• Character Mungo MacDuff was one of MACUSA’s original twelve aurors (Pm). Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 5:38 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts… Read More
• Character A pure-blood wizarding family, listed in the ‘Pure-Blood Directory’ (c. 1930) as one of the ‘Sacred Twenty-Eight’ families (Pm). According to Ernie, his family has been pureblood for at least nine generations (CS11). Notable Members of the Macmillan family include: Melania Macmillan (BFT) (Sirius Black’s grandmother) Ernie… Read More
• Event The Magical Congress of the United States  was housed in a secret edifice somewhere in the Appalachian Mountains until 1760, when it was relocated to Williamsburg, Virginia, the home of Thornton Harkaway, then President of MACUSA (Pm). Unfortunately for the local No-Maj population, President Harkaway raised Crups, a type of… Read More
• Character Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 5:38 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android |… Read More
• Character Mintumble was a witch who studied the properties of time. In 1899 she attempted to travel back through time and was trapped for several days in the year 1402. When she was rescued and returned to the present, her body aged centuries with the trip and she died a short time… Read More
• Character Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 5:38 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android |… Read More
• Character Madam Rosmerta is the proprietor of the Three Broomsticks in Hogsmeade. She is at least in her 30s and likely a bit older, since she was running the Three Broomsticks already back in the 1970s. She is well known by witches and wizards from all over, including the teachers from… Read More
• Character Queen Maeve was a medieval witch who trained young sorcerers in Ireland prior to the establishment of Hogwarts (FW). Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 5:38 — 6.1MB)… Read More
• Character Non-canon Weasley cousin. Rowling had created the character of a female cousin to the Weasleys for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire; however, that character disappeared in rewrites. On her website, Jo gives some more insight into the character: Her name is Mafalda, she is the daughter of the… Read More
• Character Magenta Comstock was an artist who specialised in painting portraits with magical eyes, which follow viewers both while inside the gallery but also back to their homes (JKR, WoM). Podcast: Play in new window |… Read More
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• Occupations A Magizoologist is a witch or wizard who studies magical creatures (FB). Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 5:38 — 6.1MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Character Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 5:38 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android |… Read More
• Character The first of the Malfoy family in Britain, Armand arrived in 1066 as part of William the Conqueror’s army. Armand was given a piece of land in Wiltshire as reward for his services to King William I (Pm). Podcast:… Read More
• Character Draco Malfoy is the son and only child of Lucius and Narcissa Malfoy and was a student at Hogwarts in the same year as Harry Potter. He is a rival of Harry, actively trying to undermine him in any way he can. Draco has white-blond hair and a pale, pointed face. Read More
• Character Lucius Malfoy (I) was a wizard who associated with Muggle aristocracy and royalty. Evidence suggests that he was a suitor to Queen Elizabeth I and that, unsuccessful in winning her hand, he jinxed her so she would never marry another (Pm). Podcast:… Read More
• Character Lucius Malfoy is the patriarch of the prestigious pure-blood Malfoy family, father of Draco Malfoy and one of Voldemort’s top Death Eaters. Lucius was a Death Eater during Voldemort’s first “reign of terror.” However after the Dark Lord disappeared, Malfoy “came back saying he’d never meant any of it” (… Read More
• Houses and addresses Located in southwestern England in Wiltshire (OP15), the Malfoy Mansion is a “handsome manor house” with extensive grounds (DH1). Draco Malfoy grew up here with his parents, Lucius and Narcissa, and their house-elf Dobby. Dobby was freed in 1993, and we know of no other family members or… Read More
• Character Narcissa Malfoy is Lucius’ wife and Draco’s mother, a blonde with blue eyes and a look on her face as if there were something smelly under her nose (GF8). She is fiercely protective of her son. Draco wanted to go to Durmstrang instead of Hogwarts but Narcissa nixed this… Read More
• Character Notorious member of the Malfoy family, thought to have murdered unruly Muggle tenants, disguising them as Black Death victims. He was never reprimanded by the Wizard’s Council. Podcast: Play in new window |… Read More
• Character Scorpius Malfoy is the son of Draco Malfoy and Astoria Greengrass. Scorpius greatly resembles his father Draco (DH/e, CC). An only child, Scorpius, along with his mother and father, lives apart from the wizarding world due to Astoria’s illness (CC4.4). To the disapproval of his grandparents, Lucius and… Read More
• Character An extremely influential figure in the Ministry of Magic during the late eighteenth century, during Unctuous Osbert’s time in office, although Malfoy was not an elected government official. Many believe that Osbert was controlled by Malfoy during his term as Minister. Podcast:… Read More
• Character Roger Malone was one of the original forty students at Hogwarts that J.K. Rowling created. He never appeared in canon, but did appear in the BBC interview with J.K. Rowling in 2001, Harry Potter and Me. His name also appears in a new writing from J.K. Rowling on Pottermore,… Read More
• Character Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 5:38 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android |… Read More
• Books and Literature Marvolo: The Truth is a Dark Magic book about Lord Voldemort (CC1.19). Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 5:38 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple… Read More
• Character Mary Jauncey was one of MACUSA’s original twelve aurors (Pm). Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 5:38 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts… Read More
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• Character Olympe Maxime was the headmistress of Beauxbatons Academy in France. She was respected both for her work at her job (GF29) and for her wizarding power (OP20). Though she was a half-giant with the height to prove it, she publicly denied her giant ancestry (… Read More
• Character Maximillian Crowdy was the “charismatic” eighth Minister for Magic. He served from 1770 to 1781, when time he mysteriously died in office (Pm). Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 5:38 — 6.1MB)… Read More
• Character Catriona McCormack was the Captain of and a Chaser for the Quidditch team Pride of Portree in the 1960. She led the team to two league wins during that era. McCormack also played for Scotland thirty-six times. She has a Quidditch-playing daughter, Meaghan, and a musical… Read More
• Character Elizabeth McGilliguddy was president of MACUSA during the American Revolution and the 1777 “Country or Kind?” debate. She encouraged the British Ministry of Magic to refrain from interfering in the war for American independence (Pm). Podcast: Play in… Read More
• Event Minerva McGonagall disguised as her cat Animagus arrives outside the home of the Dursley family on Privet Drive early in the morning of November 1, 1981. At half-past 8 a.m., Vernon Dursley leaves his driveway and notices a tabby cat reading a map on the corner near his house, which made… Read More
• Character Minerva McGonagall was the Transfiguration professor and Deputy Headmistress at Hogwarts for over forty years, and a powerful witch and Animagus (PS1, PS4). McGonagall has a stern exterior, keeping her classes strictly controlled and following the rules closely (PS8), yet has a warm heart and… Read More
• Character Lorcan McLaird was an eccentric Minister for Magic who was in office for just two years (1923 – 1925). Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 5:38 — 6.1MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Character Dugald McPhail was Minister for Magic during a “period of calm”from 1858 – 1865. McPhail, speaking about the Muggle Prime Minister visiting the Ministry of Magic, said that none had, because ‘their puir wee braines couldnae cope wi’ it’ (Pm). Podcast:… Read More
• Character Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 5:38 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android |… Read More
• Character Araminta Meliflua was a cousin of Sirius Black’s mother. Meliflua tried to force through a Ministry bill to make Muggle-hunting legal (OP6). Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 5:38 —… Read More
• Character Merlin, a Charms specialist sometimes known as “The Prince of Enchanters,” is unquestionably the most famous wizard of all time (PS6, FW). He was part of the Court of King Arthur (King Arthur once ruled the land that is now part of England). He believed… Read More
• Character Merope Gaunt was the daughter of Marvolo Gaunt and mother of Tom Riddle. Eighteen-year-old Merope’s hair is lank and dull and she has a “plain, pale, rather heavy face.” Her eyes also gaze in opposite directions. Merope’s father is extremely abusive to her and derisively calls her a “Squib” (and other… Read More
• Character Merwyn the Malicious was a medieval wizard credited with the invention of many unpleasant jinxes and hexes (FW). Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 5:38 — 6.1MB)… Read More
• Character Millicent Bagnold was Minister of Magic before Cornelius Fudge, from 1980-1990 (OP5). She was a “highly able Minister. Had to answer to the International Confederation of Wizards for a number of breaches of International Statute of Secrecy on the day and night following Harry Potter’s survival of Lord Voldemort’s… Read More
• Character Hortensia Milliphutt was Minister for Magic from 1841 to 1849. She introduced much more legislation than other Ministers for Magic, but some of it was pointless, such as a proposed law on “hat pointiness,” and she fell out of favor (Pm). Podcast:… Read More
• Event Her father, Robert McGonagall, is a Muggle and a Presbyterian minister. Her mother, Isobel McGonagall, is a witch. They name her after Isobel’s grandmother, who was a skilled witch (Pm). Podcast: Play in new window |… Read More
• Event With Dumbledore’s death, McGonagall, the Deputy Headmistress, takes over as Head. Unlike what happened when Umbridge became Head the previous year, the Head’s office allowed McGonagall to enter. Her first duty was to arrange for Dumbledore’s funeral, for which she solicited advice not only from the Heads of Houses but… Read More
• Event She goes to work for the Ministry of Magic in the Department of Magical Law Enforcement. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 5:38 — 6.1MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Ministry of Magic Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 5:38 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android |… Read More
• Character Famous author of the Standard Book of Spells series of books (Standard Book of Spells Grade One through [known] Grade Six) which are required textbooks for students at Hogwarts (PS5, PA4, GF10, OP9, HBP9). Podcast:… Read More
• Character Miranda Goshawk, who lived some two hundred years ago, grew up searching for a good, simple book of spells. Goshawk had a lot of older sisters who teased her by telling her the wrong incantations for spells as they were growing up. As Miranda put it, “Hand me down robes are merely… Read More
• Character Modesty Rabnott was a thirteenth century Witch living in Kent. She tried to stop Barberus Bragge from his barbaric treatment of a Golden Snidget during a Cuaditch match, only to be fined 10 Galleons for her trouble (a huge amount of money in those days). According to the… Read More
• Character Eupraxia Mole was the headmistress of Hogwarts in 1876, when she negotiated an end to a standoff with Peeves by signing a contract allowing the poltergeist certain privileges. Podcast: Play in new window |… Read More
• Character Molly Weasley is a middle-aged witch, wife of Arthur Weasley and mother of seven, who puts her family first in everything she does. Molly is a very capable witch in her own right. She is one of the “old crowd,” a group of witches and wizards who are faithful and… Read More
• Character Alastor “Mad-Eye” Moody is a retired Auror, considered one of the best Dark Wizard catchers the Ministry has ever had. Moody came on staff for a year at Hogwarts, but  spent it at the bottom of a magical trunk, unbeknownst to anyone but the imposter who put him there (… Read More
• Place Though we don’t know where Mad-Eye-Moody lives, we do know that on August 30, 1994, he was ambushed at home by Barty Crouch, Jr., Stunned, then put under the Imperius Curse (GF35). The only part of Moody’s house that seemed to be damaged in the encounter were his rubbish… Read More
• Magical objects After losing his eye while battling Death Eaters (Pm), Alastor Moody received a magical replacement that could swivel around in all directions (GF14) and even see through Harry’s Invisibility Cloak (GF25). Podcast: Play in new window… Read More
• Character Mopsus was an Ancient Greek soothsayer who vanquished the seer Calchas in a contest of their powers (FW). Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 5:38 — 6.1MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Character Mopsy Fleabert was the author of the book Animal Ghosts of Britain. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 5:38 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple… Read More
• Character Morfin Gaunt was the son of Marvolo Gaunt. He is first seen dressed in rags, his thick hair so matted with dirt the color was indistinguishable. He was missing several teeth, and his eyes, like those of his father and sister, looked in opposite directions. Morfin is a Parselmouth and… Read More
• Event He returns after a three-year sentence to find both his father, Marvolo and sister, Merope, dead. He lives alone in the Gaunt house for many years, until Tom Riddle returns and frames him for murdering the Riddle family. (HBP10) Podcast:… Read More
• Character Morgana, also known as Morgan le Fay, was a powerful Dark witch in the Middle Ages, Queen of the Island of Avalon, and half-sister to King Arthur. She was Merlin‘s greatest enemy (FW).   Podcast:… Read More
• Character Morrigan was a famous Irish witch whose Animagus was a crow (Pm).   Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 5:38 — 6.1MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Character A Ministry raid on his house in August 1992 turned up some extremely odd ferrets (CS3). Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 5:38 — 6.1MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Titles, nicknames, and honorifics Term used around 1000 A.D. to refer to Muggle-born witches and wizards. The origin of the term is obscure, but may refer to those magic-using persons “bobbing up” in a Muggle family unexpectedly. Muggle-born witches and wizards were completely accepted and even treated as special at that time, which makes… Read More
• Magical identities Muggle-born is the term used to describe a wizard or witch born of two Muggle parents. (Sometimes spelled Muggleborn with no hyphen) Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 5:38 —… Read More
• Character Either there are two Death Eaters named Mulciber, or a single one who failed a whole lot of grades. The first went to school with Voldemort and escorted him to Hogsmeade the night he applied to teach at Hogwarts (HBP20); the second a friend of Snape and Avery when… Read More
• Character Burdock Muldoon was Chief of Wizards’ Council in the mid-14th century. Muldoon tried to define the difference between a “being” and a “beast.” He decreed that any creature that had two legs was a “being,” and therefore deserving of better representation and treatment. When he called a summit meeting to discuss… Read More
• Character Zacharias Mumps wrote a description of Quidditch in 1398 which closely matches the current form of the game (QA5). Mumps emphasised the need for finding a place to play Quidditch that was secure from the notice of Muggles (QA5). He also described the duties and titles of the players, the… Read More
• Character Mungo Bonham was a famous wizard healer and the founder of Saint Mungo’s Hospital for Magical Ailments and Injuries (FW). Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 5:38 — 6.1MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Character Harfang Munter was the second Head of the Durmstrang Institute, succeeding founder Nerida Vulchanova. Munter established the school’s tradition of teaching combat and martial magic – and it’s reputation for the Dark Arts (Pm). Podcast: Play in new… Read More
• Character Musidora Barkwith was the sixteenth-century composer of the unfinished “Wizarding Suite,” the modern version of which features an exploding tuba. That musical piece has been banned since its last performance in 1902 when it blew the roof out of Ackerley Town Hall (FW). Podcast:… Read More
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• Character Myrtle Elizabeth Warren was a Ravenclaw student in the 1940s who was killed by the basilisk from the Chamber of Secrets. She became the ghost known as Moaning Myrtle. Podcast: Play in new window |… Read More