Best spells from Harry Potter movies and books
Whenever I saw Harry Potter, the movie keep me occupied, I remembered each minute, every scene, and every major event in the movie, especially the charms and magic spells that gives the movie its uniqueness and beauty. People have gone mad, not literally, but fans have made their own shops and websites that feature Harry Potter movie collection like wands, books, witchcrafts, and lots of other stuff. The Next amazing thing is that, Warner Brothers have released the documentary on “Making of Harry Potter”, all the actions and drama behind the scene, moreover, people can visit the Warner Brother studio to see all the movie actions and other stuff. There are many web shops under Warner Brothers license, where people can buy wizardry and witchcraft collection of the Harry Potter film series.
Magic Wands and spells are the things that made me crazy and other millions of Harry Potter movies/books fans around the world; moreover, wands have different names, and there are many different curses and spells in Harry Potter that fascinated and moved me to write about them. I have collected some of the famous curses and spells from Harry Potter films that fans should know, spells are listed in an order based upon their importance to the performers.
37 Most useful spells from Harry Potter movies
In the Harry Potter series, offensive spells have not been appreciated by the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and neither by the department of the ministry; moreover, underage wizards are not allowed to perform magic outside of Hogwarts. Nevertheless, we are going to talk about the best spell from the Harry Potter series. People can also vote on their favorite spells in the very bottom of the list.
Expelliarmus is used to unarm enemies or anyone in a duel. The good thing about Expelliarmus is that it will not kill the opponent; it will just remove the wand from the opponent’s hand or maybe throw the opponent six feet away as it happened when Professor Snape used it against Lockhart. Harry performed it several times against Lord Voldemort and there were several other practitioners of the spells. People should also know that it was his signature spell as Remus Lupin told Harry about this:
Expelliarmus is a useful spell, Harry, but the Death Eaters believe it’s your signature move and I urge you not to let it become so!
Signature spell or Signature move is a magic spell that a wizard performs several times during a duel, turning the spell into his signature, meaning the wizard last move against any opponent.
Accio is a charm used by many wizard several times in the Harry Potter Movies and Books. I, personally consider it as the most useful spell in the Harry Potter series because it helped Harry several times during the events of Triwizard tournament and during their search for horcruxes. The spell helps the caster in summoning an object placed far away or maybe hidden in the room; however, the caster must have a solid image of the object in the mind while summoning the object. It used was first illustrated in the movie when Harry summoned his broomstick to escape the dragon scene in the events of Triwizard tournament. Later it was used by Harry to summon the cup at the graveyard, which helped him escape his death against Lord Voldemort, the worst enemy of Harry Potter. Hermione used it first to summon Salazar Slytherin’s Locket in Regulus Black’s bedroom, later to summon Rowena Ravenclaw’s Diadem in the Room of Requirement, and Helga Hufflepuff’s Cup in the Lestrange Vault; however, the Horcruxes were cursed, protected from being summoned.
- Expecto Patronum
It takes a great deal to control all your fears because faced by Dementors and your fate will be worse than death. Dementors are the evil forces used by department of ministry for the defense of Azkaban. The Ministry has the control of Dementors; however, they have no friend neither an enemy. One Dementor kiss and the wizard or witch will lose his/her soul, a worse pain more than death itself.
Harry: “And how do you conjure it?”
Remus: “With an incantation, which will work only if you are concentrating, with all your might, on a single, very happy memory.”
- Wingardium Leviosa
It’s Wingardium Leviosa not Wingardium Leviosar. — Hermione to Ron
It proved to be very useful during their first year in Hogwarts, Ron performed it against the troll, and knocked him down to the ground. Although, it was “sheer luck”, but the spell did save their life.
- Avada Kedavra
No one can stand a chance against the death curse, but a single boy did survive the attack against the most powerful wizard the world ever know, that was Harry Potter:
The boy who lived
There is no Counterspell against the death curse; however, Harry somehow did manage to escape the scene several times. The spell was a one way ticket to Azkaban but during the first wizarding war, Barty Crouch senior legalized the spell to fight against death eaters, however, after the war, curse was banned because there is no longer need of using it.
Imperio is one of the three forbidden curses that might take any performer straight to Azkaban. Transformed Alastor Moody (Barty Crouch Junior) used the curse on a spider and later on a student to take the full control of the minds. The practitioner can use the spell to control people and make them do stuff against their will. It proved useful to Harry in Gringotts when he used it on a goblin, saving himself from the attention of the crowd.
Total control. I could make it jump out the window, drown itself, throw itself down one of your throats — Barty Crouch Junior
- Cruciatus Curse
Good is not coming using this spell, it is one of the three Unforgivable curses, which would take you straight to Azkaban. The performer of the spell uses it to torture any person for no good reason. People have gone mad because the spell can destroy a person body and mind. Barty Crouch Junior used it on Neville parent that turned them almost mad, and then later he killed them using the killing curse i.e. Avada Kedavra. The spell is mentioned because of its fame and usage in the Wizarding World.
- Petrificus Totalus
There are many charms that people used in Harry Potter movies while dueling against enemies, but there are a few charms that can knock down a friend. When Neville tried to stop the troublemakers of Gryffindor, Hermione didn’t like the idea, and poor little Neville can’t fight against the talented Hermione Granger, who knocked him doing saying:
I am really, really sorry Neville for doing this, Petrificus Totalus! — Hermione Granger
However, Neville won a reward by standing against his friends, and because of courage and good will, Dumbledore awarded him 5 points,
It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to your enemies, but a great deal more to stand up to your friends
If someone has stolen your secret, then you have Obliviate; the castor needs to be good while performing it otherwise he/she will destroy the brain of the person to whom it was performed. Lockhart charm backfired on him that resulted in severe damage of his memory.
If there’s one thing I pride myself on, it’s my Memory Charms. — Gilderoy Lockhart
The curse can be used to destroy solid objects such as any hindrance or obstruction; it can also be used to blast powerful dark wizards. Ginny used it during the fight in the department of ministry and saved the life of the group, but it also resulted in smashing all the nearby shelves onto the ground.
- Piertotum Locomotor
Minerva McGonagall performed it on the statues of soldiers, quoted as, “I always wanted to perform this spell”. It can bring any artifact back to life, when needed, the artifacts used to be the last defense of the castle against the dark forces.
Protego act as a shield against any incoming objects, a smaller version of Protego Totalum that was used by Sir Albus Dumbledore during his duel with Voldemort in the department of ministry. However, mastering this spell need experience, young wizards can’t perform this kind of Spell.
You wouldn’t believe how many people, even people who work at the Ministry, can’t do a decent Shield Charm. — George Weasley
One of the most hilarious spells used in the Harry Potter movies. Riddikulus is used on Boggart to turn your fear into something funny as you image it in your mind. Even a weak wizard like Neville Longbottom can use the spell against his utmost fears, although his utmost fear was the famous potion master, Sir Severus Snape. He imagined Sir Severus Snape in the clothes of his grandma and the magic works, Severus Snape came out of the cabinet in the clothes of Neville’s Grandma.
Professor Snape A.K.A The Half Blood Prince invented the spell to fight against the enemies, if used perfectly it can create severe damage on your enemy. Draco was almost killed when Harry attacked him using Sectumsempra.
You dare use my own spells against me, Potter? It was I who invented them — I, the Half-Blood Prince! And you’d turn my inventions on me, like your filthy father, would you? I don’t think so… no! — Severus Snape
Imagine if you are entering into a dark room, you need something to see what comes before your eyes, what you will do if there is no light or lamp to illuminate your passage? In that case Lumos can help you if you know how to correctly perform the spell.
- Finite Incantatem
Simple use to remove the effects of the previous spells. Hermione used it against the Bolger to save the life of young Harry in the second movie of the series. Harry used it against Vincent Crabbe to counter his curse.
- Oculus Reparo
Harry loved the spell; Hermione used it to his broken glasses in the second part of the movie series. Oculus Reparo is used to repair broken eyeglasses, but its use is not just limited to the eye glasses, practitioner can use it to repair other broken stuff that needed minor repairing.
Trouble makers like pixies can be immobilized using the charm, little Hermione used it with perfection to stop the pixies creating problem in “defense against the dark ark class”.
It is a very useful spell that will help you in preventing an opponent for creating any life threatening spell against you. People can use it in a duel and it will make it difficult for the opponent to cast his/her next spell accurately and you will have advantage against your opponent.
- Harmonia Nectere Passus
The spell proved useful to Draco Malfoy, when he repaired the vanishing cabinet for practicing his abilities in summoning death eater through the sister cabinet, placed in the Borgin and Burkes, an antique store located at 13B, Knockturn Alley.
Periculum is a signal to indicate someone is in danger, it works like red sparks flying into the air indicating the place where the help is needed. Harry used it in the maze when Fleur Delacour needed instant help from the Hogwart staff.
Consider yourself covered all around from cold winds, or you are finding something in the darkest hour of the night, you will be needed to cast fire on a bunch of wood or any inflammable thing. Incendio will rescue you, but only when the castor used it with full control. Gone wild and it will burn everything in its way.
- Lacarnum Inflamarae
Hermione used it to set fire on Sir Severus Snape that somehow did help Harry as the crowd turn wild and the eye focus of Sir Quirrell who was determined to through Harry on the ground for his great lord pleasure.
The Gemino Curse is a spell used to duplicate an object by a mere touch, Bellatrix Lestrange used it in her vault in case if any intruder tries to steal anything from the vault.
It helps clarify the view of the charmer in case of cloudy atmosphere, dew or rain droplets. Therefore, using it helps in improving the practitioner sight.
Use to move a body or any hurdle out of the way, no need to apply your energy, just use this spell and everything will be out of your way. Voldemort used it to move the giant while coming to Hogwarts castle in the 2nd part of Deathly Hallows.
A bad sign to the world of wizard, the symbol made by a loyal servant of the dark lord; Barty Crouch Junior used it in the event of world tournament of Quidditch, indicating the sign of their loyalty with the dark lord.
- Prior Incantato
The spell can help finding out the last spell performed by a wand, Bellatrix Lestrange used it on the Hermione wand in order to learn about the last spell performed by her as she suspects the other boy with her is the famous Harry Potter that Dark Lord wanted the most.
Antonin Dolohov used the spell on Harry Potter throwing him strongly against the wall; however, Hermione knocked Dolohov down to the ground in the next shot during their duel with Dolohov in a bar. Later she used Obliviate to remove Dolohov memory of their whereabouts.
The spell is used to revive a person from a stunned state, Sir Albus Dumbledore revived Winky, the house elf of Crouch house back to life. He also used it on Victor Krum to remove the effects of Incendio curse, bringing him back to his senses after being cursed by Barty Crouch Junior.
It is useful to bring anything being transformed back to the original state. In case if transfiguration goes wrong, the practitioner can use it to bring the object or animal back to its original form.
Oculus reparo is used to repair eyeglasses; reparo is also used to repair anything, just give it a go and your stuff will come back to the normal state.
- Repello Muggletum
The charm was used to prevent Muggles from entering into the area of Triwizard tournament. Repello means repel and Muggles, normal (non wizard) humans. Whenever Muggles enter in the field of Triwizard tournament, the spells remind them something very important that they have missed or some important meeting that they should attend no matter the circumstances.
- Slugulus Eructo
“Eat slugs”, I hoped it would work on Draco Malfoy, but due to damaged wand, the spell backfired at Ronald Weasley, who, after using the spell has to vomit a slug after every few minutes. Anyone who has been cursed under the Slugulus Eructo will be vomiting slugs for almost 10 minutes and there is no remedy against the spells.
Sonorus is a good spell to use if you needed attention from the crowd. Dumbledore used this spell many times in the movie, especially in the events of Triwizard tournament.
- Vera Verto
Very great spell to turn any animal into an object, Minerva McGonagall taught the spell to the students turning an animal into a cup. If there is a noisy rat in your room, you can easily turn it into a cup and throw it out from your room. However, if the spell goes wrong, you can turn the poorly transformed animal or anything back to its normal state.
- Vipera Evanesca
If someone has cast a snake in your room, Vipera Evanesca will turn it into ashes. The spell was used by Professor Snape to turn a snake into ashes, thereby saved the life of the students of the class.