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J.K. Rowling Has Released New Info About Vampires In "Harry Potter"

Updated: "Although vampires exist in the world of Harry Potter, they play no meaningful part in the story.”

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Although vampires exist in the world of Harry Potter, as shown by the literature that Harry and his friends study in Defence Against the Dark Arts, they play no meaningful part in the story.

Looking back through my earliest notebooks, however, I found that on my very earliest list of staff, there was a subjectless vampire teacher I had forgotten, called "Trocar".

Evidently I did not think much of him as a character, though, because he disappears fairly early on in my notes.

For a long time there was a persistent fan rumour that Snape might be a vampire. While it's true that he has an unhealthy pallor, no corpses with puncture marks in their necks ever turn up at Hogwarts.

You can read the whole thing by logging into Pottermore, and solving the riddle.


Chemistry was my least favourite subject at school, and I gave it up as soon as I could. Naturally when I was trying to decide which subject Harry's arch-enemy, Severus Snape, should teach, it had to be the wizarding equivalent. This makes it all the stranger that I found Snape's introduction to his subject quite compelling ('I can teach you to bottle fame, brew glory, even stopper death…'), apparently part of me found Potions quite as interesting as Snape did; and indeed I enjoyed creating potions in the books, and researching ingredients for them.

The moment also included info about cauldrons, which "are enchanted to make them lighter to carry, as they are most commonly made of pewter or iron."

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She continues: "Modern inventions include the self-stirring or collapsible varieties of cauldron, and pots of precious metal are also available for the specialist, or the show-off."


Rowling writes:

I seemed to have had him kidnapped and killed for no reason. He is not the first wizard whom Voldemort murdered because he knew too much (or too little), but he is the only one I feel guilty about, because it was all my fault.

We also got a short history of the Leaky Cauldron pub.

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“Some people argue that the oldest pub in London is the White Hart on Drury Lane. All of these people are Muggles, and all of them are wrong. The oldest pub in London, as any wizard will tell you, is the Leaky Cauldron on Charing Cross Road.”

Uncle Vernon has a vague idea that Cokeworth is so distinctly unmagical, the letters will not follow them there. He ought to have known better; after all Petunia's sister, Lily, turned into a talented witch in Cokeworth.