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Wouldn't it have been easier for Peter to kill Sirius than to convince the Potters to change the Secret Keeper?

It said that if the Secret Keeper dies, then whoever already knows the secret would become the keeper. So why did Peter convince James to change the Secret Keeper? Wouldn't it have been easier for him ...
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Why was Gellert Grindelwald only extensively investigated for his alleged crimes against the Muggle community, but not the magical community?

Why was Gellert Grindelwald only extensively investigated for his alleged crimes against the Muggle community, but not the magical community? In Secrets of Dumbledore, in the winter of 1932, current ...
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What happens to those who were inside during the fidelius and they step outside? Are they under the fidelius, too?

When the Fidelius Charm is cast on a home, are the occupants/ domicile also affected by the spell? What happens when the step outside the home?
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In the Prisoner of Azkaban, Hermione slapped her in the book. But did she really just slap her? Or did she punch her? [closed]

I'm just asking for differences in the Book vs. The Movie.
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Did Snape have a failsafe method for giving his memory to Harry Potter? What if Harry wasn't around?

Did Snape have a failsafe method for giving his memory to Harry Potter? What if Harry wasn't around? Since Harry wanted to find Voldemort to end him, finding Snape wasn't part of his current mission. ...
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Is Ariana Dumbledore's death different in the movies compared to the books?

I can't find any mention of this in 'Behind the scenes' in the HP fandom. What I understand is: In books: There was a 3-way duel (or 2v1 ?) and then Ariana was caught in the cross fire. More info ...
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I think the Trace in Harry Potter is illogical and a plot hole (please correct me) [closed]

Books vs movie In the HP books, Ron and Harry peeled potatoes the muggle way for Mrs Weasley. They ask the brothers to do it with magic, because they aren't allowed to use magic. In the movies we see ...
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Why was the British Ministry of Magic so careless with the Time-Turners?

As we see in the Battle of the Department of Mysteries, Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Neville Longbottom, Ginny Weasley, and Luna Lovegood could penetrate the Time Room in the interior ...
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Why didn't Cornelius Fudge suspect the resurgence of Dark Magic activities as proof of Voldemort's return?

Since there were over 100,000 wizards who watched the Quidditch World Cup, and most saw what the Death Eaters were doing, like burning tents and people; levitating a Muggle family; the spinning of a ...
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When was obliviation discovered/invented?

According to Harry Potter Wiki Mnemone Radford was the witch who first developed Memory Modifying Charms. She became the first Ministry of Magic Obliviator, due to her skill with the charm. When ...
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When Snape did this to Dumbledore, why didn't Fawkes protect him?

Fawkes was genuinely loyal to Dumbledore and even protected him once by taking Avada Kedavra on itself (and then being reborn from its ashes). Why didn't Fawkes protect Dumbledore once again when ...
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Are there any creatures resistant to Avada Kedavra?

Throughout the books there are some creatures that are explicitly quoted to be resistant to magic (giants being the one that comes to mind). Are there any references in canon about creatures not being ...
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How did Neville react to Bellatrix going free?

A consistent pattern that I see in fan fiction is that, upon Bellatrix going free, Neville swears that he will kill her when he graduates and starts training very very hard. For whatever reason, I ...
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Why did Lockhart seem threatened when Ron and Harry took him to the Chamber of Secrets?

In The Chamber of Secrets, Harry and Ron were still in their second year. Though Lockhart seemed completely stupid, he must have at least graduated from Hogwarts and so must have more knowledge of ...
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What is the proper name of the chapter illustration for Chapter 33 of The Order of the Phoenix?

When reading the 5th book of Harry Potter, I have been trying to name each of the chapter art at the beginning of the chapters as I am matching the chapter illustration to a certain part of the ...
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Does the Shield Charm and its variants work on Dementors? [duplicate]

In Prisoner of Azkaban, Lupin says this: “There are — certain defenses one can use,” said Lupin. “But there was only one Dementor on the train. The more there are, the more difficult it becomes to ...
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Why didn't they wish the Room of Requirement to put out the flames in HP 7?

We know the Room of Requirement can do magic. Like digging a magical tunnel from the fifth floor to Aberforth's pub. Or creating objects like the whistle. So why didn't they wish the Room of ...
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Parallel reality in The Secrets of Dumbledore

There are several cases in the movie where characters seem to exist in some kind of other reality. Can it be explained by in-universe magic? Or is it just a metaphorical way of showing the importance ...
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Why did Griphook want the Sword of Gryffindor?

What was the point of Griphook demanding the Sword of Gryffindor? Since it can "present itself" to any worthy Gryffindor, he has no way of compelling it to stay with him. So what exactly ...
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Why does Movie-Quirrell not shake Harry's hand in the Leaky Cauldron?

In the movie Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Harry and Hagrid meet a number of people in the Leaky Cauldron during Harry's first visit there. Among them is Professor Quirrell. Harry offers ...
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Where did the Wizarding magic originate? [duplicate]

The Wizarding World in Harry Potter is a vast place with magic, monsters, and evil-doers. There are spells to do just about anything, from cooking and cleaning to doing schoolwork, or from committing ...
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Why do Filch's and Mrs. Figg's Harry Potter Top Trump cards say they are capable of magic?

Both Filch and Mrs. Figg are Squibs, which means they lack magic power, but were born into wizarding families. However, their Top Trump cards, specifically the Order of the Phoenix ones, rank their ...
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What is Lucius Malfoy's Boggart?

According Draco Malfoy's mantra is "My father will hear about this!",and what's his father's greatest fear?
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Harry Potter fanfic called "What Comes After", where Harry is abused and Snape and Malfoy help him

I’m looking for this fanfiction called "What Comes After", which was posted on Archive of Our Own. Sadly I don’t remember the author. It was some kind of storyline where Harry is/was abused. ...
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How is it possible that Dumbledore didn't lose this duel? [duplicate]

In the end of Secrets of Dumbledore, when We know that Dumbledore is one of the best wizards to live, but this should not even compare to Also, I believe that How is it possible that Dumbledore is ...
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How did Tina Goldstein regain her consciousness?

Tina Goldstein lost her consciousness when the executioner lady took something out of her head. But later, she regained her consciousness: How did Tina regain her consciousness?
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What happened to Gellert Grindelwald's supporters in Bhutan?

What happened to Gellert Grindelwald's supporters in Bhutan? When Gellert Grindelwald was announced the next Supreme Mugwump by Anton Vogel, he had hundreds, maybe over a thousand, followers who all ...
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What kind of battle that was between Dumbledore and Grindelwald?

In Fantastic Beasts: Secrets of Dumbledore movie, Both are definitely not speedsters. What kind of battle was that? Have we encountered such battles before similar to that of mirror dimension battles ...
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Were there other motives for placing Harry with the Dursleys?

It is well established that Harry had to live with relatives in order for the blood magic protection his mother placed on him at the time of her death to work. This answer, however, additionally ...
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What is advanced magic in the Harry Potter Universe?

What is advanced magic in the Harry Potter Universe and what determines advanced magic? I could find two spells mentioned as advanced: The Extension Charm (‘Capacious extremis!’) in wizardingworld....
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How many students in each year at Hogwarts take 12 OWL classes?

There are seven core classes (Astronomy, Charms, Defence Against the Dark Arts Herbology, History of Magic, Potions and Transfiguration) and five elective classes (Arithmancy, Care of Magical ...
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Are the Unforgivable Curses 'Unforgivable' outside of Britain's magic community?

B. Crouch Jr, while posing as Mad-Eye Moody, tells his DADA students that using any of the 'Unforgivable Curses' on a human being in Britain is punishable by life in Azkaban- do the wizard/witch ...
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Which spell did this character use in Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore?

Spoiler warning for the ending of Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore (2022). Which spell was cast?
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Fan-fic where Harry and Draco are soulmates?

I don't remember exactly where I read it. (Fanfiction.net or Ao3) Harry and Draco have a kindred soul relationship. They have known each other since they were children and their families are aware of ...
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Is a Patronus an accurate recreation of an animal as it lived, or a depiction of the summoner's conception of that animal?

According to this answer, it is possible to have an extinct animal Patronus. But, nobody has a completely accurate scientific understanding of the appearance, behavior, sounds, etc. of long-extinct ...
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Can an extinct creature be a Patronus?

A Patronus should form as an animal with which the summoner feels a "deep connection" that reflects their "innermost personality". But lots of people feel real passionate about ...
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Chasing the wrong man or chasing the wrong men?

According to this answer and the comments on it, there are two different versions of the sentence from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix that the linked question is asking about: Lord ...
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What is the most intelligent creature that someone has had as a Patronus?

What about a centaur, goblin or a neanderthal? If not a neanderthal, would it need to go back to Australopithecus or something stupider?
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What does "that" in "outside that" refer to?

Newt says about Obscurus: Newt: I managed to separate it from the Sudanese girl as I tried to save her. So I wanted to take it home to study it. But it cannot survive outside that. What does "...
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Was Voldemort pre-determined to be loveless and crave power, or did he have free will? [duplicate]

The backstory is that his mother became pregnant with a love potion and therefore he was incapable of love, so my question is, did he have free will?
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Does Griphook have a better chance of getting out of Gringotts with instead of without the trio?

(Originally part of that, but it was closed for not being focused.) I think it's more risky for Griphook to try to get out of Gringotts solo vs with the trio. What am I missing?
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Why couldn't Harry frighten Ginny?

About Harry Potter's personality and traits, wiki canon states: Harry also had shown signs of suffering from recurring clinical depression, such as his sullen and withdrawn demeanor during his mid-to-...
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Griphook doesn't betray trio, fine. But why does Griphook leave trio in Gringotts?

Based on these Why did Griphook betray Harry in Deathly Hallows? Did Griphook double-cross Harry and Co.? Ok fine. It's not really a betrayal, but it's a huge hindrance to defeating Voldemort. My ...
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Has Rowling ever recognised mistakes or inconsistencies?

This may be subjective on my part (hence the question) but every time I read a comment or interview by Rowling I get the impression she’s building on the idea of “I had it all planned out from the ...
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Why did Modesty throw away her leaflets?

Modesty is given some leaflets to hand out, but instead throws them high into the air. Why?
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What house at Hogwarts was Mundungus Fletcher sorted into?

I have two personal theories; Fletcher is a Slytherin (because he is involved in many illegal activities). Fletcher is a Hufflepuff (because he was deeply loyal to Albus Dumbledore). I don't think ...
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Who put the snake on the tap of the entrance to the Chamber of Secrets?

Hogwarts was supposed to have been built around a thousand years ago, but indoor plumbing dates back to only the mid 1800's. In this case, who put the snake on the tap in Myrtle's bathroom in The ...
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A story where Dursleys are not safe anymore and have to be taken to the Order's headquarters, and they see how happy Harry is and are jealous

They come and stay the rest of the year at the Order's headquarters and see that there are people there who care, which makes them jealous to the core. Petunia meets Snape and Snape hates them because ...
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Who is Dumbledore calling the "wrong man" when he accuses Fudge?

In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, at the end of the climax in the Ministry, Dumbledore tells the shocked Cornelius Fudge: "Cornelius, I am ready to fight your men - and win again!&...
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If all Death Eaters have tattoo on their hands, why is it difficult to capture them? [duplicate]

Being a death eater is a crime, right? Just check their hand. Tada... Proof
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