A magical effect or influence induced by an incantation or formula. Spells appear often in Fantasy literature and RPGs usually employed by Merlin-esque wizards.

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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 te mirror of erised, shows the caster (or his target) that which they ...
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How effective is *accio*? [duplicate]

So, in the books we see the spell accio being used a few times to bring forth a desired object to the caster. However, we also see that to get the desired effect, one doesn't have to be too accurate ...
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Are there cultural or regional “styles” of magic in Harry Potter?

Is there any canonical evidence of cultural or regional "styles" of magic in the Harry Potter series or related interviews/speeches/writing from Rowling? By styles, I mean a certain methodology or ...
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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 the spell Harry cast in the Battle of the Seven Potters?

In the Deathly Hallows, after the Battle of the Seven Potters Harry said: "No," said Harry. "The bike was falling, I couldn't have told you where Voldemort was, but my wand spun in my hand and ...
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Did Snape create/discover the spell “Sectumsempra”? [duplicate]

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: "He lost his hood during the chase. Sectumsempra was always a specialty of Snape's. I wish I could say I'd paid him back in kind, but it was all I could ...
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In the Harry Potter universe can a spell deflect or redirect to hit an unintended target and have the same effect? [duplicate]

If a person casts a spell and it's deflected can it hit an unintended target and work as intended? For example, if a wizard casts a spell at someone to turn them into a dog, and it's deflected and ...
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How does a wizard become powerful in the Harry Potter universe?

I am watching some of the Harry Potter movies right now and was just wondering what makes one wizard more powerful than another, and what does powerful mean exactly? In life, we usually attribute two ...
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How could Ron possibly believe that “Sunshine, daisies, butter mellow…” is a real spell?

In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, George convinces Ron that the following nonsensical poem is a spell: "Sunshine, daisies, butter mellow, Turn this stupid, fat rat yellow." But Ron ...
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Why doesn't every wizard duel with Expelliarmus?

In the Harry Potter universe disarming your opponent seems to be the most logical opening move in a duel, but only Harry seems to do this often. Is there any in universe explanation for this, for ...
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What was Sirius' way of tackling dragons?

In Goblet Of Fire, we hear Sirius telling Harry from the fireplace “Right — these dragons,” said Sirius, speaking very quickly now. “There’s a way, Harry. Don’t be tempted to try a Stunning ...
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How did Angela cast the spell in Inheritance? [duplicate]

Anyone has any idea how Angela cast the spell beneath Dras Leona, that took out the group of soldiers? The one with time being movement and movement being warmth, while warmth and energy is but the ...
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What would happen when you cast spells meant for objects on humans?

We know that certain spells usually meant for objects can also work on humans, for example: Transfiguration, when Moody Transfigured Draco into a Ferret Vanishing spells, when Dumbledore ...
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What type of damage does Avada Kedavra do?

Avada Kedavra kills things, that much is known, but what kind of damage does it actually do? Does it just stop all bodily functions? Does it force the soul to pass on? Damage the soul? Has J.K. ...
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Why didn't the Trace work in Goblet of Fire?

During Goblet of Fire, Voldemort lured Harry away from Hogwarts and into a Muggle cemetery. This was done during the Triwizard tournament to make Harry’s death look like an accident. Harry was ...
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Does “Accio” make the summoned object take the best/most careful path?

Does it take the most sensible path or the most direct, and is it one speed only? For example, in the 2nd book when Harry and Ron are visiting Hermione in the hospital wing, they see the crumpled up ...
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Looking for a short story about two wizards competing in a spelling bee

Read this about five or so years ago. It was in a short story collection and unfortunately I don't remember the name or publisher. The story was titled something like, "the spelling bee" or some thing ...
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Is 'eat slugs' an actual incantation?

In CoS, Ron famously casts the spell to Malfoy saying 'eat slugs', but it backfires and he ends up on the receiving end of it from his faulty wand. It got me wondering - is 'eat slugs' an actual ...
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Is there a limit to what magic in the HP world can do?

We know that powerful wizards can create spells. Snape has created Sectumsempra, and all. Is there any limit on what kind of spell they can create? Would it be possible to: Say, if a wizard wants ...
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Could a strong enough “Obliviate” charm make a wizard forget that they are a Wizard?

Does the Obliviate charm wipe out entire memory, or only the person's identity (as seen in the case of Gilderoy Lockhart). Could a strong enough Obliviate charm make the person forget about being a ...
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What is the difference between the Confundus Charm and the Imperius Curse?

Throughout my many readings of the Harry Potter series, I have wondered about the Confundus Charm. There isn't much said about it, but it is used several times throughout the books. My question here ...
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Is Avada Kedavra the only way to kill a wizard in a one-on-one duel

Inspired from How could a memory (Tom Riddle) have performed Avada Kedavra?, is Avada Kedavra the only way to kill a wizard in a one-on-one duel?
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Could Basilisk be killed using Avada Kedavra?

Providing 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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Does the Taboo jinx work while in Hogsmeade and/or Hogwarts?

Does the Taboo jinx work while in Hogsmeade and/or Hogwarts? Or would it be rendered useless? I can't remember, and I've lost my copy of Deathly Hallows. Any knowledge would be appreciated.
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Can Avada Kedavra be used to kill more than one being?

I am researching the capabilities and limitations of the Killing Curse in Harry Potter (Avada Kedavra). Can the Killing Curse be used to kill more than one? Or, is it only able to kill one foe?
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Can a curse, jinx or spell be fought off or resisted?

We know that curses such as the Imperius curse can be fought off (or resisted) internally. Can other curses or even jinxes (such as the Impedimenta jinx) be fought off? I'm thinking mainly of the ...
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Would what Voldemort did at the end of Goblet of Fire have worked without his Horcruxes?

Would the ancient dark spell that Wormtail carried out for Voldemort have still worked if Voldemort had not created Horcuxes?
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Does Gandalf have very limited powers compared to what we think of wizards today? [closed]

Comparing Gandalf with other wizards spells: fireballs, healing, magic items creation, teleportation, etc. Gandalf seems much more sword oriented than spell oriented. Were the ideas of a wizard not ...
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Harry Potter spell languages? [duplicate]

In HP, do Wizards from different nationalities have different names for spells, and if so do they have to pronounce them as such during the casting? It seems that more veteran wizards don't seem to ...
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Does the slug vomit charm create life? [duplicate]

Where did the slugs that afflicted Ron come from when he was under the slug vomiting charm? Does the charm create life, or were the slugs plucked from somewhere else and placed inside Ron?
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Is it possible to combine spells?

Slightly related to the "What spell inflates Aunt Marge?" question. Can spells be combined to create the effect of casting two spells (but without the time lag involved in pronouncing a long name and ...
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Does physical contact (by a person) with a cast Patronus shield negatively influence the effectiveness of the Expecto Patronum spell?

When a Patronus confronts a Dementor, the protective Patronus spell appears to be a solid shield. Thinking about a combined Dark Wizard/Dementor attack against Harry made me wonder if physical contact ...
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Wasn’t Quirrelmort a bit too adept with an intentional wandless magic in PS?

In Philosopher’s Stone Professor Quirrel(mort) is shown doing the jinxing (of Harry’s broom) [Ch11], rope conjuration and animation (Incarcerous?) [Ch17], and is ready to use ‘a deadly curse’ [also ...
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How could Avada Kedavra have not killed George Weasley if it hit his ear?

In the Harry Potter books, George Weasley is hit with the killing curse in the ear. His ear is blown off but he is fine. How is this possible? It hit him but didn't kill him. How does that work?
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Can Avada Kedavra be blocked, contrary to Barty's statement?

"Not nice," he said calmly. "Not pleasant. And there's no countercurse. There's no blocking it. (GoF, Ch 14 - THE UNFORGIVABLE CURSES) As some commenters to this question pointed out, you ...
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Do all spells require wand movements?

In Harry Potter's early years, when he's taught the 'Wingardium Leviosa' spell, the spell require some wand movement. If you get the movement wrong, the spell will not work or it will malfunction. But ...
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How Fast do Spells Travel in the Harry Potter Universe?

We've discussed if spells travel in a straight line and about blocking spells. We know spells don't just happen. They have to be directed by a wand and they can be blocked, so there's every ...
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Why is Avada Kedavra considered unblockable?

There seems to be a number of ways to block an Avada Kedavra (Physical barriers conjured by magic, hitting the spell with Expelliarmus, etc) so why do people consider it "unblockable"? You just need ...
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What spell almost killed Hermione in The Order of the Phoenix?

The spell was cast without words, simply a flick of the Death Eater's wand, and a 'streak of purple flame' that lanced across her chest. It was later mentioned that the spell was weakened because of ...
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How will Harry Potter be in danger if he did not return to his Aunt and Uncle's house?

I just wondered that if Harry did not return to his Aunt and Uncle's house at the end of a Hogwarts year e.g, if he went straight to the Weasley's or Granger's house at the end of the school year, ...
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Why does Hermione whisper Levicorpus?

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Chapter 26: Gringotts, when: We see that: [Hermione] raised her wand, pointed it at Harry and whispered, 'Levicorpus.' However in book 6, when Harry ...
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How could Expelliarmus beat Avada Kedavra?

I want to be very careful about how I ask this question – I am not asking How did Voldemort die? [CLOSED] Below the text is the relevant passages from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows if anyone ...
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Do offensive spells and similar “missile” spells have range?

A lot of the spells in Harry Potter, including just about every offensive one like Stupefy are what I would call "missile" spells (if there's a better term for it, please tell me). That is, they ...
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What Is the History of the Unforgivable Curses?

What is the history of the Unforgivable curses? ‘Now ... those three curses – Avada Kedavra, Imperius and Cruciatus – are known as the Unforgivable Curses. The use of any one of them on a fellow ...
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Would Voldemort's Taboo Spell Trump the Fidelius Charm?

In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry sneaks into The Three Broomsticks and overhears Madam Rosmerta, the Minister for Magic, and several Hogwarts teachers discuss his parents' death and ...
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Can a Muggle-Repelling Charm Be Broken?

Hermione is notorious for quoting Hogwarts, a History regarding protective enchantments, magic that makes Hogwarts Unplottable, and Muggle-repelling charms that hide Hogwarts from Muggle eyes and make ...
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When Did Voldemort Realize the Value of Harry's Blood?

In Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Voldemort is happy to see Harry dead and in the chapter The Man With Two Faces he orders Quirrell multiple times to kill Harry. And Quirrell, though ...
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Why does the aguamenti spell work?

Gamp's Five Laws of Elemental Transfiguration specifically state that nourishment cannot be conjured from thin air. Then how can the aguamenti spell work? Does it just take water from somewhere else, ...
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What are the rules and limits of *accio* spell?

We know that Accio spell (aka Summoning Charm) has some limits: It can be blocked (e.g. Harry couldn't Accio the Diadem in RoR in Deathly Hallows). Many more failures are listed on Wikia. But what ...