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Why was Hermione always late when she used the Time Turner?
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The Time-Turner only allows you to travel back by multiples of 60 minutes. The smallest unit of time that you can go back by using the Time-Turner is one hour. The next option after that is two hours....

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In the Goblet of Fire why does Harry write "I'll send this with Hedwig, she's off hunting" to Sirius?
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Harry was going out of his way to sound casual. Why include the details about Dudley's dieting rituals? Or his tantrums in throwing his PlayStation out the window? Or Mega-Mutilation Part Three? Why ...

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Who is the oldest character in Harry Potter?
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The Grey Lady, The Bloody Baron or the Basilisk The Grey Lady and the Bloody Baron may not be alive for the duration of the books but they do certainly qualify as characters. As ghosts they were ...

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Why does Hermione love Arithmancy so much?
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Arithmancy was a very different subject from Divination You're right to say that Hermione saw Arithmancy as her favourite subject. She continued studying it right up to her sixth year. However, her ...

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Why is Hogwarts allowed to house such dangerous creatures?
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Hogwarts is their home. The kids are (mostly) protected by being told to keep away from the animals. Many of the creatures in question considered Hogwarts to be their home, just as much as any of the ...

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Can a Hogwarts student refuse the Sorting Hat's decision?
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No, it doesn't look like it. From Pottermore, we see that the Sorting Hat is very stubborn about sticking to the decisions it arrives at. It seems that it's impossible to protest that the Sorting Hat ...

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What really happened to Voldemort's nose?
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It was degraded by Dark Magic. Slytherincess is quite right to mention the meeting between Voldemort and Dumbledore as a midpoint between the youthful Riddle and the You-Know-Who that subsequently ...

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Are Ron's Quidditch points wrong?
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Ron conceded 24 goals. It's correct to say that the only way you can score points in Quidditch is through scoring with the Quaffle or catching the Golden Snitch. Hufflepuff scored 240 points, ...

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When did Snape join the Hogwarts staff?
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1981 Snape states in Order of the Phoenix that he has been a teacher at Hogwarts for fourteen years. "Now...how long have you been teaching at Hogwarts?" she asked, her quill poised over her ...

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Did Dumbledore know about the Dumbledore's Army before it was discovered by Umbridge?
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Unknown. But probably. Remember that Albus's brother, Aberforth, owned and ran The Hog's Head, where the first Dumbledore's Army meeting was held. Aberforth Dumbledore was in the room when the ...

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Was it Tom Riddle's diary that Ginny left at The Burrow?
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It's very likely to be Riddle's diary. Ginny herself says that she came across Riddle's diary when unpacking the books which they'd bought in Flourish and Blotts. "Why didn't you show the diary to ...

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Why are there are no standby players in Quidditch?
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Professional teams have standby players. Hogwarts teams also have reserves, but their usage is inconsistent. Harry's ex-captain, Oliver Wood, gets employed as a reserve. Oliver Wood, the old ...

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Why didn't the Marauder's Map show Mad Eye Moody hidden in the trunk?
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Because the Map doesn't show people hidden inside magical objects/rooms. I don't think that Moody would have appeared on the Map. So I agree with the premise of the question - although I think that ...

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Was Dolores Umbridge steered by the Imperius Charm in book 7?
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Umbridge favours power, not ideology. She didn't need the Imperius Curse to behave wickedly. Janoma's answer to the question of whether Umbridge was a Death Eater or not makes this point. It's ...

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How does the line to Hogwarts fit in to the UK national rail network?
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It's never conclusively stated. We don't have an awful lot of information in canon about the train line itself. Pottermore does tell us some of the history behind the Hogwarts Express. A daring ...

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Why didn't Umbridge use legilimency against Harry?
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She had no reason to use Legilimency. It's true that the Veritaserum she uses on Harry is fake. "It was [Snape], too, who gave Professor Umbridge fake Veritaserum when she was attempting to force ...

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Why are flying carpets banned while flying brooms are not?
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It's probably down to culture. Note Ludo Bagman's immediate scepticism to the idea that the carpet could supplant the broom. “Well, they’ll never replace brooms in Britain, will they?” said Bagman....

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How are spells in the Harry Potter universe made official?
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The Ministry of Magic oversees the creation of all new spells. Hermione is clear that the Ministry of Magic has a role in signing off new spells and checking they're safe. She was annoyed with the ...

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Could Peeves have gotten thrown out of Hogwarts?
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Almost certainly not. JK Rowling has described Peeves as a kind of permanent feature within Hogwarts that cannot be removed. ES: Why does Dumbledore allow Peeves to stay in the castle. JKR: Can't get ...

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Is Harry's protection in Privet Drive tied to Aunt Petunia or their house?
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To Aunt Petunia. The protection specifically applies to the house where Petunia lives. If Petunia moves house then so does the protection. “While you can still call home the place where your ...

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Did Voldemort kill his father before finding out about Horcruxes?
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If we trust Dumbledore, Riddle had already killed his father long before he made the ring into a Horcrux. Dumbledore deduces that the ring was turned into a Horcrux only after Voldemort had decided ...

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Why did Snape want to teach Defence Against the Dark Arts even after knowing it was cursed?
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He knew that he would have a new job anyway within the year. Namely, Headmaster of Hogwarts. This explanation holds for the year that Snape was actually appointed DADA Professor. Why he wanted the ...

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Why didn't Dumbledore appoint the real Mad Eye Moody to teach Defense Against Dark Arts?
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As the other answers suggest, Dumbledore may have wanted Moody. Reasons in favour included: Dumbledore wanted Moody in the first place. If he wanted Moody in year 4 then it's reasonable to suppose ...

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Why was Quirrell said to be in the Black Forest if Voldemort was actually in Albania?
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Quirrell probably visited both Germany and Albania on his travels. The only time we hear about Quirrell's time in the Black Forest was from Hagrid, who in turn is recounting rumours he's heard about ...

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How did Harry, Ron and Hermione buy presents for each other?
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There were a mixture of homemade and shop-bought items. The latter could've been ordered by owl. Let's look at the presents which are given and received by the trio in the first two books. Harry ...

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When did J.K. Rowling decide to make Ron and Hermione a couple?
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Rowling began publicly hinting at the relationship from at least 2000. Since the question seeks Rowling quotes, I thought I'd assemble an answer of public statements she made before she had finished ...

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Is the Hogwarts Express protected?
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Not particularly. Luna Lovegood is taken by the Death Eaters from the Hogwarts Express. "...and if you ever come to our house I'll be able to show you the horn, Daddy wrote to me about it but I ...

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Did Neville Longbottom ever know of his own importance?
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Nope. To back up Voronwë's answer. Neville's childhood had been blighted by Voldemort just as much as Harry's had, but Neville had no idea how close he had come to having Harry's destiny. The ...

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Does Hogwarts follow any specific syllabus for DADA?
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Not until Umbridge turned up. We learn from Umbridge that there was a Ministry-sanctioned syllabus for Defence Against the Dark Arts. It was, however, ignored by most of the DADA teachers. "The ...

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Why didn't Barty Crouch Jr. pretend to be innocent in the film?
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Books He does deny it. "Father, I didn't!" shrieked the boy in chains below. "I didn't, I swear it, Father, don't send me back to the Dementors -" [...] "Mother!" screamed the boy below, and ...

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