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"He rolled up his sleeves, brandished his wand, and bellowed, 'Peskipiksi Pesternomi!' It had absolutely no effect; one of the pixies seized his wand. and threw it out of the window, too."
—Gilderoy Lockhart attempts to demonstrate this spell[src]

Peskipiksi Pesternomi is the incantation of a spell meant to capture (or possibly repel) pixies.

History

It was invented by Gilderoy Lockhart in his first second year Defence Against the Dark Arts class in September of 1992, and its very first use was very unsuccessful.

Lockhart's use of this made-up spell was apparently well-known, as a question on the 1996 Theory of Charms O.W.L. asked whether Peskipiksi Pesternomi was a genuine charm or not, and required the answerer to come up with a valid incantation that would have the actual desired effect.[1]

Nature

It had absolutely no effect whatsoever on the pixies Professor Lockhart had released to fly wild throughout the classroom, resulting in Lockhart fleeing and leaving Harry Potter, Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger to "nip the rest back in their cages." It is probable that this spell could not be effective in any case, as Professor Lockhart had presumably invented it in that same class, with no forewarning and no indication that it would be successful.

Etymology

This incantation is most likely derived from English "pesky", meaning "annoying"; "pixie"; "pester", meaning "to annoy"; "no" for negative; and "me" as the first person pronoun.

Behind the scenes

  • In the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, a pixie snatches away Lockhart's wand as he has barely finished the incantation of Peskipiksi Pesternomi. Due to this, some of the movie viewers assumed the spell failed because of Lockhart's inability to keep his wand and complete the gesture, rather than because the spell itself did not exist.

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