• City places   The stations Harry uses actually provide good clues to the geography of wizarding London. The underground railway system in London – what in the U.S. would be referred to as a subway – is commonly referred to as the Underground, or occasionally the “tube.” Though the names… Read More
• Character After stealing Salazar Slytherin’s locket from Hepzibah Smith, Tom Riddle used the murder of a Muggle tramp to turn the locket into a Horcrux with part of his soul inside (BLC). Podcast: Play in new window |… 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). Podcast: Play in new window | Download… Read More
• Magical effects Unplottable is a term which is used to describe a magical effect on a place which makes it impossible for Wizards or Muggles to plot its location on a map (GF11), or even to find it if they go looking (OP6).     Podcast:… Read More
• Wizarding villages Though a Muggle village, Upper Flagley has long been home to a large number of wizarding families as well, much like Ottery St. Catchpole and Godric’s Hollow (DH16). Harry, Ron, and Hermione tried searching here briefly for one of Voldemort’s Horcruxes, but with no success (DH22).  St. Oswald’s… Read More