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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Why did Dumbledore ignore this line?

In Chapter Thirty-Three of Goblet of Fire Voldemort says: What I was, even I do not know... I, who have gone further than anybody along the path that leads to immortality. You know my goal – to ...
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How did Tom Riddle go about cursing the position of Defence Against the Dark Arts?

How did Tom Riddle, upon being denied the position of teacher for Defence Against the Dark Arts, actually go about cursing it? Did he just whip out his wand and say “Positionus Cursus”? Did he dip the ...
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Why didn't Dumbledore set a taboo-safe-word for Harry?

It's probably lack of foresight on Rowling's part, but if magic like the taboo mechanism existed, is there a canonical reason why Dumbledore didn't give Harry a safe-word of sorts? Harry had had ...
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In the final duel, if Harry Potter had simply let himself be hit with the killing curse, would Voldemort have been killed anyway?

We know that Lily’s enchantments flow through Voldemort’s blood and that Harry is tethered to life as long as Voldemort lives. Thus, having already killed the Horcrux in Harry before the final duel, ...
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Harry Potter Fanfic based on Order of the Phoenix where the trio break someone out of Azkaban and become Animagi

Way back in 2013, I read a great novel length Harry Potter fan fiction. I want to reread it but I can't find it online since there have been many, many fanfics written since then. It was based on ...
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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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Was the Sorcerer's Stone already in the Mirror of Erised when the Mirror was moved in the third-floor corridor? [duplicate]

In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, the Mirror of Erised is said to be the ultimate protection against the impure of heart who desire to obtain the Stone only for their own desires. However, ...
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Did Snape really give Umbridge a fake Veritaserum potion that Harry later pretended to drink?

The Harry Potter Compendium page for Veritaserum states the following: Dolores Umbridge attempted to use Veritaserum on Harry the following year, but to no effect. In actuality, Snape had presented ...
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How often are Quidditch games won because of the Snitch being caught?

Most of the Quidditch games we see in the Harry Potter movies end with someone catching the Snitch (and winning). How often do Quidditch games end without the Snitch being caught? (I don't expect an ...
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How come having a Deathly Hallow is not a big deal?

Harry has the Invisibility Cloak, one of the three most powerful objects in the wizarding world. With time, more and more people learn the fact that Harry has it, however, nobody really cares. ...
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What happened to Neville on his first broom flight?

In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, during the first broom-flying class for the first years, Neville's broom takes him on a wild ride. At first, Madame Hooch seems prepared for this, and points ...
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Why is there no broom-flying license test for wizards?

At Hogwart students learn how to fly, but nobody check their flying abilities. Brooms can be compared to bicycles, and some countries require bicycle licensing. Why are there are no laws governing ...
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What are the children of two Muggle-borns called?

If I remember correctly, to be referred to as a pure-blood, all your grandparents must be magical. If you have one (or more) pure-blood grandparents and one (or more) Muggle grandparents, then you are ...
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Why would Dementors torture a Death Eater if they are loyal to Voldemort?

A follow up of this related question: Why did the Ministry order a Dementor’s kiss for Barty Crouch Jr. without any trial? If all the Dementors are loyal to Voldemort and Barty Crouch Junior is a ...
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Spells that require “special” handling

Most of the spells learned in Hogwarts are a simple flow of: Choose your spell Point your wand Say the words Magic happens But there are other spells that specify the need to do more than that. For ...
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Why bother with the search for Horcruxes? [duplicate]

The biggest plan in defeating Voldemort is to hunt down and destroy all his Horcruxes, and a significant part of the last two books is spent doing this. Dumbledore, the most powerful wizard able to ...
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How is the team name order determined for House Quidditch games at Hogwarts?

How is the team name order determined for the House Quidditch games at Hogwarts? For example, in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone they announce a match as Lee: Hello, and welcome to ...
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Is it possible to Vanish humans?

We see in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix that McGonagall has her Transfiguration students practice the Vanishing Charm (Evanesco) on mice (and has previously had them do snails): “As I ...
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Why would anyone even use a Portkey?

I wonder why would anyone need a Portkey when there's a possibility to Apparate? I was thinking that some would not be able to Apparate since they have no license, I asked about it here, thinking ...
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Who gets an Apparition licence?

I read a lot of questions lately about Apparition vs. Portkeys. People keep talking about getting a license from the MoM to be able to Apparate legally. It seems that everyone can learn it since they ...
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What happens if you try to apparate into Hogwarts?

We learn that using apparition into and out of Hogwarts is not possible. When Dumbledore is using apparition with Harry when they are going to find the locket, Harry asks him how can he do that, and ...
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Are Bellatrix's eyes hooded or heavy-lidded?

Her first mention in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire describes her as a woman with thick, shining dark hair and heavily hooded eyes but in the rest of the series, she is described as a woman with ...
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Why is Madam Hooch not a professor?

Madam Hooch role is described as Hogwarts' flying instructor. Even though she does teach magic, she is not addressed as a professor. I would imagine that, just like in the real world, to be called ...
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How did Bellatrix know about the Philosopher's Stone?

She was in Azkaban during those events. She confronted Snape about it in HBP. How did she know about it?
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Who would have called Harry by his last name?

At the very end of Philosopher’s Stone we find the following passage: ”Thanks," said Harry, "I'll need something to look forward to." People jostled them as they moved forward toward the gateway ...
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Which muggles are allowed to learn about magic? [duplicate]

Other than the obvious first-degree family members, it is also indicated that the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom knows about the wizarding world. Who else can be revealed to magic? Who's the ...
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Was Marietta Edgecomb under a spell in The Order of the Phoenix?

In The Order of the Phoenix, just when Dumbledore’s Army was discovered by Umbridge, Marietta responds in a manner which allows her to save the DA from most trouble... but her eyes are strangely blank....
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Does Snape have a bad hairstyle according to the wizarding world?

Having read a lot of fanfiction, I just realized that the Potion Master's hair has never been described in a flattering manner. The phrase greasy-haired has been used to describe Severus Snape in most ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 ...