Questions tagged [harry-potter]

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In Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality, should the reader just negate Quirrel's lessons?

If Quirrell is the host of Voldemort, who regards Harry as his arch-nemesis, is he planting intentionally dysfunctional ideas in Harry's mind? Like in the PKD story "War Game", where the aliens send a ...
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Did Harry ever visit the Dursleys in adulthood?

I was wondering whether Harry ever thought to visit the Dursleys after the war against Voldemort was won. He might have wanted to know how they were, how was their life while they were in hiding, etc. ...
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Is there ever a point you aren't following Harry's perspective?

In the Harry Potter books, is there ever a point that is not from the perspective of Harry? There are a few times you are inside Voldemort's mind, but that is really just a an extension of Harry's ...
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Did Gilderoy Lockhart Actually Write “Magical Me?”

We know the credited author of Magical Me is Gilderoy Lockhart. Did he actually write the book, or did he trick or force or enchant someone else to write it? On the one hand, it's uncharacteristic of ...
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In Harry Potter, Do Spells Travel in a Straight Line?

In the Harry Potter world, when a magical person casts a spell, sometimes they target a specific object, like when Harry has a wand only and needs his broom, he casts "Accio Firebolt" and his broom ...
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Is there an official blueprint of Hogwarts?

I would love to make Hogwarts in Minecraft, but I have no idea what the whole castle looks like, or where specific rooms are inside. I have seen plenty of angles of it, but what I would like is some ...
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Why doesn't Harry Potter use magic to fix his eyesight? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why does Harry Potter wear glasses? Something that always confused me reading the books and watching the films was the fact that Harry Potter is always breaking his glasses ...
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What prevents the Wizarding world from knowing about everyday muggle type things?

Mr. Weasley studies muggles, yet struggles to understand their non-magical items. Hagrid is ignorant regarding soccer. When the need arises they are quick to adjust muggle memories when the muggles ...
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Are there wizarding schools in the rest of the “magical” world?

Are there other schools for witches and wizards in the rest of the world? In the books they only speak of 3 schools, but what about Asian or American people? And even more, were they affected by the ...
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Was the “pure soul” of Harry's what had really hurt Voldemort?

In the Order of the Phoenix, Voldemort possesses Harry, and it hurts. Greatly. I think that Dumbledore explained that it was because Voldemort's rotten soul was incapable of assimilating Harry's pure ...
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How had the Potters 'thrice defied him'?

I noticed this in another question: Sybill Trelawney's prophecy: "The one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord approaches. Born to those who have thrice defied him, born as the seventh month ...
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What happened to Voldemort's body?

At the start of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's/Sorceror's Stone Voldemort's Killing Curse backfires leaving Harry with his scar and Voldemort as a loose soul, self-described as "Less than a ...
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If Voldemort broke an unbreakable vow would he die?

Jeff's reply in Why didn't Voldemort use the Unbreakable Vow with his Death Eaters? naturally brought up the question of what would happen if Voldemort entered into an Unbreakable Vow and then ...
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Why didn't Voldemort use the Unbreakable Vow with his Death Eaters?

I don't remember how it was called in English, I guess it was like "Unbreakable Vow" or whatever, that charm that forced you to do something or die. Well then, why didn't Voldemort use it with his ...
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Where Did Wormtail Hide Voldemort's Wand?

Is there verification either in canon or from J.K. Rowling as to where Wormtail hid Voldemort's wand during the thirteen years Voldemort was disembodied? I've read through the chapters The Death ...
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What jobs can wizards and witches do within the world of magic?

This Cracked article reminded me of the reason why I asked this question. What jobs were open to wizards and witches in the world of magic? From crowd scenes at Quidditch competitions it seems that ...
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Was Aunt Marge ever deflated?

Regarding Aunt Marge's inflation, I don't remember ever reading in the books that she was ever restored (deflated). Nor was it seen in the films. Did that ever happen? Or is she still out there, ...
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What 'spell' inflates Aunt Marge?

Clearly the spell which inflates Aunt Marge in book three isn't a standard spoken spell, and is cast wandless. So there is no real 'spell' to speak of. But what is it most like? Clearly she expands ...
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Why aren't Grindelwald's events called the First Wizarding War?

The description on the Harry Potter wiki for Grindelwald says: Grindelwald left Britain and soon stole the Elder Wand, building an army and rising to power in continental Europe. During his reign ...
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In the Harry Potter universe is there any mention of just how many Pure blood families there are?

There seems to be quit a few pure blood families in the books. Is there any list or reference for how many there are? I'm asking because there is no mention of the family Potter other than James and ...
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Did Dumbledore know what was going on in DADA during year 4?

So, did Dumbledore know what was going on in Defense Against the Dark Arts class during Harry's fourth year at Hogwarts? I have a hard time believing that Dumbledore would have allowed the ...
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Why didn't Harry try harder to learn magic?

In the books Harry is actually shown to be a bit of an underachiever in school. He barely makes the grades he needs to become an Auror (I forget if he actually does make the grades he needs or not). ...
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Wasn't Harry's father just like Draco?

Throughout the series Harry keeps thinking of Snape as a villain partly because Snape holds a grudge against Harry because his father picked on him as a kid. Snape repeatedly gets onto Harry because ...
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Why didn't Harry Potter teach his son to duel?

Harry, in the DH epilogue, reminds his son going off to Hogwarts to not duel till he learns how. Why didn't Harry teach him at least the basics by that point? He was already 11 (?), so old enough to ...
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What use are the wizard familiars?

It seems like every student at Hogwarts has a familiar (a companion animal) – Neville's frog, Harry's owl, Ron's rat, Hermione's half-cat-half-Kneazle, etc... Harry's owl is at least marginally ...
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Why aren't flying cars/motorcycles invisible?

Knight Bus is magicked so that Muggles don't notice it (and its strange driving patterns). So why aren't magical flying vehicles (Arthur Weaseley's car, Sirius/Hagrid's motorcycle) either made ...
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The Heir of Slytherin — Why Was the Heir Tom Riddle?

If it will be helpful to anyone, here is Tom Riddle/Voldemort's timeline from the HP Lexicon. Okay, my math is generally terrible, but if Hogwarts was established approximately 1000 years prior to ...
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How Did Tom Riddle Find Out About the Existence/Location of the Chamber of Secrets?

This is the third of a three-part question on the basilisk plot in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets that I'm looking for CANON COMPLIANT explanations for. By "canon compliant", I mean within ...
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How Was the Legend of the Chamber of Secrets Established?

This is the second of a three-part question on the basilisk plot in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets that I'm looking for CANON COMPLIANT explanations for. By "canon compliant", I mean within ...
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How Could Hogwarts Have Realistically Accommodated the Basilisk 800 - 1000+ Years Ago?

This is the first of a three-part question on the basilisk plot in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Out of all the Harry Potter books, Chamber of Secrets is the most problematic for me as far ...
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How did the Deluminator help Ron find his way back?

We're introduced to the Deluminator several times throughout the books, however it is always presented as a magical device which can remove and replace the light in a room or area. How does that ...
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When magically inflated, how high into the sky could Aunt Marge have floated before freezing to death?

I suppose this is scientific/math question! I'm wondering why -- by the time the Accidental Magic Reversal Squad reached Aunt Marge after Harry accidentally inflated her with magic -- Aunt Marge didn'...
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Are any of the characters in Harry Potter books a “Mary Sue”?

Can any of the characters in Harry Potter books be considered a "Mary Sue" character? If so, who and why? A Mary Sue or Gary Stu or Marty Stu is an idealized fictional character, a young or low-...
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What causes the portraits of Wizards to behave interactively?

Does J.K. Rowling address how the interactive portraits work? Would a portrait painted after a Wizard/Witch died become interactive, or does the painting of the portrait have to take place during the ...
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Was Harry making a big mistake with his plan for Elder Wand?

At the very end of Deathly Hallows, after Harry repaired his own wand with the Elder Wand, he tells Dumbledore's Portrait in the office: “I’m putting the Elder Wand,” he told Dumbledore, who was ...
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In the Harry Potter books, how many wizards/witches make their living through Quidditch in Britain?

How many wizards/witches make their living through Quidditch in Britain? We know that there are 13 teams in the League. How many players are there on a pro Quidditch team? (factor in backups/...
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Why didn't Voldemort come back as a ghost?

We know that "ghosts are imprints of souls of [...] deceased wizards and witches" (hp wikia). And we know "wizards who fear death are likely to become ghosts" (ibid). Finally, we know (and I like the ...
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How was Dumbledore able to defeat Grindelwald, since Grindelwald had the Elder Wand?

This question: How could Dumbledore ever become the owner of the Elder-Wand? just speculates on the transfer of ownership of the Elder Wand. But the Elder Wand is supposed to greatly enhance the ...
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How many league Quidditch teams are there in Britain?

In the Harry Potter books, how many Quidditch teams are there in Britain (professional ones - where players get paid for playing)?
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How could Dumbledore ever become the owner of the Elder-Wand?

According to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Gregorovitch was once the owner of the Elder Wand. Grindelwald stole the Elder Wand from Gregorovitch without defeating him in a duel. So it would ...
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Work after completing Hogwarts [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What jobs can wizards and witches do within the world of magic? What do witches and wizards do after they complete their education of witchcraft and wizardry? Do they return ...
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Why did Harry not repair his wand in the movie?

At the end of the seventh book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Harry uses the Elder Wand to repair his own broken wand. ‘I know it’s powerful,’ said Harry wearily. ‘But I was happier with ...
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Does the invisibility cloak work on Muggles?

I read the article on Harry Potter Wikia, but does it work on Muggles? If an invisibility cloak somehow found its way to Muggle hands, won't the whole cover of the Magical World be blown away? Are ...
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How can they see Harry's invisibility cloak when they are not wearing it?

When no one was wearing the invisibility cloak, how could they find it? Wouldn't it be invisible? I read through this and it explained its history, strengths and weaknesses, but didn't really answer ...
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Where were Hagrid and Harry before Harry was left with the Dursleys?

In book 1 of Harry Potter we learn that Voldemort is undone the night before Harry is left with the Dursleys. This is gleaned from the exchange between Professor McGonagall and Dumbledore outside the ...
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How much money did Harry Potter have?

So, we know Harry inherited his money from James. By descriptions from the books, it looks like he had enough money to spend during his school years with plenty to spare for later life. Is there an ...
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Can prefects take points from houses?

In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Percy argues with Ron when he catches Ron and Harry in a corridor at night, and tells him, "Five points from Gryffindor." However, in Order of the Phoenix, ...
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Was Harry Potter inspired by The Lord of the Rings?

It seems like many parallels can be made between Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings. Firstly between Sauron and Voldemort: They both crafted magical items so that they could transcend death. They ...
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Why Couldn't a Time Turner Have been Used to Stop Voldemort?

With the use of a time turner, that opens a whole "Pandora's Box" of possibilities. While the use of one can be problematical, when the Ministry of Magic found out how dangerous Voldemort was, why ...
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What Were Time Turners Used For?

While time turners were guarded by the Ministry of Magic, it was still possible for a young student at Hogwarts to get permission to use one, indicating that while they may be secret, they aren't so ...

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