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16 Words That Mean Something Totally Different To Harry Potter Fans

by Emmy Griffiths Published on 7 January 2015

Once you read the Harry Potter series a few dozen times and then watch the films more than once, the meanings of words start to differ from the usual non-HP fan folk (the muggles)! Here're the words that have completely different meanings to Harry Potter fans...

Owl

Means to everyone else: A fluffy nocturnal bird that hoots.

Means to Harry Potter fans: A witch and wizard version of GCSEs, graded between Outstanding and Troll.

Snitch

Means to everyone else: A traitor of a gang. Generally frowned upon in prisons.

Means to Harry Potter fan: A fluttering golden ball crucial to the game of Quidditch.

Pothead

Means to everyone else: Persons who enjoy smoking the occasional joint.

Means to Harry Potter fan:
A proud label if you’re a member of the intense HP fandom.

Diagonally

Means to everyone else: A sloping straight line.

Means to Harry Potter fan: THE wizard place to go in London, full of everything you need for all your wizarding needs.

Spew

Means to everyone else: Vomiting EVERYWHERE.

Means to Harry Potter fan: A House Elf liberation movement in which elfish welfare NEEDS TO CHANGE.

Keeper

Means to everyone else: A particularly nice and appealing partner. E.g. “He’s a keeper!”

Means to Harry Potter fan: The Quidditch goalie. Oh hey Oliver Wood.

Pig

Means to everyone else: A pink animal with a curly tail that oinks.

Means to Harry Potter fan: A small, very cute excitable owl.

Fluffy

Means to everyone else: Something particularly soft and nice.

Means to Harry Potter fan: A giant three headed dog guarding a stone that make it’s possessor immortal sought after by the most evil dark wizard of all time.

Newt

Means to everyone else: A little amphibian creature

Means to Harry Potter fan: Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Tests.

Giant

Means to everyone else: Synonym of big. Jack fights one.

Means to Harry Potter fan: A feared race which alienates Hagrid when it comes out that he himself is a half-giant. Also includes extremely naff storyline involving Hagrid’s younger brother, Grawp.

Fang

Means to everyone else: A sharp tooth from an animal.

Means to Harry Potter fan: A large, slobbery beloved pet dog of Hagrid's.

(K)Night bus

Means to everyone else: A bus that you hop onto when you can’t afford a taxi but are drunk and tired.

Means to Harry Potter fan: A three-story purple bus that is full of four-poster beds accompanied by a pimply bus conductor named Stan.

Ridiculous

Means to everyone else: Stupid, foolish.

Means to Harry Potter fan: A spell which will banish a Boggart after it assumes your greatest fear as you try to think of something funny to dispel it.

Bathroom

Means to everyone else: Somewhere to ahem, do your business.

Means to Harry Potter fan: The way to the Heir of Slytherin’s Chamber of Secrets, perfect for potion-making and haunted by a whiney teenage girl ghost.

Galleon

Means to everyone else: An old, old wooden ship

Means to Harry Potter fan: Basically the pound coin of Wizard currency

Serious

Means to everyone else: Are you SERIOUS?

Means to Harry Potter fan: Serious sounds a LOT like Sirius. Only the greatest character who did 12 years in Azkaban for a crime he didn’t commit!

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