Too Bad I’m Not Taking O.W.L.S

I’ve been studying for the GRE and part of that includes learning some new vocabulary words, which I actually love doing because I’m a word nerd. Anyway, this word nerd was flipping through some vocab flash cards and I came across the word “enervate”. I threw it in the “know it” pile because obviously it has something to with awakening or enlivening someone because that is the spell used to revive someone who has been stunned as I read in Harry Potter and The Goblet Of Fire.


Enervate means to weaken or render feeble. At least that is what it means in reality. Clearly, it has a different meaning in the magical community. Unfortunately, I’m pretty sure I’m being tested on reality so I’m going to go with the flash cards on this one. On the plus side, I feel even more confident I could dominate O.W.L.S, which as a theoretical Ravenclaw feels good.

On the downside, I’m not taking O.W.L.S, I’m taking the GRE. But the silver-lining to that is that I will never forget what “enervate” means so really this was a win/win for me.

31 thoughts on “Too Bad I’m Not Taking O.W.L.S

  1. xxjustmywayofthinkingxx says:

    omg I love this post and I love Harry Potter too, you’re too hilarious!

  2. Shreya says:

    I love how anything can be a Harry Potter reference. Loved this post. Hope you nail the GRE. (It’s not as bad as it sounds.)

  3. caronbot says:

    If only people got their magic vocabulary from Dungeons and Dragons, not Harry Potter…

    One day I’ll be the cranky old man complaining that “kids these days aren’t nerdy the correct way!”

  4. durhampa says:

    Yikes! I don’t envy you one bit. Good luck on the GRE! (BTW… I prefer the magical community… reality is over-rated!)

  5. mybrightspots says:

    I’m with you. Even not recalling its use in the magical community, I would have assumed it meant the opposite of what it does. Maybe this disconnect will help me remember what it means as well.

  6. Sara I Saqib says:

    I absolutely love the way you write and i love it even more because it somehow relates to harry potter! Thats a new vocab word for me today too. I think I would do well in Gryffindor.

  7. Lorna's Voice says:

    I love learning new words. I hope you get to use this one on the GRE’s!

  8. Michael says:

    I’d definitely be a Ravenclaw if I were in Hogwarts. Wit beyond measure, and all that.

  9. bkeenan2010 says:

    LOVE this post! I’m a potterhead and I just was completely mind blown by this fact! Good luck on your GRE test!!

    xoxo, Bee

  10. psychopathsgetbored28 says:

    Hehehe, and neither will I! Thank you!
    I’m taking GRE as well…and it’s on November the 7th. Oh my.
    Good luck to you! :)

  11. Confluence of words says:

    heyy I am also preparing for gre and ya I too had that goddamn feeling with “enervate ” I couldn’t really place it though. I read your article and the remembered harry potter!
    Yup owl’s would have been better :)

  12. kbeck13 says:

    I love how Harry Potter can be put into play for any situation in life. Everytime I re-read the books I’m found saying this constantly, “Oh my God, that’s just like in Harry Potter when [insert name] does [whatever we’re talking about]!” And, hey, I’m a Ravenclaw too! At least on Pottermore…

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