• Books and Literature One of the stories in the book “Tales of Beedle the Bard“, which was left to Hermione by Albus Dumbledore in his will (DH7) and the original source of the Deathly Hallows legend (DH21). 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
• Magical artifacts A special deck of cards used over the centuries for Divination. The “Lightning-Struck Tower” was the card Sybill Trelawney kept seeing over and over just before Dumbledore’s death on top of the Astronomy Tower (HBP25). This can be counted as one of Trelawney’s actual prophecies. The proper name for… Read More
• Words and terms (Not strictly a British term, but in the interests of clarity it’s being included here.) A kind of hand-made knotted lace, used particularly for edging or trimming (NSOED) – the kind of lace on Ron’s first set of dress robes might have been tatting, for instance. Read More
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• Words and terms A cosy made to put over a tea pot for insulation, to help keep it hot. Read More
• Areas of knowledge Tea leaf reading, also called Tasseography, is a method of Divination. Loose leaf tea is poured into teacups and drunk until only the dregs remain. Next, the cup is swirled three times with the left hand and turned over to drain. Then the shapes of the leaves left in the… Read More
• Food and drinks A large rich layer cake, where some of the layers are made of cream or fruit.  … Read More
• Thing Wizards attending the Quidditch World Cup have been known to customise their tents both inside and out, even though they are supposed to be keeping a low profile. Read More
• Wizarding culture W.O.M.B.A.T. stands for Wizards’ Ordinary Magic and Basic Aptitude Test. It is administered by the Wizarding Examinations Authority. The head of this Authority is Griselda Marchbanks, CDMG, APMD, fbBB (JKR). These tests could be taken by Muggles as well as wizards, but the Wizarding Examinations Authority “does… Read More
• Security A waterfall that can be released over the track at Gringotts that has the effect of washing away all enchantment, all magical concealment. Read More
• Wandmaking A wand wood known for creating “tricky wands,” described by Ollivander in his essays on wandlore (Pm). Read More
• Ilvermorny Thunderbird is one of the four houses of Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The name was chosen by Chadwick Steward. Thunderbird house stands for the soul of the wizard and is the house for adventurers. Read More
• Broomsticks The brooms ridden by the Nigeria National Team in the 2014 Quidditch World Cup, which have a bad reputation for speed over safety (Pm). Read More
• Words and terms Checked or crossed. “Ticked off” can also mean “annoyed”. Read More
• Hogwarts This sage advice is the translation of the Latin motto of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry: “Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus.”… Read More
• Timelines and calendars Ancient Egypt and Greece – 3000 BC through 100 AD This is an era of Muggle/Wizard cooperation; many political and religious leaders were witches and wizards. Growing distrust and prejudice – 100 – 1692 AD Muggles begin to fear wizards. Some try to manipulate their magical bretheren for their own… Read More
• Furniture and household items There are a number of different timepieces within the Harry Potter series: The Time-Turner is a small silver hourglass worn on a chain around the neck. It’s a very powerful and dangerous magical item which literally turns back time for the user, one hour per inversion of the glass. A… Read More
• Ministry of Magic A room located in the Department of Mysteries on Level Nine of the Ministry of Magic (OP34)… Read More
• Magical artifacts The glass jar inside The Time Room of the Department of Mysteries, which gives off a “dancing, diamond-bright light” (OP34, OP35)… Read More
• Words and terms Schedule. At Hogwarts, each student is given his or her timetable at the beginning of the year, specifying the times of the various classes the student is taking. Read More
• Magical artifacts The Time-Turner is a small silver hourglass worn on a chain around the neck. It is a very powerful and dangerous magical item which literally turns back time for the user, one hour per inversion of the glass, thanks to the Hour-Reversal Charm contained within it (Pm). Read More
• Magical objects One of the methods that Hermione Granger used on her bookcase inside the Minister for Magic’s office to protect the hidden Experimental Time Turner. Read More
• Broomsticks Broom produced by the German company Ellerby & Spudmore in 1940, twelve years before they released the Swiftstick. It travelled somewhat slower than the Comets and Cleansweeps of its time and thus was never used in sports. (QA9)… Read More
• Potion ingredients An alcohol-based concoction made with tormentil, an herb with small yellow flowers. This tincture is used as a potion ingredient to make Doxycide (BoP, Pm). Read More
• Magical objects This torn photograph showing toddler Harry on a toy broomstick was left forgotten in Sirius Black’s bedroom in Grimmauld Place only to be discovered years later by Severus Snape, who tore off the part of the photo showing Lily to keep for himself. Along with the photograph was a letter… Read More
• Words and terms Nonsense. “The slang tosh is a blend of the words ‘trash’ and ‘bosh.’ Bosh comes from the Turkish word for empty. Tosh means ‘nonsense’ or ’empty, worthless talk.'” (contributed by Sebastian Chen)… Read More
• Wizarding culture Damocles Rowle used this slogan to get himself elected the second Minister for Magic in 1718, replacing Ulick Gamp. Rowle’s tough stance extended to wizards as well. He favored using the cursed and Dementor-infested fortress of Azkaban as a wizarding prison in spite of the terrible effect it had on… Read More
• Games, toys, and jokes Toy broomsticks are tiny broomsticks for toddlers, which rise about two feet in the air. Read More
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• Games, toys, and jokes A contraband toy wand found under the bed of Modesty Barebone by her adult brother Credence in Second Salem Church caused their infuriated mother Mary Lou to threaten the child with a beating (WFT). Read More
• Words and terms Athletic shoes, also called sneakers. Trainers, although ostensibly for sport, are popular everyday footwear for many people, young and old. Read More
• Hogwarts academics Transfiguration is magic which changes one object into another. It is possible to change inanimate objects into animate ones and vice versa. Some Transfiguration spells alter a part of something, such as changing a person’s ears from normal into rabbit ears. At Hogwarts, Transfiguration is taught by Professor McGonagall. Fifty… Read More
• Quidditch A Quidditch move which was first seen at the 1473 Quidditch World Cup, a match between the national teams of Flanders and Transylvania. (QA10)… Read More
• Words and terms Treacle is a by-product of the sugar refining process and can vary in grade from very light Golden Syrup to Black Treacle (rather like molasses). Treacle Pudding is a plain steamed suet pudding which has warmed treacle poured over it. Treacle tart is a flat pastry case filled with treacle… Read More
• Words and terms Very good or very well. If something “looks a treat” it looks great, i.e., a treat to the eyes. “A treat” is a common phrase in some dialects, and can be used in other contexts, e.g., “I’ve polished this goblet and it’s come up a treat”. Read More
• Words and terms A layered dessert of sponge cake soaked in sherry, topped with chopped fruit in jelly (jello), topped with custard, topped, in turn, with whipped cream. The top of that may be decorated with angelica, glace cherries, chocolate flakes or hundreds and thousands (tiny rainbow sugar candy pieces). Read More
• Words and terms The stomach of a cow or ox, eaten as a dish. Yes, it is disgusting. Tripe is also used to mean nonsense as well as the wonderful gliding food. Read More
• Awards The champion of the Triwizard Tournament wins the Triwizard Cup. When the tournament was held at Hogwarts in 1994-95, the grand finale was a Maze with the Triwizard Cup placed at the center. Read More
• Hogwarts grounds Magically constructed and grown over the course of the year on the Quidditch pitch, this maze was the location of the Third Task of the Triwizard Tournament. At it’s center, the Triwizard Cup waited for the competitors to reach it. Read More
• Sports and competitions The Triwizard Tournament is a famous contest between the schools of Hogwarts, Durmstrang, and Beauxbatons. It originated some 700 years ago as a friendly competition between the three schools. Each school took turns hosting the Tournament, which took place every five years. The judges for the Tournament included the heads… Read More
• Wandmaking A rather unusual wand core, which according to legend was used in Sir Cadogan’s blackthorn wand (Pm). Read More
• Potion ingredients A simple creature used as an ingredient in Potions. Read More
• Words and terms A tuft of stringy things (such as blades of grass, threads, or hairs) held together or growing together at a common base. Read More
• Sports teams Quidditch team from Tutshill in Gloucestershire near the Welsh Borders, founded in 1520 (QA7) robes: sky-blue with a double “T” in dark blue on the chest and back home: Tutshill… Read More
• Potion ingredients The “Twelve Uses of Dragon’s Blood” is one of the most important discoveries made by Albus Dumbledore during his lifetime. It was mentioned on his chocolate frog card (PS6) and in an article memorializing him after his death (DH2). One of the uses is oven cleaner (SFC). Another… Read More
• Books and Literature A guide for a young wizard to impress the witch of his dreams. According to one reader, the book “[e]xplains everything you need to know about girls.” The Weasley twins gave Ron a copy of this, and Ron in turn gave Harry a copy for his seventeenth birthday, saying it was “pure… Read More
• Words and terms Twiddle means to play around with, perhaps uncertainly, and is also a synonym for fiddle or fiddly; e.g. twiddly bits can be read as fiddly bits. Twiddly usually refers to something small – often a control of some sort that can be turned or rotated; e.g., a volume control can be… Read More
• Broomsticks Developed by Flyte and Barker in 1990 as an alternative to the popular and technically advanced Nimbus series of brooms, the Twigger was expensive and good-looking but ultimately its defects meant that it was only bought by wizards who wanted to flash their money about. As it  warps under high speeds,… Read More
• Words and terms A woven fabric, sometimes used in making clothing, with a surface of diagonal parallel ridges, produced by passing the weft threads over one and under two or more threads of the warp (instead of over and under in regular succession, which is how a lot of fabric is woven). (The… Read More
• Wandmaking Two wands that have the same magical substance at the core are said to be twins or brother wands. Read More
• Words and terms A course in which one learns to write something by means of a typewriter or computer, usually blindly (without looking at the keyboard). Read More