In English folklore, a boggart (or bogart) is a household spirit which causes things to disappear, milk to sour, and dogs to go lame. Always malevolent, the boggart will follow its family wherever they flee. In Northern England, at least, there was the belief that the boggart should never be named, for when the boggart was given a name, it would not be reasoned with or persuaded and become uncontrollable and destructive.
It is said that the boggart crawls into people's beds at night and puts a clammy hand on their faces. Sometimes he strips the bedsheets off them. Sometimes a boggart will also pull on a person's ears. Hanging a horseshoe on the door of a house is said to keep a boggart away.
In the folklore of North-West England, boggarts live under bridges on dangerous sharp bends on roads, and it is considered bad luck for drivers not to offer their polite greetings as they cross.
Half the way between Scarborough to Whitby, on Robin Hood's Bay, there is a place called Boggle Hole. In the local mythology, a Boggle is the local name for a hobgoblin, mischievous 'little people' that were thought to live in caves along the coast. Boggle Hole is a natural cave formed by wave action where smugglers used to land their contraband in past times.
Hairy Boggart is in the Monster in My Pocket series. He is very skinny, hairy, and carries a scythe, as per a particular folktale in which a human farmer steals the Boggart's land and comes up with various ways to keep the Boggart from farming it
In the Harry Potter books, boggarts are creatures that lurk dark, damp areas in magical buildings and shape-shift (into the terrifying form of whatever the person who sees them fears most) to scare humans into leaving them alone (see Boggart (Harry Potter)).
In the most recent block of Magic: The Gathering, named "Lorwyn", Boggarts are a new version of the series staple, Goblins. They differ from normal goblins in that they are predominately black aligned as opposed to red.
Boggarts are found in Dean Koontz's "Odd Thomas" novels, as dark shadowy figures that are visible only to those with the gift to see spirits, and gather in places where death and destruction are imminent.
Boggart is also the nickname given to Richard Ford the eminent Geographer
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