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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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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 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 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 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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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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Is Voldemort called “Tom Elvis Riddle” in the French versions of Harry Potter?

A friend told me that in the French versions of Harry Potter, they had to make Voldemort's middle name "Elvis". They said that they did this in order to make the "Tom Marvolo Riddle" to "I am Lord ...
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Why didn't Harry Potter become an Obscurial?

In Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, it says that young wizards or witches who have had their magic suppressed throughout their childhood become Obscurials, and develop a dark, parasitical ...
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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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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 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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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 Dumbledore have Harry stick his arm out when Barty Crouch Jr. was revealed?

In the scene where Barty Crouch Jr. is revealed (movie, not books) to have been impersonating Mad Eye Moody, Barty makes a weird remark: I'll show you mine if you show me yours. He then sticks his ...
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Why does nobody want to give Voldemort their wand?

In Deathly Hallows Part 1, in the scene where all the Death Eaters are meeting at Malfoy Manor, Voldemort requests a wand from one of his followers, but all of them are reluctant to give theirs. Some ...
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Significance of Weasley house destruction in Half-Blood Prince

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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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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Can any broom be used to fly in Harry Potter?

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011), Harry, Ron, and Hermione find a stack of brooms in the Room of Requirement and use them to escape the incoming flames. What struck me, is that ...
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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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Why did Severus Snape present himself as evil to Harry?

Professor Severus Snape was a very important character throughout 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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What is this “colour template/effect”?

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 Filius Flitwick's appearance change after first two Harry Potter movies?

In the movie, Harry Potter and the philosopher's Stone/Sorcerer's stone, and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Filius Flitwick the Charms professor's appearance is like this. But from the ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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 feet ...
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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 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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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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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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What did Hermione see “with her own eyes” in Borgin and Burkes?

In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, following the scene where Harry, Ron and Hermione spy on Draco Malfoy in Borgin and Burkes, the trio are on the Hogwarts Express and Harry says, Hermione ...
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Why does Voldemort use this spell?

In the last Harry Potter movie, Harry surrenders himself to Voldemort in the Forbidden Forest. Then, in order to finish him for good, he uses Avada Kedavra. Why is this spell used? He knew Harry once ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 ...