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



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].


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:
    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.


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
Grade 1 · Grade 2 · Grade 3 · Grade 4 · Grade 5 · 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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