Ew, yeah. I've got a bit of a gross question. I'm writing a scene with Harry and a 15-year-old Teddy just being silly. Teddy's embarrassed because people overheard him signing out loud. (He was wearing an 'mPod,' which is a magical version of an iPod created by George Weasley, and you know how easy it is to forget yourself and start singing along when listing to music on an iPod.) He's really embarrassed, and Harry's trying to make him laugh. This is what I have:
“So, let me just do a bit of work and grab the tickets and we’ll be off,” Harry continued as they made their way down the hall towards his office. When Teddy didn’t respond, Harry elbowed him. “S’not that bad, Teddo. S’not.” He laughed. “Really, s’not.”
Teddy started to laugh.
“Now, did I ever tell you about the time Ron tried to cast a charm on this git we went to Hogwarts with for picking on Hermione but got himself instead? Now, that, that was embarrassing. Never—and I mean this Teddo—never cast a Slug-vomiting charm with a dodgy wand.”
My first question is whether Teddy would be likely to laugh at Harry saying "snot" (meaning bogeys) over and over, and whether Harry could even feasibly say it, or if that's 100% American. I'm afraid it's 100% American, which would stink, because I kind of like the scene.
I got "Teddo" from another post about terms of affection adults toward kids. It recommended adding an "O" to the end of a boy's name instead of a "Y," especially for teenage boys. So Harry calls him "Teddo" rather than "Teddy." Sound good?
Is "dodgy" a good word for describing a wand that isn't working properly for whatever reason? Or would something like "wonky" be better. I might actually like "wonky" better. It sounds good together--wonky wand.
You've all been so helpful in the past, thanks in advance for your help!