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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What happened to the child of Professor Remus Lupin and Tonks?

I can't remember what happened to the child of Professor Remus Lupin and Tonks after they both died in the battle at the end of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 2. Did Harry take care of ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why didn't Harry Potter turn in Lucius Malfoy?

In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, why didn't Harry Potter tell on Lucius Malfoy? I mean that he is in fact Death Eater.
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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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Where did the snow in Hogsmeade come from?

In Harry Potter and the Death Hallows (Part 2), when Harry, Hermione and Ron set off to Hogsmeade to find Aberforth - how can it be that there is snow clearly visible through the village but there is ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 could Harry and his friends survive the fall without the charm?

We have seen several instances where Harry - or in special cases, his friends - survive several falls by using the "Arrestro Momentum" spell like in Prisoner of Azkaban and Deathly Hallows 2. But in ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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 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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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 and how was Tom Riddle converted into Lord Voldemort?

What was the reason behind emergence of the dark wizard Lord Voldemort? Why Tom Riddle a student of Hogwarts had to become Voldemort? What is the reason behind such dreadful appearance (flat nose) of ...
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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 doesn't Voldemort have a nose?

I was wondering why the Dark Lord from the Harry Potter series has a very different appearance. The bald head, white skin and of course the nose. He has slits for nose. Is there an explanation to his ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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?