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Warlock was a very old term that has two meanings: to describe a wizard of unusually fierce appearance or as a title denoting particular skill or achievement. It originally denoted one learned in duelling and all martial magic or was given as a title to a wizard who had performed feats of bravery (as Muggles were sometimes knighted). It was sometimes incorrectly used as interchangeable with the term "wizard."
In The Tales of Beedle the Bard, Albus Dumbledore mentions an old magazine called Warlock at War - this was written by Brutus Malfoy and was essentially concerning the war he felt was between pure-bloods and Muggles. The term here may have been used to draw on the fact that warlocks were skilled in warrior magic, as well as it being used synonymously with wizard. Also in the book, there is a story called The Warlock's Hairy Heart, which concerns a warlock engaging in dark magic. Dumbledore claims this is to show that he was an accomplished wizard regardless of his darker inclinations.
- Albus Dumbledore
- Armenian warlock
- Barnabas Deverill
- Brutus Malfoy (possibly)
- D.J. Prod
- Ernie Macmillan's ancestor (possibly)
- Garvin Lügner
- Jarleth Hobart
- Judges of the 1379 duelling contest
- Zaccaria Innocenti
The Anglo-Saxon waerloga or "oathbreaker", which passed through a Middle English form of warloghe or warlach to become warlock, has two components, waer, "covenant", and loga, "betrayal". The latter is derived from leogan "to lie", and may consequently have commonalities with Loge/Loki, the Norse God of Mischief and betrayer of Asgard.
The word could possibly derive from the Norse word vardlokkur, meaning "Wise Man" or "Wise Wizard". More specifically, a man with the power of binding spirits by channelling or using tools such as runes and knot-magic, as well as a label for the Gate Keepers or Guardians who protected spiritual knowledge and wisdom.
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (First appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
- Quidditch Through the Ages
- The Tales of Beedle the Bard
- Daily Prophet Newsletters
- Wizarding World
- Harry Potter Official Site
- Wonderbook: Book of Spells
- The Archive of Magic: The Film Wizardry of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
- Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery
Notes and references
- The Tales of Beedle the Bard - "The Wizard and the Hopping Pot"
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 4 (The Leaky Cauldron)
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 6 (The Journey from Platform Nine and Three-Quarters)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 16 (The Chamber of Secrets)
- The Tales of Beedle the Bard - "The Tale of the Three Brothers"
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 8 (The Deathday Party)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 11 (The Duelling Club)
- Wonderbook: Book of Spells
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 3 (The Burrow)
- Tarantallegra entry on the Cast-a-Spell kit found in the Library section of the Harry Potter Official Site