• Cities One of the many exploits Gilderoy Lockhart claimed to have performed was to have defeated the Wagga Wagga Werewolf (CS10). Wagga Wagga is an inland city in Australia that traces its history back to the country’s first English settlers. Podcast:… Read More
• Countries Wales is one of the four countries that comprises the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It has very beautiful scenery and is known for its mountains, seaside and castles. Locations in Wales Abergavenny Anglesey Cardiff (Caerdydd) Caerphilly Holyhead (Caergybi) a… Read More
• Cities • Regions, counties, and territories One of the western United States, as well as the name of the nation’s capital, Washington D.C. (District of Columbia). After the Great Sasquatch Rebellion of 1892, the location of MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States) was moved  for a fifth time from Washington to New York City (Pm). Read More
• Furniture and household items Grandfather clock with nine golden hands. Located in the Weasley living room, this fine clock is completely useless if you need to know the time. Each hand is engraved with the name of a member of the Weasley family . These hands point to inscriptions around the face which… Read More
• Businesses, merchants, and shops Fred and George Weasley worked for several years to develop a line of comic magic items which they hoped to sell through their company, Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes. They were putting together order forms during the summer of 1994 with the hope of selling the items at school, but their mother… Read More
• Event The school-aged Weasley children stay at Hogwarts over the holidays while their parents visit their oldest child, Bill, who is working in Egypt as a curse breaker for Gringotts (CS12).   Podcast: Play in new window |… Read More
• Cities Wellington is the capital of New Zealand, as well as the seat of the New Zealand Ministry of Magic. Quidditch here dates back to the seventeenth century, and as a result there is Maori art from the period depicting white wizards on brooms. Those pieces of art the Ministry has… Read More
• Regions, counties, and territories The West Country is a largely rural region of southwestern England which includes Cornwall, Devon, and Somerset. It was here that the Death Eaters, with the help of at least one giant, caused widespread destruction while attacking Muggles in the summer of 1996. This was… Read More
• Place West Ham is a region of eastern London which lends its name to the West Ham United F.C., a Muggle football club that is a favorite of Dean Thomas, who was Muggle-born. Every year Dean pins a poster of the club up over his bed in the dormitory, though Ron… Read More
• Quidditch places • Wilderness areas The West Siberian Plain was the location of the 1809 Quidditch World Cup final between Romania and New Spain (now Mexico). This final is infamously known as the Attack of the Killer Forest – and was the scene of an horrific seven-hour tree vs wizard battle (Pm). Read More
• Glossary complaining or whining persistently and in a peevish or irritating way Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:16 — 4.8MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts… Read More
• Towns A quiet, perfectly normal suburb of London, where the houses are large and square (OP1), and where you’ll find the perfectly normal residence of number four, Privet Drive. Locations in Little Whinging alley between Wisteria Walk and Magnolia Crescent Grunnings Drill Firm (probably) Magnolia Crescent Magnolia Road number two,… Read More
• Businesses, merchants, and shops Whizz Hard Books is a publisher located at 129B Diagon Alley. Two of the titles Whizz Hard has published are Quidditch Through the Ages and Hairy Snout, Human Heart (QA). Podcast: Play in new window |… Read More
• Towns Wigtown is located in the Southwest of Scotland (on the shores of Wigtown Bay in Dumfries and Galloway). The town is home to the Wigtown Wanderers Quidditch team – a member of the British and Irish Quidditch League. Kennilworthy Whisp wrote about the team in his… Read More
• Place A street in Lowercroft, Scotland, Wildbrook Crescent is – at number 25 – home to fifteen-year-old Nicola Wells. Nicola is a fictitious Muggle reader who writes to J.K. Rowling on the FAQ – About Me section of her website.  Wildbrook Crescent is, of course, fictitious as well. Podcast:… Read More
• Regions, counties, and territories     Wiltshire, a county in south-central Britain west of London, is the starting point of the West Country – and the location of the Malfoy mansion (OP15). Wiltshire includes the Avebury Stone Circle, Salisbury Plain, and Stonehenge, as well as nine white chalk horses carved into… Read More
• Place A southwestern suburb of London, Wimbledon is of course famous for hosting the annual Wimbledon tennis championships. Far more importantly, however, it was also one of the sites of Willy Widdershins’s exploding toilet gags that Arthur Weasley investigated for the Ministry of Magic (OP7). Podcast:… Read More
• Towns Though Wimbourne does not exist in modern Britain, there is a Wimborne Minster – a small town near the Southern coast of England. This, then, is the probable home of the Wimbourne Wasps, a member of the British & Irish Quidditch League (QA7). Podcast:… Read More
• Spells Witches and wizards are registered where they live with the Ministry. Squibs, however, are not registered (OP8). Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:16 — 4.8MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Place Funnily enough, the hometown of Hengist of Woodcroft (fw11). Woodcroft is a tiny village located in Gloucestershire, England. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:16 — 4.8MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Buildings • Wizarding places After the Great Sasquatch Rebellion of 1892, MACUSA was relocated to New York (Pm:History of Magic in North America). When the Woolworth Building was being built between 1910-1912, the construction site was infiltrated by wizards who concealed a secret space for their use that could be opened using spells. Thus… Read More
• Regions, counties, and territories Worcestershire is a county in western England, and formerly the location of a monastery of Franciscan friars, one of whom saw a Jarvey in the middle ages in the monastery’s herbe garden (FB). Upon research, there seems to have been only one such monastery in Worcestershire at the time, so… Read More
• Source The Wizarding World of Harry Potter consists of two theme parks connected by a replica of the Hogwarts Express. Although the parks in general are recreations of the film sets and therefore not canon, Rowling herself contributed many details beyond what was already provided in the novels. Therefore some aspects… Read More