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12 Harry Potter spells we could use in the real world

Wizards and witches from Hogwarts have handfuls of spells at their disposal and don’t realize how lucky they are. Outside of the Unforgivable Curses, a vast majority of the spells in the Harry Potter lexicon are useful, and muggles all around the globe would love to get their hands on a wand to perform some of them. Here are the 12 most useful Harry Potter spells.

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Description: This charm summons an object to the caster, potentially over a significant distance.

You could watch a movie uninterrupted because you can accio a blanket or that drink you left on the counter. Imagine summoning spices from the shelf while baking a cake or calling back your lost car keys from wherever you placed them this time. Accio has no end to its uses. Too bad you have to be of age to use the spells — I’m sure this one would come in handy during a game of hide-and-go-seek.


Description: Used to open or unlock doors. Some doors are bewitched, making them immune to the alohomora spell.

Alohomora is a spell with one very important muggle use: opening the door with a bag full of groceries (or new shoes). Imagine carrying heavy shopping bags on one arm, your purse in another and your dry cleaning somewhere in between and still being able to open the door with a flick of the wrist and a flourish of a wand. Handy!

One downside though: This spell can’t open any old door. Good thing “do not disturb” signs were invented, but too bad there wasn’t a sign on the door guarding Fluffy.

Confundo (Confundus Charm)

Description: Causes the victim to become confused, befuddled, overly forgetful and prone to follow simple orders without thinking about them.

The fifth time you ask your boyfriend, husband or child to take out the trash is four times too many. Just remember — try not to use confundo on them too many times to get them to do your bidding or they’ll probably start to notice gaps in their memories.

Engorgio (Engorgement Charm)

Description: Causes objects to swell in size.

Do you have a friend who’s afraid of spiders, like Ron? Engorgio one of those buggers to the size of a small dog and have fun laughing your head off. It’ll be a great story to tell over that double fudge cake that you performed engorgio on for all your friends who dropped by unexpectedly. Lucky for your dinner party guests (and your wallet), you can cast engorgio on their drinks too.

We can also imagine engorgio putting a damper on the cosmetic surgery industry.

Impervius (Impervius Charm)

Description: This spell makes something repel (literally, become impervious to) substances and outside forces, including water.

It’s like Scotchgard, but for everything you can imagine. You can put the impervius charm on a new car to prevent scratches, your adorable new suede boots that would otherwise get rained on or splashed with mud, and your cushy leather couch to keep off pet hair. Even cast the impervius spell on the walls in your house because, as much as you love your toddler’s newfound interest in art, crayon does not look good over the new paint job.


Description: Creates a narrow beam of light that shines from the wand’s tip, like a flashlight.

With this spell there would be absolutely no need for a flashlight. Trying to find your purse in a dark theater? No problem. Walking the puppy later in the evening? No big deal. Power went out? Just light up the tip of your wand! Plus, think of how friendly you’d be to the environment – no more batteries!


Description: Causes a blindfold to appear over the victim’s eyes, obstructing his/her view of their surroundings.

There would be no need to ruin a scarf or a tie when the kids are playing Pin the Tail on the Donkey. No one could cheat in Marco Polo, and hide-and-go-seek would rise to a whole new level. Plus, think of how romantic it would be to cast this simple spell before presenting your loved one with a gift. The art of the surprise would take on a whole new meaning.


Description: Used to repair broken or damaged objects.

Many times the golden trio had to use this particular spell to repair something they had broken; Hermione used it on Harry’s glasses at least twice. Forget the crazy fees that come with repairing cracked lenses or purchasing a new pair. Fix those terrible snags in your stockings in the blink of an eye. Never have to worry about chipped pedicures again. The infamous “I shattered the screen on my iPhone!” wouldn’t result in pandemonium; it could be fixed instantly without a trip to the nearest Apple store.

Scourgify (Scouring Charm)

Description: Used to clean something.

Remember that time your smoothie spilled down the front of your white blouse or brand-new pants? Who wasn’t envious of Molly Weasley when she cast scourgify to clean up the dishes after all those holiday parties and dinners? The wizards and witches in Harry Potter don’t have to sweat about red wine stains on the carpet or cleaning up the messes your pets leave behind. They can quickly cast the scouring charm and magic takes care of the dirty work.

Silencio (Silencing Charm)

Description: Silences something immediately

It’s like a mute button, but isn’t limited to noises that come from the TV. There would be no more noise from rowdy parties down the street, no more noisy children in the background while you’re on a business call in your backyard. You can even silence your neighbor’s dog who barks incessantly.


Description: Magnifies the spell caster’s voice, functioning as a magical megaphone

Talk about an attention-grabber. No need for megaphones at an event when you can use Dumbledore’s trick and magnify your voice using sonorus and a magic wand. Pretty handy when it comes to cheering for your child’s team or finding your friends in a crowd — but make sure that you take the wand away from your rowdy friend when you’re out for a night of fun.

Warning: Sonorus and alcohol do not mix (unless you can counteract with a silencio spell).


Description: The spell causes the named object to rise in the air and move around at the will of the caster.

This spell had to be on the list for the simple fact that there would be no need to lift anything anymore. Rearranging a bedroom would be a snap; getting objects down from a tall shelf wouldn’t involve a wobbly step-ladder, and lifting luggage into a trunk would no longer involve curse words and broken fingernails.

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