verb intr.: 1. To run or move swiftly.
2. In nautical parlance, to run before a gale with little or no sail set.
noun: 1. The act of scudding.
2. Clouds, rain, mist, etc. driven by the wind.
3. Low clouds beneath another cloud layer.
“The moon was bright, but the clouds scudding across kept throwing them [Harry et al] into darkness.”
adjective: Shining; brilliant; radiant; splendid.
“Gilderoy Lockhart was walking onto the stage, resplendent in robes of deep plum.”
noun: 1. A stream of air (or another fluid) forced backwards by a propeller.
2. The area of reduced pressure behind a fast-moving object.
verb tr., intr.: 3. To follow behind a vehicle to take advantage of decreased wind resistance.
buf·fet = To force one’s way with difficulty
4. heinous (HAY-nuhs)
adjective: Extremely wicked
“You have been brought here before the Council of Magical Law … so that we may pass judgment on you, for a crime so heinous.”
5. sepulchral (suh-PUHL-kruhl)
1. Relating to a grave or a burial.
2. Gloomy, serious, or sad.
“A sallow-skinned wizard with a very mournful face got in. ‘Morning, Arthur’, he said in a sepulchral voice.”
6. higgledy-piggledy (HIG-uhl-dee PIG-uhl-dee)
adverb: In a disordered or random manner.
adjective: Confused; jumbled.
“Owl feathers, apple cores, and sweet wrappers littered the floor, a number of spell books lay higgledy-piggledy among the tangled robes on his bed.”
noun: 1. A source of corruption or decay.
2. Ulcerous sores in the mouth; also any of various diseases affecting animals and plants.
verb tr., intr.: 1. To corrupt or to become corrupted.
2. To infect with or be infected with canker.
“And in your family, so in the world … we shall cut away the canker that infects us until only those of the true blood remain.”