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Harry Potter fic where Snape thinks Harry is spoiled but finds out about his abuse, also Drarry

I am looking for an old fic that I found on Fanfiction.net year ago. I have tried to find it every few years with no luck. It is a fic where Snape thinks Harry is nothing but a spoiled brat who must ...
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are locks in wizarding world effective [duplicate]

Even if there are certain locking spells can protect the lock against other spells, can't a wizard just break through the walls on side? As one door is a part of a wall closing a room, can't a wizard ...
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Did Voldemort Have a Dark Mark?

Voldemort bestowed the Dark Mark on only those in his inner circle. [Fenrir Greyback] might be allowed to wear Death Eater robes when they wanted to use him, but only Voldemort’s inner circle were ...
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How do the Quidditch cup/points/games factor into the House Cup?

In Philosopher's Stone, when Harry, Hermione and Neville all lose 50 points each for Gryffindor, Harry mentions that it wiped out all the points they had earned beating Slytherin in the Quidditch game ...
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How many people perished in both Wizarding Wars (the Voldemort ones)?

is there a good estimate on how many people (wizards, muggles or both) perished in both Wizarding Wars (the Voldemort ones)? I'm fine if the Death Eater side is included, either as a separate #, or ...
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Does all childhood magic duplicate actual spells?

On the other hand, he'd gotten into terrible trouble for being found on the roof of the school kitchens. Dudley's gang had been chasing him as usual when, as much to Harry's surprise as anyone else's, ...
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If killing splits one's soul, why does Slughorn say Voldemort was the first person to split his soul more than once?

Killing splits the soul, right. Using whatever spell then puts that piece of soul into an object, creating a Horcrux. I think it was Slughorn who said that no man ever split his soul more than once, ...
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Was the order of destruction of the Horcruxes a coincidence?

I just realized that the order in which the Horcruxes were destroyed was the same as in which they were created: the diary, the ring, the locket, the cup, the diadem, the snake, and Voldemort himself. ...
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Vulnera Sanentur : A Counter-Curse or a General-Spell?

In What is the counter-curse to Sectumsempra?, the accepted answer has the following lines, So about all we know of this spell is that it's an incantation that sounds almost like song and that it ...
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Why didn't Hermione get an Outstanding in her Defence Against the Dark Arts O.W.L.?

In her fifth year Hermione clearly knew the Defence Against the Dark Arts textbook, upon which the theory exam was partly based, back to front. “What is it this time, Miss Granger?” “I’ve already ...
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Why did Umbridge hate Muggles/half-breeds?

Why did Umbridge hate Muggles/half-breeds, when she’s not a pure-blood? Weren’t her mother and brother Muggles? And why did she hate Harry so much?
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How did Dumbledore, or anyone, know Lily had sacrificed herself for Harry?

There were no witnesses, except for Harry, who was still a baby and didn't relive / remember the experience until much later. James and Lily were both dead, Voldemort was not quite dead but not much ...
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Why did Harry Potter trust Snape?

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, when a dying Snape gives his memories to Harry, why does he trust Snape, of all people, and go to the Pensieve to see them? There are two possible scenarios (...
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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 should the Horcruxes be destroyed first?

In Half Blood Prince, Dumbledore tells Harry that: "The seventh part of his soul, however maimed, resides inside his regenerated body. That was the part of him that lived a spectral existence ...
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What would have happened if there was no Hogwarts? [closed]

What would happen if there was no Hogwarts? Would there be no Voldy? No Lily or James?
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Why did Griphook betray Harry in Deathly Hallows?

In chapter 24 (Bloomsbury) of Deathly Hallows -- The Wandmaker -- Harry and Griphook the goblin have a conversation wherein Harry asks for Griphook's help in breaking into Gringotts to retrieve the ...
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What is the highest altitude for riding a broomstick?

What is the highest altitude a witch or wizard can ride a broomstick? Do they provide some magic to protect the rider from altitude sickness? Of cause this is not a problem in England, but it could be ...
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Where do Hogwarts students get money from while they're at school?

Do they have to make do with the money they bring from home (when they come to the school in September) or can they work somewhere while they're studying to earn extra cash? Could it be that they ...
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Do students use Floo powder to come to school? [duplicate]

In The Cursed Child, we see that Harry and Co. use Floo powder to come to Hogwarts and talk to McGonagall about Albus and Scorpius. This means that Floo Powder can be used to come in and out of ...
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Where was Rufus Scrimgeour before Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, and what was he doing?

In Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, when Fudge went with Dolores Umbridge to arrest Dumbledore for supposedly setting up the "Dumbledore's Army", Fudge brought 2 Aurors (Dawlish and ...
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Why didn't Snape defend himself against Nagini?

When Voldemort ordered Nagini to kill Snape, Snape had his wand with him. As he was a powerful wizard, he could easily counter Nagini. Why didn't he do that? Talking about Voldemort (who wouldn't have ...
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What are the limits on transferring objects during fireplace-to-fireplace conversations? Is it exploitable?

Early on in chapter 11 of Goblet of Fire, there is a conversation between the Weasley parents and Mr. Diggory. Mr. Diggory's head is appearing in their fire and he is using this to talk. During this ...
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What stops the Prefects and Head Boy (or Head Girl) from misusing the points system?

Looking at the answers to the question asked here, the Prefects, Head Boy and Head Girl are allowed to take and give points (just not from fellow Prefects). And they are expected to be impartial (like ...
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How is Harry Potter dropped off at the Dursley's home on a Tuesday and other related items [closed]

The first book says that on a Tuesday Morning, when Uncle Vernon left for his work, he noticed the unusual cat (reading a map) and people (dressed weirdly). Later that night, Dumbledore, McGonagall ...
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Looking for Harry/Draco fic (Draco won't talk/Veela courtship)

What I remember from it, Harry shows up to the great hall and all his clothing disappears. Draco comes up and puts a robe on Harry but Harry can't remove it later, Draco refuses to talk during most of ...
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What stops a teacher from giving unlimited points to their House?

In the end of Order of Phoenix, Prof. McGonagall gives Luna, Harry, Neville, Ron, and Hermione 50 points each and the "House point meter" immediately refills itself. If the meter would ...
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Why was Hagrid expecting Harry to know of Hogwarts and his magical heritage?

It is obvious that someone (at least Dumbledore) knew about the conditions Harry's been kept in: the letters were addressed to "cupboard under the stairs" and then to "the smallest ...
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What are Hermione's parents' real names?

So, we know they're dentists and that their aliases (after Hermione modifies their memories) are Wendell and Monica Wilkins. But have their real names ever been divulged? If yes, what are they?
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Was it actually possible to 'store' things in the Mirror of Erised?

I have come across a few questions on this site where people ask "how did x store/take out y from the Mirror?", so were the things actually stored in the Mirror?
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Why did it take Voldemort thirteen years to figure out the resurrection potion?

Voldemort's resurrection potion from Goblet of Fire reads: ‘Bone of the father, unknowingly given, you will renew your son! Flesh – of the servant, willingly given, you will revive your master. ...
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If Apparation cannot be tracked, then why did it matter that The Department of Magical Transportation had been taken over?

In chapter 11 of Deathly Hallows, Lupin claims: "It’s impossible to track anyone who Apparates, unless you grab hold of them as they disappear!". I'm not sure if this true. I was certain ...
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Did Peter Pettigrew use the Cascading Jinx to kill the 13 Muggles at once? [duplicate]

I was thinking about how could it be possible that he had killed so many people at the same time. From what I heard there are many theories, such as he could have aimed either a Reducto or a Confringo ...
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Why were Dumbledore and Ron so angry at Harry?

Why were Dumbledore and Ron so angry with Harry when his name appeared in the Goblet of Fire? These two people had never questioned him before so why did they suddenly become enraged at him?
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How could the Knight Bus know where Harry is and why did it take him to the Leaky Cauldron?

In the 3rd movie (Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban), Harry left his aunt's house after blowing up Marge and waited in the street. After a few minutes, a bus called the Knight Bus arrived and ...
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If an Animagus eats something that is harmful to the Animagus' form would it harm them?

If an Animagus eats something that is harmful to the Animagus' form would it harm them? For example, if Sirius Black was in his Animagus form as a dog, would he get sick if he ate chocolate? If he ...
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Why wasn't the Quidditch match suspended when Harry was knocked out?

In Ch 19:Elf Tails of the Half-Blood Prince, after Ron was accidentally poisoned, Cormac McLaggen plays the keeper during the next match, Gryffindor vs Hufflepuff, where he hits Harry on the head with ...
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Do spells other than the Patronus Charm affect Dementors? [duplicate]

I know the Patronus Charm is the only effective spell against Dementors - but does any other spell have an effect on a Dementor? E.g. in The Order of the Phoenix Mundungus Fletcher was supposed to ...
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Why didn't Amelia Bones lose her job at the Ministry if she was related to an Order member?

In the Order of the Phoenix, we are told that Amelia Bones is a high-up member of the Ministry (she was Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement). We also find out (from Moody) that her ...
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Why does “expecto patronum” work on a boggart-dementor? [duplicate]

In the third book Lupin uses a boggart to practice expecto patronum with Harry. Why does this work? The boggart is simply changing its appearance to look like a dementor it is not actually becoming ...
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Do people normally own more than one wand?

Is there any canon information in Harry Potter that proves one way or another whether a wizard always owns only one wand as a matter of routine? What I am talking about is a wizard buying and owning ...
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Why would Neville dying in the battle of Hogwarts affect Harry's survival?

Mild spoilers for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. As I don't have a copy to hand, nor intend to touch one again, I can't provide exact quotes. As I recall, one of the premises in Act 3 is as ...
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Why didn't the Bond of Blood charm break when Harry fled from the Dursleys after inflating aunt Marge?

In Prisoner of Azkaban Harry flees from the Dursleys after inflating his aunt. He quite literally LEAVES the house, apparently with no intent to come back but to live as an outcast in the Wizarding ...
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Dramione fanfic in 2nd year Whole school ship Dramione and how Draco help Hermione and visiting when she was petrified

I am looking for a Dramione fanfic. In the 2nd year the whole school ship Dramione and how Draco helped Hermione and visiting when she was petrified.
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Where do the other platforms lead?

In the Pottermore article on Platform 9 and 3/4 it's mentioned that other fractional platforms exist (7 1/2, for instance). Is it ever stated elsewhere where these platforms lead? Perhaps you could ...
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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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Can non-British wizards attend Hogwarts?

Is there any evidence of non-British wizards attending Hogwarts?
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Was Grindelwald gay?

I'm having a disagreement with a friend, and I realize that I don't think either of us has anything to back up our interpretation. We know from the books and from Rowling's interviews that Was ...
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Does the Hogwarts Express continue past Hogwarts?

According to the map included in the 20th edition of the Philosopher's Stone, there are tracks after the Hogsmeade Station. Does that mean that the Hogwarts Express continues past Hogwarts?
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Did Peter Pettigrew need the wand to transform back into a rat? [duplicate]

Inspired by this question. In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Peter Pettigrew is captured and is in the process of being brought to Hogwarts when he escapes. In order to escape, Peter uses ...

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