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Be a Potter mouth

Now that the series is over, it’s time to put that Potter terminology to good use

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How well has Professor McGonagall taught you? Let’s find out.

“Avada Kedavra”

Potter: The killing curse (causes instantaneous death); one of the three unforgivable curses.

Post-Potter: An exclamation, uttered in frustration. Example: “Avada Kedavra! Learn how to drive, soccer mom!”

“House Elf”

Potter: A magical creature required to be a servant to a witch or wizard.

Post-Potter: A houseguest who’s overstayed his or her welcome. Example: “That sister-in-law of yours is becoming a real house elf.”

“Floo Powder”

Potter: Allows wizards and witches to travel through the Floo Network, a portal connecting many magical households and buildings.

Post-Potter: Drug slang. Example: “Damn kids these days, gettin’ all hopped up on that floo!”

“Parselmouth”

Potter: One who speaks parseltongue, the language of snakes.

Post-Potter: A friend who lives to hear his or her own voice. Example: “Blah, blah, blah. Man, she’s such a parselmouth.”

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