Learn English with Harry Potter (3rd Installment)

2011 June 27
by Jane

With the long-awaited release next month of the new Harry Potter movie, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2” we all find ourselves once again back at the movie theater spending a couple of carefree hours getting lost in the magical world of Harry Potter. So, to mark the occasion I thought it would be a good idea to put together a list of vocabulary from the HP books and movies for you all to use as a fun way to study English – enjoy!

Wizard – Usually a man (or boy) who has magical powers and can perform acts of magic, such as casting spells.

Witch – Usually a woman (or girl) who has magical powers and can perform acts of magic, such as casting spells.

Goblet of Fire – A “Goblet” is a drinking glass similar in shape to a wine glass but much bigger.

Dark Arts – Any kind of magic that will do harm.

Dark Mark – The symbol for Voldemort and his followers (the Death Eaters). The Dark Mark looks like a skull (a “skull” is the bone structure of the head and face) that has a snake as a tongue. When the Dark Mark appears in the sky it means that Voldemort’s followers are nearby.


Vocabulary in Context:

Finally, I’m going to give you four more vocabulary words with example sentences from the HP books. If this doesn’t make you want to study English more often, I don’t know what will!


Meaning : Slightly open

“The front door was ajar, peering inside she caught a glimpse of a bloody glove.” The Sorcerer’s Stone


Meaning: Open wide

“Brilly stared, his mouth agape, as Blackpool demonstrated his latest card trick.” Half-Blood Prince


Meaning: To choose not to do something

“Fiona usually abstained from eating meat – sometimes she felt it was just too yucky.” Order of the Phoenix


Meaning: Someone who helps you out, usually when you are doing something wrong

“Brilly and his accomplice Dribbles spread the slimy goo across the floor of the school gym.” Half-Blood Prince

2 Responses leave one →
  1. Nicole permalink
    January 7, 2012

    I don’t want to sound rude but… Don’t you think that people who are able to understand your whole text in English already know English?

  2. Hills Learning permalink*
    January 9, 2012

    Hi Nicole – You’re correct that this article is geared towards students that are not beginners of English. You have to have a basic background in vocabulary and grammar to understand it, we’ve created these more for the intermediate to advanced speakers.

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