Earl of Paunchley• Character
The Earl of Paunchley was a 15th Century Muggle nobleman from Poppleton, England, who made the lives of those around him miserable with his demands (BoS). Podcast: Play in new window | Download… Read MoreEdmund Gaddlegate• Character
Edmund Gaddlegate was a Muggle boy who lived in the village of Poppleton, England in the late 15th century. (BoS) Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:33 — 4.2MB)Subscribe:… Read MoreEducational Decree Number Twenty-eight
Rules and laws
This decree allowed Dolores Umbridge to replace Albus Dumbledore as Headmaster of Hogwarts (OP28). Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:33 — 4.2MB)Subscribe:… Read MoreEldon Elsrickle• Character
Eldon Elsrickle was a wizard and a famous thief, who brought the Unlocking Charm to Britain in the early 17th century. Elsrickle was behind a series of mysterious robberies in London, winning him the title of “The Spectral Thief of Old London Town.” (BoS) Podcast:… Read MoreEliana• Character
Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:33 — 4.2MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android |… Read MoreElias Grimstone• Character
Elias Grimstone was the developer of the Oakshaft 79 broom (QA9). Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:33 — 4.2MB)Subscribe:… Read MoreElizabeth Smudgling• Character
A duelling competition held on Dartmoor in 1379 was won by the English witch Elizabeth Smudgling, who cleverly used a simple Disarming Charm against her wizard opponent in the final. For this achievement, she became the “Supreme Dueller”. (BoS) Podcast: Play in… Read MoreElveira Elkins• Character
Elveira Elkins was a witch whose letter appeared on the Problem Page of the Daily Prophet (DP3). Ms Elkins’ letter explained that everything she tried to charm had failed. She was advised by author Zamira Gulch to pay more attention when performing spells and in the meantime to try using Muggle “nails” to put… Read MoreElladora Guffy• Character
Elladora Guffy was the next-door neighbour of Ethelbald Mordaunt. Madam Guffy was fond of practical jokes. She was been known on occasion to enchant Mordaunt’s garden furniture. This infuriated Mr. Mordaunt, which he eloquently expressed in a letter to the Daily Prophet (DP1). Podcast:… Read MoreEllerby• Character
Ellerby is one-half of the broom manufacturing partnership Ellerby & Spudmore. He (or she) and Able Spudmore developed the Tinderblast and Swiftstick models of broom (QA9, Pm:Quidditch). Podcast: Play in new window |… Read MoreEllerby & Spudmore
Ellerby & Spudmore are the company name of the broom manufacturing team of Ellerby (given name unknown) and Able Spudmore, based in the Black Forest of Germany (QA9, Pm). They launched the slow but sturdy Tinderblast broom in 1940. This was followed in 1952 by the release of the faster … Read MoreElliot Smethwyck• Character
Elliot Smethwyck was the inventor, in 1820, of the Cushioning Charm. The spell was used to provide an invisible cushion on the handle of a broom, making broom travel far more comfortable (QA9). Podcast: Play in new window… Read MoreElliot Smethwyk invents the Cushioning Charm• Event
The Cushioning Charm creates an invisible “pillow” on the stick where the witch or wizard sits, greatly increasing the comfort of riding a broomstick (QA9). Podcast: Play in new window |… Read MoreEnchanted Balloon
Balloons can be enchanted to produce effects when they burst (or not to burst at all). Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:33 — 4.2MB)Subscribe:… Read MoreEnchanted Coin
Fake coins with the Protean Charm cast on them that were used to set up meetings for the DA. Also, used by Draco Malfoy to communicate with Madam Rosemerta while she was under the Imperius Curse. Podcast: Play… Read Moreenchanted colour-changing robes
Enchanted colour-changing robes are given to the students of Mahoutokoro Wizarding School when they start, originally in a faint pink colour. The robes increase in size as the student grows and also deepen in colour as he or she learns, turning gold if they achieve top marks in every… Read MoreEnchanted Wooden Limbs
Given by Albus Dumbledore to Silvanus Kettleburn as a retirement gift. They have to be periodically replaced due to Kettleburn’s visits to dragon sanctuaries, so they are likely not fireproof. Podcast: Play in new window |… Read More
Reverse of Reducio, or the Shrinking Charm Spell which causes the target to swell in size. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:33 — 4.2MB)Subscribe:… Read More
Spells that cause the target person to fall in love with the caster. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:33 — 4.2MB)Subscribe:… Read MoreSix errors in the Harry Potter films that confuse fans• Article
I love the Harry Potter films. I have dear friends who worked on them. I was on the set during the filming of Order of the Phoenix. David Heyman even told me that they used the Lexicon "every day" while they created the films. So don't mistake what I'm about to say for anything but loving criticism.
The films are nothing more than very expensive fan fiction. They're made-up stories closely based on the Harry Potter books, created by people who are massive Harry Potter fans and who care very deeply about "getting it right," but who, for one reason or another, changed a lot of things. Sometimes they changed things for very good reasons. Sometimes, though, they seem to have changed things for no particular reason at all. I can't explain it, but there you go.
However, for a lot of people, the films are Harry Potter. They've never read the books, or barely read them anyway. As far as they're concerned, Dementors attacked Harry and Dudley in an underpass below a highway. Snape died in a boathouse. And Harry fought Voldemort in an extended, violent duel at the end of the Battle of Hogwarts, punctuated by clever bon mots and death-defying falls from high places.
But oh well. I really don't care. At least they're Potter fans! The more the merrier! Just do me a favor ... don't send me any more emails telling me that I screwed up on the Lexicon when I write that: Read MoreAnd another essay . . . the physics of magic• Article
I’m just trying to make up for lost time over my busy holiday season! Here’s another great essay, this one by Dr. Immo Garrn, adapted from a presentation he made at the Patronus conference in Copenhagen during the Summer of 2006 about the physics of magic. Podcast:… Read MoreEthelbald Mordaunt• Character
Wizard whose next door neighbour, Elladora Guffy, was overly fond of practical joke spells (DP1) Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:33 — 4.2MB)Subscribe:… Read MoreEuropean Cup
Established in 1652, this competition is held every three years (QA8). Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:33 — 4.2MB)Subscribe:… Read MoreGubraithian Fire
Fire that burns forever, also known as Everlasting Fire. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:33 — 4.2MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts |… Read MoreEverlasting Ink
Ink that lasts forever or never fades away. There were messages written in Everlasting Ink on the memorial sign at the cottage where the Potters died in Godric’s Hollow (DH17). Podcast: Play in new window |… Read More
— "Expecto Patronum"
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
— "Expecto Patronum"
A Patronus is a silvery-white image of a creature created by using the Patronus Charm. Lupin describes a Patronus as “a kind of positive force, a projection of the very things that the dementor feeds upon — hope, happiness, the desire to survive — but it cannot feel… Read More
— "Expecto Patronum"
The Patronus Charm, expecto patronum, conjures a silvery phantom shape, usually that of an animal, which is the embodiment of the positive thoughts of the caster. A Patronus will drive away Dementors. A fully-shaped spirit animal is called a “Corporeal Patronus.” (OP8, OP16) Podcast:… Read More
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 MoreNon-explodable Luminous Balloon
Games, toys, and jokes
A balloon that presumably gives off light and is impossible to pop. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:33 — 4.2MB)Subscribe:… Read More