Harry Potter Glossary ⚡

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

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  • Aberforth DumbledoreAbeforth Dumbledore was a British wizard and the brother of the Headmaster of Hogwarts, Albus Dumbledore. Abeforth owned the Hog's Head pub in Hogsmeade.
  • AccioAccio, 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.
  • Acid PopsAcid Pops are a type of sweet in the magical world that are similar to lollipops from the real world. They are known to literally burn a hole in the tongue of the person eating them.
  • AconiteAconite, also known as Monkshood or Wolfsbane is a plant with several healing properties. This plant was also found in the muggle world.
  • AcromantulaAcromantulas 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.
  • AlchemyAlchemy is a discipline in the Harry Potter Universe which studied the properties of the four basic elements and used them to create valuable substances.
  • AlohomoraAlohomora, 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.
  • Andromeda TonksAndromeda Tonks was a British Witch who studied in Hogwarts. Her father was Cygnus Black, an important member of the Black family. Her mother was Druella Black (née Rosier). She is known mainly for being the mother of the Auror Nymphadora Tonks in the Harry Potter series.
  • AnimagusAn 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.
  • ApareciumAparecium, or the Revealing Charm, was a spell in the Harry Potter universe that revealed messages written with secret ink or invisible ink.
  • ApparitionThe 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.
  • ArithmancyArithmancy was a magical discipline in the wizarding world that dealt with the study of the magical properties of numbers.
  • Astoria GreengrassAstoria Malfoy (née Greengrass) was a Pure-blood witch who was married to Draco Malfoy and was the mother of Scorpius Malfoy. She died in 2019 due to a blood curse.
  • AstronomyAstronomy is a discipline taught in the wizarding world of Harry Potter. Like Muggle Astronomy, this discipline deals with the study of stars and the skies.
  • Astronomy TowerThe 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.
  • AurorAurors are elite ministry officials assigned with the task of catching dark wizards and preventing dark magic and any other magical crimes.
  • AzkabanAzkaban was a large establishment that served as a high-security prison for the magical community of Britain. Living in Azkaban was considered very scary and dangerous as it was guarded by strange creatures called Dementors.
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  • BasiliskA Basilisk is a giant snake and a magical beast that is mainl associated with the dark arts and dark wizards.
  • Bat-Bogey HexThe Bat-Bogey Hex is a hex used to turn the bogies of the victim of the curse into bats and make them fly out of their nose, thereby causing them discomfort.
  • Bathilda BagshotBathilda Bagshot was a celebrated historian, witch and author in the world of magic in the Harry Potter series. She was the author of "A History of Magic", a prescribed textbook in Hogwarts.
  • BeaterA beater is a member of a Quidditch team assigned with the task of beating the Bludgers towards the players of the opponent team and protecting their players from Bludgers.
  • Beauxbatons Academy of MagicBeauxbatons Academy of Magic is a school for wizards and witches located in the Pyrenees Mountains in Southern France.
  • Bertie Bott's Every Flavour BeansBertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans is an assortment of sweets equivalent to muggle jellybeans. However, these beans are of almost every flavour imaginable.
  • BezoarA 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 SkrewtsBlast-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.
  • BludgerA 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.
  • BoggartA Boggart is a shape-shifting being that took the form of one's worst fear immediately after being encountered. Its true form was unknown as it would always shift its shape as soon as it encountered someone.
  • Borgin and BurkesBorgin 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.
  • BowtruckleBowtruckles 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.
  • Broomstick Servicing KitThe Broomstick Servicing Kit was an assortment of items and tools used to service flying broomsticks in the magical world of Harry Potter.
  • Bubble-head CharmThe Bubble-head Charm is a charm cast by a wizard or witch usually upon themselves, to help them breathe underwater by creating a bubble-like structure around their face that prevents water from entering.
  • BubotuberThe Bubotuber was a magical plant that like a potato, grew as a tuber. The part that grew outside the ground resembled a thick large black slug.
  • BuckbeakBuckbeak was a Hippogriff in the Harry Potter universe who was taken care of by Hagrid until he was wrongfully accused of being violent by Lucius Malfoy.
  • ButterbeerButterbeer is an alcoholic beverage available in the Harry Potter universe that is especially seen in The Three Broomsticks, a popular inn in Hogsmeade.
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  • Department of Magical Law EnforcementThe Department of Magical Law Enforcement was the largest department in the Ministry of Magic. It dealt with lawmaking and the upkeeping of wizarding laws and regulations.
  • Draught of Living DeathThe 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.
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  • Golden SnitchThe Golden Snitch is the smallest ball among the three balls used during Quidditch, the other two being the Quaffle and the Bludger.
  • Gringotts BankThe Gringotts Wizarding Bank is one of the most popular landmarks in Magical London. It was a bank for witches and wizards in Great Britain.
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  • Harry PotterHarry 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.
  • Hermione GrangerHermione Granger is one of the brightest and most talented students Hogwarts has ever seen and is a very close friend of Harry Potter and Ronald Weasley.
  • HippogriffHippogriffs are magical beasts in the Harry Potter universe that resembled both an eagle and a horse through their distinct bodily features.
  • HogsmeadeHogsmeade is a small village in Britain where the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is situated. It is an all-wizarding village, and Muggles have no access to it.
  • Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and WizardryJ.K. Rowling's Harry Potter is a global phenomenon. The school of Hogwarts is the setting for the majority of the Harry Potter books and movies. We take a closer look at Hogwarts here.
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  • Invisibility CloakThe 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.
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  • Lily Luna PotterLily Luna Potter was the youngest and only daughter of Harry Potter and Ginny Potter (née Weasley). She was around two years younger than Albus Severus Potter and four years younger than James Sirius Potter.
  • Lord VoldemortLord Voldemort was a dark wizard and the prime antagonist of the Harry Potter series. He was born Tom Riddle but changed his name to Lord Voldemort as he gained power.
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  • MandrakeMandrakes 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.
  • Ministry of MagicThe Ministry of Magic is the governing body of magic in Great Britain and is responsible for the administrative requirements of its citizens in magical Britain.
  • MudbloodMudblood 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.
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  • Neville LongbottomNeville Longbottom was a British Wizard who was one of the close friends and allies of Harry Potter. Despite being considered a very meek and timid boy, he rose to the occasion and was crucial in ending Lord Voldemort's reign.
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  • Petrificus TotalusPetrificus 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.
  • Polyjuice PotionPolyjuice Potion is a potion in the Harry Potter books that allows its drinker to disguise themselves into another person. It was a very effective disguising agent until its effects wore off.
  • The Potter FamilyHarry Potter's family, also known as the Potter Family is a reputed family of wizards and witches in the magical world of Harry Potter.
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  • Ron WeasleyRonald Weasley is the best friend of Harry Potter and a significant character throughout the Harry Potter series.
  • Room of RequirementThe 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.
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  • The BurrowThe Burrow is the name of the house in which the Weasley family stays in the Harry Potter series. It is situated near a village called Ottery St. Catchpole in Devon, England, Great Britain.
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  • Wingardium LeviosaWingardium 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.
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