What exactly is a boggart? The creepy history of a very Mancunian monster

Simon Young explains how Manchester is famous for beliefs in the eerie supernatural being

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It's the creature that gives its name to Boggart Hole Clough - a stretch of woodland that is a popular beauty spot in Blackley in north Manchester.

It's also the shape-shifting monster in Harry Potter that manifests as a person's biggest fear- and requires laughter to be fought off.

So, what exactly is a Boggart?

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These horrifying and enigmatic creatures have been a key part of Northern folklore for over 500 years.

South Pennines born historian Simon Young , author of The Boggart , has conducted the first in-depth study of this mysterious supernatural being from the North.

Through hours of research and combing through hundreds of Lancashire newspapers from the 19th century, Simon has found many accounts of people who have had encounters with Boggarts.

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Rather than the goblins depicted in fantasy films and literature, Simon has rediscovered that "Boggart" was the word used to describe all solitary supernatural spirits of the North West- everything from headless phantoms to killer mermaids and sinister black dogs.

He told the M.E.N.: " If you go to a modern folklorist or a fairy dictionary, they will say a Boggart is a naughty house fairy. This is absolute nonsense.

A photo of a Boggart from The Spiderwick Chronicles children's book and film series

" When you go back and look at the 19th century sources, when people in Manchester ran through the door and said ‘I have just seen a Boggart!'- and this comes up a lot in sources- what they meant was they saw something creepy and supernatural.

A photo of a historical reference to a Boggart in Manchester

"Thinking of some of the Manchester Boggarts, it could be a Nut Nan, which were monsters lived near the nut trees and protected the trees from people picking nuts.

"It could be shape-shifters that turned into a white rabbit, a sheep, a horse. It could be a headless ghost or Jenny Greenteeth, the monster who used to live in ponds in Manchester and would pull children in."

What fascinated Simon during his research was discovering that the best Boggart material doesn't come from within the city of Manchester, but from the outskirts of the city.

"The areas that we, today, think of as Manchester, were little villages in the 19th century," Simon explained. "For example, I have done supernatural maps of Gorton , Droylsden , Blackley and Lees .

A photo of Simon's Boggart map of Gorton

"These Boggart maps tell you where not to go after dark, because various Boggarts would be there to get you!"

A photo of Simon's Boggart map of Lees

So how did Boggart Hole Clough , said to be one of the most haunted places in Greater Manchester, get its name?

The 200-acre woodland on Charlestown Road was bought in the 1890s by Manchester City Council.

Intended as a place for hard-working Mancunians to go on the weekends for leisure and picnics, the clough had sports grounds and was even a public meeting place. The likes of suffragettes and Keir Hardie, the first Labour party leader in Parliament, gave speeches there.

Photo of Boggart Hole Clough in north Manchester

In his book, Simon refers to Boggart Hole Clough as a 'mecca' for beliefs about Boggarts. It is the last place in the old county of Lancashire where Boggart folklore has survived.

Simon continued: "A Boggart hole refers to the lair of the boggart- a place that people believed that the boggart dwelled. There were lots of boggart holes in the North West.

"Boggart holes were usually places that went down in the landscape. Sometimes they were ravines, caves going down or potholes.

Image of Fishing Lake at Boggart Hole Clough, Blackley

"Boggart Hole Clough will have got its name in the 19th century. It's on the very old parish boundary between Middleton and Manchester.

"Typically, there is a connection between people having supernatural experiences at parish boundaries. People believed that parish boundaries were dangerous supernatural places. This is the perfect place to come across a monster or bogey."

A photo of Boggart Hole Clough

Boggart folklore has survived in Manchester, in contrast to Liverpool. The Merseyside city, which was once a stronghold for Boggart beliefs, contains almost no references to the supernatural beings today, Simon suggested.

Image of Simon's Boggart map which tells you where all the Boggarts in Boggart Hole Clough are located

He added: "The comparison with Liverpool is dramatic- the Boggart has completely died there as an idea.

"Manchester is the only place in the North West where beliefs about Boggarts have evolved. Many people have memories, experiences and ideas about Boggart Hole Clough , particularly children who visited it.

A photo of Boggart Hole Clough

"I did what I call a Boggart Census for my book, which is a collection of about 1100 memories of people from the North West, talking about what Boggarts means to them. There are lots of beautiful accounts there, several from people from the 1950s, saying ‘we saw Boggarts in the clough!’

"There are descriptions of Boggarts with little black noses and all sorts of things. The Boggart Census has a list of all the Boggart place names in the North West and it also has contributions of Manchester Evening News readers and readers from elsewhere.

A photo of Simon's map of Boggart memories in 2019, showing how popular Boggart beliefs are in the North West

"To get lots of references to Manchester and Boggart Hole Clough , this really shocked me. I realised that in some places, beliefs in the traditional Boggart hadn't died.

An image of a map showing a hotspot of Boggart beliefs in the North West

"So to find people in the Peak District talking about Boggarts in the same wa y Mancunians did 150 years ago, just blew my mind. This Boggart Census is an ongoing project and if anyone has any material they wish to send me, I would be very grateful."

A photo of children running away from a Boggart

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Simon Young's book The Boggart is available for purchase on Amazon here and the companion book, The Boggart Sourcebook is available as a free PDF download here .

To send your memories and experiences of Boggarts to Simon Young, contact him at [email protected]

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The Boggarts In Harry Potter Explained

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The world of "Harry Potter" is filled with all sorts of magic and magical creatures alike. It's actually not a stretch to say that, because the books and movies were told from the perspective of younger wizards and witches, some of whom were new to the world of magic, fans were only treated to a small fraction of what's possible. Still, the creatures, magical spells, and various potions that viewers did witness during the events of the "Harry Potter" franchise were interesting enough in their own right.

Each book and movie alike tried to introduce a new magical creature for Harry and his friends to either contend with or use as a plot point later on in the story. From the hippogriff in " Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban " that was ultimately used to save the life of Sirius Black (Gary Oldman) to the Thestrals that are used to fly to the Ministry of Magic in "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," every creature had its purpose. However, there's one creature in the "Harry Potter" universe that's uniquely separate from others: boggarts. Here's a rundown of what they are and what makes them such a fascinating entity in "Harry Potter."

Boggarts take on the shape of one's worst fear

While creatures like hippogriffs and dragons have the distinct honor of actually looking like their true selves to the eyes of anyone who happens to see them, boggarts are unique in that no one really knows what they look like. Anyone who encounters a boggart will instead come face-to-face with their worst fear materialized. This is explained in detail by Professor Remus Lupin  (David Thewlis) in both the movie and book versions of "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban."

There are a couple of notable ways to repel a boggart. The most common way, which was taught by Professor Lupin, is the Boggart Banishing Spell, Riddikulus. This defensive incantation requires the user to envision a way to turn their greatest fear into something amusing or funny. Once the boggart is stripped of its power of fear over its victim, it is banished. Since the boggart is amortal, it cannot be killed, never having truly been alive. Additionally, the boggart also takes on the weaknesses and strengths of the forms it mimics, meaning that it can be repelled in a way that would work on the person or object it takes the appearance of.

Overall, boggarts are a fascinatingly mysterious entity in the world of "Harry Potter," unlike most other creatures and monsters.

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Boggart (also called a bogey, bogeyman , bogle or bugbear ) is a term used for a creature in English folklore. It is generally a household spirit turned malevolent trickster or mishcevious goblin-like creature. The name is derived from the Welsh "bwg".

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Myths & Legends [ ]

When a hobgoblin is teased or misused excessively, it will become a Boggart — creatures whose sole existence is to play tricks and cause trouble for people. They can be mischievous, frightening, and even dangerous, and they are very difficult to get rid of. Boggarts also tend to punish those who offend them and in some cases are trying to punish a human for injustice.

Household boggarts can cause things to disappear, milk to sour, and dogs to go lame. Boggarts thought to live in marshes or swamps caused the disappearance of children.

In some cases, boggarts were thought to be "buried", similar to vampires, with a stake driven through the body.

The boggarts in Lancashire, England, were believed to have a leader known as Owd Hob , a horned, hooved creature similar in shape to a satyr .

The Farmer and the Devil [ ]

In one story, known sometimes as "The Farmer and the Devil", a farmer bought a patch of land that was inhabited by the boggart. When the farmhe attempted to cultivate the field the boggart got angry, but after much arguing they decided to work the land together and share the bounty. The farmer, however, being greedy, began to ponder a way to cheat the boggart out of his share. When they were debating what to plant, he asked the boggart, "Which half of the crop do you want for your share, the part below the ground or the part above it?" The boggart thought for a while before answering "The part below the ground". The farmer sowed the field with barley. At harvest time the farmer boasted a big pile of barley while all the boggart had to show for his work was stubble. It flew into a rage and screeched that next time it would take what lay above the ground.

The next time the farmer sowed the field with potatoes. At harvest time the farmer laughed as he claimed his massive pile of potatoes while the boggart was yet again left with nothing to show for his efforts. Simmering with rage, the boggart stormed off, never to return again.

Appearance [ ]

Boggarts vary in size and general appearance but many are depicted with humanoid features. Boggarts, though usually small, could be as big as a small calf. Some boggarts could take on the form of animals, such as horses.

Modern Depictions [ ]

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A boggart as a full moon in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban .

Literature [ ]

  • One appears frequently as a main character in the Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black.
  • They are known as "Boggles" in the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis.
  • In the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, boggarts change form depending on the greatest fear of the nearest person.
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Overview [ edit | edit source ]

A boggart is a shapeshifter that usually lurks in dark spaces. It has no definite form, taking the shape of that which is most feared by the person who encounters it. When not in the sight of a person, it is believed to look like a dark blob.

Extended Description [ edit | edit source ]

To repel or destroy a boggart, it must be laughed at. The spell Riddikulus can be cast to force the boggart to assume a generally amusing shape of what the caster mentally conceives.

In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban , the Boggart appears three times.

  • In Professor Lupin's Defence Against the Dark Arts class , we are introduced to the Boggart and his characteristics, and the fact that this allows us to see people's deepest fears; this also allows us a comical jab at Professor Snape , as Neville produces a simulacrum of Snape dressed in his grandmother's favorite outfit. Lupin does prevent Harry from triggering the Boggart's defence mechanism, which Harry feels is unfair; but Lupin later explains this as being done to prevent a simulacrum of Lord Voldemort from appearing in front of the class. This in particular shows that Lupin is much more aware of the class and its needs and concerns than any of the other Defence Against the Dark Arts teachers that have preceded him in the series.
  • Later, Lupin uses a second Boggart to train Harry in the use of the Patronus charm and its use against Dementors .
  • Either this same Boggart, or a third one, is then used in the final exam for Defence Against the Dark Arts . In this, we see Hermione's insecurity about her grades – her greatest fear is revealed to be " Professor McGonagall – she said I failed everything!" And apparently this is such a great fear that she is unable to invoke Riddikulus against it.

In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire , Harry encounters a Boggart in the final task of the Triwizard Tournament . It takes the form of a Dementor upon seeing Harry.

In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix , a Boggart is discovered in a desk in the Headquarters of the Order . It is identified by Alastor Moody using his magical eye, whereupon Mrs. Weasley goes to eliminate it. Ultimately she is unable to, and Remus Lupin, possibly alerted by Mad-Eye Moody, arrives to vanquish it and rescue her.

Analysis [ edit | edit source ]

The Boggart has two main purposes in the series: one is to reveal characters' deepest fears, as the Mirror Erised reveals their deepest desires; the other is to give Harry a "dementor" that he can battle, without risking having his soul sucked out. The latter is the most important, as Harry will be called upon to fight Dementors, and must somehow be prepared for that struggle; but their ability to show the greatest fears of the characters will prove useful as well.

The appearance of the Boggart in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is particularly interesting, not for the fact of the Boggart, but for the illumination it provides. This episode allows Harry to see what Mrs. Weasley's greatest fears are: that her family, or Harry himself, might end up dead. Naturally, Harry is surprised to see that his well-being is so important to Mrs. Weasley, though he does not comment on it at the time. His thoughts are more about his recent upset at having been passed over for Prefectship , and the realization of just how trivial that was relative to the other possible outcomes for the next few years. The author does not explicitly show us the effect this revelation has on Harry in the long term, but it would be safe to say that Harry is heartened by the discovery that there is someone in the world who cares so much about him.

It is somewhat illuminating to note the form Boggarts take when confronted with specific characters in the story. For Ron , a confirmed arachnophobe, it is an Acromantula . Hermione is confronted with the spectre of failing all her courses. Harry, as mentioned, is forced to deal with a Dementor, while Neville faces Professor Snape, and Mrs. Weasley sees, in succession, the death of all her family members and Harry. The Boggart taking the shape of an animated, severed hand for Seamus Finnigan tells us little, but it taking the shape of a full moon when confronted by Lupin would tell us a great deal, if we recognized it as a full moon. It can be interesting to speculate on what other characters would see; Ginny , following the events in the Chamber of Secrets the previous year, might be expected to see herself as a puppet, or to see a puppet master; Fred and George , we suspect, would each see the other, dead, though it is uncertain if a Boggart would ever find one of them alone; and it is a safe assumption that Voldemort would see his own lifeless body.

In connection with this, we note the apparent mindlessness of the Boggart's response. Specifically when confronted by Lupin, the Boggart becomes a small, and pointless, simulacrum of the full moon. It does not change even when Lupin casually brushes it aside, indicating an unawareness that its understanding of Lupin's deepest fear is deeply flawed. This indicates that the Boggart's response is automatic, rather than reasoned, and that the lack of a fear response by the target of the Boggart's illusion is not something that the Boggart can react to.

Questions [ edit | edit source ]

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  • In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban , Professor Lupin says "Nobody knows what a boggart looks like when he is alone," yet in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix , Alastor Moody is able to identify it immediately, before it is released from the desk. What did Moody see with his magical eye?
  • Why does a boggart have the full effect on Harry when it turns into a Dementor but it does not make Lupin a werewolf when it turns into a full moon?
  • What parallels can be drawn between the effects of boggarts and the Mirror of Erised ?
  • Our immediate suspicion is that Voldemort, confronted by a boggart, would see his own corpse. Are there other images that could be presented? Support your answer.

Greater Picture [ edit | edit source ]

There is some conflicting information about the effects of Boggarts. In particular, the Boggart-as-Dementor that Harry is using to learn the Patronus charm affects him exactly as the true Dementors do, weakening him and allowing him to hear his mother's and father's final minutes. Yet the boggart-as-full-moon that appears in Lupin's Defence Against the Dark Arts class, and the similar effect occurring when Lupin confronts the Boggart in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix , do not cause him to turn into a werewolf.

Uncharacteristically, when Harry encounters the Boggart-as-Dementor in the maze in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire , he recognizes it as a Boggart because it trips over its own robes. This is a very uncharacteristic revelation, not something we would expect of a Boggart, and can only be explained by our later understanding that the false Alastor Moody was watching Harry's progress through the maze and eliminating obstacles. Likely he could not eliminate the Boggart, and so made it clumsy to tip Harry off.

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The Boggart in the Wardrobe

"Nobody knows what a Boggart looks like when he is alone, but when I let him out, he will immediately become what each of us most fears." -- Professor Lupin

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Malfoy takes advantage of his injury in Potions , Professor Snape orders Ron and Harry to do his work, Sirius Black has been sighted near the school, Professor Lupin conducts his first Defence against the Dark Arts class on confronting Boggarts .

Calendar and Dates

This takes place on a Thursday, from mid-morning until the end of afternoon class. Since the Gryffindor third-years haven't had a Defence Against the Dark Arts class yet, it will be near the start of term.

Students arrive at Hogwarts on 1 September every year. Using a real world calendar, this made their first day of classes Thursday 2 September, when Draco Malfoy was injured during Care of Magical Creatures after lunch. The next possible Thursday is a week later - on the 9th of September. Of course, magically, the first day of term always seems to be a Monday at Hogwarts.

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In this chapter, Professor Snape's cruelty is matched by Professor Lupin's kindness. Neville Longbottom is the recipient of both.

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Ron seized his knife, pulled Malfoy's roots towards him and began to chop them roughly, so that they were all different sizes. "Professor," drawled Malfoy, "Weasley's mutilating my roots, sir."

Ron is rightly punished for trying to ruin Draco's potion ingredients by having to give Draco his perfectly prepared roots. Harry then wisely decides to do a good job with skinning the Shrivelfig that Draco needs.

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"Please, sir," said Hermione, "please, I could help Neville put it right –" "I don’t remember asking you to show off, Miss Granger,’ said Snape coldly, and Hermione went as pink as Neville. "Longbottom, at the end of this lesson we will feed a few drops of this potion to your toad and see what happens. Perhaps that will encourage you to do it properly."

If Neville doesn't want his toad Trevor to be poisoned (rather than temporarily turning back into a tadpole), he will definitely need Hermione's help. Neville is useless at Potions , especially with the constant criticism aimed at him by Professor Snape .

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"So the Boggart sitting in the darkness within has not yet assumed a form. He does not yet know what will frighten the person on the other side of the door. Nobody knows what a Boggart looks like when he is alone, but when I let him out, he will immediately become whatever each of us most fears."

This means that each student in the class will have to face whatever they fear most - the Boggart will be able to sense this. They will also have to be able to master their fear long enough to think of something funny to be able to defeat it.

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"I wonder, could you tell us what sort of clothes your grandmother usually wears?" Neville looked startled, but said, "Well … always the same hat. A tall one with a stuffed vulture on top. And a long dress … green, normally … and sometimes a fox-fur scarf." "And a handbag?" prompted Professor Lupin. "A big red one," said Neville.

Neville , understandably, fears Professor Snape , so Professor Lupin helps him to find something that will turn the fear into laughter - his Gran's flamboyant and old-fashioned clothing being worn by his most terrifying teacher.

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Exceptional character moments

Using his injury to his advantage, Malfoy asking for help in double Potions class, and Professor Snape ordering Ron and Harry to help him prepare his potion ingredient.

Seamus telling Harry that according to the Daily Prophet, Sirius Black has been sighted by a Muggle not too far from Hogwarts.

Hermione helping Neville with his potion and Professor Snape deducting 5 points from Gryffindor because she helped Neville.

Professor Lupin's first Defense Against the Dark Arts lesson on how to repel a boggart with the Riddikulus charm.

The first student to face the boggart is Neville. Neville's boggart assumes the form of Professor Snape, and he imagines Snape in his grandmother's clothes and uses the Riddikulus charm to successfully repel the boggart.

Professor Lupin's boggart takes the shape of a silvery-white orb hanging in the air.

Most of the students in class successfully repel the boggart except for Harry and Hermione who were not given a chance to face the boggart. Both are disappointed, even though they earned points for Gryffindor by answering Lupin's questions.

Memorable lines

"Keep talking Malfoy, and I'll give you a real injury." [Ron]

Speaking to Harry regarding Sirius Black: "I'd have done something before now. I wouldn't be staying in school like a good boy, I'd be out there looking for him . . . I'd want revenge... I'd hunt him down myself." [Malfoy]

To Ron: "Why would I want revenge on Black? He hasn't done anything to me -- yet." [Harry]

"Nobody knows what a boggart looks like when he is alone, but when I let him out, he will immediately become what each of us most fears." [Professor Lupin]

To Hermione: "What would it have been for you? A piece of homework that only got nine out of ten?" [Ron]

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The Boggart-Banishing Spell [3] ( Riddikulus ) [1] was a charm that was used to defeat a Boggart . [1] It caused the creature to assume a form that was humorous to the caster, along with a whip-crack noise, thereby taking away the Boggart's ability to terrorise. [1]

Boggarts were defeated by laughter, so forcing them to assume an amusing form was the first step to defeating them. [1] However, because Boggarts were amortal , [4] this spell does not truly destroy them, similar to the Patronus Charm , but merely "banish" them — meaning the defeated Boggart will vanish, and presumably re-materialise elsewhere; it is also possible that Boggarts did not dissipate and instead fled, afraid of laughter.

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History [ ]

This was one of the spells that Professor Albus Dumbledore taught his Defence Against the Dark Arts class in the 1910s . Among those students were Newton Scamander and Leta Lestrange ; the aforementioned of which mastered the spell, whilst the latter failed to do so. [5]

At the start of the 1986–1987 school year , Professor Pomona Sprout used this spell to banish a Boggart that manifested in the Greenhouse after Herbology class. [6] Throughout the school year, Jacob's sibling used this spell on various occasions against Boggarts that had been released due to someone having tampered with the Vault of Fear , including the break-in of the Vault by themselves. [7] [8]

In September 1993 , Professor Remus Lupin taught this spell to his third year Defence Against the Dark Arts class in. [1] Thanks to Lupin's teaching, Harry Potter was able to use this against a Boggart in the Triwizard Maze in 1995 . [9]

This spell was apart of the practical examination of the Defence Against the Dark Arts O.W.L. [10]

During the Calamity of the 2010s , members of the Statute of Secrecy Task Force often used this charm to combat Boggart Confoundables in order to release Foundables . [11]

Casting [ ]

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The comical nature of this charm

A simple charm that required the force of mind, to cast, the spell caster must first acknowledge what they fear the most (as it will most likely be what the Boggart will take the form of) and then visualise it into something amusing.

The problem was because the Boggart would have assumed said form at the moment of direct encounter, the one attempting to use this charm would usually have lost concentration after seeing the Boggart manifest their worst fears, making this spell useless. As such, it was always advisable to first take one step at a time when practising this spell. [1]

Known uses [ ]

Known practitioners [ ].

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Etymology [ ]

"Riddikulus" is an adaptation of the English adjective "ridiculous" as well as of the Latin noun ridiculum ("joke") and Latin verb ridere ("to laugh").

Behind the scenes [ ]

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The spell's wand movement path as seen in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite

  • Despite the spell canonically producing no light, the July 2018 trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald shows a brief flash of white light upon the incantation being spoken, both times the spell is cast. This may have been done for stylistic choices.
  • The effect of the Boggart-Banishing Spell varies throughout the series. In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban , it has its stated effect of forcing a Boggart into an amusing form and otherwise does not harm it. In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire , however, Harry uses the spell to make a Boggart-Dementor explode into a wisp of smoke (though it is possible he found a Dementor collapsing into wisps of smoke "funny", and the Boggart was forced to take the form of an exploded Dementor, more than it actually exploded in earnest). Various anecdotes on Pottermore describe Riddikulus transforming Boggarts in a variety of ways, not all of which being directly related to making the Boggart funny.
  • The wand movement given for the Boggart-Banishing Spell resembles a large grin, likely on purpose.
  • In LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 , only Ron and Hermione learn this spell due to Harry being locked out of the class by Draco Malfoy while Lupin is teaching it to his class. Harry instead learns Expecto Patronum from Lupin to defeat his Dementor boggart, and in return Ron and Hermione do not learn Expecto Patronum . [16]
  • In LEGO Dimensions , Riddikulus is one of Hermione's abilities, though it does nothing more than break nearby objects and damage nearby enemies. [17]

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Notes and references [ ]

  • ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 1.21 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban , Chapter 7 ( The Boggart in the Wardrobe )
  • ↑ Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film) - Chapter 11 ( Boggart in the Wardrobe )
  • ↑ Pottermore Moment - Book 3, Chapter 7
  • ↑ Writing by J. K. Rowling: "Boggart" at  Wizarding World
  • ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - The Original Screenplay , Scene 69
  • ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery , Year 3, Chapter 1 ( Year Three Begins ) - Herbology Lesson "Valerian Sprigs"
  • ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery , Year 3, Chapter 7 ( Jacob's Room )
  • ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery , Year 3, Chapter 9 ( The Vault of Fear )
  • ↑ 9.0 9.1 9.2 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire , Chapter 31 ( The Third Task )
  • ↑ 10.0 10.1 10.2 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix , Chapter 31 ( O.W.L.s )
  • ↑ Harry Potter: Wizards Unite
  • ↑ 12.0 12.1 Writing by J. K. Rowling: "Remus Lupin" at  Wizarding World
  • ↑ Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban , Chapter 16 ( Professor Trelawney's Prediction )
  • ↑ 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix , Chapter 9 ( The Woes of Mrs Weasley )
  • ↑ 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 Harry Potter: Magic Awakened
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A boggart is an amortal shape-shifting non-being that takes on the form of the viewer's worst fear. When facing a boggart, it is best to have someone else along, to try to confuse it, since facing more than one person at once would make it indecisive as to what form it must take, usually a mixed-up amalgam of the victims' fears. Because of their shape-shifting ability, no one knows what a boggart looks like when it is alone, as it instantly changes into your worst fears when you first see it.

The charm that combats a boggart is Riddikulus . The charm requires a strong mind and good concentration. The incantation and wand movement alone will not affect a boggart. The correct way to perform the charm is to push past the fear, and concentrate on something that will make the boggart look amusing. The charm does not, in fact, repel a boggart; it just forces it to assume a shape that the caster will find comical, inspiring laughter, which will defeat a boggart. [1]

Boggarts sometimes do not have the same strength or magic as what they imitate, for example, a Boggart transformed into a Dementor has weaker magic than a real Dementor, according to Lupin, or having a deadly scream as a true Banshee , which would otherwise have slaughtered the entire class. This was partly why he chose to simulate a Dementor attack in Harry's presence to help the boy perfect the use of the Patronus Charm .

Muggles can sometimes see Boggarts, but rarely see them plainly and are often easily convinced that they are a figment of their imagination. [2]

  • 1 Hiding places
  • 2.1 Famous boggarts
  • 2.2 Lessons in Hogwarts
  • 2.3 Triwizard Tournament's Third Task
  • 2.4 Number 12 Grimmauld Place
  • 2.5 Unspecified
  • 3 Known boggarts
  • 5 Etymology
  • 6 Behind the scenes
  • 7 Appearances
  • 8 Notes and references

Hiding places [ ]

Boggarts are particularly fond of inhabiting certain places that are dark, such as in wardrobes, the gap beneath beds, and the cupboards under sinks and desks. On at least one occasion, a boggart was found hiding in a grandfather clock. [1]

Known encounters [ ]

Famous boggarts [ ].

Famous Boggarts include the Old Boggle of Canterbury (believed by local Muggles to be a mad, cannibalistic hermit that lived in a cave; in reality a particularly small Boggart that had learnt how to make the most of echos); the Bludgeoning Boggart of Old London Town (a Boggart that had taken on the form of a murderous thug that prowled the back streets of 19th century London , but which could be reduced to a hamster with one simple incantation); and the Screaming Bogey of Strathtully (a Scottish Boggart that had fed on the fears of local Muggles to the point that it had become an elephantine black shadow with glowing white eyes, but which Lyall Lupin of the Ministry of Magic eventually trapped in a matchbox). [2]

Lessons in Hogwarts [ ]

In 1993 , Professor Remus Lupin taught his third year Defense Against the Dark Arts students about how to defend against boggarts. He took the class to the staffroom, where a boggart had moved into a wardrobe the previous afternoon. After explaining what they would need to do, Professor Lupin let the class, starting with Neville Longbottom , perform the Riddikulus charm on the boggart. When the boggart moved towards Harry Potter , Lupin drew the boggart's attention, causing it to turn into a full moon, then had Neville finish it off.

Later, Professor Lupin explained that the reason he didn't let Harry face the boggart was that he thought Harry's boggart would turn into Lord Voldemort , and he didn't want to panic the students. Harry's boggart actually took on the form of a Dementor , as he had an encounter with them on the way to Hogwarts that year and heard his mother 's dying moments whenever they came near.

To help Harry, Professor Lupin taught him how to perform the Patronus , using a boggart found in Argus Filch 's filing cabinet as a substitute for a real Dementor. In between the private lessons, Professor Lupin kept the boggart in a cabinet under the desk, in his office. [1]

Triwizard Tournament's Third Task [ ]

On June 24 , 1994 , Harry Potter came across a boggart in the Third Task of the Triwizard Tournament . When he first encountered it, Harry thought the boggart was actually a Dementor . He cast his Patronus , and realized that the creature was in fact a boggart when it fell back and tripped over the hem of its robes instead of being driven back, as a real dementor would have done.

Number 12 Grimmauld Place [ ]

While cleaning up 12 Grimmauld Place , the new headquarters of the reconvened Order of the Phoenix , Molly Weasley stumbled across what she thought was a boggart in a locked cabinet of a writing desk. She decided to wait for Alastor Moody to confirm it was a boggart, before opening the cabinet.

After escaping from the party being held in celebration of Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger becoming Prefects , Harry heard sobbing coming from the drawing room. When he looked inside, Harry saw Mrs. Weasley cowering against a dark wall, and the body of her son sprawled on the floor. After Molly tried the Riddikulus charm without success, Ron's body turned into the body of Bill Weasley , with his eyes wide open and empty. Molly's next attempt turned Bill's body into Arthur Weasley , with blood running down his face. The next attempts turned the boggart into Fred and George Weasley , Percy Weasley , and then Harry.

Harry shouted to Mrs. Weasley that she should leave, causing Remus Lupin and Sirius Black to run into the room, followed by Mad-Eye Moody . Lupin quickly figured out what had happened, and made the boggart turn from Harry's dead body to the full moon, then with a wave of his wand, made the orb vanish in a puff of smoke. [3]

Unspecified [ ]

Although the precise details of this encounter are unknown, Lupin mentioned during his first lesson that he had once had an encounter with a boggart in the company of at least two other people where the boggart, attempting to frighten two people at once, turned itself into half a slug (One person was afraid of a flesh-eating slug and the other was afraid of headless corpse).

Known boggarts [ ]

Etymology [ ].

In Celtic mythology, a boggart (or bogart, bogan, bogle or boggle) is a household spirit, sometimes mischievous, sometimes helpful.

Behind the scenes [ ]

  • 'Boggart' is David Thewlis' favourite word/line from the series.
  • In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban , Remus Lupin mentions that no one knows what a boggart looks like when it is alone. Mad-Eye Moody , in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix , is able to determine through his "mad" eye that a creature hiding in 12 Grimmauld Place is definitely a boggart. It is assumed that Moody knew what a boggart looked like in its true form as the boggart had not seen him and shape-shifted.
  • J. K. Rowling has stated that her boggart would be the same as Molly Weasley 's: her loved ones dead or alternatively herself buried alive.
  • In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban , Remus Lupin gives Harry private lessons on how to defeat Dementors, using a Boggart as a replacement. However, when Harry faced the Boggart the first and second time, when he failed to beat it, the Boggart/Dementor had managed to make Harry hear his mother's screams. This may imply that Boggarts can gain some abilities of the thing it morphs into. It also gained its weakness as it could be defeated by Harry's Patronus .
  • Lupin's boggart, the full moon, indicated his dread of his transformations into a werewolf. However, the boggart failed to frighten him because it is not the moon itself he feared, but its effect on him.
  • The boggart may have been inspired by the "Clutterbumph" from Manxmouse , of which Harry Potter series author J.K. Rowling is a known fan. [6] The Clutterbumph is described as follows: "...something that is not there until one imagines it. And as it is always someone different who will be doing the imagining, no two Clutterbumphs are ever exactly alike. Whatever it is that frightens one the most and that is just about the worst thing one can think of, that is what a Clutterbumph looks like."
  • In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix , Molly Weasley 's Boggart is shown to change from Arthur and other family members before going to Harry .
  • In an early script for the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban , there were several differences from the final cut of the film. The boggarts for Neville, Ron, Harry, and Professor Lupin remained the same. Parvati's, however, would have been a vampire (specifically Count Dracula [7] ) which would have been dressed like Carmen Miranda (presumably referring to her famous fruit hat outfit from the film The Gang's All Here ) when the Boggart-Banishing Charm was used on it, with Dean having the cobra boggart Parvati has in the actual film. [8]
  • Some changes were made in the film and video game adaptations of the series:

Appearances [ ]

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Notes and references [ ]

  • ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • ↑ 2.0 2.1 Pottermore : New From J.K. Rowling - "Boggart"
  • ↑ Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • ↑ 4.0 4.1 J.K. Rowling Web Chat Transcript
  • ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4
  • ↑ Accio Quote - The story behind the Potter legend
  • ↑ Yana Yanezic's agency profile
  • ↑ Prisoner of Azkaban script at the Internet Movie Script Database (archived here via the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine)
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One, possible form of a Boggart - Professor Snape, Neville Longbottom's biggest fear.

Boggart is a magical creature introduced by Professor Remus Lupin during the Defence Against the Dark Arts lesson . Nobody knows what the Boggart actually looks like, because it changes its shape according to the biggest fear of the person standing near by. To Unlock the Exclusive Content, you must beat the mummy form of the Boggart. Click Refresh until you get the mummy. Go to second zoom to perform the Riddikulus spell to defeat the mummy.

From the Story [ ]

Boggarts are shape-shifters. They take the shape of whatever they think will frighten their audience most. They like dark, enclosed spaces such as wardrobes and cupboards. No one knows what Boggarts look like when they are alone, as they do not assume a form until they know what fear to emulate. It is always best to have company when facing a Boggart, as it will become confused deciding what shape to be. The charm used to repel a Boggart is 'Riddikulus', but the thing that really finishes a Boggart is laughter, so the spell should be used to force the Boggart to assume a shape that the audience finds amusing.

New from J.K. Rowling [ ]

Discovered in book 3 , chapter 7 , the boggart in the wardrobe [ ].

A Boggart is a shape-shifting creature that will assume the form of whatever most frightens the person who encounters it. Nobody knows what a Boggart looks like if nobody is there to see it, although it continues to exist, usually giving evidence of its presence by rattling, shaking or scratching the object in which it is hiding. Boggarts particularly like confined spaces, but may also be found lurking in woods and around shadowy corners.

The more generally fearful a person is, the more susceptible they will be to Boggarts. Muggles, too, feel their presence and may even glimpse them, although they seem less capable of seeing them plainly and are usually easily convinced that the Boggart was a figment of their imagination.

Like a poltergeist, a Boggart is not and never has been truly alive. It is one of the strange non-beings that populate the magical world, for which there is no equivalent in the Muggle realm. Boggarts can be made to disappear, but more Boggarts will inevitably arise to take their place. Like poltergeists and the more sinister Dementors, they seem to be generated and sustained by human emotions.

The spell that defeats a Boggart can be tricky, because it involves making the creature into a figure of fun, so that fear can be dispelled in amusement. If the caster is able to laugh aloud at the Boggart, it will disappear at once. The incantation is ‘Riddikulus’, and the intention is to force the Boggart to assume a less-threatening and hopefully comical form.

Famous Boggarts include the Old Boggle of Canterbury (believed by local Muggles to be a mad, cannibalistic hermit that lived in a cave; in reality a particularly small Boggart that had learnt how to make the most of echos); the Bludgeoning Boggart of Old London Town (a Boggart that had taken on the form of a murderous thug that prowled the back streets of nineteenth-century London, but which could be reduced to a hamster with one simple incantation); and the Screaming Bogey of Strathtully (a Scottish Boggart that had fed on the fears of local Muggles to the point that it had become an elephantine black shadow with glowing white eyes, but which Lyall Lupin of the Ministry of Magic eventually trapped in a matchbox).

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What Is Your Boggart?

Boggarts are things that take the form of whatever the person it encounters is most fearful of. For example, if your biggest fear is snakes, yours would take the form of a snake. Fans were introduced to Boggarts in Professor Lupin’s class in Prisoner of Azkaban . During one of Lupin’s lessons, students had to face off against their boggarts and cast the Riddikulus spell on them. This ended up changing their biggest fear into something silly, which they could laugh about. We have put together a Boggart quiz, which will let you know what yours would be if you were a member of the Wizarding world.

Boggart Quiz: What Would Yours Be?

Instructions: Answer the questions and at the very end, we will let you know what your Boggart would be. We used ones that were shown in the series on this quiz, so they should be familiar to you!

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Boggart List

Here is a list of some of the known boggarts from the series that have been revealed:

A Giant Spider (Ron Weasley)

We were introduced to Aragog (aka the Giant Spider) in Chamber of Secrets . You might be like Ron Weasley and be completely terrified of Aragog and spiders in general. Ron had his own encounter with Aragog and almost didn’t make it out alive.

During an interview, J.K Rowling revealed that her bogga rt would probably be Aragog as she hates Spiders. Can’t say that I blame her.

The Corpse Of Ariana Dumbledore (Albus Dumbledore)

During a web chat, J.K Rowling revealed that Albus Dumbledore’s boggart is the corpse of his sister. Her death is something that has haunted Albus for many years. This is because she was accidentally hit during a duel between Albus and Gellert Grindelwald.

Since Albus feels responsible for her death, it makes sense that he would be most afraid to see her corpse.

A Dementor (Harry Potter)

Harry Potter’s boggart takes the form of a Dementor. These are the creatures that guard Azkaban and are known to feed on the happiness of people. They played a small role in the series and you should definitely know what they are if you are a fan of the series.

A Loose Hand (Dean Thomas)

Dean Thomas’ boggart takes the form of a loose hand. This was a hand that was possessed and it was Thomas’ biggest fear as revealed in the third book.

Failure (Hermione Granger )

Hermione’s boggart is failure. It takes the form of Professor McGonagall letting her know that she has failed each of her exams. With her being such a great student and such a perfectionist, this makes a lot of sense.

Dead Family Member/ Friends (Molly Weasley)

Molly Weasley’s boggart takes the form of dead family members and friends. Unfortunately, her biggest fear ended up coming true after the death of Fred Weasley in the final book/ movie of the series.

A Mummy (Parvati Patil)

Parvati Patil’s boggart takes the form of a mummy. Yes, the Egyptian kind.

A Full Moon (Remus Lupin)

Remus Lupin’s boggart takes the form of a full moon. This makes sense due to him being a werewolf. A Full Moon meant that he would be turning into one soon.

A Banshee (Seamus Finnigan)

Seamus Finnigan’s boggart is a banshee. For those who don’t know, Banshee’s are Irish creatures that take the appearance of women. Their cries are known to be fatal to anyone that hears them.

His Own Dead Body (Tom Riddle)

Tom Riddle’s boggart is his own dead body. This makes sense due to him wanting to live forever (as we saw with the creation of all the Horcruxes).

Speaking of that, make sure to take our Horcrux quiz and we will let you know what yours would be.

A Desk/ Office Job (Newt Scamander)

Newt Scamander’s boggart is one of the more unique ones. His biggest fear is having a desk/ office job. This means that he is most afraid to be confined inside to a desk, rather than get to do what he loves, which is research magical creatures.

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Harry potter: what's your boggart, based on your zodiac sign.

Boggarts take the form of a person's greatest fear, so what Harry Potter terror would yours take, based on your zodiac sign?

As fans learn more about Albus Dumbledore in the Fantastic Beasts movies, including the most recent Secrets of Dumbledore , they are starting to get a glimpse into how the professor has influenced Hogwarts over the years. For example, it seems that Remus Lupin got the idea for his Boggart lesson from Dumbledore himself since the same mirrored wardrobe and method of lining the students up is identical to that shown in The Grimes of Grindelwald .

This was a memorable moment in both the Harry Potter books and movies, as it first introduced audiences to the mysterious creatures that turn themselves into their victim's biggest fear. Since then, fans have contemplated what a Boggart would turn into for them if they were to happen upon one in the wizarding world. Based on their zodiac signs and the Harry Potter characters that share them, they might just find an answer.

Aries - Themselves Working A Desk Job At The Ministry Of Magic

Aries are competitive and bold. They like to constantly push themselves out of their comfort zones and seek out adventure and challenges to overcome. The idea of being tied down to a career they find boring or unimportant would be torturous.

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A Boggart facing an Aries foe, like Fred and George, would likely turn into that person's own form, sitting at a Ministry desk, looking bored and rigid, waving away flying memos— absolutely horrifying.

Taurus - A Niffler

While Tauruses are known for being reliable and practical, their downfall often comes from being possessive or slightly greedy. For this reason, their biggest fear might be losing a prized possession or finding themselves suddenly penniless (or knutless).

For a Taurus like Horace Slughorn, who profoundly values his small comforts, a cute creature like a Niffler might be far more than just a nuisance. A Boggart turning into one in their presence might be just enough to make them lose their wits.

Gemini - Their Enemy Standing With Mountains Of Galleons

A Gemini's adaptable personality can be pretty convenient since they excel at making first impressions. Like Draco Malfoy, they know just when to be charming and when to go on the attack. But they can also be untrusting and jealous of others' success.

If Draco or another Gemini were to see their enemy being joyfully showered with gold Galleons or otherwise achieving success that they have not, they might lose all ability to banish the Boggart by uttering " Riddikulus."

Cancer - Shackles And Chains In Azkaban

Like Dobby the house-elf, people belonging to the Cancer sign are often fiercely loyal. Once they get an idea in their head, they have a difficult time letting it go, and they can tend toward the emotional side.

Due to their moody or pessimistic tendencies, imprisonment is a fast way to make a Cancer lose their spark. For this reason, if Dobby or another Cancer were to confront a Boggart, they would likely see shackles and chains or other signs of miserable imprisonment.

Leo - A Dementor

Leo is the sign of Harry Potter and Neville Longbottom, both of whom are defined by their passionate, generous, and warm-hearted characteristics. This is what makes them brave Gryffindors, but their stubbornness in this regard can be their weakness.

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Leos don't often like to admit that they are afraid, so fear itself is their biggest enemy. For Leos like Neville, this might take the form of the most terrifying person they know. For those like Harry, the physical embodiment of fear itself, a Dementor, would be the Boggart's pick.

Virgo - A "Troll" Grade On An Exam

Virgos are known to be analytical and hardworking. They deeply value academics but see success in every form to be of the utmost importance. Their tendency to be overly critical of themselves and others can be their downfall, which leads to their biggest fear.

Virgos like Albus Dumbledore, who had the wisest quotes in Harry Potter , and Hermione Granger are likely to see failure as the most dreadful fright they could happen upon. This might be anything from the loss of a loved one at their own fault or simply a failing "Troll" grade on a Transfiguration exam.

Libra - Dolores Umbridge

Libras, like Minerva McGonagall, value fairness and cooperation above all else. They are gracious and social but have little tolerance for anything they see as injustice. Additionally, they can carry a grudge for their entire lives.

This means that individuals like Dolores Umbridge, who manipulate fairness and equality to fit their own needs, are just the type to get under a Libra's skin. Watching Umbridge mistreat the students was infuriating to McGonagall, and a Boggart would be smart to use this form to take her and other Libras off guard.

Scorpio - A Friend Suffering The Cruciatus Curse

Scorpios tend to be resourceful and powerful. But their passionate nature can also make them the fiercest of friends. This is undoubtedly true for Sirius Black, whose passion, power, and skill drove him to seek vengeance for his best friend's murder.

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Therefore, it is likely that a Scorpio's greatest fear would be to helplessly watch their best friend hurt or perhaps tortured using the Curciatus Curse. If a Boggart were to turn into this, a Scorpio would be useless to stop it.

Sagittarius - Innocent Bowtruckles Being Burned

Sagittariuses are generous and optimistic, and they often have a great sense of humor. As can be seen by his funniest quotes in Harry Potter , Rubeus Hagrid falls under this sign. Others like him tend to be compassionate for all types of life, from little Nifflers to giant three-headed dogs.

The idealistic nature of Sagittariuses means that they would rather not think about the uglier things in life, and harm to innocent creatures would be too much to stomach. For that reason, a Boggart could take inspiration from Hagrid's devastation when his house burned down, taking many poor Bowtruckles with it.

Capricorn - The Grim Reaper/Death

Capricorn personalities like to be in charge, and because of their discipline and cool self-control, they are typically good at it. They can also be unforgiving and condescending, all tools to help keep them in control.

This is why Capricorns like Severus Snape and Lord Voldemort, two of the most dangerous characters in the Harry Potter movies , sought the Dark Arts to gain power and control over others, and why to them, death was the ultimate way to lose all control. If a Boggart were to take the form of the Grim Reaper in front of a Capricorn, it would be the perfect way to make them lose resolve.

Aquarius - Themselves Reading The Daily Prophet (And Believing It)

An Aquarius is often progressive, original, and fiercely independent. They value their individuality and work to think outside the box with any topic they consider. Like Aquarius Luna Lovegood, they are always likely to stand out in a crowd.

This is why an Aquarius in the wizarding world would likely avoid the corrupt Daily Prophet at all costs. Their humanitarian nature makes the just-for-profit, Ministry-influenced publication the symbol of all that they hate, which would make the image of themselves reading it a perfect Boggart.

Pisces - An Acromantula

People under the Pisces sign, like Ron Weasley, are known to be intuitive but fearful. They have the wit to win nearly every chess match they find themselves in. But when it comes to throwing themselves into danger, they may be a little more hesitant. Ron's friendship with Harry can be summed up by his more fearful nature compared to the Boy Who Lived, though he wasn't a coward.

This nature makes a Pisces reasonably easy for a Boggart. Just like when Ron faced off against one in his DADA class, it could take the form of any terrifying beast, like an Acromantula. But thanks to their quick wit and imaginative nature, they would likely have no problem thinking up a funny solution with the " Riddikulus " spell.

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What is Arachnophobia Mode in Hogwarts Legacy? Answered

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Hogwarts Legacy may have a T rating from the ESRB, but one element of the game can be so horrifying for some people that it becomes unplayable. Luckily for those with arachnophobia, the developer acknowledged this issue and added a setting to remove spiders from the game.

Arachnophobia Mode was included in this game for the sole purpose of making it more accessible to those with a crippling fear of spiders because let’s face it, Ron Weasley isn’t the only one. Read on to learn the specifics of Arachnophobia Mode and how you can toggle the feature on or off in Hogwarts Legacy. Don’t worry—this article won’t contain any pictures of spiders.

What does Arachnophobia Mode do in Hogwarts Legacy?

An image showcasing the alternate spider design for Hogwarts Legacy added with Arachnophobia Mode.

The effect of Arachnophobia Mode is quite simple—it removes spiders from the game . Spiders have always been a huge part of Harry Potter —emphasis on “huge,” as Aragog and his eight-legged homies grow to be nearly the size of a house. While Aragog himself isn’t in the game, giant spiders are one of the most common types of enemy that you’ll face, and it’s clear that a lot of effort was put into capturing all the movements and quirks that make spiders so creepy.

For a person with arachnophobia, the realism of the spiders in Hogwarts Legacy can easily make the game a deal breaker, and more and more games are adding arachnophobia modes because of this. This mode doesn’t just eliminate enemies from the game altogether, though. Instead of simply removing these enemies from the game, Arachnophobia Mode replaces the model so that it doesn’t resemble anything that will trigger arachnophobia.

When this optional feature is enabled, spiders will be replaced with a two-eyed orb that moves and levitates above four roller skates . The resulting enemy looks and moves similarly to a Mii, and has almost no resemblance to an actual spider. The design itself is a nod to The Prisoner of Azkaban, in which a Defense Against the Dark Arts class sees students learning the Riddikulus spell for protection against Boggarts, a mystical monster that takes the shape of the viewer’s greatest fear.

Ron, whose greatest fear is spiders, sees the Boggart as a giant spider, and the Riddikulus spell places roller skates on each of its eight legs, which apparently is supposed to make the spider scary instead of funny. Many have commented on how that makes it more nightmarish if anything, but the design is greatly improved upon in Hogwarts Legacy because the legs are removed altogether.

How to turn on Arachnophobia Mode in Hogwarts Legacy

The accessibility menu options in Hogwarts: Legacy.

To toggle this feature on or off, navigate to the bottom of the Accessibility Options menu , where you will find Arachnophobia Mode as the last option on the menu. By default, this mode is turned off, but it can be toggled on at any point without affecting gameplay difficulty or otherwise altering a play-through.

One important distinction you should be aware of is that Arachnophobia Mode does not remove pictures of spiders from their Field Guide entries, so if your arachnophobia is intense enough, you should avoid those entries.

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What's a borg? The latest college drinking trend, explained

By Sara Moniuszko

Updated on: March 7, 2023 / 9:54 PM EST / CBS News

TikTok has given us a peek into the latest college drinking trend: the borg.

The name is short for "blackout rage gallon" and consists of students taking a gallon jug of water, emptying it a bit to fit in their desired amount of alcohol and adding in some sort of flavoring like water-enhancing drops or powdered drink mixes. The hashtag #borg has garnered more than 74.7 million views on TikTok.

What do you need to know about the craze? Experts we spoke with highlighted a number of concerns — but also a few ways to reduce the risk.

"As with any other vehicle for consuming alcohol, the risks will primarily depend on how much alcohol a person consumes and how quickly they consume it," explains Dr. George F. Koob , the director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism at the National Institutes of Health. "Quite simply, as alcohol consumption goes up, so do the risks of injuries , fights, sexual assaults, emergency department visits, blackouts, car crashes and other harms."

A borg drinking challenge recently landed dozens of students at UMass Amherst in the hospital .

Though the addition of water and sometimes electrolyte drink mixes may help slow down alcohol consumption and reduce the risk of hangovers, Nicole Barr, direct services coordinator at the University of North Carolina Wilmington's  A brons Student Health Center , says there is still concern about the size of borgs encouraging binge drinking.

Barr has mostly seen recipes that call for a fifth of alcohol, which is about 16 drinks or so.

"That's a lot for any person to ingest, especially in one sitting. So that was a huge concern," she says.

A standard serving of 40% or 80 proof vodka is 1.5 ounces; Koob has seen some borg recipes that call for a half gallon, which equals about 43 servings of alcohol. 

"Consuming this much alcohol would be fatal for the vast majority of people, even if spread out over a full day," he notes. "It is unknown how many students actually follow borg recipes that call for a half gallon of vodka, but doing so could turn deadly depending on how much they end up consuming."

Koob adds, there is "no known perfectly safe level of alcohol consumption."

In addition, some borg recipes call for caffeinated flavor enhancer, which may pose an additional risk. Koob explains some of these products can contain 1000 milligrams or more of caffeine, which is equivalent to about 10 cups of coffee.

"It's important for students to know that caffeine, particularly in large amounts, can interfere with the ability to recognize how intoxicated one is, which can increase the risks of negative outcomes," he says.

Are there any upsides to the trend? In terms of risk reduction, borgs may have an edge compared to other college drinking trends like "jungle juice" or "party juice," communal vats of alcoholic beverages.

"There are certain obvious benefits to drinking from one's own container and not sharing it," Koob says. "It's always better to know what is in one's drink than to trust whoever mixed up something like a communal drink bowl."

Barr agrees communal drinks are dangerous for a variety of reasons — you don't know what germs are lurking in the container or the hands that mixed it, you don't know what else is mixed in and it's hard to know how many drinks you're having.

For example, it can be "really surprising to students to hear that just one Solo cup of (party juice) can be around five drinks," she says. 

@uncwhealthpromo #duet with @erin.monroe_ #borg Check out what Danielle, our Coordinator of Prevention & Recovery, has to say about borgs! This CAN be a great way to practice safe drinking strategies when utlaized appropriately. Spacing and pacing your drinks is a great way to stay hydrated and help you count how many aclohol related beverages you may consume. Remember that you get to choose what goes into your borg and you don’t need to include alcohol. Drinking 128 ounces of ANYTHING is not safe and we do not advise anyone to do so. #alcoholawareness #harmreductionstrategies #borgawareness #healthpromotion #publichealth ♬ Aesthetic - Tollan Kim

Gallon jugs also have lids; a closed container provides another type of risk reduction.

"We always love to see that sort of thing because that limits, if not completely gets rid of the possibility of someone being drugged or having something put into their drink that they did not want in their drink," Barr says.

And since students are making these concoctions themselves, they have the opportunity to control how alcohol much they consume — from a little to none at all, which is something Barr's team highlighted in a TikTok about borgs and risk reduction tips .

"We wanted students to know that they have the choice to not put alcohol in there," she explains. "If they want to make a borg and participate in that, they can put just a couple shots in there if they choose to, or none at all."

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Spooky '90s call centre sim Home Safety Hotline has wired up a direct line to my heart

M y last caller was host to a Boggart, a seven-foot-tall horror that haunts the home and watches you sleep, occasionally breaking out the odd house fire and responding violently when seen. When your house has a Boggart, the only answer is to leave and never speak its name again. It knows when you talk about it. It responds accordingly.

I told her she had termites and she hasn't called back yet, so maybe it's fine. Or maybe I'm not cut out for the work of the Home Safety Hotline, an SCP Foundation-style retro horror game that tasks you with listening to callers' problems from in and around the home. Via a lovingly simulated '90s CRT interface (between this and Stonks-9800 I feel like we have to come up with a name for this kind of thing), your sole task is to identify the problem they're vaguely describing from a list and ping it over to them. 

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It's more gripping than it sounds—the game's off-kilter banality is very well done. You're a desk jockey working a phone line in the mid-'90s, but oddity creeps in round the edges and quickly ramps up. Your supervisor occasionally refers to you as "thee," an email in your inbox implores you to quit before it's too late, and before the week is out you're telling people to vacate their homes to escape Fire Sprites and the Fae Flu, both of which are described in your documents in the same dry, pest control tones that are used to tell you how to deal with house flies.

The puzzles are pretty tough but rarely feel unfair. Once you get a caller, you put them on hold—a dizzying sip at the power usually arrogated by receptionists and my mobile network operator—and leaf through your files, trying to put your finger on the problem your client is describing.

Thing is, of course, your employer is something of a clandestine organisation, and the general public isn't au fait with the world of Boggarts and Hobbs and the False Rose Bushes who hunt children in their gardens. They don't always emphasise the most important details. You often find yourself teasing out their real problems from their small asides. 

For instance, one caller complains that his faucets must be contaminated or faulty, since he and his wife are wracked by terrible stomach pains. It'd be very easy to leaf through your multiple files on different pipe-and-faucet-based monsters to try to find the root of his problem, but it'd be a mistake. The caller also mentions he knows the problem isn't to do with their food, since he and his wife exclusively eat produce from their own garden.

Ah, well, what we have here is a classic False Beet situation: little terrors, identical to beets, that hide in among your root veg and wait for you to eat them, at which point they take root in your stomach and feast off your body for the rest of your life, with no possible cure. He probably would have preferred to hear he had a Pipe Hobb.

The calls aren't always tricky—the guy who calls in saying he keeps waking up with fresh cuts is obviously suffering from Bed Teeth—but it keeps you on your toes and keeps the puzzles from becoming rote. I don't fare so well when someone calls in at the same time as my (in-game) work PC experiences a "Network Error," forcing me to decide what problem they're describing by memory alone.

What's that you say, sir? A voice at night is tempting you with promises of unutterable wealth? It's probably uh, bees.

I'm not sure where the overall plot is headed, although I suspect it will conclude with me losing my mind and taking up residence in a hole in the office walls much like my predecessor. After grabbing my attention as my favourite demo from last July's Steam Next Fest, Home Safety Hotline is probably the first game to hit this year that's properly pushed my buttons. It's available now on Steam. 

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