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 modified the spelling and pronunciation.
2. “Confundo” — used to confuse opponents
The prefix con- means “with or together” and the suffix -fundo means “to pour.” When put together, the word means something like “mix,” but is now figuratively used to be “jumble or confuse.”
3. “Crucio” — causes opponent unbearable pain
This translates to, “I torture.” This spell is used to cast the Cruciatus curse, a torturing spell that is one of the three unforgivable curses in Harry Potter.
Hermione placed a memory charm on her parents in “Deathly Hallows.”
4. “Imperio” — gives the user control over another wizard
The root “imper” is seen in other Latin words like “impero,” which means “I command.” Makes sense, since this Unforgivable Curse gives the spell caster total control over their victim.
5. “Diffindo” — severing charm
The Latin translation of this spell is quite literal as it means “I split,” or “break off.”
6. “Lumos” — ignites the tip of your wand
A mock-Greek adaptation of the Latin lumen, meaning “light.”
“You foul, loathsome, evil little cockroach!” – Hermione Granger
7. “Nox” — the anti-charm for Lumos, removing the light from your wand
Nox is the Latin word for “night” but is also rooted in Greek mythology. “Nyx,” closely related to “Nox,” is the name for the Greek goddess of the night: a feared, shadowy figure who was known as a dominant force, and even intimidated the mighty Zeus.
8. “Expelliarmus” — disarms your opponent
Broken up into its Latin roots, this spell combines “expello,” which means mean “I banish” with “arma,” which means “weapons.”
9. “Sectumsempra” — a curse which replicates slashing the opponent with a sword
“Sectum” is Latin for “having been cut.” Although “sempra” isn’t a Latin word, it is very close to the word “semper” which was known in the Latin phrase “semper fidelis” (always faithful).
“If Voldemort is raising an army, then I want to fight.” – Harry Potter
10. “Avis” — a charm that creates a flock of birds
“Avis” simply means “bird” in Latin.
11. “Wingardium Leviosa” — the levitating charm
The first word is a blend of the English “wing” with a creative adaptation of the Latin comparative of arduus, meaning “steep.” The second word also requires a stretch of the linguistic imagination, being an adaptation of the Latin levo, meaning “I lift.”
12. “Homenum Revelio” — spell that tells you if humans are present
In proper Latin, it’s hominem revelo, “I unveil the man,” a logical thing to say when outing someone hiding under an invisibility cloak.
“It’s levi-OH-sa, not levio-SAH.”
13. “Priori Incantatem” — the reverse spell effect.
“A priori” is a Latin phrase which means “from the earlier.” “Incantatem” is derived from the Latin “incantare” meaning “sing or recite” — often used concerning magic or witchcraft.
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