Complete List of Harry Potter Spells

Our site is dedicated to the Wonderful Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and we list all of the Harry Potter spells that are included in the books! Please note: this list is only for the spells that appear in the books–it does not include all of the spells that appear in the Harry Potter movies. For that list, please check our other articles. If you find a spell that is missing, please contact us and we will add it!

As for how our Harry Potter spells are listed, we have broken them down according to several different methods. We have a list of the most frequently used spells, and then we have other lists that break them down according to their function. For instance, we have a list of defensive spells that you might use if you are being attacked, and we have spells that are simply useful, such as creating light so that you can see, or making things float so that they can be moved. The spells below are listed alphabetically, A-Z.

Harry Potter Spells:

Accio Brings an object to you
Aguamenti Creates a gush of water from the tip of the spell caster’s wand
Alohomora Opens locks
Aparecium Makes invisible ink become visible
Avada Kedavra The Unforgivable Curse; Kills your opponent; taken from “Abra Cadabra”
Avifors Turns things into birds
Avis Makes birds fly out of the end of your wand
Bombarda Causes a small, locally contained explosion.  To make a bigger explosion, one could use “bombarda maxima”
Colloportus Closes a door and binds it so that it can’t be opened.
Confringo AKA the Blasting Curse; Causes the item targeted to explode
Confundus Confounds your target, or makes them temporarily confused
Conjunctivitis Damages the eyesight of your opponent, making them seem to have pink eye
Crucio The Second Unforgivable Curse, the Cruciatus Curse; Tortures your opponent mercilessly
Deletrius Erases the last spell cast by a wand so that it can’t be discovered
Densaugeo Makes teeth grow out of control
Diffindo Makes seams split open, severs an object into two pieces
Dissendium Opens a specific passageway into a cellar, may be useful in other instances; may be only a password
Duro Turns an item to stone.
Enervate Mistaken spell. Changed to Rennervate.  Used to wake up a stunned person
Engorgio Makes an item larger, as in swollen
Episkey Heals relatively minor wounds.
Evanesco Causes an item to immediately dissolve away, as if it had never existed
Expecto Patronum Creates Patronus
Expelliarmus Disarms the target of the spell, such as knocking their wand out of their hand
Fera Verto Transforms animals into water goblets!
Ferula Binds a broken limb with a splint and bandages, tightly wrapped
Fidelius Allows a secret to be hidden within the secret keeper’s soul; very powerful spell
Finite Incantatem Stops any spell
Flagrate Allows the user to write or draw in the air with fire
Flipendo Also knows as the Knockback Jinx, pushes or flips something backwards
Furnunculus Causes a person to break out in boils
Geminio Creates a duplicate of an item (a twin, as in the zodiacal sign Gemini).
Homorphus Man-Shape; makes a werewolf or person disguised as an animal resume their human shape
Immobulus Immobilizes the target
Impedimenta Puts up an impediment that slows down something or someone that is coming toward you
Imperio The third unforgivable curse.  Allows the user to assume complete control of another person
Impervius Repels water from a surface
Incarcerous Conjures up ropes, which then bind an opponent
Incendio Lights a fire
Legilimens Allows the user to gain access to another’s mind and memories
Levicorpus Turns your opponent upside down and dangles them in thin air
Liberacorpus “Liberates”, or frees a body that has been caught up by the levicorpus spell
Locomotor Mortis The Leg-Locker Curse; locks an opponent’s legs together
Lumos Creates light, usually by making the tip of the wand glow.  More light can be created using “lumos maxima”
Mobiliarbus Used to move a tree from one place to another
Mobilicorpus Used to move a body from one place to another
Morsmordre or Morsmorde Used to summon the Dark Mark
Muffliato Causes a buzzing noise to surround a limited area so that those in the area can carry on a private conversation
Nox Extinguishes light, used to douse the light created by “Lumos”
Obliviate Makes a person “oblivious”, erasing their memories of an event
Orchideous Conjures a bunch of flowers from the user’s wand
Petrificus Totalus Total petrification; petrifies an opponent totally
Point Me The Four Point Spell; makes the user’s wand act like a compass
Portus Turns any item into a Portkey, which can then be used to transport a person or persons to another location.
Prior Incantato Reveals to you the last spell that a wand was used to cast
Protego Protects the user, and sends a spell back on an opponent
Quietus Makes things quiet, used to muffle “Sonorus”
Reducio Shrinks an item
Reducto Blasts solid objects into pieces
Relashio Releases something from being constrained or held
Rennervate Was originally “ennervate”, but corrected by author; means to energize or wake up
Reparo Repairs broken items
Repello Repels something
Repello Muggletum Makes an area invisible to Muggles
Revelio Causes something that is hidden to be revealed
Rictusempra Causes a person to curl up in laughter, as if being tickled
Riddikulus Makes a boggart assume a “ridiculous” form, thereby making it funny instead of terrifying
Salvio Hexia Unclear; seems to strengthen other protective spells, or to deflect any hexes cast toward a specific location
Scourgify Used to clean dirt or other material off of a surface
Sectumsempra Causes lacerations to appear all over an opponent’s body, as if they had been cut by an invisible sword
Serpensortia Conjures a snake
Silencio Makes the target of the spell unable to make any sound.
Sonorus Amplifies the user’s voice
Stupefy Stupefies an opponent, or knocks them insensible temporarily
Tarantallegra Forces an opponent’s legs to dance uncontrollably
Tergeo Scours something clean
Waddiwasi Removes a stuck object, as in a wad of gum that is stuck in a keyhole
Wingardium Leviosa Allows the user to make an object levitate; the first spell taught in the Harry Potter movies

For more lists of each Harry Potter spell used in the world of Harry Potter, see our lists of Harry Potter Spells on our other pages, including Defensive Harry Potter Spells and Offensive Harry Potter Spell’s, and the most commonly used Harry Potter Spells among others! Please note that many of these spells can be used in conjunction with other words to make them more specific. An example would be Reparo, which could be “Occulus Reparo“, which would fix broken glasses, or it can be used just by pointing your wand at a broken item and saying “Reparo”. In such cases, we will usually only list the generic version of the spell (Reparo), since the list would be very long indeed if we included every possible version of each spell! We do make a few exceptions for such famous spells as Repello Muggletum. Additionally, we do not attempt to catalog spells for which no incantation exists, such as the “undetectable extension charm.” Our list includes only those spells for which an incantation was specified in the original source material, which is to say the books. Another point we would like to make is that these spells are usually cast using a wand. You can see our post about Harry Potter wands for more information, as well as our suggestions for the best wands.

If you are the type who simply likes lists, you can also take a look at our list of Harry Potter movies.