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Smudgling was born in [[England]] in the mid-to-late [[14th century]].<ref name="age" /> In [[1370s|1379]], she entered a [[duel]]ling competition held in [[Dartmoor]], in which [[wizardkind|wizards and witches]] from across [[Europe]] came to partake. According to contemporary reports, the contest (which was held at night, so as to avoid attracting the attention of [[Muggles]]) featured duelling of a level of skill that was almost unprecedented. <ref name="WBoS">''[[Wonderbook: Book of Spells]]''</ref>
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Smudgling was born in [[England]] in the mid-to-late [[14th century]].<ref name="age" /> In [[1370s|1379]], she entered a [[1379 duelling contest|duelling competition]] held in [[Dartmoor]], in which [[wizardkind|wizards and witches]] from across [[Europe]] came to partake. According to contemporary reports, the contest (which was held at night, so as to avoid attracting the attention of [[Muggles]]) featured duelling of a level of skill that was almost unprecedented.<ref name="WBoS">''[[Wonderbook: Book of Spells]]''</ref>
   
Eventually, only four competitors remained, including Smudgling and three wizards. The judges of the competition — distinguished [[warlock]]s and wizards from several different countries — delivered rousing speeches to the contestants before the final three duels commenced, telling them, "Think big! Think bigger than you have ever thought before! Let us see this night magic on such a scale, that future generations will envy us for having witnessed such greatness!" <ref name="WBoS" />
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Eventually, only four competitors remained, including Smudgling and three wizards. The [[Judges of the 1379 duelling contest|judges of the competition]] — distinguished [[warlock]]s and wizards from several different countries — delivered rousing speeches to the contestants before the final three duels commenced, telling them, "''Think big! Think bigger than you have ever thought before! Let us see this night magic on such a scale, that future generations will envy us for having witnessed such greatness!''"<ref name="WBoS" />
   
The first semi-finalists then moved in front of the crowd. Keeping in mind the judges' advice to think big, the first wizard transformed himself into a [[bull]] and charged the second, who escaped [[death]] by quickly turning himself into a [[snake|viper]]. The second wizard bit the first on the leg, sending him crashing to the ground in pain. <ref name="WBoS" />
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The first semi-finalists then moved in front of the crowd. Keeping in mind the judges' advice to think big, the [[First semi-finalist of the 1379 duelling contest|first wizard]] transformed himself into a [[bull]] and charged the [[Second semi-finalist of the 1379 duelling contest|second]], who escaped [[death]] by quickly turning himself into a [[snake|viper]]. The second wizard bit the first on the leg, sending him crashing to the ground in pain.<ref name="WBoS" />
   
Next, the second wizard faced the third, and brought a great storm cloud down from the sky, drenching his opponent in freezing-cold [[Water|rain]] and forcing him to evade bolts of lightning. The third wizard then got the idea to call a powerful cyclone, which not only blew away the storm, but also the judges, most of the spectators and several trees. <ref name="WBoS" />
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Next, the [[Second semi-finalist of the 1379 duelling contest|second wizard]] faced the [[Third semi-finalist of the 1379 duelling contest|third]], and brought a great storm cloud down from the sky, drenching his opponent in freezing-cold [[Water|rain]] and forcing him to evade bolts of lightning. The third wizard then got the idea to call a powerful cyclone, which not only blew away the storm, but also the judges, most of the spectators and several trees.<ref name="WBoS" />
   
It took several hours for everyone to regroup. Frightened of what the third wizard might do for his encore, the judges attempted to talk Smudgling out of challenging him, telling her that it might be easier if they simply gave him the cup before anyone else got hurt, but she refused. <ref name="WBoS" />
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[[File:1379ThirdVsSmudgling.png|thumb|left|250px|Elizabeth Smudgling disarms the [[Third semi-finalist of the 1379 duelling contest|third semi-finalist]].]]
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It took several hours for everyone to regroup. Frightened of what the third wizard might do for his encore, [[Judges of the 1379 duelling contest|the judges]] attempted to talk Smudgling out of challenging him, telling her that it might be easier if they simply gave him the cup before anyone else got hurt, but she refused.<ref name="WBoS" />
   
Smudgling and the third wizard then went up against each other. On the count of three, the wizard began a long, complex [[incantation]] that would have caused a mountain to break out of the ground and fall upon Smudgling's head had he been given the opportunity to complete it. However, Smudgling beat him to the punch, quickly murmuring the incantation for the [[Disarming Charm]] and sending his wand flying out of his hand. She was awarded the title of "[[Supreme Dueller]]" and the Disarming Charm became one of the most useful spells in any dueller's repertoire. <ref name="WBoS" />
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[[File:1379judges.png|200px|thumb|right|The judges award Elizabeth Smudgling the title of "[[Supreme Dueller]]".]]
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Smudgling and the [[Third semi-finalist of the 1379 duelling contest|third wizard]] then went up against each other. On the count of three, the wizard began a long, complex [[incantation]] that would have caused a mountain to break out of the ground and fall upon Smudgling's head had he been given the opportunity to complete it. However, Smudgling beat him to the punch, quickly murmuring the incantation for the [[Disarming Charm]] and sending his wand flying out of his hand. She was awarded the title of "[[Supreme Dueller]]" and the Disarming Charm became one of the most useful spells in any dueller's repertoire.<ref name="WBoS" />
   
 
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ElizabethSmudgling
Elizabeth Smudgling
Biographical information
Born

Mid-to-late 14th century [1]

Title(s)

Supreme Dueller

Physical information
Species

Human

Gender

Female

Elizabeth Smudgling was a witch who lived in the late 14th century. An accomplished dueller, she was, in the opinion of Miranda Goshawk, the most likely inventor of the Disarming Charm.

BiographyEdit

Smudgling was born in England in the mid-to-late 14th century.[1] In 1379, she entered a duelling competition held in Dartmoor, in which wizards and witches from across Europe came to partake. According to contemporary reports, the contest (which was held at night, so as to avoid attracting the attention of Muggles) featured duelling of a level of skill that was almost unprecedented.[2]

Eventually, only four competitors remained, including Smudgling and three wizards. The judges of the competition — distinguished warlocks and wizards from several different countries — delivered rousing speeches to the contestants before the final three duels commenced, telling them, "Think big! Think bigger than you have ever thought before! Let us see this night magic on such a scale, that future generations will envy us for having witnessed such greatness!"[2]

The first semi-finalists then moved in front of the crowd. Keeping in mind the judges' advice to think big, the first wizard transformed himself into a bull and charged the second, who escaped death by quickly turning himself into a viper. The second wizard bit the first on the leg, sending him crashing to the ground in pain.[2]

Next, the second wizard faced the third, and brought a great storm cloud down from the sky, drenching his opponent in freezing-cold rain and forcing him to evade bolts of lightning. The third wizard then got the idea to call a powerful cyclone, which not only blew away the storm, but also the judges, most of the spectators and several trees.[2]

1379ThirdVsSmudgling

Elizabeth Smudgling disarms the third semi-finalist.

It took several hours for everyone to regroup. Frightened of what the third wizard might do for his encore, the judges attempted to talk Smudgling out of challenging him, telling her that it might be easier if they simply gave him the cup before anyone else got hurt, but she refused.[2]

1379judges

The judges award Elizabeth Smudgling the title of "Supreme Dueller".

Smudgling and the third wizard then went up against each other. On the count of three, the wizard began a long, complex incantation that would have caused a mountain to break out of the ground and fall upon Smudgling's head had he been given the opportunity to complete it. However, Smudgling beat him to the punch, quickly murmuring the incantation for the Disarming Charm and sending his wand flying out of his hand. She was awarded the title of "Supreme Dueller" and the Disarming Charm became one of the most useful spells in any dueller's repertoire.[2]

AppearancesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 As she is described in Wonderbook: Book of Spells as being a "young witch" in 1379, she was probably no older than 35 at the time, making 1344 the earliest year in which she was likely to have been born.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Wonderbook: Book of Spells

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