30+ Harry Potter Spells — And Their Meanings — Every Fan Should Know

Accio Fandom! The 30+ ‘Harry Potter’ Spells Every Hogwarts Fan Should Know

December 6, 2019 Updated October 19, 2020

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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 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.”

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!”
  2. Alohomora
    Unlocks doors and objects without you lifting a finger, which makes it easier when finding your car keys in the morning.
  3. Anapneo
    A healing spell that clears the target’s airway if they are choking on something. Who needs to remember the Heimlich?
  4. Bombarda
    Creates a small explosion. You never know when you might need it!
  5. Brackium Emendo
    Mends broken bones when used correctly. Go ahead and go rock climbing! You’re good.
  6. 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.
  7. Colloshoo
    A hex that sticks the target’s shoes to the ground. Could work really well in a foot race!
  8. Diffindo
    If you can’t slice an onion to save your life, this charm helps precisely cut or tear objects.
  9. Diminuendo
    Need to get rid of someone fast? Use this charm to shrink your target.
  10. Episkey
    Another healing spell that helps to heal relatively minor injuries, such as broken bones and cartilage. Who needs medical school?
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Flagrate
    Impress at your next Fourth of July party with this charm that writes firey marks in midair.
  14. Geminio
    Use this to duplicate your target. We can’t have too many Brad Pitts, right?
  15. Glisseo
    When the commute home gets tiring, use this to transform stairs into a slide.
  16. Herbivicus
    Keep killing your succulents? Use this charm to rapidly grow your houseplants.
  17. (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).
  18. 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.
  19. Incendio
    Camping and forgot your matches? No problem. This charm creates fire. Need something stronger? Simply add “Incendio duo” to make a super bonfire.
  20. Inflatus
    This charm inflates the target. So when you’re tired of someone’s sh*t, just let them literally float away.
  21. Intruder Charm
    Just what it says — this charm detects and warns of intruders so you can breathe easier at night, home alone.
  22. 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.
  23. Langlock
    Around someone who just won’t shut up? Use this charm to stick the target’s tongue to the roof of their mouth.
  24. 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.
  25. Mobilicorpus
    Need people to just get out of your way? Use this charm, which levitates and moves bodies.
  26. Oculus Reparo
    Broke your glasses again? Repair them with this simple charm.
  27. 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.
  28. Pack
    Everyone hates to pack their suitcase, so use this charm to have it pack itself.
  29. Quietus
    Is someone a loud talker in your life? Quiet them down with this charm.
  30. Reducio
    Stop feeling guilty of eating that big slice of cake and use this charm that shrinks the size of an object.
  31. (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.


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