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Lupin-boggart

Remus Lupin's boggart taking a shape of a full moon.

The Moon is Earth's only natural satellite and the fifth largest natural satellite in the Solar System. The moon's phases and substances are very useful and important in the wizarding world.

Potions

Moondew is a magical substance extracted from the moon, persumably used in potions. Its properties were discovered in medieval times by druidess Cliodna. Also, the phases of the Moon influence the making of potions, as studied by Hesper Starky. Veritaserum takes a full moon cycle to mature.

Diseases

It was believed by medieval Healers that taking the liver of a toad, binding it tight about the victim's throat and standing naked by the full moon in a barrel of eels' eyes would cure spattergroit. Wizards infected with lycantrophy transform into a Werewolf if exposed to the full moon's rays.

History

Moonlight lit the grounds of the Forbidden Forest in 1992 as Rubeus Hagrid conducted a detention for Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Draco Malfoy and Neville Longbottom there. During the detention, after an encounter with centaurs, he described them as being "ruddy stargazers" who are "not interested in anythin' closer'n the moon."[1]

In the summer of 1992, moonlight was streaming through the bars of Harry's window in The Smallest Bedroom as Ron, Fred and George Weasley arrived by flying car to rescue him from 4 Privet Drive.[2] As they made their escape, the car "shot suddenly toward the moon" when Fred put his foot down on the accelerator.[3]

At approximately one o'clock in the morning on 31 July, 1993, the moon was large, full and golden, and silhouetted Errol, Hedwig and an owl sent by Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry as they flew to his house with birthday wishes and, in the case of the latter, a form for Harry's guardians to sign so that he could go to Hogsmeade[4]

As Harry Potter went to bed on the night of 5 February , 1994, he twitched the hangings of his four-poster shut to block out a ray of moonlight.[5]

In the early evening of 6 June, 1994, thick clouds covered the moon, although later that night when Ron Weasley, Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Sirius Black, Professor Lupin and Peter Pettigrew left the Shrieking Shack through the entrance at the base of the Whomping Willow, the clouds moved aside to reveal a full moon, and Lupin, who was a werewolf, transformed[6]

Behind the scenes

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Flying Ford Anglia in front of the moon

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 15 - (The Forbidden Forest)
  2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 2 - (Dobby's Warning)
  3. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 3 - (The Burrow)
  4. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 1 - (Owl Post)
  5. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 13 - (Gryffindor vs. Ravenclaw)
  6. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 20 - (The Dementors' Kiss)


Astronomy
Astronomy Classroom
Professors: Aurora Sinistra
Astronomy at Hogwarts: Astronomy department · Astronomy Tower · Astronomy Room · Astronomy Stairs · Astronomy Corridor · Astronomy reading room ·
Astronomy classroom
Astronomers: Aurora Sinistra · Copernicus · George von Rheticus · Perpetua Fancourt
Objects: Globe of the Moon · Lunascope · Moon chart · Orrery · Star chart · Telescope
Planets: Jupiter · Mars · Mercury · Neptune · Pluto · Saturn · Uranus · Venus
Satellites: Callisto · Europa · Ganymede · Io · Moon
Constellations: Bartholomeus · Orion

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