• Spells The Patronus Charm, expecto patronum, conjures a silvery phantom shape, usually that of an animal, which is the embodiment of the positive thoughts of the caster. A Patronus will drive away Dementors. A fully-shaped spirit animal is called a “Corporeal Patronus.” (OP8, OP16) Podcast:… Read More
• Magical effects A Patronus is a silvery-white image of a creature created by using the Patronus Charm. Lupin describes a Patronus as “a kind of positive force, a projection of the very things that the dementor feeds upon — hope, happiness, the desire to survive — but it cannot feel… Read More
• Character Mr. Paws is a cross-breed of a Kneazle and a cat. He belongs to Mrs. Figg. He can understand human speech. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:32 — 4.2MB)… Read More
• Event Some years later, Peter becomes part of the infamous group of Gryffindor free spirits known as The Marauders. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:32 — 4.2MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Character Pettigrew entered Hogwarts at the same time as Sirius Black, James Potter, and Remus Lupin, a group of friends who came to call themselves the “Marauders.” He was not as skilled a wizard as his friends, and seemed to hang out with them largely because he idolized them (PA10). Read More
• Character Great-great-grandfather of Sirius Black, who has been known to refer to him as the least-popular Headmaster Hogwarts has ever had (OP6). Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:32 — 4.2MB)… Read More
• Magical objects Phoenix feathers are used in wand cores. Both Harry’s holly wand and Voldemort’s yew wand contained feathers given by Fawkes the phoenix. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:32 — 4.2MB)… Read More
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In chapter nine of Order of the Phoenix, Rowling does a lot of really poignant foreshadowing for the coming war against Voldemort. In re-reading it, I found new meaning in Harry’s confused anger after Moody shows him the photograph of the original members of the Order. This interaction is… Read More
• Magical effects Possession is a Dark Magical effect of one person’s spirit inhabiting or taking over the body of another. The only examples of possession are the actions of Voldemort, the greatest Dark wizard of the age. Podcast:… Read More
• Historical events A memorial statue of the Potter family found in Godric’s Hollow to commemorate the deaths of James and Lily, and the survival of baby Harry. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration:… Read More
• Character James Potter is a young wizard who fought against Voldemort in the 1970s, only to be killed along with his wife Lily while trying to protect their 15-month-old son Harry. James is the father of Harry Potter, and nearly identical to him in appearance except with hazel eyes (OP28). 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
• Magical objects A wooden sign with golden letters found in front of the ruined cottage where James and Lily Potter died, commemorating their sacrifice. When Harry and Hermione visitied Godric’s Hollow, a touch of the gate made the sign rise out of the ground. Many witches and wizards had visited the site… Read More
• Communication Potterwatch was a rebel radio programme broadcast during the Second Wizarding War, hosted by Lee Jordan and featuring members of the Order of the Phoenix. During the Second Wizarding War, after Lord Voldemort, his Death Eaters and other followers had taken over the Ministry of Magic, all magical media were rigidly… Read More
• Source In the spring of 2008, Rowling wrote an 800-word short short story to be auctioned off for charity. The story has come to be known as the Harry Potter Prequel, since the story tells of an adventure shared by James and Sirius as they tangle with three… Read More
• Character Fabian Prewett was a brother of Molly (Prewett) Weasley (JKR, OP9). He died heroically in the first wizarding war. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:32 — 4.2MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Character Gideon Prewett was a member of the original Order of the Phoenix. Along with Fabian Prewett, one of the brothers of Molly (Prewett) Weasley (JKR, OP9), they were, according to Hagrid, among the “best witches and wizards of the age” who were killed during the first wizarding war (PS4). Read More
• Spells This spell creates a magical barrier that will deflect hexes thrown at the caster.   Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:32 — 4.2MB)Subscribe:… Read More