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Does Avada Kedavra only damage the caster's soul *when it kills someone?*

It seems doubtful that this would damage the soul I think you've misunderstood how the soul-splitting process works; all signs point to the act of murder being the thing that breaks a soul, rather ...
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Who created Avada Kedavra?

Unknown, but its creation was before 1717. Nothing is ever said about the inventor of Avada Kedavra, but it was invented before 1717, because it was classified as an Unforgivable Curse by the British ...
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Can a single Killing Curse kill more than one soul?

Avada Kedavra seems to only work on one target per spell. It seems like once Avada Kedavra hits one living target, it’s “used up”. Fawkes was able to take a Killing Curse for Dumbledore. Once it hit ...
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Could Draco kill Dumbledore with Avada Kedavra?

Skill yes, Intent probably not. While it takes a fair bit of magical prowess, by the end of year 6 we can be reasonably sure Malfoy is skilled enough that he could have killed Dumbledore. Malfoy ...
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Who created Avada Kedavra?

J.K. Rowling never - up till so far - mentioned the creator or the first famous user of the spell. She only mentioned in an interview, according to another answer on another question, that it's ...
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Does Avada Kedavra only damage the caster's soul *when it kills someone?*

Actually it seems that it does not, at least in the opinion of very clever wizards who knew quite a lot about the dark arts (spoiler alert): The relevant conversation was (emphasis mine): It implies ...
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Why does Voldemort always say 'Avada Kedavra' instead of casting it wordlessly?

In most cases, it’s not worth the extra effort to cast it nonverbally. It's made clear that casting the same spells nonverbally takes much more effort than it would if the person casting it says the ...
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Why was Harry's scar lightning-shaped?

Pottermore (used to) say that the wand movement for Avada Kedavra is a lightning bolt In a previous iteration of Pottermore, it was possible to view the wand movements that are required to cast ...
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Can a single Killing Curse kill more than one soul?

The spell used by Wormtail might be an example of Avada Kedavra killing multiple targets. Bellatrix has found a good example from the books of Avada Kedavra seemingly only affecting one target at a ...
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Can you block Avada Kevadra with a Patronus charm?

It might be possible to block Avada Kedavra with a Patronus. Canon doesn't suggest this anywhere, but there are other situations in which Avada Kedavra has been blocked or diverted. For example: In ...
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Can Kevlar or some other kind of body armor stop unforgivable curse?

We muggles tend to think of spells as things like bullets traveling through space, following laws of physics like ballistics, to affect a target, but that's not what spells do. Spells "adjust" the ...
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Why WOULD Moody get a nosebleed?

I don't think he literally meant it. It is known since PS/SS that the Killing Curse normally doesn't leave any kind of physical mark, and most students knew it by the beginning of the 4th year. It ...
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Are there any creatures resistant to Avada Kedavra?

Some creatures are resistant to spells, likely including Avada Kedavra. Yes, there are certain magical creatures that are resistant to spells, which likely would include Avada Kedavra. Many of the ...
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What is the source of this lighting bolt shaped wand movement for Avada Kedavra?

The image came from Pottermore by changing the URL of an existing spell's wand movement to the one you wanted to see. The revision that added the wand movement to the Harry Potter wiki page was done ...
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Why does Voldemort always say 'Avada Kedavra' instead of casting it wordlessly?

The advantage of nonverbal casting is that you don't relay any info to your opponent. If you start shouting an incantation, the opponent has a split second to parry your spell or block it using a ...
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Are there any creatures resistant to Avada Kedavra?

Phoenixes were semi-protected from the Killing Curse, due to them being immortal. In 1996, Fawkes swallowed one intended for Albus Dumbledore, causing him to burst into flame and die instantly. ...
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How did Sirius and Lupin intend to kill Peter?

There are other magical means of killing. The Transmogrifian Torture, for example, is one. The reason that Avada Kedavra earns a life sentence in Azkaban is because it reliably (except in the case of ...
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Why couldn't someone use the killing curse on Voldemort to get more time?

The issue is not using Avada Kedavra against the Dark Lord, the issue is facing the Dark Lord. Almost in every depiction in the books, Voldemort is described as the greatest dark wizard of all times, ...
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Can the Killing Curse be used to block another Killing Curse?

No. Unforgivable Curses have to be cast with a desire to make pain, control, kill, as we see in OOTP: “Never used an Unforgivable Curse before, have you, boy?” she yelled. She had abandoned her baby ...
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Do we know of any non "Avada Kedavra" killing spell?

Lack of evidence answers are somewhat disappointing, but anyway... There is no mention of such killing curses in the HP novels There is no mention of such killing curses in the HP movies There is no ...
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Can you block Avada Kevadra with a Patronus charm?

No, on two grounds. Firstly, the Patronus has one very specific primary function: to defend its caster from Dementors. (Granted, they also have a secondary function as messengers). A Patronus can't be ...
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Are there any other magic spells that affect the caster's soul, aside from Avada Kedavra?

Casting the spell Avada Kedavra is not, in itself, what rips the soul in the world of Harry Potter. What does that is murder. See: Is murder a necessity to detach your soul? Logically, therefore, any ...
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Can a single Killing Curse kill more than one soul?

Unknown There is no instance in either books or movies where the Killing Curse was cast at more than one individual at a time. That, and the one-to-one nature of hexes, jinxes, and curses in the HP ...
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Can Kevlar or some other kind of body armor stop unforgivable curse?

Armor would not help. Remember the clues given in the text and the movie: "The green light filled the cramped hallway, it lit the pram pushed against the wall, it made the banisters glow like ...
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Do we know of any non "Avada Kedavra" killing spell?

There are spells that could potentially kill immediately, such as Reducto, which would blow someone apart right then and there. There are likely more, but as Elemtilas noted, we really don't have a ...
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Why couldn't someone use the killing curse on Voldemort to get more time?

There are many spells one could have used on the Dark Lord to impede him but to answer your question: it's very hard to conjure Avada Kevadra, you literally have to be willing to kill somebody for the ...
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Can you block Avada Kevadra with a Patronus charm?

Perhaps, but it probably wouldn't be a good idea. Firstly, from a practical point of view: you would likely need to have summoned your Patronus ahead of time, since my understanding is that when ...
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Why was Harry's scar lightning-shaped?

There was no in-universe reasoning. Rowling thinks this is a plausible shape for scars. When asked about the shape, Rowling said that she wanted something distinctive but still plausible. I gave him ...
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Can the Killing Curse be used to block another Killing Curse?

The spells would most likely ricochet following precedent. Spells hitting head on tend to ricochet Jets of light shot from both wands, hit each other in midair, and ricocheted off at angles — ...
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Can Kevlar or some other kind of body armor stop unforgivable curse?

My personal theory is that the golden statue in OoTP was enchanted by Dumbledore, thus giving it additional power to deflect the curse. However, there is no evidence that kevlar or other inanimate ...
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