Questions tagged [hogwarts]

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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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In the HP books, how do professors know what House students are in?

In the HP 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 think they ...
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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 that 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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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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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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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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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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What does Ravenclaw mean by being clever?

As far as I am concerned, one is sorted into Ravenclaw when being highly intelligent or wise or scholar type. In the real world, intelligence can be understood in different ways. Like there are ...
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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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