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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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Why didn't Lupin use a talking patronus to call Dumbledore to the Shrieking Shack in PoA?

I just read the answers to a question related to talking patronuses (Was Shacklebolt's Patronus the only one that spoke?). One thing I am always bothered by in relation to this is the question I ...
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Was Shacklebolt's Patronus the only one that spoke?

Bill and Fleur's wedding party was interrupted with a warning from Kingsley Shacklebolt. The Ministry has fallen. The Minister of Magic is dead. They are coming. Shacklebolt sent his Lynx patronus ...
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Why didn't Dumbledore create Horcruxes after learning that he was going to die due to a curse?

Dumbledore was the only wizard Voldemort ever feared. Dumbledore certainly knew that he could be a great asset to the upcoming wizarding war against Voldemort. After learning that he was going to die ...
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What would have happened to Harry's property if he died during the Battle of Hogwarts?

What would have happened if Harry died during the Battle of Hogwarts? What would have happened to Grimmauld Place and his vault of money and his possessions? Who or what would these items go to?
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Harry Potter fanfic in which he gets expelled and goes to France while Sirius becomes the Minister of Magic

The story I am looking for is an Independent Harry fanfic where the Wizengamot after the trial in Order of the Phoenix decide to expel him and snap his wand. In doing so they commit the grave error of ...
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Was Voldemort stupid or a genius? [closed]

After reading too much bashing, I decided to ask... Was Voldemort stupid or a genius? We know the tragic story of Voldemort, and yet after getting great OWL and NEWTS instead of trying to enter the ...
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Anti-Muggle sentiment post Battle of Hogwarts

Just browsing through Pottermore I came across a snippet about the late Astoria Greengrass. Draco married the younger sister of a fellow Slytherin. Astoria Greengrass, who had gone through a ...
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Can the Dark Mark be used to kill Death Eaters?

'You know what these remind me of?' 'No, what's that?' 'The Death Eaters' scars. Voldemort touches one of them, and all their scars burn, and they know they've got to join him.' Since we ...
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Are Hogwarts houses based on real life UK? [duplicate]

It’s been referred several times that Rowling modelled Hogwarts after standard UK structure for schools, which makes sense given she attended those. Stuff like OWLS and NEWTs are modelled around ...
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Why was Lupin angry that Harry did not hand in the Marauder's Map?

In the film Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Professor Lupin severely reprimands Harry Potter after saving him from Severus Snape. -- I haven't the faintest idea how this map came to be in ...
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Why didn't Voldemort use Polyjuice Potion to retrieve the prophecy?

Voldemort went through great lengths to retrieve the prophecy that predicts his downfall. Sending Death Eaters, unspeakable, even planting images in Harry's head to lure him in. Why didn't Voldemort ...
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Harry Potter fanfiction where Voldemort traps Harry in a casket and covers it in the Invisibility Cloak: saved by Snape?

From what I remember Voldemort discovers Harry is a Horcrux, locks him away in a casket (in a world of ice) and gets discovered by Snape. Harry is then left traumatised and it's a long road to ...
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Harry Potter fanfiction where there is big battle in Hogwarts and the Three Broomsticks is made into a first aid area for injured people

In this story there is big battle in Hogwarts and the Three Broomsticks is made into a first aid area for injured people. Harry is helping there to heal them. Then Death Eaters get in and make healers ...
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Harry Potter “Sirius' daughter” fanfiction where her mother is incapacitated in St. Mungo's

I'm looking for a Harry Potter "Sirius has a daughter" fanfiction that I read a few years ago on Quotev. It was about a Sirius' daughter, and she was dating one of the Weasley twins. I cannot ...
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Do portraits of wizards only have their characters or also their memories? [duplicate]

Do the magical portraits, like the ones of the headmasters of Hogwarts, still have all their memories? Hypothetical example: If Harry's parents were on a portrait, would they just love Harry and be ...
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Fidelius charm interaction with pensieve

Does the fidelius charm protect secrets across pensieves? If a person who is "in" on a secret observes, say 12 Grimmauld Place, for example and then gives a memory to someone who does not know the ...
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What was Amos Diggory's job at the Ministry?

In the Goblet of Fire we see Arthur talk about how Amos works with him at the Ministry. Does this mean that he works in the Misuse of Muggle Artifacts office as well?
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Are there male Maledictuses?

In the description for Maledictuses in the Harry Potter/Fantastic Beasts sticker album, it says A Maledictus is a wizard or witch with a blood curse that transforms them into a beast. However, the ...
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Harry Potter Fanfic - Harry is a Phoenix animagus, trained by Fawkes, Luna is an animagus too

I’m looking for a fanfic I must have read pre 2013, it’s a long one and is probably is part of a series. I’ll do my best to recall details, I think the vets I remember are likely split over two parts ...
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How many times in the Harry Potter books did 13 people dine together?

In chapter 11 of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Dumbledore invites Trelawney to join his Christmas dinner in The Great Hall. She declined, saying, "I dare not, Headmaster! If I join the ...
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Was the Triwizard Tournament continued? [duplicate]

I get that it wouldn't have happened in 1999, but what about 2004, 2009, 2014, or even in 2019. There seems like there isn't any danger, so did they bring it back and if they didn't, why not?
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Statistics on Harry Potter chapter length

I'm looking for some statistics on typical Harry Potter chapter word count. A nicely graphed distribution would be nice, but I'll accept an answer that has something equivalent to the average, ...
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Why don't wizards use more than one wand like when Harry uses three? [duplicate]

In the seventh book, when Harry is escaping from Malfoy Mansion he grabs three wands from Draco Malfoy and uses a spell against the snatcher Scabior. The effects are described as more powerful than a ...
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If someone uses Polyjuice potion on someone who has already used it, would they turn into the normal or “disguised” person? [duplicate]

What would happen, if person A would take person B's hair and drink Polyjuice potion. Wait until transformation is complete and then take a hair from person A (as person B) and make person C drink ...
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How was Voldemort able to create Nagini Horcrux in his current condition?

It is known that creating a Horcrux is very dark and complicated magic. As per Pottermore Horcrux, one of the – if not the – most difficult and extreme pieces of magic the wizarding world has to ...
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Why didn't Dumbledore accuse Tom Riddle of opening the Chamber?

Why didn't Dumbeldore accuse Tom Riddle of being behind the chamber opening? Although he already knew that Riddle can speak Parseltongue (from their first meeting at the foster house), he could at ...
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Why didn't someone release the Boggart against Voldemort's Death Eaters during the Battle of Hogwarts?

The Boggart being able to quickly change forms into many different people's fears would have surely been an excellent weapon against the Death Eaters. So why didn't someone release the Boggart during ...
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Why did Voldemort have to torture Garrick Ollivander for information on the Elder Wand?

Related: Why did Bellatrix rely on torture and the word of a goblin to get information from Hermione, and not use the Imperius curse? Very loosely related (although a lot of the reasons given there ...
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If somebody uses the hair of a Metamorphmagus in Polyjuice Potion, can they then use the abilities of the Metamorphmagus? [duplicate]

If someone was to take Tonks's hair, as she is a Metamorphmagus, does that mean that they can change their appearance just like her, as Polyjuice Potion copies all of the attributes of the person you ...
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What's the difference between an Unreakable Vow and a blood pact? [closed]

I recently re-watched Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grinderwald and had a major question. In the movie Albus Dumbledore has a flashback when he was a young adult In The Half Blood Prince we see a ...
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How did Dobby curse the Bludger?

In Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets, Dobby tries to keep Harry out of school, and when that fails, Dobby tried to injure Harry so he would leave. We know that he tampered with a Bludger so it ...
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Imperius Curse lifted after Voldemort's defeat, even though he may not have been the one to cast the spell?

After Voldemort is defeated at the end of The Deathly Hallows, it's mentioned that all the people under the Imperius Curse were freed. Does that mean that Voldemort was controlling all the Imperiused?...
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What do wizards in Muggle wheelchairs do if they go to Hogwarts?

Hogwarts is definitely not wheelchair-friendly. So what do wizards in Muggle wheelchairs do if they go to Hogwarts?
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Was using Umbridge's fireplace to get to the Ministry of Magic an option? [duplicate]

In Order of the Phoenix, there were multiple examples that show that Umbridge's fireplace was connected to the Floo Network. Later on, we know the trio and some DA members wanted to get to the ...
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Did Barty Crouch Jr. know the Defense Against Dark Arts teacher job was cursed?

Before Barty Crouch Jr. went to Hogwarts to become the Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, he was already in communication with his master, Lord Voldemort. Voldemort knew the post was cursed and ...
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Magic in front of Muggles

Obviously I know that doing magic in front of Muggles is against the wizard laws. But let’s say you have a wizard who is married to a Muggle. The Muggle is aware that magic exists due to having a ...
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Is this an instance of Priori Incantatem?

During the climax of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Tina briefly duels with Graves and their wands appear to lock with each other (see picture). I believe this also happens some other times ...
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What is actually happening when Harry Potter is trying out wands?

When Harry is in Ollivanders, he holds certain wands and magic happens whilst trying to find a wand match. Is this similar to when he uses magic uncontrollably in the third book (to inflate Aunt ...
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What happens if a wand chooses a wizard who cannot afford it?

In Harry Potter with the recent question (How much do wands cost?), we know how much a wand costs which is 7 gold galleons. What if the young wizard family can't afford that? Like the Weasleys were ...
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Differentiation: Horcrux vs. Hogwarts painting imprint

A Horcrux contains a shard of someones soul. On a physical level it is a passive object. The paintings in Hogwarts contain imprints of people who lived with it and are dead now. The imprints are ...
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When did Voldemort become active?

The Sorcerer’s Stone was moved to Hogwarts at same time Harry took admission in the school. All things started happening in the same year. Is it coincidence that Voldemort became active at the same ...
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How does interconnection of paintings in Hogwarts work? [duplicate]

Is there any explanation about how the paintings are connected, so that people can walk from one painting to another? How can these imprints of dead people be transferred between paintings? If ...
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Can a Muggle inadvertently create a horcrux-like object?

I think that we have it well-established (regardless of whether or not one sees this as flawed logic) that Harry is not a Horcrux. A Horcrux has to be made intentionally, and the recipient is cursed ...
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How much do wands cost?

Its never mentioned how much Ron or Hermione or anyone else's wand costs. Does anyone know how much an average wand would cost in the Wizarding World?
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Is a horcrux made everytime someone kills? [duplicate]

I want to say the answer is "no", because Voldemort probably killed way more people than the amount of horcruxes he has and not every evil murderer wants to make horcruxes. Also it seems to be a ...
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How come Neville can't retrieve the prophecy?

If when the prophecy was made it didn't directly refer to Harry Potter (it could have been Harry or Neville) why is it only Voldemort and Harry can retrieve it, but not Neville? It only became about ...
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Why does Dumbledore secure the castle and send all students to the great hall?

In Prisoner of Azkaban, when the Fat Lady has left her photo and moved to another photo, she screams that Sirius Black is in the castle. Why does Dumbledore secure the castle and send all students to ...
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Why didn't Harry's parents make each other their secret keeper? [duplicate]

In the Harry Potter series Harry's parents go into hiding by using a Fidelus Charm which needs a secret keeper. So they chose Peter Pettigrew as their secret keeper and were betrayed. Why didn't they ...
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Who was the student that previously brewed a potion of sufficient quality to claim the Felix Felicis?

In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince during the potions class Slughorn claimed that the prize of Felix Felicis was won only once before by a student. I should point out, however, only once did ...