harry potter The Best Harry Potter Spells  

Lisa Waugh
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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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Teleportation Spell is listed (or ranked) 3 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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“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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“Lumos” is listed (or ranked) 5 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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“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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“Reducto” is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Harry Potter Spells
“Reducto” Breaks and disintegrates objects.

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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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“Felix Felicis” is listed (or ranked) 11 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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“Protego Maxima” is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Harry Potter Spells
“Protego Maxima” A shield charm. Used by Professor Flitwick to protect the school’s castle during the Battle of Hogwarts.

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“Incendio” is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Molly Weasley’s Curse is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Harry Potter Spells
Molly Weasley’s Curse Powered by a mother’s love and ginger juice, Molly blew Bellatrix Lestrange to bits with this one.

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“Episkey” is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Harry Potter Spells
“Episkey” Can heal broken bones and minor injuries. Time to try skateboarding for the first time!

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“Aguamenti” is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Harry Potter Spells
“Aguamenti” Makes water. California could use this one.

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“Legilimens” is listed (or ranked) 17 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) 18 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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“Riddikulus” is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Harry Potter Spells
“Riddikulus” Forces a Boggart to take the appearance of an object, usually a silly one, in order to make them look ridiculous.

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“Silencio” is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Disillusionment Charm is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Harry Potter Spells
Disillusionment Charm Makes a person blend into the surroundings and disappear.

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“Impervius” is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Harry Potter Spells
“Impervius” Makes objects and people impervious against harmful forces.

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“Confundo” is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Harry Potter Spells
“Confundo” Victim becomes confused and befuddled. Great for throwing a Quidditch game, if you’re Hermione.

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“Oculus Reparo” is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Harry Potter Spells
“Oculus Reparo” Repairs eyeglasses. Hermione used it on Harry’s glasses.

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“Piertotum Locomotor” is listed (or ranked) 25 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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Washing Up Spell is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Harry Potter Spells
Washing Up Spell Have your dirty dishes wash themselves.

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“Ascendio” is listed (or ranked) 27 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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“Muffliato” is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Harry Potter Spells
“Muffliato” Makes victims' ears buzz so they can’t hear your conversations.

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"Engorgio" is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Harry Potter Spells
"Engorgio" Makes objects larger and properties expand. Muggle use: Turn that studio apartment into a McMansion.

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“Nox” is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Harry Potter Spells
“Nox” Extinguishes the light at the end of your wand. Comes in handy when you hear your mom coming down the hall.

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“Bombarda” is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Harry Potter Spells
“Bombarda” Makes a small explosion. Can be used to prevent Kanye West from saying further insane things. 

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“Fidelius” charm is listed (or ranked) 32 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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“Sonorus” is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Harry Potter Spells
“Sonorus” Amplifies the voice when the wand is pointed at the spell caster’s neck. Still easier than making a cell phone call.

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Bubble-Head Charm is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Harry Potter Spells
Bubble-Head Charm This charm creates a bubble around the mouth so the person can breathe underwater.

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“Dissendium” is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Harry Potter Spells
“Dissendium” Harry Potter and the gang used it to open secret passageways.

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“Pack” is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Harry Potter Spells
“Pack” Packs trunks and luggage. Procrastinators rejoice! When will this be real on the Muggle world? 

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"Levicorpus" is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Harry Potter Spells
Mitchell Slaughter added "Levicorpus" Lifts a person into the air.

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“Rictusempra” is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Harry Potter Spells
“Rictusempra” Causes extreme tickling. If it worked on Draco Malfoy, it can work on Congress.

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“Bombarda Maxima” is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Harry Potter Spells
“Bombarda Maxima” Makes a large explosion, in case “Bombarda” isn’t enough.

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Accio is listed (or ranked) 40 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) 41 on the list The Best Harry Potter Spells
David Grasch added "Sectumsempra" Slashes the victim.

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“Repello Muggletum” is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Harry Potter Spells
“Repello Muggletum” Keeps Muggles away from wizard hangouts and meetings.

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“Glisseo” is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Harry Potter Spells
“Glisseo” Turns stairs into a slide.

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“Arania Exumai” is listed (or ranked) 44 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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Bewitched Snowballs is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Harry Potter Spells
Bewitched Snowballs Snowballs hurl themselves. Your arms will never get tired and your target will get the pelting of their lives.

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“Ventus” is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Harry Potter Spells
“Ventus” A blast of wind pushes that things and people out of the way.

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Langlock is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Harry Potter Spells
Langlock Melds tongue to the roof of the mouth. Use on people talking on cell phones in public places.

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Scorching Spell is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Harry Potter Spells
Scorching Spell Dancing flames shoot from a wand and scorch the victim. Take your S'mores to the next level!

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Babbling Curse is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Harry Potter Spells
Babbling Curse This spell makes a person speak gibberish. If only politicians, celebrities, and other public figures could blame this curse.

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“Glacius” is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Harry Potter Spells
“Glacius” Turns victim into solid ice. Use when someone sings “Let It Go.”