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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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Is this character’s name a reference?

In the new Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, towards the end, a character is revealed who bears the name of Now, it is fairly well-known that the actor who played also played the ...
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Can Polyjuice potion change someone who is dead into someone else's face?

Can Polyjuice Potion change someone who is "dead" into someone else, or does it only work on living wizards and witches?
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Harry Potter 'Harmony' fanfiction, with Ginny wanting to be with Harry as they resemble Lily and James

I read it a long time ago. So, I remember only a few things. I think it was a soulmate fic with a Harry/Hermione ("Harmony") pairing. Harry and Hermione go back in time to their second year, when ...
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Is the Forbidden Forest surrounded by a wall?

There are lots of occasions in the books when Hogwarts grounds are hard or impossible to enter. And while they give lots of additional magical protection to it, the main thing that divides the inside ...
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What is bad about a witch being born in May?

One of the wizard superstitions that Ron mentions when discussing the Tale of the Three Brothers is that: May-born witches will marry Muggles. I'm speculating here but the whole culture of the ...
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Are there other half-breeds in Harry Potter? [closed]

I can think of a couple: Half-fairies (offspring of a human and a fairy) Half-merpeople (offspring of a human and a merperson) There was even a story of a girl who wanted to be with a merperson, but ...
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Can only humans be witches or wizards?

Obviously Hagrid was half-giant and half-human so it isn't limited only to full humans but what about a full giant, for example? Does a creature have to have some human blood to be a witch or wizard?
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How's it possible that Dumbledore was not aware of the basilisk? [duplicate]

How's it that Prof. Dumbledore was not aware of the existence of the creature basilisk, while Hermione learned about it in a book?
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If the Triwizard Tournament was so dangerous, why risk more people in the underwater task?

The Triwizard Tournament was dangerous, hence the reason why it was cancelled and not run for many years. So why did the school use real students for bait? Could they not have used Transfigured ...
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Why don’t the twins notice things on the marauders map? [duplicate]

Why don’t the twins notice anything? I mean, come on: First year: "Hey, Voldy's balancing on Quirrel's head." Second year: "Hey, our sister is going somewhere that doesn’t exist." Third year: "...
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Would Crucio give Muggles seizures?

I mean specifically Muggles untouched by any protective spells or magic taints, just a pure Muggle untouched by wizardry or witchery. I know it affects wizards and witches in a horrible way, but for ...
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Do you always have to receive a ticket to get onto the Hogwarts Express [duplicate]

In Harry Potter and the Sorcerers stone, Hagrid hands Harry and envelope that contains his ticket to Hogwarts: Hagrid helped Harry on to the train that would take him back to the Dursleys, then ...
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Did J.K. Rowling express approval of HPMoR?

Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality is a popular Harry Potter fan-fiction that has attracted strong critical and fan reactions, both positive and negative. It's possible more widely read than ...
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What’s the difference between magical and Muggle ancestry in Harry Potter?

Is there an in-canon explanation of the true difference between people of magical ancestry vs Muggles? I found this question: Where did the "Magic Blood" of the Harry Potter Universe ...
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What “muggle rights” did Dumbledore promote?

In "The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore" Rita Skeeter mentions that Albus Dumbledore promoted Muggle rights: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, chapter 18: Astonished and appalled though his ...
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Does Voldemort have other options? [duplicate]

In the battle of Hogwarts, after Voldemort knew that all Horcruxes were destroyed and the curse Avada Kedavra will not affect Harry a second time, does Voldemort never think of fleeing the scene and ...
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How much do Muggle parents like Hermione’s actually know about Hogwarts?

This is left vague in the books, but I can’t imagine parents sending their children off to a school they know nothing about. Do you think they’re well-informed, or told just a bare minimum, or are ...
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Harry Potter fanfiction about Sirius Black having a daughter with Lucius's sister?

There's a story on Quotev about Sirius Black having a daughter and her uncle is Lucius Malfoy because her mother was Lucius's sister. I have been looking for about two weeks and I can't find it. I ...
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Were the group sent to bring Harry to headquarters authorized by the Ministry in the Order of the Phoenix?

In the Order of the Phoenix, a group of Order members bring Harry from the Dursleys’ to Grimmauld Place. Were they authorized by the Ministry to do so, or were they acting behind the Ministry’s back?
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Why Aren't There More Hufflepuffs? [duplicate]

Simply put, every House has some characteristics they search after. Gryffindor has bravery, Slytherin has purity, and Ravenclaw has intelligence. But Hufflepuff? Said Hufflepuff, ‘I’ll teach the ...
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If the holder of the Elder Wand commits suicide, who does it belong to?

I got what would happen to it after the natural death of the owner (power of the wand breaks) but will the same happen if the owner commits suicide?
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Would the Inquisitorial Squad have been reinstated in Cursed Child?

In Cursed Child, after saving Cedric, Scorpius ends up in an alternate reality where Diggory became a Death Eater and Voldemort won. Now Dolores Umbridge was reinstated as Head of Hogwarts in that ...
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Why are the Weasleys specifically considered blood traitors?

There are a lot of wizards that are not only okay with Muggles, but even marry them (say, Tonks' mother, for example). Actually, apart from such intense cases as the Blacks, Malfoys, Lestranges etc., ...
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How come Ron knew nothing about the Sorting Hat? [duplicate]

In Harry Potter and Philosopher Stone Ron is oblivious about the sorting ceremony same as everyone else. "How exactly do they sort us into Houses?" he asked Ron. "Some sort of test I think. ...
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What magic would trigger the Trace to alert the Ministry?

This answer quotes Mad-Eye as saying, If you, or anyone around you, casts a spell to get you out of here, Thicknesse is going to know about it. This seems to suggest that non-spell magic would not ...
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Are there any differences between school level, club level and international level Quidditch?

Are there known differences between the different levels of quidditch play? For instance, bludgers hitting harder and snitches being faster or more mobile for higher level play?
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How many people did matter to Snape in his life?

Snape is usually perceived as a tragic, unfriendly loner with Lily being the only nice person in his whole life. But though as unlikable as he was, he still was intelligent and brave and hard ...
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Why a Doe symbolizes Snape's love for Lily when in fact it symbolizes the tragedy of his life?

I know it was her Patronus. But. As JKR stated in an interview: Chely: James patronus is a stag and lilys a doe is that a coincidence? J.K. Rowling: No, the Patronus often mutates to take the ...
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How come Quidditch isn't more dangerous?

In the Harry Potter books Quidditch is played on broomsticks at an altitude high enough for falls to seriously injure or kill. A fall of 30 meters is usually fatal, and Quidditch players in the movies ...
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Can Death Eaters know who of them pressed the Mark?

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows we see several occasions when Death Eaters 'activate' their Dark Marks to summon Voldemort. Surely Voldemort should know who did this and where as he doesn't ...
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Have any students not been sorted?

Based on an answer on Ilvermorny school's sorting ceremony, multiple houses of the school can express an interest in a student, and some students have received a request for all four houses. Have any ...
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Does the Ilvermorny School have a sorting hat?

Many fans of the Harry Potter Universe are continuing to learn more and more about the wizarding world, as the world expands through new media content, including Pottermore. One of the more recent ...
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Can you identify this Harry Potter fanfiction where Lockhart is a creepy fiend?

Lockhart was committing an unspeakable crime on multiple underage female students at Hogwarts during second year, and then Obliviating their memories. When the memory charm backfires, like it did in ...
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What's the purpose of the Room of Doom?

During the film version of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, I noticed when Harry was looking for Peter Pettigrew by following his name on the Marauder's Map in the hallways of Hogwarts Castle ...
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If being “unseated” by a bludger is a common occurrence, why did everyone freak out about Harry falling off of his broom?

On several occasions in the early Harry Potter books we're told that the purpose of a Bludger is to unseat riders from their brooms. The Bludgers rocket around trying to knock riders off their ...
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Why were no more Hocruxes created when Voldemort killed people when he came back? [duplicate]

If killing break one's soul to create a Hocrux, then why didn’t Voldemort create more Hocruxes when he killed people after he came back?
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Can a character come to exist or be conceived out of time travel? [closed]

In Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the character Delphini is introduced as being the love child of Voldermort and Bellatrix Lastrange. The wiki cites and there are also other well-researched ...
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Harry Potter Fanfiction: Hermione is pregnant from Harry and leaves during the war to protect the child, comes back three years later

It was a very short fanfic, less than 10 chapters I think and it's not finished / barely started. All I remember is that Hermione found out that she was expecting Harry's child during the war, so ...
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Was the “Something Wicked This Way Comes” tag line to the Prisoner Of Azkaban movie poster taken from the 1962 Ray Bradbury novel of the same name?

I remember seeing this Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban poster when I was younger and thinking that the "Something Wicked This Way Comes" tag line was very catchy and incredibly clever. I was ...
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How did Cornelius Fudge discover that Sirius was in fact innocent? [duplicate]

In Chapter one of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Cornelius visits "The Other Minister" and is asked if the visit has anything to do with this "Serious Black" man, and Fudge states that no, it ...
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Did the Goblet of Fire have fraud prevention?

In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, it is often shown that Igor Karkaroff heavily favors Victor Krum. Was there fraud prevention to ensure that there would be another name in the Goblet of Fire as ...
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Harry Potter fanfic where Harry is in an abusive relationship with Draco and is later adopted by the Malfoy family

It is a story where the Malfoy family finds out that their son in law, Harry is being abused by Draco. Draco is later arrested and disowned. As Harry recovers, Severus’s young son helps him. During ...
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Why was Molly still wearing her cloak?

Voldemort was in the center of the battle, and he was striking and smiting all within reach. Harry could not get a clear shot, but fought his way nearer, still invisible, and the Great Hall became ...
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Is it possible for the Amortentia Potion to smell like a loved one/relative?

I know Amortentia is a sort of love potion, but would it be possible for it to smell like a loved one/relative? Or is it just based off of crushes, whether known or unknown by an individual? I’ve ...
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Harry Potter fanfic that narrates the movies making fun of it, and mainly Steve Kloves

I remember reading a harry potter fanfic series somewhere in 2010-2012(roughly) that narrates through the movies, and basically makes fun of it. It was posted on fanfiction.net though I'm not able to ...
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Why would the Sorting Hat consider Slytherin as an option for Harry? [duplicate]

Following this question I asked myself why the Sorting Hat would see Slytherin as a good option for Harry. As far as I know Harry wasn't cunning, he wasn't pureblood, nor was he power hungry or had ...
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Harry Potter funny fanfic, where Harry is convinced he is an elf - probably on fanfiction.net

There's a fic where Harry runs away or gets left outside after finding a book in a library on magic and believing he is an elf. He grows up learning "wish for a trade" or magic for a trade bartering ...
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How did the Hogwarts founders sort students?

Currently the Sorting Hat looks inside a student’s head and determines the traits that best match one of the Hogwarts houses. These may be traits the student has yet to demonstrate or even be aware ...
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When Hermione removed her parents' memories, what happened to everyone else's memories of her?

So I understand she modified her parents' memories, but what happened to her other family? Did they remember her, or did she remove everyone's? It would be suspicious if parents suddenly refused to ...
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Questions about Hogwarts Paintings [duplicate]

Can you get cursed into being stuck in a Hogwarts painting? Do people in the paintings have feelings? Are they secretly trapped in Hogwarts? Are the Hogwarts paintings actually sinister prisons ...