• Character A wizarding family. Notable members of the Calderon-Boot family include Chadwick Boot, one of the founders of Ilvermorny Wizarding School and author of Chadwick’s Charms Vols. I-VII. He married Josefina Calderon, a healer from Mexico. Their descendants in the Calderon-Boot family are among the most prominent in North America today. Read More
• Muggle places • Quidditch places The campground set up for the Quidditch World Cup final in 1994 is located next to a wood and a twenty minute walk away from a “nice deserted moor” and the Quidditch World Cup Stadium. This campground was where the Weasley family stayed the day before and the… Read More
• Hogwarts academics Hogwarts students receive career advice from their Heads of House in their OWL year, some weeks prior to the examinations, to help establish what subjects the students need to concentrate on to achieve the required OWL and NEWT scores for their chosen occupations. Podcast:… Read More
• Occupations A caretaker is a person employed to look after a building. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:55 — 4.5MB)Subscribe: Apple… Read More
• Businesses, merchants, and shops A Wizarding shopping area near Diagon Alley in London. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:55 — 4.5MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts |… Read More
• Character Caspar Crouch, a member of the pure-blood Crouch family, married Charis Black c. 1940. They had one son and two daughters. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:55 — 4.5MB)… Read More
• Glossary “The cat’s among the pixies” is the wizarding equivalent of “the cat’s among the pigeons”, i.e. trouble has broken out. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:55 — 4.5MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Character Employee of the Magical Maintenance Department for the Ministry of Magic and known as “Reg.” Married to Mary Cattermole and father to three children: Alfred, Ellie, and Maisie (DH13). Accosted by who he thought was Mafalda Hopkirk with a Puking Pastille. Believed to have gone into hiding with his… Read More
• Glossary Wizaring version of “they got on like a house on fire,” i.e. very, very well. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:55 — 4.5MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Caves and vaults Located just outside Hogsmeade, this cave was the place Dumbledore recommended Sirius Black hide so that he could keep an eye on Harry during the Triwizard Tournament. Podcast: Play in new window |… Read More
• Source The script for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, released in book form. Two editions of the play will be published, the initial script and, at a later day, the Definitive Collectors Edition, which will present the script in its final form after previews are finished. The Special Rehearsal Edition… Read More
• Source The first act of the play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.” Harry and Ginny bring their children to Platform Nine and Three-Quarters to board the train to Hogwarts. Aboard the train, Albus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy become friends. Albus and Harry’s relationship becomes difficult over the next three years. Read More
• Headlines and advertisements Celestina Warbeck Concert Causes Broom Smash over Liverpool is an article appearing on the front page of the Daily Prophet (DP2). As reported in the article, a three broom “pile-up” occurred over the River Mersey involving five ticket-holders to the Celestina Warbeck concert. While no one was seriously injured, they were… Read More
• Source The second film in the Fantastic Beasts series, which is entitled Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:55 — 4.5MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Event Sometime after the end of the Quidditch World Cup final, the carousing in the campground turns malicious. A crowd of Death Eaters magically hoists the Muggle Roberts family high into the air and tosses them about. Other witches and wizards, perhaps drunk or merely overcome by a mob mentality, happily… Read More
• Glossary A small ornamental box or chest for holding jewels, letters, or other valuable objects. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:55 — 4.5MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Character Glenda Chittock is a popular presenter of the W.W.N. (Wizarding Wireless Network) program Witching Hour (FW).   Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:55 — 4.5MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Food and drinks Chocolate frogs are a very popular sweet made from chocolate in the form of a frog. They come with a collectible card of a famous witch or wizard in each pack (PS6, GF23). Chocolate frog cards are sold on the cart aboard the Hogwarts Express as well as at… Read More
• Titles, nicknames, and honorifics “The Chosen One” was a name applied to Harry Potter in reference to Professor Trelawney’s prophecy about an individual destined to defeat or be defeated by Lord Voldemort. Podcast: Play in new window |… Read More
• Glossary A religious or secular winter holiday celebrated by Muggles and Wizards alike on December 25. Christmas celebrations at Hogwarts are very memorable. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:55 —… Read More
• Hogwarts Each year the teachers at Hogwarts decorate twelve Christmas trees for the Great Hall. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:55 — 4.5MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Headlines and advertisements Classified Advertisements is a regular page appearing in the Daily Prophet, of great utility to the wizarding community (DP2). This section includes columns listing recruitment opportunities, items for sale, dating/Lonely Hearts and family announcements. The listing on Page 2 of the Prophet included: Jobs “Hit-witch or wizard” for the Magical Law Enforcement Squad Assistant… Read More
• Clothing Traditional wizard clothing consists of robes, cloaks, boots, and possibly a hat of some kind. The colors are bright and and the style somewhat extravagant. (Lockhart is a noteworthy example of this.) Students of fourth year and above are required to have dress robes to wear to formal events. Harry:… Read More
• Food and drinks These are sold in Honeydukes next to the blood-flavored lollipops in the far corner of the shop marked “Unusual Tastes” (PA10). Remembering that Fred once gave him an acid pop that burned a hole in his tongue, Ron considered retaliating by passing off a cockroach cluster as peanuts (… Read More
• Mythological and legendary places The ancient Greek Apollonian oracle, founded by Mopsus, was located in Colophon (fw). Colophon was an ancient Greek city that was destroyed many centuries ago. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration:… Read More
• Communication Witches and wizards employ a number of methods to communicate with each other. Sending letters by owl post is the most common, but other forms of communication include Wizarding Wireless radios and talking through fireplaces. Podcast: Play in… Read More
• Magical effects There are laws of magic governing what you can conjure and what you can’t, such as Gamp’s Law of Elemental Transfiguration, to which food is one of the five exceptions (you can’t create food out of nothing) (DH29). However, food can be increased or transported from one place to… Read More
• Sports and competitions The Contorting Cereals class is a division in the Annual International Wizard Gardening Competition (DP1). Entries in this class have been seen by Muggles and were the subject of much speculation. A new Ministry of Magic report suggests that this class be therefore banned from future competition (DP1). Read More
• Ministry of Magic The high Wizard court of law, held in a dungeon (GF30) Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:55 — 4.5MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Glossary Wizarding equivalent of the phrase “Don’t count your chickens before they hatch,” meaning don’t assume that you know what the outcome of the situation will be. Podcast: Play in new window | Download… Read More
• Place Well over 40 countries are mentioned in the Harry Potter books. For complete lists, please refer to the continent pages: Africa Asia Australia Europe North America South America Podcast: Play in new window |… Read More
• Historical events When the Magical Congress of the United States (MACUSA) moved to Washington in 1777, the Great Meeting Chamber there was enlarged for a gathering of thousands of North American witches and wizards to debate whether they owed allegiance to their countries alone, or the international community at large. Since the… Read More
• Character Glinda Crook was a witch who worked for the Campaign for Greater Freedom for Wizards (DP4). Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:55 — 4.5MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Source HRH decide not to confront Hagrid, as time passes and there are no more attacks. Second-year students choose their courses for the next year, Quidditch practice becomes more frequent, Harry returns to his dormitory to find his belongings ransacked and the diary gone. Harry hears the voice again, Hermione runs… Read More
• Quote “Curiosity is not a sin,” he said.  “But we should exercise caution with our curiosity… yes, indeed….” Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:55 — 4.5MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Wizarding culture The Wizarding community in Britain uses gold Galleons, silver Sickles, and bronze Knuts as currency. Other countries have their own currency. For example, in the United States, wizards use Dragots. Podcast: Play in new window |… Read More