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What spells, charms, curses, hexes, jinxes, enchantments and charms do we know were taught in the Hogwart's curriculum?

I'm about to write a fanfiction based in the Harry Potter universe, but I want it to be strictly canonical. A lot of fanfics invent spells of their own similar to Eliezer Yudowsky's satirical Fixus ...
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When did magic originate in humans? [duplicate]

I have no idea how the magic gene in Harry Potter is supposed to work, or how it first came about. It could have been some kind of genetic mutation, or maybe we--I mean, wizards--are a totally ...
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Do muggles react the same way to potions in Harry Potter?

For example, if a muggle drank Felix Felicis and went to Las Vegas, would be win every game he played? How about the other potions such as the engorgement charm seen in Book 2, or the skelegrow? Would ...
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What would happen in a battle of Felix Felicises (?)

If two equally skilled and similar (in terms of physique and metabolic processes) wizards played against each other in a game of chance (dice, card games, whatever) after drinking the same amount of ...
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Does the quality of their wand generally indicate the caliber of the witch or wizard that uses it?

Is the quality (not the condition) of a witch or wizard's wand a strong indicator of its owners magical abilities, or is the quality of their wand strictly cosmetic once a magic user has mastered ...
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Can polyjuice grow back body parts cursed off by dark magic?

If George had stocked on some of his hairs before his ear got cut off by Snape, could he have used polyjuice potion to turn into a version of himself with both the ears? From Goblet of Fire we know ...
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Why is the strongest magic frequently ancient? [closed]

It seems a common trope in universes with magic that the most powerful spells are ancient and no longer in practice either because they were forgotten or forbidden. New wizards learn the basics but ...
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Are there similar conceptions of magic like in the Inheritence Cycle? [closed]

By reading the cycle, I very much liked Paolini's conception of magic, illustrated in the scene where Eragon was told to get the power for lifting the stone out of his surrounding and has been shocked ...
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In *Wizard's First Rule*, why can't the court artist James target Kahlan?

I was listening to the Wizard's First Rule on audiobook the other day, and it got to the part where they were dealing with Queen Milena. Zedd said (paraphrasing, referring to James, the court artist) ...
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Are there different schools of magic in Middle Earth?

Having read these questions, I've some further questions as the title says. From those preceding questions, we can see that magic is innate to Arda, and that all sentient beings can use it given ...
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Why did the Death Eaters not try to destroy places protected by the Fidelius Charm?

In Harry Potter, a Fidelius Charm conceals a place by hiding knowledge of its location in the souls of one or more individuals. The location is "invisible, intangible, unplottable, and soundproof," ...
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What is the relationship between a spell's incantation and effect?

This requires a little bit of context, so please bear with me. Ron Weasley: "Wingardium Leviosa!" Hermione: "You're saying it wrong. It's Wing-gar-dium Levi-o-sa, make the 'gar' nice and ...
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In Harry Potter, is it only children who can do 'instinctive magic'?

Before coming to Hogwarts, many child witches and wizards display some sort of latent magical ability, by performing magic instinctively: e.g. Harry making his hair grow incredibly fast or making a ...
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Is the basilisk's stare the same type of magic as Avada kedavra?

Is the same type of magic being invoked when a basilisk kills its victim by its stare and a wizard kills his victim with avada kedavra? We know that avada kedavra does not leave any mark and the ...
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Suicide by balefire

In the Wheel of Time series, is it possible to commit suicide by balefire, or would the time-erasing properties of balefire undo your suicide, leaving you alive?
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Do Goblins and Elves use different spells and charms other than witches and wizards?

Filius Flitwick a part-goblin, part-wizard taught charms at Hogwarts so we can assume that goblins and elves may cast same charms and spells which witches and wizards do. But it is mentioned several ...
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Can the magic which resides in objects be put into spells?

Can a person create a spell which has the same effect as a magical object? For instance, could a wizard create a spell that, like the Mirror of Erised, shows the caster (or his target) that which they ...
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Rules behind the magic in the Dragonlance world?

If I remember correctly (it has been quite some years since I've read these, unfortunately), wizards had to memorize the words of a spell to use the spell, and once those words had been uttered, the ...
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Harry's claim: How hard is it to deliberately cause a Priori Incantatem?

In Deathly hallows, Harry fears that by using Priori Incantatem, the Death Eaters could work out that his wand was broken: “Priori Incantatem,” said Harry. “We left your wand and the blackthorn ...
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What was Bolas trying to do with the mana absorbed from the Conflux?

In the Magic: The Gathering book "Alara Unbroken attempts absorb the Conflux--a massive amount of mama created from a planar catastrophe--in an attempt to regain his former power levels. He succeeds ...
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Can living things be transported directly into the Room of Requirement?

I know people can get into the Room of Requirement through the passageway leading from the Hog's Head. But can living, sentient beings like animals or people be transported into the RoR if you wish ...
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How does magic work in The Elder Scrolls?

Often, it seems as though magic is cast by force of will, but in past games there was a spell called "Silence" that temporarily prevented the casting of magic. However, also in past games, it was ...
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Are words necessary to perform Sorcery in the Belgariad?

In the Belgariad (and other works by Eddings within the same universe), is it always necessary to use spoken words to cast magic through the Will and the Word? Or is it possible to utilize it purely ...
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Why do the Effects of Some Magic Wear Off After the Caster Dies, While Other Magic Continues On? [duplicate]

Straight forward question, really. Why is it that some magic wears off after the caster dies, whereas other forms of magic stick around long after the casters death? In the Half-Blood Prince, we ...
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Does the Riddikulus charm require laughs to repel a Boggart?

In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban we are told that the Riddikulus charm just changes the aspect of the Boggart and the consequent laughs are what make a Boggart disappear: ‘Riddikulus!’ ...
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Why did nobody ever use the Room Of Requirement to it's full potential? [duplicate]

In all the time The Golden Trio spent fighting Lord Voldemort, why did nobody ever go to the Room of Requirement (once they had discovered it), and say "I need a way to defeat Lord Voldemort ...
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How was Voldemort able to continue flight without a wand [duplicate]

In Chapter 4 of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (The Seven Potters) Voldemort was flying unaided, which meant it must have been done with the use of a spell. Fast forward to Chapter 30 (The ...
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Is there a group in Dresden Files that keeps the supernatural world secret?

In the Dresden files universe is there a group or organization that keeps the supernatural world secret and cleans up the mess? Like, for instance, the cleaners in Underworld and Charmed, or ...
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Magic In Dresden Files Universe

In The Dresden Files universe is there a limit to what magic can do ? And how does it compare to other magic in different series like harry potter for example?
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Do magical words differ between languages in Harry Potter? [duplicate]

As we know Hogwarts and its surrounding environment are located in Great Britain and so wizards and witches speak British English. But we see students from various ethnicities at Hogwarts, which means ...
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Are spells in Harry Potter invented or discovered? [duplicate]

Are the spells in the magical world of Harry Potter invented or discovered? Maybe someone just said “Avada Kedavra” and the rest is history.
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Can underage magic be controlled more easily with a wand?

In Chapter 7 of GoF this happens: Their fellow campers were starting to wake up. First to stir were the families with small children; Harry had never seen witches and wizards this young before. A ...
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What would happen if someone used an Engorgement charm on a human?

The engorgement charm in used on spiders multiple times in the series, proving it can be used on living things. At one point, Ron states that he beileived Hagrid had been hit with an Engorgement ...
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Could humans in the LOTR Universe perform magic? [duplicate]

In the Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Gandalf attempts to convince Saruman that the "Necromancer" i.e. Sauron, has returned, but Saruman dismisses Gandalf saying: Saruman: That's absurd. No such ...
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Aladdin's wishes and a logical fallacy

In Aladdin, since the wish to be a Prince was not really granted, shouldn't he have had 2 wishes left, able to free the genie and have a wish for himself? Ie, is that a logical plot hole?
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Could the Imperius curse be used to control werewolves?

We know that the Imperius curse works against non-human animals as well as humans, so it should work on transfigured humans. A werewolf could probably be considered a transfigured human so it should ...
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Wouldn't Aunt Petunia know that Harry couldn't use magic outside school?

The answers to this question got me thinking. Aunt Petunia probably spent her childhood with Lily and though she was bitter, was probably in close contact with her at least until she finished ...
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How does the Ministry catch Illegal Magic around Muggles when performed by Adults?

Harry's CoS letter from the Improper Use of Magic Office states We would also ask you to remember that any magical activity that risks notice by members of the non-magical community (Muggles) is a ...
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Are dwarves emotionally constricted?

The basic premise of magic in Dragon Age is that it relies on a connection to "the Fade" -- an otherworldly realm where mortal logic doesn't hold sway. Humans and all the other sapient peoples have ...
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Do Animals Transfigured to Objects retain the ability to feel anything?

This question is based on the idea that Slughorn's impersonation of an armchair in HBP might be a transfiguration, as is listed in the HP wiki, and was also considered to be so in the highest rated ...
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Death Curses and Near Death Experiences in the Dresden Files

In the Dresden Files a Wizard can cast a Death Curse; a final, vengeful burst of magic that feeds off their life energy. This was established before the energy/soul distinction, so which one Harry was ...
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Did Voldemort ever stand a chance of killing Harry?

Up until recently I thought that the night Voldemort went to kill baby Harry, Lily had stepped in front of the killing curse aimed at Harry. I now realise that Voldemort cast separate curses on Lily ...
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Does the Taboo spell affect muggles?

I'm specifically thinking of the image caption where "vol de mort" is translated from French to English as "escape from death". (The specific translation is probably incorrect - Google Translate says ...
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Why was the memory of Tom Riddle not killed by the Basilisk's glare?

Why was the memory of Tom Riddle not killed by the basilisk's glare? Even as a memory/horcrux, he is able to perform magic, and hence shouldn't he be affected by magic, magical objects and beasts too? ...
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Could Basilisk be killed using Avada Kedavra?

Provided that the release of the basilisk created a lot of terror in Hogwarts, I was wondering why it was a big thing for Dumbledore type wizards to hunt and kill the subject. Harry didn't know Avada ...
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Can a Muggle do anything with a wand?

From the answers to this question, we know that one doesn't have to be a wizard to own a wand. Also, in other works, the ability to do magic is often tied to a magical object, such as a wand. In the ...
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Can non-humans master a wand in Harry Potter?

Inspired by Would Nagini have become the master of the Elder Wand? Somehow it seems odd to me that wand ownership may pass to just any animal (even magical one's, such as Nagini), but Harry Potter ...
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Fidelius Charm: can it be used to hide more than just a place?

According to Filius Flitwick the Fidelius charm is: "An immensely complex spell involving the magical concealment of a secret inside a single, living soul. The information is hidden inside ...
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A question about the room of requirement [duplicate]

The room of requirement is supposed to fulfill the seeker's needs. Voldemort needed to hide his Hocrux where none could reach. Now how come Harry Potter could find the Hocrux hidden in the room of ...
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Why isn't entry through the floo network protected like entry through apparition?

In Half Blood Prince Dumbledore said that apparating inside a house is rude, and usually wizards will have protection in place to prevent unwanted guests entering this way: "Professor, why ...