• Areas of knowledge Occlumency is the art of magically defending the mind against external penetration, sealing it against magical intrusion and influence – the defensive counter to Legilimency. A practitioner of Occlumency is referred to as an Occlumens.  It is a specialized branch of magic, not usually taught at Hogwarts. Read More
• Magical identities A practitioner of Occlumency is referred to as an Occlumens. Occlumency is the closing of one’s mind to outside intrusion through use of the Legilimens spell. Read More
• Character Garrick Ollivander is an old wandmaker – “the best” according to British witches and wizards – who who runs Ollivander’s on Diagon Alley (HBP6). He has eerie, moon-like eyes and makes Harry a bit uncomfortable, as he seems just as fascinated by the power of wands used for evil… Read More
• Source Harry and the Weasleys return to Hogwarts after the holidays and Harry begins Occlumency lessons with Snape, during which Harry sees the dark corridor in the Department of Mysteries that he often dreams about. Read More
• Source Hermione gives Harry advice on his love life, Gryffindor continues its losing streak at Quidditch, and Harry’s article is published in The Quibbler- which is quickly outlawed at Hogwarts by Umbridge. Harry has another disturbing dream from Voldemort’s point of view, Harry continues his Occlumency lessons with Snape, Trelawney is… Read More
• Source Harry tells Ginny of his desire to talk to Sirius, receives career advice from Professor McGonagall, breaks into Umbridge’s office to use her floo to talk to Sirius about his father, and Fred and George leave Hogwarts. Read More
• Source Harry and Hermione tell Ron about Grawp, the fifth years take their O.W.L.s, Hagrid is sacked, McGonagall is stunned, and Harry dreams that Sirius is being tortured. Read More
• Source Harry has his final outburst in anguish over Sirius’ death, and Dumbledore tells him everything – about why he must return to the Dursleys every year, about the prophecy, about how Voldemort marked him as his equal, about how it could as easily have been Neville, and about how either… Read More
• Businesses, merchants, and shops On New Years’ Eve 1926, Merope Gaunt staggered up the steps of a Muggle orphanage in London, gave birth to her only son, and soon died. Before her death, she managed to make one request – that her baby would be named Tom Marvolo Riddle. Riddle spent the first… Read More