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Encyclopedia of Spells

Unbreakable Charm

incantation not given

Makes an object unbreakable.

Unbreakable Vow

incantation not given

The spell apparently cannot be performed using wandless magic (judging from Snape's remarks to Bellatrix rather than from the Weasley twins' underage efforts) and requires that the Bonder's wand be touching the joined hands of the person administering the vow and the person taking the vow. As each clause of the oath being sworn is agreed to, a thin tongue of brilliant red flame shoots from the caster's wand and winds itself around the joined hands of the participants, remaining in place as other clauses of the oath are sworn to.

Unforgivable Curses

Three curses in particular are known as Unforgivable because using them on another human being can result in a life term in Azkaban. These three curses were used extensively by Voldemort's followers during his rise to power in the 1970s, and their use by Aurors against suspects was in turn authorized by Bartemius Crouch senior at that time. One, the Killing Curse, was used by Voldemort himself on Harry Potter, but the curse backfired and Voldemort was defeated.

The three curses are:

During the Battle of the Department of Mysteries, Harry tried to use the Cruciatus Curse on Bellatrix Lestrange, but it didn't have much effect. She taunted him:

"Never used an Unforgivable Curse before, have you, boy? You need to mean them, Potter! You need to really cause pain--to enjoy it-- righteous anger won't hurt me for long..." (OP36)

Unlocking Charm

Alohomora (AL-o-ho-MOR-ah)

Sources: The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 1, The Book of Spells

Charm that causes a locked door to open.

The term Alohomora’ comes from sikidy, a form of divination from the Malagasy people of Madagascar. It is the name of a magical symbol which means ‘favourable to thieves’ (trans.). (massive thanks to Rattlesnakeroot and her LJ friends for discovering this!)


magical effect

incantation not given

A magical effect on a place; makes it impossible to plot its location on a map.


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