• Buildings • Public places This town hall was the site of a concert which included the final performance of the unfinished Wizarding Suite, composed by Musidora Barkwith. The exploding tuba featured in this concert blew the roof off the Ackerly Town Hall in 1902, and the piece has been banned from performance ever since… Read More
• Art and Culture • Books and Literature Alas, I have Transfigured my Feet (Hélas, Je me suis Transfiguré mes Pieds) is a play written in the early 1400s featuring characters named “Grenouille” and “Crapaud” (“Frog” and “Toad,” a nod to the characters in the books by Arnold Lobel). The script includes a reference to playing Quidditch (QA8, BoS2). Read More
• Character Armando Dippet is a former headmaster of Hogwarts (c. 1942 through mid-1960s), Dumbledore’s predecessor, who was totally taken in by Tom Riddle. Dippet’s portrait hangs in Dumbledore’s office (OP37). In life, he was nearly bald and somewhat feeble (CS13). Tom Riddle, when he had finished school, asked Dippet… Read More
• Character Barnabas the Barmy tried to teach the trolls ballet, but was clubbed for his efforts. Barnabas has a moving tapestry on seventh floor of Hogwarts, depicting his foolish attempt to train trolls for the ballet, opposite the entrance to the Room of Requirement (OP18, OP26, HBP20). Read More
• Source Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a play created from a story by J.K. Rowling (July 2016). In the play, Harry and Ginny’s son Albus goes to Hogwarts and befriends Scorpius Malfoy, Draco’s son. Albus and Scorpius steal a Time-Turner and alter time. They are encouraged in this by a… Read More
• Character Celestina Warbeck, known as the “Singing Sorceress” (CS3), is, along with the Weird Sisters, one of the two most well-known recording artists in the wizarding world (FW). Read More
• Buildings The church hall in Little Norton was the site of the final concert for Stubby Boardman and his band, the Hobgoblins, c. 1980. It was at this concert that Stubby was “struck in the ear by a turnip” and decided to retire from public life (OP10). Of course, this… Read More
• Event Barkwith was a famous composer whose Wizarding Suite featured an exploding tuba. This unfinished work is now banned, ever since a performance in 1902 blew the roof off of the Town Hall of Ackerly (FW). Read More
• Source Harry finds an unconscious Ginny, meets Tom Riddle (who has had Ginny in his power through the diary), and hears his story. Fawkes the phoenix arrives with the Sorting Hat. Riddle (Voldemort) calls the basilisk to kill Harry, but Fawkes intervenes and together they kill the basilisk, and by driving a… Read More
• Source Harry is caught dripping mud on the carpet by Filch, is taken to Filch’s office, discovers that Filch is not a wizard, and Nearly Headless Nick invites him to his Deathday Party, which HRH attend on Hallowe’en night. Leaving the party, Harry hears voices again, and following the sound with… Read More
• Timelines and calendars Life at Hogwarts revolves around classes, naturally. However, as the castle is also the students’ home for most of the year, daily life consists of far more than just academics. The students arrive at Hogwarts on September 1 by Hogwarts Express. For the next nine or ten months they eat, sleep,… Read More
• Character Derwent Shimpling was a comedian known for his boldness; he once ate an entire Venomous Tentacula as a bet. Though he lived, he’s still purple. Wizards and witches everywhere love his silly sense of humor and his boldness. (FW). Read More
• Source Desert Island Discs is a weekly radio programme on BBC Radio 4, broadcast on Sunday mornings. On 5 November 2000, the “castaway” was J.K. Rowling. She was interviewed by the programme’s presenter at the time, Sue Lawley. To bring with them to the desert island, castaways are allowed to choose eight recordings, a luxury… Read More
• Quidditch Noisy, multicoloured, tube-shaped instruments which make loud shouts of support and give off smoke in national colours (Pm). Read More
• Character Bass player with the popular wizarding band The Weird Sisters, and a big Kenmare Kestrels supporter (FW). According to the Daily Prophet, he was married in the fall of 1995 (OP14). He attended Dumbledore’s funeral (HBP30). Read More
• Character In the summer of 1995, The Quibbler prints an interview with Doris Purkiss, who claims that Sirius Black is really Stubby Boardman, and that Stubby had been enjoying a romantic dinner with her the day of the murder of the Potters and therefore had an alibi (OP10). Read More
• Clothing Dress robes are a formal style of robe that witches and wizards wear for special occasions. At Hogwarts, students in their fourth year and above are required to have dress robes to wear to formal events. In the books, this is exemplified at the Yule Ball. Read More
• Publications The Evening Prophet is a special edition of the Daily Prophet, the newspaper of the wizarding world. Read More
• Art and Culture An exploding tuba is a musical instrument which caused the destruction of Ackerly Town Hall during the first and only performance of The Wizarding Suite by Musidora Barkwith (FW). Read More
• Source The Yule Ball is announced, and Harry learns that he is expected to have a dance partner. Harry tries to get up the nerve to ask Cho to the dance, but when he finally does finds that she already has a date with Cedric, so Harry arranges to go with… Read More
• Source An owl arrives from Sirius, Dobby startles Harry on Christmas morning, presents are opened, the boys have a snow ball fight, and all prepare for the Yule Ball. Emotions run high as Ron is angry with Hermione for consorting with Krum, and Harry and Ron overhear secrets of Snape and… Read More
• Source Harry works on solving the secret of the egg in the Prefects’ bathroom, is helped by Moaning Myrtle, sees Crouch on the Marauder’s Map, gets stuck in the stairs, barely escapes being caught by Snape, and the fake Moody borrows Harry’s map. Read More