• Cities Famous for its seventeenth-century hysteria over witchcraft and witch trials, Salem is today a typical suburb of Boston, Massachusetts. There is still a witches’ institute in Salem, which Harry Potter saw when he walked by their tent at the Quidditch World Cup (GF7). Podcast:… Read More
• Organizations A Salem-based organisation for witches to support one another in their endeavours (JKR:Tw). Some members of the Institute attended the Quidditch World Cup in 1994 (GF7). Podcast: Play in new window |… Read More
• Creature Sasabonsams are “vampiric, spindle-legged creatures” native to Nigeria. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:55 — 4.5MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts |… Read More
• Historical places Coastal city in the southern United States located in the state of Georgia. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:55 — 4.5MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Place Scandinavia is a region in northern Europe which includes Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden, though this exact definition is somewhat flexible. It is specifically mentioned in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them as a natural habitat for the Bowtruckle, Horklump, and troll. Podcast:… Read More
• Plants • Potion ingredients A potion ingredient used to make Confusing and Befuddlement Draughts. The plant is supposed to inflame the brain, and therefore useful to producing hot-headedness and recklessness (OP18). Podcast: Play in new window | Download… Read More
• Creature A gigantic (can grow to a hundred feet in length), snake-like beast with a horselike head and a long snakelike body rising in humps out of the sea as it moves through the water; found in the Atlantic, Mediterranean, and Pacific Oceans. The sea serpent has received very bad Muggle… Read More
• Quidditch The Seeker is the Quidditch player whose objective is to spot and catch the Golden Snitch (CS7). Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:55 — 4.5MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Creature The Selma is a large serpent found in icy Norwegian lakes. They eat fish and human flesh. The Norwegian Quidditch team brought one as their team mascot in 2014, were it caused a conflict that eventually included many of the other mascots. Podcast:… Read More
• Place Home of Kingsley Shacklebolt, this was one of the many houses set up as a safe haven by the Order of the Phoenix in preparation for moving Harry from number four, Privet Drive (DH3). Podcast: Play in… Read More
• Thing A type of wizarding sweet (CC1.3). Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:55 — 4.5MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts |… Read More
• Place In Diagon Alley: Apothecary Eeylops Owl Emporium Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlor (closed in 1996) Flourish and Blotts Gambol and Japes junk shop the Leaky Cauldron Madam Malkin’s Robes for All Occasions Magical Menagerie Obscurus Books Ollivander’s (closed in 1996) Quality Quidditch Supplies Twilfitt and Tatting’s Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes WhizzHard Books… Read More
• Creature A magically-created species of saltwater fish, found in the Atlantic Ocean, which is covered in spines and which deliberately seeks out and destroys Muggle fishing nets. The first shrake were supposedly created in the 1800s by a group of wizard fisherfolk who had been insulted by Muggles. The shrake, by… Read More
• Mysterious places The Shrieking Shack is a creepy abandoned building just outside the town of Hogsmeade. Falsely rumored to be “the most haunted building in Britain,” the Shrieking Shack is a favorite stop on any Hogsmeade visit (PA8). However, the wails that were once heard emanating from this creepy building were… Read More
• Wizarding culture Sickles are silver coins used in the Wizarding World. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:55 — 4.5MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts |… Read More
• Quote “The trouble is, the other side can do magic too, Prime Minister.” Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:55 — 4.5MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Magical artifacts In Dumbledore’s day (although not in Armando Dippet’s), the office contained a number of spindly-legged tables supporting various frail “curious silver instruments” (CS12), the function of which Harry did not know. They usually whirred and emitted little puffs of smoke. Podcast:… Read More
• Character Wizard whose letter was published in The Daily Prophet proposing the creation of a new wizarding holiday (DP1) Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:55 — 4.5MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Wizarding culture Like people everywhere, wizards pepper their speech with slang expressions and interjections. Some of these are the same as those used by their Muggle counterparts, but others are more specific to the Wizarding World. Some are even specific to the particular characters and their shared experiences (e.g. “pull a Crouch”.)… Read More
• Wizarding culture Sleekeazy’s Hair Potion is a concoction which helps manage and style hair (GF24). The motto is “two drops tames even the most bothersome barnet.” Sleakeazy’s was invented by Fleamont Potter in the mid-1900s and the company he built to manufacture and market the potion was very successful (Pm). Read More
• Businesses The Sleekeazy’s Hair Potion Company was founded by Fleamont Potter, grandfather of Harry Potter and the inventor of Sleekeazy’s Hair Potion, which “quadrupled the family gold.” When he retired he sold the company for a “vast profit” which added to the family fortune in the family vault at Gringotts (Pm:… Read More
• Creature Snail is the common name given to mollusks that have a coiled shell.  Snails can be found on land or in water. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:55 — 4.5MB)… Read More
• Houses and addresses This brick row house is almost certainly where Severus Snape grew up, and then lived alone for most of his adult life. Narcissa Malfoy and Bellatrix Lestrange sought him out here in 1996, when he made an Unbreakable Vow to Narcissa that he would kill Dumbledore if Draco failed to… Read More
• Place Somerset is a county in the West Country of England, home to both Bath and Exmoor. It is also the home of the Modesty Rabnott Golden Snidget Reservation, and the site of a well-known disaster in the summer of 1996 when a group of Death Eaters, together with at least… Read More
• Wizarding culture “The Can’t-Spells” was a term for non-magical humans (CG). This was one of the names for Muggles mentioned by Gellert Grindelwald when he rattled off a list of such terms while speaking to the pure-blood audience in the underground auditorium in Paris (CG). Podcast:… Read More
• Ministry of Magic A division of the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures with responsibility for ghosts Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:55 — 4.5MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Businesses, merchants, and shops Company selling used brooms (DP4) Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:55 — 4.5MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts |… Read More
• Magical identities A Squib is a non-magical person born to at least one magical parent (Pm). They are much rarer than Muggle-born witches and wizards (CS9).   Podcast: Play in new window | Download… Read More
• Headlines and advertisements The Star Letter is the best letter of the day sent in by readers and published in the Daily Prophet (DP1). In this issue, Ethelbald Mordaunt’s letter complains about the antics of his neighbour, Elladora Guffy, who thinks it fun to torment him by putting “amusing” spells… Read More
• Quidditch Nickname for the fans of the Wimbourne Wasps Quidditch team. (QA7) Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:55 — 4.5MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Towns A small town in the Canadian province of Manitoba, Stonewall is home to the Stonewall Stormers, one of the most accomplished Quidditch teams in the world (QA8). Podcast: Play in new window |… Read More
• Buildings • Hospitals • Wizarding places A home for elderly magical folks where they can live and be looked after. They don’t have to have a reason to perform magic anymore, they get to do it just for fun. Podcast: Play in new window… Read More
• Creature The streeler is a giant snail that changes color every hour, and deposits a trail of venom as it moves that kills and shrivels all vegetation over which it passes, and which can kill horklumps. It is often kept as a pet (FB). Podcast:… Read More
• Event After the security breach that caused the death of Professor Dumbledore classes are cancelled and exams are postponed. Parents arrive over the next several days to take their children home; among the students to leave are the Patil twins and Zacharias Smith. Seamus Finnigan’s mother also wants her son to leave Hogwarts,… Read More
• Glossary “Stuffed frog” is a term used to describe someone looking utterly bewildered, similar to the common Australian slang term “stunned mullet.” Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:55 — 4.5MB)… Read More
• Businesses, merchants, and shops According to the classified ads in one of Rowling’s Daily Prophets, somewhere in London is the head office of the Society for Tolerance of Vampires. The classified listing was searching for a witch or wizard to help run the candlelit office, with preference given to those with an allergy to… Read More
• Quote “It is a curious thing, Harry, but perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it.  Those who, like you, have leadership thrust upon them, and take up the mantle because they must, and find to their own surprise that they wear it well.”… Read More
• Cities Sumbawanga is a city in Tanzania, Africa Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:55 — 4.5MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts |… Read More
• Publications The Sunday Prophet is a weekend edition of the Daily Prophet, the newspaper of the wizarding world. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:55 — 4.5MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Place     A beautiful country in northern Europe and part of Scandinavia, Sweden is well-known for having one of the highest standards of living in the world. It is the natural habitat of the Swedish Short Snout Dragon (including at least one Reservation), and home of… Read More
• Creature A species of dragon, native to Sweden. Its habitat is wild, uninhabited mountain areas. The Short-Snout is silvery-blue in color and it’s flame is a brilliant blue (FB). Sweden maintains a dragon reservation for the Short-Snout, located in the mountainous heart of the country somewhere between Arjeplog in the north and Kopparberg… Read More
• Nature preserves This reservation in Sweden is part of the path of an annual broom race, from Kopparberg to Arjeplog (QA2).   Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:55 — 4.5MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Businesses The most famous sweetshop in the wizarding world would seem to be Honeydukes, which is located in Hogsmeade and owned by Ambrosius Flume (HBP4) and his wife. The shop is filled with “shelves upon shelves of the most succulent-looking sweets imaginable” (PA10). Podcast:… Read More
• Cities The Sweetwater All-Stars are a U.S. Quidditch team that recently gained international notoriety when they defeated the Quiberon Quafflepunchers after a five-day match (QA8). Sweetwater is a small city in central Texas, in the southern United States. Podcast:… Read More
• Countries A country in Asia. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:55 — 4.5MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts |… Read More