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Since we know that real food can't be created from nothingness, that leaves us with a few options: Molly is summoning the sauce from somewhere else, presumably elsewhere in the kitchen (decidedly possible. We see this happen repeatedly in the Hogwarts Dining Hall). There was already some sauce in the pan and she's using a spell to make it expand (unlikely, ...


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I was under the impression that those who were more skilled at apparation could do so quieter and even silently. Now some instances Rowling may have left out mention of pops/cracks as they did not contribute to the story, or they may have been left out simply because there were none/not audible. Inexperienced / Low Skilled Wizards We see those that are ...


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In book 7 (Chapter 35), Dumbledore explains to Harry how the cloak got to him: “The Cloak, as you know now, traveled down through the ages, father to son, mother to daughter, right down to Ignotus’s last living descendant, who was born, as Ignotus was, in the village of Godric’s Hollow.” Dumbledore smiled at Harry. “Me?” "You. You have guessed. I know, ...


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Look at this excerpt from a Pottermore article by JK Rowling (the full article can be found here): The wizarding family of Potters descends from the twelfth-century wizard Linfred of Stinchcombe, a locally well-beloved and eccentric man, whose nickname, ‘the Potterer’, became corrupted in time to ‘Potter’. Linfred’s eldest son, Hardwin, married a beautiful ...


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Kwikspell courses are (probably) useful to some wizards, but not to squibs. The Kwikspell course literature comes with two testimonials. Madam Z. Nettles of Topsham writes: ‘I had no memory for incantations and my potions were a family joke! Now, after a Kwikspell course, I am the centre of attention at parties and friends beg for the recipe of my ...


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If you take this statement from Rowling at face value then anyone at any age would be able to use instinctive magic: You can do unfocused and uncontrolled magic without a wand (for instance when Harry blows up Aunt Marge) but to do really good spells, yes, you need a wand. from 2001 interview Additionally: I'd speculate that Lily's sacrifice for Harry ...


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I think you're confusing three separate, though closely related, phenomena. The first is Lily's protection, which lived in Harry's blood. This is what made Harry's touch hurt Quirrell in book one. That, of course, is why Voldemort chose to take Harry's blood, and therefore part of the enchantment, into himself in book four: to make himself immune to it. The ...


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Felix would lead them both away from playing with each other, as that would be the most lucky scenario for each of them (Thanks @Deltharis). If you consumed some Felix and went to a gambling table, it would be highly unlucky if you met another person who had consumed Felix at the same table. This would violate the basic effect Felix brings upon you. If ...


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That effect only happens with twin core wands forced to duel. Fawkes himself, as a living phoenix, would be inherently different than either the Dark Lord’s or Harry’s wand with one of Fawkes’s feathers. The twin-core effect seems to only come into play when two wizards with wands with a core from the exact same source use those wands against each other. It ...


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Possibly Yes. Tom Riddle Senior was a muggle, and according to Dumbledore he could have been affected by a love potion, just like if he were a wizard. Maybe not all potions work exactly the same to wizards and muggles, but we have at least one example. From the Half-Blood Prince, chapter 10


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TLDR; Yes a person would be reborn eventually if Balefired. JOHN NOVAK [Is balefire the eternal death of the soul?] ROBERT JORDAN If someone is balefired, the Dark One can't reincarnate them. But they CAN be spun back out into the Wheel as normal. Balefire is NOT the eternal death of the soul. He also made a comment to the effect that even in ...


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It's not much, but here's something Dumbledore says a bit later: "All day? When you could have been celebrating? I must have passed a dozen feasts and parties on my way here." If he had a "way here", and he "passed" things, then he didn't just Apparate straight from Hogwarts. It could've been a Disillusionment Charm that made him "appear." Or he ...


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Merope never suppressed her magical abilities Obscuruses develop under highly specific circumstances, which don't appear to be satisfied by Merope's situation: Newt: Before wizards went underground, when we were still being hunted by Muggles, young wizards and witches sometimes tried to suppress their magic to avoid persecution. Instead of learning to ...


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No, you've misunderstood the quote. JKR isn't saying that the result would be violent because violence is what lies inside a Muggle (though it does sound like something the Malfoys might come up with) but that the result of a Muggle using a wand would be uncontrolled because the Muggle lacks the ability to control magic - that's the power that lies inside a ...


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Gamp's Elemental Law of Transfiguration does not allow a person to conjure food from thin air. It does not allow food to be made from that which did not exist before. However, J.K. Rowling has made it very clear that food that already exists can be summoned from one place to another. Molly likely summoned the sauce from another area, and channeled it so it ...


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The sacrifice only made it so the Dark Lord couldn’t touch Harry. Lily’s sacrifice only made it so the Dark Lord specifically couldn’t touch Harry - it didn’t work on every person who meant Harry harm, or the Dark Lord’s followers, just the Dark Lord himself. In the graveyard, the Dark Lord says that he couldn’t touch Harry after Lily’s sacrifice protected ...


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Yes, a muggle can do something with a wand. According to the brand new "History of American Magic" writings on Pottermore, a muggle (from a family described as being descended from wizards, but possessing no magic) was able to use a wand in a semi-controlled fashion Bartholomew had disseminated his leaflets widely, and a few newspapers had taken him ...


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'You know, of course, that they have called this boy my downfall?' Voldemort said softly, his red eyes upon Harry, whose scar began to burn so fiercely that he almost screamed in agony. 'You all know that on the night I lost my powers and my body, I tried to kill him. His mother died in the attempt to save him – and unwittingly provided him with a protection ...


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We don't know for sure, but we know for certain that it was not necessarily Latin based Ancient Egypt has wizards long before Roman empire. Bill Weasley dealt with the consequences professionally. Ancient Greece had wizards Based on newly revealed details about Newt Scamander prequels, Native Americans had wizards and traditions, which from my ...


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Lily actually broke the rules several times and did magic outside of school. As Petunia screams in Philosopher's Stone: "Oh, she got a letter just like that and disappeared off to that – that school – and came home every holiday with her pockets full of frog-spawn, turning teacups into rats.” JK Rowling was apparently asked about this enough that it ...


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The Genie does make him a Prince but Jafar uses magic to turn him from Prince Ali back into plain old Aladdin: Yes, meet a blast from your past Whose lies were too good to last Say hello to your precious Prince Ali! (JAFAR zaps ALI back to ALADDIN.) - Aladdin Disney Script The genie confirms that Aladdin will need to use another wish if he ...


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No, Muggles can’t use wands. Muggles can’t use wands, whatever their moral alignment or personal feelings towards violence. As Dumbledore explains in his notes on “Babbitty Rabbitty and the Cackling Stump”, the violent reaction comes from within the wand itself, as wands can hold residual power that may be discharged from the wand. “While the “rogue” ...


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Harry apparently knew the incantation, but possibly not accurate inflection. It's possible that while, yes, the spell was intended 'for enemies' - it was not necessarily meant to be wielded with the complete devastating effect that Harry casts it with. In the first book, we learn that inflection / tone / letter is very important in Charms. Professor ...


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If I recall correctly, this is because, having sacrificed himself in the forest, Harry had bestowed the rebels with the same protection that Lily's sacrifice had bestowed upon himself. This meant Voldemort's spells could no longer affect them, and in the case of Neville, who was already under one of his spells, the spell was weakened enough that Neville was ...


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She definitely knew once, but seems to have forgotten. We know from memories we see in the final book that Petunia overheard a conversation in which Lily was told about the Statute of Secrecy, and how she couldn’t do magic outside school: “…and the Ministry can punish you if you do magic outside school, you get letters.” “But I have done magic outside ...


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Yes, or at least Professor Dumbledore believed so and his guesses are usually correct. Quoting him from Half-Blood Prince chapter 23. ‘[…] Voldemort was still at least one Horcrux short of his goal of six when he entered your parents' house with the intention of killing you. ‘He seems to have reserved the process of making Horcruxes for ...


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Maybe he didn't Apparate. This quote doesn't state that he Apparated or appeared while spinning, only that he appeared: A man appeared on the corner the cat had been watching, appeared so suddenly and silently you'd have thought he'd just popped out of the ground. The cat's tail twitched and its eyes narrowed. Later in Sorcerer's Stone he tells Harry: ...


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Accio has been used on creatures before. In the Harry Potter series, creatures have been successfully summoned by using Accio before, and aren’t harmed by it. Harry successfully Summoned Neville’s toad Trevor. “I’m almost certain of it,’ said Hermione grimly. ‘Watch your frog, it’s escaping.’ Harry pointed his wand at the bullfrog that had been hopping ...


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It is only said as being ancient magic. It is never said exactly how wizards know of the type of magic created by a willing sacrifice. Harry is explicitly stated to be the first known survivor of the Killing Curse and the first to be saved that way, so he was the only practical example of it, and few people knew how he survived. It is only said to be a known ...


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Yes. House-elves can do laundry for their masters without getting freed. This is explicitly stated in Deathly Hallows (chapter 12): “Nothing in the room, however, was more dramatically different than the house-elf who now came hurrying toward Harry, dressed in a snowy-white towel, his ear hair as clean and fluffy as cotton wool, Regulus’s locket ...


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