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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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, 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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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?

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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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 ...
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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?

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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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 ...