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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In the Harry Potter Universe, do Patronus forms have consciousness?

In the magical world, the Patronus charm is a spell used to ward of Dementors by summing or creating a "Patronus". According to most sources, it is described as such.... [As Professor Lupin ...
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Why didn't Hermione try to get Slughorn's memory?

She kept hassling Harry about it, why didn't she try?
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Why is Tom toothless in Harry Potter?

In Harry Potter, the publican of the Leaky Cauldron is described as toothless. Why is this, given that (as Hermione shows) magic can regrow teeth?
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What is the backstory of the 3rd alternate timeline in Cursed Child?

After creating 2 alternate timelines (one where Ron marries Padma Patil and one where Voldemort ruled the Wizarding world), Scorpius, with the help of the alternate Snape, Ron and Hermione, travelled ...
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Is there such a thing as a muggle werewolf? [duplicate]

I was reading Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them, and I found this quote: “Werewolves spend most of their time as humans (whether wizard or Muggle).” (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) ...
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What is fashion in the wizarding world? [duplicate]

I am about to buy clothes to cosplay Pansy Parkinson- but... what were clothes like in the wizarding world? Parkinson is a blood supremacist so she wouldn't wear muggle clothes, and since so many ...
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How common is it to have multiple muggle-borns in a single family?

How common is it to have a Muggle-born in Muggle families in Harry Potter? covers individual Muggle-Born, but this is about multiple in the same family. For instance, Collin Creevey introduces himself ...
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Harry Potter fanfic where Harry's girlfriend is Sirius Black's daughter

I read a fan fiction on fan fiction.com where Harry meets a girl I think at the start of the story, her last name was Silvers or something but her last name is in reality Black. Her first name is ...
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Why did the movie skip many of the rooms that guarded the Sorcerer's Stone?

In the first Harry Potter movie, The Sorceror's Stone, it is seen that the filmmakers skipped many of the rooms that were shown in the book. They also changed the plot; for example, Hermione stays ...
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Why did Newt and Jacob enter the case?

In this scene from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Newt and Jacob enter the case right after they catch the Erumpent. NEWT (O.S.): (to JACOB) In you hop. [We see the case sitting alone below ...
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In the Chamber of Secrets film, were there any signs pointing to the identity of the culprit?

In the Chamber of Secrets book, there are a few signs that the flesh and bone culprit has been acting abnormally throughout the year. I don't think that there were enough for many readers to identify ...
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Do different regions of the world have different names for spells? [duplicate]

It is well established that there is an international wizard in community of which there are many witches and wizards of varying nationalities. It think that just as there are varying traditions and ...
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Could someone be Imperiused after suffering the Dementor's Kiss?

After being kissed by a Dementor a person's body exists as an empty shell, without a soul, and they live in a vegetative state. I was thinking that perhaps an evil wizard could round up some people ...
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How did Lupin ensure he was safe for people?

I mean during his transformations. We know that during his time as a student at Hogwarts he was isolated in the Shrieking Shack. When he was a teacher, he used Wolfsbane potion provided by Snape. But ...
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Why did Dumbledore say there was “precious little to celebrate” specifically over the 11 years before Voldemort failed to kill baby Harry?

In the first chapter of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Albus Dumbledore says: "You can't blame them," said Dumbledore gently. "We've had precious little to celebrate for ...
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How do Muggleborns get their magic from Squibs? [duplicate]

Muggleborns are said to be distant descendants of Squibs who have married Muggles. But Squibs don't possess any magic to pass on to further generations. So how can Muggleborns get their magic from ...
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Does one have to wear the Sorting Hat to pull the Sword of Gryffindor? [duplicate]

It seems very inconvenient. To get the sword in the situation of pressing need and danger, you first have to decide to wear someone's hat. What are the chances? Was it the original design by Godric ...
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Did J.K. Rowling ever explain how Harry Potter could see Orion during the O.W.L. Examination?

How was Harry able to see the constellation, Orion, in the middle of summer in the far northern hemisphere? Did they use magic?
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AU fanfic where Harry's voice is the Imperious and Tom is an empath

I'm looking for a story where Tom and Harry find themselves in a universe in which each person has an ability that is a spell in the Harry Potter universe. Harry was the Imperious, Tom was an empath, ...
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Why does Voldemort allow Fenrir to be a Death Eater?

Why does Voldemort allow Fenrir to be a Death Eater, when he was a werewolf which is considered half breed? Considering Voldemort's main goal was to kill all half breeds and half bloods, why does he ...
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Why didn’t Dumbledore pretend to die at the end of Half Blood Prince? [duplicate]

It’s established that you need to mean the Unforgivable Curses in order to use them to full potential. In the 4th book, FakeMoody tells the class that all the students there could point their wands ...
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Why didn't the Ministry perform Legilimens on Harry Potter? [duplicate]

Why was the Ministry just questioning Harry in part 5 about the Dementors instead of trying Legilimens, as the Dementors were also shown in the movie when Snape performed the same on Harry?
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Why didn't Lucius recognize Harry in the Malfoy Manor?

We know that Lucius has seen Harry several times and that he knows he is most of the times with Hermione and Ron. I'm re-watching Harry Potter and in the movie, Hermione disfigures Harry but not ...
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Did Griphook double-cross Harry and Co.?

I am aware of this question (Why did Griphook betray Harry in Deathly Hallows?) but I am being a bit more specific in what I am asking, and I was unsatisfied with the answers provided on the other ...
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did Lily Potter return Snape's love? [duplicate]

We know that Lily and Snape were great friends at a young age, and that Snape loved her dearly, so far as to match her Patronus and become a double agent after her death. However, we know of their ...
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What exactly happened to Harry Potter's magical family that they could not keep or support him? [duplicate]

Story wise and in terms of character, it's understood why Harry Potter, the protagonist of the titular series, is an orphan raised with his muggle (non-magical human) family. However, a recent ...
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How did James Potter get his Invisibility Cloak?

Simply put: In the Harry Potter Series, the titular hero is in possession of a "true" magical cloak of invisibility, one which isn't charmed and will wear out, but seems to make the wearers ...
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In Cursed Child, what House is Panju Weasley in?

In case you guys need a refresher, in Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, after Albus and Scorpius’ first attempt to save Cedric Diggory through interfering with the 1st Task, they discover that Ron ...
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Did Lucius and Bellatrix have an affair?

In the books he called her Bella and he actually grabbed her hand in Malfoy Manor to which she aggressively responded by telling him to take his hands off her. There's sexual tension here. “I was ...
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What was Fred doing?

Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets Quote: They were almost at King's Cross when Harry remembered something. “Ginny—what did you see Percy doing, that he didn't want you to tell anyone? 'Oh, that,...
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Why didn't Dobby simply mention Tom Riddle to Harry?

Dobby is a complicated character. Quote: I’ve just got one question, Dobby,’ said Harry, as Dobby pulled on Harry’s sock with shaking hands. ‘You told me all this had nothing to do with He Who Must ...
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What part of Voldemort got resurrected?

We know that Voldemort had a bunch of Horcruxes, plus one soul piece in his body. In Book 1, when he "died" the first time (in Godric's Hollow), the rebounding curse destroyed that one soul ...
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Does the name “Fawkes” make sense for a magical familiar?

Dumbledore's familiar, Fawkes, is a very powerful magical creature. As we know, a phoenix can have an incredibly long life - we don't know if Dumbledore raised him from a new chick. It's possible that ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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Why did Harry cast Sectumsempra on Snape?

The common reason given to Harry not using Avada Kedavra is that Harry is not a killer. Clearly it's not the fear of Azkaban as he casts Crucio and Imperio. However, Harry did know that Sectumsempra ...
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Why did the other schools participating in the Triwizard Tournament use ships and flying carriages if they could have simply used Portkey?

In the Goblet of Fire, the other schools participating the Triwizard tournament used means of transport like flying carriages (Beauxbatons) and ships (Durmstrang) when they could have simply used ...