• Character Eldon Elsrickle was a wizard and a famous thief, who brought the Unlocking Charm to Britain in the early 17th century. Elsrickle was behind a series of mysterious robberies in London, winning him the title of “The Spectral Thief of Old London Town.” (BoS)… Read More
• Character A duelling competition held on Dartmoor in 1379 was won by the English witch Elizabeth Smudgling, who cleverly used a simple Disarming Charm against her wizard opponent in the final. For this achievement, she became the “Supreme Dueller”. (BoS)… Read More
• Character Elladora Guffy was the next-door neighbour of Ethelbald Mordaunt. Madam Guffy was fond of practical jokes. She was been known on occasion to enchant Mordaunt’s garden furniture. This infuriated Mr. Mordaunt, which he eloquently expressed in a letter to the Daily Prophet (DP1). Read More
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I love the Harry Potter films. I have dear friends who worked on them. I was on the set during the filming of Order of the Phoenix. David Heyman even told me that they used the Lexicon "every day" while they created the films. So don't mistake what I'm about to say for anything but loving criticism. The films are nothing more than very expensive fan fiction. They're made-up stories closely based on the Harry Potter books, created by people who are massive Harry Potter fans and who care very deeply about "getting it right," but who, for one reason or another, changed a lot of things. Sometimes they changed things for very good reasons. Sometimes, though, they seem to have changed things for no particular reason at all. I can't explain it, but there you go. However, for a lot of people, the films are Harry Potter. They've never read the books, or barely read them anyway. As far as they're concerned, Dementors attacked Harry and Dudley in an underpass below a highway. Snape died in a boathouse. And Harry fought Voldemort in an extended, violent duel at the end of the Battle of Hogwarts, punctuated by clever bon mots and death-defying falls from high places. But oh well. I really don't care. At least they're Potter fans! The more the merrier! Just do me a favor ... don't send me any more emails telling me that I screwed up on the Lexicon when I write that: Read More
• Spells A corporeal Patronus is a fully-shaped spirit animal conjured with the Patronus Charm (OP8, OP16). The Patronus Charm is extremely difficult for most witches and wizards, so a corporeal Patronus that takes the form of a living animal is rare and shows great magical ability (Pm). An “incorporeal patronus”… Read More
• Magical effects A Patronus is a silvery-white image of a creature created by using the Patronus Charm. Lupin describes a Patronus as “a kind of positive force, a projection of the very things that the dementor feeds upon — hope, happiness, the desire to survive — but it cannot feel… Read More
• Spells The Patronus Charm, expecto patronum, conjures a silvery phantom shape, usually that of an animal, which is the embodiment of the positive thoughts of the caster. A Patronus will drive away Dementors. A fully-shaped spirit animal is called a “Corporeal Patronus.” (OP8, OP16)… Read More
• Spells The Disarming Charm causes opponent’s weapon to fly out of his or her hand. The opponent is then said to have been Disarmed. The  Disarming Charm is a basic defensive spell, taught at the Duelling Club by Snape (CS10). Although it is a basic spell, it is rather difficult,… Read More