The Most Wicked Spells, Hexes, and Curses From 'Harry Potter,' Ranked

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Vote up the scariest Harry Potter spells.

From killing curses to horrible hexes that can give the recipient antlers, bat bogies, or a terrible case of pink eye, the dark arts spells of the Harry Potter universe might just be scary enough to keep Muggles happy in their non-magic world.

Here is an array of dark Harry Potter spells, hexes, and curses that will make any witch or wizard want to brush up on their Defense Against the Dark Arts homework. Vote up the incantations that terrify you the most.


  • The Cruciatus Curse
    1

    The Cruciatus Curse

    1,517 votes

    Causes all-consuming pain throughout the body. One of the Unforgivable Curses.

    Incantation: Crucio

  • Transmogrification Torture
    2

    Transmogrification Torture

    1,284 votes

    A curse that tortures a target to death over a length of time. It is thought that the curse can change the shape of the target, thus causing immense pain.

  • Sectumsempra
    3

    Sectumsempra

    1,427 votes

    A curse that slashes a victim in the face and chest; can cause hemorrhaging.  

    Incantation: Sectumsempra

  • The Killing Curse
    4

    The Killing Curse

    1,405 votes

    Causes death. One of the Unforgivable Curses.

    Incantation: Avada Kedavra

  • The Imperius Curse
    5

    The Imperius Curse

    1,235 votes

    Gives the spell-caster total control over their target. One of the Unforgivable Curses.

    Incantation: Imperio

  • Fiendfyre
    6

    Fiendfyre

    1,008 votes

    Cursed fire that consumes everything in its vicinity and can turn into fire creatures. Can be used to destroy a Horcrux.