Harry Potter's World

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J. K. Rowling's books:

The Philosopher's Stone *
The Chamber of Secrets
The Prisoner of Azkaban
The Goblet of Fire
The Order of the Phoenix
The Half-Blood Prince

These are works of fiction that are the intellectual property of J.K. Rowling. Anyone who is interested in the "Harry Potter" phenomenon should read the books. There is no better way of understanding why the books are popular.

I have noticed a tendency of some people to assign copyright to Warner Brothers. Warner Brothers licensed the rights to make the movies from J.K. Rowling and owns the copyright to the movies.

The illustrations in the U.S. versions of the novels are the property of Mary Grandpré, but the text and characters in all the versions of the novels belong to J.K. Rowling.

* U.S. Title: The Sorcerer's Stone The change is a bit odd. The "philosopher's stone" is the name used by Americans who have read about alchemy and it appears in American dictionaries. Actually the U.S. versions are a little clunky. You really should read the original U.K./Bloomsbury versions available for sale on the Internet.

Ministry of Magic

Rufus Scrimgeour

Department Listing


Daily Prophet - newspaper
Barnabas Cuffe, Editor
Witch Weekly - magazine
The Quibbler - magazine
Transfiguration Today - magazine
WWN - Wizarding Wireless Network

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Knut [bronze]
Sickle [silver] = 29 Knuts
Galleon [gold] = 17 Sickles = 493 Knuts

Galleon is approximately $7.35 US. Because of the fluctuation in the currency markets, please contact Gringotts for the current rates of exchange.

Pre-1971 British Money

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Diagon Alley

The Apothecary [Potion ingredients]Gringotts Wizarding Bank
Borgin & Burkes [Knockturn Alley]The Leaky Cauldron [Pub, Tom]
Eeylops Owl EmporiumMadam Malkin's Robes for All Occasions
Florean Fortescue's Ice Cream Parlor*Magical Menagerie
Flourish & Blotts [Books]Ollivander's* [Wands]
Gambol & Japes Wizarding Joke ShopQuality Quidditch Supplies
Gladrags WizardwearTwilfitt & Tattings [Robes]
Weasley's Wizarding Wheezes

* Currently closed under suspicious circumstances.

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Fleur Delacour9½" rosewood with veela hair
Cedric Diggory12¼" ash with unicorn tail hair
Rubeus Hagrid16" oak [broken]
Viktor Krum10¼" hornbeam with dragon heartstring [Gregorovitch]
Neville LongbottomCherry with unicorn tail hair
Harry Potter11" holly with phoenix tail feather
James Potter11" mahogany
Lily Potter10¼" willow
Tom Riddle13½" yew with phoenix tail feather
Ron Weasley14" willow with unicorn tail hair

Wands are manufactured from wood taken from trees guarded by bowtruckles with a central core from a magical creature. Tail hairs of unicorns, phoenix tail feathers, and dragon heartstrings are customary in British wands, but other nations favor different cores.

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Sirius "Padfoot" BlackLarge black shaggy dog [unregistered]
Minerva McGonagallTabby cat
Peter "Wormtail" PettigrewGrey rat [unregistered]
James "Prongs" PotterStag [unregistered]
Rita SkeeterBeetle [unregistered]

An Animagus is a wizard capable of transfiguring into an animal persona without needing a wand. The persona is fixed, always the same animal. The difference between a werewolf and an Animagus that becomes a wolf is that the Animagus remains a human mentally and can transform at will.

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Order of the Phoenix

Death Eaters


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