"My own brother, Aberforth, was prosecuted for practising inappropriate charms on a goat. It was all over the papers, but did Aberforth hide? No, he did not! He held his head high and went about his business as usual! Of course, I'm not entirely sure he can read, so that may not have been bravery..."
—Aberforth's unconventional personality[src]

This was a charm used by Aberforth Dumbledore to supposedly keep a goat's "horns curly and clean"[2]. He was prosecuted because the charm was considered inappropriate, and the incident was reported in a number of newspapers, although Aberforth was unperturbed - perhaps because he could not read[1].

Behind the scenes

  • It is unknown precisely what was inappropriate about keeping a goat's horns "curly and clean", although J. K. Rowling stated that "That's a joke that works on a couple of levels" and later that Aberforth had a "strange fondness for goats", perhaps implying something a bit more going on.[2] It should also be noted that Rowling gave this answer to an eight year old, so it is likely that she purposely gave an innocuous answer in that particular moment. A suggested middle ground holds that the spell itself was innocent, but the interpretation the Ministry made of it upon Aberforth's arrest was not.


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