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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How can a witch/wizard disguise themselves, excluding Polyjuice Potion?

At the end of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, there is a reveal I don't think Polyjuice potion was used, mainly because of the accent and voice differences (which in the movies have always ...
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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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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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What happened to Peter Pettigrew?

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1, Harry and company are in Malfoy manner's cellar. Peter Pettigrew walks down and then pretty stupidly walks into the cellar without looking, where he is ...
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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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Appearance of a boggart to someone who is most afraid of boggarts

According to the Harry Potter films, in front of a person a Boggart takes the appearance of the thing that a person is most afraid of. What if the person is afraid of boggarts? Would it solve the ...
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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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Why do the items stop duplicating?

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, when Harry and the others are trying to find a horcrux inside Bellatrix's vault, Hermione accidently touches an item and then it starts duplicating, ...
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What happens to Professor Moody in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire?

What happens to Prof. Moody in Goblet of fire? And how does he come back to rescue Harry in Order of the Phoenix?
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Why did Harry Potter behave like this to Lupin?

In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Prof. Lupin turns into a werewolf and tries to kill Harry, and just a few days later Harry talks nicely with Prof. Lupin. Why would Harry do that?
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Why do dementors attack Harry during the Quidditch match?

Why do dementors attack Harry during the Quidditch match? What provoked the dementors to attack Harry Potter?
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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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What is the origin of the title of Death Eater?

I don't remember it being explained in the movies. Does the title have any meaning and where did it come from?
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Do Harry Potter stories mention other popular stories?

In recent history Harry Potter stories have been mentioned in other popular story series such as Doctor Who and The Simpsons. Do any of the Harry Potter movies mention any other book or TV serials?
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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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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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What did Voldemort look like before he killed the Potters?

If Voldemort was 'reborn' in that massive cauldron at the end of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and came out with red eyes looking like a snake and stuff, what would he have looked like ...
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Why did they allow different brooms to be used in Quidditch?

Why did they allow different brooms to be used in Quidditch? In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, it seems like the Nimbus 2000 would give Harry an unfair advantage over people who have regular ...
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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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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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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 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 Voldemort want the prophecy in Order of the Phoenix?

Snape had already told Voldemort about the prophecy, or at least half of it, so what is the point of seeking that prophecy once again? It doesn't seem to have anything that would have been helpful for ...
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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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How did Harry Potter recover after Voldemort's attack?

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Harry had the resurrection stone, which can bring death to life. But in the movie it was shown that in spite of having a resurrection stone, nobody ...
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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 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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Why can some portraits in Harry Potter talk and move while photographs can't?

In Harry Potter movies, wizards in the portraits can talk to and can visit their own portraits at will. But the other pictures (such as in the album of Harry's and various photographs shown in the ...
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Why cannot everybody become ghosts in the Harry Potter movies?

In the Harry Potter movies, we have seen ghosts hanging around in Hogwarts, like Nearly Headless Nick, Moaning Mrytle and so on. But when Cedric Diggory or Sirius Black died, they never came back as ...
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Why does Hermione not get any kind of punishment for casting magic outside Hogwarts?

In Harry Potter the Chamber of Secrets, Hermione casts a spell to repair Harry's glasses. She also does the same in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. According to Magic Law, underage wizards ...
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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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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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Why was the Elder Wand destroyed rather than returned to Dumbledore's tomb?

Was there ever a reason given for Harry breaking The Elder Wand in two and throwing it away, before even repairing his own wand, contrary to the books, wherein he confers with the portrait of ...
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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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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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Why does Harry Potter 6 look like it does? [duplicate]

In a recent Collider podcast the hosts were discussing O Brother Where Art Thou?, and mentioned the cinematographer using (I think), a "digital intermediary" which made the sepia tones. It was then ...
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Why don't wizards teleport more?

In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Fred and George Weasley acquire the ability and the rights to teleport. We can watch them teleport easily inside the Order's headquarters, which leads me ...
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How does Harry Potter keep balance while on his broom?

Just finished watching the very first Harry Potter movie and one thing struck me right away: maybe this is just "fairy tale" logic, but how can people balance themselves on such a slim stick when ...
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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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Is there a reason to use a two word phrase in the Harry Potter movie for the “Lumos” spell?

In the Harry Potter movies the editors sometimes decided to make the "Lumos" spell from the books sound a bit longer. The actors say "Lumos Maxima" instead of just "Lumos". Is there a special movie-...
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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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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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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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Why was Hermione Granger's character in Deathly Hallows so weak in the climax?

I understand that Voldemort's snake is a powerful one, but why were Hermione and Ron so helpless in the climax of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2? Hermione was supposed to be the best ...
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Why was Michael Gambon's Dumbledore allowed to be so much more assertive than Richard Harris'?

Richard Harris' portrayal of Dumbledore in the Harry Potter series was a very frail wispy old man. In the third movie, when Michael Gambon stepped in, they did a very good job of making him look ...
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When was Hagrid captured?

In the movie 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1' Hagrid brought the real Harry to the Burrow for William and Fleur's wedding. When the party is attacked, Harry and gang apparate to 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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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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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 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 ...