The Bat-Bogey Hex (incantation unknown) is a hex invented by Miranda Goshawk. It transforms the target's bogeys into large bats that fly out of the victim's nose. The use of the Bat-Bogey Hex on a non-human target, such as a chicken, can be fatal, and may result in punishment by the Wizengamot.
12th & 13th century
According to one student on their O.W.L. exam for Theory of Charms, the first known use of this hex was in 1152 according to the Wizarding Archive of 1152. It was later was published in 1296 after the death of its supposed inventor Mable Dwillingwort.
Early 20th century
This spell was later claimed to be invented by Miranda Goshawk when she was young. Growing up as the youngest of nine sisters, she often found it difficult to get her older sisters to listen to her, and sometimes relied on this spell to silence them long enough to allow her to speak. For example, she cast it on her sister Diadema to get her to return clothing she borrowed without permission; on her sister Romilda to get her to keep out of her room when she did not want to be disturbed; and on her sister Tangwystl when she wanted to keep her quiet so that she could do her homework.
Late 20th century
Ginny Weasley was a noted practitioner of the hex, and used it to good effect on two occasions. The first use was to overpower Draco Malfoy in Dolores Umbridge's office during her tyrannical tenure as Headmistress of Hogwarts, allowing herself, her brother Ron, and their companions, Neville Longbottom, and Luna Lovegood, to escape. The second occasion was used on Zacharias Smith, who annoyed Ginny on the Hogwarts Express by asking her exactly what occurred at the Battle of the Department of Mysteries. This use garnered the attention of Horace Slughorn, who invited Ginny to take lunch with him as part of his Slug Club. Ginny may have also used this spell on her brother George, as he once mentioned her skill to her future husband Harry Potter.
|Miranda Goshawk||20th century||She cast it on her sister Diadema to get her to return clothing she borrowed without permission.|
|She cast this on her sister Romilda to get her to keep out of her room when she did not want to be disturbed.|
|She cast it on her sister Tangwystl when she wanted to keep her quiet so that she could do her homework.|
|Ginny Weasley||18 June, 1996||She used this hex on Draco Malfoy to escape Umbridge's office.|
|1 September, 1996||Slughorn asked Ginny to join the Slug Club after seeing her use this hex on Zacharias Smith aboard the Hogwarts Express.|
Behind the scenes
Wonderbook: Book of Spells gives players a chance to see the Bat-Bogey Hex in action, though they are not actually taught how to cast it.
Considering Ginny's prowess, it is plausible that her children are very knowledgeable about the spell.
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film) (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
- Wonderbook: Book of Spells
- J. K. Rowling's Official Site (Mentioned only)
Notes and references
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Wonderbook: Book of Spells
- ↑ Wizards' Ordinary Magic and Basic Aptitude Test, Grade 1, Question 6
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Harry Potter Limited Edition - A Guide to the Graphic Arts Department: Posters, Prints, and Publications from the Harry Potter Films - (see this image)
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film) (see this image)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 33 (Fight and Flight)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 7 (The Slug Club)