• Words and terms Originally (when referring to a small dog) to yap or bark – the word “waff”‘s sound imitates a puppy’s bark (NSOED). When referring to the noises people make, the word has come to mean empty or aimless talk or writing, and can be used as a noun to describe the… Read More
• Words and terms U.S.: vest. Note that this is not just the kind of vest worn with a formal suit, but any kind of vest. Read More
• Sports teams The Welsh national teams are from Wales (one of the four countries that together are the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland). Read More
• Areas of knowledge The Kwikspell Company produces a study course for the W.O.M.B.A.T Examination called the Wallop the Wombat Revision Course. This is recommended to those who achieve only a Poor on the Grade 3 test (JKR-W3). Read More
• Wandmaking Wampus hair is used as a wand core, and is used by Isolt Sayre to make wands for those who come to Ilvermony. Read More
• Thing Wampus is one of the four houses of Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The name was chosen by Webster Steward. Wampus house stands for the body of the wizard and is the house for warriors. Read More
• Sentient objects Another name for the Elder Wand, one of the Deathly Hallows (DH21, DH24, TBB/TTB). Read More
• 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
• Areas of knowledge A mysterious and ancient branch of magic that involves the study of wand ownership and wand power. Read More
• Rules and laws Tucked away in a dingy basement corner at MACUSA is the Wand Permits Office. According to Tina Goldstein, all foreign wizards visiting the United States must have a permit to carry a wand (WFT). Read More
• Magical objects A complicated device made with feathers used by the Wand-shine Elf to polish wands in the MACUSA Lobby in 1926 (WFT). Read More
• Words and terms Common way of saying “Put your wands away,” meaning “No magic allowed.”… Read More
• Magical objects Most human magic is done using a wand. The wand serves as a tool to focus and control the magical energy of the spell. It is possible to cast spells without using a wand, but for most wizards results are unfocused (CR). House-elves and goblins are not permitted to carry wands,… Read More
• Wandmaking A “single sibilant word” in the snake-language Parseltongue that when uttered made the wand of Salazar Slytherin go to sleep and become unusable (Pm). Read More
• Words and terms A large piece of furniture with a door, used for storing clothes and fitted with rails, shelves, hooks and the like, sometimes with a mirror on the inside of the door. Wardrobes tend to be used in places that don’t have built-in closets. Read More
• Communication A Horned Serpent in the creek near Ilvermorny School gave Isolt Sayre the same warning over and over: “Until I am part of your family, your family is doomed” (Pm). Read More
• Magical artifacts Substance which causes the skin of a person who touches it to form a thick hard crust  … Read More
• Words and terms “Plaster” used in this sense is roughly equivalent to a bandage or band-aid, often with some sort of medicine in/on it. Read More
• Occupations A security guard is called a watchwizard in the Wizarding world. Eric Munch was the watchwizard on duty in the Atrium of the Ministry of Magic when Harry visited for his hearing (OP7). Read More
• Words and terms When Fred and George Weasley caused chaos for Dolores Umbridge and flew away into the sunset (OP29), other students began wish they could also “do a Weasley” and leave Hogwarts (and Umbridge) behind them (OP30). Read More
• Furniture and household items Grandfather clock with nine golden hands. Located in the Weasley living room, this fine clock is completely useless if you need to know the time. Each hand is engraved with the name of a member of the Weasley family . These hands point to inscriptions around the face which… Read More
• Quidditch Title of the song sung first by Slytherins – and then by Gryffindors – during Hogwarts Quidditch matches. Read More
• Clothing Every Christmas, Molly Weasley knitted new Christmas “jumpers” or sweaters for her children and Harry Potter, often with their initials on them. Ron’s sweater was usually maroon for some unknown reason (PS12). Read More
• Games, toys, and jokes Fred and George Weasley used their whole stock of their inventive fireworks to disrupt the school on Umbridge’s first day as Headmistress (OP28). Trying to make them vanish only multiplied them by ten each time. Cost was five Galleons for a Basic Blaze Box, and 20 for “Deflagration Deluxe.”… Read More
• Ministry of Magic A part of the Beast Division of the Department for the Care and Regulation of Magical Creatures (FB)… Read More
• Rules and laws An ultimately unsuccessful rule framework developed by the Ministry of Magic in 1637 for the control of Werewolves (Pm)… Read More
• Ministry of Magic A part of the Beast Division of the Department for the Care and Regulation of Magical Creatures (FB)… Read More
• Sports teams West Ham United is a Muggle football club, founded in 1895, and based in West Ham, East London. Read More
• Words and terms A joke, especially a joke that has been repeated a great deal. Often referred to in the phrase ‘old wheeze’. Read More
• Words and terms The whelk is a type of marine mollusk with a spiral shell, usually eaten with vinegar. The flesh is usually scooped out with a pin, so it’s not the sort of thing a sophisticated lady would eat. This indicates that Marge is rather common in her tastes. Read More
• Words and terms complaining or whining persistently and in a peevish or irritating way… Read More
• Games, toys, and jokes The whizzing worm is a joke item presumably worm-shaped and makes a whizzing noise. Read More
• Plants The Whomping Willow is a very valuable, very violent tree planted alone in the middle of the school grounds. It was planted the same year that Lupin arrived at Hogwarts (c. 1971) to disguise the opening to a secret passage from Hogwarts to the Shrieking Shack. Lupin would go through… Read More
• Plants • Potion ingredients A magical tree with useful bark used in the Wiggenweld Potion. Read More
• Sports teams A British Quidditch team, founded in 1422 and based in Wigtown in Scotland (QA7) robes: blood-red robes with a silver meat cleaver upon the chest (QA7) home: Wigtown… Read More
• Headlines and advertisements Article appearing in the Sports section of the Daily Prophet about their robe colour change and new signing as Chaser (DP2). Read More
• Sports teams English Quidditch team from Wimbourne in Dorset, founded in 1312 (QA7). robes: thick horizontal stripes of bright yellow and black, with a picture of a wasp on the front (GF7, QA7) home: Wimbourne… Read More
• Words and terms To tease someone, especially by deliberately misleading the person about something (NSOED)… Read More
• Magical objects A flock of winged keys were one of the protections for the Philosopher’s Stone, put in place by Filius Flitwick. The swarm of winged keys filled a well-lit chamber blocking the way to the hiding place of the Mirror of Erised and the Philosopher’s Stone within. The keys had shiny, brightly colored… Read More
• Words and terms (referring to part of an automobile) a rear-view mirror projecting from the side of a motor vehicle (NSOED)… Read More
• Plants • Potion ingredients A rare magical water plant from the Far East with a throbbing red bulb. Read More
• Art and Culture A popular show on the Wizard’s Wireless hosted by Glenda Chittock (FW). Read More
• Publications A fairly well-known women’s magazine that Mrs. Weasley subscribes to for its recipes (GF28) and that St. Mungo’s Hospital keeps lying around its waiting room (OP22). The magazine gives an annual “Most Charming Smile” award, which Gilderoy Lockhart has won five times – a feat which he seems… Read More
• Words and terms Apart from the obvious (and in Muggle English, archaic) meaning of “associated with wizards or wizardry”, this is also a British slang term for “excellent.” (NSOED)… Read More
• Games, toys, and jokes • Wizarding culture The rules of wizard chess are exactly the same as muggle chess. However, the pieces are animate and commanded by the player like troops on a battlefield (PS12). Read More
• Ministry of Magic A section probably within the Ministry of Magic with responsibility for administering the O.W.L.s and N.E.W.T.s to Hogwarts students every year… Read More
• Occupations A witch or wizard who studies magical plants and animals in their native habitats. A magizoologist is a type of wizarding naturalist who specifically studies animals. Read More
• Sports and competitions The Wizarding Schools Potions Championship was a competition held to challenge potion-makers to prove their potion-making skills by completing various challenges and brewing various potions. The winner received a gold cauldron. Read More
• Art and Culture A musical composition by Musidora Barkwith, played only once in 1902 when the exploding tube blew up the Ackerly Town Hall (FW). Read More
• Organizations The Wizards’ Council was one of several bodies which governed the British magical community before the creation of the Ministry of Magic in 1707 (Pm). The leader of the Council was called the Chief (QA4). Read More
• Areas of knowledge • Books and Literature O.F.T. (Outstanding for Trolls) is a grade that a troll would achieve if it managed to use a computer and take the W.O.M.B.A.T. test.  … Read More
• Communication The equivalent of a Muggle radio; the Weasleys have one of these in their kitchen. The WWN (Wizarding Wireless Network) is listened to by many in the wizarding world. Read More
• Ministry of Magic The Wizengamot is the high court of wizarding law in Britain. The head of the Wizengamot is called the Chief Warlock an old-fashioned title that denotes “particular skill or achievements” similar to a Muggle knighthood (TBB-WHT)… Read More
• Plants • Potion ingredients Another name for aconite and wolfsbane, used in the Wolfsbane Potion. Read More
• Books and Literature The definitive study of the subtle art of potion-making by Zygmunt Budge. Read More
• Words and terms Unsteady, shaky, unreliable. This might be used to describe something that’s so badly put together that it’s about to fall down. Read More
• Titles, nicknames, and honorifics Lavender’s nick-name for Ron while they were dating in sixth year (HBP17). Harry privately thought that if Ron started calling her “Lav-Lav,” he would have to put a stop to it (HBP18). Read More
• Magical objects Hagrid gave Harry a carved wooden flute for Christmas his first year at Hogwarts (PS12). It made a sound like an owl hooting. Read More
• Quidditch A high-speed zig-zag Quidditch manoeuvre performed to throw off the opposing team’s Chasers, it was perfected by an Australian team, the Woollongong Warriors (QA10). Read More
• Headlines and advertisements A Word in Support of Hags is the title of a letter from Annis Black, which was published in the Daily Prophet (DP1). Read More
• Magical objects Given as a replacement after Wormtail sacrificed his right hand so the Dark Lord could be reborn in the graveyard (GF33). Read More
• Plants • Potion ingredients Plant used in Draught of Living Death. Read More
• Words and terms Newt Scamander told Jacob Kowalski that his philosophy was that “Worrying means you suffer twice” when Jacob expressed fear about stalking a dangerous Erumpent at the Central Park Zoo in 1926 (WFT). Read More
• Words and terms A greeting, shortened form of “what cheer!” Also spelled “Wotcha”. [Mainly London use]… Read More
• Quidditch A dangerous Quidditch move where one Seeker dives toward the ground as if he sees the Snitch, drawing the opposing Seeker into a similar dive and driving him into the ground (QA10). Read More