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01.21.12 I have found the answer to this question from J.K. Rowling herself: Q: When Harry was stabbed by a basilisk in the Chamber of Secrets, since he was a Horcrux, shouldn't it have been destroyed then? JKR: I have been asked that a lot. Harry was exceptionally fortunate in that he had Fawkes. So before he could be destroyed without repair, which is ...


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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 believe it has to do with the fact Harry didn't die from it. Everything else was given the chance to die from whatever destroyed it, but Harry was saved from death by the phoenix tears. Maybe the logic works that his body can last longer with the poison than a book, locket, cup or ring and theoretically if a phoenix had cried on those immediately after ...


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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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As was discussed previously on SFF, Harry's blood protection initiated by his mother's sacrifice seems to ONLY work against Voldemort, not against other people. In other words, Harry, if killed by someone other than Voldemort, would die 100%, despite Voldemort having taken his blood into the new body. Therefore, it's quite possible that the "essential" ...


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I thought it had to do with the protection Harry's mother gave him by sacrificing herself. There's a scene where Dumbledore says that it was a mistake for Voldemort to take Harry's blood as part of his new body - that by doing so the protection was enhanced to the point that Voldemort couldn't really kill him. So it was essential because anyone else really ...


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TL;DR: As long as you know exactly what you want, verbalizing the precise name isn't necessary (up to and incluing omitting the subject at all). Ref: GoF, Harry vs. dictionary; GoF, Mrs.Weasley vs WWW products No line of sight needed. Ref: OotP, twins vs broomstics. No need to know the location Ref: HP, Hermione vs Horcrux books. No known distance limits (...


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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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No it does not trump the Fidelius Charm. As you point out, they are found at Tottenham Court Road because of the jinx on his name, they then travel to Grimmauld place and say his name again, and yet the Death Eaters stand "...gazing in the direction of the house that they cannot see." Lupin all but confirms that they do not know that Harry is inside ...


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I wondered this myself, and Googled it a bit back. I could find absolutely no canon on it. Since there is no canonical answer (as far as i can find) I'm going to give an answer based on logic and extrapolation from canon. As you clearly pointed out, Lockhart did claim that the Waga Waga Werewolf was defeated by an Armenian warlock, and implied that he'd ...


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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. ...


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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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"To apparate" is to undergo the process of apparition. "we apparated from there to here." "To disapparate" is to disappear on the starting side of an apparition. "They disapparated, now they're gone." "Apparate"may also be used to describe the appearance side, but I can't think of an example distinguishing that from the whole process where "appear" wouldn'...


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I believe it has everything to do with the limitations of the Polyjuice potion. Since we don't know what she died of, disease seems the most likely to me. And by looking at the effects of polyjuice potion, if my theory is right, it would explain why it didn't keep her alive. Polyjuice potion alters the appearance of a person, meaning altering physical ...


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Harry's scar was not just a remnant of the curse that failed to kill him. Remember when Voldemort casted Avada Kedavra on baby Harry, it never worked. Harry wasn't affected by it in any way. It rebounded because of Lily's protection, killing Voldemort. A piece of Voldemort's soul, unwilling to die, bonded itself to the infant Harry. That's what left the scar....


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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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The House Elves didn't clean Gryffindor tower any more because they considered the hidden clothes as an insult. Dobby says in Order of the Phoenix: None of them will clean Gryffindor Tower any more, not with the hats and socks hidden everywhere, they finds them insulting, sir. Dobby does it all himself, sir. And Hermione cannot free house elves ...


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In chapter 3 of Chamber of Secrets, when Harry is talking about house-elves, we get this dialogue: "I don't know whether the Malfoys own a house-elf..." said Harry. "Well, whoever owns him will be an old wizarding family, and they'll be rich," said Fred. "Yeah, Mum's always wishing we had a house-elf to do the ironing," said George. "But all we'...


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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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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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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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I think Dobby is being careful with his words: pre·sent2    [v. pri-zent; n. prez-uhnt] Show IPA verb (used with object) to furnish or endow with a gift or the like, especially by formal act: to present someone with a gold watch. to bring, offer, or give, often in a formal or ceremonious way: to present one's card. afford or furnish (an opportunity, ...


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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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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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J. K. Rowling addresses her use of this in a footnote of the Warlock's Hairy Heart: The term "warlock" is a very old one. Although it is sometimes used as interchangeable with "wizards", it originally denoted one learned in dueling and all martial magic. It was also given as a title to wizards who had performed feats of bravery, rather as Muggles ...


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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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Harry was able to win the 'battle' between the wands. The pulsing bead that was on the beam that connected Harry's and Voldemort's wands connected with Voldemort's wand due to Harry willing it away from him with his entire being. Priori Incantatem occurred with Voldemort's wand directly after the light bead connected with his wand so we can infer that the ...


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