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incantation


She believes in the power of magical incantations.
  words believed to have a magical effect when they are said aloud; or the saying of such words
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  • She believes in the power of magical incantations.
  • Harry Potter says the incantation, "expecto patronum" as he focuses on a happy memory to summon protection from dark magic.
  • My ancient incantations are too weak,
    Shakespeare  --  King Henry VI, Part 1
  • Prepare your incantations and take me there at once.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Magician’s Nephew

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  • He passed his hand over Annabeth’s face and spoke an incantation.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian
  • But if she could have looked a little further back, into the stillness and the darkness before Time dawned, she would have read there a different incantation.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • ...his goblet was full of double-espresso latte, which he kept muttering over like an incantation: "Pan! Pan!"
    Rick Riordan  --  The Titan’s Curse
  • And this change, O most learned Prince, has doubtless been brought to pass by the powerful incantations of those wicked persons who now call themselves kings and queens of Narnia.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Horse and His Boy
  • Scattered also among their pale-faced enemies were the Indian priests, or powwows, who had often scared their native forest with more hideous incantations than any known to English witchcraft.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Young Goodman Brown
  • So you just decided to try out an unknown, handwritten incantation and see what would happen?
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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  • I spent that night awake, making plasticine creatures, breathing prayers and incantations and commands on them while the moon shone down at me.
    David Almond  --  Clay
  • Percival Wemys Madison, of the Vicarage, Harcourt St. Anthony, lying in the long grass, was living through circumstances in which the incantation of his address was powerless to help him.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • ...as Voltaire said, incantations will destroy a flock of sheep if administered with a certain quantity of arsenic.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • I look for the man who will bring the arsenic, and don’t mind about his incantations."
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • They repeated that stuff over and over like an incantation that, if pronounced exactly right, would open the door to the life of their dreams.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
  • He repeated the incantation all the way to Comfort Hill.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • She muttered no incantations, waved no wand.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • For the next several weeks a certain part of the morning was set aside for a daily chant or incantation to the gods of basic knowledge.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Then his next words, spoken with deliberate, almost comical slowness, were like an incantation.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • With the proper incantations, it can awaken monsters or even gods.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • But if she could have looked a little further back, into the stillness and the darkness before Time dawned, she would have read there a different incantation.
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
  • And struggling to focus, she murmured, her voice quiet, steady, an incantation she learned from the books.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • Haints, Hot Steams, incantations, secret signs, had vanished with our years as mist with sunrise.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • "Take the coaster straight past the gap," she said aloud, an incantation to keep away any Rusty ghosts.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • The paper was thin, covered in scrawled runes, but Magnus had taped a printout of the words, spelled out phonetically, over the incantation itself.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • At first Frodo felt as if he had indeed been turned into stone by the incantation.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Then they began to cook it, throwing in many other things while they danced and chanted their incantations.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Bless Me, Ultima
  • There was someone behind the trees…. they shouted words — an incantation —
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • But they could not open it, not though they all pushed while Gandalf tried various incantations.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • They buried the shingle close to the wall, with some dismal ceremonies and incantations, and the fetters that bound their tongues were considered to be locked and the key thrown away.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • Well, it’s an incantation for destroying Set.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid
  • He said the name like an incantation.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • With an incantation, which will work only if you are concentrating, with all your might, on a single, very happy memory.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • So — you know the incantation, let me see what you can do…’
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • In time I realized that they were musical phrases, brief incantations, of which the miserable renderings gave little or no idea.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • So still and subdued and yet somehow preluding was all the scene, and such an incantation of reverie lurked in the air, that each silent sailor seemed resolved into his own invisible self.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Like the rising wind that precedes a storm, the elves accompanied the incantation, singing with one tongue and one mind and one intent.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Hagar, the witch, chanted an awful incantation over her kettleful of simmering toads, with weird effect.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • He cleared his throat, his eyes gleaming and his voice taking on a deep, incantatory quality, as though he had told the story many, many times.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • At that moment, the withered squaw already mentioned moved into the circle, in a slow, sidling sort of a dance, holding the torch, and muttering the indistinct words of what might have been a species of incantation.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Hours fleeted, and, at last, clear and full rose the blessed English shores; shores charmed by a mighty spell,—with one touch to dissolve every incantation of slavery, no matter in what language pronounced, or by what national power confirmed.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Two or three individuals hinted that the man of skill, during his Indian captivity, had enlarged his medical attainments by joining in the incantations of the savage priests, who were universally acknowledged to be powerful enchanters, often performing seemingly miraculous cures by their skill in the black art.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • The raising of ghosts or devils was a promise liberally accorded by my favourite authors, the fulfilment of which I most eagerly sought; and if my incantations were always unsuccessful, I attributed the failure rather to my own inexperience and mistake than to a want of skill or fidelity in my instructors.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • It was becoming a chant, an incantation.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • Every incantation, magic, and herbal formula known was brought out, and she got two good nurses and the town’s best doctors.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • Andros learned about the power of ritual and incantation.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • Everybody came to the dove-cot, understanding that some ceremony was to attend the event, and I waved a wand with mock solemnity, while I muttered a seeming incantation, and then gave Fritz a sign to draw up the sliding panel.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • He will bluster and posture, threaten me, possibly even try a few minor spells and incantations, but he will not move against me.
    Micheal Scott  --  The Alchemyst
  • A word of five letters, Langdon thought, pondering the staggering number of ancient words that might be considered words of wisdom—selections from mystic chants, astrological prophecies, secret society inductions, Wicca incantations, Egyptian magic spells, pagan mantras—the list was endless.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • He murmured to himself over and over again that he worshipped her, making of the sound a sort of incantation and an obstacle to thought.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
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