• Character Armando Dippet is a former headmaster of Hogwarts (c. 1942 through mid-1960s), Dumbledore’s predecessor, who was totally taken in by Tom Riddle. Dippet’s portrait hangs in Dumbledore’s office (OP37). In life, he was nearly bald and somewhat feeble (CS13). Tom Riddle, when he had finished school, asked Dippet… Read More
• Character Barnabas the Barmy tried to teach the trolls ballet, but was clubbed for his efforts. Barnabas has a moving tapestry on seventh floor of Hogwarts, depicting his foolish attempt to train trolls for the ballet, opposite the entrance to the Room of Requirement (OP18, OP26, HBP20). Read More
• Art and Culture A tapestry depicting Barnabas the Barmy and his attempts to teach trolls to do ballet. Situated on the 7th floor of Hogwarts, opposite the Room of Requirement. Read More
• Source   “The Noble and Most Ancient House of BLACK,” a hand-drawn tree that Rowling donated to Book Aid International in January of 2006 and auctioned February 22, 2006. The Lexicon’s image was made in 2006, based off of two partial pictures, and a description by Aberforth the Marauder,… Read More
• Magical artifacts A tapestry exists at number twelve Grimmauld Place that has, according to Kreacher, been in the Black family for seven centuries (OP6). On it the family’s births, marriages and deaths are embroidered with gold thread; family members who have been disowned have been “blasted” from the fabric (a small… Read More
• Character Boris the Bewildered is the name of the subject of a statue located on the fifth floor of Hogwarts four doors down from the Prefects’ bathroom (GF23). Boris looks lost and has his gloves on the wrong hands (GF25). Read More
• Source Conversations With J.K. Rowling by Lindsey Fraser. The book consists of 57 pages of questions and answers followed by descriptions of the first four books. Seven pages of quotes from interviews with Entertainment Weekly, Larry King, and others fill out the end of the book. The original English language publication… Read More
• Symbols An artistic portrayal of the three Deathly Hallows: a line symbolizing the Elder Wand inside a triangle representing the Cloak of Invisibility, both inside a circle that stands for the Resurrection Stone. Read More
• Character Dilys Derwent was a celebrated Headmistress of Hogwarts and a famous Healer. She worked at St Mungo’s Hospital from 1722 until becoming Headmistress of Hogwarts in 1741. She remained Head of the school until 1768 (OP22). Copies of Derwent’s portrait hang not only in Dumbledore’s office but in the main… Read More
• Furniture and household items • Security Sometimes semi-sentient, doors in the Wizarding World may be more protective of that which lies on the other side than those found in the Muggle world. Read More
• Source Rowling gave this interview for the Edinburgh International Film Festival on August 15, 2004, then posted it on her website. Read More
• Character Elfrida Clagg was the Chieftainess of Warlock’s Council (JKR). * The dates given on Clagg’s Chocolate Frog card conflict with information from QA4 which says she was the “Chief of the Wizard’s Council” in the mid-1300s. The portrait of Elfrida Cragg in the Ministry of Magic headquarters… Read More
• Character Someone whose portrait hangs in St. Mungo’s; Everard ran into her portrait to watch what happened to Arthur Weasley after he had been injured (OP22). This is probably a misprint for Elfrida Clagg, the famous Chiefteness of the Wizard’s Council in the 1600s.  … Read More
• Character Emeric Switch was the author of A Beginner’s Guide to Transfiguration (PS5). Read More
• Event Gryffindor wins the House Cup, but not the Quidditch Cup, which goes to Slytherin. As Dumbledore starts speaking before the feast, Slytherin leads in house points with 472, Gryffindor is last with 312, and Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw are in the middle. But Dumbledore recognizes the achievements of Harry and his… Read More
• Ministry of Magic A large fountain located in the Atrium of the Ministry of Magic. Standing in the midst of of the fountain’s pool are a group of larger-than-life-sized golden statues depicting a wizard and witch surrounded by a centaur, a goblin, and a house-elf. The witch and wizard are standing heroically while the… Read More
• Creature A Gargoyle is a semi-sentient stone creature used as guards for rooms in Hogwarts. Read More
• Event Witches and wizards were using primitive broomsticks for transportation, but these broomsticks were far from perfect; this German illuminated manuscript shows wizards dismounting early flying broomsticks in pain. Read More
• Occupations A team of adventurous bankers from Gringotts who go out into the world breaking the protective Charms and Curses on old forgotten Wizarding treasure troves. Sometimes referred to as Curse-Breakers (PA1, OP29). Read More
• Character Günther the Violent was a Medieval German Stichstock player and a subject in the 1105 painting Günther der Gewalttätig ist der Gewinner (“Günther the Violent is the Winner”), which is the first recording of Stichstock (QA2). Read More
• Source The Muggle Prime Minister recounts his encounters with Cornelius Fudge. Fudge visits him again with Scrimgeour, and we learn that Scrimgeour is the new Minister for Magic. We also hear of the wizarding world’s open war with Voldemort – dozens of Muggles have been killed along with Amelia Bones and Emmeline Vance, the Dementors and giants have joined Voldemort, and the Ministry is struggling to fight. Read More
• Hogwarts castle and grounds • Rooms, chambers, and floors • Wizarding places The entrance to the headmaster’s (or headmistress’s, depending on the era in question) office at Hogwarts is behind a statue of a gargoyle on the seventh floor. When given the proper password, the gargoyle will leap aside, and the wall behind it will split in two to reveal a spiral… Read More
• Schools Hogwarts Castle is a wondrous, magical building with many towers and turrets. It is home to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. If Muggles approach the castle, all they will see is a mouldering ruin with a sign warning them to keep out, that it’s unsafe (SN). Hogwarts is built… Read More
• Place The Hogwarts library is located on the fourth floor. Dumbledore stored the Mirror of Erised in an unused classroom on this floor as well. A painting of a landscape hangs in the fourth floor (PA8). A very roomy secret passage to Hogsmeade was located behind a big mirror on… Read More