• Character Otto Obermeier is Liechtenstein’s Minister for Magic in 2014. He had to intervene when the Liechtenstein Quidditch team’s mascot, Hans the Augurey, was kidnapped during the 2014 Quidditch World Cup tournament by over-excited US fans. Obermeier and the President of MACUSA made joint statements after Hans… Read More
• Spells The Memory Modifying Charm is also called “Memory Charm”. Modifies or erases portions of a person’s memory. A person who has their memory erased can be described as “Obliviated” (WFT). Memory Modifying Charms are often used to uphold the International Code of Wizarding Secrecy and to avoid frightening Muggles. Officials… Read More
• Occupations An obliviator is a wizard or witch who is member of the Accidental Magic Reversal Squad, with special training in the use of Memory Charms. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 29:38 —… Read More
• Ministry of Magic A section of the Department of Magical Accidents and Catastrophes in the Ministry of Magic Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 29:38 — 27.7MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Continents A geographic region of the South Pacific Ocean including the continent of Australia, the country of New Zealand, and surrounding islands such as Fiji and New Guinea. Podcast: Play in new window |… Read More
• Ministry of Magic This office deals with the most serious breaches of Muggles who notice wizarding activity Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 29:38 — 27.7MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Food and drinks A strong alcoholic beverage similar to Muggle whiskey that burns the throat (OP5).   Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 29:38 — 27.7MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Furniture and household items An oil lamp is an object used to produce light continuously for a period of time using an oil-based fuel source (Wikipedia). Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 29:38 — 27.7MB)… Read More
• Character Geraint Ollivander was a great medieval wandmaker (Pm). According to his descendent Garrick Ollivander, he wrote that if someone was chosen by a cypress wand, he knew they would die a heroic death (Pm). Podcast: Play in new… 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 The start-of-term feast takes place, the Sorting Hat gives warning in its new song, Harry recognizes Dolores Umbridge as she is introduced as the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, and Harry learns that not everyone believes that Voldemort is back. Podcast:… Read More
• Source Fred and George advertise for volunteers to test their products, the trio discusses their schedules and the upcoming O.W.L.s, Harry has an outburst in Defense Against the Dark Arts, Umbridge assigns him detention for a week, and McGonagall warns him to keep his temper under control. Podcast:… Read More
• Source Harry is expelled from Hogwarts, Uncle Vernon swears, Aunt Petunia reveals knowledge of the wizarding world, Dumbledore interferes and Harry is no longer expelled, but suspended pending a Ministry of Magic disciplinary hearing. Podcast: Play in new window… Read More
• Source Hagrid returns and tells the story of his journey with Madame Maxime to the land of the giants, where they were unsuccessful in gaining an alliance. Podcast: Play in new window | Download… 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
• 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 There is a mass breakout from Azkaban, a Ministry worker dies under suspicious circumstances, and Umbridge bans the teachers from giving students information unrelated to their subjects. Harry and Cho go on a date to Hogsmeade, and Hermione and Luna Lovegood arrange for Rita Skeeter to interview Harry, with his… 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, 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 which… 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 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, 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 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: 29:38 — 27.7MB)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
• Awards • Organizations Although we now think of the Order of Merlin as an award, it was originally conceived by Merlin himself as an organization which made rules against using magic on Muggles (FW). Podcast: Play in new window |… Read More
• Towns A small town along the River Otter in Devon, near Exeter. Ottery St. Catchpole is a Muggle town but has historically also been a large settlement for wizarding families (DH16), including the Weasleys (GF6). As a result, Harry spent more time here while growing up than anywhere else… Read More
• Creature Owls in the wizarding world are regarded both as pets and as the primary method of communication. They are of course used to deliver letters and packages as part of owl post service, but to wizards they mean more than just that. On many occasions Harry thinks of Hedwig as… Read More
• Food and drinks • Sweets Snacks for owls Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 29:38 — 27.7MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts |… Read More
• Place Mrs. Georgina Smythe, struggling to keep her Flitterbloom alive, lives here in Oxfordshire, in the small town of Nettlebed.  We know of her thanks to an episode of ‘Toots, Shoots ‘n’ Roots’ that aired on Jo’s website, in which Georgina wrote in to Tilden Toots to ask about her plant. … Read More