• Countries Madagascar is a country in Africa. Appearances The Madagascar National Team lost to the team from Syria in the final match of the particularly raucous 1974 Quidditch World Cup (Pm). It is also claimed that the earliest use of the Disarming Charm was by wizards… Read More
• Character Griselda Marchbanks was an elderly witch who was head of the Wizarding Examinations Authority (OP31) and an elder of the Wizengamot, although (together with Tiberius Ogden) she resigned the latter office in protest at the appointment of Umbridge as ‘Hogwarts High Inquisitor’. The Daily Prophet included her in its smear… Read More
• Character Madam Pimpernelle was a witch who had a beauty shop in Diagon Alley (DP2) 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
• Ministry of Magic A division of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement in the Ministry of Magic Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:33 — 4.2MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Ministry of Magic The Magical Maintenance Department within the Ministry of Magic is responsible for maintaining the facilities (OP7). Workers in that department wear navy blue robes (DH12). Magical Maintenance decides the type of weather visible outside the enchanted windows of the Ministry Headquarters (OP7). Reg Cattermole worked for… Read More
• Books and Literature Magical Theory was a magical reference book by noted magical theoretician Adalbert Waffling and a required textbook for first-years, possibly for Charms (PS5). Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:33 —… Read More
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The way that witches and wizards think about everything, including spells, is completely different from the way we Muggles think about it. When we consider the mechanics of, say, aiming a spell at something, we ask “Muggle” questions like “Do you have to have line of sight?” that they would… Read More
• Headlines and advertisements Making it Stick is a letter appearing on the Problem Page of the Daily Prophet (DP3). Elveira Elkins wrote to say that she is unable to get the Fixing Charms she attempts to cast to actually work properly. Household magic expert and author Zamira Gulch gave her both magical… 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
• Character Marcus Flint was a Slytherin, Chaser and captain of the Slytherin Quidditch team for Harry’s first three years at Hogwarts. Harry thought he looked like he had troll blood. He wasn’t beyond a bit of cheating to win a match (PS11, CS7, CS10,… 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
• Communication In the basement of MACUSA memos write themselves, then fold into origami rats. They use the glass tubes to scurry to the offices above. On occasion they will start to fight and tear each other apart, leaving the intended recipient memo-less. Podcast:… Read More
• Spells The Memory Modifying Charm is also called “Memory Charm”. Modifies or erases portions of a person’s memory. A person who has their memory erased can be described as “Obliviated” (WFT). Memory Modifying Charms are often used to uphold the International Code of Wizarding Secrecy and to avoid frightening Muggles. Officials… Read More
• Character Merlin, a Charms specialist sometimes known as “The Prince of Enchanters,” is unquestionably the most famous wizard of all time (PS6, FW). He was part of the Court of King Arthur (King Arthur once ruled the land that is now part of England). He believed… Read More
• Spells This unnamed messenger spell sends the caster’s corporeal Patronus to bring a message to others. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:33 — 4.2MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Headlines and advertisements Ministry Imposes Restrictions is a front page headline in the Daily Prophet about the Ministry of Magic’s plans to curb wizarding Hallowe’en celebrations (DP4). Hallowe’en is the one time of year when wizards can be “out and about” without arousing the suspicions of Muggles, so the plans announced… Read More
• Character A Ministry wizard dressed in Muggle plus-fours was in charge of making sure that owners of the campgrounds at the 1994 Quidditch World Cup tournament did not notice the magic activity going on all around them. He did this by casting multiple Memory Modifying Charms on them. It was… Read More
• Character Famous author of the Standard Book of Spells series of books (Standard Book of Spells Grade One through [known] Grade Six) which are required textbooks for students at Hogwarts (PS5, PA4, GF10, OP9, HBP9). Podcast:… Read More
• Character Miranda Goshawk, who lived some two hundred years ago, grew up searching for a good, simple book of spells. Goshawk had a lot of older sisters who teased her by telling her the wrong incantations for spells as they were growing up. As Miranda put it, “Hand me down robes are merely… Read More
• Character Mnemone Radford was the first Obliviator employed at the Ministry of Magic and the inventor of Memory Modifying Charms (JKR, WoM). Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:33 —… Read More
• Businesses, merchants, and shops The Mnemosyne Clinic for Memory Modification advertises in the Daily Prophet that they perform charms to help fix up faulty memories (DP4). Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:33… Read More
• Character Modesty Rabnott was a thirteenth century Witch living in Kent. She tried to stop Barberus Bragge from his barbaric treatment of a Golden Snidget during a Cuaditch match, only to be fined 10 Galleons for her trouble (a huge amount of money in those days). According to the… Read More
• Character Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:33 — 4.2MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android |… Read More
• Broomsticks The Moontrimmer is a broom model created in 1901 by Gladys Boothby. It was a slender, ash-handled broom (QA9). For its time it was the first to achieve record-breaking heights (at least, record-breaking while the flyer maintained control at such an altitude). Its maximum speed was less than seventy miles… Read More
• Sports teams The Moose Jaw Meteorites are a Quidditch team based in the city of Moose Jaw in Canada. Considered to be one of the three “most accomplished” teams in the world, the Meteorites were threatened with being disbanded in the 1970s due to their tradition of flying over local… Read More
• 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 More
• Character Morfin Gaunt was the son of Marvolo Gaunt. He is first seen dressed in rags, his thick hair so matted with dirt the color was indistinguishable. He was missing several teeth, and his eyes, like those of his father and sister, looked in opposite directions. Morfin is a Parselmouth and… Read More
• Spells Charms magic, or even hexes, can be used to move objects in various ways. Locomotion Magic The basic spell for moving an object is Locomotor, which comes from two Latin words meaning roughly “move from its place.” First years learn to move objects by magic; the practical part of Flitwick’s… Read More
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Charms magic can be used to move objects in various ways. Locomotion Magic The basic spell for moving an object is Locomotor, which comes from two Latin words meaning roughly “move from its place.” First years learn to move objects by magic; the practical part of Flitwick’s exam for the first years… Read More
• Insults, Curses, and Interjections Mudwallower is an insulting term for a “Muggle-lover” that Albus Dumbledore notes in his commentary on “The Wizard and the Hopping Pot” in The Tales of Beedle the Bard. Podcast: Play in new window |… Read More
• Incantations Source: The Half-Blood Prince Fills the ears of target persons near the caster with an unidentifiable buzzing, so that the caster can hold lengthy conversations without being overheard. Podcast: Play in new window |… Read More
• Magical artifacts Muggle objects which are specifically not allowed to have magical spells applied to them. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:33 — 4.2MB)Subscribe: Apple… Read More
• Magical artifacts Magical device that acts as an alarm when touched by a non-magical hand (DP2) Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:33 — 4.2MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Magical effects A powerful magic often associated with healing and lifting the spirit. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:33 — 4.2MB)Subscribe: Apple… Read More