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How many students in each year at Hogwarts take 12 OWL classes?

There are seven core classes (Astronomy, Charms, Defence Against the Dark Arts Herbology, History of Magic, Potions and Transfiguration) and five elective classes (Arithmancy, Care of Magical ...
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What house at Hogwarts was Mundungus Fletcher sorted into?

I have two personal theories; Fletcher is a Slytherin (because he is involved in many illegal activities). Fletcher is a Hufflepuff (because he was deeply loyal to Albus Dumbledore). I don't think ...
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What is the cut-off date for determining which year of Hogwarts you're in?

As I understand it, it's been more or less "accepted" that September 1st is the date that determines which year of Hogwarts you're in. But I also do not believe this has been explicitly ...
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How is Hogwarts able to hold feasts all the time? [duplicate]

How is Hogwarts able to hold feasts with a seemingly endless amount of food all the time? How is all the food grown and transported to Hogwarts, and who oversees it all?
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Can Muggles see or enter Hogwarts? [duplicate]

Are muggles able to see and/or enter Hogwarts? Has anything been said or implied in any of the books or films or any of their supporting materials that would support or conflict with Muggles being ...
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Why didn't Albus Dumbledore lift the Anti-Apparition wards like he did in the Great Hall? [duplicate]

If Dumbledore can lift the Anti-Apparition wards even temporarily, like in the Great Hall, why didn't he do it in the Astronomy Tower? Wouldn't that have allowed him to do more in the Battle of ...
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Was Hagrid accused of opening the Chamber of Secrets, and if so, where?

If Hagrid was accused of opening the Chamber of Secrets in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, where exactly was he accused? I have had this question on my mind, and I haven't been able to get ...
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What is the first work to base Hogwarts uniforms on modern school uniforms?

The text of the first Harry Potter book describe the school uniform as a black robe with a black cloak, a hat, and dragon hide gloves when hand protection is needed, and I think that's pretty cool. ...
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Why didn't the Hogwarts portraits ever see any of the crimes going on during Tom Riddle's days?

Why didn't the Hogwarts portraits ever see any of the crimes going on during Tom Riddle's days? Or any criminals in particular? We see many of the Hogwarts portraits interacting with students and ...
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How did Salazar Slytherin build the Chamber of Secrets without the other founders knowing?

Hogwarts was founded and built about 1,000 years ago by Godric Gryffindor, Helga Hufflepuff, Rowena Ravenclaw, and Salazar Slytherin. Slytherin additionally built the Chamber of Secrets beneath the ...
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Were the boats at Hogwarts in Harry Potter pulled by a magical creature or just magic?

I know that thestrals pulled the carriages for the non-first year students, but am not sure whether any magical creature pulled the boats for the first year students at Hogwarts. So is a magical ...
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Does Harry Potter go back to school after the Deathly Hallows [duplicate]

At the start of the franchise, we see Harry join Hogwarts, starting his schooling journey as a young wizard, but due to the fact he has to fight against the Dark Lord, his school career ends up taking ...
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Is magic in the Harry Potter universe sentient?

I believe in canon it is said that Hogwarts is sentient because of the large concentration of magic that has been there for hundreds of years. But is that because magic itself is sentient or just ...
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Was the Forbidden Forest always forbidden?

I have a hard time believing that the founders would build a school right next to a very deadly forest, or if they did, at least build some sort of permanent barrier. So I guess my question is twofold:...
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Where do young wizards go before going to Hogwarts? [duplicate]

In Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry and Ron are old enough (11 years old) to go to Hogwarts, and Ginny cannot go because of her age. But where did she go then? Is there a wizard ...
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Why doesn't Hogwarts teach music?

“Ah, music," he said, wiping his eyes. "A magic beyond all we do here!” - Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and The Philospher's Stone So, Dumbledore is pretty darned fond of music. We also ...
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OWLs and Career Change in Harry Potter

If someone received OWLs and NEWTs in a certain subject(s) at Hogwarts, then got a job, if they decided that they wanted a career change but needed OWLs and NEWTs to do so, would it be possible for ...
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How did Dennis Creevey get his Hogwarts acceptance letter?

Dennis Creevey, Colin Creevey’s little brother, started his first year at Hogwarts in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Muggle-borns get their letters from a special messenger, who can tell the ...
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What is fashion in the wizarding world? [duplicate]

I am about to buy clothes to cosplay Pansy Parkinson- but... what were clothes like in the wizarding world? Parkinson is a blood supremacist so she wouldn't wear muggle clothes, and since so many ...
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What stops the Prefects and Head Boy (or Head Girl) from misusing the points system?

Looking at the answers to the question asked here, the Prefects, Head Boy and Head Girl are allowed to take and give points (just not from fellow Prefects). And they are expected to be impartial (like ...
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What stops a teacher from giving unlimited points to their House?

In the end of Order of Phoenix, Prof. McGonagall gives Luna, Harry, Neville, Ron, and Hermione 50 points each and the "House point meter" immediately refills itself. If the meter would ...
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Where does Argus Filch eat his meals?

In the books or films I haven't yet seen any examples of where Filch eats. His office is briefly mentioned in Chamber of Secrets but the description is lacking. It contains a desk and filing cabinets. ...
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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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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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