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"... I put my wand to his throat — I then screwed up my remaining strength and performed the immensely complex Homorphus Charm — he let out a piteous moan — go on, Harry — higher than that — good — the fur vanished, — the fangs shrank — and he turned back into a man. Simple, yet effective..."
Gilderoy Lockhart telling second year students about his supposed encounter with this werewolf in a Defence Against the Dark Arts lesson[src]

The Wagga Wagga Werewolf was a werewolf, likely from Wagga Wagga in New South Wales, Australia.[1]

Biography

He was believed to have been vanquished by Gilderoy Lockhart by means of the Homorphus Charm, returning him to human form after letting out a piteous moan.[1] It was actually an Armenian warlock who performed this feat, though Lockhart used a Memory Charm on him and took all the credit for the werewolf’s defeat himself.[2]

This werewolf was likely the subject of Lockhart's book Wanderings with Werewolves and was discussed by Lockhart during a second-year class during his time as Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Lockhart asked Harry Potter to reenact the "defeat" of the werewolf as part of a lecture, in which Harry only reluctantly agreed to participate in order to have Lockhart sign a permission form for him to get a library book from the Restricted Section. For a homework assignment, he asked students to compose a poem about the werewolf's defeat, and would give signed copies of Magical Me to the best writers.[1]

Behind the scenes

  • Wagga Wagga is a town on Wiradjuri land, with the name derived from the local Wiradjuri Aboriginal language - with the word Wagga meaning 'crow', and the repetition of Wagga creating a translation of 'place of many crows'.
    • The town is only 65km from a town called "Lockhart".[3]
    • It is a popular in-between town, coincidently being roughly 500km from both well known cities of Sydney and Melbourne.
    • It is the largest inland town in it's state New South Wales, with a population of roughly 66,000 inhabitants.

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 10 (The Rogue Bludger)
  2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 16 (The Chamber of Secrets)
  3. Google Maps
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