How did the Killing Curse originate? And why
does it sound so much like "Abracadabra"?
"All right, now, boys
and girls… it's playtime!"
"And guess what we're going
to play today, children!"
"What?" "I don't know."
"Well, do you know what day
"I know, Miss Bessie! It's
"Very good, Mary! And because
today is Hallowe'en, we're going to play Witches and Wizards!"
"And everybody gets a pointy
hat and a magic wand!"
"Ooh!" "Hey, I want that
one!" "No, gimme!"
"Children! Don't fight! …"
(Much commotion, finally
"Okay, children! Does anybody
know what wizards say when they wave their magic wands?"
"Ooh! I know, Miss Bessie!"
"They say… 'Hey, everybody,
I'm a wizard!' "
(Much laughter and further
commotion, finally settling down once again)
"Noooo, Bobby, I think you're
being silly. It was a good guess, though! But what witches and wizards
say when they wave their magic wands is, 'Abracadabra!' Can you
say that? Try it, boys and girls!"
"Very good, children, very
good! Now, next, let's try… But wait a minute… Where's Tommy? Have you
seen him, Jane?"
"Oh, he's probably off sulking
again. Shall I look for him?"
"Yes, please do, Jane. You
seem to be the only one that can handle him. Sometimes I worry about
"Well, Bess, we do see a
lot of troubled children in this line of work…"
"Yes, I know, Jane, and I've
seen a lot of them over the years, and so have you, but Tommy… I've
never seen such an angry little boy. It frightens me to think what might
become of him someday, it really does."
"Yes, well, I'll go look
and see if I can talk him into joining the group."
(A couple minutes later,
a woman finds a small boy in a corner, looking defiant.)
"Tommy? It's Miss Jane. Come
with me, please."
(Grumpily) "Why should
"Come along with the other
boys and girls. We're all playing Witches and Wizards!"
"THEY'RE not witches
and wizards. I hate them. I hate them all!"
(After a few minutes of
"Okay, Tommy, now here's
your wizard's hat…"
"Don't want a hat."
"Tommy, don't stomp on your
hat! Tommy, that was bad! Do you hear me?!"
"Now here's your magic wand,
Tommy. You can wave it and say 'Abracadabra'!"
"Say 'Abracadabra', Tommy!"
"Tommy, won't you please
(A moment's silence, then…)
November 3, 1931
Jane Wright (1879-1931)
Miss Jane Wright, Deputy
Headmistress of Saint Athaliah's Home for abandoned children in Little
Hangleton, passed away on Tuesday afternoon in the playground of her
beloved orphanage. She is survived only by her aged parents, James and
Lydia Wright of Bristol. Miss Wright never married, choosing instead
to devote her life to the less fortunate children of Hangleton and its
The cause of death was
at first thought to be a heart attack. However, autopsy results were
inconclusive and found no apparent cause of death whatsoever. Orphanage
officials had no further comment.