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28 December 2012 @ 01:41 pm
Theories on some peripheral details in the Harry Potter universe pt. 2  
Latin-derived spells are only used in the areas where they used to speak Latin (perhaps the old territories of the Roman Empire?). Perhaps wizards in Asia, Africa, America, Scandinavia, etc. have their own spells in their own old languages.

Either way, wizards could create spells, can't they? Didn't Snape engineer Sectumsempra? They don't have to be in Latin, I suppose.

I have corollaries to this theory, of course. Although they aren't really that clear in my head.

What the fuck am I doing, seriously?

Also, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows pt. 2 is on HBO right now as I am typing. Harry's fighting the Dark Lord now in the staircases.
hearts and wrists intact: that flighty temptress adventurewyvernstars on December 28th, 2012 03:09 pm (UTC)
I accidentally essay
Yes! This! Yes! This! Magic rooted in the land and in the language, not just as an intrinsic thing but as a thing you have to learn to channel. The words aren't- okay, I don't want to say that they aren't magic themselves, because even here, even now, language shapes things, but it's an established fact that the words alone don't do anything. A wizard or witch grown up in the Philippines and used to different words to cast spells probably wouldn't be able to do as much with the Latin-based spells (oh, wow, there's an entire different conversation on colonial mentality)? Magic like myth, you use it and reuse it and make it your own, in your own words, in your own time.