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List of Harry Potter Spells

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Encyclopedia of Spells

Accio (AK-ee-oh or A-see-oh)
"Summoning Charm"

"accio" L. send for, summon

Accio 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.

Age Line

incantation unknown

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.)

Aguamenti (AH-gwa-MEN-tee)

"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.

  • Taught in sixth-year Charms in early September (HBP11). Oddly, the sixth years were working on this charm or something similar after the New Year as well (HBP17).

  • 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).

  • Harry and Hagrid together used this to cast jets of water on Hagrid's burning house (HBP28).

Alohomora (AL-o-ho-MOR-ah)

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.

Anapneo (ah-NAHP-nay-oh)

"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.

  • Slughorn cast this on Marcus Belby when the latter began to choke after swallowing too fast while attempting to respond to a question (HBP7).

Animagus Transfiguration

"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.


no names or words given

Prevents someone from Apparating. See ANTI-DISAPPARITION JINX.

Anti-Cheating spell

no names or words given

Cast on quills before exams.

Anti-Disapparition Jinx

no names or words given

Prevents someone from Apparating.

anti-gravity mist

incantation unknown

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.



antler jinx

incantation unknown

Causes the victim to sprout antlers.

Aparecium (a-par-EE-see-um)

"appareo" L. to appear

Makes invisible ink become visible.

Apparition (A-pa-RI-shun)

Apparate, Disapparate

nonverbal spell

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).

  • According to Harry's Apparition instructor, there are three D's in performing Apparition: destination, determination, and deliberation. (HBP18).

  • Wizards must pass a test in order to be obtain a license to be allowed to perform it. To take the test, the applicant must be of age in the wizarding world (at least seventeen) (HBP4).

  • Apparition becomes more difficult as distance increases. Only highly trained wizards would try intercontinental Apparition (QA9).

  • Fudge appeared out of thin air in the cabinet room to inform the Prime Minister of the goings-on at the Quidditch World Cup (HBP1).

  • 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).

  • See also APPARITION, SIDE-ALONG and OP - Edits and Changes to the Text.

  • Pius Thicknesse made it an imprisonable offence to connect number four, Privet Drive to the Floo Network, place a Portkey there, or Apparate in or out, supposedly to protect Harry (DH4).

  • According to Remus Lupin, it's impossible to track anyone who Apparates, unless you grab hold of them as they disappear (DH11).

  • Harry, Ron, and Hermione Apparated together throughout what would have been their seventh year many, many times, beginning with their escape from the wedding (DH9).

  • Harry and Hermione practiced Apparating and Disapparating together under the Invisibility Cloak (DH16)

Apparition, Side-Along

A form of Apparition in which the Apparator touches someone else, such as a child too young to Apparate, and Apparates with that person as a "passenger".

armour-bewitching charm

incantation unknown

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).

arrows, wand

incantation unknown

Shoots arrows out of a wand.

  • The supporters of the Appleby Arrows were fond of firing arrows out of their wands to celebrate goals. The practice was outlawed in 1894 (QA7).

Atmospheric Charm

no names or words given

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)

"Killing Curse"

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.

Avis (AH-vis)

"avis" L. bird

Conjures a flock of small, twittering birds.

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Babbling Curse

incantation unknown

Exact effect not mentioned, but one can assume it causes the victim to babble.

Backfiring Jinx

incantation unknown

Exact effect not mentioned, but can be nasty.

Banishing Charm
reverse of Summoning Charm

Depulso (PA/g)

Sends an object away from the caster; the target object is said to have been Banished.

  • Harry and his classmates practiced this spell in their fourth-year Charms class. Flitwick found himself being Banished around the room by Neville, whose aim wasn't very good (GF26).

Bedazzling Hex

incantation unknown

Presumably causes the target object to bedazzle any observer.

Bat-Bogey Hex

incantation unknown

Engorges an opponent's 'bogies' to bat-size, gives them wings, and sets them to attacking his or her face.

binding/fastening magic

incantations vary, including Incarcerous

Spells which fasten chains or ropes to restrain someone or something.

Blasting Curse


bluebell flames

"bluebell" flower with blue blossoms

incantation unknown

Creates a quantity of blue flame which can be directed to a specific place.

Body-Bind Curse


Boggart banishing spell


Bogies, Curse of the


bond of blood

incantation unknown

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.

Braking Charm

incantation unknown

Charm used on a broomstick to allow it to stop effectively.

broomstick magic


incantation unknown

Spell which pours non-bursting golden bubbles out of the wand.

Bubble-Head Charm

incantation unknown

Encloses the head of the caster with a bubble of breathable air.

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canary transfiguration hex

incantation unknown

A temporary hex to change someone into a giant canary. After a few moments, the Transfigured person molts back into themselves.

candle magic

no incantation used

This minor spell ignites candles and can make them float in midair.

Caterwauling Charm

incantation unknown

"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.

  • Hogsmeade was under a Caterwauling Charm that would go off if anyone moved around outside while curfew was in effect (DH28).

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).

chains, magical

magical effect, spell name unknown
incantation for rope version: Incarcerous (OP33)

This spell causes magical chains to snake out of a chair and bind a person to it.

Colloportus (co-lo-POR-tus)

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)

incantation unknown

A Charm that is required during the practical portion of the Charms O.W.L. Possibly the same as the flashing paint charm.

  • Harry mixed up the incantations for this charm and the Growth Charm, accidentally making a rat grow alarmingly during his practical Charms O.W.L. He was supposed to turn it orange (OP31).
    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 (con-FRIN-goh)

Blasting Curse

"confringo" L. to smash, crush; to ruin, undo

Causes the target to explode.

Confundo (con-FUN-doh)

Confundus Charm

"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)


Conjunctivitis Curse

incantation unknown

"conjunctiva" L. connecting (as in membrane of the eye) + "-itis" L. inflammation

A spell that affects the eyes and vision of the target.

conjured items

no incantation used

A spell that creates objects out of thin air.

Conjuring Spells

incantation unknown

A type of magic that creates objects out of thin air.

contract, binding magical

incantation unknown

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).


crop-related charms


Various effects on crops depending on the specific charm in question.

Cross-Species Switches


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 (KROO-see-oh)
"Cruciatus Curse"

"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.

Curse of the Bogies

incantation unknown

"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 "bwgwl" fear

Yeah, maybe. But more likely:

"bogey" British slang: booger

Effect unknown.



The following spells are known as curses.

Cushioning Charm

incantation unknown

The Cushioning Charm creates an invisible "pillow" on the handle of a broom to make flying more comfortable.

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