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How did Scorpius find out that this character had become a Death Eater in Cursed Child

I've not seen the play(s), but I read the book version of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and am a little confused. At the end of Act II, Scorpius returns to the present to find that his friend, ...
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Who is the "Cursed Child" in "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child"?

The new Harry Potter play is called "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" and while there seem to be a number of potential candidates for the title character, is there any indication of who the titular '...
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What is the status of other intelligent magical beings in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child?

Hermione is a character very determined to help other intelligent magical beings like house elves obtain rights. She even created SPEW in her fourth year. In Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, she is ...
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Is Harry Potter being watched in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban?

In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry is in (apparent) danger from Sirius Black. In Order of the Phoenix, when Harry is in danger from Voldemort, Dumbledore has people continually ...
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Did Voldemort move his wand to create a bolt shape when casting the Killing Curse on newborn Harry? [duplicate]

Above all, I want to stress that I am not asking why Harry's scar has the bolt or lightning-shape, rather, I am asking whether Voldemort created the bolt shape on Harry's forehead with his vibrating ...
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Was Hagrid ever compensated for his wrongful expulsion?

In the early chapters of Philosopher's Stone, when Harry presses Hagrid about his time at Hogwarts, Hagrid tells Harry that he was expelled and banned from doing magic (for reasons that come to light ...
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How do windows work in Muggle Britain?

At the Beginning of the fifth book, Harry hides in the bushes outside the Dursley's living room, in order to hear the evening news, waiting for some hint of what Voledmort is up to. When somebody does ...
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Searching for a fanfic in which Gaunt inheritance rejects Harry for not being pure

So I'm searching for a fanfic that has family inheritances. Harry was trying to inherit the Slytherin magic, even though the gaunt magic totally rejected him for not being pure. But he's been in the ...
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How could they know if someone apparated in or out of Harry's house?

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Moody mentions that Thicknesse has made Apparation in the Dursley's house an imprisonable offense. “All right, all right, we’ll have time for a cozy catch-up ...
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Was Snape helping Lily in Potions?

I understand there might not be anything in the books to explain this, but I was wondering. Slughorn repeatedly tells Harry of Lily's almost inspired abilities in Potions, while Snape, according to ...
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Who was the third kid with Harry's and Ginny's kids?

I just watched The Deathly Hallows Part 2 on TV (so apologies for no screen shot). At the end when we see Harry's and Ginny's family enter the station to board the Hogwarts Express there are 3 kids ...
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Is turning the necessary movement for apparition?

In the Harry Potter series, every single time a character apparates they turn on the spot. When Twycross teaches this, he doesn't mention turning anywhere. It seems implied that is part of apparition. ...
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Is there a legitimate reference to the physical entrance that connects from Diagon Alley to Knockturn Alley?

According to the book "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets," and tracing back Hagrid and Harry's steps, the entrance should be beside an apothecary, some distance from the Gringotts Bank ...
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Why wasn't this character an Obscurial?

In the movie, Newt reveals that the beast attacking New York was actually an Obscurus, which he explains is Now, he goes on to explain that If this is true, why then I don't know if there was any ...
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Why isn't Harry Potter an Obscurial? [duplicate]

As we all know, Obscurus' are created by suppressing magic - usually brought on by abuse. Considering the number of times Harry spoke of being forced to cook, living in a cupboard, never having ...
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Did the secret of Voldemort's seven Horcruxes become public after the seventh year?

After the final war in Hogwarts, Voldemort the Dark Lord was destroyed, forever. When curious people asked the heroes about their adventure, what would they say? Did they describe the journey of ...
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Does the Cruciatus curse leave a physical mark?

It is mentioned several times throughout the series that the Killing curse leaves no noticeable mark. It's also presumable that the Imperius curse leaves no mark either. Along the same lines, does the ...
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What is the etymology of parseltongue/parselmouth?

Where/how did Rowling come up with the terms "parseltongue" and "parselmouth"? Are they inspired by, or in any way rooted in, relevant real-world words/terms (perhaps related to snakes), or was it ...
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Did Snape teach any of the potions techniques that he invented to any of his students?

Half-Blood Prince clearly shows that Snape's instructions regarding 6th year potions are superior to those given in the books, so much so that just blindly following them without even understanding ...
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Can you kill a Patronus?

Is there any way to destroy/kill a Patronus? For example, can I use Avada Kedavra on it or does the Patronus simply not possess a soul that can be harmed?
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Did Alastor Moody know what name others used for him?

Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody, or simply Mad-Eye, introduced during The Goblet of Fire book, is a powerful pure-blood Auror. However, later in his career as he lost one of his eyes, and replaced ...
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Why was the stone moved from Gringotts?

Is there any info that could explain why the Sorcerer's/Philosopher's Stone was moved from Gringotts to Hogwarts? My guess would be "Dumbledore's intuition" but I don't recall anything that would ...
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What happens to UnHorcruxed Soul Fragments?

We know from Half Blood Prince that the soul splits when murder is performed. A horcrux is merely a receptacle that stores the portion of soul that has split off from the original by means of a spell. ...
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Who was stealing Luna’s belongings?

From Chapter 38 in Order of the Phoenix: "Well, I've lost a few of my possessions," said Luna serenely. "People take them and hide them, you know. But as it's the last night, I really do need ...
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Why can't ghosts move snow in Harry Potter? [duplicate]

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, it is mentioned that ghosts can't move snow. But then he heard a rustle and saw a little eddy of dislodged snow in the bush to which Hermione had pointed. ...
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How long was Montague in limbo?

In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Fred and George push Montague into the vanishing cabinet and he is stuck in limbo since the path between the cabinets is broken. Is it mentioned how long ...
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Looking for a specific Harry Potter fanfiction: Snape adopts Harry and Draco

I read it ages ago. I don't recall it being posted on ff.net or AO3. It was a story where Snape ends up fully adopting both Harry and Draco. Harry ends up with some prophetic dreams, is at one point ...
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Was Harry related to Salazar Slytherin?

The Potters and the Gaunts are both said to have descended from the Peverell brothers. Voldemort came from the Gaunt line and was the heir of Salazar Slytherin. Was Harry also the same, or is it that ...
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What are the "more reliable methods of communication" Dumbledore describes in Order of the Phoenix?

In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Dumbledore says to Harry, I should explain that members of the Order of the Phoenix have more reliable methods of communicating than the fire in Dolores ...
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Harry Potter fanfiction homage to "The Great Divorce"

I remember reading a non-Deathly Hallows-compliant HP fanfiction a while back. I particularly liked at the time, and I'm trying to find it again so that I can re-read it. Plot: the final battle ends ...
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Why doesn’t money belong to goblins? [duplicate]

In Chapter Twenty-Five of Deathly Hallows Bill explains the goblin notion of ownership: “You don’t understand, Harry, nobody could understand unless they have lived with goblins. To a goblin, the ...
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Do Australian and Canadian wizards say "Muggle" or "No-Maj"?

In the USA, non-magic people are called "No-Maj(e)s" rather than Muggles. What is the term used in Canada and Australia? Since they're Commonwealth Realms, it's likely they also say Muggle. ...
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What would happen to a wizard after their death, whose soul is fragmented, but who didn't create Horcruxes?

In the Harry Potter franchise, someone's soul is fragmented if they commit cold-blooded murder without remorse. Tom Riddle didn't create Horcruxes immediately when murdering Myrtle or the Gaunts, but ...
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Are there other tongues beside parseltongue?

Parseltongue is the ability to speak to snakes. Are there other types of tongues besides parseltongue that you can use to talk to other types of animals? Maybe doggietongue or kittytongue?
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How does Hagrid purchase items his size?

It is canon that Hagrid lives in a hut. It is full of items his size: a large bed, large cutlery, etc. Where do wizards generally purchase normal things? Where does Hagrid find things his size?
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Do Hogwarts Houses have quotas?

Not a year goes by where we don't see at least one person Sorted into each House, and it's usually a fairly even distribution. The Sorting Hat doesn't get a chance to study the mind of each child ...
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Why Did Colin Creevey's Muggle Camera Work at Hogwarts?

Hermione says in Goblet of Fire: ‘All those substitutes for magic Muggles use – electricity, and computers and radar, and all those things – they all go haywire around Hogwarts, there’s too much ...
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Harry Potter fanfic in which Snape adopts Harry

I read it such a long time ago and I loved it, and now I want to re-read it but, I can't remember where it was posted. I remember that Harry calls Snape's mom and it contains Tom Riddle/Severus Snape. ...
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Harry Potter Fanfic: Harry lives with Snape and has to be a little

Okay, so, this question might have been asked already but I’ve been looking for a couple days for the fan fiction. I can’t remember if it’s on FF.net or AO3, but Harry has to live with Snape, I think ...
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Why Doesn't Potterverse Use the Metric System?

I noticed that Potterverse uses the imperial system of measurement: 10 inches of parchment for a Transfiguration essay; Harry fell 50 feet from his broom; the dragon flew for miles it seemed; Hermione'...
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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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Why were Slughorn's memories "congealed"?

In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, when Dumbledore is about to show Slughorn's memories to Harry, it is mentioned that Harry noticed that the contents proved difficult to empty into the ...
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Other people with scar similar to that of Harry's?

Never wondered how you got that mark on yer forehead? That was no ordinary cut. That's what yeh get when a Powerful, evil curse touches yeh -- took care of yer mum an' dad an' yer house, even -- but ...
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Does JKR have a reason to call Severus Snape, Snape?

I am currently re-reading Harry Potter in English as my first language is French. It appears that Severus Snape is translated into Severus Rogue in French. With a little bit of research, I found out ...
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Who determined the rightful owner of the Hogwarts Headmaster's office?

When Dolores Umbridge effectively orchestrates a Ministry-led coup of Hogwarts to become Headmistress in Order of the Phoenix the Head's office bars her from entering. "The Fat Friar told me-&...
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What HP fanfic involved (late in the story) muggle investigators becoming characters focused on and entering the magic world?

Related to this question in that I too am looking for a HP fanfic. I remember that late in it, it changed from being about HP or some new character to being about some muggle investigators. Their ...
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What did Ollivander mean when he said Voldemort did “great things”?

In Philosopher’s Stone, when Harry chooses his wand, Ollivander says: “The wand chooses the wizard, remember … I think we must expect great things from you, Mr Potter … After all, He Who Must Not Be ...
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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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As Part Veela, Why Could Fleur Delacour Use Polyjuice Potion to Transform into Harry, and Why Could Hagrid Not?

It is established in Deathly Hallows that Polyjuice Potion is meant for human transformations only: ‘Wha’ was tha’ about?’ roared Hagrid. ‘I’m sorry, Harry, but I had to check,’ said Lupin ...
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Who won the Quidditch Cup in Harry's first year?

Who won the Quidditch Cup in Harry Potter's first year at Hogwarts? We know that Gryffindor didn't win it, as Oliver Wood says in Harry's third year: “This is our last chance — my last chance — to ...

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