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. Use alongside the work tag if asking about spells in a specific work or a more appropriate tag if applicable. Do not use if the question simply mentions spells but is not about them.

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Looking for short horror story about two kids and a spell book

I’ve been looking around for a collection of short stories that contained one in particular. A brother and sister discover a book of magic in their grandparents’ basement. The girl begins using the ...
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Why did Expelliarmus not knock the prophecy out of Harry's hand?

Neville used the disarming charm on Harry in the Department of Mysteries. Harry launched himself across the floor and grabbed the Death Eater around the knees, causing him to topple and his aim to go ...
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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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State of repaired object by Reparo spell [Repairing Charm]

Say I have a statue in my garden. It's very old and thus has moss growing on it and certain scratches and chips/pieces missing from over the years. But now someone ran into it and it fell, completely ...
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Why is Harry unable to crucio Bellatrix after she killed Sirius, but could crucio a Death Eater when he spat at McGonagall [duplicate]

I've always hated that Harry couldn't crucio Bellatrix after she killed Sirius, but could crucio a Death Eater after he spat at McGonagall. Is spitting at a teacher worse than some lady who just ...
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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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Rich Wizards, Poor Muggles

Why, oh why, don't the Weasleys "conjure" up some diamonds/gold/etc, sell 'em to Muggles, and get rich? They could buy a mansion (like the Malfoys), and live there happily ever after. I know there's ...
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Is there a way to clear your wand of spells you've used?

I know you can see the last spell someone cast (from memory, this was in the Goblet of Fire), but is there a spell that can, for lack of a better phrase, clear your wands' history?
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What is advanced magic in the Harry Potter Universe?

What is advanced magic in the Harry Potter Universe and what determines advanced magic? I could find two spells mentioned as advanced: The Extension Charm (‘Capacious extremis!’) in wizardingworld....
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Can this inconsistency in the ability of the Summoning Charm (Accio) to summon animals be explained?

J.K. Rowling has stated 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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How powerful can spells be in Harry Potter?

I've noticed in the Harry Potter series that the most powerful spells ever mentioned never go beyond killing, blowing up a few feet, or knocking someone out. Grindelwald's control of lightning in ...
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Why does the goblet in the cave constantly empty?

“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 — but it ...
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Children's fantasy book about a girl traveling to another world

I’ve been searching for this children’s book for literally over 25 years. I was probably about 10 years old when I visited the Orem Library (Utah) 1993 ish. I include the place on the off chance it ...
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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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What colour are the rings of Raggadorr?

Seven rings has Raggador Indigo to Deepest Black, but Oshtur grant me something more the Crimson bands of Cyttorak What colour are the remaining five rings?
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Are there any creatures resistant to Avada Kedavra?

Throughout the books there are some creatures that are explicitly quoted to be resistant to magic (giants being the one that comes to mind). Are there any references in canon about creatures not being ...
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When was obliviation discovered/invented?

According to Harry Potter Wiki Mnemone Radford was the witch who first developed Memory Modifying Charms. She became the first Ministry of Magic Obliviator, due to her skill with the charm. When ...
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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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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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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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What are the rules and limits of Accio spell?

We know that Accio spell (aka Summoning Charm) has some limits: It can be blocked (e.g. Harry couldn't Accio the Diadem in RoR in Deathly Hallows). Many more failures are listed on Wikia. But what ...
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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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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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Are there any spells that a wizard/witch can cast without a wand in the Harry Potter universe?

In the beginning of the series, it's mentioned that Muggle-born wizards/witches are identified due to inadvertent spell-casting. However, it seems like later in the book, disarmed wizards/witches are ...
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How do spells work in Middle-earth?

Here are a few instances where spells (or something similar) appear in the books. Gandalf's fire spells: "Naur an edraith ammen", "Naur dan i-ngaurhoth". The spell or password ...
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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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If the General Counter-Spell exists, why are there specific counter-curses?

If a combined Finite could stop Grindelwald's extremely powerful Protego Diabolica, and various spells like the ones in the Duelling Club orchestrated by Severus Snape and Gilderoy Lockhart, why are ...
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What is the source of this lighting bolt shaped wand movement for Avada Kedavra?

On the Harry Potter wikia's page for Killing Curse, the following lightning bolt shaped icon is displayed as the wand movement. This icon is stylized like the ones that appeared on the old, pre-2015 ...
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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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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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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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Can objects be transfigured into live animals?

I can definitely remember the series showing us animals being transfigured into objects, but what about the reverse? Do the books give us any examples?
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How can Muffliato be used in a crowd?

I haven't any exact citations, but I recall from the seven Harry Potter books the following facts about the muffliato spell: It causes a buzzing sound to be heard by those around the spellcaster, ...
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Why WOULD Moody get a nosebleed?

When fake-Professor-Moody is telling about Avada Kedavra, he says that if they all point their wands at him and say the words, he doubts he would "even get as much as a nosebleed" Why would he get a ...
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Does a curse need to hit a person in order for it to work?

At first glance, I would think that the curse needs to hit a person for it to work. We see plenty of people dodge spells. Crabbe wheeled around and screamed, "Avada Kedavra!" again. Ron ...
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Why is Avada Kedavra considered unblockable?

There seems to be a number of ways to block an Avada Kedavra (Physical barriers conjured by magic, hitting the spell with Expelliarmus, etc) so why do people consider it "unblockable"? You just need ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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If wizards can conjure better hands than their natural ones, why don't all of them just cut off their hands?

So, we see in GoF that wizards — albeit a very powerful wizard — can conjure better hands out of thin air — or at least, more powerful, and put it onto a handless stump. Voldemort raised his wand ...
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How did the Order of Phoenix find out about the existence of the Taboo spell?

Based on: Were there any people who were tracked due to using Voldemort's name aside from HP? How did the Order of Phoenix figure out the existence of the Taboo spell? HP/Hermione obviously didn'...
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In HP, how does Stupefy work?

In HP, I don't really understand how Stupefy works. It can't be permanent because then would basically be death, and in my understanding, Stupefy only makes people faint/go unconscious. However, at ...
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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 would the bite of a venomous non-magical snake be treated in the Wizarding World?

In an original writing by Rowling on illness and disabilities in the Wizarding World, the author states: I decided that, broadly speaking, wizards would have the power to correct or override ‘...
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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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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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Uses of Brackium Emendo

First of all I must apologize for having limited general knowledge of Harry Potter - only that which I've gathered from the movies and the first three books. If memory serves me right, Brackium ...

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