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After the events of book five, one can’t help but wonder whether Harry is really safe now in Privet Drive. Has the protection reached critical mass at this point, and are the risks beginning to outweigh the benefits? Obviously when Voldemort was Vapormort, and the most loyal Death Eaters were incarcerated in Azkaban, the protection held up very… Read More
• Plants Centaurs burn this, observing the fumes and flames to refine the results of their stargazing (OP27). Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:01 — 4.6MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Creature Sasabonsams are “vampiric, spindle-legged creatures” native to Nigeria. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:01 — 4.6MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts |… 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
• 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
• 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
• Dark magic items A heavy gold locket carrying Salazar Slytherin’s mark (an ornate serpentine S). Inherited by Merope Gaunt Riddle, pawned during her pregnancy to Borgin and Burkes, purchased by Hepzibah Smith, and subsequently stolen by Tom Riddle upon her murder (HBP20).  It was made into a Horcrux by Voldemort. At some… Read More
• Creature Snakes are reptilian creatures. Below is a list of snake and snake-like creatures found in the magical world: ashwinder basilisk boa constrictor – Harry accidentally released from the zoo, frightening Dudley half to death and resulting in a severe punishment from Uncle Vernon (PS2) dragon Nagini occamy runespoor sea… Read More
• Quote Q: Will Snape ever fall in love? JKR: Who on earth would want Snape in love with them? That’s a very horrible idea. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:01… Read More
• Magical artifacts The most fabulous magic item of them all, the goal of alchemists and wizards for centuries. There was only one such stone known to be in existence, one created by Nicolas Flamel. The Philosopher’s Stone gives unlimited gold and immortality. Rather a nice payoff, but perhaps it isn’t as perfect… Read More
• Creature A Sphinx has the head of a human and the body of a lion, the capacity for human speech, and an innate love of puzzles and riddles, but due to its violent tendencies it has been placed in the ‘beast’ rather than the ‘being’ category (FB).   Podcast:… 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
• 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