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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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Why doesn't the wizarding world use computers?

I know, I know it would destroy the atmosphere. But I’m interested to see if JK Rowling has made a up a valid reason for a complete lack of computers in Hogwarts. It’s always bugged me ever since I ...
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Why would Charlie Weasley give up his old wand and give it to Ron?

In Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 6, Ron says: You never get anything new either, with five brothers. I've got Bill's old robes, Charlie's old wand and Percy's old rat. What I ...
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What is the Economic system of the Potterverse?

The annual student intake of Hogwarts seems about 100. Since in book 7 Hogwarts is declared mandatory for all children, this means that the total magical population of Britain cannot be much more than ...
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During the events of the Harry Potter series what is the total population of Wizards/Witches globally?

The question "How do Muggle-borns end up with magical ability?" got me to wondering how many wizards and witches there were on the planet during the events of the Harry Potter series. Was there any ...
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What exactly is worse than death?

Voldemort: "You do not seek to kill me, Dumbledore? Above such brutality, are you?" Dumbledore: "We both know there are other ways of destroying a man, Tom. Merely taking your life would not ...
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Do the guest schools spend an entire academic year in the host school during the Triwizard Tournament?

In Goblet of Fire, we learn about the Triwizard Tournament, and how each of the three schools takes turns hosting it (every five years). Delegations from the two guest schools, made up of students (...
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How does the line to Hogwarts fit in to the UK national rail network?

The southern terminus of the railway line to Hogwarts is at Kings Cross station in London, a Muggle railway station, albeit using a magical platform inaccesible to Muggles (except perhaps parents of ...
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Could Mad-Eye Moody See the Natural State of a Boggart With His Magical Eye?

In Order of the Phoenix, Mad-Eye Moody identifies a Boggart for Molly Weasley. "We've been wanting to ask you for ages -- could you have a look in the writing desk in the drawing room and tell us ...
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Does the Interdict of Merlin appear in original Harry Potter canon?

In Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality by Eliezer Yudkowsky a concept called the 'Interdict of Merlin' appears: (all emphasis added) Chapter 23: His hand on the doorknob, Harry Potter ...
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What actually is Arithmancy?

A subject taken by some students at Hogwarts is Arithmancy. Throughout the Harry Potter series, we don't seem to be given much information as to what arithmancy actually is. For example, Defence ...
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How could Ron possibly believe that “Sunshine, daisies, butter mellow…” is a real spell?

In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, George convinces Ron that the following nonsensical poem is a spell: "Sunshine, daisies, butter mellow, Turn this stupid, fat rat yellow." But Ron ...
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Can one's House change?

In Harry Potter, when a witch or a wizard is 11 they go to Hogwarts and their first major experience is their own Sorting. In front of the Great Hall, each new student goes to the stool, sits down, ...
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Why didn't the Trace work in Goblet of Fire?

During Goblet of Fire, Voldemort lured Harry away from Hogwarts and into a Muggle cemetery. This was done during the Triwizard tournament to make Harry’s death look like an accident. Harry was ...
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What is the name of this lady beside Snape?

At first I thought it was McGonagall, but I didn't really recognize this woman in the left corner. What is her name and role in the movie?
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How come Hermione tried spells before boarding the Hogwarts Express?

OK, so here is a sequence of facts: It's prohibited to use magic in Muggle areas. Before boarding Hogwarts Express, Hermione lived in a Muggle area. (this one I'm less sure about) Hermione and her ...
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Why didn't the Hogwarts ghosts know about the Chamber of Secrets?

This question got me to wonder why Hogwarts ghosts never knew about the Chamber of Secrets. Some ghosts have been around Hogwarts for centuries. Plenty of time to explore the school grounds, talk to ...
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Why did Harry's father emerge before his mother in HP and the Goblet of Fire?

In Harry Potter book 4 (Goblet of Fire) Harry's wand 'links' with Voldemort's during their duel, and Voldemort's wand begins 'spitting out' each spell it had cast, in reverse order. This produces ...
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Why did the Weasleys spend most of the money won in the lottery for a trip to Egypt?

As we know the Weasley family are quite poor. Not poor enough that they don't have anything to eat but still so poor that they have to buy second-hand clothes and books for their children. Yet, when ...
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Why didn't Harry Potter become a professional seeker?

Harry Potter, in his later Hogwarts years, is aiming to become an Auror, and in "The Cursed Child" we see that Harry did become an Auror. However, the first thing he really excelled at at Hogwarts ...
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Did J.K. Rowling give two or more unrelated characters the same first name in any of the 10 books?

When I say "the 10 books", I mean the seven Harry Potter novels, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Quidditch Through the Ages, and The Tales of Beedle the Bard. However, I will also gladly ...
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Why would anyone even use a Portkey?

I wonder why would anyone need a Portkey when there's a possibility to Apparate? I was thinking that some would not be able to Apparate since they have no license, I asked about it here, thinking ...
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Why Was Peter Pettigrew Sorted To Gryffindor?

The Sorting Hat says: You might belong in Gryffindor Where dwell the brave at heart Their daring, nerve, and chivalry Set Gryffindors apart . . . Sorcerer's Stone - Page 118 - US ...
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How come Hermione fancied Gilderoy Lockhart?

Hermione Granger was one of the brightest Hogwarts students of all time. She alone recognized Prof Lupin as a werewolf when Snape gave them an essay on werewolves. She knew that ministry was ...
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How did Dumbledore know that Slughorn was an armchair?

In Chapter 4 of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, do we know why Dumbledore immediately knew that Horace was the armchair? Please, I am looking for a different answer than "Dumbledore is ...
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Why didn't Voldemort perform Priori Incantatem on Dumbledore's wand to see if he had discovered or destroyed any of his Horcruxes, after Gringotts?

What if, what if, the boy knew about the others? Could he know, had he already acted, had he traced more of them? Was Dumbledore at the root of this? Dumbledore, who had always suspected him; ...
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Why didn't Harry continue Dumbledore's Army sessions in the Half-Blood Prince?

Why was there no Dumbledore's Army in the Half-Blood Prince? In this year Snape is appointed as the new Defence Against the Dark Arts (DADA) teacher, and teaches, if my memory doesn't fault me, ...
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Why did Sirius's outlook towards House Elves change drastically from GoF to OotP?

During the trio's meeting with Sirius in his Hogsmeade hideout, Sirius seems to be much kinder towards House Elves. "Hermione's obsessed with house-elfs," Ron muttered to Sirius, casting Hermione a ...
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Why does Hogwarts have dungeons?

Hogwarts has dungeons, as we see many times - Snape has his classes in them, the Slytherins live down there - but why does Hogwarts have dungeons in the first place? The Founders of the school built ...
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Do wizards need Muggles?

I was just thinking, if some Dark wizard succeeded in a Mugglepocalypse - what then? Are they just some extinct species of animal at that point or do Muggles have some value wizards would lose?
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Why does Hermione say she went looking for the troll?

In Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Hermione is in the toilets when Harry and Ron lock in the troll. She lies and says that she went looking for the troll. Why? She could have just said that ...
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Had James Potter and Vernon Dursley ever met?

His last, comforting thought before he fell asleep was that even if the Potters were involved, there was no reason for them to come near him and Mrs. Dursley. The Potters knew very well what he ...
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What would have happened if Snape had died in absence of Harry

Snape dies after being repeatedly stabbed & poisoned by Nagini, at different locations in the book & the movie, but in both Harry is witnessing this in hiding. As Snape counts his final ...
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What happens if you don't fit in any of the Hogwarts houses and still have to go to Hogwarts?

Like me for example, I have some traits from some houses but lack other traits. I'm definitely not a Gryffindor because I lack bravery, not a Hufflepuff because I'm lazy, not a Ravenclaw because I'm ...
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Rich Wizards, Poor Muggles

Why, oh why, don't the Weasleys "conjure" up some diamonds/gold/etc, sell 'em to Muggles, and get rich? They could buy a mansion (like the Malfoys), and live there happily ever after. I know there's ...
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Why is the word 'Quidditch' always capitalized?

Why is Quidditch always capitalized? Soccer isn't, football, baseball, basketball, etc. aren't. Why is Quidditch always capitalized?
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If Hermione had died on the hunt for the horcruxes, would her parents remember her?

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Hermione reveals that she wiped her parents' memory of ever having a daughter. In The Half-Blood Prince, just before the confrontation between the Death ...
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Has Dumbledore ever killed anyone?

Dumbledore is described as the only one whom Voldemort feared. Did he kill any Death Eaters, or anyone else for that matter?
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Can a Hogwarts student refuse the Sorting Hat's decision?

After reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and remembering how Harry asked the Sorting Hat not to join Slytherin and how it granted his request, I started wondering what happens when a student ...
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Why didn't Gryffindor already have a Quidditch Seeker before Harry's appointment?

I've gathered from an earlier question that Gryffindor probably played the final game of the season during Philosopher's Stone with six players. Amflare found this helpful quote: "Now, listen here, ...
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Etymology of the name, “Voldemort.”

What is the etymology of the name Voldemort? He's the main antagonist character from the Harry Potter books.
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How and when did Hermione find out she's a witch?

Hermione Granger is muggle born. Her parents are dentists. While Harry wasn't muggle born, he was raised by muggles, which amounts to the same thing when it comes to being exposed to magic. Harry ...
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Why was Fleur's little sister Gabrielle even at Hogwarts?

I am surprised that I didn't find this question using the search. Why was Fleur's little sister Gabrielle even at Hogwarts? If I remember correctly she must have been only 8 years old, and all the ...
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How much money did Harry Potter have?

So, we know Harry inherited his money from James. By descriptions from the books, it looks like he had enough money to spend during his school years with plenty to spare for later life. Is there an ...
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Do Goblins consider all money ever made theirs?

We know Goblins consider any object made by them as belonging to them: “You don’t understand, Harry, nobody could understand unless they have lived with goblins. To a goblin, the rightful and ...
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What was the flaw in Goblet of Fire?

From this 2000 interview with JK Rowling: Q: You mentioned something in a recent interview about a flaw in Book 4. . . A: Did I? Oh yes. . .I repaired it! This is why Book 4 nearly caused me a ...
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Why didn't someone release the Boggart against Voldemort's Death Eaters during the Battle of Hogwarts?

The Boggart being able to quickly change forms into many different people's fears would have surely been an excellent weapon against the Death Eaters. So why didn't someone release the Boggart during ...
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How did Ron get five hundred Chocolate Frog cards?

In Harry's first year on the train to Hogwarts, Ron doesn't have the money to buy something when the woman with the cart comes. Ron’s ears went pink again and he muttered that he’d brought sand­...
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Why did this character name his son after Snape?

What are the reasons Harry included Severus in his son's name? After all those years of distrusting and being bullied by Snape, does Harry every give a reason, or does JKR ever expand on why in an ...
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Why didn’t the Hogwarts faculty find the Chamber of Secrets?

It’s obvious in the book that the professors and other wizards searched the school a couple of times, trying to find the Chamber of Secrets. Why didn’t they discover it? I mean, I’m sure they searched ...
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Where did Dumbledore live while working at Hogwarts?

To me it seems like he would either live in the castle or somewhere near. I can't find any proof of either of those so any help would be appreciated.

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