• Event When thirty or forty letters come pouring out of the kitchen chimney at number four, Privet Drive, Uncle Vernon has had enough. He packs everyone into the car and drives around for hours. The family ends up in Cokeworth and stay the night in the Railview Hotel. Read More
• Character Annis Black was a hag whose letter is published in the Daily Prophet (DP1). Read More
• Character Buckley Cooper was a wizard who wrote a letter to the Daily Prophet asking for legal advice on the running feud he’d been having with his brother (DP3)… Read More
• Towns Cokeworth is a midlands town where Lily and Petunia Evans grew up (Pm). It is also the home of Severus Snape and his family (DH33), and until 1998 Snape still lived in his parents old house there (HBP2, Pm). Other Cokeworth locations of note include the Railview Hotel, where Vernon… Read More
• Communication Witches and wizards employ a number of methods to communicate with each other. Sending letters by owl post is the most common, but other forms of communication include Wizarding Wireless radios and talking through fireplaces. Read More
• Source Harry is caught dripping mud on the carpet by Filch, is taken to Filch’s office, discovers that Filch is not a wizard, and Nearly Headless Nick invites him to his Deathday Party, which HRH attend on Hallowe’en night. Leaving the party, Harry hears voices again, and following the sound with… Read More
• Publications The Daily Prophet is the newspaper of the Wizarding World. It has been in existence since at least 1883, since Quidditch Through the Ages cites its coverage of Quidditch from that time (QA6). The current editor is Barnabas Cuffe (HBP4). It has offices in Diagon Alley (DP,… Read More
• Lakes and marshes A hag by the name of Annis Black lives in a cave here. She wrote a letter to the Daily Prophet protesting the way they characterized hags in their articles (DP). Read More
• Character Dempster Wiggleswade was an employee of the Ministry of Magic in the Department of Magical Law Enforcement and one of a team of experts answering reader questions for the Daily Prophet‘s problem page (DP3)… Read More
• Source Harry and Ginny bring their three children to Platform 9 3/4 and the Hogwarts Express. They meet up with Ron and Hermione and their two children. Harry and Ginny’s second son, Albus Severus Potter, along with Hermione and Ron’s oldest child, Rose Weasley, and Draco’s son Scorpius Malfoy all are… Read More
• Source Harry explores more of Grimmauld Place, finding a letter from his mother in Sirius’ room, then discovering that Sirius’ brother Regulus was the mysterious R.A.B. Hermione remembers seeing the locket two summers before. Harry calls Kreacher, and Kreacher reveals that while he took the locket, it was then taken from… Read More
• Source Harry and Ron bring each other up to date on their adventures, Hermione finds the triangular mark in a photograph of Dumbledore’s letters, and the trio seek out Xenophilius Lovegood at his home for further information about the mark. Read More
• Source Harry celebrates his seventeenth birthday and his coming of age. Rufus Scrimgeour arrives with Arthur Weasley to deliver the bequests of Albus Dumbledore to Harry, Ron, and Hermione.  Scrimgeour attempts to get information from them about why Dumbledore remembered them in his will. Scrimgeour and Harry argue and the Minister leaves in anger. Harry, Ron and… Read More
• Character Distractible Douglas is a character in Miranda Goshawk’s Conundrum 2: The Story of Distractible Douglas, published in the Book of Spells. He is based on a real wizard, but his name has been changed to protect the real wizard’s identity. As his name says, Distractible Douglas was easily distracted. (BoS). Read More
• Source In the late 1990s, Bloomsbury created an Official Harry Potter Fan Club and invited children from Britain to join. There was never a United States chapter of the Club. One of the perks for joining the Club was several issues of The Daily Prophet, a three-page newsletter detailing goings-on in the wizarding world. Each of these… Read More
• Source July 31, 1998 The Daily Prophet Price: 7 Knuts Page 1 – Headlines: MUGGLES NOT AS STUPID AS WE THINK, SAYS MINISTRY REPORT Report tells that Muggles notice things like “crop circles,” which are really entries in the Annual International Wizard Gardening Competition‘s… Read More
• Source June 1st, 1999The Daily ProphetPrice: 7 Knuts Page 1 – Headlines GOBLIN RIOTS ERUPT IN CHIPPING CLODBURY B.O.G. (Brotherhood of Goblins) supporters ran riot during a meeting with representatives from the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures. The goblins used illegal… Read More
• Character Elveira Elkins was a witch whose letter appeared on the Problem Page of the Daily Prophet (DP3)… Read More
• Source Harry awakens from a bad dream, his scar burning, we recap Harry’s previous adventures, and he writes a letter to his godfather. 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
• Communication Ghosts can communicate with each other by ghostly letters. Nearly Headless Nick received one from Sir Patrick Delaney-Podmore of the Headless Hunt. Nick also must have used something of that sort to invite people to his Deathday party, too (CS8). The letters are transparent. Read More
• Character Goodwin Kneen was a twelfth century wizard who wrote about a Yorkshire Quidditch match to his cousin in Norway (QA3, QA7). 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
• Event This is the worst birthday that Harry can remember. The Dursleys have completely forgotten that today is Harry’s birthday, and he ends up having to spend it doing chores in preparation for a very important dinner party hosting one of Uncle Vernon’s clients, Mr. Mason, and his wife, Mrs. Mason. Harry is… Read More
• Source The Muggle Prime Minister recounts his encounters with Cornelius Fudge. Fudge visits him again with Scrimgeour, and we learn that Scrimgeour is the new Minister for Magic. We also hear of the wizarding world’s open war with Voldemort – dozens of Muggles have been killed along with Amelia Bones and Emmeline Vance, the Dementors and giants have joined Voldemort, and the Ministry is struggling to fight. Read More
• Source  The wizarding public’s perception of Harry and the steps the Ministry has taken to provide safety in the war was written in the Daily Prophet . Dumbledore returns to Privet Drive. Before leaving, Dumbledore sits with Harry and the Dursleys, updates Harry on his inheritance from… Read More
• Source Harry speaks with Mrs. Weasley (and later Mr. Weasley) about the Ministry. We see Fleur, who was nicknamed Phlegm by Ginny, and learn that she and Bill are engaged, to his family’s dismay. Harry tells Ron and Hermione about Slughorn, his private lessons with Dumbledore and the prophecy, while they tell him… Read More
• 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 More