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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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Does the association between Gringotts and Barclays in fan-fiction originate with JK Rowling?

There is a "standard" in Harry Potter fan fiction, that very often, when Goblins of Gringotts need to act in a banking capacity in the Muggle world, they use Barclay's bank (if such a bank ...
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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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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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Is there a resource compiling similarities of the *Harry Potter and the Cursed Child* to existing fanfics?

Most people I talk to who are fanfic experts tend to point out that a vast majority of plot elements of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child can be found in fanfiction. Is there a resource that compiles ...
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How many versions of the Japanese-translated Harry Potter books are there?

I have on me a physical copy of the Japanese translation of the first Harry Potter book, translated by Yuko Matsuoka, first published 1999. The Kindle version has the same translator but was ...
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What happened when Horace Slughorn took Felix Felicis?

Horace Slughorn told his students that he took the potion Felix Felicis twice - once when he was twenty-four years old, and again when he was fifty-seven. Is there any source why he took the potion, ...
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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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Could You Portkey To Other Planets in the Potterverse?

As far as I can tell from my own research and from reading official sources, there are no physical or theoretical limits on the distance a portkey can take you, unlike brooms, which seem to have a ...
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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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In The Cursed Child, why didn't Harry's blood in Voldemort's body keep Harry alive?

In The Cursed Child, why didn't Harry's blood in Voldemort's body keep Harry alive in the alternate timeline in which Cedric kills Neville, which meant that Nagini stays alive, and Voldemort wins the ...
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Where did Harry hide the transfigured body?

(No spoilers. This is old enough I believe, but I still tried to avoid spoilers in the title.) In Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality, Hermione dies. Harry seeks to revive her and as the first ...
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Harry Potter fan fiction where he reads fairy tales and fantasy to learn magic

I remember reading it ages ago, it wasn’t finished at the time and was still being added to. As much as I can remember was that Harry discovered his magic early and in a search for answers starts ...
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I'm looking for a specific Harry Potter Fan-Fiction where the Trio are on the run or wanted

Here's what I remember from it: Harry, Ron, and Hermione are all on the run in their 3rd or 5th year They are innocent or something They try to commit suicide by slitting their wrists in their ...
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Harry Potter fanfiction where Harry is found guilty of the murder of Ginny Weasley and her lover

I read the story to while back, it was a Harry Potter/Draco Malfoy fan fiction. The story started with the death of Ginny Weasley and her lover (I believe it was a kind of brutal homicide). Harry ...
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What happens to the Muggle-born students from the area of Durmstrang Institute?

If Durmstrang Institute doesn't accept Muggle-born students, where are Muggle-born wizards/witches from the area supposed to study then? Do they don't go to school at all and don't learn magic?
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In the Cursed Child, who was Minister for Magic in the alternate reality where Ron is married to Padma Patil?

In the first Act, Albus and Scorpius interfere in the First Task and because of that, they go to an alternate timeline where Ron is married to Padma Patil and Hermione isn't Minister for Magic, but ...
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Fanfic where Harry is born in the 1920s and is sent to Wool's orphanage

This is a Tomarry (Tom + Harry) fic where Harry is born in the 1920s and he's sent to Wool's orphanage but is selectively mute and clings to Tom. He's possessive and controlling of Harry but Harry ...
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Where did Hagrid and Madame Maxime find the giants?

Hagrid, together with Madame Maxime, went on a quest to find giants and win them over. "Ran inter a couple o’ mad trolls on the Polish border an’ I had a sligh’ disagreement with a vampire in a ...
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Looking for a Sci-fi Harry Potter fanfiction with Harry in the future

Harry is in the future and has magic, but doesn't have a wand. Voldemort is alive and was being experimented on. The magic population was wiped out by either the Muggles or Voldemort. The Muggles ...
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Harry Potter fanfic where he never got his Hogwarts letter and lives on his own in an apartment

Harry didn’t live with the Dursleys. He lives by himself in an apartment with a snake. The Order was trying to find Harry and ended up chasing him multiple times although they found it difficult to ...
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Ron/Hermione Fanfic where Hermione creates a potion to understand Ron’s mind

The plot was where Hermione Granger brewed an experimental potion to understand Ron Weasley's mind. But ends up with a side effect of amplifying every kind of spell they cast. Understanding the ...
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Lost Harry Potter fanfic - Severus/Harry as spies

I'm looking for a Harry Potter fanfic that I last read probably five years ago. Severus and Harry have an intimate relationship, but I'm not sure if the relationship starts as friends and builds ...
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Seeking Harry Potter fanfiction story

The story takes place after the Battle of Hogwarts. A young girl's father was killed and Harry and Ginny first take her in as foster parents then adopting her. The three Potter children are also ...
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Looking for an old fanfic in which Albus S. Potter bullied Scorpius Malfoy

The story was about Albus turning into a mischievous boy, who bullied Scorpius at school. As he was Harry Potter's son, everyone doted on him and let him bully Scorpius for revenge. Neville ...
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Did British Intelligence ever know about the existence of wizards and the Wizarding World?

I am curious to know if there was ever a time when British Intelligence (MI5) knew about the existence of wizards and the Wizarding World.
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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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Harry Potter fanfic where Death Eaters find the Dursley's house but take pity on Harry after seeing how he lives

I was reading this Tumblr post that said: Once upon a time I read a fan fiction (and I lost it), in which, according to the plot, the Death Eaters found the Dursley's house. But as soon as they saw ...
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List of people buried in Greyfriar’s Kirkyard who inspired Potter characters?

Reference this umbrella question: Which characters in Harry Potter are based on real people? Also reference the website of Greyfriar’s Kirkyard which includes a number of interesting people buried ...
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How did the Aurors Apparate directly into the Hogwarts grounds in The Crimes of Grindelwald?

The Aurors Apparated onto that bridge where Harry Potter would break the Elder Wand decades later in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald That's definitely within the Hogwarts grounds. You ...
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Are platform 9 3/4 and the Hogwart's Express tracks used for other trains besides the Hogwart's Express?

The Hogwarts Map included in the 20th anniversary edition of Philosophers Stone claims the Hogwarts Station is called "Hogsmeade Station". Does that mean that other trains besides Hogwarts ...
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HP fanfic of an alternative world where Grindelwald wins his duel with Dumbledore

I need to find this fanfic where Grindelwald wins in his duel with Dumbledore. The story is about a Muggle boy (from Earth isekai'ed) as old as Harry Potter. There is no plot common with the original ...
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What does JKR mean by Lily's protection adding some goodness to Voldemort?

Just read this on JKR's old website: Having taken Harry’s blood into himself, Voldemort is keeping alive Lily’s protective power over Harry. So Voldemort himself acts almost like a Horcrux for Harry –...
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Harry Potter fan-fiction with young Severus Snape potion accident

I'm looking for a young Severus Snape fanfic I read. I remember that Snape was in potion class and someone added something to the potion; he tried to put up a shield to contain the explosion but the ...
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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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Looking for a specific Harry Potter fanfiction

What I can remember: Harry lives with the Dursleys, he and Dudley go to the park. Harry plays with a girl while her mother watches. The girl's mother eventually talks to Petunia on the park bench ...
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Hilarious Harry Potter fanfic: Snape disguises himself as a woman when taking baby Harry outside

Most likely read on FanFiction.net, Draco and Harry are both de-aged into babies and Professor Snape becomes the unwilling guardian of them where hilarity ensues; the storytelling of this fic wasn't ...
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Harry Potter fan fiction about everyone blaming Harry for the deaths in the war

I read it years ago and try as I might I can't find it. It's based directly after the war. Harry blames himself for everyone's deaths and when he finally finds Ginny she blames him for Fred's death. ...
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Story Identification Looking for a Harry Potter fic, has demons and m/m. Not a supernatural crossover

I remember a bit about it. Starts with a young Harry Potter. He has a female friend His friend commits suicide, I remember the scene was in a bathroom but not much more then that. He goes to hell ...
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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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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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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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Do the moving staircases move on the Marauders map?

Do the moving staircases move on the Marauders map in Harry Potter? and Is there a scale on the map showing how wide the staircases are?
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What was Draco supposed to say?

One of the funniest improvised lines in Harry Potter was during the Chamber of Secrets when Harry and Ron drink Polyjuice potion to sneak into the Slytherin common room to spy on Draco to see if he ...
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Harry Potter fanfiction where he's abandoned in an orphanage

I remember that Harry has long hair and he has a different name like Indy or something. Someone gave him his name by translating ''lightning'' (I think) in Hindi, but when I research it I can't find ...
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Fan fiction where Snape adopts Harry Potter

I don’t remember too much about this fan fiction. I do remember that Harry is still in Gryffindor and that Snape still doesn’t like Harry. They’re not father and son, but I do remember that it had ...
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Who set the tasks for the Triwizard Tournament?

We know that the Departments of International Magical Co-operation and Magical Games and Sports were working on the latest attempt to bring back the Triwizard Tournament, so I always assumed that they ...
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Harry Potter fanfiction where Snape loses his memory after the battle and works in a convent

I'm looking for a Harry Potter fanfiction where Snape loses his memory after the battle and ends up working in a convent as a custodian/herb guy. This is post-war. He is found injured by a lady who's ...
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Can a student decline to be a prefect?

This answer argues that the prefects bathroom is an incentive for prefects. The implication is that students could choose to not be prefects, even if chosen by the administration. Yet from what we see ...
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Harry Potter fanfic where he is abandoned during the search for Horcrux for Ron and Hermione

In the fanfic it is related how Ron was in conflict with Harry and Hermione just like in the movie and how he forced Hermione to choose him or Harry. In the one where she follows Ron, this haunts ...
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