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

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List RulesVote 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.

  • 1

    The Cruciatus Curse

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    124

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

    Incantation: Crucio

  • 2

    Transmogrification Torture

    1,258
    147

    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.

  • 3

    Sectumsempra

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    204

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

    Incantation: Sectumsempra

  • 4

    The Killing Curse

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    285

    Causes death. One of the Unforgivable Curses.

    Incantation: Avada Kedavra

  • 5

    The Imperius Curse

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

    Incantation: Imperio

  • 6

    Fiendfyre

    915
    238

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

  • 7

    Blood-Borne Curse

    674
    158

    A blood malediction that affects the descendants of those who were originally cursed, turning them into a Maledictus.

  • 8

    The Entrail-Expelling Curse

    678
    184

    A dark spell that causes a target's entrails to exit the body. Can also be used for healing purposes in cases of blockage. 

  • 9

    Horcrux

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    247

    Spell that allows the magic user to split their soul and place it within an object. Requires a sacrifice. 

  • 10

    The Engorgio Skullus Hex

    457
    187

    A hex that is used to swell the head of a target. 

    Incantation: Engorgio Skullus

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    Memory Charm

    491
    250

    Can wipe a person's memory partially or completely. 

    Incantation: Obliviate

  • 12

    The Blasting Curse

    407
    201

    A destructive spell more powerful than Expulso.

    Incantation: Confringo

  • 13

    Oscausi Spell

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    235

    Can seal a target's mouth shut. 

    Incantation: Oscausi

  • 14

    The Firestorm Charm

    397
    218

    A spell that can summon a large ring of fire from a wand. 

  • 15

    The Expulso Curse

    280
    214

    A curse that can create immense explosions with a burst of blue light. Can also be used to toss objects or people with a great force. 

    Incantation: Expulso

     

  • 16

    The Full Body-Bind Curse

    285
    247

    A full body bind that causes temporarily incapacitation in a target. 

    Incantation: Petrificus Totalus

  • 17

    The Oppugno Jinx

    235
    211

    A spell that causes an object to attack a target. 

    Incantation: Oppugno

  • 18

    The Conjunctivitis Curse

    210
    234

    A spell that irritates the eyes and causes them to swell shut.

  • 19

    The Stunning Spell 

    218
    270

    Also known as the Stupefying Charm. A stunning spell that freezes targets and renders them unconscious.

    Incantation: Stupefy

  • 20

    Bat-Bogey Hex

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    282

    Turns the target's boogers into bats.

  • 21

    The Langlock Spell

    158
    240

    Spell that causes the target's tongue to stick to the roof of their mouth.

    Incantation: Langlock

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    The Snake Summons Spell

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    251

    A spell that can conjure a snake at the end of a wand. 

    Incantation: Serpensortia

  • 24

    The Fire-Making Spell

    124
    228

    A spell that conjures flames.

    Incantation: Incendio

  • 25

    Anteoculatia

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    268

    Causes the target to grow antlers.