WORD LISTS

"Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-6

July 8, 2013
As you read J. K. Rowling's "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," learn these word lists for the novel: Chapters 1-6, Chapters 7-13, Chapters 14-17
tawny
None of them noticed a large, tawny owl flutter past the window.
tantrum
At half past eight, Mr. Dursley picked up his briefcase, pecked Mrs. Dursley on the cheek, and tried to kiss Dudley good-bye but missed, because Dudley was now having a tantrum and throwing his cereal at the walls.
chortle
“Little tyke,” chortled Mr. Dursley as he left the house.
swoop
He didn’t see the owls swooping past in broad daylight, though people down in the street did; they pointed and gazed open-mouthed as owl after owl sped overhead.
contrary
On the contrary, his face split into a wide smile and he said in a squeaky voice that made passersby stare, “Don’t be sorry, my dear sir, for nothing could upset me today!
spectacles
His blue eyes were light, bright, and sparkling behind half-moon spectacles and his nose was very long and crooked, as though it had been broken at least twice.
fancy
Fancy seeing you here, Professor McGonagall.”
pierce
It seemed that Professor McGonagall had reached the point she was most anxious to discuss, the real reason she had been waiting on a cold, hard wall all day, for neither as a cat nor as a woman had she fixed Dumbledore with such a piercing stare as she did now.
grudging
“I’m not saying his heart isn’t in the right place,” said Professor McGonagall grudgingly, “but you can’t pretend he’s not careless.
astride
If the motorcycle was huge, it was nothing to the man sitting astride it.
astonishing
A breeze ruffled the neat hedges of Privet Drive, which lay silent and tidy under the inky sky, the very last place you would expect astonishing things to happen.
shrill
His Aunt Petunia was awake and it was her shrill voice that made the first noise of the day.
scrawny
Piers was a scrawny boy with a face like a rat.
hoodlum
“... roaring along like maniacs, the young hoodlums,” he said, as a motorcycle overtook them.
slither
Behind the glass, all sorts of lizards and snakes were crawling and slithering over bits of wood and stone.
porridge
Within seconds it was the grayish white of old porridge.
musty
Dudley and Harry shared a room with twin beds and damp, musty sheets.
snivel
Dudley sniveled.
warlock
Chief Warlock, Supreme Mugwump, International Confed. of Wizards)
ashen
“Where was I?” said Hagrid, but at that moment, Uncle Vernon, still ashen-faced but looking very angry, moved into the firelight.
gargoyle
“Gulpin’ gargoyles, Harry, people are still scared.
rubbish
I’ve read those letters and he needs all sorts of rubbish—spell books and wands and—”
cauldron
OTHER EQUIPMENT
1 wand
1 cauldron (pewter, standard size 2)
1 set glass or crystal phials
1 telescope
1 set brass scales
Students may also bring an owl OR a cat OR a toad
apothecary
A plump woman outside an Apothecary was shaking her head as they passed, saying, “Dragon liver, sixteen sickles an ounce, they’re mad....”
swarthy
He had a swarthy, clever face, a pointed beard and, Harry noticed, very long fingers and feet.
surname
What’s your surname, anyway?”
befuddle
Hagrid almost had to drag Harry away from Curses and Countercurses (Bewitch Your Friends and Befuddle Your Enemies with the Latest Revenges: Hair Loss, Jelly-Legs, Tongue-Tying and Much, Much More) by Professor Vindictus Viridian.
phoenix
We use unicorn hairs, phoenix tail feathers, and the heartstrings of dragons.
ruddy
“Got to have that ruddy tail removed before he goes to Smeltings.”
prefect
“I’m up front, the prefects have got two compartments to themselves—”

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