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"Yeah, size is no guarantee of power ... Look at Ginny.... You've never been on the receiving end of one of her Bat-Bogey Hexes, have you?"
-- George Weasley (OP6)

Bat-Bogey Hex

Engorges an opponent’s “bogies” to bat-size, gives them wings, and sets them to attacking his or her face.

History and Notes

The spell was created by Miranda Goshawk, in the late eighteenth or early nineteenth century.  Miranda used it on her sisters to great effect, getting them to return borrowed clothes, keep out of her room, and be quiet when Miranda was doing homework.

References from the canon

  • A speciality of Ginny Weasley's, which she used on Draco Malfoy to escape Umbridge's office. It impresses not only Ron (OP33), but Fred and George, who use Ginny as an example of the principle 'size is no guarantee of power' (OP6)
  • Slughorn asked Ginny Weasley to join the Slug Club after seeing her cast a this spell on Zacharias Smith aboard the Hogwarts Express (HBP7).

Commentary

Etymology

"bogey" British slang: booger

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