• Source Harry spends the weekend in the hospital wing, Professor Lupin returns to class and tells Harry about Dementors, and Fred and George Weasley give Harry the Marauder’s Map. Harry uses a secret passage to join Ron and Hermione in… Read More
• Source Harry mulls over what he heard about Sirius Black, almost everyone has gone on holiday, Harry, Ron and Hermione go to visit Hagrid, find him distraught about Buckbeak’s hearing before the Committee for the Disposal of Dangerous Creatures, and they begin seeking precedents… Read More
• Source Both Harry and Ron are angry with Hermione for reporting the Firebolt to Professor McGonagall, Oliver Wood tries to get it back, classes resume, Professor Lupin teaches Harry the Patronus Charm to use against Dementors, Harry asks repeatedly about his Firebolt… Read More
• Source Ron and Hermione’s anger grows, Quidditch practice resumes, Gryffindor plays Ravenclaw and wins despite Slytherin’s attempts to sabotage the match by dressing as Dementors. Gryffindor celebrates into the night while Hermione studies. Sirius Black gets into the dorm and apparently slashes… Read More
• Source Security is tightened, Hagrid is summoned to London with Buckbeak, Ron and Harry plan another visit to Hogsmeade despite Hermione’s appeals, Harry wears his invisibility cloak and while playing a trick on Draco Malfoy and his goons is unmasked, rushing back to… Read More
• Source Hagrid loses his case and Buckbeak is sentenced to death, Ron and Hermione make up, Hermione slaps Draco Malfoy, misses Charms class and storms out of Divination. Tensions rise as the Gryffindor vs Slytherin match approaches. When it comes, it is… Read More
• Source OWLs and NEWTs are coming up and everyone is studying, exam week arrives, Buckbeak’s appeal is scheduled, Professor Trelawney unknowingly predicts the return of the Dark Lord, Harry, Ron and Hermione use the invisibility cloak to visit Hagrid, try to comfort him, Hermione finds Scabbers in a milk jug, men… Read More
• Source Harry, Ron and Hermione start back to the castle, Crookshanks chases Scabbers, and a big black dog drags Ron into a tunnel under the Whomping Willow. Crookshanks stops the tree from attacking Harry and Hermione, and they follow the cat down the tunnel to emerge in the Shrieking Shack outside… Read More
• Source Snape threatens Lupin and Black with the Dementors, Harry, Ron and Hermione disarm Snape with a spell, Lupin and Black tell the truth about Harry’s parents’ deaths, Scabbers reverts back to Peter Pettigrew, the truth comes out about all the players in the drama, revealing that Pettigrew was responsible for… Read More
• Source We are reminded of Harry’s previous adventures and told of his summer holidays, he receives birthday cards and presents from his friends, and Harry learns what Ron and Hermione did during the summer. Read More
• Source They go back through the tunnel towards the castle, Black invites Harry to live with him, Lupin becomes a werewolf when the moon comes out and Black transforms to a dog to prevent him from attacking Harry, Ron and Hermione, Pettigrew becomes a rat and escapes, Black goes after him… Read More
• Source Harry awakens in hospital, desperately tries to tell Black’s side of the story but is not believed until Dumbledore arrives, who tells Hermione to use her Time-Turner (which she had been using to increase the amount of classes she could attend) to go back and change events to save Buckbeak… Read More
• Source Harry and Hermione safely return to the hospital wing, where Snape arrives to blame them for Black’s escape but cannot prove it. Lupin resigns, returning the invisibility cloak and Marauder’s Map to Harry. Term ends, Harry, Ron and Hermione return home on the Hogwarts Express, Harry gets owl post from… Read More
• Source Aunt Marge comes to visit and her taunting drives Harry to inflate her. He gathers his belongings and leaves Privet Drive without having his Hogsmeade permission slip signed.  … Read More
• Source Harry tries to decide what to do, the Knight Bus arrives, and he asks to be taken to London. En route Harry learns about Sirius Black. He is met by Cornelius Fudge at Diagon Alley and installed in a room at the Leaky… Read More
• Source Harry enjoys his new-found freedom in Diagon Alley, purchases his school supplies, and meets with Hermione and Ron. Hermione buys Crookshanks after the cat goes after Ron’s pet Scabbers. Back at the Leaky Cauldron, Harry overhears Mr and Mrs Weasley talking… Read More
• Source The students leave the Leaky Cauldron for Hogwarts, board the train, discuss Hogsmeade and a sleeping Professor Remus Lupin prevents a fight with Malfoy. The train is boarded by Dementors, Harry passes out, Professor McGonagall wants a word with Harry and… Read More
• Source Malfoy takes advantage of his injury in Potions, Professor Snape orders Ron and Harry to do his work, Sirius Black has been sighted near the school, Professor Lupin conducts his first Defence against the Dark Arts class on confronting Boggarts. Read More
• Source The students are gathered in the Great Hall for the night, Quidditch practice continues, DADA classes are taken over by Professor Snape when Professor Lupin falls ill, Peeves wakes Harry, Quidditch match between Gryffindor and Hufflepuff in a thunderstorm, Harry sees… Read More
• Spells 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)… Read More
• Magical effects 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
• Character Arnie Peasegood was an Obliviator and trained Hit-Wizard for the Accidental Magic Reversal Squad (GF7). 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
• Event The Pennifold Quaffle was invented by Daisy Pennifold after the introduction of the red Quaffle in 1711. It causes the Quaffle to fall slowly towards the ground rather than dropping “like a rock” due to gravity. This allows Chasers to catch the Quaffle while they are… Read More
• Character Professor Phoebus Penrose’s committee produced a report entitled “A Study into Muggle Suspicions About Magic” (DP1). Professor Penrose contends in that report that Muggles notice much more of what happens in the wizarding community than is generally believed. For example, entries into the Annual International Wizard Gardening Competition’s Contorting Cereals… Read More
• Character A “stooped, timid-looking old wizard with fluffy white hair” who works with Arthur Weasley at the Ministry (CS4). Perkins lent a couple of tents to Arthur for the Quidditch World Cup. Perkins doesn’t camp much any more because of his lumbago (GF7). Read More
• Battles • Magical objects Appearing to be small and shabby on the outside, Perkins’ old tent was a roomy “old-fashioned three-room flat” on the inside, complete with bunk beds, a kitchen, and a bathroom (GF7). Read More
• Spells A Permanent Sticking Charm is a spell that magically fastens one thing to another. It is extremely difficult to remove anything fastened with a Permanent Sticking Charm. See FIXING CHARM… Read More
• Source A number of spell books were available on the original version of Pottermore. These were not the same as the books which a player collected and keept in the trunk. Rather, these books were accessed through individual moments or through the Duelling Club and Potions Class links on the Pottermore… Read More
• Headlines and advertisements Poor Memory? is an advertisement for the Mnemosyne Clinic for Memory Modification appearing in the Daily Prophet (DP4). “Poor memory? Forget where you left your wand? Wish you could remember spells without referring to cumbersome books?” The memory clinic says it will help – as long as you remembered… 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
• Character Lily Potter is the mother of Harry Potter, who shared with Harry the most striking aspect of her appearance, her brilliant green, almond-shaped eyes (OP28). Lily was born to a Muggle family and grew up with her sister, Petunia, not far from Spinner’s End in the town of Cokeworth… Read More
• Magical objects The Potter Stinks/Support Cedric Diggory badges were insulting badges handed out by Draco Malfoy but also worn by Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw members in a rare collaboration against Harry Potter when his name emerged from the Goblet of Fire, which was seen by other students as… Read More
• Event There was no way that Hermione and Ron were going to let Harry go Horcrux hunting alone. So they had to prepare. Hermione started to research, as she does, spells and potions that she thought they would need. One of those spells helped her create her purple beaded bag with… Read More
• Security A long, thin, flexible golden rod used like a Muggle security wand, which detects spells of concealment and hidden magical objects (OP7, DH26). Read More
• Headlines and advertisements The Problem Page is a feature appearing in the Daily Prophet (DP3). Originally published on pages 12 & 13, the letters to the Problem Page are answered by experts brought in by the Daily Prophet (DP3). Letters answered in this issue HOW MUCH REVENGE IS SAFE? MAKING IT… Read More
• Character Professor Tofty was a member of the Wizarding Examinations Authority, one of the examiners for O.W.L. exams at Hogwarts in 1996. He was the examiner for Harry during his practical Astronomy, Charms, and Defense Against the Dark Arts O.W.L.s and History of Magic theory O.W.L. (OP31). Read More
• Source Harry receives a Nimbus 2000 broom, learns the rules of Quidditch and begins to practice. On Hallowe’en Hermione masters levitation in Charms but the remarks of a jealous Ron send her in tears to the girls’ bathroom, where she is trapped with a troll. Harry and Ron run… Read More
• Source Professor Snape takes Harry’s book, leading to Harry seeing Snape’s injured leg when he tries to get it back. Harry plays in his first Quidditch match against Slytherin in which someone jinxes his broom but he catches the Snitch and wins anyway. Hagrid later lets… Read More
• Source The students begin their exams, Hagrid lets slip how to control Fluffy, Harry, Ron and Hermione try to warn Dumbledore but he has been summoned away. Fearful that Snape is about to make his move to get the Philosopher’s Stone, Harry, Ron and Hermione… Read More
• Source Uncle Vernon takes Harry to King’s Cross station and leaves him there. Harry meets the Weasleys who help him get to Platform Nine and Three Quarters and settled on the train. Here he gets to know Ron and meets Hermione as the train rumbles to Hogwarts. Upon… Read More
• Event Team manager Philbert Deverill announces to the Daily Prophet that Puddlemere United will be changing the colour of their team robes from mud-brown to kingfisher blue (DP1). Puddlemere win their next game against the Wigtown Wanderers – wearing the new colours and aided by the performance… Read More