Harry Potter Glossary ⚡

Explore the terms J.K. Rowling uses throughout the Harry Potter series, including the characters, spells, animals, and more.

Harry Potter Glossary ⚡
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  • Accio
    Accio, or the Summoning Charm, is a spell in the Harry Potter universe used to summon objects towards the one who is casting it. It is beneficial for summoning any object that is out of one's reach.
  • Acromantula
    Acromantulas are huge magical spiders native to the dense forests of places like Borneo. They are known to have eight eyes, and eight legs, which are black, hairy and gigantic in size.
  • Alohomora
    Alohomora, also known as the Unlocking Charm is a spell used by wizards and witches in the Harry Potter universe to open a lock. It is first seen when Hermione uses it to open the lock on a door to escape the caretaker, Argus Filch.
  • Animagus
    An Animagus is a witch or wizard who could take the form of an animal at will and come back to the human form whenever needed.
  • Apparition
    The act of apparating or apparition is a means of transport through which magical beings teleport from one point in space to another with the help of magic.
  • Arithmancy
    Arithmancy was a magical discipline in the wizarding world that dealt with the study of the magical properties of numbers.
  • Astronomy Tower
    The Astronomy Tower in the Harry Potter series is a part of Hogwarts Castle. Students used it to study the skies and the movements of the stars and planets.
  • Auror
    Aurors are elite ministry officials assigned with the task of catching dark wizards and preventing dark magic and any other magical crimes.
  • Basilisk
    A Basilisk is a giant snake and a magical beast that is mainl associated with the dark arts and dark wizards.
  • Bezoar
    A bezoar is a hard stone-like substance usually found lodged in the stomach of a goat. It is used extensively in the Harry Potter universe to make antidotes for a wide variety of toxins and poisons.
  • Blast-Ended Skrewts
    Blast-Ended Skrewts are rare magical creatures that grow up to ten feet long. They are hybrids of Manticores and Fire Crabs and were first bred by Hagrid for the Triwizard Tournament.
  • Bludger
    A Bludger was the ball used in the game of Quidditch to be hit onto the players of the opponent teams. Beaters specifically hit Bludgers in a game with the help of a club.
  • Borgin and Burkes
    Borgin and Burkes is an antique dealing shop in Knockturn Alley, known for its wide range of Dark Magical items and several heirlooms and artefacts of renown.
  • Bowtruckle
    Bowtruckles are magical beings which resemble a plant in most ways but are mobile and active in their natural habitat. Bowtruckles are found residing in trees and are said to guard them against anyone who threatens their survival.
  • Butterbeer
    Butterbeer is an alcoholic beverage available in the Harry Potter universe that is especially seen in The Three Broomsticks, a popular inn in Hogsmeade.
  • Draught of Living Death
    The Draught of Living Death is one of the most potent potions strong enough to put someone to sleep perpetually. It is prepared through a very arduous process and requires skills to master preparation.
  • Golden Snitch
    The Golden Snitch is the smallest ball among the three balls used during Quidditch, the other two being the Quaffle and the Bludger.
  • Gringotts Bank
    The Gringotts Wizarding Bank is one of the most popular landmarks in Magical London. It was a bank for witches and wizards in Great Britain.
  • Harry Potter
    Harry Potter is probably one of the bravest characters to ever exist in the history of children's literature. Despite being brought up in a non-magic family for a major period of his early life, Harry went on to defeat one of the strongest dark wizards to ever have lived.
  • Hippogriff
    Hippogriffs are magical beasts in the Harry Potter universe that resembled both an eagle and a horse through their distinct bodily features.
  • Invisibility Cloak
    The Invisibility Cloak that Harry Potter possesses is a very ancient magical object that is considered along with the Resurrection Stone and the Elder Wand to comprise the Deathly Hallows.
  • Mandrake
    Mandrakes are magical plants that grow underground in the Harry Potter universe. They are used to treat people who are petrified. The cry of the Mandrake is considered fatal for anyone who hears it.
  • Mudblood
    Mudblood is a very offensive term used to refer to people in the wizarding world who were born to muggle parents or had some muggle connections. It was widely used by pure-blood supremacy enthusiasts who continued to insult their fellow muggle-born wizards and witches with this term.
  • Petrificus Totalus
    Petrificus Totalus, or the Full-Body Binding Curse, is a spell that is used to neutralise its victims, making it impossible for them to move. This spell causes temporary paralysis.
  • Ron Weasley
    Ronald Weasley is the best friend of Harry Potter and a significant character throughout the Harry Potter series.
  • Room of Requirement
    The Room of Requirement was a room at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry which had a hidden door that only appeared when someone asked for it. It would take the form of an exact type of room they wanted.
  • Wingardium Leviosa
    Wingardium Leviosa or the Levitation Charm is a spell used to levitate an object in the air from its resting position. It is a very useful spell in the magical world.
Harry Potter Glossary ⚡
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