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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866 123
“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.

3
790 143
“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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782 133
Teleportation Spell is listed (or ranked) 4 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.

5
746 127
“Alohomora” is listed (or ranked) 5 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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723 130
“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.

7
766 125
"Capacious extremis"

Also known as the Undetectable Extension Charm. Makes a container’s interior size larger while maintaining its original appearance on the outside.

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619 106
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.

9
621 112
“Obliviate” is listed (or ranked) 9 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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685 148
“Felix Felicis” is listed (or ranked) 10 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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560 106
“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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120 4
clarke.ohara added "Accio"

The summoning spell. Perfect for laziness. 

13
515 114
“Petrificus Totalus” is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Harry Potter Spells
“Petrificus Totalus”

Also known as The Full Body-Bind, this spell paralyses the victim.

14
484 97
“Legilimens” is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Harry Potter Spells
“Legilimens”
Read minds and emotions. The wizard version of Facebook.

15
477 115
“Silencio” is listed (or ranked) 15 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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387 90
“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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468 130
“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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441 118
"Scourgify"

The Scouring Charm (Scourgify) is a cleaning charm used to make an object clean. Have your dirty dishes wash themselves. 

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387 97
“Ascendio” is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Harry Potter Spells
“Ascendio”
Propelled Harry Potter out of the water and onto the deck during the Triwizard Tournament.

20
297 68
“Fidelius” charm is listed (or ranked) 20 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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208 43
"Sectumsempra" is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Harry Potter Spells
David Grasch added "Sectumsempra"
Slashes the victim.

22
269 77
“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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159 25
"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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269 93
“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. 

25
333 162
“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.