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Potterwords III [Feb. 11th, 2007|09:09 pm]
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

Section listing
The wizarding world
Light and Dark
Shops and other businesses
Titles and awards
Wizarding Medicine
Miscellaneous magical institutions
Spells and their incantations
Books, newspapers and magazines
Miscellaneous magical substances
Food and drink
Miscellaneous magical objects
Magical transportation
Joke-shop products
Magical sports and games
Creatures, beings etc.
Ghosts and other spirits

Academic journals
African Quidditch teams
American Quidditch teams
Asian Quidditch teams
Australasian Quidditch teams
Awards and titles

British Quidditch teams

Classification of magical objects/substances
Care of Magical Creatures
Clubs and other extracurricular activities at Hogwarts
Creatures, beings etc.
Creatures that Luna believes in

Dark and Light
Deathly Hallows
Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures
Department of Magical Accidents and Catastrophes
Department of Magical Games and Sports
Department of Magical Transportation
Department of Mysteries

European Quidditch teams
Events at Hogwarts
Exams at Hogwarts
Extracurricular activities at Hogwarts

The Floo Network
Fouls in Quidditch


Harry's textbooks
Hogwarts: clubs and other extracurricular activities
Hogwarts: events
Hogwarts: exams
Hogwarts: houses
Hogwarts: paperwork
Hogwarts: places
Hogwarts: staff
Hogwarts: students

Incantations (for spells)
International bodies
Irish Quidditch teams

Joke-shop products

Light and Dark
Luna believes in...

Magical Accidents and Catastrophes, Department of
Magical creatures
Magical Creatures, Department for the Regulation and Control of
Magical games and sports
Magical Games and Sports, Department of
Magical transportation
Magical Transportation, Department of
Medical jobs
Ministries of Magic in other countries
Ministry of Magic (Britain)
Miscellaneous magical institutions
Miscellaneous magical objects
Miscellaneous magical substances
Moves in Quidditch
Mysteries, Department of


Paperwork at Hogwarts
Places at Hogwarts
Players (Quidditch)

Quidditch balls
Quidditch fouls
Quidditch moves
Quidditch players
Quidditch teams

Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures, Department for the

St Mungo's
Shops and other businesses
Special events at Hogwarts
Staff of Hogwarts
Students at Hogwarts
Subjects taught at Hogwarts

The Deathly Hallows
Titles and awards
Treatments for magical diseases


Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes
The wizarding worldstatistics

[User Picture]From: septentrion1970
2007-05-10 05:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you for all the work you've put into this.
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From: mrs_muggle
2007-05-14 09:02 am (UTC)
Glad you're finding it useful :)
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[User Picture]From: kestrelsparhawk
2007-05-10 08:25 pm (UTC)
Yes -- thanks, this is totally amazing. I've wandered here via your old list, recc'd today by a friend.
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From: mrs_muggle
2007-05-14 09:03 am (UTC)
You're welcome :)
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[User Picture]From: 19crookshanks
2007-07-17 07:50 am (UTC)
Superb list! What about character names??? I've noticed that two names get misspelled quite often McGonagall and Pomfrey/Pomphrey...Riddle's middle name gets misspelled too as Marvalo when it should be Marvolo...or do you have these listed somewhere and I just didn't see it? This list is a great resource...thanks for taking the time to compile it...it must have been a royal pain!
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From: mrs_muggle
2007-08-06 04:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks :) I'm not planning to add names, other than noting the two versions of Ernie and Colin's surnames. For one thing, it'd be a huge list, if I included all the peripheral characters like the people on the Chocolate Frog cards, and for another, I'm not trying to copy the Lexicon, who, I think, have a full listing.

Sorry for the late reply - I've been away for a couple of weeks and was in full paranoid spoiler-avoiding mode for a while before that.
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From: (Anonymous)
2007-08-19 03:55 am (UTC)


I understand that you don't intend to add a list of names. But since so many fanfic authors use this resource (and why wouldn't they?) I wanted to add for their benefit that another name frequently misspelled is Finnigan. (I see Finnegan everywhere.)
Oh - and in DH, she changed veil to Veil, capping it for the first time.

C Dumbledore
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From: mrs_muggle
2007-08-19 08:22 pm (UTC)

Re: Names

Did she? Definitely sigh-worthy - I thought she'd been reasonably consistent this time. Mind, I've only read DH once and was half-asleep at the time, having spent release night in the car, surrounded by floods.

I'm hoping to re-read and update the list soon but RL's getting in the way at the moment.
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From: grey_hunter
2007-09-16 06:56 am (UTC)
Hi! Still love your list. Have two questions that have come up recently while trying to post a fic at an archive and arguing conversing about spelling with a moderator.

1) I always went by the (self-made) rule that a spell or potion's name must only be capitalised if it really is its name and not just a general reference to it based upon what it does. Like 'the L'oreal Hair-Dye Potion TM' vs. 'a hair-dye potion'. How right am I? Does 'a Hair-Dye Potion' need to be capitalised in this case?

2) If JKR uses italics with the names of the wizarding papers and books, does everyone have to write it like that? (Personally, I don't like putting things in italics except if it has a function, like emphasising a word or thoughts or things like that, so I'd rather not.)
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From: potter_words
2007-10-05 06:02 pm (UTC)
Hello again!

Sorry for the late reply - my computer died.

1) I'd be inclined to agree with you, but a quick flick through the books shows both versions (at least for love potions). I'll add this.

2) I wouldn't have said so, but I suppose it's up to individual fic archives to set their own rules about formatting.
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From: grey_hunter
2007-10-05 06:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you. :)

The only thing I've found as of yet was in HBP, chapter 5:

“That’s true,” said Hermione. “I wonder what he’ll teach you, Harry?
Really advanced defensive
magic, probably… powerful countercurses… anti-jinxes…”
“… and evasive enchantments generally,” concluded Hermione.

But out of these, only "evasive enchantments" could be considered vaguely similar.
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[User Picture]From: wildcard_47
2008-08-28 10:00 pm (UTC)
*waves hello*

Have you, by chance, researched into any of the wizarding "curse words" to see which ones are most popular in the books? I know we don't get many until OOTP, really, but I was writing a fic and was wondering if I had any other options for cursing besides "Merlin's pants" or "Salazar's socks", etc.

I wouldn't mind going the fanon route and making a few up, but I'd love to know what's out there in the 'verse before I put my mind to the task.

Any help on this would be really appreciated. You have done a fantastic job on cataloguing Potterwords thus far. I am so impressed!
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From: mrs_muggle
2008-09-22 07:31 pm (UTC)
Sorry for the very slow reply - real life is ridiculously busy at the moment and I'm not my checking fandom email very often.

I haven't actually counted them, although I know that Merlin's whatever (usually beard) is pretty popular. Otherwise, they just seem to use Muggle expressions (and those unspecified ones that make Hermione go, "Ron!"). Making them up seems like a good idea.
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From: sayingsorry_hh
2009-01-03 08:46 am (UTC)
This is the most wonderfully helpful thing ever, especially for those concerned about keeping their fics British without British Harry Potter books at hand. Thank you!
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From: potter_words
2009-01-08 06:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks - I'm glad you're finding it useful.
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[User Picture]From: alethiaxx
2009-01-23 03:39 am (UTC)
This is really great, thanks for all your work compiling these. I looked around and couldn't find it, but would you happen to know if "owl" is ever used as a verb?

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From: mrs_muggle
2009-10-18 04:48 pm (UTC)
No, it isn't.
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[User Picture]From: shyfoxling
2009-05-31 02:09 am (UTC)
OMFG. And to think I was going to the trouble of compiling such a list myself. Marvelous!
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[User Picture]From: bagerboy
2009-06-07 07:36 am (UTC)
This is an amazing resource. Thank you so much!
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[User Picture]From: ms_figg
2009-07-15 12:05 pm (UTC)


Oh, I just love this resource. Thank you so very much! Favoriting immediately!
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[User Picture]From: theemdash
2009-12-15 02:01 pm (UTC)
I just found this (fandom_grammar posted an answer to a question about wizard/muggle capitalization and someone linked us here) and this is EXACTLY the resource I need. The one thing I always forget is what's capitalized and what isn't and what's the official name of things so THANK YOU for having all this.
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From: awntheauthor
2010-09-11 10:21 am (UTC)
First off: thanks for your wonderful list! My beta reader at the time recommended it for information of school books four years ago, and I need to say I’m still hooked for spell-checking the names. This is much faster than browsing through the books. As a matter of fact, I just checked the list, researching, while typing a fic.

I must say, however, that I do have one addition, concerning the events on Hogwarts. Doesn’t McGonagall say ‘the Sorting Banquet’ in Philosopher’s Stone? I’m pretty sure she does, at least in my British paper-back edition—however, it seems like I have lost it. Still, I am quite sure it’s called ‘Sorting Banquet’ there. The term’s missing in Hogwarts: Events. Just a heads-up.

Thanks, again!
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[User Picture]From: sollardragon
2011-05-31 08:58 pm (UTC)

names of characters

Would it be possible to get a listing that's actually what it means? You have a heading labeled name and another labeled people, unfortunately, neither one has any names in either one! I actually have to look up names in the books JK Rowling wrote in order to figure out how to write Kreachure because no where on this site does it say ANY thing about character names.
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