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A hex is one of the seven known spell types. They are affiliated with Dark Magic, darker than a jinx but not as dark as a curse,[1] and generally causes moderate suffering to the victim.


Hexes can be used in a defensive capacity. For instance, in 1996, Ginny Weasley gained a reputation for being an accomplished caster of the Bat-Bogey Hex after using it to free herself from Dolores Umbridge's Inquisitorial Squad and also for casting it on Zacharia Smith from her carriage on the Hogwarts Express.[2]

List of Known Hexes


The word "hex" may derive from Pensylvania German hexe meaning "to practise witchcraft" or German hexen "to hex"[3], a meaning that the word still retains today when used as a verb. Its usage as a noun in contemporary English may refer to "a magic spell" or "a charm" and usually carries an connotation of ill will (though it used to refer to a an evil witch—such as a Hag—as well)[3][4].

Behind the scenes

  • Although there is no known class that teaches, it is probable that—if they are taught—they are included in the Defence Against the Dark Arts syllabus. It is also highly likely that students learn them from each other.
  • A Hex-Breaker can counter the effects of these types of spells. Probably, there are also counter-hexes.


See also

Notes and references

  1. J.K.Rowling Official Site - Extra Stuff
  2. In the Half-blood Prince (book) Slughorn walked past and saw a marvellous Bat-Bogey Hex on someone from her carriage.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Hex, etymology of
  4. Hex, definition of

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