• Source Aunt Marge comes to visit and her taunting drives Harry to inflate her. He gathers his belongings and leaves Privet Drive without having his Hogsmeade permission slip signed.   Podcast: Play in new window… Read More
• Character Phineas Nigellus Black was the great-great-grandfather of Sirius Black, who has been known to refer to him as the least-popular Headmaster Hogwarts has ever had (OP6). Podcast: Play in new window |… Read More
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Prejudice against Muggles compared to the attitude of Arthur Weasley (“bless them”) “Muggle-baiting”—the Shrinking Keys during the Voldemort years: Muggle killing and torturing at the Quidditch World Cup—Muggle torture, connected to Death Eaters Prejudice against Muggle-borns (Mudbloods) Salazar Slytherin—argued with Godric Gryffindor about admitting Muggle-born students Lucius and Draco Malfoy… Read More
• Event Severus Snape is the surprise referee for this late afternoon match between Gryffindor and Hufflepuff in February 1992 (PS13). According to Professor Quirrell, this is in order to protect Harry Potter (PS17), although of course the Gryffindors assume that he’s there to cheat in… Read More
• Magical identities A witch or wizard who supposedly has magical blood on both sides of the family going back generations. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 2:00 — 2.7MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Publications The Pure-Blood Directory is an infamous publication from the 1930s which listed the so-called ‘Sacred Twenty-Eight’ families who have maintained a pure bloodline through history. The stated goal of the directory was to help pure-blood families keep their bloodlines pure by knowing with which families to intermarry. Some of these… Read More