Accio Fandom! The 80+ 'Harry Potter' Spells Every Hogwarts Fan Should Know

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Still waiting on your acceptance letter to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry? Join the long line at Platform 9¾, bud. We get it: You want to use some fun magic. But whether your owl got lost or you’re more Muggle than Wizard, you may require a little help summoning up the right incantations for any given moment. After all, if there’s one thing we learned from watching Harry, Ron, and Hermione together, it’s that even the best wizards rely on their friends in times of need. Or, to paraphrase Professor Dumbledore, “Help will always be given to those who ask for it.”

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Since you’re here, we’ll take that as asking. So, we compiled a list of powerful ‘Harry Potter’ spells that you can memorize. Feel free to use them on the off-chance you end up riding the Hogwarts Express and getting sorted into your chosen house (Team Gryffindor forever!). Read on to find the Harry Potter spells — and their meanings — that you definitely could use in your life right now.

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  1. Accio!

Summons any object. Example, “Accio, bowl of chips!”

  1. Alohomora

Unlocks doors and objects without you lifting a finger, which makes it easier when finding your car keys in the morning.

  1. Anapneo

A healing spell that clears the target’s airway if they are choking on something. Who needs to remember the Heimlich?

  1. Bombarda

Creates a small explosion. You never know when you might need it!

  1. Brackium Emendo

Mends broken bones when used correctly. Go ahead and go rock climbing! You’re good.

  1. Cantis

It’s a chant that causes anyone to uncontrollably burst into song. If you’ve always wanted your life to sound like a Broadway musical, this is for you.

  1. Colloshoo

A hex that sticks the target’s shoes to the ground. Could work really well in a foot race!

  1. Diffindo

If you can’t slice an onion to save your life, this charm helps precisely cut or tear objects.

  1. Diminuendo

Need to get rid of someone fast? Use this charm to shrink your target.

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  1. Episkey

Another healing spell that helps to heal relatively minor injuries, such as broken bones and cartilage. Who needs medical school?

  1. Erecto

Hey, don’t get any ideas. This isn’t an alternative to Viagara but a charm that helps to erect a tent or any upright structure.

  1. Expecto Patronum

Feeling blue and surrounded by Dementor-like peeps? Use this protective charm that channels a person’s happiest memory to keep those soul suckers away.

  1. Flagrate

Impress at your next Fourth of July party with this charm that writes firey marks in midair.

  1. Geminio

Use this to duplicate your target. We can’t have too many Brad Pitts, right?

  1. Glisseo

When the commute home gets tiring, use this to transform stairs into a slide.

  1. Herbivicus

Keep killing your succulents? Use this charm to rapidly grow your houseplants.

  1. (Hour-Reversal Charm)

Need to get those precious hours of sleep back? Wish you didn’t say that thing on your date? This reverses small amounts of time (up to five hours).

  1. Imperturbable Charm

Need some privacy with your nosy roommate? Use this charm that creates an invisible magical barrier on an object, like a door, which bounces objects off of it, and muffles sounds.

  1. Incendio

Camping and forgot your matches? No problem. This charm creates fire. Need something stronger? Simply add “Incendio duo” to make a super bonfire.

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  1. Inflatus

This charm inflates the target. So when you’re tired of someone’s sh*t, just let them literally float away.

  1. Intruder Charm

Just what it says — this charm detects and warns of intruders so you can breathe easier at night, home alone.

  1. Locomotor Wibbly

When you want to show off your strength in your next fitness class, simply say this charm. It will turn the target’s legs to jelly.

  1. Langlock

Around someone who just won’t shut up? Use this charm to stick the target’s tongue to the roof of their mouth.

  1. Lumos

Assuming you already have a wand (who doesn’t?), this charm will illuminate the tip of it, so you can see in the dark.

  1. Mobilicorpus

Need people to just get out of your way? Use this charm, which levitates and moves bodies.

  1. Oculus Reparo

Broke your glasses again? Repair them with this simple charm.

  1. Obliviate

If you’re longing for an Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind-type thing from your recent breakup, then you definitely should use this charm that erases specific memories.

  1. Pack

Everyone hates to pack their suitcase, so use this charm to have it pack itself.

  1. Quietus

Is someone a loud talker in your life? Quiet them down with this charm.

  1. Reducio

Stop feeling guilty of eating that big slice of cake and use this charm that shrinks the size of an object.

  1. (Sauce-making Spell)

You have the noodles but you forgot to buy the sauce! Never fear, and use this conjuration that produces sauce from the tip of your wand.

More Spells!

  1. Aberto

Opens locked doors. This comes in handy when you forget your key!

  1. Aguamenti

Moves water.

  1. Aparecium

Reveals secrets.

  1. Apparate

A teleportation spell. Late to work? No problem!

  1. Ascendio

This spell launches people through the air.

  1. Avada Kedavra

An evil spell that is incredibly deadly.

  1. Avis

Conjures a flock of birds.

  1. Bat-Bogey Hex

This spell transforms a person’s boogers into bats.

  1. Capacious Extremis

This charm expands an object or place without damaging it.

  1. Confundo

This charm creates confusion.

  1. Conjunctivitis Curse

With this spell, you can reduce the eyesight of a person.

  1. Crinus Muto

Changes the color and style of a person’s hair.

  1. Crucio

Causes excruciating pain in a person.

  1. Disillusionment Charm

Allows a person to camouflage themselves.

  1. Disapparate

A transportation/teleportation spell.

  1. Engorgio

Can cause rapid growth in a person.

  1. Evanesco

Makes objects disappear.

  1. Expelliarmus

Makes your enemy drop whatever’s in their hands.

  1. Ferula

A charm that heals.

  1. Fidelius Charm

A charm that makes someone keep a secret inside of their souls.

  1. Fiendfyre Curse

Conjures big enchanted flames.

  1. Finite Incantatem

A spell used to neutralize the power of a charm.

  1. Furnunculus Curse

A jinx that causes someone to break out in boils or pimples.

  1. Homenum Revelio

Reveals a person.

  1. Homonculus Charm

Uncovers someone’s true identity or location using a piece of parchment paper.

  1. Immobulus

Paralyses living targets.

  1. Impedimenta

A jinx that slows down targets.

  1. Incarcerous

Conjures ropes.

  1. Imperio

Places someone in complete control of the caster.

  1. Impervius

Makes an object waterproof. This would work well for a day at the beach.

  1. Morsmordre

Conjures and protects Lord Voldemort’s Dark Mark.

  1. Mucus Ad Nauseam

Makes someone come down with a terrible cold.

  1. Muffliato

This prevents someone from eavesdropping by creating a buzzing sound in the ear of your target.

  1. Nox

Extinguishes a wand’s light

  1. Obscuro

Creates a blindfold

  1. Oppugno

Makes an object or person attack someone.

  1. Petrificus Totalus

Freeze a person temporarily.

  1. Periculum

Creates red sparks.

  1. Piertotum Locomotor

Make inanimate objects come to life.

  1. Protean Charm

Connects objects.

  1. Protego

Make the caster invisible to others.

  1. Renneverate

Awakens an unconscious person.

  1. Reparifors

Healing spell that saves people from positioning or paralysis.

  1. Reparo

Fixes broken objects.

  1. Rictusempra

A charm tickles your enemies.

  1. Riddikulus

Places a funny face on a scary creature.

  1. Scourgify

Cleaning spell.

  1. Sectumsempra

Causes hemorrhaging on a target and places painful lacerations on their body.

  1. Serpensortia

Conjures snakes.

  1. Silencio

Mutes a person.

  1. Sonorus

Makes a person’s voice louder.

  1. Spongify

This makes a target physically softer.

  1. Stupefy

The spell freezes objects.

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