• Wizarding culture Falling on the 31st October every year, this holiday is celebrated by both the Muggle and wizarding world. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:26 — 4.1MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Hogwarts • Wizarding culture A special occasion at the school, with a magnificent feast and amazing decorations in the Great Hall. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:26 — 4.1MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Food and drinks • Glossary A large basket or wickerwork packing-case with a cover used to pack or transport food and/or drink (what in the U.S. would be called a picnic basket). By extension, the term is also used to refer to a present of a consignment of food in any type of case or… Read More
• Event Harry’s first Christmas dinner at Hogwarts is a memorable affair, involving mountains of delicious food, Dumbledore wearing a bonnet, magical Christmas crackers, and the rare vision of tipsy Hagrid kissing the cheek of a blushing McGonagall (PS12). Podcast:… Read More
• Event They leave Hogwarts on foot since it’s not possible to Apparate on Hogwarts grounds and walk through Hogsmeade. They greet Madam Rosmerta by the Three Broomsticks, then walk on to the Hog’s Head before Apparating away. Podcast: Play… Read More
• Event Harry, who has spent the last ten years of his life being rather poorly fed, is astonished to see a vast display of delicious food appear on the golden plates after the Sorting: Harry’s mouth fell open. The dishes in front of him were now piled with food. He had… Read More
• Event Harry and Hagrid visit Diagon Alley. Harry realizes how famous he is when he is recognized at the Leaky Cauldron. At Gringotts, Harry learns of his parents’ fortune and Hagrid retrieves the Philosopher’s Stone. Harry meets Draco Malfoy for the first time at Madame Malkin’s Robes for All Occasions. Harry… Read More
• Source Harry tries one of the Half-Blood Prince’s spells while reading in bed and levitates Ron by accident. He argues with Hermione over the danger of the Prince, and gets word of his next lesson with Dumbledore. The trio then walks to Hogsmeade, where Slughorn corners Harry in Honeydukes and Harry sees… Read More
• Source Hermione remains angry with Ron, but Harry tries to stay friends with both of them. He finds that girls are trying to seduce him and Romilda Vane tries to slip him a Love Potion. Harry asks Luna to Slughorn’s Christmas party, and Hermione invites McLaggen to upset Ron. After some general… Read More
• Source Harry and Ron discuss Malfoy and Snape. Harry tells Mr. Weasley his suspicions and hears about the Ministry’s losing battle against Death Eaters. Lupin talks about Snape and Greyback, and Harry discovers that the Half-Blood Prince’s book was fifty years old.  Percy shows up on Christmas with Scrimgeour, who then… Read More
• Source Harry gives Slughorn a bezoar instead of an antidote in Potions class, then asks him unsuccessfully about Horcruxes. The sixth-years then have their first apparition lesson, where Harry overhears Malfoy saying Crabbe has been acting as his lookout, and Harry starts watching him using the Marauder’s Map. Then, on Ron’s… Read More
• Source Hagrid writes to inform the trio that Aragog has died. Ron and Hermione have their apparition test, and Harry makes a Euphoria potion in a class with just Slughorn, Ernie and Draco, after which he tries to corner Slughorn, but fails. Hermione passes her test and convinces Harry to take… Read More
• Source Harry speaks with Mrs. Weasley (and later Mr. Weasley) about the Ministry. We see Fleur, who was nicknamed Phlegm by Ginny, and learn that she and Bill are engaged, to his family’s dismay. Harry tells Ron and Hermione about Slughorn, his private lessons with Dumbledore and the prophecy, while they tell him… Read More
• Character Henry is Jacob Kowalski’s assistant in the bakery that Jacob opens at the end of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:26 — 4.1MB)… Read More
• Character Hepzibah Smith was an immense, “very old, very rich witch” who collected magical antiques antiques and befriended Tom Marvolo Riddle in his role with Borgin and Burkes. She was distantly related to Helga Hufflepuff. Hepzibah lived in a grand house filled with so many possessions that it was difficult to walk… Read More
• Pubs and inns The Hog’s Head Inn is a slightly dodgy pub and tavern, located one or two streets off of the High Street in Hogsmeade. The pub has been a fixture of Hogsmeade for hundreds of years. A worn-out wooden sign hangs over the door, advertising with a “wild boar’s severed… Read More
• Wizarding villages Hogsmeade is the only entirely wizarding village in Britain (PA5). According to tradition it was founded over a thousand years ago, around the same time as Hogwarts, by Hengist of Woodcroft as he was fleeing persecution by Muggles (FW, Pm). It’s a picturesque little village of thatched cottages and… Read More
• Food and drinks • Hogwarts • Wizarding culture Hogwarts treats its students to large feasts to mark the beginning (PS7, CS5, PA5, GF12, OP11, HBP8) and end of the school term (PS17, PA22, GF37, OP38), plus Halloween (PS10, CS8, PA8, GF16) and Christmas (PS12, CS12, PA11,… Read More
• Hogwarts castle and grounds • Rooms, chambers, and floors The Hogwarts kitchens are situated exactly beneath the Great Hall, with four wooden tables matching the tables above. It is a huge, high-ceilinged room, with a stone-flagged floor, pots and pans on the stone walls, and a great brick fireplace (GF21, GF28). Podcast:… Read More
• Schools Hogwarts is one of the world’s finest wizarding schools, located in a massive castle in Scotland. Hogwarts takes students from all over Great Britain, starting at the age of 11. The students leave school after their seventh year. The students at Hogwarts are sorted at the beginning of their first… Read More
• Furniture and household items Hogwarts’ tea towels bear the school crest and are used in place of clothes by the unfree elves who work there (GF21). Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:26 —… Read More
• Food and drinks Tasty candy sent to Harry as a gift by Molly Weasley his first Christmas at Hogwarts (PS12). Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:26 — 4.1MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Businesses, merchants, and shops Honeydukes is a marvelous wizarding sweet shop located on High Street in Hogsmeade. It is owned by Ambrosius Flume (HBP4) and his wife, and is filled with “shelves upon shelves of the most succulent-looking sweets imaginable” (PA10). In addition to the standard wizarding candy that is sold there, the… Read More
• Potion ingredients An ingredient in some potions. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:26 — 4.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts |… Read More
• Food and drinks A Muggle treat just as appealing to Wizards. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:26 — 4.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts |… Read More
• Glossary Hard candy pieces, usually flavoured with peppermint and recognisable by their black and white stripes. They are often round-ended but can be seen as angular lumps. Podcast: Play in new window | Download… Read More