A British–American feature film series based on the Harry Potter novels by author J. K. Rowling. If your question is about a particular entry in the Harry Potter series, please also include a tag for the movie you're asking about (for example the-philosophers-stone).

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Are there extended editions of Harry Potter movies #3-#8?

I know that there are extended cuts of Harry Potter films #1 and #2 (Philosopher's Stone and Chamber of Secrets), for example part of Harry Potter Wizards Collection BluRay set. But that set doesn't ...
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Why didn't Arania Exumai harm Ron in the Chamber of Secrets?

From the Harry Potter Wiki Arania Exumai is the incantation of a spell used to blast back acromantulas or other large spiders. If the spell is used on anything but a spider it will produce a ...
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Why did Voldemort call Harry's mother a Muggle?

I was recently (re)watching Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and I'm confused about something that Voldemort says near the end of the movie. Near the end of the movie, when Voldemort confronts ...
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Why did Harry not use Polyjuice Potion at the wedding of Bill and Fleur?

In the movie Deathly Hallows Part 1, Harry Potter did not disguise himself using polyjuice potion at the wedding of Bill and Fleur. But in the book he was disguised as a cousin of the Weasleys, Barny ...
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Why did Voldemort want the prophecy in Order of the Phoenix?

Snape had already told Voldemort about the prophecy, or at least half of it, so what is the point of seeking that prophecy once again? It doesn't seem to have anything that would have been helpful for ...
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Is Fantastic Beasts a prequel to Harry Potter?

So Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is another Harry Potter universe movie coming up this year. The movie is based on a different era, 70 years before the story of Harry Potter. So is this new ...
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How did Harry Potter recover after Voldemort's attack?

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Harry had the resurrection stone, which can bring death to life. But in the movie it was shown that in spite of having a resurrection stone, nobody ...
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How did Fawkes find the Chamber of Secrets?

In the climax of the movie Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, when Voldemort set the basilisk on Harry, the phoenix of Dumbledore, Fawkes suddenly appears in the chamber with the sorting hat, ...
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Why did Ginny Weasley not get killed by the Basilisk in the Chamber of Secrets?

Ginny Weasley was responsible for the opening of the chamber of secrets, (she was possessed by Riddle's diary). As Voldemort said, one has called the Basilisk otherwise that creature wouldn't come out....
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Why did Voldemort have to kill Harry Potter's parents?

Why did Lord Voldemort kill Harry Potter's parents? I have watched the movie series only, is there something mentioned in the books about the reason for this act?
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Why didn't Kreacher disapparate with Regulus from the cave? [migrated]

When Kreacher tells his story in the Deathly Hallows he says Regulus ordered him to leave him behind and disapparate himself. But why wouldn't Regulus save himself? We know that house elves can side ...
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Why can some portraits in Harry Potter talk and move while photographs can't?

In Harry Potter movies, wizards in the portraits can talk to and can visit their own portraits at will. But the other pictures (such as in the album of Harry's and various photographs shown in the ...
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Why did Severus Snape present himself as evil to Harry?

Professor Severus Snape was a very important character through out the Harry Potter series. He played very important roles in Harry's life as well as in Hogwarts fortune. His works were admirable and ...
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Why cannot everybody become ghosts in the Harry Potter movies?

In the Harry Potter movies, we have seen ghosts hanging around in Hogwarts, like Nearly Headless Nick, Moaning Mrytle and so on. But when Cedric Diggory or Sirius Black died, they never came back as ...
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Why does Hermione not get any kind of punishment for casting magic outside Hogwarts?

In Harry Potter the Chamber of Secrets, Hermione casts a spell to repair Harry's glasses. She also does the same in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. According to Magic Law, underage wizards ...
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Why does Harry only make use of time travel in The Prisoner of Azkaban?

At the end of The Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry and Hermione travel back in time to save Sirius (and as it turns out, Buckbeak) and escape the Dementors. If this is a legitimate option for saving people,...
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When did each Horcrux get destroyed in the Harry Potter movies?

I have just watched the last of the Harry Potter movies for the second time on a long flight and my brain was addled through lack of sleep. As far as I remember, three of the eight horcruxes were ...
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When did Sirius Black give Harry the mirror that he has during his stay in the Forest of Dean?

In Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 1, Aberforth Dumbledore watches Harry and the group through a mirror when the trio are searching for horcruxes. In Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows ...
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Why is a bright reindeer shown when Harry Potter was saving himself and Sirius Black from the Dementors?

In "Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban", if Harry (who time travelled) was protecting himself and Sirius Black from the Dementors then why a bright magical reindeer like image is shown on the ...
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How come Harry didn't recognize the Half-Blood Prince's handwriting?

I just wondered: in the sixth movie, how come Harry (and Ron, and Hermione) didn't recognize Snape's handwriting in his Potions book, effectively finding out that the latter was the Half-Blood Prince? ...
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Why did the Seven Potters fly instead of apparating?

In the beginning of Deathly Hollows Part 1, why didn't Harry or the others just teleport Harry instead of flying with brooms?
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Does the Elder Wand really belong to Harry Potter?

Is this is a mistake in the book or just a blooper in the film? In the movie Deathly Hallows Part 1 Harry doesn't ever disarm Malfoy he simply snatches the wand. Does that mean Harry is still the ...
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Why was the Elder Wand destroyed rather than returned to Dumbledore's tomb?

Was there ever a reason given for Harry breaking The Elder Wand in two and throwing it away, before even repairing his own wand, contrary to the books, wherein he confers with the portrait of ...
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Why wasn't the poltergeist Peeves in the Harry Potter movies?

In the Harry Potter book series, Peeves is a poltergeist that roams the hallways causing trouble. He never really adds anything essential to the plot line, but his scenes are amusing. Obviously they ...
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Why didn't the Basilisk's bite destroy the Horcrux?

At the end of the second film, Harry Potter gets bitten by the Basilisk in the Chamber of Secrets, before being healed by Fawkes's tears. As the venom (from the fang) destroyed Riddle's book, why ...
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Why couldn't Hermione just hand over Bellatrix Lestrange's wand at Gringot's?

At the beginning of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 the gang tries to break into Bellatrix Lestrange's vault at Gringot's using polyjuice potion to dress Hermione and Ron as Bellatrix and ...
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Why does Harry Potter 6 look like it does? [duplicate]

In a recent Collider podcast the hosts were discussing O Brother Where Art Thou?, and mentioned the cinematographer using (I think), a "digital intermediary" which made the sepia tones. It was then ...
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Why don't wizards teleport more?

In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Fred and George Weasley acquire the ability and the rights to teleport. We can watch them teleport easily inside the Order's headquarters, which leads me ...
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How does Harry Potter keep balance while on his broom?

Just finished watching the very first Harry Potter movie and one thing struck me right away: maybe this is just "fairy tale" logic, but how can people balance themselves on such a slim stick when ...
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What is the nature of Professor Snape's Patronus and why does it appear in the Forest of Dean?

During Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 the crew (now reduced to only Harry and Hermione) wander through the Forest of Dean when a Patronus in the shape of a doe leads Harry to the frozen ...
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Why did the magic ceiling not react to professor Quirrell?

In the fourth Harry Potter movie, as well as in the fourth book, the magic ceiling of the Great Hall reacts strongly with a storm when Moody enters. But since the Ceiling reacts that way to evil, ...
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What Object Is Harry Holding In Prisoner of Azkaban (Film)?

What object is Harry holding in this scene from Prisoner of Azkaban the film? This is the scene where the Fat Lady disappears after Sirius Black tries to break into Gryffindor Tower and gouges her ...
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Is there a reason to use a two word phrase in the Harry Potter movie for the “Lumos” spell?

In the Harry Potter movies the editors sometimes decided to make the "Lumos" spell from the books sound a bit longer. The actors say "Lumos Maxima" instead of just "Lumos". Is there a special movie-...
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Why was Lucius Malfoy never arrested?

In the Harry Potter series Lucius Malfoy is depicted quite early as one of the first Death-eaters. As a Death-eater, we can assume that he has probably used unforgivable curses many times (I wrote ...
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Why did Professor Snape hide his relationship with Lily from Harry Potter?

I just re-watched Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 and was wondering why Snape kept his relationship with Lily a secret from Harry Potter. Why didn't he let him know that he was on the ...
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When was Hagrid captured?

In the movie 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1' Hagrid brought the real Harry to the Burrow for William and Fleur's wedding. When the party is attacked, Harry and gang apparate to the ...
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Why was Hermione Granger's character in Deathly Hallows so weak in the climax?

I understand that Voldemort's snake is a powerful one, but why were Hermione and Ron so helpless in the climax of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2? Hermione was supposed to be the best ...
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Why was Michael Gambon's Dumbledore allowed to be so much more assertive than Richard Harris'?

Richard Harris' portrayal of Dumbledore in the Harry Potter series was a very frail wispy old man. In the third movie, when Michael Gambon stepped in, they did a very good job of making him look ...
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Does Harry's cloak make the wearer invisible to all charms and spells?

In "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" in the end of the "That's for my father" incident with Malfoy on the Hogwarts Express, Luna Lovegood finds Harry Potter under his cloak with the help of ...
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Were Ginny Weasely and Harry Potter in a relationship before Deathly Hallows part 2?

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, we see Harry and Ginny kissing, proving they were in love and later they married. But in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, we see Harry trying to ...
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The Seven Horcruxes of Voldemort

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, after destroying the locket Ron mentions that there are three more to go. But there were seven horcruxes. One of them, the book, was destroyed earlier ...
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Why didn't Harry himself drink Polyjuice Potion instead of all others in Deathly Hallows Part 1?

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, it is shown that members of the Order of Phoenix come to rescue Harry from his house at Privet Drive. There, they all drink Polyjuice Potion and assume ...
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What is the history of the Deathly Hallows?

In Harry potter, there are three Deathly Hallows, The Elder wand, Invisibility cloak and Resurrection stone. Now we know the story behind that, how the three Peverell brothers got them from Death ...
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What was the nature of Dobby the Elf?

Dobby appeared frequently in the Harry Potter series and after rescuing Harry and friends. But in there he mentions that he is a free elf. If so, why does he save and follow Harry? Who exactly ...
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Why was Voldemort unaware that Harry was also a horcrux?

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part II, when Voldemort tries to kill Harry Potter, he unintentionally kills his own horcrux. My question is why didn't he know that Harry was also a horcrux? ...
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Why was Hermione a witch?

Both of Hermione's parents were muggles but she was a witch. I just finished Half blood prince but there is no explanation about this yet. What is the criterion to be born a witch/wizard? Isn't it ...
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What happened to the child of Professor Remus Lupin and Tonks?

I can't remember what happened to the child of Professor Remus Lupin and Tonks after they both died in the battle at the end of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 2. Did Harry take care of ...
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Where did the snow in Hogsmeade come from?

In Harry Potter and the Death Hallows (Part 2), when Harry, Hermione and Ron set off to Hogsmeade to find Aberforth - how can it be that there is snow clearly visible through the village but there is ...
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How did Crabbe and Goyle get into the advanced N.E.W.T. class?

I recall a scene in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince where I saw Crabbe and Goyle failing to brew the drought of living death. How they get into Slughorn's newt potion class?
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Why didn't Harry Potter turn in Lucius Malfoy?

In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, why didn't Harry Potter tell on Lucius Malfoy? I mean that he is in fact Death Eater.