In a interview, J. Rowling said a Galleon was approximately five pounds i. Sports, specifically Quidditch , play an important role in the Wizarding world, and in the Harry Potter series. Quidditch is a team sport played up in the air on brooms.
Wizards all around the globe fanatically follow it in a similar manner to football , and the Quidditch World Cup is a major event on the wizard calendar.
Harry is a great player at Hogwarts and several Harry Potter books detail his activity on the Quidditch pitch. Harry has helped lead Gryffindor to several wins. Harry is the Seeker for his team, which means his role is to try to find and catch the Golden Snitch. Contrasting all previous books, Quidditch does not appear in the final book.
Other wizard games and sports include Gobstones a version of marbles in which the stones squirt foul-smelling liquid into the other player's face when they lose a point , Exploding Snap a card game in which the cards explode , and Wizard Chess in which the pieces are sentient and under the command of the player. The wizarding world is also home to a number of other wizard spectator sports, such as Creaothceann a now-banned broom game from Scotland in which players try to catch rocks with cauldrons strapped to their heads , Quodpot  a popular game in the United States involving a Quaffle that explodes , and broom racing.
By far the most popular method of communication is via owls. Owls are used for conveying packages, with multiple owls acting in concert to deliver heavier packages. Owls also deliver mail and newspapers, acting as a replacement for the postal service of the Muggle world. If an owl delivers something such as a newspaper, the recipient places the money for the paper in a small pouch attached to the owl's leg.
Not only owls may be used; Sirius Black makes use of a tropical bird, likely a macaw, on one occasion. The Ministry of Magic regulates Owl Mail. How the owls find the recipients of the letters they carry is not specifically stated.
In some circumstances, letters have extremely explicit addresses on them specifying rooms or locations inside of a building. Other times, there is no mention of an address, and the owl is simply told to whom to deliver. The Ministry of Magic used to use owls to deliver inter-office mail within the ministry building, but according to Mr. Weasley , the mess was incredible. Now the ministry uses enchanted memos, which fly throughout the building as paper aeroplanes, rather than owls.
In addition, though owls are portrayed as flying directly to the recipient of their package, it is implied that owl traffic can be monitored and even interrupted.
There are several references to "the owls being watched" and Harry uses different owls to communicate with Sirius his godfather since his snowy owl , Hedwig , would supposedly attract too much attention. On one occasion Hedwig is injured after being intercepted and searched supposedly by Umbridge.
A Patronus is primarily used to repel Dementors. They can also be used for communication by accomplished witches and wizards. Albus Dumbledore devised a method of using Patronuses to deliver vocal messages, putting this to the exclusive use of the Order of the Phoenix.
McGonagall is also the only character in the series to have shown the ability to project multiple Patronuses to send multiple messages. While Floo Powder a play on the word ' flue ' is designed to be used in a magical fireplaces for the purposes of transport, we also see it used as a method of communication.
Harry also uses this method to communicate with Sirius Black on several occasions during the series. The etiquette surrounding using the fireplace for communication is not explicitly addressed in the series. Dumbledore tells Harry it is not polite for a wizard to apparate appear out of thin air directly into another wizard's house.
Lord Voldemort uses a method of communication called the Dark Mark, which is like a brand on the inner forearms of the Death Eaters. When the mark is pressed, contact is made with other Death Eaters and Voldemort himself. Pressing one's Dark Mark causes every other Death Eater's mark to burn, signalling them to Disapparate from wherever they were and immediately Apparate to Voldemort's side.
Those who follow Voldemort consider the Dark Mark to be of great importance, and while some people are 'lucky' enough to have one, the privilege is restricted to those of 'pure' blood.
It is stated that Fenrir Greyback a vicious werewolf is not allowed the Dark Mark, which is likely because he is a werewolf. Apart from the fake Galleons enchanted by Hermione for Dumbledore's army, we see a few other methods of closed channel communications used in the books and films.
Subjects painted into wizarding portraits are frequently used to carry messages between locations where their portraits hang. Phineas Nigellus former Hogwarts headmaster and member of the Black Family is used to send messages between Dumbledore's office and his other portrait in Grimmauld Place.
Dumbledore also uses two other former headmasters in a similar fashion when Arthur Weasley is attacked by Nagini in the Ministry of Magic. Another form of closed communication used in the books and movies is a set of mirrors which belonged to Sirius Black.
Sirius gives Harry one mirror in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix , with a note explaining to Harry that Sirius and James Potter used to use the mirrors to talk to each other when they were put in separate detentions. In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows , Harry uses a shard of his broken mirror to call for help from the Malfoy's cellar, and later finds out that Aberforth Dumbledore had been watching over Harry using Sirius' mirror, which he obtained from Mundungus Fletcher.
Flying paper aeroplanes, referred to as "interdepartmental memos" are used within the Ministry of Magic. Weasley explains that these took the place of the owls to minimise the mess. A variation on this method of communication is shown in the movie version of Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban , when Draco Malfoy sends Harry a note in class in the form of a flying paper crane.
Wizards and witches often Apparate to their destinations, which is quite similar to teleportation. It is quite difficult to Apparate; therefore underage wizards and witches are forbidden to do it. There are many examples of failed Apparition attempts made by people who have not passed their "Apparition test", which is like a Muggle driving test.
If not Apparating correctly, a person may lose a body part in the process, referred to as "splinching". Hermione heals him with a liquid — essence of dittany — that she carried in her bag, a process which takes several days.
Bob Ogden, once the head of Magical Law Enforcement, after being attacked by Morfin and Marvolo Gaunt, apparated back to his headquarters, returning with several more policemen to subdue the lawbreakers.
Characters in the series make use of several magical devices and artifacts to transport themselves within the Wizarding World and to the Muggle world. Among the most common of these objects are broomsticks , the Floo Network a network of fireplaces magically connected to one another , the Knight Bus , and the Hogwarts Express. In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire , a discussion is held around the politics of importing flying carpets. Portkeys are used if witches or wizards are unable to Apparate, whether that be because they are unable to or because they have an underage witch or wizard in their company.
Portkeys can be almost anything, usually a mundane, everyday object that would easily be overlooked by a muggle.
Using the charm "Portus," they are able to carry the user to their destination, so long as the user has hold of the object upon leaving. Portkeys are usually disguised as trash like a tin can or old sock so Muggles won't notice them. Thestrals are skeletal, winged horses, black in colour, which can only seen by those who have witnessed death firsthand.
They pull the Hogwarts school coaches and can also be tamed and ridden. This method of transportation was used in Order of the Phoenix , when members of the Dumbledore's Army needed to go to the Ministry of Magic to rescue Sirius Black, and also used when transporting Harry from the Dursleys' house to The Burrow in Deathly Hallows.
The Daily Prophet is the most widely read daily newspaper in Britain's wizard community. The Prophet remains respectable for the first three books, but by Goblet of Fire , it has hired Rita Skeeter, an unscrupulous journalist who supplies several thrilling and blatantly false articles.
When Minister Fudge takes the stance of firmly denying Voldemort's return, the Prophet initiates a smear campaign against Dumbledore and Harry, the most influential proponents of the opposing view. After Fudge is forced to admit that Voldemort has returned, the Prophet changes its stance overnight, calling Harry "a lone voice of truth".
The newspaper even buys, from The Quibbler , Harry's interview on Voldemort's return and claims it to be exclusive. It is unclear how long he has been editor of The Daily Prophet. Rowling, in the events after the book series, Ginny Weasley becomes Senior Quidditch correspondent at The Daily Prophet , after her retirement from the Holyhead Harpies. Harry Potter website's news and events page has been named after the paper. The magazine's editor is Xenophilius Lovegood. The Quibbler mainstays are conspiracy theories and cryptozoology.
Articles in The Quibbler have claimed that Fudge has had goblins cooked in pies, and uses the Department of Mysteries to develop terrible poisons, which he supposedly feeds to people who disagree with him, and that he has a secret army of fire-demons called "heliopaths". Numerous presumably imaginary beasts are mentioned in The Quibbler , such as Crumple-Horned Snorkacks which supposedly live in Sweden and cannot fly , the Blibbering Humdinger and Nargles which are supposed to infest mistletoe.
The interview is published by Xenophilius, and he later sells it to the Daily Prophet for a good price enough to finance an expedition to Sweden to hunt for the Crumple-Horned Snorkack. In Deathly Hallows , Xenophilius continues to support Harry in his magazine until his daughter Luna gets kidnapped to silence him. Harry, Ron, and Hermione visit Xenophilius for information but discover that the latest issue features an anti-Harry story on the cover. Following Voldemort's ultimate defeat, the Quibbler goes back to its condition of advanced lunacy and becomes popular, still being appreciated for its unintentional humour.
The most popular radio station is the Wizarding Wireless Network. Potterwatch is an underground anti-Voldemort radio program which is only accessible with a secret password. The Potterwatch episode that the trio listen to features various members of the Order of the Phoenix and is hosted by Lee Jordan.
Multitudes of sweets are referred to in the stories; many have a violent or bizarre side effect, especially those created by Fred and George Weasley. Most sweets can be found in the sweetshop Honeydukes.
Dumbledore seems to be partial to these as he often uses their names as passwords. Chocolate Frogs are, as the name suggests, frogs made of chocolate, and are very popular wizarding sweets. They are each packaged with a collectible card displaying a magical picture and brief biography of a famous witch or wizard of medieval to modern times.
According to a web chat with the author, Harry and his friends are eventually featured on a series of Chocolate Frog cards; Ron calling it "his finest hour". Some of the most notable magical sweets such as Bertie Bott 's Every-Flavour Beans, Skiving Snackboxes and Cockroach Clusters have been manufactured in real life, mainly by the Jelly Belly candy company. They have produced real versions of Bertie Bott's Every-Flavour Beans odd flavours in and out of the market since Apart from some "regular" flavours, the company also produces several "unusual" flavours mentioned in the books.
Other flavours include bacon, dirt, earthworm, earwax, vomit, rotten egg, sausage, pickle, toast, grass and soap. A description of Honeydukes in the third book says that the store sells candies called Coconut Ice, Ice Mice which make your teeth chatter and squeak , Fizzing Whizbees, Pepper Imps which allow you to breathe fire on your friends , Sugar Quills, Cockroach Clusters, self-flossing mints, Drooble's Best Blowing Gum which make a room fill up with bluebell-coloured bubbles which wouldn't pop for days , Peppermint Creams shaped like toads which hop in your stomach , Exploding Bonbons, Jelly Slugs, Acid Pops, and blood-flavoured lollipops.
Butterbeer is the drink of choice for younger wizards. Harry is first presented with the beverage in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Although house-elves can become intoxicated on Butterbeer, the amount of alcohol contained in Butterbeer has a negligible effect on Witches and Wizards.
The earliest reference to buttered beer is from The Good Huswifes Handmaide for the Kitchin , published in London in It was made from beer, sugar, eggs, nutmeg, cloves and butter. Another old recipe for buttered beer, published by Robert May in from his recipe book The Accomplisht Cook , calls for liquorice root and aniseed to be added. It was announced in April that a drink named after butterbeer would be sold in the theme park The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando.
The beverage is also sold at the Warner Bros. It has a sweet taste and is a non-alcoholic beverage. It was taste-tested by J. According to Neil Genzlinger , a staff editor on the culture desk of The New York Times , the beverage "is indistinguishable from a good quality cream soda ". Firewhisky is a type of alcohol that wizards under the age of seventeen are not allowed to drink; however, this rule is not always followed.
Firewhisky is described as burning the drinkers' throats as they consume it. It can be seen as a very strong whisky, and by all intents is used as such. The characters drink it in the last book when Mad-Eye Moody dies in flight, to numb the shock and toast to his life. Hagrid also drinks it, although in much larger quantities. Pumpkin juice is a cold drink favoured by the Wizarding world, and among the students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
It is drunk at any occasion, such as breakfast, lunch, at feasts or on other occasions. It seems to have taken on the same role that orange juice has to Muggles. Pumpkin juice is readily available, and can be purchased on the Hogwarts Express. Severus Snape threatened to Harry in his fourth year that he might slip Veritaserum in his morning pumpkin juice while believing that Harry had stolen some of Snape's potion ingredients. Spoilers will be present within the article.
Some content in this article is derived from information featured in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child , and, as such, spoilers will be present. Keep calm and keep the secrets! The Daily Prophet is a wizarding newspaper based in London , England.
It is the primary source of news for British and Irish wizards. The current editor is Barnabas Cuffe , who works in the main office in Diagon Alley.
Unfortunately, the Prophet does not seem to have a lot of journalistic integrity, it has been known to be more concerned about sales than about factual accuracy. The paper features a morning and evening edition, the latter of which is called the Evening Prophet. The weekend edition is called the Sunday Prophet. Additional news bulletins can be delivered quickly when important, newsworthy events occur.
As news changes, an edition may magically change, too, over the course of the day, probably by means of a Protean Charm. Payment is effected by placing coins in the pouch tied to the paper-owl's leg. Subscriptions cost 1 Knut. This paper is delivered to professors and a few students at Hogwarts in the mornings, when the owl post arrives.
The most widely read alternative newspaper in the wizarding world is The Quibbler. While the Daily Prophet has been known to print facts, it has also had a somewhat negative reputation for being incredibly biassed, corrupt, and deceptive. It is clear that, as there is strong government control of the newspaper, the facts can be misleading, if not outright fabrications, and that certain means of gathering information appear to be somewhat unethical.
Government control of the Ministry is shown in the way that the Daily Prophet appears to pressure the government and go around official sources, and several people in Harry 's circles feel that the Ministry of Magic "leans heavily" on Prophet.
In other instances, the Daily Prophet has misleading journalism — information that, while accurate in fact, leads readers to the wrong conclusion. There are also occasions when the newspaper is seen to contain inaccurate or libellous content. It appears that there is little regard for accuracy in any form and there are no consequences or accountability for poor journalistic practises. The Daily Prophet's unethical means of gathering information are most accurately seen with Rita Skeeter , a prominent but corrupt journalist who writes with a complete disregard for accuracy, truthfulness and objectivity — often conducting interviews with a Quick Quotes Quill , a magical quill that writes automatically as the subject speaks.
However, the quill does not record verbatim what the subject says. Instead, it takes a subject's words and creates sensational and inaccurate tales that bear little resemblance to actual events. In addition, Skeeter illegally turns herself into a beetle to spy on people and get personal information from them without being seen. The Daily Prophet reports on everything going on the wizarding world albeit not always in an unbiased way.
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