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A '''hex''' is one of the seven known [[spell]] types. They are affiliated with [[Dark Arts|Dark Magic]], darker than a [[jinx]] but not as dark as a [[curse]]<ref>[ J.K.Rowling Official Site - Extra Stuff]</ref>, and generally causes moderate suffering to the victim. However, they can be used in a defensive capacity. For instance, in [[1996]], [[Ginevra Weasley|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]].
==List of Known Hexes==
*[[Bat-Bogey Hex]]
*[[Bedazzling Hex]]
*[[Engorgio Skullus]]
*[[Horn-growing hex]]
*[[Horn tongue hex]]
*[[Hurling Hex]]
*[[Instant scalping hex]]
*[[Knee-Reversal Hex]]
*[[Mutatio Skullus]]
*[[Redactum Skullus]]
*[[Sardine Hex]]
*[[Stinging Hex]]
*[[Tickling Hex]]
*[[Toenail-growing hex]]
*[[Twitchy Ears Hex]]
The word "hex" may derive from Pensylvania German ''hexe'' meaning "to practice witchcraft" or German ''hexen'' "to hex"<ref name="HexEtym">[ Hex, etymology of]</ref>, 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&mdash;such as a [[Hag]]&mdash;as well)<ref name="HexEtym"/><ref>[ Hex, definition of]</ref>.
==Behind the scenes==
*Although there is no known class that teaches, it is probable that&mdash;if they are taught&mdash;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.
==See also==
*[[Dark Arts|Dark Magic]]
==Notes and references==
[[fr:Maléfice (définition)]]
[[Category:Dark charms]]
[[Category:Dark charms]]

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