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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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Wouldn't Kreacher have been able to escape even without following an order?

In Chapter Ten of Deathly Hallows we are presented with the story of Kreacher's escape from Voldemort's cave: “How did you get away?” Harry asked, and he was not surprised to hear himself ...
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How did Severus Snape use Felix Felicis potion?

Horace Slughorn claimed that only once a student prepared a 'good enough' Draught of Living Death potion, receiving a Felix Felicis probe (before Harry did). I guess that student was Severus Snape. ...
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How does a House Elf know its name was called?

When a Wizard calls his House Elf's name, it appears. But how does the Elf know it was called?
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Has Dumbledore ever scolded Harry?

We see in both books and movies that Harry Potter is Dumbledore's golden boy. Their relationship was more of a personal thing. Dumbledore was more like a mentor than a headmaster to Harry and ...
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What makes one wizard more powerful than another? [duplicate]

In the Harry Potter universe, a recurring theme is that some wizards are more powerful than others. For instance, Voldemort is considered to be an immensely powerful wizard, and so is Dumbledore. ...
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Why don't Wizards use wrist straps to protect against disarming charms?

Inspired by a tweet by rocket: me: see the wrist strap stops you from dropping the wiimote voldemort: this is brilliant [later] harry potter: expelliarmus! voldemort: [wand ...
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What happened to Hermione's wand after that it was confiscated?

Hermione's wand was confiscated by Snatchers in the spring of 1998 when she, Harry, and Ron were caught after Harry accidentally broke the Taboo curse by saying Voldemort's name. Hermione subsequently ...
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Is “Harry Potter: Wizards Unite” canon? [duplicate]

After reading this answer, I started wondering if HP:WU actually is canon. I did some research and found two contradictory stories. From Wizards Unite Hub: "The events in Wizards Unite are ...
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Would someone be able to use Felix Felicis to make MORE Felix Felicis?

I was thinking about the Harry Potter-verse and it occurred to me that the luck potion Felix Felicis would have been an OP game changer if used correctly! Other questions have highlighted how it might ...
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Are there any instances of members of different Hogwarts houses coupling up and marrying each other?

Being a casual fan of the books, it occurred to me that in most cases, the couples I have seen in the Harry Potter stories all seem to come from the same house, with Harry and Cho Chang being an ...
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What did Harry Potter do, between the murder of his parents and getting dropped of at the Dursleys? [duplicate]

As far as I remember, Harry's parents were killed at night, then Hagrid picked him up from the rubble (before the Muggles got there), and sometime after that he met Sirius who gave Hagrid his bike, ...
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Do the books “Fantastic Beasts:Illustrated” and “HP:Page to Screen - Creatures Vault” have the same content?

I have recently purchased the Illustrated "Fantastic Beasts" book (yet to be delivered). I am planning to buy the "Harry Potter:Page to Screen > Creature Vault" book as well (the purple one) Do these ...
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Why would Hermione be worried about question 14 b?

In Chapter Sixteen of Philosopher’s Stone Hermione is supposed to pretend to be waiting for Flitwick to discuss her exam: "It's obvious," said Ron. "You can pretend to be waiting for Professor ...
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In Harry Potter and the Philospher's (Sorcerer's) Stone, why didn't they send Hedwig to Dumbledore instead of going after Snape (Quirrell)?

In the book Harry Potter and the Philosopher's (Sorcerer's) Stone, why didn't Harry, Ron, and Hermione send Hedwig to Dumbledore instead of going after Snape (Quirrell) themselves? Or at least, send ...
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How does a Horcrux work? [duplicate]

We know from the series that a Horcrux is an object to hide a "part of your soul" so you can never die before the Horcrux is destroyed. I would like to know how the resurrection process work. Say you ...
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How does Harry wear the invisibility cloak?

In the first movie, and some scenes of subsequent movies, Harry puts it on like a regular cloak (that is to say, he wraps it around himself and puts on a hood for his head). This is also the sense ...
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Is Voldemort evil to pure-bloods? [closed]

You-know-who was originally not a blood supremacist, and just generically evil. So was he evil to pure-bloods? ( not counting blood traitors). Asking partially because in cursed child Draco said that ...
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How was Barty Crouch Junior able to use Alastor Moody's wand for a whole year without any noticeable side effects?

At the beginning of GoF, we know that Moody is fought by Wormtail and Barty Crouch Junior. They win the battle and lock him inside his own magical lockers. However, they do not kill him. Wandlore has ...
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Why are Unbreakable Vows not used more in the Harry Potter Universe? [duplicate]

I wonder why the Wizarding Legal System doesn't use Unbreakable Vows in their legal system. Having the judges swear "to uphold the law to their best ability while acting in their official role" would ...
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How apparent is it when someone is under the Imperius Curse?

How apparent is it when someone is under the Imperius Curse in Harry Potter? Is it supposed to be possible to tell when someone is affected? In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, it is shown that a ...
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How does the ministry control ghosts? [duplicate]

At several points, ghosts are shown to be under the ministry’s control. But ghosts seem to care little about the law, and I doubt peeves would do it out of obedience. How does the ministry control ...
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How does the name “Marauder's Map” indicate that its creators are “the Marauders”?

Referring to the group of James, Sirius, Lupin, and Pettigrew as "the Marauders" seems to be pretty ubiquitous. There are many such references to them on this site alone; on a popular fanfiction site, ...
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Why did Lucius make a deal out of Buckbeak hurting Draco but not about Draco being turned into a ferret?

Draco and Lucius get super angry and over dramatic about Buckbeak hurting Draco’s arm and tried to get Hagrid fired and Buckbeak killed as punishment in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. They ...
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Why did Snape hate Sirius?

I know he made Snape's life miserable, but he seemed to particularly hate him in book three, hunting him and calling dementors to destroy his soul, even going against Dumbledore to punish Sirius. Did ...
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How can the term “Mud Blood” be a slur when THE recognized G.O.A.T. Wizard, Merlin, was half Muggle?

The Harry Potter-verse seems to roughly line up with the then-real world of the 1990s. That being the case, unless there was some lore change within the series, Merlin, recognized in both realities as ...
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Why did Voldemort fall with Harry in the final battle?

In the finale battle between Harry and Voldemort, Harry leaps off a certain height dragging Voldemort down with him. This causes them both to be disoriented when they land, which ultimately places ...
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What was the joke behind the quidditch tryouts scene in Puffs?

In the off-Broadway play "Puffs," about Hufflepuff students and their inconsequential role in the greater Harry Potter story arc, year 6 includes an extremely protracted scene that mystified me. I've ...
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How can Harry be a Horcrux? [duplicate]

Since Voldemort has already broken his soul into different Horcruxes before attacking baby Harry, there is no part of a soul left inside him to create a new Horcrux. How can Harry be a Horcrux?
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Why was Jacob still hanging onto the bucket?

Newt and Jacob travel to Paris by Portkey in The Crimes of Grindelwald. The Portkey in question is a bucket. Yet, some time after they've arrived in Paris and gone to Place Cachée, he's still hanging ...
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Were Hecate and Miss Cackle's personalities based on the books?

In the most recent iteration of the TV show The Worst Witch, two of the teachers are Hecate Hardbroom and the headmistress, Miss Ada Cackle. I couldn't help but notice that their personalities seemed ...
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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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Harry Potter Fanfic where Harry is sent to an alternate dimension where Tom Riddle is good

I know this fic is either on AO3 or Fanfic. It’s a Harry Potter story, I can’t remember if it had a set ship or not. The background is; Harry is somehow transported to an alternate dimension. In ...
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Are there any actual examples of “awful things happening to wizards who meddle with time” in the book? [duplicate]

In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Hermione mentions: Awful things happen to wizards who meddle with time. Now, I can imagine what could go wrong logically, for example, their past self ...
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What was the skeleton under bench in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 [duplicate]

Spoilers for Deathly Hallows who or what was the skeleton under the white bench?
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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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Harry Potter and Percy Jackson fanfic where Sally Jackson is James Potter's sister

Sally Jackson is James Potter's sister. Sally is friends with Severus. Sally doesn't want anything to do with the war and hides besides some type of magic or wards, but Dumbledore finds out how to go ...
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How can the Room of Requirement be so easily accessed using force?

Check out this very short scene from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: The Room of Requirement is a magical room, described as a place where it is only ...
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Harry Potter fanfiction where he perfects a sweet potion

I read a Harry Potter fan-fiction a while ago where Harry perfects a sweet potion. I vaguely remember the potion being called "Fairy Floss" or something like that. I'm pretty sure it was either Drarry ...
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How does the time-turning event work in “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”? [duplicate]

I know in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Harry and Hermione go back in time, save Buckbeak and free Sirius Black. However, in the actual movie before this event, Harry sees - according to ...
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Does a person need to be a Wizard to open the Room of Requirement? [duplicate]

Inspired by this question It is stated tha Mr. Filch cannot open the Room because he cannot guess what are the students doing there. But we know that Mr. Filch is a Squib, i.e. his magical ...
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Does Fire Emblem: Three Houses have any connection with the Harry Potter series?

The newly released video game Fire Emblem: Three Houses features the main locale as a monastery that acts as a school. Within this school are the titular Three Houses: Black Eagles (red and black), ...
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Ron has Charlie’s old wand [duplicate]

in The philosophers stone Ron says he has Charlie’s old wand. Would it work for him properly. And why would Charlie want a new wand?
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In the movie Harry Potter and the Order or the Phoenix, why didn't Mr. Filch succeed to open the Room of Requirement if it's what he needed?

As stated by Dobby in The Order of the Phoenix ‘Because [the Room of Requirement] is a room that a person can only enter,’ said Dobby seriously, ‘when they have real need of it’ Order of ...
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Would the Elder Wand have been able to destroy a Horcrux?

We see that the Elder Wand is able to perform magic that would not normally be possible with a regular wand. For example, in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Harry fixes his broken wand with it: (...
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Merman Tom, pirate Hermione story

Looking for an unfinished Tomione fanfic on AO3. Tom was a merman, the terror hiding in the depths, terrorizing honest sailors and pirates alike, sinking ships and drowning people in droves. Enter ...
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Why did Harry get in trouble for performing magic “in front of a Muggle“ when Dudley knew about magic? [duplicate]

So in Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix, Harry gets in trouble for use his patronus. He was charged with performing underage magic inform of a Muggle. But that Muggle, Dudley, knew about magic. ...
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Harry Potter fanfic where Harry has amnesia and forgets his pregnant husband Draco and tries to get back together with Ginny

No matter how I search in google, I am unable to find this fic. Please help me if you know this fic with the details I can remember - Harry and Draco are married for a long time. Harry is an Auror. ...
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Will the Sorting Hat still hesitate on the House of Harry after he lose this part? [duplicate]

As we learn in the last book Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows that Harry Potter is a Horcrux of Voldemort. Could we tell that all the specificities of Harry in some area come from this part of ...
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Can a Hogwarts student refuse the Sorting Hat's decision?

After reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and remembering how Harry asked the Sorting Hat not to join Slytherin and how it granted his request, I started wondering what happens when a student ...
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What does Argus Filch specifically do?

I was reading a fanfiction when they asked this specific question, and it make me think... Specifically what does he do in Hogwarts? In all the seven books, do they explain exactly what he does? In ...