Questions tagged [harry-potter]

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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 ...
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Do magical pests only infest Wizard houses and buildings?

In Chamber of Secrets when Harry visits the Burrow, he sees the ghoul in the attic and helps the Weasleys de-gnome the garden. In the Order of the Phoenix, Mrs. Weasley, Harry, Ron and Hermione spend ...
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Harry Potter fanfic where he is abandoned during the search for Horcrux for Ron and Hermione

In the fanfic it is related how Ron was in conflict with Harry and Hermione just like in the movie and how he forced Hermione to choose him or Harry. In the one where she follows Ron, this haunts ...
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How would the bite of a venomous non-magical snake be treated in the Wizarding World?

In an original writing by Rowling on illness and disabilities in the Wizarding World, the author states: I decided that, broadly speaking, wizards would have the power to correct or override ‘...
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What is the extent that a wand targeted at its owner will have, in particular, regarding the Elder Wand?

So, here's the hypothetical: if a wand is targeted at its owner (particularly using the Avada Kadavra or any spell that is insta-kill), will it kill the owner? And, if not, would it backfire upon the ...
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What does Hermione see in the Mirror of Erised?

I had a question while looking at Harry Potter things. What does Hermione see in the Mirror of Erised? There are some videos, and you could guess, but I want to know if J.K. Rowling has said what ...
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Why wasn't Harry Potter home schooled? [closed]

I am wondering if there is a canon explanation for Harry Potter being sent to Hogwarts for his wizarding education instead of being home schooled by professors at a safe place, such as one that would ...
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Why does Morfin Gaunt mostly speak in Parseltongue?

I've been wondering for some time: why does Morphin Gaunt mostly speak in Parseltongue? It seems very odd, because, well, it makes no sense.
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Why was Snape so concerned with exams if he wanted to join the Death Eaters?

Snape is shown to be putting a great deal of effort into his exam in Order of the Phoenix. He's writing in answers up until the last minute. After the exam Snape is still reviewing his notes, ...
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Did Voldemort ever say why he needed followers for his goal of becoming immortal?

Voldemort wanted immortality and he wanted a group of wizards at his command. On the night of his return in Goblet of Fire, he addresses his followers: "I, who have gone further than anybody along ...
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How did Albus Dumbledore manage to get Hagrid away with only an expulsion and a snapping of his wand, when he was proven to have murdered a student?

Surely murder should've carried a term in Azkaban, or a juvenile prison if one exists in the wizarding world. How could he have been allowed to be gamekeeper in the very school he murdered someone? ...
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Who was stealing Luna’s belongings?

From Chapter 38 in Order of the Phoenix: "Well, I've lost a few of my possessions," said Luna serenely. "People take them and hide them, you know. But as it's the last night, I really do need ...
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Would anything happen if the Resurrection Stone was thrown into The Veil?

I am wondering if anything would happen if someone were to throw the Resurrection Stone through The Veil in the Department of Mysteries. For example, after throwing the Resurrection Stone into The ...
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how to find Muggleborn Wizards? [duplicate]

How, in the Harry Potter books, do the wizards find Muggleborns who are wizards and ready for Hogwarts? Someone like Hermoine can not "just" enroll in Hogwarts I think. Who found her and introduced ...
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If Voldemort died almost 8 years (May 1998) before Scorpius was born (January 2006), why did people think he was the son of Voldemort? [duplicate]

If Voldemort died almost 8 years (May 1998) before Scorpius was born (January 2006), why did people think he was the son of Voldemort? Why were there rumors that Scorpius is Voldemort's son? Also, ...
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Have Muggles ever credibly harmed or threatened to harm Wizards & Witches?

I was thinking about the contemporary need for general secrecy from Muggles in the Wizarding world. Has Rowling indicated that this originated in part or in whole from actual harms done or credible ...
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Why doesn't the whole wizarding world live inside a suitcase?

We see on various occasions that magic can expand space. For instance, in Chapter Five of Chamber of Secrets: "Not a word to Molly," he whispered to Harry as he opened the trunk and showed him how ...
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Is Dobby's reasoning for his early actions against Harry ever explained?

I'm finding it very hard to read Chamber of Secrets. Every time that I open chapter 2, I find a new apparently senseless character decision that makes me put the book down (e.g. Harry's ineffective ...
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Did wizards get involved in Muggle armed conflicts? [duplicate]

I’m not familiar with canon work outside the main seven books. We know at least the prime minister of the UK is aware of the wizarding world as, if I recall correctly, he’s notified when Voldemort ...
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Why Can't Voldemort Love [duplicate]

Read the books and watch the movies. Google does not work. I only tried google. It never says why he can't love, so I want to know why
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How could Hermione have compulsory classes at the same time as optional classes? [duplicate]

In Prisoner of Azkaban, Hermione is known to take all 12 subjects that are proposed to students (among which 7 compulsory classes, and 5 optional classes, which are : Arithmancy, Ancient Runes, Care ...
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When did wizards and witches first learn that a love-sacrifice protects against the Killing Curse?

When Harry Potter was growing up, people did not know why he was the only person to survive the Killing Curse. “The nature of that prophecy is unknown, although speculation is rife that it concerns ...
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Why did Voldemort give Harry the choice to sacrifice himself for everyone if Voldemort already had witnessed how useful that protection would be?

It's a widely accepted theory that Harry's sacrifice for everyone fighting with him gave them a protection against Voldemort. Why would Voldemort create such a situation like that, keeping in mind ...
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Is the role of Defense Against the Dark Arts Professor occupied only by people with hidden identities during the Harry Potter books?

I was revisiting Rowling (and Yudkowski) and it occurred to me that the professors teach Defense Against the Dark Arts in the first six Harry Potter books all had hidden identities… except for Dolores ...
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How can Muffliato be used in a crowd?

I haven't any exact citations, but I recall from the seven Harry Potter books the following facts about the muffliato spell: It causes a buzzing sound to be heard by those around the spellcaster, ...
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What does Philosopher mean in the first Harry Potter book?

What does Philosopher mean in Britain? Obviously it's not the American meaning or the book & movie wouldn't have changed the title for the USA.
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What would happen if a Polyjuice Potion were brewed with a baby's toenail and imbibed by an adult?

Would the consumer turn into an adult sized baby? Would they retain their powers of speech and motor skills but physically become a baby? Or would they just be transformed into a baby?
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What was the original version of this post on JK Rowling's website?

On J.K. Rowling's old website there is an "Extra Stuff" post that reads as follows Owls Owls feature in many superstitions across the world. To the Greeks, the owl was emblematic of Athena, ...
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When did we learn that Slytherin's common room is in the dungeons?

It's commonly pointed out that Slytherin's common room is in the dungeons, which is a rather silly place to send them when there's a troll in the dungeons. However, did we actually know that the ...
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How much time would Voldemort have lived if Harry didn't destroy the Horcruxes?

In the book Voldemort created several Horcruxes which supposedly if undiscovered would make him immortal. However, wouldn't it only mean that he would live approximately 1000 years? Wizards live ...
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In Harry Potter, can the spell “Rennervate” energize?

In Harry Potter, there is a spell called the Reviving Spell that is the counter-spell to the Stunning Spell. It is used to awaken people. Using this same effect, can you use this spell on a conscious ...
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Harry Potter fanfic about Harry and Hermione dying and then going back in time to their first year selves

There was this Harry Potter fanfic I read on Aldiko book reader. It was about Harry and Hermione dying and then going back in time to their first year selves. However Hermione doesn't remember right ...
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Are any real-life animals considered magical in the HP Universe?

Are there any real-life animals that are shown to actually be magical in the Harry Potter universe? For example, we know that Komodo dragons exist in the real world, but let's say it turns out they ...
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How does gillyweed actually work?

In The Goblet of Fire, Harry consumes gillyweed (stolen from Snape by Dobby, I think) before entering the lake to save Ron. The book states that Harry felt a burning sensation and two gills opened up ...
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How was Harry supposed to know that he should have saved Ron, not the others?

In The Goblet of Fire before going into the lake no one told Harry what to do. It actually was the whole point that the champions should have guessed themselves about saving someone they love. Bagman ...
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Prior to the moment he was sorted, when did Harry Potter show any of Gryffindor House's listed virtues?

I was recently rereading chapter 7 of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. In this chapter, the Sorting Hat lists off the virtues associated with each House: You might belong in Gryffindor, ...
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Why was it considered “appropriate” to dispatch Buckbeak by beheading? [duplicate]

First of all, I've not read the book I'm only going off the film. In the Prisoner of Azkaban, Buckbeak is sentenced to death with the sentence to be carried out by an executioner with a rather large ...
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In Harry Potter, what is the name of the “cool female voice” that speaks at the Ministry telephone booth/the Ministry lift?

In Harry Potter, a "cool female voice" speaks in the visitors' telephone booth/the lift at the Ministry. Is the name of the person who speaks in the booth specified or confirmed?
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What time period (in Muggle history) were the makers of Harry Potter attempting to portray? [closed]

I get that generally, wizards don't use 'technology' because it's not necessary, since they can use magic instead. What I am asking is about the aesthetics of the Wizarding World, and what Muggle time ...
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How often are the Houses' symbols mentioned, in the books?

How often are the Houses' symbols mentioned in the books? Scanning the internet for quotes from the first three books, that have the words "Badger" and "Eagle", the only mention of either animal, in ...
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What would happen if the Vanishing Cabinet in the Hogwarts Room of Requirement was used by two people at once? [closed]

If the Vanishing Cabinet in Hogwart’s Room of Requirement was being used by someone else, and therefore in a different configuration, what would happen to a person going from Borgin and Burkes ...
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Since the Room of Requirement has windows in some of its settings

Since the Room of Requirement has windows in some of its settings (multivarious appearances), would there be a change on the outside or is it magically enchanted like the Enchanted Ceiling? To extend ...
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Does the Fire to Snake spell only work on an elongated fire?

Does the Fire to Snake spell only work on an elongated fire? On the two instances we saw them being used, the fire's shape was longer than it was wide. In Dumbledore's duel with Voldemort, Dumbledore ...
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In Harry Potter, does the Permanent Sticking or Sticking Charm work on the spell Flagrate?

We know that the spell Flagrate allows the caster to draw with their wand, but the drawing disappears after just a little bit of time. If you are to use the Flagrate spell on a surface (e.g. Hermione ...
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Did the fans deduce the identity of R.A.B. before Deathly Hallows was published?

In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince chapter 28, Harry finds a note telling that someone has obtained the Dark Lord's locket Horcrux from the cave before Professor Dumbledore and Harry got there. ...
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In Harry Potter, what year did Hermione Granger start working at the Ministry?

In Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and many quotes from J.K. Rowling, I think Hermione Granger starts to work at the Ministry in the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures, ...
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Harry Potter in prison fanfiction where Snape retrieves him

I remember that this fic started when Snape had to get Harry from the prison. He then took Harry to his house and gave him a lot of chores (I remember him getting a chore to fix the roof). There's a ...
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Why didn't more of the fighters (both Voldemort's side and Hogwarts' and Dumbledore Army's side) use brooms, or in any other duel?

Why didn't more of the fighters (both Voldemort's side and Hogwarts' and Dumbledore Army's side) use brooms? Aerial advantages are good, as we saw in the movie (harder to shoot with spells because ...
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Why did Minerva McGonagall suggest that Hogwarts only be given basic protections?

Why did Minerva McGonagall suggest that Hogwarts only be guarded/protected basically, and not to their best efforts? Here's a line from Deathly Hallows, just shortly after Severus was chased away by ...