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Canon Celebration: Wizarding Life and Organizations


Canon Celebration: Wizarding Life and Organizations

What keeps the Wizarding World going? How does it work? The main organisation in the UK is the Ministry of Magic, but there are many more entities that keep things together and Muggle-free.

Ready to discover more about these? Onwards we go!


OP 7 The Ministry of Magic by Steve VanderArk

Who Enforces the Statute of Secrecy to the Muggles? by Barbara Moline

The Prime Minister by Bridget Bartlett

Episode 17: Trademarks, Contracts, and Butterbeer by Steve VanderArk and Nick Moline

Encore Presentation: Wizarding Currency by Selena Gallagher

Encore Presentation: O.P. 2: Kneazles by Steve VanderArk

Chocolate by Selena Gallagher

About Platform Nine and Three-Quarters by Steve VanderArk

Conversations: St. Patrick’s Day by Steve VanderArk

O.P. 28: Fireworks and Holidays by Steve VanderArk

Harry’s Christmas Gifts by Ashmita Shanthakumar

The Significance of Halloween by Rosie Payne

The Weird Sisters by Bridget Bartlett

Magic Brains by Elizabeth Marsh

Wizard Plumbing by Abby Koop

Portraits by Eileen Jones

Reader’s Guides:

These chapter guides were originally written between 2002 and 2007. Since that time, a few edits were made here and there but basically the text remained the same. To get ready for this Canon Celebration, our editors have been revising each one. We’ve added fan artwork to the Guide which illustrates the text. At the bottom in the Commentary section we’ve added a gallery of additional artwork. So even if you’ve read our guides before, please give them another look. I’m sure you’ll find a lot of information you didn’t know.

The Ministry of Magic

OP 7 – The Ministry of Magic

HBP 1 – The Other Minister

DH 12 – Magic is Might

MoM – Ministers for Magic (Essays by Rowling)

CC – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (play)


GF 30 – The Pensieve

OP 8 – The Hearing

W.O.M.B.A.T. tests

Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA)

MNA – Magic in North America (Essays by Rowling)

WFT – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (film)

International Confederation of Wizards (ICW)

FB – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (book)

QA – Quidditch Through the Ages (book)

International Confederation of Wizards Quidditch Committee (ICWQC)

GF 8 – The Quidditch World Cup

QA 8 – The Spread of Quidditch Worldwide

QWC – Quidditch World Cup 2014 (Essays by Rowling)

Wizarding Life


Durmstrang Institute

Beauxbatons Academy

Koldovstoretz Wizarding School

Ilvermorny School

Salem Witches’ Institute

Castelobruxo Wizarding School

Mahoutokoro Wizarding School

Uagadou Wizarding School


Government (Ministry of Magic, MACUSA Appalachian headquarters and New York headquarters, Ministère Des Affaires Magiques ):
Auror, Hit Witch/Hit Wizardcourt scribe, Keeper of Treasure and Dragots, Obliviator

Sciences: Healer, magizoologist, wizarding naturalist

Business: shopkeep, Gringotts Curse-Breaker, security troll/warlock, watchwizard

Entertainment: Quidditch referee, Quidditch correspondent, Quidditch commentator, author, Daily Prophet journalists

School Staff: Headmaster/Headmistress, professor, caretaker, groundskeeper

Naming Seer

Wizarding towns

From A History of Magic by Bathilda Bagshot:

“Upon the signature of the International Statute of Secrecy in 1689, wizards went into hiding for good. It was natural, perhaps, that they formed their own small communities within a community. Many small villages and hamlets attracted several magical families, who banded together for mutual support and protection. The villages of Tinworth in Cornwall, Upper Flagley in Yorkshire, and Ottery St. Catchpole on the south coast of England were notable homes to knots of Wizarding families who lived alongside tolerant and sometimes Confunded Muggles. Most celebrated of these half-magical dwelling places is, perhaps, Godric’s Hollow, the West Country village where the great wizard Godric Gryffindor was born, and where Bowman Wright, Wizarding smith, forged the first Golden Snitch. The graveyard is full of the names of ancient magical families, and this accounts, no doubt for the stories of hauntings that have dogged the little church beside it for many centuries.”

Godric’s Hollow

Ottery St. Catchpole

Home of Sports Teams: Appleby, Ballycastle, Bigonville, Braga, Caerphilly, Chudley, Falmouth, Fitchburg, Haileybury, Holyhead, Moose Jaw, Patonga, Portree, Stonewall, Sweetwater, Tarapoto, Toyohashi, Tutshill, Wigtown, Wimbourne, Woollongong


The Knight Bus

Hogwarts Express

Axminster flying carpet

Hogwarts Carriages and Boats

Durmstrang ship

Floo Network

Ministry Car



beautifying robes

chameleon cloaks and Invisibility Cloaks

dress robes

Hogwarts clothing

enchanted color-changing robes


Quidditch robes

Stores and Shops

Diagon Alley

Carkitt Market

Knockturn Alley


Place Cachée


St. Mungo’s Hospital

St. Oswald’s Home for Old Witches and Wizards

The Healer’s Helpmate

Literature, Stories and Legends

Children’s and Fiction: The Adventures of Martin Miggs, the Mad MuggleThe Tales of Beetle the Bard ; Grumble the Grubby Goat; The Wizard and the Hopping Pot

Romance: Enchanted Encounters; Twelve Fail-Safe Ways to Charm Witches

Hobbies: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find ThemThe Official Guide to the Quidditch World CupQuidditch Through the Ages


Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans

Cauldron Cakes

Chocolate Frogs

Drooble’s Best Blowing Gum

Licorice Wands

Ice Mice

Pumpkin Pasties

Sugar Quills

Drinks: Butterbeer, Pumpkin Juice, Pumpkin Fizz, Gillywater, Ogden’s Old Firewhisky

Cookbooks: One Minute Feasts- It’s Magic!Charm Your Own Cheese


The Ministry

History of the Ministry by Steve VanderArk

Improper Use of Magic Office: Not the Only Office for Improper Use of Magic? by Ninclow


How Many Quidditch World Cups Have There Been Anyway? by Nick Moline

Finance and Business

Wizard Money by Anton Generalov

Wizard Banking by Carlos Velasco Medina

How Do They Make All Those Books? Printing in the Wizarding World by pepoluan


When Magic Meets Muggle Technology by Prefect Marcus

Muggle vs. Wizarding Technology by Joywitch Curmudgeon

HogEx: The Hogwarts Express by J.K. Rowling

Beliefs and Values

A Magical Worldview by Steve VanderArk

Merlin, God and You-Know-Who: Religion in the Wizarding World by glamourousgeek

Prejudice: A Great Theme of the Books by Steve VanderArk

Other Cultural Notes

Generations In the Wizarding World by Ebony

The Curious Incident of the Flobberworm in the Nighttime by Professor Koniphorus Swamp

Food and Drink in the Potter Universe by Susanna

Interesting Artwork

We have hundreds and hundreds of pieces of fan artwork in our collection. Some subjects get a lot of depictions — Diagon Alley is a favorite topic, for example, and, well, of course it is! But there are a few pieces here that you may not have seen before:


Honeydukes Sweet Shop in Hogsmeade. Travel poster for Azkaban prison. Travel poster for Hogwarts.  

Special Feature: Slang and Titles

The epithet “Merlin’s beard” is probably the most used bit of slang in the books, appearing twelve times in the seven books and six more times in other canon. And, of course, O.M. after a name designates someone who has been awarded the Order of Merlin. Here’s a list of all the titles and honorifics used in the Wizarding World.

From the Atlas: Wizarding Britain

Although Wizards live all over the British Isles, the activities we know about are shown on the map below.

Coming up next week…

We’re moving on into the sixth novel, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Next week we’ll dive into the first six chapters where we join Harry in the month of August, 1995, for his activities before the start of the school year.

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