• Publications The Daily Prophet is the newspaper of the Wizarding World. It has been in existence since at least 1883, since Quidditch Through the Ages cites its coverage of Quidditch from that time (QA6). The current editor is Barnabas Cuffe (HBP4). It has offices in Diagon Alley (DP,… Read More
• Character Daisy Pennifold came up with the idea of bewitching a Quaffle to fall slowly through the air to allow Chasers to keep it in play more easily. This redesigned Quaffle is known as the Pennifold Quaffle (QA6). Pennifold came up with her Quaffle ideas in… Read More
• Spells Another name for curses, hexes and jinxes (Pm). These are not taught in Charms class, but in Defence Against the Dark Arts as defensive spells. The dark charms are also used for duelling (CS11). Podcast: Play in… Read More
• Symbols The tattooed shape of a skull with a snake crawling out of its mouth with which Lord Voldemort branded the left forearm of his followers. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:33… Read More
• Character John Dawlish was a very capable and self-assured auror. He left Hogwarts with Outstandings in all his N.E.W.T.s. He accompanied Fudge to Hogwarts to confront Harry about his secret D.A. meetings. Dawlish was knocked out along with Kingsley Shacklebolt, Dolores Umbridge, and Cornelius Fudge when … Read More
• Rules and laws The Decree for the Reasonable Restriction of Underage Sorcery was written in 1875 by the Ministry of Magic (CS2). This law forbids the use of underage magic outside of school, and is enforced by the Improper Use of Magic Office. Warnings are given for violation under paragraph C knowingly,… Read More
• Spells Aside from the fact that it is a spell to defend the caster, little is known about the actual effects produced by this spell. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:33… Read More
• Character Fleur Isabelle Delacour is a talented part-Veela witch who was the Beauxbatons champion for the 1994-1995 Triwizard Tournament (GF16). She married Bill Weasley in August, 1997. Podcast: Play in new window |… 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
• Character Delphi is a very unusual and mysterious young woman. She claims to be the niece and caretaker of Amos Diggory, now a lonely widower at the St. Oswald’s Home for Old Witches and Wizards in Upper Flagley, and calls herself Delphi (short for Delphini Diggory). She lives at… Read More
• Hogwarts Hogwarts is a place of many surprises. Not only are the doors and staircases unusual, but also the paintings on the walls and the suits of armor in the corridors act in ways a visitor might not expect. Everything seems to be alive in some fashion. The armor creaks and… Read More
• Ministry of Magic A department in the Ministry of Magic, which is the wizarding equivalent of both the Muggle police force and the judiciary Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:33 — 4.2MB)… Read More
• 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
• Source Harry and Ron bring each other up to date on their adventures, Hermione finds the triangular mark in a photograph of Dumbledore’s letters, and the trio seek out Xenophilius Lovegood at his home for further information about the mark. Podcast:… Read More
• Source Plans and preparations being complete, Griphook accompanies HRH to Gringotts, hiding with Harry under the Cloak while Hermione poses as Bellatrix and Ron assumes a false identity. By using the Imperius Curse to control the Gringotts staff members, they manage to reach the level of the Lestranges’ vault before various defences are set… Read More
• Source McGonagall orders the evacuation of those underage or who do not wish to fight. Voldemort delivers an ultimatum. Harry is told how Voldemort acquired the diadem by the Grey Lady, Ravenclaw’s ghost. She reveals that she is Helena Ravenclaw, Rowena’s daughter, and that Helena stole the diadem from her mother. After hiding the… Read More
• Source Percy and Harry carry Fred’s body to safety, then Percy rushes off to avenge his brother’s murder. Harry looks into Voldemort’s mind, so he can find out his location. Instead of fighting, Voldemort remains with Nagini in the Shrieking Shack, awaiting Harry and brooding on the Elder Wand. He reaches a… Read More
• Source Both Harry and Voldemort regain consciousness in the Forest.  Harry pretends to be dead. Narcissa Malfoy is ordered to check on Harry. She sees that he is alive, but quietly asks him if Draco is alive. Harry tells her that her son is indeed alive and she tells Voldemort that Harry is dead. Hagrid is… Read More
• Dark magic items The Diadem of Ravenclaw (also called a tiara) bestows wisdom on the wearer. It is etched with the words, “Wit beyond measure is man’s greatest treasure” (DH29, DH31). The diadem was stolen by Helena Ravenclaw in an effort to surpass her mother Rowena Ravenclaw. Helena Ravenclaw then fled to… Read More
• Spells Spell to cut something. Wand movement: a jagged, cutting down motion with the wand: up, then slash down and right, then up again (BoS3) Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:33… Read More
• Character Amos Diggory was a Ministry of Magic official who worked for the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures. Amos is a ruddy-faced wizard with a scrubby brown beard. He takes a great deal of pride in his son, Cedric, even to the point of being somewhat rude… Read More
• Spells The Disarming Charm causes opponent’s weapon to fly out of his or her hand. The opponent is then said to have been Disarmed. The  Disarming Charm is a basic defensive spell, taught at the Duelling Club by Snape (CS10). Although it is a basic spell, it is rather difficult,… Read More
• Furniture and household items In the Wizarding World, dishes, cups, and plates have the potential to serve as more than simple dinnerware, though it is certainly also used as such. Podcast: Play in new window | Download… Read More
• Spells The disillusionment charm is a charm which hides the true, magical nature of something. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:33 — 4.2MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Character Dodgy Dirk was one of the Muggles present fort he Ilfracombe Incident of 1932.  All the other Muggles present had their memories wiped by Tilly Toke and her family.  However, “Dodgy Dirk” is known to tell tales of a “dirty great flying lizard” that attacked him way back when. His… Read More
• Creature A female deer, and the Patronus of Lily Evans Potter and Severus Snape (DH19, DH33, DH36). Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:33 — 4.2MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Spells When touched, the target object will multiply, but the copies are worthless and will tarnish or break down over time.  The spell needs to be stopped by the original caster, or the objects will continue to multiply for hours or days. Also known as the “Gemino Curse” (BoS).  … Read More
• Source July 31st 1998 The Daily Prophet Price: 7 Knuts Headlines (Front Page) MUGGLES NOT AS STUPID AS WE THINK, SAYS MINISTRY REPORT FAULTY WANDS RECALLED Advertisement: Madam Malkin’s Robes for All Occasions – Summer Sale on Now. Sports Quidditch League Table and… Read More
• Source Feb 8th 1999The Daily ProphetPrice: 7 Knuts Headlines (Front Page) ENQUIRY AT THE IMPROPER USE OF MAGIC OFFICE CELESTINA WARBECK CONCERT CAUSES BROOM SMASH OVER LIVERPOOL TROLL RIGHTS MOVEMENT OUT OF CONTROL Editorial reference box to  WHY THE JOKE’S ON THE MINISTRY, NOT THE MUGGLES… Read More
• Source June 1st 1999The Daily ProphetPrice: 7 Knuts Headlines (Front Page) GOBLIN RIOTS ERUPT IN CHIPPING CLODBURY Making sure the purchaser of your old wand is human (page 11) Why can’t goblins be more like elves? (page 32) Advertisement: TerrorTours Problem Page HOW MUCH REVENGE… Read More
• Source Oct 1st 1999The Daily ProphetPrice: 7 Knuts Headlines MINISTRY IMPOSES RESTRICTIONS NEW POTION GIVES HOPE FOR HAGS Advertisement: Poor memory? Sports Quidditch League Table & Match Information Ballycastle Bats lead the league with 820 points and the Falmouth Falcons are still at the… 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
• Event Ginny and Harry Potter disagree on how Harry is dealing with his fears over their son Albus (CC2.13). Draco Malfoy comes to their home and demands to know why Harry is keeping Scorpius and Albus apart. Harry questions Scorpius’s parentage. They fight a duel. Ginny… Read More
• Spells Dries up water. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:33 — 4.2MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts |… Read More
• Creature A duck is type of waterfowl found in both fresh and sea water environments, whose vocal cries are called “quacks”. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:33 — 4.2MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Organizations Dumbledore allowed Lockhart to start a Duelling Club at Hogwarts during the 1992-1993 school year.   Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:33 — 4.2MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Event Harry unwittingly uses Parseltongue to talk to a snake in front of the whole school; the Hufflepuffs in particular are now entirely convinced he’s the heir of Salazar Slytherin. There is a huge turnout for the first and only meeting of Lockhart’s duelling club. Snape is also there to help… Read More
• Magical objects Dumbledore’s will contained three surprising legacies. On Harry’s seventeenth birthday, Minister for Magic Rufus Scrimgeour unexpectedly showed up at the Burrow with Albus Dumbledore’s last will and testament in which Dumbledore had bequeathed items to Harry, Ron and Hermione (DH7). Most of Dumbledore’s possessions, including his… Read More
• Organizations The D.A., or Dumbledore’s Army, was a group of students who were trained by Harry Potter in magical combat during the 1995-1996 school year at Hogwarts. The D.A. fought in several battles against the Death Eaters and suffered casualties. The group loosely reformed during the 1997-1998 school year, led by… Read More
• Headlines and advertisements Dumbledore’s Army Reunites at Quidditch World Cup Final is a feature article that appeared in the Daily Prophet on 8 July 2014. Wasp-penned journalist Rita Skeeter reported on the loves, lives and rivalries of the former members of Dumbledore’s Army as they got together to watch the Brazil v Bulgaria final match… Read More
• Event He comes to collect Harry but needs to settle a few details first. Thinking Dumbledore coming to take him on an errand and then to the Burrow might just be too good to be true, Harry hasn’t packed or told the Dursleys about this when Dumbledore arrives on Privet Drive… Read More
• Event July 13, 1996, just after midnight – En route to the Burrow from Privet Drive, Dumbledore takes Harry to call on Horace Slughorn – who, in trying to evade the Death Eaters, possible employers, and anyone who would make him do work or associate himself with one side over another in… Read More
• Character Miss Marjorie Eileen Dursley is Vernon Dursley’s loathsome older (Pm) sister. She lives in the country, in a house with a large garden where she breeds bulldogs but appears to have no other type of employment. Even though she is not Harry’s blood relation, he has been forced to call… Read More
• Headlines and advertisements Why Dustbins Weren’t Meant to Kick is an article appearing in the Daily Prophet (DP1). Published in the Prophet on 28 June, Ethelbald Mordaunt refers to this article in his “Star Letter” of 31 July. He commended the paper for pointing out the unpleasant consequences of those types of… Read More