10 Unsolved Mysteries of the 'Harry Potter' Universe

Why do wizards have Christmas? Is Voldemort asexual? Some parts of the wizarding world just never got properly explained.

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This week marks the birthday of two very important characters in 21st-century popular culture: Harry Potter and his creator, J.K. Rowling. Whether you consider the Harry Potter series a classic for the ages, a guilty, mind-candy read, or an over-hyped amateur attempt at children's literature, you have to admit that the books create a well-realized alternate reality. Rowling crafts a whole universe that is stunningly complex, but that doesn't mean that there aren't some quirks about the magical wizarding world that still don't entirely make sense to us. We've gathered some of the most enduring Harry Potter mysteries below.

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