• Character On the evening of 30th October, 1492, Lady Grieve, a Lady-in-Waiting in the court of King Henry VII (Pm), encountered Sir Nicholas deMimsey Porpington while “a-strolling the park in the dusk” and asked him for help straightening her teeth (JKR). His spell went awry, and Lady Grieve found herself sprouting a… Read More
• Place A street in the town of Millburn and, at number seventeen, home to Stuart Jones – an eight-year-old Muggle fan of J.K. Rowling, who writes to her in the FAQ – Other Stuff section of her website. Podcast:… Read More
• Character Langdon Shaw was the younger son of newspaper magnate Henry Shaw Sr. Langdon was an excitable young man with a proclivity for wild ideas. He was frustrated by living in his elder brother’s shadow (WFT). Podcast: Play in new window… Read More
• Creature A leech is a small slug-like creature that lives in water. Leeches attach themselves to other creatures and suck their blood. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 2:00 — 2.7MB)… Read More
• Wizarding culture “Les Non-Magiques” was a French term for non-magical humans (CG). This was one of the names for Muggles mentioned by Gellert Grindelwald when he rattled off a list of such terms while speaking to the pure-blood audience in the underground auditorium in Paris (CG). Podcast:… Read More
• Books and Literature An account of a year spent living as a muggle. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 2:00 — 2.7MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts… Read More
• Event Harry Potter’s mother Lily Evans was born to Muggle parents in the town of Cokeworth (PS1, DH33, Pm). Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 2:00 — 2.7MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Character Lily Potter is the mother of Harry Potter, who shared with Harry the most striking aspect of her appearance, her brilliant green, almond-shaped eyes (OP28). Lily was born to a Muggle family and grew up with her sister, Petunia, not far from Spinner’s End in the town of Cokeworth… Read More
• Event Linfred lives in a small village in Gloucestershire in the 12th century, where he potters around his extensive gardens and invents potions. His tonics and remedies are offered to both magical and non-magical folks, and he gains the nickname “The Potterer.” Two of the potions he invented are the precursors… Read More
• Place A famous port town on the western coast of England, Liverpool was the site of a Celestina Warbeck concert in 1999 (DP). As late ticket-holders raced to the event, there was a three-broom crash over the Mersey River, which runs through Liverpool. Podcast:… Read More
• Areas of knowledge Opening locks without using a key. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 2:00 — 2.7MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts |… Read More
• Muggle places The underground railway system in London is commonly referred to as the Underground or the “tube.” Though the names of the stations are never specified, Harry has taken the Underground three times: On Harry’s first trip to London, he and Hagrid took the underground from an unknown surface train station (likely Paddington, though there are… Read More
• Character Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston, KG, GCB, PC, FRS (20 October 1784 – 18 October 1865) was a British statesman who served twice as Prime Minister in the mid-19th century. Palmerston dominated British foreign policy during the period 1830 to 1865, when Britain was at the height of her… Read More
• Place A fictitious town in Scotland, Lowercroft is the home of Nicola Wells, a fifteen-year-old Muggle fan of J.K. Rowling who writes to her in the FAQ – About Me section of her website.  Nicola lives at number 25, Wildbrook Crescent. Podcast:… Read More
• Character Lucius Malfoy (I) was a wizard who associated with Muggle aristocracy and royalty. Evidence suggests that he was a suitor to Queen Elizabeth I and that, unsuccessful in winning her hand, he jinxed her so she would never marry another (Pm). Podcast:… Read More