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SAT/ACT vocab words from Harry Potter Spells

Harry Potter: Expecto Patronum with Legos

It probably comes as no surprise that I'm a huge Harry Potter fan.

One of the things that I loved the most about the series was how J.K. Rowling was able to weave her love of words into the magical world of Hogwarts. So I'm happy to report that all of those hours you spent playing Harry Potter: Spells on your iPhone can be counted as studying!

Here is a sampling of the SAT/ACT vocabulary words that you can learn from Harry Potter Spells:


The Confundo spell confuses or confounds people - just like how the lecturer confounded her audience with her convoluted logic or the ragtag football team confounded sports pundits by beating the top-ranked team.


The Crucio spell causes excruciating pain, probably similar to what it might feel like to be literally crucified on a cross or figuratively crucified by the press.

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I took the GRE a few years ago and I had a plan for how I would prep for both the Verbal and the Quantitative sections. But I figured that I didn't need to practice for the Analytical Writing section because I wrote all the time - at my job and as a hobby - so why would I need to practice writing? It was in the bag!

BIG mistake. I did well on the Verbal and Quant sections, but I bombed the Writing section.

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Learn SAT/ACT vocab with just 3 post-its

This post isn't a joke. Take out 3 post-it notes. Write the following three words on them, one per post-it.

  • Defenestrate
  • Elucidate
  • Egress

Now take the post-its and stick them around your room:

  • Defenestrate goes onto your window.
  • Elucidate goes onto your lamp.
  • Egress goes onto your door.

In case you're wondering whether or not I've gone crazy, I promise you that I haven't! Here's why:

SAT/ACT Vocabulary with Post-Its
  • Defenestrate means to throw someone or something out of a window. It's often used in reference to throwing politicians out of office - so imagine elected officials being forced to climb out their windows to flee the protesters storming the building.

  • Elucidate means to shed light on something, to make things more clear - just like how your lamp makes things in your room more clear.

  • Egress can be used as both a verb or a noun - either an exit or to exit - just like how your door is an egress (n) to your room and you can egress (v) your room through the door.