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"Merlin's beard"

"Merlin's beard" was a common wizarding expression used to show surprise.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11] There were several coarser variants, including "Merlin's pants",[12][13] "Merlin's most baggy Y-fronts",[13] (said by Ronald Weasley) and "Merlin's saggy left —" (Arthur Weasley interrupted Ronald Weasley before he could complete this last expression).[12] This might have been more insulting than others because of Molly Weasley's reaction.

Amos Diggory, like many others, used this expression when he first met Harry Potter.[1]

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 6 (The Portkey)
  2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 25 (The Egg and the Eye)
  3. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 7 (The Ministry of Magic)
  4. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 9 (The Woes of Mrs Weasley)
  5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 20 (Hagrid's Tale)
  6. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 24 (Occlumency)
  7. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 27 (The Centaur and the Sneak)
  8. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 36 (The Only One He Ever Feared)
  9. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 1 (The Other Minister)
  10. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 22 (After the Burial)
  11. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 8 (The Wedding)
  12. 12.0 12.1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 6 (The Ghoul in Pyjamas)
  13. 13.0 13.1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 12 (Magic is Might)
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