• Plants • Wandmaking Acacia is a type of wand wood known for creating “tricky wands,” described by Ollivander in his essays on wandlore (Pm). Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:25 — 4.1MB)… Read More
• Books and Literature Achievements in Charming is a charms spell book, useful for studying for the Theory of Charms O.W.L. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:25 — 4.1MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Symbols Tea leaf symbol from Unfogging the Future meaning “windfall, unexpected gold.” Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:25 — 4.1MB)Subscribe: Apple… Read More
• Character Adalbert Waffling was a famous magical theoretician and the author of Magical Theory (PS5, FW). Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:25 — 4.1MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Magical effects An Age Line is a thin golden line drawn on a floor which affects anyone too young to cross it. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:25 — 4.1MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Event He is examined in Transfiguration and Charms by Griselda Marchbanks, who later says that he did things with a wand she’d never seen before. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:25… Read More
• Areas of knowledge Alchemy is the ancient study of transforming base metals into gold and eventually creating a Philospher’s Stone which would give the owner eternal life. Because metals must be melted and mixed before they are transformed into gold, alchemy is a cross between Potions and Transfiguration. The most famous alchemist in… Read More
• Books and Literature Alchemy, Ancient Art and Science is a book written by a servant of Lord Voldemort, Argus Pyrites (JKR). Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:25 — 4.1MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Plants • Wandmaking Alder is a type of wand wood (Pm). Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:25 — 4.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts |… Read More
• Event Egyptian wizards put curses on tombs which nowadays are broken by curse-breakers for Gringotts Bank who try to regain the treasure locked in those tombs. When the Weasley family visited Egypt, Ron saw mutant skeletons of Muggles who had broken into a pyramid and “grown extra heads and stuff” as… Read More
• Magical discipline Ancient Magic is magic which happens independently of efforts by wizards, an effect which is triggered by events and powers endemic to the nature of reality. It is extremely old and mysterious, and a wand is not necessary for it to work. It is part of the “magical-ness” of the… Read More
• Books and Literature Ancient Runes Made Easy is an introductory textbook for the study of Ancient Runes at Hogwarts. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:25 — 4.1MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Magical identities An Animagus is a witch or wizard who is capable of transforming him- or herself into the form of an animal. Ordinary Transfiguration of a human into an animal’s shape results in the human having an animal’s brain (QA1) (although Draco Malfoy‘s experience in GF13 is worth… Read More
• Magical effects Animagus Transfiguration is the magical process of taking on the form of an animal, or afterward, reverting back again to human form. The animal form is sometimes referred to as the witch or wizard’s Animagus form. See the Animagi entry for further details about wizarding folk who can perform this… Read More
• Spells The Anti-Disapparation Jink prevents someone from Disapparating, or disappearing to magically travel somewhere else. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:25 — 4.1MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Magical effects Anti-Gravity Mist is a Charm which creates an innocent-looking golden mist that hovers above the ground. A person stepping into this mist immediately finds that up and down have reversed and they are hanging from the ground over the endless sky. Podcast:… Read More
• Magical discipline Apparition is an advanced spell used by fully trained witches and wizards to disappear from one place and appear almost instantly somewhere else. A person who uses this spell is referred to as an Apparator. Apparition is typically cast non-verbally. Podcast:… Read More
• Hogwarts academics Wizards who have come of age can take lessons in Apparition at Hogwarts (HBP17). Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:25 — 4.1MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Wandmaking A wand wood (Pm). Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:25 — 4.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts |… Read More
• Magical identities Someone who practices Arithmancy, the magical study of numbers, is called an Arithmancer. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:25 — 4.1MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Areas of knowledge • Hogwarts academics Arithmancy is a branch of magic that is concerned with the magical properties of numbers; someone who practices Arithmancy is called an Arithmancer. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:25 —… Read More
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Arithmancy is a branch of magic which deals with the magical properties of numbers, and Hermione tells us it’s her favourite subject. In previous episodes we’ve already talked about some of the interesting ways that J.K. Rowling uses numbers in the books, and if we look through an arithmancy lens… Read More
• Hogwarts academics Arithmancy class is taught at Hogwarts by Professor Vector. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:25 — 4.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts |… Read More
• Wandmaking A wand wood also used to make other magical objects. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:25 — 4.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts… Read More
• Wandmaking A wand wood (Pm). Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:25 — 4.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts |… Read More
• Areas of knowledge A type of Divination which relies on star charts and the time and date of a person’s birth. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:25 — 4.1MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Areas of knowledge Astronomy is the study of celestial bodies and their movements. In typical Muggle usage, “astronomy” denotes a scientific discipline. In the wizarding world, astronomy also encompasses astrology and connects with Divination, particularly for the Centaurs. Astronomy affects magic in direct ways, which is why the subject is studied at Hogwarts. Read More
• Titles, nicknames, and honorifics Title given to Delphi, the daughter of Lord Voldemort and Bellatrix Lestrange, in an alternate-reality timeline visited by Scorpius Malfoy using a Time-Turner (CC3.3, CC3.16). Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration:… Read More
• Character Aurora Sinistra was a professor of Astronomy at Hogwarts. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:25 — 4.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts |… Read More