It might be thought, that as I am writing this the week after we took our firstborn 150 miles from home to his new college, that my first wish if I had a wand would be to turn time back a little (though any Harry Potter fan knows that you need a time turner to do that.) But no, we worked hard the last 18 years to raise a caring responsible adult, and I think we did, so no need for a reboot.
As a matter of fact, I wasn't sure how to answer this question, so I polled the family.
The kids agreed they wanted to know what the heck happened to their Hogwarts letters. They are sure they would both be eligible, so clearly the owls ran into turbulence or something.
My husband's response was "Nothing legal."
Thinking about all the amazing spells I have run across in the various Harry Potter books, (direction spells, repair spells, silencing spells (very tempting that one) and that one Mrs Weasly uses to put her knitting needles on autopilot; I decided that probably the most useful spell is the one called "Accio". Accio allows a person to summon any object they are missing. Once simply concentrates and say "Accio (object)" and it comes flying through the air to you. I am sure any parent can see the value of such a spell. "Accio homework", "Accio Pen", "Accio work key card," "Accio unopened book that should have been read 4 weeks ago but it is due tomorrow".
There are flashier spells, and certainly spells capable of unleashing more damage, but I can't think of anything more useful.
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