• Character Aragog was a male Acromantula, acquired as an egg c. 1942 by Hagrid from a traveller. Hagrid hid Aragog in a cupboard in the castle and reared him on table scraps until Aragog’s existence was exposed by Tom Riddle. At that point Hagrid was expelled, but he managed to release… Read More
• Character Bathilda Bagshot was a famous magical historian and author of one of Hogwarts’ standard textbooks, A History of Magic. Her book is one of the books Hermione chose to store in her small pouch with the magically enlarged interior, in case it might prove useful during the quest to find… Read More
• Source Bloomsbury Live Chat nine days after the release of Deathly Hallows. Read More
• Event Harry and Dumbledore travel via Side-Along Apparition to the Burrow, arriving just after midnight. Before going in, Dumbledore takes Harry aside. In an uncharacteristically intimate conversation, the two discuss Sirius’ death and Harry’s reaction to it, the fact that Harry should confide in Ron and Hermione, and that Dumbledore wishes… Read More
• Character Dean Thomas was a “half-blood” boy from London in Harry’s year at Hogwarts. He was a classmate of Harry’s and best friends with Seamus Finnigan (GF7). He was a black Londoner who grew up as a Muggle, and thus had always been a fan of football (U.S.: soccer) (… Read More
• Character Elphias Doge was an old wizard the same age as Dumbledore, with a wheezy voice and silver hair (DH8). Doge was part of the original Order of the Phoenix and at the time wore a “stupid” hat. Part of the Advance Guard that helped Harry in his escape from… Read More
• Spells The Fidelius Charm is a very powerful spell used to hide things or places, or to conceal secrets. The spell is described as “(a)n immensely complex spell involving the magical concealment of a secret inside a single, living soul. The information is hidden inside the chosen person, or Secret-Keeper, and… Read More
• Character Flurry was the imaginary best friend of a young Scorpius Malfoy. They parted ways when they had a disagreement about the correct rules of Gobstones. Read More
• Transportation A huge powder blue flying carriage as big as a house was used by the Beauxbatons students to attend the Triwizard Tournament at Hogwarts. (GF15)… Read More
• Source Mad-Eye Moody jinxes dustbins, Mr. Weasley hustles off to sort out the mess, Mrs. Weasley takes the children to King’s Cross station via Muggle taxis, and HRH meet old friends and enemies on the train.  … Read More
• Source Harry and Hermione unsuccessfully try to find a spell to use against dragons. Harry warns Diggory about the dragons, the fake Moody gives Harry a hint, and Hermione helps Harry learn to cast a Summoning Charm. The first task is to get past a dragon and collect a golden egg;… Read More
• Source Ron becomes a celebrity, Skeeter writes an article about Hermione, Snape reads it in class, Harry overhears Snape and Karkaroff, and HRH meet Sirius outside Hogsmeade, learning about Barty Crouch’s son dying in Azkaban. Read More
• Source Dudley and the rest of the Dursleys are on a diet, and the Dursleys receive a letter from Mrs. Weasley inviting Harry to stay with her family and attend the Quidditch World Cup final. Read More
• Source Harry awaits the arrival of the Weasleys, who arrive by Floo powder and must blast their way out of the blocked-off fireplace. The twins drop some toffees, then Floo back to the Burrow with Harry’s trunk. Just as Harry is about to leave, Dudley eats one of the toffees and… Read More
• Source The Weasleys return home, Fred and George are reprimanded by Mr. and Mrs. Weasley for giving Dudley the toffee, we learn more about the Weasley clan, and they have dinner in the garden.  … Read More
• Source Apparition is discussed, Fred and George are caught with toffees, and everyone sets off via Portkey for the World Cup site. Read More
• Source They arrive at the campsite, erect their tent, tour the camp, meet Ludo Bagman (with whom Fred and George bet on the match), and excitement rises as game time draws near.  … Read More
• Source Harry and Ron discuss Malfoy and Snape. Harry tells Mr. Weasley his suspicions and hears about the Ministry’s losing battle against Death Eaters. Lupin talks about Snape and Greyback, and Harry discovers that the Half-Blood Prince’s book was fifty years old.  Percy shows up on Christmas with Scrimgeour, who then… Read More
• Character Hedwig is Harry Potter’s snowy owl, his companion and post owl. Hagrid bought Hedwig as an eleventh birthday present on Harry’s first visit to Diagon Alley (PS5). After returning to the Dursley’s, Harry found the name “Hedwig” in the book A History of Magic and borrowed it for his owl (… Read More
• Event Growing distrust on the part of Muggles for wizards and witches compels the four greatest witches and wizards of the age – Godric Gryffindor, Helga Hufflepuff, Rowena Ravenclaw, and Salazar Slytherin – to found Hogwarts. Ravenclaw is said to have dreamed of a warty hog leading her to a particular cliff… Read More
• Character Lee Jordan was a Gryffindor student two years older than Harry and Ron. He had dreadlocks (OP10) and is best friend and compatriot of Fred and George Weasley. When Harry was on Platform Nine and Three Quarters for the first time, he saw Lee with a box, showing the… Read More
• Character Leta Lestrange was a close friend of Newt Scamander at Hogwarts. The two of them were outsiders and shared a love for magical creatures. When Leta took an experiment a bit too far and endangered the lives of other students, Newt took the blame and was expelled from Hogwarts. Newt… Read More
• Character Marietta Edgecombe was a friend of Cho Chang’s with curly, reddish-blonde hair. Marietta was dragged to D.A. meetings by Cho and signed her name to the parchment that listed members of the group (OP16). However, when she later betrayed the group to Umbridge in order to protect her mother’s… Read More
• Titles, nicknames, and honorifics Nicknames of the Marauders used amongst themselves and in the creation of the Marauders Map. Moony = Remus Lupin, refers to being a werewolf Wormtail = Peter Pettigrew, refers to being a rat Animagus Padfoot = Sirius Black, refers to being a black dog – also another name for The… Read More
• Character Gryffindor, 1994 – 2001 (GF12). Natalie’s name comes from a Canadian girl who was very sick. She loved the Harry Potter books and contacted JKR. The author wrote her and told her some of the secrets of the books to come, but Natalie had died by the time… Read More
• Source Fred and George advertise for volunteers to test their products, the trio discusses their schedules and the upcoming O.W.L.s, Harry has an outburst in Defense Against the Dark Arts, Umbridge assigns him detention for a week, and McGonagall warns him to keep his temper under control. Read More
• Source Harry recalls the dream again, the Gryffindors play Ravenclaw for the final match of the Quidditch season, and Hagrid introduces Harry and Hermione to his half-brother, Grawp, making them promise to look after Grawp if he has to leave. Gryffindor wins the match and the Quidditch Cup, and Ron is… Read More
• Source Ron and Hermione are recovering from their injuries, Fudge publicly admits to Voldemort’s return, McGonagall returns from St. Mungo’s, and Harry asks Nearly-Headless Nick about ghosts. Harry rides home with Ron, Hermione, Neville, and Luna on the train; Moody, Lupin, and Tonks meet him at King’s Cross Station and warn the… Read More
• Source Ron and Hermione become prefects, Harry is jealous, and Mrs. Weasley’s boggart is revealed. Read More