• Page Books one and two were both published in Britain before book one came out in the US. British fans got an eighteen month head start on American fans.  When book three came out, the US edition came out “only” two months after the UK edition.  This was the last time that… Read More
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The way that witches and wizards think about everything, including spells, is completely different from the way we Muggles think about it. When we consider the mechanics of, say, aiming a spell at something, we ask “Muggle” questions like “Do you have to have line of sight?” that they would… Read More
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Let us take a look at the mysterious, amazing Marauder’s Map. But first, let’s look at the castle. If you research castles on the Internet, you will see that Hogwarts is a castle of unprecedented (mammoth, huge, gigantic) size. You might find some castles that have towers that are 7 commercial stories high,… Read More
• Plants • Wandmaking Acacia is a type of wand wood known for creating “tricky wands,” described by Ollivander in his essays on wandlore (Pm). Read More
• Character Adalbert Waffling was a famous magical theoretician and the author of Magical Theory (PS5, FW). Read More
• Magical effects An Age Line is a thin golden line drawn on a floor which affects anyone too young to cross it. 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
• Plants • Wandmaking Alder is a type of wand wood (Pm). 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 extremely old and mysterious, and a wand is not necessary for it to work. It is part of the “magical-ness” of the universe. Read More
• Magical identities An Animagus is a wizard or witch 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, and thus being unable to remember what he or she was supposed… 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
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I read with interest the essay “Magic, Genes, and Pure Blood,” by glamourousgeek, being myself involved in research into the complex inheritance of magic, but I must take exception to the science expressed within it.[*] Even if the magic trait is inherited through Mendelian genetics (which does not quite… 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. 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. Read More
• Magical identities Someone who practices Arithmancy, the magical study of numbers, is called an Arithmancer. 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. Read More
• Wandmaking A wand wood also used to make other magical objects. Read More
• Areas of knowledge A type of Divination which relies on star charts and the time and date of a person’s birth. Read More