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 all the names shown on the Marauders Map in the third Harry Potter movie where Fred and George give Harry the map?

What are all the names shown on the Marauders Map in the scene where Fred and George give the map to Harry in the third Harry Potter movie? The writing was too small for me to work them out.
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Fan fic where Harry is lord of Hogwarts?

He's a lord of Hogwarts, descendant of all the founders, an Animagus, a Metamorphmagus, James and Lily are alive, he has a twin, and Ron and Dumbledore are traitors.
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Why did the house-elves fight without magic? [duplicate]

In Chapter Thirty-Six of Deathly Hallows we have the following passage: The house-elves of Hogwarts swarmed into the entrance hall, screaming and waving carving knives and cleavers, and at their ...
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Did Mad-Eye Moody practice his magical skills in the time between being freed from his magical trunk and the battle in the Department of Mysteries?

In the Goblet of Fire, it was said that he was beaten by Barty Crouch Jr. and Wormtail combined, just because he got rusty in his duelling skills. However, did he manage to defeat any Death Eaters ...
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Harry Potter fanfiction with Luna Lovegood as its main character

The main character is Luna Lovegood and shows her life with Xenophilius. I am certain that I found this on FanFiction.net. Eventually, Harry and Luna develop a romance, and I specifically remember a ...
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Who is Dumbledore referring to when he says “Lily and James put their faith in the wrong person”?

In the last movie of the Harry Potter series, Dumbledore tells Snape the following after Snape finds out that Lily dies. Lily and James put their faith in the wrong person and so did you. Is ...
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Harry Potter FanFiction AU

I am trying to find a Harry Potter fanfiction where he is raised by Sirius while being trained by the Ministry and defeats Voldemort. Then the fanfic starts where he is forced to go to Hogwarts to ...
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How did the Durmstrang ship get into the lake?

We can see in Goblet of Fire that it rises out of the depths of the lake with all its students on board. How did it get in the lake?
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How does owl post work?

We know that owls are treated as pets and are used to carry letters. But I was wondering if there is an explanation for how it works as there are lots of questions around the topic, such as: How are ...
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Why doesn't Remus Lupin turn into a werewolf in the scene where Harry looks for Peter Pettigrew on the Marauder's Map?

Why doesn't Lupin become a werewolf the night Harry looks for Peter on the map? The moon is out that night.
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Is there any way to make sense out of the scheduling for electives at Hogwarts?

The Question The actual question is as follows: The scheduling system for elective classes at Hogwarts, as presented in the books (particularly Prisoner of Azkaban) does not seem to make sense. I am ...
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Why didn't people (in the Battle of Hogwarts) try to duel with Voldemort? [closed]

Many characters, aside from Harry, were in the same vicinity as Voldemort during the Battle of Hogwarts. Why then did they make the choice not to fight against him (and what was the effect of that ...
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Wouldn't Voldemort know Harry was a Horcrux?

Voldemort already knew he planned on making 7 Horcruxes - he asked Slughorn specifically about 7 and also the rocks on his window. So, why didn't he know Harry was one? Or surely he knew Harry would ...
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Can Hogwarts be seen from the Hogwarts Express?

In Chapter Six of Philosopher's Stone we have the following statement: "Yeh'll get yer firs' sight o' Hogwarts in a sec," Hagrid called over his shoulder, "jus' round this bend here." This takes ...
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Is Luna Lovegood blonde or actually grey-haired?

Is Luna Lovegood blonde or actually grey-haired? Is she actually blonde or does she have grey/white hair and it's just the lighting from the sun or magic light that shines on her hair to make it ...
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Are Unforgivable Curses unforgivable worldwide?

Okay, so I've been researching on the site, but apparently this question hasn't been asked. Throughout the book series, we only see the british position on the Unforgivable Curses; the movies show ...
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Would a Triwizard Champion be sent to Azkaban for killing another contestant?

If one of the champions had killed one another, would that person be sent to Azkaban? Or are the Unforgivable Curses allowed during the Triwizard Tournament? (This question is meant for the third ...
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How do wizards/witches in the Harry Potter universe learn non-magic subjects? [duplicate]

In the Harry Potter series, there is a lot of talk about the curriculum at Hogwarts but they never talk about learning math, Muggle history, advanced reading/writing, etc. Are we to believe they are ...
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How effective was Charlie's fireproof balaclava?

Charlie has a fireproof balaclava which he presumably uses as part of his work with dragons. Charlie was darning a fireproof balaclava. (Goblet of Fire, Chapter 10, Mayhem at the Ministry). ...
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Why doesn't Voldemort use Accio on Harry? [duplicate]

This doesn't make sense to me. Voldemort could just say Accio Glasses and temporarily blind Harry. Why doesn't he use Accio on the offensive against Harry?
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Will a wand change allegience if its owner lost a friendly duel?

Severus Snape defeated Lockhart during a friendly duel in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. If Snape had defeated Lockhart during a real duel, Lockhart would have lost his wand's allegiance. ...
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Would Vipera Evanesca work on a Basilisk?

If someone casted Vipera Evanesca on a Basilisk, would it have worked?
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What’s the difference between Locomotor and Wingardium Leviosa?

In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, after Umbridge has dismissed Trelawney, the teachers get her trunks back upstairs by using “Locomotor Trunks!” However, wouldn’t this same thing have been ...
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Why didn’t Dementors fight with Voldemort in the last battle of Hogwarts?

Why didn’t the Dementors fight with Voldemort in the last battle of Hogwarts?
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Why does Hermione say “how often do I have to tell you” when telling Ron that you can't (Dis)apparate inside the Hogwarts grounds?

While writing an answer to Was there any reason to think that there might be students younger than 17 coming for the Triwizard Tournament?, I came across this line: “A Portkey?” Ron suggested. “Or ...
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Half Blood Prince and the Death Eaters at Diagon Alley

In the beginning of the Half Blood Prince, you can see death eaters blowing up the wall to diagon alley. So, wouldn’t the muggles be able to see and walk straight into the wizard world? Also I mean ...
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2 Way Horcrux Chain

Lets say you had 3 wizards, let’s call them A, B and C. If A were to turn B & C into Horcruxes, B were to turn A & C into Horcruxes and C were to turn A & B into Horcruxes. Would killing ...
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What was the dust in Harry's battle with Voldemort?

In Order of the Phoenix, when Harry forced Voldemort out from the possession, what was the dust floating around Harry, and what was it called?
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Why was sabotage so easy in the Triwizard Tournament?

Since the Triwizard Tournament is the biggest competition in the wizard world, why would it be so easy for someone to bewitch it?
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How did no one exiting the Hogwarts Express bump into Harry under his Invisibility Cloak?

When Harry was on the Hogwarts Express trying to look through Draco’s belongings, how was nobody bumping into Harry when everyone was getting off?
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Harry Potter fan fiction where Sirius Black rescues Harry as a child

This was a Harry Potter fan fiction in which Sirius rescues Harry when he is a kid, walks to his uncle's cabin, and uses a "cooking wand"?
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How many people in the wizarding world knew where Harry Potter lived?

This question says the wizarding world believed Harry Potter lived with Muggles, but maybe that is all that most wizards knew about his location. How secret was Harry Potter's home in Little Whinging ...
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Why did Fred hope that they would forget to give out the notice?

At the very end of Philosopher's Stone we are told the following: notes were handed out to all students, warning them not to use magic over the holidays ("I always hope they'll forget to give us ...
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Why don't the Weasley twins use magic outside of school if the Trace can only find the location of spells cast?

Using magic outside of Hogwarts is illegal for wizards under seventeen. But it is also revealed that the Trace can only find the location of where spells are cast, which is why the Ministry blames ...
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Why did the school have a series of difficult, yet doable challenges instead of a spell that keeps people from getting it? [duplicate]

In The Sorcerer's Stone Harry and Quirrell have to get through a series of challenges to get the stone. But they all have a solution. For example, the flying keys: you find the right key, you get ...
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Was Firenze predicting the Battle of Hogwarts?

During one of the Divination lessons with Firenze (after Trelawney has been dismissed) in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, he mentions a prediction of a war they were going to have. Firenze ...
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Does using Felix Felicis while in Priori Incantum improve your chances of winning the duel by strengthening your spell?

Does using Felix Felicis while in Priori Incantatem improve your chances of winning the duel by strengthening your spell against your opponent's spell?
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Where is the Quidditch Cup stored?

In Chapter Nineteen of Order of the Phoenix we have the following statement from Professor McGonagall: “I think you’ve got enough to be getting on with at the moment,” she said loftily. Nobody ...
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What happens to the Triwizard Cup when the tournaments reoccur?

What happens to the Triwizard Cup when the tournaments reoccur? Is it passed around to the next following champions? Or is a new one made?
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Do the Horcruxes know about each other?

I’m sure this must be a duplicate, but I can’t find it. The implication in "Chamber of Secrets" seems to be that diary-Horcrux Tom could become (is) the new Dark Lord with minimal intervention from ...
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How was Harry Potter able to kill Voldemort (after HP came back to life in the Forbidden Forest) if Lily's protection is still in Voldemort's body? [duplicate]

I get this whole part: "He took your blood believing it would strengthen him. He took into his body a tiny part of the enchantment your mother laid upon you when she died for you. His body keeps ...
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Photos and purposes of all the actresses playing Mrs. Norris?

According to the wiki, Mrs. Norris is played by four different Maine Coons, namely Maximus, Alanis, Cornilus and Tommy. Wiki states that Maximus is trained to run alongside Filch and jump on his ...
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On which edition of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is ancestor first changed to descendant?

In the first edition of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, there is a passage: "You can speak Parseltongue, Harry," said Dumbledore calmly, "because Lord Voldemort - who is the last remaining ...
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Who were Hogwarts teachers in the early 1900s?

We know that Slughorn came to teach Potions in 1931, and Dumbledore taught DADA in 1908, but do we know the names of previous teachers (specifically those from years 1901 to 1908)? Who taught ...
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How Does Harry Potter get from Kings Cross back to the Dursley's with his new trunk, school supplies and Hedgwig?

After Hagrid has taken Harry to Diagon Alley for his school supplies he buys Harry 'a bit to eat' as they wait for Harry's train. Harry sits in the window, waiting to catch a glimpse of Hagrid as the ...
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Are there any instances where the illustrations in the Illustrated Harry Potter contradict known book canon?

After reading this question it made me wonder, are there any instances where illustrated HPs contradict known book canon?
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How are passwords distributed around Hogwarts?

While trying to answer a question I tried to find some information on how passwords are distributed around Hogwarts. From what I remember, Harry and co always seem to learn the Gryffindor Common Room ...
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How could Sir Cadogan give Neville the passwords? [duplicate]

In Chapter Twelve of Prisoner of Azkaban we find the following passage: They turned into the corridor to Gryffindor Tower and saw Neville Longbottom, pleading with Sir Cadogan, who seemed to be ...
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Why didn't Tina check the facts regarding Newt's engagement to Leta?

Most Aurors are shown in the series to be incompetent buffoons. However, Tina was shown to be very competent and was an essential part of Newt's success in the first movie. However, in The Crimes of ...
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Why was Sir Cadogan fired?

We know that Gryffindor Tower uses a password system: one provides the password and is granted access. A non-Gryffindor using the wrong password may be against school rules, but is perfectly possible. ...