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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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What anagram of Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore was being referred to by this alleged JKR?

@JackBNimble managed to pull up an answer to What were J. K. Rowling's “theories” about book seven? that, while I'm skeptical, seems at least slightly plausible. This alleged JKR posted this line at ...
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How can Newt cast Accio on a Niffler when it is only supposed to work on inanimate objects?

Accio is not supposed to work on people or creatures as per this source: Why couldn’t Newt use ‘Accio’ to retrieve all his beasts? ‘Accio’ only works on inanimate objects. While people or ...
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How quick do objects summoned by Accio fly?

Is there a specific speed that summoned objects fly at, and if so, what is it? If not, how is speed determined?
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Why did Dumbledore place a guard for the prophecy at the ministry?

Note that this is different from the question Why did the Order bother to guard the Prophecy? The question there was whether the prophecy is worth protecting. I agree that it is not worth protecting. ...
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What favor did Moody owe Dumbledore?

In the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, "Moody" mentioned that he would only be teaching for a year and only because he owed Dumbledore a favor. What was this favor and what made it so important ...
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Drarry fan fic where Draco is de-aged to ten and then ages a year a day until he is thirty three

I'm looking for this Drarry fic I read a long time ago. It was a de-ageing fic and it started out with Harry getting de-aged and Draco watching him, but then it turned into Draco being the one de-aged ...
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In the Harry Potter universe can a spell deflect or redirect to hit an unintended target and have the same effect?

If a person casts a spell and it's deflected can it hit an unintended target and work as intended? For example, if a wizard casts a spell at someone to turn them into a dog, and it's deflected and ...
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Inconsistency in the ability of the Summoning Charm (Accio) to summon animals

J.K. Rowling has wrote on her website that the Summoning Charm only works on inanimate objects, explaining that creatures and humans can only be summoned by summoning objects they are holding or ...
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Why did Dumbledore not find Voldemort in the forests of Albania and imprison him?

It seems that much lesser talented wizards such as Wormtail and Quirrel had managed to find him. Quirrell set out deliberately to find whatever remained of the Dark wizard, partly out of curiosity,...
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Why did they suspect Hagrid again in the book Harry Potter and Chamber of secrets? [duplicate]

I read Harry Potter many times and I don't get why they (ministry) suspect Hagrid when the Chamber of Secrets has been opened. I understand why they suspected him before 50 years ago, in that time ...
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Could Harry have used the Elder Wand to undo the damage to Hogwarts after the Battle of Hogwarts?

Could Harry have used the Elder Wand to undo the damage to Hogwarts after the Battle of Hogwarts before he broke it in half and threw it away? In other words, would the Elder Wand have given Harry ...
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Why did this character join Grindelwald?

I must admit, I entirely did not understand why chose to join Grindelwald at the climax of The Crimes of Grindelwald. She seems like the least likely, given her relationship with Can anyone explain?...
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Why does Hermione say she hadn't used a memory charm before?

After the wedding, Hermione has to use a memory charm on two Death Eaters, where she states that she has never done it before, but she knows the theory. However, she states that before she left on her ...
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How old is Dobby?

In both Dobby’s Wikia page (I know it's not the most reliable piece of canon), and also his Wikipedia page; there is no mention of Dobby's age or birthdate. And I'm sure that no mention of his age was ...
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Could the Elder Wand have healed Neville's Parents?

We know from the end of Deathly Hallows that Harry becomes the master of the Elder Wand, and uses it to repair his own broken wand. Until this point, it has been impossible to repair broken wands, and ...
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What happened to each of The Original Forty?

J. K. Rowling had released (Harry Potter and Me and then Pottermore) the original draft for the names of the students in Harry's year. Not counting the ones crossed out, these are the original forty ...
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Why do McGonagall and Umbridge share a patronus?

McGonagall and Umbridge both have cat Patronuses. The moment he had passed the place where the Patronus cat patrolled, he felt the change in temperature: It was warm and comfortable here. The ...
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After so much travel and research, why did Newt Scamander write such a simple book which lacks details?

Newt Scamander has researched a lot on magical creatures and yet if you compare his book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them with Darwin's books, it'd look nothing. Why did Newt Scamander write ...
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Why did Ravenclaw use “man” in “Wit beyond measure is man's greatest treasure”?

The famous quote by Rowena Ravenclaw is Wit beyond measure is man's greatest treasure. But Ravenclaw is a woman. So why did she use "man" instead of using "person or something else"? I found it ...
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Why did Snape tell Voldemort when Harry Potter was really going to be moved?

It seems suspicious that Snape told Voldemort when Harry Potter would be moved from his home. At that point of time, he had Voldemort's complete trust, having killed Dumbledore, why did he need to ...
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Where is Newt Scamander in the era of Harry Potter?

In Crimes of Grindelwald, Prof. Albus Dumbledore and Hogwarts were there, then why was Newt not there when Harry Potter attended Hogwarts?
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Could the Sorting Hat Have Told Dumbledore That Harry Was a Horcrux?

The Sorting Hat is a sentient magical artifact that has the ability to initiate communication and have conversations with the person wearing it. There's two things that make me wonder if it would have ...
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Did Voldemort actually curse the job of Defense Against Dark Arts professor after being denied the position?

So, everyone and their formidable Grandmother believes that DADA position at Hogwarts is cursed so that anyone taking it only lasts a year at most. Some people who know more than others, might ...
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By the books, how long did Quirrell teach? [duplicate]

To the best of my awareness, the only reference in the books to what teaching Quirrell did prior to the events of Philosopher's Stone is Hagrid's statement that he's now scared of the students (...
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How has no one else ever survived the Killing Curse before Harry?

In the Harry Potter books, we learn that Harry survives the Killing Curse thanks to his mother's willingness to sacrifice herself for him. This causes the curse to backfire on Voldemort, and leaves ...
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Did Ron Weasley have some sort of seer blood or prophetic powers?

“So we’ve just got to try on the hat!” Ron whispered to Harry. “I’ll kill Fred, he was going on about wrestling a troll.” -The Philosopher's stone And they did in fact, wrestle a troll. “My ...
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Are House Elves biologically compatible with humans?

In Harry Potter, House Elves exist as short servants to the wizarding world, despite their superior control over magic. As there are no wild elves mentioned, the question of how they came to be ...
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Why Didn't Harry Use The Mirror?

In Order of the Phoenix, when Harry breaks into Umbridge's office to communicate with Sirius after his vision. Why didn't Harry instead use the mirrors that had been given to him by Sirius earlier in ...
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Why is “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” labelled as “Parts One and Two”? [closed]

When I bought the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child script book, I noticed that the cover clarifies that you’re holding “Parts One and Two”: Today I saw this news story that includes a photo of the ...
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Were Thestrals involved in the creation of Harry's cloak?

Can someone check my logic. Given that: Harry's cloak is a Deathly Hallow supposedly taken from Death. Thestrals can only be seen by people who have seen death. Would the alchemical preparation of ...
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What is the difference between a Secrecy Sensor and a Probity Probe?

What is the difference between a Probity Probe and a Secrecy Sensor?
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How did Snape sense Quirrell's curse to apply countercurse?

‘But Snape tried to kill me!’ ‘No, no, no. I tried to kill you. Your friend Miss Granger accidentally knocked me over as she rushed to set fire to Snape at that Quidditch match. She broke my eye ...
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Is there any downside to Voldemort getting “killed”?

A large part of the plot of Goblet of Fire hinges on the fact that Voldemort insisted on specifically using Harry for his rebirthing ritual. As he says in the graveyard: But I knew the one I must ...
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Is there a way to reveal someone using Polyjuice Potion?

In Harry Potter, are there ways to reveal if a person is under the effect of Polyjuice Potion? Are there ways to identify its use (with a spell, maybe)? When Harry, Ron and Hermione went to the ...
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Harry Potter fanfiction where Harry's skin is peeling off, he hides after Umbridge discovers it and finds Salazar's coffin

I don't remember the name of the story or what site I read it on. However I remember the following points. Harry has some sort of creature inheritance (snake-based) his skin is peeling off and he ...
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Harry Potter fan fic about him going missing with Voldemort after the war

I read, about four or five years ago, a fan fic about Harry going missing for two years after the war with Voldemort, and when he comes back, Ginny has two kids, and Harry is the father but he doesn't ...
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How could Ron and Hermione meet Dumbledore in the Entrance Hall?

At the end of Philosopher's Stone Hermione states that she and Ron ran into Dumbledore in the Entrance Hall on their way to the owlery. “So what happened to you two?” said Harry. “Well, I got ...
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Fanfic where Snape reveals that he doesn't take house points from his house, but does spank them

The story starts, I think, in a Potions class and Snape asks Draco to stay after class. When Draco goes up to Snape, Snape explains exactly what he wants. Snape had heard about a fight or something ...
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How does memory work among Horcruxes?

At the time of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets we have 2 conscious and functioning Horcruxes - young Tom Riddle from the Diary and the "main piece" hiding somewhere in Albania. Young Tom ...
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What was JK Rowling referring to during the Prisoner of Azkaban DVD commentary?

In an interview on the Prisoner of Azkaban DVD Rowling mentioned that the director Alfonso Cuarón had unwittingly foreshadowed developments in then unreleased HP books (and of course would not ...
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Do the diary Riddle and Voldemort share memory?

In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Tom Riddle is interested to know how Harry survived Voldemort's spell. This implies that Tom Riddle from the diary could not deduce/guess what happened that ...
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Could there be an eighth Horcrux?

Since the magical number is seven for Horcruxes, and Voldemort made Harry unintentionally then there must be an eighth right...??? Diary Ring Cup Locket Diadem Nagini Harry (Does not count because ...
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Why did Tom Riddle change his name to Voldemort?

Why did Tom Riddle change his name to Voldemort? What was the point of Lord Voldemort, specifically, not Lord Tom or, Lord Riddle? Tom Riddle was his officially documented name, after all...
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How can Ron know that Voldemort was in Slytherin if nobody knows his real identity?

When Ron meets Harry on the Hogwarts Express in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, they have this conversation: “What House are your brothers in?” asked Harry. “Gryffindor,” said Ron. ...
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Why didn't Death Eaters take advantage of Harry's bad eyesight in a duel?

In Harry Potter, Hermione once says something like this to Harry, "you really do have bad eyesight". So this means Harry can't go around well without his glasses. So in a duel, why didn't the Death ...
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Who created the veil in the death chamber, and why?

Was the veil created by someone or was it always there in HP? What is its purpose? If one can't communicate with the dead through the veil, then what/how do unspeakables learn from the the veil? (...
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How could very few people know the actual identity of Voldemort as Tom Riddle? [duplicate]

Dumbledore says: Very few people know that Lord Voldemort was once called Tom Riddle. I taught him myself, fifty years ago, at Hogwarts. He disappeared after leaving the school … travelled far ...
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Harry Potter fanfiction where he doesn't get his letter at 11

In this story, Harry never got his Hogwarts letter, and Voldemort might have returned or something, somehow, and Draco, Hermione, Ginny, Luna and Ron, go looking for Harry Potter, to see if he really ...
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Why did Ron suddenly redevelop a fear of saying Voldemort's name in The Deathly Hallows?

I have been re-reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and there is a point which I don't understand about Ron's character. He has been very reluctant to use Voldemort's name till Half-blood ...
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Harry Potter fanfic where Fem! Harry offers to bond with Draco

I read this fanfic a long time ago on FF.net It involves: Female Harry offering to help Draco through a magical change of sorts They are in a room in Hogwarts for awhile, totally isolated Harry has ...