Friday, April 11, 2003

A 'Potter' Glossary

• The Daily Prophet: The national wizarding newspaper.

• Daigon Alley: Cobbled street filled with wizarding shops. Accessible via the Leaky Cauldron pub in London.

• Dumbledore, Albus: Headmaster of Hogwarts and widely regarded as the finest wizard of his generation. The only person to frighten Lord Voldemort.

• Granger, Hermione: Super smart classmate of Harry's who is also in Gryffindor house. Her parents are muggle dentists.

• Gryffindor house: One of four houses in Hogwarts. Its symbol is a lion.

• Gryffindor, Godric: See Hogwarts.

• Heir of Slytherin: True heir to Salazar Slytherin who can open the Chamber of Secrets to release the horror within.

• Hogwarts: School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Founded more than 1,000 years ago by the greatest witches and wizards of the age: Godric Gryffindor, Helga Hufflepuff, Rowena Ravenclaw and Salazar Slytherin.

• Hufflepuff house: Another of the Hogwarts houses. It's symbol is a badger.

• Hufflepuff, Helga: See Hogwarts.

• Malfoy, Draco: Harry's arch-enemy at Hogwarts. Resides in Slytherin house. His father, Lucius, is a supporter of Voldemort.

• Muggle: Person totally without magical powers, and totally unaware of the world of wizards and witches.

• Philosopher's (Sorcerer's) Stone: Can transform any metal into gold and produces the Elixir of Life, which makes drinkers immortal.

• Phoenix: Rare bird that bursts into flame and rises from its ashes. Its tears can heal wounds. Dumbledore has a pet phoenix, Fawkes.

• Potter, Harry: Student at Hogwarts. Famous for having survived an attack by Voldemort in infancy - an attack that killed his parents.

• Potter, James: Harry's father.

• Potter, Lily: Harry's mother.

• Ravenclaw house: Another one of the houses in Hogwarts. Its symbol is an eagle.

• Ravenclaw, Rowena: See Hogwarts.

• Rowling, J.K.: Female British author of the Harry Potter series of novels.

• Slytherin house: The most infamous Hogwarts house. Its symbol is a snake.

• Slytherin, Salazar: See Hogwarts.

• Voldemort, Lord: Evil wizard who is greatly feared. His name is never spoken, instead he is referred to as He Who Must Not Be Named or You-Know-Who. Disappeared after the death of Harry's parents in a battle that left Harry with that signature lightning scar on his forehead.

Sara Pearce


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