Harry Potter Spells: Which Do You Remember?

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How many of them can you remember when it comes to Harry Potter spells? Harry Potter is a legendary book series that has an important place in the childhood and adolescence of many of us, and has somehow touched the personalities of the children of the world. So much so that not getting our Hogwarts acceptance letter, which we expected at the age of 11, is still a wound for some of us. Many spells are used in the Harry Potter books and movies. Some of these spells are life-saving, some are life-saving, and some are life-taking. According to Wikipedia, the number of spells in the Harry Potter universe is known as two hundred and six. Here in this content, we have listed the most important of these spells.

Let us warn you in advance, later parts of the content may contain spoilers!

Harry Potter Spells That Make Life Easier

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Under this title, let’s examine the spells that help the characters in daily life in the Harry Potter universe.


The Accio spell, one of the most well-known spells among the Harry Potter spells that make life easier, ensures that whatever object is named after the word “Accio”, that object reaches the wizard. You may remember this spell from summoning the Firebolt during Harry’s first mission in the Goblet of Fire.


The Alohomora spell is the spell to open closed locks. While it can work in simple situations, more complex spells require a more elaborate unlocking spell. We see the Alohomora magic in the movies for the first time used by Hermione to enter the locked room where the three-headed dog Fluffy is guarding the Philosopher’s Stone.


The Apulosayoni spell enchants the quill, parchment, and ink so that everything the caster says is written on the parchment. We know that Rita Skeeter, the unethical reporter of the Daily Prophet, used this spell.

Brackium Emendo

The Brackium Emendo spell is a spell that can be used to fix broken bones. However, this spell must be applied very carefully. You may recall that when applied by an inept wizard like Gilderoy Lockhart, it destroyed all the bones in Harry’s arm in the movie Chamber of Secrets…


The Episkey spell is a spell used to heal broken bones, just like the Brackium Emendo spell. This spell must be applied carefully, just like the Brackium Emendo spell. Otherwise, it may cause the bones to disappear completely. The Episkey spell was successfully applied by Luna Lovegood in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince to fix Harry’s nose that was broken by Draco Malfoy.



The Lumos spell, when spoken, emits light from the tip of the wand, making it a source of light for the witch or wizard who owns the wand in the darkest moments. We see this spell used for the first time in the movie Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, when Harry is trying to study secretly at the Dudleys’ house at night. There are a few more spells related to Lumos, one of the spells we often see in the following movies. Let’s take a look at these linked spells:

  • Lumos Maxima: Increases Lumos’ light power.
  • Nox: Turns out the light at the tip of the wand illuminated by Lumos. In a sense, we can say that Nox magic is the counter magic of Lumos magic.

Oculus Reparo

Oculus Reparo is used to repair damaged objects. This enchantment can only be used on small and easy-to-repair items. Hermione was the first to show us the Oculus Reparo magic in movies. Hermione, who first encountered Ron and Harry on the Hogwarts Express while searching for Neville’s missing frog in the first movie of the series, the Philosopher’s Stone, used this spell to fix Harry’s broken glasses.

Wingardium Leviosa

“Not Leviosah, Leviosa!” We all remember this iconic line from Hermione. The Wingardium Leviosa spell, which we met at the very beginning of the series, serves to ventilate the objects. Ron, who fails to apply this spell during the lesson, neutralizes the Troll who entered Hogwarts with the help of Hermione later in the movie with the help of this spell.

Harry Potter Spells Used for Defense

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As you know from the Harry Potter series, there is a Defense Against the Dark Arts class at Hogwarts, which cannot be shared and where all kinds of misfortunes happen to every professor who takes the course. In this course, counter spells and general protection spells that students can use against deadly curses, sinister spells and general protection spells are explained. Here are the Harry Potter spells used for defensive purposes!


Obliviate is a spell that serves to erase some parts of the person’s memory or the entire memory. Gilderoy Lockhart was the first to apply the Obliviate spell, which is a very practical magic especially with the Muggles coming across events and people from the World of Magic, in films, or rather trying to apply it, and who wanted to erase Ron and Harry’s memory. However, Lockhart, whose magic was ripped off, caused his own memory to be erased as a result of this tab and spent his days in St. It caused him to spend it in Mungo. We also see that Hermione applies this spell to her family in order to protect her family in the seventh movie of the series.

Aresto Momentum

Aresto Momentum, as the name suggests, is a spell related to Momentum, that is, velocity and mass. We see that this spell is used for the same purpose 2 times throughout the Harry Potter series. The first of these is that Harry fell off his broom during a Quidditch match in his third year at Hogwarts due to being attacked by Dementors, and Dumbledore used the Aresto Momentum spell to prevent Harry from hitting the ground quickly.

In the last movie of the series, we see Hermione using the Aresto Momentum spell while Harry, Ron, Hermione and Griphook fall from a height as they enter Bellatrix’s vault in Gringotts in hopes of finding a Horcrux.


The Unravel spell is a spell that allows witches and wizards to be stunned by the Stun spell or turned into stone using the Petrificus Totalus spell to escape the effects of these spells. You may remember that in the first movie of the series, The Philosopher’s Stone, Hermione turned Neville into stone using the Petrificus Totalus spell. Neville was most likely freed from the Petrificus Totalus spell using the Solve spell.

Expecto Patronum

Expecto Patronum

When it comes to Harry Potter spells, it is the first spell that comes to mind for many of us. Expecto Patronum, one of the spells that fascinates us with its splendor in the series, is a spell used for defense against Dementors. This spell requires a significant amount of magic skill. The witch or wizard who wants to use the Expecto Patronum spell for it to work must focus on a moment when he is very happy and be careful to stay in this moment in order for the spell to continue. Created with the Expecto Patronum spell, the shield allows the Dementor to feed on the happy memory in question, not the witch or wizard. When done correctly and powerfully, the Dementor can be removed.

At this point, let’s remember Remus Lupine, who taught Harry the Patronus spell, with a nice word:

“Success is not the number of people around you, but the quality of what you believe in.”


Riddikulus is a spell used against Boggarts and has a defensive purpose. Using this spell, you can neutralize the Boggart, which takes the form of your worst fears, by putting it in a funny situation. In Prisoner of Azkaban, the third movie in the series, the Riddikulus magic taught by our favorite Defense Against the Dark Arts professor, Professor Lupin, was quite enjoyable for the students. The Boggarts of some characters are as follows:

Harry Potter – Dementors

Hermione Granger – Failure

Ron Weasley – Acromantula

Professor Dumbledore – Sister Arianna’s corpse

Professor Snape – Lily Potter’s corpse

Tom Riddle – His own death

Draco Malfoy – Lord Voldemort

Sirius Black – Prison of Azkaban

Fred and George – The corpses of his brothers respectively

Remus Lupine – Full Moon

Bellatrix Lestrange – Lord Voldemort


Fidelius is known as a very powerful concealment spell. The person casted the Fidelius spell becomes the secret keeper of the caster. No one on Earth can find out if the secret keeper does not tell the secret. Especially during Voldemort’s first rise, this concealment tactic, which was widely used by non-purebred muggle-born and hybrids, members of the Order of the Phoenix, was the spell that brought the end of the Potters. Of course, the crime is not in the magic, it is Peter Pettigrew, the secret keeper, whom they reveal their hiding place. The Potters in particular did not choose Sirius Black or Remus Lupine as secret keepers, as the Dark Lord might have guessed, they relied on another close friend, Peter Pettigrew. Pettigrew later blamed Sirius Black, causing Black to spend 12 years in Azkaban.

Finite Incantatem

The Finite Incantatem spell is used to save objects or people who have fallen under the influence of a spell or curse from the effect of this spell or curse. Finite Incantatem may not work if it is not used immediately after the curse, the jinx. Also it will definitely not work on very strong curses and 3 Unforgivable Curses. We see this spell in the movies for the first time in the Philosopher’s Stone when used by Hermione Granger to save Harry from a cursed Bludger during a Quidditch match. Also in the last book of the series, when the trio infiltrates the Ministry of Magic, Hermione advises Ron to use the Finite Incantatem spell to stop the rain in Corban Yaxley’s office.


Protego is known as a shield spell. In the movie Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, when it is discovered that there is a mind link between Harry and Lord Voldemort, it was feared that it would be the Mindmaster spell, while Snape was teaching Harry how to protect himself from this spell, while Harry cast the Protego spell to protect himself, Snape’s spell bounced back. and Harry began to see memories of Snape.

Protego Totalum

Protego Totalum is used to protect against intruders and other offensive spells, apart from Unforgivable Curses and powerful curse spells. We see the Protego Totalum spell, which acts as a shield spell, for the first time in the Harry Potter films in Deathly Hallows Part 1, when Hermione applies it around the camp.

Salvio Hexia

Salvio Hexia is also known as the Dreamcatcher magic. It does not make the people in the area where it is applied invisible, but the people in this area are camouflaged by taking the pattern of the environment. During the Horcrux hunt, Hermione used many protective spells in the area at her campsite in Dean Forest. Salvio Hexia was one of those protective spells.

Harry Potter Spells Used for Offensive Purposes

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Whether you’re on the side of Lord Voldemort or waving a wand with the Order of the Phoenix, you need to attack as much as you need to defend yourself. We know from the Order that many mages use medium attack spells and curses. In particular, there are members of the Fellowship who think that Harry is being a little too conscientious about this. Now let’s look at spells in the Harry Potter universe that can be used for offensive purposes.

Stupefy (Stun)

The Stun Spell stuns the person it is cast on, causing them to lose consciousness. This spell was especially preferred in duels, as it caused little damage and caused the duel to end quickly. This spell also has the ability to stop moving objects and creatures. Stupefy Duo is an empowered version of this spell. The Stun Charm is a spell that appears many times throughout the series. It was among the spells frequently preferred by Harry, as it was a spell that could neutralize the opponent without killing or causing serious damage.

on the bombardment

Bombarda is a spell used to create a powerful explosion. Towards the end of the movie Order of the Phoenix, we see Hermione using the Bombarda spell to save Sirius from the dungeon where he was locked in one of the towers in Hogwarts. Also in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Dolores Umbridge, who “occupies a throne” in everyone’s hearts, uses the Bombarda Maxima, an enhanced version of the Bombarda spell, to capture Dumbledore’s Army working in the Room of Requirement.

Confundus (Confusion Spell)

The Confundus Charm is a surprise spell. When this spell is used, it confuses the person used, confuses them and misleads them. Confundus Magic can make the person to whom it is applied forget the importance of the current situation, vital intelligence. In Harry Potter’s Half-Blood Prince, Hermione casts a Confusing Charm on Ron’s rival, Mclaggen, in order for Ron to succeed in his Quidditch audition. The trio also use this spell to avoid being noticed when they enter Gringotts in Deathly Hallows Part 2.



Expelliarmus can be used as a defensive spell by taking away the wand of the person it is applied to, or it can also cause the person to fall and thus be injured when applied strongly. Along with these, the Expelliarmus spell can bounce the spell sent from the opposite side, if applied at the right time, and send it back there. We can see that the Expelliarmus spell is used many times throughout the series by different characters. At this point, it is worth recalling the discussions between Harry and Lupine in the book about Harry’s use of this spell against Death Eaters.

“Did they recognize you? But how? What did you do?”

“I (…) And tried to disarm him instead of something else – eh, he doesn’t realize what he’s doing, does he? The Imperius Curse must have been placed on him!”

Lupine looked horrified.

“Harry, it’s time to Disarm! These people are trying to take you prisoner and kill you! If you’re not ready to kill, at least Stun!”

“We were hundreds of meters in the air! Stan is not himself, and if I had Stunned him and he had fallen, it would have been like I had used Avada Kedavra. Expelliarmus saved me from Voldemort two years ago,” Harry added defiantly.

“Death Eaters expected you to respond to attack with attack! Expelliarmus is a useful spell, Harry, but the Death Eaters think it’s your imprint, and I beg you, don’t let it become that!

“I’m not going to blow up people in my way just because they’re there,” said Harry. “This is Voldemort’s work.”

(Source: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, p. 71.)

Petrificus Totalus

The Petrificus Totalus spell immobilizes the person to whom it is applied, turning it into stone in a sense. In this spell, only one’s eyes can keep moving. When Patrificus Totalus is applied, the victim’s arms and legs stick together and fall hard to the ground. However, the person’s hearing, seeing, feeling and thinking abilities continue. This spell was used for the first time in the movies by Hermione when they were about to leave the Gryffindor Common Room to protect the Philosopher’s Stone when they were cut off by Neville.


Reducto is known as a curse that shatters solid objects. It is so powerful that it can turn the object/animal it targets into a pile of ash. Harry Potter taught Reducto to Dumbledore’s Army in the movie Order of the Phoenix. Later in the movie, Ginny Weasley used this spell on Death Eaters quite powerfully and successfully. Also in Deathly Hallows, when Harry used multiple offensive spells and curses to destroy the Horcrux, Reducto was among his choices.


Also known as the Tickle Spell, Rictusempra was used by Harry Potter against Draco Malfoy in the Duel Club initiated by Gilderoy Lockhart in the movie Chamber of Secrets.


The mind magic is a magic that conquers the mind of the person it is applied to, allowing the thoughts and memories of that person to be seen. If the person to whom the spell is applied cannot resist this spell, his mind will become completely controlled. Mind, which is a very difficult spell, can only be used by powerful mages. The Mentalists we know who are very successful in this spell are Lord Voldemort and Severus Snape. Snape has tried to teach Harry, who is in his fifth year at the school, how to resist the Mindset spell so that he does not fall under Lord Voldemort’s influence.

What Are The Three Unforgivable Curses?

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The person who practices the Three Unforgivable Curses, namely Avada Kedavra, Imperius and Cruciatus Curses, is directly sentenced to life imprisonment in Azkaban. These curses, which have been described as unforgivable in the wizarding world since 1717, are among the curses that Voldemort and Death Eaters frequently resort to. Now let’s look at the features of these three curses separately.

Avada Kedavra Curse

Avada Kedavra, also known as the Killing Curse, is the first and greatest unforgivable curse. When this curse is applied to a creature, it causes a painless death and does not leave any traces on the body of the creature to which it is applied. No shield can stop the Avada Kedavra spell. Harry Potter is the only person who can escape this curse alive. This is when Harry’s mother, Lily, sacrificed her own life to save Harry, casting the magic of love. The reason why Harry is freed from the Avada Kedavra Curse at the end of the Deathly Hallows movie is that the Elder Wand that Lord Voldemort used to carry out the curse actually belongs to Harry.

Imperius Curse

The person who is subjected to the Imperius Curse unquestioningly fulfills the wishes of the person who applies this curse. The person exposed to this curse falls into a kind of trance state and loses consciousness and comes under the full control of the curser. Again, it is possible, but very difficult, to resist the Imperius Curse, which is used especially by Death Eaters to seize confidential information and expand their control by infiltrating the Ministry. Harry Potter has quite successfully resisted the Imperius Curse inflicted on him by Voldemort.

Many Death Eaters who sided with Voldemort after the First Wizarding War claimed to be under the Imperius Curse to avoid going to Azkaban. When this is the case, it has become very difficult to distinguish between those who are really exposed to the Imperius Curse and those who lie to avoid going to Azkaban. In the fourth film in the series, the Goblet of Fire, Victor Krum has been subjected to the Imperius Curse and is tasked with ensuring that only Harry has access to the key that will take Harry to Voldemort.

Cruciatus Curse

The Cruciatus Curse inflicts unbearable physical pain on the inflicted person. The unbearable pain of the curse was frequently used by Death Eaters as a method of torture. Harry Potter was subjected to this curse again by Voldemort when he found himself beside Voldemort holding the cup, which was actually a key in the Goblet of Fire movie. Harry later described what the curse made him feel as feeling like his head was splitting as his bones were set on fire.

Neville Longbottom’s parents, Alice and Frank Longbottom, who were also members of the Order, suffered so much from this curse imposed on them by Bellatrix Lestrange, Rodolphus Lestrange, Rabastan Lestrange, and Barty Crouch Jnr that they were permanently placed on the ward of St Mungo’s Hospital for Magical Diseases and Injuries. were deposited. This curse is considered one of the most immoral crimes of all time in the wizarding world, due to the harm done to the victim and the sadistic aggression of the curse’s enforcer.


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