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In an interview with The Leaky Cauldron and MuggleNet in July 2005, Rowling said, “Dumbledore’s guesses are never very far wide of the mark. I don’t want to give too much away here, but Dumbledore says, ‘There are four out there, you’ve got to get rid of four, and then… Read More
• Magical objects • Transportation A suitcase of brown leather with a careworn appearance and one latch that suddenly flips open now and then. Newt Scamander brought it with him on a trip to New York in 1926 filled with a menagerie of magical creatures inhabiting the wizard space inside (WFT).  Newt’s case became switched… Read More
• Event Newt Scamander walks off the ship and goes through customs, then walks through Manhattan, taking in the sights. As he walks near a bank, a niffler escapes from his case and runs into the bank. Newt follows and, in the process of retrieving the niffler, meets a Muggle named Jacob… Read More
• Character Flamel is a celebrated alchemist (DH2) who is famous for creating the only known Philosopher’s Stone in existence. As a result, Flamel and his wife Perenelle (b. circa 1333) lived for over 600 years (PS17, JKR). Dumbledore did some alchemical work with him in… Read More
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We read from Dumbledore’s Chocolate Frog card that Dumbledore is “particularly famous for… his work on alchemy with his partner, Nicolas Flamel (PS6).” Later, Hermione reads from an enormous old book that Flamel is “the only known maker of the Philosopher’s Stone” (PS13). Harry and Ron continue reading “…The stone will transform any metal into pure gold. It also produces the Elixir of Life,… Read More
• Broomsticks The Nimbus 2000 is a high-end broomstick produced by the Nimbus Racing Broom Company. Harry Potter heard some boys admiring them in a shop window – “the new Nimbus Two Thousand – fastest ever” – during his first visit to Diagon Alley with Hagrid (PS5). Harry’s first… Read More
• Broomsticks The Nimbus Racing Broom Company was formed in 1967 by Devlin Whitehorn. It is is known for its superb racing brooms (QA9). Nimbus changed the business of racing brooms, with the arrival of its Nimbus 1000. It was a revolutionary design, and it quickly became a… Read More
• Games, toys, and jokes One of the range of sweets found in a Skiving Snackbox. Each end of the sweet is colour-coded, so that one end causes the eater to develop a high fever and the other cancels the effect.  … Read More
• Houses and addresses Number Twelve, Grimmauld Place is tucked away in northwestern London, a twenty minute walk from Kings Cross Station (OP10). Both Unplottable and hidden behind a Fidelius Charm, the house is invisible to all but a few (OP6). Though the neighboring Muggles don’t even know the house exists (DH12),… Read More