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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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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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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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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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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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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How is the relationship between the reader and the story affected by movies that are released prior to the completion of a book series?

The Harry Potter movies are clearly intended for people who have been reading the books but unlike situations where a single movie is made from a single book, these movies were released prior to the ...
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Dolores Umbridge: Misguided or Sinister?

This is an on-going debate between my husband and I stemming from our viewing of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix this weekend. In OOTP, Umbridge really appears to be more of a misguided yes-...
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Why is the Weasley house destroyed in the sixth Harry Potter film?

The destruction of the Weasley house added no plot element and it was not in the book. The Weasley home was basically supposed to be the safest place for Harry (aside from Hogwarts). Why did the film ...
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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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What is the significance of the veil in the Harry Potter series?

What is the significance of the veil in the Harry Potter series? What does it mean? Why is it never explained?
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What “colour template” do Harry Potter movies employ?

I don't know if "colour template" is the word for that. What I mean is the colour of the movies, especially Globet of Fire and the ones after it, seemed to be very dark but also with so much depth to ...
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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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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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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 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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Voldemort's physical presence pre-Goblet of Fire

Voldemort returned to physical, human form in the Goblet of Fire. But can someone explain what the physical effects of using the curse on Harry as a baby had on his body? He didn't die but also, wasn'...
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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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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 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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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 the different effects when Sirius Black appears in a fireplace?

In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), Sirius Black appears in a fireplace to talk to Harry. It looks as if his head was made of embers: In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007), ...
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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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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 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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How did the Death Eaters physically escape from Azkaban?

Below we can see Bellatrix Lestrange stood on the edge of Azkaban prison. Now, in the book, if I can remember, it's explicitly said that it was the Dementors that broke the Death Eaters out of Azkaban....
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Why did Harry want the Philosopher's Stone in the first place?

In Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, in the end Harry's most desperate and desirable wish was to retrieve the Philosopher's stone (which he does). I know about the enchantment placed by ...
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Why didn't James and Lily Potter return to Hogwarts as ghosts/souls

In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, several ghosts are shown e.g Nearly Headless Nick, Moaning Myrtlee etc, but later it is revealed to Harry that dead can not be brought back to life. Then how ...
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Were Neville's feelings for Luna foreshadowed earlier?

During the Battle of Hogwarts in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 after his run from the shattered footbridge, an adrenaline-struck Neville Longbottom runs up the stairs where he meets ...
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Why were the girls only attracted towards the Amortentia?

In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, when Professor Slughorn were showing the studnets the love potion Amortentia, the girls were more affetced than the boys. But as per Hermione it should ...
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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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How does the Basilisk roam around Hogwarts?

In the movie Harry Potter and The Chamber Of Secrets, and of course in the book, Hermione Granger states: The Basilisk travels around Hogwarts through pipes. Now this snake is huge, almost 50 ...
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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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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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Did Harry, Ron, and Hermione just kill an innocent Goblin?

In the movie Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Harry makes use of the Imperius curse on a Goblin to get them into Gringots. I'm fairly certain in the books that the fate of this Goblin is ...
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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 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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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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Why does Umbridge always wear pink dresses?

In Harry Potter and The Order of Phoenix, Dolores Umbridge always seems to be wearing pink color dresses. Is there any significance for this?
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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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Are unforgivable curses unblockable in Harry Potter?

Recently, I was discussing with my friend about unforgivable curses in the Harry Potter universe and we were wondering if unforgivable curses can be blocked.
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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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How did Lord Voldemort die even though Harry Potter survived?

If Harry Potter was himself a horcrux, then why did Voldemort die even though Harry was alive? I understand that Voldemort's spell-"Avda kedavra" was ineffective against Harry, because of the Elder ...
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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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Why did everyone keep saying to Harry that his eyes are like Lily's?

Maybe there is an explanation in the books but in the movies it is bit unclear to me. I remember many people telling Harry Potter that he has got Lily's eyes. Why was there so much emphasis on that ...
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Why did a Dementor try to take Harry's soul in the train?

In "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" - when Harry and his friends were travelling to Hogwarts by train, the train stopped in between and Dementors were searching for Sirius Black. Why did one ...
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Does Bellatrix fear Harry after Cruciatus curse?

In The Order of the Phoenix, Harry casts the Cruciatus curse at Bellatrix Lestrange after she kills Sirius Black. She's knocked off her feet, and before she gets back up, she is shown to be whimpering ...
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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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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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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 ...