Harry Potter Jargon Harry Potter has a variety of terms not commonly known to people who don't read the books. I often find me and my friends (who are all Harry Potter nerds) cracking jokes and making references to Harry Potter all the time. For people who do not necessarily know a lot about Harry Potter I was just wondering if you are ever confused by the made-up terms people may use from the series. Does anyone ever think they are lost or not understanding the joke? Also, I am just curious- Does anyone else randomely use Harry Potter terms or phrases from the books? I find myself always saying accio book, or whatever item I misplaced. :)

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Yes, I know some die-hard Potter fans. Well you have to know what a muggle is. A muggle is a non-magical person, so Harry Potter jokes often refer to us (normal people) as muggles. I'd also hear jokes about disapparation, which means you can disappear and transport yourself anywhere.
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My 9 year old goes through stages where she's very much obsessed with the books.  She will do the accio thing that you mention.  Or she'll do "protego" when I'm trying to mess with her so as to repel me.   She hates spiders and has been known to tell me there's an acromantula on her wall that needs killing.

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