In their conceptions and explanations of illness and in their reactions
to it, individuals and groups attempt, and expect, to be coherent.
They try to present a view which makes sense to themselves and
which is also clear to others who may find it difficult to understand
why healers, patients and other interested parties follow a particular
line of reasoning. When these arguments are seen by contemporaries
to be well founded, this can often be taken as a sign of conformity to
an acceptable form of reasoning which fits into a particular ‘cultural
Certain historic modes of healing, including the use of medical amulets and charms, which have been
regarded from early times as magical remedies, belong properly to the domain of Psychical Medicine. For the
therapeutic virtues of medical amulets are not inherent in these objects, but are due to the influence exerted by
them upon the imaginative faculties of the individuals who employ them. They afford powerful suggestions of
Harry spends the Christmas holidays with the Weasleys. On Christmas Eve, Bellatrix Lestrange and Fenrir Greyback set fire to the Burrow. Back at school, Ron is nearly killed when he drinks poisoned mead, a drink originally intended for Dumbledore. While recovering, Ron murmurs Hermione's name, ausing Lavender to end their relationship. Harry confronts Draco and severely injures him with a Sectumsempra curse taken from the textbook of the Half-Blood Prince. Snape enters and quickly heals Draco's wound.