Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone
J. K. Rowling
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BROOMSTICK

used by witches and wizards as a means of transport.  Like motor cars, the type of broomstick is a status symbol. Harry is given a Nimbus 2000 with a mahogany handle.

CHOCOLATE FROGS

these sweets contains cards of famous witches and wizards and through these, Harry finds out about Albus Dumbledore on the train, and later Nicolas Flamel.

CUPBOARD

where Harry lives as a child

DIAGON ALLEY

a secret street in London where you can buy all the necessary equipment in order to be a pupil at Hogwarts School.

ERISED MIRROR

with the inscription “I show not your face, but your heart’s desire”.

FANG

Hagrid’s faithful hound

FLUFFY

the 3-headed dog guarding the trapdoor

FORBIDDEN FOREST

here Harry is rescued by Firenze

FIRENZE

a centaur (half-man, half-horse)

GRYFFINDOR

Harry’s school house allocated to him by the Sorting Hat. The other houses are Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin.

HEDWIG

Harry’s snowy owl

INVISIBILITY CLOAK

left to Harry by his father.  It becomes a priceless tool in his fight against evil.

KNUT

the lowest denomination of coins used by witches and wizards.  29 knuts = 1 silver sickle, and 17 sickles = 1 gold galleon

MUGGLES

a term used for people who don’t have a single spark of magic in them

NEWSPAPER

the newspaper used by wizards is The Daily Prophet.  Harry reads from this paper details concerning the attempted robbery at Gringotts, the Bank of the world of witches and wizards.

OWLS

they replace postmen in the world of witches and wizards, but they do require payment for some of their services

QUIDDITCH

Quidditch is the favorite sport of the wizard world. Teams of seven plays with four balls and three rings, 50 ft. above the ground.  Only those most proficient at flying their broomsticks gain entry to the Quidditch teams.

SORTING HAT

all first year students at Hogwarts School have to wear this hat, which analyses their character and determines what house they will be allocated to.

SEEKER

Harry becomes the youngest seeker in the history of Hogwarts. His job is to seek and catch the Golden Snitch, a winged ball, which if successfully carried out, will win the game for the house.

TROLLS

normally trolls come in at a height of 12 ft., but they are very stupid and are no match for a young wizard, especially when he has his wand up the troll’s nose

UNIFORMS 

The list Harry received from Professor McGonagall detailed Harry’s uniform, which comprised 3 sets of plain work robes – black; 1 plain pointed hat – black; 1 pair of protective gloves – dragon hide; 1 winter cloak

Wands

Mr. Ollivander, the wand-maker tells Harry that the wand picks the wizard, not vice versa.  Eventually the wand that Harry buys is the brother of the wand that inflicted the scar on his forehead.  Ollivander predicts that Harry is destined for great things.

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