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Those Who Must Be Named A St. Mungo's event focusing on names in the Wizarding World

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Name that Spell Discussion


Spell names and incantations can conjure feelings of humor or fear. They can be easy to utter, or a mouthful to say. Here we'll discuss all things spell names.

What's your favorite spell-incantation pairing and why?

Are there any spells that you would've named differently?

Have you come up with any original spells of your own? How did you come up with the name of it?

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So some of my favorite spells involve incantations that are super ridiculous to say (but also really fun). Especially when RPing on site, I enjoy having my character have to work at a spell's pronunciation a bit before getting it right.

I really enjoy saying Furnunculus but I think I would've called the spell, like, the boil maker spell or something. Lol the 'pimple jinx' just makes me a little cringe.

I also enjoy Waddiwasi, the projectile jinx. For some reason the combination of the two reminds me of like those spitballs people used to launch out of straws and as super gross as that is, I think it works
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I also enjoy Waddiwasi, the projectile jinx. For some reason the combination of the two reminds me of like those spitballs people used to launch out of straws and as super gross as that is, I think it works
omg. This is such a perfect way to describe the visualizing the way this spell sounds lmasdfkasdf

I really love the SnitchSeeker Canon spells that professors have introduced in their RPG classes. It's really neat to see people take their creativity and run with it, and I often find myself admiring the thought that goes into those spells! The Night Vision Charm, Visionem Nocte, taught in a Charms lesson a few weeks ago is such a fun example of this!

Flipnsnipwitit is another SS Canon favorite of mine just because of how difficult it is to say! Try saying it 10 times really fast - it's a doozy
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omg. This is such a perfect way to describe the visualizing the way this spell sounds lmasdfkasdf

I really love the SnitchSeeker Canon spells that professors have introduced in their RPG classes. It's really neat to see people take their creativity and run with it, and I often find myself admiring the thought that goes into those spells! The Night Vision Charm, Visionem Nocte, taught in a Charms lesson a few weeks ago is such a fun example of this!

Flipnsnipwitit is another SS Canon favorite of mine just because of how difficult it is to say! Try saying it 10 times really fast - it's a doozy
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Yessss! This is so great to see and having tried it first hand, I really enjoyed it (and am glad you enjoy it, too!) It's fun to come up with the function of a spell and play around with names/incantations from there! I've been making use of an english-latin translator on google!
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I love that spells (both canon and fanon) either have really awesomely thought out etymological roots OR are just utter garbage and hilarity, like there is no middle ground whatsoever. It speaks to the linguist in me for sure.

For that reason though, I do tend to gravitate to spells where the meaning is somehow implied in the linguistic root of the incantation. Not always Latin though, even though I think Latin makes a great spell building block language specifically because being a dead language, it isn't changing and in flux anymore. Ditto with other dead languages. It lends a stability to meanings that can otherwise change over time and in the case of some words in modern languages end up meaning the complete opposite, which honestly, how would THAT effect a spell in the long term if the whole vibe from the original root changes so extremely? Those are called Janus words btw (e.g cleave, hew, rock, trip, buckle, dust, overlook, fast, screen) Or contranyms if you prefer. It kind of makes me want to come up with some Janus spells. That would be a pretty fun IC lesson for RP too I think
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I love that analogy for Waddiwasi too! What a great way to remember it

I also quite like Slugulus Eructo. Even without knowing what it does, it just feels like the type of spell that would make you vomit up slugs

And Flipnsnipwitit is my favorite SS Canon spell too. I love how much fun it it to say, even though it is difficult too

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I love that spells (both canon and fanon) either have really awesomely thought out etymological roots OR are just utter garbage and hilarity, like there is no middle ground whatsoever. It speaks to the linguist in me for sure.

For that reason though, I do tend to gravitate to spells where the meaning is somehow implied in the linguistic root of the incantation. Not always Latin though, even though I think Latin makes a great spell building block language specifically because being a dead language, it isn't changing and in flux anymore. Ditto with other dead languages. It lends a stability to meanings that can otherwise change over time and in the case of some words in modern languages end up meaning the complete opposite, which honestly, how would THAT effect a spell in the long term if the whole vibe from the original root changes so extremely? Those are called Janus words btw (e.g cleave, hew, rock, trip, buckle, dust, overlook, fast, screen) Or contranyms if you prefer. It kind of makes me want to come up with some Janus spells. That would be a pretty fun IC lesson for RP too I think
Oooo, I like that idea, the possibility of spells changing over time! That would be such an interesting idea to explore! Intention is such a big part of spell casting, so I imagine the results of those spells could be even more dependent on the caster intention/focus than usual
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I especially love SS canon spells! I know we have a bunch of them from the past decade and a half or so. But not only do I love the thought process behind naming those spells, whether it is something that is language based or something that is just fun and nonsensical, SS canon spells also tend to be tied to RPG memories for me. Much more so than book canon spells (though those sometimes do too). Like I can tell you what was going on with my character and in what class the first time she learned flipnsnipwitit lmao. And of course I love fun and memorable RPG moments that I can reference years later.

I've even named a spell myself. I played a HoM teacher years ago who taught the flame-freezing charm. The incantation is unknown in book canon, which I always took to mean that we the readers don't know explicitly what the incantation is, but of course there would be one in Harry Potter world. So since the students had to use that charm in the lesson, I decided to make up the incantation - Glacialis Incendia. I used a Latin word generator to help me come up with something that sounded like it would fit in the Wizarding World and also describe what the spell did.
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@Tegz and Brigette: I really love the idea of janus spells I feel like it would have the first years very HUH? and that's always fun! *encourages all the exploration of this*

@MJ: Yess! I love that the SS!spells are tied to memories as well! Especially back when I first started RPing on here and I was throwing Ella into all the lessons and being really active. I have so many funny memories of her learning to cast new spells (or failing to) and now I want to go take a trip down memory lane!
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