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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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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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 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? [closed]

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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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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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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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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Could the Horcruxes be destroyed with Avada Kedavra?

In The Deathly Hallows Hermione says this about destroying Horcruxes: “It doesn’t have to be a basilisk fang,” said Hermione patiently. “It has to be something so destructive that the Horcrux ...
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Why didn't Harry die the first time voldemort used the killing curse

In Deathly Hallows, why didn't the killing curse rebound when Voldemort tried killing Harry with the elder wand when Harry was undefended?
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How did Voldemort lose his body?

Lily's protection bounced Avada Kedavara spell back at Voldemort. Right? According to HP Wikia, When the curse hits a living, organic target it invariably kills them without injury. How did ...
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Do Hogwart's students have access to a unified list of spells?

You go to Hogwart's to learn (or defeat evil, you can't have both...unless you're Hermione), you are given books for this purpose. As you go up in your school years you gain access to more and more ...
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In the Horcrux Cave, was the Aguamenti spell too fundamentally weak to work?

I'm trying to ascertain if when Harry's spell (aguamenti) in the Horcrux cave was blocked by voldemort's protections, if it was too 'low level' a spell to have ever worked and Harry would have needed ...
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Why is the color of Avada Kedavra green?

The Avada Kedavra curse is recognisable by the flash of green light and the rushing noise emitted from the caster's wand. - Harry Potter wiki, Killing Curse article, Nature Section I thought ...
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What must one do to create NEW magic?

We find in Snape's old potions book that he has invented some of his own spells while at school. How hard is it to do that? And why hasn't Harry done it yet?
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Can Expelliarmus Be Used For Weapons Other Than Wands?

Expelliarmus is typically used to disarm an opponent of his/her wand. Could it be used to disarm someone of another type of weapon, such as a Basilisk fang, a phial of a dangerous potion, a Venomous ...
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Can a Patronus take the form of any animal?

As far as I can recall, all of the Patronuses that are seen in the books (and movies) are small- to medium-sized mammals and a few are birds. I could've missed some, but I don't think there are any ...
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Why Did Harry's Wand Not Reveal Its Last Spells During Priori Incantatem?

As the title asks, why did Harry's wand not reveal its last spells during Priori Incantatem with Voldemort in Goblet of Fire? Voldemort's wand revealed Wormtail's severed hand, Cedric Diggory, Frank ...
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Can wizards create “anonymous” spells?

By an "anonymous" spell, I mean one that a wizard casts to do something, but is not really named or permanent in any way. All the spells we see in the books have an associated word that must be ...
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Do Disillusionment Charms Fail At Very Close Range?

I've been informed by those who know much more about Harry Potter than I that Hogwarts is protected with a Disillusionment Charm so all muggles will see is ruins with a "Danger: Keep out!" sign around ...
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Does human magic have the same effect when applied to non-humans?

If you cast Avada Kedavra on a giant, will it work? How does a Cheering Charm work on a house-elf? Can you Obliviate a centaur or mermaid? What about Legilimency and the like? In short: Can you ...
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What makes those three curses unforgivable?

NOTICE: The author of this question does not deem the use of those curses to be forgiveable under any but the most extreme circumstances. What made the Unforgivable curses such? Is it due to ...
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Does Priori Incantatem Produce Ghosts or Another Kind of Specter?

In the graveyard scene in Goblet of Fire, when Voldemort's and Harry's wands connect, Priori Incantatem occurs (i.e. Voldemort's wand spits out the last spells it has performed). First, Wormtail's ...
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The rules of Transfiguration: examples of making the inedible edible?

Information from the official website of J.K.Rowling is generally considered canon. I remember at least one case when she 'changed her mind' after a particular rule has been published on her website ...
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What happened to Alice at the end of the Magicians?

I stood confused through the end of the book "The Magicians", especially in trying to figure out what happened to Alice. What I understood that occurred is as follows: The rest of the book, ...
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Can wizards create their own spells?

In the Harry Potter series, are wizards capable of creating their own spells, or are they limited to the spells that they're taught/learn? I seem to remember something about Snape creating ...
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How does spell blocking work in the Harry Potter universe?

Does one have to introduce a "speed of spell" to explain the spell blocking? IMHO one has to build up protection before the impact - so how can a wizard react to a spell that is in progress?
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Why does Hermione say she hadn't used a memory charm before?

After the wedding, Hermione has to use a memory charm on two Death Eaters, where she states that she has never done it before, but she knows the theory. However, she states that before she left on her ...
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Why were there so many spells cast in the movies without saying the words to the spell?

From my memory of the last Harry Potter movie I saw, I've seen many wizards cast spells without saying the spell at all. During the final battle in Hogwarts, many wizards just swung their wands and ...
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How could Dumbledore lose his wand in the astronomy tower?

In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Draco Malfoy casts Expelliarmus against Dumbledore, causing his wand (the Elder wand) to fly over the ramparts. As it was the Elder wand, the wand should ...
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How was was a certain character killed without Avada Kedavra (spoilers)?

It seems that the only officially known way to instantly kill someone with a curse was "Avada Kedavra". So, (spoilers):
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Why does Harry Potter wear glasses?

Is there some in-Universe (or somewhat canonical) explanation for why Harry wears glasses - either 100% of the time, or at least, when playing Quiddich? Surely, given assorted spells, there should be ...