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 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 ...
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During the events of the Harry Potter series what is the total population of Wizards/Witches globally?

The question "How do Muggle-borns end up with magical ability?" got me to wondering how many wizards and witches there were on the planet during the events of the Harry Potter series. Was there any ...
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How do Muggle-borns end up with magical ability?

Inheriting the magical blood down the line, via a wizard father or a witch mother is understandable in case of Half-Bloods. I am wondering as to how Muggle-borns end up with magical ability?
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In Harry Potter, What would the Muggle autopsy of a Killing Curse victim reveal?

What would the Muggle autopsy of a Killing Curse victim reveal? Wouldn't it sound unusual to Muggles that a person died because of absolutely nothing?
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Was Quirrell the Defense against the Dark Arts teacher for more than one year?

It's well seen throughout the series that there is a “curse” on the DADA teacher position, that no one can hold that post for more than a year. But it seems like Quirrell has been around for longer ...
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What child did Harry give the Marauders Map to, if any?

The Marauder's Map was last seen in Harry's possesion during Deathly Hallows. What child did Harry give the Marauders Map to, if any?
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Why did it seem like only Voldemort and Snape could fly?

In the seven books, flying is an ability we only see from Voldemort and Snape. Why is that so? and How do they do that? Moreover, why couldn't anyone in the Order of Phoenix fly?
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What was guarding the Sorcerer's (Philosopher's) Stone before the mirror of Erised?

So, we know that the Mirror of Erised was the ultimate guardian to the Stone in the first Harry Potter book, but we also know that it wasn't there until about the New Year. The Stone was there for ...
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Where did Harry's parents get all of their money from?

So, at the beginning of Harry Potter, Harry is found to have a large vault of gold at Gringotts. Where did all of that money come from? What did James (I assume it came from him, as Lily was muggle-...
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Etymology of the name, “Voldemort.”

What is the etymology of the name Voldemort? He's the main antagonist character from the Harry Potter books.
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Why was Harry so good at Quidditch?

Okay, we know that Harry Potter was unusually good at Quidditch. Why? Most of his other unusual abilities, we have explained, but this one hasn't really, to my knowledge.
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Spell casting in the Harry Potter series

In the Harry Potter universe, magically inclined children are sent to school where they start learning how to cast spells and other magic related activities. It's clearly shown that the children have ...
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Is there a list of significant “foreshadowed” ideas/details between Harry Potter fanfiction and Harry Potter 5/6/7 books that were released later?

Is/are there lists of instances of "borrowed" or "foreshadowed" ideas or details between Harry Potter fan-fiction and Harry Potter books 5, 6 or 7 that were released later? This question as stated ...
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Why did Harry's father emerge before his mother in HP and the Goblet of Fire?

In Harry Potter book 4 (Goblet of Fire) Harry's wand 'links' with Voldemort's during their duel, and Voldemort's wand begins 'spitting out' each spell it had cast, in reverse order. This produces ...
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What does it take to become a registered Animagus?

So, I've wondered for some time, if you need a permit to be an Animagus in the Harry Potter universe, how do you learn to do it beforehand? Is there some class, or something? And as there's only seven ...
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Are there any spells that a wizard/witch can cast without a wand in the Harry Potter universe?

In the beginning of the series, it's mentioned that Muggle-born wizards/witches are identified due to inadvertent spell-casting. However, it seems like later in the book, disarmed wizards/witches are ...
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Why don't Muggle-born wizards use Muggle technology to fight Death Eaters?

We know that wizards in the Harry Potter universe are subject to regular physical harm (e.g. witness injuries from being hit by Bludgers or just colliding with things when playing Quidditch). ...
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Why exactly do the Death Eaters serve Lord Voldemort?

The impression that I got from the Harry Potter films was that if Lord Voldemort was successful, most of the world was going to suffer greatly. Basically everyone would serve Voldemort as slaves or ...