Harry Potter Spells A - F

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Think you know all the Harry Potter spells? There are more than a hundred spells, charms, hexes, curses and general incantations in the Harry Potter series of books (and movies), though some are not actually given names.

Harry Potter spells are usually cast with a phrase or word with many being of Latin origin. J.K Rowling did get creative with some of them that use other languages other than Latin. I'm not even going to try to describe each of these in detail, since you kind of need to see them in the context of the book to really understand.

I've listed them with their Latin "spell words" as well as what the spells are actually called if they are identified in both ways.

A strong stream of water comes out of the caster's wand.

Unlock doors.

Cast on someone choking to clear their windpipe.

Anti-Cheating Spell
Pretty self-explanatory, cast on quills and parchment at Hogwarts.

Anti-Disapparition Spell
Prevents anyone from using either apparition or disapparition magic. Such a spell has been cast over Hogwarts.

Antonin Dolohov's Curse
Used specifically by Antonin Dolohov in the Order of the Phoenix, this spell causes internal injuries to an opponent without any exterior wounds.

To reveal invisible ink

Avada Kedavra - Killing Curse
One of the three "Unforgivable Curses" that immediately kills the person cast upon. It's well-known in the series as the spell cast on Harry that caused his scar, though he survived.

Create a flock of birds.

Banishing Charm
Send an object away. Opposite to the summoning charm (Accio).

Bedazzling Hex
Harry Potter spells that conceal an object or person, and can be used to make invisibility cloaks.

Bubble-Head Charm
Creates a bubble of air around the head of the person casting it.

Caterwauling Charm
Creates a loud screaming noise when someone crosses the boundary of the spell.

Cave Inimicum
Adds defenses to an area.

Cheering Charm
Improves the mood of the person its cast on.

Locks a door.

Colour-Change Charm
Changes the colour of an object.

Confringo - Blasting Curse
Blasts an object (or person) into flames.

Creates confusion in the person its cast on.

Conjunctivitus Curse
Causes someone's eyes to give them pain.

Crucio - Cruciatus Curse
The second of the "Unforgivable Curses" that causes extreme pain with no injury, used as a torture or punishment.

Defodio - Gouging Spell
A digging spell.

Clears a wand of any previous spells.

Makes someone's teeth grow.

Creates a wind to open or remove things.

A spell to make things go downward or sink.

Diffindo - Severing Charm
Cut something away or rip something.

Disillusionment Charm
Another invisibility spell.

A very particular Harry Potter spell that is cast on a statue to reveal a hidden passage.

Turns an object solid.

Engorgio - Engorgement Charm
Makes something grow in size.

Entrail Expelling Curse
Mentioned but not cast in the series, and is self-explanatory.

Heals minor wounds or injuries.

To build or put up something.

Evanesco - Vanishing Spell
Makes something vanish (not the same as invisible though).

Expecto Patronum - Patronus Charm
Conjures a positive force to repel attacks, usually against Dementors. Each person has a unique animal-form Patronus.

Expelliarmus - Disarming Charm
A commonly-used spell in the series, used to disarm another wizard. Harry Potter uses this spell frequently.

Cause an object to explode.

A spell to create a splint or bandage.

Fidelius Charm
Protects information as a secret that can only be revealed to someone that the Secret-Keeper wishes to know. It's complicated.

Fiendfyre Curse
Starts a cursed and uncontrollable fire that often takes the shape of a serpent or dragon.

Finite Incantatem
Stops other spells, or deactivates their effects.

Flagrante Curse
Will enchant an object to burn anyone who touches it.

Let the caster's wand leave burned or glowing marks.

Flame-Freezing Charm
Keeps a flame from burning.

Flying Charm
A spell to make an object fly, usually used for broomsticks or carpets.

Furnunculus Curse
Gives someone boils.

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