There must exist others like me, out there, who, when reading or re-reading the Potter books, occasionally get lost and Confounded by the plethora of characters, creatures and specialised magical terminology, and I can only wish J. K. Rowling herself had bothered to supply such a list at the back of her books, especially as they got longer and more complicated! I present it here, folks, for all your Harry Potter trivia needs, a humble tribute to the works themselves:Aberforth and Ariana
= Albus Dumbledore's siblingsAbraxas Malfoy
= Draco's grandfather, died of
= to get something"Aguamenti"
= fill with waterAlastor Moody = better known as "Mad Eye"Albert Runcorn = used by Harry as a disguise in the Ministry of Magic"Alohomora"
= open sesame (except when bewitched)Amortentia
= the most powerful love-potion in the
= unchoking spellApolline dela Cour
= Fleur's mamanArabella Figg
= Harry's Squib neighbourAragog
= head of the AcromantulaArkie Alderton = "a well-known broomstick designer", at least according to his half-blood son, whom this did not save from the Dementors.
Auntie Muriel Weasley
= 107 years old, famed for
her goblin tiara; loves Rita Skeeter and friendly
with Bathilda Bagshot, i.e. an old gossip"Avada Kedavra"
= death-curse, with which Snape
killed DumbledoreBathilda Bagshot = historian, author of A History of Magic; once lived in Godric's Hollow, Gryffindor, where the Dumbledores had lived, and James and Lily Potter lay buried
= Weasley residence, hard by the
village of Ottery St CatchpoleCharity Burbage
= Muggle Studies teacher at
HogwartsCarrow, Alecto = took over her position on Snape's "appointment" as headmaster
Carrow, Amycus = her brother, took over position of Defence against the Dark Arts professor
= to cause an explosionCrookshanks
= Hermione's ginger catCrumple-horned Snorkacks
= what Xenophilius and
Luna go searching for on holidayDean Thomas = not sure if he really had a Muggle parent; member of Gryffindor."Descendo"
= to make something come downDittany = a cure for SplinchingEgbert the Egregious, Emeric the Evil = previous owners of the Elder Wand; Godelot died in a cellar when his son Hereward took it from him; Loxias took it from Barnabus Deverill, becoming an owner in the line of Arcus and Livius
= member of the Order of the Phoenix,
writer of Dumbledore's obituary; nicknamed "Dogbreath" at schoolEnid Smeek = a nosy neighbour who lived on the outskirts of Godric's Hollow
= mends broken noseErnie Prang
= driver of Knight Bus, after Stan
= to get rid of somethingFawkes
, Dumbledore's phoenixFelix felicis
= liquid luckFenrir Greyback
= the Death-Eating werewolfFirenze
= a centaurFlourish and Botts
= bookstore in Diagon AlleyFred and George Weasley
= invented Peruvian Instant
Darkness powderGabrielle dela Cour
= Fleur's petite soeurGellert Grindelwald
= carved his sign, a triangular
eye, into the wall of Durmstrang (Viktor Krum)"Geminio" = duplicateGernumbli gardensi
= correct name of garden gnomes,
according to Xenophilius Lovegood; contact may
impart an unexpected urge to sing opera or declaim
in MermishGinevra ("Ginnie") Weasley = tried to take (fake) Sword of Gryffindor from Snape's office.
= Hagrid's half-brotherGregorovich =
Ollivander's wand-making counterpart in Viktor Krum's countryGrimmauld Place (#12)
= Harry's old house,
inherited from Sirius BlackGriphook and Gornuk = goblins, known to associate with Ted Tonks.Gurdyroot
= really good for warding off Gulping; purple like beetroot
Plimpies, according to LunaHarry James Potter
, never a good Occlumens, but
inherited the Snitch caught in his first Quidditch
match, and Godric's Sword of Gryffindor from
DumbledoreHermione Jean Granger
, inherited Dumbledore's Tales
of Beedle the BardIgnotus Peverill = buried at Godric's Hollow; along with the other two Peverill brothers, Antioch and Cadmus, one of Harry's ancestorsInferi
= (roughly) zombiesKendra
= Dumbledore's motherLancelot
= a healer at St Mungo's"Langlock!"
= shut upLibatius Borage
= author of Potions textbookLily Potter
= a dab hand at Potions; Muggle-born"Lumos"
= summons lightMadame Malkin
= proprietress of robe shop in Diagon
AlleyMafilda Hopkirk = assistant in the Improper Use of Magic office, whom Hermione used as a disguiseMary Elizabeth Cattermole = wife of Reg (q.v.) of the Magical Maintenance Department, mother to Maisie, Ellie and Alfred.
"Merlin's beard, trousers, etc."
= mild expletivesMermish
= merpeople's languageNymphadora Tonks
= daughter of Bellatrix's sisterPercival Dumbledore = Albus' father
= freeze!Phineas Nigellus Black = former headmaster of Slytherin; portrait in Sirius Black's housePius Thicknesse = puppet Minister of Magic under You-Know-WhoPolyjuice Potion
= to disguise oneself as someone
else, e.g. when Harry disguised himself as
red-haired 'Cousin Barney', a boy from Ottery St
Catchpole, to attend Bill and Fleur's weddingProfessor Minerva McGonagall
, head of GryffindorProfessor Horace Slughorn
, head of SlytherinProfessor Pomana Sprout
, head of HufflepuffProfessor Flitwick
, head of RavenclawProfessor Vector
, Arithmancy teacher"Protego"
= Shield charmQuibbler, The = a rag started by Xenophilius Lovegood, in opposition to the Daily Prophet, and, to his credit, the last issue did not contain a single mention of Crumple-horned Snorkacks!
= what goes on?Reg Cattermole = used by Ron as a disguise in the Ministry of Magic
= to ressuscitate"Reparo"
= to fix anythingRita Skeeter
= scurrilous tabloid journalist; wrote
a highly unauthorised biography of Dumbledore,
reputed to contain less fact than a Chocolate FrogRonald Bilius Weasley
= inherited Dumbledore's
= Minister of Magic after
Cornelius Fudge (of the lime-green bowler hat)"Sectumsempra"
= against foes, a favorite of SnapeSopophorus bean
= an ingredient in Felix felicis"Specialis revelio!"
= to reveal the secrets of
= Nymphadora's father"Tergeo"
= washing spellTom
= landlord of the Leaky Cauldron; do not confuse with Thomas Marvolo Riddle,
the real name of He-Whom-You-Must-Not-Name"Wendell and Monica Wilkins"
= the names given by
Hermione to her parents, when she charmed them into emigrating to
Australia and forgetting all about herWilliam Arthur Weasley
= savaged by Fenrir, m.
Fleur Isabelle dela Cour; works for Gringott's bank."Wingardium leviosa!"
= to levitate somethingWrackspurt
= what Luna resembles when dancing; has siphons like ear-trumpets to remove all traces of distraction, and Billywig propellers (wings) to induce an elevated state of mind; orange Dirigible plum also helps one to accept the extraordinary!And if that does not seem enough to get anyone re-reading at least the last two books, I don't know what will!P.S. Neither Hello nor Picasa work anymore for uploading pictures, so unfortunately I can no longer supply them!