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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 don't Muggle-born wizards use Muggle technology to fight Death Eaters?

We know that wizards in the Harry Potter universe are subject to regular physical harm (e.g. witness injuries from being hit by Bludgers or just colliding with things when playing Quidditch). ...
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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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Hogwarts: So why aren't the kids “doing it”?

So you've got Hogwarts, with several hundred adolescents obviously suffering from raging hormones, living in sexually integrated housing, and the incidence of hanky-panky beyond snogging is apparently ...
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Why didn't the basilisk bite in Chamber of Secrets destroy the Horcrux?

As the title asks, why didn't the basilisk bite received in the Chamber of Secrets destroy the Horcrux inside the bitten person? Yes, I know Fawkes quite quickly healed the bite wound with his ...
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Where did Harry's parents get all of their money from?

So, at the beginning of Harry Potter, Harry is found to have a large vault of gold at Gringotts. Where did all of that money come from? What did James (I assume it came from him, as Lily was muggle-...
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Given a magical world, why is the Quibbler ridiculous?

Harry Potter is a high-magic setting and magic is everywhere. There are very few limits on what spellcasting can accomplish, given you know the right spell. (Some of those limits are Gamp's Elemental ...
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Why would Snape set his office password to 'Dumbledore'?

It seems to me that Snape's choice of password for his study when he was Headmaster was kinda weird. Harry ran without stopping, clutching the crystal flask of Snape's last thoughts, and he did not ...
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Why was Hermione not in Ravenclaw?

She's clearly the smartest person in her year, and the defining trait of Ravenclaw is intelligence. Why would she be in Gryffindor rather than Ravenclaw?
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If diary Tom Riddle had succeeded, would there have been two Voldemorts?

As teenager Tom Riddle is speaking to Harry Potter in the Chamber of Secrets, both he and Harry are refering to the real Voldemort in the third person. If Tom Riddle had succeeded in sucking all the ...
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How much older was Hermione after her third year at Hogwarts?

In her third year at Hogwarts, Hermione is given a time-turner so she can take more classes. Several of her classes are concurrent to each other, so she attends one class (for 1-2 hours) goes back in ...
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Is Slytherin Evil?

Maybe I'm just hearing the wrong comments, but it seems that Slytherin is considered a dark house by almost everyone. I know when both reading the books and watching the movies, I always had a ...
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Why doesn't Hogwarts have more teachers?

Hogwarts apparently has only one professor per subject. We could reason this out by looking at the fact that all of Harry's Potions classes are with Snape (for as long as Snape is teaching Potions), ...
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Can wizards create their own spells?

In the Harry Potter series, are wizards capable of creating their own spells, or are they limited to the spells that they're taught/learn? I seem to remember something about Snape creating ...
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Was Harry making a big mistake with his plan for Elder Wand?

At the very end of Deathly Hallows, after Harry repaired his own wand with the Elder Wand, he tells Dumbledore's Portrait in the office: “I’m putting the Elder Wand,” he told Dumbledore, who was ...
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Why would Dumbledore encourage people to call Voldemort Voldemort instead of Tom Riddle?

Here is a quote from the first Harry Potter book, it's a conversation between Dumbledore and McGonagall. "My dear Professor, surely a sensible person like yourself can call him by his name? All ...
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Why aren't Muggles extinct?

One of the basic premises of the Potterverse is that Muggles are much, much more common than wizards. This is what in part necessitates the need for the Wizarding world to hide itself away because, ...
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What plot points are missing in the Harry Potter movies that are in the novels?

I know that the movies were written to be a stand alone universe on their own, but what key elements were missing in the movies that were vital in the books that viewers are missing out on?
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Did Dumbledore consider the implications of leaving a baby on a doorstep overnight?

Albus Dumbledore famously decided to leave Harry with his Muggle relatives. He left Harry on the doorstep of 4 Privet Drive with a letter rather than giving him to the Dursleys in person, probably to ...
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Why is JK Rowling considered 'bad at math'?

An often repeated meme about Harry Potter is that JK Rowling is 'bad at math'. I see this all over this site and the saying is probably used elsewhere. The following is said, in the comments for the ...
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Why does everyone call Hagrid by his last name?

Throughout the Harry Potter novels, Rubeus Hagrid is the only character consistently addressed by his last name in a friendly manner. While the trio do frequently address their enemies by their last ...
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Why didn't Harry feel the Cruciatus Curse at the end of Deathly Hallows?

As the title says, Why didn't Harry feel the Cruciatus curse at the end of Deathly Hallows? ‘You see?’ screeched Voldemort over the tumult. ‘Harry Potter is dead by my hand, and no man alive can ...
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Why was Sirius ever convicted?

Sirius himself says at some point in Goblet of Fire that Crouch pushed through legislation to have him convicted and thrown in Azkaban without a trial. There seems to be a general consensus, ...
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Why didn't the Order of the Phoenix assist in hunting Horcruxes?

Why didn't the Order of the Phoenix assist with the trio (i.e. Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger) in the Horcrux hunt?
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Why could Quirrell tolerate Harry's touch at the beginning of Philosopher's Stone?

In the beginning of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry meets Professor Quirrell in The Leaky Cauldron for the first time, and the two shake hands with no problem: A pale young man made ...
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Why were the Death Eaters so lenient during the fight at the Department of Mysteries?

This always struck me as odd. When Harry, Ron, Hermione, Ginny, Neville and Luna all go to the Department of Mysteries and are confronted by the Death Eaters, why are the Death Eaters so lenient with ...
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Why was Newt Scamander's name on the Marauder's Map when Fred and George gave it to Harry?

Fred and George gave the map to Harry because his needs were greater than theirs. When he was just closing the map (mischief managed), Newt Scamander's name was there. According to the timelines, ...
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Why Was It 'Essential' That Voldemort Kill Harry Potter?

‘So the boy ... the boy must die?’ asked Snape, quite calmly. ‘And Voldemort himself must do it, Severus. That is essential.’ Deathly Hallows - page 551 - UK Hardcover - chapter 33, The Prince's ...
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Harry Potter: Why 7?

While rereading the entire Harry Potter series I noticed that the number 7 occurs quite often, for instance: Seven books Seven Horcruxes planned by Tom Riddle Seven Weasley kids Seven years at ...
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Did J.K Rowling have the 'Tom Marvolo Riddle' anagram set up from the start?

In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, I was fascinated by the scene where the words 'Tom Marvolo Riddle' change into 'I am Lord Voldemort' in the air. I was wondering, did J.K. Rowling plan it ...
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Why was Hermione always late when she used the Time Turner?

There are multiple scenes in the PoA movie where Harry and Ron are startled by Hermione "appearing from nowhere" to chime in during a lesson. They would ask her where she came from, and she never gave ...
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Where do teachers sleep at Hogwarts?

I am spending the summer re-reading the entire Harry Potter series. I just finished Book 3, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. I had a thought when I encountered the passage wherein: Why do so ...
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Why was the identity of the Half-Blood Prince important to the story?

Severus Snape was half-blood (as his father was a Muggle). The entire plot of the sixth year revolves around the Half-Blood Prince. My question is: why was this relevant to the plot?
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Why did Harry Potter intentionally lose the Resurrection Stone in the Forbidden Forest?

Just before he is sacrificed to Voldemort in the Forbidden Forest, Harry dropped the Resurrection Stone. “I thought he would come,” said Voldemort in his high, clear voice, his eyes on the ...
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What is Hermione Granger's ethnicity?

In all of the Potter books, there appears to be only one reference to Hermione's skin colour: They were there, both of them, sitting outside Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlor — Ron looking ...
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Why Did Gringotts Pay Out for Harry's Firebolt?

In Prisoner of Azkaban, Sirius Black anonymously sends Harry a Firebolt broom after the demise of Harry's Nimbus 2000 in the Whomping Willow. At the end of PoA, Sirius writes Harry a letter and ...
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Why didn't the Dursleys gladly ship Harry off to Hogwarts?

Uncle Vernon, still ashen-faced but looking very angry, moved into the firelight. ‘He’s not going [to Hogwarts],’ he said. Hagrid grunted. ‘I’d like ter see a great Muggle like you stop him,’...
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Why didn't Dumbledore realise that Moody had been replaced?

Throughout the books we are led to believe that Dumbledore is not only incredibly smart and powerful, but also very astute. He has a way of predicting what people will do and how they will react. He ...
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How can Ron know that Voldemort was in Slytherin if nobody knows his real identity?

When Ron meets Harry on the Hogwarts Express in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, they have this conversation: “What House are your brothers in?” asked Harry. “Gryffindor,” said Ron. ...
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Why didn't Harry Potter play as the king?

If I was going to play a game of chess where I had to take the place of one of the pieces, the logical choice would be the one piece that must be protected at all costs: the king. By having Ron, ...
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What's the “official” explanation for Harry's (and everyone else's) absence from muggle school?

So a bunch of kids all of a sudden "go missing" from school. Harry Potter having attended school for a couple of years before starting at Hogwarts, one semester just doesn't show up. How is this ...
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Since Voldemort knew that Dumbledore did not kill Grindelwald, why did he think that killing Snape was necessary for him to wield the Elder Wand?

We know that Voldemort knew that Grindelwald was not killed by Dumbledore, as he himself killed Grindelwald. We also know that Voldemort knew that Dumbledore was the last person to wield the Elder ...
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Did Voldemort actually curse the job of Defense Against Dark Arts professor after being denied the position?

So, everyone and their formidable Grandmother believes that DADA position at Hogwarts is cursed so that anyone taking it only lasts a year at most. Some people who know more than others, might ...
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Why couldn't Harry or anybody else see Peter Pettigrew aka Scabbers on the Marauder's Map when Lupin could?

Fred and George stumbled upon the Marauder's map in their first year. They passed it on to Harry while in their fifth year. Also note that, while talking to Harry on the train, Ron described Scabbers ...
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Why didn't James' love and sacrifice for Lily protect her?

We know that Harry survived Voldemort's killing curse because Lily loved him so much that she sacrificed herself in an attempt to protect him. This resulted in a very powerful charm that pretty much ...
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Why did Gilderoy try to mend Harry's arm?

Professor Gilderoy Lockhart was not a talented wizard. We learn this near the end of the Chamber of Secrets when it is revealed that he is a fraud. In short, Gilderoy Lockhart was a scam-artist. ...
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Did Hermione ever fix her parents' memories?

At the beginning of the 7th book, Hermione Granger Obliviates her parents' memories of her and themselves and makes them think they want to move to Australia. Is there a fix for this type of spell? ...
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Why didn't Harry want to be placed in Slytherin?

I just read a question regarding Slytherin, then I searched around and found this question and corresponding answers: How far can a Hogwarts student persuade the Sorting Hat? This brings up another ...
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Why did Wood have Muggle golf balls?

When teaching Harry the rules of Quidditch, Wood makes his ignorance about the nuances of Muggle sport plain for all to see. "The Chasers throw the Quaffle and put it through the hoops to score," ...
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Why did “Moody” suggest to Harry that he should consider becoming an Auror?

"Moody" (Barty Crouch Jr) suggests this to Harry after he is almost caught out of bed in the middle of the night. "You ever thought of a career as an Auror, Potter?" "No," said Harry, taken ...
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If Dumbledore is the most powerful wizard (allegedly), why would he work at a glorified boarding school? Is there a role with more responsibility?

If Dumbledore is the most powerful wizard (allegedly), why would he work at a glorified boarding school? Is there a role with more responsibility?