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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.

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    The Cruciatus Curse

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

    Incantation: Crucio

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    Transmogrification Torture

    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.

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    Sectumsempra

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

    Incantation: Sectumsempra

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    The Killing Curse

    Causes death. One of the Unforgivable Curses.

    Incantation: Avada Kedavra

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    The Imperius Curse

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

    Incantation: Imperio

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    Fiendfyre

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

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    Blood-Borne Curse

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

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    The Entrail-Expelling Curse

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

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    Horcrux

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

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    The Engorgio Skullus Hex

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

    Incantation: Engorgio Skullus

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    The Blasting Curse

    A destructive spell more powerful than Expulso.

    Incantation: Confringo

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    Memory Charm

    Can wipe a person's memory partially or completely. 

    Incantation: Obliviate

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    Oscausi Spell

    Can seal a target's mouth shut. 

    Incantation: Oscausi

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    The Firestorm Charm

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

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    The Expulso Curse

    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

     

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    The Full Body-Bind Curse

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

    Incantation: Petrificus Totalus

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    The Oppugno Jinx

    A spell that causes an object to attack a target. 

    Incantation: Oppugno

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    The Conjunctivitis Curse

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

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    The Stunning Spell 

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

    Incantation: Stupefy

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    The Langlock Spell

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

    Incantation: Langlock

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    Bat-Bogey Hex

    Turns the target's boogers into bats.

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    The Snake Summons Spell

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

    Incantation: Serpensortia

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    The Fire-Making Spell

    A spell that conjures flames.

    Incantation: Incendio

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    Anteoculatia

    Causes the target to grow antlers.