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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

July 15, 2011
By Ben Zimmer (New York, NY)Visual Thesaurus ContributorVisual Thesaurus Moderator
Some words from J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows." (Warning: possible spoilers in the example sentences!)
blither
They're supposed to be, you blithering idiot!
prat
I was an idiot, I was a pompous prat, I was a - a -
I'm sorry, Dad.
snakelike
Tom Riddle hit the floor with a mundane finality, his body feeble and shrunken, the white hands empty, the snakelike face vacant and unknowing.
waxwork
Dumbledore's favourite solution, love, which he claimed conquered death, though love did not stop him falling from the tower and breaking like an old waxwork?
two-faced
The Dark Lord wants him alive —





And that's the second time we've saved your life tonight, you two-faced bastard!
basilisk
That's a Basilisk, listeners.
gift wrap
Brilliant, I’ll go and get one of our other ancient goblin-made swords and you can gift wrap it
I knew Ginny was lying about that tattoo.
holey
With the whole world of ear-related humour before you, you go for holey?
memorise
Ron stared around the room as though he was bidden to memorise it.
strip down
Maybe the Ministry should get some people onto that, instead of wasting their time stripping down Deluminators or covering up breakouts from Azkaban.
wand
I'm only yanking your wand, I'm Fred really--





Pathetic, pathetic!
fang
There was a clatter as the basilisk fangs cascaded out of Hermione's arms.
stare down
Voldemort was dead, killed by his own rebounding curse, and Harry stood with two wands in his hands, staring down at his enemy's shell.
by luck
I have been careless, and so have been thwarted by luck and chance, those wreckers of all but the best laid plans.
empty words
The empty words could not disguise the fact that his parents' mouldering remains lay beneath snow and stone, indifferent, unknowing.
eater
I'd say that it's one short step from 'wizards first' to 'purebloods first' to 'Death Eaters'.
splay
And Harry, with the unerring skill of the Seeker, caught the wand in his free hand as Voldemort fell backward, arms splayed, the slit pupils of the scarlet eyes rolling upward.
unknowing
The empty words could not disguise the fact that his parents' mouldering remains lay beneath snow and stone, indifferent, unknowing.
bloke
Yeah, thirteen of us against one bloke who's not allowed to use magic; we've got no chance.
Merlin
So why in the name of Merlin's saggy left -



How in the name of Merlin's pants have you managed to get your hands on those Horcrux books?
cockroach
Love, which did not prevent me stamping out your Mudblood mother like a cockroach, Potter — and nobody seems to love you enough to run forward this time and take my curse.
yank
I'm only yanking your wand, I'm Fred really--





Pathetic, pathetic!
wrecker
I have been careless, and so have been thwarted by luck and chance, those wreckers of all but the best laid plans.
moldy
We did it, we bashed them, wee Potter's the one, And Voldy's gone moldy so now lets have fun!
golden chain
What appeared to be fine golden chains wove around the pictures, linking them together, but after examining them for a minute or so, Harry realized that the chains were actually one word, repeated a thousand times in golden ink: friends...friends...friends...friends...
disinherit
If you're not in Gryffindor, we'll disinherit you, but no pressure.
headmaster
Our headmaster is taking a short break.
shop window
The night wet and windy, two children dressed as pumpkins waddling across the square, and the shop windows covered in paper spiders, all the tawdry Muggle trappings of a world in which they did not believe.
silver lining
There's the silver lining I've been looking for."
breakout
Maybe the Ministry should get some people onto that, instead of wasting their time stripping down Deluminators or covering up breakouts from Azkaban.
waddle
The night wet and windy, two children dressed as pumpkins waddling across the square, and the shop windows covered in paper spiders, all the tawdry Muggle trappings of a world in which they did not believe.
move around
People were moving around, trying to comfort each other, drinking, kneeling beside the dead, but he could not see any of the people he loved, no hint of Hermione, Ron, Ginny or any of the other Weasleys, no Luna.
scrawny
Imagine if something went wrong and we were stuck as specky, scrawny gits forever.
elves
Of house- elves and children's tales, of love, loyalty, and innocence, Voldemort knows and understands nothing.
moulder
The empty words could not disguise the fact that his parents' mouldering remains lay beneath snow and stone, indifferent, unknowing.
recommence
If, at the end of that hour, you have not come to me, have not given yourself up, then battle recommences.
hallow
"I have seen your heart and it is mine"





Are you refering to the symbol of The Deathly Hallows?
every last
This time, I shall enter the fray myself, Harry Potter, and I shall find you, and I shall punish every last man, woman, and child who has tried to conceal you from me.
broomstick
Ron threw away the fangs and broomstick he was holding and responded with such enthusiasm that he lifted Hermione off her feet.
elf
Here lies Dobby, a Free Elf.
stamp out
Love, which did not prevent me stamping out your Mudblood mother like a cockroach, Potter — and nobody seems to love you enough to run forward this time and take my curse.
bash
We did it, we bashed them, wee Potter's the one, And Voldy's gone moldy so now lets have fun!
go wrong
Dumbledore's last plan went wrong, Harry Potter!
Regulus
Fight the Dark Lord, in the name of brave Regulus!
combatant
The world had ended, so why had the battle not ceased, the castle fallen silent in horror, and every combatant laid down their arms?
lie about
Brilliant, I’ll go and get one of our other ancient goblin-made swords and you can gift wrap it
I knew Ginny was lying about that tattoo.
pull at
Then he heard a terrible cry that pulled at his insides, that expressed agony of a kind neither flame nor curse could cause[...]
baggy
And what in the name of Merlin's most baggy Y fronts is so important?
damper
No. A brutal triple murder by the bridegroom's mother might put a bit of a damper on the wedding.
take up arms
If you wish to leave with your students we shall not stop you, but if any of you attempt to sabotage our resistance or take up arms against us within this castle, then Horace, we duel to kill.

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Saturday July 16th 2011, 5:22 AM
Comment by: Danish M.
Very Good!
Amazing!
Sunday July 17th 2011, 10:32 PM
Comment by: Chocoholic (New Delhi India)
Merlin's beard- what a wonderful list! Ha-ha!
Wednesday July 27th 2011, 1:35 PM
Comment by: Areeba A.
Blimey.... you really looked up those words.... good job!
Wednesday November 2nd 2011, 8:38 AM
Comment by: Priyam (Ahmedabad, India)
WOW!!!!
Monday November 14th 2011, 5:32 PM
Comment by: Connor S.
Why are there 704 words on here.
Wednesday May 30th 2012, 1:34 PM
Comment by: Nina R.
Your list is absoulutly amazing. I couldn't do better!
Tuesday June 25th 2013, 6:51 PM
Comment by: Meghana M. (Canada)
Gosh, what an amazing list. I love it! There are so many extremely simple words though. I mean, 704 words...
But great job.

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