Triple posting (sorry!), but it's for a question, I promise!
I am currently trying to come up with a list of spells used in East Asia, with the primary language being Chinese (a cradle language for the region, much like Latin is for Western Europe).
Anyway, I am studying the spell, Alohamora, and the source behind it. This is what I found.
Does anyone know of any Chinese, or general East Asia, expressions or legends that could be related to locks or something opening and closing? It would be great if the spell to lock and the spell to unlock to be somehow related to one another.J. K. Rowling stated that the word was from the West African Sidiki dialect used in geomancy and has the literal meaning Friendly to thieves.
It doesn't even have to be in Chinese necessrily. J.K. based this spell on an African language, not Latin.