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edit·history·watch·refresh Stock post message.svg To-do list for List of spells in Harry Potter:
  • Find useful secondary sources to use as references
  • Edit all spells for cruft and poor grammar, ensuring that none are too long
  • Make the format for every spell consistent.
  • Add etymology to "Exspect Patronum" Latin "Exspecto" meaning "to await or wait for" parsed (1st person, Present, Active ,Singular, Indicitive) and "Patronum" meaning "Protector, Defender, Advocate, or Patron" Parsed (2nd declension, Accusitive, Singular, Masculine).

Fully meaning "To await the/a Protector"

A useful source: Pottermore. A list of spell names for spells such as the Jelly-Legs Curse can be found there, and will be sure to come up in the near future. HarryPotterNerd171 (talk) 22:26, 17 September 2011 (UTC)


Edit request from, 18 July 2011[edit]

The Episkey spell is used by Luna Lovegood(Movie) and Tonks(Book) to repair Harry's nose. (talk) 19:50, 18 July 2011 (UTC)

In the book its Tonks who uses it--Jac16888 Talk 20:17, 18 July 2011 (UTC)

There's also Periculum used in Goblet of Fire by Harry in the third task to send up red sparkes from your wand.

There's also Barmbarda Maxima used in Order of the pheonix by Umbridge to bust open the hole in the wall to the room of requirement. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:39, 18 July 2012 (UTC)

Edit request from, 19 July 2011[edit]

I hate to point this out, but the magical world does not have a history, and it makes no sense to claim that someone is "known to have survived" one of these spells. These sections should be rephrased in a way appropriate to a work of fiction. Please be more careful.

The etymology of the "avada kedavra" curse stated by Rowling in this article is incorrect. It does not mean 'let the thing be destroyed' as is stated in the article. It is indeed an Aramaic/Hebrew charm, but its transliteration is actually "evaREH k'edaBER," which means "I shall create as I speak." (Hebrew: אברה כאדבר) It refers to the creative power of Jehovah and his ability to make things according to his verbal commands and descriptions. The Creation story in Genesis is the first and clearest example of this power. (talk) 03:42, 19 July 2011 (UTC) (talk) 03:42, 19 July 2011 (UTC)

You're etymology is original research, while we have a primary source (Rowling) stating otherwise. Therequiembellishere (talk) 04:11, 19 July 2011 (UTC)

Rowling stated that the origin is the same as "Abracadabra", which quick Google and Wikipedia searches tell me is not universally agreed on. The Aramaic origin theory, however, does appear to be "I create as I speak", as shown by many pages including (While this link is not citable, it provides a useful summary of several theories which seem to be largely correct through Google searches of the relevant phrases). Note that it provides a Chaldean origin similar to Rowling's account, Chaldean being a variant of Aramaic.

In any case, it should be noted that the actual origin of Abracadabra is widely disputed, though Rowling's inspiration quite obviously comes from that specific interpretation of the word. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:29, 22 July 2011 (UTC)

Piertotum locomotor[edit]

Possible additional word root from the latin "Totum", meaning "whole" or "all" (origin of English "Total"). Hence the spell roughly translates as "All stone [statues] move place" — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:38, 22 July 2011 (UTC)

Description in Expelliarmus spell is incorrect[edit]

The sentence "Draco uses it to disarm Dumbledore and Harry uses the spell to not only disarm Gregory Goyle in the Room of Requirement, but also to reflect Voldemort's killing curse during the final battle." is incorrect. It is mentioned several times throughout the series that the Avada Kedavra spell cannot be stopped or shielded against except under certain very special circumstances, as when Lilly's love for Harry causes the spell's effect to go terribly awry (for Voldemort).

In the final battle, Voldemort's Avada Kedavra rebounds onto himself because the Elder Wand will not harm its owner, who is Harry. Harry's Expelliarmus causes the Elder Wand to be torn from Voldemort's hand and sail over the fray into Harry's, thus disarming him. This is also an echo of the duel near the end of Goblet of Fire, where Harry's wand and Voldemort's wand, which are related by their cores, refuse to fight one another directly, thus causing both spells to malfunction. This has nothing to do directly with the spells or their effects (or lack thereof) on each other. this was known as Priori Incantatum, as Dumbledore explained later to Harry.

Marichcog (talk) 22:55, 27 July 2011 (UTC)

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Edit request from, 29 July 2011[edit]

Change: Wingardium Leviosa (Levitation Charm)

Pronunciation: /wɪŋˈɡɑrdiəm ˌlɛviˈoʊsə/ wing-gar-dee-əm lev-ee-oh-sə 

Description: Levitates objects.[2][17] Seen/mentioned: First seen in The Philosopher's Stone, when Flitwick's first-year class practice the spell on feathers. Later in that book, Ron performs the spell on the club of a mountain troll.[PS Ch.10] Harry uses it to hold himself up on Hagrid's motorbike much later on, in The Deathly Hallows. Later in the same book, Ron uses it to prod the knot at the base of the Whomping Willow with a twig to allow him, Harry and Hermione into the Shrieking Shack.[DH Ch.32] Suggested etymology: Deformation of English word wing meaning "fly",[23] Latin arduus meaning "tall"[31] and Latin levis meaning "light".

To: Wingardium Leviosa (Levitation Charm) Pronunciation: /wɪŋˈɡɑrdiəm ˌlɛviˈoʊsə/ wing-gar-dee-əm lev-ee-oh-sə (remember it's Ohsa not LevioSAA) Description: Levitates objects.[2][17] Seen/mentioned: First seen in The Philosopher's Stone, when Flitwick's first-year class practice the spell on feathers. Later in that book, Ron performs the spell on the club of a mountain troll.[PS Ch.10] Harry uses it to hold himself up on Hagrid's motorbike much later on, in The Deathly Hallows. Later in the same book, Ron uses it to prod the knot at the base of the Whomping Willow with a twig to allow him, Harry and Hermione into the Shrieking Shack.[DH Ch.32] Suggested etymology: Deformation of English word wing meaning "fly",[23] Latin arduus meaning "tall"[31] and Latin levis meaning "light". (talk) 21:27, 29 July 2011 (UTC)

Not done. The only change that I can see is the addition of "(not LevioSAA)" which should not be included as there is no reason for such specification. In addition, I can imagine that the only motive for this change is a joke reference to Hermione in Philosopher's Stone, which does not belong in an encyclopedia. --Nat682 (talk) 01:58, 30 July 2011 (UTC)

Actually just to correct you Nat682, this is not an official "encyclopedia" its a harry potter spells page, as much as it is supposed to be accurate, it is also suposed to be as fun. So seeing as someone has included the (LevioSAA) part as fun, i think it's great…besides this whole thing was made up by someone for fun…not as a thesis for a PhD…chilax a bit will ya and take it lightly it's not an official documentation. As for you Mr/Ms.…Good on you…we need a bit of humour in this world…too many serious people... — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:47, 31 October 2011 (UTC)

Edit request from, 3 August 2011[edit] (talk) 00:38, 3 August 2011 (UTC)

Partis Temporus

Not done: please be more specific about what needs to be changed. Jnorton7558 (talk) 00:56, 3 August 2011 (UTC)
Not done. Non-canonical spell from the film of the sixth book. Therequiembellishere (talk) 01:21, 3 August 2011 (UTC)

Edit request from Mansa123456789, 5 August 2011[edit]

the "episkey" spell was not first preformed by nymphadora tonks to fix harrys nose, it was luna lovegood

Mansa123456789 (talk) 19:15, 5 August 2011 (UTC)

Yes, in the film. In the book, Tonks did it, and its the books which this article refers to--Jac16888 Talk 19:50, 5 August 2011 (UTC)

I know at least 1 spell that you are missing that occurred in the movie Harry Potter and the Chamber of secrets during Harry and Draco's wizarding duel. The very first spell that Draco cast during it was called Evertic Static that sent Harry flipping backwards. I would just like to let you know of that.

Take a look at the line right above what you just wrote for why its not included--Jac16888 Talk 01:13, 6 August 2011 (UTC)

Edit request ericobnn, 6 August 2011[edit]

There is a spell listed as (Hover charm). However it has exactly the same effect as Wingardium Leviosa. It probably means that Dobby and Xenophilius were simply casting Wingardium Leviosa non-verbally, rather than a different, unnamed charm. I therefore request the following to be added to the hover spells' text: "Note: This may not be an unnamed spell at all, but instead a nonverbal casting of Wingardium Leviosa".

Not done. WP:OR. Therequiembellishere (talk) 02:21, 7 August 2011 (UTC)

Edit request from, 7 August 2011[edit]

Vulnera Sanentur (Healing spell)

Pronunciation: VULL-neh-rah Sah-NAHN-tur

Description:It is a healing spell that can be used to heal injuries ranging from minor cuts to deep gashes, and sometimes must be repeated several times in a row to have maximum effect.

Seen/Mentioned: Used in Half-Blood Prince to heal Draco Malfoy after Harry casts Sectumsempra on him. This is the 'spell that sounds almost like a song.' When Severus Snape uses this spell to heal Draco, the first time it was used the flow of blood slowed; the second time caused the wounds to begin to heal; the third time removed most visible injuries near-instantly. It is not known if the spell always needs to be cast three times, or if this was an abnormal situation caused by the dark magic of the inflicting spell (Sectumsempra.) The victim would still require treatment by a healer, but if dittany is applied immediately, scarring can be completely avoided.

Etymology: Latin vulnus, "wound," and sanare, "to heal"; it is translated as "may the wounds be healed."

Note: The spell itself is only identified as muttering in the book however is identified as Vulnera Sanentur in the film.

Question: As I do not generally edit Harry Potter related articles, I'm curious if something that is exclusive to the film should be included in this list that seems to be mostly geared towards the books. Topher385 (talk) 14:56, 7 August 2011 (UTC)
Not doneit's been the policy throughout these articles that the films should not be in the page. Therequiembellishere (talk) 18:06, 7 August 2011 (UTC)

It is not exclusive to the film, the NAME is however the SPELL is used in both the books AND the film... and I know many people do indeed wonder what the spell is... and the film clarified this by giving it a name and incantation. The film simply provides the NAME of the spell... the spell itself is IN The book, just namelessly so and without any truly distinguishable incantation. Granted we all know the films have been horridly inaccurate however when it comes to something like this, they wouldn't have done without Rowling's advice/approval. AmethystBloodraven (talk) 02:01, 14 August 2011 (UTC) (talk) 07:14, 7 August 2011 (UTC)

Still not done, the way this page works is very simple, a spell and its incantation need to be in one of the books as clearcut canon, or else they don't go on the page--Jac16888 Talk 02:10, 14 August 2011 (UTC)

Fair enough... Suppose that's what is for - people who are curious and want information whether "clear-cut canon" or not. Oh wait... wasn't Wikipedia supposed to be for that too? You're being a heavy on the Canon-Nazism. Wikipedia is for information whether it's from books or movies.. recommend changing name of page to 'List of Spells in Harry Potter Books' to clear confusion and misconception. AmethystBloodraven (talk) 11:09, 14 August 2011 (UTC)

Firstly, are you even aware of what the Nazi's did? To compare a minor dispute over a fictional spell to such atrocities as though the two can even begin to compare is a truly despicable thing to do. Second, this is not a fan site, if people want all the info from the books and films, that's what hp-lexicon and other fansites are for--Jac16888 Talk 11:17, 14 August 2011 (UTC)

Edit request from, 13 August 2011[edit]

You forgot one spell that I know of maybe more but for now you need "Bombarda" it explodes object that was pointed at. It is used in the prisoner of azkaban by Hermione in the end when she breaks Sirius Black out of the jail. (talk) 03:21, 13 August 2011 (UTC)

X mark.svg Not done. Non-canonical spell from the film Skier Dude (talk) 03:43, 13 August 2011 (UTC)
Can you please specify where it has been stated that items from the film are not canonical? - Jack Sebastian (talk) 03:59, 17 September 2011 (UTC)

Edit request from MicroPickle, 9 September 2011[edit]

Please change Antonin dolohov's curse where it says the curse was cast on dolohov by hermione to where dolohov cast the curse on hermione, because that is what actually happened in the book. Thank you for making this site more reliable:)

MicroPickle (talk) 03:53, 9 September 2011 (UTC)

It already says that, the bit thats got you confused is that it mentions the silencing charm she cast on him--Jac16888 Talk 11:10, 9 September 2011 (UTC)

Finite Incantatem Pronunciation is Wrong[edit]

It's described as being fi-NY-TEE incantatem, where as it should be fi-NEE-TAY incantatem. Whilst, IMO, it seems obvious that the former pronunciation is simply bizarre, you may see here also:

I'd edit it myself, but I have no idea how to do pronunciation thingies. Also, apologies if I've done this talk page edit wrong somehow, not done one before!

Chimpman (talk) 21:01, 11 September 2011 (UTC) Also Finite Incantatem is used by Hermione Granger in the Chamber of Secrets (Movie) to stop the bludger from injuring Harry after he had crashed on the Quidditch field. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Coffie23 (talkcontribs) 21:24, 16 November 2011 (UTC)

Also, it is mentioned in DH Part 1, when they are in the ministry. Hermione suggests Ron uses it to get rid of the rain in somebodies office. --CharlieDeBeadle (talk) 00:23, 26 January 2014 (UTC)

Suggested etymology??[edit]

Someone explain how this isn't Original Research? - Jack Sebastian (talk) 01:45, 17 September 2011 (UTC)

Since the suggested etymologies bits are pure synthesis, they have been removed. We cannot make connections that citable, reliable sources have not made, Specifically, we as editors are not allowed to make the connections from Latin to crazy made-up magic spell names. I have left those etymological notes that are well cited as to how Rowling came up with them, or speaks explicitly as to their origin. I've also tagged some items needing citation. If they aren;t cited within a reasonable amount of time, I imagine they will likely be eventually deleted. - Jack Sebastian (talk) 16:18, 17 September 2011 (UTC)

Edit request from, 18 September 2011[edit]

Please put the slug eating charm as 'Eat Slugs' because Ron says this when he uses it on Malfoy in the Chamber of Secrets. (talk) 11:51, 18 September 2011 (UTC)

Its unlikely thats the actual incantation--Jac16888 Talk 14:20, 19 September 2011 (UTC)

Edit request from, 27 September 2011[edit]

Fidelius Charm.

The "notes" section states that upon the Keeper's death, all those who have been told the secret become Secret-Keepers in turn, and can pass the secret on to others.

HOWEVER, this "becoming secret-keepers in turn" only allows those who have been previously told the secret to still KNOW the secret; but it apparently does NOT extend to allowing them to pass the secret on to others. In Deathly Hallows, the only concern of the Order of the Phoenix is that SNAPE can get into Grimauld Place, but not that he can pass the secret on to others. Protective charms are set against Snape only. When Harry, Hermione, and Ron use Grimauld Place, their only concern is meeting Snape there--not other Death Eaters. And when the Death Eaters begin keeping watch outside, they know the house is there, but they cannot SEE it or ENTER it, so apparently Snape could not tell them the secret. Also, when Yaxley is taken inside the Fidelius Charm's protection via Apparition, it is stated that he might be able to bring in other Death Eaters by Apparating them in--but NOT that he could TELL other Death Eaters the secret.<nt> So this is in keeping with Ms. Rowling's earlier statement. (talk) 14:41, 27 September 2011 (UTC)

This is going to sound silly, but while it is great that you were able to put this together, you need an verifiable, reliable source that says that. We cannot add it because you pit it together, because that would constitute synthesis, wherein we take two different pieces of information and put them together to say something not explicitly stated. - Jack Sebastian (talk) 18:20, 27 September 2011 (UTC)
X mark.svg Not done, per what Jack said--Jac16888 Talk 18:55, 27 September 2011 (UTC)

Edit request from , 2 November 2011[edit]

Arresto Momentum

  • Pronunciation: /ˌɑː-res-toː mo-men-təm/
  • Description: Slows the target individual's fall (rather like the Dungeons and Dragons spell "feather fall")
  • Seen/mentioned: Dumbledore casts this spell at Harry Potter in the Quidditch scene of Prisoner of Azkaban (movie). It is easily missed, because the screen fades out as the spell is being cast, and Dumbledore's voice sounds as but a distant echo. However, before the scene fades out, you clearly see him rise to cast a spell to save Potter as he is about to hit the ground, having fainted from a Dementor encounter high above the quidditch pitch. If you watch the DVD with the English language subtitles on, the incantation is spelled out; awareness of the incantation also makes it much more clearly discernible to the ear.

Addendum-- With regard to Jac16888's response that it was a film-only spell: HP and the Prisoner of Azkaban, trade paperback edition, ch. 9 ("Grim Defeat"), "[Hermione speaking]' Dumbledore was really angry. ... I've never seen him like that before. He ran onto the field as you fell, waved his wand and you sort of slowed down before you hit the ground'" (181). Reconsider inclusion?? Thanks :) (talk) 01:32, 2 November 2011 (UTC)

X mark.svg Not done, this is list of spells in the books only--Jac16888 Talk 01:36, 2 November 2011 (UTC)
Still not done. Criteria for inclusion on this list is: A) In one of the books B) has a defined (i.e. spell is written down) incantation C) has a clearly defined effect. Dumbledore waving his wand and slowing him down doesn't meet those--Jac16888 Talk 02:08, 3 November 2011 (UTC)
Okay, I'll bite: why is one of the criteria that the spell appeared in the book? Why is the rest of the criteria what it is? I get that we need to have citable references for spells and their effects, but I am not sure how we are arriving at the inclusion criteria.
A secondary question: are there spells that are used int eh film series that do not appear in the books? If so, what spells? - Jack Sebastian (talk) 04:38, 4 November 2011 (UTC)
This template, from the top of the page
--Jac16888 Talk 14:22, 4 November 2011 (UTC)

Edit request from JustPotteringAround, 8 November 2011[edit]

Isn't Wingardium Leviosa the incatation for the Hover Charm? Dobby used a Hover Charm in book 2 to levitate and smash Aunt Petunia's pudding (for which Harry got a Minstry warning). Hermione used a Hover Charm to get an unconcious Harry into his bunk after they left Godric's Hollow (book 7, Chapter 17: Bathilda's Secret, pg. 282). There are many other instances of both Wingardium Leviosa and the Hover Charm shown, and I have always been pretty sure that they are the same thing. Sorry if this is totally irrelevant.

JustPotteringAround (talk) 23:21, 8 November 2011 (UTC)

EDIT: Here's a link if you want to check up my claim: [3] JustPotteringAround (talk) 06:04, 11 November 2011 (UTC)

Not done: As far as I can tell your account is autoconfirmed. Subject to consensus, you should be able to edit this article yourself. —KuyaBriBriTalk 17:47, 5 September 2012 (UTC)

Edit request from JustPotteringAround, 8 November 2011[edit]

I'm sorry, but where is the source that this is the name for Specialis revelio? I don't mean to be nosy, but I have never seen this name in any of the Harry Potter books. Please clarify thanks.

JustPotteringAround (talk) 23:31, 8 November 2011 (UTC)

I have closed the {{edit semi-protected}} request for two reasons:
  1. The tag is only for requesting edits to semi-protected pages. I see no request for an edit to the article in your comment.
  2. Notwithstanding the above, as far as I can tell your account is autoconfirmed therefore you should be able to edit the article yourself subject to consensus. —KuyaBriBriTalk 17:46, 5 September 2012 (UTC)

Edit request from , 24 November 2011[edit]

Please add the important spell "Aresto Momentum".

Aresto Momentum is a spell that slows down or stops the movement of an object. Albus Dumbledore used this charm wandlessly to slow Harry Potter's fall during a Quidditch match in 1993, when he was overcome by Dementors. Aresto Momentum is taught at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, as part of the second-years' Charms curriculum. (talk) 12:46, 24 November 2011 (UTC)

X mark.svg Not done, the name of this spell is only used in the film, which is not canon--Jac16888 Talk 12:52, 24 November 2011 (UTC)

Begin request;

In the half blood prince when Dumbledore and Harry swim into the horcrux cave Dumbledore gets out of the water before Harry. Harry gets out and stands soaking wet and shivering for a while before Dumbledore notices his discomfort, apologizes for his neglect and performs a spell that dries Harry's clothes and skin completely. It was nonverbal but I recommend that a "Drying Charm/Spell" be added to this list.

Edit request, 22 December 2011[edit]

The Drying Spell/Charm-

Dries a subject's clothes and body.

Dumbledore uses nonverbally it on Harry in the Half-Blood Prince in Voldemort's Horcrux cave after they swam to the entrance. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:24, 22 December 2011 (UTC)

Comment This spell may be the same Hot-Air Charm used by Hermione as discussed here, but strangely it is not found in the article. Shuipzv3 (talk) 05:45, 22 December 2011 (UTC)
It's not because, as the box at the top of this page says "either the spell's official vernacular name, or its incantation, must be stated in canon for it to warrant inclusion"--Jac16888 Talk 07:53, 22 December 2011 (UTC)

Edit request on 8 March 2012[edit]

Aresto Momentum is a spell that slows down or stops the movement of an object. Albus Dumbledore used this charm wandlessly to slow Harry Potter's fall during a Quidditch match in 1993, when he was overcome by Dementors.

Aresto Momentum is taught at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, as part of the second-years' Charms curriculum.

[EDIT: DON'T ADD THIS, sorry, forgot to look at the talk page. :p]

ConstructiveEdits (talk) 16:37, 8 March 2012 (UTC)

Expecto Patronum and Familiar Spirit[edit]

I removed a reference to see also "Familiar Spirit". I think this was legitimate because (1) Expecto Patronum conjures a temporary patronus, not a familiar in the medieval european sense. (2) We do not link other spells to cognates in medieval folklore - and I think rightly not. The list is about fictional spells in a fictional work. (3) There was no talk entry to explain why the information should be added. However, if the editor who added it wishes to revert and put it back, I will not edit war, and will await other editors to develop a consensus.

Sirfurboy (talk) 19:12, 15 March 2012 (UTC)

Edit request on 26 March 2012[edit]

banishing charm (opposite of accio) is depulso. But the incantation is not mentioned nor listed as its own spell. (talk) 16:43, 26 March 2012 (UTC)

As the incantation is never mentioned, I do not think we can add it. Depulso is a reasonable guess for the incantation, useful for role-plays and such like but not part of the definitive list of spells from the books. Banishing charm has an entry already. Sirfurboy (talk) 17:27, 26 March 2012 (UTC)

X mark.svg Not done, per Sirfurboy--Jac16888 Talk 19:54, 26 March 2012 (UTC)

Scourgify in book and Skurge in video games[edit]

In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game) there is a spell called "Skurge" that could be linked to "Scourgify". If they are then should it be mentioned in the "seen/mentioned" section then? (talk) 03:39, 26 June 2012 (UTC)

Edit request on 27 June 2012[edit]

Please add the following spell that I believe was overlooked. Thanks!

Lkreutter (talk) 23:29, 27 June 2012 (UTC)

Arresto Momentum (uh-RES-toe mo-MEN-tum)

"a" L. toward + "resto" L. stop, hold position + "momentum" L. movement

Slows the descent of a falling object.

Dumbledore used this spell to keep Harry from falling to his death after the Dementors flew at him over the Quidditch pitch.

Lkreutter (talk) 23:29, 27 June 2012 (UTC)

X mark.svg Not done, that was in the film not the books, this list is for book spells only--Jac16888 Talk 10:15, 28 June 2012 (UTC)

Edit request on 2 July 2012[edit]

The spell rennervate is miss spelt. The correct spelling is enervate. My source of this information is the 4 Harry Potter book page 120 (talk) 08:47, 2 July 2012 (UTC)

Interesting one. The spell has officially been renamed by JKR as per the reference on the page, thus rennervate is correct. Nevertheless this is in the books as enervate, and as this is a list of book spells, should we incorporate it? As it stands, there is text in the article pointing out the change. Also the quality of the reference for this is not ideal. We do not have JKRs words describing the renamed spell, just the link to another list of spells with the text that JKR renamed it. We should probably smarten this up. Does anyone have a primary source?

Sirfurboy (talk) 18:56, 2 July 2012 (UTC)

Following up my own edit, reading further, the reference does explain that the change in name is being incorporated in later versions of the books. As such, the reference is probably as good as we will get. Also the text describing the old use of enervate is probably sufficient. We could maybe sharpen up the wording by saying "Early versions of the book listed this spell as enervate, but this has been corrected by publisher's Bloomsbury in later versions, and JKR has officially renamed the spell to rennervate".

Sirfurboy (talk) 19:04, 2 July 2012 (UTC)

Not done: article section already states this. Mdann52 (talk) 10:13, 9 July 2012 (UTC)

Edit request on 4 July 2012[edit]

alarte ascendare is a spell that launches an object in the air used by Gilderoy Lockheart in the chamber of secrets in an attempt to kill the snake Draco Malfoy summons — Preceding unsigned comment added by Pkmnmasterj4 (talkcontribs) 16:28, 4 July 2012 (UTC)


Pronunciation: /ɪŋˈkɑrsərəs/ing-KAR-sər-əs Description: Ties someone or something up with ropes. Seen/mentioned: An unnamed spell, presumably incarcerous, is used by Lupin to tie up Snape in the Shrieking Shack in Prisoner of Azkaban and likewise in Goblet of Fire when Pettigrew ties Harry to Tom Riddle's grave. Incarcerous itself is first heard in Order of the Phoenix, when Umbridge gets in a battle with the centaurs. Also used by Harry on the Inferi in Voldemort's Horcrux chamber, in Half-Blood Prince, and later again when Harry tries to bound Snape after the death of Dumbledore.

Should be "bind" Snape in this sentence.


Shouldn't the plural of Patronus be Patroni, as opposed to Patronuses? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jackfrederick20 (talkcontribs) 14:12, 9 July 2012 (UTC)


A spoiler tag should be added, due to some of the spell information revealing plot twists, disguises, etc. Event Nexus (talk) 03:54, 12 August 2012 (UTC)

WE're sorry, but if you come looking to spoil the story for yourself, we aren't going to stop you, as per WP:SPOILER. - Jack Sebastian (talk) 04:38, 12 August 2012 (UTC)

Edit request on 14 August 2012[edit]

Lacarnum Inflamarae Pronunciation: la-CAR-num in-fla-MA-ray Description: It sends a ball of fire from the wand Seen/Mentioned: Used by Hermione in 1991 to stop Professor Quirrell from cursing Harry's broom during the Quidditch match. The incantation is only used in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film). Etymology: Latin inflammo, or the verb inflammatio meaning "to set on fire". Lacarnum, from the Latin “lacerna”, meaning “cloak”. Stevieb2685 (talk) 17:10, 14 August 2012 (UTC)

X mark.svg Not done, film spell not a book spell, therefore not canon, as described at the top of the page--Jac16888 Talk 17:37, 14 August 2012 (UTC)

Edit request on 21 August 2012[edit]

  • The spells that have "Created by Severus Snape" by them are wrong, we find out in the Half-blood Prince" that many spells go in and out of fashion, therefore we dont know who made these spells. Yet "Sectumsempra" we find out is one of Severus Snape's own pells, as he scolds Harry for trying to use Severus Snape's own spell against him.
    • Reducio.

Pronunciation: /rɛˈdjuːsi.oʊ/re-dew-see-oh Description: Makes an enlarged object smaller. Counter-charm to Engorgio. Seen/mentioned: Used in Goblet of Fire by Barty Crouch Jr (as Moody) to shrink the spider he used to demonstrate the Cruciatus Curse. Harry attempts the spell in the Deathly Hallows when practising with Draco's blackthorn wand.

Harry is Practising with the wand Ron got from the Santchers, hence it does not reduce in size.--Wezzer1991 (talk) 01:23, 21 August 2012 (UTC)

Edit request on 29 August 2012[edit]

The spell "Lumos" should be "Lumos Solem" This spell produces a produces a beam of light (talk) 04:00, 29 August 2012 (UTC)

  • Whenever I have seen this spell in the canon books, it was merely "Lumos". Anthony Appleyard (talk) 05:28, 29 August 2012 (UTC)

Not done: please provide reliable sources that support that this change meets the inclusion criteria at the top of the page. — Deontalk 11:00, 30 August 2012 (UTC)

Edit request on 7 September 2012[edit]

There is a mistake in the notes to the Shield Charm, it says that Hermione uses the spell to stop Ron and Harry fighting. It is however Harry who uses the spell to stop Hermione from attacking Ron. My source is obviously the book itself ;) (talk) 16:04, 7 September 2012 (UTC)

Not done for now: which book and which page? Callanecc (talkcontribslogs) 06:29, 8 September 2012 (UTC)

Book 7, p. 309, chapter "The Silver Doe". It's when Ron returns to Harry and Hermione after he left them. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 11:06, 8 September 2012 (UTC)

I just reread the book, it seems that both statements are correct, Hermione does stop Harry from attacking Ron just before Ron leaves (same book, approximately page 254, can't remember exactly). — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:53, 9 September 2012 (UTC)

Undetectable extension charm and object mass[edit]

A previous editor added text, astutely noting that this charm does not affect the mass of the container, rightly pointing out that Hermione's bag could still be carried despite the enormous amount of stuff it contained. However I have modified the wording slightly. Instead of saying the mass does not increase, I have said it does not noticeably affect the container's weight,

JKR does not tell us how the charm works. Do the objects reduce in mass? is the mass negated by the charm? or do, in fact, the contents of the container not reside in the container at all but somewhere else entirely, as per Nakor's bag of oranges and stuff in Raymond Feist's Midkemia books?

All we can say for sure is that there is no noticeable affect of the mass on the mass of the container (as I have changed it) and we cannot speculate on the main page as to why this is.

I also opted for the less precise but better understood term "weight", precisely because this is not a scientific explanation of the spell but an observation of its effects.. I wwould have no objection if that were put back to "mass" if other editirs disagree. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Sirfurboy (talkcontribs) 13:46, 14 September 2012 (UTC)

Nothing wrong with that change. I added it here because I'd also added it on the Magical objects in harry potter page, many moons ago, but it also seems appropriate here. I suppose technically your version is better, because we don't know that the objects mass is negated - if it were, and the charm were used to increase the size internally of the tents, all sorts of interesting things would happen when mass-less people tried to interact with mass-less objects inside a tent. Finally, I haven't read any of Feist's work for years, and had forgotten about the little Isalani. I've just had a look at his page, and it's in need of a little tidy-up, so I'm off there right now. Chaheel Riens (talk) 14:05, 14 September 2012 (UTC)

Repelling charm - addition?[edit]

"the wizards in the crowd forced [the snitch] back with repelling spells".

Quodditch through the ages Chapter 4, Fifth paragraph

This is not the muggle repelling charm, because the snitch is a bird. Thus a more general repelling spell. Sirfurboy (talk) 18:50, 1 October 2012 (UTC)

On checking my source, read "snidget" for snitch above! The bird is called a snidget.

Sirfurboy (talk) 18:55, 1 October 2012 (UTC)

Edit request on 22 October 2012 about Snatchers instead of Death Eaters[edit]


Description: A jinx which may be placed upon a word or a name, so that whenever that word is spoken, a magical disturbance is created that alerts the caster of the Taboo to the location of the speaker. Any protective enchantments in effect around the speaker are broken when the Tabooed word is spoken aloud.
Seen/mentioned: In Deathly Hallows, this spell is placed on the word "Voldemort"; Harry, Ron and Hermione are tracked this way to Tottenham Court Road. Ron tells the other two to stop using the word as he began to fear the name might be a jinx, later discovering it to be a Taboo. The Taboo on Voldemort's name proves useful in identifying supporters of Harry Potter, since the name is so feared that only "rebels" dare speak it. Later in the book, Harry says Voldemort's name again, resulting in the trio being caught by "Death Eaters" and taken to Malfoy Manor.

Maybe I'm wrong, but shouldn't the "Death Eaters" be Snatchers? They're supporters of Lord Voldemort, but still, I believe the term used is Snatchers. (talk) 11:27, 22 October 2012 (UTC)

Done. Yes, you're right. I changed it. Edenc1Talk 11:45, 22 October 2012 (UTC)

Edit request on 16 December 2012[edit]

Description of effects of Homenum Revelio seems vague. Is it known in what way it reveals humans? In the books, Dumbledore does see Harry under his Cloak by means of this spell, but usually in a way that does not alert others to his presence. Harrisoncohix (talk) 09:52, 16 December 2012 (UTC)

Not done: please make your request in a "change X to Y" format. Callanecc (talkcontribslogs) 10:23, 16 December 2012 (UTC)

Article title[edit]

As you list only spells given in the Harry Potter books I'd suggest changing the article title to accurately reflect this. It would clear up some evident confusion. You could go for Featured List status. Span (talk) 21:21, 21 February 2013 (UTC)

Edit request on 5 April 2013[edit]

The following "spells" should be listed with slightly different spellings, to more properly reflect their pronunciation:

Rictusempra - Rictus sempra (tickled always) (sempra, from Latin "semper", "always")

Sectumsempra - Sectum sempra (always 'divided', always 'cut' or 'slashed')

Serpensortia - Serpens sorcia (serpens - Latin, "serpent, snake" + "sorcia" - "to cast or throw") (talk) 12:16, 5 April 2013 (UTC)

Not done; the spells are listed according to how they appear written in the books. If any of the listed ones don't follow the books, however, that would be something to fix. -— Isarra 06:41, 6 April 2013 (UTC)

Avada Kedavra[edit]

It says in the "Avada Kedavra" section that the spell first appears in the fourth book. Surely Harry saw it in the Dementor and Boggart-Dementor visions? Drakon467 (talk) 17:31, 12 July 2013 (UTC)

Wasn't named though, at that point it was just a flash of green--Jac16888 Talk 17:53, 12 July 2013 (UTC)

Edit request on 7 August 2013[edit]

Could you possibly add the spell Bombarda to B? and add that it can be used with Maxima to enhance the power of the strike? :-) Quibblerz (talk) 19:52, 7 August 2013 (UTC)

Not done for now: Could you provide the book and page so we can verify it meets the inclusion criteria at the top of this talk page? BryanG (talk) 03:53, 22 August 2013 (UTC)
Just noticed this. In the film version of Order of the Phoenix Umbridge uses it to blow a hole in the wall between the corridor and the Room of Requirement. Don't recall if it's used in the book though. Chaheel Riens (talk) 10:55, 27 January 2014 (UTC)

Protego Maxima Fianto Duri Repello Inimicum[edit]

Protego Maxima Fianto Duri Repello Inimicum this spell was used to protect the castle (the big shield dome) before the first attack in Deathly Hallow PT2 — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:32, 20 August 2013 (UTC)

Name Vs. Incantation[edit]

Currently, the actual names of the spells are in parentheses. For example, Accio (Summoning Charm). But, it should really be the other way around [Summoning Charm (Accio)]. You don't learn Accio; you learn the Summoning Charm by saying Accio. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:58, 29 August 2013 (UTC)

Literary shout-outs - "we're all fishing from the same stream here"[edit]

Here and there are spell-names, such as (Horton-Keitch Braking Charm), that sound as if they owe something to Sir Terry Pratchett's "Discworld" and the other magical college of Unseen University. Pratchett has rejected any suggestion that plagiarism is happening in either direction, pointing out that both authors creations draw heavily on prior descriptions of magical colleges which feature heavily on folklore and the body of fantasy fiction that went before - "public domain" sources, as it were. (In fact, Pratchett's UU predates Hogwarts by quite a few years). But with both books representing the incredibly successful end of British fantasy fiction, with phenomenally vast readerships, there must have been some overlap and muddying of the waters. Some of the spell-names in Pratchett are in cod-Latin, for instance. Rowling's Horton-Keitch Braking Charm, uses the same convention Pratchett devises for his wizards' spells: naming them after the wizards who devised them - cf Maxwell's Impressive Separator.

I wonder if there's a way of writing about this in a way that meets Wikipedia standards? AgProv (talk) 09:39, 29 November 2013 (UTC)

I would say not, as firstly (and most importantly) it's all original research, unless you can find reliable sources to support this. Secondly, even if RS were found, it would be very difficult to work out who owed what to what. For example your assumption above that Rowling used Pratchett as inspiration, despite int he very same sentence you state that Pratchett himself has rejected the proposals. It's all very muddy. Chaheel Riens (talk) 09:47, 29 November 2013 (UTC)

Avada Kedavra[edit]

sacrificing yourself does not make the victim immune as the example stated, it is unknown what actually occured when Lily sacrificed herself though it did create a shield of some sort where Voldemort couldn't physically touch Harry as in the [1] the reason Harry couldn't die from curses was the fact that Voldemorts soul was so weak from being torn so many times into horicux's that after he killed Lilly another piece was torn off making Harry a horicux himself and as it stated only very powerful magik can distroy horcux's [2] — Preceding unsigned comment added by Cupidodger (talkcontribs) 21:54, 9 April 2014 (UTC)

A little confused, but I get your drift. I've updated the spell entry to remove that bit. Chaheel Riens (talk) 08:50, 10 April 2014 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 2 June 2014[edit]

Evervate (Spell used to revive an unconscious person) Description: This spell is used to revive a person after he/she has been stunned Seen/mentioned: This spell is first used in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, by Bartemius Crouch to resuscitate his house-elf, Winky, after she had been Stunned in the woods during the events following the Quidditch World Cup. Premsantosh (talk) 20:59, 2 June 2014 (UTC)

Red information icon with gradient background.svg Not done: please provide reliable sources that support the change you want to be made. NQ (talk) 21:24, 2 June 2014 (UTC)

Head of Wolf Pronunciation: UNKNOWN Description: Are you free this week, Olivia????

Seen/mentioned: Chapter 8, Book 4. I think.[13] — Preceding unsigned comment added by Cappy2886 (talkcontribs) 02:10, 17 September 2014 (UTC)

  1. ^ Sorcerers Stone
  2. ^ Deathly Hallows