Boggarts, also known as Bogarts, Bogles, and Boggles, are household faeries in England. They are malevolent – souring milk, causing dogs to go lame, and making possessions disappear. If a family tries to flee from its Boggart, the faerie will follow them.
Hanging a horseshoe on the door of the house can keep a Boggart away. If you have one, though, it will crawl into your bed at night and stick a clammy hand on your face or pull on your ears.
Never name a Boggart. It’s dangerous to do so. If you do, it becomes impervious to persuasion, turning destructive and out of control.
Some Boggarts live under bridges. If you pass one while traveling, be sure to politely greet it or you’ll receive bad luck.
Many places in England have locations named after the Boggart, such as Boggart Hole Clough. Mysterious disappearances over the years in this wooded valley have been attributed to the faerie, who is said to live there.
In Lancashire, there is a Boggart Bridge. Tradition says if you don’t offer a living thing to the Boggart while crossing the bridge, you will lose your soul.
Boggarts are famous throughout the solar system too. On Puck, one of the moons of Uranus, there is a crater named Bogle.
All in all, a faerie to be avoided at all costs.