• Character Morfin Gaunt was the son of Marvolo Gaunt. He is first seen dressed in rags, his thick hair so matted with dirt the color was indistinguishable. He was missing several teeth, and his eyes, like those of his father and sister, looked in opposite directions. Morfin is a Parselmouth and… Read More
• Countries Germany is a large country in central Europe. Germany has a history in wizarding games; the game of Stichstock was invented there around 1105, though it died out two centuries later (QA2), and there is also a German illuminated manuscript from c. 962 A.D. showing three warlocks dismounting their… Read More
• Areas of knowledge The magic supposedly done by “Gernumbli gardensi” or  garden Gnomes, according to Xenophilius Lovegood (DH8). Read More
• Source The fourth-year students gather bubotuber pus in Herbology, study Blast-Ended Skrewts with Hagrid in Care of Magical Creatures class, study Astrology in Divination, and Draco Malfoy delights in pointing out that Mr. Weasley is in the paper again. In the argument… Read More
• Source An article by Rita Skeeter fuels the taunts of the students against Harry and Hermione. Hermione tries and fails to reunite Harry and Ron. Harry hides under his Invisibility Cloak to accompany Hermione to Hogsmeade, but Professor Moody sees him anyway. Hagrid… Read More
• Source Harry and Hermione unsuccessfully try to find a spell to use against dragons. Harry warns Cedric Diggory about the dragons, the (fake) Professor Moody gives Harry a hint, and Hermione helps Harry learn to cast a Summoning Charm. The first task is to get… Read More
• Source A surprise party is held for Harry, he opens the golden egg, and Hermione discovers how to get into the kitchens. In Care of Magical Creatures, the Blast-Ended Skrewts rebel against hibernation, Rita Skeeter arranges an interview with Hagrid, and Harry,… Read More
• Source Harry, Ron and Hermione discuss the situation in Charms class, they search for spells to help with the second task, and Hagrid returns to Care of Magical Creatures. Harry continues his studying all through the night before the second task, to be awakened by… Read More
• Source Harry tells Ron and Hermione about the visit to Dumbledore’s office, Harry practices for the Third Task, Skeeter writes another article about Harry, and Hermione finally figures out how Rita gets her information. Mrs. Weasley and Bill arrive to watch Harry in the Tournament, the four champions enter… Read More
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When I first read this chapter, it felt like coming home for Harry to me. After the grisly murders at Little Hangleton and the hostility of the Dursleys, I loved reading about the Burrow, encountering all the familiar faces and seeing a happy Harry. Upon re-reading this chapter,… Read More
• Source The spectators take their seats, Harry meets Winky (house elf for Barty Crouch), the Malfoys, and Mr. Oblansk (the Bulgarian Minister for Magic). The pre-game show features the Bulgarian and Irish team mascots, followed by the introductions of the team members, and the… Read More
• Creature Ghosts are an unusual type of magical creature. In some ways, they’re not creatures at all, but rather characters just like Harry, Ron, Dumbledore, and all the other living people. But they aren’t quite the same, of course; they are semi-transparent, non-corporeal beings. Only wizards can become ghosts, and then… Read More
• Creature Ghouls are slimy, buck-toothed, ugly creatures which live in the attics or barns of wizards. They are dim-witted and are content to throw things around now and then. Ghouls are relatively harmless creatures who live on spiders and moths (FB). Read More
• Ministry of Magic The Ghoul Task Force in the Beast Division of the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures removes ghouls from Muggle homes (FB). Read More
• Source The reference “Ghsts” refers to a series of essays written by Rowling about ghosts. The essays originally appeared on Pottermore. The following essays are part of this collection: Ghosts Hogwarts Ghosts Peeves… Read More
• Creature A large beetle seen rolling a giant ball of dung inside the suitcase of Newt Scamander (WFT). Read More
• Creature A giant grub is the white, foot-long larvae of an unknown creature. Read More
• Languages The giants speak their own language; some do not speak English, and possibly do not speak any human language. However, enough surviving giants speak English that a translator can be found if the giants care to permit a visitor to communicate (OP20). Read More
• Creature Giants are a humanoids of extremely large size and near-human intelligence. Full-blooded giants are about twenty feet tall (GF24). They are not as intelligent as wizards but are capable of communication, both in their native language and, at times, in English (OP20). They now live mostly in remote mountain… Read More
• Creature The giant squid is a gigantic, relatively friendly cephalopod which lives in the Hogwarts Lake. The largest invertebrate known to Muggle science, the giant squid can grow to 70 feet in length. While the giant squid is a deep salt water creature, at least one giant squid lives… Read More
• Character Gifford Ollerton was a famous giant-slayer. He killed the giant Hengist of Upper Barnton, and became the town’s local hero (FW). Read More
• Character Glanmore Peakes was a wizard who was famous for slaying the sea serpent of Cromer (FW). Read More
• Clothing Gloves are a covering for the hand worn for protection against cold or dirt and typically having separate parts for each finger and the thumb. First-year students are required to buy a pair of thick protective gloves (dragon hide or similar) (PS5). The gloves have a protective function, for example when dealing… Read More
• Creature The Glumbumble is a magical furry grey insect from Northern Europe.(FB)… Read More
• Character Gnarlak was a Goblin living in 1920s New York City. He is something of an underworld figure who, among other things, traded in magical creatures. Gnarlak had been an informant for Tina Goldstein and she took Newt to meet him in the Blind Pig while they were looking for a… Read More
• Creature The gnome is a common garden pest resembling a potato with legs; it is about a foot tall and has hard, bony feet (CS3, FB). Every so often, a garden must be “de-gnomed,” which involves grasping the gnomes by the ankles, swinging them around a few times… Read More
• Creature Either of two species – the black wildebeest and the blue wildebeest – of large antelopes, each of which has long shaggy heads, hooked horns, and long tails (NSOED). Read More
• Creature Non-magical farm animal with surprising uses. Goats are one of the oldest domesticated animals and are raised all over the world for their milk, meat, hair and skin.  … Read More
• Languages The goblin language. “Bladvak” means “axe” in Gobbledegook (GF24). Miranda Goshawk’s original The Book of Spells was translated into Gobbledegook (BoS). Read More
• Magical artifacts At least some armour in the wizarding world is made by goblins, and can be quite valuable. Read More
• Ministry of Magic The Goblin Liaison Office is part of the Being Division within the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures, with the difficult task of being responsible for goblin relations. Read More
• Event The Goblin Rebellion of 1612 takes place at least partially in Scotland, since the inn at Hogsmeade serves as headquarters during this rebellion (PS5). The goblins object to the rules against goblin ownership of wands which are set down by the Wizarding community. Read More
• Event One of a number of Goblin rebellions throughout the history of the Wizarding community in Britain. This particular rebellion was handled poorly by two successive Ministers for Magic, Albert Boot and Basil Flack, both of whom resigned in 1752. As the tumultuous year progressed, werewolves joined the goblins in rebellion. Read More
• Historical events There were a number of bloody goblin rebellions in the 17th and 18th centuries (JKR-W3). The Rebellion which began in 1752 cost two Ministers for Magic their positions, involved werewolves, and was only suppressed when a seasoned Auror took over the Ministry. Ten years later, in 1762, famed goblin rebel leader Vargot… Read More
• Headlines and advertisements Goblin Riots Erupt in Chipping Clodbury is a headline in the Daily Prophet, reporting events during a meeting to discuss a new Bill of Goblin Rights (DP3). B.O.G. (Brotherhood of Goblins) supporters ran riot during a meeting held in Chipping Clodbury with representatives from the Department for… Read More
• Creature Goblins are a race of highly intelligent creatures who live side by side with wizards. Read More
• Headlines and advertisements Why can’t goblins be more like elves? is an opinion article in the Daily Prophet, written by Winkus Oddpick (DP3). The editorial written by Mr Oddpick following the goblin riots in Chipping Clodbury appeared on page 32 of the Daily Prophet. Unfortunately we do not have that page or the text of… Read More
• Character Gondoline Oliphant was a naturalist famous for studies of life and habits of trolls. Her interest in these dangerous beasts had a tragic end. While drawing sketches of trolls in the Cotswolds, the subjects of her sketches clubbed her to death. Read More
• Character Hesphaestus Gore was one of the earliest Aurors. He served as the seventh Minister for Magic from 1752 to 1770 and put down the bloody goblin rebellion which started in 1752. He was unsympathetic to the werewolves who had joined the goblins, a stance which many feel caused further attacks… Read More
• Creature A Gorgon is a magical creature from Greek mythology. Looking at a Gorgon turns the viewer into stone. It is therefore very important not to meet a Gorgon’s eyes at any time. Appearances Hagrid uses the phrase “Gallopin’ Gorgons” during his first meeting with Harry Potter (PS4). The… Read More
• Character Gornuk was a deep voiced goblin who went into hiding with Griphook to avoid capture by the Death Eaters and the Ministry of Magic. They were later joined by Dirk Cresswell and then by Ted Tonks and Dean Thomas (DH15). Gornuk was subsequently murdered, along with Dirk Cresswell and… Read More
• Creature A large, grayish-purple humpbacked creature which lives in the mountains of Europe. Graphorns have two extremely sharp gold horns. They are extremely dangerous animals.  Graphorn hide is even tougher than dragons’ and also repels spells (FB). It walks on large four-thumbed feet.  … Read More
• Character Percival Graves was an exceptionally skilled wizard and an auror who worked for MACUSA. In the 1920s, Graves was tasked with tracking down whatever creature was terrorizing New York City. For some time, the suspicion fell on Newt Scamander and his escaped fantastic beasts (WFT). Percival Graves was a descendant of… Read More
• Character Grawp was Rubeus Hagrid‘s half-brother, a giant whose mother was Fridwulfa. Grawp was small for his age and was abused by the other giants in their mountain stronghold. After discovering his half-brother there, Hagrid insisted on bringing Grawp back to live in the forest near Hogwarts. Grawp… Read More
• Event Harry, Ron, Hermione, & Griphook break into Gringotts, steal Hufflepuff’s Cup, lose Gryffindor’s sword, and escape on a dragon. Before leaving Shell Cottage, Hermione disguises herself as Bellatrix Lestrange with the use of Polyjuice Potion and disguises Ron by using spells to alter his facial features. Harry and Griphook are… Read More
• Hogwarts castle and grounds • Lakes and marshes A large, freshwater lake (a loch, actually, since this is Scotland) lies to the south of Hogwarts castle, which stands on a cliff overlooking the water. The lake has a number of very unusual inhabitants, including a giant squid, a village of merfolk, and many grindylows. The lake is approximately a half-mile in… Read More
• Event An uprising by the hairy giants of North America which caused the Magical Congress of the United States (MACUSA) to move operations from Washington to New York City (Pm). The blame for this is generally placed on Irene Kneedander, Head of the Body for Protection of Magical Species (Humanoid) at… Read More
• Countries Greece is as steeped in history in the wizarding world as it is in the Muggle world. In fact, when Albus Dumbledore and Elphias Doge planned to take a Grand Tour of the world upon graduating Hogwarts, Greece was to be their first stop (DH18). This is understandable, as… Read More
• Character A “Greek chappie” is how Hagrid describes the man who sold him Fluffy, the three-headed dog, while having a drink at the Hog’s Head pub in Hogsmeade (PS11). Read More
• Buildings • Businesses, merchants, and shops • Pubs and inns The Green Dragon is an inn located five miles from the home of Janus Thickey, a wizard who pretended he had been killed by a lethifold but was later found to be living with the landlady of the Green Dragon (FB). Read More
• Character Fenrir Greyback was a werewolf, low-level Death Eater, and friend of the Malfoy family. He killed for fun and especially enjoyed infecting children. Greyback was a follower of Voldemort since at least 1970s, though he was in it for the access to victims, not for ideological reasons. Read More
• Creature The Griffin is a strange creature with the front body of an eagle and hindquarters of a lion. Griffins eat raw meat (FB). Godric Gryffindor, the founder of Gryffindor house, may have gotten his name from this beast. Read More
• Creature The Grim is a ghostly image of a large dog-like beast; seeing one portends death (PA6). Read More
• Symbols Tea leaf symbol from Unfogging the Future which represents death (PA6). The symbol depicts a black dog, which is a death omen from British folklore. Read More
• Character Grimmson was a rough and obnoxious “Beast Hunter” who offered his services to the Ministry of Magic in 1927 to hunt down American Obscurial, Credence Barebone (CG). He was chosen for the job after Magizoologist Newt Scamander refused to become an Auror and hunt down Credence, for whom he felt… Read More
• Creature Grindylows are found throughout Britain and Ireland, including the lake on the grounds of Hogwarts in Scotland. Pale green in colour, these water demons have sharp horns, pointed fangs and brittle spindly fingers. Grindylows show aggression towards humans, wizards or Muggles, but merpeople have been known to domesticate them. Read More
• Occupations Gringotts Dragon Feeders, with a salary of 7 Galleons per week, are advertised for in the Daily Prophet. The position offers an opportunity to work for Gringotts Wizarding Bank in Diagon Alley (DP2). Read More
• Businesses, merchants, and shops Gringotts Wizarding Bank is a goblin-run bank that does business worldwide but is headquartered in Diagon Alley. Introduction Part way down Diagon Alley, near its intersection with Knockturn Alley, stands an imposing snow-white marble building: Gringotts Wizarding Bank (CS4). “Towering over the other shops” (DH26), it is the… Read More
• Headlines and advertisements Gripe with Gringott’s Bank is a letter complaining about overzealous bank security from Mallory Twiddle, appearing on the Letters Page of the Daily Prophet (DP1). Mr Twiddle was unable to access his High Security vault because of the difficult riddles asked by the Sphinx guarding it. He would personal prefer… Read More
• Character Griphook is one of the goblins who operates the underground tram-carts that take wizards to their vaults at Gringotts Wizarding Bank (PS5). He and the goblin Gornuk were on the run (along with wizards Dirk Cresswell and Ted Tonks), having refused to… Read More
• Character Grogan Stump was a popular Minister for Magic who served from 1811 to 1819 (Pm). Read More
• Event He soon comes up with several important improvements to the governance of the Wizarding World, including a workable definition of “Beast” and “Being” and and creating separate divisions for them in the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures (FB). Read More
• Character Wilhelmina Grubbly-Plank is an elderly witch with closely cropped gray hair and a very prominent chin who teaches Care of Magical Creatures. Professor Grubbly-Plank was the supply teacher (US: “substitute”) who covered for Hagrid when he was indisposed after Christmas break (January 1995, GF24) and again when he was off negotiating… Read More
• Character Malodora Grymm was a famous hag. She used a beautification potion to conceal her true form, married a king, and used a charmed mirror to reinforce her self-image. She became jealous of the most beautiful girl in the land and fed her a poisoned apple to get rid of her. Read More
• Magical artifacts Gubraithian Fire is a form of magically-created fire that burns forever. It is also known as Everlasting Fire. Flitwick mentioned it in Charms (OP20). Dumbledore sent the Gurg of the Giants a branch enchanted with Gubraithian Fire as a gift to open friendly relations (OP20). Read More
• Creature The guinea fowl is a large turkey-like bird native to Africa, often domesticated. Read More
• Creature A guinea pig is a roundish furry rodent often kept by Muggles as a pet. Read More
• Character Gulliver Pokeby was a wizard who studied magical birds. He wrote about his discovery that the cry of an augurey foretells rain, not death, in his book Why I Didn’t Die When the Augurey Cried (FB, Pm). Read More
• Creature A kind of fish, shaped like a ball with two long, rubbery legs and webbed feet. The Gulping Plimpy is a subspecies of plimpy that is warded off by Gurdyroots. Read More
• Creature The Gytrash is a huge, spectral hound that lives in forests. Read More