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.

  • I felt that my answer to this one was pretty convincing, covering both the novel and the film. Is there anything else you'd like me to add before considering an acceptance?
    – Valorum
    Jul 2, 2016 at 17:12

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In the book it was Levicorpus, the same spell used to hoist Snape into the air in Snape's flashback

Malfoy wheeled round, drawing his wand. Instinctively, Harry pulled out his own. Malfoy’s hex missed Harry by inches, shattering the lamp on the wall beside him; Harry threw himself sideways, thought Levicorpus! and flicked his wand, but Malfoy blocked the jinx and raised his wand for another –

‘No! No! Stop it!’ squealed Moaning Myrtle, her voice echoing loudly around the tiled room. ‘Stop! STOP!’

There was a loud bang and the bin behind Harry exploded; Harry attempted a Leg-Locker Curse that backfired off the wall behind Malfoy’s ear and smashed the cistern beneath Moaning Myrtle, who screamed loudly; water poured everywhere and Harry slipped over as Malfoy, his face contorted, cried, ‘Cruci—’

‘SECTUMSEMPRA!’ bellowed Harry from the floor, waving his wand wildly.

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince: Chapter 24 - Sectumsempra

In the film, they appear to be using wordless stunning spells.

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  • I just watched HBP BlueRay yesterday and you can clearly hear Harry using Sectumsempra to badly hurt Draco before Snape appears and heals him. But the rest of the spells can't be made out clearly.
    – Thomas
    Aug 19, 2015 at 6:24
  • @ward - The gif is illustrative and doesn't need removing because you personally don't like it.
    – Valorum
    Aug 19, 2015 at 18:28
  • "Illustrative" is a stretch. There's no sound, so it's not obvious that the spells are wordless, and how does it show what the spells are? Aug 19, 2015 at 18:39
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    @Ward - It shows Harry using a stunning spell wordlessly. I don't see how it could be any more illustrative without containing a subtitle that says "see, stunning spells can be used wordlessly".
    – Valorum
    Aug 19, 2015 at 18:40

Harry : Levicorpus, Sectumsempra. Malfoy: Blocking spell, Crucio.

Snape, in movies - Vulnera Sanatur, the healing charm.

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