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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Why was Lord Voldemort's nose different from his young version as Tom Riddle? [duplicate]

Why was Lord Voldemort's nose different from his young version as Tom Riddle in the Harry Potter films?
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How did Ginny get out of the ring of fire during 'The Burning of the Burrow'?

In Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, when Bellatrix encircled the Weasleys' house with a ring of fire, that's how the events took place The Burrow gets encircled with the ring of fire (with a ...
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Why didn't the Death Eaters take Neville on the Hogwarts Express?

During the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, the Death Eaters are seen searching the Hogwarts Express for Harry when Neville confronts them, stating Hey losers, he isn't here. Why didn't the Death Eaters ...
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Why did Dumbledore offer Licorice Snaps to Harry in GoF?

In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry discovered that the 3rd man in his dream was Barty Crouch Jr after he saw one of (Dumbledore's) preserved memories in the Pensieve. Also, it was only ...
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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 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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What gave Harry Potter the idea of writing in Tom Riddle's diary?

What gave Harry the idea of writing in Tom Riddle's diary in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets? It is clear that if Harry hadn't seen that story from the past through Tom Riddle's diary, he ...
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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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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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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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In which ways did J.K. Rowling regulate the Harry Potter films?

Because all Harry Potter 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. ...
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Why didn't Tom Riddle kill Harry in Chamber of Secrets?

I remember from Harry Potter and Chamber of Secrets that in the climax Harry was shocked after finding Ginny Weasley on floor and drops the wand. Which is then picked up by Tom Riddle (his memory). ...
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Does Hagrid know Harry is alive?

I have just watched the last Harry Potter movie, and was wondering after Voldemort and Harry Potter battle in the woods: Draco's mum knows he is alive and Hagrid carries Harry back to the castle. Does ...
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How and when did Voldemort hide the Diadem of Rowena Ravenclaw in Hogwarts?

In Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows part II, Harry comes to realize that the Lost Diadem of Rowena Ravenclaw is in Hogwarts school of witchcraft and wizardry and that later Harry finds it in the room ...
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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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What was the order of making of all the horcruxes in Harry Potter series?

I know Voldemort made 7 pieces of his soul and made 7 Horcruxes. Can anybody list down the order of making of all these Horcruxes and by the killing of whom, Voldemort made all these Horcruxes?
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Why did all the guest students take carriages to the Yule Ball?

In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, why did all of the guest students take carriages to the Yule Ball if the Yule Ball takes place at Hogwarts?
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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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Would Harry Potter have been a Master of Death? [closed]

Harry Potter had the Elder Wand, Resurrection Stone, and Invisibility Cloak. If he hadn't broken the wand and left the stone in the Forbidden Forest, would he have become a Master of Death?
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Does Lily know Snape loves her?

I know that professor Snape loved Lily in Harry Potter. What I want to know is: does Lily know that Snape loved her, or did she ignore him since she was in love with James?
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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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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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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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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 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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Do wizards regularly wear muggle clothing?

Arguments for: wizards have to enter a muggle railway station - so they cannot be wearing anything that can make muggles notice; the movies depict wizards wearing them at school all the time, except ...
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Is there any muggle technology that is used in Harry Potter's world?

In Harry Potter's universe, much magic is involved in daily activities, ranging from a simple one used for cleaning to a very advanced one like creating a Horcrux. There are also muggles in this world....
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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 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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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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Is this line in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone a reference to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them?

In the first Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, made in 2001, Harry says (at around 1h57 into the film): "I mean, how many people wander around with dragon eggs in their ...
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Are there any more movies announced after Fantastic Beasts?

I just saw Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them and was not expecting to see I would be surprised that such a prominent actor would have a few minutes on screen as such an important character in ...
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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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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 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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Why are portkeys not used for long-distance travel?

The beginning of Newt Scamander's story includes him arriving on America's shore by boat. My understanding from the Harry Potter world is that long-distance travel can be accomplished by portkey, ...
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In which Harry Potter film/book was the book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them mentioned?

It's a fact that the new book/movie: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, is a text book used in Hogwarts. I heard it is mentioned in the original series Can anyone tell me in which book was it ...
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How does Percival Graves use magic without his wand in Fantastic Beasts?

In Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, we can see Percival Graves use magical abilities (mainly telekinetic) that we would typically associate with wands, at least as far as wizards and witches ...
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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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Why did the Malfoys flee on foot?

At the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, when Harry reveals himself to be alive, we see the Malfoys flee the scene on foot. Wouldn't it have made more sense to apparate away, ...
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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 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them understandable without watching any other Harry Potter film?

I am planning to watch Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and asking this question in place of a friend who might give me company. But he has not seen any HP film before. Can we understand ...
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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 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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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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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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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 (...