Some Random Hogwarts Facts I Got Online


Chapter 2

Part 2

Fiendfyre creates dragons made of magical fire (DH31).
Gringotts Bank employs dragon feeders. The position includes fireproof robes and pays 7 Galleons per week (DP2).
The single largest Memory Charm cast in recent memory (1932) was required because of a dragon swooping down on a beach filled with Muggle holidaymakers (FW, FB).
The Great Fire of London in 1666 was probably started by a young Welsh Green Dragon kept in the basement of the house in Puddling Lane (JKR-W3).
The variety of cheese known as "dragon's milk cheese" is undoubtedly made not with the milk of actual dragons but with the strong beer sometimes called "dragon's blood." (JKR).
Newt Scamander, for a time, worked in the Dragon Research and Restraint Bureau at the Ministry of Magic (FB).
Draco Malfoy's fist name comes from the constellation The Dragon ("Draco" in Latin) (Pm).
Dragon reservations:
Romania: research center, many types of dragons live there. The center and the reservation were founded by dragonologist Harvey Ridgebit (JKR).Charlie Weasley is a dragon keeper in Romania, possibly at this center..
Hebrides: the MacFusty clan traditionally cares for their native dragons
Wales: in the higher mountains
Sweden: between Arjeplog and Kopparberg, the annual broom race goes right through it (QA2).
Obliteration Charm
"oblitesco" - L. to conceal oneself
"oblittero" - L. to cancel , blot out
Removes traces or tracks left by someone.
 Hermione used this to make it look as though she, Ron, and Harry hadn't walked back from Hagrid's cabin in the snow (OP20)
Obliviate (oh-BLI-vee-ate)
"Memory Charm", "Memory Modifying Charm"
"oblivisci" L. forget
Modifies or erases portions of a person's memory.
 These spells are used routinely by the Ministry of Magic as they work to keep the wizarding world a secret from the Muggles.
 They are used if a Muggle sees a dragon (PS14) and after an enchanted item falls into Muggle hands (CS3).
 So many Muggles have seen the Loch Ness Monster that the Ministry of Magic has been unable to perform Memory Charms on all of them (DP).
 According to Blenheim Stalk in Muggles Who Notice, some Muggles "escape" Mass Memory Charms on occasion that are used to cover up major incidents (FB).
 Memory Charms were used on the witnesses to Peter Pettigrew's murder of twelve Muggles and subsequent escape as a rat (PA10).
 Bertha Jorkins had had a Memory Charm placed on her by Crouch Sr. after she discovered Barty Crouch Jr. at the Crouch home (GF33).Voldemort broke through it, but the process left her mind damaged and he killed her (GF1).
 Mr. Roberts, the campground manager near the Quidditch World Cup, needed ten Memory Charms a day or he started noticing odd things going on. Later, after he and his family had been attacked by the Death Eaters, they all received Memory Charms (GF7, GF9).
 Lockhart used Memory Charms on those whose adventures he claimed as his own. He'd interview someone who battled some creature or conquered some dark foe, then write the story as if he did it himself and cast a Memory Charm on to the person so they'd forget it was really them. He tried to do the same to Harry and Ron, but it backfired onto him instead (CS16).
 The Ministry of Magic arranged for the President of an unnamed country to forget to telephone the Muggle Prime Minister in order to clear time on the latter's schedule for an interview with Cornelius Fudge and Rufus Scrimgeour (HBP1).
 A Ministry wizard whose job it is to cast Memory Charms is called an Obliviator (GF7).
 Mnemone Radford was the first Ministry of Magic Obliviator, noted for developing Memory Modifying charms (JKR).
 Teams of Obliviators attempted to modify the memories of all Muggles who saw what really happened during the so-called hurricane in the West Country during the summer of 1996 [Y16].
 Hermione modified her parents' memories, making them forget not only who they were and that they had a daughter, but making them think that they had different names and wanted to move to Australia (DH6). However, she later said that she had never cast a Memory Charm before (DH9).
 Hermione cast this on various witnesses to the café incident to cover her trail and that of her friends (DH9).
 Hermione looked as though she had been Obliviated when she recalled seeing the locket Horcrux two years before (DH10).
Obscuro (ob-SKOO-roh)
"obscuro" L. to cover, darken, obscure
Blocks someone's vision.
 Hermione used this spell to create a blindfold on the painting of Phineas Nigellus Black (OP15).
"occlusum" - L. to block or close + "mens" - L. mind
Specialized branch of magic, not usually taught at Hogwarts, which consists of protecting one's mind against outside intrusion.
 Dumbledore asked Snape to teach Harry Occlumency because of the continuing connection between Harry and Voldemort.
 See also LEGILIMENS.
Oppugno (oh-PUG-noh)
"oppugno" L. to attack, assault
Causes conjured creatures under the control of the caster to attack the target.
 Hermione used this to set a flock of conjured canaries on Ron Weasley (HBP14).
Orchideous (or-KID-ee-us)
"Orchideae" L. name for the orchid plant family
Conjures a bouquet of flowers out of the end of a wand.
 Mr. Ollivander used this spell to test Fleur's wand at the Weighing of the Wands (GF18).
 Tom Riddle "produced a bunch of roses from nowhere" for Hepzibah Smith, which was either sleight of hand or a non-verbal spell, possibly a spell similar to Orchideous (HBP20)
Memory Charm
Memory Modifying Charm
messenger spell
no incantation used
Sends a magical messenger to someone in the form of the caster's Patronus.
 Dumbledore sent a message to Hagrid using this spell. He simply pointed his wand in the direction of Hagrid's cabin and sent the messenger without saying a word. Hagrid came directly to Dumbledore, which suggests that it is possible to retrace the messenger's path (GF28).
 Tonks sent a message to Hagrid to come get Harry at the gates of Hogwarts, but Snape got the message instead (HBP8).
 This spell is the method of communication used between members of the Order of the Phoenix that JKR mentioned on her website.
 Cast by Kingsley Shacklebolt to send a message to the wedding guests at the Burrow; his Patronus is a lynx (DH8).
 Cast by Arthur Weasley to send a message to the Burrow announcing the arrival of the Minister for Magic (DH7) and later to send a message toHarry, Ron, and Hermione; his Patronus is a weasel (DH9).
 Hermione said she had been practicing and thought she could cast this spell (DH9).
 McGonagall cast this spell to contact the other three Heads of House just prior to the battle of Hogwarts; non-verbally, she conjured threePatronuses at once and sent them to their destinations, an impressive feat (DH30).
Meteolojinx Recanto (mee-tee-OH-lo-jinx ree-CAN-toh)
Halts a spell that is causing rain.
"meteorologia" Gr. meteorology + "jinx" + "recanto" L. to recant; to charm back, charm away
 Arthur Weasley recommended this to Ron while the latter was disguised as Reg Cattermole, saying it had worked for Bletchley (DH13).
Mobiliarbus (MO-bi-lee-AR-bus)
"mobilis" L. movable + "arbor" L. tree
Moves a tree (PA10).
 The basic spell for moving something starts with the "Mobili-" prefix. It is up to the caster to be able to tack on the correct Latinate word for the object to be moved, in this case a tree. It seems unlikely that there is a "standard" spell for moving a tree to one side!
Mobilicorpus (MO-bi-lee-COR-pus)
"mobilis" L. movable + "corpus" L. body
Moves a body.
 The basic spell for moving something starts with the "Mobili-" prefix. In this case, the Latin word for "body" is tacked on the end.
 Remus Lupin used this spell to levitate Snape's unconscious body for transport back to school from the Shrieking Shack (PA19). Unfortunately forSnape, Sirius Black then took over managing the levitation while Lupin covered Wormtail with his wand, and for some reason Sirius didn't seem to be very careful about keeping Snape from bumping into things (PA20).
Thought of the day: "A real friend helps you move a body."
Morsmordre (mors-MOR-druh)
"The Dark Mark"
"mors" L. death + "mordere" L. to bite
Conjures an immense glowing skull in the sky, comprised of green sparks. There is a snake coming out of the skull's mouth.
 This spell is known only to Death Eaters, who send it up in the sky when they kill. The Dark Mark was seen at the Quidditch World Cup in 1994, [Y14], conjured by Barty Crouch Jr. using Harry's wand (GF9)
Muffliato (muf-lee-AH-to)
"muffle" Eng. to deaden a sound, making it more difficult to hear
Fills the ears of target persons near the caster with an unidentifiable buzzing, so that the caster can hold lengthy conversations without being overheard.
 One of the spells Harry learned from the Half-Blood Prince's notes. Hermione disapproved of it and would refuse to talk at all if Harry had cast the spell on anyone in the vicinity (HBP12)
 Ron wished Harry had used this when Sprout caught the trio talking in class during their sixth year (HBP14)
 Cast by Hermione to help cover up her conversation with Harry and Ron on the night of Harry's seventeenth birthday (DH7).
 The corridors at the Ministry of Magic were as hushed as though the Muffliato charm had been cast over the place (DH13).
 One of the protective charms cast by Hermione on the campsite (DH14).
 The school motto, which appears on the crest, is "Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus," which means "Never tickle a sleeping dragon."
The name "Hogwarts" is actually the name of a flower. JKR said: "Ideas come from all sorts of places and sometimes I don't realise where I got them from. A friend from London recently asked me if I remembered when we first saw Hogwarts. I had no idea what she was talking about until she recalled the day we went to Kew Gardens and saw those lilies that were called Hogwarts. I'd seen them seven years before and they'd bubbled around in my memory. When Hogwarts occurred to me as a name for the school, I had no idea where it came from." (SMH)
Hogwarts and environs
This map shows one possible arrangement for Hogwarts Castle and Hogsmeade. The general relationships are most likely correct--for example, we know that the Lake is located to the south of the castle and that the Hogwarts front doors face more or less to the west. We are also told that the Quidditch Pitch and the Forbidden Forest are on opposite sides of the castle from each other, and since Harry sees the setting sun shining on the windows of Hogwarts as he leaves the stadium in SS, I put the stadium to the west. The location of various shops in Hogsmeade is based simply on which order Harry, Ron, and Hermione visited them, which admitedly isn't all the much to go on. The exception to this is Dervish and Banges, which we know is pretty much the last one down the High Street before it runs out into the country.

The Founders of Hogwarts
"You all know, of course, that Hogwarts was founded over a thousand years ago - the precise date is uncertain - by the four greatest witches and wizards of the age. They built this castle together, far from prying Muggle eyes, for it was an age when magic was feared by common people, and witches and wizards suffered much persecution."
-- Professor Binns (CS)
On this page:
 Godric Gryffindor
 Helga Hufflepuff
 Rowena Ravenclaw
 Salazar Slytherin
Over a thousand years ago, the four greatest witches and wizards of the age shared a dream, to create a school where young people of the wizarding world could study and be trained in the magical arts they needed to become skilled, fully-trained wizards. These four great wizards each founded one of the Houses of the school that they worked together to form: Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. They have been referred to as 'The Hogwarts Four.'
For a number of years, this arrangement worked just fine. Each of the founders took a group of students to be in their own house and even though they had differences of opinion about who should be trained, the house system helped them all to work together. However, as the years went by, the differences between Gryffindor and Slytherin became a serious rift. Eventually Slytherin left the school.
The Founders, circa 1,000 A.D.
Godric Gryffindor
Godric Gryffindor believed that anyone who showed magical ability should be allowed to attend Hogwarts.
Appearance: Based upon the image by Lightmaker from JKR's website (shown here), he has mane-like red hair, green eyes, and a powerful build. Canon, or artistic license? Only Jo (and Lightmaker) know for sure.
Home: According to the Sorting Hat, Gryffindor came "from wild moor." Bathilda Bagshot's A History of Magic is a little more specific: Gryffindor was born in the West Country village of Godric's Hollow, named for Godric himself (DH16).
Skills: According to JKR, "Godric Gryffindor was the most accomplished dueller of his time, an enlightened fighter against Muggle-discrimination."
Artifacts: The Sorting Hat originally belonged to Gryffindor. His goblin-made sword, with rubies in the handle, has also survived and was, at various times, in the possession of Dumbledore, Harry, Ron and Neville. The sword was not stolen, though the goblins feel othervise (BLC).
Device: Lion.
Colors: Red and gold.
Related pages:
 Gryffindor House
 Sword of Gryffindor
 Sorting Hat
JKR's "Wizard of the Month for July 2007.

Helga Hufflepuff
Appearance: Based upon the image by Lightmaker from JKR's website (shown here), Hufflepuff has gingery red hair, blue eyes, and a plump figure. Canon, or artistic license? Only Jo (and Lightmaker) know for sure.
Home: According to the Sorting Hat, Hufflepuff came "from valley broad," which Lexicon reader Ian tells us probably indicates Wales.
Skills: According to JKR's website, Hufflepuff was particularly famous for her dexterity at food-related Charms. Many recipes traditionally served at Hogwarts feasts originated with Hufflepuff (JKR). Her Famous Wizard card states that "[s]he brought people from different walks of life together to help build Hogwarts and was loved for her charming ways." (fw12). Another accomplishment of Hufflepuff's was her concern for the treatment of House-elves in the Wizarding world. She made Hogwarts a refuge for them, and as a result they were treated more kindly there than elsewhere (PC122, PC130).
Artifacts: A small, magical golden cup with two finely wrought handles, engraved with a badger (HBP20, HBP26).
Device: Badger.
Colors: Yellow and black.
Related pages:
 Hufflepuff House
 House-elves
 Hufflepuff cup
"Wizard of the Month" on for May 2007.
Salazar Slytherin
Appearance: In CS17, the statue of Slytherin was described as being "ancient and monkey-like."
Based upon the image by Lightmaker from JKR's website (shown here), Slytherin is gaunt with a long grey beard and pale grey eyes. Canon, or artistic license? Only Jo (and Lightmaker) know for sure.
Home: According to the Sorting Hat, Slytherin came from the fen. In the UK, fens are located in the eastern portion of England, East Anglia and in particular Norfolk which is North East of London.
Skills: Slytherin was one of the first recorded Parselmouths and an accomplished Legilimens (JKR).
Artifacts: A heavy gold locket carrying Salazar Slytherin's mark (an ornate serpentine "S"). The locket was inherited by Merope Gaunt Riddle, pawned during her pregnancy to Borgin and Burkes, purchased by Hepzibah Smith, and subsequently stolen by Tom Riddle upon Smith's murder (HBP20).
Possibly also a clumsily-made gold ring with the Peverell coat-of-arms carved into the black stone (HBP4, HBP10, HBP17, HBP23) (see Horcruxes page for more information).
Device: Snake.
Colors: Green and silver.
Salazar Slytherin believed that only pure-blood witches and wizards should be allowed to attendHogwarts. He got into an argument with Godric Gryffindor about this and eventually left the school. There was a legend that Slytherin built a secret chamber somewhere in Hogwarts that only his true heir would be able to open. This chamber, called the Chamber of Secrets, contained a monster that would finish his "noble purpose" of killing all the Muggle-born students at Hogwarts. As Slytherin's heir, Tom Riddle did open the Chamber and released the monster, a basilisk. Harry Potter defeated the basilisk with the help of Fawkes the phoenix and the sword of Gryffindor (CS).
Harry Potter has many qualities Salazar Slytherin prized in his hand-picked students: Parselmouth -- resourcefulness -- determination -- a certain disregard for rules.
Related pages:
 Slytherin House
 Chamber of Secrets
 Slytherin locket
JKR's "Wizard of the Month" for June 2007.

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