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He wanted to split his soul into 7 pieces, not create 7 Horcruxes. The difference here is that the soul in his body counts as one piece, so you only need 6 Horcruxes. As we can see Voldemort say in The Halfblood Prince: Wouldn't it be better, make you stronger, to have your soul in more pieces, I mean, for instance, isn't seven the most powerfully ...


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Why would they do it? As you said, they hate Harry. They want to be away from him as much as possible, and all he represents (i.e., Wizardry). The Dursleys want to be normal above all else. They want to be regarded as successful, but anything crazy sounding is a big no-no for them. Mr and Mrs Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that ...


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You made the same mistake as Harry in Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince. As JAD said, Voldemort wanted to split his soul in seven, not create seven Horcruxes (emphasis mine): “[...] You heard him, Harry: ‘Wouldn’t it be better, make you stronger, to have your soul in more pieces... isn’t seven the most powerfully magical number...’ Isn’t seven the ...


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From what I remember about the books and the films, Hermione only gets given the Time Turner device in her third year at Hogwarts. She was given it, with the permission of the Ministry of Magic, so that she could attend two sets of lessons at once. In this link, you can see that she stated that the pressure of using it to do twice as much work became too ...


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The Dursleys don’t want people knowing. The Dursleys would never want to expose magic to the world, because they never wanted anyone to find out about their unusual relatives. They were afraid of that happening, and intensely wanted to avoid it. “The Dursleys had everything they wanted, but they also had a secret, and their greatest fear was that ...


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If he had used the Avada Kedavara curse, he'd have to use the Elder Wand. He believed if he had used the Avada Kedavara curse, the wand would have resisted him doing so as it did when he tried to kill Harry who is the true owner of the Elder Wand. To avoid this, he slit Snape's throat and then let Nagini attack him. Apparently, he thought that the true ...


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Harry never knew he was a Wizard or could use magic in the first place to suppress magic. He just thought it was "strange" The Dursleys never liked to acknowledged Harry's magical roots. They just wanted to ignore it. Harry was forbidden to do or mention magic but not beaten about it. Also mainly, he never held back magic. He made the glass disappear, he ...


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It's true that the second name is Elvis, but the last name is also different in French. To make the anagram work there are many different versions of the name in other languages. In other languages, translators replaced the entire name to preserve the anagram. In French, Riddle's full name becomes Tom Elvis Jedusor (...) which forms an anagram for "Je ...


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The script for Chamber of Secrets describes the scene thusly: Harry starts to set the diary aside, then notices a BOTTLE OF INK sitting on the desk. An idea flickers. Taking his QUILL, Harry dips it, and hesitates. As he does, a DROP of INK hangs, suspended like a tear, then... DROPS. The ink BLAZES briefly, then... VANISHES... as if ...


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He didn't want Harry to know for 2 main reasons. He couldn't bear Harry knowing he had feelings for his mother because Harry still reminded him of James, whom he despised. This is explained in the book. Snape: "But never - never tell, Dumbledore! This must be between us! Swear it! I cannot bear... especially Potter's son... I want your word!" Harry had ...


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I've just come across this explanation in the book "Quidditch Through the Ages" .. page 90: "Too cumbersome to turn at high speed, the Oakshaft [79] never gained much popularity with those who prized agility over safety, though it will always be remembered as the broom used in the first ever Atlantic broom crossing, by Jocunda Skyes in 1935. (Before ...


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You raised some good arguments in your comment. And if Voldemort's followers were smart enough, brave enough and selfless enough, they might've had more weight. But these aren't exactly traits shared by Death Eaters who mostly descended from the house of Slytherin. They run on self-interest, cold calculation, mistrust and fear. So they stall, torn between ...


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The book doesn't have that line exactly. The first relevant line is in Chapter 33: “You stand, Harry Potter, upon the remains of my late father,” [Voldemort] hissed softly. “A Muggle and a fool . . . very like your dear mother. But they both had their uses, did they not? Your mother died to defend you as a child... and I killed my father, and see how ...


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The Goblet can only spit the fourth candidate if it is bewitched. It takes a strong charm to do this. MAD-EYE: The hell he is. The goblet of fire is an exceptionally powerful magical object, only an exceptionally powerful conjurer could have hoodwinked it. Magic way beyond the talents of a fourth year. It was later revealed that Barty Crouch Jr., who was ...


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When Barty Crouch Jr. says, I'll show you mine if you show me yours. he wasn't referring to the dark mark, but to the wound Harry got at the graveyard. He was trying to let on that they got Harry's blood and after that, he would have revealed his dark mark. When he says this, Dumbledore got curious and checked Harry's arm to see if it got the dark mark, ...


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From the IMDB FAQ page for Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince: In a new scene created for the movie, the Burrow is attacked by Bellatrix Lestrange and Fenrir Greyback during the Christmas break from Hogwarts. The scene was added in because the film's middle act would otherwise have had no action, and it would also show that there are no safe places ...


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The Horcrux hunt was a mission given to Harry Potter in June of 1997 to find all of Lord Voldemort's remaining Horcruxes and destroy them. The mission fell to Harry Potter to complete. He was joined by Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, and they set off in the aftermath of Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour's wedding. Lord Voldemort's had only seven Horcruxes: ...


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In-Universe Reasons Riddle is not fully formed yet. He's a memory almost made flesh, so he can grab Harry's wand and even create some shiny letters with it, but it's possible that's the extent of his powers. Riddle also knows that the Killing Curse didn't work on Harry once and rebounded on Voldemort, so he might be wary of trying this powerful spell again ...


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The new actor and director decided to portray Dumbledore differently. Dumbledore in the first two films was played by the late Richard Harris; Dumbledore in the rest of the films was played by Michael Gambon. Gambon didn't even try to imitate Harris's portrayal, or to play Dumbledore as described in the books (in fact, he didn't even read the books before ...


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They filmed some scenes with Peeves in the first film, but he was cut before the film was released. The character wasn’t revived for the later films. I found a few interviews that touch on the topic of Peeves. First, there was an interview with BBC Norfolk with Chris Rankin, who played Percy Weasley, where he explains that they actually shot scenes with ...


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Lot of names were actually changed in the French translation of the books. It is the case of Tom Marvolo Riddle which is translated to "Tom Elvis Jedusor" to make the anagram works, but Snape (Rogue in French), Mad-Eye Moody (Maugrey Fol Œil in French), Hogwarts (Poudlard in French), Muggle (Moldu in French), Crucio (Endoloris in French) and so many other ...


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So can any old broom in the wizarding world be used to fly, or is there some enchantment involved? No, a broom must be enchanted for it to fly. There must always be an enchantment for it to be used as a flying broomstick. If it interests you, you can read about the origin of the first flying broomsticks in "Quidditch through the Ages" by JKR If the ...


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As I mentioned in the comments, the technique used to alter the appearance of film in post production is called 'Colour Grading', and is a process used in most if not all movies. This was a practise that was used even before the advent of digital editing, but was the result of what was referred to as 'Colour Timing'. Colour Timing is still used in analogue ...


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This is a community wiki post. Please feel free to add directly within this answer. If you can think of a technology to add, please do so at your leisure. I'll interpret your phrase "muggle only technology" as something developed by muggles that came to be useful also by wizards. There are probably very many, but I will start this off by mentioning some. ...


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Snape as a person was not very friendly or social, for that matter. His anger had a lot to do with his troubled childhood. He was a halfblood, had parental issues and was thoroughly bullied by James and Sirius at Hogwarts. This led him to develop a tough exterior. However, Severus loved Lily deeply and had a fair share of affection for Harry too. But in ...


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Several things explaining why she wasn't able to heal Dobby Even though she had a general knowledge of various spells, she was not trained for healing - even in the books she mentions she never attempted to further her knowledge of healing wounds. Hermione knows how to use healing potions, but she isn't Madam Pomfrey. Similarly, she was not able to save ...


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I'm not going to repeat the excellent plot oriented answers - but its my opinion that JKR probably realized that freely available and controllable time travel can critically damage your ability to make a problem that cannot be simply resolved by the protagonist. Magic itself has that problem too - but at least she can put limits on the magic and the fact ...


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There is no need to watch any Harry Potter movie to understand Fantastic Beasts. Here is why: Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them is not a prequel to all eight Harry Potter movies. The Harry Potter franchise is set in the '90s while Fantastic Beasts is set in 1920's. No one from Harry Potter exists in this era, except Albus Dumbledore. And there are ...


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In the books, there's absolutely no canon evidence that the ceiling of the Great Hall "reacts to evil". It's simply enchanted to mirror the actual sky outside (a point that is repeated throughout the series); there was a storm - totally unconnected to "Moody" (Barty Crouch Jr. using Polyjuice potion) - raging outside on the first day of term in Harry's ...


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As explained to Movie Pilot by Warwick Davis himself, When it came to the third film, of course the looks of the whole films had changed. Alfonso really wanted to put his mark on the films. And then a lot of things altered: anything from character looks, to the actual layout of Hogwarts itself. And another thing was happening at the same time. ...


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