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Peskipiksi Pesternomi
Incantation

Peskipiksi Pesternomi

Type

Charm

Hand Movement

Wave wand four times

Light

None

Effect

Captures pixies

Creator

Gilderoy Lockhart (1992)

"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 tries to demonstrate this spell.[src]

Peskipiksi Pesternomi is the incantation of a spell meant to capture pixies. 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 unsuccessful.

It had absolutely no effect whatsoever on the pixies Professor Lockhart had released to fly wild throughout the classroom, and indeed had no effect whatsoever.

It is probable that this spell would 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.

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]

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.

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