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Does change of Demographics in Hogwarts justify Slytherin's perspective of muggleborns? [closed]

I was wondering how the demographics of Hogwarts changed since the beginning, especially how many muggle-borns there were, and if this changes the justification of Slytherin's refusal to let them into ...
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Harry Potter and Percy Jackson unite fanfic

It's about where Dumbledore calls two or three students from each house to help Percy Jackson and Camp Half-Blood in fighting the Titans (so it takes place in The Last Olympian). They gather in ...
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Day Schools in Wizarding world?

Do they have ordinary day schools in the Wizarding World? Or is the Wizard population too thinly spread for this to be possible?
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If the seeker only touches the snitch, would that count as catching it?

From the explanation on flesh memories from Rufus Scrimgeour, it seems as if the first seeker to touch the snitch wins the game. "Correct," said Scrimgeour. "A Snitch is not touched by ...
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Looking for a specific Harry Potter fanfiction: Snape adopts Harry and Draco

I read it ages ago. I don't recall it being posted on ff.net or AO3. It was a story where Snape ends up fully adopting both Harry and Draco. Harry ends up with some prophetic dreams, is at one point ...
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Why didn't Harry, Ron, and Hermione duplicate their food in the Deathly Hallows?

While the trio are on the run in the Deathly Hallows, lack of food is a counting problem that causes the trio to be very unfocused and malnourished. This leads up to Ron quitting and leaving Harry and ...
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Does a curse need to hit a person in order for it to work?

At first glance, I would think that the curse needs to hit a person for it to work. We see plenty of people dodge spells. Crabbe wheeled around and screamed, "Avada Kedavra!" again. Ron ...
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Is Harry Potter the only student with glasses?

I recently got this meme: Click image to enlarge. Since, I keep wondering if Harry Potter is really the only wizard student with glasses or if there are others? Specially since, according to this ...
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Did the Elder Wand's power in Draco's wand go back to the original Elder Wand once Harry owned both of them? [closed]

I'll try to explain the question as best as I can, for those who are still confused about what really happened with the Elder Wand: When Draco disarms Dumbledore on the Astronomy Tower, the actual ...
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How old is Hedwig?

We all know how old Harry is, but what about Hedwig?
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How do you pronounce “Weeoanwhisker”?

In the Harry Potter universe, there's a barber shop near Diagon Alley called Weeoanwhisker's Barber Shop. How do you pronounce "Weeoanwhisker"?
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Why would Neville dying in the battle of Hogwarts affect Harry's survival?

Mild spoilers for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. As I don't have a copy to hand, nor intend to touch one again, I can't provide exact quotes. As I recall, one of the premises in Act 3 is as ...
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What is the secret behind Mad-eye Moody's eye?

Moody was one of the most grumpy characters in Harry Potter, the most experienced after Dumbledore and yet he was also one of the most mysterious. His eye was the most mysterious thing about him. It ...
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Are Professor Trelawney's predictions still considered laughable and unlikely after the events of the books?

When I ask this question, I don't mean when book three happens. More so, after the series ends. Before that, everything she does seems laughable, and everything that does work out for her appears to ...
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Why did Moaning Myrtle choose to become a ghost? [duplicate]

Moaning Myrtle was a ghost in Harry Potter. She is a minor character, but I would have to say that she is relevant to the series. Her death was quite tragic. She was bullied by Olive Hornby about her ...
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Before the return of Voldemort, were there fewer Muggle-borns in the Ministry of Magic than would be expected? Do we have enough data to know?

In The Deathly Hallows, we see the Muggle-Born Registration Commission at work. The Ministry has issued an invitation to every so-called Muggle-born to present themselves for interview by the newly ...
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What is Lucius's plan for the basilisk?

Lucius threw Dumbledore out of Hogwarts by Tom's diary. A basilisk is let out, wandering in the school and hunting students. What is his original plan to handle this? Fighting a basilisk by himself?
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Does the Pensieve erase your memories? [duplicate]

When Dumbledore takes out the memory of meeting Tom Riddle in Half-Blood Prince, is that memory now completely gone from his mind? As in he can't remember it anymore and now has to watch it in the ...
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Could Harry have contacted Dumbledore with a Chocolate Frog card?

Chapter 33 of Deathly Hallows makes it clear that Dumbledore has a portrait that shares his memories and chapter 6 of the first book shows us that Dumbledore's portrait in the Chocolate Frog cards can ...
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How do dark wizards control Dementors?

The Ministry of Magic appears to use the Patronus Charm to control Dementors. This evident by Dolores Umbridge in the following scene: At the foot of the platform, a bright-silver, long-haired cat ...
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Why would Cedric become a Death Eater?

Cedric was a good, and modest lad. Why would he join the death eaters?
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How did Harry know that his mother's Patronus was a doe?

In chapter 36 of Deathly Hallows, Harry points out that Snape and Lily's Patronuses match. How did Harry ever know what his mother's Patronus looks like?
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Why does Dumbledore act as if Ariana is totally gone, even though she has a portrait?

As is made most clear in chapter 35 of Deathly Hallows, Albus wants to talk to Ariana again. He particularly wanted the resurrection stone for this purpose. Why are there no signs that he ever acts on ...
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Did Dumbledore intend Voldemort to get the Elder Wand from Snape, without killing Snape, and without Voldemort realising that he wasn't its master?

I've been looking through a lot of questions on this website and I'm still not satisfied with my understand of Dumbledore's plan for the Elder Wand. As far as I can tell, these are the facts: ...
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Did Dumbledore have a plan for killing Voldemort?

Chapter 33 of Deathly Hallows tells us all that we really need to know about Dumbledore's plan to make sure that once Voldemort dies, he stays dead. However, I can't find anywhere in the series that ...
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What happened in the battle with the Death Eaters at the top of the staircase, near a tapestry, in chapter 32 of Deathly Hallows?

I've read this section multiple times, and I still can't understand it. It's in chapter 32 of Deathly Hallows and starts with the line: the tapestry at the top of the staircase on which they stood ...
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Was the Forbidden Forest a part of Hogwarts?

Is the Forbidden Forest a part of the Hogwarts Castle itself? I was not able to find any mention of this in the books, and it seems rather weird to have a forest a part of the school. Even if so, then ...
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What were Hagrid's duties as Gamekeeper?

He is not shown as having a major role in defining a young witch/wizard's education, nor is there any mention in the books or movies about what he did before he became a professor (as Gamekeeper/...
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Why does the Room of Requirement connect to the Hog's Head instead of the school's kitchens?

I don't know much about the mechanics of the Room of Requirement, but this strikes me as a much more obvious solution to the problem of Neville being hungry than making a tunnel all of the way to the ...
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Why does Harry tell Dumbledore's Army that the unknown Horcrux is something of Ravenclaw's when he can't rule out Gryffindor?

In chapter 29 of Deathly Hallows, Harry tells his allies that he's looking for something. Unknown to his allies, it's the last Horcrux. He tells them the following: It’s here at Hogwarts, but we don’...
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Do we know why Harry was made a godfather?

About two thirds of the way in to Deathly Hallows, Harry gets made in to a godfather. Do we know anything, whether that be from the books, interviews, or any other official source, about why the ...
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Why could Voldemort freely harm Harry when he took Harry's blood for his own?

In the graveyard in the Goblet of Fire, Voldemort was able to freely touch Harry without harm once he possessed Harry's blood (which contained Lily's sacrificial protection). Why? Voldemort was still ...
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Was Lily's sacrificial blood protection that was already inside Harry not enough to ensure his survival against Voldemort in the Forbidden Forest?

Ok, so I've read a bunch of different answers here on the site already that are somewhat related to the question but I can't seem to find one that specifically addresses the question of why the "...
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If gold could be multiplied, what value does it have?

When Harry, Ron and Hermione break into Gringotts, they discover that all the gold in the Lestrange's vault can be multiplied by touch. The gold in the vault later triples and begins to overflow the ...
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Can objects be transfigured in to live animals?

I can definitely remember the series showing us animals being transfigured in to objects, but what about the reverse? Do the books give us any examples?
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Does the Refilling Charm contradict Gamp’s Law of Elemental Transfiguration?

Half-Blood Prince shows us a charm that can refill drinks, neatly called the Refilling Charm. Does this contradict Gamp’s Law of Elemental Transfiguration, which tells us that you can't transfigure ...
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When was the Shield Charm (Protego) first used to create a wall that wasn't attached to the caster?

Prior to Deathly Hallows, I always had the impression that Protego was supposed to protect the caster, something akin to making a bubble around them. However, multiple times in Deathly Hallows, it ...
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How did Neville break free of the Full-Body Bind curse (Petrificus Totalus) without using the counter-curse?

I'm the biggest fan of the Full-Body Bind and I was shocked to see what happened after the last use of the curse in Deathly Hallows (chapter 36). Harry pulled the Invisibility Cloak from inside his ...
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Are non-verbal spells in Harry Potter silent or just quiet?

After a few too many cases in the last two books where someone is said to have "muttered" a spell, I've lost track of how non-verbal spells work. Are they absolutely silent, or just quiet?
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If Apparation cannot be tracked, then why did it matter that The Department of Magical Transportation had been taken over?

In chapter 11 of Deathly Hallows, Lupin claims: "It’s impossible to track anyone who Apparates, unless you grab hold of them as they disappear!". I'm not sure if this true. I was certain ...
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Why does Harry think that he doesn't know how to heal wounds?

In chapter 14 of Half-Blood Prince, Harry casts Episkey: "I can fix that," said Harry, landing beside the two girls, pointing his wand at Demelza’s mouth, and saying "Episkey." ...
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Was Charity Burbage's name mentioned before her death?

Charity Burbage, a member of the Hogwarts staff, dies quite late in the series. Were either of her names ever used in the books prior to the chapter where she dies?
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What did average students at Hogwarts do after their fifth year?

In The Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter almost doesn't take potions because he thought that he needed an "Outstanding" on his OWL. However, McGonnigal informed him that Slughorn would accept ...
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Why does Kreacher respond when Harry summons him but not when Sirius does?

Book 5: As Weasleys and Harry arrive at 12 Grimmauld place (after the attack on Arthur), Sirius screams at Kreacher "get out!" and Kreacher disappears (goes to Malfoys) and does not come ...
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Is Hagrid a half-blood? [duplicate]

We know that Hagrid is half giant but was he considered a Muggle-born, half-blood, or a pure-blood? He just can't be a pure-blood but was his dad a wizard or a Muggle?
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Why didn't Dobby give Harry the gillyweed in the Movie?

In the 4th Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Dobby gives Harry gillyweed right before the second task, while in the movie Neville gives Harry the gillyweed. Why did the movie ...
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How can McGonagall be in the prequels? [duplicate]

Professor McGonagall was born in 1935 according to the official timeline. Yet, she appears to be teaching in Hogwarts in 1927, and long before that taught Newt and Leta.
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Is there a reason why Peeves would not invade the common rooms or dormitories?

Being Peeves mischievous, why wouldn't he occasionally break into the houses' common rooms or dormitories to wreak havoc? He does not need a password insofar as he is ghost-like and can thus go ...
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Why is Snape using an incantation for Legilimency?

The comment by @AyushBhatt on my answer to this question got me thinking: Why would Snape use a spell to penetrate Harry's mind during his Occlumency lessons, if he can do it without any incantation? ...
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Do we know of any non “Avada Kedavra” killing spell?

Is there any spell other than Avada Kedavra that immediately kills? (To be clear, not any spell that can wound and later kill, such as diffindo or sectumsempra.) So does such a spell exist, and if so- ...

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