• Magical effects When put on a word, anyone who then says that word becomes trackable by the caster; saying the word breaks protective enchantments and causes some kind of magical disturbance. Podcast: Play in new window |… Read More
• Event The third task is a maze of 20 foot high hedges on the quidditch pitch, with the Triwizard cup placed in the center. The first to reach it will be the winner of the Triwizard tournament. Hagrid and Professors McGonagall, Moody and Flitwick are dispatched as patrollers around the edge… Read More
• Source A foolish king decided to claim all magic for himself. He banished all true witches and wizards and hired a charlatan to teach him magic. The charlatan collected pay for teaching nonsense to the kind, until the monarch decided to demonstrate his new skills to his people. The charlatan, realizing… Read More
• Source Three brothers use magic to cheat death. Death appears and offers them each one magical item. The choices of the older two brothers lead to their undoing and early deaths, while the youngest brother chooses wisely and lives to a ripe old age. Podcast:… Read More
• Source This dark, “gothic” tale tells of a young warlock who removes his own heart by terrible Dark Arts to protect himself from the foolishness of love. When he meets a witch who he wants to win for himself, his folly results in the both of their deaths.  … Read More
• Character Pius Thicknesse was the head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement (DH1) until the death of Rufus Scrimgeour, after which he became Minister for Magic (DH13). Unfortunately, he had been placed under the Imperius Curse by the Death Eater Yaxley earlier in the summer (DH1), which… Read More
• Spells An unspecified bit of nastiness which can be cast on someone who steals something. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:00 — 4.6MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Spells On Pottermore Dueling Club, called the “Tickling Hex” A curse which causes the victim to be tickled. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:00 — 4.6MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Furniture and household items There are a number of different timepieces within the Harry Potter series: The Time-Turner is a small silver hourglass worn on a chain around the neck. It’s a very powerful and dangerous magical item which literally turns back time for the user, one hour per inversion of the glass. A… Read More
• Spells Causes the target’s toenails to grow alarmingly fast. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:00 — 4.6MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts |… Read More
• Event After the death of Hepzibah Smith, Riddle vanishes for ten years. He travels far and wide, sinking deeply into the Dark Arts, consorting with the very worst of wizard-kind. He undergoes so many dangerous, magical transformations that when he resurfaces years later as Lord Voldemort, he is barely recognizable. Read More
• Character Tom Marvolo Riddle was a gifted young wizard born of a witch mother (Merope Gaunt) and a Muggle father (Tom Riddle, Sr.) on December 31, 1926. His mother had fallen in love with his father, who was a Muggle, and tricked him into marrying her with a… Read More
• Magical effects Supposedly something which results in a cat being killed. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:00 — 4.6MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts |… Read More
• Character Death Eater who murdered Marlene McKinnon and her family, according to Karkaroff during his own trial; he had already been captured by the Ministry (GF30, OP9). Travers later escaped and partook in the Battle of the Seven Potters, where he was cursed by Kingsley (DH5).  However, he… Read More
• Spells Trips the target. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:00 — 4.6MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts |… Read More
• Sports and competitions The Triwizard Tournament is a famous contest between the schools of Hogwarts, Durmstrang, and Beauxbatons. It originated some 700 years ago as a friendly competition between the three schools. Each school took turns hosting the Tournament, which took place every five years. The judges for the Tournament included the heads… Read More
• Character J.K. Rowling had notes about a possible vampire teacher at Hogwarts named “Trocar” but the character was discarded fairly early in the writing process. He did not evolve into Snape, in spite of popular fan theories about the Potions Master’s “bat-like” appearance and “unhealthy pallor” (Pm). Podcast:… Read More
• Spells The Twitchy Ears Hex causes the ears of the victim to wiggle and twitch uncontrollably. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:00 — 4.6MB)Subscribe:… Read More