• Historical places A historical name for Ethiopia, and presumably the home of the Abyssinian Shrivelfig. Also home to the Gimbi Giant-Slayers who won the All-Africa Cup twice (QA8). Read More
• Plants • Wandmaking Acacia is a type of wand wood known for creating “tricky wands,” described by Ollivander in his essays on wandlore (Pm). Read More
• Plants • Potion ingredients Aconite, also known as monkshood or wolfsbane, is a mundane plant with magical uses (PS8). Read More
• Plants Agapanthus is a mundane plant in the lily family used for decorative plantings. Read More
• Plants • Wandmaking Alder is a type of wand wood (Pm). Read More
• Plants Alihotsy is a type of shrub with leaves that induce hysteria if eaten. Read More
• Food and drinks Alihotsy-flavoured fudge is the candy responsible for the allergic reaction that killed Minister for Magic Wilhelmina Tuft in 1959 (Pm). Read More
• Businesses, merchants, and shops The Apothecary is a shop selling potion ingredients in Diagon Alley. It is a fascinating place crammed with all sorts of interesting things. There are barrels of slimy stuff lined up on the floor and jars of all sorts of powders, herbs, and the like along the walls. Bundles of… Read More
• Wandmaking A wand wood also used to make other magical objects. Read More
• Historical places Assyria is a region in the Middle East mainly including modern-day Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon – though the Assyrian empire once stretched well into Iran, Turkey, Israel, and Egypt as well. Whether Neville uses the term to describe the region or whether wizarding governments recognize different borders and country names… Read More
• Event May 1-2, 1998 The climactic final showdown between the side of good and the side of evil. Hogwarts castle was damaged in this battle and fifty people died defending it, including Fred Weasley, Tonks, Lupin, and Colin Creevey. The Death Eaters enlisted giants, Dementors, and Acromantulas to fight for… Read More
• Character Beaumont Marjoribanks was a pioneer in the field of Herbology. He collected and classified many rare and magical plants. Marjoribanks is credited with discovering Gillyweed, although Elladora Ketteridge had discovered it about a century earlier (FW). Read More
• Wandmaking A wand wood, known for its dark bark, large sharp thorns, and dense, stiff, spiny branches (Pm). Read More
• Books and Literature The definitive study of the subtle art of potion-making by Zygmunt Budge. Read More
• Plants A magical bulb that bounces. Repotted during Herbology class; one wriggled free from Harry’s grasp and banged him in the face (GF18).  Mentioned in the Rumours advert for the Toots, Shoots ‘n’ Roots radio program (JKR). Read More
• Character Broderick Bode was a sallow-skinned wizard with a mournful face who worked for the Department of Mysteries (GF7, OP8). He was injured late in 1995 when Lucius Malfoy Imperiused Bode into removing the Prophecy from the Department of Mysteries (OP26). Bode lost the power of speech and… Read More
• Potion ingredients The stinky pus of a magical bubotuber plant, used diluted as a cure for acne. Undiluted it can burn the skin, and smells strongly of petrol (GF13). Read More
• Creatures' homes, lairs, and territories • Gardens and farms • Houses and addresses The Burrow’s garden is full of weeds, overgrown grass, gnarled trees, various magical and non-magical plants, a big green pond full of frogs, a broom cupboard and an infestation of garden gnomes that the Weasley’s can’t get rid of because Mr. Weasley is too soft on them; he finds them funny. Read More
• Source Leslie Stahl’s “60 Minutes” interview with Rowling, 12 June 2003. Read More