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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Was Voldemort stupid or a genius? [closed]

After reading too much bashing, I decided to ask... Was Voldemort stupid or a genius? We know the tragic story of Voldemort, and yet after getting great OWL and NEWTS instead of trying to enter the ...
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Who bewhitched the Triwizard Cup in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire?

I want to know. I honestly love Harry Potter but it just stands out to me.
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Drarry Harry Potter fan fiction where Draco has to be Harry’s familiar

Draco has to pretend to be Harry’s familiar so he doesn’t get caught by Voldemort. I think it was Snape that got him to do it. He’s an Animagus which is a silver fox and no one else knows that it’s ...
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What would be the effect of a combination of the Furnunculus Curse and the Jelly-Legs Curse?

What would happen if the Furnunculus Curse and the Jelly-Legs Curse were used on someone at the same time? Would each curse just simply retain its regular effect, or would there be a new combined ...
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How did Scorpius' Patronus take the form of Albus?

In Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Scorpius's Patronus takes the form of his best friend, Albus, if I recall correctly. Isn't a Patronus supposed to take a form of an animal or creature? So, how ...
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Will Horcruxes show up in the Fantastic Beasts series? [closed]

Do we know if Horcruxes will make an appearance in the Fantastic Beasts series? Did J.K. Rowling ever mention anything about Grindelwald and Horcruxes?
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Which is the greatest plot-breaker in Harry Potter series? [closed]

Harry Potter's narrative had at least one plot breaker, in my point of view (Maybe it's because J K Rowling went so deep into the magic narrative?), and I found myself doubting the entire history. ...
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Do Muggleborns go to a Muggle school before they receive their Hogwarts letter?

You receive your Hogwarts letter when you're eleven but in the Muggle world, you have to start attending school when you're six or seven. Unlike children from wizarding families, Muggleborns don't ...
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Why are Crabbe and Goyle both described as having “long gorilla arms?”

In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry and Ron take Polyjuice Potion to transform into Crabbe and Goyle. Ron turns into Crabbe and is described as having long, gorilla arms: Ron's door ...
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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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Why did Dumbledore ask Snape to contain the injuries to his hand?

How did Dumbledore injure his hand? Why did he ask Snape to contain the curse in his hand, instead of asking Mad Eye Moody to do so? After all, Mad Eye is a close friend of Dumbledore. Why did ...
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Drarry Harry Potter fan fiction with Harry going to one of the Weasleys bachelor parties and getting a magical tattoo on his back

This fic involves Harry and Draco having a secret relationship and at some point Harry gets invited to one of the Weasleys bachelor parties and he ends up getting a magical tattoo on his back. Draco ...
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How many times are the words “Harry” and/or “Harry Potter” spoken in the Harry Potter movies?

How many times do people actually say Harry's name in all 8 movies? I'll accept either "Harry" or "Harry Potter" since just "Potter" could count for Lily and James as well.
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Why did the Harry Potter book novel series end?

Why did the Harry Potter book series end? I get why the movies would have to end; because the actors were no longer kids and it's better to have a conclusion than end halfway through, due to actors ...
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Albus Dumbledore and teachers of the Defense Against the Dark Arts

Reading the Harry Potter series, I have this feeling that Dumbledore always got the Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher wrong. Was this on purpose or was it his incompetence?
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Does Harry Potter know about Harry Potter World?

The Harry Potter series takes place in our universe, the real London and Scotland and so on. It is clear that, for the most part, Muggles are supposed to be unaware of the existence of the wizarding ...
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Was Tom Riddle a pure-blood?

We know that from Pottermore there were 28 pure blood families in the 1930s. A 'Pure-Blood Directory' was subsequently published: The so-called 'Sacred Twenty-Eight' comprised the families of: ...
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Would snow shut down Hogwarts?

How many inches/centimeters of snow would it take before Hogwarts throws the towel down and all the Houses get a free snow day or two hour delay where classes instead of starting at 9am, start at 11 ...
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Why is Dumbledore afraid of Greyback?

I saw this answer. It makes me curious that why Dumbledore is afraid of Greyback, considering that Dumbledore is more powerful than Greyback.
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Was JK Rowling inspired by The Legend of Zelda?

There are some similarities, such as the sword of Gryffindor and the Master Sword, and the Deathly Hallows symbol, which looks similar to the Triforce. So, is it possible for JKR to have been ...
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Why didn't Voldemort hide his Horcruxes on different planets? [duplicate]

Voldemort could have travelled to different planets. Muggles landed on the moon, I think Wizards could do that easily. Why didn't Voldemort hide his Horcruxes on the Moon and/or other planets?
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Why didn’t the Aurors try to rescue Rufus Scrimgeour?

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, why didn't the Aurors in the Ministry go and rescue Rufus Scrimgeour when he was captured by Voldemort at the Ministry? Clearly the Aurors can throw off the ...
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How is Harry Potter able to ride his broomstick without getting sick?

On that thing, he's done lots of acceleration & sudden movements. Why do we not see him throwing up or dry heaving?
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How many times Harry Potter movies didn't follow books? [duplicate]

I have just learned that the Elder Wand wasn't broken in eh book. But Harry broke it in the movie. Perhaps movie makers are jerks or they did that due to marketing reasons (it looks fantastic). Now I ...
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How long did Harry James Potter live

I want to know how long Harry James Potter ended up living.
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Does Harry Potter's original wand have a name?

The most powerful wand was called the 'Elder Wand'. But did the original wand Harry possess, made of holly and a phoenix feather core, have a name?
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Why didn't Dumbledore or Ministry of Magic ask for Muggle help to search for the Chamber of Secrets?

There are lots of Muggle technologies in existence which can find and map hidden structures precisely. e.g. ERT (Electrical Resistivity Tomography), BOTDR (Brillouin Optical Time Domain Reflectometry),...
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Is it significant that Dumbledore's name is a near-anagram of 'Mudblooder'?

If you transpose an “e” to an “o”, Dumbledore's name is an anagram of Mudblooder. Is this significant, or merely coincidental?
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What is Professor McGonagall's position?

I'm just reading the Harry Potter books and what is Professor McGonagall's position? I know Dumbledore is the head, but is she slightly higher than Snape or any of the others?
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What was Hermione's dad's job?

I knew that he was a dentist in the movies, and I've read the books, but apparently, he either has a different job, or it's called different in the book... I want to know what this is, any answers die-...
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Why does the goblet in the cave constantly empties?

“Aguamenti!” he shouted, jabbing the goblet with his wand. The goblet filled with clear water; Harry dropped to his knees beside Dumbledore, raised his head, and brought the glass to his lips — ...
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Did Dumbledore die? [duplicate]

In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Professor Dumbledore was killed by Snape. But later he talked with Harry. Did Dumbledore really die? Or not?
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In Harry Potter (Deathly Hallows) how does a locket strangle Harry when he's underwater anyways?

In Deathly Hallows, Harry gets choked by the locket when going after the sword underwater. As Harry is already holding his breath, why does it impact him that much within such short notice? According ...
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Why is Harry Potter so important? [duplicate]

I didn't read books, but I have seen movies with Harry Potter. I understand that he is the main character. What I don't understand is that everyone treats him as someone very important. For example, ...
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How does Harry get to platform nine and three quarters? [closed]

In chapter 6 of Harry Potter how does Harry get to platform nine and three quarters? How does he figure out how to get there?
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How many times was Nicolas Flamel mentioned in the Harry Potter books?

I am working on a project for science (we have to create a periodic table). I can't seem to find out how many times Nicolas Flamel was mentioned in the books.
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Are there other half-breeds in Harry Potter? [closed]

I can think of a couple: Half-fairies (offspring of a human and a fairy) Half-merpeople (offspring of a human and a merperson) There was even a story of a girl who wanted to be with a merperson, but ...
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Are Hogwarts students obligated to play Quidditch?

Are Hogwarts students obligated to play Quidditch? If someone wasn't interested in sports or didn't want to do it, it was fine, wasn't it?
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Is there more than one invisibility cloak? [duplicate]

In HP and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry gets an invisibility cloak as a Christmas present from Dumbledore. (His father had owned it before.) As soon as Ron saw it, he recognised it to be as an ...
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When was the first Harry Potter book written [closed]

Is it true that the first Harry Potter book was written in the same year that the Hogwarts battle ended in and what is the famous saying for J.K Rowling about this? I have heard about this but not ...
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How could they use the time turner to break Sirus out of Azkaban?

In the 3rd Year, Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry leaves the Dursley's home and before getting picked up he sees the Grimm which turns out to be his Godfather Sirius Black. So Sirius Black has already ...
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In the third Harry Potter movie, why did they save Buckbeak if he is already alive?

Why did they go back in time to save Buckbeak if their future selves already saved Buckbeak?
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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 is Harry Potter so Eurocentric?

From Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, we’ve gleaned that there are three major wizarding schools that compete in the Triwizard Tournament. Hogwarts is located in England, Beauxbatons is in France, ...
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Does fame cause any specific problems for Harry Potter in the first book?

Harry became famous for something he did as a baby. On what specific occasions does Harry's fame cause him, his family, his teachers and peers trouble?
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Why does Harry Potter say the killing curse to Lord Voldemort in the Battle of Hogwarts? [closed]

Why does Harry Potter say the killing curse to Voldemort in the Battle of Hogwarts?
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What evidence supports the idea that Voldemort (or others) could use magic to develop witches/wizards with genetically engineered/enhanced abilities? [closed]

I am seeking additional supporting canon evidence for the idea that within the Potterverse, it would be potentially possible to use magic to genetically engineer/enhance witches/wizards to have ...
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Does anyone else support Umbridge?

So while reading on-line it seems that there is a strong hatred towards Madam Undersecretary Professor Dolores Jane Umbridge. I just want to know if anyone else supported her ideals within the book? ...
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Who is the cat in chapter 17 of Prisoner of Azkaban?

In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the name of chapter 17 is Cat, Rat, and Dog. Peter Pettigrew is the rat and Sirius Black is the dog (their respective Animagus forms). But who is the cat? ...
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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 ...