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What Is The Unlocking Charm?

The Unlocking Charm is used to open locked windows, doors, or objects. It’s cast using the incantation “Alohomora”. Instructions for use of the spell are found in the first volume of The Standard Book of Spells. In The Sorcerer’s Stone, the book is on a list of required textbooks for First Year students.

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Why Can Queenie Read Minds?

QueenieQueenie Goldstein is an American witch who we meet in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. She and her sister Tina get caught up in Newt Scamander’s adventures when he comes to New York in 1926.

Queenie works in the Wand Permit Office of the New York MACUSA office. She spends her days “making coffee” and “unjinxing the john”, a job she describes as less than glamorous.

While most would describe Queenie as glamorous herself, she brings more to the table than her beauty.

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I Am Your Mother: Aunt Beru

I Am Your Mother is a series of articles on The Cost of Motherhood in a Galaxy, Far, Far Away. Our focus will be on mothers within the movie saga.


Beru Lars, known as Aunt Beru, isn’t actually a mother – she never has any children of her own in the Star Wars saga. But she fills the role of mother for young Luke Skywalker, sparing him the pain of growing up without one.

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Can You Choose Your Patronus?

First introduced in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the Patronus is an advanced defense charm. It’s used in the series as a shield to protect wizards from dementors. A Patronus is produced by concentrating on happy memories, and it can take on two forms: corporeal and non-corporeal.

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I Am Your Mother: Leia Organa

I Am Your Mother is a series of articles on The Cost of Motherhood in a Galaxy, Far, Far Away. Our focus will be on mothers within the movie saga, starting with Princess Leia herself.


Leia Organa bursts onto the scene a hero: she’s hiding stolen information from Darth Vader, the most feared man in the entire galaxy. She watches her entire planet get destroyed but remains loyal to the Rebellion that her father died for. Throughout the Original Trilogy, Leia is a witness to – no, an active participant in – the making of history.

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