My Boggart Companion

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by Jean Baptiste Monge

Many times, since I was very young, people would ask me about my ‘strange little pet‘…

Cutting a very long story short, I didn’t have any pets let alone a ‘strange little one‘! Yet people would insist they’d seen one close to me, or within my home.

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by Brian Froud

They weren’t ever big as such, not like horse size or anything,  but mostly the size of a medium sized dog.

And even though the description was never the same  –  it varied from a big hedgehog running on its back legs  –  to a cat-like-monkey-thing asleep on my stairs.

I’d even seen a sort of monkey thing myself- very briefly – swinging from my kitchen ceiling.

The only things they seemed to have in common, was they all had shaggy brown coats,  and that they very soon disappeared!

I told John* all about that, and he was aware of some of the other (unconnected?)  things that quite often happened to me, and he said, quite matter-of-factly,

It seems to me like you’ve got a Boggart caught up in your aura!”

Well, I certainly didn’t expect anything like that!  But what John didn’t know was that for the first 10 years of  my life, we’d lived in a big clough** in Manchester  –  Boggart Hole Clough.

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by Brian Froud

I’d spent many hours in that clough, among the trees etc, hiding away from my family!

And in fact that clough always felt more like home to me  –  I felt like I was among friends whilst in there…

Adrienne, United Kingdom.

* John Hall. You can read John’s own incredible Faerie encounters, and amazing accompanying photos, on the Isle of Man on my website here: Part Three and here: Part Two and here: Part One

** Clough = a steep valley or ravine.

 

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