• Spells A Charm to Cure Reluctant Reversers is a broom charm, presumably to overcome difficulties with backing up. This spell appears on page twelve of the Handbook of Do-It-Yourself Broom Care, which Hermione mail-ordered for Harry’s 13th birthday (PA2). Read More
• Cities Aberdeen is a city of about 100,000 people on the eastern coast of Scotland, about 85 miles northeast of Hogwarts. Read More
• Towns Located in southeastern Wales on the English border, Abergavenny is a market town that was once home to fortresses for the Roman and, later, Norman empires. This is where the Knight Bus dropped Madam Marsh off the first time Harry rode it (PA3). Read More
• Character Able Spudmore was one of the founders and owners of Ellerby and Spudmore, makers of racing brooms in the mid-twentieth century. Able’s son Randolph Spudmore was the designer of the famous Firebolt racing broom (c. 1993). Read More
• Organizations • Security The Advance Guard are the members of the Order of the Phoenix who were responsible for escorting Harry safely to Number 12 Grimmauld Place. Read More
• Character Albert Tillyman was a wizard and a bully whose wife, Violet, went missing after they argued. He believed she had disappeared in the Floo Network, which caused a national scare. Unbeknownst to him, she had traveled to the wrong house and left him for the man she met there, Myron… Read More
• Character Ali Bashir was a flying carpet merchant who was very interested in importing flying carpets into Britain. Arthur Weasley wouldn’t allow it, so Ali tried to smuggle carpets in (GF7, GF23). Read More
• Islands Anglesey is an island off the west coast of Wales, almost due east across the Irish Sea from Dublin. It is one of the places the Knight Bus visited the first time Harry rode it (PA3) though the Knight Bus then moved abruptly to Aberdeen, on the other side… Read More
• Sports and competitions The Annual Broom Race of Sweden is a dangerous 300-mile race between Kopparberg and Arjeplog, first run in the 1100s, and which has since become a popular international event. The spectators Apparate between the start and end points, missing the hazardous dragon reservation that lies in-between (QA2). Read More
• Event A broom race is run in Sweden from Kopparberg to Arjeplog, a distance of about 300 miles. The race is so popular it is made an annual tradition – one which still continues today, over 1000 years later. Read More
• Spells Anti-Apparition Charms prevent someone from Apparating, or magically traveling to a location. Read More
• Security Presumably this magical device or charm buzzes when anyone tries to steal the item it’s attached to (GF8). Read More
• Magical discipline Apparition is an advanced spell used by fully trained witches and wizards to disappear from one place and appear almost instantly somewhere else. A person who uses this spell is referred to as an Apparator. Apparition is typically cast non-verbally. Read More
• Ministry of Magic A division of the Department of Magical Transportation, with responsibility for administering the Apparition Test to witches and wizards. Read More
• Towns A town on the east coast of Scotland. Guthrie Lochrin flew a splintery broomstick from Montrose to Arbroath (a distance of approximately 13 miles) in 1107 (QA1).  … Read More
• Businesses, merchants, and shops All we know about this shop is that JKR would recommend it to a wizard whose Nimbus 2000 “has a terrible knack of veering left,” according to her online chat (BLC). Read More
• Wandmaking A wand wood also used to make other magical objects. Read More
• Oceans and seas Just as with Muggles in aeroplanes, the crossing of the Atlantic Ocean by broomstick was an important milestone for wizards, as the distance is too great for safely Apparating. Jocunda Sykes first accomplished this feat in 1935, riding an Oakshaft 79 (QA9). Isolt Sayre crossed the Atlantic in… Read More
• Rooms, chambers, and floors Taking up most of level eight, the Atrium is a large and splendid area that functions as the entrance and exit point for traffic in and out of the Ministry of Magic. Read More
• Transportation Short for “Axminster carpet” or “Axminster rug” – a carpet or rug with a soft tufted pile cut of a type originally (and apparently still) manufactured at Axminster in Devon, England (NSOED). Read More
• Countries Located east of India on the coast of the Indian Ocean, Bangladesh is one of the world’s most populated countries despite its tiny size. Quidditch has never caught on much here, primarily because in this region flying carpets are used for transportation rather than brooms (QA8). Read More
• Character Basil Horton played for the Falmouth Falcons, along with Randolph Keitch started the Comet Trading Company in 1929. He and Randolph are also the creators of the Horton-Keitch Braking Charm (QA9). Read More
• Cities Birmingham is located in west-central England and, after London, is the country’s second most populated city. The second time Harry rode the Knight Bus, the bus jumped from Grimmauld Place to “just outside Birmingham,” according to Stan Shunpike (OP24). Location: Map of Wizarding Britain… Read More
• Source Second online chat with JK Rowling for the Barnes & Noble website. Read More