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What are the children of two Muggle-borns called?

If I remember correctly, to be referred to as a pure-blood, all your grandparents must be magical. If you have one (or more) pure-blood grandparents and one (or more) Muggle grandparents, then you are ...
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Why would Dementors torture a Death Eater if they are loyal to Voldemort?

A follow up of this related question: Why did the Ministry order a Dementor’s kiss for Barty Crouch Jr. without any trial? If all the Dementors are loyal to Voldemort and Barty Crouch Junior is a ...
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Spells that require “special” handling

Most of the spells learned in Hogwarts are a simple flow of: Choose your spell Point your wand Say the words Magic happens But there are other spells that specify the need to do more than that. For ...
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Why bother with the search for Horcruxes? [duplicate]

The biggest plan in defeating Voldemort is to hunt down and destroy all his Horcruxes, and a significant part of the last two books is spent doing this. Dumbledore, the most powerful wizard able to ...
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How is the team name order determined for House Quidditch games at Hogwarts?

How is the team name order determined for the House Quidditch games at Hogwarts? For example, in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone they announce a match as Lee: Hello, and welcome to ...
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Is it possible to Vanish humans?

We see in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix that McGonagall has her Transfiguration students practice the Vanishing Charm (Evanesco) on mice (and has previously had them do snails): “As I ...
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Why would anyone even use a Portkey?

I wonder why would anyone need a Portkey when there's a possibility to Apparate? I was thinking that some would not be able to Apparate since they have no license, I asked about it here, thinking ...
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Who gets an Apparition licence?

I read a lot of questions lately about Apparition vs. Portkeys. People keep talking about getting a license from the MoM to be able to Apparate legally. It seems that everyone can learn it since they ...
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What happens if you try to apparate into Hogwarts?

We learn that using apparition into and out of Hogwarts is not possible. When Dumbledore is using apparition with Harry when they are going to find the locket, Harry asks him how can he do that, and ...
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Are Bellatrix's eyes hooded or heavy-lidded?

Her first mention in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire describes her as a woman with thick, shining dark hair and heavily hooded eyes but in the rest of the series, she is described as a woman with ...
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Why is Madam Hooch not a professor?

Madam Hooch role is described as Hogwarts' flying instructor. Even though she does teach magic, she is not addressed as a professor. I would imagine that, just like in the real world, to be called ...
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How did Bellatrix know about the Philosopher's Stone?

She was in Azkaban during those events. She confronted Snape about it in HBP. How did she know about it?
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Who would have called Harry by his last name?

At the very end of Philosopher’s Stone we find the following passage: ”Thanks," said Harry, "I'll need something to look forward to." People jostled them as they moved forward toward the gateway ...
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Which muggles are allowed to learn about magic? [duplicate]

Other than the obvious first-degree family members, it is also indicated that the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom knows about the wizarding world. Who else can be revealed to magic? Who's the ...
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Was Marietta Edgecomb under a spell in The Order of the Phoenix?

In The Order of the Phoenix, just when Dumbledore’s Army was discovered by Umbridge, Marietta responds in a manner which allows her to save the DA from most trouble... but her eyes are strangely blank....
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Does Snape have a bad hairstyle according to the wizarding world?

Having read a lot of fanfiction, I just realized that the Potion Master's hair has never been described in a flattering manner. The phrase greasy-haired has been used to describe Severus Snape in most ...
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Ron/Hermione Fanfic where Hermione creates a potion to understand Ron’s mind

The plot was where Hermione Granger brewed an experimental potion to understand Ron Weasley's mind. But ends up with a side effect of amplifying every kind of spell they cast. Understanding the ...
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Was Voldemort related to Draco?

Bellatrix is Draco and Nymphadora's aunt and Voldemort sired her daughter, does that make him their uncle?
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How did Avada Kedavra get its name?

How did Avada Kedavra, the Unforgivable Killing Curse, get its name? Most spells' incantations sound similar to their effect, with their names influenced from Latin. However, Avada Kedavra, ...
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Harry Potter x Tom Riddle fanfic where Harry travels back in time to Wool’s Orphanage as a baby and everyone thinks his birthday is in October

In this fanfic, Harry Potter travels back in time to Wool’s Orphanage as a baby and everyone thinks his birthday is in October. It’s a Harry Potter x Tom Riddle fanfic. It has a lot of chapters (I ...
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What is the difference between Queenie's enchantment and the Imperius Curse?

In Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald when we first meet Queenie and Jacob, the witch has him placed under a powerful enchantment that makes Jacob more susceptible to her suggestions. How ...
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Why did the Death Eaters wait to reopen the Chamber of Secrets?

Voldemort opened the Chamber of Secrets when he was at school, and wrote it all down in his diary. Since that same diary was used as a Horcrux, it seemed to have come with a set of instructions on how ...
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Does the Sorcerer's (Philosopher's) stone protect against non-natural causes of death?

It's likely this has been asked before, but I can't find it: Does the Sorcerer's (Philosopher's) Stone protect against non-natural death? I.e., getting hit by a bus, Avada Kedavra, falling off a ...
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Is Pettigrew a wererat? [closed]

A wererat is "a therianthropic creature in the shape of a rat," according to its Wikipedia page, and since it also lists Pettigrew as an example, he has to be one, right?
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Do Wizard/Witch Professors Perform Research / Publish Their Work?

We know that wizards and witches publish books, but most books we encounter are rather old. I'm wondering if wizards and witches employed at academies like Hogwarts (or in other places) perform ...
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Is Dumbledore a human lie detector?

We know that Voldemort possesses a mind-reading ability called "legilimency". He uses this power to invade the minds of his victims. Existing questions (like this one) ask if Dumbledore can use ...
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What does “D.Wiz, X.J. (sorc), S. of Mag. Q.” stand for in the Harry Potter: Film Wizardry book?

I received Harry Potter: Film Wizardry (Updated Edition) and the Hogwarts letter seems to be different than in the book and the film, according to how Harry reads it out loud in Sorcerer's Stone. At ...
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In the Cursed Child, who was Minister for Magic in the alternate reality where Ron is married to Padma Patil?

In the first Act, Albus and Scorpius interfere in the First Task and because of that, they go to an alternate timeline where Ron is married to Padma Patil and Hermione isn't Minister for Magic, but ...
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Why did the Ministry of Magic allow Dumbledore's nepotism?

When it comes to appointment of teachers, Dumbledore exercised high-level of nepotism. Some examples: Lupin, Snape, Slughorn, Trelawney, Hagrid etc. Why didn't the Ministry of Magic intervene?
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Why are there no name ribbons on the Marauder's Map in the movie adaptation of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”?

In the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and both cinematic parts of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, why are the names on the Marauder's Map not shown in ribbons like ...
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Why didn't Voldemort recognize that Dumbledore was affected by his curse?

Dumbledore's hand was visibly affected by a curse Voldemort placed on Marvolo Gaunt's ring. Why wasn't Voldemort alerted that perhaps Dumbledore has found one of his Horcruxes based on the appearance ...
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What did Voldemort mean when he called the Death Eaters his true family?

‘Listen to me, reliving family history …’ he said quietly. ‘Why, I am growing quite sentimental … But look, Harry! My true family returns …’ [Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 33] ...
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At what point in time did Dumbledore ask Snape for this favor?

I know that Dumbledore asked (more like coerced) Snape to but when did he ask? Like was it before the Sixth Year of Harry’s school or sometime in the middle of the year or over Christmas break or ...
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In “Harry Potter”, were the tales about Malodora Grymm and Leticia Somnolens the basis for Snow White and Sleeping Beauty respectively? [closed]

In the Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban video game, you can get two famous hag cards of Malodora Grymm and Leticia Somnlens and their tales are based on Snow White and Sleeping Beauty ...
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In Harry Potter, what would happen if someone used a Love Potion on themselves?

In Harry Potter, victims of Love Potions will be obsessively infatuated with the giver of the Potion. It’s not real love, of course. So would those who use Love Potions on themselves be vain, ...
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How could Sirius buy a broomstick for Harry? [duplicate]

I don’t understand how Sirius managed to buy Harry a firebolt when he was a widely known mass murderer. I recall them mentioning that they took the gold from Sirius’ vault and had it shipped to him. ...
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Can a house actually have negative points?

In Chapter Thirty-Eight of Order of the Phoenix we have the following passage: Snape stared at him. “Put that wand away at once,” he said curtly. “Ten points from Gryff —” Snape looked ...
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Why did Voldemort choose Narcissa to check if Harry was dead?

We see in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, after Voldemort tries to kill Harry that he sends Narcissa Malfoy to check if Harry was dead or not: “You,” said Voldemort, and there was a bang and ...
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How exactly did Voldemort look before his Killing Curse rebounded? [duplicate]

When he came to Dumbledore asking for a job at Hogwarts, he hid Ravenclaw's diadem in the Room of Requirements. When Harry saw the memory, he noticed that although he did not look like the handsome ...
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Did the remaining Death Eaters fight back after Voldemort's death?

After Voldemort died, shouldn't the remaining Death Eaters still fight back? We know that they don't need a leader to organize their attacks: Loud jeering, roars of laughter, and drunken yells were ...
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Why would Lupin kill Pettigrew?

In Chapter Nineteen of Prisoner of Azkaban after a lengthy discussion in the Shrieking Shack, Lupin and Sirius decide to kill Pettigrew: "You should have realized," said Lupin quietly, "if ...
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Spells hand motions in Harry Potter universe

What is the origin of each hand movement for each spell in the Harry Potter universe? There is so much information on the Internet about each spell, and for each spell, you can find the way your hand ...
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How to “kill” a ghost in Harry Potter universe?

Is it ever mentioned in the movies or the books whether it is possible to vanquish or get rid of a ghost forever? I am not talking about a ghost somehow moves on by itself, more like an evil ghost ...
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What are the effects on an opponent's wand with Expelliarmus?

Does hitting someone's wand with Expelliarmus leave a burn mark on the wand or make the opponent's wand hot to touch? For example, if someone cast Expelliarmus at my wand and I obviously dropped the ...
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In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - infiltration of Death Eaters in the Ministry of Magic

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the ministry of magic was infiltrated by Voldemort and Death Eaters so that Voldemort and Death Eaters could take control of the ministry. However, Order of ...
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Why was Bellatrix unaffected by Harry's Cruciatus curse [duplicate]

In the Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix, when Harry used the Cruciatus curse on Bellatrix after she killed Sirius Black, is there any specific reason why she remained almost completely ...
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What steps did Voldemort intend for his diary to take to prove he was the Heir of Slytherin?

I know a really similar question has been asked here (and I have been trying to convince myself with half-baked answers to avoid creating a duplicate) but please do note, my question isn't about why ...
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Could Draco have wished up a tunnel to the outside world in the Room of Requirement?

In The Deathly Hallows, Neville reveals how he managed to create a tunnel between the Room of Requirement and Hogsmeade: "It's quite straightforward, really," said Neville modestly. "I'd been in ...
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What crimes get one sent to azkaban [duplicate]

What crimes are punished with sentences in Azkaban? Or what must be proved in a trial to merit a stay in Azkaban other than murder?
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Is there any mention of ghosts who live outside the Hogwarts castle?

Hogwarts seems to house many ghosts but has it ever been mentioned in the narrative, of ghosts that reside outside the castle? At Beauxbatons and Durmstrang, for instance? Or at the Ministry? It's ...