• Sentient objects The Elder Wand, originally owned by Antioch Peverell, is one of the three Deathly Hallows created by Death himself, according to “The Tale of the Three Brothers”.  Dumbledore has a different thought about the creation of these objects. “Whether they met Death on a lonely road…I think it more likely that… Read More
• Diseases and healing The tears of the phoenix have healing powers, and are the only known antidote for Basilisk venom (DH6). Read More
• Books and Literature The Tales of Beedle the Bard is a 15th-century collection of bedtime stories written for young wizards and witches. The tales were originally written in ancient runes and included such memorable stories as “The Tale of the Three Brothers,” “Babbity Rabbity and Her Cackling Stump,” “The Wizard’s Hairy Heart,” and “The… Read More
• Wizarding culture Galleons are fat gold coins used in the Wizarding World (PS5, HBP13), valued at approximately five British pounds (CR). The serial number identifying the Goblin who cast the coin is stamped around the edge (OP19). Coins of lesser denominations — silver Sickles and bronze Knuts — are also… Read More
• Organizations The Death Eaters are those wizards who follow Voldemort. There seems to be a fairly small number of them, although those who Apparate to Voldemort’s side when the Dark Mark on their arms summons them may be the inner circle of his strongest supporters only. Some of the Death Eaters… Read More
• Dark magic items A Horcrux is ‘the receptacle in which a Dark wizard has hidden a fragment of his soul for the purposes of attaining immortality’ (JKR). ‘The receptacle is prepared by dark magic to become the receptacle of a fragmented piece of soul and that that piece of soul deliberately detached from… Read More
• Symbols The tattooed shape of a skull with a snake crawling out of its mouth with which Lord Voldemort branded the left forearm of his followers. Read More
• Hogwarts Points are given or taken away to reward or punish the behavior of students. Points are accumulated over the course of the school year, at the end of which a House Cup is awarded to the house with the most. Giant hourglasses set in niches along one wall in a… Read More
• Hogwarts Ravenclaw House is one of the four houses at Hogwart into which the students are Sorted when they start their first year. Ravenclaw is the Hogwarts house of founder Rowena Ravenclaw. The House places high value on intelligence, wit, and learning. During Harry’s time at Hogwarts, the head of Ravenclaw… Read More
• Hogwarts Slytherin House is one of the four houses into which students are Sorted when they start their first year at Hogwarts. Slytherin House was founded by Salazar Slytherin around 990AD. His personal belief in the superiority of Pure Blood wizards still influences the attitudes of Slytherin members today. Head: Professor… Read More