• Areas of knowledge Divination by studying the lines on the palm of the hand. Read More
• Clothing • Words and terms U.S.: Briefs, underwear, underpants. In the U.K. the term “trousers” is used to refer to the outer garments covering the legs (a term that is also used in the U.S. but is less common there). Read More
• Communication • Magical objects • Ministry of Magic These enchanted items are used for inter-departmental memos at the Ministry of Magic Headquarters, as Harry learned when he travelled there for his hearing. Owls were used for this purpose when Arthur was younger, but their droppings created a mess and so they were replaced with these (OP7). Read More
• Insults, Curses, and Interjections Exclamation by Newt Scamander when he realized that Frank the Thunderbird had not escaped from his suitcase (WFT). Paracelus was a famous wizard and alchemist (FW). Peeves the Poltergeist once tried to drop an ugly bust of Paracelsus on unwary students at Hogwarts (OP14). Read More
• Common items Parchment, specially treated animal skin used for writing on, is frequently used in place of paper in the wizarding world. Read More
• Quidditch This move, reportedly invented by the original Parkin family who founded the Wigtown Wanderers, involves three Chasers flying from three different directions at an opposing Chaser (QA10). Read More
• Communication • Languages A speaker of Parseltongue is referred to as a Parselmouth (CS11). Read More
• Languages Parseltongue is the language of snakes; to a human who cannot speak it, it sounds like hissing without taking a breath (GF1). A speaker of Parseltongue is referred to as a Parselmouth (CS11). The ability to speak Parseltongue is extremely rare, and is something for which Salazar Slytherin… Read More
• Food and drinks A kind of hard candy; can also be used to refer to something like a cough drop. Read More
• Food and drinks A sort of pie with a crimped, thick short pastry crust, full of chopped and seasoned meat and potatoes. (Rhymes with nasty). Read More
• Potion ingredients Pearl dust is an expensive, fairly uncommon potion ingredient used in love potions (CC4.5). Read More
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• Quidditch The Referee awards penalties to a team when a foul is called in their favour (QA6). Read More
• Quidditch The Quaffle used in modern Quidditch games. The Pennifold Quaffle is bewitched to slow its fall through air to about the speed of falling through water, so that Chasers have a better chance of catching the ball in mid-air, rather than continually retrieving it from the ground… Read More
• Words and terms An early form of bicycle with a very large front wheel and a small rear wheel (NSOED). Read More
• Magical artifacts A Pensieve is a shallow stone basin with ancient Saxon runes and symbols carved around the edge used to collect and view memories (GF30, Pm). When in use, a silvery light shines from its contents, which are bright, whitish silver, and cloud-like, moving ceaselessly. Harry thought the stuff in the… Read More
• Communication Memories can be physically removed from a wizard’s mind with a wand and placed in a container or the Pensieve. Pensieve Memories: Dumbledore’s memory of the Death Eater Trials, including those of Igor Karkaroff, Bellatrix, the Lestrange Brothers, and Barty Crouch Jr. (GF30) Dumbledore’s memory of 16-year-old Bertha Jorkins… Read More
• Sweets Tiny black candy that makes you “Breathe fire for your friends!” Sold at Honeydukes in Hogsmeade (PA5, PA10). Found in the “Special Effects” section of the sweetshop. Read More
• Plants • Potion ingredients A plant sometimes added to potions or sweets. Read More
• Sweets A wizarding sweet found at Honeydukes shaped like a toad and is peppermint flavoured. Read More
• Magical objects Appearing to be small and shabby on the outside, Perkins’ old tent was a roomy “old-fashioned three-room flat” on the inside, complete with bunk beds, a kitchen, and a bathroom (GF7). Read More
• Food and drinks A special dessert made by Harry’s Aunt Petunia Dursley, described as “a masterpiece of a pudding, the mountain of cream and sugared violets” (CS2).  … Read More
• Magical artifacts The most fabulous magic item of them all, the goal of alchemists and wizards for centuries. There was only one such stone known to be in existence, one created by Nicolas Flamel. The Philosopher’s Stone gives unlimited gold and immortality. Rather a nice payoff, but perhaps it isn’t as perfect… Read More
• Magical objects Phoenix feathers are used in wand cores. Both Harry’s holly wand and Voldemort’s yew wand contained feathers given by Fawkes the phoenix. Read More
• Magical identities The song of the phoenix gives strength and hope to those it sings for, ‘increasing the courage of the pure of heart and striking fear into the hearts of the impure’ according to Scamander (FB). When wands sharing a phoenix-feather cores from the same bird are forced to do battle,… 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
• Quidditch The field of play that is the Quidditch pitch or other defined outdoor games area (U.S. English: pitch = playing field). Read More
• Ministry of Magic A room located in the Department of Mysteries on Level Nine of the Ministry of Magic (OP35)… Read More
• Quidditch This seemingly careless Seeker move in Quidditch is named for the fastest Snitch catch in British history, Roderick Plumpton’s capture of the Snitch up his sleeve in 1921 (QA10). Read More
• Clothing A wizarding pocket watch may have an unusual number of hands, or have symbols other than numbers along the edge of the face, or both. Read More
• Potion ingredients The juice may be used in Strengthening Solution at some stage and is definitely a potions ingredient. Read More
• Headlines and advertisements Advertisement for a memory clinic appearing in the Daily Prophet (DP4)… Read More
• Words and terms Affectionate term used for a small child, from “poppet,” which is a kind of a puppet or doll. Read More
• Food and drinks Scottish breakfast dish of oatmeal mixed with water and simmered until it is creamy. Can be served with sugar, honey, or salt, according to preference. Eaten throughout Britain. Read More
• Quidditch A Quidditch move by the Chaser who makes as if to dart upward with the Quaffle, drawing the opposing Chaser upwards, then dropping the Quaffle to another Chaser (QA10). Read More
• Games, toys, and jokes When deployed, creates a swamp covering the target area. This was the Wheeze that resulted in Umbridge’s famous failed detention. Read More
• Transportation A Portkey is an enchanted object which will transport a person to a pre-specified location. The object is usually a supposedly worthless piece of junk so as not to attract Muggle attention (GF6). There are two types of Portkey: the first is activated when touched, and the second only… Read More
• Ministry of Magic A division of the Department of Magical Transportation with responsibility for Portkey registration and use… Read More
• Sentient objects The portrait of Ariana Dumbledore resides over the small fireplace in Aberforth Dumbledore’s sitting room above Hog’s Head. It is a large oil painting of the young blonde girl. Ariana is described as gazing out of the portrait with “a kind of vacant sweetness.” The mirror that once belonged to Sirius sits beneath the portrait… Read More
• Hogwarts The portrait hole is the entrance to the Gryffindor common room located behind the painting of the Fat Lady on the seventh floor of Hogwarts Castle. The hole is only revealed when someone gives the correct password to the Fat Lady causing her to swing aside. Gryffindor students must then… Read More
• Art and Culture Hogwarts is a place of many surprises. Not only are the doors and staircases unusual, but also the paintings on the walls act in ways a visitor might not expect. The paintings are practically full-fledged Beings. They speak and interact, not just with the humans in the castle but even… Read More
• Ministry of Magic A “small, dirty oil painting” of the first Minister for Magic, Ulick Gamp, with his frog-like face and silver wig (HBP1). The portrait hangs in the office of the Muggle Prime Minister at number 10 Downing Street in London, and serves as a liason between the two worlds during… Read More
• Magical objects A magical painting of Sirius Black’s horribly deranged mother, Walburga, resides in his old home at twelve, Grimmauld Place. Often when the doorbell rings, she starts screaming and ranting until someone closes the “moth-eaten velvet” curtains that surround her painting. Read More
• Titles, nicknames, and honorifics Someone who makes potions, either as a profession or as an advanced student. Read More
• Potion ingredients A wide variety of plants and animal parts are used in making potions. These ingredients can be magical or mundane. Some of the plants are grown in the greenhouses and some of the animal parts come from magical creatures living in the Forbidden Forest, such as unicorn hair. Potion ingredients… Read More
• Areas of knowledge • Hogwarts academics Potions are magical liquids created by mixing various ingredients in a cauldron according to very specific rules. These mixtures must usually be drunk to give their magical effect. The ingredients in potions range from the mundane to the bizarre and fantastic, and the procedures for creating some potions can be… Read More
• Hogwarts academics Potions class is the study of potion-making. All students take potions through their fifth year and take the potions O.W.L., but only selected students continue on through sixth and seventh years to take N.E.W.T.s in the subject. The study of potions directly relates to the study of Herbology and Care of… Read More
• Hogwarts Potions classes take place in one of the Hogwarts dungeons, where the air is cooler than the rest of the castle (PS8). Jars full of pickled “slimy things” suspended in liquids line shelfs around the walls (CS5). Possibly the same place as “Dungeon Five” where some “third years… Read More
• Titles, nicknames, and honorifics The potions professor at Hogwarts is the Potions Master, therefore it is a job title that goes with the position. Read More
• Areas of knowledge A logic puzzle set up at Hogwarts to protect the Philosopher’s Stone. Read More
• Words and terms Potted plant, a plant grown in a pot as opposed to in the ground. (Note: although in the U.S. this would refer to a marijuana plant, that’s not what it means here.)… Read More
• Historical events A memorial statue of the Potter family found in Godric’s Hollow to commemorate the deaths of James and Lily, and the survival of baby Harry. Read More
• Magical objects A wooden sign with golden letters found in front of the ruined cottage where James and Lily Potter died, commemorating their sacrifice. When Harry and Hermione visitied Godric’s Hollow, a touch of the gate made the sign rise out of the ground. Many witches and wizards had visited the site… Read More
• Magical objects Insulting badges handed out by Draco Malfoy but also worn by Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw members in a rare collaboration against Harry Potter when his name emerged from the Goblet of Fire, which was seen by other students as unfair to the first-chosen Hogwarts Champion, Cedric Diggory… Read More
• Communication During the Second Wizarding War, after Lord Voldemort, his Death Eaters and other followers had taken over the Ministry of Magic, all magical media were rigidly censored. The main sources of news, such as The Daily Prophet and Wizarding Wireless Network News, were all, as Ron put it, “following You-Know-Who’s line” (… Read More
• Words and terms A low, soft, stuffed seat (possibly in the form of a beanbag, ottoman, or couch). Read More
• Publications 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
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• Words and terms Slang term for a fool; also for a person’s backside. Read More
• Titles, nicknames, and honorifics Some of the older pupils (students) in many secondary (12-18) schools are given duties supervising the younger children and assisting the teachers in maintaining discipline. Prefects are usually the most outstanding or best behaved students, but in some schools all the upper year pupils share prefect duties. Read More
• Wandmaking Prickly Ash is a North American tree used as a wand wood by James Steward to make a wand for his adopted son Chadwick Boot when he turned eleven. Read More
• Sports teams Scottish Quidditch team from Portree on the Isle of Skye in the Hebrides (QA7) robes: deep purple with gold star (QA7) home: Portree… Read More
• Titles, nicknames, and honorifics The head of the executive branch of government of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (NSOED). The Prime Minister’s official residence is number ten, Downing Street in London. Read More
• Books and Literature Harry received a copy of Advanced Potion-Making by Libatius Borage from Professor Slughorn’s cabinet on the first day of class in Sixth Year. Unlike Ron’s copy, Harry’s was inscribed with various spells and helpful-hints for improved potions that led to Slughorn thinking of him as a “dab-hand” and Potioneer. Hermione,… Read More
• Security A long, thin, flexible golden rod used like a Muggle security wand, which detects spells of concealment and hidden magical objects (OP7, DH26). Read More
• Thing A magical law that states that while using a Time-Turner, no one can travel back in history further than five hours without doing serious harm to themselves or others (CC2.16). Read More
• Publications The Evening Prophet is a special edition of the Daily Prophet, the newspaper of the wizarding world. Read More
• Publications The Sunday Prophet is a weekend edition of the Daily Prophet, the newspaper of the wizarding world. Read More
• Rules and laws The Protective Order on Thunderbirds was an edict issued by Seraphina Picquery that protected Thunderbirds at a time when MACUSA had a kill-to-curse policy on all magical creatures. Later, the order was expanded to cover all magical creatures (FB). Read More
• Words and terms Short for “public house”; an establishment where alcohol is sold and drunk. U.S.: a bar. Read More
• Words and terms What in the U.S. would be termed a private school; it’s “public” in the sense that the kids are attending a school rather than having a private tutor at home. See also comprehensive.  … Read More
• Food and drinks • Words and terms The dessert course of a meal. Read More
• Sports teams The first professional Quidditch team, founded in 1163 (QA7) Robes: changed in the 1990s from mud brown (DP1) to the current blue with two crossed gold bulrushes Home: Puddlemere Team anthem: “Beat Back Those Bludgers, Boys, and Chuck That Quaffle Here“ (QA7, … Read More
• Games, toys, and jokes • Sweets One of the range of sweets found in a Skiving Snackbox. Each end of the sweet is colour-coded, so that one end causes the eater to vomit and the other cancels the effect. Fred and George had trouble with the prototype until they got the effect balanced so that the… Read More
• Thing Pukwudgie is one of the four houses of Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The name was chosen by James Steward. Pukwudgie house stands for the heart of the wizard and is the house for healers. Read More
• Food and drinks • Plants A mundane vegetable used for food, drink, and ornamental purposes. Read More
• Food and drinks Usually served iced, available on the Hogwarts Express and at Hogwarts (GF12, GF31). Read More
• Food and drinks A small pie filled with pumpkin, sold on the Hogwarts Express sweet trolley. Harry shares some with Ron on their first trip to Hogwarts (PS6). Read More
• Food and drinks The Hogwarts Express Trolley Witch threw a Pumpkin Pasty that exploded like a hand grenade as Albus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy  jumped from the roof of the train (CC1.11)… Read More
• Games, toys, and jokes Trick telescope that when squeezed emits a cloud of black smoke, a bang, and a tiny fist springs out to give the user a black eye. Read More
• Words and terms (noun) A long, narrow, flat-bottomed boat used on inland waterways (like the Isis river that flows through Oxford). It’s a kind of pole-boat. As a verb, “to punt” means to push a boat along by a long pole; the punter pushes the pole against the bottom of the river to… Read More
• Magical identities A witch or wizard who supposedly has magical blood on both sides of the family going back generations. Read More
• Publications Infamous publication from the 1930s which listed the supposed ‘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 families on the list, notably… Read More
• Thing After the giant game of chess on the night they sought the Philosopher’s Stone, Harry and Hermione crossed a threshold into the room with the Potions riddle and purple flames appeared behind them (PS16). Read More
• Magical artifacts Suggested to be the invention of Albus Dumbledore, this device is used to put out lights and restore them.  It is also, less commonly, used as a guide. Read More
• Magical objects A small magical object that looks like a cigarette lighter. When clicked, the Put-outer (or the Deluminator) sucks all light from a place. When reversed with another click, balls of light fly back out of the Deluminator and restores the light or lights that were extinguished. It also has other… Read More