"If you must know, when I was three, Fred turned my — my teddy bear into a great big filthy spider because I broke his toy broomstick.... You wouldn't like them either if you'd been holding your bear and suddenly it had too many legs and..."
Ronald Weasley explains the source of his arachnophobia.[src]

This spell transfigures a teddy bear into a giant spider. Fred Weasley used this spell on Ronald Weasley's teddy bear in 1983 or 1984 in revenge for the latter breaking his toy broomstick. Ronald Weasley developed a severe case of arachnophobia due to this event.[1]

Behind the scenes

  • Fred was only about five years old when he cast this spell. It´s most likely that this was a case of unintentional wandless magic caused by Fred's anger.


Notes and references

  1. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 9 (The Writing on the Wall)
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