It’s no secret that the Harry Potter franchise has a cult-like following. In fact, avid fans have memorized not only the names of the characters and the storylines but the spells as well.
As it turns out, the spells in J.K. Rowling’s masterpiece have scientific meanings behind it. Here are 13 of the Harry Potter spells and their translations.
Wands at the ready.
1. “Accio” — summoning charm
In Latin, the verb “accersere” means “to summon or fetch.” Just like the rest of the spells in Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling altered the pronunciation and spelling.
2. “Confundo” — to confuse enemies
Con = “with or together” and fundo = “to pour.”
3. “Crucio” — to cause excruciating pain to opponents
The translation of “Crucio” is “I torture.”
Hermione placed a memory charm on her parents in “Deathly Hallows.”
4. “Imperio” — to control another wizard
The Latin word “impero” means “I command.”
5. “Diffindo” — to sever
The Latin translation “Diffindo” is “I split” or “break off.”
6. “Lumos” — to ignite the tip of the wand
“Lumen” means “light” in a mock-Greek adaptation.
“You foul, loathsome, evil little cockroach!” – Hermione Granger
7. “Nox” — to remove the light from the wand, opposite of “Lumus”
“Nox” means “night.”
8. “Expelliarmus” — to disarm the enemy
The Latin word “expello” means“I banish,” and “arma” means “weapons.”
9. “Sectumsempra” — to slash enemy with a sword
“Sectum” is Latin for “having been cut.”
“If Voldemort is raising an army, then I want to fight.” – Harry Potter
10. “Avis” — to create a flock of birds
“Avis” means “bird” in Latin.
11. “Wingardium Leviosa” — to levitate
The first word is “wing” is English, but it was followed by a Latin word “arduus,” which means “steep,” and “Levo” means “I lift.”
12. “Homenum Revelio” — to know if humans are present
The Latin words “hominem revelo” means “I unveil the man.”
“It’s levi-OH-sa, not levio-SAH.”
13. “Priori Incantatem” — to reverse a spell
“A priori” means “from the earlier” and “incantare” means “sing or recite.”
The ‘Game Of Thrones’ Riverrun Castle Is Looking For New Owners
Would you like to be the Lord of Riverrun?
There is little doubt that the castles featured in Game of Thrones are very impressive structures. Now fans can own the castle that represented Riverrun in the HBO series. The only catch is, you'll have to share it with a garrison of Freys and perhaps another occasional Tully.
Riverrun is not as prominent on the show as the Red Keep or Casterly Rock. Nevertheless, the castle has its own memorable Game of Thrones moments. In the third season, it stood to watch as Robb Stark beheaded Rickard Karstark for the murder of two Lannister boys. The negotiation between Robb and the Freys also took place in the castle's main hall. Now you can waltz around the gloomy castle for the hefty sum of $660,000.
A portion of Gosford Castle in Co Armagh, Northern Ireland is currently up for sale for 'Game of Thrones' fans.
Biggest Darth Vader Fan Ever Has Over 63,000 Items In His Collection
His love for the iconic villain knows no bounds!
You might consider yourself a Star Wars fan but believe me, you’re not a bigger fan than this guy. Bill McBride saw the first film as a 6-year-old bot back in 1977 and it completely changed his life. The movie has since been a big influence for him, growing up, as he developed love for science fiction and toy collection.
Fast forward to the present, Bill now holds the world record for owning the world’s biggest Darth Vader collection. As you can see in the photos below, Bill has indeed “embraced” the Dark Side, collecting nothing else but items featuring the iconic villain.
‘Why Darth Vader?’ is undoubtedly the most frequently asked question for Bill McBride.
10 Best Disney Songs Of All Time, Ranked
#1 is no surprise.
Disney songs include tunes that tell us to leave our stresses behind, to dream big, respect all creatures and appreciate the friends by your side. With messages like those, what’s not to love?
Disney is not only known for their iconic fairy tales, but their films has some of the greatest songs we've ever heard. Here are 10 Disney songs that are at the top of our list when it comes to songs we don’t tire of hearing again and again.
10. “Once Upon a Dream” – Sleeping Beauty