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When Tom Riddle needed a place to hide the diadem the Room provided what he needed; a huge room full of junk where an ordinary-looking box would not be noticed. Its not that everything else in the room was hidden, more that that version of the room was generated with vast amounts of junk already in it.


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Has JKR ever given an in-universe reason to assume that Hermione is white, black or mixed-race? No. There are many answers here but most of them, in my eyes, do not answer the question, and I feel there should be a definite, no-nonsense answer here. Let me mention a few things that should be obvious: The films are obviously not canon. They differ from the ...


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I would like to remind everyone that this was a philosophy and law that began in 1790 and was repealed in 1965. Undoubtedly, since the S.o.S. began in 1692-93, almost a century before hand, and that MACUSA began (likely under a different name, like "Magical Congress of North America" or some such, since the U.S. didn't exist in that time) the same ...


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Would it even be feasible or possible to cheat using Legilimency to peer into your Opponents minds to see what they were going to do? It's unlikely. Even if you could successfully use Legilimency on an opponent in the middle of a Quidditch match (and other answers have covered why that would be difficult, if not outright impossible), as Snape explains to ...


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I believe using Legilimency in Quidditch against the opposing team would count as cheating per rule 6: Wands may be taken on to the pitch [NOTE: The right to carry a wand at all times was established by the International Confederation of Wizards in 1692, when Muggle persecution was at its height and the wizards were planning their retreat into hiding.] but ...


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If I remember correctly, a wizard generally needed eye contact to perform Legilimency. I doubt any character would be making a lot of eye contact with the opposing team during a quidditch match to even have the opportunity.


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The screenplay makes it clear that Harry no longer considers the Muggle world and the house on Privet Drive where he lives with his aunt and uncle to be his his home. He stares wistfully out of the window at Hogwarts Castle and the Wizarding World™, his true (metaphorical) home.


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I'll start out with these. They're from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. People are free to recommend new entries. Or I might end up editing this to be a community wiki. Hunting for this type of thing might warrant some collaboration. "I'd love to have a dragon; vastly misunderstood beasts, they are." [in front of a Muggle passenger. this ...


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Hermione Her name alone would have been enough for Kreacher to know that she's not a Pureblood. Kreacher served the Black family, a prominent and extremely proud Pureblood family. They would know all of the other Pureblood families, and therefore Kreacher would as well. There's even the Black family tree painted in one of the rooms, and the limited number of ...


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Probably not Outside of OWL and NEWT years (fifth and seventh, respectively), the end of year exams are conducted by the regular teachers, presumably during the normally scheduled period for the class. We know that lessons are split by House, or taken at the same time by two Houses, but neither Transfiguration or Charms is a "shared" subject - ...


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Hagrid didn't trade Fluffy for the dragon egg. He won it in a rigged game of cards. Hagrid was accosted by the supposed dragon dealer in the pub and persuaded to play cards, with the egg as the wager. It's not clear what his stake was, but he doesn't mention putting his own pet up as the bid, only wagering on the egg (possibly against cash from earlier hands)...


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During the hearing (in OotP) Fudge mentions that "...there are no dementors that are not in our control...", so yes, maybe they have a count and identification. However, we need to look into some discussions that happened in PoA. Dumbeldore mentions "... it is not in the nature of Dementors to forgive ..." Fudge mentions that Dementors ...


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The script indicates that the part of the library he's in is 'pitch black' without the lamp. INT. LIBRARY – NIGHT [Pitch black. A match STRIKES, floats by itself, in midair. It drifts forward, LIGHTS a LAMP.] INT. LIBRARY - ROW OF BOOKS - MOMENTS LATER – NIGHT [The lamp floats eerily among the books, then rises, illuminates a SIGN: RESTRICTED.] INT. ...


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Reading in low light is hard. It's been well-studied that lighting levels affect reading speed. Reading poorly illuminated text is more difficult, more time consuming, and more error-prone than reading text that is well-lit. If you're searching a library for particular text, you'll find it faster when using a lamp, rather than struggling to make out the ...


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The Restricted Section was right at the back of the library. Stepping carefully over the rope that separated these books from the rest of the library, he held up his lamp to read the titles. -Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Chapter 12 Light enough to not bump into bookshelves and see the outlines of individual books is not the same as light enough to ...


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One possible explanation is in the mechanism of Scotopic (low light) Vision and how it impacts text. In low-light conditions, the human eye emphasizes the use of the rods, which are clustered more toward to edges of the eyes over cones, which are concentrated in the center. This is one of the reasons why it's easier to see things out of the corner of your ...


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Most answers have already pointed out that it's in response to Voldemort saying that he can bring his parents back if Harry gives him the Stone. However, the answers do not say why Harry would see this as a lie, since obviously this is one of Harry's biggest desires. This is not based on any credible sources, but... I think it might be because a bit earlier ...


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The Riddle house didn't really have anything to do with Voldemort. His father lived there and he virtually immediately went there to kill him and his other relatives as soon as he learned that fact. Voldemort then proceeded to abandoning the name Tom Riddle and claiming a pure blood heritage. He pushed the place and everything about it as far from him as he ...


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I don’t think there is an explicit definitive answer to this question. However, there are several points to consider that may help address it. First, the premise of the question is unsubstantiated. How do you know that Dumbledore didn’t investigate? Just because it’s not mentioned “on camera”, doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. But if we insist on assuming that ...


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The book is different from the movie. This analysis is for the movie ONLY. "Harry, would you like to see your mother and father again?" The Mirror of Erised hints that Voldemort is lying about his proposal to help resurrect Harry's dead parents (whom he killed, by the way), through the vanishing faces of Lily and James. This symbolizes that they ...


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In the original script, Voldemort promises to use the stone to restore his parents to life. Harry sees through this ruse and calls him a liar. [Harry stops, looks up. Quirrell steps aside, Voldemort's face sliding from the glass and revealing...Harry's parents] VOLDEMORT: Together, we can bring them back. All I ask...is for something in return. [Slowly, ...


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I think Grunnings sells normal electric drills probably. I mean those are the most common type of drills in most parts of the world. I have a drill, you probably have a drill, you're neighbor has a drill, and your grandmother probably has a drill too. Either way JKR clearly doesn't really want us to focus on what type of drills Grunnings sells cause drills ...


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The prophecy had already been fulfilled in the first war. "... he will have a power the Dark Lord knows not" That was Lily's protection which Voldemort hadn't been aware of. So Harry had already "vanquished" the Dark Lord, but no one predicted that Voldemort would have Horcruxes. The rest of the Harry Potter story (after baby Harry ...


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Harry wasn’t expecting to get any presents, so the idea of giving presents might not have occurred to him. On his first Christmas at Hogwarts, Harry didn’t think he was going to get presents, he was just looking forward to the food and the festivities. Because of his low expectations of his own presents, he may have just dismissed the typical association of ...


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Most likely no, because gnome saliva does not seem to really have any of the effects that Xenophilius believes it does. Wizards almost certainly do not use gnome saliva to experience its benefits, because those benefits are likely untrue and only believed in by the Lovegoods. While there are magical creatures that can produce substances that can be used by ...


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This was an intentional device used by the makers of the film/s to create an other-worldy look and feel to the street, while still respecting that it's based in London. “Diagon Alley was one of the first sets we created for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” recalls Stuart Craig. “We started with the notion of a Dickensian-type street.” During his ...


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Wizards can buy new wands once theirs wasn’t confiscated. Wizards can get new wands if theirs is broken, damaged, or worn out, even if they previously had bought a wand that chose them. Ron gets his brother Charlie’s old wand, so presumably Charlie was able to buy a new wand easily enough. “You never get anything new, either, with five brothers. I’ve got ...


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Voldemort wanted to be separate and superior - he would not want to claim association with a religion. Voldemort would not want to claim any religion as his, even in name only, since he did not want to be ordinary. He wanted to remain separate and superior, so he would not want to be one of many members of a religion without any way of distinguishing himself....


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The Ministry only takes wands from the criminally charged, not students who leave Hogwarts. It seems likely that the reason Hagrid had his wand snapped was because of his suspected involvement in the death of a student because he kept an Acromantula at Hogwarts, not because he was expelled from Hogwarts. His expulsion and the confiscation of his wand were ...


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Because Frank don´t know how Tom Riddle Sr. looks in his teenager years. Tom Riddle Sr. born in 1905, so he was 16 in 1921. Frank Bryce born in 1917, so he was 5 at the time Tom Sr. was 16. We know that Frank began to work for the Riddles after the Second War World, we don´t know if Frank knows Tom beforehand but unlike Morfin Frank couldn´t know how ...


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Muggles do notice the pets, but don’t understand. Sometimes the Muggles do notice the pets that Hogwarts students carry to the train station. However, they don’t ever seem to have any specific suspicions or take any actions towards the people with unusual pets, they tend to just look at them oddly. “Harry’s mouth went rather dry. What on earth was he going ...


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It meant no part of Voldemort’s soul is in him. Harry is likely glad to lose the ability to speak Parseltongue since it was caused by a piece of Voldemort’s soul in him. “Part of Lord Voldemort lives inside Harry, and it is that which gives him the power of speech with snakes, and a connection with Lord Voldemort’s mind that he has never understood. And ...


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Headmaster Dippet and possibly the Head of Gryffindor - the Headmaster can expel Hogwarts students, and the Ministry can’t. Hagrid would have been expelled by Dippet, the Headmaster of Hogwarts at the time he attended, since the headmaster is the one who has the power to expel students. The Tom Riddle in the diary tells Harry that it was his word against ...


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If he used Nagini to kill its master, Voldemort would likely be the master of the Elder Wand. It seems most likely that if Voldemort used Nagini to kill the master of the Elder Wand, the ownership of the Elder Wand would pass to Voldemort, since Voldemort controls Nagini. To master the Elder Wand requires capturing it in some way from its previous master. “...


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Magic doesn’t guarantee wizards safety. While wizards do have more power than Muggles, in his footnote for “The Wizard and the Hopping Pot” in “The Tales of Beedle the Bard”, Albus Dumbledore stated that Muggles were indeed able to kill some wizards in their witch hunts despite wizards having the advantage of magical ability. “1 It is true, of course, that ...


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They should work well enough, but may have learned habits that are incompatible with their new owners. It seems like willingly given wands, which would likely include a wand being sold secondhand, work about as well as wands won from their previous owner. He said using Draco’s wand, a wand he’d won from its owner, worked “at least as well as Hermione’s”. ...


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No, the Resurrection Stone likely could not create an army of Inferi - its creations are insubstantial. The Resurrection Stone likely cannot be used to create an army of Inferi, as those conjured by it are not particularly substantial. Inferi are created from corpses, so they are solid. “Harry took a deep breath and continued calmly, though his insides were ...


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It seems only food can Transfigure into food. It seems most likely that only food can be Transfigured into food. In a specific example of food-based Transfiguration, Hermione tries to Transfigure moldy bread. She is unsuccessful, but since she tried it, presumably it theoretically could have worked. This is likely because bread is already food, and only food ...


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Wizarding World says that Quirrell was possessed the whole time and tried to resist, but that's completely wrong. In the book, it says that Quirrell got possessed after he failed to steal the stone from Gringotts, meaning he joined him out of his own free will. Quirrell shivered suddenly. 'He does not forgive mistakes easily. When I failed to steal the ...


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None mentioned, but Godelot is a good possibility. There is currently no wizard who has ever been specifically mentioned as talking to their wand. However, one who seems most likely to have conceivably talked to his wand is Godelot, who owned the Elder Wand and may have been able to learn types of Dark magic it had been used for by its previous masters. “A ...


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I think he was supposed to be attractive, yes. Harry never thinks about him as being ugly even though they are enemies (not to encourage any of that Drarry fan fic stuff) and I can't think of anyone else ever describing him as "ugly" either. Tom Felton is obviously a fairly attractive fellow and I think book Draco is sort of supposed to be well. ...


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Ghosts do not seem to be restricted to areas they had been in while alive - presumably, Myrtle was never in a toilet while living. From what has been shown of ghosts, it seems unlikely that they can only go where they’ve been while alive, unless they can go into new places if they’re in a building they’ve been in before because Myrtle goes into several parts ...


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She almost certainly doesn’t know the prophecy. When the Dursleys leave Number 4 Privet Drive because the protection on it was nearly expired, one of the members of the Order asks Harry if the Dursleys realize, among other things, the unique position he holds in the hearts of the anti-Voldemort movement, and Harry says no, they do not. “Hestia looked ...


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I have a theory about this. Both Lily and James knew that they were being hunted, so they isolated themselves at the house. That much is canon and everyone knows it. It's also been hinted that they didn't leave the house at all. I think the Secret Keeper needed to be someone from the Order because someone would have to check in on the Potters, bring them ...


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Here is the text of the passage in Chapter Twenty-Five of Goblet of Fire: He wasn’t a very good swimmer; he’d never had much practice. Dudley had had lessons in his youth, but Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon, no doubt hoping that Harry would drown one day, hadn’t bothered to give him any. The implication here seems to be that the lessons (for Dudley) and ...


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It is nigh impossible to prove that something didn’t happen, short of an explicit statement to that effect. However, there are various indications that suggest that Dumbledore did not share the prophecy with Petunia. In Chapter Four of Half-Blood Prince Dumbledore tells Harry the following: “There are only two people in the whole world who know the full ...


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Ghosts likely are able to physically interact. Ghosts likely can physically interact with each other, since they waltz at Nearly Headless Nick’s Deathday party. “It was an incredible sight. The dungeon was full of hundreds of pearly-white, translucent people, mostly drifting around a crowded dance floor, waltzing to the dreadful, quavering sound of thirty ...


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The Elder Wand is not actually unbeatable. In the notes for “The Tale of the Three Brothers” in “The Tales of Beedle the Bard”, Albus Dumbledore explained that while the Elder Wand is a powerful wand, the idea that it is unbeatable is not supported by the facts of its passage through the hands of many owners. “What must strike any intelligent witch or ...


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This is the equivalent of having a conversation about Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis in Freaky Friday. It's just about semantics. As we all know, Moody in GOF is Barty Crouch Jr. The real Moody has no lines and is only seen once. So TECHNICALLY Stanley Townshend voiced Barty Crouch Jr. (Moody Form) and Sam Hazeldine voiced Barty Crouch Jr. (Barty Form).


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You can't accidentally make a Horcrux, as covered in this question. Therefore, Dumbledore couldn't have made a Horcrux unwillingly or unknowingly. About Dumbledore making a Horcrux intentionally, I think the other answers cover that perfectly. No, he didn't.


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