• Character A wizarding family. Notable members of the Calderon-Boot family include Chadwick Boot, one of the founders of Ilvermorny Wizarding School and author of Chadwick’s Charms Vols. I-VII. He married Josefina Calderon, a healer from Mexico. Their descendants in the Calderon-Boot family are among the most prominent in North America today. Read More
• Potions Calming Draught is a potion which helps calm emotional turmoil. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:08 — 3.8MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts… Read More
• Hogwarts academics Hogwarts students receive career advice from their Heads of House in their OWL year, some weeks prior to the examinations, to help establish what subjects the students need to concentrate on to achieve the required OWL and NEWT scores for their chosen occupations. Podcast:… Read More
• Character According to his Famous Wizard card, Oldridge was the first known victim of Dragon Pox (FW). Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:08 — 3.8MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Event Oldridge became a victim of Dragon Pox during his lifetime, one of the earliest cases on record. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:08 — 3.8MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Plants • Potion ingredients A magical type of cabbage used in antidotes. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:08 — 3.8MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts |… Read More
• Food and drinks Chocolate is a very popular sweet food which has magical properties. Not only does it make a wonderful treat, but it also serves as a particularly powerful antidote for the chilling effect produced by contact with Dementors and other particularly nasty forms of Dark Magic. Lupin carries chocolate with him… Read More
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As any Muggle knows, chocolate is a truly magical substance. We see it in many forms throughout the Harry Potter novels – the birthday cake that Hagrid brings for Harry‚Äôs 11th birthday is a chocolate cake, chocolate eclairs and chocolate gateau are regularly served in Hogwarts‚Äô feasts, and of course… Read More
• Plants The Christmas rose¬†is a beautiful evergreen plant that blooms in the winter, often in the snow. It is not actually a rose at all but rather a plant in the same family as the buttercup. Hermione made a wreath of Christmas roses for Harry to place on his parents’ graves… Read More
• Public places • Railway places The subway station outside City Hall in 1926 New York was decorated in an ornate Art Deco style and functioned as a base for Obscurial Credence Barebone, who lurked there before attacking the No-Maj Senator Shaw. It was also the location of the epic final battle against Barebone (WFT). Read More
• Character Cliodna (also spelt Cliodne) was a beautiful medieval Irish druidess and an Animagus, whose three magical birds could cure the sick with their healing songs (FW). Podcast: Play in new window |… Read More
• Character Howland Coopey was a wizard whose letter was published on the Problem Page of the¬†Daily Prophet¬†(DP3) Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:08 — 3.8MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Potions Medical magic: unknown, but presumably treats a cough. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:08 — 3.8MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts |… Read More
• Potion ingredients A poisonous plant used in some potions. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:08 — 3.8MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts |… Read More
• Source A¬†note from Lockhart gets HRH into the Restricted Section of the library and a book on making Polyjuice Potion. At the Quidditch¬†match a rogue Bludger chases Harry, breaking his arm but not stopping him from getting the Snitch. Lockhart’s attempt to heal Harry removes the bones from his arm. Madam… Read More
• Source Myrtle’s toilet floods, Harry finds Tom Riddle’s diary which he shows to a now fur-free Hermione, and they begin a search to discover who the owner was. Lockhart stages a Valentine’s party complete with dwarfs as cupids. That night Harry learns the secret of the diary, goes back in time,… Read More
• Source Harry finds an unconscious Ginny, meets Tom Riddle (who has had Ginny in his power through the diary), and hears his story. Fawkes the phoenix arrives with the Sorting Hat. Riddle (Voldemort) calls the basilisk to kill Harry, but Fawkes intervenes and together they kill the¬†basilisk, and by driving a… Read More
• Source Mzimba, Lizo, moderator. Chamber of Secrets DVD interview with Steve Kloves and J.K. Rowling, February 2003. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:08 — 3.8MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Source Culpeper’s Complete Herbal, published in 1653, is a source Rowling used as a reference for herbs and other plants. She told “60 Minutes”: “I used to collect names of plants that sounded witchy, and then I found this, ‘Culpeper’s Complete Herbal,’ and it was the answer to my¬†every prayer: flax… Read More