“Muffliato!” Are the spells in Harry Potter real words? “Riddikulus!”

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I” is now in theaters. The newest movie in the series promises to be packed with magic spells. There are dozens of spells that are used by the characters in Harry Potter’s fictional world of wizardry. But are any of them real words? The names of many of the spells are indeed derived from other languages, especially Latin. However, for the most part, they aren’t proper words. Author J.K. Rowling created words that resemble other words with real meanings. Here’s a closer look at some of them: The spell “Alohomora” is used to open and unlock doors. The word is supposedly from the West African Sidiki dialect and means “friendly to thieves.” Need to make invisible ink appear? Try the spell “Aparecium,” which supposedly derives from the Latin appareo, meaning “to become visible or to appear.” Here’s one that you’re likely to hear in “Deathly Hallows:” Confringo. It causes something to explode in flames. The spell is likely derived from the Latin and means “to break in pieces, to bring to naught.” Densuageo is derived from two Latin words: dens, which means “tooth,” and augeo, which means “to enlarge.” The spell causes the victim’s teeth to grow quickly. The spell “Episkey” is derived from the Greek episkeu, which means “repair, restoration.” It’s used to heal minor injuries, such as Harry Potter’s broken nose in “Half-Blood Prince.” Protego Horribilis is also used in “Deathly Hallows.” It provides protection against Dark Magic and comes from the Latin protego, meaning “to protect,” and horribilis, meaning “horrible.” (What is the fantastic origin of the real-life spell word “hocus-pocus?” Read the tale, here.) Scourgify, which is a spell used to get something clean, such as Hedwig’s cage, is likely a play on the word “scour.” The spell “Tarantallegra” makes a victim’s legs dance uncontrollably. It’s likely that it combines the Italian allegra, which means “joyful,” and tarantella, which is a Southern Italian folk dance with rapid movements. To end, what’s the vivid meaning behind the one of Rowling’s best character names, Mundungus Fletcher? Do you have a favorite spell? Let us know about it below.

THE HOT SPOT FOR Latin Lovers Chicago Sun-Times August 22, 1990 | Monica Eng Soccer may not be your game, but if you’re game for inexpensive authentic Latin food, it may be time for new kicks. Around Cricket Hill at Wilson and the lake and in Humboldt Park at North and California, those in the know – namely, Latinos – congregate on weekends for the sport and the food. We spent an enjoyable afternoon appreciating the rippling thighs of soccer players while chomping on the once rippling thighs of cows or pigs wrapped in hot fresh tortillas. website carne asada marinade But that ol’ adage – if you enjoy it, it must to be fattening or illegal – holds true here. Marilyn White of the Chicago Park District’s concessions department says, “Some of the vendors at Wilson and the lake and in Humboldt Park have licenses, but most are illegal.” If you want to be daring, follow us to Cricket Hill. (Gringos shouldn’t be intimidated; most vendors speak at least a little English). Exit on Wilson, and turn east: 1. Our favorite trailer, the first found on Wilson, is labeled La Antigueita. This refers to someone from the capital of Guatemala, not the island in the West Indies. Try a Guatemalan creation called a pupusas, a fried, meat-filled cornmeal and flour patty wrapped around pickled vegetables, for $1.50. It also serves platano maduro, a scrumptious, cooking banana fried and served with sour cream for $2. We give this 3 1/2 tacos out of four. 2. Next, directly south across the park, is a family affair. On tables and a small grill, you’ll find tacos de carne asada, chicharron and chorizo (grilled steak, pork rinds, spicy sausage) for $1.50. There’s also mangos peeled and sliced like flowers on a stick for $1.50. And if you are thirsty, try agua de sandia, a big cup of refreshing watermelon juice for 75 cents. 3 tacos. 3. The trailer located the farthest east on Wilson next to the parking lot by the lake reads “Sabor Equitoriano” (Taste of Equador). Indulge in a big plateful of tasty rice, beans, salad and wonderful carne asada (grilled beef) for $5. There’s also delicious cheese and scallion-filled empanadas (deep fried turnovers) for $1.50. 3 tacos. go to web site carne asada marinade 4. Across the park west is a cluster of three stands in a 200-yard area. The first says Chicago Park District on it and sells good burritos, excellent tacos de carne asada and tortas (buns with taco filling) for $1.50 each. 2 1/2 tacos. 5. The next trailer, “Latin American Food Vendors,” sells delicious tacos de carne asada and tacos de chicharron (fried pork rind) served in a wrapper of two fresh and hot tortillas for $1.50. 2 1/2 tacos. 6. Cross the park going south, past the soccer field, to one of the cheapest and biggest tacos in the park. From a lonely white trailer, a woman serves up bulging tacos de carne asada. In addition to the typical beef, lettuce, tomato and onion filling, these also are filled with rice, beans and guacamole – all for $1.25. 2 1/2 tacos. Make sure you save room for dessert. There are plenty of carts selling big sorbet and ice cream bars called helados finos (mixtures of real fruit, juice and cream frozen on a stick). Flavors include mango, coconut and tamarind for 60 cents. 4 tacos. Monica Eng

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