• Character Tarquin McTavish was a wizard who imprisoned his Muggle neighbour inside a tea kettle. He was sent to prison for this act (JKR, WoM). Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration:… Read More
• Source A foolish king decided to claim all magic for himself. He banished all true witches and wizards and hired a charlatan to teach him magic. The charlatan collected pay for teaching nonsense to the kind, until the monarch decided to demonstrate his new skills to his people. The charlatan, realizing… Read More
• Source Three witches and a hapless knight are on a quest to find the Fountain of Fair Fortune in its enchanted garden. Once a year, one unfortunate person is given the chance to find the Fountain and bathe in it, thereby gaining good fortune forever. The four travelers decide to help… Read More
• Source Three brothers use magic to cheat death. Death appears and offers them each one magical item. The choices of the older two brothers lead to their undoing and early deaths, while the youngest brother chooses wisely and lives to a ripe old age. Podcast:… Read More
• Source A “kindly old wizard” dies and leaves his magical cooking pot to his foolish son. The son spurns his neighbours’ requests for help and discovers that the pot becomes more and more annoying as it takes on the neighbour’s ailments and problems. In the end, the son learns to help… Read More
• Character Newsreader on the Muggle news Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 29:38 — 27.7MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts |… Read More
• Glossary Telephone booth. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 29:38 — 27.7MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts |… Read More
• Thing Wizards attending the Quidditch World Cup have been known to customise their tents both inside and out, even though they are supposed to be keeping a low profile. Podcast: Play in new window |… Read More
• Wizarding culture W.O.M.B.A.T. stands for Wizards’ Ordinary Magic and Basic Aptitude Test. It is administered by the Wizarding Examinations Authority. The head of this Authority is Griselda Marchbanks, CDMG, APMD, fbBB (JKR). These tests could be taken by Muggles as well as wizards, but the Wizarding Examinations Authority “does… Read More
• Character American Magical Historian (Pm). Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 29:38 — 27.7MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts |… Read More
• Character Dean’s parents, who didn’t know anything about any deaths at Hogwarts as of the beginning of the 1995 – 1996 school year, because their son didn’t see fit to tell them (OP11). Mr. Thomas is Dean’s stepfather; Dean’s biological father was a wizard who was killed by Death Eaters… Read More
• Event Harkaway, a flamboyant Virginian, brings the Congress to his home town of Willimasburg. He leaves the Presidency in disgrace, however, after his pack of Crups attack some No-Majs. Podcast: Play in new window |… Read More
• Event Tina Goldstein arrests Newt Scamander after he uses various spells in the presence of Jacob Kolwalski and fails to Obliviate him — and nearly loses a niffler in the process. No one at MACUSA will listen to her report except Percival Graves, who come down to her tiny office to… Read More
• Wizarding villages Though a Muggle village, Tinworth has been a place where wizarding families have congregated for hundreds of years, much like Godric’s Hollow and Ottery St. Catchpole (DH16). Among the town’s current wizarding residents are Bill and Fleur Weasley, whose Shell Cottage home is on the outskirts of Tinworth (… Read More
• Creature Toads are allowed as pets for students at Hogwarts, but they’re out of fashion, so if you have one, you’re likely to be laughed at for it. Nevertheless, Neville has a toad named Trevor, a gift from an older family member (PS6, Pm), and there are enormous purple toads… Read More
• Character Tobias Snape was the Muggle husband of Eileen Prince Snape and father of Severus Snape (HBP13, HBP30). Tobias was verbally and possibly physically abusive towards his wife and son, and the memory of his abuse and the Snapes’ generally unhappy homelife in the run-down Spinner’s End neighborhood of… Read More
• Character Tom Riddle Sr. was the father of Tom Marvolo Riddle, described as being “a very handsome, dark-haired young man” (HBP10). He abandoned his wife Merope (who was then pregnant with Tom) after her love potion wore off and he found out she was a witch and the daughter of… Read More
• Creature A tortoise is a land reptile, similar to a turtle, which is protected by a hard shell on its back. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 29:38 — 27.7MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Streets, alleys, and lanes When Bill and Fleur’s wedding was interrupted by Death Eaters, Hermione grabbed Harry and Ron as fast as she could and Apparated with them to the first Muggle place she thought of – Tottenham Court Road, in London. There they try to hide briefly in a Muggle cafe, though they… Read More
• Games, toys, and jokes A contraband toy wand found under the bed of Modesty Barebone by her adult brother Credence in Second Salem Church caused their infuriated mother Mary Lou to threaten the child with a beating (WFT). Podcast: Play in new… Read More
• Glossary Athletic shoes, also called sneakers. Trainers, although ostensibly for sport, are popular everyday footwear for many people, young and old. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 29:38 — 27.7MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Character Queen Elizabeth I was the Muggle Queen of England and Ireland, from November 1558 until her death in March 1603. Known as the Virgin Queen, she was the last Tudor monarch. Her reign was known as the Elizabethan period. Podcast:… Read More
• Glossary A course in which one learns to write something by means of a typewriter or computer, usually blindly (without looking at the keyboard). Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 29:38 — 27.7MB)… Read More