It's officially Harry Potter mania week! With Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 coming out today, July 15th, the Hollywire team wanted to provide readers with a list of all the Potter vocabulary you could ever need to know!
Seriously -- from Animagus to Butterbeer to Patronus, Polyjuice Potion and Sneakascopes, we're breaking down the terms and giving you the definitions! Check out our complete list of Harry Potter vocabulary!
Acromantula – A very large species of spiders .
Amortentia – A potion which causes a strong, obsessive desire for love.
Animagus – A person who can turn into an animal at their will if registered .
Apparate – the form of transportation for witches and wizards in which they can go anywhere they want to by mastering the 3 D's: destination, deliberation, and determination; it makes a loud cracking noise. Wizards must have a license and be at least 17-years-old to apparate legally, and at Hogwarts, they start giving lessons to those interested during their 6th year .
Auror – An occupation for wizards and witches which involves catching the dark wizards of the world.
Boggart – No one knows exactly what it looks like alone, but Boggarts take the shape of whatever a particular person fears the most. It can be repelled with a Ridikulus spell.
Butterbeer – A warm & bubbly beverage that the characters in Harry Potter often drink.
Care of Magical Creatures – A class at Hogwarts in which you learn about magical creatures .
Daily Prophet – The wizarding newspaper .
Dark Arts – Any type of dark magic that is used to harm something or someone else.
Dark Mark – The symbol for Voldemort and his Death Eaters. Voldemort uses this mark to brand his Death Eaters, if the Dark Mark appears in the sky it means Death Eaters are near. The symbol looks like a skull with a snake for the tongue .
Deathly Hallows – A group of 3 magical items -- the Cloak of Invisibility, the Resurrection Stone, the Elder Wand. Possesing all three items makes you the master of death.
Death Eaters – Voldemort’s army of followers.
Defense Against the Dark Arts – A class taught at Hogwarts where students learn to protect themselves against the dark arts involved with the wizarding world.
Dementor's Kiss – The operation a dementor is performing when it is sucking someone’s soul .
Department of Mysteries – The section of the Ministry of Magic where top secret things take place – contains a Hall of Prophecies, a Brain Room, a Space Room, and various others.
Divination – The magical art of using the inner eye to interpret the future – also a class available at Hogwarts .
Dumbledore’s Army – a group of students at Hogwarts led and taught by Harry Potter who believed that Voldemort had returned. The army was assembled in Harry’s 5th year because the High Inquisitor, Delores Umbridge, was not teaching them how to defend themselves in any capacity.
Elder Wand – Supposedly first given to a Peverell brother by Death; broken off of an Elder tree; possesses power to defeat all other wands; eventually won by Albus Dumbledore from Gellert Grindlewald; afterwards eventually won by Harry Potter; otherwise known as the Deathsick or the Wand of Destiny.
Floo Network – The transportation of people through fireplaces using Floo Powder .
Floo Powder – The powder which you throw into the fireplace while standing in it to go to wherever you say.
Firebolt – The fastest broomstick model .
Hall of Prophecies – The room in the Department of Mysteries where a record of all the prophecies ever made in the wizarding world are kept .
Hogwarts Express – The train which Hogwarts students take to get to Hogwarts .
Horcrux – A magical item in which you can keep and conceal a piece of your soul – but first you must split the soul by killing someone and then a very complicated charm is used to take it out of the body – Tom Riddle (Voldemort) is known for keeping the most at one time (7) .
House – In Hogwarts, there are 4 houses into which you can be sorted: Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, Slytherin. Your house is essentially your family while at Hogwarts.
House Cup – The award for the House in Hogwarts which by the end of the year has won the most house points .
Knight Bus – A double decker bus (a very bumpy and intense ride) which comes to the rescue whenever witches or wizards are in need of transportation and takes them wherever they need to go. Ernie Prang is the driver and Stan Shunpike is the conductor
Legilimency - The process of reading or controlling one's mind.
Mudblood – A blood status in which you have only muggle (non-magical) parents .
Muggle – A non-magical person -- no wizarding or witch powers.
Nimbus – The broomstick model (Nimbus 2000) which was the fastest in Harry’s 1st year, which also has a 2001 model.
Obliviators – People who work at the Ministry of Magic who perform memory charms on muggles who witness things in the wizarding world.
Occlumency - Using your mind stopping people from reading, invading, or controlling your mind .
Order of the Phoenix – A secret society that Albus Dumbledore invented for people who want to fight against Voldemort.
Parsletounge – The language snakes speak.
Patronus – A silvery- white creature which takes the shape of an animal that often symbolizes one's personality. A Patronus is conjured by the Expecto Patronum incantation while simultaneously thinking of a very happy thought. It protects against dementors and lethifolds.
Polyjuice Potion – A potion that allows the drinker to transform himself temporarily into the physical form of another.
Portkey – An item which brings whoever touches it at the proper time to wherever it is made to go – an item can be turned into a portkey by using the correct incantation.
Potions – A class taught at Hogwarts which teaches students to brew potions
Pure Blood – A blood status in which, to be truly pure-blood, all of your ancestors and your parents must be wizards or witches .
Quibbler – A magazine produced by Xenophillius Lovegood which has many bizarre articles that are often made up or thought of as fictional. In Deathly Hallows however, the paper has very true stories and information about Harry and the war against Voldemort .
Quick Quotes Quill – A quill which writes what people are saying by itself, but is not always accurate.
Quidditch – A wizarding sport in which players fly on brooms – 3 chasers, 2 beaters, 1 keeper, and the seeker – the point is to get the Quaffle into the opponents goal while guarding your own, and for the seeker to catch the snitch and win 150 points which ends the game .
Quidditch Cup – The prize you get for winning the Quidditch season.
Sneakascope – A device which gives off a whistling noise when someone untrustworthy is near .
Sorting Ceremony – The event at Hogwarts where first years are sorted into their proper house .
Squib – A person who has a witch and wizard for parents, but have no magical powers themselve s.
Triwizard Tournament – A competition which was held at Hogwarts in Harry’s 4th year in which students from 3 wizarding schools compete in 3 tasks for the Triwizard Cup .
Veritaserum – A potion which when consumed, makes people tell the truth .