Harry Potter Spells

The wizarding world of Harry Potter would be nothing without the spells. From Wingardium Leviosa to the unforgiveable Avada Kedavra we give you a guide to each and every spell mentioned in the Harry Potter series. However most of these spells would not be possible without a wand.


Accio- This is a charm that summons any object that is required directly to the witch or wizard that casts the spell. In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Harry uses Accio to summon his broomstick to defeat the Hungarian horntail dragon in the first challenge. Accio can be used over long distances. In the muggle world this would help a lot when we can’t find our keys or phone, no more turning the house upside down trying to find them!

Aguamenti- When this spell is cast, a stream of water spouts from the witch or wizards wand (possibly a good water-gun substitute?).

Alohomora- This spell opens locked doors and windows without the need of a key; it is particularly effective against doors locked with the colloportus spell. Hermione uses this spell in Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone to open a locked door.

Anapneo- A charm that removes anything blocking a person’s airways, allowing them to breathe again (this spell would be very useful if you start choking on a puking pastel)

Aparecium- ……………..  ?? Can’t see what I’ve written? This revealing charm is used to turn invisible ink, visible again, so if you use this charm you’d be able to see what I wrote.

Apparate- This spell allows a witch or wizard to appear out of thin air when they cast it.

Avada Kedavra- This is one of the Unforgivable Curses, this awful spell will kill a person instantaneously, however it will only work if the spell-caster is sincere when casting it upon another, it is otherwise known as the Killing Curse.

Avis- A charm which is used to conjure a flock of birds.


Babbling Curse- Causes the victim of this curse to speak incoherently.

Banishing Charm- This charm has the opposite effect of the summoning charm, it causes an object to be removed from the presence of the witch or wizard that cast the charm.


Colloportus- A witch or wizard uses this spell to magically seal a door, nevertheless it can easily be broken by the spell ‘alohomora’.

Concealment Charm- With this charm a witch or wizard can use it to conceal an object from the naked eye (basically a bit like hide and seek, if you ask me).

Confundus Charm- The victim of this charm will become confused and will be easily influenced by the charm caster.

Conjunctivitis Curse- A charm aimed at the eyes of another that causes pain, their eyelids close and crust over leaving the victim blind.

Cruciatus Curse- Another of the Unforgivable Curses, this spell causes severe pain to the victim as long as the witch or wizard is sincere when casting it, the effects of this powerful cruciatus curse are enough to drive a person insane.

Cushioning Charm- Used commonly on broomsticks to create an invisible, cushioned area for the rider to sit upon (Don’t want the Quidditch team getting a sore bum now, do we?)


Deletrius- The deletrius charm does exactly what it says on the tin, it is used to disintegrate, or delete, an object.

Densaugeo- Fancy making an enemy look like bugs bunny? Well this charm will help you; it causes the victim’s teeth to grow in size….”Eh…what’s up, Doc?”

Diffindo- A severing charm, used to split an object apart, Harry uses this charm in Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows as an attempt to destroy Salazar Slytherin’s locket.

Disapparate- Allows a witch or wizard to disappear into thin air at will.

Dissendium- This spell will reveal a secret passageway, if there is one there to reveal.

Drought Charm- This charm will dry up bodies of water when cast.


Engorgio- A charm that makes an object grow in size….I always wondered what it would be like to be a giant.

Ennervate- This reviving charm will return an individual to their normal state.

Episkey- Episkey is a healing charm that mends broken bones, Luna Lovegood casts this spell on Harry Potter after Draco Malfoy breaks his nose on the train to Hogwarts in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

Evanesco- A vanishing charm makes objects disappear into thin air (If only we could use this on Christmas Day to make the Brussels sprouts dissapear)

Expecto Patronum- The patronus charm is used as a defense against dementors, when used the spell-caster conjures a patronus that will cause the dementors to leave the area. Harry Potter’s patronus is conjured in the form of a stag.

Expelliarumus- This disarming charm causes the wand of the person the spell is cast on to fly out of their hands, making them unable to cast spells. This spell is used a lot throughout the Harry Potter series.


Ferula- This charm can produce bandages and slings for a wounded witch or wizard.

Fidelius Charm- Fidelins charm is a powerful charm that conceals a secret. The secret is known only to the Secret-Keeper and cannot be found out by anyone, unless the Secret-Keeper chooses to tell them.

Finite Incantatem- This spell is used to eliminate the effects of any other spell cast.

Flagrate- With this marking charm, the spell-caster can use his/her wand to draw fiery marks in the air.

Flame Freezing Charm- This charm was commonly used by witches being burned at the stake; it allowed them to remain untouched by the fire and survive.

Furnunculus- The victim of this charm will find themselves covered in boils (Not a pretty sight, I imagine).



Homorphus Charm- This charm will force a werewolf to return to their original human state.

Hover Charm- A charm used to levitate an object and float it in the direction of choice, similar to the charm Wingardium Leviosa.


Immobulus- A freezing charm used to stop an object from moving. (If only football teams could use this charm on the opposition’s goal keeper).

Impedimenta- This charm slows down and obstructs attackers.

Imperius Curse- Yet another of the Unforgivable Curses, the imperius curse gives the witch or wizard who casts the spell complete control over the person the spell is cast upon.

Imperturbable Charm- With this charm a barrier is created that allows nobody, no objects or sound to cross it.

Impervious- A water repelling charm, that makes an object resistant to water.

Incarcerous- A charm used to tie up the victim with ropes; it could be useful if you need some extra time to escape.

Incendio- A fire charm that can be used to ignite fires (Who needs matches?).


Jelly-Legs Jinx- With this charm the victim’s legs will shake uncontrollably like a bowl full of jelly.


LLanglock- Langlock is a charm that leaves the victim speechless. It makes their tongue to stick to the roof of their mouth.

Levicorpus- This charm raises the victim up by their ankle and dangles them in mid air.

Liberacorpus- A counter-charm for levicorpus, liberacorpus releases the person from being suspended in mid air.

Locomotor- This is a motion charm that allows objects to be moved through the air.

Locomotor Mortis- This leg-locker Curse will cause the victim’s legs to lock together making them unable to walk (I wonder if they now have to walk like a penguin?).

Lumos- When the word “lumos” is spoken, this spell produces a gleam of  light at the end of the witch or wizards wand, which is very useful when there is a need to illuminate a dark place.


Mobilarbus- This spell makes objects that couldn’t be moved, movable.

Mobilicorpus- A charm that is used to move individuals who can’t walk, such as an unconscious witch or wizard.

Morsmordre- With this charm it conjures the Dark Mark, this charm is only used by Death Eaters and is a signal to show where a death has occurred.

Muffliato- This charm allows the witch or wizard to speak without being heard by filling the ears of others around them with a buzzing noise. Is that a bee I can hear?


Nox- A charm that cancels out the spell lumos, this charm removes the light from the spell-caster’s wand.


Obliviate- Obliviate is a memory charm, which is useful in erasing, or modifying, a person’s memory, in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Hermione uses this on her parents so the death eaters don’t find them, she erases any memory of Hermione being alive (how sad).

Orchideous- This charm causes flowers to bloom from the end of the witch or wizards wand (I know what my mum would be getting for mother’s day and her birthday every year)

Oppungo- With this charm the spell-caster can order something to attack a specific target.


Peskipiksi Pesternomi- A charm that apparently gets rid of Cornish Pixies (not to be mistaken for Cornish Pasties)

Petrificus Totalus- With this petrifying charm the victim is unable to move or speak for a period of time (the magical world’s version of sleeping lions).

Point Me- This allows the wand to act as a compass, when the wand is placed in the spell-caster’s hand, when the spell is spoken it will cause the wand to point due north.

Portus- The charm used for turning an object into a portkey.

Prior Incantato- This is a charm that reveals the last spell cast by a certain wand.

Protean Charm- This charm will cause multiple items to change, even when the charm is only cast on one item.

Protego- A shielding charm, which is used to repel harmful and dangerous charms.


Quietus- Quietus will cancel the effects of sonorous, bringing a person’s voice back to its normal state.


Reducio- A shrinking charm which causes any object to reduce in size.

Reducto- This is the reductor curse that blasts apart a solid object. Harry tries to use this spell on Salazar Slytherin’s locket as an attempt to destroy it.

Relashio- This charm to produces a stream of sparks from the spell-caster’s wand, a bit like a firework fountain. If the spell is cast underwater it causes the water to boil and stream from the spell-caster’s wand.

Rennervate- A charm to revive an unconscious person (Accident and Emergency departments all over the world would love to use this magical spell).

Reparo- The repairing charm is used to restore any object to its original state. (Great if you broke your mums favourite vase or ornament).

Rictusempra- A charm used to tickle a victim senseless, a bit like Mr.Tickle.

Riddikulus- A very effective charm while facing a boggart, this charm causes the boggart to turn into a creature or object that is the opposite of frightening to the spell caster, when Neville Longbottom casts this spell, the boggart turns into Snape wearing Neville’s grandma’s clothes, what would your boggart turn in to?


Scourgify- A spell used to clean an object (A mothers idea of heaven, the house would be spotless).

Sectumsempra- This charm is for someone you don’t like, it causes the victim to develop deep and painful cuts all over their body, Harry finds this spell written in a potions book belonging to “The Half Blood Prince” and uses the spell on Draco Malfoy and then tries to use it on Snape.

Serpensortia- A snake will appear from the spell-caster’s wand.

Silencio- The unfortunate victim of this charm loses the ability to make a sound of any kind, silencing them.

Sonorous- When this charm is cast on someone’s throat, their voice will magnify to carry over a large crowd, enabling even the people at the very back to hear.

Specialis Revelio- A revealing charm that will show anything hidden by magic.

Stupefy- This charm knocks the victim unconscious with a bolt of red light, the order of the phoenix use this spell many times against the death eaters as they find it quite effective.


Tarantallegra- The tarantallegra charm that makes the victim’s legs dance very quickly.

Tergeo- Another cleaning charm, mainly used in cleaning blood.


Unbreakable Charm- This charm does exactly what it says, it’s used on an object to make it unbreakable.

Unbreakable Vow- Snape takes the unbreakable vow with Draco Malfoy;s mother promising that he will carry out Draco’s mission if Draco cannot. The spell creates a magical pact between two people, the vow is so binding that if one person should break it, death will incur.



Waddiwasi- The Waddiwasi charm lets the spell-caster fly an object at high speed to wherever they want it to go.

Wingardium Leviosa- This charm allows the spell-caster to levitate an object and navigate it through the air. In Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone Hermione manages to make the feather float in Professor Flitwicks class before any other student.