My Notes, From A Ravenclaw (Year 1)

written by Anne Pickering

These are my notes for all classes through year 1. There are 7 course in the first year. Charms, History of Magic, Herbology, Potions, Transfiguration, DADA, and Astronomy. I will add as I am able. Please check back for new content.

Please keep in mind, these are only major points and not to be substituted for the actual lessons!

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Chrm 101 Week 4

Chapter 22

Credited for the rise of coordinated human thought, is the development of language

written language that manages to survive and allows us to understand what civilizations thousands of years old once thought. Spoken language is faster.

Scripts are a written system of symbols
  • single complex symbols such as cuneiform and hieroglyphs, require
    learning the sophisticated methods used to create them and thousands of
    unique symbols can exist in the language. 
  • an alphabet, a relatively small set of symbols organized into groupings
    called 'words', with each word having a different meaning


The earliest known alphabet is known as the Phoenician Alphabet. This
alphabet, dating back to at least 1050 B.C., contains ancient forms of
most of the letters that we use today.The important thing to understand is that we still use the same alphabet
developed three millennia ago with relatively minimal changes.


Incantations are almost always one or two words long. Most incantations we will learn about can be traced back to a Latin. Get a syllable out of place and you can completely change the way you are shaping the magic. It is essential that you look up the pronunciation for any
incantation you are unfamiliar with or listen very carefully when your
professors talk about one in class.

The Fire-Making Charm


in Latin literally means "fire". You should practice it only within a well-ventilated area and not around anything you do not want to catch fire.

The Locomotion Charm

Unlike all other types of "flight" charms, the Locomotion Charm allows a
minimal amount of vertical movement, just enough for its target to
clear the ground. It's possible to cast the Locomotion Charm on an object and then direct
that object toward a particular spot while casting another spell.

The following items are REQUIRED to successfully complete your assignments:

  • The preceding lesson material that covers Lesson Four.
  • Quintessential Magic: An Introduction to Charms, Chapter 10
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