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Why didn't Dumbledore make a sound when he appeared at Privet Drive?

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 ...
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Do the Kwikspell courses work?

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 ...
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The core of Voldemort's wand came from Fawkes, so how could he successfully use a Killing Curse against Fawkes?

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 ...
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Do the balefired souls get reborn when the Age comes back?

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. ...
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Why didn't Dumbledore make a sound when he appeared at Privet Drive?

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 ...
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Why didn't Merope Gaunt turn into an Obscurus?

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, ...
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Would a completely good Muggle be able to use a wand?

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)...
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Why didn’t Harry’s power from his mother affect others who wanted to hurt him?

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,...
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Would a completely good Muggle be able to use a wand?

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 ...
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How did Harry learn Sectumsempra?

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 ...
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Why didn't Dumbledore make a sound when he appeared at Privet Drive?

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 ...
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How did Neville break free of the Full-Body Bind curse (Petrificus Totalus) without using the counter-curse?

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 ...
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Can house-elves do laundry without being freed?

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 ...
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How can Newt cast Accio on a Niffler when it is only supposed to work on inanimate objects?

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 ...
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When did wizards and witches first learn that a love-sacrifice protects against the Killing Curse?

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 ...
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Is Voldemort a lich?

No, Voldemort is not a lich, and the justification is quoted in your question. A lich is a type of undead creature If you continue through the wiki entry for a lich, it is featured in many novels ...
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Do the Kwikspell courses work?

As I read it, Kwikspell is a borderline scam. It's on the same level as those ads you used to see in magazines, "Draw this [whatever]" to get you to send in for information on a correspondence art ...
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Is Voldemort a lich?

No, the Dark Lord would not be considered a lich. There are two main reasons why, despite the description of a lich being similar, he wouldn't be considered a lich. A lich has to have died but the ...
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The core of Voldemort's wand came from Fawkes, so how could he successfully use a Killing Curse against Fawkes?

The fact that Harry's wand shares a core with Voldemort's does not make him invincible to Voldemort. This is clearly evidenced by the fact that in the graveyard Voldemort was able to perform several ...
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Can the Imperius Curse be used to force someone to perform actions the caster would not know how to perform?

Probably There are several instances that seem to qualify: The very first time the Imperius Curse is introduced, Moody uses it on a spider: Moody reached into the jar, caught one of the spiders, ...
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Can Wingardium Leviosa be used as a weapon?

Yes, it can be used in an attack. Wingardium Leviosa can indeed be used to levitate items to use as weapons. Ron used it to levitate the troll’s club and whack it on the head. “Hermione had sunk to ...
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Do spells have mass or acceleration?

Some spells at least have force, if they don't hit the target they can destroy what they do hit. A Killing Curse that Dumbledore avoided hit a statue instead, and destroyed part of the statue. “...
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Is "burning" metals in the Mistborn series the same as digesting?

No, burning is a special Allomantic act distinct from digesting. From one of Kelsier's first lessons for Vin on Allomancy: “First,” Kelsier said, “remember to burn away any unused metals you have ...
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If the size of a Patronus doesn't influence its power, why was Umbridge's Patronus less effective?

One possible reason seems to be that Umbridge's patronus was not meant to protect anyone other than herself, Yaxley, and Mafalda (Hermione). The patronus might have been cast intentionally in a way (...
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Could Hermione really free the Hogwarts house-elves with her knitted hats?

Yes, she could have set the house-elves free, provided the house-elves wanted to own the clothes. How do I know this? Hermione is one of the most-versed Hogwarts students, and she has read up on ...
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Do the Kwikspell courses work?

The only person in the books that we see using Kwikspell is Filch, and it doesn't seem to have helped him. For instance, in Order of the Phoenix Filch we have the following: “Right you are, ...
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Why didn’t Harry’s power from his mother affect others who wanted to hurt him?

This is explained by Dumbledore when he visits Harry in the Hospital Wing after the confrontation with Quirrel: “But why couldn’t Quirrell touch me?” “Your mother died to save you. If there ...
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Can Allomancers see metal behind themselves?

Yes At least that is the implication in the text. As they walked through the quiet streets, Vin reached tentatively inside. She eyed Kelsier, then carefully burned that unknown metal. Again, the ...
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What is the difference between Diffindo and Sectumsempra?

Diffindo is more easily countered. While Diffindo and Sectumsempra both can be countered by other spells, Diffindo is far more easily countered. Reparo, a relatively common spell, can completely ...
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Can this inconsistency in the ability of the Summoning Charm (Accio) to summon animals be explained?

Accio is proven as working on creatures. Though it’s true that there’s an inconsistency in that JKR said that creatures can’t be summoned by Accio, instances of it happening are clearly seen in both ...
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