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In J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, the Fidelius Charm is used when a secret must be kept. This means the keeper of the secret must be trusted. "fid" and "Fidel" are often found in words related to trust and confidence.


1. Write the word

2. Write what it means

3. Draw a picture to go with it

4. Answer the question about it.


meaning and example

what to draw

question to answer

(you may draw your answer, too)


To trust in someone who can keep one's secrets (Harry Potter could not confide in Professor Dumbledore about the voices he thought he was hearing. He did confide in Ron Weasley, though. )

Someone confiding in someone else.

How could you tell if someone was a good person to confide in?


Meaning one: 1. a strong belief or trust in someone or something. (I have confidence that my car will start; I play soccer with confidence in my skills. Harry Potter had to build confidence before being able to perform the Patronus charm.)

A person with confidence

What are three things a person would say that would show confidence (either in self or something else)?


Meaning 2: secret. If I tell you something in confidence, I expect you to keep it to yourself. Severus Snape had been told things in confidence. Would he keep those secrets?

A person sharing a confidence with another person

What are two things you might say to someone to show that you wanted them to keep what you said in confidence?


meant to be kept private or secret; doctors and school files are supposed to be confidential.

A place where confidential information could be kept

What are two ways to keep files and papers about a person confidential?


a close friend to whom you can tell your secrets

Someone telling something to a confidant

How could you show somebody you could be a good confidant?


being true to promises or duties; for example, John's fidelity meant he would not make a promise unless he meant to keep it.

What are two promises someone could make where you think fidelity would be very important?


not keeping promises; It is hard to trust someone again after an infidelity.

What are two problems that can be caused by infidelity?


Someone who does not believe in a particular religion, especially in a group of people who mainly do believe in that religion. In some countries, you can get in big trouble if people think you are an infidel.

What are two things an infidel might say?

bona fide

real and genuine (a bona fide gold piece; bona fide membership in a club... Harry Potter wanted a bona fide Firebolt wand)

Something rare or valuable and bona fide

What would be a reason to make sure something was "bona fide"


the act of betraying others or being false to one's promises; treachery. It is a terrible perfidy to give away the secret you are keeping with a Fidelius charm.

What are two things you would call "perfidies?"


Very disloyal and dishonest; it's very hard to keep friends if you do perfidious things.

Someone doing something perfidious

How would you feel if someone called you perfidious?

Complete these sentences with the "fid" word that fits. Be sure to mix these sentences with words learned in previous lessons.

1. Becky is my __________________________ -- I can tell her anything!

2. You will need to prove that you have a _________________________________ picture of Abraham Lincoln if you want people to believe you.

3. To someone working for the Underground Railroad, turning an escaped slave over to slavecatchers would be an act of _____________________________.

4.Anne Hutchison left her church because people thought she was an _______________________.

5. If you need someone to _______________________ in, I know Bill can keep a secret!

6. After winning several Quidditch matches, Harry Potter gained ______________________ in his skills on a broomstick

7. Nobody is allowed to see those _______________________ papers without my permission!

8. If you don't keep your promises, people may accuse you of ___________________________________ .

9. I told him in _____________________________ that his sister was getting an award for her Science project.

10. Even when everybody else thought Harry Potter had done __________________________ things, Ron and Hermione stood by him.

11. Harry Potter and his friends finally discovered who had ___________________________ , and who didn't, when they found out who had lied about keeping the Fidelius secret.


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