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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How did Moody curse Harry's obstacles away without the crowd noticing?

Mad-Eye Moody, as we learn at the end of Goblet of Fire, has been conspiring over the course of the year to help Harry win the Triwizard Tournament. During the Third Task this involved him sabotaging ...
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Can you use the Inferius spell on anything, or just on dead people/witches and wizards?

I've had a look through a few sources, but I can't find a clear cut answer. I know all the Inferi in Harry Potter were originally human, but is it possible to create an Inferius using the corpse of, ...
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Do we ever see Lockhart use the correct spell?

It's made pretty clear that Lockhart is a failure of a wizard, apart from his use of memory charms for which he is quite gifted. In the movie, we regularly see him use a spell which turns out to not ...
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When the spell Homenum Revelio is used, what are the limitations placed on the spell?

Can the spell be used only in buildings? Does the size of the building matter or does the spell work across the entire volume of the building? For example, would it be possible to use homenum revelio ...
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What was taught in the third year of Hogwart's curriculum?

A series of questions covering each year of Hogwarts curriculum, also see: First year Second year As stated in the previous questions, I'm writing a fanfiction based in the world created by JKR, ...
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Do spells have recoil?

I was reading a question and they mentioned some line about a spells accuracy suffering from some sort of recoil akin to a one-handed pistol shot. Do spells have recoil that causes them to miss?
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Why is No. 12 Grimmauld Place dirty and broken in the long run?

Well, it was unoccupied for a long time. With that said, I don't get why it takes so long time to fix the house. In HP 6, Albus and Horace repaired, cleaned and cleared an entire house with just one ...
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Is there a fast read spell in Harry Potter?

Do we know one? Wouldn't it be nice to have one to like examines or to become more powerful? A spell like "absorbus librus" (absorb the book - where the knowledge of the book literally goes into your ...
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What spells, enchantments, charms and potions do we know were taught in the second year of Hogwart's curriculum?

A follow-up question to this one covering the first year. As stated in the previous question, I'm writing a strictly canonical fanfic, and I don't want to make up spells as a deus ex machina, as this ...
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What is the exact partition between a major hex and a Dark Magic Spell? [duplicate]

What is the major thing that distinguishes between a Dark Magic and A major hex that may also hurt someone?
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Is a distinction between “food” and “drink” ever specified as per Gamp's Law?

Quoting from Wonderbook: Book of Spells: Water-Making Spell The Water-Making Spell conjures clean, drinkable water from the end of the wand. Thus, with the Water-Making Spell the trained ...
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Can Vanished objects be retrieved?

In Order of the Phoenix, Bill vanishes a bunch of top secret Order of the Pheonix scrolls: Bill took out his wand, muttered, "Evanesco!" and the scrolls vanished. If he had to go to the trouble ...
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How did Dumbledore block the Avada Kedavra spell?

In The Order of the Phoenix, Voldemort uses Avada Kedavra on Harry, but Dumbledore clearly deflects it. But in The Goblet of Fire, Moody mentions that there is no way to fend off that particular ...
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Are spells the same in all languages (HP)? [duplicate]

It is a recurring theme in HP that how your pronounce spells effects their output. There is a related question but I do not see anything in the answers about different languages. So we know that ...
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If I wanted to animate, say, a mannequin and an origami bird, would I use a charm or transfiguration?

From what I understand, the fundamentals are: charms add properties to an object (like invisibility, buoyancy, etc.) and transfiguration changes what something is (like the substance and shape). So ...
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What is the smallest object that can be summoned by a Summoning charm?

This question brought up a good point about un-mixing via Accio. However, were there any rules set about the size of an object that can be summoned via that charm? Could something on the cellular or ...
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Could Accio Be Used to Un-Mix Things?

For example, if a wizard were to dissolve some sugar in a bowl of water, or absorb some water into a sponge, or make some cake batter, could that wizard then Summon ONLY the sugar from the solution, ...
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How does the Ministry use forensics for crimes lacking evidence? [duplicate]

I noticed that in the books, there's a canon example of a Death Eater attempting to use Accio on the Invisibility Cloak, but to no avail. There's also one where Harry says "Accio Firebolt" and his ...
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What spells, enchantments and charms do we know were taught in the first year of 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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Do wizards need to know the destination, before creating a portkey?

I know the following Based on the Portkey writing on Pottermore: Almost any object can be made into a Portkey. Portkeys can be used to travel almost any distance. Almost any inanimate object ...
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Why does pronunciation of spells matter?

Obviously, spells in Harry Potter can be cast nonverbally as well as verbally. In the first year Charms class, they haven't gotten up to nonverbal spells yet. But as they are trying to cast ...
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Can an opponent's wand be summoned in a duel?

I know there are countless examples where a person summoned things that are not his (Hermione summoning the Horcrux books etc.). Also in Order of the Phoenix Ministry battle, “Accio Wand !” cried ...
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How exactly do spells work in Harry Potter?

How exactly do spells in Harry Potter universe work? I've noticed evidence for multiple different mechanics: Spell effects are on/off. A possible example is Lumos, which see being ended by the ...
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How could Draco summon a snake during the duelling club?

How could Draco Malfoy conjure a snake in the duelling club in the second year? From what I remember conjuring something was taught during the fifth or sixth year. I have a hard time believing that ...
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Different versions of Expelliarmus

In the Harry Potter series, Expelliarmus is shown in different ways. Sometimes, only a person's wand flies out of their hand, but sometimes the whole person flies across the room. Example: When ...
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What would happen if someone tried to summon a very large object? [duplicate]

I remember something in The Deathly Hallows that Harry tries "Accio Hagrid" and the bike shoots towards Hagrid instead of the opposite thing that should occur. (Thanks Himarm for the quote) ...
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Why does Newt say Lumos Maxima in the Fantastic Beasts trailer?

At the beginning of the trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, someone (who I think is Newt Scamander) says the spell "Lumos Maxima". The problem is that Lumos Maxima is not a canon ...
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Did Hermione invent the Four-Point Spell herself?

Leading on from the question Did Harry Potter ever invent any spells? specifically Himarm's answer and the comment thread underneath it, I would like to ask: Did Hermione invent the Four-Point Spell ...
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What happens if you try an offensive spell on yourself?

In the last battle between Harry and Voldemort, I remember something like, The wand soared in a high ark, towards a master it would not hurt (or kill?) So my question is, what would happen if ...
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Did Harry Potter ever invent any spells?

Many of the greatest wizards in the Harry Potter universe invented their own spells. Dumbledore, acknowledged as one of the greatest wizards of the age: "Examined him myself in Transfiguration ...
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Were there any verbal spells in Transfiguration? If yes, were there only few?

I have never heard of any verbal spells during Transfiguration (in the book), this class was the least mentioned ever. So were there any verbal spells in Transfiguration? If there were, were there ...
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What effect would Reducto have if used on a human?

We know that Reducto blasts through and destroys solid objects like walls, furniture, etc. Would it have any effect on humans? Would only solid objects like bones disintegrate or would the skin, ...
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Spell Propagation Speed?

(This question was inspired by this question:How Fast do Spells Travel in the Harry Potter Universe?) The above question asked about the speeds at which projectile spells travel. This question is ...
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What was so tough about learning spells?

My main question is about the process of doing spells. If it is explained in the books, I am eager to know what consisted spells except words and waving the wand. In the Harry Potter series, ...
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Why did Witches and Wizards in Harry Potter need wands to perform magic well?

It always bothered me that they needed the wands to do magic. In the first film/book, before Harry went to Hogwarts, there were instances of him using magic unintentionally without the use of a wand ...
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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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How long does a spell last in the Harry Potter universe? [duplicate]

I didn't find this question or a related answer to my question. Some spells like "Avada Kedavra" are spells that are intended to do one thing, the conjurer focuses on that spell and when they stop ...
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What spells did Harry and Draco use in the bathroom battle scene?

When the fight kicked off, Malfoy attacked Harry and Harry attacked back with which spell/charm? I'm uncertain because they didn't speak the words of the spell.
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Is there any significance to the color of spells?

In the movies at least, I have noticed that different spells have different colors e.g. Avada Kedavra is green, Expelliarmus is red etc. I was wondering is there any information to support the notion ...
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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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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 ...