Questions tagged [hogwarts]

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How can the Room of Requirement be so easily accessed using force?

Check out this very short scene from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: The Room of Requirement is a magical room, described as a place where it is only ...
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Does a person need to be a Wizard to open the Room of Requirement? [duplicate]

Inspired by this question It is stated tha Mr. Filch cannot open the Room because he cannot guess what are the students doing there. But we know that Mr. Filch is a Squib, i.e. his magical ...
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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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Can the Room of Requirement bring people, if a person was to need someone else?

In Harry Potter, the Room of Requirement is said to be able to give anyone anything they needed. Hence the name. Can the Room of Requirement bring another person, if the person inside it needed them? ...
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How do First Years know where their classes are?

How do the first year students know where their classes are? I know in the books Harry and Ron get lost a few times, but how would they know where to head to in the first place?
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How is the team name order determined for House Quidditch games at Hogwarts?

How is the team name order determined for the House Quidditch games at Hogwarts? For example, in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone they announce a match as Lee: Hello, and welcome to ...
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Does a child have to be both born and raised in Great Britain to be admitted to Hogwarts?

I am a little confused about Hogwart's admission criteria. Does a child have to be both born and raised in GB to be admitted to Hogwarts? Would a child born outside of GB, whose family moved to ...
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Is there any way to make sense out of the scheduling for electives at Hogwarts?

The Question The actual question is as follows: The scheduling system for elective classes at Hogwarts, as presented in the books (particularly Prisoner of Azkaban) does not seem to make sense. I am ...
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Who were Hogwarts teachers in the early 1900s?

We know that Slughorn came to teach Potions in 1931, and Dumbledore taught DADA in 1908, but do we know the names of previous teachers (specifically those from years 1901 to 1908)? Who taught ...
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Within Hogwarts, where could you spend money?

This was inspired by a recent question about the Galleons that Hermione handed out for Dumbledore's Army meetings. As far as I can recall, during Harry's time at Hogwarts, there were no places within ...
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Did Horace Slughorn work with Dumbledore at other times?

So, all Potterheads like me know that Slughorn worked during Harry’s sixth year, and some think he worked during James and Lily’s years, but is it possible that he worked with Dumbledore at other ...
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How is teen pregnancy handled at Hogwarts?

Hogwarts is a school full of hormone-infused teenagers who spend a decent amount of time "snogging". It stands to reason that there is plenty of...extra-snoggular...activity going on. How is unwanted ...
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Are Hogwarts houses based on real life UK? [duplicate]

It’s been referred several times that Rowling modelled Hogwarts after standard UK structure for schools, which makes sense given she attended those. Stuff like OWLS and NEWTs are modelled around ...
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Magic in front of Muggles

Obviously I know that doing magic in front of Muggles is against the wizard laws. But let’s say you have a wizard who is married to a Muggle. The Muggle is aware that magic exists due to having a ...
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Differentiation: Horcrux vs. Hogwarts painting imprint

A Horcrux contains a shard of someones soul. On a physical level it is a passive object. The paintings in Hogwarts contain imprints of people who lived with it and are dead now. The imprints are ...
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When did Voldemort become active?

The Sorcerer’s Stone was moved to Hogwarts at same time Harry took admission in the school. All things started happening in the same year. Is it coincidence that Voldemort became active at the same ...
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How does interconnection of paintings in Hogwarts work? [duplicate]

Is there any explanation about how the paintings are connected, so that people can walk from one painting to another? How can these imprints of dead people be transferred between paintings? If ...
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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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Can the teachers access the dormitories of the Houses?

I rewatched the movies recently, and was wondering about the dormitories. Would the teachers have access if they needed to check on a student, or would they have to gain access via another student? E....
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What animals are allowed at Hogwarts? [duplicate]

I've been meaning to ask this question for a while, and I was wondering if other animals (e.g. pigeons, dogs etc.) were allowed.
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How many days would it take to go from Hogwarts to London by carriage?

I am making a fanfiction story about Harry Potter set in the 19th century. The main character lives in London, attends Hogwarts, and returns home during Christmas and whenever they let them go home. ...
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How's it possible that Dumbledore was not aware of the basilisk? [duplicate]

How's it that Prof. Dumbledore was not aware of the existence of the creature basilisk, while Hermione learned about it in a book?
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How much do Muggle parents like Hermione’s actually know about Hogwarts?

This is left vague in the books, but I can’t imagine parents sending their children off to a school they know nothing about. Do you think they’re well-informed, or told just a bare minimum, or are ...
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What's the purpose of the Room of Doom?

During the film version of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, I noticed when Harry was looking for Peter Pettigrew by following his name on the Marauder's Map in the hallways of Hogwarts Castle ...
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Why would the Sorting Hat consider Slytherin as an option for Harry? [duplicate]

Following this question I asked myself why the Sorting Hat would see Slytherin as a good option for Harry. As far as I know Harry wasn't cunning, he wasn't pureblood, nor was he power hungry or had ...
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How did the Hogwarts founders sort students?

Currently the Sorting Hat looks inside a student’s head and determines the traits that best match one of the Hogwarts houses. These may be traits the student has yet to demonstrate or even be aware ...
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How many aurors guarded Hogwarts in Harry Potter's 6th year?

In Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, it was mentioned that the Ministry for Magic offered protection to Hogwarts by placing more counter-curses, anti-intruder jinxes and a small task force on ...
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Where do people and Hogwarts get their money from in Harry Potter? [duplicate]

I was beginning to re read Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone when 2 questions struck me: As a non profit oganization, where does Hogwarts get its money from? Which leads me to another one: ...
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In Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, what did the Ministry do to increase the security at Hogwarts?

In Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, what did the Ministry do to increase the protection around Hogwarts, apart from stationing Aurors at Hogwarts?
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Why did the Marauders not find the room of requirement?

The Marauders found every secret passage out and into Hogwarts and every shortcut, hidden passage, and hidden room in Hogwarts, how did they miss the Room of Requirement?
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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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Was Hagrid's hut built specifically for him?

I came across Why did Hagrid live in a hut?, and now I am wondering whether the hut was built specifically for Hagrid, like how the Whomping Willow was specifically planted due to Lupin attending ...
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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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Does Tom Riddle/ Lord Voldemort remember the Chamber of Secrets Incident? [duplicate]

I was rewatching the movies and was wondering if Voldemort remembered his encounter with Harry in the Chamber of Secrets since he makes no mention of it when he gains his body again in Little ...
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When would a student transferring from Beauxbatons to Hogwarts after their fifth year sit their exams?

Fleur Delacour mentioned in one of the Harry Potter books "At Beauxbatons, we 'ad a different way of doing things. I think eet was better. We sat our examinations after six years of study, not ...
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Why did Hogwarts students have lessons after the Triwizard Tournament?

Here is a passage from the Goblet of Fire: The only person apart from Ron and Hermione that Harry felt able to talk to was Hagrid. As there was no longer a Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher, ...
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Has Slytherin or Gryffindor's portraits ever spoken on the events happening at Hogwarts?

TLDR: Has there ever been any canon speaking lines for Slytherin or Gryffindor's portraits? A bit of context: According to wikia, the canonicity of Harry Potter works is broken out into 3 tiers. ...
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Do all the children in a wizard family have to go to the same wizarding school?

Ok, so all the Weasleys go to Hogwarts, as does Sirius and his brother. But let's say Luna had a sister. Does she have to go to Hogwarts, or could she go to another wizarding school? Does it have to ...
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Would Hogwarts' Quidditch teams accept students from different houses?

I wanted to know, would it be against Hogwarts school rules to allow, say, a Slytherin to join the Hufflepuff Quidditch team? I don't recall anything saying so, or any statements from J.K. Rowling.
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Did Voldemort lift the curse of the DADA position during the Deathly Hallows?

The curse of the DADA position in Hogwarts made it impossible for a teacher to take the position for more than one year. The curse was put in place by Voldemort as a revenge for not being allowed to ...
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Do any of the Hogwarts founders have living descendants?

Of the four founders we know that at least one line has died out. Ravenclaw has definitely died out as Helena was the last descendant and she's long dead. Slytherin may have also died out but that ...
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Do Hogwarts and Ilvermorny outlets exist in Falkland Islands and Hawaii?

Ok, so let me explain. Hogwarts is in Britain. Falkland Islands is part of Britain. Falkland Islands is next to Argentina. Also, we know that Narcissa Malfoy didn’t want Draco to go to Durmstrang ...
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Do the Hogwarts uniforms reflect one's House membership?

I've become so used to the movies that I can't remember (nor find) if there is a passage in the books that explicitly states if the Hogwarts uniforms (that are not as depicted in the movies, I know) ...
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Did any students at Hogwarts know their parents were Death Eaters?

When Voldey returns, he names several Death Eaters by name. Voldemort: Crabbe! MacNair! Goyle! Not even you, Lucius! Lucius is the father of Draco Malfoy, and I ...
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Why weren't Muggle-borns killed at Hogwarts after the end of Half-Blood Prince?

Wasn't Colin Creevey a Muggle-born? How did he survive to play a part in the Hogwarts battle? Did he not attend Hogwarts then? Or were the Carrows simply stupid?
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Why was Dumbledore hiring new teachers during the First Wizarding War?

When Snape overheard Trelawney's prediction he inadvertently set in place events that would cause Voldemort's downfall. However, it seems that both of them were at the Hog’s Head with a view to being ...
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How does Hogwarts find candidates to attend? [duplicate]

How does the selection process to attend Hogwarts happen? Do they look at all the residents in the country and find the ones with magic: this seems quite time consuming to me. Do they have a process ...
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Why doesn't Hogwarts carry spare wands for the students that need them?

One of the main plot points in Chamber of Secrets is Ron's malfunctioning wand: Ron was having far worse problems. He had patched up his wand with some borrowed Spellotape, but it seemed to be ...
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Do Hogwarts students learn the core subjects? [duplicate]

I understand that students at Hogwarts learn about magic, but what about the core subjects such as Math, English, History, and Science? If they do not wish to pursue a career in magic, they need to ...
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Are the Ilvermorny houses based on the Hogwarts houses?

I did some research, and it seems like some of the houses in Ilvermorny are related to the houses in Hogwarts. Horned Serpent seems like Ravenclaw, and Pukwudgie seems like Hufflepuff, but I'm not ...