Muldoon struggled to find a working legal definition for “beast” and “being” during a summit on the subject. His simplistic idea for calling anything that walked on two legs a “being” and therefore to be given full rights backfired spectacularly when goblins introduced tolls, hags, and a number of other… Read More
In the 14th century, two ill-fated summits were called to determine which of the many types of magical creatures were actually to be considered as sentient and therefore worthy of representation on the Wizard’s Council. In each case, the summits appear to have been intentionally disrupted by goblins, who brought… Read More
The Wand Ban of 1631 is the First Article of the Wizards’ Convention. It makes it illegal for any non-human magical being to carry a wand (JKR-W3). Read More
Rowle, the second Minister for Magic, ignores the warnings of experts about the terrible effects of Dementors and of the evil permeating the fortress. He begins bringing prisoners to Azkaban and allows the Dementors to torment them (Pm). Read More
He grows up to be a collector of live Sphinxes, which not surprisingly sets him at odds with the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures (FW). Read More
Newt and Jacob follow the trail of destruction left behind by the Erumpent into the Central Park Zoo, where they manage to distract it from trying to mate with a very frightened hippo. The Erumpent turns its attention toward Newt, who performs a very interesting mating dance, but then discovers… Read More
President Picquery issues this order after her encounter with Frank, the Thunderbird that Newt Scamander was transporting in his magical case. She later extends this protective order to all magical creatures in the United States (FB). Read More
Eight years after the book was commissioned and Newt Scamander started travelling the world in search of magical creatures, Obscurus Books publishes the guide. Fifty-two editions of the book have now been published as of the late 1990s, and it has been an approved textbook at Hogwarts since its original… Read More
A rogue Welsh Green dragon descends on a beach full of Muggle holidaymakers (FB). Tilly Toke and her family happen to be there (FW), and her family casts the largest Mass Memory Charm of this century on all the Muggles of Ilfracombe. She is later awarded the Order of Merlin… Read More
Fear of and stigma against werewolves are likely why the author chose to remain anonymous. In 1975, werewolf Remus Lupin completed his fifth year at Hogwarts. Importantly, it was in their fifth year that the other Marauders succeeded in becoming animagi in order to be with their friend during his monthly… Read More
Voldemort announces that he requires the services of a house-elf. Regulus Black volunteers Kreacher, the old house-elf who serves his family in Grimmauld Place, ordering him to do whatever the Dark Lord demands, then to come home. Voldemort takes Kreacher to the sea cave where he has prepared an island… Read More
In 1979, Voldemort demanded the use of a house-elf, and Regulus sent Kreacher, a family elf that he was very fond of. However, the elf was left behind to die by Voldemort on the secret island in the sea cave where he’d hidden the locket Horcrux. Regulus had commanded Kreacher… Read More
Ron is helping Hagrid feed Norbert late at night, having gone down to Hagrid’s hut under the Cloak of Invisibility. When Ron is bitten, Hagrid seems more worried about the dragon than Ron (PS14). Read More
Harry is discovered at the scene of the crime, and students start suspecting him to be the heir of Salazar Slytherin. Harry and his friends, meanwhile, begin to suspect Draco Malfoy. Read More
Harry and Ron follow the spiders, stopping at Hagrid’s hut to get Fang to go with them before entering the forest. Deep in the dark, thick forest, they come across Mr. Weasley’s Ford Anglia, which appears to have gained so degree of sentience and free will since it crashed into… Read More
She buys him at the Magical Menagerie in Diagon Alley, using the ten galleons her parents gave her for an early birthday present. The witch in the shop said that Crookshanks had been there for ages, that nobody wanted him. Read More
Harry and Hermione lead the hippogriff away while the execution party – an elderly member of the Committee for the Disposal of Dangerous Creatures, Walden Macnair (the executioner), Dumbledore, and Hagrid – is busy inside Hagrid’s hut. Prompted by Dumbledore, Harry and Hermione used Hermione’s Time-Turner to return to the time… Read More
Hermione is outraged by the treatment of house-elves in the Wizarding World, so she starts an organization called the Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare or S.P.E.W. It doesn’t exactly catch on with her classmates. Read More
Harry and Ron accompany Hermione on her visit to the house-elves in the Hogwarts kitchens. Among the house-elves in the kitchen are Dobby and Winky, who have been working at Hogwarts for a week. Winky is still deeply upset about being sacked, Dobby is happy with his new situation, and… Read More
Harry and his classmates go to Divination class, now in classroom eleven on the ground floor – to accommodate their new teacher, Firenze. The room has been transformed to resemble a forest and display a starry sky on the ceiling. Firenze introduces his students to the astronomy-based Divination practiced by centaurs (… Read More
As the new Minister for Magic, Shacklebolt takes on the dangerous task of removing the Dementors from the ancient, evil fortress of Azkaban (BLC, Pm). They had been serving as guards there for hundreds of years, a function which allowed the Ministry to maintain some measure of control over the… Read More