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Charms - Journal Progress 1

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Charms - Journal Progress 1

  1. 1. Week 2 The Hover Charm The incantation of the Hover Charm is Levioso. This is pronounced as Lev-ee-o-so, which the emphasis on the first o. Levioso probably derives from the Latin word ‘levo’, meaning ‘raise’ or ‘lift up’. This is comparable to Leviosa from Wingardium Leviosa. The Hover Charm allows one to move an object off the ground when the object is physically touched. The horizontal movement of the object is restricted (tested in performance 2). The hand movement that belongs to the Hover Charm is an inward spiral and then up. There is a flash of white light to be been when the charm is cast. Performance 1 The tip of my wand was pointed at my copy of Quintessential Magic: An Introduction to Charms when I performed the Hover Charm for the first time. The moment I said Levioso I expected the book to lift up into the air, but nothing happened. I tried several different pronunciations and accents, but again, nothing happened. Then I remembered, the Hover Charm requires that the object is physically touched when cast. Performance 2 This time, I put my finger on the book. And, when I said Levioso the book raised up into the air. When the book was up in the air, I did a few experiments to test some restrictions that I have encountered in both class and textbook. The first restriction I tested was the physical connection restriction. I already discovered that the physical connection with the object is required to lift the object up, but I was wondering if what would happen if I lost the physical connection or changed the physical connection mid-air. When I removed my finger from the surface of the book, the book immediately dropped. This observation shows that you can only move the object up and down if you touch the object. Next, I put another finger on the book and removed the one I had on it before, but the book did not drop. This observation shows that it does not matter if you change the connection. As long as there is a physical connection between you and the object, you will be able to move the object up and down. Lastly, I tried to move the object
  2. 2. horizontally, but it was not possible to move it by any means. The Rocket Charm The incantation of the Rocket Charm is Alarte Ascendare. This is pronounced as A-lar-tay-a-sen-day-ray, with the emphasis on the first a in Alarte and sen in Ascendare. Alarte is derived from the Latin word ‘alate’, meaning ‘winged’, and ‘ascendare’ is a Latin word, meaning ‘to climb’ or ‘to ascend’. The Rocket Charms allows an object to propel straight up into the air. The horizontal movement of the object is restricted. The hand movement that belongs to the Rocket Charm is a quick swish at the end. There is red light to be seen when the charm is cast. Performance 1 Surprisingly, the first performance of the Rocket Charm went well, despite of the difficult incantation. Unfortunately, my aim was a little off and I accidently propelled the wrong object into the air. Once again, I took my book to cast the charm on, but instead the owl cage next to the book flew into the air. Thankfully, I was able to prevent damage to both owl and cage. I now know, that I should be practising in a clear room (or perhaps outside on a field) and I should properly aim at the object I want to move. I experienced this charm as pretty impractical. The Floating Charm The incantation of the Floating Charm is Fluito. This is pronounced as flew-ee-toe. Fluito is a Latin word, meaning ‘to float’. The Floating Charm allows objects to float a handful of feet into the air. The vertical movement (up) (tested in performance 1) and the horizontal movement (tested in performance 2) is restricted. Performance 1 The first time I performed the Floating Charm, I immediately noticed that the charm is more practical than both the Hover Charm and the Rocket Charm. You did not have to physically touch the object as with the Hover Charm and the movement of the object was more controllable than with the Rocket Charm. Regrettably, the object lifts up only a few inches. I did discover that the
  3. 3. pronunciation, voice volume and hand movement have an effect on the height of the object. With either a bad pronunciation, low voice volume or improper hand movement, the object lifted up to a height varying between 0 and 2 inches. The maximum height of the floating object that I have measured was approximately 7 inches. Performance 2 Another observation that I made was that while the object was floating, it did move horizontally. However, this was restricted to approximately 1 inch. The object did not move any further to the left or to the right when I applied force. The Levitation Charm The incantation of the Levitation Charm is Wingardium Leviosa. This is pronounced as Win-gar-dee-um Levi-o-sa, with the emphasis on gar in Wingardium and o in Leviosa. Wingardium consists of the English word ‘wing’, which comes from ‘to wing’ meaning ‘to fly’, and the Latin word ‘arduus’ (or ‘arduum’), meaning ‘high’ (or ‘steep’). Leviosa probably derives from the Latin word ‘levo’, meaning ‘raise’ or ‘lift up’. The Levitation Charm allows one to control the movement of an object. The movement of the object is not restricted. This means that both vertical (up and down) and horizontal (right and left) movement is possible (tested in performance 2). Although, it can be hard to levitate objects that are far away (tested in performance 3). Unfortunately, the Levitation Charm fails on humans (tested in performance 4). The hand movement that belongs to the Levitation Charm is a swish and flick. There is no light to be seen when the charm is cast. Performance 1 The first time I performed the Levitation Charm was in Charms class, accompanied by professor Quilmane. As a tradition in Charms class, we were supposed to make a feather lift up into the air. And as a tradition, I did mess up the incantation a few times. I replaced Leviosa by Levioso (probably because I have been practising the Hover Charm a lot lately) and I put the emphasis on the wrong syllable several times. Oddly, the feather did move (or vibrate) a little when I pronounced the incantation incorrectly. Moreover, the feather of a classmate exploded when he mispronounced the incantation.
  4. 4. Performance 2 The greatest benefit of the Levitation Charm compared to the Hover Charm, Rocket Charm and Floating Charm is that you are able to control the horizontal movements. When I moved my wand carefully to the left, the feather moved to the left as well. The same goes for the right. My wand was working as the feather’s stirring wheel. When you move your wand to the left or right quickly, you must be sure not to hit anything or anyone (of course, a feather would not be dangerous, but heavier objects can be). Performance 3 The next day practising the Levitation Charm, I went to an open field. I did some experiments on how the distant to an object effects the levitation quality. The object I used was an apple that had just fallen from a tree. I started at just 1 feet away from the apple and ended up at a distance of 165 feet. As the distance between me and the apple grew, my aim got worse. Then, I frequently levitated an object other than the apple, such as leaves and branches. The distance of 165 feet was the greatest distance where my accuracy was still almost 100 percent. Performance 4 The last experiment I did this week including the Levitation Charm was casting the charm on humans. I was able to lift a friend up into the air, but only because his clothing was lifting him up. When I aimed at his arm or leg, nothing happened. This verifies the restriction I have read in the textbook. Week 3 The Mending Charm The incantation for the Mending Charm is Reparo. This is pronounced as reh-pah-ro, with the emphasis on pah. Reparo is a Latin word, meaning ‘to repair’. The Mending Charm is able to repair broken objects. Unfortunately, the Mending Charm is only able to repair non-magical items. Magical items, such as wands and broomstick can be repaired, but will lose their magical property. The hand movement that belongs to the Mending Charm, is an
  5. 5. inward pointed spiral. There is no light to be seen when the charm is cast. Performance 1 The first time I performed the Mending Charm was on my pocket watch. The pocket watch had fallen on the ground a few times, causing the glass to break and the hands of the clock to fall off. I thought the hand movement could be a difficulty, but the first time went pretty well. The glass was almost fixed; there were only a few scratches on it left. The reason why it did not repair all at once was, I think, because of the severity of the damage. When I applied the charm another few times, the clock was completely repaired. It even looked like it was cleaned as well. Performance 2 I could not resist to practise the Mending Charm on my old, and broken, broomstick. I had read in the textbooks that it was not possible to repair magical items and have their magical property back. Of course, I was stubborn and tried it anyway. When I cast the charm, the broomstick looked like I just bought it. However, when I went to the courtyard to test it out, I looked like a fool jumping up and down on the field. Embarrassed, I went back to my dormitory. I have learned my lesson. Do not repair magical items. The Unlocking Charm The incantation of the Unlocking Charm is Alohomora. This is pronounced as al-loh-ha-mor-ah, with the emphasis on both loh and mor. Alohomora is derived from the West African Sidiki dialect and literally means ‘friendly to thieves’. The Unlocking Charm is able to unlock doors and windows. A physical lock is not much of a challenge for the Unlocking Charm. The complexity of the physical lot has little to no effect on the quality of the Unlocking Charm. A magical lock, on the other hand, can be difficult to unlock. The hand movement that belongs to the Unlocking Charm, is a backward S curving up at the end. A coloured light is to be seen when the charm is cast, ranging from blue to yellow. Performance 1 During my first performance of the Unlocking Charm in Charms class, I noticed something contradictory. Since the incantation of
  6. 6. the Unlocking Charm is Alohomora, I expected the pronunciation to be al-loh-ho-mor-ah with ‘ho’ instead of ‘ha’. So, I mispronounced the incantation and ultimately nothing happened. The lock was still locked. Performance 2 The second performance was on physical locks with a ranging complexity. As predicted, the complexity of a physical lock did not affect the quality of the Unlocking Charm. Once you know the proper pronunciation of the incantation and the right hand movement, you will be able to open all physical locks. Performance 3 The third performance is similar to the second performance, but this time professor Quilmane prepared a set of magical locks. When the complexity of the magical lock increased (new magic versus old magic, multiple magical defences, etc.) the quality of the Unlocking Charm decreased. It was significantly harder to open complex magical locks than ordinary magical locks. Although, the accuracy of unlocking did increase when you applied the Unlocking Charm more often. So, practise should help me to open more complex magical locks (faster) in the future.