of a light brown to brownish orange color; the color of tanned leather
None of them noticed a large,
tawny owl flutter past the window.
a display of bad temper
At half past eight, Mr. Dursley picked up his briefcase, pecked Mrs. Dursley on the cheek, and tried to kiss Dudley good-bye but missed, because Dudley was now having a
tantrum and throwing his cereal at the walls.
laugh quietly or with restraint
chortled Mr. Dursley as he left the house.
move with a sweep, or in a swooping arc
He didn’t see the owls
swooping past in broad daylight, though people down in the street did; they pointed and gazed open-mouthed as owl after owl sped overhead.
in an opposing direction
contrary, his face split into a wide smile and he said in a squeaky voice that made passersby stare, “Don’t be sorry, my dear sir, for nothing could upset me today!
optical instrument consisting of a frame that holds a pair of lenses for correcting defective vision
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.
imagine; conceive of; see in one's mind
Fancy seeing you here, Professor McGonagall.”
penetrate or cut through with a sharp instrument
It seemed that Professor McGonagall had reached the point she was most anxious to discuss, the real reason she had been waiting on a cold, hard wall all day, for neither as a cat nor as a woman had she fixed Dumbledore with such a
piercing stare as she did now.
petty or reluctant in giving or spending
“I’m not saying his heart isn’t in the right place,” said Professor McGonagall grudgingly, “but you can’t pretend he’s not careless.
with one leg on each side
If the motorcycle was huge, it was nothing to the man sitting
A breeze ruffled the neat hedges of Privet Drive, which lay silent and tidy under the inky sky, the very last place you would expect
astonishing things to happen.
having or emitting a high-pitched and sharp tone or tones
His Aunt Petunia was awake and it was her
shrill voice that made the first noise of the day.
inferior in size or quality
Piers was a
scrawny boy with a face like a rat.
an aggressive and violent young criminal
“... roaring along like maniacs, the young
hoodlums,” he said, as a motorcycle overtook them.
to pass or move unobtrusively or smoothly
Behind the glass, all sorts of lizards and snakes were crawling and
slithering over bits of wood and stone.
soft food made by boiling oatmeal or other meal or legumes in water or milk until thick
Within seconds it was the grayish white of old
stale and unclean smelling
Dudley and Harry shared a room with twin beds and damp,
snuff up mucus through the nose
a male witch or demon
Warlock, Supreme Mugwump, International Confed. of Wizards)
anemic looking from illness or emotion
“Where was I?” said Hagrid, but at that moment, Uncle Vernon, still
ashen-faced but looking very angry, moved into the firelight.
an ornament consisting of a grotesquely carved figure of a person or animal
gargoyles, Harry, people are still scared.
worthless material that is to be disposed of
I’ve read those letters and he needs all sorts of
rubbish—spell books and wands and—”
a very large pot that is used for boiling
1 cauldron (pewter, standard size 2)
1 set glass or crystal phials
1 set brass scales
Students may also bring an owl OR a cat OR a toad
a health professional trained in the art of preparing and dispensing drugs
A plump woman outside an
Apothecary was shaking her head as they passed, saying, “Dragon liver, sixteen sickles an ounce, they’re mad....”
naturally having skin of a dark color
He had a
swarthy, clever face, a pointed beard and, Harry noticed, very long fingers and feet.
the name used to identify the members of a family (as distinguished from each member's given name)
be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly
Hagrid almost had to drag Harry away from Curses and Countercurses (Bewitch Your Friends and
Befuddle Your Enemies with the Latest Revenges: Hair Loss, Jelly-Legs, Tongue-Tying and Much, Much More) by Professor Vindictus Viridian.
a legendary Arabian bird said to periodically burn itself to death and emerge from the ashes as a new phoenix; according to most versions only one phoenix lived at a time and it renewed itself every 500 years
We use unicorn hairs,
phoenix tail feathers, and the heartstrings of dragons.
inclined to a healthy reddish color often associated with outdoor life
“Got to have that
ruddy tail removed before he goes to Smeltings.”
a chief officer or chief magistrate
“I’m up front, the
prefects have got two compartments to themselves—”