Harry Potter Glossary

Harry Potter Glossary of Characters and Other things...


  • Bagman, Ludo, Head of Magical Games and Sport, Quidditch player for England
  • Binns, History of Magic Professor is a ghost and bores his students
  • Black, Sirius (Padfoot), the prisoner of Azkaban, transforms into a black dog. He is Harry's godfather and protector, falsely accused of murder
  • Bloody Baron, Slytherin ghost, covered in silver bloodstains, only one who can control Peeves
  • Bryce, Frank, Riddle House gardener and caretaker
  • Chang, Cho, pretty Ravenclaw student Harry likes, Quidditch Seeker
  • Crabbe, Vincent, one of Malfoy's large, slow-witted, thuggish cronies
  • Crouch, Barty, Head of Department of International Magical Cooperation
  • Crouch, Barty Jr., a Death Eater put in Azkaban by father, but escaped, captured and assumed identity of Moody to help Harry win the Triwizard cup a Portkey that took Harry to Voldemort
  • Delacour, Fleur, silver-haired part Veela with large, deep blue eyes, Beauxbatons Academy Triwizard champion
  • Diggory, Cedric, Quidditch captain and seeker for Hufflepuff, Hogwarts Triwizard champion
  • Dobby, Malfoy's house elf
  • Dumbledore, Albus, Headmaster of Hogwarts
  • Durstly, Vernon, Petunia, and Dudley, Harry's uncle, aunt, cousin
  • Figg, Mrs., took care of Harry for Dudleys
  • Filch, Argus, caretaker, a Squib
  • Finnigan, Seamus, rooms with Harry
  • Flamel, Nicolas, made Sorcerer's Stone
  • Flitwick, Professor of Charms
  • Fudge, Cornelius, Minister of Magic
  • Goyle, Gregory, one of Malfoy's large, slow-witted, thuggish cronies
  • Granger, Hermione , Harry's best friend
  • Griphook, goblin at Gringotts Bank
  • Hagrid, Rubeus, Hogwart's groundskeeper, sometime professor and dragon lover
  • Hooch, Madam, Quidditch instructor
  • Karkaroff, Professor, Headmaster of Durmstrang Institute
  • Krum, Viktor, Bulgarian Triwizard champion from Durmstrang
  • Lockhart, Gilderoy, Author and Professor of Defense Against the Dark Arts
  • Longbottom, Neville, rooms with Harry,
  • Lupin, Professor Remus (Mooney), Professor of Defense Against the Dark Arts and a Werewolf
  • Malfoy, Draco, Harry's arch-enemy
  • Malfoy, Lucius, Draco's father and one-time Hogwarts governor
  • Maxime, Madame Olympe, giant headmistress of Beauxbatons Academy of Magic
  • McGonagall, Professor Minerva, Deputy headmistress and head of Gryffindor House, an Animagus, a cat
  • Mimsy-Porpington, Sir Nicholas is Nearly-Headless Nick
  • Moaning Myrtle, a ghost and former student who haunts girl's toilet
  • Moody, Mad-Eye Alastor, an Auror, with electric-blue swiveling eye
  • Nearly-Headless Nick, Gryffindor resident ghost, is Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington
  • Patil, Parvati, pretty Gryffindor student Harry took to the Yule Ball
  • Peeves, a poltergeist that likes to play tricks
  • Pettigrew, Peter (Wormtail), an Animagus who transforms to Scabbers, Ron's rat. Helped Voldemort kill Harry's parents
  • Pince Madame, the librarian
  • Pomfrey, Madam Poppy, the school nurse
  • Potter, Harry, The Boy Who Lived
  • Potter, James (Prongs), Harry's father, can transform into a stag, which is also Harry's Patronus
  • Potter, Lily, Harry's mother, Petunia Dursley's sister
  • Quirrill, Professor of Defense Against the Dark Arts
  • Riddle, Tom, father of Tom Marvolo
  • Riddle, Tom Marvolo, former Hogwarts student anagram for I am Lord Voldemort
  • Rosmerta, Madam, publican of the Three Broomsticks in Hogsmeade
  • Skeeter, Rita, unethical, nosy Daily Prophet reporter, an Animagus who transforms into a beetle
  • Snape, Severus, strict Potions professor and head of Slytherin House. Can't stand Harry because Harry's father was part of a group that almost killed him by accident
  • Sprout, Professor of Herbology, head of Hufflepuff House
  • Thomas, Dean, rooms with Harry
  • Trelawney, Sybill, eccentric divination professor (fortune teller)
  • Voldemort, Lord, Powerful dark wizard who killed Harry's parents before losing his power while trying to kill Harry
  • Weasley, Arthur, Ministry of Magic, fascinated by muggle objects
  • Weasley children, Bill, Charley, Percy, Fred, George, Ron, and Ginny are all redheads
  • Weasley, Fred and George, funny, clever, mischievous twins
  • Weasley, Ginny, youngest in family, likes Harry
  • Weasley, Molly, Ron's mother, short, plump
  • Weasley, Ron, Harry's roommate and best friend, flaming red hair and freckles
  • Winky, Barty Crouch's house-elf
  • Wood, Oliver, Gryffindor Quidditch captain


  • Apparate, transport from one place to another
  • Avada Kedavra, unforgivable killing curse
  • Azkaban, island prison guarded by Dementors
  • Beauxbatons, Academy of Magic, France
  • Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans, literally ever flavor in the world including toast, coconut, strawberry, curry, grass, coffee, sardine, liver, and earwax
  • Bludger, jet-black Quidditch ball that tries to knock players off their brooms, Beaters give protection
  • Burrow, The, Weasley family home, many rooms, large garden, village of Ottery St. Catchpole
  • Butterbeer, a tasty, foaming, hot drink served in Hogsmeade
  • Chamber of Secrets, Salazar Slytherin's sealed room to be opened by his true heir
  • Chocolate Frogs, includes cards of famous witches and wizards
  • Cruciatus, unforgivable curse causes intense pain
  • Daily Prophet, wizard newspaper
  • Dark Mark, skull and serpent symbol burned into Death Eaters by Voldemort,
  • Dervish and Banges, equipment and instrument shop in Hogsmeade
  • Diagon Alley, a cobbled street with wizard shops and pubs
  • Durmstrang Institute, wizard academy in Europe
  • Eeylops Owl Emporium, in Diagon Alley
  • Fat Lady, portrait guards the entrance to Gryffindor Tower
  • Firebolt, Harry's second broomstick
  • Floo powder used for flying through fireplaces
  • Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlor in Diagon Alley
  • Flourish and Blotts, a bookshop in Diagon Alley
  • Forbidden Forest, deep, dark forest that surrounds Hogwarts, full of dangerous beasts
  • Galleon, gold coin, equals 17 sickles
  • Gillyweed when eaten grows webbed hands and feet and gills that allow breathing under water, looks like slimy, grayish-green rat tails
  • Great Hall, gathering place for meals and festivities, bewitched ceiling shows sky outside
  • Gryffindor House, flag is gold lion on red field. Harry, Ron and Hermione's house.
  • Gringotts, wizard bank in Diagon Alley, run by goblins
  • Hogs Head, village pub
  • Hogsmeade, magical village near Hogwarts
  • Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for students 11 to 17
  • Hogwarts Motto, "Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus" (Never tickle a Sleeping Dragon)
  • Hogwarts Express, scarlet steam engine leaves from platform 9-3/4 at King's Cross Station, London
  • Honeydukes, Hogsmeade candy store
  • Houses are Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, Slytherin
  • Howler, loud, scolding message brought by owl
  • Hufflepuff House, flag is black badger on yellow field
  • Imperius, unforgivable curse gives total control of another
  • Knight Bus, magical emergency transportation, just stick out your wand hand
  • Knut, bronze coin, 29 to a sickle
  • Leaky Cauldron, pub and boarding house and entrance to Diagon Alley
  • Leprechaun Gold vanishes in a few hours
  • Madam Malkin’s, in Diagon Alley has Hogwarts uniforms
  • Magical Menagerie, pet shop in Diagon Alley
  • Marauder's Map shows secret passageways at Hogwarts and identifies everyone
  • Mirror of Erised shows heart's desire
  • Money, bronze knutes, silver sickels, gold galleons
  • Monster Book of Monsters, bites and scuttles away, stroke the spine to tame it
  • N.E.W.T., Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Test, for highest Hogwarts qualification
  • Nimbus 2000, Harry's first broomstick
  • Ollivanders, wand shop in Diagon Alley since 382 BC
  • Omnioculars, binoculars featuring instant replay and slow-motion
  • O.W.L., Ordinary Wizarding Levels examinations at year end
  • Owlery, cold, drafty, circular stone room, top of West Tower has hundreds of owls
  • Parselmouth , one who can speak with snakes
  • Patronus conjured with incantation "expecto patronum" can provide protection from Dementors
  • Pensieve, a basin that holds memories and thoughts
  • Polyjuice Potion, transforms you into someone else
  • Portkey, ordinary object used for traveling, you just need to touch it
  • Quaffle, bright-red, soccer-size Quidditch ball, Chasers throw through hoops to score 10 points
  • Quidditch, broomstick soccer; seven players on each team: three Chasers, two Beaters, a Keeper, a Seeker; four balls: a Quaffle, two Bludgers, a Snitch; and six tall goal posts
  • Ravenclaw House, flag is bronze eagle on blue field
  • Remembrall, marble-sized glass ball glows scarlet if you forget something
  • Riddle House, in Little Hangleton, 200 miles from Hogwarts
  • Shrieking Shack, Hogsmeade haunted house
  • Sickle, silver coin, equals 29 knutes
  • Skele-Gro, drink for regrowing bones
  • Slytherin House, flag is silver serpent on green field
  • Sneakoscope lights up and spins if an untrustworthy person is near
  • Snitch, fast, gold, walnut-sized, silver-winged Quidditch ball, worth 150 points, game ends when caught by Seeker
  • Sorting Hat, patched, frayed, and dirty, assigns new students to the four houses with a song
  • Three Broomsticks, Hogsmeade pub
  • Timeturner necklace for going back in time
  • Whomping Willow, large, violent tree on the edge of the Forbidden Forest
  • WWN, Wizarding Wireless Network
  • Zonko’s, a joke shop in Hogsmeade

Other creatures and things

  • Animagus can transform into an animal
  • Auror brings the Death Eaters to Azkaban
  • Beater, Quidditch player protects team from Bludgers, tries to knock them into opponents
  • Boggart, takes shape of whatever we most fear, repelled by laughter
  • Centaurs Ronan, Bane, Firenze are star gazers, half man, half horse.
  • Chaser, Quidditch player scores 10 points by throwing Quaffle through hoops
  • Death Eater, supporter of Lord Voldemort
  • Dementor, dark, hooded figure that feeds on human souls, guards Azkaban
  • Ghost, dead person who can see, hear, talk, cry, walk through walls, and move things
  • Gnome, small, leathery looking, with a large knobby, bald head, eats roots of plants and makes little heaps of earth
  • Keeper, Quidditch player guards the hoops
  • Merman, Mermaid, part person, part fish, grayish skin, long, wild, dark green hair, yellow eyes, broken teeth, silver tail, carries spear, lives in lake by Hogwarts
  • Mudblood, insulting name for wizard born of Muggle parents
  • Muggle, non-magical person
  • Seeker, Quidditch player tries to catch Snitch for 150 points
  • Squib, non-magical person from a wizard family
  • Troll, viscous, stupid creature, 12 feet tall, with small bald head
  • Veela, beautiful creatures, moon-bright skin, white-gold hair, bewitch men who hear them


  • Aragog, giant spider in Forbidden Forest raised by Hagrid
  • Blast-Ended Skrewt, looks like a cross between a giant scorpion and elongated crab, has a sting, a blasting end and a sucker
  • Basilisk, large, poisonous serpent with a deadly stare, born from a chicken's egg, hatched beneath a toad, subdued by crowing rooster
  • Buckbeak, Hagrid's pet Hippogriff
  • Crookshanks, Hermione's large ginger cat who can sense evil
  • Errol, Weasley family owl, old and weak
  • Fang, Hagrid's black boarhound
  • Fawkes, Dumbledore's swan-size, scarlet-and-gold phoenix has pearly healing tears
  • Fluffy, Hagrid's vicious, three-headed dog, soothed by music
  • Grim, death omen, very big, with wide, gleaming eyes
  • Grindylow, green water demon with sharp little horns, pointed fangs
  • Hedwig, Harry's snowy owl, gift from Hagrid
  • Hippogriff, large creature, half bird, half horse, bow before approaching
  • Mrs. Norris, Filch's skeletal, gray cat
  • Nagini, large snake provides venom to sustain Voldemort
  • Niffler, fluffy and black with long snout, digs in earth for treasure
  • Pigwidgeon (Pig), Ron's owl, a gift from Sirius
  • Scabbers, Ron's rat
  • Unicorn, beautiful, magical creature, horn and tail hair used in Potions, silver blood can sustain life at terrible price

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