As a book-lover and Mom (who also happens to be a remnant of those who happily studied Latin in high school), it was a bit of a spoiler for me (and occasionally “intriguing”) when, years ago, I read the Harry Potter series and came upon each spell or charm. Just by reading the spell, I already knew what it would probably do, just from my love of languages as a child. Nowadays, American teachers rarely have time to engender such a love and study of languages outside of “approved curriculae”…Sometimes I wish I could just say “Wingardium Leviosa” to some K-12 curriculum guides and toss them out a window…!
(In case you’re wondering, I’m in the midst of our own birthday mania, but still found time to take our two youngest to a Harry Potter-themed birthday party near the mountains. It let me reminisce, if only for a moment or two!)