Questions tagged [marauders-map]

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Why couldn't Harry or anybody else see Peter Pettigrew aka Scabbers on the Marauder's Map when Lupin could?

Fred and George stumbled upon the Marauder's map in their first year. They passed it on to Harry while in their fifth year. Also note that, while talking to Harry on the train, Ron described Scabbers ...
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What kind of beings are shown by the Marauder's Map?

The map definitely shows people (humans) inside the castle, but I remember reading about Harry watching Peeves bouncing around in the trophy room and Peeves is not human. I don't remember if I had ...
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Did the creators of the Marauder's Map rediscover lost magic?

Specifically, I'm thinking of the Deathly Hallows and their age. I have a vague memory of either Ron or Hermione commenting on it being unusual that Harry's Invisibility Cloak has worked so well for ...
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How could Fred and George have figured the exact password to the Marauder's map?

The Weasley twins told Harry that the password to the map was: "I solemnly swear that I am up to no good". But how could THEY have known it? It's not exactly LOTR's Moria door with "12345" level of ...
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Why didn't the Marauder's Map show Mad Eye Moody hidden in the trunk?

I found this question in the comments of another question, but never found it posted separately here on SF&F-SO. So, I am posting it here out of curiosity. "Did the Marauder's Map show Mad Eye ...
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Could the Marauder's Map show creatures whose feet don't touch the ground?

A potential loophole came to mind when thinking of an answer to a question regarding Rita Skeeter and the Marauder's Map. Rita is an animagus whose form is that of a beetle. She often uses this ...
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When did Harry get back the Marauder's Map?

In the book "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire", Mad-eye Moody borrows Harry Marauder's Map and it seems nowhere in the book it's mentioned that Harry got it back from him. Yet, in "Harry Potter ...
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What Kind of Magic Was Used to Create the Marauder's Map?

When considering canon-based spells, potions, and quasi-sentient objects such as wands ¹, what type of magic was likely used to create the Marauder's Map? I was thinking Homenem Revelio might be ...
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Why didn't the Marauder's Map identify Barty Crouch Jr.?

It is a major plot point in Goblet of Fire that the Marauder's map identifies Bartemius Crouch Jr. as simply Bartemius Crouch; therefore leading to the confusion that Bartemius Crouch (Sr.) was the ...
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Why didn't Snape recognize the Marauder's Map?

When Harry was in the corridors trying to find Peter Pettigrew at night, Snape came. Snape took that map, and had a few attempts at revealing it. When he told the map to reveal itself in the name of ...
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How could the Marauder's Map detect something which Death could not?

According to this article on the Marauder's Map, and from the general knowledge acquired through the books and movies, it is quite clear that nothing is hidden from the map. This includes even the ...
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What child did Harry give the Marauders Map to, if any?

The Marauder's Map was last seen in Harry's possesion during Deathly Hallows. What child did Harry give the Marauders Map to, if any?
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Did the Marauder's Map show other animals besides Mrs. Norris the cat? [duplicate]

According to this answer, Harry sees Mrs. Norris on the Marauder's Map in chapter 10 of Prisoner of Azkaban. She's a normal cat, not an animagus, as far as we know. Why does the map show her if she ...
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Can the Marauder's Map detect a person under Harry's Invisibility Cloak?

The Marauder's Map was able to detect & display everyone in Hogwarts. I am just curious if it could detect inside Harry's Invisibility Cloak, which was used successfully against even death. As ...
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Is it possible to hide from the Marauders Map?

I am trying to explain to myself why Peter was not caught in the same bed as Ron, and I now wonder whether there is anyway to trick the map. Is it possible to hide from the Marauders Map?
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Why didn't the Marauder's Map mark Peter Pettigrew as Scabbers when he was in rat form?

Why doesn't the Marauder's Map account for any transformed animagi's adopted name? And, how does the Marauder's Map register the names of people in the first place?
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Did Harry have the Marauder's Map at any point where Scabbers was with Ron?

I'm a little lost about Prisoner of Azkaban's timeline. Did Scabbers disappear prior to Harry losing the Marauder's Map? What chapters should I be looking at?
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