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In The Half-Blood Prince, there are many tragic events happening because of Voldemort. Did these events happen in real life?

In The Half-Blood Prince, Fudge mentions that it appears as though a hurricane has happened (actually caused by giants) and a bridge collapsed. Did these events (along with several murders) actually ...
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Why would disarming Dumbledore help Draco Malfoy duel him?

Wandless magic exists. Draco knows this and can safely assume that Dumbledore is good at it. It seems safe to assume that Dumbledore, even wandless, can best a 6th year Hogwarts student. It follows ...
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Fanfic where Hermione leaves the Wizarding World, pregnant with Harry's baby, and comes back when their son starts his first year

I think it's about 18 chapters long. I could be wrong, but the gist was that Hermione got pregnant during the war and was waiting to tell Harry after they'd defeated Voldemort, because she didn't want ...
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Why does Tom Riddle ask Slughorn about Horcruxes, at all?

Why does Tom Riddle ask Slughorn about Horcruxes, at all? The benefits are slim to none (see How did Slughorn's information on horcruxes actually help Voldemort?). Tom already knows about them ...
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Why is Slughorn an expert on Horcruxes?

Why does Slughorn even know anything about Horcruxes, never mind something super-advanced like having more than one? They seem to be a fairly-unadvertised deep dark magic, and he's neither a Dark ...
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Is it possible to summon multiple Patronuses that are entirely different creatures?

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, just before the Battle of Hogwarts begins, McGonagall conjures multiple Patronuses to alert other teachers. After learning that summoning multiple Patronuses ...
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How did Harry Potter breathe on the Thestral journey to London?

In Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix Harry and his friends travel from Hogwarts to The Ministry of Magic in London to attempt to save Sirius Black from Lord Voldemort and to get there they use ...
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Does canon mention Helga Hufflepuff's chamber?

I've searched high and low and I was certain that this was in the second canon book, but I can't find it. I distinctly remember Professor Flitwick joking that anyone seeking out the Chamber of Secrets ...
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Why does Rita Skeeter blame Arthur Weasley for "involving the ministry in such an undignified and potentially embarrassing scene"?

In The Goblet of Fire - Chapter 13: "Mad-Eye Moody", Malfoy reads an article from the Daily Prophet. Now I know Rita is infamous for her exaggerated accusations, but this is a straight up ...
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Why is more permanent wand removal rarely seen after Expeliarmus?

I have just listened through books 1-5 in the Harry Potter series. I am currently almost at the end of book 6. In many places in the series we are given to understand that removing a wizard’s wand ...
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Is it possible for wizards to live solely in the wizarding world, or is it just a temporary place to be?

Wizards can live in the Muggle world, but can they also live in the wizarding world and not have to go to the Muggle world at all? Is it possible for a wizard to be born and raised in the wizarding ...
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Why does Harry think of his mother as “Lily” and not as “his mother”?

Rereading the sixth book I don't understand why Harry thinks of his mother by name: Neville’s childhood had been blighted by Voldemort just as much as Harry’s had, but Neville had no idea how close ...
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Why didn't Voldemort directly go back to Death Eater headquarters?

After his killing curse rebounded and destroyed his body, Voldemort was scared because he turned into a really weak spirit, and decided to escape. Why didn't he just escape towards his current Death ...
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Harry Potter fanfic where Remus steals Sirius' girl after he's thrown in Azkaban

From what I remember of the fic, Sirius was married to James's sister. After Halloween, Sirius is arrested and his wife (OFC) raises Harry. Remus helps her to raise Harry, and they fall in love. This ...
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Why did Dumbledore return to Hogwarts on a broom?

In the end of Philosopher's Stone: ‘You got there? You got Hermione’s owl?’ ‘We must have crossed in mid-air. No sooner had I reached London than it became clear to me that the place I should be was ...
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Can house-elves/centaurs/goblins come back as a ghost?

We know that those wizards who were afraid of death and chose to stay behind can leave an imprint of themselves upon the earth, to walk palely as ghost. But is it applicable to wizards only? Is there ...
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Can a stunned (Stupefied) wizard hear the surroundings?

If a wizard is stunned using the stupefy spell, can he hear other wizards conversing near him. Does the communication falling in his ear enters his mind with all recollections?
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When Hermione got petrified, why didn't Harry hear a voice from basilisk?

When Hermione was at the library searching for information about the monster, she got petrified by the basilisk. Harry was just about to play quidditch at that specific moment. Why didn't Harry hear ...
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What was a bloodstained axe doing in the room of requirement? [closed]

When Harry requested the room of requirement for a hiding place, there were many things hidden there by previous visitors. there were chipped bottles of congealed potions, hats, jewels, cloaks; there ...
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Looking for a HP fanfiction- severitus?

I'm looking for a Harry Potter fanfiction — I don't think it was a completed work or maybe was just a one shot. I only recall reading one chapter. In the story there's a scene with Harry, Dumbledore ...
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Harry Potter fanfic. Molly Weasley cares for Snape. He develops a crush

Hurt comfort style fanfic. Primarily from Snape's POV. Molly feels bad for him or something with the spying and has started applying some TLC to him. Food is involved I think. He develops a crush on ...
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Harry Potter fanfic where abused Harry works at potion store keeping his identity secret

Looking for a Harry Potter fan fiction that contains the following elements: Harry was abused/mistreated so he runs away I believe this was pre-Hogwarts Harry keeps his identity a secret, either ...
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Can Dumbledore see the future?

Towards the end of book 3, right before MacNair left Hagrid's house to kill Buckbeak while Harry is trying to save the bird, Dumbledore says something to give Harry some time: Hold on a minute ...
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Was there a snake with Voldemort when he killed the Potters? [closed]

When the killing curse rebounds on Voldemort, there appears to be a snake slithering in the room. "Avada Kedavra!" And then he broke. He was nothing, nothing but pain and terror, and he ...
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Where did the flash of purple come from when Ron got splinched in Chapter 13 of the Deathly Hallows?

There was a noise in the cubicle behind them; Harry looked around: Yaxley had just appeared. “LET’S GO!” Harry yelled. He seized Hermione by the hand and Ron by the arm and turned on the spot. ...
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Looking for a fanfic where Harry Potter and his son are in hiding. Voldemort kills Harry's son in the end

I think Harry had run away with his son. The child was maybe about 4-6 years old. Voldemort finds them both and Avada Kedavra's Harry's son in front of the other Death Eaters. Harry's magic reacts ...
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What is the meaning of 'baize over a budgerigar'?

" - And we wait," Ron finished, throwing it over Hermione's head like baize over a budgerigar and rolling his eyes at Harry." Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Chapter 12 What is ...
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Fanfic where Harry Potter is Merlin's heir

I'm looking for a fanfic where Harry is Merlin's heir, Snape is Ravenclaw's heir, and I believe Neville is Griffindor's heir. I can't remember who is Hufflepuff's heir. Harry and Lucius Malfoy are ...
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What is the correct spelling and pronunciation of Grindelwald's name?

Krum calls Grindelwald "Grindelvald" in the books. This is usually done in the books to indicate an accent (eg, Hagrid and Madam Maxim). However, Krum is presumably from Grindelwald's own ...
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Im looking for a HP fanfic where Sirius has a daughter

Sirius has a daughter and he used that card to not get arrested and raised her. They're close with the Malfoys. When she went to Hogwarts (I think she was in Slytherin) she was being bullied by ...
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Why didn't Voldemort use Legilimency further to actually hear the prophecy in Harry's head?

In Order of the Phoenix, this dialogue happens shortly before Voldemort duels Dumbledore in the Ministry Atrium: “Don’t waste your breath!” yelled Harry, his eyes screwed up against the pain in his ...
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Did Leta Lestrange sacrifice herself in order to protect one or even both of the Scamander brothers in The Crimes of Grindelwald?

In order for the sacrificial protection to form, the victim must be given the option to live, but consciously chose death. This is what Lily Potter did for Harry Potter. She was given the option to ...
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What is the meaning of 'Roonil Wazlib'?

In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Ron accidentally writes his name as 'Roonil Wazlib'. Does this name have a reason or meaning behind it or is it just a random name?
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Is thunder related to death in Harry Potter?

I've heard a theory lately that death is related to thunder in Harry Potter. The person who told me this story backed this up by saying that the chapter in which dumbledore dies is named "The ...
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What did Harry mean when he thought that Sirius would have greeted him with a laugh like a bark?

Here is the paragraph from the book: Sirius seemed a million miles away already; even now a part of Harry still believed that if he had only pulled back that veil, he would have found Sirius looking ...
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What did Dumbledore mean when he said,'but I realised' while telling Harry why Dumbledore had left him with Dursleys?

Here is the text from the book: 'You might ask-- and with good reason--why it had to be so. Why could some wizarding family not have taken you in? Many would have done so more than gladly, would have ...
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Why did Expelliarmus not knock the prophecy out of Harry's hand?

Neville used the disarming charm on Harry in the Department of Mysteries. Harry launched himself across the floor and grabbed the Death Eater around the knees, causing him to topple and his aim to go ...
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Why isn't Jacob Kowalski in Hogwarts a History? [closed]

Surely, Hermione would note a Muggle with a wand in Hogwarts.
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Why did Death Eaters try to stun Harry in the circular hallway, even though he had the prophecy?

Here is the paragraph from the book: "There they are!" she shrieked. Stunning Spells shot across the room: Harry smashed his way through the door ahead, flung Ron unceremoniously from him ...
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What is Narcissa Malfoy and Dorea Potter's Boggart? [closed]

According to the original Harry Potter book, what are they most afraid of?
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Fanfiction where Snape finds blind Harry Potter and adopts him

I read a fanfiction a while ago where the Dursleys abandon Blind Harry and Snape finds him, and eventually finds he is a potter (the Potters are alive by the way, and had left him at the Dursleys) and ...
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Can anyone explain the scene from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix book when Dumbledore hexes the four Ministry workers before escaping?

Here is the paragraph from the book: A streak of silver light flashed around the room; there was a bang like a gunshot and the floor trembled; a hand grabbed the scruff of Harry's neck and forced him ...
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Did the Ministry of Magic ever employ muggles?

Do we know if the Ministry ever employed muggles to do anything, either on a contract or part time basis? I am talking about actual paid work, where the muggle may or may not know he is working for ...
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Drarry Fanfiction, w Draco at a flower shop

So I remember the fic was on a03 and Draco ran away after the war. He owns a flower shop but he has this evil entity on his head?? And then Harry walks in the shop and is surprised by Draco. He meets ...
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Harry Potter fanfic where Harry and Draco think of themselves as married after an accident

I'm looking for a fanfic in which Harry and Draco are both Aurors, working on a mission, pretending to be married. After an accident, they think that they really are married to each other. They treat ...
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Are there any prior (in universe) indications of seven being the most magically powerful number before Slughorn's memory?

I have been reading a bunch of older questions here, and some of them are questioning the importance of Slughorn's memory in HBP, and I feel for good reason. The only explanation the story gives that ...
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What constitutes a Dark Art? What makes a potion or curse dark?

It seems like not everything that can cause harm is considered part of the Dark Arts, so what does make a spell or a potion "DARK"? For example, in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, ...
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HP fanfic: Harry is sent to Azkaban, dies and returns to being a child after a deal with Death. Death also sent Harry's brother back

Harry has a brother who everyone thinks is the real child of prophecy. Stuff happens and Harry is sent to Azkaban where I think he dies. He makes a deal with Death, who sends him back in time. Death ...
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Any information about these Harry Potter cards?

I am missing just 3 of these cards, but have no information about the collection apart from that it contains 36 cards in total. Missing cards: 31-34-36 EDIT: I have found these cards from a private ...
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How fast did Harry's Firebolt come to him in the first task of the Triwizard Tournament? [duplicate]

How fast did Harry's Firebolt come to him in the first task of the Triwizard Tournament?
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