• Spells The Banishing Charm sends an object away from the caster; the target object is said to have been Banished. The Banishing Charm is considered to be the reverse spell to the Summoning Charm (GF26). Podcast: Play in… Read More
• Character Barnabas the Barmy was a wizard who famously tried to teach ballet to trolls but was clubbed for his efforts. Barnabas is depicted on a moving tapestry on seventh floor of Hogwarts which shows his foolish attempt to train trolls for the ballet. The tapestry hangs opposite the entrance to… Read More
• Character A red-haired Muggle boy whose appearance Harry uses in his “Cousin Barny” role at Bill and Fleur’s wedding (DH8). Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:33 — 4.2MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Event Bertha Jorkins comes to her boss’ house with papers for him to sign and overhears Winky speaking to the hidden Barty Crouch Jr. in the kitchen. She hears enough to figure out that Crouch Sr. is hiding his supposedly dead convict son in his home, and confronts the elder Crouch… Read More
• Character Baruffio was a wizard who mispronounced a charm and suffered for it (PS10). Lent his name to some patent medicine of dubious value called Baruffio’s Brain Elixir (OP31). Podcast: Play in new window |… Read More
• Character Ali Bashir was a flying carpet merchant who was very interested in importing flying carpets into Britain. Arthur Weasley wouldn’t allow it, so Ali tried to smuggle carpets in (GF7, GF23). Podcast: Play in new window… Read More
• Character Basil Horton played for the Falmouth Falcons Quidditch team in the 1920s. Along with his Falcons teammate Randolph Keitch, he started the Comet Trading Company in 1929. He and Randolph are also the creators of the Horton-Keitch Braking Charm (QA9). Podcast:… Read More
• Glossary A shiny ball hung on a Christmas tree as decoration. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:33 — 4.2MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts… Read More
• Quidditch Beaters’ bats, which are also called “clubs”, are enchanted wooden bats used in the game of Quidditch by Beaters. Beaters hit the Bludgers with the bats in an effort to affect their flight (away from fellow team members and/or toward opposing team members). The enchantments are necessary because of… Read More
• Clothing A type of magical robe sold at Madam Malkin’s in Diagon Alley (DP1). Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:33 — 4.2MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Glossary British slang for idiot Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:33 — 4.2MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts |… Read More
• Spells The Bird-Conjuring Charm produces a flock of small, twittering birds. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:33 — 4.2MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts… Read More
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• Character Balfour Blane was a wizard who established the Committee on Experimental Charms. He appears on a Famous Wizards card (FW). Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:33 — 4.2MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Character Timothy Blenkinsop is a supporter of the Puddlemere United Quidditch team in the 1990s (DP4). Interviewed by the Daily Prophet, Blenkinsop was 23 at the time of Puddlemere’s 30 September match against the Holyhead Harpies. He was caught in the ensuing riot and still had a tail resulting from… Read More
• Quidditch Blooder is an early Quidditch term for the “ball” that evolved into the modern Bludger. They were likely to have been flying rocks (QA3, QA6). The term was first used in Goodwin Kneen‘s twelfth century letter to his cousin Olaf in Norway to describe the… Read More
• Broomsticks The Bluebottle is a type of broom, aimed at the general transport market rather than for sports or racing use (GF8). It was advertised at the Quidditch World Cup final in 1994 on the blackboard. Marketed as a safe and reliable broom for families, it includes a built-in… Read More
• Spells The Boggart Banishing Spell requires the caster to visualize his or her worst fear in an amusing form while reciting the incantation “Riddikulus!” When performed correctly, this forces the boggart to take on an appearance which will inspire the laughter that overwhelms and banishes the creature. Podcast:… Read More
• Character Chadwick Boot, spellbook author and one of the founders of Ilvermorney wizarding school, was the elder son of wizard parents who foolishly wandered into the wilds of 17th century America and were killed by a Hidebehind. He and his younger brother Webster were rescued by Isolt Sayre, who taught them… Read More
• Character Gladys Boothby created the Moontrimmer racing broom in 1901, but was unable to keep up with commercial demand for it by Quidditch enthusiasts who wanted the broom’s new height-flying features (QA9). Podcast: Play in new window… Read More
• Source The Book of Spells is an augmented reality video game product which can only be played on the PlayStation using the Move Controllers. The material for the game was written by Rowling (which makes the content canon). The Book of Spells is a 200-year-old primer used in… Read More
• Character Bowman Wright was a Metal Charmer and was born in Godric’s Hollow in 1492*. His father was a Muggle and mother a Witch (FW, WoM, DH16). Combining his love of science and sport, Wright invented the Golden Snitch, which immediately replaced the endangered … Read More
• Event The Famous Wizard card for Bowman Wright lists his birth year as 1492. This is clearly an error, as he is said to have invented the Golden Snitch in the 1300s (three hundred years after Quidditch was invented in the 1000s) (QA4). Podcast:… Read More
• Spells The Braking Charm allows a broomstick to stop effectively. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:33 — 4.2MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts… Read More
• Spells Bridging Charms were used to create walkways over other spectators to reach celebrities in the VIP boxes by excited crowd members during some of the Quidditch World Cup matches in 2014. This was reported in an article by Rita Skeeter appearing in the Daily Prophet (Pm). Podcast:… Read More
• Transportation A Broom Compass is a useful broomstick accessory, invaluable for long journeys. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:33 — 4.2MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Broomsticks Brooms are a magical mode of transportation in the Wizarding World. About Broomsticks A flying broomstick is not simply a “normal” broomstick pressed into service as a mode of transportation. The flying broomstick is a magical item with built-in charms. The earliest known evidence of a broomstick enchanted to fly… Read More
• Broomsticks A Broomstick Servicing Kit is a collection of items to help keep a racing broom in good condition. The black leather case includes a Handbook of Do-It-Yourself Broomcare, a tin of Fleetwood’s High-Finish Handle Polish, a clip-on brass broom compass and Tail-Twig Clippers (PA1). Hermione Granger bought… Read More
• Spells The Bubble-Head Charm encloses the head of the caster with a bubble of breathable air. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:33 — 4.2MB)Subscribe:… Read More