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Harry Potter Glossary

Welcome to the Harry Potter Glossary, your comprehensive guide to the magical world of Harry Potter. Whether you’re a dedicated fan or new to the series, this glossary is here to help you navigate through the enchanting terminology, characters, creatures, spells, and more that make up J.K. Rowling’s beloved wizarding universe.


  • Accio: A summoning charm used to bring objects towards the caster.
  • Animagus: A wizard or witch who has the ability to transform into an animal at will.


  • Boggart: A shape-shifting creature that takes the form of an individual’s greatest fear.
  • Broomstick: A magical mode of transportation used by witches and wizards for flying.


  • Cauldron: A large metal pot used by wizards and witches for brewing potions.
  • Charms: Spells used to produce magical effects, such as levitation or unlocking doors.
  • Chamber of Secrets: A hidden chamber within Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, housing a legendary monster and secret passages.


  • Death Eaters: Followers of Lord Voldemort, who bear the Dark Mark and carry out his evil bidding.
  • Dementors: Dark creatures that drain happiness and feed on human despair, known for their ability to perform the Dementor’s Kiss, which sucks out a person’s soul.


  • Enchanted Objects: Ordinary objects imbued with magical properties, such as the Mirror of Erised or the Sorting Hat.


  • Floo Network: A magical transportation system that allows witches and wizards to travel through fireplaces.


  • Galleon: The wizarding currency, consisting of gold coins.
  • Gryffindor: One of the four houses at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, known for its bravery, courage, and chivalry.


  • Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry: The prestigious school where young witches and wizards receive their magical education.


  • Invisibility Cloak: A cloak that renders the wearer invisible.


  • Jinx: A minor spell or hex used to cause inconvenience or mild harm.


  • Keeper of Keys and Grounds: The title held by Rubeus Hagrid, the lovable half-giant responsible for the care of magical creatures and the grounds of Hogwarts.


  • Lumos: A spell that creates a beam of light, typically emitted from the tip of a wand.


  • Marauders’ Map: A magical map of Hogwarts that reveals the location of all individuals within the castle.
  • Muggle: A non-magical person.


  • N.E.W.T.: An abbreviation for “Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Test,” the advanced-level exams taken by Hogwarts students in their final years.


  • Ollivanders: A renowned wand shop in Diagon Alley, where witches and wizards go to find their perfect wand.


  • Pensieve: A shallow, stone basin used for reviewing and storing memories.
  • Polyjuice Potion: A potion that allows the drinker to assume the physical appearance of another person.


  • Quidditch: A popular wizarding sport played on broomsticks, featuring four balls and multiple positions.


  • Ravenclaw: One of the four houses at Hogwarts, known for its focus on intelligence, creativity, and wisdom.


  • Slytherin: One of the four houses at Hogwarts, known for its ambition, cunning, and resourcefulness.
  • Snitch: The small, golden, winged ball used in the game of Quidditch.


  • Transfiguration: The branch of magic focused on changing the form or appearance of objects.


  • Unforgivable Curses: Three forbidden curses: the Imperius Curse, the Cruciatus Curse, and the Killing Curse (Avada Kedavra).


  • Voldemort: The main antagonist in the Harry Potter series, also known as the Dark Lord or He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named.


  • Wand: A magical instrument used by witches and wizards to channel and control their magical abilities.
  • Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes: A joke shop in Diagon Alley, owned by Fred and George Weasley, known for its pranks and novelty items.


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  • Yule Ball: A formal dance held during the Triwizard Tournament in the fourth book, “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.”

We hope this glossary provides a helpful reference as you explore the fascinating world of Harry Potter. Remember to check back regularly for updates and new additions. Happy exploring!