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Dactylomancy - Dwarf

Dactylomancy -- Daisy -- Daphnomancy -- Dark Arts/Black Magic -- Dark Mark/Morsemordre --
Deletrius -- Dementor -- Demiguise -- Demon -- Densaugeo -- Devil's Snare -- Diffindo --
Diricawl -- Disapparate -- Disillusionment -- Dissendium -- Dittany -- Divination --
Doxy -- Doxycide -- Draco: see also
Malfoy -- Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus -- Draconite --
Dragons -- Dreams -- Druids -- Dugbog -- Dumbledore -- Durmstrang -- Dwarf

Dactylomancy - from the Greek words dakterlios ("finger ring") and manteia ("divination"). Also called dactyliomancy. There are two basic methods: A ring on a rope or chain was either used as a pendulum, or it was dropped into a bowl of water (presumably sans chain), in this kind of Divination.

Daisy (Plant) - the chopped roots are a Shrinking Solution ingredient.

Daphnomancy - Divination gleaned from the burning of a laurel branch. If crackling is heard, the portents are good. If no sound is heard, the omens are bad, or the answer is false in response to a question.

Dark Arts/Black Magic - the practice of using magic spells to harness either occult forces and/or evil spirits to do the wizard's bidding. What sets the dark arts apart from other magic is the intent of the practicing magician, which is an evil one. The spells used for this form of magic fall under the category of the curse, often used to cause harm to someone else.

Some believe that all magic is "colorless": whether it's black or white depends upon its intention, yet others have suggested the war between black magic and white is an expression of man's dual nature. Dumbledore does tell Harry which side you take isn't a matter of destiny but a matter of choice and self-will.

Dark Mark - see Spell: Morsmordre

Deletrius (Spell) - erases the images of past spells revealed by Priori Incantato and might be used to counter the effects of other spells.

Dementor - the deadly creatures guarding Azkaban prison. They wear cloaks with great hoods to hide their faces and bodies, and with good reason, as their skin is slimy gray and covered with scabs. Dementors promote depression with their ability to drain all good feelings from the people in their vicinity.

Demiguise - one has to be a skilled wizard to catch sight of the demiguise in its habitat in the far east, because it becomes invisible when threatened. This is an herbivore, peaceful by nature. It resembles a graceful ape, with large black eyes usually hidden by its long, fine, silver-colored hair. The silky hair may be spun into invisibility cloaks.

Demon - spirits of malicious intent, existing in all shapes and sizes, and in all cultures.

The "daimons" of ancient Greece were an exception. These were invisible spirits serving as go-betweens for the gods and man. They could be good or bad, offering guidance and protection or seeking to lead men astray. By the late fourth century A.D., Christianity made sure that daimons evolved into demons. The Church taught that the true spirits serving as intermediaries from God to men were angels. The pagan spirits, whether good or bad, were considered to be fallen angels or demons. Borrowing an attitude from antiquity, Christianity placed the blame for illness, accidents, and even bad dreams, on demons. Such was the obsession to find convenient scapegoats, that by the sixteenth century the number of Satan's assistants was said to be 7,405,926.

Densaugeo (Spell) - a curse that causes teeth to grow larger and larger.

Devil's Snare (Plant) - First year Hogwarts students learn that Devil's Snare grows in damp, dark places and can't abide fire. The plant is a mass of springy vines and tendrils which seem soft but its creepers can be deadly. Using its rudimentary sense of touch, the tendrils bind anyone whom it comes in contact with and will finally choke them. Its response to struggling victims is to tie them that much faster. Anyone who relaxes won't be killed as quickly as those who fight. Any flame spell will repel this plant.

Diffindo (Spell) - the spell to cut something open or break it into pieces.

Diricawl - a plump, flightless bird with fluffy feathers, from Mauritius. Diricawls evade danger by disappearing in a puff of feathers and reappearing somewhere else. Muggles knew this bird as the "dodo". They mistakenly believe they hunted this animal to extinction.

Disapparate (Spell) - a spell to make one vanish (and reappear or Apparate elsewhere).

Disillusionment (Spell) - a charm hiding the true, magical nature of something, such as the example of hiding Hogwarts from muggles. It works by making something or someone like a chameleon, which can assume its background colors in order to blend in, in effect becoming invisible as far as the eye is concerned.

Dissendium (Spell) - to open a secret passage.

Dittany (Plant) - "One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi" lists Dittany in its pages. Muggles also use this plant, both as a culinary flavouring and to aid digestion.

Divination - the art of predicting the future, looking into the past, and even finding lost objects, has existed in some variation in every culture since the dawn of recorded history -- and before.

Doxy (aka Biting Fairy) - found in the colder climates of nothern Europe and America. The doxy is not a fairy, though there is a general resemblence between the two species. Unlike the fairy, doxys are covered by thick black hair. They have an extra pair of arms and legs and their wings resemble a beetle's, being shiny, thick and curved. They lay black eggs, up to about five hundred at a time, and bury them. The eggs hatch after two to three weeks.

An antidote is needed if a doxy bites you with its double set of sharp and venomous teeth.

Doxycide - a black liquid used to get rid of doxies. It paralyzes them so that they can be caught safely.

Draco - see Malfoy
Draco has a two definitions in Latin, "dragon" and "snake."

Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus meaning "Never tickle a sleeping dragon" - the Latin motto for Hogwarts.

Draconite (or Dracontias) - a magical gemstone found inside a dragon's head. It has to be cut out while the dragon is alive; otherwise, it will not be a stone as the hard quality ebbs away with the life of the dragon. A typical method of acquiring the stone is to cast about herbs which make the dragon sleep, and thus the creature is still alive but rendered non-threatening. These stones are said to be so hard that no one can carve, render or engrave anything upon them.

dragon Dragons - draco (like Draco Malfoy), Latin for "dragon" (the Greek word drakon means "huge serpent"), a creature which has appeared in mythology and folklore for most of recorded history. Of course, Charlie Weasley knows these animals aren't mere storytelling fabrication, but it's better if the muggles believe so. Generally, the dragon is a reptile rather resembling a crocodile but with great, batlike wings, massive claws, one or two sets of legs, impenetrable scales, fangs that are sometimes poisonous, and fiery breath. Some sport twin horns and a forked or barbed tail. Welsh dragons are often described as red, German dragons are white, and others come in black, green, or yellow.

The dragon seems to be the most famous magical creature, to both muggles and wizards alike, many would argue. The muggle viewpoint: it symbolizes both evil and good, depending on location, location, location!

The western dragon is the bad boy, suffering from an ill reputation in places like Babylonia, Egypt, Germany, Scandinavia, and the British Isles. The creation epic of Babylonia has a central figure, the goddess Tiamat, a dragonlike personification of the oceans and known as the Queen of Darkness, who headed hordes of chaos and whose destruction was required to ensure the stability of the universe. The ancient Hebrews thought the dragon represented death and evil. Christianity inherited the Hebraic idea of the dragon, which figures in all the important apocalyptic literature of the Bible. Draco is a symbol of evil in Christian art, often represented as crushed under the feet of saints and martyrs, a symbol of Christianity trimphant over paganism. Christian saints, like St. George, were dragonslayers. St. George was traveling near Silena, Libya, when he heard the tale of a local dragon living in a lake. This beast feasted on maidens, and unless it was fed a maiden every day, it kept the townspeople from being able to access the lake. Armies had been slaughtered when trying to kill the creature. St. George arrived in time to save the king's daughter, the only remaining maiden (did anyone say being highborn doesn't have its perks?) in the land. He killed the dragon with one stroke of his lance. George was made the patron saint of England in the fourteenth century.

In the east, however, no one would want to kill a dragon. Here, they are considered benevolent creatures of good fortune. (Also, the ancient western Greeks and Romans believed dragons understood the secrets of the earth, and could convey this knowledge to man, so they weren't completely seen as nasty creatures.)

Eastern dragons don't have wings, nor do they breathe fire, but they can fly by magic. The dragon was the national emblem of the Chinese Empire, and also the official emblem of the Japanese imperial family for centuries.

The wizard's perspective of dragons: they are among the most challenging of beasts to conceal from muggles. Females tend to be larger and more agressive than males, but only a trained and skilled wizard should attempt to approach either sex of the dragon. Much of this creature, including blood, heart, liver, horns and hide, posses great powers of magic.

There are ten breeds:

Dreams - see Divination: Oneiromancy

To dream is to experience sensations and events while sleeping, in a trance or in an unconscious state. Dreams can feel very real, and they can also be fantastic in their content. Some believe that dreams give hints about the future, whether directly or symbolically, and they might also be visitations from ghosts or other spirits.

In addition to the possible benefit of seeing the future, dreams have also been a source of creative inspiration. Writers Mary Shelley and Bram Stoker both claimed their characters of Dr. Frankenstein and Count Dracula, respectively, came to them in dreams.

Druids - pre-Christian priests and practitioners of the religion, Druidism, of ancient Gaul (now France), Britain and Ireland. Druid comes from Celtic for "knowledge of the oak tree."

Druidism flourished from the 2nd century B.C. until the 2nd century A.D., but in parts of Britain the Romans didn't invade, it survived another two or three centuries until supplanted by Christianity. The tenets of this religion included belief in the immortal soul, which passed into a newborn child after death. The followers also believed they were descended from a Supreme Being. Druids were knowledgable about astrology, magic, and the powers of plants and animals. Indeed, they were the scholarly class of their day, being the priests, teachers and judges of their society. Holding the oak tree (and mistletoe, particularly when it grew on oaks) in great reverence, they usually practiced their rituals in oak forests. Archeologists believe they might have practiced at Stonehenge, but Stonehenge itself predates druids by many centuries, so the druids did not build the mysterious monument in England.

Dugbog - found in the marshes of Europe and the Americas. When still, it looks like an unremarkable piece of dead wood, but it has sharp, sharp teeth and finned paws, which allows it to glide/slither through the mud. A dugbog eats small mammals and will injure the ankles of any human walking in its range. Its favorite food is mandrake.

Dumbledore - headmaster of Hogwarts. His first name, Albus, is the Latin word for "white" and Dumbledore came from an old English word for bumble bee. Other than Harry Potter, he is the only wizard whom Voldemort fears. Dumbledore is one of a handful who dare speak Voldemort's name out loud. His Chocolate Frog trading card has him being "the greatest wizard of modern times."

Durmstrang - one of two wizarding schools in Continental Europe. Its location is a secret, though from the furry capes and cloaks worn by the students, one might assume a northern location. Possibly Russia? Durmstrang differs from Hogwarts in at least three ways: Hogwarts students learn Defense Against the Dark Arts but Durmstrang students learn the Dark Arts themselves; Durmstrang isn't as large, being only four stories tall; and no muggleborns are allowed to attend. See Beauxbatons

Dwarf - A creature of legend, who looks like a small man with a large head. They usually have long gray beards and they can become invisible. They live in the depths of the earth and guard their buried treasure very carefully.

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