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Boggarts

Harry facing boggart

Boggarts lurk in cupboards and when confronted, take the form of your worst fears


Boggarts fact file


Appearance

Transforms into the darkest fear of the person who sees it

Typical Habitats

Boggarts like hiding in dark, confined spaces like bedroom cupboards

A Boggart appears as a Banshee

Boggart

By J.K. Rowling


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It’s always best to have company when you’re dealing with a Boggart. He becomes confused. Which should he become, a headless corpse or a flesh-eating slug? I once saw a Boggart make that very mistake – tried to frighten two people at once and turned himself into half a slug. Not remotely frightening.


Remus Lupin

As Professor Lupin went to stand next to it, the wardrobe gave a sudden wobble, banging off the wall.


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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

by J.K. Rowling

The wardrobe burst open. Hook-nosed and menacing, Professor Snape stepped out, his eyes flashing at Neville...


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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

By J.K. Rowling

A confused Boggart that looks like Snape, wearing Neville's grandmother's clothes.

Neville’s Snape-like Boggart


An illustration of a Boggart as a spider

Behind the scenes: Boggarts


Lupin leaves his office while Harry and Dumbledore watch

Remus Lupin

By J.K. Rowling


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The Boggart will turn into a Dementor when he sees you, so we’ll be able to practise on him.


Remus Lupin
Harry about to face a Boggart in Defence Ggainst the Dark Arts

It's Harry's turn


A Boggart in the shape of a Dementor looms over Harry in the Triwizard maze.

A terrifying obstacle


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Hang on! You’re a Boggart! Riddikulus!


Harry Potter

‘R–r–riddikulus!’ Mrs Weasley sobbed, pointing her shaking wand at Ron’s body.


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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

By J.K. Rowling