of a strict bearing or demeanor; forbidding in aspect
She had a very
stern face and Harry’s first thought was that this was not someone to cross.
an unchanging intonation
Harry could hear the
drone of hundreds of voices from a doorway to the right—the rest of the school must already be here—but Professor McGonagall showed the first years into a small, empty chamber off the hall.
a limited period of time during which something lasts
“The start-of-term banquet will begin shortly, but before you take your seats in the Great Hall, you will be sorted into your Houses.
an abrupt spasmodic movement
Harry’s heart gave a horrible
cast a spell over someone or something
bewitched to look like the sky outside.
worn away or tattered along the edges
This hat was patched and
frayed and extremely dirty.
the medieval principles governing knightly conduct
Their daring, nerve, and
chivalry set Gryffindors apart;
walk with a lofty proud gait
swaggered forward when his name was called and got his wish at once: the hat had barely touched his head when it screamed, “SLYTHERIN!”
characterized by forceful and energetic action or activity
Prefect got up and shook his hand vigorously, while the Weasley twins yelled, “We got Potter!
living in a particular place
Resident ghost of Gryffindor Tower.”
a British peer of the lowest rank
Baron’s becoming almost unbearable—he’s the Slytherin ghost.”
very thin especially from disease or hunger or cold
Harry looked over at the Slytherin table and saw a horrible ghost sitting there, with blank staring eyes, a
gaunt face, and robes stained with silver blood.
a platform built out from the shore into the water
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.
Professor Quirrell, in his absurd turban, was talking to a teacher with greasy black hair, a hooked nose, and
fall down, as if collapsing
At the start of their first class he took the roll call, and when he reached Harry’s name he gave an excited squeak and
toppled out of sight.
a solution obtained by steeping or soaking a substance
“What would I get if I added powdered root of asphodel to an
infusion of wormwood?”
a thorough search for something
There was a sudden
rummaging for quills and parchment.
poke or thrust abruptly
Harry had caught Ron
prodding Dean’s poster of West Ham soccer team, trying to make the players move.
twist or pull violently or suddenly
wrenched open doors and marched along corridors with Harry trotting miserably behind her.
muscular and heavily built
But Wood turned out to be a person, a
burly fifth-year boy who came out of Flitwick’s class looking confused.
unpleasantly and excessively suave or ingratiating
“Bet it’s that one behind the statue of Gregory the
Smarmy that we found in our first week.
a hot, smoldering fragment of wood left from a fire
embers were still glowing in the fireplace, turning all the armchairs into hunched black shadows.
informal terms for the nose
The password’s ‘Pig
snout’ but it won’t help you now, the Fat Lady’s gone off somewhere.”
lie in wait or behave in a sneaky and secretive manner
“Sniff around, my sweet, they might be
lurking in a corner.”
Indeed, by the next morning Harry and Ron thought that meeting the three-headed dog had been an excellent adventure, and they were quite
keen to have another one.
an association of sports teams that organizes matches
“Comets look flashy, but they’re not in the same
league as the Nimbus.”
without previous thought or preparation
Harry asked, hoping he sounded
walk heavily and firmly, as when weary, or through mud
“That Quidditch Cup’ll have our name on it this year,” said Wood happily as they
trudged back up to the castle.
turned or twisted to one side
Harry was just helping himself to a baked potato when Professor Quirrell came sprinting into the hall, his turban
askew and terror on his face.
make one's way by pushing or shoving
jostled their way through a crowd of confused Hufflepuffs, Harry suddenly grabbed Ron’s arm.
having edges that are jagged from injury
One of his legs was bloody and
influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering
“Just a bit of toast,”
cut small bits or pare shavings from
Hagrid had obviously
whittled it himself.
large deep serving dish with a cover
A hundred fat, roast turkeys; mountains of roast and boiled potatoes; platters of chipolatas;
tureens of buttered peas, silver boats of thick, rich gravy and cranberry sauce—and stacks of wizard crackers every few feet along the table.
softly bright or radiant
When Harry finally left the table, he was laden down with a stack of things out of the crackers, including a pack of non-explodable,
luminous balloons, a Grow-Your-Own-Warts kit, and his own new wizard chess set.