Coming to Terms With Harry Potter: How Wizard Wordplay Can Connect You To Your Kids

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Joel Schwartzberg on Feb 24, 2010 at 4:16PM

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a Joel Schwartzberg on Feb 24, 2010 at 4:16PM

You may think knowing Harry Potter terms, spells and phrases would only be useful for an all-Hogwarts episode of Jeopardy or a junior high slumber party, but it turns out basic wizard wordplay can help parents relate to their kids—or just put a smile on their faces. Got a Harry Potter devotee at home? Here’s how you can sprinkle a spell (or two!) into your typical talks and work magic on your relationship. (And know that you don’t need a wand for it to work!)

(n.), \en-GOR-gee-oh\

What it means: A spell that enlarges an object

When it’s used: In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, it’s used on a piece of candy as a prank that eventually expands the tongue of Dudley Dursey, Harry’s annoying cousin.

How you can use it: If you happen to be with your kids and see a very large truck or stretch limousine, take the moment to say, quite casually, “Whoa, who put an engorgement charm on that thing?”

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