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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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How effective was Charlie's fireproof balaclava?

Charlie has a fireproof balaclava which he presumably uses as part of his work with dragons. Charlie was darning a fireproof balaclava. (Goblet of Fire, Chapter 10, Mayhem at the Ministry). ...
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Why doesn't Voldemort use Accio on Harry? [duplicate]

This doesn't make sense to me. Voldemort could just say Accio Glasses and temporarily blind Harry. Why doesn't he use Accio on the offensive against Harry?
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Will a wand change allegience if its owner lost a friendly duel?

Severus Snape defeated Lockhart during a friendly duel in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. If Snape had defeated Lockhart during a real duel, Lockhart would have lost his wand's allegiance. ...
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Would Vipera Evanesca work on a Basilisk?

If someone casted Vipera Evanesca on a Basilisk, would it have worked?
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Is there a difference between the hex and jinx categories of magic? [duplicate]

During the course of several years at Hogwarts, Harry and the DA use a variety of hexes and jinxes. Most of these seem to fall under the same category of magic, yet they are named differently. By ...
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Trying to find a drarry fanfic

I read it a long time ago. It's about an auror Harry accidentally bought a sexual self-read book, read and created by Draco. The voice arouses Harry, and he falls in love with it. They eventually meet ...
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What’s the difference between Locomotor and Wingardium Leviosa?

In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, after Umbridge has dismissed Trelawney, the teachers get her trunks back upstairs by using “Locomotor Trunks!” However, wouldn’t this same thing have been ...
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Why didn’t Dementors fight with Voldemort in the last battle of Hogwarts?

Why didn’t the Dementors fight with Voldemort in the last battle of Hogwarts?
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Why does Hermione say “how often do I have to tell you” when telling Ron that you can't (Dis)apparate inside the Hogwarts grounds?

While writing an answer to Was there any reason to think that there might be students younger than 17 coming for the Triwizard Tournament?, I came across this line: “A Portkey?” Ron suggested. “Or ...
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Half Blood Prince and the Death Eaters at Diagon Alley

In the beginning of the Half Blood Prince, you can see death eaters blowing up the wall to diagon alley. So, wouldn’t the muggles be able to see and walk straight into the wizard world? Also I mean ...
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2 Way Horcrux Chain

Lets say you had 3 wizards, let’s call them A, B and C. If A were to turn B & C into Horcruxes, B were to turn A & C into Horcruxes and C were to turn A & B into Horcruxes. Would killing ...
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What was the dust in Harry's battle with Voldemort?

In Order of the Phoenix, when Harry forced Voldemort out from the possession, what was the dust floating around Harry, and what was it called?
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Why was sabotage so easy in the Triwizard Tournament?

Since the Triwizard Tournament is the biggest competition in the wizard world, why would it be so easy for someone to bewitch it?
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How did no one exiting the Hogwarts Express bump into Harry under his Invisibility Cloak?

When Harry was on the Hogwarts Express trying to look through Draco’s belongings, how was nobody bumping into Harry when everyone was getting off?
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Harry Potter fan fiction where Sirius Black rescues Harry as a child

This was a Harry Potter fan fiction in which Sirius rescues Harry when he is a kid, walks to his uncle's cabin, and uses a "cooking wand"?
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How many people in the wizarding world knew where Harry Potter lived?

This question says the wizarding world believed Harry Potter lived with Muggles, but maybe that is all that most wizards knew about his location. How secret was Harry Potter's home in Little Whinging ...
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Why did Fred hope that they would forget to give out the notice?

At the very end of Philosopher's Stone we are told the following: notes were handed out to all students, warning them not to use magic over the holidays ("I always hope they'll forget to give us ...
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Why don't the Weasley twins use magic outside of school if the Trace can only find the location of spells cast?

Using magic outside of Hogwarts is illegal for wizards under seventeen. But it is also revealed that the Trace can only find the location of where spells are cast, which is why the Ministry blames ...
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How do students arrive at Ilvermorny and other schools? [closed]

Hogwarts students arrive and leave on the Hogwarts Express, Mahoutokoro day students come and go on giant Storm Petrels, but what about Ilvermorny kids and others at Castelobruxo, Uagadou, Beauxbatons,...
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Why did the school have a series of difficult, yet doable challenges instead of a spell that keeps people from getting it? [duplicate]

In The Sorcerer's Stone Harry and Quirrell have to get through a series of challenges to get the stone. But they all have a solution. For example, the flying keys: you find the right key, you get ...
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Was Firenze predicting the Battle of Hogwarts?

During one of the Divination lessons with Firenze (after Trelawney has been dismissed) in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, he mentions a prediction of a war they were going to have. Firenze ...
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Does using Felix Felicis while in Priori Incantum improve your chances of winning the duel by strengthening your spell?

Does using Felix Felicis while in Priori Incantatem improve your chances of winning the duel by strengthening your spell against your opponent's spell?
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Where is the Quidditch Cup stored?

In Chapter Nineteen of Order of the Phoenix we have the following statement from Professor McGonagall: “I think you’ve got enough to be getting on with at the moment,” she said loftily. Nobody ...
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What happens to the Triwizard Cup when the tournaments reoccur?

What happens to the Triwizard Cup when the tournaments reoccur? Is it passed around to the next following champions? Or is a new one made?
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Do the Horcruxes know about each other?

I’m sure this must be a duplicate, but I can’t find it. The implication in "Chamber of Secrets" seems to be that diary-Horcrux Tom could become (is) the new Dark Lord with minimal intervention from ...
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Drarry Harry Potter Fanfic with younger Harry

I read it a while ago and cannot find it nor remember the name, but it was a story where a much older Harry and Draco were telling a group of children the story of how the fell in love. It had all ...
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How was Harry Potter able to kill Voldemort (after HP came back to life in the Forbidden Forest) if Lily's protection is still in Voldemort's body? [duplicate]

I get this whole part: "He took your blood believing it would strengthen him. He took into his body a tiny part of the enchantment your mother laid upon you when she died for you. His body keeps ...
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Photos and purposes of all the actresses playing Mrs. Norris?

According to the wiki, Mrs. Norris is played by four different Maine Coons, namely Maximus, Alanis, Cornilus and Tommy. Wiki states that Maximus is trained to run alongside Filch and jump on his ...
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On which edition of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is ancestor first changed to descendant?

In the first edition of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, there is a passage: "You can speak Parseltongue, Harry," said Dumbledore calmly, "because Lord Voldemort - who is the last remaining ...
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Who were Hogwarts teachers in the early 1900s?

We know that Slughorn came to teach Potions in 1931, and Dumbledore taught DADA in 1908, but do we know the names of previous teachers (specifically those from years 1901 to 1908)? Who taught ...
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How Does Harry Potter get from Kings Cross back to the Dursley's with his new trunk, school supplies and Hedgwig?

After Hagrid has taken Harry to Diagon Alley for his school supplies he buys Harry 'a bit to eat' as they wait for Harry's train. Harry sits in the window, waiting to catch a glimpse of Hagrid as the ...
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Are there any instances where the illustrations in the Illustrated Harry Potter contradict known book canon?

After reading this question it made me wonder, are there any instances where illustrated HPs contradict known book canon?
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How are passwords distributed around Hogwarts?

While trying to answer a question I tried to find some information on how passwords are distributed around Hogwarts. From what I remember, Harry and co always seem to learn the Gryffindor Common Room ...
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How could Sir Cadogan give Neville the passwords? [duplicate]

In Chapter Twelve of Prisoner of Azkaban we find the following passage: They turned into the corridor to Gryffindor Tower and saw Neville Longbottom, pleading with Sir Cadogan, who seemed to be ...
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Why didn't Tina check the facts regarding Newt's engagement to Leta?

Most Aurors are shown in the series to be incompetent buffoons. However, Tina was shown to be very competent and was an essential part of Newt's success in the first movie. However, in The Crimes of ...
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Why was Sir Cadogan fired?

We know that Gryffindor Tower uses a password system: one provides the password and is granted access. A non-Gryffindor using the wrong password may be against school rules, but is perfectly possible. ...
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Harry Potter fanfic where Ginny is determined to marry Harry who has no interest in her

It's one of those "Ginny is determined to marry Harry who has no interest in her" stories. The Weasley family encounters him in the lobby or on the front steps of Gringotts one day (the shopping for ...
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In the “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” video game, what potion is used to sabotage Umbridge's speakers?

What potion is used in the video game Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix to sabotage Umbridge's Speakers? Does it have an official name?
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Would a completely good Muggle be able to use a wand?

I was reading through this question Can a Muggle do anything with a wand? and Valorum’s answer said this: JKR addressed this point in an interview in 2006; "I been asked what would happen if a ...
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In the public opinion, why was Voldemort considered the greatest dark wizard of all times, and not Grindelwald? [duplicate]

In the books, it's established that Voldemort is seen as the greatest dark wizard of all time (well, at least the greatest until now) by the wizarding world. Given the hints and facts about ...
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Is Legilimency similar to Divination? [closed]

I know one is deja vu and one is telepathy, but in psychic awareness in the Harry Potter world are they similar?
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How do Thestrals’ private parts work?

Are they like a horse? Or are they like birds’? Or what? And how do Thestrals do the deed?
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Does any of the Hogwarts' staff have a family? [duplicate]

In the seven Harry Potter books, the reader meets about two dozen of Hogwarts' teachers, but I don't remember any of them having either a spouse or children. They are all grown adults, often even ...
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Did Dumbledore lie to Harry about how long he had James Potter's invisibility cloak when he was examining it? If so, why?

Sorry if this is too long! I think it's different to previous questions... In 'King's Cross', Dumbledore claims that James had showed him the cloak "just a few days previously" to the attack on ...
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Fanfic where Dumbledore has made Horcruxes and Harry defeats him finally

Dumbledore has made Horcruxes (one? or more?), and obviously it features a manipulative Dumbledore. I remember Harry becoming the master of the Source of magic or he becomes the god of magic or ...
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Why didn't they use a portkey to go from America to Europe?

In the beginning of the film, they need to transport Grindelwald to Europe. Since not even Voldemort can teleport from the U.K. to continental Europe, it can’t be that way. So why do they not just ...
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Who made the Elder Wand? [duplicate]

In The Tale of the Three Brothers, Death is said to have made the Elder Wand. Even Harry, who was accustomed to magic, found that idea ludicrous. Obviously, Death could not have made it... then who ...
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Why couldn't Moody use dittany on his nose?

In The Deathly Hallows, Hermione uses dittany to mend Ron's arm after it got Splinched and part of it was scooped out: (emphasis mine) “Harry, quickly, in my bag, there’s a small bottle labeled ‘...
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Are the runes around the Goblet of Fire meaningful?

I recently visited the Warner Bros. Studios Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter and took notice of a particular piece of artwork from the prop designs of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. It ...
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Does a half-blood or Muggle-born have less skill with magic than a pure-blood?

Draco Malfoy and the rest of his family are pure-bloods and take immense pride in that. Why are pure-bloods different from half-bloods or Muggle-borns? Do they have more natural magical talent? ...