• Source Rowling’s evening address at Carnegie Hall, part of her Open Book Tour following the publication of Deathly Hallows. She answered pre-selected questions on a variety of topics. The biggest reveals were that Dumbledore was gay and the explanation of why the basilisk venom didn’t destroy the fragment of Voldemort’s soul… Read More
• Areas of knowledge Occlumency is the art of magically defending the mind against external penetration, sealing it against magical intrusion and influence – the defensive counter to Legilimency. A practitioner of Occlumency is referred to as an Occlumens.  It is a specialized branch of magic, not usually taught at Hogwarts. Podcast:… Read More
• Magical identities A practitioner of Occlumency is referred to as an Occlumens. Occlumency is the closing of one’s mind to outside intrusion through use of the Legilimens spell. Podcast: Play in new window | Download… Read More
• Spells Offensive magic is used to attack another witch or wizard, while defensive magic is used to repel or block a magical attack. A wide variety of spells can be used as an attack, depending on the creativity of the caster. For example, an Aguamenti spell could be used to send… Read More
• Character Olympe Maxime was the headmistress of Beauxbatons Academy in France. She was respected both for her work at her job (GF29) and for her wizarding power (OP20). Though she was a half-giant with the height to prove it, she publicly denied her giant ancestry (… Read More
• Source Harry and the Weasleys are late for the Hogwarts Express (again), Harry and Ginny encounter Neville on the train, and they are introduced to Luna Lovegood and her father’s magazine, The Quibbler. Cho Chang makes a brief appearance, and Harry sees what… Read More
• Source Harry sends a letter to Sirius, he encounters Cho Chang and she calls him brave, and the Gryffindor team’s first practice is less than spectacular.  Percy sends Ron a letter warning him against continuing his friendship with Harry, and Sirius communicates with Harry through the common room fire. Read More
• Source Hagrid’s class is observed by Umbridge, Ginny Weasley replaces Harry as Gryffindor’s Seeker, Dumbledore’s Army meets again, and Harry and Cho kiss. In a dream, Harry witnesses Arthur Weasley being bitten by a huge snake. Podcast: Play in… Read More
• Source Arthur Weasley is rushed to St. Mungo’s Hospital, Dumbledore sends Harry and the Weasleys back to Sirius’ house, and they visit Arthur in hospital as he makes his recovery. Podcast: Play in new window |… Read More
• Source Harry speculates on why Dumbledore will not look him in the eye, Hermione joins Harry and the Weasleys at Grimmauld Place for Christmas, and Percy sends back his Weasley sweater. They visit Arthur in St. Mungo’s encounter Gilderoy Lockhart, and see Neville and his gran visiting his parents. Read More
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Let me just start out by saying that I cry easily. Just ask my wife. I cry at sappy commercials with fathers sending their daughters off into the world while remembering every father-daughter dance and scraped knee. So you’d think that reading the Harry Potter books, especially the first time… Read More
• Source Harry and the Weasleys return to Hogwarts after the holidays and Harry begins Occlumency lessons with Snape, during which Harry sees the dark corridor in the Department of Mysteries that he often dreams about. Podcast: Play in new… Read More
• Source Harry and his classmates have their first Divination lesson with Firenze, Marietta Edgecombe tells Umbridge of the D.A.’s meeting but suffers the effects of Hermione’s jinx, Dobby warns Harry that the D.A. has been found out, and Harry denies the meetings to Fudge and Umbridge.  Kingsley Shacklebolt modifies Marietta’s memory,… Read More
• Source Umbridge replaces Dumbledore as Head of Hogwarts, the students (with the help of Fred’s and George’s inventions) rebel while the staff sit back and watch, and Umbridge tries to get Harry to tell her where Dumbledore is hiding.  Harry confronts Cho about her friend Marietta, continues his Occlumency lessons with… Read More
• Source Harry tells Ginny of his desire to talk to Sirius, receives career advice from Professor McGonagall, breaks into Umbridge’s office to use her floo to talk to Sirius about his father, and Fred and George leave Hogwarts. Podcast:… Read More
• Source Harry is rescued from number four Privet Drive, Remus Lupin and Alastor “Mad-Eye” Moody are reintroduced, and Harry meets Nymphadora Tonks for the first time Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration:… Read More
• Source Harry and Hermione tell Ron about Grawp, the fifth years take their O.W.L.s, Hagrid is sacked, McGonagall is stunned, and Harry dreams that Sirius is being tortured. Podcast: Play in new window |… Read More
• Source Ron, Hermione, Neville, and Luna help Harry break into Umbridge’s office, Kreacher leads Harry to believe that Sirius is at the Department of Mysteries, and Hermione tricks Umbridge into taking her and Harry into the Forbidden Forest. Podcast:… Read More
• Source Hermione and Harry lead Umbridge into the Forbidden Forest, Umbridge insults the centaurs and they take her away, Grawp rescues Harry and Hermione from the centaurs, and Ron rejoins them with Neville, Ginny, and Luna, who insist on helping them in their fight. Luna suggests using the thestrals to get… Read More
• Source Harry, Ron, Hermione, Neville, Ginny, and Luna fly to London on thestrals, they are allowed access to the Ministry of Magic through the telephone booth, and they enter the Department of Mysteries – specifically the room containing small glass spheres, one of which is marked with Harry’s name, and is… Read More
• Source Lucius Malfoy, Bellatrix Lestrange, and other Death Eaters arrive and attempt to take the prophecy away from Harry. The D.A. members fight the Death Eaters and are separated. Hermione is hurt, Neville’s nose is broken, and when they are reunited with the others, Ginny’s ankle is broken and Ron is… Read More
• Source Harry pursues Bellatrix and learns he is incapable of an Unforgivable Curse; Voldemort shows up; Dumbledore saves Harry from the Killing Curse; Fudge and other Ministry members witness Voldemort’s return; and Dumbledore reinstates himself as Headmaster. Podcast: Play… Read More
• Source Harry has his final outburst in anguish over Sirius’ death, and Dumbledore tells him everything – about why he must return to the Dursleys every year, about the prophecy, about how Voldemort marked him as his equal, about how it could as easily have been Neville, and about how either… Read More
• Source Ron and Hermione are recovering from their injuries, Fudge publicly admits to Voldemort’s return, McGonagall returns from St. Mungo’s, and Harry asks Nearly-Headless Nick about ghosts. Harry rides home with Ron, Hermione, Neville, and Luna on the train; Moody, Lupin, and Tonks meet him at King’s Cross Station and warn the… Read More
• Source Harry is reunited with Ron and Hermione, learns of the Order of the Phoenix, and is reunited with his godfather, Sirius Black. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 5:22 —… Read More
• Source Harry learns of Sirius Black’s family background, and Molly and Sirius have a row regarding what is best for Harry. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 5:22 — 5.8MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Source Harry, Sirius, and the Weasleys clean the Black house; Kreacher, the Black family house-elf, shows another darker side to house-elves; Harry is shown the Black family tree; and we learn that Sirius is not only related to the Weasleys and Tonks, but to the Malfoys and the Lestranges. Read More
• Source Arthur Weasley takes Harry to the Ministry of Magic for his scheduled hearing and Harry gets a look at the Ministry building and the setup of its offices. Podcast: Play in new window |… Read More
• Source Harry attends his hearing, Fudge continues to disbelieve him about Voldemort’s return, and Dumbledore arrives to assist Harry. Mrs. Figg testifies and Harry is cleared of all charges. Podcast: Play in new window |… Read More
• Source Ron and Hermione become prefects, Harry is jealous, and Mrs. Weasley’s boggart is revealed. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 5:22 — 5.8MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Source This image appeared originally on Rowling’s original website, called “Revision of the plan of ‘Order of the Phoenix”. The Certificate reads: “Part of the umpteenth revision of the plan of ‘Order of the Phoenix’ Some of the Chapter Names changed and there are a few ideas that didn’t… Read More
• Organizations The Order of the Phoenix was a group formed by Dumbledore in the 1970s to fight Voldemort when the Ministry’s efforts were ineffectual. The Order was revived in 1995 when Voldemort began to regain power. During Voldemort’s first rise to power in the 1970s, Dumbledore gathered a group of… Read More