15 Words That Have A Totally Different Meaning To Harry Potter Fans

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1. Snitch.

What it normally means: A person who tells on someone.

What it means to Harry Potter fans: The smallest Quidditch ball, which must be caught before the game ends.

2. S.P.E.W.

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What it normally means: To vomit.

What it means to Harry Potter fans: The Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare, an organisation founded by Hermione during the Quidditch World Cup.

3. Friendship and bravery.

What it normally means: Positive character traits.

What it means to Harry Potter fans: Things that are far more important than books and cleverness.

4. Queue.

What it normally means: A line of people awaiting their turn to be attended to.

What it means to Harry Potter fans: A necessary ritual every time a new book came out.

5. Page 394.

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What it normally means: The 394th page of a book.

What it means to Harry Potter fans: The page everyone should turn to instead of wondering where Professor Lupin may or may not be.

6. O.W.L.

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What it normally means: A nocturnal bird of prey.

What it means to Harry Potter fans: An Ordinary Wizarding Level, the subject-specific test taken in fifth year at Hogwarts to determine whether you can continue studying that particular subject.

7. Father.

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What it normally means: Dad.

What it means to Harry Potter fans: Dad. Unless it’s Draco’s father, in which case: a man who really ought to hear about everything.

8. Midnight.

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What it normally means: 12 a.m.

What it means to Harry Potter fans: The time the new Harry Potter book came out and you finally got your hands on what you’d been queuing for for hours.

9. Three years.

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What it normally means: 1,095 days.

What it means to Harry Potter fans: THE LONG, PAINFUL TIME THAT PASSED BETWEEN GOBLET OF FIRE AND ORDER OF THE PHOENIX COMING OUT.

10. A moving image.

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What it normally means: A GIF.

What it means to Harry Potter fans: The normal way of displaying photographs in the Daily Prophet.

11. Keeper.

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What it normally means: Someone you really love and plan to “keep”.

What it means to Harry Potter fans: The player who guards the three goal posts in Quidditch.

12. Fluffy.

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What it normally means: Covered in soft fluff.

What it means to Harry Potter fans: A vicious, three-headed dog who falls asleep when music is played.

13. House.

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What it normally means: A building in which people live.

What it means to Harry Potter fans: Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin; the four communities that Hogwarts splits its students into for their classes and accommodation.

14. N.E.W.T.

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What it normally means: A small, slender-bodied amphibian.

What it means to Harry Potter fans: A Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Test that seventh-year Hogwarts students take to help them pursue a certain career after their graduation.

15. Twilight.

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What it normally means: The diffused light from the sky when the sun is below the horizon.

What it means to Harry Potter fans: The inferior rubbish that Robert Pattinson ditched Harry Potter for.

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Tabatha Leggett is head of buzz at BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.
 
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