Harry Potter The Best Harry Potter Spells  

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List Rules Upvote the coolest spells and charms from the Harry Potter universe that you wish you could use in real life.

Harry Potter spells are the best spells. The Bat-Bogey Hex, “Reducto,” and the good old “Oculus Reparo” all came out of the Harry Potter universe and the amazing mind of author J.K. Rowling. Rowling made sure her beloved characters were well armed, no matter the situation. Whether Harry, Hermione, Ron, and the gang were preparing for a war with Voldemort or just getting the dishes done, there’s spell or charm for just about any task in this magical world.  

Plus, there’s a rich Harry Potter spells list that has become a lexicon in every day life. Since there are so many Harry Potter charms and spells, we can’t help but wonder how they could be used in real life. Moving becomes more interesting, never be bothered during a movie again, or skip the gym. It would be also super awesome to turn water into rum without an explosion of course. Or how about throwing a protection shield around your house to keep burglars away.  

There’s a Harry Potter spell for just about every occasion, especially when the occasion calls for sardines to shoot out of a victim’s nose. And who couldn’t use a shot of Felix Felicis or Liquid Luck every now and again? Probably best to steer clear of Avada Kedavra, though.  

What’s your favorite Harry Potter charm or spell? Upvote the coolest spells and charms from the Harry Potter universe that you wish you could use in real life and get to work with a Harry Potter wand of your very own!
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“Expecto Patronum” is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Harry Potter Spells
“Expecto Patronum” A defensive spell that protects against Dementors and other evil forces.

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“Expelliarmus” is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Harry Potter Spells
“Expelliarmus” Knocks things out of the target’s hands. Use when someone touches your stuff.

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“Lumos” is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Harry Potter Spells
“Lumos” Turns wand into a wizard flashlight but was most touchingly used by the staff and students of Hogwarts to honor Dumbledore.

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“Alohomora” is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Harry Potter Spells
“Alohomora” Unlocks and unseals doors and locks that have been sealed with a Locking Spell or “Colloportus.”

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Teleportation Spell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Harry Potter Spells
Teleportation Spell Dumbledore used this spell to send Harry supplies and his owl, Hedwig. Could be used to get beer.

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“Wingardium Leviosa” is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Harry Potter Spells
“Wingardium Leviosa” Levitates objects and moves them around. Hermione was the first of the group to do this with a feather.

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Undetectable Extension Charm is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Harry Potter Spells
Undetectable Extension Charm Makes a container’s interior size larger while maintaining its original appearance on the outside.

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Flying Charm is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Harry Potter Spells
Flying Charm Flying carpets, broomsticks, cars… all powered by this charm.

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“Felix Felicis” is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Harry Potter Spells
“Felix Felicis” Liquid Luck gives the one who drinks the potion 12 hours of good luck. Can cause giddiness.

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“Obliviate” is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Harry Potter Spells
“Obliviate” Hides a memory in the spell castee. Hermione uses it in a heartbreaking way to protect her Muggle parents.

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“Incendio” is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Harry Potter Spells
“Incendio” Makes a fire. Cool way to light the yule log. Not so festive when it’s used to set Hagrid’s house on fire.

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“Legilimens” is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Harry Potter Spells
“Legilimens” Read minds and emotions. The wizard version of Facebook.

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“Petrificus Totalus” is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Harry Potter Spells
“Petrificus Totalus” Temporarily stuns or binds the victim into a stiff position. Use on people who reveal spoilers.

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“Silencio” is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Harry Potter Spells
“Silencio” Makes someone silent. Use when your girlfriend asks you if she's fat. 

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Washing Up Spell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Harry Potter Spells
Washing Up Spell Have your dirty dishes wash themselves.

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“Piertotum Locomotor” is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Harry Potter Spells
“Piertotum Locomotor” Animates statues and suits of armor to do bidding. Muggles can use it to stand in line for the new phone. 

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“Oculus Reparo” is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Harry Potter Spells
“Oculus Reparo” Repairs eyeglasses. Hermione used it on Harry’s glasses.

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“Ascendio” is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Harry Potter Spells
“Ascendio” Propelled Harry Potter out of the water and onto the deck during the Triwizard Tournament.

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“Fidelius” charm is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Harry Potter Spells
“Fidelius” charm Hides information within the soul of the target. The target is also the Secret Keeper who can choose to reveal the hidden information.

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Accio is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Harry Potter Spells
1521491060885 added Accio

The summoning spell. Perfect for laziness. 

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"Sectumsempra" is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Harry Potter Spells
David Grasch added "Sectumsempra" Slashes the victim.

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“Bombarda Maxima” is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Harry Potter Spells
“Bombarda Maxima” Makes a large explosion, in case “Bombarda” isn’t enough.

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"Levicorpus" is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Harry Potter Spells
Mitchell Slaughter added "Levicorpus"

Lifts a person into the air.

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“Arania Exumai” is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Harry Potter Spells
“Arania Exumai” Blasts spiders and casts them away from you. Totally beats the running and screaming option. 

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“Avada Kedavra” is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Harry Potter Spells
“Avada Kedavra” Peter Pettirgrew killed poor Cedric Diggory this way. Best to only use it on man buns.

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Arresto Momentum is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Harry Potter Spells
Mitchell Slaughter added Arresto Momentum

Slows the velocity of an object.

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"Serpensortia" is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Harry Potter Spells
Mitchell Slaughter added "Serpensortia"

Conjures a snake from the tip of a wand.

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"Brackium Emendo" is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Harry Potter Spells
Mitchell Slaughter added "Brackium Emendo"

Mends broken bones.

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Imperio is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Harry Potter Spells
SuperUnicorn33 added Imperio

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"Slugulus Eructo" is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Harry Potter Spells
Mitchell Slaughter added "Slugulus Eructo"

Makes the victim vomit slugs.

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Crucio is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Harry Potter Spells
SuperUnicorn33 added Crucio

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seb smee is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Harry Potter Spells
1517034412189 added seb smee