My reading notes
February 24, 2009
Little Hangleton – the village where the Riddles lived.
The Hanged Man – the village pub.
Frank Bryce – the Riddles’ gardener whom everyone suspected killed the Riddles, who seemed to have been “frightened” to death.
Pigwidgeon or Pig – Ron’s small grey owl given to him by Sirius.
Engorgement Charm – Fred put this charm on the toffee that Dudley ate and it made his tongue swollen.
Ton-tongue toffee – the twins invented it.
Charlie Weasley – worked with dragons in Romania, has calluses and blisters on his fingers, shorter and stockier than Percy and Ron who were both long and lanky, had a broad and good-natured face, which was weather-beaten and so freckly that he looked almost tanned, muscly arms and one of them had a shiny burn on it. (page 50)
Bill Weasley – cool! tall with long hair that he had tied in a ponytail, wears an earing with a fang dangling on it, wears boots made of dragon hide.
Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes – stuff that the twins have invented, joke stuff, fake wands and trick sweets.
(page 51) J.K. Rowling mentioned again that Ginny “had been very taken with Harry ever since his first visit to the Burrow.”
Mr. Crouch – Percy’s boss.
Ludo Bagman – Head of the Department of Magical Games and Sports, gave the Weasleys good tickets for the Cup.
Bertha Jorkins – the missing woman who was killed by Voldemort.
Apparate – to disappear from one place and re-appear almost instantly in another.
Accio – the Summoning Charm.
Portkey – an object used to transport wizards from one place to another at a prearranged time.
Stoatshead Hill – where the Weasleys and Harry transported to the Quidditch Cup through the Portkey (old boot).
First mention of the Lovegoods. (page 68)
422nd World Quidditch Cup – Bulgarian vs. Ireland.
Winky – Mr. Crouch’s house-elf, friend of Dobby.
Omnioculars – replays the scenes.
Cornelius Fudge – Minister for Magic.
Narcissa Malfoy – Draco’s mother.
Lucius Malfoy – Draco’s father.
Sonorus – spell that makes your voice sound like you’re talking on a microphone/loud speaker.
Veela – the Bulgarian Team Mascots. They are beautiful women whose skin shine moon-bright.
Leprechauns – the Irish National Team Mascots.
Viktor Krum – Seeker of the Bulgarian Team, thin, dark and sallow-skinned with a large curved nose and thick black eyebrows. He looks like an overgrown bird of prey.
Hassan Mostafa – the referee. He’s from Egypt. He’s the acclaimed Chairwizard of the International Association of Quidditch.
Ludo Bagman – commentator of the game.
Quietus – spell that reverses Sonorus.
Wronski Feint – Krum’s famous move in Quidditch, when he’d pretend he saw the Snitch then he’d dive downwards and the other Seeker would follow him. At the last second, Krum would pull out of the dive, while the other Seeker would hit the ground.
Morsmordre – the spell that Death Eaters use to conjure the Dark Mark.
Death Eaters – Voldemort’s supporters.
Dark Mark – a greenish mark in the sky of a skull with a serpent protruding from its mouth like a tongue; Voldemort and his followers sent the Dark Mark into the air whenever they killed. (page 127)
Enervate – spell that Mr. Diggory used on Winky to make her conscious. (page 120) Dumbledore used it on Krum. (page 486)
Mr. Amos Diggory – Cedric’s dad. Member of the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures.
Priori Incantato – the spell used to find out the last spell a wand performed.
Deletrius – the spell Mr. Diggory used to stop the shadow of the Dark Mark coming out of Harry’s wand.
Harry’s wand was used to conjure the Dark Mark. He had lost it and it was found in Winky’s possession.
Basil – keeper of the Portkeys.
Auror – a Dark-Wizard Catcher.
Mad-Eye Moody – one of the best Aurors, half of the cells in Azkaban are full because of him.
Hogsmeade Station – where the Hogwarts Express stops.
Peeves – the poltergeist, a little man in a bell-covered hat and orange bow-tie, has a wide malicious face, always causing trouble.
Nearly Headless Nick – the Gryffindor ghost, pearly white and transparent, has a partially severed neck, dressed in a doublet with a particularly large ruff.
Gryffindor – bold, brave
Ravenclaw – clever
Hufflepuff – hard workers
Slytherin – power-hungry, great ambition
(Page 163) Mad-Eye Moody – looked like his face has been carved out of weathered wood by someone who had only the vaguest idea of what human faces were supposed to look like, a large chunk of the nose was missing. Eyes – one of them was small, dark and beady, the other was large, round as a coin and vivid electric blue and keeps moving ceaselessly. He was the new Defense Against the Dark Arts Teacher.
(Page 165) Triwizard Tournament – a friendly competition between the three largest European schools of wizardry – Hogwarts, Beauxbatons and Durmstrang. A champion was selected to represent each school and the three champions competed in three magical tasks. The schools took it in turns to host the tournament once every five years. An impartial judge will decide which students are most worthy to compete for the Triwizard Cup, the glory of their school and a thousand Galleons personal prize money. Age restriction – 17 years or older.
Bubotubers pus – excellent remedy for the more stubborn forms of acne.
Blast-Ended Skrewts – looked like deformed, shell-less lobsters, horribly pale and slimy-looking, with legs sticking out in very odd places and no visible heads.
The Unforgivable Curses:
1. The Imperius Curse (Imperio) – the curse that makes someone do whatever you want him to do. You have total control. When Voldemort was still all powerful, a lot of witches and wizards were being controlled by the Imperius Curse and the Ministry had some job trying to sort out who was being forced to act, and who was acting of their own free will.
2. The Cruciatus Curse (Crucio) – to torture someone with pain. Neville Longbottom’s parents suffered this curse.
3. Avada Kedavra – the killing curse. A flash of blinding green light is released from your wand when you give the curse to somebody. This is how Voldemort killed Harry’s parents. There is no counter-curse. Only one person has ever survived it, Harry Potter.
Page 191 explains how Harry’s parents were killed.
Engorgio – to make something big.
Reducio – to make it smaller.
Gryffindor – red with a gold lion.
Hufflepuff – yellow with a black badger.
Ravenclaw – blue with a bronze eagle.
Slytherin – green with a silver serpent.
S.P.E.W. – Society for the Promotion of Elfish Warfare.
- started by Hermione.
- short term aims: to secure house-elves fair wages and working conditions.
- long term aims: changing the law about non-wand-use, and trying to get an elf into the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures, because they’re shockingly under-represented.
- two Sickles to join, that buys you a badge.
- Ron’s treasurer, Harry’s secretary.
Madame Maxime – Head of Beauxbatons; a giantess.
Beauxbatons – arrived flying by a gigantic, powder-blue, horsedrawn carriage, the size of a large house, pulled through the air by a dozen winged horses, all palominos and each the size of an elephant. A dozen boys and girls in their late teens, wearing robes made of fine silk. In the movie they were all girls.
Durmstrang – arrived from under the lake by a ship that had a strangely skeletal look about it, as though it was a resurrected wreck and the dim, misty lights shimmering at its portholes looked like ghostly eyes. The students were wearing cloaks of some kind of shaggy matted fur.
Viktor Krum – one of the students of Durmstrang.
Professor Karkaroff – Head of Durmstrang.
Bartemius Crouch – Head of the Department of International Magical Co-operation.
Ludo Bagman – Head of the Department of Magical Games and Sports.
The Triwizard Champions:
1. Viktor Krum – Durmstrang Institute
2. Fleur Delacour – Beauxbatons Academy
3. Cedric Diggory and Harry Potter – Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
Harry thought that Cedric looked the part of a champion so much more than he did. Cedric was exceptionally handsome, with his straight nose, dark hair and grey eyes.
Goblet of Fire – anybody wishing to submit themselves as champion writes their name and school upon a slip of parchment and drops it into the Goblet. The Goblet selects the champions from each school.
(Page 259) The days after the Goblet of Fire chose Harry as one of the champions were some of Harry’s worst at Hogwarts. Everybody thought that he had put his name in the Cup and wanted to have more fame than he already had. And Ron wouldn’t talk to him. The closest he had ever come to feeling like this had been during the months in his second year when a large part of the school suspected him of attacking his fellow students. But Ron had been on his side then.
Furnunculus – Harry’s spell that made Goyle spring up boils on his nose. (page 262)
Densaugeo – Malfoy’s spell that made Hermione’s teeth grow larger.
Orchideous – the spell that Mr. Ollivander used to test Fleur’s wand and a bunch of flowers burst from the wand tip. (page 270)
Fleur’s wand – contains rosewood and hair from the head of a Veela, her grandmother. It emits pink and gold sparks, 9 1/2 inches long.
Cedric’s wand – contains a single hair from the tail of a particularly fine male unicorn, 12 1/4 inches long.
Krum’s wand – a Gregorovitch creation, a find wand-maker. It contains hornbeam and dragon heartstring, 10 1/4 inches long.
Harry’s wand – made of holly and contains a single feather from the tail of a phoenix, that came from the same bird which had supplied the core of Lord Voldemort’s, 11 inches long.
Rita Skeeter – writer for the Daily Prophet.
Quick-Quotes Quill – writes on its own.
The four dragons:
1. Hungarian Horntail – a gigantic scaly, lizard-like, black dragon with yellow vertical pupils.
2. Common Welsh Green – a smaller smooth-scaled green dragon.
3. Swedish Short-Snout – a silvery blue dragon with long pointed horns.
4. Chinese Fireball – red dragon with an odd fringe of fine gold spikes around its face.
Stupefy – the Stunning spell.
One stunning spell is not good enough to knock out dragons for they are strong and too powerfully magical.
Sirius warned Harry about Karkaroff. He was a Death Eater and was in Azkaban with Sirius but he got released. Moody caught Karkaroff and put him in Azkaban. That’s why Dumbledore wanted an Auror at Hogwarts – to keep an eye on him. Moody was the best Auror the Ministry ever had. But now that he’s retired, he’s gone paranoid, thinks that someone’s gonna poison him, or something.
Diffindo – the spell Harry used that made Cedric’s bag split. (page 297)
Sneakoscope – a glass spinning top that whistles when it detects danger.
Secrecy Sensor – an extra-squiggly golden television aerial that hums when it detects danger.
Foe-Glass – a mirror with moving shadowy figures. You are in trouble when you see the whites of their eyes.
The First Task – “to collect the golden egg,” that is, after you get past the Dragons.
1. Cedric – Swedish Short-Snout – He transfigured a rock on the ground, turned it into a dog. He was trying to make the dragon go for the dog instead of him. He got the egg but got burnt as well.
2. Fleur Delacour – Welsh Green – She put the dragon into a trance. It went sleepy, but then it snorted. A great flare of flame shot out and her skirt got on fire. She put it out with a bit of water out of her wand.
3. Vicktor Krum – Chinese Fireball – He hit the dragon with some sort of spell right in the eye. It went trampling around in agony and squashed half the real eggs. He got marks off for that. He wasn’t supposed to do any damage to them.
4. Harry Potter – Hungarian Horntail – He followed Moody’s advice: “Play to your strengths.” (flying) and “Get what you need.” (Firebolt) He got whipped by the dragon’s tail though, on the shoulder, but the cut wasn’t deep. He was the quickest to get the egg.
Harry and Krum tied for first place.
Ron started talking to Harry again after he saw how dangerous the first task was and realized that Harry wouldn’t put or volunteer himself in such danger.
Hermione helped Harry learn the Summoning Charm (Accio) just before the first task.
Unlike Dobby, the other house-elves like Winky, don’t like freedom, and don’t want to get paid for their jobs. They are also bound by the secrets of the family they serve and they never speak ill of them. After Harry freed Dobby from enslavement from the Malfoys, he had a hard time looking for work that pays because most wizards don’t want house-elves who want pay. So he and Winky applied at Hogwarts and Dumbledore took them.
Canary Cream antris – Fred and George’s invention. It will make you bursting into feather when you eat something with it. (page 350)
The Yule Ball – a traditional part of the Triwizard Tournament and an opportunity for the Hogwarts students to socialize with their foreign guests. The ball is open only to fourth-years and above, although they may invite a younger student if they wish.
Traditionally, the champions and their partners open the ball.
Harry would rather have another round with the Hungarian Horntail than ask a girl to the ball. (page 338)
Harry asked Cho Chang but she was already going with somebody.
Ron asked Fleur Delacour but then he just ran for it.
Neville asked Hermione but she was already going with somebody.
Ron asked Hermione but she was already going with somebody.
Partners at the Yule Ball:
Fleur Delacour – Roger Davies (Ravenclaw Quidditch captain)
Viktor Krum – Hermione Granger
Cedric Diggory – Cho Chang
Harry Potter – Parvati Patil
Ron Weasley – Padma Patil
Fred Weasley – Angelina Johnson
Ginny Weasley – Neville Longbottom
Draco Malfoy – Pansy Parkinson
Mad-Eye Moody – Professor Sinistra
Weird Eye Sisters – band that performed at the Yule Ball.
Professor Grubbly-Plank – Care of Magical Creatures teacher that replaced Hagrid, has closely chopped grey hair and prominent chin.
Fridwulfa – Hagrid’s giantess mother, left Hagrid when he was only about three years old. Hagrid is half-giant.
Gobbledegook – the Goblins’ language (page 387)
(Page 395) “Dumbledore trusts people and gives them second chances,” said Hagrid. “That’s what sets him apart from other Heads. He’ll accept anyone at Hogwarts as long as they’ve got the talent. He knows that people can turn out OK even if their families weren’t that respectable.”
Statue of Boris the Bewildered – the statue at the door of the Prefects’ Bathroom on the fifth floor.
Pine Fresh – the password to get into the bathroom.
Moody thought that he should be an Auror! But of course that was Barty Crouch Jr. in disguise. (page 415)
Banishing Charm – opposite of the Summoning Charm, you make an object go someplace. (page 416)
Drought Charm – to dry up puddles and ponds (page 422)
The Second Task – “to recover from the lake what has been taken from them within one hour.”
The egg’s clue – “We’ve taken what you’ll sorely miss, an hour long you’ll have to look, and to recover what we took.”
1. Harry ate Gillyweed – He had gills, webbed hands and feet. He had to recover Ron. 45 points.
2. Cedric used Bubble-Head Charm – He had to recover Cho. He returned 1 minute late. 47 points.
3. Fleur used the Bubble-Head Charm – She had to recover her sister, Gabrielle but failed to get her. Harry brought her with him. 25 points.
4. Krum used an incomplete form of Transfiguration – A shark-man, second to return with Hermione. 40 points.
Harry was the first to reach the hostages, but he was delayed in his return and the last because he was determined to return all hostages to safety, not merely his own. And because of this moral fibre that he showed, he was given 45 points.
Help Harry got for the second task:
1. Cedric told him to take a bath in the Prefects’ Bathroom and bring the egg.
2. Dobby gave him the Gillyweed so he could breath underwater.
Gladrags Wizardwear – where Harry bought socks for Dobby.
Ludo Bagman – used to be a Beater for the Wimbourne Wasps.
Sirius to Ron: “If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.” (page 456)
Barty Crouch – was the one who gave the order for Sirius to be sent to Azkaban, without a trial.
- used to be Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement.
- a great wizard, powerfully magical and power hungry, but never a Voldemort supporter, very outspoken against the Dark Side, but his own son was caught with a group of Death Eaters and was sent to Azkaban.
Pumpkin juice and Butterbeer – favourite drinks of wizards and witches.
Snuffles – the name Sirius wanted Harry, Ron and Hermione to call him when they’re talking among themselves. (page 463)
Undiluted Bubotuber pus – a yellowish green liquid smelling strongly of petrol that gushed over Hermione’s hands which began to erupt in large yellow boils.
Nifflers – fluffy black creatures with long snouts, their front paws were curiously flat, like spades. You find them down in mines mostly. They like sparkly stuff. They’re useful little treasure detectors.
Leprechaun gold – vanishes after a few hours.
(Page 488) Did Dumbledore read Harry’s mind?
“And Harry – I want you to stay there (Gryffindor Tower). Anything you might want to do – any owls you might want to send – they can wait until morning. Do you understand me?”
“Er – yes,” said Harry, staring at him. How had Dumbledore known that? At that very moment, he had been thinking about sending Pigwidgeon straight to Sirius, to tell him what had happened.
(Page 519.) “At times,” said Dumbledore, indicating the stone basin. “I use the Pensieve. One simply siphons the excess thoughts from one’s mind, pours them into the basin, and examines them at one’s leisure. It becomes easier to spot patterns and links, you understand, when they are in this form.”
Pensieve – is a stone basin where Dumbledore puts his thoughts in the form of a silvery substance.
Neville’s parents are insane. Both are in St. Mungo’s Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries.
Impedimenta – Impediment Jinx – a spell to slow down and obstruct attackers.
Reductor Curse – enables you to blast solid objects out of your way.
Four-Point spell – makes your wand point due north.
Shield Charm – casts a temporary, invisible wall around yourself that deflected minor curses.
Jelly-Legs Jinx – makes your legs wobbly.
The ingredients and spell that resurrected Lord Voldemort:
1. Bone of the father – unknowingly given, you will renew your son. Voldemort’s child-like body, his father’s grave.
2. Flesh of the servant – willingly given you will revive your master. Wormtail’s hand.
3. Blood of the enemy – forcibly taken you will resurrect your foe. Harry’s blood.
Page 566 explains how Voldemort returned. What happened to him after he lost his powers when the curse he put on Harry rebounded on him.
(Page 614-615) Dumbledore to Fudge: It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.
Priori Incantatem – the reverse spell effect (page 575)
(Page 605) What happened when Harry’s and Voldemort’s wands connected at their duel at the graveyard:
When Harry shouted Expelliarmus and Voldemort cried Avada Kedavra, a jet of green light (from Voldemort) and red light (from Harry) issued from their wands, met in mid-air, and there was an electric surge through their wands. The narrow beam of light that connected the two wands became deep gold. Voldemort’s wand regurgitated spells it has performed – in reverse – hence the form of the people he killed re-appeared from his wand – Cedric, the old man, Bertha Jorkins, Harry’s parents.
Harry’s and Voldemort’s wands share cores – each of them contains a feather from the tail of the same phoenix (Fawkes). When a wand meets its brother, they will not work properly against each other. That’s why when they battled, priori incantatem happened.
In Book 7, when Harry and Voldemort battled, they used the same spells. Harry, Expelliarmus and Voldemort, Avada Kedavra.
One Hundred Galleons – the prize for winning the Triwizard Tournament. Fudge handed the large bag of gold to Harry at the hospital wing.
Rita Skeeter – is an unregistered animagus. She can turn into a beetle and that’s how she had managed to listen to conversations at Hogwarts.
Harry gave Fred and George his Triwizard winnings so they could open up their dream joke shop.
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