Questions tagged [harry-potter]

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In the Harry Potter and Sorcerers Stone movie, why does Snape give Harry that look when he states they are "up to something'

In the Harry Potter and Sorcerer‘s Stone movie, there is a scene where Harry, Ron, and Hermoine are discussing their plan, and Snape walks up on them asking "What are 3 young Gryffindors doing ...
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Why did Hermione pretend to be a different Muggle-born while caught by the Snatchers?

In chapter 23 of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the Snatchers catch Harry, Ron and Hermione. The Snatchers are looking for Muggle-borns. Hermione says her name is Penelope Clearwater, Percy's ...
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What's at the other end of the Forbidden Forest? [duplicate]

The Forbidden Forest is unquestionably massive. As the title implies, what's at the other end of the forest ? Surely the forest must come to an end somewhere - so what exists beyond the forest ?
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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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Is there a separate bathroom for prefect boys and girls at Hogwarts?

In the fourth year Harry goes to the Prefects' Bathroom. Was this bathroom shared equally by male and female prefects or were there separate bathrooms?
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Victor Krum Tri-Wizard tournament performance

In chapter 20 of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, "The First Task", after the scores are read out for the completion of the first task, Charlie Weasley says: ‘You’re tied in first place,...
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Is there class favouritism at Hogwarts?

A recent comment claimed that "Hogwarts prefects seem to (largely) come from privileged backgrounds". I'm dubious about this claim, but didn't want to make an extended discussion in an only ...
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Why do prefects have their own bath?

This always struck me as a weird detail of Goblet of Fire's, is this a normal thing in boarding schools? Or is there a good reason for it at Hogwarts?
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If your wand is snapped after being expelled from Hogwarts , can you buy a new one?

Apparently as seen from Hagrid's expulsion, the expelled Wizard or Witch's wand is snapped in half. However, we see on several occasions where people simply replace their broken wand with a new one ( ...
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Can food be created from nothing? [duplicate]

In chapter 5 of the second book, we get this: "Professor McGonagall raised her wand again and pointed it at Snape’s desk. A large plate of sandwiches, two silver goblets, and a jug of iced ...
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Why wasn't Newt Scamander's wand snapped when he was expelled from Hogwarts?

Newt Scamander was expelled from Hogwarts after he took the blame for someone else's crime. A similar thing happens to Hagrid and his wand was snapped. However Newt still has his wand. How & why? ...
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Why did Lupin not transform in the Room of Requirement?

The Room of Requirement is based on the user, but it's completely reasonable for it to become: Soundproof Reinforced (or just made of stone like the rest of the castle) Inescapable for a transformed ...
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Even if he didn't want to use them, why didn't Voldemort steal all of the Time Turners?

This question covers why he wouldn't want to steal one and use it, but that doesn't explain why he wouldn't want to steal them all anyway. Regardless of if you plan on using it, simultaneously gaining ...
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Could Harry Potter have used the Resurrection Stone to resurrect good wizards so they could fight in the Battle of Hogwarts?

I believe that the Resurrection Stone has unlimited use, so it can be used multiple times. If so, Harry Potter would have had the option of using it to resurrect a good number of good wizards so they ...
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Did Luna and Neville ever date at all after the “Harry Potter” series ended?

We know at the end of the initial Harry Potter movie series that Neville Longbottom had a bit of a crush on Luna Lovegood, and during the Battle of Hogwarts, sought her out to "confess" to ...
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Why does Mr Weasley say this?

In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, 7th Chapter, Mr Weasley says, "Harry, please. You are talking to the man who raised Fred and George." What does this statement mean? Does Mr ...
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Why didn't Peter Pettigrew turn into a rat in Deathly Hallows?

Peter Pettigrew was an animagus and he could turn into a rat without wand. In Deathly Hallows, when his why didn't he turn into a rat and rescue himself?
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Looking for HP fanfic. HG birthday. Orb from Molly. HG & HP to alternate past. Tapestry. HP's grandparents

I'm looking for a Harry Potter fanfic I probably read at AO3, for 6-12 months ago. Was then a WIP. I may be mixing together two stories... It's Hermiones (20th?) birthday and they're celebrating. ...
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Why was Lord Voldemort knocked out?

Book 7: When Lord Voldemort "killed" Harry in the Forbidden Forest, he is apparently knocked out (like Harry) for some reason. Why? What happened to Voldemort when he was knocked out? Did ...
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Did people ever notice that the wands that Dumbledore wielded before and after his legendary duel with Grindelwald were different?

Did people ever notice that the wands that Dumbledore wielded before and after his legendary duel with Grindelwald were different? Elphias Doge writes in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: They ...
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How did Lord Voldemort actually possess Prof. Quirrell?

Some things in Harry Potter are never really explained. For instance how exactly did Lord Voldemort actually possess Prof. Quirrell?
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Why didn't Voldemort realise that he is still not the true owner of the Elder Wand after killing Snape?

I mean, after killing Snape, shouldn't Voldemort have found that the wand in his hand still refused to show greater power for him? Try several random spells, the Dark Lord would find the wand works no ...
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Is there a way to allow Muggles to live together with wizards without being Obliviated in the Harry Potter universe? [closed]

Suppose I have many good friends living in Muggle society and I want to invite them to join the wonderful wizard world and share the secret of magic. However, due to the International Statute of ...
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Where did Bellatrix Lestrange live after she left her husband?

Where did Bellatrix Lestrange live after she left her husband? It never really says she "left" him so I'm assuming she did since she was so totally smitten with Lord Voldemort.
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Why did James Potter let Dumbledore borrow his invisibility cloak, knowing his child's life was in danger?

Couldn't the invisibility cloak be used to sneak out baby Harry when Voldemort finds out Harry's location? If yes, then why did James let Dumbledore borrow it? Also the question can be: why did ...
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Are vampires or werewolves immortal in Harry Potter universe?

Does the vampire or werewolf in Harry Potter universe possess eternal life? If so, why don't some ancient vampire or werewolf wizards become the most powerful character, as their experience and ...
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Where did Voldemort live?

Where did Voldemort live? If he was so special, and clearly he thought so, where was "his" manor? Did he just mooch off other people's homes or camp out hobo style all the time?
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Where was Rufus Scrimgeour before Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, and what was he doing?

In Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, when Fudge went with Dolores Umbridge to arrest Dumbledore for supposedly setting up the "Dumbledore's Army", Fudge brought 2 Aurors (Dawlish and ...
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How did the Dursleys give Harry presents? [duplicate]

Harry gets a few presents via owl from the Dursleys: In his first year- A second, very small parcel contained a note. "We received your message and enclose your Christmas present. From Uncle ...
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How are passwords to listen in on the magical radio show “Potterwatch” protected? [duplicate]

In The Deathly Hallows (chapter 22 of the same name), Harry, Ron and Hermione manage to listen in on the Potterwatch radio show which is being sent from a secret location by anonymous radio hosts. At ...
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Why do Hogwarts owls almost always arrive at breakfast?

They obviously fly at different speeds and to different places, so why do they almost always arrive at breakfast? Several scenes show hundreds of them arriving at the same time, so it's unlikely to be ...
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Why does Buckbeak's executioner use an axe? [duplicate]

I've only just identified something which has been bugging me for literally years. Why does the executioner Fudge brings to kill Buckbeak use an axe? Seriously, one Avada Kedavra and it's done with ...
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Why King's Cross? [duplicate]

When Voldemort does the Avada kadavra on Harry in the forest, Harry goes into some kind of passing between worlds, that looks to him like King's Cross Station. So why does Harry see himself there? ...
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Why wasn't Appare Vestigium used in the Harry Potter book series?

Appare Vestigium is the incantation of a tracking spell that illuminates the area it is being used in a swirl of gold that reveals recent magical activity. This could have been used many times in the ...
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If Fenrir Greyback didn't have a Dark Mark, how could he get through a barrier that required a Dark Mark to pass through it?

Just like the question indicates — if Fenrir Greyback didn't have a Dark Mark, how could he get through a barrier that required a Dark Mark to pass through it? We see in HBP that the barrier that ...
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Why did Sirius attack Gryffindor tower the second time?

When Sirius goes into the boys dormitory and Ron wakes up, Peter/Scabbers already faked his death and Sirius knows it. so what did he attack the second time for? here's the timeline: in POA chapter 12 ...
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Was the tree pictured in this scene the Whomping Willow?

In the movie, there is a scene in a flashback with Newt showing Leta a Bowtruckle in a tree. Were Newt and Leta at the Whomping Willow? I thought it dated to the 1970s. Lupin said it was grown, ...
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Is Harry only protected from Voldemort? [duplicate]

Does the protection Lily made on Harry apply only from Voldemort? Is there any proof from the books?
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How did Cornelius Fudge recognize Voldemort's return?

We know that the Voldemort of GOF didn't look like the Voldemort of 13 years before. The last Horcrux he made before trying to kill baby Harry was the diadem, which he later hides in Hogwarts. While ...
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HP fanfic where Harry finds out the Dursleys have moved without telling him and he winds up staying in Diagon Alley under an alias

I was reading Harry Potter Fanfic - Harry is a Phoenix animagus, trained by Fawkes, Luna is an animagus too and the mention of changing block colors reminded me of a later chapter in this fanfic ...
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Harry Potter and The Order of Phoenix fanfic with an alternate story line with a love angle between Harry and Hermione [duplicate]

Many years back (more than 10) I came across a PDF for Harry Potter and The Order Of Phoenix. It had a completely different story line. If I remember correctly, in the first chapter Harry was meddling ...
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How do Hogwarts passageways work?

The Hogwarts passageways are confusing: We learn there is a passageway in the 4th floor of Hogwarts behind a mirror leading to Hogsmeade, but how can a passageway come out from 4 floors above the ...
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Why did Dumbledore swim instead of fly?

In The Half-Blood Prince, Harry and Dumbledore go on a Horcux hunt. They have to cross the sea to reach the island. Dumbledore and Harry swim. Why do so? The water was as cold as ice (this might not ...
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Why did Merope name her son after her father, who constantly terrorized and abused her?

Just like the question indicates — why did Merope name her son after her father, who constantly terrorized and abused her? When Dumbledore is teaching Harry about Voldemort's past, we see that Merope ...
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How can a person live on when their soul is sucked by a Dementor?

According to Muggle belief, we die when when our soul leaves the body. Wizarding belief seems to believe the same: a ghost is an imprint of a departed soul. ... But the following situation ...
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How does the soul split when making multiple Horcruxes? [duplicate]

My question is regarding the size of the torn soul portions - are all the portions equal size? If yes how could it be? The soul doesn't know how many times it's going to be split. There are two ways; ...
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Why didn't any parents complain about what was going on at Hogwarts?

In regular schools parents will come to meet the principal or other leadership if something bad happens. The same should apply to Hogwarts, but it doesn't seem any parents complain. We only see Lucius ...
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Can the Fidelius Charm kill you?

It's said that you cannot speak out about the location of the place (that's been Fideliused.) Is this like an unbreakable vow? You speak out the secret and you die. You cannot speak out the secret ...
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Did Narcissa and Andromeda stay in contact?

Did Narcissa Black and Andromeda stay in contact? We know that Andromeda married a Muggle-born and Bellatrix stopped being in contact with her. But do we have proof Narcissa did? We know that ...
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Are wands required for an animagus transformation? If so, how were they used in Azkaban? If not, why did Pettigrew need one? [duplicate]

In chapter 20 of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, it's made very clear that Peter Pettigrew needed a wand to use his animagus transformation and escape. However, one chapter earlier we learn ...