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Follows the Grace Family, as they move into their ancestral home and unravel a dark mystery about their great-great Uncle who discovered the parallel, secret faerie world to their own. Follows the Grace Family, as they move into their ancestral home and unravel a dark mystery about their great-great Uncle who discovered the parallel, secret faerie world to their own. Follows the Grace Family, as they move into their ancestral home and unravel a dark mystery about their great-great Uncle who discovered the parallel, secret faerie world to their own.
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Boggart (also called a bogey, bogeyman , bogle or bugbear ) is a term used for a creature in English folklore. It is generally a household spirit turned malevolent trickster or mishcevious goblin-like creature. The name is derived from the Welsh "bwg".
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When a hobgoblin is teased or misused excessively, it will become a Boggart — creatures whose sole existence is to play tricks and cause trouble for people. They can be mischievous, frightening, and even dangerous, and they are very difficult to get rid of. Boggarts also tend to punish those who offend them and in some cases are trying to punish a human for injustice.
Household boggarts can cause things to disappear, milk to sour, and dogs to go lame. Boggarts thought to live in marshes or swamps caused the disappearance of children.
In some cases, boggarts were thought to be "buried", similar to vampires, with a stake driven through the body.
The boggarts in Lancashire, England, were believed to have a leader known as Owd Hob , a horned, hooved creature similar in shape to a satyr .
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In one story, known sometimes as "The Farmer and the Devil", a farmer bought a patch of land that was inhabited by the boggart. When the farmhe attempted to cultivate the field the boggart got angry, but after much arguing they decided to work the land together and share the bounty. The farmer, however, being greedy, began to ponder a way to cheat the boggart out of his share. When they were debating what to plant, he asked the boggart, "Which half of the crop do you want for your share, the part below the ground or the part above it?" The boggart thought for a while before answering "The part below the ground". The farmer sowed the field with barley. At harvest time the farmer boasted a big pile of barley while all the boggart had to show for his work was stubble. It flew into a rage and screeched that next time it would take what lay above the ground.
The next time the farmer sowed the field with potatoes. At harvest time the farmer laughed as he claimed his massive pile of potatoes while the boggart was yet again left with nothing to show for his efforts. Simmering with rage, the boggart stormed off, never to return again.
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Boggarts vary in size and general appearance but many are depicted with humanoid features. Boggarts, though usually small, could be as big as a small calf. Some boggarts could take on the form of animals, such as horses.
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A boggart as a full moon in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban .
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- One appears frequently as a main character in the Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black.
- They are known as "Boggles" in the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis.
- In the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, boggarts change form depending on the greatest fear of the nearest person.
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What exactly is a boggart? The creepy history of a very Mancunian monster
Simon Young explains how Manchester is famous for beliefs in the eerie supernatural being
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It's the creature that gives its name to Boggart Hole Clough - a stretch of woodland that is a popular beauty spot in Blackley in north Manchester.
It's also the shape-shifting monster in Harry Potter that manifests as a person's biggest fear- and requires laughter to be fought off.
So, what exactly is a Boggart?
READ MORE: Nut Nans, boggarts and the last of the Saddleworth fairies: Greater Manchester's weirdest supernatural stories revealed
These horrifying and enigmatic creatures have been a key part of Northern folklore for over 500 years.
South Pennines born historian Simon Young , author of The Boggart , has conducted the first in-depth study of this mysterious supernatural being from the North.
Through hours of research and combing through hundreds of Lancashire newspapers from the 19th century, Simon has found many accounts of people who have had encounters with Boggarts.
Rather than the goblins depicted in fantasy films and literature, Simon has rediscovered that "Boggart" was the word used to describe all solitary supernatural spirits of the North West- everything from headless phantoms to killer mermaids and sinister black dogs.
He told the M.E.N.: " If you go to a modern folklorist or a fairy dictionary, they will say a Boggart is a naughty house fairy. This is absolute nonsense.
" When you go back and look at the 19th century sources, when people in Manchester ran through the door and said ‘I have just seen a Boggart!'- and this comes up a lot in sources- what they meant was they saw something creepy and supernatural.
"Thinking of some of the Manchester Boggarts, it could be a Nut Nan, which were monsters lived near the nut trees and protected the trees from people picking nuts.
"It could be shape-shifters that turned into a white rabbit, a sheep, a horse. It could be a headless ghost or Jenny Greenteeth, the monster who used to live in ponds in Manchester and would pull children in."
What fascinated Simon during his research was discovering that the best Boggart material doesn't come from within the city of Manchester, but from the outskirts of the city.
"The areas that we, today, think of as Manchester, were little villages in the 19th century," Simon explained. "For example, I have done supernatural maps of Gorton , Droylsden , Blackley and Lees .
"These Boggart maps tell you where not to go after dark, because various Boggarts would be there to get you!"
So how did Boggart Hole Clough , said to be one of the most haunted places in Greater Manchester, get its name?
The 200-acre woodland on Charlestown Road was bought in the 1890s by Manchester City Council.
Intended as a place for hard-working Mancunians to go on the weekends for leisure and picnics, the clough had sports grounds and was even a public meeting place. The likes of suffragettes and Keir Hardie, the first Labour party leader in Parliament, gave speeches there.
In his book, Simon refers to Boggart Hole Clough as a 'mecca' for beliefs about Boggarts. It is the last place in the old county of Lancashire where Boggart folklore has survived.
Simon continued: "A Boggart hole refers to the lair of the boggart- a place that people believed that the boggart dwelled. There were lots of boggart holes in the North West.
"Boggart holes were usually places that went down in the landscape. Sometimes they were ravines, caves going down or potholes.
"Boggart Hole Clough will have got its name in the 19th century. It's on the very old parish boundary between Middleton and Manchester.
"Typically, there is a connection between people having supernatural experiences at parish boundaries. People believed that parish boundaries were dangerous supernatural places. This is the perfect place to come across a monster or bogey."
Boggart folklore has survived in Manchester, in contrast to Liverpool. The Merseyside city, which was once a stronghold for Boggart beliefs, contains almost no references to the supernatural beings today, Simon suggested.
He added: "The comparison with Liverpool is dramatic- the Boggart has completely died there as an idea.
"Manchester is the only place in the North West where beliefs about Boggarts have evolved. Many people have memories, experiences and ideas about Boggart Hole Clough , particularly children who visited it.
"I did what I call a Boggart Census for my book, which is a collection of about 1100 memories of people from the North West, talking about what Boggarts means to them. There are lots of beautiful accounts there, several from people from the 1950s, saying ‘we saw Boggarts in the clough!’
"There are descriptions of Boggarts with little black noses and all sorts of things. The Boggart Census has a list of all the Boggart place names in the North West and it also has contributions of Manchester Evening News readers and readers from elsewhere.
"To get lots of references to Manchester and Boggart Hole Clough , this really shocked me. I realised that in some places, beliefs in the traditional Boggart hadn't died.
"So to find people in the Peak District talking about Boggarts in the same wa y Mancunians did 150 years ago, just blew my mind. This Boggart Census is an ongoing project and if anyone has any material they wish to send me, I would be very grateful."
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Simon Young's book The Boggart is available for purchase on Amazon here and the companion book, The Boggart Sourcebook is available as a free PDF download here .
To send your memories and experiences of Boggarts to Simon Young, contact him at [email protected]
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The Spiderwick Chronicles series is a series of fantasy and children’s literature books written by author Holly Black in collaboration with the author Tony DiTerlizzi. There is a total of 5 novels in the series published between the years 2000 and 2004. The second novel of the series consists of 3 more parts which were published separately between the years 2003 and 2007. All the novels of the series revolve around the adventures of the children of the Grace family, which include the twins Jared and Simon and their older sister Mallory. The adventures in their lives begin when they move into the Spiderwick Estate and come across a world full of faeries, which they were never aware of. As the series progressed after the publication of its initial novels, a few companion books were also added to it. Each and every novel of the series was such a big hit that it was decided by the publishers to sell the rights of making the novel series into a movie. Eventually, a film adaptation of the title The Spiderwick Chronicles was made and telecast on February 14, 2008. The film was produced by the Nickelodeon Movies production house. The success of the film adaptation was accompanied by a video game series which was also released around the same time as the movie.
The first novel of the Spiderwick Chronicles series was published in the year 2003 by the Simon & Schuster Books publishing house. It was titled ‘The Field Guide’ and featured the main characters in the form of Jared Grace, Mallory Grace, and Simon Grace. The plot of the novel is set in a magical world of faeries and revolves around the lives of the primary characters, the children of the Grace family. In the opening sequence of the plot of the novel, Jared, Mallory, and Simon, the three Grace Children move into their aunt Lucinda’s old house along with their mom. The old house of the their aunt Lucinda was believed by many people to be filled with magic. Soon the three siblings discover a nest full of some assembled junk. When Jared Grace goes on to visit the secret library of the house via the dumb waiter, he finds a note that has written on it, ‘my secret to all mankind’. After a short while, the three siblings indulge in various mysterious pranks, the blames of all of which are given to Jared. But, he denies doing any of the pranks on his siblings. Finally, he becomes successful in digging up the book, ‘Arthur Spiderwick’s Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You’. The three siblings of the Grace family find themselves fortunate enough to meet one of the clitters that was listed on the guide, a brownie with the name Thimbletack. He makes all the magic of the field guide to look real and helps the kids to reach to the suspenseful conclusion of the book which tells them to the throw away the book or light fire to it. If they fail to do so, the book warns them that they will have to draw the ire.
The plot of the novel initially opens up in Maine and depicts the 9 year old twins Simon and Jared Grace, along with their 13 year old sister Mallory Grace. They decide to enter the Spiderwick Estate along with their mother Helen. They come across a secret library on their first night situated on the second floor of the aunt Lucinda’s house, with the help of a dumbwaiter. Soon, they come to know that the library has hidden doors in the hall closet that connect it to the different parts of the house. Thimbletack, the brownie becomes furious at the Grace siblings when they by mistakenly destroy his nest that he had built inside the walls. As a result, he begins to wrought havoc in the house along with several assaults on Mallory Grace, Simon Grace, and the destruction of the kitchen. Jared is made to bear the blame of all the havoc wrought by Thimbletack. After that, they begin to find the clues hidden the form riddle-poems and eventually find the field guide hidden in a secret compartment in the attic trunk. The Filed guide represents an old book which is handwritten and consists of important information about the various types of faeries. At the end of the novel, the Grace siblings make amends with the brownie Thimbletack and build a new home for him. Finally Thimbletack agrees to help them and warns them that the book is dangerous and that it is meant to be possessed by the immortals. The novel became very much successful and helped author Holly Black to win the Children’s Book Award by Flicker Tale in the year 2005.
The second novel of the series was published in the year 2000 by the Simon & Schuster Books publishing house. It was titled ‘The Seeing Stone’ ad continued to feature the primary characters, Jared Grace, Simon Grace, and Mallory Grace. In the opening sequence of the plot of the novel, the Grace siblings are depicted as starting to get used to the strange and old mansion house of Aunt Lucinda. Suddenly, Simon disappears and is nowhere to be found. Mallory and Jared do not seem to have any other option but to rely on a mischievous house Boggart and takes his help. They also listen to the nasty bridge troll, and the hobgoblin, who is very loud-mouthed, to get Simon back. Soon, it is revealed that Simon had been kidnapped by several goblins who live in the dense woods around the house. Jared and Mallory nearly avoid getting abducted by the goblins and go into the woods in order to search for Simon. During their path, they come across a troll, but tend to avoid it as they were partially protected in the daylight. After accidentally losing their fencing swords, Mallory and Jared Grace encounter a griffin, who seems to be wounded. Soon, they reach the camp of the goblins where they witness the prisoners hanging in the cages. They meet a goblin prisoner, Hogsqueal who convinces them to allow him to escape in return for the help that he will provide them with their motive of rescuing Simon. By taking the Hogsqueal’s help, they become successful in saving Simon from the goblins. But after they return home with Simon, he asks them to return to the goblin camp in order to release the other victims. The three siblings get confronted by their angry mother after which they find that Thimbletack has once again reverted to his old mischievous ways because Jared had forcefully taken the seeing stone from him, which had made him very much enraged.
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