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Why didn't Voldemort create a seventh Horcrux not knowing Harry was one?

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 ...
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Why didn't the Dursleys make witchcraft and wizardry public?

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 ...
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Why didn't Voldemort create a seventh Horcrux not knowing Harry was one?

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 ...
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Why didn't Voldemort kill this character with the killing curse?

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 ...
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Why didn't Harry Potter become an Obscurial?

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 ...
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Is Voldemort called "Tom Elvis Riddle" in the French versions of Harry Potter?

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,...
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What gave Harry Potter the idea of writing in Tom Riddle's diary?

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 ...
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Why did Professor Snape hide his relationship with Lily from Harry Potter?

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 ...
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Why are portkeys not used for long-distance travel?

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 ...
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Why does nobody want to give Voldemort their wand?

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 ...
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Why did Voldemort call Harry's mother a Muggle?

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 . . ...
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Why did the goblet spit Harry's name out in the first place?

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 ...
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Why didn't Tom Riddle kill Harry in Chamber of Secrets?

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 ...
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Why did Dumbledore have Harry stick his arm out when Barty Crouch Jr. was revealed?

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'...
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Why wasn't the poltergeist Peeves in the Harry Potter movies?

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 ...
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Why did Albus Dumbledore's clothing change in the third movie?

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 ...
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Why didn't Hermione help Dobby when his life was in danger?

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 ...
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Is Voldemort called "Tom Elvis Riddle" in the French versions of Harry Potter?

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 ...
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Can any broom be used to fly in Harry Potter?

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 ...
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Is there any muggle technology that is used in Harry Potter's world?

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 ...
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Is Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them understandable without watching any other Harry Potter film?

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 ...
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Why did the magic ceiling not react to professor Quirrell?

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 ...
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Why does nobody want to give Voldemort their wand?

Wands are extremely personal items for a wizard, almost as much a part of themselves as any real body part. Without it they are defenseless. Giving up their wand would be like declawing a cat, leaving ...
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Why did Filius Flitwick's appearance change after first two Harry Potter movies?

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 ...
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What is the nature of Professor Snape's Patronus and why does it appear in the Forest of Dean?

Was he simply surprised that Snape still loved Lily? I believe so. This memory takes place at least 16 years after Lily and James' murder, and I believe it's likely to be the first time Snape shared ...
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How come Harry didn't recognize the Half-Blood Prince's handwriting?

Snape's handwriting changed a lot over the course of 20 years. A relevant passage from the book HP and the Half-Blood Prince1: Although Harry had offered to share his book with both of them, Ron ...
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Why didn't the Dursleys make witchcraft and wizardry public?

They have no motive. It wouldn't benefit them, other than spite, and although it wouldn't be out of character for them to act out of spite, they seem to be more wanting to ignore the wizarding world ...
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Why did Harry Potter behave like this to Lupin?

Because he knows that Lupin is a werewolf because of Hermione. Hermione: He's a werewolf! That's why he's been missing classes. Lupin: How long have you known? Hermione: Since Professor Snape set the ...
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Why couldn't Hermione just hand over Bellatrix Lestrange's wand at Gringot's?

The book is clear. Deathly Hallows Chapter 26: "They know!" whispered Griphook in Harry's ear, "They must have been warned there might be an imposter!" "Your wand will do, ...
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