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What does Voldemort mean when he asks Wormtail to 'milk' Nagini?

“Where is Nagini?” said the cold voice. “I I don’t know, my Lord,” said the first voice nervously. “She set out to explore the house, I think. . . .” “You will milk her before we retire, ...
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Why did JK Rowling choose the name 'Harry'?

The title says it all, my question is, has JK Rowling ever commented on why she chose the name Harry for her main character?
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How could Dumbledore hire Hagrid when he wasn't Headmaster?

In Philosopher's Stone, Hagrid tells Harry how he was hired by Dumbledore. "I was at Hogwarts meself but I — er — got expelled, ter tell yeh the truth. In me third year. They snapped me wand in ...
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Which Side Did the Slytherins Ultimately Fight For at the Battle of Hogwarts?

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is a bit murky regarding the Slytherin students and their role in the final Battle of Hogwarts. We know the following: Professor McGonagall advises Professor ...
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What did Madam Hooch do all day?

Far be it from me to accuse the Hogwarts teachers of not working hard enough but I struggle to see how Flying Teacher is really a full-time occupation. As far as I can tell, Madame Hooch has two main ...
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Do you remember the memories that you've placed in a pensieve?

If Snape was removing his memories of Lily and placing them in the pensieve every time he and Harry practiced Occlumency to keep Harry from seeing them, does that mean that Snape, in essence, could no ...
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Why didn't Dumbledore make a sound when he appeared at Privet Drive?

In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Dumbledore appears at Privet Drive: A man appeared on the corner the cat had been watching, appeared so suddenly and silently you'd have thought he'd just ...
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Was Voldemort a Better Wizard Than Dumbledore?

Pursuant to Why Could Young Tom Riddle Do Wandless Magic, I have a somewhat related question. The majority of Harry Potter readers automatically assume that Dumbledore must be a better wizard than ...
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Why did Snape give his loyalty to Dumbledore after Dumbledore failed to carry out his part of the deal?

When Snape learned that Lily Potter was in danger, he approached his enemy Dumbledore (remember, Snape was a Death Eater back then). In exchange for protecting Lily, Dumbledore asked for the loyalty ...
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What good did Snape do anyone by infiltrating the Death Eaters?

OK, first of all, my Harry Potter knowledge is a bit rusty so I may be forgetting something. In The Half-Blood Prince Dumbledore made Snape kill him (I know he was going to die anyway) so he could ...
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Had J. K. Rowling seen This Is Spinal Tap before writing Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone?

This may sound like a bizarre question, but when I was rewatching the classic 1984 mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap, I noticed something about this scene. Nigel ...
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Why are there are no standby players in Quidditch?

In the Harry Potter universe, there are many cases where Quidditch players have to be substituted. In some cases, the replacement player has to be selected at the last moment which affects the ...
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Is anyone at Hogwarts married?

Is anybody at Hogwarts married? Professors, groundskeepers, lunch ladies? (Joking about the lunch ladies.) For however well we got to know the faculty of Hogwarts, I don't remember spouses or ...
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If Filch hates Hogwarts so much, why does he still have the job?

Filch seems to hate students, dirty messes of Hogwarts, and pretty much magic in general. I know he is aspiring to overcome his Squibness, but there must be many better jobs than a janitor at a Middle-...
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How did Slughorn's information on horcruxes actually help Voldemort?

It's no secret that Horace Slughorn gave Voldemort information on making horcruxes, and a major thrust in the sixth book is Harry and Dumbledore trying to find out what Slughorn told him. With that ...
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How does the Hogwarts Headmaster know whom to invite to school?

So all wizards get an invitation to Hogwarts at 11... How do they know whom to invite? If a wizard is Muggle-born, then nobody would know about their existence. Or do they register some weird ...
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Just how much of The Cursed Child is JKR's?

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is marketed as The eighth story. Nineteen years later. In big block caps on the back of the book. The front cover also proclaims Based on an original new ...
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How does the leek jinx in Harry Potter respect Gamp's Law?

In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, there is a passage about students having leeks growing out of their ears: A number of small scuffles broke out in the corridors, culminating in a nasty ...
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Is there any physical or mental cost to casting spells?

Often in fantasies involving magic casting spells requires a certain physical or mental toll on the caster. I don't recall any mention of spells being physically or mentally taxing in the Harry Potter ...
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Could Hermione really free the Hogwarts house-elves with her knitted hats?

Could Hermione really free the Hogwarts house-elves with the little knitted hats she hides around Gryffindor Tower? ‘Why d’you wear that thing, Dobby?’ [Harry] asked curiously. ‘This, sir?’ said ...
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Do students ever get sorted into houses other than what their family is in?

It seems to me that whatever house your parents were in is where you will end up. I know the Sorting Hat initially wanted to Sort Harry into Slytherin, but that had a lot to do with his connection to ...
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Why do wizards use such ineffective spells during serious situations in Harry Potter?

In Harry Potter, we can see many wizards in many really important situations/fights using very ineffective spells, and so later on they pay the price for that (e.g. somebody uses expelliarmus, but ...
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Does Voldemort know about the Invisibility Cloak?

Voldemort is keen to get his hands on the Elder Wand over the course of HP and the Deathly Hallows, but never seems to show any interest in either of the other Hallows. I can't see him caring about ...
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What does a Ravenclaw do when they can't answer the riddle for their dormitory?

To get into the Ravenclaw dormitory, they need to answer a riddle. What if they don’t know the answer? How will they get in?
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Did the Death Eaters Know Voldemort Was a Half-Blood?

Canon seems to conflict a bit on whether Voldemort's Death Eaters knew that Voldemort was a half-blood. In Half-Blood Prince, Tom Riddle refers negatively to his parentage and it reads as if his ...
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Why does Voldemort always attack at the end of a year?

Something that I find interesting about Voldemort is how predictable he is! In all of the books apart from book 6, he attacks at the end of the school year! Why do all of his attacks happen around ...
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Why did Harry get his letter by owl instead of from someone from Hogwarts?

We know that Muggle-borns get someone from Hogwarts with their acceptance letter to explain everything to their parents. Q: How are Muggle parents convinced to let their kids go to Hogwarts, a ...
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Why is Hogwarts allowed to house such dangerous creatures?

Why does Hogwarts house so many dangerous creatures or artifacts sought by dangerous people (eg. Fluffy, the three-headed dog) when there are young wizards and witches living inside the castle? ...
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Had JK Rowling seen King's Cross Station before writing the first book?

A someone who frequented King's Cross a great deal for commuting, one things always struck me as odd: Platforms 9 through 11 do not have the large pillars shown in the movie that is used for access to ...
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Why does Harry not know / realize that he's already performed a 'Wronski Feint'?

In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, during the Quidditch Match against Ravenclaw, Cho Chang: decided to mark him [Harry] rather than search for the Snitch herself...All right then, if ...
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Where exactly is Azkaban?

In Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban, we learn that Sirius Black escaped Azkaban by transforming into a dog and swimming to the mainland, and then hid in the forbidden forest. The movies ...
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Do Wizards pay Muggle taxes?

There are quite a lot of Wizarding families who, I assume, live in places inaccessible/invisible to Muggles. However, there are examples of families who live among the Muggles, so their neighbors know ...
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How could Harry be better at Potions than Snape?

In his sixth year Harry managed to generate a glowing reputation at Potions in the eyes of Slughorn by following Severus Snape's hints and tips as recorded in Snape's old Potions textbook. For the ...
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Why did Lucius make a deal out of Buckbeak hurting Draco but not about Draco being turned into a ferret?

Draco and Lucius get super angry and over dramatic about Buckbeak hurting Draco’s arm and tried to get Hagrid fired and Buckbeak killed as punishment in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. They ...
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Who is the oldest character in Harry Potter?

Most of the characters are just children, but other characters are quite old. Who is the oldest character (of any race) in the saga? He/she/it must be alive, at any moment of the saga.
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Why are there no battle tactics among groups of wizards or witches?

In Harry Potter, all of the magic-user-to-magic-user combat is split up into single combat, like here: Duels between one person and more than one opponent exist, ...
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Why did Hagrid live in a hut?

Hagrid lived in a hut away from the rest of Hogwarts. To my best recollection, the other professors lived in Hogwarts castle proper. So why was he in a hut? Not good enough for a proper room in the ...
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What's the point of locked doors in Harry Potter?

In the Harry Potter universe, there is a spell that unlocks things. In the books and movies, there are many occasions where the main characters use this spell to open doors in wizard buildings (such ...
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Why did Moody eat the school's sausages?

These two quotes seem to be in conflict - both from GoF: Quote 1 Moody had told them all during their last Defence Against the Dark Arts lesson that he preferred to prepare his own food and ...
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Why Didn't Dumbledore Hear the Basilisk?

J.K. Rowling has stated that Dumbledore was fluent¹ in English, Mermish, Gobbledygook, and Parseltongue. If this is so: Why didn't Dumbledore hear the Basilisk during the events in Chamber of ...
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How did Ron speak Parseltongue and re-enter the Chamber of Secrets?

Although 'The Deathly Hallows' was overall an excellent conclusion to Harry Potter's saga, there were moments within the book that felt infuriatingly lazy, like Rowling was whipping the plot along ...
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What happens when a Triwizard Contestant refuses to participate?

It seems different enchantments trigger different consequences - for example, Lily's protective enchantment over Harry disappears the moment Harry turns seventeen, and the Unbreakable Vow results in ...
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Why did the Slytherin team opt for size over skill, given their many defeats?

We know that till the first book, Slytherin had won the House Trophy six times in a row. As an answer on this site pointed out, this was probably due to winning the Quidditch Cup all those years (an ...
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What was the deeper meaning of Hermione wanting the cloak?

In Deathly Hallows: “I think you’re right,” she told him. “It’s just a morality tale, it’s obvious which gift is best, which one you’d choose —” The three of them spoke at the same time; ...
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Why isn't Sectumsempra an Unforgivable Curse?

Harry almost killed Malfoy in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, with it. The next year, George lost an ear due to Snape. These facts, and the "For Enemies" note should clinch it.
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Why does The Chamber of Secrets claim that Harry “only” inherited one thing from his father?

Chapter 14 of The Chamber of Secrets claims that Harry had inherited just one thing from his father: a long and silvery Invisibility Cloak. It was their only chance of sneaking out of the school to ...
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Why isn't the Potter family in the pure-blood list?

This question mentions that on Pottermore there is a list of the pure-blood families (by 1930). I don't see the Potter family in there. We know that James Potter was pure-blood so both his parents ...
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Why does Harry Potter wear glasses?

Is there some in-Universe (or somewhat canonical) explanation for why Harry wears glasses - either 100% of the time, or at least, when playing Quiddich? Surely, given assorted spells, there should be ...
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Did Dumbledore know about the Dumbledore's Army before it was discovered by Umbridge?

In the 5th book/movie, Harry and other students made a secret organization. They signed their names on a paper titled "Dumbledore's Army". When the paper was discovered by Inquisitorial Squad and ...
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What’s the meaning of Hogwarts motto?

The motto for Hogwarts is "Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus", or, "Never tickle a sleeping dragon". This seems like quite obvious advice and rather silly as a school motto. Is it essentially an ...