• Character A wizarding family. Notable members of the Calderon-Boot family include Chadwick Boot, one of the founders of Ilvermorny Wizarding School and author of Chadwick’s Charms Vols. I-VII. He married Josefina Calderon, a healer from Mexico. Their descendants in the Calderon-Boot family are among the most prominent in North America today. Read More
• Muggle places • Quidditch places The campground set up for the Quidditch World Cup final in 1994 is located next to a wood and a twenty minute walk away from a “nice deserted moor” and the Quidditch World Cup Stadium. This campground was where the Weasley family stayed the day before and the… Read More
• Magical effects Wizard Space is a magical effect. It causes objects to hold more than their outer dimensions would seem to allow. Wizard Space is created by the Undetectable Extension Charm incantation “Capacious Extremis,”  and is highly regulated by the Ministry (Pm).   Podcast:… Read More
• Spells The Caterwauling Charm sets off a loud wailing noise when an unauthorized person enters the target area. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:33 — 4.2MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Character Spangle was a renowned researcher of Charms in the eighteenth century, notable for his work on Patronuses (and, specifically, the forms which Patronuses take).  The book Charms of Defence and Deterrence is considered his masterwork. Podcast: Play in new… Read More
• Character Cecily was an American witch who apparently had some sort of romantic history with MACUSA employee Sam, an Obliviator, who handed over Jacob Kowalski to Queenie Goldstein because she threatened to tell Cecily that he was now seeing Ruby, a fellow employee standing nearby (WFT). 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
• Books and Literature Chadwick’s Charms was a series of seven textbooks about charms written by Chadwick Boot. They were standard texts at Ilvermorny. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:33 — 4.2MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Books and Literature One of the scholarly journals of the wizarding world; Albus Dumbledore had at least one paper published in it when he was still quite young (DH2). Podcast: Play in new window |… Read More
• Event Sometime after the end of the Quidditch World Cup final, the carousing in the campground turns malicious. A crowd of Death Eaters magically hoists the Muggle Roberts family high into the air and tosses them about. Other witches and wizards, perhaps drunk or merely overcome by a mob mentality, happily… Read More
• Headlines and advertisements Chaos Reigns on Exmoor for Falcons & Pride of Portree is an article in the Sports section of the Daily Prophet (DP2). The Prophet reported on the fiasco that took place during the Quidditch match between the Falmouth Falcons and Pride of Portree on… Read More
• Spells A Charm to Cure Reluctant Reversers is a broom charm, presumably to overcome difficulties with backing up. This spell appears on page twelve of the Handbook of Do-It-Yourself Broom Care, which Hermione Granger bought by mail-order for Harry’s 13th birthday (PA2). Podcast:… Read More
• Magical discipline Charms are a type of magic spell concerned with enchanting an object to behave in a way that isn’t normal for that object. For example, the Summoning Charm brings an object to the caster. Charms is also something of a catch-all for spells that aren’t Transfiguration (spells that change the… Read More
• Hogwarts academics Classwork involves trying and practicing various charms. The Hogwarts Charms teacher is Professor Flitwick (PS8). Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:33 — 4.2MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Hogwarts castle and grounds • Rooms, chambers, and floors The Charms classroom is located in the Charms Corridor on the third floor of Hogwarts. It is located “miles from the trophy room”, but close to the forbidden corridor where Fluffy was being kept in Harry’s first year (PS9). It has one window that overlooks the front entrance of Hogwarts… Read More
• Hogwarts castle and grounds • Rooms, chambers, and floors The Charms corridor, which contain the Professor Flitwick’s Charms Classroom, is located on the third floor of Hogwarts. The forbidden corridor housing Fluffy in PS is nearby. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:33… Read More
• Books and Literature The book Charms of Defence and Deterrence  is considered to be the masterwork of eighteenth-century Charms researcher Catullus Spangle. This book includes a lot of information about the Patronus Charm. Podcast: Play in new window |… Read More
• Spells A Cheering Charm cheers a person up, makes them happy. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:33 — 4.2MB)Subscribe: Apple… Read More
• Hogwarts For those who stay at Hogwarts for the Christmas holidays, enchantment and extravagance await. Harry has fond memories of spending Christmas at Hogwarts, since he never had any fun with the Dursleys. When he and Hermione visit Godric’s Hollow, the carols coming from the church remind him of “Peeves bellowing… Read More
• Hogwarts Several kinds of living creatures are used as Christmas ornaments as well as many inanimate objects, including: Bubbles, everlasting candles, everlasting icicles, and enchanted snow. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration:… Read More
• Plants The Christmas rose is a beautiful evergreen plant that blooms in the winter, often in the snow. It is not actually a rose at all but rather a plant in the same family as the buttercup. Hermione made a wreath of Christmas roses for Harry to place on his parents’ graves… Read More
• Headlines and advertisements Classified Advertisements is a regular page appearing in the Daily Prophet, of great utility to the wizarding community (DP2). This section includes columns listing recruitment opportunities, items for sale, dating/Lonely Hearts and family announcements. The listing on Page 2 of the Prophet included: Jobs “Hit-witch or wizard” for the Magical Law Enforcement Squad Assistant… Read More
• Broomsticks The Cleansweep Broom Company, started in 1926 by Bob, Bill and Barnaby Ollerton, produces a series of sport broomsticks. Features The Ollerton brothers produced large numbers of Cleansweeps aimed specifically at the racing and Quidditch markets. Models released by the company include: Cleansweep 1, Cleansweep… Read More
• Buildings Ancient Roman amphitheatre and famous landmark. In 1754, an explosion at the finish line of a broom race damages the Colosseum. It is soon repaired by Ministry employee Orabella Nuttley with her invention, the Mending Charm (BoS). Podcast:… Read More
• Magical effects A Charm that is required during the practical portion of the Charms O.W.L. Possibly the same as the flashing paint charm. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:33 —… Read More
• Magical objects Colour-Change Ink changes the colour of the writing as it is being used. Harry Potter replaces the top onto a bottle of Colour-Change Ink when packing his things into his trunk before leaving the Dursleys’ house with Albus Dumbledore for his sixth year at Hogwarts School… Read More
• Broomsticks The Comet 140 was the first of the Comet series of racing brooms produced by the Comet Trading Company, founded by Randolph Keitch and Basil Horton in 1929 (QA9). The broom’s model number reflected the number of prototypes tested during its development. It incorporated the… Read More
• Broomsticks The Comet Trading Company was founded in 1929 by Basil Horton and Randolph Keitch (who had both played for the Falmouth Falcons Quidditch team). The company produced a very popular series of broomsticks (QA9). Features and models The Comet series brooms featured the Horton-Keitch braking charm which gave Quidditch players… Read More
• Ministry of Magic A committee with an office inside the Ministry of Magic with responsibility for keeping track of new charms, and likely suppressing the illegal ones Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:33 — 4.2MB)Subscribe:… 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
• Spells A charm used to hide an object. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:33 — 4.2MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts |… Read More
• Hogwarts Filch has a drawer in his filing cabinet marked this. Naturally, the Weasley twins dove right in and discovered the Marauder’s Map (PA10). Remus Lupin told Harry he also found a Boggart for Patronus practice lurking in the filing cabinet (PA12). It’s possible he was looking for the Map… Read More
• Spells The Confundus Charm is a spell which causes confusion. A person who is affected by this Charm is said to be Confunded. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:33… Read More
• Magical effects There are laws of magic governing what you can conjure and what you can’t, such as Gamp’s Law of Elemental Transfiguration, to which food is one of the five exceptions (you can’t create food out of nothing) (DH29). However, food can be increased or transported from one place to… Read More
• Spells Attempted by caretaker Rancorous Carpe in 1876 to keep Peeves the poltergeist inside a “vast enchanted bell jar,” but the plan failed when Peeves broke the glass and escaped armed with weaponry (Pm). If only he had used an Unbreakable Charm, too. Podcast:… Read More
• Spells A corporeal Patronus is a fully-shaped spirit animal conjured with the Patronus Charm (OP8, OP16). The Patronus Charm is extremely difficult for most witches and wizards, so a corporeal Patronus that takes the form of a living animal is rare and shows great magical ability (Pm). An “incorporeal patronus”… 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
• Sports and competitions Creaothceann, popular in the Middle Ages and invented in Scotland, it is considered to be probably the most dangerous of all broom games (QA2). Notes Playing the game involves trying to catch hundreds of falling rocks and bludgers within cauldrons strapped to the players’ heads. It inevitably caused… Read More
• Character Delfina Crimp was a wizarding seamstress in the fifteenth century, famous for inventing the Severing Charm. She was one of the most fashionable dressmaker in London at the time, and pretended to be a muggle.  She was found out by a rival tailor, Snickerton, who spied on her and saw… Read More
• Magical effects Crop-related charms are various spells which have effects on crops, including charms which affect their growth and form. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:33 — 4.2MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Source Harry, cured, goes looking for Ron and Hermione in the girls’ toilet where they are brewing the Polyjuice Potion. Hermione steals boomslang skin from Snape’s office while Harry creates a diversion in class. A duelling club is formed by Lockhart and Snape, and during the first meeting Harry learns that… Read More
• Source Myrtle’s toilet floods, Harry finds Tom Riddle’s diary which he shows to a now fur-free Hermione, and they begin a search to discover who the owner was. Lockhart stages a Valentine’s party complete with dwarfs as cupids. That night Harry learns the secret of the diary, goes back in time,… Read More
• Source The students learn that exams will be held as usual, Ginny acts strangely, Harry and Ron visit Hermione in hospital, find she has the answer to the Chamber’s secret (a basilisk), eavesdrop on the teachers, and learn Ginny has been taken by the monster. Lockhart attempts to flee, but Harry… Read More
• Source Dobby, a house-elf, arrives in Harry’s room to warn him not to return to Hogwarts, the Dursleys’ dinner party is ruined by Dobby’s antics, and Harry is locked securely in his room. Podcast: Play in new window |… Read More
• Source Ron, Fred, and George Weasley break Harry out of his room with the car and whisk him away to the Burrow. Harry helps de-gnome the garden after Mrs. Weasley speaks her mind. Podcast: Play in new window |… Read More
• Source The entire Weasley family and Harry cram into the Ford Anglia and drive to King’s Cross Station. Harry and Ron cannot get through to the train and decide to fly the car to Hogwarts. The trip is uneventful until the end, when they lose power and crash into the Whomping… Read More
• Source Ron receives a Howler, they learn about mandrakes in Herbology, Colin Creevey asks for an autographed photo, Lockhart is the new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher, and they learn about Cornish pixies. Podcast:… Read More
• Source Harry begins Quidditch practice, words are exchanged with the Slytherin team, Ron’s spell backfires, Harry and Ron serve detention, and Harry hears a voice. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:33… Read More
• Quidditch Cuaditch is an old term for the game of Quidditch. Writing in a letter to her sister Prudence in 1269, Modesty Rabnott describes her rescue of a Golden Snidget during a game of Cuaditch. She refers to it specifically as the “noble game of Cuaditch” and… Read More
• Spells The Cushioning Charm creates an invisible “pillow” on the handle of a broom to make flying more comfortable (QA9). This spell can be used for a soft landing during an escape. Hermione cast a Cushioning Charm for protection when she, Bogrod, Harry, Ron, and Griphook were thrown from a Gringotts cart and fell a great distance (DH26). Albus Potter and… Read More