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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Wouldn't Kreacher have been able to escape even without following an order?

In Chapter Ten of Deathly Hallows we are presented with the story of Kreacher's escape from Voldemort's cave: “How did you get away?” Harry asked, and he was not surprised to hear himself ...
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Why didn't the Avada Kedavra cast at Harry at Godric's Hollow come out of Voldemort's wand during Priori Incantatem?

I came across an old essay on the Harry Potter Lexicon dated 17th January 2001, written after the release of Goblet of Fire when many details about Voldemort's attack at Godric's Hollow were still ...
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In the parchment the Goblet of Fire spit out, why wasn't the school name there?

In the Goblet of Fire, students were supposed to put their name and the name of their school in the Parchment they put inside the Goblet. It is clearly stated that Fred wrote "Fred Weasly, Hogwarts", ...
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Origin of nickname “Voldy”

What is the origin of using the term "voldy" to refer to Voldemort? Where was the first usage of it found? Did anyone use it in canon? What is the origin of the "Voldy" nickname? To be clear, I'm ...
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Who was the student that previously brewed a potion of sufficient quality to claim the Felix Felicis?

In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince during the potions class Slughorn claimed that the prize of Felix Felicis was won only once before by a student. I should point out, however, only once did ...
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How does a House Elf know its name was called?

When a Wizard calls his House Elf's name, it appears. But how does the Elf know it was called?
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Has Dumbledore ever scolded Harry?

We see in both books and movies that Harry Potter is Dumbledore's golden boy. Their relationship was more of a personal thing. Dumbledore was more like a mentor than a headmaster to Harry and ...
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How did Severus Snape use Felix Felicis potion?

Horace Slughorn claimed that only once a student prepared a 'good enough' Draught of Living Death potion, receiving a Felix Felicis probe (before Harry did). I guess that student was Severus Snape. ...
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Who Started Hogwarts together with Harry Potter? [duplicate]

Can someone please help me order things up? There are 4 houses, and it is said that each dorm has 5 beds, which means 10 students (5 boys and 5 girls) per house, times 4 is 40. I realize it does not ...
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How many people did Harry kill during Battle of Hogwarts? [duplicate]

Seeing that Voldemort got killed by his own killing curse, it seems to me that J. K. Rowling has enforced Batman's "No Kill Policy" on Harry. But, is this really the case? If I recall murders ...
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How often does one have to take the Elixir of Life to sustain their life?

'Therefore, Voldemort would be entirely dependent on the Elixir, and if it ran out, or was contaminated, or if the Stone was stolen, he would die just like any other man.' –Albus Dumbledore in ...
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Why didn't the Elder Wand answer to Voldemort?

When Voldemort cast the Avada Kedavra spell on Harry it basically disarmed him. So why didn't the Elder Wand answer to Voldemort afterwards?
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Why don't Wizards use wrist straps to protect against disarming charms?

Inspired by a tweet by rocket: me: see the wrist strap stops you from dropping the wiimote voldemort: this is brilliant [later] harry potter: expelliarmus! voldemort: [wand ...
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Which Harry Potter works are considered canon?

There are many different Harry Potter works including: books short stories movies card games video games toys amusement parks web content Which ones are considered to be canon?
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What makes one wizard more powerful than another? [duplicate]

In the Harry Potter universe, a recurring theme is that some wizards are more powerful than others. For instance, Voldemort is considered to be an immensely powerful wizard, and so is Dumbledore. ...
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Who is the wealthiest wizard in the Harry Potter universe?

Economics in the Harry Potter world is weird, not least because there's a single bank controlling all the money. But who has (or needs) the biggest chamber at Gringotts? Who is the richest wizard?
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How big is Hogwarts Express?

How big is actually Hogwarts Express or actually how big should it be so that all students fit in it? In the books there is always someone who complains that everything is full but the Trio usually ...
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Where does Hermione live?

Harry lives in 4 Privet Drive, Ron lives in The Burrow, and Sirius lives in 12 Grimmauld Place. But where do Hermione and her Muggle parents live?
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Drarry fanfiction with a dark Harry and where Cho outs Harry to the Daily Prophet

I'm looking for a Drarry fanfiction I seem to have forgotten the name of. It had several chapters, and was centered around a dark Harry (he was okay at first, but he slowly lost his shit as the story ...
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Do the books “Fantastic Beasts:Illustrated” and “HP:Page to Screen - Creatures Vault” have the same content?

I have recently purchased the Illustrated "Fantastic Beasts" book (yet to be delivered). I am planning to buy the "Harry Potter:Page to Screen > Creature Vault" book as well (the purple one) Do these ...
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How could Hermione have gotten more OWLs than classes?

I was doing some research for this question, and that brought to my attention something that doesn't add up. According to Half-Blood Prince, Hermione achieved eleven OWLs: 'Oh, come off it,' said ...
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Are there any instances of members of different Hogwarts houses coupling up and marrying each other?

Being a casual fan of the books, it occurred to me that in most cases, the couples I have seen in the Harry Potter stories all seem to come from the same house, with Harry and Cho Chang being an ...
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What happened to Hermione's wand after that it was confiscated?

Hermione's wand was confiscated by Snatchers in the spring of 1998 when she, Harry, and Ron were caught after Harry accidentally broke the Taboo curse by saying Voldemort's name. Hermione subsequently ...
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Would someone be able to use Felix Felicis to make MORE Felix Felicis?

I was thinking about the Harry Potter-verse and it occurred to me that the luck potion Felix Felicis would have been an OP game changer if used correctly! Other questions have highlighted how it might ...
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Fanfiction where Harry is almost killed by Vernon, and Dumbledore and Snape glow

Harry is almost killed by Vernon. He is rescued by Tonks and a few others when he was near death. I remember something about alarm orbs of some sort and Snape and Dumbledore glow colors according to ...
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Did JK Rowling research alchemy before writing Harry Potter?

Simply put, I'm wondering if JKR had any interest in alchemy before she started writing HP. I found this quotation of hers (emphasis mine): I've never wanted to be a witch, but an alchemist, now ...
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What happens if a family gives a house-elf two contradictory orders?

As Dobby clearly states, house-elves are enslaved to families, not individuals. "Your family?" "The wizard family Dobby serves, sir...Dobby is a house-elf - bound to serve one house and one ...
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What did Harry get Gryffindor points for at the end of the first book?

In the first book it was said that Voldemort couldn't get the Philosopher's Stone from the Mirror of Erised in any case. That means that even if Harry hadn't gone to stop Voldemort then nothing bad ...
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Looking for a fanfiction where Hogwarts is on lockdown and students are locked in the dungeon with Snape

I'm looking for a fanfic story where something had happened at Hogwarts, causing all the rooms within to be magically locked. The doors couldn't be opened until the threat is gone, which I think was ...
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Is “Harry Potter: Wizards Unite” canon? [duplicate]

After reading this answer, I started wondering if HP:WU actually is canon. I did some research and found two contradictory stories. From Wizards Unite Hub: "The events in Wizards Unite are ...
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So, why'd he have a child in the first place?

In The Cursed Child, As she explains: But why? Why did have a child in the first place?
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Why didn't Dumbledore get Harry himself instead of sending Hagrid?

In the first Harry Potter book it shows that Harry was gotten by Hagrid, instead of Dumbledore. Why didn't Dumbledore get Harry himself, after Harry's parents died? Dumbledore was stronger than ...
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In Harry Potter and the Philospher's (Sorcerer's) Stone, why didn't they send Hedwig to Dumbledore instead of going after Snape (Quirrell)?

In the book Harry Potter and the Philosopher's (Sorcerer's) Stone, why didn't Harry, Ron, and Hermione send Hedwig to Dumbledore instead of going after Snape (Quirrell) themselves? Or at least, send ...
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In the Chamber of Secrets, why does the Ford Anglia come to Harry and Ron's rescue?

In the movie, when Harry and Ron are being surrounded by the Acromantulas in the Forbidden Forest, the car out of nowhere comes to their rescue. Why does the car do this? Unfortunately I haven't read ...
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Did the Harry Potter movies get Hogwarts Castle wrong? [closed]

Has anyone else noticed that the design for Hogwarts castle in the Harry Potter movies does not match the description of the castle from the books? Has anyone found an image of Hogwarts castle that ...
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What did Harry Potter do, between the murder of his parents and getting dropped of at the Dursleys? [duplicate]

As far as I remember, Harry's parents were killed at night, then Hagrid picked him up from the rubble (before the Muggles got there), and sometime after that he met Sirius who gave Hagrid his bike, ...
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Why would Hermione be worried about question 14 b?

In Chapter Sixteen of Philosopher’s Stone Hermione is supposed to pretend to be waiting for Flitwick to discuss her exam: "It's obvious," said Ron. "You can pretend to be waiting for Professor ...
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Did Dumbledore ever use the Resurrection Stone again?

It is explained here that Prof. Dumbledore tried to use the Resurrection Stone to see his family again. Albeit in his haste, he gets struck by the curse. Later, Dumbledore still wears the ring, with ...
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Was Harry related to Salazar Slytherin?

The Potters and the Gaunts are both said to have descended from the Peverell brothers. Voldemort came from the Gaunt line and was the heir of Salazar Slytherin. Was Harry also the same, or is it that ...
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How apparent is it when someone is under the Imperius Curse?

How apparent is it when someone is under the Imperius Curse in Harry Potter? Is it supposed to be possible to tell when someone is affected? In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, it is shown that a ...
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Snape-centric Harry Potter Fanfiction where he is closer to the Golden Trio but then asks Dumbledore to remove their memories

I read this fan-fiction a year ago. Severus starts to have a better relationship with the Golden Trio, Neville and Lupin. But then Snape decided to be too risky and asked Dumbledore to remove their ...
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Do wands have to be made of wood in Harry Potter?

A recent comment exchange (here) got me thinking: are there any examples of non-wooden wand in canon? I always assumed it was the core of the wand itself that was being used in the channeling of ...
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Would Crucio give Muggles seizures?

I mean specifically Muggles untouched by any protective spells or magic taints, just a pure Muggle untouched by wizardry or witchery. I know it affects wizards and witches in a horrible way, but for ...
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Is Voldemort evil to pure-bloods? [closed]

You-know-who was originally not a blood supremacist, and just generically evil. So was he evil to pure-bloods? ( not counting blood traitors). Asking partially because in cursed child Draco said that ...
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How do Horcruxes work? [closed]

A few questions regarding the Horcruxes. Had Voldemort actually succeeded in using a Horcrux, would he come back the same age (biologically and/or aesthetically) he was when he made the Horcrux, or ...
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Where do Harry and Ginny live after the events of the books?

We know pretty well the teenage years of Harry up until the death of Voldemort. However I am curious at how would his life be in the immediate aftermath? We know that he joins the ministry under ...
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How does Harry wear the invisibility cloak?

In the first movie, and some scenes of subsequent movies, Harry puts it on like a regular cloak (that is to say, he wraps it around himself and puts on a hood for his head). This is also the sense ...
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How does a Horcrux work? [duplicate]

We know from the series that a Horcrux is an object to hide a "part of your soul" so you can never die before the Horcrux is destroyed. I would like to know how the resurrection process work. Say you ...
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What was the joke behind the quidditch tryouts scene in Puffs?

In the off-Broadway play "Puffs," about Hufflepuff students and their inconsequential role in the greater Harry Potter story arc, year 6 includes an extremely protracted scene that mystified me. I've ...
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How was Barty Crouch Junior able to use Alastor Moody's wand for a whole year without any noticeable side effects?

At the beginning of GoF, we know that Moody is fought by Wormtail and Barty Crouch Junior. They win the battle and lock him inside his own magical lockers. However, they do not kill him. Wandlore has ...