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Severus Snape using a Shield Charm against Harry Potter.

A charm is a spell that adds certain properties to an object or creature. Charms are distinguished from transfigurations in that a charm adds or changes properties of an object; it focuses on altering what the object does as opposed to what the object is.[1] For example, the Colour Change Charm causes something to flash different colours; the Levitation Charm causes an object to levitate; the Cheering Charm improves upon a creature's mood. An object that has a lasting charm placed on it is called bewitched, though charms in general appear to last longer than other spells.


Harry Potter using the Summoning Charm.

Charms can be some of the most powerful and game-changing spells in existence. The Fidelius Charm, for example, can completely hide a person or a place in such a way that no one can find them unless they are given the location by a Secret Keeper. Memory Charms can be so strong that they completely remove a person's memory or even damage his or her mind permanently. Spells such as curses, jinxes, and hexes are referred to as "dark charms".[2]

List of Charms

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Hermione Granger using Confundo


Hermione Granger using a Levitation Charm


Gilderoy Lockhart using a Memory Charm

The Wand-Lighting Charm

Harry Potter using the Wand-Lighting Charm at Bathilda Bagshot's house.

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