• Magical objects Slytherin’s wand contained a fragment of Basilisk horn. It was passed down through the generations to Gormlaith Gaunt, from whom it was stolen by her niece Isolt Sayre. Slytherin taught it to ‘sleep’ when given a certain command in Parseltongue, rendering it inactive; this secret… Read More
• Character Hippocrates Smethwyck was Healer-in-Charge for the “Dangerous” Dai Llewellyn Ward for Serious Bites at St. Mungo’s Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries (OP22). Read More
• Diseases and healing More dangerous and permanent than a normal injury, spell damage is the worst type of wound a witch or wizard can receive. This damage often leave permanent scars or effects. The Janus Thickey Ward at St. Mungo’s is devoted to the care of those most seriously injured by spell damange. Lockhart… Read More
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Note: This piece is not about the class Charms, and I’ve left aside the vexing question of the difference between Charms and Transfiguration (e.g., why are winged keys a Charm and giant moving chess pieces are a Transfiguration?). Rather, I’m looking at Charms in the general sense, as a synonym for spells, that is,… Read More
• Hogwarts • Magical objects Halfway along a third-floor corridor between the staircase leading from the Entrance Hall and the way to Gryffindor Tower, stands a statue of Gunhilda of Gorsemoor, referred to by the students as “the one-eyed, hump-backed witch.” This statue conceals the entrance to a secret passage leading to Honeydukes’ cellar (PA10). Read More
• Character Miriam Strout was the Healer in charge of the Janus Thickey ward (a closed, longterm ward for patients with permanent spell damage) at St. Mungo’s Hospital at the time of Broderick Bode’s assassination (OP23, 25). She was quite chatty and was “motherly-looking.” She treated Lockhart (a resident in the… Read More
• Creature The Swooping Evil is a blue and green reptilian flying creature about the size of a parrot but with bat-like wings that can expand almost like a huge butterfly. It rests in a small cocoon until released, when it flies around majestically. It is intelligent and strong, capable of supporting… Read More