• Magical identities A young witch or wizard, usually under the age of ten but sometimes older, who has kept their magical ability repressed until it becomes an Obscurus – a violent force of Dark Magic which may burst forth from them unexpectedly (WFT). Podcast:… Read More
• Magical effects An Obscurus is a powerful Dark force that develops inside a young witch or wizard who has to constantly repress or hide their magical abilities (WFT). The children who develop an Obscurus have lived through some kind of trauma associated with magic, which creates shame and the attempt to suppress their… Read More
• Spells Offensive magic is used to attack another witch or wizard, while defensive magic is used to repel or block a magical attack. A wide variety of spells can be used as an attack, depending on the creativity of the caster. For example, an Aguamenti spell could be used to send… Read More
• Source Harry is angry and picks on Dudley, Dudley is attacked by Dementors, and their neighbour Mrs. Figg returns. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:00 — 4.6MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Source Hermione stops the twins from experimenting on first-years, Ron tries to stop unknowing house-elves from taking Hermione’s knitted hats, and Professor Grubbly-Plank teaches Care of Magical Creatures as there is still no sign of Hagrid. Harry serves Umbridge’s detentions, in which an enchanted quill cuts lines into the back of… Read More
• Source Harry, Hermione, and Ron hold a meeting at the Hog’s Head to discuss with other students the possibility of Harry giving them Defence lessons, and Hermione tells Ron and Harry that Ginny is dating Michael Corner. Podcast: Play… Read More
• Source Hagrid’s class is observed by Umbridge, Ginny Weasley replaces Harry as Gryffindor’s Seeker, Dumbledore’s Army meets again, and Harry and Cho kiss. In a dream, Harry witnesses Arthur Weasley being bitten by a huge snake. Podcast: Play in… Read More
• Source Harry and the Weasleys return to Hogwarts after the holidays and Harry begins Occlumency lessons with Snape, during which Harry sees the dark corridor in the Department of Mysteries that he often dreams about. Podcast: Play in new… Read More
• Source Hermione gives Harry advice on his love life, Gryffindor continues its losing streak at Quidditch, and Harry’s article is published in The Quibbler- which is quickly outlawed at Hogwarts by Umbridge. Harry has another disturbing dream from Voldemort’s point of view, Harry continues his Occlumency lessons with Snape, Trelawney is… Read More
• Source Harry and Hermione tell Ron about Grawp, the fifth years take their O.W.L.s, Hagrid is sacked, McGonagall is stunned, and Harry dreams that Sirius is being tortured. Podcast: Play in new window |… Read More
• Source Ron, Hermione, Neville, and Luna help Harry break into Umbridge’s office, Kreacher leads Harry to believe that Sirius is at the Department of Mysteries, and Hermione tricks Umbridge into taking her and Harry into the Forbidden Forest. Podcast:… Read More
• Source Lucius Malfoy, Bellatrix Lestrange, and other Death Eaters arrive and attempt to take the prophecy away from Harry. The D.A. members fight the Death Eaters and are separated. Hermione is hurt, Neville’s nose is broken, and when they are reunited with the others, Ginny’s ankle is broken and Ron is… Read More
• Source Harry pursues Bellatrix and learns he is incapable of an Unforgivable Curse; Voldemort shows up; Dumbledore saves Harry from the Killing Curse; Fudge and other Ministry members witness Voldemort’s return; and Dumbledore reinstates himself as Headmaster. Podcast: Play… Read More
• Source Harry learns of Sirius Black’s family background, and Molly and Sirius have a row regarding what is best for Harry. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:00 — 4.6MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Source Harry, Sirius, and the Weasleys clean the Black house; Kreacher, the Black family house-elf, shows another darker side to house-elves; Harry is shown the Black family tree; and we learn that Sirius is not only related to the Weasleys and Tonks, but to the Malfoys and the Lestranges. Read More
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Let’s just take a moment to talk about the richness of Rowling’s imagination. In chapter six of Order of the Phoenix, we’re introduced to the weird and wonderful drawing room of number twelve Grimmauld Place, with it’s curtains filled with Doxies, the nest of dead Puffskeins… Read More
• Source Ron and Hermione become prefects, Harry is jealous, and Mrs. Weasley’s boggart is revealed. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:00 — 4.6MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Organizations The Order of the Phoenix was a group formed by Dumbledore in the 1970s to fight Voldemort when the Ministry’s efforts were ineffectual. The Order was revived in 1995 when Voldemort began to regain power. During Voldemort’s first rise to power in the 1970s, Dumbledore gathered a group of… Read More