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"accio" L. send for, summon
Causes an object to fly to the caster, even over quite some distance; the target object is said to have been Summoned. It would seem that the caster must know at least the general location of the object Summoned.
Used several times during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries by both sides. The most notable instances were by Death Eaters attempting to pull the prophecy sphere from Harry's hands, by Hermione to pick up wands after a Disarming Spell hit, and most memorably by Ron in the Brain Room after he'd been knocked silly (OP35).
Harry attempted to cast this nonverbally to Summon his wand into his hand after Draco Malfoy had hit him with a Full-Body Bind, but Harry couldn't make the spell work at the time (HBP8). Harry had a similar problem when his wand was knocked out of his hand during his fight with Nagini at Godric's Hollow (DH17).
An object can be placed under counter-enchantments to prevent it being summoned magically. The stone basin in the Horcrux cave and Hufflepuff's cup in Gringotts had both been placed under such counter-enchantments (DH10, (DH26).
A thin golden line drawn on a floor, which affects anyone who crosses it if they are too young. (Presumably, an Age Line could also be set up to prevent someone to cross who was older than a given age.)
Albus Dumbledore drew an Age Line around the Goblet of Fire to keep away anyone who was not yet seventeen years old. When the Weasley twins, who had taken an Ageing Potion to try to fool it, crossed over the Age Line, they were thrown back and sprouted long white beards (GF12).
"agua" Sp./Portuguese water (from Latin "aqua") + "mentis" L. mind
Charm that conjures a fountain or jet of clear water from the caster's wand.
Used by Harry on the crystal goblet in the cave of the locket Horcrux, but apparently some effect of the potion that had previously been put in the goblet caused the water to vanish before it could be drunk (HBP26).
The term 'Alohomora' comes from sikidy, a form of divination from the Malagasy people of Madagascar. It is the name of a magical symbol which means 'favourable to thieves' (trans.). (massive thanks to Rattlesnakeroot and her LJ friendsfor discovering this!)
Charm that causes a locked door to open.
This spell is needed to open the door of the Janus Thickey ward in St. Mungo's, presumably so that Healers and visitors can get in and out easily, but mentally confused patients lacking wands cannot (OP23).
"anapneo" Gr. "breathe" (many thanks to those who wrote in and suggested we look at Greek for the source of this)
Spell that clears the target's airway, if blocked.
"animal" L. animal + "magus" Pers. magic user
The Transfiguration by which an Animagus takes his or her animal form, or reverts to human form from animal form. The animal form is sometimes referred to as the witch or wizard's Animagus form. See Animagi entry for further details about wizarding folk who can perform this highly complex and dangerous magic.
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Cast on quills before exams.
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Prevents someone from Apparating.
It seems a reasonable deduction that the Prime Minister's office is protected against Apparition as an elementary security measure, since Fudge's visits to the Prime Minister there have always involved the Floo Network rather than Apparition, and since protection against Apparition isn't mentioned as part of the Prime Minister's new security arrangements (HBP1).
Most wizarding dwellings are magically protected against unwanted Apparators, according to Albus Dumbledore, who confirmed that "you can't Apparate anywhere inside the buildings or grounds" of Hogwarts (HBP4). However, the Headmaster or Headmistress can temporarily lift the restriction from a specific area of the school for short periods, so that someone already within that area can Apparate to another place within the same area, although they cannot leave the area by Apparition (HBP18).
Charm which creates an innocent-looking mist which hovers above the ground. A person stepping into this mist immediately finds that up and down have reversed and they are hanging from the ground over the endless sky.
Causes the victim to sprout antlers.Aparecium (a-par-EE-see-um)
"appareo" L. to appear
Makes invisible ink become visible.
from "appareo" L. to appear
Advanced spell used by fully trained witches and wizards to disappear from one place and appear almost instantly somewhere else. A person who uses this spell is referred to as an Apparator.
See PS2 for a possible example of Apparition as wandless magic. However, given Harry's remarks in (HBP4) that his experience at that time was the first time he had ever Apparated, it would appear that the incident referred to in PS2 was probably not Apparition but something else, such as Levitation.
Very difficult spell. Performed incorrectly, Apparition can result in the caster being "splinched", which refers to part of the caster's body being left behind (GF5). According to Harry's Apparition instructor, this happens when the caster is insufficiently determined (HBP18).
Apparition becomes more difficult as distance increases. Only highly trained wizards would try intercontinental Apparition (QA9).
Apparating directly into a wizarding house is just as rude as kicking down the front door, even if most wizarding dwellings were not magically protected from unwanted Apparators (HBP4).
Mentioned in Ministry leaflet (HBP3).
Bewitches a suit of armour to sing Christmas carols.
This charm was used as part of the Christmas decorations in 1994 [Y14]. Unfortunately, a suit of armour so enchanted is still not a particularly clever thing, so many of them didn't know all the words to the songs. Peeves took to hiding inside the armour and filling in the gaps with lyrics of his own invention, usually very rude ones (GF22).
Shoots arrows out of a wand.
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Something to do with weather effects such as are seen at Ministry of Magic headquarters in London.
Avada Kedavra (uh-VAH-duh kuh-DAH-vruh)
Aramaic: "adhadda kedhabhra" -
"let the thing be destroyed".
NOTE: Abracadabra is a cabbalistic charm in Judaic mythology that is supposed to bring healing powers. One of its sources is believed to be from Aramaic avada kedavra, another is the Phoenician alphabet (a-bra-ca-dabra).
Causes instant death in a flash of green light, usually leaving no sign of physical damage or of the cause of death that would be detectable to a Muggle autopsy.
One of the Unforgivable Curses (GF14), said to be unblockable and with no counter-curse, although Albus Dumbledore managed to protect Harry by putting some statues in its way during his duel with Voldemort in the Atrium (OP36).
This was the curse used by Tom Marvolo Riddle to kill his father and paternal grandparents, who were found unmarked except for an expression of absolute terror on their faces. A Muggle autopsy could not determine a cause of death (GF1). As far as Albus Dumbledore was aware during Harry's sixth year, the Muggle authorities never learned how the Riddles died because the Killing Curse usually leaves no sign of damage, Harry's scar being the only known exception. The Ministry of Magic, however, knew at once that the Riddles had been murdered by a wizard. Riddle had taken care to use someone else's wand - that of his maternal uncle, Morfin Gaunt - to commit the murder, so that the magical equivalent of forensics would point to a suspect other than himself, and had further covered himself by tampering with Morfin's memory so that Morfin himself believed he had committed the crimes (HBP17). It's a disgrace to the name of wizarding law enforcement that no effort appears to have been made to clear Frank Bryce of the crime, the only suspect the Muggle authorities were aware of, when Morfin was sent to Azkaban for the crime (HBP17).
"avis" L. bird
Conjures a flock of small, twittering birds.
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Exact effect not mentioned, but one can assume it causes the victim to babble.
Exact effect not mentioned, but can be nasty.
The Office for the Detection and Confiscation of Counterfeit Defensive Spells and Protective Objects got wind of one of these in Elephant and Castle in July 1996 [Y16], but it was sorted out by the Magical Law Enforcement Squad before they arrived on the scene (HB)
reverse of Summoning Charm
Sends an object away from the caster; the target object is said to have been Banished.
Presumably causes the target object to bedazzle any observer.
Engorges an opponent's 'bogies' to bat-size, gives them wings, and sets them to attacking his or her face.
A speciality of Ginny Weasley's, which she used on Draco Malfoy to escape Umbridge's office. It impresses not only Ron (OP33), but Fred and George, who use Ginny as an example of the principle 'size is no guarantee of power' (OP6)
incantations vary, including Incarcerous
Spells which fasten chains or ropes to restrain someone or something.
"bluebell" flower with blue blossoms
Creates a quantity of blue flame which can be directed to a specific place.
Hermione cast a bluebell flame that could be carried around in a jam jar, sent out a short distance, then retrieved into the jar; she used it to set Snape's robes on fire during the first Quidditch match of her first year (PS11).
See PETRIFICUS TOTALUS.
Boggart banishing spell
Bogies, Curse of the
See CURSE OF THE BOGIES.
bond of blood
The bond of blood is an extremely powerful ancient magic which is formed when a person sacrifices himself or herself for a family member, out of love. The sacrifice creates a lingering protection in the blood of the person who was saved. It is not activated, however, until the charm is actually cast, and it is not sealed and functioning until another member of the family accepts the saved person as his or her own. As with most ancient magic, the bond of blood is mysterious and very strong and is not completely understood by most wizards.
Dumbledore decided to use the bond of blood to protect Harry against Voldemort. He cast the charm on Harry, and Petunia sealed it when she agreed to take Harry into her home. As a result, Harry is protected as long as he can call the Dursleys' house his home.
Some have wondered why it was Lily's sacrifice which created the charm and not James's, or for that matter, why the ancient magic is not in effect every time someone dies for another person. The true nature of the charm is that it requires intentional spellcasting on someone's part to activate the magic and it also requires the decision of a family member to seal it. Without these two things, the magic does not happen. These two required components are clear in OP37 (emphasis SVA's):
But I knew, too, where Voldemort was weak. And so I made my decision. You would be protected by an ancient magic...I am speaking, of course, of the fact that your mother died to save you. She gave you a lingering protection...a protection that flows in your veins to this day. I put my trust, therefore, in your mother's blood. I delivered you to her sister, her only remaining relative...
She took you, and in doing so, she sealed the charm I placed upon you. Your mother's sacrifice made the bond of blood the strongest shield I could give you...
While you can still call home the place where your mother's blood dwells, there you cannot be touched or harmed by Voldemort. He shed her blood, but it lives on in you and her sister. Her blood became your refuge. You need return there only once a year, but as long as you can still call it home, whilst you are there he cannot hurt you.
Charm used on a broomstick to allow it to stop effectively.
c.f. QUIDDITCH SPELLS.
When Harry fell off his Nimbus 2000, it didn't fall to the ground but instead drifted away toward the Whomping Willow, suggesting that it may have had some form of enchantment on it to keep it flying without a rider (PA9).
Spell which pours non-bursting golden bubbles out of the wand.
Encloses the head of the caster with a bubble of breathable air.
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Fred and George placed this hex on seemingly innocent custard creams so that whomever ate one was changed temporarily into a huge canary. Neville ate one of these Canary Creams, much to the amusement of everyone in the Gryffindor common room (GF21).
no incantation used
This minor spell ignites candles and can make them float in midair.
"caterwaul" Eng. to make a screaming noise like that of a cat during mating season
When an unauthorized person enters the target area while the effect is running, a caterwauling noise will be set off.
Cave Inimicum (KAH-vay i-NI-mi-kum)
spell name unknown
"cave" L.: beware + "inimicum" L.: enemies
Defensive spell to keep enemies away.
Protective spell cast by Hermione around the tent and campsite when the trio was on the run (DH14, 22).
This spell causes magical chains to snake out of a chair and bind a person to it.
Similar to MAGICAL ROPES.
See also BINDING/FASTENING MAGIC.
spell name unknown
"colligo" L. to bind together + "portus" L. door
Seals a door, making an odd squelching noise.
Colour Change (U.S.: Color Change)
Harry mixed up the incantations for this charm and the
Growth Charm, accidentally making a
rat grow alarmingly during his practical Charms
He was supposed to turn it orange
This was an ironic test question, considering that Ron's attempt to turn Scabbers yellow during his first train ride with Harry was one of the earliest attempted uses of magic in Harry's experience (PS6).
"confringo" L. to smash, crush; to ruin, undo
Causes the target to explode.
"confundo" L. to mix up, jumble together, confuse, bewilder, perplex
Causes confusion. A person who is affected by this Charm is said to be Confunded.
Confundus Charm (con-FUN-dus)
"conjunctiva" L. connecting (as in membrane of the eye) + "-itis" L. inflammation
A spell that affects the eyes and vision of the target.
no incantation used
A spell that creates objects out of thin air.
There is legislation about what you can conjure and what you can't (SN).
There are laws of magic (as opposed to human legislation) governing what you can conjure and what you can't, such as Gamp's Law of Elemental Transfiguration, to which food is one of the five exceptions (you can't create food out of nothing) (DH29).
Most things conjured out of thin air will disappear after a couple of hours (SN). Some exceptions to this are the sleeping bags, which survived a lot longer than just a couple of hours, and the leg of Neville's desk, which had been accidentally vanished (CS16) (although this may have been an instance of Reparo instead).
"drawing up a chair" (conjuring a chair out of thin air)
Dumbledore literally drew up a chair for Trelawney to sit in at the Christmas feast in 1993 [Y13] (PA11). He also drew up a chintz armchair for himself to sit in when representing Harry at his hearing before the Wizengamot and when Mrs. Figg arrived to testify, Dumbledore drew up another for her (OP8).
"Dumbledore stood up and asked the students to do the same. Then, with a wave of his wand, all the tables zoomed back along the walls leaving the floor clear, and then he conjured a raised platform into existence along the right wall." (GF23)
A type of magic that creates objects out of thin air.
See CONJURED ITEMS
This spell or spells makes a contract magically unbreakable.
Placing a name in the Goblet of Fire constituted a binding magical contract. The people whose names were chosen were obliged to participate in the contest Even Dumbledore couldn't undo this magic, since Harry was forced to compete in the Tournament when his name came out of the Goblet (GF16).
See also UNBREAKABLE VOW.
Various effects on crops depending on the specific charm in question.
The Ministry of Magic report "A Study into Muggle Suspicions about Magic" recommended that the International Confederation of Wizards impose an immediate ban on further crop-related charms until the fuss about so-called "crop circles" - really entries in the Annual International Wizard Gardening Competition - died down (DP).
Classification of Transfiguration magic in which one type of creature is Transfigured into another.
The fourth years had to write an essay about using these after practicing transfiguring guinea fowl into guinea pigs (GF22).
Apparently it's easier to do the spell when the creatures have similar names (e.g. guinea fowl into guinea pigs), similar appearance (e.g. hedgehogs into pincushions), or both (e.g. beetles into buttons).
Cruciatus Curse (KROO-see-AH-tus)
"cruciatus" L. torture (n.)
"crucio" L. torment (v.)
One of the "Unforgivable Curses," this spell causes the victim to suffer almost intolerable pain. Some victims of prolonged use of this curse have been driven insane. A victim of this curse is said to have been Cruciated.
During the Battle of the Department of Mysteries, Bellatrix realized that Neville was the child of the Longbottoms, whom she had tortured. She took fiendish pleasure in using the Cruciatus Curse on the Longbottoms' son.
When speculating about what the weapon might be that was the focus of the attention of the Order of the Phoenix and of the Death Eaters, Harry assured everyone that Voldemort didn't need any new weapon to cause pain, since the Cruciatus Curse worked just fine, thank you very much (OP6)
Not named, but magical torture was being used (DH9).
When Amycus Carrow taught Defence Against the Dark Arts (which under him turned into just the Dark Arts) the students were supposed to practice the Cruciatus Curse on fellow students who had earned detentions (DH29).
Amycus Carrow wanted to Cruciate the Ravenclaws until they told him who had attacked Alecto; shortly afterwards, Harry cast the Cruciatus Curse on him for spitting in Professor McGonagall's face (DH30).
Curse of the Bogies
"bogy" uncertain origin: "Old Bogey" = The Devil c. 1836;
"bogle" Scottish phantom or goblin c. 1505 and
"bogge" terror, possibly from "bwg" Welsh ghost and
Yeah, maybe. But more likely:
"bogey" British slang: booger
see BAT-BOGEY HEX.
The following spells are known as curses.
The Cushioning Charm creates an invisible "pillow" on the handle of a broom to make flying more comfortable.
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