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, ...
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 ...
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" ...
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 (...
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 ...
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 ...
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
in the direction of the house that they cannot see."
Lupin all but confirms that they do not know that Harry is inside ...
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
I'd speculate that Lily's sacrifice for Harry ...
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.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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....
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
I think Dobby is being careful with his words:
pre·sent2 [v. pri-zent; n. prez-uhnt] Show IPA verb (used with
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, ...
TLDR; Yes a person would be reborn eventually if Balefired.
[Is balefire the eternal death of the soul?]
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
'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 ...
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 ...
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
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 ...
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 ...
There's very little explicitly stated about the mechanics of Rowling's "Potterverse". The five exceptions to Gamp's Law of Elemental Transfiguration are taken to be things that cannot be conjured from nothing or transfigured from unrelated items. The only exception given any real attention is food, as you have stated. The other four are left up for ...