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What's your boggart?


Specifically with regard to the Harry Potter world.

If you don't know: a boggart is a type of spirit that feeds off your fear. It is a shape shifter, so it will always take the form of the thing you fear the most. Scared of spiders? It becomes a giant one.

After long and careful thought, I think my boggart would appear as a ringing telephone. Not really scary in and of itself. But an incoming call, especially from an unknown caller, pretty much pegs my dread meter.
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I have a fear of grizzly bears and accidents while handling poisonous snakes. I love snakes in general but I get kind of jittery while handling dangerous ones. They tend to come up in my nightmares now and then.
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Old 11-06-2019, 02:55 PM
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Specifically with regard to the Harry Potter world.
OK, I'm showing my age but -------- I expected this thread to be about things you don't want to share.
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My boggart is tricky, I can't think of one off hand.

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OK, I'm showing my age but -------- I expected this thread to be about things you don't want to share.
My first thought also, as in "Don't Bogart that joint man." from my youth.
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I have a fear of grizzly bears and accidents while handling poisonous snakes. I love snakes in general but I get kind of jittery while handling dangerous ones. They tend to come up in my nightmares now and then.
"Jittery" would be a vast understatement of what I'd feel if I had to handle a dangerous snake. I don't mind mundane snakes, and have happily walked around with a friend's pet ball python draped around my neck. But I'd piss myself if I had to hold a venomous snake behind it's head, hissing at me, thrashing around. Yeesh.

I was thinking I didn't really have a boggart until you brought this up.

Edit: How often, and why do you have to handle dangerous snakes???

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Old 11-06-2019, 03:36 PM
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"Jittery" would be a vast understatement of what I'd feel if I had to handle a dangerous snake. I don't mind mundane snakes, and have happily walked around with a friend's pet ball python draped around my neck. But I'd piss myself if I had to hold a venomous snake behind it's head, hissing at me, thrashing around. Yeesh.

I was thinking I didn't really have a boggart until you brought this up.

Edit: How often, and why do you have to handle dangerous snakes???
Just a hobby, I always had a fascination with reptiles. I haven't handled a dangerous snake in decades and have only done it on a few occasions very carefully.
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Old 11-06-2019, 04:51 PM
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OK, I'm showing my age but -------- I expected this thread to be about things you don't want to share.
Unafraid to hijack my own thread: I'm 13 years older than my Missus. When we were watching Harry Potter movies with the kids and they started talking about boggarts I was the only one in the room chuckling, nobody else knew about bogart. In fact, it was only a couple months ago I introduced the missus to the term, and shortly afterward, the song.
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My boggart is tricky, I can't think of one off hand.
I always though that scene in the book is unrealistic. Every kid immediately mentally identifies their own worst fear and are correct about it?
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I always though that scene in the book is unrealistic. Every kid immediately mentally identifies their own worst fear and are correct about it?
Wait, what? I didn't think that the kids all knew what their fear was until it leapt out.
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Wait, what? I didn't think that the kids all knew what their fear was until it leapt out.
I don't remember how it was presented in the movie, but in the book Lupin says something like "take a moment to consider what your boggart will be and how you might make it humorous." Then all the kids start whispering to themselves about what they are going to do to their boggart.

Except for Harry, who figures out what his boggart will be but doesn't come up with a plan to deal with it.
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I don't remember how it was presented in the movie, but in the book Lupin says something like "take a moment to consider what your boggart will be and how you might make it humorous." Then all the kids start whispering to themselves about what they are going to do to their boggart.

Except for Harry, who figures out what his boggart will be but doesn't come up with a plan to deal with it.
Hmm.

My brain is now jumping to the theory that the boggart might only read your mind enough to find what you believe you're afraid of, meaning that you can actually control what the boggart shows you, by focusing on one scary thing specifically. It also explains why kids end up seeing such transient things like Snape and a bad test score while still respecting the "we're too afraid to even say Voldemort's name" rule a decade after his apparent death.

ETA: And to bring this back to the thread, while I said "dogs", there are almost certainly things I would find scarier than dogs (like, say, tigers), but i don't run into tigers on a daily basis, so they're not on my mind.

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Hmm.

My brain is now jumping to the theory that the boggart might only read your mind enough to find what you believe you're afraid of, meaning that you can actually control what the boggart shows you, by focusing on one scary thing specifically. It also explains why kids end up seeing such transient things like Snape and a bad test score while still respecting the "we're too afraid to even say Voldemort's name" rule a decade after his apparent death.
Makes sense. I accept that as my head canon.
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I'm like Mrs. Weasley - it would be my daughter, grievously injured or dead. And I also would have trouble finding a way to make it be funny. I suppose if she popped up and "April Fool!" perhaps? I felt that scene so hard though.
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For me it's fire. Not a nice fireplace, or cookout fire, but life threatening fire. The idea of death by fire is my real boggart.

I'm also afraid of heights. But I'd jump from a tall building rather than burn to death.
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Didn't Doctor Who do this idea in "Mind of Evil" with the Third Doctor?
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Didn't Doctor Who do this idea in "Mind of Evil" with the Third Doctor?
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For me it's fire. Not a nice fireplace, or cookout fire, but life threatening fire. The idea of death by fire is my real boggart.

I'm also afraid of heights. But I'd jump from a tall building rather than burn to death.
Since I have the hang having read everyone else ------- like you but specifically house fires. For some reason I've been around forest fires and they don't bother me much but just the thought of a forest fire and I get chills. Maybe it was my years with the VFD and the things I saw, maybe its living in a 1904 tinderbox, who knows? But I don't sleep well after a housefire is the lead story at 11.
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...It is a shape shifter, so it will always take the form of the thing you fear the most...
Many years ago, it was Raquel Welch, but lately, I'd say...Scarlett Johansson
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I find this to be very sad (and I say this as somebody with a scar on my nose from a dog bite). I mean that sincerely, and I hope it is not considered condescending. Some of my best friends have been dogs.
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Like the OP, mine would be a ringing telephone; specifically, a call on home from an angry client. I have a horrible habit of putting off difficult calls because I have such anxiety about the discussion, even though the actual experience is never as bad as I expect.

Can a boggart just be “anticipation”?
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Don't get me started on banana slugs.
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Snails. You can laugh now.

Don't get me started on banana slugs.
I grew up in western Washington. I had a nightmare about slugs when I was a kid. Didn't mess me up to the point of phobia, really, but I was always a bit uneasy around them after that. And yeah, banana slugs are amazing and gross.
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I find this to be very sad (and I say this as somebody with a scar on my nose from a dog bite). I mean that sincerely, and I hope it is not considered condescending. Some of my best friends have been dogs.
Don't shed tears for me - I'm not missing a thing. There are enough humans rattling around here to serve as friends, and while (sadly) none of them serves in a romantic role, I kind of don't think I'd want to go that route with an animal anyway.


Though come to think of it, do shed some tears - because it sometimes seems like half the people around me bring along clawed fanged pack animals (of which I'm not part of their pack), and half of them don't seem too familiar with the concept of "leashes". And many of these people are literally incapable of understanding that other people might not love to face down their beast. So that part's not so good. I face my boggart almost daily.

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I wanna see a creature turn into the last two.

I don't want to see a creature turn into the first two.
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I find this to be very sad (and I say this as somebody with a scar on my nose from a dog bite). I mean that sincerely, and I hope it is not considered condescending. Some of my best friends have been dogs.
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Like the OP, mine would be a ringing telephone; specifically, a call on home from an angry client. I have a horrible habit of putting off difficult calls because I have such anxiety about the discussion, even though the actual experience is never as bad as I expect.

Can a boggart just be “anticipation”?
Don't feel like you are alone, nearly every manager I have had has the same issue. I think that's why they like me so much.
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I grew up in western Washington. I had a nightmare about slugs when I was a kid. Didn't mess me up to the point of phobia, really, but I was always a bit uneasy around them after that. And yeah, banana slugs are amazing and gross.
Satan's boogers. :shudder:
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Had to think a while. I have as many fears and anxieties as anyone, but having read this far, I'd have to say "one of my family dogs -- with rabies."

This packages several devastating circumstances:
  • A violent, nay, malevolent animal
  • Risk of losing one's "self" (as rabies replaces the mind)
  • Fear of contagion
  • Seeing a loved one erased and changed into an enemy
  • Having to kill a loved family member

Ugh, just no. Our girls are of course vaccinated, and kept away from wild animals generally.
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