The Hogwarts Express is not really a steam train. It does look like one and it acts like one in certain key ways, but it isn’t one. It’s a magical device. It borrows its form and its intended function from real steam trains, but not the technology. It’s like the Ministry cars,… Read MoreIn Search of . . . The Burrow• Essay
Where is the Burrow—Harry’s second home (his first is Hogwarts, of course, not Privet Drive!)? Ottery St. Catchpole The books give the Burrow’s location as just outside the village of Ottery St. Catchpole, but give no direct clues as to where this is. The similarity of the name to Ottery St. Mary, in Devon has… Read More
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Side-Along Apparition is a form of instant magical travel in which the Apparator touches someone else, such as a child too young to Apparate, and Apparates with that person as a “passenger”. Read MoreAble Spudmore• Character
Able Spudmore was one of the founders and owners of Ellerby and Spudmore, makers of racing brooms in the mid-twentieth century. Able’s son Randolph Spudmore was the designer of the famous Firebolt racing broom (c. 1993) (Pm). Read MoreStoatshead Hill
Mountains, hills, and landforms
Located outside Ottery St. Catchpole, this is a nondescript hill with a few pieces of trash littered around it. It is where Harry, Hermione, and the Weasleys met up with Amos and Cedric Diggory and caught a Portkey – an old boot – to the Quidditch World Cup (GF6). Read MoreHow Many Students Are There At Hogwarts?• Essay
There are actually about three hundred, it would seem, although there is plenty of debate on the subject. Here’s the evidence from the books themselves: There are more or less ten students (depending on the vagarities of the Sorting) in each House per year, five boys and five girls. There were twenty broomsticks lying… Read More