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 are some muggles allowed to know of the magical world?

Throughout the series, there are many muggles which we see that know about the wizarding world, and no effort seems to be made to stop them. All of them seem to fit into the mold of family of wizards, ...
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Why did Salazar Slytherin arm the Chamber of Secrets with a Basilisk?

Why did Salazar Slytherin arm the Chamber of Secrets with a Basilisk? If the main reason was, as the legend says, to "let his heir purge those who were unworthy to study magic" (i.e., kill Muggles) it ...
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How long does it take Hedwig to bring a letter to Ron or Hermione?

I can't answer this question because I know that Harry lives in Surrey, but I don't know where Hermione or Ron live? Do you know? And even if you do not know, do you have any idea how much time ...
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How is it possible that Dumbledore worked on the Philosopher's stone with Flamel?

I apologize in advance if this is a common question, I searched for "flamel" here first and couldn't find the answer. If Nicolas Flamel is several hundreds of years old, how did Dumbledore work on ...
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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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Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide - what's unreliable?

All the Pottermore articles on Hogwarts are collected in a book called Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide. I understand it's a catchy title, but is there actually any information in there ...
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What happens if you try to apparate into Hogwarts?

We learn that using apparition into and out of Hogwarts is not possible. When Dumbledore is using apparition with Harry when they are going to find the locket, Harry asks him how can he do that, and ...
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What do we know about the fight between Salazar Slytherin and Godric Gryffindor?

What do we know about the fight between Salazar Slytherin and Godric Gryffindor? We know that according to professor Binns, it was because Slytherin felt Muggle-Born students to be "untrustworthy". ...
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How much gold did Fred and George win from their bet at the Quidditch cup?

This is never mentioned in the book but I'm wondering if there was a way to figure out how much gold Fred and George ended up winning, even if they didn't receive it. I'm wondering if it got ...
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What was the deeper meaning of Hermione wanting the cloak?

In Deathly Hallows: “I think you’re right,” she told him. “It’s just a morality tale, it’s obvious which gift is best, which one you’d choose —” The three of them spoke at the same time; ...
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Why is 11 the age of admission to Hogwarts?

On the Harry Potter Wiki page for Hogwarts, it has the following to say about first years: First years are typically eleven to twelve years of age. Simple question then: is it ever explained in-...
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Did Snape Play Quidditch?

Quidditch Through the Ages gives the following information about Quidditch referee qualifications: The effective Quidditch referee needs to be more than an expert flier. He or she has to watch the ...
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Has Slytherin or Gryffindor's portraits ever spoken on the events happening at Hogwarts?

TLDR: Has there ever been any canon speaking lines for Slytherin or Gryffindor's portraits? A bit of context: According to wikia, the canonicity of Harry Potter works is broken out into 3 tiers. ...
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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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What were the other injuries to Weasley family members?

There are nine main Weasleys in the Harry Potter books. Most of whom got inured in the course of the books. Arthur: Bill: Fred: George: Ron: Ginny: I can't remember if Molly, Charlie, or Percy ...
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How big is Hogwarts Express?

How big is actually Hogwarts Express or actually how big should it be so that all students fit in it? In the books there is always someone who complains that everything is full but the Trio usually ...
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Which Harry Potter works are considered canon?

There are many different Harry Potter works including: books short stories movies card games video games toys amusement parks web content Which ones are considered to be canon?
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Is there an in-universe reason Harry says this or is this simply a Rowling mistake?

In Order of the Phoenix, after Harry, sitting in Dumbledore's office, thinks: Harry turned his back on Dumbledore and stared determinedly out of the window. He could see the Quidditch stadium in ...
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What is the bio-hazard with an eye symbol on Moody's pocket watch?

In the film version of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire we see Moody with a pocket watch that he uses several times. Click image to enlarge. It has a bio-hazard like symbol with an eye in the ...
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Is there any potential evidence that Grindelwald was an Obscurus?

Was Grindelwald an Obscurus? In Fantastic Beasts, he has an obsession with them - especially Credence. It seems to me that a possible reason for that is that he was one himself (personal headcanon of ...
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Why Did Lupin and Snape never spot Sirius in animal form during Prisoner of Azkaban?

The plot twist at the end of Prisoner of Azkaban is that Sirius Black is in fact a secret Animagus, the mysterious black shaggy dog that Harry has been seeing all year. Harry doesn't even contemplate ...
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When did J.K. Rowling decide to make Ron and Hermione a couple?

We see in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire that Hermione seems more than disgruntled when Fleur kisses Ron on both cheeks (my emphasis): Fleur bent down, kissed Harry twice on each cheek (he ...
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Why didn't the Ministry detect Dobby Apparating?

In Chapter Two of Chamber of Secrets Dobby smashes the pudding and Disapparates: The pudding fell to the floor with a heart-stopping crash. Cream splattered the windows and walls as the dish ...
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Wouldn't Kreacher have been able to escape even without following an order?

In Chapter Ten of Deathly Hallows we are presented with the story of Kreacher's escape from Voldemort's cave: “How did you get away?” Harry asked, and he was not surprised to hear himself ...
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Who was “that awful boy” that Petunia refers to?

So let me just preface this by stating that I have decided to reread the Harry Potter series for at least the hundredth time; but this time, I am reading them in reverse order. That being said, in ...
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Has Rowling commented on the Goblins' resemblance to the common “Jew” caricature?

As a disclaimer, I am not asking whether or not Rowling is an antisemite. She has commented on antisemitism before, and the answer to the question of her deeply held personal views would almost ...
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Why didn't the Avada Kedavra cast at Harry at Godric's Hollow come out of Voldemort's wand during Priori Incantatem?

I came across an old essay on the Harry Potter Lexicon dated 17th January 2001, written after the release of Goblet of Fire when many details about Voldemort's attack at Godric's Hollow were still ...
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In the parchment the Goblet of Fire spit out, why wasn't the school name there?

In the Goblet of Fire, students were supposed to put their name and the name of their school in the Parchment they put inside the Goblet. It is clearly stated that Fred wrote "Fred Weasly, Hogwarts", ...
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Origin of nickname “Voldy”

What is the origin of using the term "voldy" to refer to Voldemort? Where was the first usage of it found? Did anyone use it in canon? What is the origin of the "Voldy" nickname? To be clear, I'm ...
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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 ...
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How does a House Elf know its name was called?

When a Wizard calls his House Elf's name, it appears. But how does the Elf know it was called?
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Has Dumbledore ever scolded Harry?

We see in both books and movies that Harry Potter is Dumbledore's golden boy. Their relationship was more of a personal thing. Dumbledore was more like a mentor than a headmaster to Harry and ...
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How did Severus Snape use Felix Felicis potion?

Horace Slughorn claimed that only once a student prepared a 'good enough' Draught of Living Death potion, receiving a Felix Felicis probe (before Harry did). I guess that student was Severus Snape. ...
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Who Started Hogwarts together with Harry Potter? [duplicate]

Can someone please help me order things up? There are 4 houses, and it is said that each dorm has 5 beds, which means 10 students (5 boys and 5 girls) per house, times 4 is 40. I realize it does not ...
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How often does one have to take the Elixir of Life to sustain their life?

'Therefore, Voldemort would be entirely dependent on the Elixir, and if it ran out, or was contaminated, or if the Stone was stolen, he would die just like any other man.' –Albus Dumbledore in ...
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Why didn't the Elder Wand answer to Voldemort?

When Voldemort cast the Avada Kedavra spell on Harry it basically disarmed him. So why didn't the Elder Wand answer to Voldemort afterwards?
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Why don't Wizards use wrist straps to protect against disarming charms?

Inspired by a tweet by rocket: me: see the wrist strap stops you from dropping the wiimote voldemort: this is brilliant [later] harry potter: expelliarmus! voldemort: [wand ...
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What makes one wizard more powerful than another? [duplicate]

In the Harry Potter universe, a recurring theme is that some wizards are more powerful than others. For instance, Voldemort is considered to be an immensely powerful wizard, and so is Dumbledore. ...
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Who is the wealthiest wizard in the Harry Potter universe?

Economics in the Harry Potter world is weird, not least because there's a single bank controlling all the money. But who has (or needs) the biggest chamber at Gringotts? Who is the richest wizard?
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Where does Hermione live?

Harry lives in 4 Privet Drive, Ron lives in The Burrow, and Sirius lives in 12 Grimmauld Place. But where do Hermione and her Muggle parents live?
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Drarry fanfiction with a dark Harry and where Cho outs Harry to the Daily Prophet

I'm looking for a Drarry fanfiction I seem to have forgotten the name of. It had several chapters, and was centered around a dark Harry (he was okay at first, but he slowly lost his shit as the story ...
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Do the books “Fantastic Beasts:Illustrated” and “HP:Page to Screen - Creatures Vault” have the same content?

I have recently purchased the Illustrated "Fantastic Beasts" book (yet to be delivered). I am planning to buy the "Harry Potter:Page to Screen > Creature Vault" book as well (the purple one) Do these ...
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How could Hermione have gotten more OWLs than classes?

I was doing some research for this question, and that brought to my attention something that doesn't add up. According to Half-Blood Prince, Hermione achieved eleven OWLs: 'Oh, come off it,' said ...
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Are there any instances of members of different Hogwarts houses coupling up and marrying each other?

Being a casual fan of the books, it occurred to me that in most cases, the couples I have seen in the Harry Potter stories all seem to come from the same house, with Harry and Cho Chang being an ...
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What happened to Hermione's wand after that it was confiscated?

Hermione's wand was confiscated by Snatchers in the spring of 1998 when she, Harry, and Ron were caught after Harry accidentally broke the Taboo curse by saying Voldemort's name. Hermione subsequently ...
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Would someone be able to use Felix Felicis to make MORE Felix Felicis?

I was thinking about the Harry Potter-verse and it occurred to me that the luck potion Felix Felicis would have been an OP game changer if used correctly! Other questions have highlighted how it might ...
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Fanfiction where Harry is almost killed by Vernon, and Dumbledore and Snape glow

Harry is almost killed by Vernon. He is rescued by Tonks and a few others when he was near death. I remember something about alarm orbs of some sort and Snape and Dumbledore glow colors according to ...
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Did JK Rowling research alchemy before writing Harry Potter?

Simply put, I'm wondering if JKR had any interest in alchemy before she started writing HP. I found this quotation of hers (emphasis mine): I've never wanted to be a witch, but an alchemist, now ...
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What happens if a family gives a house-elf two contradictory orders?

As Dobby clearly states, house-elves are enslaved to families, not individuals. "Your family?" "The wizard family Dobby serves, sir...Dobby is a house-elf - bound to serve one house and one ...
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What did Harry get Gryffindor points for at the end of the first book?

In the first book it was said that Voldemort couldn't get the Philosopher's Stone from the Mirror of Erised in any case. That means that even if Harry hadn't gone to stop Voldemort then nothing bad ...