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Alohomora is the incantation for the unlocking charm. It can be used to unlock doors or windows and is also used as a counter-charm to open doors locked by the Locking Spell.
The first use of the Unlocking Charm in the western world can be traced to Eldon Elsrickle. Elsrickle learned the spell from an Ancient African sorcerer, then proceeded to use it to steal from a multitude of homes in London. This spell is contained in numerous books, including the first volume of the Standard Book of Spells, Grade 1, chapter 7. At Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, it is taught to first-year students in Charms class. A counter-charm exists which was invented in the early 17th century by Blagdon Blay after his house had been burgled nineteen times in two weeks.
Alohomora comes from the West African area of Sikidy, and in the Malagasy language translates to “favorable to thieves.”
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The Alohomora spell is the spell that is used for opening locks on doors and windows. Alohomora is also known as the “Thiefs Friend” and is the spell used to reverse the locking spell, Colloportus.
Alohomora can be broken into two parts: aloha and mora. Aloha means hello or goodbye in Hawaiian and mora means obstacle in Latin. This is clever on the part of JK Rowling as locks are an obstacle that prevents a person from entering or departing through a door.
Alohomora was invented by Eldon Elsrikle in Madagascar, Africa in the early 1600s.
The opposite of Alohomora is Colloportus, a charm that locks doors rendering them unable to be opened manually. This charm is taught to first-year Charms class students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
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