JOdel at JOdel at
Thu May 19 11:27:51 EDT 2005

It's an old country belief I think. I first encountered it in Elizabeth 
Goudge's Linets and Valerians which is from about 1960 or thereabouts, iirc. (It 
may or may not be significant that Goudge is one of the few children's authors 
whose work Rowling admits to having read.)
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