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Accio

incantation

See "Summoning Charm"


Age Line

incantation unknown

A thin golden line drawn on a floor, which affects anyone who crosses it if they are too young. (Presumably, an Age Line could also be set up to prevent someone to cross who was older than a given age.)


Aguamenti (AH-gwa-MEN-tee)

incantation

See Water-Making Spell


Alohomora

incantation

See Unlocking Charm


Anapneo (ah-NAHP-nay-oh)

"anapneo" Gr. "breathe" (many thanks to those who wrote in and suggested we look at Greek for the source of this)

Spell that clears the target's airway, if blocked.


Animagus Transfiguration

"animal" L. animal + "magus" Pers. magic user

The Transfiguration by which an Animagus takes his or her animal form, or reverts to human form from animal form. The animal form is sometimes referred to as the witch or wizard's Animagus form. See Animagi entry for further details about wizarding folk who can perform this highly complex and dangerous magic.


Anti-Apparition

no names or words given

Prevents someone from Apparating. See ANTI-DISAPPARITION JINX.


Anti-Cheating spell

no names or words given

Cast on quills before exams.


Anti-Disapparition Jinx

no names or words given

Prevents someone from Apparating.


anti-gravity mist

incantation unknown

Charm which creates an innocent-looking mist which hovers above the ground. A person stepping into this mist immediately finds that up and down have reversed and they are hanging from the ground over the endless sky.


anti-jinx

various

See JINXES.


antler jinx

incantation unknown

Causes the victim to sprout antlers.


Aparecium (a-par-EE-see-um)

"Revealing Charm"

"appareo" L. to appear

Source: The Book of Spells, Chapter 2

Makes invisible ink become visible.


Harry's first Apparition lesson by Mary GrandPré Apparition (A-pa-RI-shun)

Apparate, Disapparate

nonverbal spell

from "appareo" L. to appear

Advanced spell used by fully trained witches and wizards to disappear from one place and appear almost instantly somewhere else. A person who uses this spell is referred to as an Apparator.


Apparition, Side-Along

see Apparition

A form of Apparition in which the Apparator touches someone else, such as a child too young to Apparate, and Apparates with that person as a "passenger".


armour-bewitching charm

incantation unknown

Bewitches a suit of armour to sing Christmas carols.

See ARMOUR.


arrows, wand

incantation unknown

Shoots arrows out of a wand.

See also WAND EFFECTS


Atmospheric Charm

no names or words given

Something to do with weather effects such as are seen at Ministry of Magic headquarters in London.


Avada Kedavra (uh-VAH-duh kuh-DAH-vruh)

"Killing Curse"

Aramaic: "adhadda kedhabhra" - "let the thing be destroyed".
NOTE: Abracadabra is a cabbalistic charm in Judaic mythology that is supposed to bring healing powers. One of its sources is believed to be from Aramaic avada kedavra, another is the Phoenician alphabet (a-bra-ca-dabra).

Causes instant death in a flash of green light, usually leaving no sign of physical damage or of the cause of death that would be detectable to a Muggle autopsy.

Magical Worlds of Harry Potter"That phrase ... was used by ancient wizards to make illnesses disappear. However, there's no proof it was ever used to kill anyone." (pp.17-19)


Avis (AH-vis)

"Bird-Conjuring Charm"

"avis" L. bird

Source: The Book of Spells, Chapter 2

Conjures a flock of small, twittering birds.

See CONJURING SPELLS.


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