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January in Harry Potter History......

c. 1959
9th - Severus Snape born

1992 (PS)
4th - Harry begins having nightmares about his parents' death.
5th - Hogwarts Express back to school
6th - start of term

1993 (CS)
Hermione spends the entire month  in the hospital recovering from being partially transfigured into a cat by the Polyjuice Potion.
3rd - Hogwarts Express back to school
4th - start of term 

1994 (PA)
3rd - start of term
6th - Lupin starts teaching Harry to do the Patronus Charm 
13th - anti-dementor lessons 
15th - Quidditch match: Slytherin narrowly defeats Ravenclaw 

1995 (GF)
4th - Rita's article about Hagrid appears in the Daily Prophet.  Prof. Grubbly-Plank takes over Care of Magical Creatures (unicorns) 
16th - Hogsmeade visit: The trio see Krum diving into lake.  They have a run-in with Rita at the Three Broomsticks.  Dumbledore and the trio  convince Hagrid to return to work. 
21st - Harry takes egg for a bath, works out clue with Myrtle's help.  The Marauders' Map shows Crouch in Snape's office; Harry runs into Filch, Snape, and Moody on the stairs.
22nd - Harry writes to Sirius by brown owl about previous night's events.
Harry researches underwater breathing. 

1996 (OP)
11th - Snape tells Harry he'll be teaching him Occlumency
12th - Harry, Hermione and the Weasleys return to Hogwarts on the Knight Bus, escorted by Tonks and Lupin
13th - Harry's first Occlumency lesson with Snape.   Ten Death Eaters escape from Azkaban.  Broderick Bode strangled by Devil's Snare. Harry has a surge of happiness making him realize something Voldemort wanted has happened. 
14th - The Daily Prophet reports Death Eaters' escape and  Bode's  death.  Hagrid tells the trio he's on probation. He has more injuries. 
15th - Educational Decree #26 appears in school (teachers not allowed to give information beyond lessons).
Harry dreaming almost every night about Dept. of Mysteries corridor 

1997 (HBP)
5th - Students return to Hogwarts, Harry talks with Hermione about Snape
6th - Apparition lessons notice posted.  Harry has his third lesson with Dumbledore: they watch Morfin tell Voldemort about his family, we see Slughorn's altered memory of Riddle and Horcruxes and Dumbledore gives Harry the task of getting the full memory.
7th - Harry asks Slughorn about Horcruxes and memory after Potions class.

1998 (DH)
entire month - (Indeed the entire winter) Harry, Ron, and Hermione travel the countryside in their tent.

January Birthdays

1- Verne Troyer: Griphook (1969)
4- Jim Norton: Mr. Mason (1938)
9 - Severus Snape (1960 - d. May 2, 1998)
9- Imelda Staunton: Dolores Umbridge (1956)
22- John Hurt: Mr. Ollivander (1940)
23- Mackenzie Jean Rowling Murray (2005)
24- Terence Bayler: Bloody Baron (1930)
27- Richard Bremmer: voice of Voldemort (1953)
28- Lee Ingleby: Stan Shunpike (1976)
30 - Lily Potter (1960 -d. Oct. 31, 1981)

Events & Reminders


June 19-21, 2008: Convention Alley 2 - Ottawa, Ontario Canada

July 10-13, 2008: Portus 2008, Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas

July 25-27, 2008: Accio 2008, Magdalen College, Oxford UK

August 7-11, 2008: Terminus sponsored by Narrate Conferences, Inc.- Chicago, Illinois USA

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince film will be released in theaters
November 20 – Germany, Netherlands
November 21 – Brazil, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Turkey, UK, USA
November 26 – Belgium, France
November 27 - Australia
November 28 - Bulgaria, Poland, Russia, Spain
December 6 - Japan


June 26-29, 2009: Sectus 2009, Bodelwyddan Castle, Wales

July 23-26, 2009: “Level Two 2009”, San Jose, California


July 15-18, 2010: Infinitus 2010 at “Wizarding World of Harry Potter Theme Park", Universal Studios, Orlando Florida

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows film to be released in theaters

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6. Glues target’s tongue to the roof of his mouth
7. Allows private conversations even in a crowd
8. Blasts solid objects out of the caster’s path
12. Digs through or hollows out the target
13. Duplicates target object
16. Cleans up target object or person
17. Renders target unconscious
18. Blows up the target
19. Shoots a wad of gum out of a keyhole

2. Causes conjured creatures to attack the target
3. Turns object to stone
4. Starts a fire
5. Makes caster’s voice carry over long distances
9. Causes target to explode
10. Moves a tree
11. Cursed fire
14. Forces the target to release its hold on someone or something
15. Conjures a wooden rod

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Mince Pies
Mrs. Weasley's homemade mince pies, along with a knit jumper were among Harry's Christmas gifts each year, (PA11, GF23, OP23) and were also fare at Slughorn's party (HBP15).

450gg (16oz) Mincemeat
340g (12oz) Rich Shortcrust Pastry
1 Egg White
Caster Sugar
Icing Sugar

Pre-heat the oven to 190°C: 375°F: Gas 5.
Thinly roll out half of the pastry and use to line small tartlet tins.
Fill with mincemeat to half to three quarters of the depth.
Thinly roll out the remaining pastry, cut into rounds as lids for the pies.
Dampen the edges of the lids and press edges lightly together to form a seal.
Brush with egg white and sprinkle with caster sugar and make a small slit in the top to allow steam to escape.
Bake for 20 minutes or until lightly golden brown.
Serve hot with cream or brandy butter or cool on a wire rack and serve cold, dusted with icing sugar.

Rich Shortcrust Pastry

225g (8oz) Flour
110g (4oz) Butter
25g (1oz) Caster Sugar
2 Egg Yolks
½ tsp Salt
1 tbsp Water

Sieve the flour, sugar and salt together into a bowl.
Cut the butter into 1.5cm (½ inch) cubes and rub lightly into flour, lifting the mixture to add air, until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
Mix the egg yolks and water together in a separate bowl.
Make a well in the middle of the mixture and stir in the egg yolks using a knife, until a soft but not sticky pastry is formed.
Cover tightly and allow to rest in a fridge for 15 - 30 minutes.
Roll out to the required thickness.
At this stage the pastry may be frozen if required.
It should be baked in a preheated oven at between 190°C: 375°F: Gas 5 or 220°C: 425°F: Gas 7 depending on thickness and use.


Makes: 3.2kg (7lb)

675g (1½lb) Cooking Apples
450g (1lb) Seedless Raisins
450g (1lb) Sultanas
450g (1lb) Shredded Suet
450g (1lb) Soft Brown Sugar
350g (12oz) Currants
225g (8oz) Candied Peel
50g (2oz) Flaked Almonds
2 Lemons
4 tbsp Brandy or Rum
½ tsp Ground Mixed Spice

Peel and core the apples.
Coarsely mince the apples, raisins, sultanas, currants and candied peel.
Place into a bowl and add the chopped suet, sugar, almonds, mixed spice with the juice and grated rind of the lemons, mix thoroughly.
Cover with a cloth and leave in a cool dark place for 2 - 3 days, stirring the mixture 3 - 4 times a day.
Mix in the brandy or rum before potting, pot and seal as jam.

This recipe is reprinted with permission from The Foody UK & Ireland website.

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