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7 phrases from the world of Harry Potter that will make your writing magical

Jul 08, 2023

It has been more than two decades since the first Harry Potter book came out, but the craze for the wizarding world is still on. These phrases might work some magic for you!

Meaning: something involving mystery, intrigue or secret agents. Harry's Cloak of Invisibility is useful for keeping him hidden in many of his adventures.

Example: The spy was arrested in a cloak-and-dagger operation in which he was caught trying to steal the top secrets.

Meaning: a way of predicting the future. In the series, a professor uses a crystal ball to foresee the return of the evil Lord Voldemort.

Example: No one can just look into a crystal ball and see exactly how life will turn out.

Meaning: a period of working that is late at night. When Harry is punished for being out of bed at night, he is sent late at night to help the gamekeeper Hagrid with his work.

Example: Derek usually sleeps in the morning after working the graveyard shift as a taxi driver.

Meaning: a very long time ago. Many moons ago, Remus Lupin was bitten by a werewolf, so whenever there is a full moon, he turns into the creature.

Example: My grandfather attended this school many moons ago, so he would be proud that I am here too.

Meaning: to have daydreams that will never come true. Many Harry Potter fans daydreamed about attending the wizarding school which is in a magical castle.

Example: Stop lying in bed all day making castles in the air – go out and make your dream into reality.

Meaning: to teach someone a lesson by doing to them what they have done to you. Harry meets Professor Lockhart who is known for heroic acts. But Lockhart never did any of those acts. Instead he used a spell to erase people's memory and steal their glory. When he tries to erase Harry's memories, the professor gets a taste of his own medicine as the spell backfires and he forgets who he is.

Example: Teachers should be forced to take exams so they get a taste of their own medicine!

Meaning: to give an easy solution. Though wizards in the books can cast many spells with their magical wands, it doesn't mean that all of their problems are quickly solved.

Example: You can't fix your mistakes by waving a magic wand – you have to apologise and change.

Harry Potter is a series of seven books and eight movies written by J. K. Rowling, a British author. The books in the series have sold over 500 million copies in over 70 languages!

to secretly plan with other people to harm somebody

an enthusiastic interest in something that is shared by many people but that usually does not last very long; a thing that people have a craze for

to say that something will happen in the future

a thing that is actually experienced or seen, in contrast to what people might imagine