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Was Voldemort able to hear the entire prophecy?

Voldemort hadn't heard the entire prophecy the first time, which is why he wanted it in The Order of the Phoenix. But did he manage to hear it completely after that?
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Did both the Elder Wand AND Lily's protection protect Harry the second time? [duplicate]

In the Forbidden Forest, it was, as Dumbledore explained, Lily's protection -- which was in Harry AS WELL AS Voldemort -- that saved Harry from the Killing Curse. But was it also the fact that ...
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How long does the trip in the Hogwarts Express take?

Firstly, we know the train leaves King's Cross Station at precisely 11 o'clock on the morning of every September 1st and travels to Hogsmeade Station, which is somewhere in Scotland. We also know from ...
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Mod!Harry Potter and the multiverse [closed]

Fic where Harry is the master of death and travels the multiverse helping out other main characters and getting a large harem of lovers to make his dream of a large family come true?
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Why didn't Dumbledore bring Fawkes, along with Harry, to the Horcrux Cave?

Since Dumbledore couldn't apparate into or out of the Horcrux Cave, wouldn't Fawkes have been a great asset to bring since his status as a phoenix means that he can nullify the effects of the Anti-...
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Is there any wifwolf in the Harry Potter universe?

There are examples of men afflicted with lycanthropy in the Harry Potter stories: Remus Lupin and Fenrir Greyback. What about women who transform into wolves at the sight of a full moon? Are there any ...
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What are the names of the children of Gabrielle Delacour?

Who are the children of Gabrielle Delacour? What are their names?
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What do wands look like in the books?

In the film's designs of the wands they are very intricate. I always thought it was over the top and imagined the wands in the books were supposed to look plain and basically all the same, except ...
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Why does Harry think that his parents are gone?

Chapter 16 of Deathly Hallows give us this nice little touch, showing that Harry believes his parents to be well and truly gone: But they were not living, thought Harry: They were gone. The empty ...
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How old were the Weasley Twins when they opened their joke shop?

How old were George and Fred when they opened the shop? I've been looking for the answer but it only shows what year they dropped out of school.
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Why is Hermione at Grimmauld Place during book five?

Harry goes to 12 Grimmauld Place after the dementor incident to find that the Weasley children and Hermione have been living there along with the Order. From my understanding, the twins, Ron, and ...
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Has Draco ever spent a winter break outside of Hogwarts?

I watched the films and read the books many times but I can't recall Draco spending Winter break out of Hogwarts, maybe in the Half-Blood Prince, but otherwise, I have no idea.
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Was the Fidelius Charm responsible for hiding Grimmauld Place from both Harry and the local muggles?

I've recently discovered that Chapter 12 of Deathly Hallows tells us that Grimmauld Place has been hidden to muggle eyes for a long time: The Muggles who lived in Grimmauld Place had long since ...
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Did Hermione use the Memory Charm Obliviate? [duplicate]

When Hermione erases her parents' memories with the Memory Charm "Obliviate" she doesn't store them in a bottle for safe keeping. To my knowledge Obliviate erases memories instead of hiding ...
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Why wasn't Snape punished for attempting to save Harry's life? [duplicate]

In the first book of Harry Potter, it is revealed that Snape was not trying to curse Harry's broom; he was trying to save him. But we also learn that Professor Quirrell was behind it the whole time, ...
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Why did the protections on The Burrow fail so quickly? How did the guests instantly know that they had?

Chapter 8 of Deathly Hallows ends with the following line: "The Ministry has fallen. Scrimgeour is dead. They are coming." A few lines in to the next chapter, we're told this: Guests were ...
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Why was Voldemort (Tom Riddle) so interested in the Defense against the Dark Arts position?

It really confuses me that a man like Tom Riddle, who goes on to become one of the most feared Dark Wizards around, would ever be interested in teaching a bunch of young children how to fight the Dark ...
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Why did Hermione wipe, rather than modify, the two Death Eaters' memories in Deathly Hallows?

Fan consensus is that if Hermione's claim in chapter 9 of Deathly Hallows is not a continuity error, then it means that she was wiping the two Death Eaters' recent memories rather than modifying them. ...
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Was Arthur Weasley's car truly invisible?

Outside of invisibility cloaks, the only mention of invisibility that I can recall in the series is Arthur Weasley's Ford Angila. I find it suspect that he was able to make a car turn invisible, but, ...
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Would a Muggle show up on the Marauder's Map?

Would a non-magical individual (i.e a Muggle or a Squib) show up on the Marauder's Map? I think I'm wondering moreso about Muggles really, and how the Marauder's Map would deal with a Muggle who ...
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How did Professor Slughorn not notice a year's worth of polyjuice potion going missing?

A key reveal in Half-Blood Prince is that, despite the school's increased security measures, someone has been stealing polyjuice potion from Professor Slughorn. The context suggests that the amount ...
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What hinted to this character being under this spell in the Half-Blood Prince?

One of the big reveals in Half-Blood Prince is that What, if anything, hinted towards this before its reveal in chapter 27?
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What creates a person's soul in the Harry Potter universe?

I am curious about how a person's soul is created in the Harry Potter universe. Is it created by some sort of ancient magic that all humans have inside of them, or is there a certain place in the ...
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How did Dumbledore know about Frank Bryce's death?

Chapter 23 of Half-Blood Prince, quoted below, suggests that Dumbledore knew that Frank Bryce had been killed by Voldemort. I can't recall ever seeing him obtain this information, so when did it ...
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Why did Voldemort expect that killing Harry would split his soul?

In chapter 23 of Half-Blood Prince, Dumbledore guesses that Voldemort planned to use Harry's death to split his soul one last time: He seems to have reserved the process of making Horcruxes for ...
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Once he found out that the diary was gone, why didn't Voldemort make more Horcruxes?

Voldemort originally made six Horcruxes because he thought that seven was the most powerfully magical number, meaning that it was best to have his soul in seven pieces. However, during Half-Blood ...
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If The Ministry has the power to detect what specific spells have been used, how didn't they know that Morfin's memory had been edited?

Chapter 17 of Half-Blood Prince gives us this explanation for how Morfin Gaunt was framed for the murder of the Riddle family: Voldemort Stupefied his uncle, took his wand, and proceeded across the ...
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The Full Body-Bind (Petrificus Totalus) curse appears to be strictly better than Stupefy, so why is Stupefy so common?

Spoilers up to and including Half-Blood Prince. This might seem a bit out there, but I've become convinced that the Full Body-Bind (Petrificus Totalus) is plain and simply better than Stupefy. Let me ...
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Did the behavior of the Summoning Charm change between Goblet of Fire and Half-Blood Prince?

Goblet of Fire, mostly through Hermione, repeatedly tells us that the Summoning Charm requires concentration. The following lines in chapter 20 further imply that you need to concentrate on the object ...
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Can wizards/witches change their Animagus? [duplicate]

Animagi are the spirit animal of a magical person. So what if a person's personality changes, will their Animagus form change as well, as Nymphadora Tonks' Patronus did? Or will it remain?
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How many times has Harry faced the Imperius curse?

I'm specifically talking about the first three. One was from Barty Crouch Jr. (disguised as Moody) in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Chapter 15: Harry moved forward into the middle of the ...
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What date/month does each scene of Cursed Child take place in?

Can someone make a table of when each scene Harry Potter and the Cursed Child takes place? When a book or movie takes place in a specific time in the future, I try to keep track of when it takes place ...
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Crimes of Grindelwald: There is a book in the cabin where Credence was

When Leta switches the babies during the sinking ship scene in Crimes of Grindelwald, we can briefly see a book on a bed next to the crib. It has some sort of a symbol on it. Can anyone make out that ...
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How did Voldemort know Lupin and Tonks got married?

In The Deathly Hallows chapter 1, Voldemort "congratulates" Bellatrix on Lupin and Tonks's wedding. "I'm talking about your niece, Bellatrix. And yours, Lucius and Narcissa. She has ...
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is a Horcrux single-use or can it be used multiple times? [duplicate]

can one get resurrected with a single Horcrux multiple times, or can the Horcrux only be used once? for example, back when Voldemort was alive and had 7x Horcruxes, would killing Voldemort's body be ...
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Looking for a Sci fi harry potter fanfiction

I am looking for a Sci fi Harry Potter fanfiction. Harry is in a future timeline. He has house elves working for him in his spaceship. The magical people are all extinct and corporations control the ...
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Why did Voldemort faint when he “killed” Harry? [duplicate]

This is a simple question: Did Voldemort faint because of the blood connection between him and Harry, Those are the 2 things that connect Voldemort to Harry so I am assuming it's one of those reasons....
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What were the consequences of Voldemort getting the prophecy? [duplicate]

Why was Dumbledore afraid that Voldemort will get the prophecy? Looking at the prophecy I can't see anything that would help Voldemort and give him new information that would be dangerous for the ...
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Can’t you just knock a prophecy off the shelves and smash it to hear what it says in the Department of Mysteries? [duplicate]

In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, there’s a point in the Department of Mysteries where two prophecies get smashed and are able to be heard. But these two prophecies are not about anybody ...
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Are there any other (in-universe) theories about how Harry survived Voldemort's attack?

Ernest Macmillan from Hufflepuff had said in Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets, chapter 11 "No one knows how he survived that attack by You-Know-Who. I mean to say, he was only a baby when ...
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Would your soul be torn if you killed somebody without using Unforgivable Curses?

Some ideas are taken from HPMOR. Kill through intentional spell: If you are a magician, and you kill somebody with a cutting curse, severing his head, he's dead. If you sever the torso, he dies due to ...
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What does Dumbledore mean when he talks about Merope's magical powers?

In chapter 10 of Half-Blood Prince, Dumbledore makes a claim that I can't parse (emphasis mine): I do not believe that her magical powers appeared to their best advantage when she was being ...
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Why could Hagrid cast spells non-verbally?

When Harry met Hagrid the first time in the Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Hagrid does some magic spells without speaking, e.g. Dudley's pig tail or speeding up the paddling. In the books ...
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Did Arthur and Molly Weasley get married while Voldemort was in power?

My knowledge of the Harry Potter timeline isn't great, but an exchange in Half-Blood Prince caught my eye: “They’ve known each other a year,” said Ron, who looked oddly groggy and was staring at the ...
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Why was it assumed that Kreacher follows the same rules as the enchantments on Grimmauld Place?

Chapter 3 of Half-Blood Prince makes it very clear that The Order doesn't quite knows how the enchantments on Grimmauld Place work: We do not know whether the enchantments we ourselves have placed ...
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Given that it was under the Fidelius Charm, why did anyone fear Bellatrix turning up at Grimmauld Place?

Chapter 3 of Half-Blood Prince makes it very clear that, because she now probably owns it, The Order is concerned that Bellatrix can go to Grimmauld Place: We do not know whether the enchantments we ...
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Given that it was under the Fidelius Charm, why did Grimmauld Place require any additional magical protection?

Chapter 3 of Half-Blood Prince makes it very clear that Grimmauld Place has more protections placed on it by The Order than just the Fidelius Charm: We do not know whether the enchantments we ...
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How did Sirius and Lupin intend to kill Peter?

In the end of Prisoner of Azkaban, there is a scene in the "Shrieking Shack" where Sirius and Lupin prepare to kill Wormtail. They both point their wands at him and intend to kill him ...
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Was Delphi (and her plot twist) foreshadowed in previous Harry Potter books?

I have finally just got to reading Cursed Child. It was revealed that Delphini, or Delphi, is the daughter of Voldemort and Bellatrix. Was this ever implied in the books? Wouldn't there have been ...
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Where does Argus Filch eat his meals?

In the books or films I haven't yet seen any examples of where Filch eats. His office is briefly mentioned in Chamber of Secrets but the description is lacking. It contains a desk and filing cabinets. ...