• Sports teams Welsh Quidditch team founded in 1402 (QA7). robes: vertical stripes, light green and scarlet (QA7) home: Caerphilly, South Wales… Read More
• Timelines and calendars January 9 = Severus Snape January 26 = Gilderoy Lockhart (Pm) February 6 = Arthur Weasley February 13 = Luna Lovegood (JKR/Tw) March 1 = Ron Weasley March 9 = Sybill Trelawney (Pm) March 10 = Remus Lupin April 1 = Fred and George Weasley… Read More
• Words and terms U.S.: cot. The prefix “camp” used in this way means “folding and portable” (NSOED). Read More
• Games, toys, and jokes Have the appearance and taste of ordinary custard creams, but transfigure the eater into a huge canary. The effect is short-lived, however, since the person moults a few moments later and becomes his or her normal self. Price: 7 Sickles  (GF21)… Read More
• Common items In the absence of electric lights, candles are often used as a light source. Read More
• Food and drinks Sweets and confections are popular with wizards and Muggles alike – especially young people (though Albus Dumbledore is one exception). Read More
• Headlines and advertisements Article in the Sports section of the Daily Prophet, recording the latest Chudley Cannons victory (DP4)… Read More
• Headlines and advertisements Article appearing in the Sports section of the Daily Prophet on a match involving the Chudley Cannons quidditch team (DP2)… Read More
• Quidditch The captain of a Quidditch team is the member tasked with being its leader. Captains fulfil many of the duties, such as coming up with strategies, coaching other players, and managing practice schedules, that might be done by a coach in another sport. A player from any position can be the captain. Read More
• Transportation Although a car is defined as a Muggle artifact, and is therefore illegal to enchant under wizarding British law (CS3), nevertheless there are a few enchanted cars in Britain. Read More
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• Hogwarts academics Hogwarts students receive career advice from their Heads of House in their OWL year, some weeks prior to the examinations, to help establish what subjects the students need to concentrate on to achieve the required OWL and NEWT scores for their chosen occupations. Read More
• Transportation About a hundred carriages wait for arriving Hogwarts students along a rough, mud road near the railway station on September first each year, and take them back to the station at the beginning of the summer holidays. Read More
• Areas of knowledge A form of Divination where playing cards are used to tell the future. Read More
• Quidditch An archaic term term from an early version of the game of Quidditch, probably describing the player equivalent to a modern Chaser (QA3). Read More
• Food and drinks Sold on the Hogwarts Express trolley (PS6, GF11, OP38). Bathilda Bagshot also baked some for the Dumbledore family once, but Kendra Dumbledore slammed the door in her face (DH11). Read More
• Magical objects Cauldrons are a basic item for any witch or wizard. These versatile items are used to brew potions, but can also be used to carry supplies, and, in a pinch, to clobber an attacker.    … Read More
• Books and Literature Chadwick’s Charms is a series of seven textbooks about charms written by Chadwick Boot. They are standard texts in Ilvermorny. Read More
• Books and Literature One of the scholarly journals of the wizarding world; Albus Dumbledore had at least one paper published in it when he was still quite young (DH2). Read More
• Hogwarts academics Classwork involves trying and practicing various charms. The Hogwarts Charms teacher is Professor Flitwick (PS8). Read More
• Areas of knowledge The masterwork of eighteenth-century Charms researcher Catullus Spangle, this book includes a lot of information about the Patronus Charm. Read More
• Quidditch Quidditch player who passes the Quaffle, trying to throw it through the goal hoops; there are three on a Quidditch team. Read More
• Headlines and advertisements A Quidditch article published in the Daily Prophet on 22 June 1884, recording the introduction of the new “Stooging Penalty”, a rule to outlaw more than one Chaser at a time entering the scoring area. Quidditch fans were very unhappy with the Department of Magical Games and… Read More
• Words and terms “Cheek” means “insolence”, so “cheeked” is “sassed, bad-mouthed”. Read More
• Words and terms A small ornamental box or chest for holding jewels, letters, or other valuable objects. Read More
• Food and drinks Fried potatoes – the British version of french fries. Read More
• Thing A chocoball is a sweet in the wizarding world, they are filled with strawberries and cream. Read More
• Wizarding culture Chocolate Frog cards come in Chocolate Frogs candy (along with a chocolate frog). Hogwarts students collect and trade them. The faces on some of the cards are famous even to Muggles, although their magical abilities were not always recognized by the non-magical community. Read More
• Food and drinks A candy made from chocolate in the form of a frog. It comes with a collectable card of a famous witch or wizard in each pack (PS6, GF23)… Read More
• Food and drinks A large rich chocolate layer cake, where some of the layers are made of cream or fruit.  … Read More
• Words and terms A religious or secular winter holiday celebrated by Muggles and Wizards alike on December 25. Read More
• Thing Fred and George used a live garden gnome as the Christmas angel on top of the Weasley Christmas tree at the Burrow (HBP16). Read More
• Hogwarts Several kinds of living creatures are used as Christmas ornaments as well as many inanimate objects, including: Bubbles, everlasting candles, everlasting icicles, and enchanted snow. Read More
• Words and terms A Christmas Pudding (Plum Pudding) is a rich dried fruit, suet/cake mixture that is steamed and traditionally served at Christmas. Read More
• Plants The Christmas rose is a beautiful evergreen plant that blooms in the winter, often in the snow. It is not actually a rose at all but rather a plant in the same family as the buttercup. Hermione made a wreath of Christmas roses for Harry to place on his parents’ graves… Read More
• Hogwarts Each year the teachers at Hogwarts decorate twelve Christmas trees for the Great Hall. Read More
• Sports teams Quidditch team based in Chudley (thought to be the Muggle town of Chudleigh in Devonshire, England) robes: orange (CS3, QA7, Pm) home: Chudley logo: two black Cs and speeding cannonball (CS3, QA7) club motto: “We shall conquer” (pre-1972), “Let’s all just keep… Read More
• Words and terms British slang meaning pleased, happy (NSOED). Read More
• Furniture and household items • Words and terms In general, this means any artificial reservoir for storing water, but the books use it mainly to refer to what in the U.S. would be called a toilet tank. Read More
• Thing A number of small metal instruments, which when shaken make a loud, ringing noise like tiny hammers on anvils (DH26). Read More
• Headlines and advertisements A regular page appearing in the Daily Prophet, of great utility to the wizarding community (DP2). Read More
• Broomsticks The first of the Cleansweep series, this model (released in 1926) cornered as did no other broom before it. Within a year of its release the Cleansweep One dominated the racing-broom market, having been designed specifically for sporting use (QA9). Read More
• Broomsticks The Cleansweep Eleven was released in 1995 [Y15], making it the latest broomstick in the series. Ron Weasley received one as a reward upon being made a prefect (OP9). He was very happy about it, so we know a fair bit about its specifications from him: It can go… Read More
• Broomsticks Released in 1934, this broom model was an improved version of the Cleansweep One (QA9). Read More
• Broomsticks This broom model was an improved version of the Cleansweep Two and was released in 1937 (QA9). Read More
• Broomsticks The Cleansweep Five broom (QA9) was produced by the Cleansweep Broom Company, probably sometime in the 1950s, as the Holyhead Harpies‘ captain had one by 1953 (QA7). Read More
• Broomsticks The Quibbler, in its September (or August, possibly) 1995 [Y15] issue, carried an interview with a wizard who claimed to have flown to the moon on one of these brooms, and had returned with a bag of moon frogs to prove it (OP10). Read More
• Broomsticks Oliver Wood mentioned this as a possible broom for Harry when they were first introduced (PS9). This suggests that no later Cleansweep model was available at the time. Read More
• Broomsticks The Cleansweep Broom Company, started in 1926 by Bob, Bill and Barnaby Ollerton, produces a series of sport broomsticks. The Ollerton brothers produced large numbers of Cleansweeps aimed specifically at the racing and Quidditch markets. The Cleansweep series are known for their ability to turn corners quickly… Read More
• Magical artifacts Originally owned by Ignotus Peverell, the Cloak of Invisibility has been passed down through the generations ending up with the Potter family.  It is one of the legendary Deathly Hallows. Many believe it to be the cloak of Death itself, as stated in “The Tale of the Three Brothers”. Dumbledore believes… Read More
• Clothing • Hogwarts Hogwarts students are required to have three sets of plain black work robes, a plain black pointed hat, a black winter cloak with silver fastenings, and a pair of protective gloves (made of dragon hide or similar material). Read More
• Clothing Traditional wizard clothing consists of robes, cloaks, boots, and possibly a hat of some kind. The colors are bright and and the style somewhat extravagant. (Lockhart is a noteworthy example of this.) Students of fourth year and above are required to have dress robes to wear to formal events. Harry:… Read More
• Symbols Tea leaf symbol from Unfogging the Future meaning “an attack.”… Read More
• Quidditch A Quidditch foul for “excessive use of elbows” (GF8, QA6). Read More
• Food and drinks These are sold in Honeydukes next to the blood-flavored lollipops in the far corner of the shop marked “Unusual Tastes” (PA10). Remembering that Fred once gave him an acid pop that burned a hole in his tongue, Ron considered retaliating by passing off a cockroach cluster as peanuts (… Read More
• Rules and laws A piece of legislation by the British Ministry of Magic. Clause 3 states that no non-human creature is allowed to possess a wand. (GF9)… Read More
• Thing Colin Creevey’s camera appears to be a Muggle device. Since it works at Hogwarts, it must not have any electrical parts. During Colin’s first year he took plenty of pictures of Harry, much to Harry’s chagrin. Although the camera is itself non-magical, the pictures Colin takes do move because he develops them… Read More
• Broomsticks The first of the Comet series of racing broomsticks… Read More
• Broomsticks The second of the Comet series of racing broomsticks, this model was released in 1938 (QA9). Read More
• Broomsticks A recent entry in the Comet series of racing broomsticks, released no later than 1991. Read More
• Broomsticks The most recent entry in the Comet series of racing broomsticks. Read More
• Broomsticks Founded in 1929 by Basil Horton and Randolph Keitch, the company produced a very popular series of broomsticks. (QA9)… Read More
• Ministry of Magic A committee with an office inside the Ministry of Magic with responsibility for keeping track of new charms, and likely suppressing the illegal ones… Read More
• Hogwarts A room in a school to which all members in a certain category have common access for social or business purposes. At Hogwarts, each of the Houses has a common room where the students of that House congregate for meetings, to study, and to socialize. A notice board in each… 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
• Words and terms Short for “comprehensive school”, what in the U.S. would be called a public school.  … Read More
• Occupations A caretaker is a person employed to look after a building. Read More
• Hogwarts Filch has a drawer in his filing cabinet marked this. Naturally, the Weasley twins dove right in and discovered the Marauder’s Map (PA10). Remus Lupin told Harry he also found a Boggart for Patronus practice lurking in the filing cabinet (PA12). It’s possible he was looking for the Map… Read More
• Words and terms U.S.: cooking. What in the U.S. is called a “cookbook” is referred to in the U.K. as a “cookery book”.  … Read More
• Words and terms A small stand of trees and undergrowth, particularly if it is grown for periodic cutting (NSOED).  … Read More
• Magical objects Self-Correcting Ink, an ink that corrects errors, is banned from the examination hall at Hogwarts by the Wizarding Examinations Authority (OP31). Read More
• Words and terms U.S. readers may get a somewhat mistaken impression from this word. It can refer to any moderate-sized detached house in the suburbs or the country, though it tends to be used to suggest a small, modest place. It may specifically mean a rather old-fashioned building of this type, but that… Read More
• Words and terms U.S.: “catch on”, “get it”, understand.  … Read More
• Historical events When the Magical Congress of the United States (MACUSA) moved to Washington in 1777, the Great Meeting Chamber there was enlarged for a gathering of thousands of North American witches and wizards to debate whether they owed allegiance to their countries alone, or the international community at large. Since the… Read More
• Words and terms As in Wizard Crackers or Christmas Crackers: A tube of cardboard wrapped in fancy paper and twisted at both ends. Inside the tube is a strip of paper coated in gunpowder, which snaps (cracks) when two people pull the cracker apart. Inside the tube, there would be a paper party… Read More
• Sports and competitions Popular in the Middle Ages and invented in Scotland, it is considered to be probably the most dangerous of all broom games (QA2). Read More
• Games, toys, and jokes Part of the Christmas feast celebration, similar to the Muggle versions, but these are magical and contain very interesting and unusual things. Read More
• Food and drinks • Words and terms U.S.: potato chip.  … Read More
• Sports and competitions “Crop Circles” are what the Muggles mistakenly call the entries in the Contorting Cereals class of the Annual International Wizard Gardening Competition (DP1)… Read More
• Symbols Tea leaf symbol from Unfogging the Future meaning “trials and suffering” (PA6). Read More
• Plants • Words and terms A small plant typically found in the southern United States. Rowling saw hogwort at Kew Gardens circa 1992 and the name stuck in her mind. Read More
• Food and drinks A sort of yeasty, rubbery bread formed into small, flat circlets and baked. The texture is not only rubbery, but full of holes. The finished product is meant to be grilled or griddled until slightly crunchy and served soaked in butter. Not the same thing as a muffin.  … Read More
• Diseases and healing Causes the victim to bark like a dog for 48 hours (Pm:MACUSA). Read More
• Hogwarts academics A crystal ball is used in Divination as a method of fortune telling. The crystal ball is called an ‘orb’ by Professor Trelawney (PA15). The third years in Divination studied how to use the crystal ball, although nobody in the class seemed to be able to see anything through… Read More
• Food and drinks Crystallised pineapple is Horace Slughorn’s favorite sugary treat sometimes received as a gift from his collection of “favorite” people (HBP4). Read More
• Quidditch Cuaditch is an old term for the game of Quidditch. Read More
• Words and terms Broadly speaking, this word means roughly what it does in the U.S. – any small partitioned space to accommodate one or two people – but where in the U.S. it has come to have an office-related context, in the U.K. editions of the books it is also used to refer… Read More
• Words and terms U.K.: closet (Not the same meaning in the U.S., which is a wall cabinet, such as to hold dishes.)… Read More
• Wizarding culture The Wizarding community in Britain uses gold Galleons, silver Sickles, and bronze Knuts as currency. Other countries have their own currency. For example, in the United States, wizards use Dragots. Read More
• Occupations A team of adventurous bankers from Gringotts who go out into the world breaking the protective Charms and Curses on old forgotten Wizarding treasure troves. Sometimes referred to as Curse-Breakers (PA1, OP29). Read More
• Dark magic items As the name implies, a cursed hat will curse the person who wears it. Read More
• Dark magic items This ornate opal necklace is a cursed item. (CS4, HBP12); had claimed the lives of nineteen Muggles as of (CS4)… Read More