all over the world, or do they only reside in or near Britain?

According to the story, Dementors are only really active on their native island of Azkaban but are somewhat under the control of the British Ministry of Magic until Voldemort returns to full power in ...
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Why didn't Harry go back to Grimmauld Place in the Easter holidays in OotP?

Harry is desperate to talk to Sirius after being in Snape's memory. He can't write to him because Umbridge is checking the post, and can't use Floo powder because the fires are monitored. However, ...
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What specific dark curse was on the ring that Dumbledore put on?

When Dumbledore put the ring on, a dark curse was activated. I looked through Pottermore and couldn't find the specific curse that was inflicted on Dumbledore. What was the dark curse on the ring?
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Harry Potter fanfiction in which Harry goes to Snape's house and winds up in a relationship with Voldemort and Snape

The fanfiction involves Harry going to Snape's house on Spinner's End with Hedwig and Fawkes. Voldemort winds up there as a snake. Harry is cleaning the house and stays in his room and Snape doesn't ...
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Have any of the rules in the Ministry of Magic changed since Hermione became Minister of Magic?

The Ministry struggles with wizard trials and the rules are haphazard but sometimes understandable. Since Hermione is very sensible and dedicated to assisting other intelligent non-human species, ...
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Battle of Hogwarts: Fred Weasley [duplicate]

Is the true cause of death of Fred Weasley known in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow? The book refers to it as a blast through the wall while Percy and Fred were duelling the Death Eaters. What I'm ...
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What was the Order of the Phoenix doing in the time it took for Harry and co. to get from Hogwarts to the Ministry

What I don't understand is, is that it must have taken Harry and his friends hours to get from Hogwarts, which is in Scotland, to London, on the back of thestrals. It must have taken them at least 3 ...
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Is the wand gripping style up to preference, or does the method of holding the wand serve a specific purpose?

I have recently become interested in the correct way to hold a wizarding wand from Harry Potter. Firstly, is the handiness left or right depending task, and if so, can one be ambidextrous? After ...
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Why does Professer Binns always call students by different names?

Professor Binns always calls the students with different last names - for example, for Harry, he says: "Off you go, Perkins." Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix or to Hermione: He ...
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Why were these Patronuses used for these characters?

Harry and Dumbledore's Patronuses really speak to their owner and exemplify them well. Why do Hermione, Luna and Ron have their patronuses? (otter, hare, terrier) He saw Ron’s silver terrier burst ...
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How did Scorpius find out that this character had become a Death Eater in Cursed Child

I've not seen the play(s), but I read the book version of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and am a little confused. At the end of Act II, Scorpius returns to the present to find that his friend, ...
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What is the status of other intelligent magical beings in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child?

Hermione is a character very determined to help other intelligent magical beings like house elves obtain rights. She even created SPEW in her fourth year. In Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, she is ...
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How do windows work in Muggle Britain?

At the Beginning of the fifth book, Harry hides in the bushes outside the Dursley's living room, in order to hear the evening news, waiting for some hint of what Voledmort is up to. When somebody does ...
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Is Harry Potter being watched in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban?

In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry is in (apparent) danger from Sirius Black. In Order of the Phoenix, when Harry is in danger from Voldemort, Dumbledore has people continually ...
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How could they know if someone apparated in or out of Harry's house?

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Moody mentions that Thicknesse has made Apparation in the Dursley's house an imprisonable offense. “All right, all right, we’ll have time for a cozy catch-up ...
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Is turning the necessary movement for apparition?

In the Harry Potter series, every single time a character apparates they turn on the spot. When Twycross teaches this, he doesn't mention turning anywhere. It seems implied that is part of apparition. ...
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Is there a legitimate reference to the physical entrance that connects from Diagon Alley to Knockturn Alley?

According to the book "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets," and tracing back Hagrid and Harry's steps, the entrance should be beside an apothecary, some distance from the Gringotts Bank ...
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Why isn't Harry Potter an Obscurial? [duplicate]

As we all know, Obscurus' are created by suppressing magic - usually brought on by abuse. Considering the number of times Harry spoke of being forced to cook, living in a cupboard, never having ...
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Did the secret of Voldemort's seven Horcruxes become public after the seventh year?

After the final war in Hogwarts, Voldemort the Dark Lord was destroyed, forever. When curious people asked the heroes about their adventure, what would they say? Did they describe the journey of ...
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Does the Cruciatus curse leave a physical mark?

It is mentioned several times throughout the series that the Killing curse leaves no noticeable mark. It's also presumable that the Imperius curse leaves no mark either. Along the same lines, does the ...
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Searching for a fanfic in which Gaunt inheritance rejects Harry for not being pure

So I'm searching for a fanfic that has family inheritances. Harry was trying to inherit the Slytherin magic, even though the gaunt magic totally rejected him for not being pure. But he's been in the ...
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Can you kill a Patronus?

Is there any way to destroy/kill a Patronus? For example, can I use Avada Kedavra on it or does the Patronus simply not possess a soul that can be harmed?
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Why can't ghosts move snow in Harry Potter? [duplicate]

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, it is mentioned that ghosts can't move snow. But then he heard a rustle and saw a little eddy of dislodged snow in the bush to which Hermione had pointed. ...
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How long was Montague in limbo?

In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Fred and George push Montague into the vanishing cabinet and he is stuck in limbo since the path between the cabinets is broken. Is it mentioned how long ...
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Why doesn’t money belong to goblins? [duplicate]

In Chapter Twenty-Five of Deathly Hallows Bill explains the goblin notion of ownership: “You don’t understand, Harry, nobody could understand unless they have lived with goblins. To a goblin, the ...
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What are the "more reliable methods of communication" Dumbledore describes in Order of the Phoenix?

In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Dumbledore says to Harry, I should explain that members of the Order of the Phoenix have more reliable methods of communicating than the fire in Dolores ...
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Do Australian and Canadian wizards say "Muggle" or "No-Maj"?

In the USA, non-magic people are called "No-Maj(e)s" rather than Muggles. What is the term used in Canada and Australia? Since they're Commonwealth Realms, it's likely they also say Muggle. ...
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What would happen to a wizard after their death, whose soul is fragmented, but who didn't create Horcruxes?

In the Harry Potter franchise, someone's soul is fragmented if they commit cold-blooded murder without remorse. Tom Riddle didn't create Horcruxes immediately when murdering Myrtle or the Gaunts, but ...
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Harry Potter fanfiction homage to "The Great Divorce"

I remember reading a non-Deathly Hallows-compliant HP fanfiction a while back. I particularly liked at the time, and I'm trying to find it again so that I can re-read it. Plot: the final battle ends ...
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Harry Potter fanfic in which Snape adopts Harry

I read it such a long time ago and I loved it, and now I want to re-read it but, I can't remember where it was posted. I remember that Harry calls Snape's mom and it contains Tom Riddle/Severus Snape. ...
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Harry Potter Fanfic: Harry lives with Snape and has to be a little

Okay, so, this question might have been asked already but I’ve been looking for a couple days for the fan fiction. I can’t remember if it’s on FF.net or AO3, but Harry has to live with Snape, I think ...
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Why were Slughorn's memories "congealed"?

In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, when Dumbledore is about to show Slughorn's memories to Harry, it is mentioned that Harry noticed that the contents proved difficult to empty into the ...
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Did the other Death Eaters know about Snape's death at Voldemort's hands?

Voldemort ordered Lucius Malfoy to go fetch Snape and have him meet the Dark Lord at the Shrieking Shack. Wouldn't Lucius, Narcissa, and others have wondered why Snape didn't rejoin them afterwards? ...
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What makes Avada Kedavra "Unforgivable"? [duplicate]

In the Harry Potter universe, Avada Kedavra, the Killing Curse, is classified as "Unforgivable". The use of it on a fellow human being is enough to earn a life sentence in Azkaban. There are ...
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Was Dumbledore originally planned to be a villain?

Someone in a private discussion recently mentioned that they recall information that Rowling originally planned Dumbledore to be an actual villain (let's leave aside the quibble that a ton of fans ...
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In James Potter & the Vault of Destinies, what is the significance of Patches placing James and Ralph in Igor House?

James Potter and the Vault of Destinies is the third novel in the James Potter series of Harry Potter fanfiction by G. Norman Lippert. The series, running into 5 novels, involves the adventures of ...
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Looking for a fanfic in which Tom creates the Diary horcrux and Harry Potter appears

It starts out with Tom creating the Diary Horcrux in the middle of the CoS, and as he is finishing the ritual, a severely injured/dying Harry appears, holding the Diary. The Diary refuses to be taken ...
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Was the Bloody Baron ever violent towards students? (post-mortem)

Was The Bloody Baron ever violent towards students? I recently played through the 2001 Harry Potter 1 PC game, and in the castle, the Baron is dangerous to touch but does not chase you, then there is ...
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How does Hagrid purchase items his size?

It is canon that Hagrid lives in a hut. It is full of items his size: a large bed, large cutlery, etc. Where do wizards generally purchase normal things? Where does Hagrid find things his size?
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Has JK Rowling ever explained why she chose the address 4 Privet Drive?

Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much Has JK Rowling ever explained why she chose the address 4 Privet Drive? I am ...
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