Stack Exchange Network

Stack Exchange network consists of 174 Q&A communities including Stack Overflow, the largest, most trusted online community for developers to learn, share their knowledge, and build their careers.

Visit Stack Exchange

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].

1
vote
0answers
14 views

Harry Potter Fanfic - Harry is a Phoenix animagus, trained by Fawkes, Luna is an animagus too

I’m looking for a fanfic I must have read pre 2013, it’s a long one and is probably is part of a series. I’ll do my best to recall details, I think the vets I remember are likely split over two parts ...
2
votes
1answer
70 views

How many times in the Harry Potter books did 13 people dine together?

In chapter 11 of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Dumbledore invites Trelawney to join his Christmas dinner in The Great Hall. She declined, saying, "I dare not, Headmaster! If I join the ...
0
votes
1answer
36 views

Was the Triwizard Tournament continued? [duplicate]

I get that it wouldn't have happened in 1999, but what about 2004, 2009, 2014, or even in 2019. There seems like there isn't any danger, so did they bring it back and if they didn't, why not?
0
votes
0answers
37 views

Harry Potter fan-fiction where Dumbledore changes the prophecy

The story of this fan-fiction involves Dumbledore having an altered version of the genuine prophecy, a slightly modified version of the original version from canon is the genuine article here, being ...
0
votes
1answer
152 views

Statistics on Harry Potter chapter length

I'm looking for some statistics on typical Harry Potter chapter word count. A nicely graphed distribution would be nice, but I'll accept an answer that has something equivalent to the average, ...
1
vote
0answers
101 views

Why don't wizards use more than one wand like when Harry uses three? [duplicate]

In the seventh book, when Harry is escaping from Malfoy Mansion he grabs three wands from Draco Malfoy and uses a spell against the snatcher Scabior. The effects are described as more powerful than a ...
3
votes
0answers
31 views

If someone uses Polyjuice potion on someone who has already used it, would they turn into the normal or “disguised” person? [duplicate]

What would happen, if person A would take person B's hair and drink Polyjuice potion. Wait until transformation is complete and then take a hair from person A (as person B) and make person C drink ...
4
votes
1answer
142 views

How was Voldemort able to create Nagini Horcrux in his current condition?

It is known that creating a Horcrux is very dark and complicated magic. As per Pottermore Horcrux, one of the – if not the – most difficult and extreme pieces of magic the wizarding world has to ...
1
vote
1answer
138 views

Why didn't Dumbledore accuse Tom Riddle of opening the Chamber?

Why didn't Dumbeldore accuse Tom Riddle of being behind the chamber opening? Although he already knew that Riddle can speak Parseltongue (from their first meeting at the foster house), he could at ...
20
votes
4answers
7k views

Why didn't someone release the Boggart against Voldemort's Death Eaters during the Battle of Hogwarts?

The Boggart being able to quickly change forms into many different people's fears would have surely been an excellent weapon against the Death Eaters. So why didn't someone release the Boggart during ...
13
votes
4answers
4k views

Why did Voldemort have to torture Garrick Ollivander for information on the Elder Wand?

Related: Why did Bellatrix rely on torture and the word of a goblin to get information from Hermione, and not use the Imperius curse? Very loosely related (although a lot of the reasons given there ...
-10
votes
0answers
72 views

Are the Harry Potter and Zelda universes related? Are they the same? [duplicate]

I’m doing a research project of Harry Potter for a friend but is in love with Legend of Zelda and heard theory’s of them being related! Is it true?
-10
votes
0answers
152 views

Does Albus Dumbledore possibly have dementia or some type of amnesia from overuse of the Pensieve? [on hold]

Does Albus Dumbledore possibly have dementia or some type of amnesia from overuse of the Pensieve? Or does the Pensieve perhaps alter his memories unbeknownst to him?
6
votes
0answers
79 views

If somebody uses the hair of a Metamorphmagus in Polyjuice Potion, can they then use the abilities of the Metamorphmagus? [duplicate]

If someone was to take Tonks's hair, as she is a Metamorphmagus, does that mean that they can change their appearance just like her, as Polyjuice Potion copies all of the attributes of the person you ...
0
votes
1answer
170 views

What's the difference between an Unreakable Vow and a blood pact? [closed]

I recently re-watched Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grinderwald and had a major question. In the movie Albus Dumbledore has a flashback when he was a young adult In The Half Blood Prince we see a ...
32
votes
4answers
7k views

How did Dobby curse the Bludger?

In Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets, Dobby tries to keep Harry out of school, and when that fails, Dobby tried to injure Harry so he would leave. We know that he tampered with a Bludger so it ...
0
votes
0answers
69 views

How many Invsibility Cloaks were made? [duplicate]

We know that Harry Potter got one cloak from his father, James Potter. We also know from the fourth book of Harry Potter that Mad-Eye Moody also has an invisibility cloak. I was under the impression ...
2
votes
2answers
265 views

Imperius Curse lifted after Voldemort's defeat, even though he may not have been the one to cast the spell?

After Voldemort is defeated at the end of The Deathly Hallows, it's mentioned that all the people under the Imperius Curse were freed. Does that mean that Voldemort was controlling all the Imperiused?...
2
votes
2answers
383 views

What do wizards in Muggle wheelchairs do if they go to Hogwarts?

Hogwarts is definitely not wheelchair-friendly. So what do wizards in Muggle wheelchairs do if they go to Hogwarts?
2
votes
2answers
93 views

Was using Umbridge's fireplace to get to the Ministry of Magic an option? [duplicate]

In Order of the Phoenix, there were multiple examples that show that Umbridge's fireplace was connected to the Floo Network. Later on, we know the trio and some DA members wanted to get to the ...
11
votes
3answers
334 views

Did Barty Crouch Jr. know the Defense Against Dark Arts teacher job was cursed?

Before Barty Crouch Jr. went to Hogwarts to become the Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, he was already in communication with his master, Lord Voldemort. Voldemort knew the post was cursed and ...
-5
votes
0answers
71 views

Why does Harry Potter get angry and yell at his friends for no reason? [duplicate]

Especially in the 5th book why does Harry Potter yell? His friends did nothing wrong but I get that the Dark Lord’s return and all but why does it anger him? Why does he take it out to his friends?...
11
votes
2answers
771 views

Magic in front of Muggles

Obviously I know that doing magic in front of Muggles is against the wizard laws. But let’s say you have a wizard who is married to a Muggle. The Muggle is aware that magic exists due to having a ...
1
vote
1answer
183 views

Is this an instance of Priori Incantatem?

During the climax of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Tina briefly duels with Graves and their wands appear to lock with each other (see picture). I believe this also happens some other times ...
1
vote
0answers
101 views

Why isn't Fiendfire an unforgivable curse? [duplicate]

Why is Fiendfire not an unforgivable curse? It is capable of mass destruction as seen from Crabbe and Grindelwald, and it is a from of dangerous Dark Arts.
23
votes
1answer
2k views

What is actually happening when Harry Potter is trying out wands?

When Harry is in Ollivanders, he holds certain wands and magic happens whilst trying to find a wand match. Is this similar to when he uses magic uncontrollably in the third book (to inflate Aunt ...
6
votes
2answers
3k views

What happens if a wand chooses a wizard who cannot afford it?

In Harry Potter with the recent question (How much do wands cost?), we know how much a wand costs which is 7 gold galleons. What if the young wizard family can't afford that? Like the Weasleys were ...
-2
votes
2answers
162 views

Differentiation: Horcrux vs. Hogwarts painting imprint

A Horcrux contains a shard of someones soul. On a physical level it is a passive object. The paintings in Hogwarts contain imprints of people who lived with it and are dead now. The imprints are ...
4
votes
1answer
162 views

When did Voldemort become active?

The Sorcerer’s Stone was moved to Hogwarts at same time Harry took admission in the school. All things started happening in the same year. Is it coincidence that Voldemort became active at the same ...
3
votes
0answers
70 views

How does interconnection of paintings in Hogwarts work? [duplicate]

Is there any explanation about how the paintings are connected, so that people can walk from one painting to another? How can these imprints of dead people be transferred between paintings? If ...
13
votes
5answers
4k views

Can a Muggle inadvertently create a horcrux-like object?

I think that we have it well-established (regardless of whether or not one sees this as flawed logic) that Harry is not a Horcrux. A Horcrux has to be made intentionally, and the recipient is cursed ...
22
votes
3answers
6k views

How much do wands cost?

Its never mentioned how much Ron or Hermione or anyone else's wand costs. Does anyone know how much an average wand would cost in the Wizarding World?
-1
votes
0answers
68 views

Are Dumbledore and Harry related? [duplicate]

As all pure-blood wizards are related, surely Harry and Dumbledore would be related as his father is a pure-blood and so is Dumbledore's family. Additionally, if this is true, surely Dumbledore ...
10
votes
1answer
2k views

Is a horcrux made everytime someone kills? [duplicate]

I want to say the answer is "no", because Voldemort probably killed way more people than the amount of horcruxes he has and not every evil murderer wants to make horcruxes. Also it seems to be a ...
1
vote
3answers
306 views

How come Neville can't retrieve the prophecy?

If when the prophecy was made it didn't directly refer to Harry Potter (it could have been Harry or Neville) why is it only Voldemort and Harry can retrieve it, but not Neville? It only became about ...
0
votes
1answer
269 views

Why does Dumbledore secure the castle and send all students to the great hall?

In Prisoner of Azkaban, when the Fat Lady has left her photo and moved to another photo, she screams that Sirius Black is in the castle. Why does Dumbledore secure the castle and send all students to ...
6
votes
0answers
244 views

Why didn't Harry's parents make each other their secret keeper?

In the Harry Potter series Harry's parents go into hiding by using a Fidelus Charm which needs a secret keeper. So they chose Peter Pettigrew as their secret keeper and were betrayed. Why didn't they ...
56
votes
2answers
11k views

Who was the student that previously brewed a potion of sufficient quality to claim the Felix Felicis?

In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince during the potions class Slughorn claimed that the prize of Felix Felicis was won only once before by a student. I should point out, however, only once did ...
3
votes
1answer
365 views

What caused the Lestrange family tree to wither?

During the mausoleum scene Leta reveals the Lestrange family tree whilst recounting the events of what happened to Corvus. I had the impression that as the family tree was growing it was developing ...
38
votes
3answers
7k views

Did Ollivander actually use his measurements?

When Harry gets his wand, Ollivander's magical measuring tape first takes all kinds of ridiculous measurements on him, like the distance between his nostrils, from eye to ear or something like that. ...
45
votes
4answers
17k views

What happens if you don't fit in any of the Hogwarts houses and still have to go to Hogwarts?

Like me for example, I have some traits from some houses but lack other traits. I'm definitely not a Gryffindor because I lack bravery, not a Hufflepuff because I'm lazy, not a Ravenclaw because I'm ...
2
votes
0answers
158 views

Harry Potter fanfic where Harry is a magical genius

I remember Harry condensing cloud and using them as a way to move around the castle. At one point when he’s experimenting with his magic he blasts a hole in the dungeon wall. Pretty sure I read it on ...
3
votes
1answer
203 views

Can the teachers access the dormitories of the Houses?

I rewatched the movies recently, and was wondering about the dormitories. Would the teachers have access if they needed to check on a student, or would they have to gain access via another student? E....
26
votes
3answers
8k views

Why did McGonagall consider it to be “very dangerous these days” to have pupils out of the dormitories at night?

In Chapter Fifteen of Philosopher's Stone, when everyone gets caught out of bed on the night Norbert was given to Charlie's friends, Professor McGonagall says the following in her rebuke: "Four ...
3
votes
0answers
84 views

Ron/mute Hermione, recovery from Imprisonment, has sequel on fanfiction.net

Does anyone remember the name or author of a popular fanfic on fanfiction.net (several hundred favs) in which Ron spends a few chapters believing Hermione to be dead, but she remains hostage by ...
1
vote
2answers
116 views

How does one become a magical artist?

Magical artists are seemingly able to create magical paintings with the personality of a person, suggesting a great deal of magic ability and skill. Where exactly is this skill taught? Are there ...
1
vote
1answer
232 views

In “The Cursed Child”, why do they revert their actions in the wrong order?

In Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Scorpius and Albus go back in time to change the events during the Triwizard Tournament. From their own timeline (1), they visit the first task, and succeed in ...
6
votes
2answers
176 views

What is the distinction between Healers and nurses in the Harry Potter universe?

TLDR: Why is the only nurse we encounter in the wizarding world Madam Pomfrey? Throughout the Harry Potter books, Madam Pomfrey is described as both "the school nurse" and the matron: From Book 1: ...
3
votes
3answers
174 views

Why is the Horklump classified as a beast?

The Horklump resembles a fleshy pink mushroom covered in sparse, wiry black bristles. A prodigious breeder, the Horklump can cover an average garden in a matter of days. It spreads sinewy tentacles ...
3
votes
1answer
134 views

Fan fiction where Snape, McGonagall and Pomfrey save Ginny using an ancient spell

I'm looking for this fic where Snape, McGonagall and Pomfrey save Ginny using an ancient spell after she drinks a potion to kill herself. The spell drains their life force and most of the fic is ...