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Healing magic in progress

" Episkey," said Tonks. Harry's nose felt very hot, then very cold. He raised a hand and felt it gingerly. It seemed to be mended."
Tonks fixes Harry Potter's broken nose[src]

Healing magic[1] is a branch of magic devoted to improving the physical and mental condition. There are many different types of spells in this branch of magic, that have a variety of effects. There are also a vast group of potions that are dedicated to healing as well. Witches and wizards who specialize in this area of magic are known as healers.

Healing spells

Healing spells are spells which improve the physical condition of a patient.


Magical medication normally relates to healing potions, though there are other medications that exists too (such as chocolate). They are described below:

Healing potions




Chocolate has special properties. Not only does it make a wonderful treat, but it also serves as a particularly powerful antidote for the chilling effect produced by contact with Dementors and other particularly nasty forms of Dark Magic.


Wizard doctors are known as Healers and Mediwizards. While small infirmaries exist, such as the Hogwarts hospital wing run by Madame Pomfrey, the central establishment in England for this purpose is St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries, where various magical diseases, such as "dragon pox", "spattergroit", and "Vanishing Sickness" are treated.

As Madam Poppy Pomfrey is said to be a matron, there may be different ranks of nurses like there is in the Muggle world. For example: matron, sister, staff nurse, nurse, and student nurse

Diseases and injuries

  • Dragon bite (turned green and swelled)
  • Dragon pox (is contagious, but even after a patient is past that stage he or she will have greenish and pockmarked skin)
  • Broken bones
    • Broken ankle
    • Broken arm
    • Broken leg
    • Broken nose
    • Broken ribs
    • Broken skull
    • Broken wrist
Ron Splinched in Deathly Hallows Part 1

Ron splinched

  • Splinching - the loss or damage of limbs caused by improper Apparition.
  • Scrofungulus, which is contagious
  • Vanishing Sickness, which is contagious
  • Werewolf bite - induces lycantrophy, an incurable condition but controllable with modern healing (Wolfsbane Potion and possibly the Homorphus Charm)
  • Snakebite wound that won't close naturally
  • Spattergroit - a malady which causes a person to develop spots on their face. Possible cure: "[T]ake the liver of a toad, bind it tight about your throat, stand naked at the full moon in a barrel of eels' eyes..."
  • Small child who had sprouted huge feathery wings
  • Man who was wearing jinxed shoes which ate his feet
  • A man whose head rang like a bell whenever he moved his head
  • A woman whose head had been made into something like a "teapot" - she whistled and gave off steam, and her face was red and sweaty
  • People with strange things growing out of them, such as an elephant's trunk


  • Severe mental damage, such as improperly cast Memory Charms and insanity, may be irreversible.
  • Certain dark arts, such as body parts severed by Sectumsempra and werewolf-inflicted injuries, cannot be fully healed, and will leave scars at the very least.
  • No true cure exists for lycanthropy as to date.
  • Attempt to use the Mending Charm on flesh wounds can cause serious scarring.[2]


Notes and references

  1. Pottermore wand wood information (transcription available here)
  2. Wonderbook: Book of Spells

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