• Games, toys, and jokes • Sports and competitions Games and sports are integral to the life in the Wizarding World. Card games Chocolate Frog cards Exploding Snap Self-Shuffling playing cards Other wizard games Wizard Chess Gobstones Sports “When it comes to wizarding sports and games (Quidditch, Quodpot, Creaothceann – officially banned but still… Read More
• Food and drinks A type of beer sold at the Leaky Cauldron in Diagon Alley, said to have a horrible taste (Pm). Named for Minister of Magic Ulick Gamp, who allowed the famous wizarding tavern to stay open in London after the Statute of Secrecy, and permit the owner to control access to… Read More
• Wizarding culture Gamp’s Law of Elemental Transfiguration is a fundamental property of magic which identifies what can be conjured and what cannot. Generally speaking, this axiom states that one cannot create something from nothing. Podcast: Play in new window |… Read More
• Character Gaspard Shingleton was the celebrated inventor of the Self-Stirring Cauldron (FW). Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:52 — 5.4MB)Subscribe: Apple… Read More
• Character Witch who writes in to Tilden Toots’ herbology radio show “Toots’ Shoots ‘n’ Roots” to ask about a sick Flitterbloom plant (JKR). Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:52 — 5.4MB)… Read More
• Source They travel via Portkey back to the Burrow, Harry tells Ron and Hermione about his dream, Mr. Weasley returns home from the Ministry to report problems with Rita Skeeter’s articles in The Daily Prophet, and Fred, George, Harry, Ron, Hermione… Read More
• Source The students arrive at Hogwarts in a gale and are soaked by Peeves‘ water balloons. The First Years are sorted, Hermione discovers that there are house elves at Hogwarts, and Moody is the new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher. Dumbledore announces the… Read More
• Source The students learn about the Triwizard Tournament after dinner in the Great Hall. Next morning Fred and George fail to fool the Goblet of Fire. Harry, Ron and Hermione visit Hagrid, discovering that he fancies Madame Maxime of Beauxbatons. Read More
• Source Hermione tries to help Harry, persuading him to write to Sirius Black. The other Houses (Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw) are no longer friendly to Harry, but he finds an ally in Hagrid. As the situation in the school grows worse, Draco Malfoy taunts Harry… Read More
• Source We learn of the mysterious murders in the Riddle House fifty years ago, how Frank Bryce was accused but released for lack of evidence, and how the Riddle House fell into disrepair. In the present, Frank interrupts a sinister meeting and is killed when he overhears… Read More
• Source Past arguments are forgotten, and Hagrid is replaced as Care of Magical Creatures teacher when Rita Skeeter writes a defamatory article about him in the Daily Prophet. Harry, Ron and Hermione try but fail to visit him. They encounter Ludo Bagman in… Read More
• Source Harry works on solving the secret of the golden egg in the Prefects’ bathroom and is helped by Moaning Myrtle. He sees Crouch on the Marauder’s Map and, attempting to investigate, gets stuck in the stairs. With Moody‘s help he manages to avoid… Read More
• Source Harry, Ron and Hermione discuss the situation in Charms class, they search for spells to help with the second task, and Hagrid returns to Care of Magical Creatures. Harry continues his studying all through the night before the second task, to be awakened by… Read More
• Source Ron becomes a celebrity after the second task, Rita Skeeter writes an article about Hermione, Professor Snape reads it in class, Harry overhears Snape and Igor Karkaroff, and he, Ron and Hermione meet Sirius Black outside Hogsmeade, learning about Barty Crouch’s… Read More
• Source Harry and Cedric are transported to a graveyard, encountering Voldemort. Cedric is killed, Harry is tied to Riddle’s tombstone, and Wormtail resurrects Voldemort. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:52 —… Read More
• Source Voldemort summons the Death Eaters, chastises them, and reveals his plans, explaining how he came back to life. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:52 — 5.4MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Source Harry returns to the Hogwarts maze with Cedric’s body, telling Mad-Eye Moody what happened while returning to the castle. Moody reveals that it was he who put Harry’s name in the Goblet of Fire, and that he stage-managed Harry’s performance in all three Triwizard… Read More
• Source Harry tells his story to Albus Dumbledore and Sirius Black, then is turned over to Madam Pomfrey. Meanwhile, Cornelius Fudge allows a Dementor to administer the Kiss to Barty Crouch Jr. Fudge argues with Dumbledore about what has happened, refusing to believe… Read More
• Plants • Potion ingredients Ginger is a mundane edible plant with roots used to spice up potions. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:52 — 5.4MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Hogwarts academics Glass phials were used as containers in potion-making. Hogwarts first years were required to come to school equipped with phials made of glass or crystals (PS5). Podcast: Play in new window |… Read More
• Character Glover Hipworth was the inventor of Pepperup Potion (FW). Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:52 — 5.4MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts |… Read More
• Clothing Gloves are a covering for the hand worn for protection against cold or dirt and typically having separate parts for each finger and the thumb. First-year students are required to buy a pair of thick protective gloves (dragon hide or similar) (PS5). The gloves have a protective function, for example when dealing… Read More
• Creature The Glumbumble is a magical furry grey insect from Northern Europe.(FB) Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:52 — 5.4MB)Subscribe: Apple… Read More
• Potion ingredients Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:52 — 5.4MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google… Read More
• Creature Non-magical farm animal with surprising uses. Goats are one of the oldest domesticated animals and are raised all over the world for their milk, meat, hair and skin.   Podcast: Play in new window |… Read More
• Furniture and household items Golden goblets are used on the tables in the Great Hall at Hogwarts (PS7) Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:52 — 5.4MB)Subscribe:… Read More
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• Hogwarts academics The grading scale for Hogwarts classes, Ordinary Wizarding Level (O.W.L.) exams, Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Test Level (N.E.W.T.) exams, and the Wizards’ Ordinary Magic and Basic Aptitude Test (W.O.M.B.A.T.) are as follows (HBP5): Pass Grades: Outstanding (O) Exceeds Expectations (E) Acceptable (A) Fail Grades: Poor (P)… Read More
• Potion ingredients Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:52 — 5.4MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google… Read More
• Character Gregory the Smarmy was a medieval wizarding inventor who created Gregory’s Unctuous Unction, a potion which induces the drinker to believe that the one who gave them the potion is their best friend (FW). Podcast: Play in… Read More
• Potions Gregory’s Unctuous Unction is a potion that persuades the drinker that the giver is his/her very best friend (FW). Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:52 — 5.4MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Character Griselda Marchbanks was an elderly witch who was head of the Wizarding Examinations Authority (OP31) and an elder of the Wizengamot, although (together with Tiberius Ogden) she resigned the latter office in protest at the appointment of Umbridge as ‘Hogwarts High Inquisitor’. The Daily Prophet included her in its smear… Read More
• Character Grizel Hurtz is the “Agony Aunt” of the Daily Prophet and one of the experts featured on the Problem Page (DP3). Ms Hurtz advised lovelorn witch Lilith Molesby about the drawbacks of using a Love Potion to force a wizard to be in love with her. She recommended a course… Read More
• Character Malodora Grymm was a famous hag. She used a beautification potion to conceal her true form, married a king, and used a charmed mirror to reinforce her self-image. She became jealous of the most beautiful girl in the land and fed her a poisoned apple to get rid of her. Read More