Book 7 updates

The sharp-eyed and/or deeply obsessive among you may have noticed changes happening to the list over the last few weeks. The Deathly Hallows updates are now complete - and I've added known ingredients to the potions section, as requested by a couple of people. As usual, if you notice any omissions/errors, please comment.

Potterwords III

Welcome to the new and (hopefully) improved version of the list.

  1. Most words are taken from the UK editions - if anyone has any additions or corrections (especially US versions of words), please let me know in a comment.

  2. The parts of names in square brackets are optional.
Generally, the use of capitals is increasing through the books (and in later editions).

All Harry Potter vocabulary was created by JK Rowling and is owned by her, various publishers including but not limited to Bloomsbury Books, Scholastic Books and Raincoast Books, and Warner Bros., Inc. No money is being made and no copyright or trademark infringement is intended.

Section listing (in the same order as the old list)
A to Z index

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The wizarding world

witch, wizard
witchcraft, wizardry

‘wizard’ and ‘wizarding’ are both used as adjectives:

    wizard crackers (but Cribbages Wizarding Crackers)
    wizard prison
    wizard banking
    wizard law
    wizard photograph
    wizard picture
    wizard tourists

    wizarding friends
    a wizarding family
    a wizarding game
NB it’s always the 'wizarding world' in the UK edition, but 'Wizarding world' also occurs in the US books.


Animagus (pl. Animagi)
blood traitor (hyphenated when used as an adjective, as in 'Your blood-traitor pal')
curse breaker (PoA) or Curse-Breaker (OotP) or curse-breaker (HBP)
Metamorphmagus (pl. Metamorphmagi)
Muggle (NB ‘mUggle’ occurs in Hermione’s hate-mail in GoF, cobbled together from newspaper headlines, but probably shouldn’t be taken as canon evidence for a small ‘m’.)
pure-blood (NB this is a UK/US difference – it’s always pure-blood in the UK books, but sometimes pureblood in the US editions.)
the Wandless

Light and Dark

Dark Force Defence League
Order of the Phoenix
number twelve, Grimmauld Place
Secret-Keeper (PoA) or Secret Keeper (OotP)

Harry and Voldemort
Harry is referred to as:
    the boy who lived or the Boy Who Lived
    the Chosen One
    Undesirable Number One or Undesirable No. 1
Euphemisms for Voldemort can have either hyphens or spaces:
    He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named/You-Know-Who or He Who Must Not Be Named/You Know Who.

The Dark Side
Dark or dark (‘something Dark or dangerous’, ‘a kind of dark glamour’)
    Dark Lord
    Dark Mark or Dark mark
    Dark Arts
    Dark Forces
    Dark Order

    Dark artefact
    Dark attacks
    Dark creature
    Dark curse
    Dark detector
    Dark object
    Dark portents
    Dark spell
    Dark stuff

    Dark Magic or Dark magic
    Dark wizard, dark wizard and Dark Wizard all occur in canon.
    Similarly, the Dark Side, the Dark side or the dark side.
Voldemort’s inner circle
Death Eater

'branded with the Dark Mark' (not marked/Marked)
The Mark is also described as being 'burnt into' the Death Eaters' arms

(In “a list of Most Dangerous Dark Wizards of All Time”, Voldemort would be first and Gellert Grindelwald would be second, according to Rita Skeeter.)

Luna believes in:
the Rotfang Conspiracy

(See also Creatures and Diseases)

Shops and other businesses

(Note the apostrophes – or lack of them):

Borgin and Burkes (Knockturn Alley – Dark stuff)
Dervish and Banges (Hogsmeade - wizarding equipment)
Flourish and Blotts (Diagon Alley - books)
Kwikspell (correspondence course in magic)
Gringotts [Wizarding Bank] (Diagon Alley)
  • The Thief's Downfall
Millamant’s Magic Marquees
Ollivanders (Diagon Alley – 'makers of fine wands since 382 BC')
Post Office or Owl Office
Quality Quidditch Supplies (Diagon Alley)
Scrivenshaft’s [Quill Shop] (Hogsmeade)

Eeylops Owl Emporium (Diagon Alley)
Magical Menagerie (Diagon Alley)

(See also Care of Magical Creatures)

Gladrags Wizardwear (London, Paris and Hogsmeade)
Madam Malkin’s Robes for All Occasions (Diagon Alley)
Twilfitt and Tatting’s

Food and Drink
Honeydukes [Sweetshop] (Hogsmeade)
Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour (Diagon Alley)
Madam Puddifoot’s [teashop](Hogsmeade)
Hog’s Head (Hogsmeade)
Leaky Cauldron (Charing Cross Road, London - at the entrance to Diagon Alley)
Three Broomsticks (Hogsmeade)

(See also Food and drink section)

Joke shops
Gambol and Japes Wizarding Joke Shop (Diagon Alley)
Weasleys’ Wizard or Wizarding Wheezes (the first version is in GoF and HBP, the second in OotP) (93 Diagon Alley)
Zonko’s [Joke Shop] (Hogsmeade)

(See also Joke-shop products)

Dust & Mildewe
Little Red Books
Obscurus Books (18a Diagon Alley)
Whizz Hard Books (129b Diagon Alley)

Titles and awards

British Youth Representative to the Wizengamot
Chief [of the Council] (head of the Wizards’ Council)
Chief Warlock (head of the Wizengamot)
Gold Medal-Winner for Ground-Breaking Contribution to the International Alchemical Conference in Cairo
Gurg (chief giant)
Heir or heir of Slytherin
Honorary Member of the Dark Force Defence League
Minister [of or for Magic] (generally ‘of’ in CoS; ‘for’ in PoA and later)
Supreme Mugwump/Chairman (head of the International Confederation of Wizards or Warlocks)

Barnabus Finkley Prize for Exceptional Spell-Casting (Hogwarts)
Dangerous Dai Commemorative Medal (for exciting and foolhardy risks in League Quidditch)
Medal for Magical Merit
Order of Merlin, First/Second/Third Class
Special Award for Services to the School (Hogwarts)
Witch Weekly’s Most-Charming-Smile Award