• Character Dai Llewellyn was the Caerphilly Catapults’ most famous Quidditch player, known for his reckless and foolhardy style of play (QA7). His biography, He Flew Like a Madman, was written by Kennilworthy Whisp (QA). Tragically, he was eaten by a Chimaera while on holiday in Mykonos,… Read More
• Character Damocles Belby was the potioneer who invented the Wolfsbane Potion, and a favorite student of Horace Slughorn (HBP7). Read More
• Event Rowle, the second Minister for Magic, ignores the warnings of experts about the terrible effects of Dementors and of the evil permeating the fortress. He begins bringing prisoners to Azkaban and allows the Dementors to torment them (Pm). Read More
• Books and Literature Like anything else, books can be enchanted or even cursed with dire results for anyone who reads them. Read More
• Event Harry and Hermione, in disguise as an elderly Muggle couple, encounter who they think is Bathilda Bagshot in Godric’s Hollow on Christmas Eve. They follow her to her house, where she is revealed to be Nagini. In the ensuing battle, Hermione’s quick thinking saves the day, but Harry’s wand is… Read More
• Thing The Death’s-head Hawk Moth is an insect whose chrysalis is an ingredient in the potion used in the process of becoming an Animagus (PmP). Read More
• Magical artifacts When attempting to destroy Voldemort’s Horcrux made from Salazar Slytherin’s locket, Regulus Black (R.A.B.) left behind a fake one in the sea cave (HBP26). Read More
• Event Gilderoy Lockhart wrote in one of his books about how he defeated a werewolf that was terrorizing the folks of Wagga Wagga in Australia. He didn’t actually accomplish this heroic feat, of course, but rather learned about some other wizard who had done so, modified their memory to… Read More
• Event Mad-Eye Moody’s first Defence Against the Dark Arts class for the fourth years is a demonstration: “You can put those away,” he growled, stumping over to his desk and sitting down, “those books. You won’t need them.” They returned the books to their bags, Ron looking excited. He proceeds… Read More
• Character Apolline Delacour was the wife of Monsieur Delacour and the mother of Fleur and Gabrielle Delacour. She was half veela. Read More
• Character Fleur Isabelle Delacour is a talented part-Veela witch who was the Beauxbatons champion for the 1994-1995 Triwizard Tournament (GF16). She married Bill Weasley in August 1997. Triwizard Tournament and Hogwarts Initially, Fleur is a bit haughty and dismissive. She attended the Yule Ball of December 1994 with Roger Davies… Read More
• Event Cornelius Fudge takes a Dementor with him into Hogwarts as protection. When the Dementor gets near to Barty Crouch Jr., it attacks and administers the Kiss. Fudge sees no great loss, but Dumbledore realizes this means they have no proof that Voldemort has returned. This moment is the beginning of… Read More
• Thing The Dementor’s Kiss is the instance of a Dementor removing a person’s soul from their body. It was formerly used at Azkaban to punish the very worst wizarding criminals. The Dementor puts back its hood and clamps its jaws on the mouth of the victim and sucks out his soul, leaving… Read More
• Creature Dementors are horrible, spectral magical creatures, hooded and robed, which feed on positive human emotions and leave only the negative ones. Background Dementors drain ‘peace, hope, and happiness out of the air around them,’ according to Professor Lupin (PA10). Even before a Dementor is seen, its presence is… Read More
• Event During a heavy rainstorm, a group of Dementors stop the Hogwarts Express as it travels to Scotland and search the train. One Dementor enters the compartment where Harry, Ron, Hermione, Neville, Ginny, and Lupin are traveling. Harry collapses as the Dementor approaches, but Lupin drives the Dementor away with… Read More
• Quote And the child that has been protected from the Dementors in fiction, I would argue, is much more likely to fall prey to them later in life in reality. Read More
• Creature The Demiguise is a peaceful, herbivorous creature that can make itself invisible. It resembles an orangutan with large, black eyes and long, silky hair which can be woven into Invisibility Cloaks. The Demiguise is native to the Far East (FB). They have the ability to foresee the immediate future, using… Read More
• Clothing The “long, fine, silky and silvery” pelt of a Demiguise is valuable for making invisibility cloaks (FB). Read More
• Hogwarts Hogwarts is a place of many surprises. Not only are the doors and staircases unusual, but also the paintings on the walls and the suits of armor in the corridors act in ways a visitor might not expect. Everything seems to be alive in some fashion. The armor creaks and… Read More
• Ministry of Magic The Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures is a department of the Ministry of Magic which has responsibility for all types of magical creatures, including the difficulties arising from the definition of a “creature.” The Department creates laws and regulations, handles complaints, and manages the well-being and concelament of a… Read More
• Regions, counties, and territories Devon is a county located in England’s West Country. It was where Shuntbumps, a now-defunct broomstick sport, once rose to popularity (QA2). Nicolas and Perenelle Flamel make their home there as well (PS13). Locations in Devon Chudley, home of the Chudley Cannons Quidditch team… Read More
• Source Harry, Ron and Hermione spend weeks moving from place to place. They fail to either to destroy the locket Horcrux or think of a lead to find the others. They squabble with one another in frustration, aggravated by the Horcrux’s poisonous influence. Eventually they stumble across other fugitives… Read More
• Source Hermione disguises Harry’s appearance with a stinging jinx just before the Snatchers kidnap all three of them. The Snatchers recognize Hermione and find the sword of Gryffindor, so they are taken to Malfoy Manor instead of the Ministry of Magic. After arriving, they are… Read More
• Source Harry buries Dobby and regains perspective, putting the Horcrux hunt above the Hallows quest. He realizes where the Elder Wand is and that Lord Voldemort is about to obtain it. He also believes there is probably a Horcrux hidden in the Lestranges’ Gringotts… Read More
• Source Plans and preparations being complete, the goblin Griphook accompanies Harry, Ron and Hermione to Gringotts Wizarding Bank, hiding with Harry under the Invisibility Cloak while Hermione poses as Bellatrix Lestrange and Ron assumes a false identity. By using the Imperius Curse to control… Read More
• Source Percy Weasley and Harry carry Fred’s body to safety, then Percy rushes off to avenge his brother’s murder. Harry looks into Lord Voldemort’s mind, so he can find out his location. Instead of fighting, Voldemort remains with Nagini in the Shrieking Shack, awaiting Harry… Read More
• Event The book was written by Gulliver Pokeby and published by Little Red Books. The book contains the results of patient research revealing that – far from being a death omen, as widely believed – the cry of the Augurey merely indicates the approach of rain. (FB)… Read More
• Character Amos Diggory was a Ministry of Magic official who worked for the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures. Amos is a ruddy-faced wizard with a scrubby brown beard. He takes a great deal of pride in his son, Cedric, even to the point of being somewhat rude… Read More
• Creature This plump, flightless bird escapes danger by vanishing in a burst of feathers. Muggles knew this bird as the “dodo” and believe that it is extinct, being unaware of its ability to vanish at will. Because this belief (and associated guilt) has spurred more enlightened attitudes toward the… Read More
• Event Dirk Cresswell is on his way to Azkaban when he Stuns auror John Dawlish, steals his broom, and escapes. Dirk Cresswell tells this story to Ted Tonks, Griphook, Gornuk, and Dean Thomas and implies his escape wasn’t difficult as Dawlish appeared Confunded. (DH15)… Read More
• Headlines and advertisements Disastrous Opening Ceremony Leads to Questions about Quidditch World Cup Security is an article that appeared in the Daily Prophet on 12 April 2014. Article highlights Inadequate research and planning by the Argentinian Council of Magic before the 2014 Quidditch World Cup tournament meant that the “magnificent exhibition of the diversity of… Read More
• Ministry of Magic A division of the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures with responsibility for the higher-order creatures defined as “beings”… Read More
• Character Dobby was a house-elf, for years indentured to the Malfoy family, until his admiration for Harry Potter goaded him into trying to warn Harry against coming to school in his second year because he knew what Lucius was planning with the diary. Dobby interfered with Harry’s life a number of… Read More
• Event From a hiding spot where he has been watching for Harry, Dobby blocks the gateway to Platform 9 3/4 when Harry and Ron try to go through it, causing them to miss the Hogwarts Express (CS5, CS10). Read More
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The name “Dobby” appears in A Fine Old Conflict, 1 Jessica Mitford’s memoir of her radical youth in 1950s America—and a book J K Rowling has almost certainly read. Rowling, as we know from interviews, admires Jessica Mitford—she even named her daughter after the left-wing political campaigner and journalist. “Dobby” Walker (no other… Read More
• Quote “So Dobby stopped us from getting on the train and broke your arm….”  He shook his head.  “You know what, Harry?  If he doesn’t stop trying to save your life he’s going to kill you.”… Read More
• Event Dobby appears in Harry’s bedroom and tells Harry that his life will be in danger if he returns to Hogwarts for his second year. Between his excitement about meeting Harry, his sense of urgency in his mission to warn him, his astonishment at Harry’s kindness, and his guilt and fear… Read More
• Event After being killed by Bellatrix Lestrange’s knife (DH23), Dobby is laid to rest near Shell Cottage. Harry digs the grave by hand. As he does this, he is aware of the anger Voldemort is feeling, but Harry’s own grief is much stronger. The frustration and loss help Harry to… Read More
• Event In an attempt to protect Harry by making him feel he has no reason to return to Hogwarts for his second year, Dobby intercepts and keeps all mail being sent to Harry by his new friends from school (CS2). Read More
• Event The elf dies from a knife wound in rescuing Harry and his friends from Malfoy Mansion . Bellatrix had kept the short, silver knife underneath her robes before she threw it toward where Harry and his friends are vanishing (DH22). It hits Dobby in the chest. His last words were “Harry…… Read More
• Event Barty Crouch Jr. (while disguised as Moody) summons Dobby to the staffroom on the pretense of collecting dirty laundry and then makes sure the elfs hears him having a very loud discussion with McGonagall about the second task and the possibility of Harry using gillyweed to complete it (GF26,… Read More
• Event Dobby wakes Harry up ten minutes before the second task, tells him that he will have to rescue Ron, and gives him Gillyweed (GF26). Harry had fallen asleep in the library, where he was doing research trying to solve the egg’s riddle. Luckily, the Invisibility Cloak slipped off his… Read More
• Event Shortly after breakfast, Harry, Ron, and Hermione visit the kitchens to give Dobby the outlandish socks they picked out as a thank-you present for giving Harry the gillyweed for the second task. They also see that Winky is unhappier than ever. Before leaving, Harry, Ron, and Hermione take some food… Read More
• Trivia It was Dobby who gave Harry the Gillyweed, after he heard a staged conversation between the fake ‘Mad-eye’ and Professor McGonagall. Read More
• Event Harry, having fallen asleep in the common room, wakes up from his recurring dream to find Dobby before him. The elf is wearing a tower of knitted hats with a cured Hedwig on top of them. Dobby tells Harry that Winky is still drinking and struggling emotionally, and asks Harry… Read More
• Event After being freed, Dobby begins searching for paid work. He travels all over the country looking for a job and being turned away by people who wanted nothing to do with a freed house-elf who wore clothes and wanted to be paid (GF21). Read More
• Event Harry wakes up on Christas morning to find Dobby staring at him, eager to give Harry his present. Harry’s startled response wakes up the other boys, and they start opening presents. Pretending he had thought to get Dobby a gift, Harry opens his trunk and gives the elf an ugly… Read More
• Event Late at night in the Hospital Wing, Harry awakes to find that his brow is being sponged by Dobby. An emotional Dobby laments that Harry has returned to Hogwarts and accidentally reveals that he was responsible for both the closed gateway at King’s Cross and the rogue bludger. Dobby also… Read More
• Event When sitting on a bench in the garden after breakfast and ruminating on the bad start to his twelfth birthday, Harry gets a surprise when he notices two big eyes watching him from a hedge (CS1). Read More
• Event Professor Dumbledore agrees to let the dismissed house-elves Dobby and Winky work at Hogwarts, and even agrees to pay Dobby. Dobby is thrilled with his new situation, but Winky is deeply ashamed of being a free house-elf (GF21). Dumbledore originally offered Dobby ten Galleons a week plus time off,… Read More
• Character Dodgy Dirk was one of the Muggles present fort he Ilfracombe Incident of 1932.  All the other Muggles present had their memories wiped by Tilly Toke and her family.  However, “Dodgy Dirk” is known to tell tales of a “dirty great flying lizard” that attacked him way back when. His… Read More
• Creature A female deer, and the Patronus of Lily Evans Potter and Severus Snape (DH19, DH33, DH36). Read More
• Regions, counties, and territories Dorset is a county located on the southern coast of England that includes Wimbourne and Millburn. It is where Newt Scamander, author of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, lives with his wife Porpentina and their pet Kneazles. It is also the native home of the Porlock (FB). Read More
• Creature When Hermione buys Crookshanks at the Magical Menagerie, a wizard is inside being advised on double-ended newts.  Aside from this, we don’t know what they are. Read More
• Character Dougal was a Demiguise who lived in Newt Scamander’s case. Dougal was one of the creatures that escaped from the case in New York. Because Demiguises can turn invisible, Dougal was especially elusive. While wandering New York City, he located and then watched over the escaped Occamy in… Read More
• Creature A small fairy-like creature that is covered with black hair. Another name for the Doxy. Read More
• Creature The Doxy is a small fairy-like creature that is covered with black hair. It is found in Northern Europe and America. Doxies are pests. They can infest houses, taking up residence in the draperies. Removing them requires a good supply of Doxycide. Plural: Doxys (WFT). Read More
• Potions Doxycide is a black liquid, usually delivered by spray bottle, used to knock out Doxies so that they can be safely disposed of. The effects last quite a long time. Doxycide is commercially sold with the instructions for use printed on the side of the bottle, considering how Mrs. Weasley… Read More
• Potion ingredients Doxy eggs are black in colour illness-inducing to humans when ingested. Fred and George may have sought to exploit this property in the development of their Skiving Snackboxes (OP6). It also caused Cormac McLaggen to miss Quidditch tryouts during his sixth year after he ate a pound of doxy eggs for a… Read More
• Source Feb 8th 1999The Daily ProphetPrice: 7 Knuts Headlines (Front Page) ENQUIRY AT THE IMPROPER USE OF MAGIC OFFICE CELESTINA WARBECK CONCERT CAUSES BROOM SMASH OVER LIVERPOOL TROLL RIGHTS MOVEMENT OUT OF CONTROL Editorial reference box to  WHY THE JOKE’S ON THE MINISTRY, NOT THE MUGGLES… Read More
• Source June 1st 1999The Daily ProphetPrice: 7 Knuts Headlines (Front Page) GOBLIN RIOTS ERUPT IN CHIPPING CLODBURY Making sure the purchaser of your old wand is human (page 11) Why can’t goblins be more like elves? (page 32) Advertisement: TerrorTours Problem Page HOW MUCH REVENGE… Read More
• Source Oct 1st 1999The Daily ProphetPrice: 7 Knuts Headlines MINISTRY IMPOSES RESTRICTIONS NEW POTION GIVES HOPE FOR HAGS Advertisement: Poor memory? Sports Quidditch League Table & Match Information Ballycastle Bats lead the league with 820 points and the Falmouth Falcons are still at the… Read More
• Potion ingredients The blood of a dragon, used in potions and other useful mixtures. Albus Dumbledore discovered the twelve uses of dragon’s blood, according to his Chocolate Frog Card (PS6,PS14). The twelfth use is oven cleaner (SFC). Horace Slughorn used his last bottle of dragon’s blood splattered on the… Read More
• Potion ingredients The eggs of a dragon are used for various purposes including, of course, hatching baby dragons. Dragon eggs are Class A Non-Tradeable Goods (FB) Antipodean Opaleye dragon eggs, which are pale grey, may be mistaken for fossils by unwary Muggles (FB). Chinese Fireball dragon eggs are bright red and speckled… Read More
• Clothing The protective gloves may be worn as ordinary clothing on particularly cold days, but are used mainly for their protective purpose (e.g. in Care of Magical Creatures or Herbology when working with particularly dangerous animals or plants)… Read More
• Areas of knowledge A field of study focusing on dragons, part of the larger field of magizoology.  Significant contributions to the field were made by Quong Po (FW) and Harvey Ridgebit (WoM). Read More
• Diseases and healing Dragon Pox is a disease which afflicts wizarding folk. While the disease can be very serious, even deadly, lesser cases can clear up by themselves. Symptoms of Dragon Pox In its initial stages, sufferers notice a “nasty green and purple rash” between the toes and begin sneezing sparks (DP3). At… Read More
• Nature preserves • Wilderness areas Dragon reservations are areas of wild land, far from Muggle civilization, which are set aside to protect and hide dragons. The Statute of Secrecy requires that the Wizarding government of each country take responsibility for the magical creatures living in their territory (FB), and for dragons this means setting up… Read More
• Creature Dragons, winged fire-breathing lizards the size of a city bus, are the one of the most amazing magical creatures in the world. Dragons are terrifying and awe-inspiring as they take wing and breathe fire. Muggles remember them only as beasts from mythology, which is a credit to the ongoing efforts… Read More
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• Character Notorious vampire who inspired the fictional Count Dracula created by Bram Stoker. Father of Vlad the Impaler. Read More
• Source Rowling shared small portions of her notes on her original website as rewards for solving puzzles. One of the rewards was an illustration she drew showing a collage of pages from the book Dragon Breeding for Pleasure and Profit: … Read More
• Creature A duck is type of waterfowl found in both fresh and sea water environments, whose vocal cries are called “quacks”. Read More
• Event Harry unwittingly uses Parseltongue to talk to a snake in front of the whole school; the Hufflepuffs in particular are now entirely convinced he’s the heir of Salazar Slytherin. There is a huge turnout for the first and only meeting of Lockhart’s duelling club. Snape is also there to help… Read More
• Event Draco challenges Harry to a duel the evening of their first flying lesson. Draco suggests midnight in the Trophy Room. In reality, Draco is setting Harry up to be caught out of bed after hours and has no intention of dueling anyone. Harry, with Ron in tow as his second,… Read More
• Creature The Dugbog is a strange creature looks like just another hunk of dead wood floating in the marshes in which is lives. The Dugbog has finned paws and sharp teeth with which is attacks small mammals. The Dugbog is particularly fond of Mandrakes (FB). Read More
• Creature The Dukuwaqa is a shape-shifting creature which can change between a shark and a man. Appearances It is native to Fiji and was the Fijian team’s representative mascot at the 2014 Quidditch World Cup. A “bloodbath” took place during the 2014 tournament’s Opening Ceremony when the Dukuwaqa… Read More
• Event He comes to collect Harry but needs to settle a few details first. Thinking Dumbledore coming to take him on an errand and then to the Burrow might just be too good to be true, Harry hasn’t packed or told the Dursleys about this when Dumbledore arrives on Privet Drive… Read More
• Creature Dwarfs are stocky, humanoid magical creatures, about knee-high. Read More
• Character Dylan Marwood was the author of the book Merpeople: A Comprehensive Guide to Their Language and Customs. He carries a wand made of apple wood, a material which shows an affinity for wizards who can converse with creatures in their native tongues. Read More
• Character Dymphna Furmage was a witch who was terrified of pixies after being abducted by some while on holiday in Cornwall (FW43). Read More