• Source Leslie Stahl’s “60 Minutes” interview with Rowling, 12 June 2003. Read More
• Countries China is the most populated country in the world, with over one billion people. It is home to several species of magical creatures, including the phoenix and the Chinese Fireball dragon (FB). Tibet is also located in China. Two wizards of note were Chinese: magical creatures specialist Quong Po and… Read More
• Plants The Christmas rose is a beautiful evergreen plant that blooms in the winter, often in the snow. It is not actually a rose at all but rather a plant in the same family as the buttercup. Hermione made a wreath of Christmas roses for Harry to place on his parents’ graves… Read More
• Hogwarts Each year the teachers at Hogwarts decorate twelve Christmas trees for the Great Hall. Read More
• Headlines and advertisements Classified Advertisements is a regular page appearing in the Daily Prophet, of great utility to the wizarding community (DP2). This section includes columns listing recruitment opportunities, items for sale, dating/Lonely Hearts and family announcements. The listing on Page 2 of the Prophet included: Jobs “Hit-witch or wizard” for the Magical Law Enforcement Squad Assistant… Read More
• Sports and competitions The Contorting Cereals class is a division in the Annual International Wizard Gardening Competition (DP1). Entries in this class have been seen by Muggles and were the subject of much speculation. A new Ministry of Magic report suggests that this class be therefore banned from future competition (DP1). Read More
• Character Venusia Crickerly was the second ex-Auror to become Minister for Magic, serving from 1903 – 1912 (Pm). She died in a strange mandrake-related accident (Pm). Read More
• Sports and competitions Crop Circles are what the Muggles mistakenly call the entries in the Contorting Cereals class of the Annual International Wizard Gardening Competition (DP1). A Ministry of Magic committee reports that Muggles have been concerned by “crop circles” miraculously appearing in fields, not realising that they are part… Read More
• Magical effects Crop-related charms are various spells which have effects on crops, including charms which affect their growth and form. Read More
• Source The students learn that exams will be held as usual, Ginny acts strangely, Harry and Ron visit Hermione in hospital, find she has the answer to the Chamber’s secret (a basilisk), eavesdrop on the teachers, and learn Ginny has been taken by the monster. Lockhart attempts to flee, but Harry… Read More
• Source The entire Weasley family and Harry cram into the Ford Anglia and drive to King’s Cross Station. Harry and Ron cannot get through to the train and decide to fly the car to Hogwarts. The trip is uneventful until the end, when they lose power and crash into the Whomping… Read More
• Source Ron receives a Howler, they learn about mandrakes in Herbology, Colin Creevey asks for an autographed photo, Lockhart is the new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher, and they learn about Cornish pixies. Read More
• Source Culpeper’s Complete Herbal, published in 1653, is a source Rowling used as a reference for herbs and other plants. She told “60 Minutes”: “I used to collect names of plants that sounded witchy, and then I found this, ‘Culpeper’s Complete Herbal,’ and it was the answer to my every prayer: flax… Read More