Harry Potter and Infertility, Part 2

by Davina Fankhauser
President - Fertility Within Reach

If you read “Harry Potter and Infertility” and it’s comments, you understand the connection between this series and the infertility journey for many. Today, we thought we’d explore an enjoyable, possibly funny, way infertility can relate to Harry Potter.

In the wonderful, magical world of Harry Potter the characters were able to use spells to achieve useful effects. Just imagine if those facing infertility could use those spells throughout their journey. Thanks to Wikipedia, we can explore some of those connections.

Accio (Summoning Charm)

Pronunciation: /ˈæsi.oʊ/ as-see-oh – U.S. audio book
Description: This charm summons an object to the caster, potentially over a significant distance.
Infertility: I want a child, insurance coverage, money to pay for my medical treatments, etc.


(Banishing Charm)

Description: Opposite to “Accio“. Banishes the object the spell is performed on.
Infertility: I wish to banish fibroids, insensitive comments by people, medical bill for infertility treatment, etc.


Cave Inimicum

Pronunciation: /ˈkɑːveɪ ɨˈnɪmɨkəm/ kah-vay i-nim-i-kəm
Description:
Spell used to strengthen an enclosure from enemies.
Infertility: Protect the uterus of those who have experienced or fear miscarriage.


(Cheering Charm)

Description: Causes the person upon whom the spell was cast to become happy and contented, though heavy-handedness with the spell may cause the person to break into an uncontrollable laughing fit.
Infertility: To be used on those with a positive pregnancy test, may laughter outweigh any surreal or anxious feelings.


Duro

Pronunciation: /ˈdjʊəroʊ/ dewr-oh
Description: Makes the object hard.
Infertility: This may help with one particular form of infertility.


Episkey

Pronunciation: /ɛˈpɪskiː/ e-pis-kee
Description: Used to heal relatively minor injuries. When this spell is cast, the person feels his/her injured body part go very hot and then very cold.
Infertility: Healing post-operatively for surgeries such as laparoscopies, varicocele repair, egg retrieval, etc.


Erecto

Pronunciation: /ɛˈrɛktoʊ/ e-rek-toh
Description: Used to erect something.
Seen/mentioned: Helping the man who feels immense pressure to do his part during an IUI or IVF cycle.


(Flying Charm)

Description: Cast on broomsticks, and (presumably) magic carpets to make them fly.
Infertility: Allowing the infertility patient to take a well deserved, quick holiday, and enjoy themselves.


Langlock

Pronunciation: /ˈlæŋlɒk/ lang-lok
Description: Glues the victim’s tongue to the roof of his/her mouth.
Infertility: For those who make repeated insensitive comments about infertility.


Mobilicorpus

Pronunciation: /ˌmoʊbɪliˈkɔrpəs/ moh-bil-ee-kor-pəs
Description: Lifts a body a few inches off the ground and levitates it where the caster points his or her wand
Infertility: Providing support for the woman who lays with her legs up in the air after intercourse to increase chances of conception


(Obliteration Charm)

Description: Removes things not wished to be seen again.
Infertility: Used to eliminate medical bills associated with treatment, the pregnancy test that showed a negative result, etc.


Obliviate
(Memory Charm)

Pronunciation: /oʊˈblɪvi.eɪt/ oh-bliv-ee-ayt
Description: Used to hide a memory of a particular event.
Infertility: Perhaps for those who experience the devastation of pregnancy loss?


(Permanent Sticking Charm)

Description: Makes objects permanently stay in place.
Infertility: Getting that embryo to implant, stay and grow.


Reparo

Pronunciation: /rɛˈpɑroʊ/ re-par-oh
Description: Used to repair broken or damaged objects.
Infertility: For broken hearts, damaged spirits, reproductive organs, etc.


Rictusempra
(Tickling Charm)

Pronunciation: /ˌrɪktəˈsɛmprə/ rik-tə-sem-prə
Description: The subject experiences the sensation of being tickled.
Infertility: Use this if you experience hyperstimulation of ovaries, emotional outrage from hormonal changes, anxious to speak with your employer about benefits, etc.


Silencio
(Silencing Charm)

Pronunciation: /sɪˈlɛnsi.oʊ/ si-len-see-oh
Description: Silences something immediately
Infertility: Again, good to use with those who are insensitive and thoughtless.


(Switching Spell)

Description: Causes two objects to be switched for one another.
Infertility: Switch out the abnormal embryo for the normal one prior to IVF transfer, the negative pregnancy test for a positive one, etc


(Unbreakable Charm)

Description: Causes an object to become unbreakable.
Infertility: The spirit and hope of those trying to build their families.

There were more we could have listed, but we thought it might be fun if you shared which spell or charm you would use and for what purpose.

For today and always, I’ll leave you with a Cheering Charm.

 

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Davina Fankhauser

President - Fertility Within Reach

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