Glossary

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  • Acromantula
    Acromantulas are huge magical spiders native to the dense forests of places like Borneo. They are known to have eight eyes, and eight legs, which are black, hairy and gigantic in size.
  • Airstrip One
    In George Orwell’s 1984, Airstrip One is a province. It is part of the larger nation of Oceania. 
  • Alohomora
    Alohomora, also known as the Unlocking Charm is a spell used by wizards and witches in the Harry Potter universe to open a lock. It is first seen when Hermione uses it to open the lock on a door to escape the caretaker, Argus Filch.
  • Arena
    The arena is the treacherous site of the Hunger Games. Transforming into a new landscape every year, the arena poses new and dangerous challenges to the tributes of the Hunger Games.
  • Avox
    An Avox is a person who has been punished by the government of Panem for rebellion, treachery, or desertion.
  • Axlotl Tanks
    Axlotl Tanks are an invention of the Tleilaxu, who are masters at genetic engineering. The Tanks are living beings capable of producing a living human from the cells of cadavers.
  • Baliset
    The baliset is a nine-stringed musical instrument played in ‘Dune', which is played by strumming strings.
  • Baron
    The Baron is a title that got used by the leader of the House of Harkonnen in Dune.
  • Bene Gesserit
    The Bene Gesserit is a matriarchal order whose members train their physical and mental abilities to get supernatural powers, which they use in political and lineage control.
  • Bezoar
    A bezoar is a hard stone-like substance usually found lodged in the stomach of a goat. It is used extensively in the Harry Potter universe to make antidotes for a wide variety of toxins and poisons.
  • Big Brother
    Big Brother is a character and symbol from George Orwell’s '1984.' He is the leader of Oceania. 
  • Blast-Ended Skrewts
    Blast-Ended Skrewts are rare magical creatures that grow up to ten feet long. They are hybrids of Manticores and Fire Crabs and were first bred by Hagrid for the Triwizard Tournament.
  • Bloodbath
    The bloodbath is a gory event that takes place at the beginning of every Hunger Games. Most often, a large number of tributes are killed in pursuit of weapons and supplies during the bloodbath.
  • Borgin and Burkes
    Borgin and Burkes is an antique dealing shop in Knockturn Alley, known for its wide range of Dark Magical items and several heirlooms and artefacts of renown.
  • Bowtruckle
    Bowtruckles are magical beings which resemble a plant in most ways but are mobile and active in their natural habitat. Bowtruckles are found residing in trees and are said to guard them against anyone who threatens their survival.
  • CHOAM
    CHOAM stands for Combine Honnete Ober Advancer Mercantiles. It is an organization responsible for Melange distribution across the universe.
  • Crysknife
    A Crysknife is a knife whose blade comes from the tooth of a dead Sandworm.
  • Cymek
    A Cymek was once a human who became a Thinking Machine by losing their human body for mechanical bodies.
  • District 12
    District 12 is the smallest and the poorest district among the 13 districts of the nation of Panem.
  • District 13
    District 13 is one of the districts of the nation of Panem. It acted as an independent nation for 75 years before the Second Rebellion.
  • Doublethink
    The term “doublethink,” as first seen in George Orwell’s '1984,' is used to describe one’s capacity to hold two contradictory beliefs at one time.
  • Draught of Living Death
    The Draught of Living Death is one of the most potent potions strong enough to put someone to sleep perpetually. It is prepared through a very arduous process and requires skills to master preparation.
  • Face Dancer
    Face dancers appear in the 'Dune' series by Frank Herbert. A Face Dancer is a Tleilaxu member who can shapeshift into another person.
  • Faufreluches
    Faufreluches is a term used to describe the class system adopted by the Imperium of the old empire.
  • Fedaykin
    The Fedaykin are a group of guerillas Fremen fighters who became the personal guards of Paul Atreides.
  • Fish Speakers
    The Fish speakers are a military force comprised only of women that serve the God-emperor, Leto II Atreides.
  • Floating Fortress
    The floating fortress is a military base mentioned in George Orwell’s '1984.' These are stations that Oceania uses to protect its territories or encroach on lands that belong to Eastasia and Eurasia. 
  • Fremen
    The Fremen are a group of humans living on the desert planet Arrakis, home to the Sandworms who produce Melange.
  • Fremen Jihad
    The Fremen Jihad is a battle fought by the Fremen after the defeat of Emperor Shaddam IV. The Jihad saw the widespread of the Fremen’s religion throughout the entire universe.
  • Futars
    Futars are the genetic hybrids of human and feline species. The Futars were created with the sole purpose of hunting and destroying the Honored Matres.
  • Galach
    Galach was the official language of the Imperium in ‘Dune.’ Derived from the ancient languages of Earth, the language got spoken and written in many dialects.
  • Ghola
    A Ghola is an artificially created being that gets replicated from the dead cells of its human body.
  • Guild Navigator
    A Guild Navigator is a senior-ranked member of the spacing guild responsible for navigating interstellar space in starships known as Heighliners.
  • Harry Potter
    Harry Potter is probably one of the bravest characters to ever exist in the history of children's literature. Despite being brought up in a non-magic family for a major period of his early life, Harry went on to defeat one of the strongest dark wizards to ever have lived.
  • Hate Week
    Hate Week is a week of events that are designed to make the citizens of Oceania feel as much hate as possible towards certain enemies in George Orwell’s '1984.' 
  • Honored Matres
    The Honored Matres are an aggressive matriarchal order that arose after the death of the God-emperor, Leto II, and are obsessed with power and dominance.
  • Imperium
    The Imperium is a term that refers to the old galactic padishah empire. It was the governing body that maintained law and order throughout the universe after the events of the Butlerian Jihad.
  • INGSOC
    INGSOC, or English Socialism, is the totalitarian political party of Oceania, in George Orwell’s '1984.'  
  • Inner Party
    The Inner Party is the top two percent of citizens from Oceania in George Orwell’s 1984. 
  • Invisibility Cloak
    The Invisibility Cloak that Harry Potter possesses is a very ancient magical object that is considered along with the Resurrection Stone and the Elder Wand to comprise the Deathly Hallows.
  • Jabberjay
    Jabberjays are genetically engineered birds that were created by the Capitol to spy on the rebels during the First Rebellion.
  • Junior Anti-Sex League
    The Junior Anti-Sex League is a fictional organization featured in George Orwell’s '1984' that's working to end all sexual intercourse.
  • Kanly
    The act of Kanly is the execution of a feud or fight under the rules of the Great Convention.
  • Kralizec
    Kralizec is the ultimate battle at the end of the universe that was foreseen by the Kwisatz Haderach, Paul and Leto II Atreides.
  • Kwisatz Haderach
    The Kwisatz Haderach is a male Bene Gesserit capable of unlocking the genetic memory of both his female and male ancestry.
  • Landsraad
    The Landsraad is an organization in Frank Herbert’s ‘Dune’ responsible for being the umbrella body representative of all the Noble Houses of the Imperium.
  • Lasgun
    The Lasgun was a weapon that got used in the Imperium. It was a weapon that shot continuous-wave lasers at a target.
  • Mahdi
    Mahdi was the name used by the Fremen to describe their savior according to the messianic legend introduced by the Bene Gesserit.
  • Mandrake
    Mandrakes are magical plants that grow underground in the Harry Potter universe. They are used to treat people who are petrified. The cry of the Mandrake is considered fatal for anyone who hears it.
  • Melange (Spice)
    Melange is a narcotic with psychedelic properties that enhance mental capabilities and youth.
  • Memory Hole
    The memory hole is a term that comes from George Orwell’s 1984. It refers to a hole in the wall into which paper and photographs are destroyed.
  • Mentat
    A Mentat is a human with advanced mental power capable of intense logical thinking and analysis.
  • Mentor
    Mentors are previous victors that are mandated to train new tributes in the Hunger Games. The role of a mentor is highly significant and can often contribute to the tribute's survival in the Hunger Games.
  • The Ministry of Peace
    The Ministry of Peace is a governmental organization in '1984' by George Orwell. It is in charge of the war effort.
  • The Ministry of Plenty
    The Ministry of Plenty is one of the four ministries that are responsible for running Oceania in George Orwell’s 1984.
  • Ministry of Truth
    The Ministry of Truth is one of four ministries in Oceania in George Orwell’s novel '1984.'
  • Missionaria Protectiva
    Missionaria Protectiva was an arm of the Bene Gesserit sisterhood responsible for disseminating superstition across primitive planets for the future benefit of the Bene Gesserit.
  • Mudblood
    Mudblood is a very offensive term used to refer to people in the wizarding world who were born to muggle parents or had some muggle connections. It was widely used by pure-blood supremacy enthusiasts who continued to insult their fellow muggle-born wizards and witches with this term.
  • Muttations
    Muttations are genetically modified animals created for various purposes by the Capitol.
  • Newspeak
    Newspeak is the fictional language Orwell invented for his novel 1984. It is used to control what people are capable of thinking.
  • No-ship
    A no-ship is a starship that uses technology to hide from detection by prescience.
  • Ornithopter
    An Ornithopter is an aircraft in the 'Dune' series that flies by the action of wing flapping.
  • Padishah Emperor
    The Padishah Emperor was the title given to the ruler of the known universe. The title got used first by the head of the House of Corrin after the Battle of Corrin.
  • Peacekeepers
    Peacekeepers are the military force that is tasked with the duties of law enforcement in the nation of Panem.
  • Pornosec
    Pornosec is a division of the Ministry of Truth in George Orwell’s novel '1984.'
  • Religions of Dune
    Throughout ‘Dune,' there have been many religions that got practiced in the universe. However, with the rise of Paul Atreides’s jihad, most of the beliefs got destroyed by the Fremen.
  • Room 101
    Room 101 is the designation of a particularly awful torture chamber within the Ministry of Love in '1984.'
  • Sandworm
    Sandworms are massive annelids that live on planet Arrakis. Sandworms are the source of Melange.
  • Sardaukar
    The Sardaukar are the military force of the Padishah Emperor and the Great House of Corrino.
  • Sayyadina
    A Sayyadina is a Fremen lower-ranking priestess who had not yet become a reverend mother.
  • Slig
    A Slig is a hybrid animal that got created by the Tleilaxu. Being the genetic mix of a giant slug and a pig, Sligs became popular throughout the universe.
  • Speakwrite
    The speakwrite is a device that was invented by George Orwell for his novel, '1984.' It is used instead of physical writing. 
  • Spice Agony
    Spice Agony is a process that Bene Gesserit sisters and Sayyadinas underwent to become reverend mothers.
  • Sponsor
    The Hunger Games consist of sponsors, i.e., citizens and people of the districts who donate gifts to the tributes in the arena.
  • Stillsuit
    A stillsuit is a bodysuit that helped the Fremen conserve water in the desert. The suit is one of the inventions made by the Fremen to survive Arrakis.
  • Stone Burner
    The stone burner is a weapon that uses atomic fuel to create intense explosions and radiation harmful to all living things.
  • Suk Medical School
    The Suk Medical school was an institution where people studied medicine and specialized in treating ailments.
  • T-Probe
    The T-probe is a device brought from the Great Scattering by the Honored Matres. The T-probe got invented to read the genetic memory of a person.
  • Telescreen
    The telescreen is a device used in '1984' by George Orwell. It has the appearance of a dulled mirror and is usually part of the wall. It also allows the Thought Police to monitor Party members.
  • The Butlerian Jihad
    The Butlerian Jihad is a war fought between humans and the Thinking Machines.
  • The Capitol
    The Capitol of Panem in the Hunger Games is a technologically advanced, utopian city where the nation's most wealthy and powerful citizens live.
  • The Districts
    The Hunger Games series was set in the fictional world of Panem, a nation compromised of 13 districts.
  • The Ixians of Ix
    The Ixians of Ix were a society that created technological products that nearly broke the laws of the Butlerian Jihad.
  • The Reaping
    The reaping is a form of lottery that occurs every year before the Hunger Games. While the reaping appears to be mere entertainment, it is a very vicious and brutal event that brings worry and fear to all of the 12 Districts of Panem.
  • Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism
    'The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism' is a fictional novel featured in George Orwell’s 1984. 
  • Thinking Machines
    The term Thinking Machines in 'Dune' refers to both a general concept and beings. Thinking Machines were robots created with sentience.
  • Thought Police
    The Thought Police, or Thinkpol, are the group responsible for the detection of thoughtcrime within Oceania in George Orwell’s '1984. '
  • Thoughtcrime
    Throughtcrime a term used throughout Orwell’s 1984. It is defined as thoughts that go against the political ideology of the Party. 
  • Titans
    The Titans are a group of people who took over the Old Empire and ruled the universe for one hundred years.
  • Tleilaxu
    The Bene Tleilax, popularly known as the Tleilaxu, is a patriarchal order in Frank Herbert’s ‘Dune’ known for their mastery of genetic manipulation and biological weaponry.
  • Tracker Jacker
    Tracker jackers are genetically modified vespids that hunt down and attack anything that disturbs their nests.
  • Tributes
    Tributes are those children who participate in the Hunger Games. Almost always, 24 tributes in total participate in a battle royale to the death.
  • Unperson
    The term “unperson” first appeared in George Orwell’s '1984.' It refers to someone whose existence is denied due to a political or ideological crime.
  • Victors
    The winners of the Hunger Games are referred to as victors. Not only are victors welcomed with fame and celebration by their respective districts each year, but they are also provided with enough wealth by the Capitol to lead comfortable lives for the rest of their lifetimes.
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