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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 some fan fiction).

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Is Harry Potter the first piece of fiction to involve wands with special cores?

It now seems like a common idea, perhaps one with a long reaching tradition. But my google results seem to be solely dominated by Harry Potter references. I've found references to wands with different ...
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Why did Hogwarts students have lessons after the Triwizard Tournament?

Here is a passage from the Goblet of Fire: The only person apart from Ron and Hermione that Harry felt able to talk to was Hagrid. As there was no longer a Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher, ...
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The core of Voldemort's wand came from Fawkes, so how could he successfully use a Killing Curse against Fawkes?

We know that Voldemort's wand was made from one of Fawkes' feathers, like Harry's. We know that this fact caused the weird behavior of the wands when Harry and Voldemort battled in Little Hangleton ...
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Drarry fanfiction where Harry is a guardian angel

I read this drarry fan fiction story a while ago but I forgot the name of it. Here are a few details that I remember: There are around 60 chapters. I remember reading it on a site with a dark ...
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Are there any rare magical objects that Harry has never seen?

In the Harry Potter series, Harry always gets his hands on the rarest and unique magical items of the wizarding world: He saw the Mirror of Erised, He found the Philosopher's Stone, The Sword of ...
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Harry Potter fanfic about a ‘wild-child’ god-daughter of Voldemort seeking revenge

I'm looking for a Harry Potter fanfic I read around 10 years back. It's the Marauder's Era, a new girl is transferred/brought unwilling to Hogwarts in the 5th/7th year. I don't remember her name, but ...
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How involved are Muggles who are allowed to know about magic in the wizarding world?

To clarify, this is different from the question How involved are Muggle parents in the school lives of their magical kids? I am not talking about coming to Hogwarts. I am thinking outside the school. ...
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Do you appear on the Marauder's Map if you're dead?

I was thinking of how Barty Crouch Sr. was killed. After that was he (and other bodies) visible on the map?
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How come the Weasley twins didn't realize Wormtail was alive because of the Marauder's Map? [duplicate]

We are probably all familiar with this one: How come Fred and George don't realize the long-dead Peter Pettigrew is alive? They had the map for many years while Wormtail was at Hogwarts (he was Percy'...
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Are there any known experiments the Department of Mysteries has conducted?

During the fifth book, the Golden Trio plus Neville, Luna, and Ginny travel to the Department of Mysteries. During that time we see a variety of interesting things (Ex. the veil, prophecies, brains). ...
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Why wasn't the Room of Requirement used more often? [duplicate]

The Room of Requirement is extremely useful, but Harry barely uses it. Sure the DA uses it, and so does Harry to hide his Potions book, but for half of the fifth book, and the sixth, whenever he ...
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Why new Time Turners were not produceed when needed?

By the time of the Cursed Child, time turners but we discover that It's then made pretty clear that once the time turners are Why couldn't someone just make more? I mean, the already existing ones ...
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How would schools that take in multiple nationalities address the language barrier issue?

Although Hogwarts has an attendance of mostly British, Scottish, and Irish students, Beauxbatons, Durmstrang, Castelobruxo, Uagadou, and possibly Ilvermorny and Mahoutokoro all accept kids from other ...
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Do Italian wizards go to Beauxbatons?

I'm asking this for a YouTuber who thinks that Lavender Brown survives, marries an Italian man and has 3 children who go to Beauxbatons. Do Italian wizards go to Beauxbatons?
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Did the Potter parents have a will/a testament? Who was supposed to raise Harry?

We know that wizards know of a last will and testament. After Sirius dies, Dumbledore tells Harry: “I must tell you that Sirius’s will was discovered a week ago and that he left you everything he ...
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Why didn't Harry simply Summon Kreacher to bring them food in the Deathly Hallows? [duplicate]

Several times Harry, Ron, and Hermione have had almost nothing to eat: The fact that Hermione was getting better at identifying edible fungi could not altogether compensate for their continuing ...
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How long does it take Hedwig to bring a letter to Ron or Hermione?

I can't answer this question because I know that Harry lives in Surrey, but I don't know where Hermione or Ron live? Do you know? And even if you do not know, do you have any idea how much time ...
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Was there any reason to think that there might be students younger than 17 coming for the Triwizard Tournament?

At the start-of-term feast in Goblet of Fire Dumbledore announces the following: “The heads of Beauxbatons and Durmstrang will be arriving with their short-listed contenders in October, and the ...
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Looking for a Harry Potter fanfic where a potion reveals Harry's abusive home life

Looking for a Harry Potter fanfic where Harry has to drink a potion in class. It temporarily strips him of his magic, which reveals Harry's abusive home life.
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Harry Potter fanfic where Harry runs away

Looking for a Harry Potter fan-fic where Harry runs away. He tries to go to Hermione's but Snape shows up and it turns out that Snape is Harrys dad. Snape lives with Lucius as his head of family. ...
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Is it possible for all the Triwizard champions to be from the same school? [closed]

When all the adults are arguing in the side room after Harry's name came out of the Goblet of Fire, Moody suggests that someone confunded the Goblet to think there were four schools, and submitted ...
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Why is Dolores Umbridge the Headmistress of Hogwarts in the Cursed Child?

In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Umbridge becomes Headmistress of Hogwarts after Dumbledore's sacking, but Dumbledore gets reinstated at the end. But however, in Harry Potter and the ...
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Why can’t “one who dislikes the questioner” be right?

In Half-Blood Prince, as Harry is going towards his first ‘class’ with Dumbledore, he passes Trelawney in one of the corridors. Hiding behind a statue, he overhears her Divining with a pack of tarot ...
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Harry Potter fan-fiction where Hermione and Ginny take control of the ministry

Hermione and Ginny take control of the ministry making a lot of new laws. Harry, Neville, and Ron OR Harry, Neville, and Draco OR Harry, Ron, and Draco are together and secretly married. On the girls ...
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Has Slytherin or Gryffindor's portraits ever spoken on the events happening at Hogwarts?

TLDR: Has there ever been any canon speaking lines for Slytherin or Gryffindor's portraits? A bit of context: According to wikia, the canonicity of Harry Potter works is broken out into 3 tiers. ...
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Why wouldn't Harry ever have had butterbeer before?

In Goblet of Fire we find butterbeer available to students in Hogwarts several times: At the party after Harry's name is picked out of the goblet: Harry couldn’t get away; whenever he tried to ...
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Why didn't Harry just buy the whole team Nimbus Two Thousand and Ones?

In the second book, there is this passage: ‘Funny you should mention Draco’s father,’ said Flint, as the whole Slytherin team smiled still more broadly. ‘Let me show you the generous gift he’s made ...
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Who benefits most from the laws and/or the judicial system in Harry Potter?

I have always been interested in the law. I was reading an essay by Knneth Schneyer about the parity of the laws and punishment in Potterverse, titled No Place to Stand:The Incoherent Legal World of ...
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How does a centaur know what is hidden in Hogwarts?

In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, when Harry, Ron, and Malfoy got detention from Professor McGonagall they have to go into the Forbidden Forest with Hagrid to find a unicorn who is injured, ...
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Why didn't Bellatrix volunteer to lend her wand to Voldemort?

In the first chapter of Deathly Hallows, Voldemort states that he needs a new wand, and will therefore borrow one from a Death Eater. Unfortunately, nobody seems really thrilled by the idea, and he ...
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Do all the children in a wizard family have to go to the same wizarding school?

Ok, so all the Weasleys go to Hogwarts, as does Sirius and his brother. But let's say Luna had a sister. Does she have to go to Hogwarts, or could she go to another wizarding school? Does it have to ...
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How was Hagrid supposed to bring Harry from Godric's Hollow to the Dursleys?

In chapter 1 of PS, Hagrid tells why he arrived on the motorbike. "Hagrid," said Dumbledore, sounding relieved. "At last. And where did you get that motorbike?" "Borrowed it, Professor ...
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What is the blood status of someone born to two muggle-borns? [duplicate]

We know that if you can trace wizarding blood in your ancestry three generations, you are pureblood. If you can only trace that back three generations, you are a half blood. If you have Muggle parents,...
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What is Audrey Weasley's maiden name?

We know that Percy married a woman named Audrey. But very little info is given about her. To start, we don't even know her maiden name! Do you have any knowledge about her?
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Would Hogwarts' Quidditch teams accept students from different houses?

I wanted to know, would it be against Hogwarts school rules to allow, say, a Slytherin to join the Hufflepuff Quidditch team? I don't recall anything saying so, or any statements from J.K. Rowling.
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What are the known memories used to conjure Patronuses?

Inspired by a random YouTube user commenting on this Deathly Hallows clip: Does anyone know what memory Alberforth thought of in order to create that huge patronus? AeroRomero We know that ...
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How did Voldemort know about Harry’s protection with the Dursleys?

During his – ahem – absence, Voldemort manages to figure out the reason why the curse he used to try to kill young Harry rebounded on himself: Lily had been given a choice to save herself or die ...
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What is the correct pronunciation of 'Accio'?

For out-of-universe English speakers, what would be the correct pronunciation of "Accio"? Has J.K. Rowling ever been heard to say it or commented on the correct phonetic pronunciation? The ...
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Why did the Weasleys decide to have so many children?

Is there any specific reason why the Arthur and Molly decided to have so many kids? Molly and Arthur had six male children, first. And then, after giving birth to Ginny, they stopped. Was it their ...
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Why did Moody need three spiders?

In Goblet of Fire Chapter 14 Professor Moody showed Harry's Defense Against the Dark Arts class the Unforgivable Curses. He used spiders to demonstrate the curses. Is there any particular reason why ...
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Did anybody ever try to talk sense into Voldemort?

We get it. Voldemort is the Hitler of the wizarding world. He's filled with racist thoughts, supremacist ideas, etc, etc. But while these ideas probably came to him very quickly, as he was fascinated ...
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Arabella Figg in the Order of the Phoenix?

Sirius, I need you to set off at once. You are to alert Remus Lupin, Arabella Figg, Mundungus Fletcher... the old crowd. - Albus Dumbledore The above quote (from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) ...
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Did Voldemort lift the curse of the DADA position during the Deathly Hallows?

The curse of the DADA position in Hogwarts made it impossible for a teacher to take the position for more than one year. The curse was put in place by Voldemort as a revenge for not being allowed to ...
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Can one person have multiple souls?

When Voldemort tried to kill Harry in the first book, a fragment of his soul split off and continued to live in Harry. Harry had his own whole soul and the part of Voldemort's soul in him from then on....
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Are there British wizard prisons other than Azkaban for lesser offenses? [duplicate]

It seems to me there is no mention of any other prison in the wizarding world apart from Azkaban. But the books mention that is it only for every serious crimes, and considering it has Dementors as ...
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What are the requirements for Imperio?

For using the Cruciatus Curse, the caster must really feel hate towards the recipient. Is there such a requirement for using the Imperius Curse? Is it available to only dark and powerful wizards?
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Was Peter Pettigrew's Animagus form a reference to his eventual betrayal?

Peter Pettigrew's Animagus form was a rat. Colloquially, a "rat" is a snitch or informant. Webster's also lists the following possible definition: "a contemptible person: such as... one who betrays or ...
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Why wasn't Remus informed that the Secret Keeper had been changed?

Why wasn't Remus informed that the Secret Keeper had been changed? I mean the only ones that knew were James, Lily, Sirius, and Peter in the entire Order. You would think of Remus, as being one of ...
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Why didn't any Death Eaters create their own horcruxes?

The Death Eaters obviously had no problems with murdering people, and based on the dialogue in TGOF when Voldemort returns, they knew what horcruxes were. So why then, did none of them create their ...
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Are the creatures in the forbidden forest stuck on Hogwarts grounds?

I dont know if the barriers would keep them in, but if they did it seems like the centaurs (being the proud creatures they are) would not be happy that wizards were confining them. So i just want to ...