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ABCs of Magic : Terms and Phrases

General Knowledge | 7-14 yrs | Reading Pod

Do you believe in magic? You may get mixed up between goblins, elves, fairies, imps, pixies and other imaginary creatures that you read about. Here’s a ready reckoner, to help you distinguish between these mythological characters and more, from A-Z.

Glossary of Magic

AAlchemyTurning common metal in gold
BBansheeIn English & scottish folklore, a creature who lives in homes and helps with housework
CClarke’s LawArthur C. Clarke said that advanced technology is the same as magic
DDryadIn Greek mythology, a tree nymph
EElvesOrigin in German myth, best known as Santa’s helpers
FFairiesLook like humans and have magical powers
GGoblinsSmall greedy creatures who love money
HHouriIn Islamic myth, nymphs of paradise
IImpOrigin in German myht, a lesser demon
JJinnCan travel long distances at high speed
KKelpieIn Irish myth, a supernatural water horse
LLeprechaunsIrish shoemakers who hide their coins in a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow
MMerlinKing Arthur’s wizard
NNymphsDivine spirits who live in mountains, rivers, and trees
OOccultismThe study of magic
PPixiesIrish mythical creature, like dancing outside in large numbers
QQuaffleThe Quidditch ball, it is enchanted so that it falls slowly when dropped in air
RRavenclawRowena Ravenclaw was the founder of this house at Hogwarts
SSelkiesIn Irish myth, seals in the sea which shed their skin to become humans on land
TTrollsUgly creatures in Norse mythology who live in rocks, mountains, or caves
UUpside downIn the land of Topsy Turvy, in Enid Blyton’s The Faraway Tree, everything is upside down
VValkyriesIn Norse myth, women creatures who decide which soldiers live after battle, and which die
WWitchesWomen suspected of being witches were burnt at the stake, if they floated when drowned in water
XXmasThe spirits of Christmas help Scrooge celebrate the festival in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
YYakshiniKuber’s assistant, who look after treasure in the earth
ZZombieA corpse raised by withcraft, in Haitian folklore

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