• Houses and addresses Now filled with the “odor of old age, of dust, of unwashed clothes and stale food,” the Bagshot house has been home to Bathilda Bagshot for many years. The house is located in Godric’s Hollow, in between the town square and the Potter cottage (DH17). It was here that… Read More
• Ministry of Magic A division of the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures, with responsibility for creatures defined as “beasts” Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:55 — 4.5MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Schools Beauxbatons Academy of Magic is a European school of witchcraft and wizardry, one of at least three magical schools in Europe, Beauxbatons participated alongside Hogwarts and Durmstrang in the Triwizard Tournament. Headmistress: Olympe Maxime Location: A beautiful chateau in the Pyrenees Mountains, France (Pm)… Read More
• Event Beedle, born in Yorkshire, is famous for his book of wizarding fairy tales collected as The Tales of Beedle the Bard (TBB, DH7, DH21). Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:55… Read More
• Mysterious places An imaginary triangle formed by drawing lines between Miami, Bermuda, and San Juan, the Bermuda Triangle is a region of the western Atlantic Ocean famous for unexplained disappearances of ships and planes, though there is no scientific evidence that points to a reason for such disappearances. It is mentioned in… Read More
• Character Bertie Bott is a wizard inventor who created the popular candy Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans. While experimenting with ways to create tasty candies from food, Bott accidentally included a pair of dirty socks in one of his trials, and created the first of the many surprises found in Bertie… Read More
• Food and drinks One of the most famous sweets in the wizarding world is Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans. These beans are essentially the same as Muggle jelly beans, but with flavors that Muggles would never expect. Podcast: Play in new… Read More
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Just how big is Hogwarts castle? If the Entrance Hall is big enough to hold an entire house (PS7), and the Great Hall is even bigger, it must be vast indeed. On the other hand, Harry encounters crowds in the corridors, which suggests that the students fill the space inside, and that certainly suggests a fairly… Read More
• Rules and laws The Bill of Goblin Rights is the name of proposed legislation to codify and extend the rights of goblins in the wizarding world. Members of the goblin rights group The Brotherhood of Goblins (B.O.G.) met with representatives from the Ministry of Magic to try and set out the clauses… Read More
• Character An ancient elitist, pure-blood Wizarding family, the line of which extends back at least seven centuries (OP6). The line died out with the death of Sirius Black in 1996 (OP37). Ancestry: mostly pure-blood; descendants of mixed blood are not recognized by the family. Family in general: “The… Read More
• Magical identities A witch or wizard with at least one wizarding parent but at least one Muggle parent or grandparent. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:55 — 4.5MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Wizarding culture One of the underlying problems in the wizarding world is intolerance and prejudice based on the “purity” of a person’s wizarding blood. Wizards distinguish between purebloods (no Muggle ancestry), half-blood (at least one wizarding parent but at least one Muggle parent or grandparent) and Muggle-borns (both parents were Muggles). Read More
• Moors Bodmin Moor is located in Cornwall at the southwestern tip of England. It is a historical farming region that also features a Quidditch stadium, where several matches of the British and Irish Quidditch League have been held (DP2, DP3, DP4). It is the location… Read More
• Businesses, merchants, and shops Borgin and Burkes, the most notorious of the Knockturn Alley’s Dark Magic shops, lies some way down the Alley at number 13B (JKR). Borgin and Burkes specializes in the buying and selling of “objects with unusual and powerful properties” (HBP20), and particularly items that are both “unusual and ancient” (JKR). Read More
• Bridges This bridge, which spans a river near the Lovegood house in Ottery St. Catchpole, is where Luna Lovegood fishes for Freshwater Plimpies. That is, she does so according to the lies spun by her father, Xeno (DH20). Podcast:… Read More
• Titles, nicknames, and honorifics When Harry Potter’s parents were attacked and killed by Voldemort on Halloween night in 1981, he not only survived but miraculously vanquished the Dark Lord. Within 24 hours, he had been nicknamed “The Boy Who Lived” (PS1). Podcast:… Read More
• Headlines and advertisements Brand New Harpy Saves the Day is an article about the Holyhead Harpies Quidditch team appearing in the Sports section of the Daily Prophet (DP3). This report records the views of Holyhead Harpies team captain Gwenog Jones, following the Quidditch match during which the new Chaser for their team, Valmai… Read More
• Quote “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.” Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:55 —… Read More
• Magical identities Half-breed is a derrogatory term usually used to refer to individuals whose ancestry include both humans and another kind of magical being, such as a giant or a veela. The term is also applied to centaurs, however. Podcast:… Read More
• Ministry of Magic The British and Irish Quidditch League is the professional league of Quidditch teams for England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland (QA7). The British and Irish Quidditch League was established in 1674. At that time the Department of Magical Games and Sports decided to limit both… Read More
• Event The thirteen best Quidditch teams are asked to join the league; all other teams are asked to disband. This caused plenty of anger and frustration among Quidditch fans of those teams that weren’t invited to join (QA7). Podcast:… Read More
• Ministry of Magic A division of the Department of Magical Transportation in the Ministry of Magic Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:55 — 4.5MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Hogwarts grounds Located near the Quidditch pitch, the broomshed is where the school brooms are kept. Also, students may keep their private brooms there. It has a wooden door (PS13). Podcast: Play in new window |… Read More
• Organizations A group pressing for goblin rights, including the right to carry and use wands Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:55 — 4.5MB)Subscribe:… Read More