Sunday, January 06, 2008

Harry Potter glossary, dramatis personae and trivia (work in progress)

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 siblings
Abraxas Malfoy = Draco's grandfather, died of
"Accio..." = to get something
"Aguamenti" = fill with water
Alastor 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
"Anapneos" = unchoking spell
Apolline dela Cour = Fleur's maman
Arabella Figg = Harry's Squib neighbour
Aragog = head of the Acromantula
Arkie 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 Dumbledore
Bathilda 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
Burrow, The = Weasley residence, hard by the
village of Ottery St Catchpole
Charity Burbage = Muggle Studies teacher at
Carrow, 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
"Confringo!" = to cause an explosion
Crookshanks = Hermione's ginger cat
Crumple-horned Snorkacks = what Xenophilius and
Luna go searching for on holiday
Dean Thomas = not sure if he really had a Muggle parent; member of Gryffindor.
"Descendo" = to make something come down
Dittany = a cure for Splinching
Egbert 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
Elphias Doge = member of the Order of the Phoenix,
writer of Dumbledore's obituary; nicknamed "Dogbreath" at school
Enid Smeek = a nosy neighbour who lived on the outskirts of Godric's Hollow
"Episkey" = mends broken nose
Ernie Prang = driver of Knight Bus, after Stan
"Expelliarmus!" = to get rid of something
Fawkes, Dumbledore's phoenix
Felix felicis = liquid luck
Fenrir Greyback = the Death-Eating werewolf
Firenze = a centaur
Flourish and Botts = bookstore in Diagon Alley
Fred and George Weasley = invented Peruvian Instant
Darkness powder
Gabrielle dela Cour = Fleur's petite soeur
Gellert Grindelwald = carved his sign, a triangular
eye, into the wall of Durmstrang (Viktor Krum)
"Geminio" = duplicate
Gernumbli gardensi = correct name of garden gnomes,
according to Xenophilius Lovegood; contact may
impart an unexpected urge to sing opera or declaim
in Mermish
Ginevra ("Ginnie") Weasley = tried to take (fake) Sword of Gryffindor from Snape's office.
Grawp = Hagrid's half-brother
Gregorovich = Ollivander's wand-making counterpart in Viktor Krum's country
Grimmauld Place (#12) = Harry's old house,
inherited from Sirius Black
Griphook and Gornuk = goblins, known to associate with Ted Tonks.
Gurdyroot = really good for warding off Gulping; purple like beetroot
Plimpies, according to Luna
Harry James Potter, never a good Occlumens, but
inherited the Snitch caught in his first Quidditch
match, and Godric's Sword of Gryffindor from
Hermione Jean Granger, inherited Dumbledore's Tales
of Beedle the Bard
Ignotus Peverill = buried at Godric's Hollow; along with the other two Peverill brothers, Antioch and Cadmus, one of Harry's ancestors
Inferi = (roughly) zombies
Kendra = Dumbledore's mother
Lancelot = a healer at St Mungo's
"Langlock!" = shut up
Libatius Borage = author of Potions textbook
Lily Potter = a dab hand at Potions; Muggle-born
"Lumos" = summons light
Madame Malkin = proprietress of robe shop in Diagon
Mafilda Hopkirk = assistant in the Improper Use of Magic office, whom Hermione used as a disguise
Mary Elizabeth Cattermole = wife of Reg (q.v.) of the Magical Maintenance Department, mother to Maisie, Ellie and Alfred.
"Merlin's beard, trousers, etc." = mild expletives
Mermish = merpeople's language
Nymphadora Tonks = daughter of Bellatrix's sister
Percival Dumbledore = Albus' father
"Petrificus totalus" = freeze!
Phineas Nigellus Black = former headmaster of Slytherin; portrait in Sirius Black's house
Pius Thicknesse = puppet Minister of Magic under You-Know-Who
Polyjuice 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 wedding
Professor Minerva McGonagall, head of Gryffindor
Professor Horace Slughorn, head of Slytherin
Professor Pomana Sprout, head of Hufflepuff
Professor Flitwick, head of Ravenclaw
Professor Vector, Arithmancy teacher
"Protego" = Shield charm
Quibbler, 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!
"Quid agis?" = what goes on?
Reg Cattermole = used by Ron as a disguise in the Ministry of Magic
"Rennervate" = to ressuscitate
"Reparo" = to fix anything
Rita Skeeter = scurrilous tabloid journalist; wrote
a highly unauthorised biography of Dumbledore,
reputed to contain less fact than a Chocolate Frog
Ronald Bilius Weasley = inherited Dumbledore's
Rufus Scrimgeour = Minister of Magic after
Cornelius Fudge (of the lime-green bowler hat)
"Sectumsempra" = against foes, a favorite of Snape
Sopophorus bean = an ingredient in Felix felicis
"Specialis revelio!" = to reveal the secrets of
Ted Tonks = Nymphadora's father
"Tergeo" = washing spell
Tom = 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 her
William Arthur Weasley = savaged by Fenrir, m.
Fleur Isabelle dela Cour; works for Gringott's bank.
"Wingardium leviosa!" = to levitate something
Wrackspurt = 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!


Blogger Jennifer said...

Thank you! Now my daughter with the steel trap memory and HP fixation has a better resource to go to than me!

5:38 pm  
Anonymous Sam said...

Hey, I just want you to know that I treat harry potter as my religion, as does my friend, and for her christmas present I made her a complete Miranda Goshawk's Standard Book of Spells! Check out this website for the all the spells in both book or movie, except the 7th!

10:59 am  
Anonymous Sam said...

11:02 am  
Blogger asgif666 said...

Um... trying to place Miranda Goshawk... please fill me in, so I can add it to glossary!

3:21 pm  
Blogger asgif666 said...

Jennifer, if Adsense can post ads for Gaylicious Dumbledore T-shirts, I do not see why not! lol

3:24 pm  
Anonymous Lina said...

She writes all the standard book of spell books for young witches and wizards.

10:48 am  

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