The unforgiveable curses struck fear into the hearts of everyone that read Harry Potter.
Many wouldn’t even dare to utter the words to one another, through fear that they may actually, through some sort of magical fluke, work.
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Avada Kedavra was the worst of them all.
Those two words would instantly kill the subject of a wizard’s spell – unless, of course, your name happens to be Harry Potter, or you happen to be a toddler that’s under the protection of your mother’s love.
Anywho, those words – with the exception of He Who Must Not Be Named – were the most feared.
Abracadabra, on the other hand, is a harmless sound which reminds adults everywhere of watching magic shows, complete with fluffy bunny rabbits and flexible joke wands.
Although they have polar opposite meanings, there’s no denying that the two sound remarkably similar.
And don’t think those Potter fans haven’t noticed.
The Huffington Post has collated a number of Reddit user theories to join the dots and make one MEGA theory.
And, if they’re right, the history between muggles and HP’s wizard world just got a whole lot darker.
The theory looks at the power struggle between muggles and wizards. It’s no secret that witches and wizards used to be a lot more open about their existence, and the witch trials were the muggle’s way of hitting back at the paranormal powers that surrounded them.
But, this theory raises the question: what if much more violent duals ensued between muggles and wizards as a result? Perhaps the use of Abracadabra originated from people mis-hearing the word that was actually used against ordinary folk in battle? And then the original meaning was lost over time?
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In other words, the word that is now used in jest actually harps back to the time when wizards would use the Avada Kedavra curse on non-magic folk.
J. K. Rowling has previously announced that she based the killing curse on the traditional word, Abracadabra. So it all seems very plausible.
We’ll never watch a children’s magician in the same way again…