|"Is this all real? Or has this been happening inside my head?"
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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.
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.
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.
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."
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
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
Behind the scenes
- Mary GrandPré's chapter-header illustration for Chapter 3 ("The Burrow") of the U.S. edition of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets depicts the Flying Ford Anglia in front of a full moon.
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (First mentioned)
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film) (First appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film) (Mentioned only)
- LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4
Notes and references
|Professors: Aurora Sinistra|
|Astronomy at Hogwarts: Astronomy department · Astronomy Tower · Astronomy Room · Astronomy Stairs · Astronomy Corridor · Astronomy reading room · |
|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|