• Character Lady Carmilla Sanguina was a vampire who used her victims’ blood for bathing, in the hopes that it would help her stay young and beautiful (FW). Podcast: Play in new window | Download… Read More
• Incantations A jinx that glues the target’s tongue to the roof of his or her mouth. Source: The Half-Blood Prince Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:00 — 4.6MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Character Leanne was a Hogwarts student and a friend of Katie Bell. Leanne went to Hogsmeade with Katie in October 1996 and the two of them spent some time in the Three Broomsticks. Leanne and Katie were walking back to Hogwarts when Katie touched the cursed opal necklace and was nearly killed… Read More
• Spells The Leek Jinx results in leeks growing out of the target’s ears. A leek is a vegetable in the onion family. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:00 — 4.6MB)… Read More
• Character A very old pure-blood family, one of the ‘Sacred Twenty-Eight’ listed in the Pure-Blood Directory published in the 1930s. The family includes a Minister for Magic, Radolphus Lestrange, but also a number of Death Eaters (Pm). Bellatrix Lestrange Rodolphus Lestrange Rabastan Lestrange Radolphus Lestrange Delphi… Read More
• Character Leta Lestrange was a close friend of Newt Scamander at Hogwarts. The two of them were outsiders and shared a love for magical creatures. They became friends at age 13, when an unhappy Leta was being chased by Professor McGonagall for casting a spell on another student. Running to… Read More
• Incantations Levicorpus is a spell which dangles the target person upside-down by the ankle in mid-air. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:00 — 4.6MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Incantations incantation Source: The Half-Blood Prince Counter-jinx to Levicorpus Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:00 — 4.6MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts… Read More
• Spells Madam Pince puts a variety of spells and curses on the books in the Hogwarts library to make sure that kids don’t damage them. (At least, not twice…) c.f. THIEF’S CURSE. Podcast: Play in new window |… Read More
• Books and Literature A long and sensational biography of Albus Dumbledore, published shortly after his death. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:00 — 4.6MB)Subscribe:… Read More
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We all know the amazing things that magic is capable of in JKR’s narrative. I’d like to look at some of the things that magic is apparently unable to do in the JKR universe (as opposed to things that wizards don’t do, such as the Unforgivable Curses, for legal reasons or because of… Read More
• Character Lord Voldemort, born Tom Marvolo Riddle, was the son of Merope Gaunt (a descendent of Salazar Slytherin) and Tom Riddle, a handsome, wealthy Muggle from Little Hangleton whom Merope ensnared with a love potion. When her husband found out she was a witch, he abandoned her while she was pregnant… Read More
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Love and death are major themes in J.K.Rowling’s Harry Potter books. She herself has said in a recent interview in recent interview in The Tatler magazine that “My books are largely about death.” And in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, one of J.K. Rowling’s chosen spokespersons, Professor Dumbledore, impresses upon Harry that his “ability… Read More
• Character Loxias, a dreadful fellow, once owned the Elder Wand after killing Barnabas Deverill. He was defeated by one of two wizards, Arcus or Livius, and the bloody history of the wand stops there (DH21). He gave the wand the name ‘the Deathstick’, and used it to slaughter anyone who stood… Read More
• Character Lucius Malfoy is the patriarch of the prestigious pure-blood Malfoy family, father of Draco Malfoy and one of Voldemort’s top Death Eaters. Lucius was a Death Eater during Voldemort’s first “reign of terror.” However after the Dark Lord disappeared, Malfoy “came back saying he’d never meant any of it” (… Read More
• Character Father of Remus Lupin, expert on Non-Human Spiritous Apparitions such as poltergeists and boggarts, later employed by the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures in the 1960s (Pm). Born in the 1920s, he met his beautiful Muggle wife in the late 1950s. Hope Howell lived in Cardiff,… Read More