A Harry Potter dictionary


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
Mrs. Figg, 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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