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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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Why didn't someone release the Boggart against Voldemort's Death Eaters during the Battle of Hogwarts?

The Boggart being able to quickly change forms into many different people's fears would have surely been an excellent weapon against the Death Eaters. So why didn't someone release the Boggart during ...
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Why didn't Voldemort use polyjuice potion to retrieve the prophecy?

Voldemort went through great lengths to retrieve the prophecy that predicts his downfall. Sending Death Eaters, unspeakable, even planting images in Harry's head to lure him in. Why didn't Voldemort ...
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Why was Lupin angry that Harry did not hand in the Marauder's Map?

In the film Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Professor Lupin severely reprimands Harry Potter after saving him from Severus Snape. -- I haven't the faintest idea how this map came to be in ...
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Harry Potter fanfiction where Voldemort traps Harry in a casket and covers it in the Invisibility Cloak: saved by Snape?

From what I remember Voldemort discovers Harry is a Horcrux, locks him away in a casket (in a world of ice) and gets discovered by Snape. Harry is then left traumatised and it's a long road to ...
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What kind of drills does Vernon Dursley sell?

We know that Vernon Dursley is the Director of Grunnings, a company that sells Drills, but what kind of drills do they sell? Hand drills? Small power drills? press drills?
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How did Harry become a Horcrux?

To make a Horcrux, certainly murder can't be the only requirement. It is obvious a proper spell is needed for completing a Horcrux. Voldemort could have made a thousand Horcruxes, as he had already ...
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Why did the Ministry of Magic choose an ax for carrying out a death sentence?

In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is sentenced to death by the Ministry of Magic. Walden Macnair, the Executioner of the Ministry of Magic, is brought to Hogwarts to carry out the sentence. ...
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Drarry fanfic where Draco is kept under Harry's care in Hogwarts and Harry abuses him but still loves him

I don't remember the name of this fanfic and I've been searching for it for weeks. The fic, from what I remember, goes this way - It is a Hogwarts fanfic, meaning, Draco, Harry and all others attend ...
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Harry Potter “Sirius' daughter” fanfiction where her mother is incapacitated in St. Mungo's

I'm looking for a Harry Potter "Sirius has a daughter" fanfiction that I read a few years ago on Quotev. It was about a Sirius' daughter, and she was dating one of the Weasley twins. I cannot ...
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Harry Potter fanfiction where there is big battle in Hogwarts and the Three Broomsticks is made into a first aid area for injured people

In this story there is big battle in Hogwarts and the Three Broomsticks is made into a first aid area for injured people. Harry is helping there to heal them. Then Death Eaters get in and make healers ...
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Fidelius charm interaction with pensieve

Does the fidelius charm protect secrets across pensieves? If a person who is "in" on a secret observes, say 12 Grimmauld Place, for example and then gives a memory to someone who does not know the ...
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Do portraits of wizards only have their characters or also their memories? [duplicate]

Do the magical portraits, like the ones of the headmasters of Hogwarts, still have all their memories? Hypothetical example: If Harry's parents were on a portrait, would they just love Harry and be ...
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Statistics on Harry Potter chapter length

I'm looking for some statistics on typical Harry Potter chapter word count. A nicely graphed distribution would be nice, but I'll accept an answer that has something equivalent to the average, ...
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What was Amos Diggory's job at the Ministry?

In the Goblet of Fire we see Arthur talk about how Amos works with him at the Ministry. Does this mean that he works in the Misuse of Muggle Artifacts office as well?
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Are there male Maledictuses?

In the description for Maledictuses in the Harry Potter/Fantastic Beasts sticker album, it says A Maledictus is a wizard or witch with a blood curse that transforms them into a beast. However, the ...
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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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How many times in the Harry Potter books did 13 people dine together?

In chapter 11 of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Dumbledore invites Trelawney to join his Christmas dinner in The Great Hall. She declined, saying, "I dare not, Headmaster! If I join the ...
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Who becomes Head of House if there is no teacher from that house?

We know from this question that all the Heads of Houses that we've seen were sorted into that house when they were students. My question is, what happens if there is no teacher at Hogwarts from that ...
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How was Voldemort able to create Nagini Horcrux in his current condition?

It is known that creating a Horcrux is very dark and complicated magic. As per Pottermore Horcrux, one of the – if not the – most difficult and extreme pieces of magic the wizarding world has to ...
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Harry Potter Fanfic - Harry is a Phoenix animagus, trained by Fawkes, Luna is an animagus too

I’m looking for a fanfic I must have read pre 2013, it’s a long one and is probably is part of a series. I’ll do my best to recall details, I think the vets I remember are likely split over two parts ...
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Harry Potter fan-fiction where Dumbledore changes the prophecy

The story of this fan-fiction involves Dumbledore having an altered version of the genuine prophecy, a slightly modified version of the original version from canon is the genuine article here, being ...
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Was the Triwizard Tournament continued? [duplicate]

I get that it wouldn't have happened in 1999, but what about 2004, 2009, 2014, or even in 2019. There seems like there isn't any danger, so did they bring it back and if they didn't, why not?
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Why don't wizards use more than one wand like when Harry uses three? [duplicate]

In the seventh book, when Harry is escaping from Malfoy Mansion he grabs three wands from Draco Malfoy and uses a spell against the snatcher Scabior. The effects are described as more powerful than a ...
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If someone uses Polyjuice potion on someone who has already used it, would they turn into the normal or “disguised” person? [duplicate]

What would happen, if person A would take person B's hair and drink Polyjuice potion. Wait until transformation is complete and then take a hair from person A (as person B) and make person C drink ...
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Does Voldemort have other options? [duplicate]

In the battle of Hogwarts, after Voldemort knew that all Horcruxes were destroyed and the curse Avada Kedavra will not affect Harry a second time, does Voldemort never think of fleeing the scene and ...
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Why could Harry open the door to the The Department of Mysteries when Snape invaded his mind?

In the Order of the Phoenix, Harry was always dreaming about a mysterious door. He had seen the door before but never had the chance to go inside. However, when Snape used Legilimency on Harry in one ...
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How could Malfoy openly use the term 'Mudblood' at Hogwarts?

Throughout the books, Draco Malfoy refers to Muggle-borns as Mudbloods, sometimes openly, in the midst of a large crowd of students. Especially in the early books, before the return of Voldemort. The ...
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Could the Dursleys have stopped Harry going to Hogwarts by giving him the letter?

I've been reading a few other questions and they got me thinking. So Muggle-born wizards get a visit from someone from Hogwarts, others (wizard-born) get a standard letter. Dear Mr. Potter, ...
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Was Salazar Slytherin a Dark Wizard?

Was Salazar Slytherin a Dark Wizard? E.g. we know he refused to teach Muggle-born magic. But was that because "it's a bad idea"; or for "Muggles are subhuman and need to serve the wizards" reason? ...
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Did Prof. Quirrell's body house two fragments of Voldemort's soul?

From HP Wikia's "Horcrux" article: J. K. Rowling revealed in Pottermore that Prof. Quirinus Quirrell served as a temporary Horcrux when Voldemort's soul possessed his body during Harry Potter's ...
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How do the Death Eaters fly?

In the movies, the Death Eaters leave a smoky trail behind them as they fly. As the Order arrive in the Ministry of Magic in Order of the Phoenix, they leave a silvery trail behind them. In the books, ...
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Why was Draco trying to cozy up to Harry Potter?

When they just meet, Draco Malfoy seemingly was trying to cozy up/befriend Harry Potter (before realizing Harry would rather hang with Ron/Hermione). Given that he was a son of a Death Eater, wouldn'...
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Why didn't Dumbledore accuse Tom Riddle of opening the Chamber?

Why didn't Dumbeldore accuse Tom Riddle of being behind the chamber opening? Although he already knew that Riddle can speak Parseltongue (from their first meeting at the foster house), he could at ...
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Why did Voldemort have to torture Garrick Ollivander for information on the Elder Wand?

Related: Why did Bellatrix rely on torture and the word of a goblin to get information from Hermione, and not use the Imperius curse? Very loosely related (although a lot of the reasons given there ...
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What is the blood status of a person born to a half-blood and pure-blood? [duplicate]

I see that people born to parents who are both magical are pure-bloods, if either of the parental sides is muggle they are half-bloods, and if both the parents are muggles, the child is muggle-born. ...
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Why did Bill Weasley choose to be his own Secret Keeper?

Grimmauld Place's location was revealed to Yaxley when he held onto Hermione, while she was apparating there. This indicates that the Secret is vulnerable for the length of time it is being accessed ...
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Was the 'first' wizarding war with Voldemort really the first ever wizarding war?

Related: Why aren't Grindelwald's events called the First Wizarding War? Why would the “First Wizarding War” be called this, when it clearly wasn’t the first? Especially when you have J.K. ...
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Where did Hogwarts get money for salaries, food and other purchases?

We know that you can't transfigure food, so you have to grow it or buy it. Ditto money. I'm sure that aside from some medicinal plants Herbology Professor had there were no farmlands at Hogwarts. So ...
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When is a raven like an eagle? When it's on the Ravenclaw house crest

I saw an image macro on facebook the other day that started me thinking; I tried to look into it and I found two separate styles. Pottermore Style Book Style Neither of these to me looks anything ...
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What sort of curse does unicorn's blood give?

With regards to drinking unicorns blood, according to Firenze: you will have but a half-life, a cursed life, from the moment the blood touches your lips How is this curse played out? Is it the ...
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Barring legal issues, why aren't Portkeys used more often?

Of all the modes of transportation in the Harry Potter universe, Portkeys often seem to be the best option. They're as fast as Apparition without the age restrictions or danger of splinching or ...
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Did Draco's wand choose him, or was it chosen for him?

It is a somewhat common saying, when referring to Harry Potter, that the wand chooses the wizard. Indeed, Ollivander says this twice when Harry buys his wand. So it is curious that when Harry meets ...
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Imperius Curse lifted after Voldemort's defeat, even though he may not have been the one to cast the spell?

After Voldemort is defeated at the end of The Deathly Hallows, it's mentioned that all the people under the Imperius Curse were freed. Does that mean that Voldemort was controlling all the Imperiused?...
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How could Ron possibly believe that “Sunshine, daisies, butter mellow…” is a real spell?

In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, George convinces Ron that the following nonsensical poem is a spell: "Sunshine, daisies, butter mellow, Turn this stupid, fat rat yellow." But Ron ...
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Are the Harry Potter and Zelda universes related? Are they the same? [duplicate]

I’m doing a research project of Harry Potter for a friend but is in love with Legend of Zelda and heard theory’s of them being related! Is it true?
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Do Muggle trains roll along the Hogwarts Express railway near Hogwarts without seeing the enchanted area?

The Hogwarts Express utilizes King’s Cross Station and the Muggle rail line leading in and out of London. Has JKR mentioned if Muggle trains use the tracks all the way to and beyond Hogwarts as part ...
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Has the word “magician” been used in the Harry Potter canon?

Although it's a valid word for a magic user, the word "magician" feels cheap to me, probably, because this is attached with those who displays trickery. Also, there are better words which I see ...
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Harry Potter fanfic where Harry is Severus's nephew that went missing

I do not remember where I read it since I was on my phone and thought I saved it but I can't seem to find it. I feel like it was located on AO3 compared to fanfiction.net. The fanfic is about Harry ...
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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 ...