Learn English with Harry Potter (3rd Installment)
With the long-awaited release next month of the new Harry Potter movie, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2” we all find ourselves once again back at the movie theater spending a couple of carefree hours getting lost in the magical world of Harry Potter. So, to mark the occasion I thought it would be a good idea to put together a list of vocabulary from the HP books and movies for you all to use as a fun way to study English – enjoy!
Wizard – Usually a man (or boy) who has magical powers and can perform acts of magic, such as casting spells.
Witch – Usually a woman (or girl) who has magical powers and can perform acts of magic, such as casting spells.
Goblet of Fire – A “Goblet” is a drinking glass similar in shape to a wine glass but much bigger.
Dark Arts – Any kind of magic that will do harm.
Dark Mark – The symbol for Voldemort and his followers (the Death Eaters). The Dark Mark looks like a skull (a “skull” is the bone structure of the head and face) that has a snake as a tongue. When the Dark Mark appears in the sky it means that Voldemort’s followers are nearby.
Vocabulary in Context: Finally, I’m going to give you four more vocabulary words with example sentences from the HP books. If this doesn’t make you want to study English more often, I don’t know what will!
Meaning : Slightly open
“The front door was ajar, peering inside she caught a glimpse of a bloody glove.” The Sorcerer’s Stone
Meaning: Open wide
“Brilly stared, his mouth agape, as Blackpool demonstrated his latest card trick.” Half-Blood Prince
Meaning: To choose not to do something
“Fiona usually abstained from eating meat – sometimes she felt it was just too yucky.” Order of the Phoenix
Meaning: Someone who helps you out, usually when you are doing something wrong
“Brilly and his accomplice Dribbles spread the slimy goo across the floor of the school gym.” Half-Blood Prince