Questions tagged [hogwarts]

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A wizard student wants his relative also at Hogwarts? [duplicate]

Let's say a a kid turns 13(Mugglr born) & get an acceptance letter from Hogwarts that he can be a magical wizard. And after a while the teachers and staff of Hogwarts does not get a reply from ...
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Who are the next-generation (Cursed Child) Hogwarts teachers/staff?

In Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, we know that very few teachers remain at Hogwarts from Harry's days there. Who are the new Hogwarts teachers? I do not own a copy of the book, so I can't look ...
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Why did Hogwarts expel Hagrid?

Hagrid is expelled from Hogwarts as a student, but he said that the courtesy of Dumbledore let him stay as a gamekeeper. Why did Hogwarts expel him?
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Where were the other students during the Battle of the Astronomy Tower?

In Harry's sixth year, Draco Malfoy let Death Eaters into Hogwarts through the Vanishing Cabinet. Teachers, the Order of the Phoenix, and Dumbledore's Army fought them throughout the castle. Where ...
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Are there any paintings or portraits of Merlin in Hogwarts? If not, why?

Why are there no portraits of Merlin at Hogwarts? (Please note, I am referring to the Merlin from the Harry Potter series, who was alive around the 12th-16th centuries, not the Merlin of King Arthur's ...
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Why didn't the Death Eaters use a house-elf to get into Hogwarts?

In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Malfoy tries to get Death Eaters into Hogwarts through the Vanishing Cabinet. Couldn't the Death Eaters use an elf instead? We know they can teleport in and ...
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Is there a separate bathroom for prefect boys and girls at Hogwarts?

In the fourth year Harry goes to the Prefects' Bathroom. Was this bathroom shared equally by male and female prefects or were there separate bathrooms?
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Is there class favouritism at Hogwarts?

A recent comment claimed that "Hogwarts prefects seem to (largely) come from privileged backgrounds". I'm dubious about this claim, but didn't want to make an extended discussion in an only ...
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Why do prefects have their own bath?

This always struck me as a weird detail of Goblet of Fire's, is this a normal thing in boarding schools? Or is there a good reason for it at Hogwarts?
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Why do Hogwarts owls almost always arrive at breakfast?

They obviously fly at different speeds and to different places, so why do they almost always arrive at breakfast? Several scenes show hundreds of them arriving at the same time, so it's unlikely to be ...
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How do Hogwarts passageways work?

The Hogwarts passageways are confusing: We learn there is a passageway in the 4th floor of Hogwarts behind a mirror leading to Hogsmeade, but how can a passageway come out from 4 floors above the ...
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Why didn't any parents complain about what was going on at Hogwarts?

In regular schools parents will come to meet the principal or other leadership if something bad happens. The same should apply to Hogwarts, but it doesn't seem any parents complain. We only see Lucius ...
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Why does the Fat Lady never tell a passing professor that students were out of bed at night?

Many times, the Fat Lady — the guardian of the Gryffindor Common Room — sees Harry and his friends going back to the Common Room after a late-night wandering, and she sees that they have been out when ...
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At Hogwarts, why didn't many students own snowy owls?

Just like the question indicates — why didn't more students own snowy owls? Eeylops Owl Emporium clearly states that they sell snowy owls among the other types of owls they sell, although I don't have ...
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In HP, how do Muggles accept that wizards and witches are real? [duplicate]

In HP, I don't understand why Muggles accept that Hogwarts, or really any part of magic, is real, much less send their kids to Hogwarts. As it says in P/SS: “Nobody in my family’s magic at all, it ...
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How could Salazar have expected his plan for the Chamber of Secrets to work?

As I understand it, there's only two possible interpretations of Salazar's plan for the Chamber of Secrets. Either: His heir releases the monster and has it kill the unworthy in secret. His heir ...
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How do professors know what House students are in?

In the Harry Potter books, professors of Hogwarts always seem to know what House their pupils are in. I don't see how professors can distinguish each of the students by their Houses, because I don't ...
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Why wasn't Harry Potter home schooled? [closed]

I am wondering if there is a canon explanation for Harry Potter being sent to Hogwarts for his wizarding education instead of being home schooled by professors at a safe place, such as one that would ...
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How did Albus Dumbledore manage to get Hagrid away with only an expulsion and a snapping of his wand, when he was proven to have murdered a student?

Surely murder should've carried a term in Azkaban, or a juvenile prison if one exists in the wizarding world. How could he have been allowed to be gamekeeper in the very school he murdered someone? ...
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how to find Muggleborn Wizards? [duplicate]

How, in the Harry Potter books, do the wizards find Muggleborns who are wizards and ready for Hogwarts? Someone like Hermoine can not "just" enroll in Hogwarts I think. Who found her and introduced ...
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Could a Portkey be used to travel from one place in Hogwarts to another?

What I need to know is whether or not someone that is already inside Hogwarts could create a Portkey to take them to a specific location in Hogwarts. So, let’s say they’re in the Potions classroom; ...
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What is Hogwarts' front gate policy?

Are the front gates of Hogwarts typically open? Apart from students passing through at the start of term, the entrance is almost never mentioned. In Half Blood Prince, Fred and George (who are no ...
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What is Hespprivs Hall?

We recently got some Harry Potter themed wallpaper for our downstairs toilet in the style of the Marauder's Map. Everything seems normal about it except for one room named on it as "Hespprivs Hall" (...
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When are Hogwarts book lists sent out?

We know that Harry's introductory letter from Hogwarts arrived some time before his birthday, but after he had already been accepted at the school Vernon and Petunia had picked out. It's possible that ...
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How did Ron's Ford Anglia cross the barrier between Wizarding World & Muggle World in HP Chamber of Secrets? [duplicate]

In Harry Potter & The Chamber Of Secrets, when Harry and Ron fail to cross the 9&3/4 barrier, they use their flying Ford Anglia instead to fly to Hogwarts. It is implied that there is some ...
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Harry Potter fan fiction with a sentient Hogwarts

I am looking for a Harry Potter fan fiction where Harry and others took controls on Hogwarts pre-attending, she is communication via parchment and is sarcastic and funny.
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Which floor is the Hogwarts Library on?

Is there any text in any of the Harry Potter books that identifies which floor of Hogwarts Castle the entrance to the Library is located in?
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What are the curfew hours for students in Hogwarts?

Do the Harry Potter books discuss whether the Hogwarts students have a specific curfew? If so, do the books identify what the curfew is?
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Why didn't Hogwarts shut down after these type of events?

I saw this article from Screen Rant. Wonderful article mind you, it makes me curious that those the points gathered there are very valid to the school must be shut down especially when Voldemort ...
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How did Dobby know where Hogwarts was in “The Chamber of Secrets”?

Dobby apparated to Hogwarts to put a charm on the Quidditch Bludger to follow Harry and try to hit him. The question is, though, how did Dobby apparate to Hogwarts if he had never been to Hogwarts ...
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Could a house elf use Side-Along Apparition and bring a wizard or wizards into Hogwarts that way? [duplicate]

For instance, in The "Half-Blood Prince", Draco spends almost his entire school year trying to fix the Vanishing Cabinet so he will be able to bring back-up Death Eaters into Hogwarts. But couldn't he ...
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Why isn't Hagrid removed from Hogwarts sooner in Harry's would-be 7th year?

In the 7th book, when Ron is eventually able to tune in to the Potterwatch radio station with the password "Albus", they mention that there was an attempt to arrest Hagrid for hosting an event at ...
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Does Hogwarts have its own anthem?

Does Hogwarts have its own anthem or song? If yes, what are the lyrics of that song? I want to know if anything about a song or anthem is mentioned in the books.
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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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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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Who's in charge of selecting the Quidditch Captain?

We see that in his sixth year, Harry is made captain of the Gryffindor Quidditch team. Who selects the Quidditch Captain for each house? Would it just be McGonagall as she is the Head of the House of ...
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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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