On our second day of the A to Z challenge, I want to write about the spirit called a boggart. While these beings were made popular in the “Harry Potter” series, the legends and tales of boggarts go way back in English folklore. Some of the most commonly told tales being about the Lancashire boggarts which would roam the countryside and homes causing mischief, breaking things, and frightening people if they didn’t leave out offerings.
Boggarts are said by some to have shape shifting abilities, and that they like to use those abilities to take on the form of what scares the person the most. While many are said to be fairly harmless, other than frightening the daylights out of people…others are rumored to be of a more sinister nature…sometimes demanding the sacrifice of a life.
To be fair, there have also been stories of boggarts being helpful to people, unless something was done to offend them. These ancient spirits seem to have their roots more in the land than with dwellings, but as with so many previously hidden places…humans have moved in, giving animals and spirits alike no choice but to share them with us. I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t wish to cross one.
To see artwork which goes with this work, click here to go to the blog of Evangeline who I am collaborating with for this year’s A to Z!