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I believe Dumbledore made the statues in the ministry come to life to take the hit for him/block the hit. He didn't use any counter-curse or counter-jinx directly on the Avada Kedevra spell But the headless golden statue of the wizard in the fountain had sprung alive, leaping from its plinth to land with a crash on the floor between Harry and Voldemort. ...


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Not many people knew Sectumsempra - they'd need to know it exists to ban it. Severus Snape invented Sectumsempra while at Hogwarts, and wrote it down in his Potions book. He doesn't seem to have told many people about it, it's possible he didn't tell anyone at all. “Harry was about to put his book away again when he noticed the corner of a page folded down;...


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It isn't Unforgivable in the way that the Unforgivables are A popular fan theory is that there is no grey area with Unforgivable curses. They do what they say on the tin and nothing else. Killing curse kills, imperio controls, crucio tortures. The caster also has to fully understand and mean to cause the effect the curse entails too. There's no excuse for ...


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Using You-Know-Who's name breaks all protective enchantments and allows the speaker to be tracked. ‘You and Hermione have stopped saying You-Know-Who’s name!’ ‘Oh, yeah. Well, it’s just a bad habit we’ve slipped into,’ said Harry. ‘But I haven’t got a problem calling him V—’ ‘NO!’ roared Ron, causing Harry to jump into the hedge and Hermione (nose buried in ...


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We find out later in the book, when Sirius writes to Harry after the task: Congratulations on getting past the Horntail. Whoever put your name in that goblet shouldn’t be feeling too happy right now! I was going to suggest a Conjunctivitis Curse, as a dragon’s eyes are its weakest point — “That’s what Krum did!” Hermione whispered — but your way was better, ...


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We don't know that the Dark Lord didn't use Priori Incantatem on the Elder Wand. It would be a very logical course of action for the Dark Lord to use Priori Incantatem on the Elder Wand sometime after acquiring it. There is no explicit evidence that he did do this in the books, but his every small move isn't shown, so it's possible that he did and it wasn't ...


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First let me say that I don't believe it is a real spell. The thing we need to realize is that Ron did not know enough spells to differentiate between fake and real spells. Mr and Mrs Weasley would have used Nonverbal Spells at home. We also know that Ron blindly trusted his brothers which is normal at that age. Instance 1: “So we’ve just got to try on the ...


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Voldemort uses the killing curse several times in the Battle at the Ministry. The first time Voldemort aimed it at Harry and Dumbledore animated the golden wizard statue: "The spell merely glanced off its chest as the statue flung out its arms, protecting Harry" (pg 813 of Scholastic paperback). Next time: "Voldemort raised his wand and sent another jet ...


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Crucio From the Order of the Phoenix: Hatred rose in Harry such as he had never known before; he flung himself out from behind the fountain and bellowed, 'Crucio!' Bellatrix screamed: the spell had knocked her off her feet, but she did not writhe and shriek with pain as Neville had – she was already back on her feet, breathless, no longer laughing. Harry ...


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TL;DR - the movies are incredibly unreliable. The process of learning spells is far more drawn out and difficult than the movies indicate. Since the books more or less answer this question I won't do much but provide quotes. Here are some from the first few weeks Harry is at Hogwarts. And then, once you had managed to find them, there were the classes ...


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Yes, the Banishing charm. We see Harry, Ron, and Hermione practicing this spell in GoF: They were supposed to be practicing the opposite of the Summoning Charm today — the Banishing Charm. Owing to the potential for nasty accidents when objects kept flying across the room, Professor Flitwick had given each student a stack of cushions on which to practice, ...


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Dumbledore From Rowling’s old official site, jkrowling.com: Members of the Order use their Patronuses to communicate with each other. They are the only wizards who know how to use their spirit guardians in this way and they have been taught to do so by Dumbledore (he invented this method of communication). The Patronus is an immensely efficient messenger ...


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The Ministry of Magic oversees the creation of all new spells. Hermione is clear that the Ministry of Magic has a role in signing off new spells and checking they're safe. She was annoyed with the Half-Blood Prince because his spells didn't have this approval. "So you just decided to try out an unknown, handwritten incantation and see what would happen?" ...


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I'd like to challenge one of the assumptions in the question: ... we can see many wizards in many really important situations/fights using very ineffective spells ... emphasis mine Are they actually very ineffective? Not necessarily. Most of the spells we see used in combat are actually effective at lowering or eliminating the combat ...


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Good question - ultimately one for the movie though, since, in the book, Ron wasn't trying to transfigure Scabbers, but rather, beetles into buttons. Here is what we do know about Transfiguration and Ron and good vs broken wands: Even in their first year Transfiguration class, Ron (and the rest of the class) are unable to successfully perform ...


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Based off this scene: We know that the light does not travel from inside the cloak -> out, as Harry must hold the lamp outside of his cloak in order to see the books. If he held the lamp inside his cloak the light would only spread inside the cloak, and perhaps under his feet if there were some gaps. Since there is no light going out, it is safe to say that ...


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I get the idea that spells can be created by wizards from Order of the Phoenix, when Luna tells Harry about her mother's death. When Harry asks her if she's known anyone who's died, she responds "Yes, my mother. She was quite an extraordinary witch, you know, but she did like to experiment and one of her spells went rather badly wrong one day. I was nine."...


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I'm afraid the book implies just that - he learned it from Snape's whisper. I agree that it sounds a wee bit implausible... but that's what JKR's implying in CoS Chapter 11: "The Duelling Club": Snape moved closer to Malfoy, bent down and whispered something in his ear. Malfoy smirked, too. Harry looked nervously up at Lockhart and said, '...


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If you're a Star Wars aficionado, think about Confundus as a light Force suggestion (sometimes used by Luke in the EU, at the level - or even less so - of Ben Kenobi's "These are not the droids you are looking for"). While it can theoretically be used to influence other person's actions, it's an indirect influence: you let them believe something they ...


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I don't think so. After Harry learns what the third task will consist of (getting through a maze) and then runs into Barty Crouch Sr and all that jazz, the trio get in training. For the next few days he spent all his free time either in the library with Hermione and Ron, looking up hexes, or else in empty classrooms, which they sneaked into to ...


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Even if, contrary to @DavidS's answer, Priori Incantatem really reveals all the past spells, it's tedious work. Voldemort can assign someone to spend days going through hundreds of spells performed by Hermione's wand. But he only suspects the vulnerability of the Horcruxes mere hours before the Battle of Hogwarts commences. By then, he simply does not have ...


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They did use protective enchantments, but they were broken due to the Taboo. They did use protective enchantments. Harry reminds himself of this when he gets nervous about some noises he heard outside their tent. “He remembered the sound of a cloak slithering over dead leaves many years ago, and at once thought he heard it again before mentally shaking ...


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I don’t think this is answered in canon, but I can come up with two theories: The Trace is only active during school holidays. During term-time, students are always in Hogwarts (where magic is freely permitted) or Hogsmeade (a community that contains no Muggles), so there’s very little need for the Trace. There are very few, if any, instances of students ...


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It most likely hides the light produced from an outside viewer. There’s only one example of someone using Lumos (or any form of light) while holding the light source itself under the Cloak as well. Harry seemed to be using Lumos to read while hiding under the Invisibility Cloak when he stayed in the library overnight trying to figure out how to breathe ...


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This seems to be due to some sort of "morality" that some of the good-guy wizards believe in, most notably Harry and Dumbledore. We know Dumbledore particularly avoided killing, as Harry stated at the end of Deathly Hallows: "Master of death, Harry, master of Death! Was I better, ultimately, than Voldemort?" "Of course you were," said Harry. "Of ...


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Who says the spell doesn't work? As far as we know he only tried it on Animagus, which hardly qualifies as an intended target.


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To answer the question as set by the title, yes, it is likely Ron's fault due to his skill, but the broken wand does not help the situation by any means. We know from Goblet of Fire that it is possible to transfigure a human. Harry spun around. Professor Moody was limping down the marble staircase. His wand was out and it was pointing right at a pure ...


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