Questions tagged [harry-potter]

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What are some indoor games played in the Potterverse?

We know that Quidditch is one of the most famous games in the wizarding world of Harry Potter. It is an outdoor game created by J K Rowling. What are some of the indoor games played by the wizards in ...
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Why was the Sorcerer's Stone in Gringotts in the first place?

The stone belonged to Nicolas Flamel who lived in Paris. Why did it have to be kept in Gringotts? Flamel had obviously kept the stone with him all along.
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Why didn't Harry give Ron a Christmas present in their first year? [closed]

In the first Harry Potter book, why didn't Harry get Ron a Christmas present? Although I don't have the exact quotes right now, Hagrid says that the money Harry takes out of his Gringotts vault was ...
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Harry Potter and Percy Jackson Fanfiction where Percy has a sister Andromeda. She is the daughter of Neptune

I am looking for a Harry Potter and Percy Jackson fanfiction. I think the title might be Daughter of Rome. I believe it was posted on fanfiction.net Here is what I remember: Percy had a sister named ...
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Is Deathly Hallows Part 2, and by extension, any Harry Potter movie that J.K. Rowling produced, canon? [duplicate]

Is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, and by extension, any Harry Potter movie that J.K. Rowling produced or had any involvement with, canon, as she chose the direction (along with other ...
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Do Veela have names?

In Harry Potter there are Veela, women who are part human, who are so beautiful and charming that they can seduce any man. I was just curious about the fact that I can't seem to find anything about ...
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In HP, how do Muggles accept that wizards and witches are real? [duplicate]

In HP, I don't understand why Muggles accept that Hogwarts, or really any part of magic, is real, much less send their kids to Hogwarts. As it says in P/SS: “Nobody in my family’s magic at all, it ...
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What do we know about the dog that Harry stepped on the tail of? I don't believe that it was a Bulldog

As of the first three chapters of The Prisoner of Azkaban, we know the following: Aunt Marge breeds Bulldogs. As she's in England and they're described as fairly big, they're probably English ...
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Did Harry being a Horcrux affect himself?

In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Ch. 22): At once, Harry's scar burned white-hot, as though the old wound had burst open again - and unbidden, unwanted, but terrifyingly strong, there ...
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Does casting a spell require a Wand? [duplicate]

In multiple Harry Potter books/movies, there are a number of scenarios where a spell is cast or some magical event happens but the instigator did not use a wand: In HP1, Harry removes the glass from ...
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How could Salazar have expected his plan for the Chamber of Secrets to work?

As I understand it, there's only two possible interpretations of Salazar's plan for the Chamber of Secrets. Either: His heir releases the monster and has it kill the unworthy in secret. His heir ...
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Why bother with Chamber of Secrets' polyjuice plot when you can turn invisible?

Until almost the end of Chamber of Secrets, it's as if Harry has forgotten that he owns an invisibility cloak. There's numerous occasions in the book where it appears to me that using the cloak was ...
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Do hogwarts students wear clothes under their robes? [duplicate]

As the title implies ; Do students wear any clothes under their robes ? ( like trousers for example ) . If yes, then on the hogwarts express they take off the clothes they are wearing and put on the ...
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Did Mad Eye Moody see Scorpius, Albus, and Delphi inside the Maze during the Third Task?

Scorpius, Albus, and Delphi go to the Triwizard Maze in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Mad Eye Moody (Barty Crouch Junior) was patrolling outside the maze. His magical eye could see through the ...
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In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, what happened to the dragon and how did the spectators know that the dragon was defeated?

In the First Task of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry lures the dragon out of the arena. He then engages the dragon in a tower top duel and eventually causes the dragon to collide with a ...
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Harry Potter and religion [duplicate]

Witch hunting was standard practice for muggles of old. One can argue that the main reason was fear of the unknown, but it is established (Beedle tales) that one major component of said fear was ...
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How did Harry know that wand allegiance can be won by proxy?

The entire plot of the end of the Harry Potter series relies on the fact that Harry won the allegiance of the Elder Wand by taking a different wand from Draco Malfoy, the current master of the Elder ...
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Why couldn't Draco Malfoy testify that Voldemort was back?

Draco Malfoy is the son of a death eater, and he obviously knew that Voldemort was back. There is at least one moment where he acknowledged the Dark Lord's return: in the train compartment at the end ...
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Harry Potter fanfic where a frenzied Hermione demonstrates the common curses can be deadly by levitating an animal into a spinning fan

I was recently rereading "Thinking in Little Green Boxes" when I flashed back on a scene in a Harry Potter fanfic that I read probably about 5-6 years ago, although it was probably older. Hermione was ...
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In HP, how does Stupefy work?

In HP, I don't really understand how Stupefy works. It can't be permanent because then would basically be death, and in my understanding, Stupefy only makes people faint/go unconscious. However, at ...
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No-maj and witch family punishments? [closed]

I'm writing fanfic, and the mother who's a witch falls in love with a no-maj, and then they have children together. I want them to get captured, and I either want them to escape or get punished, but ...
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In the HP books, how do professors know what House students are in?

In the HP books, professors of Hogwarts always seem to know what House their pupils are in. I don't see how professors can distinguish each of the students by their Houses, because I don't think they ...
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Could a Muggle/Squib fool a Wizard/Witch into thinking they had magic using technology? [closed]

Since most Wizards & Witches do not know much or anything at all about Muggles and Muggle culture would it be possible to fool a Wizard into thinking they were a Witch/Wizard ? I feel like they ...
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How do i answer a quwstion on stack exchange? [migrated]

I don't see any button that says answer this question. Please help .
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Do magical pests only infest Wizard houses and buildings?

In Chamber of Secrets when Harry visits the Burrow, he sees the ghoul in the attic and helps the Weasleys de-gnome the garden. In the Order of the Phoenix, Mrs. Weasley, Harry, Ron and Hermione spend ...
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Harry Potter fanfic where he is abandoned during the search for Horcrux for Ron and Hermione

In the fanfic it is related how Ron was in conflict with Harry and Hermione just like in the movie and how he forced Hermione to choose him or Harry. In the one where she follows Ron, this haunts ...
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How would the bite of a venomous non-magical snake be treated in the Wizarding World?

In an original writing by Rowling on illness and disabilities in the Wizarding World, the author states: I decided that, broadly speaking, wizards would have the power to correct or override ‘...
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What is the extent that a wand targeted at its owner will have, in particular, regarding the Elder Wand?

So, here's the hypothetical: if a wand is targeted at its owner (particularly using the Avada Kadavra or any spell that is insta-kill), will it kill the owner? And, if not, would it backfire upon the ...
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What does Hermione see in the Mirror of Erised?

I had a question while looking at Harry Potter things. What does Hermione see in the Mirror of Erised? There are some videos, and you could guess, but I want to know if J.K. Rowling has said what ...
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Why wasn't Harry Potter home schooled? [closed]

I am wondering if there is a canon explanation for Harry Potter being sent to Hogwarts for his wizarding education instead of being home schooled by professors at a safe place, such as one that would ...
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Why does Morfin Gaunt mostly speak in Parseltongue?

I've been wondering for some time: why does Morphin Gaunt mostly speak in Parseltongue? It seems very odd, because, well, it makes no sense.
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Why was Snape so concerned with exams if he wanted to join the Death Eaters?

Snape is shown to be putting a great deal of effort into his exam in Order of the Phoenix. He's writing in answers up until the last minute. After the exam Snape is still reviewing his notes, ...
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Did Voldemort ever state how his two goals overlapped?

Voldemort wanted immortality and he wanted to rule over wizarding Britain. As I see it these two goals are distinct from one another. On the night of his return in Goblet of Fire, he addresses his ...
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How did Albus Dumbledore manage to get Hagrid away with only an expulsion and a snapping of his wand, when he was proven to have murdered a student?

Surely murder should've carried a term in Azkaban, or a juvenile prison if one exists in the wizarding world. How could he have been allowed to be gamekeeper in the very school he murdered someone? ...
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Who was stealing Luna’s belongings?

From Chapter 38 in Order of the Phoenix: "Well, I've lost a few of my possessions," said Luna serenely. "People take them and hide them, you know. But as it's the last night, I really do need ...
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Would anything happen if the Resurrection Stone was thrown into The Veil?

I am wondering if anything would happen if someone were to throw the Resurrection Stone through The Veil in the Department of Mysteries. For example, after throwing the Resurrection Stone into The ...
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how to find Muggleborn Wizards? [duplicate]

How, in the Harry Potter books, do the wizards find Muggleborns who are wizards and ready for Hogwarts? Someone like Hermoine can not "just" enroll in Hogwarts I think. Who found her and introduced ...
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If Voldemort died almost 8 years (May 1998) before Scorpius was born (January 2006), why did people think he was the son of Voldemort? [duplicate]

If Voldemort died almost 8 years (May 1998) before Scorpius was born (January 2006), why did people think he was the son of Voldemort? Why were there rumors that Scorpius is Voldemort's son? Also, ...
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Have Muggles ever credibly harmed or threatened to harm Wizards & Witches?

I was thinking about the contemporary need for general secrecy from Muggles in the Wizarding world. Has Rowling indicated that this originated in part or in whole from actual harms done or credible ...
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Why doesn't the whole wizarding world live inside a suitcase?

We see on various occasions that magic can expand space. For instance, in Chapter Five of Chamber of Secrets: "Not a word to Molly," he whispered to Harry as he opened the trunk and showed him how ...
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Is Dobby's reasoning for his early actions against Harry ever explained?

I'm finding it very hard to read Chamber of Secrets. Every time that I open chapter 2, I find a new apparently senseless character decision that makes me put the book down (e.g. Harry's ineffective ...
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Did wizards get involved in Muggle armed conflicts? [duplicate]

I’m not familiar with canon work outside the main seven books. We know at least the prime minister of the UK is aware of the wizarding world as, if I recall correctly, he’s notified when Voldemort ...
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Why Can't Voldemort Love [duplicate]

Read the books and watch the movies. Google does not work. I only tried google. It never says why he can't love, so I want to know why
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How could Hermione have compulsory classes at the same time as optional classes? [duplicate]

In Prisoner of Azkaban, Hermione is known to take all 12 subjects that are proposed to students (among which 7 compulsory classes, and 5 optional classes, which are : Arithmancy, Ancient Runes, Care ...
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When did wizards and witches first learn that a love-sacrifice protects against the Killing Curse?

When Harry Potter was growing up, people did not know why he was the only person to survive the Killing Curse. “The nature of that prophecy is unknown, although speculation is rife that it concerns ...
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Why did Voldemort give Harry the choice to sacrifice himself for everyone if Voldemort already had witnessed how useful that protection would be?

It's a widely accepted theory that Harry's sacrifice for everyone fighting with him gave them a protection against Voldemort. Why would Voldemort create such a situation like that, keeping in mind ...
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Is the role of Defense Against the Dark Arts Professor occupied only by people with hidden identities during the Harry Potter books?

I was revisiting Rowling (and Yudkowski) and it occurred to me that the professors teach Defense Against the Dark Arts in the first six Harry Potter books all had hidden identities… except for Dolores ...
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How can Muffliato be used in a crowd?

I haven't any exact citations, but I recall from the seven Harry Potter books the following facts about the muffliato spell: It causes a buzzing sound to be heard by those around the spellcaster, ...
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What does Philosopher mean in the first Harry Potter book?

What does Philosopher mean in Britain? Obviously it's not the American meaning or the book & movie wouldn't have changed the title for the USA.
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What would happen if a Polyjuice Potion were brewed with a baby's toenail and imbibed by an adult?

Would the consumer turn into an adult sized baby? Would they retain their powers of speech and motor skills but physically become a baby? Or would they just be transformed into a baby?

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