• Diseases and healing Wizards seem to earn their fair share of scars while tangling with Dark Wizards, Dark Creatures, or Dark objects, and can’t seem to hide them with magic. Podcast: Play in new window |… Read More
• Event Scorpius Malfoy boards the Hogwarts Express on Platform Nine and Three-quarters at King’s Cross and starts his third year at Hogwarts. This is soon after the death of his mother Astoria Greengrass Malfoy, as the funeral has not yet taken place (CC1.4). Podcast:… Read More
• Incantations A violent, Dark Magic spell which cuts and severely injures its target. Without immediate healing, the victim may die. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 6:06 — 11.1MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Headlines and advertisements Seekers jinxed as Pride of Portree fall to the Arrows is a Sports headline in the Daily Prophet, following a controversial Quidditch match (DP3). A collision occurred during the race for the Snitch, between Dougal McBride (Pride of Portree) and Gregory Cotton (Appleby Arrows). This led to illegal… Read More
• Hogwarts castle and grounds • Rooms, chambers, and floors The sixth floor boys’ bathroom is where Harry and Malfoy duel, and Harry uses Sectumsempra (HBP24). It is not in a particularly good state; it has grimy basins and cracked mirrors (and isn’t improved by the duel). Podcast:… Read More
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Presented at Lumos 2006 Las Vegas, Nevada 29 July 2006[*] How wonderful it is that the second chapter of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is titled “Spinner’s End.” Wonderful, because, if read ironically, it refers not only to a place, but to Severus Snape’s fate, a rubric revealing that the… Read More
• Occupations The Snatchers were roaming mercenary groups of wizards during the second rise of Voldemort (circa 1997-1998) who earned gold from the Ministry of Magic (or Voldemort) for rounding up Muggle-borns and blood traitors (DH19). Podcast: Play in new… Read More
• Books and Literature Sonnets of a Sorcerer is a cursed book of poetry (CS13). Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 6:06 — 11.1MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Diseases and healing More dangerous and permanent than a normal injury, spell damage is the worst type of wound a witch or wizard can receive. This damage often leave permanent scars or effects. The Janus Thickey Ward at St. Mungo’s is devoted to the care of those most seriously injured by spell damange. Lockhart… Read More
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Note: This piece is not about the class Charms, and I’ve left aside the vexing question of the difference between Charms and Transfiguration (e.g., why are winged keys a Charm and giant moving chess pieces are a Transfiguration?). Rather, I’m looking at Charms in the general sense, as a synonym for spells, that is,… Read More
• Spells Presumably turns the target’s knees spongy, making it difficult for him or her to walk.   Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 6:06 — 11.1MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Character Young, pimply conductor of the Knight Bus. He wears a purple uniform, has large protruding ears, and a Cockney accent. Stan is only about 5 years older than Harry (PA3). He was the first wizard to tell Harry the history of Sirius Black’s arrest for murder and his escape… Read More
• Character Square-jawed wizard with thick straw-colored hair. Member of the Order of the Phoenix and part of the Advance Guard that helped Harry escape from number four Privet Drive (OP3). Podmore was on guard duty at entrance of the Department of Mysteries on August 31, 1995 when he was apprehended… Read More