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If Dumbledore is the most powerful wizard (allegedly), why would he work at a glorified boarding school? Is there a role with more responsibility?

He did not trust himself to have more power As a young man, Dumbledore was tempted by the idea of power over others. It’s how he was drawn in by Grindelwald’s anti-Muggle beliefs (that and his ...
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Why aren't Muggles extinct?

We don't need to argue about reproductive fitness to explain this. Here in the real world, the fertility rate falls off as the standard of living increases. Until quite recently, the magical ...
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What exactly happened to Ariana when Dumbledore and Grindelwald fought?

She was killed by a rebounding spell, but nobody knows whose. In Aberforth's words (emphasis mine): “And there was an argument… and I pulled my wand, and he pulled out his, and I had the Cruciatus ...
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Why aren't Muggles extinct?

It's very possible that a lot of "muggles" just didn't know they were wizards. The book that admits students to Hogwarts needs concrete evidence of a child using magic before it will write them down ...
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Older fantasy book series about a boy who trains with a demon to become a wizard

Robert Asprin's Myth Adventures series? The young wizard Skeeve is apprenticed to the demon (dimensional traveler) Aahz, from the dimension Perv (he's a Pervect; don't dare call him a Pervert), who ...
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Should Wizards be capable of having Squib children in HPMOR?

Chapter 23 discusses the genetic situation as a method of discovering why magic appears to be getting less powerful. In later chapters he concludes that the simplistic genetic marker is used as a ...
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Book, possibly titled: "Of Tea Cups and Wizards, Dragons"....can’t remember

You might be thinking of Another Day, Another Dungeon (published in 1990), the first book in Greg Costikyan's Cups and Sorcery Series. The second and final book in the series is called One Quest, Hold ...
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Sword and sorcery short story with a wizard carrying an infant in a backpack that actually is a parasite

Sounds like a chapter from the series Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever by Stephen R. Donaldson, specifically from book 2 of the Second Chronicles, The One Tree. From its Wikipedia page: Covenant and ...
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How do muggles and wizards differ physiologically?

In the world of Harry Potter, magic manifests itself in physical beings. This is the subtle difference that Scamander is referring to. Wizards for example are susceptible to magical ailments such as ...
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Should Wizards be capable of having Squib children in HPMOR?

If you assume that Harry is correct, then a Wizard/Squib cross could have either Wizard or Squib offspring, at 50% each; you don't need a Wizard/Muggle cross to get Squibs. However, two Wizards could ...
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Book last read in 2000 involving a boy named Zeek I think who was training to be a wizard and visits a dimension called the bazaar

If the character's name is Skeeve and his partner is named "Aahz" then you read one of Robert Lynn Asprin's Myth books, possibly Myth Directions which is the book that introduces Massha, ...
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How would schools that take in multiple nationalities address the language barrier issue?

In addition to the example given by Valorum, there are several other examples that show that there is probably no simple magical way to understand different languages. At the Quidditch World Cup we ...
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Book about a boy who works with a magician and is given a saucepan as a helmet

Muddle Earth (2003) from Paul Stewart maybe? Book's back cover, courtesy of Goodreads: Joe Jefferson is an ordinary schoolboy from ordinary Earth. At least, he was. But something strange happened ...
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Can a wizard run out of power?

I am unsure whether this is a case of a wizard losing their power permanently, but in Half-Blood Prince, Dumbledore says: "Of course, it is also possible that her unrequited love and the attendant ...
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Short story where magic is powered by secrets

This may be Marion Zimmer Bradley's "The Secret of the Blue Star," part of the Thieves World anthology. Marion Zimmer Bradley later took her sorcerer Lythande (pronounced “lee-thond”), first ...
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Is the Necromancer capable of true resurrection?

In a manner of speaking Tolkien discusses "necromancy" in his imagined world in an essay titled "Laws and Customs Among the Eldar"; he's quite clear that "necromancy" isn'...
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If Dumbledore is the most powerful wizard (allegedly), why would he work at a glorified boarding school? Is there a role with more responsibility?

You have to ask yourself what else he might do which would be better.... As headmaster of Hogwarts he has a level of respect comparable to any of the Ministers of Magic that we see, indeed we are ...
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Does J.K. Rowling distinguish between a sorcerer and a wizard?

There appears to be no difference between wizard and sorcerer, save that one tends to be used in a more formal and historical context. They shared a wish, a hope, a dream, They hatched a daring ...
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Magic in front of Muggles

Yes, it seems like it would be allowed. Muggles who marry wizards are allowed to know about the wizarding world. Seamus’s mother told his father after they married. “I’m half and half,’ said Seamus. ‘...
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Why aren't Muggles extinct?

Disclaimer, I am not that familiar with Harry Potter nor a evolutionary biologist, but I would suspect that characters reproduce via sex like real humans, so a out-of-verse explanation would be a in-...
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How would schools that take in multiple nationalities address the language barrier issue?

Given that even powerful wizards seem incapable of language translation spells or enhanced magical learning of languages, students attending those schools would most likely have to learn to speak a ...
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How do muggles and wizards differ physiologically?

According to one Wizarding theory, Muggles and Wizards are entirely different species. Hambledon Quince 1936 - present Author of controversial theory that wizards originate from Mars, Muggles ...
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Can a wizard run out of power?

As far as I can remember, magic is not a resource within a body of a wizard. You can't drain it. You can compare it to gravity. It's a force that is all around us. The difference is that wizards are ...
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Older fantasy novel with bottle trap

The Wizards and the Warriors, aka Wizard War, by Hugh Cook. First volume of his "Chronicles of an Age of Darkness" series. I, living in the USA, read the Wizard War edition around the same ...
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Why is the wizard world so clueless about Muggles if so many of them are related to Muggles?

For several reasons: Prejudice This is the big one. Wizards often tended to look down on Muggles (and indeed other magical creatures). This reached its height, of course, in the pureblood supremacy ...
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Why aren't Muggles extinct?

We can only speculate of course, but it seems that having magic opens you to a new world of diseases and predators that don't affect muggles. That could be the reason why they didn't become dominant, ...
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Does anyone remember a YA fantasy novel with a wizard certificate in the back?

I think this is likely to be The Book of Wizardry: The Apprentice's Guide to the Secrets of the Wizards' Guild, published in 2003. Tongue-in-cheek and deliciously droll, "Cornelius Rumstuckle&...
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Why aren't Muggles extinct?

A curb on the wizarding population is the tendency of Muggles to fear that which they don't understand, and to kill that which they fear. And in a primitive society "that which they don't understand" ...
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Did any witches/wizards (non-Squibs) ever choose to live as Muggles?

Isobel Ross, wife of Robert McGonagall, lived as a Muggle. Isobel Ross fell in love with and married a Muggle minister. She became a housewife, and lived with him, having given up the magical world. ...
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Is the Necromancer capable of true resurrection?

No. The Necromancer in the Hobbit is Sauron. He is presumably called that because he commands the Ringwraiths, who are in a sense "undead" humans. But even the Ringwraiths aren't dead humans ...
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