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I'm part of the 'Thriller' generation; to me, a zombie will always mean Michael Jackson in a bright red bomber jacket.
-- J.K. Rowling (Pm)

A corpse that rises from the dead, usually part of the Voudou tradition of Haiti or Africa (Pm).

  • Professor Quirrell told the DADA class that his foul-smelling turban was a gift from an African prince in exchange for ridding him of a zombie, but no one really believed him since he could not explain how to deal with a zombie, and just changed the subject to the weather (PS8).
  • At times a sorcerer may use part of a zombie's soul for Dark Magic, rather like a Horcrux, so they are not to be confused with the soul-less bodies of Inferi used by Lord Voldemort to guard his Cave Potion or conceal his snake, Nagini (Pm, HBP3, HBP4, HBP9, HBP26, DH10, DH17).
  • The Daily Prophet advertises a "Zombie Trail" vacation as part of a "Terror Tours" advertisement (DP3)

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Etymology

"Zombie" = name of the Voodoo Snake God of Niger-Congo, spread through slave culture to Haiti and beyond in the New World.

May also be Cajun Creole for "ghost or phantom" through the Spanish "sombra" for "shadow".

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