- Confirmed by JK Rowling
- Very confident in its accuracy
- Moderately confident in its accuracy
- Not very confident
- Confirmed false, but I felt like posting it anyway.
Igor Karkaroff - See "Karkaroff, Igor"
Imp - pixie-like creature
- Straight from folklore. A more popular name for this entity is genie. Historically the imp was thought to be a small demon kept in a bottle or ring. When released or awaken the entity served its master in magical, alchemical, or healing purposes. Supposedly there are both good and bad imps. Magicians evoke them in rituals of ceremonial magic and command them with incantations, words and names of power. During the trails of the witch-hunts in the Middle Ages imps became confused with familiars and both terms were used interchangeably in the trails. Supposedly witches sent imps to do evil deeds against innocence people, in return the witched allowed the imps to suckle their blood through their fingers or protuberances on their bodies. (Encyclopedia Mythica)
Imago, Inigo - author of The Dream Oracle
- Merriam-Webster's secondary definition of "Imago" is an idealized mental image of another person or the self. "Inigo" makes me think of the memorable character Inigo Montoya from The Princess Bride, but I'm sure JKR has someone else in mind.
Impedimenta - used for obstructing persuers
- "Impedio" is Latin for "to hinder".
Imperius curse - gives a wizard complete control over his/her victim
- "Impero" is Latin for "to command", and "imperium" is Latin for "absolute rule".
Impervius - spell used by Hermione to repel water from Harry's glasses in PoA
- "Impervius" means "incapable of being penetrated or affected".
Imperturbable Charm - makes a room undisturbable
- As you'd expect, imperturbable means unbotherable.
Inanimus Conjurus - a project assigned by Professor McGonagall
- I imagine this spell conjures an inanimate object.
Incarcerous - spell used by Umbridge to bind the centaur Magorian
- "Incarcerate" means "to put in prison" or "subject to confinement."
Incendio - spell to start a fire
- "Incendo" is Latin for "to set fire to".
Inferi - reanimated corpses. Singular inferius.
- Come on, Jo. "Zombies" is a perfectly serviceable word! No? Okay. Inferi is Latin for "those down below, the dead." According to The Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, "'Inferi' signifies the gods of the lower world, in contradistinction from those in heaven, or from the Olympian gods. ... But the word inferi is still more frequently used to designate the dead, in contradistinction from those living upon the earth. ... The Inferi therefore compromise all the inhabitants of the lower world."
Ingolfr the Iambic - Norwegian poet of the 1400s whose verse include references to Quidditch
- "Iambic" describes a poetic foot, consisting of an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable.
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