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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Is Hogwarts the only magical school in the UK?

Update: The plot thickens. We currently have exactly 2 answers, opposite each other. I couldn't find the answer on fandom, but this has been asked on quora and reddit. I wasn't able to find anything ...
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Were there any other Resurrection Stones in Harry Potter?

The Deathly Hallows consist of 3 artifacts said to have made by Death itself: The Elder Wand, The Resurrection Stone and The Invisibility Cloak. We have already seen that The Elder Wand is, although ...
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Why wasn't the Daily Prophet reporting the attacks?

In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Draco Malfoy said: "You know, I'm surprised that the Daily Prophet hasn't done a report on all these attacks. I suppose Dumbledore is trying to hush it ...
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Was the Forbidden Forest always forbidden?

I have a hard time believing that the founders would build a school right next to a very deadly forest, or if they did, at least build some sort of permanent barrier. So I guess my question is twofold:...
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Looking for a fic where Harry was “a different type of abuse victim” at the hands of a terrible neighbour

I'm looking for this one fic where Harry was sexually abused/groomed by a neighbour as a child. Right before the newest school year begins--which I think is Harry's fourth or fifth year--Harry is ...
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Uniqueness of invisibility cloaks [duplicate]

I am currently reading Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and a question occurred to me. According to the story of the Deathly Hallows, the invisibility cloak is the third one. But in the previous ...
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Do all Hogwarts students need to go to London in order to get to Hogwarts? [duplicate]

Someone on Reddit said something that made me curious about the answer. most analyses of Hogwarts place it somewhere deep in the mountainous areas of Scotland, based on excerpts from the books. Does ...
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What does “He” refer to when Sirius says “That was a noble thing you did back there. He doesn't deserve it.”?

They come out of Shrieking Shack, where they discover that the dog is actually Sirius. Then Sirius Black says to Harry Potter: Sirius Black: That was a noble thing you did back there. He doesn't ...
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Why didn't Prof Lupin allow Harry Potter to cast a spell on the Dementor?

Prof Lupin didn't allow allow Harry Potter to cast a spell on the Dementor during the Boggart class in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Is there any reason?
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Where did Hagrid and Madame Maxime find the giants?

Hagrid, together with Madame Maxime, went on a quest to find giants and win them over. "Ran inter a couple o’ mad trolls on the Polish border an’ I had a sligh’ disagreement with a vampire in a ...
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Which “weasels” is Ron referring to?

Harry frightens Malfoy's gang using his invisibility cloak: Ron: Those weasels! Never told me about any Marauder's Map. Hermione: He won't keep it. He'll turn it over to Professor McGonagall. Which &...
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Was JK Rowling inspired by the shoebill when she created Buckbeak?

In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Hagrid says to Harry about Buckbeak: Give him a nice bow. Then you wait and see if he bows back. In this footage, we see people approaching a shoebill in ...
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How did Dumbledore know what Ron saw in the Mirror of Erised?

In the Philosopher's Stone (Sorcerer's Stone in the US), Dumbledore says: "And it showed your friend Ron himself as head boy." About what Ron sees in the Mirror of Erised. However, when ...
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Did Dumbledore have some kind of “back door” into the location that the Sorcerer's Stone was being stored in?

The final time that Harry went looking for the Mirror of Erised, Dumbledore informed him that it had been relocated. Eventually, it's revealed that it was used as the final protection for the Sorcerer'...
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Where can I find this fake seventh Harry Potter book?

At some point before the release of the seventh Harry Potter book, someone had taken the fanfiction "The Seventh Horcrux" by Melindaleo, and packaged it as an ebook intended to look like a ...
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Why did Harry and Ron destroy the locket Horcrux like this? [duplicate]

In the film Harry, Ron, and Hermione try to destroy the locket (Horcrux) with their magic wand/spells and it didn't work, that's clear, BUT when Harry found the sword of Gryffindor, Harry and Ron ...
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Did Dumbledore decide that Harry should stay with the Dursleys?

We know that Sirius Black is sent to Azkaban around the same time Harry is left at Privet Drive and from the dialog between Dumbledore and McGonagall we're led to believe that it was Dumbledore who ...
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Is creating potions an art or a science? [duplicate]

In harry potter 6 (the book) it seems as if creating potions according to the potions book, results in failure for most students, even Hermione doesn't manage to do it perfectly according to the books ...
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What does “they” refer to?

Hagrid took his students to a dense forest. The monster book made Longbottom fall to ground. Hermione turns to Harry: Hermione: I think they're funny. Draco: Oh, yeah. Terribly funny. Witty. God, ...
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Who exactly is the “she” that Harry is referring to?

In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter asks Vernon to sign some form: Harry Potter: Nothing. School stuff. Vernon: Later perhaps, if you behave. Harry Potter: I will if she does. ...
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Was Voldemort aware of his similarity to Hitler?

For us Muggles it is hard not to notice the similarity between Voldemort's rule and the Nazi regime, or between the Death Eaters and the Nazis. But we know WWII happened in the world of HP, and that ...
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Isn't there a flaw in magical security? [duplicate]

It is told in The Deathly Hallows that elf magic is not like wizard magic "Well, it's obvious, isn't it, Harry?" said Ron. "He Disapparated!" "But ... you couldn't Apparate ...
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Why did Harry Potter want Dobby not to save him?

Harry Potter says to Dobby: Harry Potter: Never try to save my life again. Why did Harry Potter want Dobby not to save him?
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When did Draco learn that Harry has an invisibility cloak?

I can't remember how this happened in the books, but in the Half-Blood Prince film's train scene, Draco's actions seem to make it very clear that he knew that Harry has an invisibility cloak. When did ...
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Who captained Gryffindor during the final game in Half-Blood Prince?

Harry was put in detention by Snape for using the Sectumsempra curse on Malfoy. So Ginny had to play seeker in the last game. As Harry was the captain of the side before he was made unavailable due to ...
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Why didn't Hermione hug Ron Weasley in this scene?

If Hermione hugged Harry Potter, then why didn't she hug Ron Weasley in this scene from the end of the Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets film?
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Do the films act as if Voldemort killed Cedric? If so, why? [duplicate]

My memory must be playing tricks on me. In the Goblet of Fire film, I distinctly recall Wormtail killing Cedric. However, I also recall that very film claiming that "Cedric Diggory was murdered ...
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How would Neville not know the password after hearing it when someone let him in?

In Chapter Fourteen of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban we have the following passage: Neville was in total disgrace. Professor McGonagall was so furious with him she had banned him from all ...
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Why was Ludo willing to give a small fortune (the Quidditch World Cup tickets) to the Weasleys?

This has always stuck me as odd. If you recall in The Goblet of Fire, the Weasleys pick up Harry for the Quidditch world cup. This is a huge deal for the Weasleys, who were not only were able to get ...
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Where do young wizards go before they go to Hogwarts? [duplicate]

In Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry and Ron are old enough (11 years old) to go to Hogwarts, and Ginny cannot go because of her age. But where did she go then? Is there a wizard ...
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Did Voldemort's Horcrux that latched to Harry make the Wand-matching and House-sorting processes more complicated? [duplicate]

A lot of characteristics of Harry's were passed to him via Voldemort: parseltongue telepathic connection to voldemort the iconic scar These were caused by a portion of Voldemort latching onto Harry ...
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What “damage” is Tom Riddle referring to?

Tom Riddle says to Harry Potter, who was bitten by snake: Tom Riddle: I'd guess you have little more than a minute to live. You'll be with your dear Mudblood mother soon, Harry. Funny, the damage a ...
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Why was Ollivander happy about pulling so many wands for Harry?

Harry tried. And tried. He had no idea what Mr Ollivander was waiting for. The pile of tried wands was mounting higher and higher on the spindly chair, but the more wands Mr Ollivander pulled from the ...
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Harry Potter fanfiction where he's abandoned in an orphanage

I remember that Harry has long hair and he has a different name like Indy or something. Someone gave him his name by translating ''lightning'' (I think) in Hindi, but when I research it I can't find ...
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Why doesn't Hogwarts teach music?

“Ah, music," he said, wiping his eyes. "A magic beyond all we do here!” - Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and The Philospher's Stone So, Dumbledore is pretty darned fond of music. We also ...
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Who wrote which comments in the 2001 edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

I couldn't find a good answer anywhere else, and I can't find my copy of the 2001 edition either to confirm or cross reference handwriting. The 2001 edition contains diegetic scribbled notes from ...
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What does “the same” refer to when Lockhart says “In fact, I'm going to have to do the same to you.”?

Lockhart says to Harry Potter and Ron: Lockhart: I'm rather gifted with Memory Charms. Otherwise, all those wizards would have gone blabbing. I'd never have sold another book. In fact, I'm going to ...
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Who gave the Cloak of Invisibility to Harry? [duplicate]

On his first Christmas at Hogwarts, Harry received his invisibility cloak with a note which said: Your father left this in my possession before he died. It is time it was returned to you. Use it well....
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Can you travel to a Fidelius Charm concealed building using The Floo Network? [closed]

Harry talked to Sirius twice (from Gryffindor common room) and Lupin once (from Umbridge's office) using The Floo Network in The Order of the Phoenix while they were at Grimmauld Place. So that means ...
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Why did Arthur Weasley say, “Doesn't miss a trick, that man” here?

Arthur Weasley responded when he came to Harry Potter recieved letter from Dumbledore: Arthur Weasley: Dumbledore must know you're here. Doesn't miss a trick, that man. Fred: No. George: This lot won'...
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Why doesn't the invisibility cloak block spells? [duplicate]

We know that when a curse hits an object, it bounces off/lights it on fire/makes it explode. Another jet of green light flew from behind the silver shield. This time it was the one-armed centaur, ...
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What's so awful in Dobby's words?

In the Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets film, Harry Potter speaks to Dobby: Harry Potter: You can't have met many decent wizards then. Dobby: No, I haven't. That was an awful thing to say. Bad ...
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Would it be possible if someone knew Legilimency and was on the Quidditch Team, to cheat because you could read the opponents minds? [closed]

If I was writing a fanfic, and my own character knew Legilimency and Occlumency and the teachers knew, would they say anything to her? Also, my character doesn't require a wand to use Legilimency. ...
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If Harry isn't going home, then where is he going?

On the train back from Hogwarts, Hagrid gifts Harry Potter with a book. Harry then gets on the train: Hermione Granger: Feels strange to be going home, doesn't it? Harry Potter: I'm not going home. ...
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How many times did Hagrid have a slip of the tongue in the Harry Potter series (films)?

A weakness of Hagrid are his loose lips. This one of the examples: Hagrid: "Take Fluffy, for example. Just play him a little bit of music and he falls straight to sleep. I shouldn't have told ...
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How do wizarding criminals obtain wands? [duplicate]

Sirius gets a wand during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, but how is this possible since Sirius is an escaped convict from Azkaban? The same ...
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How did Kreacher know that Lupin was a werewolf and Hermione was a muggle-born?

When Harry first met Kreacher, he was muttering under his breath but that was a very audible muttering. oh, my poor mistress, if she knew, if she knew the scum they've let into her house, what would ...
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Was Hermione the only Gryffindor of her class in Arithmancy and Ancient Runes? [duplicate]

This was the exam schedule of third-year students in Prisoner of Azkaban: Monday 9 o'clock, Arithmancy 9 o'clock, Transfiguration Lunch 1 o'clock, Charms 1 o'clock, Ancient Runes Harry Potter and the ...
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Did Hagrid trade Fluffy for the dragon egg that hatched in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone?

Hagrid speaks to Harry about a stranger who brought him a dragon egg: Hagrid: "Well of course he was interested in Fluffy. How often do you come across a three-headed dog even in a trade? But l ...
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Why did Harry Potter need a lamp when in the restricted section?

We can see that the library is not too dark to search for books, so why did Harry Potter need a lamp here?

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