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Teleportation spell, used to teleport the user and anyone touching them to a location. The destination is one that the primary user has been to or seen in some fashion previously. Any items on the individuals being apparated are also teleported. Does not require the use of an incantation or wand movement to perform. Used multiple times by various people. In year six, Dumbledore uses it to take Harry to visit Slughorn.
Year seven, Hermione, Ron, and Harry use it as they search for the horcruxes. This spell is used to create, and control, a jet of clear water from the tip of the wand; it is probably related to Aguamenti. Used multiple times to extinguish fires in Aqua means, in Latin , water. Eructo is a verb meaning "I raise"; roughly translated, it means "I raise water". This spell is used to blast away Acromantulas and, presumably, all other arachnids. Harry uses this spell in The Forbidden Forest to defend he and his friend from some spiders that are attacking them.
He learned the spell from a diary , who attempted to use it in a memory. From the Latin aranea , meaning "spider", and exuo , meaning "I lay aside". Used to decrease the velocity of a moving target; it should be noted that it can be used on multiple targets, as well as on the caster himself. Used by Dumbledore to save one of his students from a fall in ; Hermione Granger used it, to little effect, in to cushion an otherwise deadly fall.
Likely the combination of the Anglo- French arester , meaning "to bring to a stop" and the Latin momentum , meaning "the force or strength gained whilst moving"; the literal translation hence is "Bring the force or strength gained whilst moving to a stop". Fires arrows from the caster's wand.
The spell used to be used by Appleby Arrows supporters at Quidditch matches to show their support for their teams; however, the British and Irish Quidditch League banned the use of the spell at matches when referee Nugent Potts was pierced through the nose with a stray arrow in Ascendio Ascendio click for animation Type: Lifts the caster high into the air.
Derived from Latin ascendo , meaning "to climb". Produces a large bubble of air around the head of the user; it is commonly used as the supernatural equivalent of a breathing set. Used by Cedric Diggory and Fleur Delacour in ; it was used the next year by many students walking through the halls, because of horrid odours made by various pranks played on Dolores Umbridge.
Produces a stream of multicoloured, non-bursting bubbles; there are two similar spells. Used by Professor Flitwick to decorate some trees ; the bubbles in this instance were golden. Used the following year by Ron Weasley when he broke his wand; these bubbles were purple. This spell causes the victim's hair to fall out. Causes the victim to burst uncontrollably into song. Used by the Hogwarts professors to enchant suits of armour. Cantare is Latin for "sing". Produces a supernatural rope from the caster's wand, which will pull a target toward the caster. In and by Harry Potter and Ron Weasley.
From the Latin carpe , meaning "to seize" and retracto , meaning "I draw back". An offensive spell used to defeat multiple enemies. This spell was seen only in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 video game. Anyone entering the perimeter of this spell sets off a high-pitched shriek. This spell may be related to the Intruder Charm. This spell was cast by the Death Eaters over Hogsmeade Wizarding Village to protect against intruders in Cauldron to Sieve Type: Transforms cauldrons, and presumably all pots and containers of that sort, into sieves.
Based on the etymology, it may warn the caster of any approaching enemies, similar to a Caterwauling Charm. Used multiple times by Hermione Granger in and to protect the tent she shared with Ron Weasley and Harry Potter. The incantation is a Latin phrase which translates to "beware of the enemy". Causes the person upon whom the spell is cast to become contented and happy, though heavy- handedness with it causes the victim to break into an uncontrollable laughing fit.
Taught to third-year charms classes , part of the written O. The spell was invented by Felix Summerbee. Cistem Aperio Cistem Aperio Type: This spell was used by Tom Riddle to open the chest in which Aragog was hidden. It was only seen in the film. Aperio is Latin for "uncover" or "open"; Cista is Latin for "trunk" or "chest".
Colloportus Locking Spell Type: Locks doors, and presumably all things that can be locked; it is unknown whether the counterspell is required, or if a key could open it. Used by Hermione Granger in in an attempt to prevent the Death Eaters that were following her from catching up. Perhaps a portmanteau of the Latin words colligere , which means "gather" and porta , which means "gate".
This spell can easily be countered with Alohomora. Colloshoo Stickfast Hex Type: Adheres the victim's shoes to the ground with some sort of adhesive ectoplasm. This spell is mentioned twice, once as having been used on Severus Snape during a potions class , the other when one reads Curses and Counter-Curses by Vindictus Viridian. Colovaria Colour Change Charm Type: Changes the target's colour. Used by fifth-years in their OWLs. Almost certainly a combination of English "colour" and "vary". Confringo Blasting Curse Type: Causes anything that the spell comes into contact with to explode, and presumably thereafter burst into flame.
Used by Harry Potter to destroy the side-car of a motorbike in which he was riding during a battle against some Death Eaters in ; it was later used by Hermione Granger in an attempt to kill Nagini and facilitate an escape from Godric's Hollow. The incantation is direct Latin for "destroy". This spell seems to use heat for its explosion, while Expulso uses pressure instead. Confundo Confundus Charm Type: Causes the victim to become confused and befuddled. It was used multiple times in and The incantation, when non-capitalized, means "I confuse"; the title may derive from the Latin confundere , meaning "to confuse" or "to perplex".
Due to the name conjunctivitis is another word for "pink eye", a disease which forms a scabby inflammation over the eye , it is presumed this curse causes great pain to the victim's eyes. It was suggested by Sirius Black in his letter to Harry for him to use this spell on a dragon. Olympe Maxime used this spell on some giants in Cornflake skin spell Description: This spell causes the victim's skin to appear as though it was coated in cornflakes. In , an unnamed student went to the hospital for treatment after he was hit with it, which was presumably done in retaliation for the Inquisitorial Squad 's recent behaviour.
This spell is used to conjure exploding wizard crackers ; it can be used in duelling to harm the opponent, but the force of the explosion may also affect the caster. This spell, which may possibly be a charm, is used to assist the caster in cheating on written papers, tests, and exams. It is possible that these spells can negate anti-cheating spells. In , an unnamed Slytherin student asked his fellow students whether any of them knew any good cribbing spells.
This spell can change the colour and style of ones hair. In the Harry Potter Lego video games. This maybe be the spell that causes Harry to turn his eyebrow yellow in Crucio Cruciatus Curse Main article: Depulso Banishing Charm Depulso Type: This spell is used to make the target fly toward a specific location; it is the opposite of the summoning charm.
From the Latin depulsio , meaning "drive away". Causes the target to move downwards. In , it was used by Ron to magically cause the stairs in his bedroom, which lead to his family's attic, to descend; later that year, Crabbe used it in an attempt to cause a wall of rubbish behind which Ron was hiding to fall on him. Descendo is Latin for "I descend". This spell places immense downward pressure on the target, which may result in the violent fracturing of said target.
Hermione Granger blasted a hole through the living room floor of Xenophilius Lovegood 's house in using this spell. The incantation, when non-capitalized, means "to depress" or "depress". Diffindo Severing Charm Type: Rips, tears, shreds, or otherwise physically damages the target. Used twice in , the first time being by Harry Potter to cut Cedric Diggory 's bag in order to talk to the latter, and the second time being by Ron Weasley to cut the lace from the cuffs of his dress robes in an attempt to make them seem less feminine.
The spell was used a third time by Harry to swap the covers of his second-hand and brand-new copies of Advanced Potion-Making. Latin diffindere , meaning "to divide" or "to split". Forces the target to shrink. Performed by Nigel Wolpert in The incantation derives from the musical term diminuendo , meaning "a gradual decrease of the volume of sound". Although the only known canonical effect is to open secret passageways, it's possible, based on its use in , that it opens things in general.
Used multiple times in to open the statue of Gunhilda of Gorsemoor , then again four years later in a failed attempt to open Salazar Slytherin's Locket. There are numerous suggestions. This may not be a spell at all in the strict sense but a password; however, when used for the statue of the hump-backed witch, one must tap the statue with their wand, indicating that it is in fact a spell.
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Causes the target to blend seamlessly in with its surroundings, like a chameleon. Used and mentioned multiple times from onward. Draconifors Draconifors Spell Type: Transforms the target into a dragon. Used multiple times in and From the Latin word draco , meaning "dragon", and forma meaning "shape". Causes puddles and ponds to dry up. Ducklifors Ducklifors Jinx Type: Transforms the target into a duck. From the English duck , and the Latin forma meaning "shape". Multiple times in and Duro Hardening Charm Type: This charm transforms the target into solid stone. Latin duro means "harden".
This charm is a defensive spell which will conjure a spirit-like incarnation of their positive emotions to defend against dark creatures ; it can also send messages to other witches or wizards. It seems one's Patronus will take the form of something important to the caster, and can change when one has undergone a period of heightened emotion. This is the only known spell effective against Dementors or Lethifolds. Patronus means "protector" in Latin; in archaic Latin, it means "father"; considering the form Harry 's takes, this is interesting. Causes whatever the victim is holding to fly away, knocks out an opponent if used too forcefully.
Harry Potter 's special spell. Used multiple times from the second book onwards. Probably a combination of Latin expello , meaning "expel", and arma , meaning "weapon". It was also used differently in the Prisoner of Askaban PS2 video game, in which a pink coloured shield is formed to protect against jinxes. Expulso Expulso Curse Expulso Type: Provokes an explosion, unique in that it uses pressure to do so as opposed to heat. Used by Antonin Dolohov during a fight in a cafe in From expulsum , which is past principle of expellere , which means "expel".
Charlie Weasley and his friends would use this spell should something go wrong in the tournament. Turns water into rum.
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Seamus Finnigan tried to cast it in , and, in his first attempt, he managed to make "weak tea ," before causing an explosion. Creates great spirits of fire which burn anything in its path, including nearly indestructable substances such as horcruxes. This fire is nearly impossible to control. Though there are numerous instances when it may have been used, it was only proven to have been used in by Vincent Crabbe , who was killed by it. Creates an aperture in a wall or window. Terminates spell effects in the vicinity of the caster. Remus Lupin used this spell on Neville Longbottom ; three years later, Harry Potter used it to prevent an attack on his friend.
From Latin finire , meaning "to finish". Terminates all spell effects in the vicinity of the caster. Severus Snape used this to restore order to his club. Hermione Granger also used this in the film version of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets to destroy Dobby's rogue Bludger after its Quidditch match. Latin finire , meaning "to finish", and incantatem.
Removes a person's fingers. Gunhilda Kneen jinxed her husband with this spell. Firestorm Albus Dumbledore fighting the Inferi inside the cave in Type: Produces a ring of fire from the wand tip that can strike targets. Albus Dumbledore used this spell to rescue Harry from Inferi in Causes the cursed object to burn human skin when touched. The Lestrange Vault had this curse on it. Produces fiery marks which can be used to write. Tom Riddle used this spell to write his name; Hermione Granger used it three years later to mark some doors.
From the Latin flagrate , meaning "a burn". Causes fire to tickle those caught in it instead of burning them. Third year students wrote an essay on the use of this charm in medieval witch-burnings; Wendelin the Weird was burned forty-seven times. This may be the spell used in Floo Network , as well as when Albus Dumbledore set Tom Riddle 's wardrobe aflame in Flipendo Knockback Jinx Flipendo Type: Pushes the target, knocks out weaker enemies.
Taught in Defence Against the Dark Arts , used in every video game thereafter until the third one. Not used in the books or films. A more powerful version of Flipendo. Seen in , , and A more powerful version of Flipendo Duo ; it is said to resemble a miniature tornado. In and This spell is cast on broomsticks and flying carpets to allow them to fly. Draco Malfoy mentioned this spell when insulting Ron Weasley's broomstick, wondering why anyone would charm it.
Fumos Smokescreen Spell Type: Used to produce a defensive cloud of dark grey smoke. This spell, used in , is covered in The Dark Forces: A Guide to Self-Protection. A more powerful version of Fumos. Furnunculus Pimple Jinx Type: Covers the target in boils or pimples. Used by Harry Potter on Gregory Goyle. Latin furnunculus , meaning "petty thief", or English furuncle , a synonym for "boil".
Causes fur to grow on the victim. Fred and George Weasley used this spell on each other. The Latin word gemini means "twins". Glacius Freezing Spell Type: Transforms the target into solid albeit normal ice. Used in the video games. Never used in the books or films. From Latin glacies , which means "ice".
A more powerful version of Glacius.
A more powerful version of Glacius Duo. Causes the steps on a stairway to flatten into a slide. Used by Hermione Granger to escape from Death Eaters. Probably derived from French glisser , meaning "to slide". Shoots green sparks from the wand. Taught in Defence Against the Dark Arts ; When Hagrid, Harry and Hermione try to find an injured unicorn, Hagrid says that if it is found, they must send up green sparks. Helps someone grip something more effectively. Used on Quaffles to help Chasers carry them.
Reveals human presence in the vicinity of the caster. Used multiple times by various people in Most likely from Latin homo , meaning human, and "reveal", though the classical Latin form would be hominem instead of homenum , which shows Portuguese influence "man" is homem in Portuguese —indeed, Rowling speaks the language. It can be used non-verbally; Dumbledore does so to detect Harry underneath his Invisibility Cloak.
Tracks movement of every person in the mapped area. Used to create the Marauder's Map. Causes an Animagus or transfigured object to assume its normal shape. According to Lockhart, he used it to force the Wagga Wagga Werewolf to take its human form. This spell was first used on the Comet to prevent players from overshooting the goal posts and from flying off-sides.
Mentioned in Quidditch Through the Ages as the charm that gave the Comet an advantage over the Cleansweep. Horcrux Curse 4 of Voldemort's horcruxes Type: This spell allows a part of a wizard's soul to pass into an object, thereby making the object a Horcrux. One has to commit murder and take advantage of the soul's "splitting apart" by this supreme act of evil in order to be able to perform this spell, and it is probably very complex. In , Horace Slughorn described the spell to a young Tom Riddle as encasing a portion of the torn soul and placing it within an object.
The spell itself is described in detail in a banned book known as "Secret of the Darkest Art", which Hermione Granger summoned from Albus Dumbledore's office near the end of their sixth year. According to the text, use of this spell to separate the soul will make the remaining portion of the soul very fragile, and can only be reversed by "remorse" of the wrongs the creator had made; however, the pain caused by attempting to reverse the creation of a Horcrux can destroy the individual.
Used by Lord Voldemort while creating his Horcruxes. Rowling was asked about what the steps are to create a Horcrux Rowling declined to answer, saying that "some things are better left unsaid". However, in the Harry Potter Encyclopedia , it is explained, and the editor is said to have felt like vomiting after reading it.
Causes wand to emit hot air. Used by Hermione Granger in to dry off her robes. Also used shortly after to melt snow. Also was used by Albus Dumbledore in to dry Harry's and his own robes. Quite possibly a form of Ventus. Reverses small amounts of time up to five hours. Used to create Time-Turners , as mentioned by Professor Saul Croaker ; this charm is highly unstable. Causes the target to float in mid-air for a brief period of time. Used by Dobby to levitate a cake. Causes brooms to vibrate violently in the air and try to buck their rider off.
In , Professor Quirrell may have been casting a wordless and wandless version of this spell on Harry's broom during his Quidditch match. Professor Flitwick suggested that Harry's confiscated Firebolt may be jinxed with this spell. Immobulus Freezing Charm click for animation Type: Renders living targets immobile. Hermione used it to freeze 2 Cornish Pixies.
It strikes resemblances to the Flame-Freezing Charm , which negates the effects of fire. Remus Lupin also used it on the womping willow in the third movie when they use the time turner. This jinx is capable of tripping, freezing, binding, knocking back and generally impeding the target's progress towards the caster. The extent to which the spell's specific action can be controlled by the caster is unclear. Also used in by Harry against the Inferi and Snape. Stronger uses of this spell seem capable of blowing targets away.
Latin impedimentum plural impedimenta , "a hindrance" or "an impediment". Used by Hermione in to stop Snape from cursing Harry. The incantation is only used in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Latin inflammo , or the verb inflammatio meaning "to set on fire". Glues the subject's tongue to the roof of their mouth.
Created by Severus Snape. Used by Harry on Peeves and twice on Argus Filch , to general applause. Probably from the French langue "tongue" and the English "lock". Turns targets into real rabbits. From Latin lepus meaning hare, and forma meaning "shape". Makes leeks sprout out of the target's ears. Used by a fighting Gryffindor fourth year and sixth year Slytherin before a Quidditch match in Legilimens Legilimency Spell Legilimens Type: Allows the caster to delve into the mind of the victim, allowing the caster to see the memories, thoughts, and emotions of the victim.
Also during Occlumency lessons in Also used non-verbally by Snape on Harry in to allow him to see where Harry had learned the Sectumsempra spell. Latin legere "to read" and mens "mind". The victim is dangled upside-down by their ankles, sometimes accompanied by a flash of light this may be a variant of the spell. Apparently invented by the Half-Blood Prince ; it is a non-verbal-only spell although it is whispered by Hermione in Harry Potter learnt it by reading the notes written by the Half-Blood Prince.
He used it on Ron. In the Order of the Phoenix film, Luna Lovegood somehow uses this against a Death Eater, although she speaks it, and the spell's name is unknown to any students until Half-Blood Prince. Latin levare , "raise" and corpus , "body" or "corpse". Harry used the spell in to counteract Levicorpus he had inadvertently cast on Ron.
Latin liberare , "to free", and corpus , "body" or "corpse". It is not clear why Levicorpus has a specific counter-spell, and is not neutralised by simply using Finite Incantatem , although this could be due to the fact that Snape invented the spell and therefore made it irreversible except by its specific counter-curse. Locomotor Locomotion Charm Type: The spell is always used with the name of a target, at which the wand is pointed e. The spell causes the named object to rise in the air and move around at the will of the caster.
Filius Flitwick similarly used it to move Sybill Trelawney 's trunk after Dolores Umbridge sacked her. Parvati Patil and Lavender Brown used this spell to race their pencil cases around the edges of the table. A variation seen in is Piertotum Locomotor , which caused the statues of Hogwarts to be animated. Latin locus place and moto , "set in motion" passive motor , or English locomotion.
Locks the legs together, preventing the victim from moving the legs in any fashion. Used by Draco Malfoy on Neville Longbottom in Used by Harry Potter on Draco Malfoy, who deflected it, in One of the spells on Pottermore. It is unclear whether or how this spell is related to the Locomotor spell. It could, however, be that the curse "locks" any part of the body in accordance to where it is pointed, or moves the body into a position of the caster's choosing whilst placing them into an immobile state.
It is possible that Draco had pointed his wand at Neville and the curse "locked" his legs together. Creates a narrow beam of light that shines from the wand's tip, like a torch. Constantly throughout the series. Latin lumen , "light". Creates an intense beam of light that projects from the wand's tip and can lock-on to various targets, turn hinkypunks solid and cause ghouls to retreat. Lumos plus Latin duo , "two". Lumos Maxima Lumos Maxima Type: Shoots a ball of light at the place pointed, if the Wand is swung.
First practised by Harry in the home of the Dursleys, then used by Dumbledore to light up the cave of the Horcrux. Creates a powerful ray of light as bright as the sun. Used by Hermione to free Ron from the Devil's Snare. The incantation was only used in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.
Derived from two words; the Latin lumen , meaning "light", and the Latin word for "sun", which in its accusative case is "solem". It is possible that the quality of the light is on the warmer solar end of the spectrum; Considering the known uses that the spell has been put to, it isn't that much of a stretch to presume that the spell is used to conjure Sunlight. Encases the target's head in a pumpkin.
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Presumably causes weather effects caused by jinxes to cease. Suggested in by Arthur Weasley to Ron disguised as Reginald Cattermole by use of Polyjuice Potion as the best way to clear up the rain jinx on a Ministry office. Meteorology , the study of weather, the word jinx and recant , "to withdraw or retract". Interestingly in modern English recant means to say that you no longer hold a belief. Mimblewimble Tongue-Tying Curse Type: A curse which prevents certain information from being revealed by the individual upon whom the spell is placed.
The curse manifests itself by causing the tongue to temporarily curl backwards upon itself. Seen in as a deterrent to Severus Snape , or any other unwanted visitor of 12 Grimmauld Place , from betraying their location to anyone else. Levitates and moves an object. Latin mobilis , "movable" or "flexible", and arbor alternatively arbos , "tree". It is possible that Mobilicorpus and Mobiliarbus are variations of the same basic spell, since they share the "Mobili-" stem.
Levitates and moves bodies. Sirius Black used it on Severus Snape in It was probably used on Peter Pettigrew by Lord Voldemort in the graveyard to make him come forward. Latin mobilis , "movable", and corpus , "body". It is possible that Mobiliarbus and Mobilicorpus are variations of the same basic spell, since they share the "Mobili-" stem. Molly Weasley's Curse Type: Like the Avada Kedavra curse, it kills or freezes the victim. Only used in the film version. This may be Duro or a Freezing Charm , although the latter is shown to be blue in Conjures the Dark Mark , which is the sign of the Death Eaters.
Used by Barty Crouch Jr in Also seen in over the castle to lure Albus Dumbledore to his death. It was apparently invented by Lord Voldemort. Latin mors , "death", and mordere , meaning "to bite" or its French derivative mordre ; this would appear to be associated with the name of Lord Voldemort's followers, the Death Eaters.
The English murder might also contribute. A possible translation might be "take a bite out of death", a fitting phrase for Death Eaters. This spell fills peoples' ears with an unidentifiable buzzing to keep them from hearing nearby conversations. It was created by Severus Snape. As pointed out by Hermione , it is probably not Ministry of Magic approved. It was also used in by Hermione Granger in protection of the camp-site where Harry and she stayed in hiding.
English muffle , "to quiet", with a pseudo-Latin or pseudo-Italian ending. Multicorfors is a charm used to change the colour of one's clothing. It may also be the same charm as when Harry accidentally changed the colour of his eyebrow, before he asked Luna to Slughorn's Christmas party. Unlikely, as that was performed as a Transfiguration exercise, which is rather unrelated to Charms. Could have possibly been used when Harry accidentally changed the colour of his teachers hair, in his Primary School. Oculus Reparo click for animation Type: Used by Hermione in and to fix Harry's glasses.
This spell is a variation of Reparo. Used by Hermione in to remove the footprints that she, Harry , and Ron left in the snow while walking to Hagrid's hut. Also used in by Hermione to remove the footprints she and Harry left behind them in the snow as they journeyed through Godric's Hollow. The above instance in book five only reveals that the Obliteration Charm can remove footprints. There is no explanation as to what effect it can have on other things. It could possibly destroy things, according to its name. Used to hide a memory of a particular event. First seen in when used by Gilderoy Lockhart on Harry and Ron; the spell backfired due to a faulty wand, costing Lockhart most of his own memory.
Also, Hermione Granger used this spell to wipe her parents memories in Latin oblivisci , "forget". The spell is most often used against Muggles who have seen something of the Wizarding world. Memory Charms are confirmed on J. Rowling's website to have been developed by a witch named Mnemone Radford, who became the Ministry's first Obliviator.
The Ministry of Magic employees assigned to modifying the memories of Muggles are called Obliviators. The charm can be broken by powerful magic, or extreme duress, as Lord Voldemort was able to torture Bertha Jorkins into remembering details that Barty Crouch Snr had forced her to forget using the charm. In this case, it was also shown that if the charm is too powerful, it can cause the target to develop a bad memory. This spell differs from the False Memory Charm. Causes a blindfold to appear over the victim's eyes, obstructing their view of their surroundings.
Used by Hermione Granger in to obstruct the portrait of Phineas Nigellus's view of their location. This spell might only affect characters in paintings; there are no other references to this spell. English word obscure , meaning "unclear" or "unnoticeable". Oppugno Oppugno Jinx Type: Apparently causes animals or beings of lesser intelligence to attack. Used by Hermione Granger in to attack Ron Weasley with a summoned flock of canaries during an argument.
Latin oppugno , "I attack". Orbis is Latin for 'circle', which reflects the spell's physical appearance. Makes a bouquet of flowers appear out of the caster's wand. Used in by Mr Ollivander to test Fleur Delacour 's wand. Probably used non-verbally by Tom Riddle to present flowers to Mrs Smith. English orchid and Latin suffix -eous , "of or bearing the root word ". A variation of this spell may have been used when Hermione Granger conjured a Christmas wreath to place on James and Lily Potter 's graves in Repello Inimicum Snatchers being desintegrated by the power of this spell combined with other protections Type: Disintegrates the persons entering this charm.
Causes an extreme tickling sensation that, in the case of Draco Malfoy, made him drop to the floor laughing. In the film, this spell causes the victim to be thrown in cartwheels through the air, rather than tickling them. Possibly the sum of two words; The Latin rictus , meaning "The expanse of an open mouth", and semper , meaning "Always". Rictus is generally used as an expression of terror, however, "always an open mouth" would, in most cases, correspond to the act of laughing uncontrollably. A spell used when fighting a Boggart , "Riddikulus" forces the Boggart to take the appearance of an object the caster is focusing on.
Best results can be achieved if the caster is focusing on something humorous, with the desire that laughter will weaken the Boggart. First seen in , when taught by Remus Lupin. Latin word ridiculus , "laughable" but perhaps "absurd" or "silly" in this context. The effect of the spell seems to rely primarily on the state of mind of the caster.
It doesn't actually change the shape of a boggart into something humorous, but rather whatever the caster is concentrating on at the moment of the casting, as when Neville was thinking of his grandmother's dress. Presumably, Mrs Weasley couldn't take her mind off of her fears for her family, so the Boggart was changed into other members of the family rather than something humorous. Causes rosebushes grow at an unusually fast pace. This spell may be related to Herbivicus. A spell invented by Hagrid which propels row boats to a pre-set destination. Hagrid used the spell on the row-boats at Hogwarts, to transport the First years from Hogsmeade Station to the Boathouse.
It may also have been the spell that he used to propel the row-boat that he used to take Harry from the Hut-on-the-Rock back to the mainland in Conjures a serpent from the spell-caster's wand. Used by Draco Malfoy while duelling Harry Potter in Latin serpens meaning "a snake" and Latin ortis meaning "source". First used by Hermione in to silence a frog and a raven in Charms class, then later used to silence a Death Eater that was trying to tell his comrades where they were. Probably Latin silentium , "silence". Cleans up ectoplasm, the slime-like residue left by certain ghosts.
The spell manifests as a blast of greenish suds. The Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets video game. Harry finds it in a spell book in the Restricted Section of the Hogwarts Library possibly misfiled and uses it to clear doorways and treasure chests that have been slimed-over by malevolent ghosts.
Slugulus Eructo Slug-vomiting Charm Type: A jet of green light strikes the victim, who then vomits slugs for ten minutes. The sizes of the vomited slugs decrease with time. In Chamber of Secrets , Ron attempts to use a technically nonverbal version of this spell on Draco; the spell backfired and hit him instead thanks to his damaged wand. This charm emits a magnified roar from the tip of the wand.
This noise disrupts all in its path, and can even be used to harm opponents.
Magnifies the spell caster's voice when one's wand is pointing to the side of the caster's neck. Used by Lord Voldemort several times during the Battle of Hogwarts in Latin sonorus , "loud; noisy". The counter-spell is Quietus. In the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Cornelius Fudge simply holds his wand to his throat while speaking, it is possible that he has performed a Nonverbal spell. Specialis Revelio Scarpin's Revelaspell Type: Apparently causes an object to show its hidden secrets or magical properties.
Used by Ernie Macmillan to find out ingredients of a potion. Its precise effects are unknown, as there are no recorded occasions of the spell being successful. Latin specialis , "particular;individual" and revelare present tense revelo , "unveil". In , Severus Snape cast a similar spell, but with different words "Reveal your secrets!
The spell may also be able to distinguish different ingredients in a potion, though this is noted to merely sound impressive. Spongify Softening Charm Type: Stealth Sensoring Spell Type: Detects those under magical disguise. In , Professor Umbridge cast this around her office. A hex that causes the victim to sneeze for a short period of time.
This spell is used in duelling to distract the opponent. It is only seen in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban video game. Steleus derives from the Latin sternuo , meaning I sneeze. Produces a stinging sensation in the victim, resulting in angry red welts and occasionally the severe inflammation of the affected area. Harry Potter inadvertently used one on Severus Snape during Occlumency lessons in It was non-debilitating in that instance, but it is stronger when intentionally cast, as shown by the results of Hermione Granger 's Stinging Hex used on Harry Potter in to purposefully distort Harry's appearance.
Stupefy Stunning Spell Type: If used too forcefully, it will put the victim in an unconscious state. Often; particularly by a number of wizards and witches including Dolores Umbridge against Minerva McGonagall in It's also taught by Harry in his D. English stupefy , which means 'to put into a stupor', a temporary vegetative state. The physical manifestation of the spell is a beam of red light emanating from the caster's wand.
The spell wears off after a short time, and can be countered by Rennervate. Riley ran over to her and saw the dreadful scrapes on her chest, bleeding like mad. He woke up, screaming. You know how annoying they are! Your dad studies them! So Riley got up, got dressed and went in the lounge which was just a plain wooden room with 2 rotten benches where he heard in the corner of the lounge Your insults are so What are you doing?
I had a vision, and I know where Blackwitches secrets are hidden! Emily flicked her wand and the door vibrated. Do you remember in our 4th Year in school, we went here for a school trip?