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Ransak Boggett was a wizard of the eighth level and head of Mrs Widgery's Lodgers, the oldest of the Eight Orders of Wizardry. After Ymper Trymon took over from Galder Weatherwax as Chancellor of the Unseen University, Boggett and the other masters of wizardry attempted to find Rincewind in order to read all of the Eight Spells in the Octavo to save Discworld. Fearing for the future of the world and with magic failing across the Disc, the order heads agreed with Trymon to read just the seven spells instead of all eight, since they cannot locate Rincewind and get the eighth spell from his head. Ransak and the other orders fail in this task, as did Archchancellor Trymon's plan to use non-magical methods and pay a hero to track Rincewind. During the process, Ymper Trymon proves unable to contain the magic he has unleashed and his mind breaks allowing his body to be taken under the control of the creatures from the Dungeon Dimensions. Trymon kills Ransak and the other order heads by turning them all to stone on Hogswatchnight, 1964. Rincewind and the Librarian later move his statue into the University grounds where it can still be seen to this day.


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  1. Death mentioned that the Spells had to be said on Hogswatchnight. As Trymon later read the Spells, it can be assumed that that day, on which the heads were killed, was Hogswatchnight.
  2. From Room at the Top: How to Succeed in Wizardry! seen in The Colour of Magic (film)