La Gazette du Sorcier: French Potter Site

La Gazette du Sorcier: French Potter Site

Cory Faniel wrote me last week about some Potter fandom inside-baseball in France that I was unaware of. He wrote lest I (continue to) embarass myself by not doing the right thing. It was a polite and very friendly letter and he won me over about the issue in question, about which, being no Franco-phone or -phile (Grangers are Normans, not French), I had not the slightest idea.

He reminded me that we had met at the St Andrews Harry Potter Conference years ago and shared, after I asked for more information, the following paragraphs about the French Harry Potter fan site with a twist. Not only is it in French (duh) and about current interpretations and insights as well as the fake stuff out of Rowling, Inc., but it is written as a French ‘Daily Prophet,’ that is, as if wizards and witches were reporting on events in the magical community.

I asked him to explain:

La Gazette du Sorcier is the oldest Harry Potter French fansite still active. The name comes from the official French translation of “The Daily Prophet”, an appropriation that is tolerated by the French editing house, Gallimard Jeunesse. It was created in July 2000 and its editorial line, at start, was to report informations about the Harry Potter franchise from a wizarding world point of view. Therefore, the books were called “biographies” and the movies were “biopics”; Rowling was “the biograph”, etc… This has slowly been abandoned for a more traditional style of reporting, more suited to contemporary readership; however we still publish “wizarding news“, made up articles with a “wizard twist”, sometimes based on a real situation (for example, this article on “wand restrictions” in the wizarding world, inspired by the debate on guns restrictions in the US; or the Purple Robes protesting on Paris Hidden Place, during the “Gilet Jaune” movement) sometimes entirely baseless and fun. It also used to be linked to the biggest French HP forum, but the evolution of the internet has led to most conversations migrating to Facebook and the forum emptying slowly but surely.

I joined the editorial team in 2011 and was made Chief Editor soon after. Since then, I have handed that title to another editor, but remain Head of Publication. I’ve built a new team, a new editorial approach, developed relationships with international websites, press contacts, etc… and built with my friends a team that now also branches out to offering  animations in small festivals in France, but also presenting conferences and in various conventions (for example on HP Translations, Illustrations, or the parallel between quididtch and the Deathly Hallows at LeakyCon).



Makes me almost wish I had gone to Leaky Con last summer. For those of you who read French or who saw the La Gazette team in Dallas, check out the website and let me know what you think! I hope Cory will consider one of La Gazette’s international websites with whom he has a good relationship — and that he’ll share with me news and articles the serious readers here might enjoy.

‘The Astrological Key to Harry Potter’ Will Sprague’s ‘Planet Potter’ Analysis

Will Sprague in his first guest post at HogwartsProfessor in 2011 argued that the first three books of the Hogwarts saga are a reverse alchemical process. This deft combination of literary alchemy and ring composition as literary analysis was a neat piece of work (it had been done by the Rev Joe Packer, we learned later, in 2007 but no one in the Potter Punditry community was aware of that work). I begged Will to let me publish his notes on the astrological symbolism and structure of the series, which he believes is not alchemical but very much akin to C. S. Lewis’ artistry in The Chronicles of Narnia. He titles these notes ‘Planet Potter’ in acknowledgment of Michael Ward’s work as CSL exegete in his Planet Narnia.

The correspondences he mentions in Erin Sweeney’s Harry Potter for Nerds essay, ‘Cracking the Planetary Code: Harry Potter, Alchemy and the Seven Book Series as a Whole,’ are based on the books being in alchemical sequence as laid out by Titus Burckhardt in his magisterial Alchemy. Erin assigns Saturn to Philosopher’s Stone, Jupiter to Chamber of Secrets, Moon to Prisoner of Azkaban, Venus to Half-Blood Prince, Mars to Deathly Hallows, and the Sun to Order of the Phoenix. Will disagrees on five of the seven correspondences. (My apologies for the several formatting glitches; WordPress will not accept MS Word formatting of great complication….)

I will be writing later this week, after I finish my Tarot posts, on why I now think this discussion is worth having whereas before I found even the possibility of Rowling writing astrological novels a stretch too far for me. Until then, enjoy these notes from Will Sprague and check out Erin Sweeney’s chapter in Harry Potter for Nerds for her astrological arguments!

Planet Potter by Will Sprague

Alongside Ring Composition and Literary Alchemy, it seems hard to believe that a full third layer of literary structure would present itself, but I think that the evidence is strong enough that I can confidently argue that each book of the Harry Potter saga aligns with one of the seven planets of medieval cosmology.

I am making the argument more from the preponderance of the evidence than from the ability for these planetary alignments to fit into a preconceived alchemical structure. This is an alternative to the Harry Potter for Nerds chapter entitled “Cracking the Planetary Code: Harry Potter, Alchemy and the Seven Book Series as a Whole.” I think that the use of the planets is more akin to Lewis’ use as laid out in Planet Narnia rather than an alchemical use as argued for in that piece. Forgive the rambling and disorganized nature of the below notes for each book.

Philosopher’s Stone -> Mars/Ares

  1. Quirinus Quirrell’s first name is a title of the god Mars (Mars Quirinus)
  2. Quirrell acts like a coward (the opposite of martial valor or courage, the primary attribute of Mars)
  3. Mars is the “red” planet, and this is a “Red” book
  4. “Mars is bright tonight” is repeated three times by the centaurs to Hagrid
  5. Harry asks for Mars candy bar from the trolley lady, but they have none
  6. Gryffindor wins the house cup because of the Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Neville’s courage. In fact, Ron even rides a horse and is willing to die for his friends to move on. The decisive victory points, go to a special sort of courage, to stand up to one’s friends and not just one’s enemies.
  7. Hugely important plot-elements occur in the Forbidden Forest (Mars is the god of the forests)

Chamber of Secrets -> Sol/Sun/Apollo

  1. Bright sunny days are all over the book (you can look at all the references to how bright it is outside throughout much of the book). I don’t think it is irrelevant, but I would not believe it if that was all. Mostly, it is the Apollo references that stack up in favor of this book being the “sun” book.
  2. Gilderoy Lockhart’s name and appearance. He is a stunningly handsome god, and so is Lockhart. Apollo has long golden locks of hair and blue eyes. I would argue that Lockhart is a false Apollo.
    1. Apollo is known for healing, and Lockhart only hurts when he “heals” Harry’s arm.
    2. Apollo is a god that knows the future (being the operative deity of the Delphic oracle) but Lockhart’s one talent is instead erasing the past.
  3. Harry is the “True” Apollo, though, as he shows through his many actions at the end of the book, especially.
    1. Rooster crowing (announcing the rising sun) is one of the only deadly things to a basilisk.
    2. Harry is another thing that seems to be deadly to the basilisk. He slays the serpent. One of Apollos’s titles is “Apollo Serpent-Slayer” because he kills the mighty Python.

4. Ginny’s name means “virgin,” [ed., actually it is a nickname for ‘Ginevra’ and not ‘Virginia’] you have an innocent virginal girl that is possessed by what amounts to the spirit of a python. This is reminiscent of Acts 16’s python spirit-possessed girl. Virgins serving in the Delphic oracular service would be possessed by the spirit of Apollo to speak of the future. Apollo is identified as both serpent slayer and kind of as the serpent-spirit oracular deity.

  • Moreover, you have a symbol of the setting and rising sun, the phoenix, as the Christ symbol at the end of the sequence which carries all of them back up to Hogwarts.

Prisoner of Azkaban -> Lune(Moon)/Diana/Artemis

  1. The moon permeates this book and drives the story arcs forward.
  2. Remus Lupin is a werewolf, who is affected by the full moon
  3. Harry’s patronus is a Stag, which is one of Artemis/Diana’s patron animal symbols
  4. The story revolves around the question of correctly identifying the one who broke the promise with regards to the Fidelius Charm. In Dante’s Paradiso, the circle of the moon is for those who broke their vows, even if they could still be admitted to heaven.
  5. The moon is a low-hanging fruit for this book.

Goblet of Fire -> Saturn/Kronos

  1. The central book where the Dark Lord is incarnated. It is fitting that Saturn’s element, Lead, would be governing this book, which is the beginning of the proper alchemical process of 5, 6, and 7 and the end of the reverse alchemy of books 1, 2, and 3.
  2. Saturn has rings… and the 4th book is the center of the series with the others as rings around it.
  3. Dysfunctional father-son relationships are at the center of the book. (a) Barty Crouch and Barty Crouch Jr., Father is harsh towards his son and the son eventually kills the father, as enabled by the mother. This mirrors Gaea’s role in having Cronos kill Uranus in that myth, which was punishment for Uranus’s cruelty to her and the children she bore. (b) We learn about Voldemort killing his father at least partly because of how he treated his mother Merope. 
  4. This book has Trelawney predicting Harry’s death and attributing it to the baleful influence of Saturn, even though she gets his birthday wrong (he was born in July, under Mars, not December, under Saturn). Nevertheless, the confluence of Mars and Saturn would still lead him to a sudden death, according to Trelawney. 
  5. House-Elves’ plight is a concern of Hermione, and Saturn is the patron of “liberation” which is why Saturnalia (which happens around the same time as the Yule Ball, incidentally) involved slaves and masters switching places with each other in a ritual reversal of the social order. 
  6. The story begins in Voldermort’s murdered father’s house. The climax occurs in a graveyard outside the house (Saturn is the patron of Death, and gloomy, cold, sad, depressing things in general). Of course, Cedric dies, the first death that Harry ever witnessed fully consciously, signaling a serious shift in the tone of the series. 
  7. One important part of the Saturn/Cronos myth is that, due to a prophecy, he eats his children to prevent being overthrown by one of them. Eventually, when Zeus is born, Rhea (Cronos’s wife) gives him the Omphalos stone swaddled in infant cloths to swallow instead and hides Zeus with a goat named Amalthea to be secretly kept alive. Once Zeus grows up, he ingratiates himself to Cronos and becomes a cup-bearer for him (a cup-bearer, one might say that he brings a [Triwizard] cup straight to Cronos). He gives Cronos a wine and mustard mix that acts as an emetic, causing Cronos to throw up in reverse order the stone, and then the kids he swallowed. Zeus then works with them to overthrow Cronos. This mirrors the Priori Incantatem effect of the dual cores linking, where first a ghostly hand (inanimate object), and then Cedric, the old gardener, Bertha Jorkins, Lily, and James are produced in reverse order that they were “swallowed” by Voldemort’s wand. They then distract Voldemort long enough for Harry to get away with Cedric’s body. 
  8. Voldemort uses a yew wand, and Yew is a tree associated with graveyards. It is poisonous and symbolically is closely associated with death. Holly is the wood of Harry’s on the other hand is associated with lightning and the god Thor (Zeus) because it would be planted to protect people from lightning strikes. This shows how Harry-Voldemort connection is a kind of Cronos/Jupiter connection, Harry with his lightning scar and holly wand, and Voldemort with his yew wand and name meaning “flight of/from death”. Cronos’s downfall was ultimately that he was so scared of being overthrown/dying that his children all rose in unison against him because of his unjust deeds.

Order of the Phoenix -> Mercury/Hermes

  1. Harry has a very Mercurial temperament in this book. He cannot control his emotions at all and is very apt to get angry at the slightest provocation.
  2. Dudley takes up boxing, which is mentioned a few times. Mercury is the patron of boxers.
  3. Percy Weasley, now shown as a traitor to his family, sends his owl Hermes to deliver a message to Ron to disassociate from Harry.
  4. Mercury is the god of scholarship and education. This book is all about OWLs and education policies.
  5. The false Mercury of the book, Dolores Umbridge, is not teaching anything at all. This leads Hermione Granger (Ms. Hermes/Hg herself!) to suggest that they form the DA, which is wildly successful at teaching defensive magic.
  6. Mercury is the patron god of commerce (even the word is derived from Mercury), and, of course, with Harry’s seed money, the Weasley twins are in and out of the story with their burgeoning business venture. Even Hermione uses magic Galleons to communicate with the DA (See below about the messenger aspect)
  7. Mercury is the god of language and speech, and Harry does not know what to say when he gets up to give his speech before the DA starts, but when he speaks, it is enrapturing to the crowd. He is given words to say.
  8. Getting messages in and out of the school plays a large role. Umbridge, False Mercury, tries to stop and screen those messages and the floo network communication. It is actually a very important pivotal part of the story. Simply failing to get a message to Sirius, and receiving the “messages” of Voldemort in Harry’s dreams are hugely important to the story. 
  9. When Harry tells Dumbledore about Arthur Weasley being attacked, Dumbledore takes hold of “fragile silver instruments” and taps one with his wand, making smoke rise in the form of a serpent, which then divides in two, coiling around each other, and Dumbledore says, “But in essence divided?”. The image presented is reminiscent of Hermes’ Kerykeion (the symbol of doctors, with the winged staff with two snakes coiled around it). Also, the image is described in a way that makes you think of how Mercury moves on flat surfaces, quickly combining and splitting and recombining. It is not called “quicksilver” for nothing! 
  10. Mercury is the god that shepherd souls to the afterlife. He is the god of doorways/boundaries and crossroads. Sirius going through the archway into death is perhaps the most obvious part of this, but even afterward, Harry speaks to Sir Nicolas about ghosts and why Sirius has not come back, and it is explained that the dead have “gone on”. This is the purview of Mercury.

Half-Blood Prince -> Venus/Aphrodite

  1. Venus Felix is a title for Venus. Felix Felicis is an important plot element. Lady luck does not disappoint.
  2. Venus is the goddess of love, and this book is full of false and true love. Love potions by Voldemort’s mother and used on Ron. Ron’s relationship with Lavender and it culminates in Harry and Ginny’s relationship.
  3. Aphrodite/Venus is associated strongly with water, and this book, being the albedo of the series, is full of water everywhere. Rainy days, potion class, and eventually the mostly flooded cave where Dumbledore drinks the horrible potion while surrounded by an inferi lake.
  4. Venus’s metal is copper, as well, and even the boat that they use to cross the inferi lake is described as a copper boat.

Deathly Hallows -> Jupiter/Zeus

  1. Rufus Scrimgeour says that Harry “wear[s] that scar like a crown…” which is a pregnant image for Zeus, the one that fancies himself a King with his lightning bolt scar!
  2. It turns out that Harry was being protected throughout the book by Aberforth, well outfitted for the role with his problematic relationship with goats and his goat patronus. This reminds us of Zeus being raised by Amalthea, the She-Goat, to protect him from his father Cronos.
  3. The “lightning struck tower” of the end of Half-Blood Prince is revealed at the end of Deathly Hallows to be planned out by Dumbledore from the start in this book.
  4. Harry shows himself the true Jupiter, a wise ruler, not because of his strength, but because of his love. This is a play on the pagan Zeus. Harry spends the whole battle of Hogwarts using shield spells, which reminds us of Homer’s Zeus, the aegis-bearer and lays down his life, thereby defeating Voldemort and showing himself to be the “master of death,” a descendent of the Peverell family, a sort of Wizard royalty, even.
  5. Even in Snape’s memories we see that Dumbledore is a sort of Zeus figure, who appears on the hill top to hear Snape’s concern about Lily before he switches sides. The scene made Harry “think of lightning”.
  6. When Voldemort, the ultimate False Zeus, killed James Potter, “it made the banisters glare like lightning rods”.
  7. When Harry gets the sword from the Forest of Dean pond, in the wonderful Arthurian moment, he begins to take the mantle of leadership/kingship.
  8. When Dobby dies, Harry sets his face like a flint. In fact, he “heard the authority in his own voice” while he dug the grave. From this point on he uses the Imperious Curse, and Cruciatus Curses, and it seems that they almost might be permissible, because he is acting as an agent of justice and judgment, like Jupiter in those moments.
  9. Harry arrives at Hogwarts eventually and this sets off an apocalyptic war, like a Titanomachy, with the giants and centaurs even joining in.
  10. Kingsley Shacklebolt (cannot get a more Zeus-ish name!) is actively present in the beginning, middle, and end:
  • He is one of the escorts for Harry’s departure from Privet Drive
  • He warns the wedding guests that the Ministry was fallen
  • He is on the Potterwatch radio
  • He basically is in charge of the strategy of defending Hogwarts in Dumbledore’s absence.
  • He is named interim Minister of Magic after the battle finishes, to restore order, like Zeus after the Titanomachy.

I hope that this proposal stirs up some thoughts and that people take this idea and flesh it out and tweak it as necessary. It would also be great if there was some alchemical justification or logic, though I do not believe it is necessary to establish the veracity of the above.

I am hopeful that I have the books right, but I have been dwelling on Goblet and Hallows. Part of the reason for my struggle is the presence of the imagery on the Rowling-illustrated Fountain of Fair Fortune in The Tales of Beedle the Bard. The top of the fountain has the symbol for Mars, then Platinum (which is symbolically Moon + Sun), then it shows Tin, then Mercury (which is Venus with little horns), then Saturn. The only consolation I can take is that 1,2+3,7,5+6,4 is not a totally unprecedented order given the Ring Composition of the series. I would feel much better, though, if it was simply that all the alchemical symbols were simply in the order of the books.

Also, the seventh book has a lot of death and the fourth book father/son issues can be as easily explained as a “Jupiter” book as a “Saturn” book. The others do not have this sort of flexibility to my mind, being too neatly situated for their particular planetary influences.

In any case, through a preponderance of the evidence, I think it very likely that Rowling intentionally put the books together this way (with reservations about how Jupiter + Saturn line up) and that there is one more piece of the wonderful literary puzzle that needs to be accounted for in the Harry Potter series.

Classic Stills Unveils Limited Edition ‘Harry Potter’ Photography Collection


Classic Stills, the London and Los Angeles-based purveyor of iconic photographs, is partnering with Warner Bros. Consumer Products to release a limited number of stills from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone for purchase. The collection includes 24 images of the film’s most memorable scenes and characters, and only 100 copies of each are available!

CEO Rene Freling issued a statement, enthusing:

“This is an exciting moment for Harry Potter fans…Being able to purchase high-quality prints that can live on in the home for years to come adds a new dimension to how we can all enjoy the magic of the Wizarding World in our homes.”

The collection includes Harry, wide-eyed and apprehensive, as he nears Platform 9 3/4 with Hedwig and trolley cart in tow:

MARVEL'S BLACK PANTHER - Matt Kennedy © 2017 MVLFFLLC. TM & © 2017 Marvel. All Rights Reserved.

MARVEL’S BLACK PANTHER – Matt Kennedy © 2017 MVLFFLLC. TM & © 2017 Marvel. All Rights Reserved.

It includes a magical view of the Great Hall aglow in candlelight and awash with stars:


While also featuring an image of the Great Hall filled with students in mid celebration as Gryffindor is awarded the House Cup:


There is a shot of Harry intently searching the Restricted Section of the library for clues about the mysterious object hidden within the castle:


It further includes the climactic moment the trio join forces to conquer the enchanted chessboard in a match for the ages:


And it includes Harry, Ron and Hermione’s iconic farewell as they board the Hogwarts Express at the end of term, gazing longingly back at their adopted home:


These and more are all available while copies are in stock!

And according to Classic Stills, each print is “hand-framed, individually numbered and presented with a unique certificate of authenticity.” The release also specifies that “images are developed using the chromogenic print (C-print) process and are printed on archival-quality photo paper.” Prices ranges from $149 / £125.

To view the entire collection and purchase your favorites, visit Classic Stills here or the Classic Stills’ UK site here.

And for fans interested in the other seven installments in the Harry Potter film series, rest assured, Classic Stills plans to curate future collections in the order of release–with a unique opportunity for fans to participate in determining selections for the upcoming Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets set already announced!

Fans can submit a description of their favorite scene with an explanation of why they love it so much. Entries must be received by March 31, 2019, and three winners will receive the first copy of their selected scene as a framed 16″x 20″ print!

To nominate a scene and enter for the chance to win a limited edition print, visit Classic Stills here.


15 Hogwarts Essentials To Start Your Harry Potter Collection

15 Hogwarts Essentials To Start Your Harry Potter Collection

15 Hogwarts Essentials To Start Your Harry Potter Collection

There’s nothing quite like being a Harry Potter fan. Once you read the books or see the movies, J.K. Rowling’s world welcomes you with open arms and all you want to do is spend your time at Hogwarts and the wizarding world. If you’re a new fan and starting your collection, or shopping around for a fellow Potterhead, here are some essentials every aspiring Hogwarts student should add to their wizarding trunks.

Before you get started on your collection or expanding what you have, please check out this disclaimer.

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Harry Potter Collectible Wand by Noble Collection

Noble Collection Wand

When Harry is buying supplies for Hogwarts, one of the very first things he buys is his wand from Ollivander’s Wand Shop. The Noble Collection has recreated the wands from the films with a wide variety of styles from Harry Potter to
any one of your favorite characters.

Harry Potter Hogwarts Robe - Small/Medium

Hogwarts Robe

Every student at Hogwarts buys a robe at Madame Malkins shop in Diagon Alley. It’s apart of their required attire at the school. You can show off your Hogwarts pride with a robe and signature emblem that unites all of the houses together. Or if you’ve already been sorted into 
, and 
, there are also authentic robes that were designed exactly like the actors’ costumes in the movies.

Hogwarts Student Hat with Brim

Hogwarts Student Hat

Early on in the Harry Potter films, the students throw their hands in the air after Dumbledore announces that Gryffindor has won the house cup. This
Hogwarts Student Hat
is rarely seen in fans’ collections. It’s perfect for those who show off love of the series and would make a great addition to your wizarding wardrobe.

Harry Potter Hedwig Q-Pals Plush

Hedwig Plush

One of the very first companions Harry Potter makes as he starts his journey into the wizarding world is his trusty owl Hedwig. Staying by his side at Hogwarts and beyond,
Hedwig Q-Pals Plush
to start your collection.

Broom Costume Accessory - One Size

Broom Costume Accessory

Riding a broom is almost essential witch or wizard because it’s a great way to travel and play Quidditch. After all, Harry’s lightening-speed in the air helps him land a position on the Gryffindor Quidditch team. You can add the
broom costume accessory
to your collection that’s perfect for Halloween or attending Harry Potter events. If you want to go all-out with brooms designed exactly from the films, take a look at the Noble Collection’s
Firebolt Broom Full Size Replica
Nimbus 2001 Full-Size Replica

Personalized Hogwarts Acceptance Letter Chromaluxe Panel - 5 x 7 British

Personalized Hogwarts Letter

Harry first learns he’s a special boy with a greater destiny ahead of him when he receives his acceptance letter to Hogwarts. Every Potterhead yearns to receive an exact replica just for them. A
personalized Hogwarts acceptance letter and display case
 is perfect for feeling exactly like Harry as he’s about to embark on his life-changing adventure.

Harry Potter Hogwarts Jacquard Knit Scarf

Hogwarts Knitted Scarf

With Hogwarts located up in the Scottish Highlands, it can get pretty chilly for students walking the grounds to and from Hogsmeade or the Shrieking Shack. A Hogwarts jacquard knit scarf with the school emblem and colors can keep you warm.

Harry Potter Chocolate Frog Replica

Chocolate Frog Card Replica

In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter and his new friend Ron Weasley bond in their cabin on the Hogwarts Express. Among the many treats Harry buys from the Trolley lady, the boys enjoy opening up their new chocolate frog cards. Check out this item at HarryPotterShop store

Hogwarts Library Hardcover Boxed Set

Hogwarts Library Boxed Set

Every year students at Hogwarts must buy new books for their school curriculum. Author J.K. Rowling released three of the textbooks that Harry read in the wizarding world: Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, Quidditch Through the Ages, and The Tales of Beedle the Bard. You can
add the classic textbooks
to your collection of Harry Potter books.

Harry Potter Hogwarts Crests Backpack

Hogwarts Crest Backpack

As much as we would like to perform an extension charm on a pouch so we can take everything with us, sometimes we need something a little more practical carry all our wand, textbooks, and accessories. This
Harry Potter Hogwarts Crests Backpack
can store all of your muggle and wizarding belongings.


Hermione Granger Time Turner

The brightest witch of her age Hermione Granger attends way more classes than reasonably possible in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. We discover she managed her schedule by using a Time Turner, a sly little device which helped her travel back in time, and later on, help Harry Potter rescue Sirius Black and Buckbeak.

Harry Potter Hogwarts Desktop Stationery Set

Hogwarts Stationery Kit

Wizard and witches throughout the wizarding world write to their family and friends through letters. Add an official dash of magic to your mail with this
Hogwarts Desktop Stationery Set
which includes a journal, wax stamp and sticks, envelopes, paperweight, and blank paper for letters.

Ceramic Cauldron Soup Mug With Spoon

Cauldron Mug and Spoon

Hogwarts wouldn’t be nearly as inviting without the delicious meals and beverages at the opening and closing feasts. Dine like witches and wizards with this
ceramic cauldron soup mug with spoon

Quidditch Set Collectible

Quidditch Set

Quidditch is only the most popular sport in the wizarding world. Harry Potter becomes a seeker in the first book, chasing the golden snitch and helping Gryffindor rise to victory. Would you be a seeker, keeper, beater, or chaser? You and your friends can find out for yourselves with this Quidditch Set Collectible.

Hogwarts Journal

Hogwarts Journal

Once you become a fan of Harry Potter, you can never look back. Life in the muggle world just isn’t the same. Why not captivate your memories and experiences about your own journey with the fandom in a beautiful
Hogwarts Journal
? There’s other magical styles too including every Hogwarts house such as Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff and Slytherin.

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‘Harry Potter’ Pop PEZ Coming Soon From Funko!

Calling all Potter fans! Funko is bringing a magical new product to the candy trolley with the addition of five Harry Potter figures to its Pop PEZ line!

It was only a matter of time before Harry Potter, a pop culture phenomenon in its own right, was featured as a PEZ collectible dispenser, the vehicle for their distinctive tart candy tablets, long popular with children and adults alike.

The line includes Funko’s take on first years Hermione, Harry and Ron, capped with the Sorting Hat. Luna Lovegood is also featured wearing her now-iconic spectrespecs, first introduced in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. And last, but by no means least, the line includes Dobby the House Elf, former servant of the Malfoy household turned sacrificial hero in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.


All five characters are favorites among Harry Potter fans, each with their own devoted following, and the dispensers would be a fantastic addition to the collections of both Harry Potter and PEZ fans, either individually or as a set.

According to Comic Book, the new line-up is now available for pre-order at Pop in a Box here. They will be officially released March 28, 2019!

In other merchandise news, Leaky reported on the latest collectible Funko figures unveiled at London’s Toy Fair last week.

Funko will be releasing a new Five Star collection inspired by Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. These figures feature Harry, Ron and Hermione decked out in lab coats and earmuffs in preparation for their mandrake lesson with Professor Sprout. The collection also includes Dobby holding a sock, the ticket to his freedom!


Funko also revealed new SuperCute Plush dolls, featuring Harry, Ron and Hermione with the Sorting Hat–a common theme–as well as the phoenix, Fawkes. Finally, Luna will feature again, along with Neville, as a Vnyl duo. Luna is depicted with her enchanted spectacles and an edition of the Quibbler while Neville holds his “pet” cactus, the Mimbulus Mimbletonia.

These new Funko products can be pre-ordered here!

Warner Bros Studio Tour London Expanding With Gringotts Bank

Warner Bros Studio Tour London Expanding With Gringotts Bank

The wizarding world keeps getting bigger every day. By wizarding world, I mean the legendary Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter is added a major new addition to the ultimate experience for Potterheads.

Since 2012, the Warner Bros Studio Tour has been the interactive home for fans, inviting Hogwarts students to walk the grounds from Privet Drive to Hogwarts and the Forbidden Forest and see thousands of costumes and props up close and personal.

From learning about wizarding money before his first year at Hogwarts to the golden trio escaping on a Ukrainian Ironbelly dragon after confiscating one of Voldemort’s horcruxes, Gringotts Bank has been one of many influential landmarks within the Harry Potter series. This Spring, fans can unlock the magic with an immersive tour of Gringotts Bank.

Here is a full description of the exciting new experience:

Lined by towering marble pillars, the grand banking hall will be decorated with three magnificent crystal chandeliers and finished with real brass leaf. Inkwells, quills, ledgers and piles of Galleons, Sickles and Knuts will complete the goblin tellers’ desks as seen on screen. The Prop-making Department, led by Pierre Bohanna, created over 210,000 coins for the final two films alone.

Gringotts Wizarding Bank is famously run by goblins. Walking through the imposing marble columns, visitors will discover the costumes and prosthetics belonging to Bogrod, Griphook and many other goblin bankers. Each prosthetic mask took weeks to create, with every hair individually inserted and veins painstakingly painted by hand. It took four hours to transform actor Warwick Davis into Griphook in the films which included him wearing black contact lenses and dentures with extremely sharp teeth to complete the goblin look.

Once through the banking hall of Gringotts, visitors will enter the depths of the Lestrange Vault used to store the treasures of Bellatrix Lestrange including the Sword of Gryffindor and Helga Hufflepuff’s Cup, one of Voldemort’s many Horcruxes. During filming 38,000 pieces of rubberised treasure were created the for the Lestrange vault including 7,014 Hufflepuff Cups. Here, visitors can try out a unique photo opportunity allowing them to step inside the Lestrange vault and surround themselves with treasure.

Fans can now book tickets in advance as well as enter to attend the opening ceremony. Check out the official website here for more details.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London Announces Gringotts Wizarding Bank As New Feature!

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London Announces Gringotts Wizarding Bank As New Feature!

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter has just announced that Gringotts Wizarding Bank will be opening this Spring! After teasing for a week on social media they finally revealed that fans will be able to enter Gringotts beginning this April! This is the biggest expansion to date at 16,500sqft!

Opening officially on Saturday 6th April, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London will unveil its largest ever expansion, allowing visitors to walk through the wizarding bank of Gringotts, the Lestrange vault, a gallery of goblins and much more. Book your tickets here! Photos of a Goblin preparing the area for your visit may be viewed in the gallery!

For the first time ever at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter, visitors are invited to enter the set of Gringotts Wizarding Bank as the Studio Tour unveils its biggest expansion to date.
From Harry Potter first discovering Diagon Alley to the famous trio escaping on a Ukrainian Ironbelly dragon in their quest for a Horcrux, Gringotts Wizarding Bank played an important role in the Harry Potter film series. On 6th April, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London will unveil a permanent addition allowing visitors to walk through the wizarding bank of Gringotts, the Lestrange vault, a gallery of goblins and so much more.
Lined by towering marble pillars, the grand banking hall will be decorated with three magnificent crystal chandeliers and finished with real brass leaf. Inkwells, quills, ledgers and piles of Galleons, Sickles and Knuts will complete the goblin tellers’ desks as seen on screen. The Prop-making Department, led by Pierre Bohanna, created over 210,000 coins for the final two films alone.
Gringotts Wizarding Bank is famously run by goblins. Walking through the imposing marble columns, visitors will discover the costumes and prosthetics belonging to Bogrod, Griphook and many other goblin bankers. Each prosthetic mask took weeks to create, with every hair individually inserted and veins painstakingly painted by hand. It took four hours to transform actor Warwick Davis into Griphook in the films which included him wearing black contact lenses and dentures with extremely sharp teeth to complete the goblin look.
Once through the banking hall of Gringotts, visitors will enter the depths of the Lestrange Vault used to store the treasures of Bellatrix Lestrange including the Sword of Gryffindor and Helga Hufflepuff’s Cup, one of Voldemort’s many Horcruxes. During filming 38,000 pieces of rubberised treasure were created the for the Lestrange vault including 7,014 Hufflepuff Cups. Here, visitors can try out a unique photo opportunity allowing them to step inside the Lestrange vault and surround themselves with treasure.
Officially opening on Saturday 6th April, the 16,500sqft Gringotts Wizarding Bank expansion will be the Studio Tour’s biggest addition to date and has been designed and built by many of the original crew members who worked on the hugely successful magical film series including Oscar® and BAFTA winning Production Designer Stuart Craig, Construction Manager Paul Hayes and Head Propmaker Pierre Bohanna.
Entrance to the expansion will be included in general admission ticket price.

Filed Under: Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter

Gringotts Expansion Coming to Warner Bros Studio Tour London!


Warner Bros Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter have been teasing at a new reveal on social media for the past week, and just revealed that the newest addition is a permanent Gringotts Wizarding Bank expansion!

Fans had been busy plotting away: could it be a Chamber of Secrets experience? An escape room? A ride? The reveal only came after a set of riddles, of course, and the answers come together to reveal ‘Key’ ‘Please’ (a subtle giveaway), ‘April’ and ‘Enter’. Now, Warner Bros Studio Tour London have officially confirmed that guests will be able to enter the set of Gringotts Wizarding Bank from April 6th 2019!


The 16,500sqft permanent expansion is the tour’s biggest addition to date, and will offer visitors the chance to walk into the Lestrange vault, see a gallery of goblins, and more. Universal Orlando’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter give a similar experience whilst walking through the waiting line for Harry Potter and the Escape From Gringotts, but this new expansion at Warner Bros Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter will immerse visitors like never before in the vast set, designed and built by many of the original crew members who worked on Harry Potter, including Production Designer Stuart Craig, Construction Manager Paul Hayes and Head Propmaker Pierre Bohanna.


Warner Bros Studio Tour London summarize the experience as follows:

“Lined by towering marble pillars, the grand banking hall will be decorated with three magnificent crystal chandeliers and finished with real brass leaf. Inkwells, quills, ledgers and piles of Galleons, Sickles and Knuts will complete the goblin tellers’ desks as seen on screen. The Prop-making Department, led by Pierre Bohanna, created over 210,000 coins for the final two films alone.

Gringotts Wizarding Bank is famously run by goblins. Walking through the imposing marble columns, visitors will discover the costumes and prosthetics belonging to Bogrod, Griphook and many other goblin bankers. Each prosthetic mask took weeks to create, with every hair individually inserted and veins painstakingly painted by hand. It took four hours to transform actor Warwick Davis into Griphook in the films which included him wearing black contact lenses and dentures with extremely sharp teeth to complete the goblin look.

Once through the banking hall of Gringotts, visitors will enter the depths of the Lestrange vault used to store the treasures of Bellatrix Lestrange including the Sword of Gryffindor and Helga Hufflepuff’s Cup, one of Voldemort’s many Horcruxes. During filming 38,000 pieces of rubberised treasure were created the for the Lestrange vault including 7,014 Hufflepuff Cups. Here, visitors can try out a unique photo opportunity allowing them to step inside the Lestrange vault and surround themselves with treasure.”

The tour will also unveil an all-new 17,000 sqft lobby and café on April 6th, seating up to 500 people to enjoy food and drink inspired by the Wizarding World.


Entrance to Gringotts will be included in general admission – get your hands on tickets at the official Warner Bros Studio Tour website!

Part 1 Rowling’s Most Loaded Tarot Reference

Part 1 Rowling’s Most Loaded Tarot Reference

I began the discussion of Rowling’s use of tarot card imagery in her Harry Potter novels and post-Hogwarts efforts with posts about her interview and twitter comments through the years about correspondences between the Four Houses, the Four Humors, and the four playing card suits (‘Rowling: Elements, Houses, Card Suits). That conversation continued with an exploration of the likelihood that Rowling embedded a comic image of herself, the quirky, all-seeing author with a taste for the occult and divinatory arts, inside Harry’s adventures as Professor Sybill Trelawney (‘Is Sybill Trelawney Really J. K. Rowling? The Case for an Embedded Author‘). Both these posts were inspired by what Eglantine Pillet found in a Rowling biography aside, namely, that The Presence as a Comprehensive School student used to entertain her friends by doing tarot card readings.

Today I’d like to invite serious readers of the Hogwarts Saga and the Cormoran Strike books to consider one tarot card image in particular, the Major Arcana card called ‘The Hanged Man,’ and its possible importance in understanding Rowling’s work, its artistry and meaning.

I’m going to do this in three parts: first, a listing of ‘Hanged Man’ appearances in Harry Potter and Cormoran Strike, second, a survey of cartomancer opinions about the meaning of the card in itself and in card spreads, and, third and last, some speculation about how and why Rowling has chosen to make this card such a prominent image in her writing.

‘The Hanged Man’ as a tarot card is not named explicitly by Trelawney as is ‘The Tower’ (“The Lightning Struck Tower”). It does, however, appear both in name and as an image in Goblet of Fire, Order of the Phoenix, and Half-Blood Prince and most recently in the fourth Cormoran Strike novel, Lethal White. Join me after the jump for a review of the places in text we encounter the image or name of ‘The Hanged Man.’

HogwartsProfessor discussed ‘The Hanged Man’ back in 2007 in response to postings at my classroom site. Those postings were taken down many years ago so the links at the post no longer work; I found what is almost certainly the same writer’s work, however, in the archives of the Chamber of Secrets forum discussion boards. Hats off to the first serious reader to make note of the importance of ‘The Hanged Man,’ whoever ‘Bscorp’ may be. 

Let’s try to put the references in reverse order of clarity and strength. The more obscure pointers to ‘The Hanged Man’ tarot card are the several occasions in which characters play the “paper and pencil guessing game” Hangman.

  • Ron and Harry play a game on the inside cover of the first edition (2001) of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The word is “Acromantula,” Ron does not get it in the requisite six guesses, so Harry (presumably) drew in a giant spider with the speech bubble containing the words, “You die, Weasely!”
  • In chapter twelve of Order of the Phoenix, ‘Professor Umbridge,’ Ron and Harry play a game in order to stay awake in Professor Binn’s class:

Today, they suffered an hour and a half’s droning on the subject of giant wars. Harry heard just enough within the first ten minutes to appreciate dimly that in another teacher’s hands this subject might have been mildly interesting, but then his brain disengaged, and he spent the remaining hour and twenty minutes playing hangman on a corner of his parchment with Ron, while Hermione shot them filthy looks out of the corner of her eye.

  • In chapter six of Half-Blood Prince, ‘Draco’s Detour,’ the Terrible Trio makes a visit to Weasely’s Wizard Wheezes:

A space cleared in the crowd, and Harry pushed his way toward the counter, where a gaggle of delighted ten-year-olds was watching a tiny little wooden man slowly ascending the steps to a real set of gallows, both perched on a box that read: REUSABLE HANGMAN — SPELL IT OR HE’LL SWING!

  • Rowling announced the title of the series finale, Deathly Hallows, on her original website via an interactive game of Hangman. Visitors had to guess the title in six tries or “swing.” 

A bit more to the point is the visit Harry makes inadvertently in Chamber of Secrets to Borkin & Burkes while Draco shops and his father sells items he doesn’t want discovered if the Ministry raids his house (chapter four, ‘Flourish and Blotts’). There are two items we see here that resonate with ‘The Hanged Man.’

  • There is theHand of Glory,’ for one thing, which Draco purchases and puts to use in Half-Blood Prince. The ‘Hand of Glory’ traditionally is the left hand of a hanged man.

“Can I have that?” interrupted Draco, pointing at the withered hand on its cushion.

“Ah, the Hand of Glory!” said Mr. Borgin, abandoning Mr. Malfoy’s list and scurrying over to Draco. “Insert a candle and it gives light only to the holder! Best friend of thieves and plunderers! Your son has fine taste, sir.”

“I hope my son will amount to more than a thief or a plunderer, Borgin,” said Mr. Malfoy coldly, and Mr. Borgin said quickly, “No offense, sir, no offense meant -“

  • As if to underline this link, Draco takes a good look immediately after this at a rope before ogling the cursed necklace he also uses in Half-Blood Prince. Rowling specifies that it is “a hangman’s rope,” which might have gone without saying in this retail venue.

Harry watched nervously as Draco drew nearer and nearer to his hiding place, examining the objects for sale. Draco paused to examine a long coil of hangman’s rope and to read, smirking, the card propped on a magnificent necklace of opals, Caution: Do Not Touch. Cursed – Has Claimed the Lives of Nineteen Muggle Owners to Date.

  • And while we’re in Chamber discussing relatively obscure references to hanged men, the mandrake plants that are the cure for Basilisk stares have an association.  Folklore holds that these plants grow beneath the gallows of hanged men, supposedly because the hanged, contrary to Lethal White, do not pee when they die but ejaculate (the mandrake, which looks something like a humunculus, is the ‘off-spring’ of this seed so planted). Just sayin.’

How about people and animals hanging by the neck, by the ankle as in ‘The Hanged Man’ tarot card, or by any other appendage?

  • In our first meeting with Neville in Sorceror’s Stone, we learn he was hung by the ankles once:

“Well, my gran brought me up and she’s a witch,” said Neville, “but the family thought I was all- Muggle for ages. My Great Uncle Algie kept trying to catch me off my guard and force some magic out of me — he pushed me off the end of Blackpool pier once, I nearly drowned — but nothing happened until I was eight. Great Uncle Algie came round for dinner, and he was hanging me out of an upstairs window by the ankles when my Great Auntie Enid offered him a meringue and he accidentally let go. But I bounced — all the way down the garden and into the road. They were all really pleased, Gran was crying, she was so happy.”

  • Filch leads those caught out of bounds later on in Stone to the Forbidden Forest where he threatens them with hanging:

“Follow me,” said Filch, lighting a lamp and leading them outside. “I bet you’ll think twice about breaking a school rule again, won’t you, eh?” he said, leering at them. “Oh yes… hard work and pain are the best teachers if you ask me…. It’s just a pity they let the old punishments die out… hang you by your wrists from the ceiling for a few days, I’ve got the chains still in my office, keep ’em well oiled in case they’re ever needed…. Right, off we go, and don’t think of running off, now, it’ll be worse for you if you do.”

  • In Chamber of Secrets, Filch’s cat is hung by her tail on a torch bracket:

“What’s that thing – hanging underneath?” said Ron, a slight quiver in his voice. As they edged nearer, Harry almost slipped – there was a large puddle of water on the floor; Ron and Hermione grabbed him, and they inched toward the message, eyes fixed on a dark shadow beneath it. All three of them realized what it was at once, and leapt backward with a splash..Mrs. Norris, the caretaker’s cat, was hanging by her tail from the torch bracket. She was stiff as a board, her eyes wide and staring.

  • In Prisoner of Azkaban, Uncle Vernon advocates hanging for dangerous criminals:

“When will they learn,” said Uncle Vernon, pounding the table with his large purple fist, “that hanging’s the only way to deal with these people?”

  • After Lupin and Sirius fight as werewolf and animagus just outside the Whomping Willow, Harry, Ron, and Hermione are left with Severus Snape:

Harry looked desperately around. Black and Lupin both gone… they had no one but Snape for company, still hanging, unconscious, in midair.

  • Goblet of Fire is a gold mine of hanging, as we’ll see, that point to ‘The Hanged Man.’ In terms of people hanging, though? How about those floating Muggles suspended upside down by the Death Eaters? In case we didn’t recall this ourselves, when Harry tries out the Prine’s nonverbal Levicorpus spell and Hermione disapproves, she suggests the Black Hats in Goblet used this against the Muggle campground keepers (Prince, ch 12, p 241).

The floating people were suddenly illuminated as they passed over a burning tent and Harry recognized one of them: Mr. Roberts, the campsite manager. The other three looked as though they might be his wife and children. One of the marchers below flipped Mrs. Roberts upside down with his wand; her nightdress fell down to reveal voluminous drawers and she struggled to cover herself up as the crowd below her screeched and hooted with glee. “That’s sick,” Ron muttered, watching the smallest Muggle child, who had begun to spin like a top, sixty feet above the ground, his head flopping limply from side to side. “That is really sick. . . .”

  • Harry runs through golden Upside Down Dust in the third Triwizard Tournament task:

The world turned upside down. Harry was hanging from the ground, with his hair on end, his glasses dangling off his nose, threatening to fall into the bottomless sky. He clutched them to the end of his nose and hung there, terrified. It felt as though his feet were glued to the grass, which had now become the ceiling. Below him the dark, star-spangled heavens stretched endlessly. He felt as though if he tried to move one of his feet, he would fall away from the earth completely. Think, he told himself, as all the blood rushed to his head, think. . . But not one of the spells he had practiced had been designed to combat a sudden reversal of ground and sky. Did he dare move his foot? He could hear the blood pounding in his ears.

He had two choices – try and move, or send up red sparks, and get rescued and disqualified from the task. He shut his eyes, so he wouldn’t be able to see the view of endless space below him, and pulled his right foot as hard as he could away from the grassy ceiling. Immediately, the world righted itself. Harry fell forward onto his knees onto the wonderfully solid ground. He felt temporarily limp with shock. He took a deep, steadying breath, then got up again and hurried forward, looking back over his shoulder as he ran away from the golden mist, which twinkled innocently at him in the moonlight.

  • In the maze, Harry may be turned upside-down by the giant Spider guarding the Triwizard Cup. It certainly does a number on his leg:

“Stupefy! Impedimenta! Stupefy!”

But it was no use – the spider was either so large, or so magical, that the spells were doing no more than aggravating it. Harry had one horrifying glimpse of eight shining black eyes and razor-sharp pincers before it was upon him. He was lifted into the air in its front legs; struggling madly, he tried to kick it; his leg connected with the pincers and next moment he was in excruciating pain.

He could hear Cedric yelling “Stupefy!” too, but his spell had no more effect than Harry’s – Harry raised his wand as the spider opened its pincers once more and shouted “Expelliarmus!” It worked – the Disarming Spell made the spider drop him, but that meant that Harry fell twelve feet onto his already injured leg, which crumpled beneath him. Without pausing to think, he aimed high at the spider’s underbelly, as he had done with the skrewt, and shouted “Stupefy!”just as Cedric yelled the same thing.

The two spells combined did what one alone had not: The spider keeled over sideways, flattening a nearby hedge, and strewing the path with a tangle of hairy legs.

  • Harry is described as “hanging” when tortured by Voldemort in the Little Hangleton graveyard:


It was pain beyond anything Harry had ever experienced; his very bones were on fire; his head was surely splitting along his scar; his eyes were rolling madly in his head; he wanted it to end … to black out… to die …

And then it was gone. He was hanging limply in the ropes binding him to the headstone of Voldemort’s father, looking up into those bright red eyes through a kind of mist. The night was ringing with the sound of the Death Eaters’ laughter.

  • In Order of the Phoenix, after Harry and Dudley meet the Dementors, Arabella makes a hanging reference:

‘Keep your wand out,’ she told Harry, as they entered Wisteria Walk. ‘Never mind the Statute of Secrecy now, there’s going to be hell to pay anyway, we might as well be hanged for a dragon as an egg. Talk about the Reasonable Restriction of Underage Sorcery… this was exactly what Dumbledore was afraid of – What’s that at the end of the street? Oh, it’s just Mr Prentice… don’t put your wand away, boy, don’t I keep telling you I’m no use?’

  • Hagrid gets The Hanged Man treatment in the Valley of the Giants:

‘I knew it was no go before I’d opened me mouth. He was sitting there wearin’ Karkus’s helmet, leerin’ at us as we got nearer. He’s massive, one o’ the biggest ones there. Black hair an’ matchin’ teeth an’ a necklace o’ bones. Human-lookin’ bones, some of ’em. Well, I gave it a go – held out a great roll o’ dragon skin – an’ said, “A gift fer the Gurg of the giants —” Nex’ thing I knew, I was hangin’ upside-down in the air by me feet, two of his mates had grabbed me.’

  • And then there is Snape, quite clearly the very image of ‘The Hanged Man,’ in the Phoenix chapter, ‘Snape’s Worst Memory:’

Behind him, the Impediment Jinx was wearing off. Snape was beginning to inch towards his fallen wand, spitting out soapsuds as he crawled.

‘I wouldn’t go out with you if it was a choice between you and the giant squid,’ said Lily.

‘Bad luck, Prongs,’ said Sirius briskly, and turned back to Snape. ‘OI!’

But too late; Snape had directed his wand straight at James; there was a flash of light and a gash appeared on the side of James’s face, spattering his robes with blood. James whirled about: a second flash of light later, Snape was hanging upside-down in the air, his robes falling over his head to reveal skinny, pallid legs and a pair of greying underpants.

Many people in the small crowd cheered; Sirius, James and Wormtail roared with laughter.

  • In Half-Blood Prince, we learn that Tom Riddle, Jr., plays his own kind of Hangman game at his orphanage, one without paper and pencil. As Dumbledore learns from the Orphanage keeper:

She squinted at him as though deciding whether or not to trust him. Apparently she decided she could, because she said in a sudden rush, “He scares the other children.”

“You mean he is a bully?” asked Dumbledore.

“I think he must be,” said Mrs. Cole, frowning slightly, “but it’s very hard to catch him at it. There have been incidents. . . . Nasty things …”

Dumbledore did not press her, though Harry could tell that he was interested. She took yet another gulp of gin and her rosy cheeks grew rosier still.

“Billy Stubbs’s rabbit. . . well, Tom said he didn’t do it and I don’t see how he could have done, but even so, it didn’t hang itself from the rafters, did it?”

“I shouldn’t think so, no,” said Dumbledore quietly.

  • Peeves gets into the Hanged Man act, too:

“AHA!” screamed a voice from overhead and both of them jumped; unnoticed by either of them, they had just passed underneath Peeves, who was hanging upside down from a chandelier and grinning maliciously at them.

“Potty asked Loony to go to the party ! Potty lurves Loony! Potty luuuuuurves Looooony!”

A jet of green light shot from the end of Snape’s wand and hit Dumbledore squarely in the chest. Harry’s scream of horror never left him; silent and unmoving, he was forced to watch as Dumbledore was blasted into the air: for a split second he seemed to hang suspended beneath the shining skull, and then he fell slowly backwards, like a great rag doll, over the battlements and out of sight.

  • Deathly Hallows opens at Malfoy Manor and the spectacle of ‘The Hanged Woman:’

The drawing room was full of silent people, sitting at a long and ornate table. The room’s usual furniture had been pushed carelessly up against the walls. Illumination came from a roaring fire beneath a handsome marble mantelpiece surmounted by a gilded mirror. Snape and Yaxley lingered for a moment on the threshold. As their eyes grew accustomed to the lack of light they were drawn upwards to the strangest feature of the scene: an apparently unconscious human figure hanging upside down over the table, revolving slowly as if suspended by an invisible rope, and reflected in the mirror and in the bare, polished surface of the table below. None of the people seated underneath this singular sight was looking at it except for a pale young man sitting almost directly below it. He seemed unable to prevent himself from glancing upwards every minute or so.

  • Grindelwald gave Gregorovitch the Hanging Upside Down experience:

‘Give it to me, Gregorovitch.’

Harry’s voice was high, clear and cold: his wand held in front of him by a long-fingered, white hand. The man at whom he was pointing was suspended upside down in mid-air, though there were no ropes holding him; he swung there, invisibly and eerily bound, his limbs wrapped about him, his terrified face, on a level with Harry’s, ruddy due to the blood that had rushed to his head. He had pure white hair and a thick, bushy beard: a trussed-up Father Christmas.

‘I have it not, I have it no more! It was, many years ago, stolen from me!’ ‘Do not lie to Lord Voldemort, Gregorovitch. He knows … he always knows.’ The hanging man’s pupils were wide, dilated with fear, and they seemed to swell, bigger and bigger until their blackness swallowed Harry whole –

And then there is the much more specific ‘Hanged Man’ effect of the Levicorpus spell.

  • Harry tries it out early on in Half-Blood Prince:

Pointing his wand at nothing in particular, he gave it an upward flick and said Levicorpus! inside his head. “Aaaaaaaargh!”

There was a flash of light and the room was full of voices: Everyone had woken up as Ron had let out a yell. Harry sent Advanced Potion-Making flying in panic; Ron was dangling upside down in midair as though an invisible hook had hoisted him up by the ankle.

“Sorry!” yelled Harry, as Dean and Seamus roared with laughter, and Neville picked himself up from the floor, having fallen out of Bed. “Hang on — I’ll let you down —”

  • Ron is the object of Harry’s use of the same spell a little later when he eats the love potions chocolates from Romilda:

Harry turned to leave; he had got two steps towards the door when a crashing blow hit him on the right ear. Staggering, he looked round. Ron’s fist was drawn right back, his face was contorted with rage; he was about to strike again.

Harry reacted instinctively; his wand was out of his pocket and the incantation sprang to mind without conscious thought: Levicorpus!

Ron yelled as his heel was wrenched upwards once more; he dangled helplessly, upside-down, his robes hanging off him.

‘What was that for?’ Harry bellowed.

Enough? I’m guessing you recall that the pub in Little Hangleton in which Fred Bryce is convicted and crucified figuratively by his neighbors for the murder of the Riddle family is called ‘The Hanged Man.’ It isn’t described, but I’m guessing the pub sign is of the tarot card.

And the town’s name comes up again in the finish because faux Moody’s portkey transports Harry and Cedric to the Little Hangleton graveyard.

The fourth book of the Hogwarts Saga begins and ends in Hangleton and starts with a drop-dead, in-your-face reference to ‘The Hanged Man.’

Did I mention that Lethal White, the fourth book of the Cormoran Strike series, gives a hanged man and gallows making a central place in that mystery? Not in my two posts on the Goblet-Lethal links I didn’t! See here and here.

Images of ‘The Hanged Man’ permeate Harry’s adventures, and though Professor Trelawney never mentions the card or figure in her druken Half-Blood Prince ramblings, it is named at the opening of Goblet.

Next up, what those who do tarot card readings think this card means. Let me know in the comment boxes below if you can think of Casual Vacancy, Cursed Child, Cormoran Strike, or Harry Potter allusions to the figure that I’ve missed in my list!









Special Honors for ‘Harry Potter’s’ Stuart Craig and Roger Pratt!

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I

Two Harry Potter alums have been selected to receive special honors during this year’s award season!

According to Deadline, production designer Stuart Craig has been tapped to receive the Lifetime Achievement award at the British Film Designers Guild awards on Feb. 9 after a prolific career including three Oscar wins and three BAFTA nods. Craig worked on all eight film adaptations of the Harry Potter series and has carried his contributions over to the extension of the wizarding world through the new Fantastic Beasts series from J.K. Rowling.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I

Stuart was nominated for Best Production Design for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011), taking home the win for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire!

He also received a BAFTA nomination–and won!–for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and he has been nominated again this year for his contributions to production design for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

As for Oscar recognition, his track record is equally magical. Craig was nominated for Best Achievement in Art Direction for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

While set design for the Fantastic Beasts series has certainly presented its challenges–from recreating the streets of 1920s New York to the sprawling landscape of late 1920s Paris–it has undoubtedly been the perfect vehicle to highlight Craig’s genius. And the crux of this genius, where it comes to the wizarding world, is Craig’s intuitive understanding of what works for the audiences and the films.

In 2016, Leaky reported that Craig observed:

“We learned on the Potter films that the magic works really well when it’s born out of something that seems completely real; something you accept and believe.”

This Lifetime Achievement award is well deserved, and we look forward to design magic he’ll work when the Fantastic Beasts story heads to Rio!


Roger Pratt, cinematographer for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, has also been recognized with a special award for Outstanding Contribution to Cinematography. According to Screen Daily, the honor was awarded at a pre-ceremony BAFTA event held Sunday, Jan. 20.

Pratt previously earned BAFTA nominations for The End of the Affair (1999) and Chocolat (2000), and both Harry Potter films provided ample opportunity to show off Pratt’s expertise.

Chamber of Secrets expanded on Sorcerer’s Stone with a magical ride from London to Scotland in the Weasley’s enchanted Ford Anglia, a creepy excursion into the heart of the Forbidden Forest to Aragog’s lair and a descent into the hidden chamber of Salazar Slytherin deep beneath the school. Likewise, Goblet of Fire extended beyond the castle and grounds to the Quidditch World Cup, the Tri-Wizard Tournament’s Dragon Challenge, Black Lake and maze and to the graveyard of Tom Riddle Sr.

Both films needed to produce the proper atmosphere and suspense while also keeping audiences invested in the story as it moved in and out of Hogwarts. Pratt’s contributions to both films were certainly outstanding, and his award is both aptly named and timely.

Congratulations to Stuart Craig and Roger Pratt, and thank you for being a part of the wizarding world!