Defensive Harry Potter Spell List

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Although many spells could be used defensively (for instance, Nox, which extinguishes light, could be used to darken a room and thereby avoid an enemy), we have listed here the most common defensive spells. Some of them are obviously defensive, as in they repel a direct attack, but others could be used to free a companion from bindings (relashio), or for other similar purposes. Many spells that are not listed COULD be used defensively, but these are the most obvious ones:

Avis Makes birds fly out of the end of your wand, accompanied by a sound like a shotgun blast
Confundus Confounds your target, or makes them temporarily confused
Conjunctivitis Damages the eyesight of your opponent, making them seem to have pink eye
Engorgio Makes an item larger, as in swollen
Enervate Mistaken spell. Changed to Rennervate.  Used to wake up a stunned person
Expecto Patronum Creates Patronus
Expelliarmus Disarms the target of the spell, such as knocking their wand out of their hand
Finite Incantatum Stops any spell
Flipendo Also knows as the Knockback Jinx, pushes or flips something backwards
Furnunculus Causes a person to break out in boils
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.
Locomotor Mortis The Leg-Locker Curse; locks an opponent’s legs together
Obliviate Makes a person “oblivious”, erasing their memories of an event
Petrificus Totalus “Total petrification”; petrifies an opponent totally
Protego “Protects” the user, and sends a spell back on an opponent
Reducio Shrinks an item
Relashio “Releases” something from being constrained or held
Rennervate Was originally “ennervate”, but corrected by author; means to energize or wake up
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
Stupefy Stupefies an opponent, or knocks them insensible temporarily
Tarantallegra Forces an opponent’s legs to dance uncontrollably
Wingardium Leviosa Makes an item levitate, such as a heavy item that needs to be moved

These spells are only the most obvious examples.  For our fill Harry Potter spell list, see our homepage, which features all the Harry Potter spells. We also have other pages featuring Harry Potter’s Spell List broken down in different ways, according to their use.