• Magical artifacts When Hagrid was expelled from Hogwarts, his wand was broken. But Dumbledore must have helped him fix it, and he carries it disguised as a pink umbrella. It seems to work just fine. He used it to start a fire, put a pig-tail jinx on Dudley (with a “flash of… Read More
• Wizarding culture Falling on the 31st October every year, this holiday is celebrated by both the Muggle and wizarding world. Read More
• Hogwarts • Wizarding culture A special occasion at the school, with a magnificent feast and amazing decorations in the Great Hall. Read More
• Ministry of Magic A room located in the Department of Mysteries on Level Nine of the Ministry of Magic (OP34)… Read More
• Food and drinks • Words and terms A large basket or wickerwork packing-case with a cover used to pack or transport food and/or drink (what in the U.S. would be called a picnic basket). By extension, the term is also used to refer to a present of a consignment of food in any type of case or… Read More
• Dark magic items Magical object owned by Draco Malfoy which gives light only to the holder. Looks like a shriveled arm. Read More
• Words and terms Equivalent to “merry Christmas”, of course. Worthy of mention because “happy Christmas”, while perfectly understandable, is not the form commonly used in the U.S. Read More
• Common items When Harry arrives at Number Four Privet Drive with Hagrid on the flying motorbike he is wrapped in “blankets” (PS1). As a grown-up, a blanket is the only thing that Harry Potter has from his mother. Since he received it after Aunt Petunia’s death from… Read More
• Symbols While Dumbledore’s statement above makes good sense, it wouldn’t do Harry any harm to try to analyze his dreams a little more than he does. Often there are important clues in his dreams to what’s going on. Harry’s dream diary assignment for Trelawney in his fifth year would have been… Read More
• Clothing Harry wears glasses. They were frequently broken by Dudley over the years before Harry shipped off the Hogwarts for the first time, and they are wrapped with tape. After his glasses were damaged by his first trip by Floo Powder, Arthur Weasley repaired them for him with a silent Mending… Read More
• Furniture and household items As a going-away present at the end of Harry’s first year, Hagrid put together a leather-bound photo album filled with magical moving photographs of Harry’s parents, James and Lily Potter, “smiling and waving” (PS17). Read More
• Diseases and healing Harry Potter had several scars caused by various dangerous situations. Read More
• Hogwarts The list of new books for Harry’s second year: The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 2 by Miranda Goshawk Break with a Banshee by Gilderoy Lockhart Gadding with Ghouls by Gilderoy Lockhart Holidays with Hags by Gilderoy Lockhart Travels with Trolls by Gilderoy Lockhart Voyages with Vampires by Gilderoy Lockhart… Read More
• Clothing Hats can be found throughout the series, the most notable of which are Bill Weasley’s cursed hat, Fred and George’s headless hat and shield hat, and the Sorting Hat… Read More
• Words and terms Archaic term referring to a person who takes more than five minutes to be sorted by the Sorting Hat (Pm). Read More
• Words and terms A bag or backpack for carrying food on an outdoor trip.  … Read More
• Quidditch A Quidditch foul where the Quaffle goes through the goal hoop before it is released from the Chaser’s hand (it must be thrown to score) (QA6). Read More
• Quidditch A highly intimidating Quidditch move where the three Chasers fly together, one in the centre and slightly ahead of the other two in a triangle shape (QA10). Read More
• Titles, nicknames, and honorifics Many secondary (12-18) schools have a Head Boy and Head Girl. These students are sometimes chosen, by the teachers, for their excellence, but they could also be elected by their peers. The Head Boy and Girl represent the school externally and head up the prefects. Read More
• Titles, nicknames, and honorifics Many secondary (12-18) schools have a Head Boy and Head Girl. These students are sometimes chosen by the teachers for their excellence, but they could also be elected by their peers. The Head Boy and Girl represent the school externally and head up the prefects. Read More
• Hogwarts Each of the four Hogwarts Houses has a Head, a staff member who is responsible for the students in that house. During Harry’s years at Hogwarts, the Heads were: Slytherin – Severus Snape Gryffindor – Minerva McGonagall Ravenclaw – Filius Flitwick Hufflepuff – Pomona Sprout In what… Read More
• Games, toys, and jokes When placed upon a person’s head, the head will become invisible, making it look as if the wearer is completely headless… Read More
• Sports and competitions The Headless Hunt is a group of a dozen decapitated ghosts who ride ghost horses and engage in such activities as Horseback Head-Juggling, Head Polo, and Head Hockey. The Hunt is led by Sir Patrick Delaney-Podmore, who maintains a strict policy to only accept huntsmen whose heads have completely separated… Read More
• Occupations The witch or wizard who runs a wizarding school. Among other duties, a headmaster or headmistress is tasked with hiring faculty and acting as a sort of figurehead for the school. Albus Dumbledore was Headmaster of Hogwarts until the end of Harry’s sixth year, while Minerva McGonagall was the Deputy Headmistress. Igor Karkaroff is… Read More
• Occupations Healers are the doctors of the Wizarding world (OP23, 30, TBB/FFF).  At St. Mungo’s, they wear lime green robes with an image of a crossed bone and wand (OP29).  To become a Healer, students must achieve a N.E.W.T. of at least an E in Herbology, Transfiguration, Potions, Charms, and… Read More
• Titles, nicknames, and honorifics Only the “Heir of Slytherin” could open the Chamber of Secrets and control the Basilisk inside (CS9). Read More
• Plants • Potion ingredients A mundane plant used in some potions. Read More
• Plants A highly toxic plant that can be used in drinks and medicinal substances in small amounts. Read More
• Areas of knowledge • Hogwarts academics
• Hogwarts academics Herbology class at Hogwarts is the study of magical plants and fungi, including their care and their magical properties and uses. Some magical plants form important ingredients in potions, others have magical effects in their own right. Read More
• Titles, nicknames, and honorifics Grawp’s pronunciation of Hermione’s name. Read More
• Games, toys, and jokes Presumably one of these sweets makes the eater begin to hiccup. Read More
• Magical objects Found in Delphi’s room at St Oswald’s Home for Old Witches and Wizards, it contained a hidden prophecy in Parseltongue (CC3.21). Read More
• Historical events • Hogwarts Over a thousand years ago, the four greatest witches and wizards of the age shared a dream, to create a school where young people of the wizarding world could study and be trained in the magical arts they needed to become skilled, fully-trained wizards. These four great wizards each founded… Read More
• Books and Literature One of the most famous wizarding books, a standard reference published in 1947 by Little Red Books. Read More
• Hogwarts academics Consists of lectures on various aspects of magical history. It is extremely boring, but this is due to the teacher, Professor Binns’, teaching style, not the material itself, which seems to emphasize vicious goblin riots, goblin rebellions, and giant wars. Read More
• Art and Culture Wizarding musical group with lead singer Stubby Boardman, who retired in 1980 (OP10). Read More
• Titles, nicknames, and honorifics • Words and terms Term for residents of Hogsmeade (OP25). Read More
• Titles, nicknames, and honorifics • Words and terms Term for the students and staff of Hogwarts (DH32). Read More
• Hogwarts • Organizations A group of twelve wizards charged with overseeing the running of Hogwarts.  They have the power to suspend or fire Headmasters (CS14), and can decide to shut down Hogwarts if the school is deemed unsafe – a situation that arises when the Chamber of Secrets is opened (both times), when… Read More
• Hogwarts • Transportation The arriving first-years travel across the Lake to the castle in a flotilla of small boats, propelled by magic and escorted by Hagrid (PS6).  … Read More
• Hogwarts • Sentient objects The names of future Hogwarts students are written down at birth in the Book of Admittance, a special parchment book bound with dragon hide kept in a locked tower. When a magical child is born, the Quill of Acceptance floats out of a silver ink pot nearby to write the… Read More
• Hogwarts academics schedule of classes by year First Year: classes: Astronomy Charms Defense Against the Dark Arts Herbology History of Magic Potions Transfiguration June: finals (exams) Second Year Same classes as first year. During the Easter holidays, students choose two or more additional classes for year 3. Partial list: Ancient Runes Arithmancy… Read More
• Transportation The Hogwarts Express is a passenger train which makes a run between King’s Cross Station, London, and Hogsmeade Station, taking students to and from Hogwarts. Read More
• Food and drinks • Hogwarts • Wizarding culture Hogwarts treats its students to large feasts to mark the beginning (PS7, CS5, PA5, GF12, OP11, HBP8) and end of the school term (PS17, PA22, GF37, OP38), plus Halloween (PS10, CS8, PA8, GF16) and Christmas (PS12, CS12, PA11,… Read More
• Magical identities There are at least twenty ghosts that reside at Hogwarts (PS7). Each of the four houses has their own house ghost; Nearly-Headless Nick is Gryffindor’s ghost, the Bloody Baron is Slytherin’s, the Fat Friar is Hufflepuff’s and the Grey Lady is Ravenclaw’s. When ghost-related decisions must be made, they… Read More
• Titles, nicknames, and honorifics Dolores Umbridge was made the first Hogwarts High Inquisitor in history when the Ministry passed Educational Decree Number Twenty-three (OP15). She was given the authority to inspect her fellow teachers and, should they prove lacking, have them sacked. She took the job with relish and clearly enjoyed bullying others. Read More
• Books and Literature Alternate title: Hogwarts, A History (US editions) Thousand-page book about the thousand-year history of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Read More
• Hogwarts Four giant hourglasses – one for each house – stand in niches in a corner opposite the main doors in Hogwarts’ Entrance Hall; they automatically track house points (PS15). Read More
• Hogwarts Students at Hogwarts are grouped into four houses: Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, and Slytherin. Read More
• Hogwarts Students who accept some responsibility for maintaining order and discipline at Hogwarts. There are a number of Prefects from each house: two from each house, chosen in August before the start of their fifth year. They are under the jurisdiction of the Head Boy and Girl. Prefects have some special privileges,… Read More
• Sentient objects A magical quill at Hogwarts detects the birth of each magical child, then writes his or her name down in a large parchment tome bound with dragon hide, known as the Book of Admittance. Both are kept in a locked tower away from students at Howarts. Every year Professor McGonagall… Read More
• Clothing Hogwarts students are required to have three sets of plain black work robes. All pupils’ clothes should carry name tags (PS5). Read More
• Headlines and advertisements Headline from a magical newspaper in 1926. Hogwarts School needed better security because evil Wizard Gellert Grindelwald was on a rampage in Europe, and he was an old friend of Albus Dumbledore (WFT). Read More
• Hogwarts Dumbledore directed the school song at the end of the start-of-term feast when he felt in a particularly festive mood. The last time the song was known to be sung was during the feast on September 1, 1991, when Harry Potter came to Hogwarts. Dumbledore directed  the song with his wand. Read More
• Occupations Hogwarts students come from across the United Kingdom and Ireland. They are sorted into one of four houses and spend most of their time with their fellow house members for the seven years they attend Hogwarts. Read More
• Occupations At Hogwarts, a staff of about fourteen teachers apparently handles classes for hundreds of students. Any way you look at it, that’s a lot of classes for a few staff members. Read More
• Furniture and household items Hogwarts’ tea towels bear the school crest and are used in place of clothes by the unfree elves who work there (GF21). 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
• Words and terms
• Words and terms In Britain, “holiday” can refer to any day or time off (as in leave from work) rather than just a vacation or official holiday. National holidays are usually called Bank Holidays, because the banks are closed. Read More
• Books and Literature Thrilling autobiographical accounts of adventures dealing with various exotic and dangerous beasts, none of which, as it turns out, actually involved the author. Read More
• Sports teams Quidditch team based on Anglesey in Wales, founded in 1203 (QA7). robes: dark green with a golden talon on the chest (QA7) home: Holyhead, North Wales… Read More
• Food and drinks Tasty candy sent to Harry as a gift by Molly Weasley his first Christmas at Hogwarts (PS12). Read More
• Hogwarts academics Schoolwork assigned to be completed outside of class time. Read More
• Food and drinks
• 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
• Potion ingredients The juice of a horklump, a creature resembling a pink spreading mushroom with black bristles, which is used for potion-making. (FB)… Read More
• Wandmaking Used as wand cores by wandmaker James Steward and his wife Isolt Sayre of Ilvermorny Wizarding School for their adopted sons, Chadwick and Webster Boot (Pm). Read More
• Ilvermorny Horned Serpent is one of the four houses of Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The name was chosen by Isolt Sayre. Thunderbird house stands for the mind of the wizard and is the house for scholars. Read More
• Hogwarts The House Cup is awarded at the end of each academic year at Hogwarts. The House with the most House points at the end of the year wins the House Cup. Points are given or taken away by professors and prefects. 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
• Communication A Howler is a nasty letter sent to tell someone off. It arrives in a red envelope, smoking slightly. It must be opened immediately or it explodes. Upon opening, the Howler screams at the recipient in a voice magically magnified for maximum effect. Students at Hogwarts occasionally receive Howlers from… Read More
• Dark magic items • Magical objects One of Voldemort’s Horcruxes; a small, magical golden cup with two finely wrought handles, engraved with a badger (Helga Hufflepuff’s device) and inherited by the Smith family from Hufflepuff. (HBP20)… Read More
• Hogwarts The Hogwarts house of founder Helga Hufflepuff. Hufflepuff House values character traits such as dedication, fair play, and hard work. Hufflepuffs are often unjustly characterized as unintelligent or as losers not good enough for any of the other houses. Read More
• Clothing Newt Scamander had a black and yellow Hufflepuff scarf in his suitcase when it was checked by harbor Customs in 1926 New York City. It appeared with other common items in his suitcase instead of his menagerie of Fantastic Beasts when he turned a small dial to “Muggle Worthy” (WFT). Read More
• Words and terms Hard candy pieces, usually flavoured with peppermint and recognisable by their black and white stripes. They are often round-ended but can be seen as angular lumps. Read More
• Quidditch An archaic Quidditch term for the equivalent player to the modern Seeker (QA4). Read More