Questions tagged [spells]

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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Spells that require “special” handling

Most of the spells learned in Hogwarts are a simple flow of: Choose your spell Point your wand Say the words Magic happens But there are other spells that specify the need to do more than that. For ...
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Where did the concept of single-use spell scrolls originate?

It has been a standard rule in Dungeons & Dragons for as long as I can remember that spell scrolls are single-use items. Once a spell is cast from the scroll (or, sometimes, even if an ...
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Is it possible to Vanish humans?

We see in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix that McGonagall has her Transfiguration students practice the Vanishing Charm (Evanesco) on mice (and has previously had them do snails): “As I ...
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Spells hand motions in Harry Potter universe

What is the origin of each hand movement for each spell in the Harry Potter universe? There is so much information on the Internet about each spell, and for each spell, you can find the way your hand ...
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Would Vipera Evanesca work on a Basilisk?

If someone casted Vipera Evanesca on a Basilisk, would it have worked?
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What’s the difference between Locomotor and Wingardium Leviosa?

In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, after Umbridge has dismissed Trelawney, the teachers get her trunks back upstairs by using “Locomotor Trunks!” However, wouldn’t this same thing have been ...
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How is Accio a safe spell? [closed]

Why couldn’t Newt use ‘Accio’ to retrieve all his beasts? ‘Accio’ only works on inanimate objects. While people or creatures may be indirectly moved by ‘Accio-ing’ objects that they are wearing ...
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How can Newt cast Accio on a Niffler when it is only supposed to work on inanimate objects? [duplicate]

Accio is not supposed to work on people or creatures as per this source: Why couldn’t Newt use ‘Accio’ to retrieve all his beasts? ‘Accio’ only works on inanimate objects. While people or ...
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How quickly do objects summoned by Accio fly?

Is there a specific speed that Summoned objects fly at, and if so, what is it? If not, how is speed determined?
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Can this inconsistency in the ability of the Summoning Charm (Accio) to summon animals be explained?

J.K. Rowling has wrote on her website that the Summoning Charm only works on inanimate objects, explaining that creatures and humans can only be summoned by summoning objects they are holding or ...
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What is the difference between Diffindo and Sectumsempra?

In the Harry Potter books, Diffindo is called the 'Severing Charm' and it’s most commonly used to cut ropes and the like. However, in the last book Hermione uses it on Ron but misses, creating a '...
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Why do wizards use such ineffective spells during serious situations in Harry Potter?

In Harry Potter, we can see many wizards in many really important situations/fights using very ineffective spells, and so later on they pay the price for that (e.g. somebody uses expelliarmus, but ...
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Can Wingardium Leviosa be used as a weapon?

Can Wingardium Leviosa be used as a weapon, like throwing chairs or something at people?
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What are the nonverbal spells used in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald?

What are the nonverbal spells used in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald? For example, when the Auror protects himself ? Or the spell he used to enter within the wall and to appear near ...
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Can spells affect a part of an object/body or only the whole thing?

Inspired by this answer: (Side note: "Reducto" would be a better counter to AK than Expelliarmus because it takes two less syllables to cast so you have a wider window, but you'd have to make sure ...
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What was the spell Newt cast to find Tina?

In Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald we see What the hell was that?! First, it seems like a very advanced magic - how many people can perform the spell? Aurors? Dumbledore? Why they never ...
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Need help finding the name of a trilogy [duplicate]

This series is mostly fantasy fiction, till the end bit. I think I read this story in the mid to late 90's possibly early 2000's There is a man who uses a staff as a focus. He has power of both Water ...
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What can the Age Line stop in Goblet of Fire?

What can the Age Line do in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire? Consider the following scenarios, assuming I'm a 16-year-old wizard at Hogwarts: I crumple up a piece of paper with my name on it and ...
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What are the limits of the Bubblehead charm?

So yes, it creates a bubble of atmosphere around a person's head which also renders them impervious to the material all around them (eq: water). Yes, that's great, but there's so much we don't know ...
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Do eclipses have an effect on the efficacy of potions?

In Harry Potter, when you cook a potion during an eclipse, either lunar or solar, would that affect the strength of a potion like in the Switch game, Breath of the Wild, when a blood moon approaches ...
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Why doesn't Reparo work with certain items?

We all know that Harry couldn't repair his wand with this spell. But why didn't he use it to fix his watch? During the second task of the Triwizard Tournament his watch broke while underwater. He ...
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Will the wizard using shorter spells always win a duel?

In Harry Potter, we all know there are long spells and short spells. Pronouncing long spells takes up more time and the wand movement is often more difficult, so how can they be useful in a duel? ...
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Is it possible to create a new spell in Harry Potter [duplicate]

According to one of the theories, that the name of a spell is derived from the action of the spell, would it be possible to create new spells by saying a descriptive word explaining the desired action?...
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What would happen if I were to cast “Loco-motor me”?

The Locomotor spell is used whenever a wizard needs to carry a large load at about a walking pace. But what would happen if the wizard were to cast "Locomotor me" or "Locomotor [casters name]"?
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What is the spell or charm used to send an object from one place to another?

Is there a known spell or charm from the wizarding world that can accurately allow an item to be sent to a specific destination? E.g. the charm used for 'interdepartmental memos' within the Ministry ...
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What would happen if one casts Lumos under the Invisibility Cloak?

The books have established that the Invisibility cloak that Harry owned was the real deal (one of the Hallows) and not something you can buy in a shop. From this link we know that even though the ...
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How does one wand win over the other in Priori Incantatem?

"So what happens when a wand meets its brother?" said Sirius. "They will not work properly against each other," said Dumbledore. "If, however, the owners of the wands force the wands to do battle…...
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Can someone be under the Cruciatus Curse and Imperius Curse at the same time?

Can someone be in severe pain under the Cruciatus Curse, and then have someone else come and successfully use the Imperius Curse on them at the same time? Or can they at least be under the Imperius ...
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What is the counter-curse to Sectumsempra?

I was wondering if anyone knew the counter-curse to Sectumsempra. Just in case after I teach my enemy a lesson, I might want to not kill them.
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Why does the goblet in the cave constantly empties?

“Aguamenti!” he shouted, jabbing the goblet with his wand. The goblet filled with clear water; Harry dropped to his knees beside Dumbledore, raised his head, and brought the glass to his lips — ...
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How is the Bombarda spell different from the Reducto spell?

Both are used to blast objects. What's the difference between them?
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Was Ron's failed Transfiguration actually his fault?

In Chamber of Secrets, during one of the gang's Transfiguration classes, Ron is asked to demonstrate a spell on his pet, Scabbers, that is supposed to turn animals into fancy goblets. Figure 2-1: ...
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Are there wizards with speech impediments? [duplicate]

As we can see here inflection is very important in spell-casting. Can lisping wizard cast a spell (without harm to himself)? Can someone with another pronunciation problem? Can we find this type of ...
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In what language do the wizards and witches from non-English-speaking countries cast their spells in? [duplicate]

As long as spells of Harry Potter world goe, most famous ones are in Latin and some Greek. But the magical community is not only specifically situated in English-speaking countries, since there are ...
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What language is used to cast spells by wizards from Asian countries? [duplicate]

Latin is the language used by wizards and witches in the Western World when they cast spells. Latin is Indo-European - a language family that doesn't include pan-Asian/tonal tongues. So what ...
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Why isn't Sectumsempra an Unforgivable Curse?

Harry almost killed Malfoy in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, with it. The next year, George lost an ear due to Snape. These facts, and the "For Enemies" note should clinch it.
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What would happen if one was to cast Expelliarmus on someone without a wand?

After watching part of Prisoner of Azkaban, a particular scene in which Expelliarmus is thrown around quite a bit made me wonder what would happen if the spell was to hit someone without a wand.
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What is the most common defense in a duel in the Harry Potter books?

In the books, since the Shield Charm is often described as a difficult charm to perform and even most of the Ministry employees cannot perform it, how do they defend themselves against jinxes or hexes ...
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Why didn't Voldemort perform Priori Incantatem on Dumbledore's wand to see if he had discovered or destroyed any of his Horcruxes, after Gringotts?

What if, what if, the boy knew about the others? Could he know, had he already acted, had he traced more of them? Was Dumbledore at the root of this? Dumbledore, who had always suspected him; ...
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Why were there no protective enchantments around the tent, when the trio was caught by Snatchers?

Here is what happened in the Deathly Hallows, just after Harry accidentally mentioned "Voldemort". "The name's Taboo!" Ron bellowed, leaping to his feet as a loud crack sounded outside the tent. "I ...
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Do spells have mass or acceleration?

I saw an answer on an old question, and was curious as to spells and how they work. It brought me to an old comment (Oh to be young again) suggesting that wet paper could block a spell. If spells have ...
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What spell was used to defeat this Death Eater? [duplicate]

What spell was used by to defeat this death eater? It must have been something very powerful because it completely incinerated them.
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Why didn't the Death Eaters just perform Alohomora on the locked doors in the Ministry?

During the Ministry fight in Order of the Phoenix there's an attempt by the kids to lock themselves in. Sorry about the long passage but it's necessary for context. He heaved Ron towards a door; ...
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How did Hagrid, Sirius and Severus find Harry? [duplicate]

So we know that the Fidelius charm was cast to protect the Potter's location. I think in the third book it is mentioned somewhere that the location was hidden not the Potter's themselves. And I guess ...
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How are spells in the Harry Potter universe made official

The actual invention of spells is not really important here, other than we know that they can be invented. After all, a bunch are mentioned in Half-Blood Prince that were invented by Snape in school. ...
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Harry Potter Wand Use and spell casting [duplicate]

After watching the Harry Potter movies I became confused as to how wands and Magic work. Some spells require wands, while others do not some spell seem to be spoken and others are unspoken which is ...
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Does Colloportus only work on doors?

For example, could a witch or wizard cast it on a trunk, or something else you could plausibly lock? To the best of my knowledge, the books and movies never show anyone cast Colloportus (or Alohomora ...
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Why is the Engorgement spell not recommended to be used without perfecting the counter-charm?

"Although this spell is safe to use on animals, it is not recommended until the counter-charm has been perfected" Why is it not recommended? Is it because the animal might grow big too extremely and ...
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Can a wizard/witch do nonverbal, wandless, spells? [duplicate]

We know that Hogwarts students learn how to do nonverbal spells in the 6th year. From which point they are expected to use magic nonverbally from there on out. We also know that some wizards can do ...
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Is there any specific wand movement for the Patronus Charm?

We know that some charms need exact hand movement like Wingardium Leviosa. Is there such specific wand movement for Patronus Charm too? I have visited the Harry Potter Wikia of Patronus Charm. It says ...