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We saw in Half-Blood Prince that Hepzibah Smith was distantly related to Helga Hufflepuff and that Hufflepuff’s gold cup was in her possession. We also saw that Salazar Slytherin’s line ends with T.M. Riddle/Lord Voldemort through the Gaunt family, which was in possession of Slytherin’s gold locket and a Slytherin family heirloom, the Peverell ring. But we haven’t been given direct information identifying the family… Read More
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After walking—or rather riding—up the staircase to the Headmaster’s office, one knocks on the door, enters, and is greeted not only by the face of the Headmaster, or Headmistress, but by soft snores coming from the wall. We are first introduced to the Headmaster’s office, and the decorations it contains, in Chamber of Secrets (CS12). Here,… 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
• Games, toys, and jokes An action figure is a magically animated figure of people or animals. Read More
• Character When he found Ravenclaw’s diadem in Albania, Voldemort killed a peasant and used his or her death to turn the priceless object into a Horcrux (BLC). Read More
• Character Albus Potter is the middle child and second son of Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley Potter.  He is named after two headteachers of Hogwarts: Albus Dumbledore and Severus Snape. When he begins Hogwarts he is quite nervous about being sorted into Slytherin, thanks in large… 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
• Character Alicia Spinnet was a Gryffindor girl two years (CS7) ahead of Harry Potter. She played Chaser on the Gryffindor Quidditch team with Harry (PS11). Alicia was a member of Dumbledore’s Army (OP16) who trained in Defense Against the Dark Arts with Harry during her seventh year and returned to the… Read More
• Character Amos Diggory was a Ministry of Magic official who worked for the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures. Amos is a ruddy-faced wizard with a scrubby brown beard. He takes a great deal of pride in his son, Cedric, even to the point of being somewhat rude… Read More
• Magical objects • Security Amulets are small object which are thought to bring good luck. Read More
• Security Presumably this magical device or charm buzzes when anyone tries to steal the item it’s attached to (GF8). Read More
• Character Antioch Peverell was the oldest of the three brothers in The Tale of the Three Brothers, and owner of the Elder Wand. Read More
• Mountains, hills, and landforms A long mountain range in eastern North America running from northern Canada down to mid-Alabama in the southern United States. Read More
• Hogwarts • Security Hogwarts contains many enchanted suits of armour, some of which stand on plinths around the castle (PA12), while others are in an armour gallery. They move on their own (GF15). Read More
• Character Arturo Cephalopos was a wandmaker of poor reputation, a contemporary of Gerbold Ollivander. Garrick Ollivander, Gerbold’s grandson, called Arturo “a slipshod wandmaker and an ignoramus” and stated that “nobody … was surprised when he went out of business” (Pm). Read More
• Art and Culture Various types of artwork are displayed in the halls of Hogwarts, including paintings and sculptures. Many if not all of these are magical and are animated in some way. Apparently there are no art classes at Hogwarts, although Dean Thomas is known for being a good artist.  … Read More
• Wandmaking A wand wood also used to make other magical objects. Read More
• Symbols Viewed hanging on the walls in the Office of Magical Law Enforcement in an alternate timeline in which Draco Malfoy is an Auror, Harry died, and Voldemort survived to rule the Wizarding World (CC3.3). Read More
• Magical objects An Auto-Answer Quill presumably automatically answers a question asked in its presence. They are banned from the examination hall during tests at Hogwarts (OP31). Read More