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 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 ...
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Last Horcrux of Lord Voldemort

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows we come to know that the last horcrux or the last part of the soul of Lord Voldemort got attached to the ONLY LIVING THING IT COULD FIND as told by Dumbledore. ...
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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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Why are some spells not pronounced in Harry Potter?

We all know most spells' names are shouted out loud when casting in Harry Potter. Some spells are exception. Two I can think of are Apparition and just before Sectumsempra HP cast on Draco Malfoy in ...
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Why did the portkey take Harry and the other Hogwarts contestant to Voldemort?

In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), during the hedge maze, you must have quick reactions otherwise you can get taken out by sudden traps. Both Harry and the other Hogwarts contestant are ...
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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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How does Harry Potter save himself from the dementors?

In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry is attacked by a swarm of Dementors and as his soul is being sucked out he is saved by what he thinks is his Father. He later learns that it is ...
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Where was Hermione's time turner after the Prisoner of Azkaban?

In Harry Potter, Hermione's Time turner saves the day in the Prisoner of Azkaban. But then we don't see it in the rest of the series. Where did it go?
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If the Hogwarts kids are invisible, is the Forbidden Forest invisible? Also, what's in it?

In Harry Potter, we are introduced to the Forbidden Forest. We know Harry and his two friends are punished for some reason -- they are told to do something with Hagrid in the Forbidden Forest. We ...
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Why are some spells in Harry Potter in English?

Most spells in Harry Potter (magic in general) are in Latin. However, at least two spells, namely Stupefy and Obliviate, are in English. Why is that? I found some sources, but they are in general ...
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Why isn't there Hogwarts without Hagrid?

In the ending of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets when Hagrid enters into the main hall, he comes to Harry and Ron. Harry potter says the following dialogue: There's no Hogwarts without you,...
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Why is everyone in the corridors after Harry's detention

In the movie Chamber of Secrets, after Harry's detention with Lockhart, Harry, Ron and Hermione find the cat petrified in the corridor. Judging by dialog during the detention it must be at least ...
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What were the Slytherins doing during the battle of Hogwarts?

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows : Part 2 which is the movie version of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the Slytherins were sent to dungeons by Professor McGonagall. I know in the books ...
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Why other wizarding schools of Europe didn't participate in Battle of Hogwarts?

In the event of Triwizard Tournament, a magical contest held between the three largest wizarding schools of Europe: Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Durmstrang Institute, and Beauxbatons ...
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Who gave the Invisibility Cloak to Harry Potter?

I think it was professor Dumbledore, as he had other 2 Deathly Hallows, and also in the The Chamber of Secrets Dumbledore said in Hagrid's house, that all who need help, would get help from Hogwarts. ...
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Why didn't Harry Potter use the Resurrection Stone?

Why did Dumbledore give the Resurrection Stone to Harry Potter in such a convoluted way? Harry could've used it instantaneously to revive professor Dumbledore, even if only momentarily, but he ...
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When did they become invisible?

In the first Harry Potter movie, does no one in a busy train station notice groups of people running and disappearing into a wall? This is when the newbies (Ron and Harry) run into the wall for the ...
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Did Dumbledore already know this?

Did Dumbledore know that Harry Potter would die or not? What happened to the stone which was gift of death?
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Why did Snape kill this character in Half-Blood Prince?

I was watching Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince but I didn't get why did Snape Kill Dumbledore?
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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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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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How was Harry not identified as a result of being with Ron and Hermione?

I know a variation of this question has been asked 100 times, and I understand why Draco chose not to identify Harry. What I don't understand is how the rest of the family didn't identify Harry ...
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Harry Potter's detention with Dolores Umbridge

In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, after Umbridge made him write with the punishment quill, did he tell Professor McGonagall about it, as Hermione suggested? And if he did, what was ...
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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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Can muggles see the Dark Mark skull cloud?

Can muggles see the skull with serpent cloud Dark Mark produced by Death Eaters? Goblet of Fire example - Then he realised it was a colossal skull, comprised of what looked like emerald stars, ...
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Did Snape allow Harry to see his memory during Occlumency lessons?

During Harry's Occlumency lessons with Snape in the Order of the Phoenix, Harry uses Protego in response to Snape's attempt to enter his mind. This results in the spell rebounding and consequently ...
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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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How did Voldemort know he could access Harry's mind but not realise this was because part of his soul was latched onto him?

Once Voldemort realised he could access Harry's mind in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, how did he not realise this was because part of his soul was latched onto him?
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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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How are dementors born and propagated? Plus, can they die?

My question is very short; I don't think it's handled in the Harry Potter books or movies, but yesterday, I was wonderring about dementors. How are they born? Do they procreate like humans/animals? ...
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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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Why is Snape's Patronus a doe? [duplicate]

Lilly loved James whose Patronus was a stag, therefore hers became a doe. Snape hid that he loved Lilly for so long, what if Snape's Patronus was a doe because he loved Harry, whose Patronus was a ...
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How to measure power level in Harry Potter's universe?

There are many wizards and witches in Harry Potter's universe. Some of them are very powerful, while some of them you might say are weak. But what differentiates their magical power? It seems as long ...
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How did the death eaters go through the magical barrier sorrounding the Weasley's house?

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 in the beginning of the movie, Harry is taken to the Weasley's house, which is protected by a magical barrier that we clearly see when Harry and Hagrid ...
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Why is Snape's Potion/logic puzzle not in the movie?

So I finished the first book (Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone) yesterday, and of course a lot of things in the book are not in the movie, including the the potion puzzle created by Snape as ...
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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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Why was Harry not able to see Thestrals until Order of the Phoenix?

Harry had already witnessed his parents'death. Why was he not able to see the Thestrals (resulting in self-driven carriages) till he witnessed Diggory's death? Also, after he did so, at the end of the ...
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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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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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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, ...