canary transfiguration hex - candle magic - Caterwauling Charm - Cave Inimicum - chains, magical - Cheering Charm - Colloportus - Colour Change - Confringo - Confundo - Confundus Charm - Conjunctivitis Curse - conjured items - Conjuring Spells - contract, binding magical - crop-related charms - Cross-Species Switches - Cruciatus Curse - Crucio - Curse of the Bogies - curses - Cushioning Charm
Fred and George placed this hex on seemingly innocent custard creams so that whomever ate one was changed temporarily into a huge canary. Neville ate one of these Canary Creams, much to the amusement of everyone in the Gryffindor common room (GF21).
no incantation used
This minor spell ignites candles and can make them float in midair.
"caterwaul" Eng. to make a screaming noise like that of a cat during mating season
When an unauthorized person enters the target area while the effect is running, a caterwauling noise will be set off.
Cave Inimicum (KAH-vay i-NI-mi-kum)
spell name unknown
“cave” L.: beware + “inimicum” L.: enemies
Defensive spell to keep enemies away.
Protective spell cast by Hermione around the tent and campsite when the trio was on the run (DH14, 22).
This spell causes magical chains to snake out of a chair and bind a person to it.
Similar to MAGICAL ROPES.
See also BINDING/FASTENING MAGIC.
A charm that cheers a person up, makes them happy.
Cheering Charms were part of the written Charms O.W.L. exam. Hermione worried that she hadn't written enough about them, but since she was considering including the countercharm for hiccups as part of her answer, it seems likely that she wrote more than plenty (OP31)
spell name unknown
"colligo" L. to bind together + "portus" L. door
Seals a door, making an odd squelching noise.
Harry mixed up the incantations for this charm and the Growth Charm, accidentally making a rat grow alarmingly during his practical Charms O.W.L. He was supposed to turn it orange (OP31).
This was an ironic test question, considering that Ron's attempt to turn Scabbers yellow during his first train ride with Harry was one of the earliest attempted uses of magic in Harry's experience (PS6).
"confringo" L. to smash, crush; to ruin, undo
Causes the target to explode.
"confundo" L. to mix up, jumble together, confuse, bewilder, perplex
Causes confusion. A person who is affected by this Charm is said to be Confunded.
Confundus Charm (con-FUN-dus)
"conjunctiva" L. connecting (as in membrane of the eye) + "-itis" L. inflammation
A spell that affects the eyes and vision of the target.
no incantation used
A spell that creates objects out of thin air.
There is legislation about what you can conjure and what you can't (SN).
There are laws of magic (as opposed to human legislation) governing what you can conjure and what you can't, such as Gamp's Law of Elemental Transfiguration, to which food is one of the five exceptions (you can't create food out of nothing) (DH29).
Most things conjured out of thin air will disappear after a couple of hours (SN). Some exceptions to this are the sleeping bags, which survived a lot longer than just a couple of hours, and the leg of Neville's desk, which had been accidentally vanished (CS16) (although this may have been an instance of Reparo instead).
Dumbledore literally drew up a chair for Trelawney to sit in at the Christmas feast in 1993 [Y13] (PA11). He also drew up a chintz armchair for himself to sit in when representing Harry at his hearing before the Wizengamot and when Mrs. Figg arrived to testify, Dumbledore drew up another for her (OP8).
"Dumbledore stood up and asked the students to do the same. Then, with a wave of his wand, all the tables zoomed back along the walls leaving the floor clear, and then he conjured a raised platform into existence along the right wall." (GF23)
A type of magic that creates objects out of thin air.
See CONJURED ITEMS
This spell or spells makes a contract magically unbreakable.
Placing a name in the Goblet of Fire constituted a binding magical contract. The people whose names were chosen were obliged to participate in the contest Even Dumbledore couldn't undo this magic, since Harry was forced to compete in the Tournament when his name came out of the Goblet (GF16).
See also UNBREAKABLE VOW.
Various effects on crops depending on the specific charm in question.
The Ministry of Magic report "A Study into Muggle Suspicions about Magic" recommended that the International Confederation of Wizards impose an immediate ban on further crop-related charms until the fuss about so-called "crop circles" - really entries in the Annual International Wizard Gardening Competition - died down (DP).
Classification of Transfiguration magic in which one type of creature is Transfigured into another.
The fourth years had to write an essay about using these after practicing transfiguring guinea fowl into guinea pigs (GF22).
Apparently it's easier to do the spell when the creatures have similar names (e.g. guinea fowl into guinea pigs), similar appearance (e.g. hedgehogs into pincushions), or both (e.g. beetles into buttons).
Cruciatus Curse (KROO-see-AH-tus)
"cruciatus" L. torture (n.)
"crucio" L. torment (v.)
One of the "Unforgivable Curses," this spell causes the victim to suffer almost intolerable pain. Some victims of prolonged use of this curse have been driven insane. A victim of this curse is said to have been Cruciated.
During the Battle of the Department of Mysteries, Bellatrix realized that Neville was the child of the Longbottoms, whom she had tortured. She took fiendish pleasure in using the Cruciatus Curse on the Longbottoms' son.
When speculating about what the weapon might be that was the focus of the attention of the Order of the Phoenix and of the Death Eaters, Harry assured everyone that Voldemort didn't need any new weapon to cause pain, since the Cruciatus Curse worked just fine, thank you very much (OP6)
Not named, but magical torture was being used (DH9).
When Amycus Carrow taught Defence Against the Dark Arts (which under him turned into just the Dark Arts) the students were supposed to practice the Cruciatus Curse on fellow students who had earned detentions (DH29).
Amycus Carrow wanted to Cruciate the Ravenclaws until they told him who had attacked Alecto; shortly afterwards, Harry cast the Cruciatus Curse on him for spitting in Professor McGonagall's face (DH30).
"bogy" uncertain origin: "Old Bogey" = The Devil c. 1836;
"bogle" Scottish phantom or goblin c. 1505 and
"bogge" terror, possibly from "bwg" Welsh ghost and
Yeah, maybe. But more likely:
"bogey" British slang: booger
see BAT-BOGEY HEX.
The following spells are known as curses.
The Cushioning Charm creates an invisible "pillow" on the handle of a broom to make flying more comfortable.
- Hermione cast a Cushioning Charm when she, Bogrod, Harry, Ron, and Griphook were thrown from a Gringotts cart (DH26).
Note: In the film, Hermione uses the incantation Arresto Momentum to save them when they fell. Since that's only in the film, however, we can't consider it to be canon.