Charms Master Flitwick

Professor Filius Flitwick, Charms Master at Hogwarts, teaching a class

Charms Master is the title given to the Charms Professor at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. They are in charge of teaching their subject to the students of Hogwarts in Classroom 2E, and they own an office near the West Tower. Filius Flitwick held the post since at least the 1975-1976 school year, and remained Charms Master through the 1990s to at least 1998.

Classroom and Office


Classroom 2E - the Charms Classroom

The Charms Master's classroom is Classroom 2E, which is located on the second floor of Hogwarts Castle. The classroom has four long, large desks that are built like stairs and are located on both sides of the classroom. There is also a large fireplace in the room, as well as several books and bookshelves. When Filius Flitwick was held the post, his office was inside a tower near the West Tower and thirteenth window to the right, according to Albus Dumbledore. The office contained portraits, a desk, and sleeping quarters and is decorated with green wallpaper and red furniture.


As Charms Master, they have to teach Charms Class to all years, from first to seventh since Charms is a required subject for all students in their first five years and may take it for the final two. The spells the professor teaches are taken from textbooks, including The Standard Book of Spells, Grades 1 to 7, Quintessence: A Quest and Achievements in Charming. They teach specific wand movements and proper pronunciation and often allow students to partner up in class to experiment on one another.

First Year


First Years learning the Levitation Charm

The Charms Master must teach their first year students the spell Wingardium Leviosa, also known as the Levitation Charm, which is used in the End-of-Year Examination. When Filius Flitwick taught the spell to the class of 1991, he first taught them the "swish and flick" wrist movement and required them to practise it before Hallowe'en. At that time, he taught them the incantation and told them to practise it on their quills, which only Hermione Granger managed to do successfully. The spell Incendio was taught for the first time in this class as well.[1] Also, he taught the Softening Charm, Spongify.[2] Both spells helped Harry Potter and Ron Weasley defeat Quirinus Quirrell's first mountain troll.

Second Year

Students in their second year are taught the fire spell, Incendio,[3] also known as the "Bluebell Flames" or "Cold Fire". However, this spell was first taught to them in their first year so it may have just been revision. They revise the Levitation Charm and learn how to cast Skurge.

Third Year

The Charms Master teaches the Cheering Charm to their third year students, likely to prepare for the Third Year Exams, which include successfully performing the Charm. They revise the Levitation Charm for a third time and learn the Glacius spell.

Fourth Year

Students learn how to cast Summoning and Banishing Charms.

Fifth Year

Fifth years learn to cast the Silencing Charm.

Sixth year

Sixth years learn about non-verbal spells and to cast the Aguamenti Charm.

End-of-Year Examinations

At the end of each year, the Charms Master is required to set practical examinations for their students.

First Year Exams

"Professor Flitwick called them one by one into his class to see if they could make a pineapple tap-dance across a desk."
—The exam in 1992.[src]

The First Year Charms Examination consisted in attibuting animation to an otherwise inanimate object. In 1992, Professor Filius Flitwick asked the students to make a pineapple dance across his desk. If the Charms Master's first year students do not successfully complete the exam, it is possible that they will be forbidden to remain for second year.

Second Year Exams

"... as a school treat, all exams have been cancelled!"
—Albus Dumbledore announcing the cancellation of the exam.[src]

The Charms Master must also set exams for their students in their second year of education. However, with the cancellation of the examination in 1993, nothing is known of the exams contents.

Third Year Exams

When students are in their third year, the Charms Master must set an examination for them, which is set on the Monday of the exam week, ending on Thursday. The students must cast a type of enchantment that causes an object to behave in a way that is not otherwise normal for that object. In 1994, Filius Flitwick told the class to produce Cheering Charms.

Fourth Year Exams

The Charms Master must also give their fourth year students an examination at the end of the year. However, nought is known about these tests as Harry Potter did not take them in 1995 due to being a Champion in the Triwizard Tournament after being selected by the Goblet of Fire.


"What you must remember is that these examinations may influence your futures for many years to come! If you have not already given serious thought to your careers, now is the time to do so. And in the meantime, I'm afraid, we shall be working harder than ever to ensure that you do yourselves justice!"
—Charms Master Flitwick to his class in 1995.[src]

The Ordinary Wizarding Level Charms exams are both a theoretical and practical one. The theoretical exam includes questions on Levitation and the Substantive Charms. The practical exam requires students to cast the Levitation and Banishing Charms, as well as Reducio, Reparo, the Colour change and the Growth Charm, and the Summoning Charm. While a special commission observes most exams, the Charms Master himself has to watch over the practical exams, along with Griselda Marchbanks.

Behind the scenes

  • It is unknown if a female professor would still be a Charms Master or at Charms Mistress, but seen as how the Head of Hogwarts differs in the title based on gender, so could possibly this title.
  • Since the unidentified individual who appeared to go through Wonderbook: Book of Spells with a student in the restricted section was referred to as a Charms Professor rather than Charms Master, it is not inconceivable for the Charms Master to Head the Charms department (which there in all probability there is) just like how the Pomona Sprout headed the Herbology department at the school.
  • If this is indeed the case, then the same can presumably be said about the Potion Master.


Notes and references

  1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game)
  2. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game)
  3. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game)

See also

Charms (class)
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Charmbook writers and developers
Delfina Crimp · Miranda Goshawk · Jarleth Hobart · Basil Horton · Randolph Keitch ·
Levina Monkstanley · Orabella Nuttley · Mnemone Radford · Scarpin · Elliot Smethwyck ·
Felix Summerbee · Fred Weasley · George Weasley
Professors Fortinbras · Filius Flitwick
Textbooks The Standard Book of Spells · Achievements in Charming · Quintessence: A Quest
Charms studied at Hogwarts
Arresto Momentum · Banishing Charm (Depulso) · Bird-Conjuring Charm (Avis) · Cheering Charm · Colour Change Charm (Colovaria) · Engorgement Charm (Engorgio) · Fire-Making Spell (Incendio) · Freezing Spell (Glacius) · Full Body-Bind Curse (Petrificus Totalus) · General Counter-Spell (Finite Incantatem) · Growth Charm · Knockback Jinx (FlipendoLevitation Charm (Wingardium Leviosa) · Locomotion Charm (Locomotor) · Mending Charm (Reparo) · Reductor Curse (Reducto) · Seize and Pull Charm (Carpe Retractum) · Shrinking Charm (Reducio) · Silencing Charm (Silencio) · Skurge Scouring Charm (Skurge) · Softening Charm (Spongify) · Summoning Charm (Accio) · Unlocking Charm (Alohomora) · Vinegar into Wine · Wand-Extinguishing Charm (Nox) · Wand-Lighting Charm (Lumos) · Water-Making Spell (Aguamenti)