• 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
• Caves and vaults Inaccessible except by magic, this cave complex on the coast was visited by young Tom Riddle while he was on an outing to the coast with children from the orphanage (circa 1930). While there he terrorized two of his classmates, Amy Benson and Dennis Bishop (HBP13). Many years later,… Read More
• Books and Literature A book about Horcruxes summoned from Dumbledore’s Office by Hermione Granger (DH6). Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:00 — 4.6MB)Subscribe:… 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: 4:00 — 4.6MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Character One of Voldemort’s Death Eaters, first appearing in the Battle of the Seven Potters as one of the four Death Eaters pursuing Harry and Hagrid.  Selwyn, along with Travers, was responsible for bullying Xenophilius Lovegood after Luna was kidnapped by Death Eaters (DH21). Podcast:… Read More
• Glossary One of the threat levels on the giant dial in the Atrium at New York MACUSA Headquarters in 1926 (WFT). The event which triggered this status was the destruction of a brownstone building and a street by a mysterious”dark wind with eyes” which was unexplained until it turned out to… Read More
• Books and Literature Shadows and Spirits is a book on Dark Magic (CC1.19). Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:00 — 4.6MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts |… Read More
• Spells Hagrid gave eleven-year-old Dudley Dursley a pig’s tail in Hut-on-the-Rock (PS4). Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:00 — 4.6MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Magical artifacts In Dumbledore’s day (although not in Armando Dippet’s), the office contained a number of spindly-legged tables supporting various frail “curious silver instruments” (CS12), the function of which Harry did not know. They usually whirred and emitted little puffs of smoke. Podcast:… Read More
• Symbols Tea leaf symbol from Unfogging the Future meaning “danger in your path.”   Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:00 — 4.6MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Hogwarts Slytherin House is one of the four houses into which students are Sorted when they start their first year at Hogwarts. Slytherin House was founded by Salazar Slytherin around 990AD. His personal belief in the superiority of Pure Blood wizards still influences the attitudes of Slytherin members today. Head: Professor… Read More
• Dark magic items A heavy gold locket carrying Salazar Slytherin’s mark (an ornate serpentine S). Inherited by Merope Gaunt Riddle, pawned during her pregnancy to Borgin and Burkes, purchased by Hepzibah Smith, and subsequently stolen by Tom Riddle upon her murder (HBP20).  It was made into a Horcrux by Voldemort. At some… Read More
• Character Salazar Slytherin was the founder of Slytherin house and one of the co-founders of Hogwarts, described as one of “the four greatest witches and wizards of the age” (along with the other three founders) (CS9). He believed that only pure-blood witches and wizards should be allowed… Read More
• Character Hepzibah Smith was an immense, “very old, very rich witch” who collected magical antiques antiques and befriended Tom Marvolo Riddle in his role with Borgin and Burkes. She was distantly related to Helga Hufflepuff. Hepzibah lived in a grand house filled with so many possessions that it was difficult to walk… Read More
• Potion ingredients Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:00 — 4.6MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android |… Read More
• Creature Snakes are reptilian creatures. Below is a list of snake and snake-like creatures found in the magical world: ashwinder basilisk boa constrictor – Harry accidentally released from the zoo, frightening Dudley half to death and resulting in a severe punishment from Uncle Vernon (PS2) dragon Nagini occamy runespoor sea… Read More
• Spells A delayed-action jinx which writes the word “sneak” across someone’s face in pimples if they break an agreement they sign. This jinx may be an invention of Hermione Granger.     Podcast: Play in new window |… Read More
• Magical identities A part of a human being’s spiritual identity which is eternal and leaves the body upon death to go to the afterlife. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:00 — 4.6MB)… Read More
• Communication A prophecy from an unknown source stating: “When spares are spared, when time is turned, when unseen children murder their fathers: then will the Dark Lord return” (CC3.19, CC3.21). Podcast: Play in new window |… 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: 4:00 — 4.6MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Furniture and household items The staff room wardrobe is a large, ugly piece of furniture found in the teachers’ staff room on the ground floor. The teachers keep their robes in that wardrobe. Harry and Ron hid in the wardrobe when they had figured out where the entrance to the Chamber of Secrets was… 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
• Spells The Stinging Hex is a fairly low-powered hex that causes a stinging pain in the victim and leaves a burn mark (OP24). Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:00 —… Read More
• Event Kreacher tells Harry Potter the tale of how he was told to go with the Dark Lord by his master Regulus Black and how he failed his master by not destroying the locket. Podcast: Play in new window… Read More