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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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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Etymology of the name, “Voldemort.”

What is the etymology of the name Voldemort? He's the main antagonist character from the Harry Potter books.
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Why was Harry so good at Quidditch?

Okay, we know that Harry Potter was unusually good at Quidditch. Why? Most of his other unusual abilities, we have explained, but this one hasn't really, to my knowledge.
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Spell casting in the Harry Potter series

In the Harry Potter universe, magically inclined children are sent to school where they start learning how to cast spells and other magic related activities. It's clearly shown that the children have ...
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Is there a list of significant “foreshadowed” ideas/details between Harry Potter fanfiction and Harry Potter 5/6/7 books that were released later?

Is/are there lists of instances of "borrowed" or "foreshadowed" ideas or details between Harry Potter fan-fiction and Harry Potter books 5, 6 or 7 that were released later? This question as stated ...
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Why did Harry's father emerge before his mother in HP and the Goblet of Fire?

In Harry Potter book 4 (Goblet of Fire) Harry's wand 'links' with Voldemort's during their duel, and Voldemort's wand begins 'spitting out' each spell it had cast, in reverse order. This produces ...
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What does it take to become a registered Animagus?

So, I've wondered for some time, if you need a permit to be an Animagus in the Harry Potter universe, how do you learn to do it beforehand? Is there some class, or something? And as there's only seven ...
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Are there any spells that a wizard/witch can cast without a wand in the Harry Potter universe?

In the beginning of the series, it's mentioned that Muggle-born wizards/witches are identified due to inadvertent spell-casting. However, it seems like later in the book, disarmed wizards/witches are ...
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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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Why exactly do the Death Eaters serve Lord Voldemort?

The impression that I got from the Harry Potter films was that if Lord Voldemort was successful, most of the world was going to suffer greatly. Basically everyone would serve Voldemort as slaves or ...
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What is the Bloody Baron's story?

In the Harry Potter series, there are several ghosts at Hogwarts. They all seem to have interesting back stories. The story of Nearly Headless Nick was explained early on in the series, but I don't ...

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