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Vocabulary from Harry Potter books

, ,
, (Ill rack my brain in search for a term that I know).
to go bizark/ballistic (go mad, angry): Mum went bizark; better hurry up, Mums going
ballistic, she says were going to miss the train
to come off - , : his come back didnt come off as he wanted, he needed it up.
Come off it! , - . -
!, .
I could do - , : we could all do with a laugh
to carry on (continue doing smth) -: We are working as hard as we
can so that Voldemort couldnt carry on his plans.
abysmal - , : Guess what I got for my birthday? said Neville.
Another Remembrall? said Harry, remembering the marble-like device Nevilles grandmother
had sent him in an effort to improve his abysmal memory.
to follow suit (to do/act like the others) , , -
: Oh, lets get out of here.
She slammed down her own knife and fork; Ron looked longingly at his half-finished apple pie
but followed suit.
to give off - : Harry knew at once why Neville had chosen to pass this compartment
by. The girl gave off an aura of distinct dottiness
to stand by - : Dont stand by and let the others have all the fun.
, standby tickets . ,
, .
to pass by - ( )
to point out - -, -, -, -: Harry could
not help noticing that a lot of people stared back at him with great interest and that several of
them nudged their neighbours and pointed him out. After he had met this behaviour in five
consecutive carriages he remembered that the Daily Prophet had been telling its readers all
summer what a lying show-off he was.
to show off (to brandish smth, to brag about smth) - , , ,
; a show-off - ( )
to do smb in (to kill, to murder) , , : Why? said Harry irritably.
I thought Voldemort was supposed to be lying low, or are you telling me hes going
to jump out from behind a dustbin to try and do me in?
go ballistic/berserk - :
healer from to heal - , . Time heals - .

, - docto ( ducho ,
-). doctus , , ;
, .
be sandwiches between - -, -: He couldnt move an inch. He
was sandwiches between Ron and Hermione,
wrought a change ( ) : Events in Paris wrought
a change in British opinion towards France and Germany.
The news of his parents attackers escape had wrought a strange and even slightly alarming
change in him.
spurr smb on to (syn. encourage) : Harry was pleased to see that all of them, even
Zacharias Smith, had been spurred on to work harder than ever by the news that ten more Death
Eaters were now on the loose, but in nobody was this improvement more pronounced than in
, English Phrasal Verbes in Use,
, : My success in
the exam spurred me on to study even harder.
to fish out - , : Fire away, then, Rita, said Hermione serenely, fishing a
cherry out from the bottom of her glass.
a pronounce change -
jeopardise - : If she catches yeh, itll be all of our necks on the line, he told them
flatly, and with no desire to do anything that might jeopardise his job further they abstained from
walking down to his hut in the evenings.
, jeopardise : he jeopardized his
job by being persistently unpunctual
bridge of the nose - : Hagrid was standing beside the doors into the Entrance Hall,
waiting for a crowd of Ravenclaws to pass. He was still as heavily bruised as he had been on the
day he had come back from his mission to the giants and there was a new cut right across the
bridge of his nose.
quibble - , ; to quibble - , ; .
If youre satisfied with the contract, why are you quibbling about the exact hours of work?
tuck in - , : There is a time for speech-making, but this is not it. Tuck in!
( )
He stared at Hermione and the Weasleys, all tucking into their sandwiches, and thought how he
would feel if they went back to Hogwarts without him.
to be on tenterhooks - , , . :
he was still on tenterhooks that Hagrid might get the sack
to bring smth up (syn. to mention) -: he couldnt stop himself dwelling on the
dream in which he had been Voldemort though he didnt bring it up with Ron and Hermione
again; he didnt want another telling-off from Hermione.

to tell off (to shoot down, to criticise)- ,

to lose ones marbles (to go crazy, to go off the deep end) , .
(): We dont need another story about how Harrys lost his marbles! said
Hermione angrily.
to look daggers at smb. , -.: But of
course, she said, lowering the quill and looking daggers at Hermione, Little Miss Perfect
wouldnt want that story out there, would she?
to stick to smth - - , : So you actually stick to it, do
you, that He Who Must Not Be Named is back? said Rita
It was a narrow escape - ( ) ! / ..
to corner smb - : he had a look of someone who was just cornered

: a few words about

Harry Potter books
Posted on 16.05.2013 by Ksenia Multilingua
: a few words about Harry Potter books

Im writing this post to share my love for and current obsession with the Harry Potter books
with you)I have just begun the fifth one for the second time in four years))
Its amazing how Stephen Fry manages to speak in such a wide variety of voices. As you have
now guessed Im not reading these books, I am listening to the audio versions narrated by the
wonderful Stephen Fry! When there is dialogue, you can always be sure who is speaking because
Harrys voice is quite different from, say, Hemiones. And the way Mr Fry imitates accents is
astonishing! There is a headmistress from a French wizardry school and, when you hear her
speaking, you really believe that there must have been a native Frenchwoman back there in the
studio recording those lines, rather than the great man.

I very much appreciate J.K. Rowlings style. She has her way with words. I was surprised to hear
words I had learnt thanks to the Wordsmart audio course, among them vociferous, vitriolic, afable, profuse and many other.
You can also find idiomatic expressions and phrasal verbs in great profusion. For example:
Aunt Marge thrust her trunk in Harrys stomack, knocking the wind out of him (knock the wind
out of smb. , -.;
/ )
I couldnt left the poor Ripper, he pines when hes away from me (, a pine ,
to pine , .
, pain! poena ,
pinen , )
If the ministry got wind of any more magic on Privet drive, harry would face expulsion from
Hogwarts ( , )
, privet , ,
( ).
. , , to filch , , (-
): Popular items for filching, based on usage statistics, include
money, documents, and information.
weasley , .
Weasley - .
to ransack , : The inside of Harrys brain seemed to be in complete
disarray, as though it had been ransacked.
, a practical joke : Couldnt
someone have put Harrys name in the Goblet as a trick, a practical joke? Did anyone really
want him dead?
out of ones wits (.) : If Harry hadnt seen Mr Diggory do exactly this back
in the Weasleys kitchen, it would have scared him out of his wits.
Its here to break the fall ()
. , to break a habit?
The minutes snailed over passed slowly, .
school champions (including Harry)
Mer people . Mer people,
, mermaid maid () mer (-,
, )! , Mer people?
sea . saiws .
. a swamp. ! A bog (
), everglade ( The Everglade state
), fen, morass [mrs] (.). , marsh
morass mermaid mare !

Moss (Kate Moss) . The
Rolling Stones a rolling stone gather no moss ( ,
( , )!
to heed:
to heed smth, smb , ,
-, -, - : Drop it!,said Ron to
Hermione sharply, and for once she heeded him and fell silent.
its right up your street, Potter . , ,
, .
its not my cup of tea.
It will come in useful one day
, a maze ,
. , labyrinth,
, - , labyrinth.
labyrinth, , (
, - ;),
maze, , amazing,
to amaze , , , , maze
, , .
maze and labyrinth.
A labyrinth , , ,
A maze , ,
, maze , (dead-ends). ,
- a fork.
A labyrinth .
, .
A maze, on the other hand, .
labyrinth . maze .
Some labyrinths have a spiritual significance. They signify the
complex and long path to reach God ( .
Mazes .
10 most incredible mazes and labyrinths.
J. K. Rowling . , its no good crying over a spilt milk ( ,
, , ) , wizards its no good crying over a spilt potion.

to go off -: Harry began to go off food again (because of nerves)
Ive completely gone off coffee recently.
to put up with , : I will not put up with this nonsense!
to drop off , : I had a bad night. I went to bed early enough but for some
reason I couldnt drop off.

to take in (some information) , , - : Fudge

was shaking his head. He did not seem to have taken in a word Snape had said.
to wear off , ( ), : Now that the initial
shock was wearing off, he was in considerable pain
to tear apart/asunder ( ) , : Some of you, in this
Hall, have already suffered directly at the hands of Lord Voldemort. Many of your families have
been torn asunder.
? -?
, Multilingua 2005
Living with Harry Potter. Interview with J. K. Rowling and Stephen Fry.

: Book hangover
and the rest of Harry Potter books
Posted on 03.07.2013 by Ksenia Multilingua
: Book hangover and the rest of Harry Potter books vocabulary

I have a book hangover today. Ive just finished the last Harry Potter book.
The interesting thing is the expression book hangover is defined thus:
The headache you get after staying up into the wee hours of the morning staring at teeny tiny
print. Generally an ailment experienced exclusively by book nerds, but becomes a nation wide
issue after the release of a new Harry Potter book.
When youve finished a book and you suddenly return to the real world, but the real world feels
incomplete or surreal because youre still living in the world of the book.
My case is the latter. But its funny that this illness is connected precisely with Harry Potter
I had a very good time when I was listening to Harry Potter books)) I will miss it.

I cannot remember when was the last time I was so absorbed by a book!) I listened to or read it
whenever I could, while washing the dishes or making up the flat or simply lying in bed longing
to get some sleep but at the same time too thrilled by the story to push the pause button.
I know these books are considered childish by many and I should probably be more impressed
by the Lord of the Rings story. But somehow I am not.
Indeed, it took me no more than a week or so to read the Lord of the Rings. It was great at the
moment but I never wanted to start it all over again.
The world created by R.R. Tolkien seems to me too distant, too unreal.
I find it much easier to believe in the world J.K. Rowling created.
And now when Ive finished I feel a bit empty and desorientaded.
But I still a few Behind the magic videos to watch (they are about the making of HP movies) and
I want to revise all the words and expressions I was highlightening while reading and to share
them with you;)
, ,
: Dont count your owls until they are delivered (usually Dont cound your
chickens before they are hatched , )
J.K. Rowling !)
May-born witches will marry Muggles. Jinx by twilight, undone by midnight. Wand
of elder, never prosper.
The Elder Wand, ( ;). - !
wand !))
to strewn
higgledy-piggledy , ,
The room was strewn with various possessions and a good smattering of rubbish. Owl feathers,
apple cores and sweet wrappers littered the floor, a number of spellbooks lay higgledy-piggledy
among the tangled robes on his bed, and a mess of newspapers sat in a puddle of light on his
to get the hang of smth , - , : I dunno whether its
worth me taking the test. I just cant get the hang of Apparition.
to give smth a wide berth (, ) -, -
( , ..),
: I thought you lived in that girls bathroom? said Harry, who had been careful to
give the place a wide berth for some years now.
: , ,
, .
swagger ,
Was it his imagination, or did Malfoy, like Tonks, look thinner? Certainly he looked paler; his
skin still had that greyish tinge, probably because he so rarely saw daylight these days. But there
was no air of smugness, or excitement, or superiority; none of the swagger that he had had on
the Hogwarts Express, when he had boasted openly of the mission he had been given by
to spare someones feelings - : Harry wondered whether it would be
possible to eat enough of whatever Xenophilius was cooking to spare his feelings.
She never spared herself. .
Throw down your arms, and we will spare you. , .
It was a horrible accident. Please spare me the details. . ,
( ) .

Theres no guarantee the armed forces will be spared (from) further cuts.
, .
to spill the beans - , : I think Bathilda has spilled the
beans to Rita Skeeter. All those hints in Skeeters interview
askew , , : Harry Potter was snoring loudly. He had been sitting in
a chair beside his bedroom window for the best part of four hours, staring out at the darkening
street, and had finally fallen asleep with one side of his face pressed against the cold windowpane, his glasses askew and his mouth wide open.
bid :
oi, come back here, Trevor!
And he dived under the seat to retrieve his toad as it made one of its frequent bids for freedom.
to do smbs bidding - ,
a scapegoat : Youre making Stan a scapegoat, just like you want to make
me a mascot.
a give-away : Oh, Ive been underground, said Lupin.
Almost literally. Thats why I havent been able to write, Harry; sending letters to you would
have been something of a give-away.
to snog : She cant complain, he told Harry. She snogged Krum.
So shes found out someone wants to snog me, too. Well, its a free country. I havent done
anything wrong.
to marshal : Dumbledore paused for a moment,
marshalling his thoughts, and then said, Four years ago, I received what I considered certain
proof that Voldemort had split his soul.
baleful , ,
to scour [skau] . : Late in the afternoon he and Ron escaped
Hermiones baleful presence again, and under the pretence of scouring the bare hedges for nonexistent blackberries, they continued their on-going exchange of news.
to the hilt : But I know that Dumbledore trusts Hagrid to the hilt, so Im sure he
cant be up to anything very dreadful
to hand over (, ): Cheered by this thought, Harry skimmed
through his copy of Advanced Potion-Making and found a heavily corrected Half-Blood Princes
version of An Elixir to Induce Euphoria, which seemed not only to meet Slughorns instructions,
but which might (Harrys heart leapt as the thought struck him) put Slughorn into such a good
mood that he would be prepared to hand over that memory if Harry could persuade him to taste
to hand in , , : I need to hand in an essay on Monday.
to rummage , -
to thumb through , (, )
She opened the beaded bag and rummaged for a while, finally extracting her copy of their old
school textbook, A History of Magic by Bathilda Bagshot, which she thumbed through until
finding the page she wanted.
to down , : He used to down an entire bottle of Firewhisky
to parrot : Bathilda also parrots the family line on Ariana, calling her
frail and delicate.
to kid someone into thinking smth , , -
: I dont suppose there have been loads of other stories about a stone that can raise
the dead, have there? he asked Hermione.
No, she replied sadly. I dont think anyone except Mr Lovegood could kid themselves thats

to worm out of some difficulty ,

: Awful old hypocrite, telling everyone else to help you and trying to worm out of it
He cant worm out of this situation.
to gatecrash : Sorry to intrude, said Scrimgeour, as he limped
to a halt before the table. Especially as I can see that I am gatecrashing a party.
decoy : Our only chance is to use decoys.
to get on like a house on fire !
. Wizards version they got on like a cauldron on fire
to be in good books of smb -: I am counting upon you to
remain in Lord Voldemorts good books as long as possible, or Hogwarts will be left to the mercy
of the Carrows
book ,
. Goods books , bad books ( )
, . (thanks to Lingvo).
You only agreed to try and get back in her good books.
to be riddled with - : He did not want to express the doubts and
uncertainties about Dumbledore that had riddled him for months now.
The tree was riddled with disease.
berk ,
swig ()
orifice , : That old berk, muttered Aberforth, taking another swig of mead.
Thought the sun shone out of my brothers every orifice, he did.
elated , : He had thought that he would feel elated if
they managed to steal back the Horcrux, but somehow he did not
tosh (syn. nonsense, rubbish) , : Before he became so respected and respectable
and all that tosh, there were some mighty funny rumours about Albus!
to peruse [pruz] ( ooze) : After Hermione had
gone to bed that night, Harry quietly extracted his rucksack from her beaded bag, and from
inside it, the photograph album Hagrid had given him so long ago. For the first time in months,
he perused the old pictures of his parents, smiling and waving up at him from the images, which
were all he had left of them now.
to tarnish , : Dont believe a word of it! said Doge at once. Not a word,
Harry! Let nothing tarnish your memories of Albus Dumbledore!
curfew [kfju]
lenient [linnt] , ,
Break curfew again and we wont be so lenient!
hangdog expression : Muggles bustled past wearing the hangdog
expressions of early morning, quite unconscious of the little inns existence.
set store by - , :
I vos one of the last to purchase a Gregorovitch vand. They are the best although I know, of
course, that you Britons set much store by Ollivander.
Many people set much store by privacy
to see to smth -: Why hadnt Dumbledore explained more? Had he
thought that there would be time; that he would live for years, for centuries, perhaps, like his
friend Nicolas Flamel? If so, he had been wrong Snape had seen to that.
to run out on smb - -, -, : he gave me the
Deluminator, didnt he? He well, Rons ears turned bright red and he became engrossed in a
tuft of grass at his feet, which he prodded with his toe, he mustve known Id run out on you.
Patrick ran out on his wife
to lag behind , : Harry, who was in no hurry at all to leave with the
gawping crowd, nor to get near enough to Malfoy to allow him to retell the story of the nose-

stamping, lagged behind, pretending to retie the lace on his trainer, allowing most of the
Gryffindors to draw ahead of him. Hermione had darted ahead to fulfil her prefects duty of
shepherding the first-years, but Ron remained with Harry.