Wands at the Ready!: The 'Harry Potter' Spells Quiz

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At Hogwarts, there's a spell, charm or hex for nearly every occasion, and it can be a challenge for muggles to remember them all. How well do you know the spells used in the "Harry Potter" series? Take this quiz to find out!

This practical spell will shine a light on nearly any situation.

The Lumos spell temporarily makes the tip of a wand shine like a flashlight and proves especially useful when navigating dark hallways at Hogwarts.

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Which spell could be used in place of a microphone?

In the "Harry Potter" series, the Sonorus spell is used in place of a muggle microphone. The spell amplifies a person's voice and must be reversed by a Quietus spell.

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Which bewitching charm did Hermione master long before her peers?

In the "Order of the Phoenix" film, Hermione Granger surprised her peers by performing a Protean charm long before any of them passed their N.E.W.T. exams. Most Hogwarts students didn't master the Protean charm until much later.

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Harry Potter used the Accio spell to defeat what creature?

In "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," Harry uses the Accio spell to summon his wand and defeat a dragon during a potentially deadly students-only competition.

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Which spell would be useful when planning a bonfire?

The Incendio spell can be used to start a fire and could be especially useful when planning a post-Quidditch bonfire.

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If you needed to open a box, which spell would you use?

You'd rely on the Cistem Aperio spell to bust open a closed box. Tom Riddle used the Cistem Aperio spell in "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" to open boxes and chests.

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What does the Expecto Patronum spell do?

The Expecto Patronum spell conjures a Patronus charm that can be used to ward off Dementors. The silvery, ethereal Patronus typically takes the shape of an animal and symbolizes the spell-caster's positive thoughts.

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What effect does the Petrificus Totalus spell have on its targets?

The Petrificus Totalus spell, also known as the Full Body-Bind Curse, is used to immobilize someone. Hermione Granger once used a Petrificus Totalus spell on Neville Longbottom to prevent him from stalling her efforts to reach the Sorcerer's Stone.

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If you were leaving on an extended trip, this one-word spell would be particularly helpful.

If you were leaving on an extended trip, the Pack spell would expedite preparations by causing items to assemble themselves into a trunk or suitcase.

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What does the Waddiwasi spell do?

The Waddiwasi spell can be used to send an object to a specific destination. Remus Lupin once used this spell to take a wad of gum off a keyhole and send it up the nose of Peeves, a poltergeist that has roamed Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for more than a century.

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If you want to turn an object to stone, which spell would be most effective?

To turn an object to stone, use the Duro spell. Hermione Granger once used this spell to turn a tapestry into stone — just in time for two Death Eaters to run into it.

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What does the Wingardium Leviosa spell do?

The Wingardium Leviosa spell can make an object levitate. Hermione Granger became one of the first to master this spell during her earliest days at Hogwarts.

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Which spell could take the place of a compass?

The Point Me spell acts as a compass. To perform the spell, one simply places his or her wand in an open palm, recites the spell and watches the wand rotate until its tip points north.

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The Refilling spell is best used for rectifying what?

If you're feeling parched and your glass is empty, the Refilling charm can refill the glass — or any vessel for that matter. The spell is taught at Hogwarts in the charms class for sixth-year students.

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In "The Goblet of Fire," what spell does Harry Potter use to fix his broken nose?

The Episkey spell can remedy everything from cuts and scrapes to broken bones. Harry Potter uses the Episkey spell in "The Goblet of Fire" to fix his broken nose.

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When is the Alohomora spell most useful?

The Alohomora spell can be used to unlock all manners of things but is especially useful when it comes to unlocking doors. This spell comes in handy during Harry Potter's quest to find the Sorcerer's Stone, but unfortunately, it also leads him into the lair of a three-headed dog.

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What does the Langlock spell do?

The Langlock spell was invented by the Half-Blood Prince and works by "gluing" the target's tongue to the roof of his or her mouth. Harry Potter used this spell twice on Argus Filch, the caretaker of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

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Which spell was used to protect Hogwarts against invaders?

As the "Harry Potter" series progresses, the plot becomes increasingly harrowing, and spells like Protego Horribilis are employed. Protego Horribilis, which wards off dark magic, is used to protect Hogwarts from invaders.

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What does the Legilimens spell allow the user to do?

The Legilimens spell can be used to peer into someone's mind and allows the spell caster to understand that person's thoughts, emotions and memories.

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The Bedazzling hex is complicated but necessary if you need a person or object to become what?

To make a person or object become invisible, the Bedazzling hex is a must.

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What was the result of Neville Longbottom's most memorable Riddikulus spell?

When Neville Longbottom casts a Riddikulus spell, he transforms a boggart into an image of Severus Snape enrobed in Neville's grandmother's clothes and hat.

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What does the Bat-Bogey hex do?

Few things are as shocking as turning "bogies" into winged, bat-sized creatures that fly out of one's nostrils, but that's exactly what the Bat-Bogey hex does. The hex was often used by Ginny Weasley, including one memorable incident in which Draco Malfoy was the target.

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The Tarantallegra curse causes its target to do what?

The Tarantallegra curse causes its target's legs to dance like crazy. The spell's name is a combination of the many-legged tarantula spider and "allegro," a musical term that describes a quick and lively tempo.

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The Unforgivable Curses are:

The Cruciatus, Imperius and Killing curses are known as the Unforgivable Curses. Reciting one of them can lead to a life sentence in Azkaban.

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The first spell ever performed by Hermione Granger in the "Harry Potter" film series is:

Viewers are introduced to Hermione Granger in "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" when she meets Harry and Ron on the Hogwarts Express train headed to Hogwarts. The moment she notices Harry's broken glasses, she uses an Oculus Reparo spell to fix them.

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What does the Glisseo spell do?

The Glisseo spell converts an object into a smooth slide or chute. Hermione Granger once used the Glisseo spell on stairs that she, Ron Weasley and Harry Potter were standing upon, causing them to slide quickly to the bottom.

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Which magical charm can be used to catch people violating curfew?

The Caterwauling charm can be an effective way to catch people violating curfew. After the spell is cast over a specified area, anyone who enters the area will set off a raucous noise. The Caterwauling charm was once used on Hogsmeade to detect anyone moving around outside the building after curfew.

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Which spell did Hermione Granger use to break Sirius Black out of a cell?

In "Prisoner of Azkaban" Hermione Granger uses a Bombarda spell to create an explosion — and a way for Sirius Black to escape a holding cell at Hogwarts.

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What does the Imperius curse do?

The Imperius curse is one of the most extreme curses in the "Harry Potter" series. The spell causes its target to fall completely under the command of the spell caster.

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In order to confuse someone, which would be the best spell to use?

The Confundo spell, also known as the Confundus charm, causes its target to become confused and disoriented.

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