I’m sure you’ve seen things online where writers take great pleasure in finding holes in the plot of the Harry Potter stories. There are memes floating around, blog posts, and videos on YouTube with titles like “10 Dumbest Harry Potter Plot Holes.” Now, it’s not that the Harry Potter stories… Read MoreHBP22• Source
Hagrid writes to inform the trio that Aragog has died. Ron and Hermione have their apparition test, and Harry makes a Euphoria potion in a class with just Slughorn, Ernie and Draco, after which he tries to corner Slughorn, but fails. Hermione passes her test and convinces Harry to take… Read MoreHBP6• Source
We learn of several disappearances including Florean Fortescue and Mr. Ollivander. Harry, Hermione, and the Weasleys go shopping at Diagon Alley, escorted by Hagrid. There they discover a much-changed atmosphere and an empty Leaky Cauldron. They have a run-in with Draco and Narcissa Malfoy in Madam Malkin’s and then tour Weasleys’ Wizard… Read MoreNearly-Headless Nick• Character
Nearly Headless Nick is the nickname of the ghost of Sir Nicholas de Mimsy Porpington, a wizard who died in a botched execution on October 31, 1492. He was hit forty-five times in the neck with a blunt axe, but a half-inch of skin and sinew remained connecting his head… Read More
Exact effect unknown, but presumably either causes hiccups or cures hiccups. Read MoreHigh Fidelity (or: How does the Fidelius Charm work?)• Essay
This is the first explanation of the Fidelius Charm we ever encounter in the Harry Potter books. While it might seem satisfactory at first glance, it clearly raises a lot more questions than it answers (as do many other plot elements in Rowling’s saga). Is the charm cast on people, or on a specific location?… Read MoreHogwarts Hourglasses
Four giant hourglasses – one for each house – stand in niches in a corner opposite the main doors in Hogwarts’ Entrance Hall; they automatically track house points (PS15). Read MoreHogwarts Teachers
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"Homenum revelio"
Reveals human presence in the target area. Read MoreHouse Points
Hogwarts • Hogwarts academics
Points are given or taken away to reward or punish the behavior of students. Points are accumulated over the course of the school year, at the end of which a House Cup is awarded to the house with the most. Giant hourglasses set in niches along one wall in a… Read More
— "none given"
The Hover Charm makes an object float in the air. … Read More