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Questions tagged [harry-potter]

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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Didn't Harry Potter risk, that Voldemort will capture the Philosopher's Stone, pointlessly? [on hold]

I've just read the HP and the Philosopher's Stone book and I'm confused about the ending. Didn't Harry risk, that Voldemort will capture the stone, pointlessly? In the end of book is Harry protecting ...
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Why didn't the Dursleys make witchcraft and wizardry public?

We see in the Harry Potter universe, wizards or witches keep obliviating Muggles/No-Majs, because otherwise it may lead to chaos or persecution of witches/wizards. However, the Dursley family ...
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Why didn't they make Harry change into another person in the Battle of the Seven Potters? [duplicate]

I never thought much about the Battle of the Seven Potters at the beginning of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 when watching it the first time. Now after rewatching, I'm wondering why The ...
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How was the Statute of Secrecy breached in 1749 and what measures were introduced to prevent a recurrence? [migrated]

In Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix, during the History of Magic O.W.L., Question 5 asks that: How was the Statute of Secrecy breached in 1749 and what measures were introduced to prevent ...
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Why didn't Hermione help Dobby when his life was in danger?

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1, we see Bellatrix throw a dagger after Dobby saved Harry and co., and in the aftermath we see Harry begging Hermione to give him anything that could ...
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Was the mirror Erised “broken” in Fantastic Beasts?

When Dumbledore looks in the mirror Erised he sees his deepest desire: But before that the mirror shows the past when In the Harry Potter books and movies the mirror is never shown to show the past. ...
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How did Harry Potter survive against the Dementors at the lake [duplicate]

Movie: Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban When the lake turns to ice Dementors appear. As we all see, Harry Potter used the spell "Expecto Patronum" It held off against 2 Dementors then it ...
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How did Grindelwald know about Second World War and nuclear bombings?

Grindelwald delivers a speech in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. [Image src: pottermore] The Crimes of Grindelwald take place in 1927. But Gellert Grindelwald revealed a vision of ...
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Obliviation of New York, and in general

In the first Fantastic Beasts film, the entire city if New York is obliviated with a rain storm to wipe the memories of all Muggles who were witness to the events that nearly destroyed the city. ...
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Why did Voldemort choose Narcissa to verify that Harry was dead?

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, why did Voldemort choose Narcissa to verify that Harry was dead? I also read this scene in the book, but there was no explanation.
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How did Hermione Granger join Hogwarts?

If Hermione's parents from the Harry Potter film series are Muggles how did she know about Hogwarts in the first place? How come her parents didn't wonder about her school?
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Is there any explanation for the differences to the existing Harry Potter timeline?

In Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald two facts are revealed that challenge the existing timeline: A. Dumbledore was born long after Percival was sent to Azkaban and Albus was magically bound ...
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How did Voldemort (within Quirrell) come to know that the Philosopher's Stone was in Harry's pocket?

In the climax of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's stone, Quirrell asks Harry to come in front of the Mirror of Erised and asks him what he can see in it. Then, Harry sees himself picking up the ...
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How crucial are the wizard wands in Harry Potter?

In the Thor movies, it is mentioned that Thor's hammer was used as a focusing point for his powers. That's why he could still use his lightning powers, etc even after the hammer was destroyed. ...
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How did Snape allow his old advanced potions book to be used by Harry?

In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, how did Snape allow his old copy of "Advanced Potion-Making" to be used by Harry? Was this by the instruction of Dumbledore in order to let Harry get closer ...
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Was Lucius Malfoy about to use the killing curse on Harry?

Near to the end of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, when Dobby is set free through Harry's trick of hiding one of his socks in Tom Riddle's diary that Lucius Malfoy then gave to Dobby, Lucius ...
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Was the age of the students a factor in the filming of the Harry Potter films?

Watching the Harry Potter films you gradually see Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint get older as if matching to the year they are in Hogwarts. For filming, were the ages of the students ...
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How are spells Created or Discovered in Harry Potter?

There are many spells in Harry Potter, such as Wingardium Leviosa Expelliarmus. But then arises the great question: What led to this spell? Did someone create it, or did people just randomly do ...
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How did Draco Malfoy get selected so quickly?

In Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, we see at the selection ceremony that Sorting Hat sorts Draco Malfoy into Slytherin even though Professor McGonagall didn't properly put the Hat on Draco's ...
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What is the significance of the license plate number on the Ford Anglia in Harry Potter?

In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the flying Ford Anglia has a license plate number of 7990 TD. Is there any significance to this, or were those digits just randomly selected?
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Did Snape actually care about Harry Potter?

Snape has always treated Harry with pure and utter loathing during the whole Harry Potter series and always looked for a chance to put him down during class. But was his helping/saving of Harry for ...
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Why isn't everyone using Felix Felicis (“Liquid Luck”)? [closed]

First I must say I never read the Harry Potter books and maybe the answer lays there, but it always bothered me that the liquid luck is so powerfull and yet rarely used. Why isn't everyone using it ...
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How did Ron get hurt so much when the Queen attacked his Horse?

In the First Harry Potter Film, Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone when Ron Weasley is attempting to sacrifice himself with the Queen stabs his horse and then he falls down and passes out. But ...
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Was Harry Potter truly bound by the Goblet of Fire?

Since Harry didn't actually put his name in the Goblet of Fire, is it possible that he wasn't actually magically bound to compete? Dumbledore didn't contradict Crouch's insistence that it was ...
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In which ways did J.K. Rowling regulate the Harry Potter films?

Because all films had to be exclusively casted with actors from United Kingdom, the locale of the series, Rowling clearly had creative control and has also served as executive producer. Aside from ...
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Why didn't Voldemort create a seventh Horcrux not knowing Harry was one?

From Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince we can know that Voldemort wished to make 7 Horcruxes. But we know that Voldemort's 7 Horcruxes included Harry. But as this was unintentional, Voldemort ...
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Why did Albus Dumbledore's clothing change in the third movie?

In the first two movies of the Harry Potter series (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone & Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets), Albus Dumbledore looks like this: However, from the third (...
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Why is it necessary to get Slughorn's memory?

In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince movie, Dumbledore asks Harry to retrieve the actual memory from professor Slughorn. By seeing the actual memory, Dumbledore became aware of the Horcruxes. ...
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Why didn't Voldemort kill this character with the killing curse?

In the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 movie, Voldemort kills Snape because of a misconception. But why didn't he kill Snape with The killing Curse instead of having Nagini kill him? ...
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What were the Dementors doing to Harry and what exactly is the “Dementor's Kiss”? [duplicate]

If Dementors are controlled by the ministery and looking for prisoners, why did they do that to Harry in the train in Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban? Is that their expedient effect? (When ...
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In Harry Potter can you have a do-over year?

In Belgium, you sit in a class have and X kind of courses. If you fail like 2-3 courses at the end of the year, you'll have to follow all those courses again in High School. Is this also possible in ...
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How could Tom open the chamber of secrets?

We know that Tom Riddle's father was a muggle. So Tom was not an Pure Blood. But in HP 2 it is said that only a true heir of Salazar Slytherin could open the Chamber of Secrets who should be a pure ...
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Why did Tom Riddle's face become hideous?

In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, it is shown that Voldemort is Tom Riddle who is actually a handsome fellow. But in the next movies, we see that Voldemorte's face becomes weird / hideous. ...
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How did they know where to find the next Horcrux?

When anyone destroyed a Horcrux in the Harry Potter movies, how did they know where the next Horcrux is? Was there a map or something?
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Why is it that if Voldemort has too many horcruxes, he could die?

In the Harry Potter series, it is known that Voldemort has used horcruxes in an attempt to make himself almost indestructible. Later when Harry looks into a Pensieve during one of his sessions with ...
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Why does Harry say that there is only one Horcrux left, after only having destroyed 4?

I'm aware what the horcruxes are in Harry Potter and am aware of the lore with part of Voldemort's soul being in Harry. What I was wondering was that in Hogsmeade, talking to Aberforth in Deathly ...
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Why did Harry touch his cheeks when he turned into Goyle?

In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, once Harry had turned into Goyle after taking Polyjuice Potion, why did he touch his cheeks and forehead?
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How long is two rolls of parchment within Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban?

In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, whilst Professor Snape is covering for Professor Lupin, Snape sets an assignment to write two rolls of parchment on the werewolf and emphasises recognising ...
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If Harry still had the tracer on him, why didn't the ministry pick up his 'Lumos maxima' charm?

In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (I think it was this one), Harry, at night time is seen in his room at night under his sheets doing the Lumos maxima charm, as he was underage, and in ...
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Using two wands at a time in Harry Potter

It's quite common in Harry Potter that two wands obey one wizard if disarmed by Expelliarmus spell. Has anyone ever used two wands to cast a spell at the same time in the Harry Potter films?
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Why did the goblet spit Harry's name out in the first place?

In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, only three people (one from each school) can be selected for the tri-wizard tournament. All champions can only be over the age of 17 to join. So Harry, being ...
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Why did Harry and Hermione have to worry about being seen?

It is evident in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban that Harry and Hermione used a time turner to save innocent lives. They were stealthy going through the grounds when they travelled back, as ...
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How did Voldemort, Bellatrix, and Lucius manage to keep their wands?

Voldemort was ripped from his body, Bellatrix and Lucius were given a life sentences in Azkaban. Why did they still have their original wands after beinging restored? Wouldn’t Voldemort’s wand have ...
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How could Draco be using his mother's wand, if she lost her wand the same day as him?

In the movie version of Deathly Hallows, part 1, Dobby takes the wand of Draco's mother shortly after Harry takes Draco's wand. Then in Deathly Hallows, part 2, Draco says he is using his mother's ...
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What is the significance of each of their patronuses and how do they work?

In Harry Potter, each character has their own patronus. It is obvious that they mean something and have their own significance to the character they represent. In the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry sees ...
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Why is Professor Snape so against Harry Potter when he is supposedly protecting him? [duplicate]

In the Harry Potter series, it is known that Professor Severus Snape tries to protect Harry. Reason for being is because as a Hogwarts student himself back in the day, he fell on love with who was ...
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Why did Voldemort kill his own horcrux?

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Parts 1 & 2, and all movies, Voldemort is known to have seven horcruxes before he can die...all seven must be destroyed first. Voldemort should know what ...
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Why did Dumbledore move the mirror to the chamber where the philosophers stone was?

If Harry saw his parents in the mirror and Ron saw himself holding the Quidditch cup, it could be a useful mirror. But Dumbledore had told Harry: "it will be moved to another location and you must ...
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Why does Gabrielle Delacour arrive at Hogwarts with her sister in the Goblet of Fire movie?

That's basically it. Gabrielle Delacour is 11 years old when she arrives at the Burrow with her parents for her sister's wedding three years later: “And, of course, you ’ave met my leetle daughter, ...
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Why didn't Hogwarts come up with a better way for spectators to watch the other two events?

In Harry Potter : Goblet of fire, There are three thrilling events that chosen wizards from each school (pretty sure it was four from each school and there are I think two other schools other than ...