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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 did Avada Kedavra get its name?

How did Avada Kedavra, the Unforgivable Killing Curse, get its name? Most spells' incantations sound similar to their effect, with their names influenced from Latin. However, Avada Kedavra, ...
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Was Voldemort related to Draco?

Bellatrix is Draco and Nymphadora's aunt and Voldemort sired her daughter, does that make him their uncle?
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Why do the Weasleys go to Egypt twice in the same year?

During Christmas in Harry's second year Mr and Mrs Weasley embark on a cross-continental trip to visit Bill in Egypt. Harry found it peaceful, rather than gloomy, and enjoyed the fact that he, ...
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Ron/Hermione Fanfic where Hermione creates a potion to understand Ron’s mind

The plot was where Hermione Granger brewed an experimental potion to understand Ron Weasley's mind. But ends up with a side effect of amplifying every kind of spell they cast. Understanding the ...
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Is There Any Science Behind the Magic in Harry Potter? [on hold]

Hearing a friend recently mention Clarke's Third Law (Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.) and me thinking about how portkeys seem to act like opening possible ...
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How did Malfoy feasibly manage to buy Peruvian Instant Darkness Powder from the Weasleys?

Draco Malfoy manages to bring Death Eaters into Hogwarts during his sixth year partly by using Peruvian Instant Darkness Powder from Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes: "Anyway," Ginny went on, "he must have ...
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Why is Hufflepuff House called Hufflepuff?

Gryffindor obviously is a reference to griffins, Slytherin obviously is a reference to snakes, Ravenclaw is both a raven and a claw all at once... And then there's Hufflepuff. Helga Hufflepuff of ...
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Why would Lupin kill Pettigrew?

In Chapter Nineteen of Prisoner of Azkaban after a lengthy discussion in the Shrieking Shack, Lupin and Sirius decide to kill Pettigrew: "You should have realized," said Lupin quietly, "if ...
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Harry Potter x Tom Riddle fanfic where Harry travels back in time to Wool’s Orphanage as a baby and everyone thinks his birthday is in October

In this fanfic, Harry Potter travels back in time to Wool’s Orphanage as a baby and everyone thinks his birthday is in October. It’s a Harry Potter x Tom Riddle fanfic. It has a lot of chapters (I ...
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Why did the Death Eaters wait to reopen the Chamber of Secrets?

Voldemort opened the Chamber of Secrets when he was at school, and wrote it all down in his diary. Since that same diary was used as a Horcrux, it seemed to have come with a set of instructions on how ...
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Why did Harry and Hermione arrive in the Entrance Hall after having used the Time-Turner in the hospital wing?

In The Prisoner of Azkaban, after the events in the Shrieking Shack, Harry, Ron and Hermione are in the hospital wing. Dumbledore suggests they (Hermione & Harry) use the Time Turner to save more ...
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What is the difference between Queenie's enchantment and the Imperius Curse?

In Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald when we first meet Queenie and Jacob, the witch has him placed under a powerful enchantment that makes Jacob more susceptible to her suggestions. How ...
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Is Pettigrew a wererat? [closed]

A wererat is "a therianthropic creature in the shape of a rat," according to its Wikipedia page, and since it also lists Pettigrew as an example, he has to be one, right?
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Does the Sorcerer's (Philosopher's) stone protect against non-natural causes of death?

It's likely this has been asked before, but I can't find it: Does the Sorcerer's (Philosopher's) Stone protect against non-natural death? I.e., getting hit by a bus, Avada Kedavra, falling off a ...
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Do Wizard/Witch Professors Perform Research / Publish Their Work?

We know that wizards and witches publish books, but most books we encounter are rather old. I'm wondering if wizards and witches employed at academies like Hogwarts (or in other places) perform ...
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Is Dumbledore a human lie detector?

We know that Voldemort possesses a mind-reading ability called "legilimency". He uses this power to invade the minds of his victims. Existing questions (like this one) ask if Dumbledore can use ...
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Drarry fan fic where the pair seek shelter from storm under a tree

Harry leaves Hogsmeade to catch up and talk to Draco. It starts storming/snowing. They seek shelter under a tree and have to stay the night...
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How were Snape's tears able to have Pensieve abilities?

During the battle for Hogwarts, Snape provides a sample of his tears, which are used to prove his true loyalty once and for all. He gives the instruction to place them in Dumbledore's Pensieve. How ...
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Why did the Ministry of Magic allow Dumbledore's nepotism?

When it comes to appointment of teachers, Dumbledore exercised high-level of nepotism. Some examples: Lupin, Snape, Slughorn, Trelawney, Hagrid etc. Why didn't the Ministry of Magic intervene?
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Is the Principle of Apparition Theoretically Similar to the Alcubierre Drive (Warp)?

Apparition seems to be a very quick process, through which a witch or wizard moves almost instantaneously from one place to another. Could Apparition be related to the Alcubierre metric or would this ...
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Why didn't Voldemort recognize that Dumbledore was affected by his curse?

Dumbledore's hand was visibly affected by a curse Voldemort placed on Marvolo Gaunt's ring. Why wasn't Voldemort alerted that perhaps Dumbledore has found one of his Horcruxes based on the appearance ...
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Why are some of the group affected by the death veil?

In Order of the Phoenix, in chapter 34 "The Department of Mysteries" Harry and the group find themselves in the death chamber, Harry, Luna, Ginny and Neville are all entranced by the veil they find ...
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Veil of death: no escape for a Phoenix?

We know that going through the veil of death results in instant death, we also know that when they die, phoenixes burst into flames and are reborn from their ashes. But there's the thing: the veil of ...
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Within Hogwarts, where could you spend money?

This was inspired by a recent question about the Galleons that Hermione handed out for Dumbledore's Army meetings. As far as I can recall, during Harry's time at Hogwarts, there were no places within ...
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Did/How did Dumbledore know that Black was innocent?

In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry, Hermione and Dumbledore have a conversation. Dumbledore: [...]We have no chance of overturning Sirius' sentence. Harry and Hermione: But ...
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Drarry Harry Potter fan fiction where Draco has to be Harry’s familiar

Draco has to pretend to be Harry’s familiar so he doesn’t get caught by Voldemort. I think it was Snape that got him to do it. He’s an Animagus which is a silver fox and no one else knows that it’s ...
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What does “D.Wiz, X.J. (sorc), S. of Mag. Q.” stand for in the Harry Potter: Film Wizardry book?

I received Harry Potter: Film Wizardry (Updated Edition) and the Hogwarts letter seems to be different than in the book and the film, according to how Harry reads it out loud in Sorcerer's Stone. At ...
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In the Cursed Child, who was Minister for Magic in the alternate reality where Ron is married to Padma Patil?

In the first Act, Albus and Scorpius interfere in the First Task and because of that, they go to an alternate timeline where Ron is married to Padma Patil and Hermione isn't Minister for Magic, but ...
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Does Hogwarts teach non magical classes?

I always wondered if children who graduate from Hogwarts have an education that is actually worth while in the real world. Do the children learn math and English? I can see History of Magic as ...
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Why Didn't Dumbledore Take the Sword of Gryffindor With Him to the Sea Cave (Locket Horcrux)?

Dumbledore took Harry along with him to the sea cave where the locket Horcrux was hidden because he felt Harry had earned the right to accompany him. However, why did Dumbledore neglect to bring the ...
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Why exactly did the Sorting Hat originally want to put Harry in Slytherin?

I know that the Sorting Hat wanted to for other reasons, but if he made the right decision then why did he ever want to? The Sorting Hat made it very clear that he chose the right house, then why did ...
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Why are there no name ribbons on the Marauder's Map in the movie adaptation of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”?

In the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and both cinematic parts of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, why are the names on the Marauder's Map not shown in ribbons like ...
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Why was Nick surprised at Hermione's ignorance of the Hogwarts elves?

Nearly-Headless Nick clearly presumes that knowledge of Hogwarts' huge house-elf population should be common knowledge to the average student when Hermione asks about them here: "There are house-...
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At what point in time did Dumbledore ask Snape for this favor?

I know that Dumbledore asked (more like coerced) Snape to but when did he ask? Like was it before the Sixth Year of Harry’s school or sometime in the middle of the year or over Christmas break or ...
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What did Voldemort mean when he called the Death Eaters his true family?

‘Listen to me, reliving family history …’ he said quietly. ‘Why, I am growing quite sentimental … But look, Harry! My true family returns …’ [Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 33] ...
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Is the sinking liner in the Crimes of Grindelwald the Titanic?

Is the sinking liner in the Crimes of Grindelwald the Titanic? If it is the liner, they got the weather all wrong because it was a starry night with calm waters, not the rough sea and lightning they ...
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Can a house actually have negative points?

In Chapter Thirty-Eight of Order of the Phoenix we have the following passage: Snape stared at him. “Put that wand away at once,” he said curtly. “Ten points from Gryff —” Snape looked ...
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Why did Dumbledore not take Harry's warning that Malfoy was celebrating in the Room of Requirement seriously?

Towards the end of Half Blood Prince, Dumbledore invites Harry to his office offering to take him along to the sea cave, and Harry runs into Trelawney on the way to his office. Trelawney then narrates ...
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Is this JK Rowling “pocketeded” story true?

There's a Stephen Fry vs. JK Rowling story that periodically memes up: Just after the first Harry Potter book had been released, [Fry] was offered the role of narrating it for audiobooks. He hadn’t ...
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In Harry Potter, what would happen if someone used a Love Potion on themselves?

In Harry Potter, victims of Love Potions will be obsessively infatuated with the giver of the Potion. It’s not real love, of course. So would those who use Love Potions on themselves be vain, ...
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In “Harry Potter”, were the tales about Malodora Grymm and Leticia Somnolens the basis for Snow White and Sleeping Beauty respectively? [closed]

In the Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban video game, you can get two famous hag cards of Malodora Grymm and Leticia Somnlens and their tales are based on Snow White and Sleeping Beauty ...
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Why don’t the twins notice things on the marauders map?

Why don’t the twins notice anything? I mean, come on: First year: "Hey, Voldy's balancing on Quirrel's head." Second year: "Hey, our sister is going somewhere that doesn’t exist." Third year: "...
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Why didn't Harry and his friends disapparate when the Snatchers came?

During the time that Voldemort's name was under Taboo spell, Harry Potter mistakenly used his name. This led Fenrir and the other Snatchers to find them. Why didn't Harry, Ron, and Hermione ...
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How could Sirius buy a broomstick for Harry? [duplicate]

I don’t understand how Sirius managed to buy Harry a firebolt when he was a widely known mass murderer. I recall them mentioning that they took the gold from Sirius’ vault and had it shipped to him. ...
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Why did Voldemort try to steal the Philosopher's Stone?

First, I understand that Voldemort wanted to use the Stone to restore him to normal life. But what I don't get is - why does he want to use the Stone for that? He had a wizard servant at his ...
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How does a broomstick determine which rider is in control?

In Harry Potter, how does the broomstick know who to listen to when there is more than one person on it? Is it the person in the front? The person using hands holding it? The first person to get on? ...
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Why did Voldemort choose Narcissa to check if Harry was dead?

We see in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, after Voldemort tries to kill Harry that he sends Narcissa Malfoy to check if Harry was dead or not: “You,” said Voldemort, and there was a bang and ...
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Why did Dumbledore act surprised by the Horcrux memory in the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince movie?

Now, the Half-Blood Prince movie had far too many flaws, but the most nonsensical and unnecessary change is Dumbledore's surprise at the Horcrux memory. In the book Dumbledore already knew about the ...
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Harry Potter fanfiction where he died due to the Dursley's actions, and Snape volunteers to go back in time and try to save him

Between 4 and 5 years ago I found a story in which in short order, Harry failed to turn up at the sorting during first year, following this several teachers (including Minerva, possibly) went to check ...