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While a properly cast Mending Charm was generally enough to fix an object, it seems less experienced casters might not succeed in returning liquids to broken containers.<ref name="OOTP">''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]''</ref>
 
While a properly cast Mending Charm was generally enough to fix an object, it seems less experienced casters might not succeed in returning liquids to broken containers.<ref name="OOTP">''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]''</ref>
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This charm does not seem to work on objects of powerful and complex magic, such as [[Vanishing Cabinet]]s and [[wand]]s. [[Draco Malfoy]] proved the former by having spent almost an entire school year to repair the damaged cabinet through other means, due to the complexity of the magical passage. For snapped wands, although this charm can repair the physical form, the magical capacity would be damaged beyond repair, causing the wand in question to fall apart once again; the sole exception goes to the [[Elder Wand]], due to the strength.
   
 
==Invention==
 
==Invention==
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There are various textbooks containing instructions for this spell, including ''[[The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 1]]''<ref name="POT"/>, although there is still [[Reparo spellbook|a spellbook designated entirely to the teaching of this charm]]<ref name="POAG">''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game)]]''</ref>. Due to its being a level one [[spell]], it is likely taught in the [[first year]].
 
There are various textbooks containing instructions for this spell, including ''[[The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 1]]''<ref name="POT"/>, although there is still [[Reparo spellbook|a spellbook designated entirely to the teaching of this charm]]<ref name="POAG">''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game)]]''</ref>. Due to its being a level one [[spell]], it is likely taught in the [[first year]].
   
==Practicioners==
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==Practitioners==
*[[Albus Dumbledore]]<ref name="HBPF">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)]]''</ref>
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* [[Albus Dumbledore]]<ref name="HBPF">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)]]''</ref>
*[[Bob Ogden]]<ref name="HBP">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]''</ref>
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* [[Bob Ogden]]<ref name="HBP">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]''</ref>
*[[Harry Potter]]<ref name="DH">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]''</ref>
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* [[Harry Potter]]<ref name="DH">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]''</ref>
*[[Hermione Granger]]<ref name="GOF">''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]''</ref>
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* [[Hermione Granger]]<ref name="GOF">''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]''</ref>
*[[Orabella Nuttley]] {{C|Invented the spell}}<ref name="WON"/>
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* [[Orabella Nuttley]] {{C|Invented the spell}}<ref name="WON"/>
*[[Rubeus Hagrid]] {{C|Failed}}<ref name="DH"/>
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* [[Rubeus Hagrid]] {{C|Failed}}<ref name="DH"/>
*[[Seamus Finnigan]] {{C|Probably}}<ref name="OOTP"/>
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* [[Seamus Finnigan]] {{C|Probably}}<ref name="OOTP"/>
*[[Unidentified Ollivander's associate|Associate of Garrick Ollivander]]
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* [[Unidentified Ollivander's associate|Associate of Garrick Ollivander]]
   
 
==Variations==
 
==Variations==
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==Etymology==
 
==Etymology==
 
Latin ''reparo'' meaning "to renew" or "repair".<ref name=und>[http://archives.nd.edu/latgramm.htm Dictionary and Grammar Aid], University of Notre Dame, accessed 3-18-2008.</ref>
 
Latin ''reparo'' meaning "to renew" or "repair".<ref name=und>[http://archives.nd.edu/latgramm.htm Dictionary and Grammar Aid], University of Notre Dame, accessed 3-18-2008.</ref>
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==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==
*This is the last [[spell]] cast in the [[Harry Potter (book series)|series]].<ref name="DH"/>
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* This is the last [[spell]] cast in the [[Harry Potter (book series)|series]].<ref name="DH"/>
*The [[Vanishing Cabinet]] is one of the few things unable to be mended by this charm alone, as [[Draco Malfoy]] spent almost an entire school year to repair it through other means, due to the complexity of the magical passage.
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* According to ''[[Pottermore]]'', the hand movement is thus:<br/>[[File:Mending-charm.png]]<br/>Also, the books state alternately that one must point their wand at (from the fourth book) or tap (from the sixth book) the broken object.
*[[Wand]]s are another thing incapable of being mended by this charm alone; although it can repair the physical form, the magical capacity would be damaged beyond repair, causing the wand in question to fall apart once again. The sole exception goes to the [[Elder Wand]], due to the strength.
 
*According to ''[[Pottermore]]'', the hand movement is thus:<br/>[[File:Mending-charm.png]]<br/>Also, the books state alternately that one must point their wand at (from the fourth book) or tap (from the sixth book) the broken object.
 
   
 
==Appearances==
 
==Appearances==
*''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game)]]'' {{1st}}
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* ''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game)]]'' {{1st}}
*''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]''
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* ''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]''
*''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (video game)]]''
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* ''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (video game)]]''
*''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]''
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* ''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]''
*''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (video game)]]''
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* ''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (video game)]]''
*''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]''
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* ''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]''
*''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (video game)]]''
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* ''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (video game)]]''
*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]''
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* ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]''
*''[[Harry Potter Trading Card Game]]''
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* ''[[Harry Potter Trading Card Game]]''
*''[[Harry Potter: Spells]]''
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* ''[[Harry Potter: Spells]]''
*''[[Pottermore]]'' {{1st ID}}
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* ''[[Pottermore]]'' {{1st ID}}
*''[[The Wizarding World of Harry Potter]]''
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* ''[[The Wizarding World of Harry Potter]]''
*''[[Wonderbook: Book of Spells]]''
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* ''[[Wonderbook: Book of Spells]]''
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==Notes and references==
 
==Notes and references==
 
{{Reflist}}
 
{{Reflist}}

Revision as of 23:23, March 8, 2013

Reparo
Mending Charm
Incantation

Reparo
reh-PAH-roh

Type

Charm

Hand Movement

Tap the target

Light

None

Effect

Mends broken objects

Creator

Orabella Nuttley (1754)

"The Mending Charm will repair broken objects with a flick of the wand. Accidents do happen, so it is essential to know how to mend our errors."
—An excerpt from the entry in Book of Spells.[src]

The Mending Charm[1], also known as the Repairing Charm[2] (incatation: Reparo) was a charm that could be used to seamlessly repair a broken object.

Casting and effects

The Mending Charm was effective at repairing most materials.[2] However, damage caused by certain rare, powerful curses was impossible to undo.[2]

The charm was suitable for use only on inanimate objects.[2] Use on living beings was entirely proscribed.[2] Serious scarring could result if it were cast on a person or animal in an attempt to heal wounds.[2]

While a properly cast Mending Charm was generally enough to fix an object, it seems less experienced casters might not succeed in returning liquids to broken containers.[3]

This charm does not seem to work on objects of powerful and complex magic, such as Vanishing Cabinets and wands. Draco Malfoy proved the former by having spent almost an entire school year to repair the damaged cabinet through other means, due to the complexity of the magical passage. For snapped wands, although this charm can repair the physical form, the magical capacity would be damaged beyond repair, causing the wand in question to fall apart once again; the sole exception goes to the Elder Wand, due to the strength.

Invention

This charm was invented by Orabella Nuttley, an employee of the Improper Use of Magic Office in the British Ministry of Magic, in or before 1754. She used her charm to repair the Colosseum after it had been accidentally destroyed. Thereafter, it became famous; this instance was recorded in Book of Spells, by Miranda Goshawk.[2]

Teaching

There are various textbooks containing instructions for this spell, including The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 1[1], although there is still a spellbook designated entirely to the teaching of this charm[4]. Due to its being a level one spell, it is likely taught in the first year.

Practitioners

Variations

There is a similar spell, Oculus Reparo, which is used to repair eyeglasses; its history and relation to this spell apart from the etymology and effects are unknown[9].

Etymology

Latin reparo meaning "to renew" or "repair".[10]

Behind the scenes

  • This is the last spell cast in the series.[7]
  • According to Pottermore, the hand movement is thus:
    Mending-charm
    Also, the books state alternately that one must point their wand at (from the fourth book) or tap (from the sixth book) the broken object.

Appearances

Notes and references


Charms (class)
Wingardium leviosa
Professors: Filius Flitwick
Textbooks: The Standard Book of Spells · Achievements in Charming · Quintessence: A Quest
Charmbook writers and charm developers: Miranda Goshawk · Scarpin · Felix Summerbee · Randolph Keitch · Basil Horton · Mnemone Radford · Elliot Smethwyck · Jarleth Hobart · Delfina Crimp · Orabella Nuttley · Levina Monkstanley · Fred Weasley · George Weasley
Charms studied at Hogwarts: Levitation Charm · Fire-Making Charm · Softening Charm · Skurge · Aresto Momentum · Cheering Charm · Freezing Spell · Seize and Pull Charm · Summoning Charm · Banishing Charm · Silencing Charm · Mending Charm · Reductor Curse · Colour Change Charm · Growth Charm · Water-Making Spell · Locomotion Charm · Vinegar into Wine · Bird-Conjuring Charm


The Standard Book of Spells
Books: The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 1 · The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 2 · The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 3 · The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 4 · The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 5 · The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 6
Charms included in the series: Fire-Making Spell · Levitation Charm · Locking Spell · Mending Charm · Softening Charm · Severing Charm · Unlocking Charm · Dancing Feet Spell · Disarming Charm · Engorgement Charm · Freezing Charm · General Counter-Spell · Memory Charm · Tickling Charm · Summoning Charm · Banishing Charm · Substantive Charm

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