Harry Potter is so exciting to read that getting stuck on a word can be really annoying! Here are ten words with their meanings to help you out with the first book …

1. Wand:

Implement used by wizards to perform magic. Available from Ollivanders in Diagon Alley.

2. Muggle:

Person totally without magical powers. Most Muggles live in ignorance of the world of wizards and witches.

3. Galleon:

Gold wizarding money.

4. Poltergeist:

A mischievous spirit.

5. Herbology:

Study of plants. Professor Sprout is the Herbology teacher at Hogwarts.

6. Remembrall:

Magical glass ball, the size of a large marble, filled with white smoke. The smoke turns red to tell you that there is something you have forgotten to do.

7. Centaurs:

Half-man, half-horse creatures. Centaurs live in the Forbidden Forest.

8. Quidditch:

The wizarding national sport. Played on broomsticks by seven players.

9. Transfiguration:

The art of turning one thing into another.

10. Seeker:

Quidditch player who tries to catch the Golden Snitch.

Want more wizarding words? The rest of our Harry Potter Glossary is available on the Bloomsbury website here, taking you through words and definitions from all seven books.

Illustration by Jim Kay © Bloomsbury Publishing Plc