Oddities and Coincidences

Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak! Maybe these are just odd things and coincidences, maybe they have a deeper meaning. You decide.

References to the Number 4
“Harry Potter and the Philosopher‘s/Sorcerer‘s Stone”
  • Harry lives with his aunt and uncle at 4 Privet Drive.
  • The Dursley House has four bedrooms.
  • Uncle Dursley's rations for the house on the rock in the sea were a bag of chips and four bananas.
  • Ron's mother packed four sandwiches for his first trip on the Hogwarts Express.Hogwarts Crest
  • According to Hagrid, no more than four to a boat to get from the train station to Hogwarts.
  • There are four houses in Hogwarts: Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, and Slytherin, named after the school's four founders: Godric Gryffindor, Rowena Ravenclaw, Helga Hufflepuff,
    and Salazar Slytherin.
  • A four-legged stool is used by the first years for their Sorting.
  • Nearly Headless Nick says he hadn't eaten in nearly four hundred years (but this is an anomaly as he has a 500th Deathday Party at Halloween).
  • Hermione's Wingardium Leviosa spell raised her feather about four feet up from the desk.
  • Harry hit the ground on all fours after nearly swallowing the Snitch.
  • Charlie Weasley's four friends came to get Norbert at Hogwarts.
  • Four balls are used in Quidditch: two Bludgers, one Quaffle, and one Golden Snitch.
  • The Great Hall at Hogwarts contains four long house tables.
  • Harry's room in Gryffindor Tower had four-poster beds.
"Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets"
  • An argument breaks out over breakfast at 4 Privet Drive.
  • Harry misses sleeping in his four-poster bed in the tower dormitory (among other things) when not at Hogwarts.
  • Quidditch is explained as the most popular sport in the wizarding world with six tall goal posts, four flying balls, and fourteen players on broomsticks.
  • Harry sympathizes with Dobby about house-elves enslavement, saying he thought he had it bad staying at the Dursley's another four weeks.
  • After Harry is locked in his room after the pudding incident, he wonders if he'll even be alive in four weeks to return to Hogwarts, or if anyone will notice if he doesn't show up.
  • Four or five chimneys were perched on the red roof of the Burrow.
  • After Harry's rescue by the twins and Ron, their four breakfast plates were clean in a surprisingly short time.
  • Mrs. Weasley tried to force Harry to eat fourth helpings at every meal.
  • Back at Hogwarts, innumerable candles hovered in midair over four long, crowded tables.
  • The Sorting Hat sorted new students into the four Hogwarts houses every year.
"Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban"
  • Ron's wand is fourteen inches long and made of willow.
  • Dudley was eating his fourth slice of pie.
  • Harry's summer homework was to write a discussion on witch burning in the fourteenth century.
"Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire"
  • The Riddle's cook had four sherries while relating what happened at the Riddle house.
  • Harry turns fourteen. Harry is in his fourth year at Hogwarts.
  • Harry receives four birthday cakes from Ron, Hermione, Hagrid, and Sirius.
  • Dudley's tongue grows to four feet long after eating one of Fred and George's Ton-tongue toffees.
  • Four beds were squeezed into Ron's room for Ron, Harry, Fred and George.
  • A wizard appeared in plus-fours at the Quidditch World Cup campsite.
  • One of the pair of two-man tents for the Weasleys had four bunkbeds.
  • Harry and Hermione go with the Weasleys to the 422nd Quidditch World Cup.
  • The family of four muggles (the Roberts family) were spun in the air by the Death Eaters after the World cup.
  • Mrs. Weasley buys 'The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 4' for Ron, Hermione, and Harry.
  • Moody is the new DADA teacher, meaning Snape has failed to get that job for the fourth year running.
  • Harry is held up by Peeves trying to overturn a large vase on him halfway along the fourth-floor corridor while on his way to the Owlery.
  • Moody puts Harry through the paces four times in a row until he can completely throw off the Imperious Curse.
  • Harry, Ron, and Hermione stand in the fourth row in front of Hogwarts awaiting the arrival of Beauxbaton and Durmstrang.
  • Filch adds four chairs to the staff table before the announcement of the Triwizard Tournament.
  • The Goblet of Fire chooses four champions for the Triwizard Tournament: Viktor Krum, Fleur Delacour, Cedric Diggory, and Harry Potter.
  • Moody guesses someone submitted Harry's name under a fourth school to fool the Goblet of Fire.
  • Four summers before, on his eleventh birthday, Harry had been to Ollivander's to purchase his wand.
  • Four dragons are brought in for the first task (one for each champion): Swedish Short-Snout, Chinese Fireball, Common Welsh Green, and the Hungarian Horntail.
  • The date of the First task is November 24th. Harry is left with dragon number four, the Hungarian Horntail, when the champions choose their dragons from Ludo Bagman's purple silk sack.
  • Karkaroff gives Harry a score of four for the first task.
  • The date of the Second task is February 24th.
  • The Yule ball is only open to fourth years and above (younger students may be invited). Hagrid tells Rita Skeeter that he has never had to tell Harry off in his four years at Hogwarts.
  • Cho goes everywhere with an escort of four or five girls.
  • Krum tells Hermione that Durmstrang has only four floors.
  • The Prefect's bathroom is the fourth door to the left of the statue of Boris the Bewildered on the fifth floor.
  • According to Hagrid, Unicorns grow horns at about the age of four.
  • There are four people bound to the tail of a stone merperson to be rescued by the champions in the second task.
  • With his four paws, Sirius easily climbs the mountain to his hiding place.
  • The Third task takes place on June 24th. Four Hogwarts house-elves carry a great silver platter of eclairs to Ron in the kitchens.
  • A gray owl lands in front of Hermione, followed by four barn owls to deliver a deluge of mail.
  • Harry falls into the Pensieve and sees four people being brought into the Council of Magical Law and placed in four chained chairs for a hearing, one of whom was Barty Crouch Jr.
  • Four-Point Spell: points a wand due north Mrs. Weasley was told off by the Fat Lady for coming back to the dormitory at four in the morning when she was at school at Hogwarts.
  • There are four patrollers to watch the perimeter of the maze in the third task: Moody, McGonagall, Flitwick, and Hagrid.
  • The Sphinx repeated the last four lines of the riddle for Harry.
  • Voldemort speaks of how four years before, Quirrell gave him the means to return.
  • Ollivander wrote to Dumbledore, four years before, to inform him Harry had bought the second wand with Fawkes' tail feather.
"Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix"
  • Harry lies outside number four Privet Drive in a flowerbed to listen to the news through the open window.
  • For four solid weeks since he left Hogwarts, Harry felt he had been completely cut off from the magical world.
  • Harry taunts Dudley that he needs four mates behind him to beat up a ten-year-old.
  • A fourth owl came shooting out of the kitchen fireplace with a note from Sirius to Harry.
  • On the fourth night after Harry sent Hedwig out for information, Uncle Vernon came into his room to tell him they were going out.
  • When the group of wizards came that night to get Harry, he was very conscious of the fact that he hadn't combed his hair in four days.
  • After being confined to his room for four days, and in a very bad mood, Harry's room was a mess. While cleaning Grimmauld Place, a Doxy soared at Harry, it's four tiny fists clenched with fury.
  • Mr. Weasley told Harry, 'Four more stops...' while taking the Underground to Harry's hearingharry-potter-arthur-weasley-telephone-booth
  • The number Mr. Weasley dialed to get into the Ministry of Magic is '...six' and 'two...four... and another four... and another two...'
  • Eric, the security wizard at the Ministry, identifies Harry's wand as being in use for four years.
  • Four or five witches get out of the lift as several paper airplanes swoop in.
  • Level Four, Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures, incorporating Beast, Being and Spirit Divisions, Goblin Liaison Office and Pest Advisory Bureau.'
  • George comments on what has happened to the last four DADA teachers as being the problem with Dumbledore getting a new teacher.
  • Molly Weasley celebrates Ron becoming the fourth prefect in the family. Ginny is now a fourth year student.
  • The Sorting Hat sings " 'Together we will build and teach!' The four good friends decided" ... and of the four founders.
  • .. and compares the houses to 'pillars four'
  • Harry remembers that the Sorting Hat usually confines itself to describing the different qualities looked for by the four Hogwarts houses.
  • Harry forgets to add syrup of hellebore to his Draught of Peace potion, and proceeds straight to the fourth line of instructions.
  • While in Umbridge's detention, Harry sneaks a look at keeper tryouts, thinking the fourth person was terrible.
  • After knowing Percy for four years, Harry wonders why Percy thinks him unbalanced and possibly violent.
"Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince"
  • Harry sat in a chair by his bedroom window for the best part of four hours, waiting for Dumbledore.
  • Mrs. Weasley comments to Harry that she thinks Ron has grown four since she last bought him school robes.
  • A group of fourth-year girls were whispering and giggling outside the Hogwarts Express compartment where Harry, Neville, and Luna were sitting.
  • Tonks conjures her patronus – an immense silvery four-legged creature – to the castle to send word that she has found Harry.
  • Hermione confiscates a lime-green Fanged Frisbee from a fourth year boy.
  • The Defense Against the Dark Arts classroom is located four floors below the Gryffindor common room.
  • Four Slytherins and four Ravenclaws progressed to the N.E.W.T. level potions class.
  • Professor Slughorn was raving about Harry's potions abilities by their fourth lesson (thanks to the Prince).
  • Most of the fourth group trying out for the Gryffindor Quidditch team had come without brooms.
  • Cormac McLaggen saved four penalties out of five while trying out for the position of Gryffindor Keeper.
  • Ron saved one, two, three, four, five penalties in a row when he tried out for Keeper, but later told Hermione he thought he was going to miss the fourth one.
  • When Hagrid told them about Aragog dying, Harry thought about the narrow escape he and Ron had had from the gigantic spider four years previously.
  • Harry had seen the cursed necklace in Borgin and Burks four years previously.
  • Professor McGonagall wanted to talk to the four of them (Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Leanne) about what had happened to Katie Bell.
  • Harry lay awake in his four-poster bed wondering about his feelings for Ginny.
  • During the first half hour of the Quidditch match with Gryffindor, Ginny had scored four of their six goals.
  • Slughorn introduces Harry to Eldred Worple, who suggests Harry spend four or five hour sessions with him to write his biography.
  • The four Heads of House shouted for quiet during the first apparition lesson in the Great Hall.
  • Susan Bones splinched herself on her fourth attempt to apparate.
  • Harry and Ron had to take a short cut back to the Gryffindor common room when Peeves jammed a door shut on the fourth floor.
  • Tom Riddle was due at four to visit Hepzibah Smith with an offer from Mr. Burke for her goblin-made armor.
  • Harry could not take his apparition test because he would not be seventeen for another four months.
  • Dumbledore tells Harry that four years ago Harry had handed him proof that Voldemort had split his soul.
  • Two Horcruxes are destroyed, and Dumbledore theorizes that four remain of Voldemort's seven-part soul.
  • Dumbledore thinks that the Slytherin's locket and Hufflepuff's cup became Horcruxes three and four.
  • Four objects from the four founders would most likely appeal to Voldemort as objects for his Horcruxes.
  • Harry realizes that if Gryffindor loses by more than a 100 points to Ravenclaw, they would be in fourth place for the Championship.
  • Snape gives Harry detention and then taunts him with the possibility of Gryffindor in fourth place.
  • Dumbledore drinks halfway through the fourth goblet of potion in the cave when he staggers and falls forward against the basin, wanting to stop.
  • Four people in black robes burst onto the balcony where Malfoy is threatening Dumbledore.
  • Snape shouts that Harry's father would never attack him unless it was four on one.
References to the Number 7
  • There are 7 books in the Harry Potter series.harry-potter-books
  • There are 7 years of studies at Hogwarts.
  • Harry’s birthday is in July, which is the 7th month of the year.
  • The Weasley family has 7 children.
  • The Alohomora spell can be found in the Standard Books of Spells chapter 7.
  • There are 7 Quidditch players in a team.
  • Add the numbers of Platform 9 3/4 together … 9+3+4 = 16, and 1+6=7!
  • There are 142 flights of stairs at Hogwarts which adds to 7 (1+4+2=7).
  • Gryffindor Tower is located on the 7th floor.
  • Gryffindor hadn’t won the house cup for seven years before Harry came.
  • Nicholas Flamel and his wife have 7 years age difference.
  • There are seven obstacles to obtaining the Sorcerer’s Stone: Fluffy, Devil’s Snare, flying keys, chess game, troll, potions, and the Mirror of Erised.
  • One of the obstacles that Harry and Hermione come across while trying to find the Sorcerer’s Stone is seven differently shaped bottles and a riddle.
  • Hogwarts students have to buy all 7 of Lockhart’s books.
  • There are 7 hidden passageways out of Hogwarts shown on the Marauders’ Map.
  • Flitwick’s office (where Sirius is locked in the third book) is located on the 7th floor.
  • There are 700 ways to commit a foul in Quidditch.
  • Harry’s Quidditch number is 7 in the PoA film.
  • The Triwizard Tournament was first established 700 years before its appearance in the GOF.
  • Fred and George charge 7 sickles for a canary cream.
  • There are 7 locks in Moody’s trunk Moody was locked in the seventh lock of his trunk.
  • In the US version of PoA, beginning Chapter 15, an illustration of Hagrid’s letter to Hermione in regards to Buckbeak’s trial shows 7 teardrops.
  • Frank Bryce was said to be nearing his seventy-seventh birthday in GOF.
  • After the Weasleys, the Diggorys, Harry, and Hermione arrive with the Portkey to the Quidditch World Cup campground, a voice said, “Seven past five from Stoatshead Hill.”
  • After hearing a loud, cracking noise while watching the news, Uncle Vernon waves from the window at “Mrs. Number Seven, who was glaring from behind her net curtains.”
  • In OotP, during Harry’s trial, Dumbledore states “…clause seven of the Decree [for the Reasonable Restriction of Underage Sorcery] states that magic may be used before Muggles in exceptional circumstances…”
  • Also in OotP, the boggart in the desk changes seven times to reflect Mrs. Weasley’s worst fears: dead Ron, Bill, Mr. Weasley, Fred and George, Percy, and Harry.
  • The Room of Requirement which is used for DA meetings is on the 7th floor.
  • Lily began dating with James in their 7th year at Hogwarts.
  • The prophecy is in row 97 in the Department of Mysteries.
  • In OotP, when Harry fell down the stairs into the room with the veil, seven people came to his aid; Neville, Sirius, Lupin, Moody, Tonks, Kingsley, and Dumbledore.
  • Also in OotP, Harry and his group visit 7 rooms in the Department of Mysteries: the circular black room with the blue candles and many doors, the time room, the space room, the room with the veil, the Hall of Prophecy, the locked room, and the room with the brains.
  • In PoA, when Snape is filling in for Professor Lupin, he instructs the class to turn to page 394. 3 + 9 + 4 = 16: 1+6 = 7. (also see “The Number 12” regarding this number)
  • There are 7 Animagi registered with the Improper Use of Magic Office HBP came out on July 16, 2005 … the month, date and year each add to 7!
  • In HBP, The Ministry of Magic sends out a purple leaflet with seven ways to protect the home and family against dark forces.
  • Harry and Ron both receive 7 OWLs. In HPB, Harry took up his position by his bedroom window, where he had been watching for Dumbledore since seven o’clock.
  • Blaise Zabini’s mother is a famously beautiful witch who had been married (and widowed) seven times.
  • Harry takes the Half-Blood Prince’s advice in his book to brew his Draught of Living Death and “…add a clockwise stir after every seventh counterclockwise stir.”
  • Slughorn took the Felix Felicis potion for the second time in his life when he was fifty-seven.
  • While on his way to Dumbledore’s office, Harry hides as Professor Trelawney passes by, shuffling dirty-looking playing cards. The second one she reads is the seven of spades – an ill omen.horcruxes
  • Dumbledore’s office is on the seventh floor of Hogwarts.
  • Quidditch practice is held at seven o’clock in the evening.
  • Six or seven Inferi crumpled when Harry hit them with the Petrificus Totalus spell.
  • Voldemort thinks 7 is the most powerfully magical number; therefore, Dumbledore believes that he divided his soul by 7: six Horcruxes and himself.

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References to the Number 12
“Harry Potter and the Philosopher‘s/Sorcerer‘s Stone”
  • Dumbledore uses his Put-Outer to extinguish the 12 street lamps on Privet Drive.
  • dumbledore-psssDumbledore's watch has 12 hands.
  • The milkman delivers two dozen letter-filled eggs to the Dursleys.
  • On Friday, 12 letters arrive for Harry.
  • Hagrid is described as being at least twice the height of a normal man.
  • If a normal man is around 6 feet tall, that would make Hagrid approximately 12 feet tall.
  • Platform 9 3/4 – 9 is 3/4 of 12 Hogwarts school song has 12 lines.
  • The troll Quirrell let in on Halloween was 12 feet tall. During the flying lesson, Neville originally rises to 12 feet.
  • The Wizards Duel with Draco was supposed to happen at midnight.
  • At the first Quidditch match, Neville tells Draco he's worth 12 of him.
  • There are 12 Christmas trees in the Great Hall.
  • Dumbledore is famous for discovering the 12 uses of Dragon's blood.
  • At exactly 12:00 a.m. Harry turns 11, and Hagrid bangs on the door.
  • Shortly before the trio leaves to go through the trapdoor, Hermione says that she won't get kicked out because she got 112 percent on Flitwick's exam.
  • Harry hears Quirrell sobbing and giving in to someone in a classroom. After Quirrell leaves the room, Harry says he would bet 12 Sorcerer's Stones that the other person in the room was Snape.
  • Gryffindor was "in fourth place, with three hundred and twelve points."
  • JKR said in an online chat that her favorite chapter out of all the books was Chapter 12, Book 1 (The Mirror of Erised).
"Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets"
  • Harry turns 12 years old.
  • After Dobby drops the pudding on the kitchen floor, Harry receives an owl from the Ministry saying that a Hover Charm was used at 12 minutes past nine.
  • Ron tells Harry that he wrote to him about twelve times over the summer to come and stay with him at the Burrow.
  • When Draco is complaining about Harry, Lucius cuts him off and says he's heard this a dozen times already.
  • There are 12 school governors that sign an Order of Suspension for Dumbledore.
  • Lockhart says there are 12 dwarf cupids roaming around the school delivering Valentines.
  • Lockhart tells Harry, '... when I was twelve, I was just as much of a nobody as you are now.'
  • Lockhart says that in Chapter 12 of his book, Wandering with Werewolves, he divulges that his ideal birthday gift is to have peace among all creatures.
  • We learn that Bill and Percy both got 12 OWLs.
  • Tom Riddle tells Harry that his mother bought him twelve years of borrowed time.
"Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban"
  • Aunt Marge has 12 bulldogs.
  • Sirius escaped from Azkaban after being imprisoned for 12 years.
  • To get his mind off of Aunt Marge's insults, Harry tries to remember page 12 of his book: "A Charm to Cure Reluctant Reverses."
  • There were no seats, but half a dozen brass bedsteads on the bottom deck of the Knight Bus.
  • Harry's Nimbus 2000 was smashed into a dozen pieces.
  • Fudge says Black murdered 12 Muggles and 1 wizard with a single curse.
  • We should note here that Pettigrew actually DID murder 12 Muggles in total. Thanks to Joel for pointing that out!
  • At The Leaky Cauldron, Ron and Percy stay in room #12.
  • Hermione's bag split as it was crammed with at least a dozen large and heavy books. Buckbeak's wingspan is said to be 12 meters long.
  • Snape, substituting for Lupin's Dark Arts class, tells the students to turn to page 394 – if we play with those numbers, we get: 3 + 9 = 12, 3 x 4 = 12, 9 is 3/4 of 12. (Also see "References to the Number 7" regarding this number.)
  • Ron tells everyone when he woke, Sirius was standing over him with a 12-inch knife.
  • At the Christmas feast, Trelawney counts 12 people at the table and refuses to sit down because she would be thirteen.
  • McGonagall isn't happy when Harry asks about the status of his broom for the 12th time.
  • Sirius tells Lupin to hurry up with the explanation since he's been waiting 12 years to get back at Pettigrew.
  • Trelawney's prophecy states "The Dark Lord lies alone and friendless, abandoned by his followers. His servant has been chained these twelve years."
"Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire"
  • Frank Bryce estimates Nagini to be 12 feet long.
  • While Percy is lamenting about Rita Skeeter's complaints that they should be stamping out vampires instead of quibbling about cauldron thickness, he says: "As if it wasn't specifically stated in chapter 12 of the Guidelines for the Treatment of Non-Wizard Part-Humans–"
  • "By 12 o'clock the next day, Harry's school trunk was packed with his school things and all his most prized possessions."
  • The Basilisk fang from Harry's second year is described as being 12 inches long.
  • At the Quidditch World Cup, the Bulgarians insisted on having 12 more seats in the Top Box.
  • Crouch's grandfather used to have a magic carpet that could seat 12.
  • The letter Harry sends Sirius after the first task is so heavy that when Harry tosses Pigwidgeon out the window with it, he plummets 12 feet before recovering.
  • The Weasley's grandfather clock shows where each family member might be (such as "work," "traveling," etc.). In the position where the number twelve would be, it states "mortal peril."
  • As Harry is about to enter the common room after being picked as School Champion, a dozen hands pull him inside.
  • In the Great Hall at the Yule Ball, instead of the usual four house tables there are about a hundred smaller tables, each seating about a dozen people.
  • "Harry thought of Sirius, and the tight, tense knot in his chest seemed to ease slightly. He would be speaking to him in just over 12 hours."
  • Hagrid tells Harry to meet him at midnight, and to bring that cloak with him.
  • Sirius tells Harry he would need half a dozen wizards at a time to overcome a dragon.
  • Harry, Ron and Hermione bring Sirius a dozen pieces of chicken.
  • While Harry and Ron are making up false predictions for Divination, one of their prediction is that Harry will be stabbed in the back by someone he thought was a friend because Venus is in the 12th house.
  • We learn that Dumbledore has been Hagrid's guardian since he was 12 years old when his dad died.
  • Mundungus Fletcher put in a claim for a 12-bedroom tent with en-suite Jacuzzi.
  • Cedric's wand is 12 inches long.
  • Professor Binns drones on about the Goblin Rebellions of 1612.
  • 12 Durmstrang students arrive for the Triwizard Tournament.
  • During the final task, the spider drops Harry 12 feet.
  • Before Harry leaves to get Dumbledore, Crouch tells him that his son Crouch Jr. got 12 OWLs.
"Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix"
  • On the American cover there are 12 candles in the foreground.
  • Grimmauld PlaceThe headquarters of the Order of the Phoenix is located at 12 Grimmauld Place.
  • Harry had barely run a dozen steps when he reached Dudley and the dementor.
  • Harry thinks it's "galling" to be told not to be rash by someone who had spent 12 years in Azkaban.
  • Harry's disciplinary hearing with the Ministry is on the 12th of August.
  • Sirius explains to Harry that Voldemort is not going to go up against the Ministry with a dozen Death Eaters.
  • While Bill is asking Harry if he's alright, he's gathering up 12 scrolls at once.
  • Roughly half a dozen of the Wizengamot vote in favor of conviction.
  • In the OotP, Luna Lovegood is looking at page 57 in the Quibbler; add 5 + 7 to get 12
  • One of Snape's homework assignments is 12 inches of parchment on the properties of moonstone and its uses in potion-making.
  • When Hermione is talking to Harry and Ron in the Great Hall, she glances around and sees a half a dozen empty seats around them.
  • During Harry's detention with Umbridge, he glances out the window to the Quidditch Pitch and sees half a dozen black figures.
  • At midnight, Harry is in the common room when he starts drifting off and almost gets to the door before he's awakened by Dobby.
  • Harry sees Dobby picking up a half a dozen hats that Hermione left.
  • Before Harry first enters Dumbledore's office after seeing the snake bite Mr. Weasley, Harry thinks it sounds like Dumbledore is entertaining at least a dozen people.
  • When the Weasley kids are at Grimmauld Place worrying about their dad, Sirius summons a half a dozen Butterbeers.
  • "He was exhausted, he was confused beyond measure, he had experienced terror, relief, and then terror again in the last 12 hours, and still Dumbledore did not want to talk to him."
  • Kingsley asks Mr. Weasley for as much information as possible on flying Muggle vehicle sightings in the past 12 months.
  • When they meet Lockhart in St. Mungo's, he says: "Well, how about those autographs then? Shall we make it a round dozen?"
  • Harry is grumpy about having to go back to Hogwarts and place himself under the tyranny of Dolores Umbridge, who had no doubt managed to force through another dozen decrees in their absence.
  • Harry makes a mental note how much more difficult it is to extend his arm 12 inches and touch Cho's hand than to snatch a speeding Snitch from midair.
  • Hermione tells Harry to meet her at 12 o'clock in The Three Broomsticks during Harry's date with Cho.
  • After the article in The Quibbler is published, Trelawney breaks out in tears during one of her classes and exclaims that Harry would not suffer an early death after all, but would live to a ripe old age, become Minister of Magic, and have 12 children.
  • When James disarms Snape, his wand flies 12 feet in the air.
  • Harry says he wasn't the sole witness to Voldemort's rebirth, and that there were a dozen-odd Death Eaters there too.
  • There are a dozen doors in the circular room in the Department of Mysteries.
  • When the trio are spread out in the shade of the beech tree near the lake, Ron talks them through his first save of the match for what felt like the dozenth time.
  • In the Care of Magical Creatures OWL, the fifth-years have to correctly identify a knarl hidden among a dozen hedgehogs.
  • Ron reminds Harry that Hermione got 112% on her Charms exam last year.
  • Ravenclaw sixth-year Eddie Carmichael offers Ron and Harry a whole pint of Baruffio's Brain Elixir for 12 galleons.
  • Harry pulls Ron's arm over his shoulder, just as he had done with Dudley months ago, and thinks they have a 1-in-12 chance of getting it right this time.
  • There are a dozen death eaters in the Department of Mysteries.
  • After Fudge sees Voldemort Disapparate in the Ministry Atrium, Dumbledore tells him it's time he listened to sense, and he's been chasing the wrong man for 12 months.
  • Dumbledore pulls out his watch with 12 hands and tells Fudge he may have a half-an-hour of his time.
  • Fred and George's joke shop is at 93 Diagon Alley. 9 + 3 is 12.
"Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince"
  • As Harry waited for Dumbledore, the minute hand on the alarm clock reached the number twelve and the street-lamp outside went dark.
  • The bottle of Felix Felicis that Slughorn gives Harry is enough for twelve hours of good luck.
  • Ginny shouted at Ron that he had about as much experience with snogging as a twelve-year-old.
  • Hagrid delivered the usual twelve Christmas trees to the Great Hall.
  • Apparition lessons consist of a twelve-week course. Cost: 12 Galleons.
  • Harry wishes he hadn't used the Sectumsempra spell on Malfoy ... "and not just because I've got about a dozen detentions."
  • Snape assigns Harry's detention as clearing out old files beginning with box "one thousand and twelve."
  • Harry's stomach started rumbling during his detention at half past twelve.
  • Dumbledore drinks twelve goblets of green potion to empty the basin in the cave.
  • A dozen giant winged palominos pulled the powder-blue carriage of Beauxbatons to the funeral.
  • Al-bus Per-civ-al Wulf-ric Bri-an Dum-ble-dore. 12 syllables.
  • So far, we know of 12-course options offered at Hogwarts: Ancient Runes, Arithmancy, Astronomy, Care of Magical Creatures, Charms, Defense Against the Dark Arts, Divination, Herbology, History of Magic, Muggle Studies, Potions, Transfiguration. (There is a 13th if you include Flying lessons for first years.)

Note: In HBP, Hermione receives 11 OWLs AFTER dropping Divination and Muggle Studies, so that would indicate a total of 13 courses. It's either a mistake (gasp!) or there's another course we haven't heard of yet. Thanks to Rory!

Contributing to this section: Ashley, Kelly, Lindsay, Whitney, Joel, Jordon, Ruepert, Corry, Samuel, Kyle, Shaharazad, Becky, Matt, Elizabeth, Erich, Nick.

Sock References
“Harry Potter and the Philosopher‘s/Sorcerer‘s Stone”
  • We learn that, in the past, the Dursleys have given Harry an old pair of Uncle Vernon's socks for his birthday.
  • The very first time we meet Harry he is in his cupboard looking for socks.
  • Dumbledore tells Harry that in the Mirror of Erised he sees himself holding a pair of thick, woolen socks.
“Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”
  • At The Burrow, Mrs. Weasley is "fussing over the state of his socks."
  • dobbyAnd also at The Burrow: "Mrs. Weasley dashed about in a bad mood looking for spare socks."
  • When Dobby explains to Harry that, for a house-elf, clothes mean freedom, he says: "The family is careful not to pass Dobby even a sock, sir."
  • Harry tricks Lucius into giving Dobby Harry's sock.
“Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”
  • Harry uses Uncle Vernon's old socks to cover his Sneakoscope: "I never wear those socks if I can help it."
  • One of the worst birthday presents Harry ever got was that pair of Uncle Vernon's old socks.
  • Ron unwraps a pair of maroon socks for Christmas, but drops them to check out Harry's new Firebolt.
  • The Fat Lady is found hiding in a portrait of Argyllshire, a place famous for socks.
“Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”
  • At The Burrow, Mrs. Weasley washes Harry's socks.
  • On Christmas morning, Harry gives Uncle Vernon's "foul," "mustard-yellow," and "extra knobbly" socks to Dobby.
  • Ron gives Dobby an unwanted violet pair he got from his mum. Dobby is ecstatic. Ron (looking embarrassed) says: "They're only socks..."
  • Dobby gives Harry a pair of socks; one red, with broomsticks, the other green with Snitches, that he knitted himself.
  • At the Yule Ball, Moody tells Harry ... "Nice socks, Potter."
  • Harry resolves to buy Dobby "a pair of socks for every day of the year."
  • On the morning of the first task, Harry dressed so inattentively that it was a while before he realized that rather than trying to pull on a sock, he was trying to pull a hat onto his foot.
  • While Hermione is arguing with Hagrid about S.P.E.W., Hagrid is putting on socks.
  • Harry and Ron have fun in Hogsmeade picking out strange-looking socks for Dobby, including "a pair patterned with flashing gold and silver stars and another that screamed loudly when they became too smelly."
“Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”
  • Tonks talks about her mum's knack of getting socks to fold themselves ... "It's a kind of flick-" She flicked her wand hopefully. One of Harry's socks gave a feeble sort of wiggle and flopped back on top of the mess in the trunk.
  • hogwarts-house-socksMundungus's pipe had a lingering acrid smell of burning socks.
  • "Match his what?" said Mrs. Weasley absently, rolling up a pair of maroon socks and placing them on Ron's pile.
  • When Fred and George offer to attach Ron's prefect badge to his forehead with a Permanent Sticking Charm, Ron wraps it tenderly in his maroon socks and locks it in his trunk.
  • Seamus dressed at top speed next morning and left the dormitory before Harry had even put on his socks.
  • When Harry looks in the Pensieve at Snape's memories, he sees a group of laughing girls (including Lily Evans) sitting with their shoes and socks off, cooling their feet in the water.
“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”
  • Harry kept his Felix Felicis potion in a pair of rolled-up socks in his trunk (under which he also found his Marauder's Map).
  • The Weasley twins get Mrs. Weasley flowers, saying they appreciate her more now that they have to "wash their own socks."
Unusual Events that Happen on Halloween
  • Harry’s birthday is July 31st; theoretically, Harry could have been conceived on Halloween.
  • Harry’s parents were murdered by Voldemort. Quirrell lets in the Mountain Troll.
  • Nearly Headless Nick was murdered on Halloween in 1492 (of which he marked the 500th anniversary with his ‘Deathday Party’ in CoS).
  • Harry finds a petrified Mrs. Norris.
  • Harry is disappointed that he can’t go to Hogsmeade, and Sirius Black slashes the Fat Lady’s portrait.
  • The Goblet of Fire spits out Harry’s name, which will eventually be the cause of Cedric’s death.
  • Sibyll Trelawney made the prophecy about Harry and Lord Voldemort to Dumbledore on Halloween.
Chapter 13
In each Harry Potter book, the “bad guy” seems to make their appearance in Chapter 13!

“Harry Potter and the Philosopher's/Sorcerer's Stone”

Professor Snape threatens Professor Quirrell, who we think is a decent man for resisting Snape. We soon discover that Professor Quirrell has joined with Lord Voldemort.

“Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”

We learn about T.M. Riddle, which stands for Tom Marvolo Riddle, and is an anagram for I Am Lord Voldemort. We thought at first that Tom was a good person because he led us to believe that he had captured Hagrid with the creature from the Chamber of Secrets.

“Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”
Wormtail, or Peter Pettigrew, fakes his death by hiding, making everyone believe that he had been eaten by Hermione's cat, Crookshanks. Of course, he's a rat, so how could we have thought there could possibly be anything wrong with him?
“Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”

'Mad Eye' Moody, or at least, who we think is 'Mad Eye' Moody, makes his appearance, and turns Draco Malfoy into a white ferret, leading everyone to believe that he's a cool guy. A little Veritaserum, and short supply of Polyjuice Potion help reveal the truth!

“Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”

Harry has detention with Dolores Jane Umbridge, and at no point during the book could anyone have thought that she was even remotely close to being a nice, caring, or loving person.

“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”

Harry and Professor Dumbledore go into the Pensieve and see the first meeting of Professor Dumbledore and Tom Riddle (who is already showing his 'Dark Lord' tendencies) at the orphanage.

[_/su_spoiler] Contributing to this section: Adam.
References to the Color Purple
“Harry Potter and the Philosopher's/Sorcerer's Stone”
  • At five o'clock, when Vernon leaves work, he bumps into a man wearing violet (shade of purple) robes.
  • Quirrell's turban is purple.quirinus-quirrell
  • Hagrid swishes his umbrella down and with a flash of violet light, Dudley sprouts a curly pig's tail
  • In Ollivander's window, a single wand sits on a faded, purple pillow.
  • Dumbledore wears a purple cloak.
  • There's a girl in Harry's class named Lavender Brown. Lavender is a shade of purple.
  • Harry sees enormous purple toads in the Magical Menagerie.
  • Dedalus Diggle's robes are purple.
  • Harry's letter from Hogwarts is sealed with purple wax.
  • During the train ride to Hogwarts, the sky is described as being "dark purple."
  • The fire engulfing Harry and Hermione in the room with the potions is purple.
  • At the end of Chapter 2, Harry recalls "a tiny man in a violet hat bowing to him once while out shopping."
  • Harry recalls "that a bald man in a very long, purple coat had actually shaken his hand in the street..." Thanks to Steph.
“Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”
  • At Flourish and Blotts, Lockhart's photographer's camera emits purple smoke every time a picture is taken.
  • At one point, Ron's broken wand emits purple bubbles.
  • Lockhart's favorite color is lilac, a light shade of purple.
  • Fudge is wearing purple boots.
  • Lockhart wears plum-colored robes to the Dueling Club.
  • "London was soon far behind, replaced by neat green fields that gave way in turn to wide, purplish moors."
  • When Filch gets sick his nose turns "unusually" purple.
  • Young Mandrakes are tufty little purplish green plants.
  • Neville buys a pointed purple crystal, among other things, to protect him from the heir of Slytherin.
  • When McGonagall comes out onto the Quidditch field to announce that the game has been cancelled, she comes out with an enormous purple megaphone.
  • Filch's Kwikspell letter is purple.
“Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”
  • The sleeping bags the students slept in are purple.
  • The Knight Bus is purple.
  • Stan Shunpike is wearing a purple uniform.
  • Lee Jordan uses a large, purple megaphone to commentate the game.
  •  As Harry, Ron, and Hermione leave Hagrid's hut, the sun was setting and the sky "turned to a clear, purple-tinged grey."
“Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”
  • The letter Mrs. Weasley sent to The Dursleys was purple.
  • After eating the Ton Tongue Toffee, Dudley's tongue swells and turns purple.
  • Ron gives Dobby a pair of violet socks Mrs. Weasley had made for him.
  • The bag that holds the miniature models of the dragons is purple.
  • The programs at the Quidditch World Cup are purple.
  • A lady in a portrait who hangs out with the Fat Lady is called Violet.
  • Mr. Roberts is described as having deep purple shadows under his eyes.
  • A group of haggard-looking Ministry wizards rushed past Ludo and the Weasleys, pointing at the distant evidence of some sort of magical fire that was sending violet sparks in the air.
  • At the camp site, wizards in white long robes sat together roasting a rabbit over a blazing purple fire.
  • When Harry looked at the ceiling that was enchanted to look like the sky outside, he noticed that it was very stormy looking, and the clouds were black and purple.
  • The words the Omnioculars' commentary system uses are purple. The stairs are covered in a rich purple at the Quidditch World Cup stadium.
  • The chairs in the Top Box of the Quidditch World Cup stadium are purple.
  • Rita Skeeter wore a furry, purple-colored shirt.
  • Rita Skeeter's photographer's camera emits purple smoke with every flash.
  • Ron went purple when Fleur Delacour came to the Gryffindor table to borrow the bouillabaisse.
  • The liquid that Madam Pomfrey pours on to Harry's cut after he faces the Horntail is purple. Cornelius Fudge is wearing a purple hat.
  • Ludo Bagman wore a purple robe with yellow stars.
  • One of the taps in the prefect bathroom gushes out purple bubbles.
  • The Sleeping Potion Harry took after his encounter with Voldemort was purple.
“Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”
  • After Harry heard the loud crack while outside the Dursleys', two large purple hands reached through the open window and closed tightly around his throat.
  • And then Aunt Petunia’s thin, horsey face appeared beside Uncle Vernon’s wide, purple one.
  • Harry stepped into the shadow of a large lilac tree and waited for Dudley.
  • Several more references to a purple Uncle Vernon: purple-faced, shouting, his fist still raised; the vein in his purple temple was throbbing worse than ever; Uncle Vernon seemed to be swelling, his great purple face stretching before Harry’s eyes; ...his massive purple face coming close to Harry’s ...
  • Tonks was described as having short spiky hair that was a violent shade of violet.nymphadora-tonks
  • Dedalus Diggle dropped his violet-colored top hat.
  • Mundungus rescued Ron from an ancient set of purple robes that had tried to strangle him.
  • Fred and George invent 'puking pastilles' to sell to students – the orange half makes a student throw up to get out of class; the purple half restores them to good health after leaving the class.
  • Mrs. Weasley wore a quilted purple dressing gown the morning of Harry's hearing.
  • In the Ministry of Magic, Harry noticed several pale violet paper aeroplanes in the lift.
  • Fudge turns a shade of magenta 'of which Uncle Vernon would have been proud.'
  • Fudge also turns a slightly deeper shade of puce (which is a dark brownish shade of purple for those of you reaching for a dictionary).
  • Mrs. Weasley places a pair of maroon socks on Ron's pile of clothes.
  • Tonks wore a purple hat shaped like a pork pie while accompanying Harry to the Hogwarts Express.
  • At the staff table, Dumbledore wore deep-purple robes scattered with silvery stars and a matching hat.
  • Filch came wheezing into the room.
  • There were purple patches on his sunken, veined cheeks.
  • Dumbledore was wearing a magnificently embroidered purple and gold dressing gown over a snowy white nightshirt when Harry came to tell him about the snake biting Mr. Weasley.
  • Gilderoy Lockhart was wearing a long lilac dressing gown in St. Mungo's.
  • A dull purple flush was creeping up Neville's plump face when he unexpectedly met Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Ginny in St. Mungo's.
  • Again we meet the purple Knight Bus and Stan Shunpike in his purple uniform.
  • Dolores Umbridge's face turned an ugly, patchy violet when she read Harry's interview in The Quibbler.
  • Marietta Edgecombe's face was horribly disfigured by close-set purple pustules that spelled out ‘SNEAK’.
  • One of the Fred and George's fireworks was a large, smoking, purple bat.
  • Neville was turning steadily more purple while Crabbe overzealously restrained him in Umbridge's office.
  • Neville had a large purple lump swelling above his right eye after escaping Umbridge's office.
  • The sky was turned a light, dusky purple littered with tiny silver stars.
  • A Death Eater struck Hermione with a streak of what looked like purple flame.
  • Tonks was wearing a bright purple T-shirt bearing the legend, "The Weird Sisters."
  • And once again, Uncle Vernon turned a deeper shade of puce, this time while glaring at Mr. Weasley.
“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”
  • The Ministry of Magic posts and distributes purple posters and leaflets with security advice and photographs of Death Eaters.
  • Vernon Dursley is wearing a puce dressing gown when he opens the door to Dumbledore.
  • Horace Slughorn first appears wearing lilac silk pajamas.
  • Hermione ends up with a brilliantly purple black eye after an encounter with Fred and George's telescope.
  • Fred and George's shop has a gigantic purple poster in one window with flashing yellow letters about 'U-NO-POO.'
  • Ginny's new pygmy puff, Arnold, is purple.
  • Dumbledore wears a 'flamboyantly cut suit of plum velvet' in his Pensieve memory of going to see Tom Riddle at the orphanage.
  • A third-year girl delivers two scrolls of parchment tied with violet ribbon to Harry and Neville.
  • Harry's Draught of Living Death turns the exact shade of lilac described by the textbook.
  • Hermione's Draught of Living Death is a deep shade of purple.
  • A great bang and a puff of purple smoke cleared to show that the Heads of House were able to reunite Susan Bones with her splinched leg.
  • Mundungus was slowly turning purple after Harry pinned him against a wall by the throat for stealing Black family items.
  • Ernie MacMillan invented his own potion, which had curdled and formed a purple dumpling at the bottom of his cauldron.
  • The merpeople have purplish hair.
  • What appears to be Dumbledore is wrapped in purple velvet with golden stars.
Other Purple References
  • Many times throughout the books, characters (especially Vernon, Petunia, and Ron) are described as being purple in the face over something.
  • JKR showed up to the movie premiere in a purple dress.
  • The Hebridean Black Dragon's eyes are purple.
  • The Graphorn has purple horns.
  • Pride of Portree, a professional Quidditch team, has purple robes.
Nose References

We don’t know whether JKR is hinting at something with all these nose references, or if she just likes noses! Supposedly, in ancient Rome, it was considered a sign of leadership to be born with a crooked nose. Could that mean anything? Big thanks to RoCkYz21 for compiling most of this list!

Dumbledore's Nose
  • His blue eyes were light, bright, and sparkling behind half-moon spectacles and his nose was very long and crooked, as though it had been broken at least twice.This man's name was Albus Dumbledore.
  • Harry unwrapped his Chocolate Frog and picked up the card. It showed a man's face. He wore half-moon glasses, had a long, crooked nose, and flowing silver hair, beard, and mustache. Underneath the picture was the name Albus Dumbledore.
  • Harry's whole body went numb. Dumbledore was looking unusually grave. He stared down his very crooked nose at them, and Harry suddenly found himself wishing he and Ron were still being beaten up by the Whomping Willow.
  • The tip of Dumbledore's long, crooked nose was barely an inch from Mrs. Norris's fur. He was looking at her closely through his half-moon spectacles, his long fingers gently prodding and poking.
  • Dumbledore took the diary from Harry and peered keenly down his long, crooked nose at its burnt and soggy pages.
  • Professor Dumbledore, though very old, always gave an impression of great energy. He had several feet of long silver hair and beard, half-moon spectacles, and an extremely crooked nose.
  • He amused himself for a moment, picturing Dumbledore, with his long silver beard, full-length wizard's robes, and pointed hat, stretched out on a beach somewhere, rubbing suntan lotion onto his long crooked nose.
  • Dumbledore made a small noise of dissent through his long, crooked nose.
  • His long silver beard and hair gleamed in the torchlight as he drew level with Harry and looked up at Fudge through the half-moon spectacles that rested halfway down his very crooked nose.
  • [Harry] put [his glasses] on and raised his head a little to find Dumbledore's crooked nose inches from his own.
  • Half-moon spectacles were perched on his crooked nose, and he was wearing a long black traveling cloak and a pointed hat.
  • "It is a long time since my last visit," said Dumbledore, peering down his crooked nose at Uncle Vernon. "I must say, your agapanthus are flourishing."
  • Harry stared into the whitened face he knew so well, at the crooked nose and half-moon spectacles, and did not know what to do.
  • Harry reached out, straightened the half-moon spectacles upon the crooked nose, and wiped a trickle of blood from the mouth with his own sleeve.
  • Dumbledore was slumbering in a golden frame over the desk, his half-moon spectacles perched upon his crooked nose, looking peaceful and untroubled.
  • "And then, the boy would return to Hogwarts, where he is under the crooked nose of that Muggle-loving fool from morning until night. So how could I take him?"
Snape's Nose
  • Professor Quirrell, in his absurd turban, was talking to a teacher with greasy black hair, a hooked nose, and sallow skin.
  • Hook-nosed and menacing, Professor Snape stepped out, his eyes flashing at Neville.
  • "Mr. Moony presents his compliments to Professor Snape, and begs him to keep his abnormally large nose out of other peoples' business."severus-snape-portrait
  • Harry spun around. There, his black robes rippling in a cold breeze, stood Severus Snape. He was a thin man with sallow skin, a hooked nose, and greasy, shoulder-length black hair, and at this moment, he was smiling in a way that told Harry he and Ron were in very deep trouble.
  • Snape approached their table, stared down his hooked nose at the roots, then gave Ron an unpleasant smile from beneath his long, greasy black hair.
  • On Professor Sinistra's other side was the sallow-faced, hook-nosed, greasy-haired Potions master, Snape – Harry's least favorite person at Hogwarts.
  • Harry's loathing of Snape was matched only by Snape's hatred of him, a hatred which had, if possible, intensified last year, when Harry had helped Sirius escape right under Snape's overlarge nose – Snape and Sirius had been enemies since their own school days.
  • "Please, sir, I'm supposed to take Harry Potter upstairs." Snape stared down his hooked nose at Colin, whose smile faded from his eager face.
  • In the very center of the group Harry saw the dark, greasy-haired head and prominent nose of his least favorite teacher at Hogwarts, Professor Snape.
  • The surface of Hermione's potion, however, was a shimmering mist of silver vapor, and as Snape swept by he looked down his hooked nose at it without comment ...
  • It was not until the glowing yellow light was ten feet away from them, and had pulled off his Invisibility Cloak so that he could be seen, that he recognized, with a rush of pure loathing, the uplit hooked nose and long, black, greasy hair of Severus Snape.
  • Trapped, with Slughorn's arm around his shoulders, Snape looked down his hooked nose at Harry, his black eyes narrowed. "Funny, I never had the impression that I managed to teach Potter anything at all."
McGonagall's Nose
  • "Fifty points each," said Professor McGonagall, breathing heavily through her long, pointed nose.
  • Professor McGonagall came hurrying into the dormitory in her tartan dressing gown, her glasses perched lopsidedly on the bridge of her bony nose.
  • Professor McGonagall gave a tiny sigh; Harry saw the nostrils of her sharp nose flare.
Madam Pince's Nose
  • They waited, and a moment later the vulturelike countenance of Madam Pince appeared around the corner, her sunken cheeks, her skin like parchment, and her long hooked nose illuminated unflatteringly by the lamp she was carrying.
Mad-Eye Moody's Nose
  • [His face] looked as though it had been carved out of weathered wood by someone who had only the vaguest idea of what human faces are supposed to look like, and was none too skilled with a chisel. Every inch of skin seemed to be scarred.The mouth looked like a diagonal gash, and a large chunk of the nose was missing.
  • Mad-Eye Moody was sniffing at a chicken-leg with what remained of his nose ...
Tonks' Nose
  • Opposite Harry, Tonks was entertaining Hermione and Ginny by transforming her nose between mouthfuls. Screwing up her eyes each time with the same pained expression she had worn back in Harry's bedroom, her nose swelled to a beak-like protuberance that resembled Snape's, shrank to the size of a button mushroom and then sprouted a great deal of hair from each nostril. Apparently, this was a regular mealtime entertainment because Hermione and Ginny were soon requesting their favorite noses.
  • I mean, Tonks is okay-looking when she isn't doing stupid things to her hair and her nose, but..."
Peter Pettigrew's Nose
  • His skin looked grubby, almost like Scabbers's fur, and something of the rat lingered around his pointed nose and his very small, watery eyes.
  • The man crept, hunchbacked, down the last few steps and moved into the room. He had small, watery eyes, a pointed nose, and wore an unpleasant simper.
Dobby's Nose
  • The creature slipped off the bed and bowed so low that the end of its long, thin nose touched the carpet. Harry noticed that it was wearing what looked like an old pillowcase, with rips for arm-and-leg holes.
  • The house-elf's goggling tennis ball eyes were peering at Harry through the darkness. A single tear was running down his long, pointed nose.
  • He sank into a deep bow so that his pencil-like nose brushed the threadbare surface of the hearthrug and Hedwig gave an indignant hoot and fluttered on to the arm of Harry's chair.
Winky's Nose
  • The tiny creature looked up and stretched its fingers, revealing enormous brown eyes and a nose the exact size and shape of a large tomato. It wasn't Dobby – it was, however, unmistakably a house-elf, as Harry's friend Dobby had been. Harry had set Dobby free from his old owners, the Malfoy family.
Kreacher and Grimmauld Place House-Elves' Noses




  • Pressing her finger to her lips, she led him on tiptoe past a pair of long, moth-eaten curtains, behind which Harry supposed there must be another door, and after skirting a large umbrella stand that looked as though it had been made from a severed troll's leg they started up the dark staircase, passing a row of shrunken heads mounted on plaques on the wall. A closer look showed Harry that the heads belonged to house-elves. All of them had the same rather snout-like nose.
  • [Kreacher's]eyes were a bloodshot and watery grey and its fleshy nose was large and rather snoutlike.
  • At the sight of Sirius, Kreacher flung himself into a ridiculously low bow that flattened his snoutlike nose on the floor.
  • The gloomy house seemed warmer and more welcoming all of a sudden; even Kreacher looked less ugly as he poked his snoutlike nose into the kitchen to investigate the source of all the noise.
  • There was a loud crack, and a house-elf appeared, with a snout for a nose, giant bat's ears, and enormous bloodshot eyes, crouching on the Dursleys' shag carpet and covered in grimy rags.
Ron's Nose
  • She pointed at the last and youngest of her sons. He was tall, thin, and gangling, with freckles, big hands and feet, and a long nose.
  • And so he tried to imagine his other best friend, Ron Weasley's, reaction, and in a moment, Ron's red hair and long-nosed, freckled face seemed to swim before Harry, wearing a bemused expression.
  • Ron, he saw, was now holding Hermione and stroking her hair while she sobbed into his shoulder, tears dripping from the end of his own long nose.
Cho Chang's Nose
  • [Harry] could have counted the freckles on [Cho's] nose.
Victor Krum's Nose
  • Viktor Krum was thin, dark, and sallow-skinned, with a large curved nose and thick black eyebrows. He looked like an overgrown bird of prey. It was hard to believe he was only eighteen.
  • Karkaroff beckoned forward one of his students. As the boy passed, Harry caught a glimpse of a prominent curved nose and thick black eyebrows. He didn't need the punch on the arm Ron gave him, or the hiss in his ear, to recognize that profile.
  • Cedric and his parents were just inside the door. Viktor Krum was over in a corner, conversing with his dark-haired mother and father in rapid Bulgarian. He had inherited his father's hooked nose.
Cedric Diggory's Nose
  • Then there was the fact that Cedric looked the part of a champion so much more than he did. Exceptionally handsome, with his straight nose, dark hair, and gray eyes, it was hard to say who was receiving more admiration these days, Cedric or Viktor Krum.
Marietta Edgecombe's Nose
  • Marietta gave a wail and pulled the neck of her robes right up to her eyes, but not before everyone had seen that her face was horribly disfigured by a series of close-set purple pustules that had spread across her nose and cheeks to form the word 'SNEAK'.
Neville's Grandmother's Nose
  • "He's a good boy," she said, casting a sternly appraising look down her rather bony nose at Neville, "but he hasn't got his father's talent, I'm afraid to say."


Watch References
We don’t know whether JKR is hinting at something with all these watch references, or whether she just likes watches! (And she has a wrist watch on her website desktop!) Big thanks to RoCkYz21 for compiling most of this list!
“Harry Potter and the Philosopher's/Sorcerer's Stone”
  • Professor McGonagall pulled out a lace handkerchief and dabbed at her eyes beneath her spectacles. Dumbledore gave a great sniff as he took a golden watch from his pocket and examined it. It was a very odd watch. It had twelve hands but no numbers; instead, little planets were moving around the edge. It must have made sense to Dumbledore, though, because he put it back in his pocket and said, "Hagrid's late. I suppose it was he who told you I'd be here, by the way?"
  • He was ripping the paper off a gold wristwatch when Aunt Petunia came back from the telephone looking both angry and worried.
  • Harry lay in his dark cupboard much later, wishing he had a watch. He didn't know what time it was and he couldn't be sure the Dursleys were asleep yet.
  • The lighted dial of Dudley's watch, which was dangling over the edge of the sofa on his fat wrist, told Harry he'd be eleven in ten minutes' time.
  • Ron looked at his watch and then glared furiously at Hermione and Neville.
  • When Angelina had scored, Harry had done a couple of loop-the-loops to let off his feelings. Now he was back to staring around for the Snitch. Once he caught sight of a flash of gold, but it was just a reflection from one of the Weasleys' wristwatches, and once a Bludger decided to come pelting his way, more like a cannonball than anything, but Harry dodged it and Fred Weasley came chasing after it.
“Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”
  • "Hermione, let me read your composition," said Ron desperately, checking his watch.
  • "We'd better get going," said Harry, loosening the watch that was cutting into Goyle's thick wrist."We've still got to find out where the Slytherin common room is. I only hope we can find someone to follow..."
  • Harry looked at his watch. Five of their precious sixty minutes had already passed.
“Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”
  • Uncle Vernon drained his teacup, glanced at his watch, and added, "I'd better be off in a minute, Petunia. Marge's train gets in at ten."
  • "We can't be there yet," said Hermione, checking her watch.
  • Ron looked at his watch. "If we hurried, we could go down and see him. It's still quite early..."
  • Hermione checked her watch. "We'd better go down, you know, the feast'll be starting in five minutes." They hurried through the portrait hole and into the crowd, still discussing Snape.
  • "She's seeing us all separately," Neville informed them as they went to sit down next to him. He had his copy of Unfogging the Future open on his lap at the pages devoted to crystal gazing. "Have either of you ever seen anything in a crystal ball?" he asked them unhappily.
  • "Nope," said Ron in an offhand voice. He kept checking his watch; Harry knew that he was counting down the time until Buckbeak's appeal started.
  • "Yeah," said Harry, looking at his own watch. It was now two o'clock. "Wish she'd hurry up..."
  • "I am going to lock you in. It is –" he consulted his watch, "five minutes to midnight. Miss Granger, three turns should do it. Good luck."
  • "Right, it's nearly time," said Hermione tensely, looking at her watch. "We've got about forty-five minutes until Dumbledore locks the door to the hospital wing. We've got to rescue Sirius and get back into the ward before anybody realizes we're missing...."
  • "D'you reckon he's up there yet?" said Harry, checking his watch. He looked up at the castle and began counting the windows to the right of the West Tower.
  • Hermione was tugging at his sleeve, staring at her watch. "We've got exactly ten minutes to get back down to the hospital wing without anybody seeing us – before Dumbledore locks the door –"
  • "Oh, he's horrible," whispered Hermione, her ear to the door. "I bet he's all excited because the dementors are going to finish off Sirius...." She checked her watch."Three minutes, Harry!"
  • "I don't want to think about it!" Hermione moaned, checking her watch again. "One minute!"
“Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”
  • Dudley was crammed into an armchair, his porky hands beneath him, clamped firmly around his bottom. Harry couldn't take the tension; he left the room and went and sat on the stairs in the hall, his eyes on his watch and his heart pumping fast from excitement and nerves.
  • "Look at the time," Mrs. Weasley said suddenly, checking her wristwatch.
  • They trudged down the dark, dank lane toward the village, the silence broken only by their footsteps. The sky lightened very slowly as they made their way through the village, its inky blackness diluting to deepest blue. Harry's hands and feet were freezing. Mr. Weasley kept checking his watch.
  • "Must be nearly time," said Mr. Weasley quickly, pulling out his watch again. "Do you know whether we're waiting for anymore, Amos?"
  • "Three..." muttered Mr. Weasley, one eye still on his watch, "two...one..."
  • Harry disentangled himself from Ron and got to his feet. They had arrived on what appeared to be a deserted stretch of misty moor. In front of them was a pair of tired and grumpy-looking wizards, one of whom was holding a large gold watch, the other a thick roll of parchment and a quill. Both were dressed as Muggles, though very inexpertly: The man with the watch wore a tweed suit with thigh-length galoshes; his colleague, a kilt and a poncho.
  • "Nearly six," said Ron, checking his watch and then staring down the drive that led to the front gates. "How d'you reckon they're coming? The train?"
  • So far, however, all they had managed to do was get the badges stuck on POTTER STINKS. Harry crept past them to the portrait hole and waited for a minute or so, keeping an eye on his watch.
  • And still they walked, Harry getting more and more irritated as he jogged along in their wake, checking his watch every now and then.
  • Wand tip alight, he crept along the bookshelves, pulling down more books – books of hexes and charms, books on merpeople and water monsters, books on famous witches and wizards, on magical inventions, on anything at all that might include one passing reference to underwater survival. He carried them over to a table, then set to work, searching them by the narrow beam of his wand, occasionally checking his watch...
  • "Ten minutes?" Harry croaked. "Ten – ten minutes?" He looked down at his watch. Dobby was right. It was twenty past nine. A large, dead weight seemed to fall through Harry's chest into his stomach.
  • Where were the other champions? Would he have time to take Ron to the surface and come back down for Hermione and the others? Would he be able to find them again? He looked down at his watch to see how much time was left – it had stopped working.
  • Harry checked his watch, then remembered it hadn't been working since it had spent over an hour in the lake.
  • One of the nifflers had suddenly leapt up and attempted to bite Pansy Parkinson's watch off her wrist. She shrieked and jumped backward.
  • Harry took off his watch, which he was only wearing out of habit, as it didn't work anymore, and stuffed it into his pocket. Then he picked up a niffler. It put its long snout in Harry's ear and sniffed enthusiastically. It was really quite cuddly.
  • History of Magic had rarely gone so slowly. Harry kept checking Ron's watch, having finally discarded his own, but Ron's was moving so slowly he could have sworn it had stopped working too. All three of them were so tired they could happily have put their heads down on the desks and slept; even Hermione wasn't taking her usual notes, but was sitting with her head on her hand, gazing at Professor Binns with her eyes out of focus.
  • Hermione looked at her watch. "We haven't done any practicing!" she said, looking shocked. "We were going to do the Impediment Curse! We'll have to really get down to it tomorrow! Come on. Harry, you need to get some sleep."
“Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”
  • "He’s excellent," said Lupin, who was checking his watch.
  • "I don’t know, it’s just what Mad-Eye says," said Hermione, distractedly looking at her watch. "Wotcher, Harry," she said, winking. "Better hurry up, hadn’t we, Molly?" she added, checking her watch.
  • "Just a couple of people," Hermione repeated, checking her watch and looking anxiously at the door.
  • A few goals and they would be in the lead as usual, Harry assured himself, bobbing and weaving through the other players in pursuit of something shiny that turned out to be Montague’s watchstrap.
  • "So, anyway," he checked his watch, "phase one is about to begin."
  • "You will tell your Aurors to stop searching for my Care of Magical Creatures teacher so that he can return to work. I will give you…" Dumbledore pulled a watch with twelve hands from his pocket and surveyed it, "half an hour of my time tonight…."
“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”
  • Ron receives a heavy gold watch with odd symbols around the edge and tiny moving stars instead of hands from his parents for his seventeenth birthday.


Flower References in Names
  • Arabella Figg
  • Fleur Delacourfleur-delacour
  • Lavender Brown
  • Lily Potter
  • Madam “Poppy” Pomfrey
  • Magnolia Crescent
  • Moaning Myrtle
  • Narcissa Malfoy
  • Pansy Parkinson
  • Petunia Dursley
  • Privet Drive
  • Remus Lupin
  • Rose Zeller (first year Hufflepuff in OotP)
  • Violet (lady in a portrait who hangs out with the Fat Lady)
  • Wisteria Walk

Hog, Pig, and Boar References
  • Hogwartshogwarts-castle-at-night
  • Hogsmeade
  • Hog’s Head
  • Hog’s Head sign has a severed boar’s head on it.
  • Hagrid’s dog, Fang, is a boarhound.
  • Harry said that Dudley looked like a “pig in a wig.” (SS)
  • Hagrid said this about Dudley after giving him a pig’s tail: “Meant ter turn him into a pig, but I suppose he was so much like a pig anyway there wasn’t much left ter do.” (SS)
  • Dudley’s “piggy little eyes” were fixed on the [television] screen. (PoA)
  • Aunt Marge was like a vast life buoy with piggy eyes. (PoA)
  • Ron’s owl’s name is Pigwidgeon – “Pig” for short. (GoF)
  • Harry asked Dudley if he had been told he looked like a pig that’s been taught to walk on its hind legs. (OotP)
  • “Pig snout” is used as a Gryffindor password.
  • Tonks transformed her nose into a pig snout for Ginny and Hermione. (OotP)
  • There are two towering pillars at the entrance gates of Hogwarts on either side atop which are “two winged boars.” (OotP)

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Foreshadowing Snape’s Love? – In SS, when Harry first meets Snape, Snape asks Harry “What would I get if I added powdered root of asphodel to an infusion of wormwood?” Asphodel is a type of Lily meaning “my regrets follow you to the grave.” Wormwood means “absence” and symbolizes bitter sorrow. Basically, he is saying “I bitterly regret Lily’s death.” (Thanks to Tessa for the tip!)

Sorting Hat Stool – In SS, a four-legged stool is used for the Sorting, but in PoA and GoF, it is a three-legged stool. Oh, and in OotP, it is just a “stool.”

Long Fingers – Voldemort, Dumbledore, Snape, Mr. Ollivander, Sibyll Trelawney, Dobby, and goblins are all frequently described as having long fingers (Voldemort’s are described as “unnaturally” long). Could long fingers be a sign of magical power?

Cat Lovers – Argus Filch and Arabella Figg: they have the same initials, both are Squibs, and both love cats!

Wide-Mouthed Tree Frog – We’ve known ever since Sorcerer’s Stone that Harry was going to be replaced as Seeker! At the beginning of the chapter right after Harry catches the Snitch in his mouth, Draco is making fun of Harry and saying how a “wide-mouthed tree frog is going to replace Harry as Seeker” next. This didn’t exactly come true, but in Order of the Phoenix, Umbridge (the wide-mouthed tree frog, check all the toad references about her) bans him from the team, essentially replacing him with Ginny! Thanks to Leah for this one.

The Marauders – James, Sirius, and Remus, all end in ‘S,’ are loyal members of the Marauders and would never betray the group. Peter, whose name ends in an ‘R,’ betrayed the Marauders by giving away James’ secret and allowing Sirius to be wrongfully sent to Azkaban. And here’s another Marauder thought: Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot and Prongs (a.k.a. Lupin, Pettigrew, Black, and Potter), the best friends who invented the Marauders Map, listed their names in no particular order. But Prongs (James) died first, then Padfoot (Sirius)… Could Wormtail be next?



How Old? – In the “enormous, old” reference book where Flamel is mentioned, it says that he was 665 years old as of “last year.” That means he was the big 666 when the book was published.

Number, Please – In Order of the Phoenix, the phone number to get into the Ministry of Magic is 6-2-4-4-2 (which spells out “MAGIC” on the phone keypad).

“711” – The seemingly random number of Sirius’s vault, 711 (which appears on page 315 in the UK copy of PoA), is also the number of the page on which Sirius falls through the veil in the British version of OotP.

Not So Final – Harry seems to take his finals only every other year: he took them his first year, Dumbledore cancelled finals for the whole school in his second year, he took them his third year, he was exempt from finals as a Triwizard champion in his fourth year, he took OWLs his fifth year, and in his sixth year all examinations are postponed.

Dursley Post – Harry receives a few Christmas packages from the Dursleys while at Hogwarts. How do the Dursleys send Harry the packages? They refuse to have anything to do with magic and they hate owls…maybe through Dumbledore? And since they normally don’t give Harry presents at Privet Drive, do they send the packages (such as they are) because Dumbledore SUGGESTS they do?

Mirror, Mirror – There are instances where mirrors talk. In Chapter 4 of CoS, a mirror at the Burrow says to Harry: “Tuck your shirt in, scruffy!” And in Chapter 4 of PoA (another Chapter 4!), “‘I’m not going to be murdered,’ Harry said aloud. ‘That’s the spirit dear,’ said his MIRROR sleepily.” Bring to mind a certain two-way mirror Sirius gave Harry in OotP? Maybe it will be useful after all…

Red and Green – There are quite a few references to combinations of red and green: Gryffindor-red, Slytherin-green; Ron’s maroon (red) Weasley sweater and Harry’s green one; Dobby’s Christmas gift to Harry, a pair of socks – one red, with broomsticks, the other green with Snitches; in the Forbidden Forest, Harry and Draco are told by Hagrid to send green sparks up in the air if they found the unicorn, red sparks if they are in danger; Voldemort’s eyes are red and Harry’s eyes are green; Lily was a redhead with green eyes; The Irish National Quidditch team wore green robes, Bulgaria wore red; Ron’s dress robes were maroon and Harry’s were ‘bottle green,’ Voldemort’s green Killing Curse and Harry’s red Disarming Spell that collided when they dueled.

Blue Candles – The candles on the walls of Nearly Headless Nick’s Death Day party burn an unusual color – blue! Blue-burning candles are also found on the walls of the large, circular, spinning room in the Department of Mysteries. In SS, Hermione conjures blue fire and scoops it into a jar. The Goblet of Fire burns with a blue-white flame. And speaking of odd colored fire, Harry and Hermione encounter purple and black fire conjured by Snape’s spell to protect the Sorcerer’s Stone.

Knock, Knock – Dumbledore’s office door has a griffin door-knocker…’Griffin-Door’, get it??? Could this have been Godric Gryffindor’s office?

Rats! – Dudley’s friend, Piers Polkiss, shares his initials with Peter Pettigrew. Both are likened to rats. Piers is described as “a scrawny boy with a face like a rat” and Peter, an Animagus with the ability to turn into a rat, also had “something of the rat linger[ing] around his pointed nose and his very small, watery eyes.”

Cat-Dung – In OotP, Mundungus Fletcher is described as having “short bandy legs” and “long, straggly ginger hair” while Crookshanks is described as a “bandy-legged ginger cat.” In PoA, Crookshanks’s fur is described as “long.” JKR has told us Crookshanks is not an Animagus, but it is an interesting detail.

Out of the Mouth of Ron – In CoS, Harry says, “I wouldn’t mind knowing how Riddle got an award for special services to Hogwarts either.” Ron jokingly replies: “Could’ve been anything…maybe he murdered Myrtle; that would’ve done everyone a favor….” He DID murder Myrtle, through the Basilisk.

Serpent Got Your Tongue – The Basilisk comes out of the mouth of the statue of Salazar Slytherin in the Chamber of Secrets, and the Dark Mark is a serpent coming out of the mouth of a skull. Seems to be a Slytherin thing.

Sirius’s Knife – In PoA, Sirius Black slashed the Fat Lady’s portrait with a knife. Later, he stood over Ron “holding a knife.” Could this be the same knife that Sirius gives Harry as a present in OotP?

Alliterations (Doubles) – Several characters and creatures have repeating initials: AA (Archibald Alderton), BB (Bathilda Bagshot, Bellatrix Black, Bertie Botts, Bloody Baron, Broderick Bode), CC (Cho Chang, Chudley Cannons, Colin Creevey), DD (Dudley Dursley, Dedalus Diggle, Dilys Derwent), FF (Fat Friar, Filius Flitwick, Florean Fortescue), GG (Gladys Gudgeon, Godric Gryffindor, Gregory Goyle), HH (Helga Hufflepuff, Holyhead Harpies, Hungarian Horntail), II (Inigo Imago), JJ (Joey Jenkins), LL (Luna Lovegood), MM (Minerva McGonagall, ‘Mad-Eye’ Moody, Marlene McKinnon, Moaning Myrtle, Morag MacDougal), PP (Peter Pettigrew, Piers Polkiss, Pansy Parkinson, Parvati and Padma Patil, Madam ‘Poppy’ Pomfrey), QQ (Quirinus Quirrell), RR (Rowena Ravenclaw), SS (Severus Snape, Salazar Slytherin, Stan Shunpike, Swedish Short-Snout), TT (Ted Tonks, Tilden Toots), VV (Vindictus Viridian), WW (Willy Widdershins) and I think we could throw in Barnabas the Barmy, Emeric the Evil, Elfric the Eager, Peeves the Poltergeist, Wendelin the Weird, Wimbourne Wasps and William (Bill) Weasley. And how about Fawkes the Phoenix? A phonetic double!

Boggarts Don’t Tell – In PoA, Lupin says, “So the Boggart sitting in the darkness within has not yet assumed a form. He does not yet know what will frighten the person on the other side of the door. Nobody knows what a Boggart looks like when he is alone…” Yet in OotP, “Moody’s electric-blue eye swiveled upward and stared fixedly through the ceiling of the kitchen…’Yeah, I see it…Yeah, it’s a Boggart…'” How does Mad-Eye know it’s a Boggart if nobody knows what they look like when they are alone?

Detention with DoloresDolores means “pain” in Spanish.

Bugs – In GOF, Hermione pounds up beetles in Potions class while wondering how Rita Skeeter knew that Viktor Krum had asked her to visit him over the summer. And beetles can be SO annoying.

Yew, Too? – In GOF, Harry and Cedric take a Portkey into the graveyard, where there is a large yew tree near Tom Riddle Senior’s grave…and when Harry gets his first wand in SS, Ollivander reveals to Harry that Ol’ Voldy’s wand is made of yew.

Cover Clues – Covers on the HP US editions seem to depict a character/creature who dies in the book: Sorcerer’s Stone shows a unicorn, Chamber of Secrets shows a snake (Basilisk?) and Fawkes (who dies and is reborn), Goblet of Fire shows Cedric, Order of the Phoenix shows Sirius, and Half-Blood Prince shows Dumbledore. Prisoner of Azkaban had no deaths but depicts Buckbeak on the cover who was sentenced to death.

Vanishing Act – The Vanishing Cabinets used by Malfoy and the Death Eaters in HBP have quite a history throughout the HP books. In CoS, Harry hides from Malfoy in a ‘black cabinet’ in Borgin and Burkes, then Peeves drops an ‘extremely valuable vanishing cabinet’ to distract Filch from giving Harry detention. Harry later sees the wreckage of the black and gold cabinet after meeting Nearly Headless Nick who had persuaded Peeves to drop it. In OotP, Fred and George tell Harry about forcing Montague into the vanishing cabinet on the first floor for trying to dock them points. In HBP, Draco stood in Borgin and Burkes with his back to Harry, Hermione, and Ron, just visible beyond the very same large black cabinet in which Harry had once hidden to avoid Malfoy. Later, Harry, while looking for a place to hide the Half-Blood Prince’s potion book from Snape, ‘took a left at the broken Vanishing Cabinet’ in the Room of Requirement.

Went to Pieces – Voldemort’s soul is probably in seven pieces, and there are seven books. What if one piece were hidden in each book?

  • Book 1 = Voldemort is introduced (the last part of his soul in him)
  • Book 2 = Riddle’s diary
  • Book 3 = ?
  • Book 4 = Voldemort’s snake, Nagini
  • Book 5 = The locket in Sirius’s house
  • Book 6 = Marvolo’s ring
  • Book 7 = ?

Hats Off – In HBP, Dumbledore states that Gryffindor’s sword is the only relic left of Godric Gryffindor’s – but the Sorting Hat belonged to Gryffindor as well.

Snake Eyes – Could the snake Harry released from the zoo in Sorcerer’s Stone be Nagini? Note on this theory: the snake in Sorcerer’s Stone is a Boa Constrictor in the book (and a Burmese Python in the movie), both of which are non-venomous, while Nagini is definitely venomous. But Nagini might be venomous BECAUSE it’s a Horcrux and now evil and Voldemort… ahem… sorry. Never mind.

Who Is RAB? – For those of you who haven’t yet heard the loud rumblings around you: could RAB be Sirius Black’s brother, Regulus Black? Remember, he had wanted to leave the Death Eaters, and he was killed for it…and remember a heavy locket was found in the Black house that couldn’t be opened. Could this be the missing Horcrux from the cave? Where is it now? Has Kreacher stashed it away with his other Black family “treasures”? Did Mundungus perhaps “borrow” it along with the family silver? And think about this: the note in the Dutch version of Half-Blood Prince says RAZ instead of RAB “Black” is zwart in Dutch… hmmm…




Black Stars – Seems many members of the Black family have been named after stars:

  • Sirius – Called the “Dog Star,” it is the brightest star and is located in the constellation of Canis Major.
  • Bellatrix – Often translated as “female warrior,” this is the third brightest star in the constellation of Orion.
  • Regulus – The heart of the lion in the constellation Leo.
  • Alphard – The only bright star in the constellation of Hydra, known as “the solitary one.”
  • Andromedra – “The Chained Maiden,” a constellation also containing the Andromedra galaxy.

Prediction Puzzle – MuggleNet has received several versions of the following coincidences about Ron and Harry’s predictions, so we’ll post one here that mostly summarizes what we’ve been receiving – make of it what you will!

In GOF, Ron and Harry sit making up predictions for Trelawney’s class. If you read the book enough times, you start to realize that the predictions are more like foreshadowings. Ron suggests to Harry that he should write down that Harry gets stabbed in the back by someone he thought was a friend. That comes true when Ron gets mad at Harry for becoming a champion. Then Ron says that he’ll come off worse in a fight. Later, Hermione and Ron fight about the Yule Ball and Harry thought that Hermione had gotten the point much better than Ron had. Harry said that Ron would lose a treasured possession and the gold he gave to Harry for the Omnioculars disappeared. Later, Hermione came up after Harry and Ron were finishing their predictions and observes that Ron seems to be drowning twice. For the second Triwizard task, Ron and Hermione are placed on the bottom of lake and Harry thinks they’ll drown if he doesn’t get them out. Thanks to Lindsay for putting it all together!

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