• Countries A country in Africa and home to the Sumbawanga Sunrays Quidditch team. (QA8) Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:55 — 4.5MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Cities A small, South American city perched on the edge of the Amazon rainforest in Peru, this “city of palms” is the home of South America’s most famous Quidditch team, the Tarapoto Tree-Skimmers (QA8). Podcast: Play in new window… Read More
• Event The third task is a maze of 20 foot high hedges on the quidditch pitch, with the Triwizard cup placed in the center. The first to reach it will be the winner of the Triwizard tournament. Hagrid and Professors McGonagall, Moody and Flitwick are dispatched as patrollers around the edge… Read More
• Source The Tales of Beedle the Bard ‘Translated from the original runes by J. K. Rowling’ Hand-written and illustrated by Rowling and sold at auction 13 December 2007 Rowling created seven copies of this book. Six copies were given to people who had been especially close to the Harry Potter series… Read More
• Source A foolish king decided to claim all magic for himself. He banished all true witches and wizards and hired a charlatan to teach him magic. The charlatan collected pay for teaching nonsense to the kind, until the monarch decided to demonstrate his new skills to his people. The charlatan, realizing… Read More
• Source Three witches and a hapless knight are on a quest to find the Fountain of Fair Fortune in its enchanted garden. Once a year, one unfortunate person is given the chance to find the Fountain and bathe in it, thereby gaining good fortune forever. The four travelers decide to help… Read More
• Source Three brothers use magic to cheat death. Death appears and offers them each one magical item. The choices of the older two brothers lead to their undoing and early deaths, while the youngest brother chooses wisely and lives to a ripe old age. Podcast:… Read More
• Source This dark, “gothic” tale tells of a young warlock who removes his own heart by terrible Dark Arts to protect himself from the foolishness of love. When he meets a witch who he wants to win for himself, his folly results in the both of their deaths.  … Read More
• Source A “kindly old wizard” dies and leaves his magical cooking pot to his foolish son. The son spurns his neighbours’ requests for help and discovers that the pot becomes more and more annoying as it takes on the neighbour’s ailments and problems. In the end, the son learns to help… Read More
• Place A small city in central Togo, Tchamba is home to the Tchamba Charmers, a Quidditch team known for being “masters of the reverse pass” (QA8).   Podcast: Play in new window | Download… Read More
• Thing Wizards attending the Quidditch World Cup have been known to customise their tents both inside and out, even though they are supposed to be keeping a low profile. Podcast: Play in new window |… Read More
• Event On the last Saturday before the Christmas Holiday, there is a Hogsmeade trip. Along with an unspecified number of fourth-through-seventh years, all the third years besides Harry are allowed to go to the village to enjoy themselves and do some Christmas shopping. (PA10) Thanks to his invisibility cloak and the… Read More
• Wizarding culture W.O.M.B.A.T. stands for Wizards’ Ordinary Magic and Basic Aptitude Test. It is administered by the Wizarding Examinations Authority. The head of this Authority is Griselda Marchbanks, CDMG, APMD, fbBB (JKR). These tests could be taken by Muggles as well as wizards, but the Wizarding Examinations Authority “does… Read More
• Place Tibet is a region of southwestern China famous for its beautiful, high mountains and for the spiritual lives and offerings of many of its people.  It is also famous in both the Muggle world and wizarding world for its Yeti – along with the Loch Ness Monster, one of the… Read More
• Event Toots grows up to become a famous Wizarding celebrity gardener and herbologist. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:55 — 4.5MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Essay
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One of the more interesting mysteries about the Harry Potter universe is when the stories in the books take place. There have been a lot of discussions and debates about this subject and some fans have done amazingly detailed research trying to determine the years involved. This page presents some… Read More
• Magical artifacts The Time-Turner is a small silver hourglass worn on a chain around the neck. It is a very powerful and dangerous magical item which literally turns back time for the user, one hour per inversion of the glass, thanks to the Hour-Reversal Charm contained within it (Pm). Podcast:… Read More
• Wizarding villages Though a Muggle village, Tinworth has been a place where wizarding families have congregated for hundreds of years, much like Godric’s Hollow and Ottery St. Catchpole (DH16). Among the town’s current wizarding residents are Bill and Fleur Weasley, whose Shell Cottage home is on the outskirts of Tinworth (… Read More
• Countries A country in West Africa and home to the Quidditch team, the Tchamba Charmers. (QA8) Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:55 — 4.5MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Towns A suburb of Exeter in Devon, England, Topsham is a coastal town that is over seven hundred years old. It is also the home of Madam Z. Nettles, a witch who used Kwikspell to improve her magical abilities. Her statement is part of the Kwikspell literature that Harry once read… Read More
• Cities The most successful Japanese Quidditch team is based in Toyohashi – the Toyohashi Tengu. From an international perspective, this team is rather unusual in that it ceremonially sets fire to its brooms following each defeat (QA8). The city of Toyohashi, located on Japan’s southern Pacific coast, is thousands of years… Read More
• Magical effects The Trace is the charm that detects magical ability around under-seventeens. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:55 — 4.5MB)Subscribe: Apple… Read More
• Magical discipline Transfiguring oneself, a specialty of students at the African school Uagadou (Pm). Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:55 — 4.5MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Hogwarts academics Transfiguration is magic which changes one object into another. It is possible to change inanimate objects into animate ones and vice versa. Some Transfiguration spells alter a part of something, such as changing a person’s ears from normal into rabbit ears. At Hogwarts, Transfiguration is taught by Professor McGonagall. Fifty… Read More
• Publications “Transfiguration Today” is one of several ‘trade’ magazines in the wizarding world. This magazine has international readership, and it has been around for decades. Tina and Queenie Goldstein had this magazine, along with The Witch’s Friend and Witch Chat, in their apartment (WFT). “The Magazine that Changes Lives”, according to their advertisement in the… Read More
• Regions, counties, and territories Though once a sovereign nation in its own right, Transylvania became part of Romania after World War I and has remained so ever since. It is of course also known for being the setting of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, giving it a stereotyped association with vampires and… Read More
• Organizations A pressure group campaigning for greater rights for trolls in the wizarding world (DP2) Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:55 — 4.5MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Headlines and advertisements Troll Rights Movement Out of Control is an article on the front page of the Daily Prophet reporting the disruption of a meeting of campaigners for the suppression of trolls (DP2). Spokeswitch for the Troll Rights Movement, Miss Heliotrope Willis, accompanied by troll bodyguards, invaded a meeting being held… Read More
• Quote “The truth,” Dumbledore sighed.  “It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.” Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:55 — 4.5MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Character A “little tufty-haired man” wearing black robes spoke at Dumbledore’s funeral, giving a eulogy. From what Harry can hear — phrases like “nobility of spirit” — it was a speech praising the life of the Headmaster(HBP30). In the midst of these high-sounding words, Harry remembered Dumbledore’s idea of a… Read More
• Countries Bridging the border between southeastern Europe and the Middle East, Turkey (and the former Ottoman Empire) has found itself literally and figuratively caught in the middle of a number of large events throughout history, though the country as it currently stands has existed for less than a century. Read More
• Headlines and advertisements I’m Turning Purple is the title of a letter appearing on the Problem Page of the Daily Prophet (DP3). Mr Howland Coopey wrote to the Prophet describing symptoms of a green and purple rash coupled with sparks when he sneezed. Professor Helbert Spleen of St. Mungo’s… Read More
• Towns Home of the Tutshill Tornados, a member of the British and Irish Quidditch League with a long history of success (QA7). Tutshill itself is a town in southeastern Wales, east of Newport. See also the Muggle Encyclopedia entry for Tutshill. Podcast:… Read More
• Businesses, merchants, and shops An upscale clothing shop located in Diagon Alley. After encountering Harry, Ron, and ‘mudblood’ Hermione in Madam Malkin’s, Narcissa and Draco Malfoy took their business to Twilfitt and Tattings instead (HBP6, Pm). Podcast: Play in new window |… Read More