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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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Did Dumbledore lie to Harry about how long he had James Potter's invisibility cloak when he was examining it? If so, why?

Sorry if this is too long! I think it's different to previous questions... In 'King's Cross', Dumbledore claims that James had showed him the cloak "just a few days previously" to the attack on ...
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Fanfic where Dumbledore has made Horcruxes and Harry defeats him finally

Dumbledore has made Horcruxes (one? or more?), and obviously it features a manipulative Dumbledore. I remember Harry becoming the master of the Source of magic or he becomes the god of magic or ...
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Why didn't they use a portkey to go from America to Europe?

In the beginning of the film, they need to transport Grindelwald to Europe. Since not even Voldemort can teleport from the U.K. to continental Europe, it can’t be that way. So why do they not just ...
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Who made the Elder Wand? [duplicate]

In The Tale of the Three Brothers, Death is said to have made the Elder Wand. Even Harry, who was accustomed to magic, found that idea ludicrous. Obviously, Death could not have made it... then who ...
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Why couldn't Moody use dittany on his nose?

In The Deathly Hallows, Hermione uses dittany to mend Ron's arm after it got Splinched and part of it was scooped out: (emphasis mine) “Harry, quickly, in my bag, there’s a small bottle labeled ‘...
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Are the runes around the Goblet of Fire meaningful?

I recently visited the Warner Bros. Studios Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter and took notice of a particular piece of artwork from the prop designs of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. It ...
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Does a half-blood or Muggle-born have less skill with magic than a pure-blood?

Draco Malfoy and the rest of his family are pure-bloods and take immense pride in that. Why are pure-bloods different from half-bloods or Muggle-borns? Do they have more natural magical talent? ...
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Were any of the teachers Harry had for DADA repeat teachers?

In the Harry Potter universe, the DADA job is portrayed as cursed and each person can only have the job for one year. However, Lupin seems like a really good teacher and I would have expected him to ...
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Was the blue fire from Crimes of Grindlewald Fiendfyre?

In Crimes of Grindlewald, Grindelwald uses a powerful blue flame that takes on the shape of monsters. Was this Fiendfyre?
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What would Fiendfyre do to a dragon?

Dragons are supposed to be spell and fire resistant so it's expected that the effects of a fire spell won't hurt them. However, the Fiendfyre spell is extremely powerful dark magic, cursed flames ...
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How would Dumbledore know who to give the title of Prefect to?

It is mentioned in The Deathly Hallows in the chapter, "The Will of Albus Dumbledore:" "Would you say you were close to Dumbledore, Ronald?" asked Scrimgeour, ignoring Hermione. Ron looked ...
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Doesn't the 'Avis' charm indirectly violate the Gamp's law of Elemental Transfiguration? [duplicate]

‘Yeah, well, food’s one of the five exceptions to Gamp’s Law of Elemental Transfiguration,’ said Ron, to general astonishment. Now Avis is a charm that creates a flock of birds. Isn't it possible to ...
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Is there anything in the world more physically painful than the Cruciatus Curse?

As I understand it, Crucio stimulates all the pain receptors in the body causing it to experience incredible pain. So theoretically, there should be nothing in the world more painful than the ...
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Within Hogwarts, where could you spend money?

This was inspired by a recent question about the Galleons that Hermione handed out for Dumbledore's Army meetings. As far as I can recall, during Harry's time at Hogwarts, there were no places within ...
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Were the Galleons Hermione passed out illegal?

As Hermione, herself points out, the only danger with the fake coins used for communication among Dumbledore's Army would be that someone might actually spend them. This brings up the possibility of ...
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How is Accio a safe spell? [closed]

Why couldn’t Newt use ‘Accio’ to retrieve all his beasts? ‘Accio’ only works on inanimate objects. While people or creatures may be indirectly moved by ‘Accio-ing’ objects that they are wearing ...
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Why didn't Voldemort know what Grindelwald looked like?

Can anybody explain to me why Voldemort didn't know what Grindelwald looked like? It's not like there were ages between them – both Grindelwald and Dumbledore were still alive in the era of Voldemort,...
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How can Newt cast Accio on a Niffler when it is only supposed to work on inanimate objects? [duplicate]

Accio is not supposed to work on people or creatures as per this source: Why couldn’t Newt use ‘Accio’ to retrieve all his beasts? ‘Accio’ only works on inanimate objects. While people or ...
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How quickly do objects summoned by Accio fly?

Is there a specific speed that Summoned objects fly at, and if so, what is it? If not, how is speed determined?
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Can this inconsistency in the ability of the Summoning Charm (Accio) to summon animals be explained?

J.K. Rowling has wrote on her website that the Summoning Charm only works on inanimate objects, explaining that creatures and humans can only be summoned by summoning objects they are holding or ...
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What favor did Moody owe Dumbledore?

In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, “Professor Moody" mentioned that he would only be teaching for a year, and only because he owed Dumbledore a favor. What was this favor and what made it so ...
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After so much travel and research, why did Newt Scamander write such a simple book which lacks details?

Newt Scamander has researched a lot on magical creatures and yet if you compare his book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them with Darwin's books, it'd look nothing. Why did Newt Scamander write ...
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Where is Newt Scamander in the era of Harry Potter?

In Crimes of Grindelwald, Prof. Albus Dumbledore and Hogwarts were there, then why was Newt not there when Harry Potter attended Hogwarts?
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Why did Ravenclaw use “man” in “Wit beyond measure is man's greatest treasure”?

The famous quote by Rowena Ravenclaw is Wit beyond measure is man's greatest treasure. But Ravenclaw is a woman. So why did she use "man" instead of using "person or something else"? I found it ...
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By the books, how long did Quirrell teach? [duplicate]

To the best of my awareness, the only reference in the books to what teaching Quirrell did prior to the events of Philosopher's Stone is Hagrid's statement that he's now scared of the students (...
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Were Thestrals involved in the creation of Harry's cloak?

Can someone check my logic. Given that: Harry's cloak is a Deathly Hallow supposedly taken from Death. Thestrals can only be seen by people who have seen death. Would the alchemical preparation of ...
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What is the difference between a Secrecy Sensor and a Probity Probe?

What is the difference between a Probity Probe and a Secrecy Sensor?
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Harry Potter fanfiction where Harry's skin is peeling off, he hides after Umbridge discovers it and finds Salazar's coffin

I don't remember the name of the story or what site I read it on. However I remember the following points. Harry has some sort of creature inheritance (snake-based) his skin is peeling off and he ...
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Harry Potter fan fic about him going missing with Voldemort after the war

I read, about four or five years ago, a fan fic about Harry going missing for two years after the war with Voldemort, and when he comes back, Ginny has two kids, and Harry is the father but he doesn't ...
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How does memory work among Horcruxes?

At the time of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets we have 2 conscious and functioning Horcruxes - young Tom Riddle from the Diary and the "main piece" hiding somewhere in Albania. Young Tom ...
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How could very few people know the actual identity of Voldemort as Tom Riddle? [duplicate]

Dumbledore says: Very few people know that Lord Voldemort was once called Tom Riddle. I taught him myself, fifty years ago, at Hogwarts. He disappeared after leaving the school … travelled far ...
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Why didn't Death Eaters take advantage of Harry's bad eyesight in a duel?

In Harry Potter, Hermione once says something like this to Harry, "you really do have bad eyesight". So this means Harry can't go around well without his glasses. So in a duel, why didn't the Death ...
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What “news” is Yusuf referring to?

Mustafa Kama's son, Yusuf, says to Corvus, whose late father killed Yusuf's family: So he confided you to his servant, who boarded a ship for America. His servant, Irma Dugard, was a half-elf. ...
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Would a Patronus animal change throughout your life due to emotionally changing? [duplicate]

Would a Patronus animal change throughout your life, if different things make you happy to what you used to like?
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How many Death Eaters died in total? [duplicate]

We know about the fifty Hogwarts fighters that died but what about the Death Eaters? Except for Regulus Black, Severus Snape, Bellatrix and Voldemort, which Death Eaters died?
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What exactly is the significance of the King of the Cats story in the novel The Curse of the Gatekeeper by G. Norman Lippert?

In G. Norman Lippert's James Potter and The Curse of the Gatekeeper, (a Harry Potter fanfiction) the Wizarding Literature Professor Revalvier (an allusion to J. K. Rowling herself) introduces The ...
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Is Draco portrayed in the canon books as good-looking?

In fan-fiction, Draco-Harry and Draco-Hermione pairings are very common. Their popularity is evidenced by the fact that this very site has specific tags for them. This is often attributed to Draco ...
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What is the creature in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald?

It can be seen behind Newt Scamander in the attached image. Only the creature's eye is shown during the movie's run time from 32:37 minutes. Its eye glows, it's in some sort of aquarium. Please help ...
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Are Giants classified as Beasts or Beings?

In the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them textbook, we learn that wizards classify creatures as either "beasts" or "beings", where beings are usually defined by intelligence level: Not until ...
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On what did Lego base the appearance of the new Hogwarts minifigs?

Lego introduced minifigs based on the four founders of Hogwarts in their recent castle set: Considering the characters have never appeared in either the movies nor the books, and knowing Lego's ...
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Can we identify these Harry Potter Lego microfigures?

The new Lego Hogwarts castle set comes with 4 minifigures of the four founders of Hogwarts and 12 microfigures of various HP characters, from Harry to Filch. The only problem is I can't make out which ...
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What has happened with the broom riding class in the Harry Potter books? [duplicate]

Aside from the very first novel I didn't find any mentioning of the broom riding classes. In the first book Malfoy taunts Harry in this class to get into the air with him, which after a series of ...
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What was Draco's motive that he summoned a snake in the duel?

I mean, there's many other spells he could've cast, but why choose to launch a snake of all things?
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Harry Potter fanfiction where he doesn't get his letter at 11

In this story, Harry never got his Hogwarts letter, and Voldemort might have returned or something, somehow, and Draco, Hermione, Ginny, Luna and Ron, go looking for Harry Potter, to see if he really ...
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Why didn't Voldemort hide his Horcruxes on different planets? [duplicate]

Voldemort could have travelled to different planets. Muggles landed on the moon, I think Wizards could do that easily. Why didn't Voldemort hide his Horcruxes on the Moon and/or other planets?
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What were total points after the second task of the Triwizard Tournament?

I'm trying to find the total points of each competitor of the Triwizard Tournament after the second task. “They will be marked on how well they perform each of the Tournament tasks and the champion ...
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Why did Harry Potter take place in 1981?

Why couldn't it be in the 1940s? Were there any special events happening in 1980-1990 that relate to the story? I'm doing this for school and I couldn't find anything.
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If Hagrid couldn't take a portkey because they were being watched, how could they take a portkey to Grimmauld Place?

In Order of the Phoenix there are multiple discussions about travel methods being watched. Chapter Twenty: “A month?” said Ron, as though he had never heard of a journey lasting such a ...
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Is the Lego Hogwarts Castle consistent with canon?

Lego recently released a beautiful Hogwarts castle. I would love to buy it, but before I do, I need to know: Is it consistent with canon? (Either book or movie). If not, where does it differ?
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What year was the spell Lumos taught at Hogwarts? [duplicate]

In the Harry Potter world; what year do they teach Lumos to the students? Is there any in canon examples of what school year the teachers teach the young Wizards and Witches the spell Lumos?