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Mending Charm
Incantation

Reparo
(reh-PAH-roh)

Type

Charm

Hand Movement

Mending-charm

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."
Book of Spells.[src]

The Mending Charm[1], also known as the Repairing Charm[2] (Reparo) is a charm that can be used to seamlessly repair a broken object, it works against most material. This charm was invented by Orabella Nuttley, in or before 1754.

History

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]

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[3]. Due to its being a level one spell, it is likely taught in the first year.

Effects

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

Mending charm1

The Mending charm's effects

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.[4]

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 again upon attempted use; the sole exception goes to the Elder Wand, due to the strength.

Known uses

Caster(s) Date Notes
Orabella Nuttley 1754 Nuttley invented this spell and in or around 1754 she stepped forward and fixed several columns with the Mending Charm she had invented. Preventing a breach of the Statute of Secrecy.
OrabellaNuttleyReparoColiseum
Bill Weasley August, 1994 Bill used to repair the table leg a couple days before the World Cup.
Percy Weasley 25 August, 1994 Percy used to repair his glasses when he bowed just a little bit too low, when greeting the Minister for Magic
Hermione Granger 1 September, 1994 Hermione cast this spell to repair the broken glass in the door to a railway carriage compartment.
30 May, 1996 Hermione used this to repair a teacup that Ronald Weasley had broken in Transfiguration.
25 December, 1997 The spell didn't work using Hermione's wand to repair Harry's broken wand.
10 March, 1997 Hermione repaired a set of scales broken in the corridor outside the Room of Requirement.
Harry Potter 10 September, 1995 Harry used this to fix the china bowl of Murtlap Essence he'd knocked to the floor. The spell couldn't put the liquid back in the repaired bowl, however
14 September, 1996 After cutting the covers off the old and new Potions textbooks in his possession and swapping them, Harry "repaired" the two swapped covers simultaneously by tapping each, then giving the incantation once
Fall 1996 Harry used this to repair a bowl he had broken in Herbology.
2 May, 1998 Harry cast this spell with the Elder Wand to repair his own broken one, which worked do to the power the Elder Wand possesses.
Minerva McGonagall May, 1993 McGonagall used what is very likely this spell to restore the leg of Neville's desk, which he had accidentally vanished.
Severus Snape Winter 1996 Snape used this spell to repair a shattered jar in his office during Occlumency lessons.
Horace Slughorn & Albus Dumbledore 12 July, 1996 Horace Slughorn and Albus Dumbledore seem to have cast this spell nonverbally (and in a masterly way) to undo the damage Slughorn had inflicted upon his borrowed living quarters in Budleigh Babberton.
Bob Ogden 1920s Tiberius Ogden used the spell to repair a pot that Merope Gaunt had broken. Her father was infuriated that Ogden would interfere.
Rubeus Hagrid 27 July, 1997 Hagrid ttempted to use this to keep the sidecar attached to the flying motorbike, but it didn't work.

Known 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 both the first and last spell cast in the series.[7]
  • In the video games, this spell is either blue, violet or pink depending on the game.

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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