Muggle Encyclopedia

compiled and written by Penny Linsenmayer

Tabor, Danielle films
Danielle Tabor was cast in the role of Angelina Johnson for PS/f, and continued the role in CS/f and PA/f. Further information can be found at: WEB LINK - IMDB See also Benjamin, Tiana.

Taylor, Thomas
Taylor is the artist who designed the cover art for the original United Kingdom edition of PS. PS was Taylor's first commissioned work. Further biographical information can be found at: WEB LINK

Tena, Natalia films
Natalia Tena was cast in the role of Nymphadora Tonks for OP/f. Further information about Ms. Tena's life and career can be found at: WEB LINK - IMDB

Tennant, David films
David Tennant was cast in the role of Barty Crouch, junior for GF/f. He has since gone on to play the title role in the BBC TV series Doctor Who. Further information about Mr. Tennant's life and career can be found at: WEB LINK - IMDB

Thewlis, David films
Born in 1963 in Blackpool, Lancashire, England, David Thewlis was cast in the role of Remus J. Lupin for PA/f. Further information about Mr. Thewlis's life and career can be found at: WEB LINK and WEB LINK - IMDB

Thompson, Emma films
Born in 1959 in London, Emma Thompson is one of Britain's leading actresses. She was cast in the role of Professor Trelawney in PA/f. Additional information about her life and career can be found at: WEB LINK - IMDB

Tolkien, J. R. R. author
Rowling first read Tolkien's classic The Lord of the Rings sometime during her days at the University of Exeter. Her biographer, Sean Smith, believes Tolkien's work must surely have influenced Rowling and her writing more than she admits. In interviews with people who remember her in Porto, she was said to be rarely without her battered copy of The Lord of the Rings, which she re-read frequently (SS_JKRB). Extensive information about Tolkien's life and work can be found online, particularly at: WEB LINK

City in Canada where Rowling did her largest ever book reading (12,000 fans), shortly after the release of Goblet of Fire in the summer of 2000. She was terrified before she went on stage, but once she got started, she was okay. Here's how she describes the event:

I've never been good at speaking in public, in fact, it's a borderline phobic. And I thought: "What have I done?" And I felt so pathetically, woefully inadequate for the task ahead. Just me with my book, shaking. And I had two earplugs, so I could only very distantly hear the noise of the crowd. So I did my reading. And once I was up there, I was actually ok. And then I finished and I said "Thank you very much" and that's - whatever I said - and I just wanted to hear what it actually sounded like. So I took out one of the plugs. And it was as though my ear drum exploded. I actually heard the noise that everyone else could hear in the stadium. It was unbelievable (HPM).
The Hogwarts Express figures prominently in each of the Harry Potter novels, as Harry and his friends journey to Hogwarts each September 1st for the new term and return for summer holidays at the end of June each summer. "Trains have been quite important in my life. My parents met on a train." ("Happy Ending, and that's for beginners" by Anne Johnstone, The Herald, 24 June 1997). In addition, of course, JKR recalls that Harry strolled fully-formed into her head whilst she was sitting on a delayed train from Manchester to London in 1990.
For me, King's Cross is a very, very romantic place. Probably the most romantic station purely because my parents met here. So that's always been part of my childhood folklore. My dad had just joined the navy; my mum had just joined the Wrens. They were both traveling up to Arbroath in Scotland from London and they met on the train pulling out of King's Cross. So I wanted Harry to go to Hogwarts by train. I just love trains; I'm a bit nerdy like that, and obviously therefore it had to be King's Cross (HPM).

'Troy', one of JKR's oldest friends, is "a passionate supporter of the West Ham Football Club. It is in her honour that the only soccer team ever mentioned in the books is West Ham." The Irish Chaser Troy is named for her (JKR, "The Irish Quidditch Team and West Ham Football Club").

Tufnell Park
Neighborhood in northern London where JKR's maternal grandparents, Stan and Frieda Volant, resided. Peter Rowling and Anne Volant were married at All Saints Parish Church of Dalmeny and Tytherton Road in Tufnell Park on 14 March 1965. Available biographical information does not indicate whether the Volants lived there until their deaths or moved elsewhere (SS_JKRB).

The Rowling family moved to this small village across the Severn River from Bristol in 1974. Rowling spent the remainder of her childhood at Church Cottage in Tutshill. Tutshill is in Gloucestershire, right at the border between England and Wales (Chepstow, a short mile downhill from Tutshill, is in the Gwent county of Wales). Tutshill is situated right at the edge of the legend-filled Forest of Dean and between the confluence of the Rivers Wye and Severn (SS_JKRB). In an interview, Rowling affirmed that Hagrid's accent is West Country, based on her childhood experiences in this area of England. See WEB for further information about Tutshill.

Primary editor: Michele L. Worley.
Original page date 13-June-2004; Last page update 14-August-2007 MLW