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"Jiggery pokery! Hocus pocus...squiggly wiggly..."
Harry Potter frightens Dudley Dursley in 1992[src]

Jiggery Pokery was one of three spells that Harry Potter uttered the incantations of to scare off his Muggle cousin, Dudley Dursley, in 1992. He claimed that they could set a hedge on fire.

Etymology

Jiggery-pokery is a British term meaning "underhand or deceitful behaviour".

Behind the scenes

  • While Harry seemed to be merely making up nonsense spells, the appearance of the spell in the title Jiggery Pokery and Hocus Pocus, described as containing "mischief-making spells," suggests that it could in fact be a real spell (though it presumably does not set hedges on fire).[1]

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