• Communication A Horned Serpent in the creek near Ilvermorny School gave Isolt Sayre the same warning over and over: “Until I am part of your family, your family is doomed” (Pm). Podcast: Play in new window |… Read More
• Character Moaning Myrtle is a ghost who haunts a toilet in a girls’ bathroom on the first or second floor of Hogwarts castle. She is a squat ghost with lank hair, pimples, and thick glasses. She seldom smiles and takes offense at the least excuse, crying rivers of tears and wailing. Read More
• Cities • Regions, counties, and territories One of the western United States, as well as the name of the nation’s capital, Washington D.C. (District of Columbia). After the Great Sasquatch Rebellion of 1892, the location of MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States) was moved  for a fifth time from Washington to New York City (Pm). Read More
• Character The Weasleys are considered one of the prominent wizarding families, although their lack of money and their sympathy for non-pure-blood wizards and even Muggles makes people like the Malfoys look down on them. They live in The Burrow, a ramshackle house of four or five stories “a little way outside” the… Read More
• Character Ron Weasley is Harry Potter’s best friend and the youngest son of Molly and Arthur Weasley. The story of Ron’s life is one of being overshadowed by his family and friends, yet it is Ron’s heart and humor that have solidified his friendships and given those around him the support they needed… Read More
• Character Webster Boot‘s wife was a young Scottish witch who worked at the Ministry of Magic (Pm). Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:37 — 4.2MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Character Helmut Weiss was one of MACUSA’s original twelve aurors (Pm). Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:37 — 4.2MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts… Read More
• Character Witch in Middle Ages who enjoyed being burned at the stake, allowing herself to be captured by witch-hunting Muggles many times. She used a Flame Freezing Charm to protect herself from the flames (PA1, FW). Podcast: Play… Read More
• Event Their involvement results in the resignation of Minister for Magic Basil Flack after only two months in office (Pm). Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:37 — 4.2MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Regions, counties, and territories The West Country is a largely rural region of southwestern England which includes Cornwall, Devon, and Somerset. It was here that the Death Eaters, with the help of at least one giant, caused widespread destruction while attacking Muggles in the summer of 1996. This was… Read More
• Quidditch places • Wilderness areas The West Siberian Plain was the location of the 1809 Quidditch World Cup final between Romania and New Spain (now Mexico). This final is infamously known as the Attack of the Killer Forest – and was the scene of an horrific seven-hour tree vs wizard battle (Pm). Read More
• Plants The Whomping Willow is a very valuable, very violent tree planted alone in the middle of the school grounds. It was planted the same year that Lupin arrived at Hogwarts (c. 1971) to disguise the opening to a secret passage from Hogwarts to the Shrieking Shack. Lupin would go through… Read More
• Character Wilhelm Fischer was one of the twelve original Aurors recruited by MACUSA to hunt down Scourers. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:37 — 4.2MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Character Charity Wilkinson was one of MACUSA’s original twelve aurors, and its third president (Pm). Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:37 — 4.2MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Character William is a Pukwudgie who was rescued by Isolt from a Hidebehind and served/befriended her as he was paying back a debt. He refused to tell Isolt his real name so Isolt called him William after her father. He taught her about magical creatures in America and was taken aback… Read More
• Character William Sayre was a Pure-blood Irish wizard directly descended from the famous Animagus Morrigan. He and his wife were murdered by his sister-in-law, Gormlaith Gaunt. William Sayre’s wife, Rionach, was also Pure-blood, but the couple wass friendly and helpful to their Muggle neighbors. They lived in a cottage called Ilvermorny… Read More
• Cities A city in the state of Virginia, founded in the 1600s during colonial days. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:37 — 4.2MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Hospitals The earliest psychiatric facility in the United States was founded in Williamsburg, possibly due to No-Maj sightings of a vicious pack of Crups owned by MACUSA President Thornton Harkaway (Pm). Podcast: Play in new window |… Read More
• Event As the magical world separates itself more and more from Muggle society, Muggles are particularly afraid of magic but not very good at recognizing it, leading to persecution of suspected witches. Wendelin the Weird is burned at the stake 47 times in various disguises (using a Flame-Freezing Charm to protect… Read More
• Event In the 14th century, two ill-fated summits were called to determine which of the many types of magical creatures were actually to be considered as sentient and therefore worthy of representation on the Wizard’s Council. In each case, the summits appear to have been intentionally disrupted by goblins, who brought… Read More
• Buildings • Wizarding places After the Great Sasquatch Rebellion of 1892, MACUSA was relocated to New York (Pm:History of Magic in North America). When the Woolworth Building was being built between 1910-1912, the construction site was infiltrated by wizards who concealed a secret space for their use that could be opened using spells. Thus… Read More
• Event World War I was a vast military conflict fought between the Allies, a group of nations including Britain, France, and the United States, and the Central Powers, which consisted principally of Germany and Austria-Hungary. The war originated in Europe due to a web of alliances and treaties which drew in… Read More
• Event The global conflict, in which Frank Bryce fought and was injured, ends when Japan surrenders after atomic bombs are dropped on Hiroshima and Nagaski. The official date of the end of the war is September 2, 1945, when the document of surrender is signed aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo… Read More