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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 plot points are missing in the Harry Potter movies that are in the novels?

I know that the movies were written to be a stand alone universe on their own, but what key elements were missing in the movies that were vital in the books that viewers are missing out on?
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Did the Harry Potter supplemental books contain clues relating to the main storyline?

In Who Killed Albus Dumbledore?, Wendy B. Harte says: The [Black Family] Tree is an important secondary septology resource, much like Jo's [Rowling] Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and ...
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Why must Voldemort's body be killed last? [duplicate]

Voldemort has horcruxes to grant him "immortality" (more like regeneration). But if his body is destroyed, why wouldn't destroying the other horcruxes afterwards not kill him just as easily? Why does ...
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Is it ever revealed what Crookshanks is?

When Hermione first got her pet thing Crookshanks, there was a mention that it looked kinda like a cat, but wasn't. Was it ever revealed what Crookshanks really was?
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Are qualifications for Head Boy and Head Girl different from qualifications for prefects?

I was under the impression that the Head Boy and Head Girl were always chosen from among the prefects, however... "No one would have made me a prefect, I spent too much time in detention with James....
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Why couldn't wizards use the Reducto Charm on Dementors?

As outlined here Reducto Blasts solid objects out of the caster's path. Why couldn't wizards use this on the Dementors? What made them immune to this, why was the Patronus charm specific to dementors? ...
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Why didn't Dumbledore have access to his portrait on his biography?

In Book 7, it's learned that one of the difficulties Snape has in getting the sword of Gryffindor to Harry is that Harry and Hermione are taking very great precautions to stay hidden, including ...
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Is there any canonical information regarding a battle between Hogwarts founder(s) and a Dark wizard?

I have a VERY vague recollection of reading about a fight/battle/war between a group of magic users and a Dark wizard, with the former including one/some/all of Hogwarts founders. I was NEVER able ...
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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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Trouble of time travel in Harry Potter?

What would happen when Harry and Hermione would meet other Harry and Hermione while using time travel clock? For example scene of execution of hippogriff in Prisoner of Azkaban.
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Regulus Black was never mentioned in movies, but was in a book. Why?

I have no recollection of any mention of Regulus Black in the Harry Potter films. However, I felt he was an important part of the story, especially because: Is there a reason he wasn't included in ...
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Why did Voldemort have only 7 Horcruxes?

In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, we learn that Voldemort has 7 Horcruxes. This number is surprisingly low, considering that Are there some other requirements or limits to creating a Horcrux?...
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How does Neville Longbottom get the Sword of Gryffindor?

I recently read the final book of the series. At one point was the vault heist, where the goblin Griphook runs off with the Sword of Gryffindor. Yet near the end of the book, Neville Longbottom ...
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The rules of Transfiguration: examples of making the inedible edible?

Information from the official website of J.K.Rowling is generally considered canon. I remember at least one case when she 'changed her mind' after a particular rule has been published on her website (...
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How did Snape know how to find Harry?

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Snape somehow knows where to find Harry, and by knowing so, places the Sword of Gryffindor for Harry to find. How does he find him?
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Can characters be brought back in the Potter-verse via time manipulation?

In "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban", Hermione was able to go back in time to change present. Does this allow for the resurrection of any character? There's one character in particular that ...
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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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What are Neville, Seamus, and McGonagall talking about blowing up?

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, the following exchange occurs: Neville Longbottom: Are you really giving us permission to do this? Minerva McGonagall: Yes, Longbottom. Neville ...
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Can wizards create their own spells?

In the Harry Potter series, are wizards capable of creating their own spells, or are they limited to the spells that they're taught/learn? I seem to remember something about Snape creating ...
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How does spell blocking work in the Harry Potter universe?

Does one have to introduce a "speed of spell" to explain the spell blocking? IMHO one has to build up protection before the impact - so how can a wizard react to a spell that is in progress?
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How did Snape know about the plans to move Harry?

At the beginning of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Snape is cleanly out of the order. The secret of when Harry was moving was very closely kept. It seems even the staunchest Order members don't ...
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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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Why did Harry Potter break the Elder Wand?

At the end of the film version of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Harry broke the Elder Wand in two and threw the pieces away. Why did he do that?
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What led to the change in Neville Longbottom?

At the beginning of the Harry Potter series, Neville Longbottom is a character who can't do anything right it seems, who seems somewhat cowardly, etc. But by the time the series is done, he is a very ...
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What happened to the Dursleys?

As last seen, the Dursleys are forced to move by the ministry of magic, put into protective custody by the ministry. However, the ministry fell only a few weeks later, and there was evidence that it ...
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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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Why did Regulus Black change his mind?

Regulus Black was a Death Eater, but he was also the infamous R.A.B., who was the only person besides Dumbledore to discover the Horcrux's, and to hunt them down (Or at least, one of them). So, why ...
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Did Hermione ever fix her parents' memories?

At the beginning of the 7th book, Hermione Granger Obliviates her parents' memories of her and themselves and makes them think they want to move to Australia. Is there a fix for this type of spell? ...
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Did Harry Potter ever get food for his birthday?

I seem to remember Harry Potter getting food for his birthday. What food(s) did he get and from whom?
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What does “master of death” mean?

Towards the end of book/movie 7, Harry becomes the master of all three hallows, thus becoming the "master of death". But what does that mean? Did he become immortal? Or simply that he became unafraid ...
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Why were there so many spells cast in the movies without saying the words to the spell?

From my memory of the last Harry Potter movie I saw, I've seen many wizards cast spells without saying the spell at all. During the final battle in Hogwarts, many wizards just swung their wands and ...
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Why did Harry Potter intentionally lose the Resurrection Stone in the Forbidden Forest?

Just before he is sacrificed to Voldemort in the Forbidden Forest, Harry dropped the Resurrection Stone. “I thought he would come,” said Voldemort in his high, clear voice, his eyes on the ...
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Was Harry Potter killed and then brought back to life?

In the last movie, Harry was struck by the Avada Kedavra spell cast by Voldemort. Really, he should be dead. But obviously he was not dead because when Narcissa Malfoy (Draco's mother) asked about the ...
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Practical value of the Resurrection Stone

After seeing this question it occurred to me to ask a similar question of the Resurrection Stone. What exactly is the practical use of an object that Or did I miss something important here? EDIT: As ...
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How was the invisibility cloak actually made? [duplicate]

Following the thought process in this question, it mentions that typical invisibility cloaks (which lose their properties over time) are created with a Disillusionment charm. How then, could Harry's "...
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How did Voldemort get his wand back?

We know that Voldemort had the exact same wand in book 4 that he had from his beginning into Hogwarts. Problem is, it seems like his wand is unaccounted for after the Potter's death until the end of ...
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How did Voldemort get his body back?

In the first book it seems that Voldemort has been reduced to nothing but a ghostly wisp. But IIRC by the fourth book he somehow has a body that is carried around by Wormtail. In the first book he ...
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Why can't muggles see magical creatures?

My friend at work proposed a question to me a few minutes ago: If the witches and wizards cloaked themselves from Muggles with their spells and it's said that only witches and wizards can cast spells,...
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How could Dumbledore lose his wand in the astronomy tower?

In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Draco Malfoy casts Expelliarmus against Dumbledore, causing his wand (the Elder wand) to fly over the ramparts. As it was the Elder wand, the wand should ...
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How was this character killed without Avada Kedavra?

It seems that the only officially known way to instantly kill someone with a curse was "Avada Kedavra". So, (spoilers):
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Why are some muggles allowed to know of the magical world?

Throughout the series, there are many muggles which we see that know about the wizarding world, and no effort seems to be made to stop them. All of them seem to fit into the mold of family of wizards, ...
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Why does Harry Potter wear glasses?

Is there some in-Universe (or somewhat canonical) explanation for why Harry wears glasses - either 100% of the time, or at least, when playing Quiddich? Surely, given assorted spells, there should be ...
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Why was Neville Longbottom in Gryffindor?

So, students in Gryffindor are supposed to represent bravery. How does Neville represent bravery, to the point in being accepted into the house. I've always thought of his strongest traits being ...
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Is there any way to prove that you are a true Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw or Slytherin - analogous to pulling Godric Gryffindor's sword?

In HP books, Harry pulled the Godric Gryffindor's sword out of the Sorting hat to fight Tom Riddle. It is also said that the sword was said to appear whenever a true Gryffindor was in need of it, like ...
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Why were there no Hogwarts Quidditch games in Goblet of Fire?

Why were there no Hogwarts Quidditch games in Goblet of Fire? Was there an official explanation from Dumbledore that the school games are cancelled due to Triwizard tournament and if so, why?
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Was Salazar Slytherin's whole “Don't teach muggle-born” idea less-than-brilliant?

Leaving aside ethical and moral considerations, the whole policy of Salazar Slytherin's "we should not teach muggle-born magic-capable children" seems to be completely counter-productive to the whole "...
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How many people actually participated in the original Voldemort conflict?

From GoF scene where Death Eaters are returning after Voldemort's return, there seems to be VERY few of them (don't recall exact # but my impression was between a dozen and two dozen). Also, Order ...
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Rich Wizards, Poor Muggles

Why, oh why, don't the Weasleys "conjure" up some diamonds/gold/etc, sell 'em to Muggles, and get rich? They could buy a mansion (like the Malfoys), and live there happily ever after. I know there's ...
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Invisibility Cloak - overrated much?

Why was a simple magical object like an Invisibility Cloak put with two other great magical objects like the Elder Wand, and the Resurrection Stone?
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In the Goblet of Fire, what was the point of S.P.E.W.?

In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, S.P.E.W. (Society for the Promotion of Elvish Welfare) was created. How did its creation drive the plot of the book forward? To me, it doesn't seem to drive the ...