Questions tagged [harry-potter]

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If wizards can conjure better hands than their natural ones, why don't all of them just cut off their hands?

So, we see in GoF that wizards — albeit a very powerful wizard — can conjure better hands out of thin air — or at least, more powerful, and put it onto a handless stump. Voldemort raised his wand ...
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How did anyone expect champions in trouble to send up red sparks?

In the Triwizard Tournament, how could anyone expect the champions in trouble to send up red sparks? For example, if a champion went unconscious while fighting to get out of a bad situation, and no ...
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Why did Ron yell “He beat you”?

In the book, when the Voldemort shows Harry's seemingly dead body, he is forced to put a silencing charm on the Hogwartians. Then Ron yells "He beat you" all of a sudden - breaking the ...
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What happened to Fang the Boarhound after the Battle of Hogwarts? Did he survive?

Many people say that he did. But there is a contradictory statement from the book. The book describes that a lone dog the size of a boat lay near the stone steps to the castle when Harry entered it (...
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Why does Harry like Snape

Has he forgotten the harsh way Snape treated him in class. I know that Snape saved his life but only because he had Lily's eyes and if he didn't Snape wouldn't have come to the good side. Deathly ...
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How did McGonagall know that Harry had an owl?

In CoS, McGonagall tells Harry that he should've sent a professor a letter through Hedwig when Harry and Ron couldn't get through the barrier. "Why didn't you send us a letter by owl? I believe ...
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At Hogwarts, why didn't many students own snowy owls?

Just like the question indicates — why didn't more students own snowy owls? Eeylops Owl Emporium clearly states that they sell snowy owls among the other types of owls they sell, although I don't have ...
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If Pettigrew cast an explosion spell from behind his back, how did the eye-witnesses see him reaching for his wand?

Fudge's account of these events in chapter 10 of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is quite clear (emphasis mine) “Pettigrew died a hero’s death. Eyewitnesses — Muggles, of course, we wiped ...
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Why is Filch's cat called “Mrs.Norris”?

This is an unusual name to give to a cat. The title "Mrs." is given to someone who is married. Does this mean that Mrs. Norris is married? If yes, where is her husband? Or is Norris her first name? ...
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If Wolfsbane is to be taken a week in advance, why does it matter that Lupin hadn't taken it on the night of the full moon?

In chapter 18 of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Lupin makes it clear that the potion is taken a week in advance (emphasis mine): "As long as I take it in the week, preceding the full ...
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Harry Potter Fanfiction-Title The Sir and Ma'am Chronicles

I am looking for a fanfiction. The title is The Sir and Ma'am Chronicles. The story was posted on fanfiction.net. It is about an abused Harry and Hermione who are adopted by the Weasleys.
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Why does Tonks say ‘wotcher’?

Tonks says ‘wotcher’ all the time. Especially when she meets someone, she says ‘Wotcher’ instead of ‘Hello’. What does it mean?
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Does Lord Voldemort eat and drink?

I am wondering if Lord Voldemort eats and drinks and does other mundane things when he is so inhuman due to his horcruxes. Is he like an ordinary man in other ways, with feelings of thirst and hunger?...
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Why does George Weasley have a toothbrush stuck in his ear?

In the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I, George walks in on Harry and Ginny kissing. The intriguing thing is that he has a toothbrush stuck in his ear. ...
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The punishment is small and the reward is high, so why not foul the Seeker?

The Seeker is key to winning a game of Quidditch. If your team doesn't have a Seeker and the opposing team does, then the opposing team can only ever lose by surrendering. Unless there's a huge skill ...
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Did Harry have the Marauder's Map at any point where Scabbers was with Ron?

I'm a little lost about Prisoner of Azkaban's timeline. Did Scabbers disappear prior to Harry losing the Marauder's Map? What chapters should I be looking at?
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How did Oliver Wood wake the girls on his Quidditch team?

So I was rereading CoS when I came to a bit that I found weird. In the part where the Gryffindor Quidditch team were practicing at the crack of dawn and they find out that Draco is a Seeker for ...
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Why did Grindelwald organise this event in the first place?

In Crimes of Grindelwald we see the title character during his transportation from MACUSA prison to Europe. However, we soon find out that who later Apparates to the carriage transporting the ...
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Can Legilimency detect invisibility?

Just like the question indicates — can Legilimency detect invisibility or camouflage? We know that Legilimency detects someone's thoughts. So, if a Legilimens were to look into the eyes of an ...
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Why does Voldemort hug Draco Malfoy?

Voldemort hugs Draco in Deathly Hallows, Part II Why does he do this?
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Why do the Death Eaters suddenly abandon Voldemort at the Battle of Hogwarts?

When Harry suddenly reveals that he is alive, the Death Eaters begin to Disapparate, apparently abandoning Voldemort. Why though, when they were at the brink of victory?
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Did Dumbledore plan Snape's death?

Dumbledore himself said this: “If you planned your death with Snape, you meant him to end up with the Elder Wand, didn’t you?” “I admit that was my intention,” said Dumbledore, “but it did ...
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Why didn't the executioners follow the rope to Buckbeak?

I'm currently reading the penultimate chapter of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and I can only assume that my reading comprehension has completely failed me. As I understand it, Buckbeak ...
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If you know someone who can cast the Fidelius Charm, why have a bank vault?

Gringotts is considered rather safe, but its security has been under question since the attempted robbery back in the first book. Furthermore, as shown in that book and in Deathly Hallows, it's a bit ...
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Looking for HP fanfic: Powerful Harry, because basilisk-venom and phoenix-tears battle and strengthen his core

I'm looking for a Harry Potter fanfiction story. I probably read it on AO3, though it's possible it was in FFN or maybe even some other site. I don't really remember any details, so it'll probably ...
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In years one and three, did Hermione provide a reason for staying in school over Christmas?

I suspect that my memory is failing me, but when reading through Prisoner of Azkaban I couldn't recall any reason that she has given for staying in school over Christmas in any prior year other than ...
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I'm really confused about Harry Potter's blood status [duplicate]

I'm confused because Harry Potter is a half-blood even though he was born from a Muggle-born and a pure-blood. Does a Muggle-born count as a Muggle when giving birth or what?
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Why didn't Harry show Cornelius his memory of what happened at the Graveyard? [duplicate]

After coming back from his duel with Voldemort, Harry was scorned at by Cornelius Fudge. There are 2 questions here: I'm talking about Barty Crouch Jr.'s confession in point 1 Why didn't Harry, ...
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Why didn't Cornelius Fudge suspect that Buckbeak and Sirius's escape were connected?

During the final chapters of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Sirius Black escapes once again from Flitwick's office, while being guarded. It is well known and established that you cannot ...
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Why didn't Dumbledore let Harry die in Order of the Phoenix?

In Harry Potter And The Order of The Phoenix, Voldemort attempts to kill Harry in the Ministry after Sirius's death. Dumbledore arrives just in time to save Harry, shielding him with the wizard's ...
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What are some indoor games played in the Potterverse?

We know that Quidditch is one of the most famous games in the wizarding world of Harry Potter. It is an outdoor game created by J K Rowling. What are some of the indoor games played by the wizards in ...
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Why was the Sorcerer's Stone in Gringotts in the first place?

The stone belonged to Nicolas Flamel who lived in Paris. Why did it have to be kept in Gringotts? Flamel had obviously kept the stone with him all along.
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Why didn't Harry give Ron a Christmas present in their first year? [closed]

In the first Harry Potter book, why didn't Harry get Ron a Christmas present? Although I don't have the exact quotes right now, Hagrid says that the money Harry takes out of his Gringotts vault was ...
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Harry Potter and Percy Jackson Fanfiction where Percy has a sister Andromeda. She is the daughter of Neptune

I am looking for a Harry Potter and Percy Jackson fanfiction. I think the title might be Daughter of Rome. I believe it was posted on fanfiction.net Here is what I remember: Percy had a sister named ...
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Do Veela have names?

In Harry Potter there are Veela, women who are part human, who are so beautiful and charming that they can seduce any man. I was just curious about the fact that I can't seem to find anything about ...
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In HP, how do Muggles accept that wizards and witches are real? [duplicate]

In HP, I don't understand why Muggles accept that Hogwarts, or really any part of magic, is real, much less send their kids to Hogwarts. As it says in P/SS: “Nobody in my family’s magic at all, it ...
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What do we know about the dog that Harry stepped on the tail of? I don't believe that it was a Bulldog

As of the first three chapters of The Prisoner of Azkaban, we know the following: Aunt Marge breeds Bulldogs. As she's in England and they're described as fairly big, they're probably English ...
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Did Harry being a Horcrux affect himself?

In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Ch. 22): At once, Harry's scar burned white-hot, as though the old wound had burst open again - and unbidden, unwanted, but terrifyingly strong, there ...
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Does casting a spell require a Wand? [duplicate]

In multiple Harry Potter books/movies, there are a number of scenarios where a spell is cast or some magical event happens but the instigator did not use a wand: In HP1, Harry removes the glass from ...
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How could Salazar have expected his plan for the Chamber of Secrets to work?

As I understand it, there's only two possible interpretations of Salazar's plan for the Chamber of Secrets. Either: His heir releases the monster and has it kill the unworthy in secret. His heir ...
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Why bother with Chamber of Secrets' polyjuice plot when you can turn invisible?

Until almost the end of Chamber of Secrets, it's as if Harry has forgotten that he owns an invisibility cloak. There's numerous occasions in the book where it appears to me that using the cloak was ...
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Did Mad Eye Moody see Scorpius, Albus, and Delphi inside the Maze during the Third Task?

Scorpius, Albus, and Delphi go to the Triwizard Maze in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Mad Eye Moody (Barty Crouch Junior) was patrolling outside the maze. His magical eye could see through the ...
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In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, what happened to the dragon and how did the spectators know that the dragon was defeated?

In the First Task of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry lures the dragon out of the arena. He then engages the dragon in a tower top duel and eventually causes the dragon to collide with a ...
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Harry Potter and religion [duplicate]

Witch hunting was standard practice for muggles of old. One can argue that the main reason was fear of the unknown, but it is established (Beedle tales) that one major component of said fear was ...
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How did Harry know that wand allegiance can be won by proxy?

The entire plot of the end of the Harry Potter series relies on the fact that Harry won the allegiance of the Elder Wand by taking a different wand from Draco Malfoy, the current master of the Elder ...
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Why couldn't Draco Malfoy testify that Voldemort was back?

Draco Malfoy is the son of a death eater, and he obviously knew that Voldemort was back. There is at least one moment where he acknowledged the Dark Lord's return: in the train compartment at the end ...
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In HP, how does Stupefy work?

In HP, I don't really understand how Stupefy works. It can't be permanent because then would basically be death, and in my understanding, Stupefy only makes people faint/go unconscious. However, at ...
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No-maj and witch family punishments? [closed]

I'm writing fanfic, and the mother who's a witch falls in love with a no-maj, and then they have children together. I want them to get captured, and I either want them to escape or get punished, but ...
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How do professors know what House students are in?

In the Harry Potter books, professors of Hogwarts always seem to know what House their pupils are in. I don't see how professors can distinguish each of the students by their Houses, because I don't ...
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Could a Muggle/Squib fool a Wizard/Witch into thinking they had magic using technology? [closed]

Since most Wizards & Witches do not know much or anything at all about Muggles and Muggle culture would it be possible to fool a Wizard into thinking they were a Witch/Wizard ? I feel like they ...