• Areas of knowledge • Hogwarts academics Arithmancy is a branch of magic that is concerned with the magical properties of numbers; someone who practices Arithmancy is called an Arithmancer. Read More
• Areas of knowledge The study of celestial bodies and their movements. In typical Muggle usage, “astronomy” denotes a scientific discipline. In the wizarding world, astronomy encompasses astrology. Read More
• Magical discipline The Dark Arts differ from other forms of magic in the intent of the wizard using it. Most magic is relatively neutral–it can be used for bad or good. Some magic, however, is evil in its intention through and through. Spells of this kind are often called curses. Curses are… Read More
• Magical discipline Divination is magic which attempts to foresee future events. Many in the wizarding world consider this branch of magic to be imprecise at best. There are several types of Divination. The most imprecise is what is commonly known as “fortunetelling,” and this is what Trelawney teaches at Hogwarts. This involves… Read More
• Magical identities The Durmstrang Institute has a larger student population than Hogwarts (Pm). Durmstrang has a reputation for teaching duelling and other martial magic to its students. During some periods of its history, it has also gained the reputation for teaching them the Dark Arts, and during the headmastership of Igor Karkaroff (c. early… Read More
• Rules and laws The Educational Decrees were co-created by the Hogwarts High Inquisitor, Dolores Umbridge, and the Ministry of Magic during Harry’s fifth year at Hogwarts. These rules were set by the Ministry of Magic in order to assume more control over Hogwarts. The Ministry also desired to change the standards of the… Read More
• Source The fourth-year students gather bubotuber pus in Herbology, study Blast-Ended Skrewts with Hagrid, study Astrology in Divination, and Malfoy delights in pointing out that Mr. Weasley is in the paper again. In the argument that follows, Malfoy attacks Harry, but Moody turns Malfoy into a ferret, bouncing him around the… Read More
• Organizations The ghosts’ council at Hogwarts is a group of ghosts including the House ghosts. They vote on matters that concern them. Read More
• Event Because of Harry’s vision before Christmas, (involving Mr Weasley being attacked by Nagini) Dumbledore decides that Harry should start taking Occlumency lessons with Snape so that he will be able to close his mind against the Dark Lord. The sessions take place in Snapes office once a week, and Snape… Read More
• Event September 19, 1991 — Harry brings his new Nimbus 2000 broom to the Quidditch pitch as 7 pm. While waiting for Gyffindor Quidditch Captain Oliver Wood to show up, Harry flies around the goal posts, reveling in the responsiveness of the broom. When Wood arrives, he complements Harry’s flying, then… Read More
• Areas of knowledge • Hogwarts academics
• Occupations At Hogwarts, a staff of about fourteen teachers apparently handles classes for hundreds of students. Any way you look at it, that’s a lot of classes for a few staff members. Read More
• Hogwarts The House Cup is awarded at the end of each academic year at Hogwarts. The House with the most House points at the end of the year wins the House Cup. Points are given or taken away by professors and prefects. Read More
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(Just for fun, here’s one fan’s concept of what a Wizarding Muggle Studies textbook might be like…) Travel and space Understanding Muggles perceptions of how the world connects up is a big problem for wizarding people. We have to let go of a lot of our assumptions to grasp how… Read More
• Magical discipline Legilimency, a branch of magic not normally taught at Hogwarts (at least, not at Ordinary Wizarding Level) is the ability to extract emotions and memories from another person’s mind. Although the word literally translates as ‘mind-reading’, this is considered a naive interpretation of the art by its practitioners. Someone who… Read More
• Magical identities Someone who practices Legilimency to extract thoughts and emotions from another’s mind is called a Legilimens (OP37). Read More
• Character Mafalda Hopkirk was the witch responsible for warnings from Improper Use of Magic Office when underage magic is detected (CS, OP2). Hermione impersonated Hopkirk using Polyjuice potion to sneak into the Ministry of Magic and hunt for the locket Horcrux (DH12-13). Read More
• Areas of knowledge Occlumency is the art of magically defending the mind against external penetration, sealing it against magical intrusion and influence – the defensive counter to Legilimency. A practitioner of Occlumency is referred to as an Occlumens.  It is a specialized branch of magic, not usually taught at Hogwarts. Read More
• Magical identities A practitioner of Occlumency is referred to as an Occlumens. Occlumency is the closing of one’s mind to outside intrusion through use of the Legilimens spell. Read More
• Areas of knowledge • Hogwarts academics Potions are magical liquids created by mixing various ingredients in a cauldron according to very specific rules. These mixtures must usually be drunk to give their magical effect. The ingredients in potions range from the mundane to the bizarre and fantastic, and the procedures for creating some potions can be… Read More
• Character Quintia McQuoid was a potioneer who died 1407 from consuming an improperly brewed Cure for Ague Potion. The Wizarding Schools Potions Championship is held in her honor (BoP). Read More