• Character The second Peverell brother, described as “arrogant,” told Death he wanted to call people back from the grave, so Death gave him the Resurrection Stone (DH21, TBB/TTB). Cadmus used the stone to call back a young woman he loved and wanted to marry in life, but she was unhappy… Read More
• Common items In the absence of electric lights, candles are often used as a light source. Read More
• Transportation Although a car is defined as a Muggle artifact, and is therefore illegal to enchant under wizarding British law (CS3), nevertheless there are a few enchanted cars in Britain. Read More
• Character One of the founders of Borgin and Burkes, a shop in Knockturn Alley. The man behind the counter when Lucius Malfoy came in (CS4), however, was Mr. Borgin. Read More
• Magical objects Cauldrons are a basic item for any witch or wizard. These versatile items are used to brew potions, but can also be used to carry supplies, and, in a pinch, to clobber an attacker.    … Read More
• Source The first act of the play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.” Harry and Ginny bring their children to Platform Nine and Three-Quarters to board the train to Hogwarts. Aboard the train, Albus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy become friends. Albus and Harry’s relationship becomes difficult over the next three years. Read More
• Clothing Chameleon cloaks are magical cloaks which conceal the wearer, apparently by changing colour or pattern. When Puddlemere United was considering new uniform robes their manager, Philbert Deverill, specifically denied the rumour that they were looking into using chameleon cloaks (DP1). Read More
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Having recently done a GF re-read, the last terrifying and emotional chapters have been on my mind a lot. This morning, while briefly considering the What Might Have Been if Cedric had been the only one to grasp the Cup, I returned to the Eternal Question– Why make the Cup a Portkey when Harry’s toothbrush would work… Read More
• Headlines and advertisements Chaos Reigns on Exmoor for Falcons & Pride of Portree is an article in the Sports section of the Daily Prophet (DP2). The Daily Prophet reported the fiasco that took place during the quidditch match between the Falmouth Falcons and Pride of Portree on Exmoor. The Ministry of… Read More
• Glossary A small ornamental box or chest for holding jewels, letters, or other valuable objects. Read More
• Thing A number of small metal instruments, which when shaken make a loud, ringing noise like tiny hammers on anvils (DH26). 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
• Event The latest broom model from the Cleansweep Broom Company – the Cleansweep 11 – is released in 1995. When Ron Weasley is looking for a new broom as his parent’s gift for being made a Prefect, he learns that this broomstick has just come on the… Read More
• Event This improved second model of Cleansweep was brought out in 1934, as a response to competition from rival Comet racing brooms. It was replaced by the Cleansweep 3 a few years later (QA9). Read More
• Event The Cleansweep 3 was released quite soon after the Cleansweep 2, just three years later in 1937. The competition for the racing broom market with the Comet Trading Company’s brooms meant that The Cleansweep Broom Company needed to innovate quickly in response (QA9). Read More
• Magical artifacts The Cloak of Invisibility is a magical cloak which provides the wearer or wearers with complete invisibility. Originally owned by Ignotus Peverell, the Cloak of Invisibility has been passed down through the generations ending up with the Potter family.  The weave is so fine that an Invisibility Cloak is “strange… Read More
• Games, toys, and jokes Collectible Quidditch Player Figures are lifelike miniature figurines that are able to move around and act like the original person on which they are based. The Quidditch versions are sold as souvenirs during important matches. Ron Weasley used his pocket money to buy a figurine of Bulgaria’s Viktor… Read More
• Magical objects Colour-Change Ink changes the colour of the writing as it is being used. Harry Potter replaces the top onto a bottle of Colour-Change Ink when packing his things into his trunk before leaving the Dursleys’ house with Albus Dumbledore for his sixth year at Hogwarts School… Read More
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Table of Contents Introduction Pensieves Memory as a Weapon Memory as Aid Modification of Memory Memory in Objects Memory Embodied as a Threat Conclusion   Introduction As Muggles, memory is a fairly straightforward process for us and unless we read a story about someone with amnesia or about a… Read More
• Hogwarts Filch has a drawer in his filing cabinet marked this. Naturally, the Weasley twins dove right in and discovered the Marauder’s Map (PA10). Remus Lupin told Harry he also found a Boggart for Patronus practice lurking in the filing cabinet (PA12). It’s possible he was looking for the Map… Read More
• Source Conversations With J.K. Rowling by Lindsey Fraser. The book consists of 57 pages of questions and answers followed by descriptions of the first four books. Seven pages of quotes from interviews with Entertainment Weekly, Larry King, and others fill out the end of the book. The original English language publication… Read More
• Games, toys, and jokes Part of the Christmas feast celebration, similar to the Muggle versions, but these are magical and contain very interesting and unusual things. Read More
• Character Professor Saul Croaker was an “Unspeakable” who specialised in time-magic (Pm). Arthur Weasley identifies Croaker and Bode as both working in the Department of Mysteries in the campsite during the 1994 Quidditch World Cup (GF7). He developed Professor Croaker’s Law, which states that “the furthest someone… Read More
• Hogwarts academics A crystal ball is used in Divination as a method of fortune telling. The crystal ball is called an ‘orb’ by Professor Trelawney (PA15). The third years in Divination studied how to use the crystal ball, although nobody in the class seemed to be able to see anything through… Read More
• Source A note from Lockhart gets HRH into the Restricted Section of the library and a book on making Polyjuice Potion. At the Quidditch match a rogue Bludger chases Harry, breaking his arm but not stopping him from getting the Snitch. Lockhart’s attempt to heal Harry removes the bones from his arm. Madam… Read More
• Source Harry and the Weasleys receive their required book lists from Hogwarts and go to Diagon Alley via Floo powder. There Harry arrives in Knockturn Alley, overhears the Malfoys, is found by Hagrid, meets author/teacher Gilderoy Lockhart, and Arthur Weasley comes to blows with Lucius Malfoy. Read More
• Magical artifacts A very dangerous grandfather clock in Grimmauld Place” developed the unpleasant habit of shooting heavy bolts at passers-by.” Molly Weasley and the kids encountered the cursed clock while cleaning up the house. Remus Lupin helped to fix it (OP6). Hermione later wondered if Regulus Black… Read More
• Dark magic items As the name implies, a cursed hat will curse the person who wears it. Read More
• Dark magic items This ornate opal necklace is imbued with a very dangerous curse (CS4, HBP12). Over the years, the necklace had claimed the lives of nineteen Muggles (CS4). This necklace as of August 1996 was being offered for sale for 1500 Galleons (HBP6), and was apparently purchased by… Read More
• Spells The Cushioning Charm creates an invisible “pillow” on the handle of a broom to make flying more comfortable (QA9). This spell can be used for a soft landing during an escape. Hermione cast a Cushioning Charm for protection when she, Bogrod, Harry, Ron, and Griphook were thrown from a Gringotts cart and fell a great distance (DH26). Albus Potter and… Read More