"Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," Vocabulary from Chapters 7-13

J.K. Rowling's boy wizard begins his adventures here, in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.

Learn these word lists for the novel: Chapters 1-6, Chapters 7-13, Chapters 14-17

Here are links to our lists for works in the Harry Potter universe: The Sorcerer's Stone, The Chamber of Secrets, The Prisoner of Azkaban, The Goblet of Fire, The Order of the Phoenix, The Half-Blood Prince, , The Deathly Hallows, The Cursed Child

Activities for this list:

definitions & notes only words
  1. stern
    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.
  2. drone
    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.
  3. term
    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.
  4. jolt
    an abrupt spasmodic movement
    Harry’s heart gave a horrible jolt.
  5. bewitch
    cast a spell over someone or something
    “It’s bewitched to look like the sky outside.
  6. frayed
    worn away or tattered along the edges
    This hat was patched and frayed and extremely dirty.
  7. chivalry
    the medieval principles governing knightly conduct
    Their daring, nerve, and chivalry set Gryffindors apart;
  8. swagger
    walk with a lofty proud gait
    Malfoy swaggered forward when his name was called and got his wish at once: the hat had barely touched his head when it screamed, “SLYTHERIN!”
  9. vigorous
    characterized by forceful and energetic action or activity
    Prefect got up and shook his hand vigorously, while the Weasley twins yelled, “We got Potter!
  10. resident
    living in a particular place
    Resident ghost of Gryffindor Tower.”
  11. baron
    a British peer of the lowest rank
    The Bloody Baron’s becoming almost unbearable—he’s the Slytherin ghost.”
  12. gaunt
    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.
  13. pier
    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.
  14. sallow
    unhealthy looking
    Professor Quirrell, in his absurd turban, was talking to a teacher with greasy black hair, a hooked nose, and sallow skin.
  15. topple
    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.
  16. infusion
    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?”
  17. rummage
    a thorough search for something
    There was a sudden rummaging for quills and parchment.
  18. prod
    poke or thrust abruptly
    Harry had caught Ron prodding Dean’s poster of West Ham soccer team, trying to make the players move.
  19. wrench
    twist or pull violently or suddenly
    She wrenched open doors and marched along corridors with Harry trotting miserably behind her.
  20. burly
    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.
  21. smarmy
    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.
  22. ember
    a hot, smoldering fragment of wood left from a fire
    A few embers were still glowing in the fireplace, turning all the armchairs into hunched black shadows.
  23. snout
    informal terms for the nose
    The password’s ‘Pig snout’ but it won’t help you now, the Fat Lady’s gone off somewhere.”
  24. lurk
    lie in wait or behave in a sneaky and secretive manner
    “Sniff around, my sweet, they might be lurking in a corner.”
  25. keen
    very good
    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.
  26. league
    an association of sports teams that organizes matches
    “Comets look flashy, but they’re not in the same league as the Nimbus.”
  27. offhand
    without previous thought or preparation
    Harry asked, hoping he sounded offhand.
  28. trudge
    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.
  29. askew
    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.
  30. jostle
    make one's way by pushing or shoving
    As they jostled their way through a crowd of confused Hufflepuffs, Harry suddenly grabbed Ron’s arm.
  31. mangled
    having edges that are jagged from injury
    One of his legs was bloody and mangled.
  32. wheedle
    influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering
    “Just a bit of toast,” wheedled Hermione.
  33. whittle
    cut small bits or pare shavings from
    Hagrid had obviously whittled it himself.
  34. tureen
    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.
  35. luminous
    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.

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