The Mending Charm, also known as the Repairing Charm (Reparo), is a charm that can be used to seamlessly repair a broken object and works on most materials. This useful charm was invented by Orabella Nuttley, in or before 1754.
The 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.
There are various textbooks containing instructions for this spell, including The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 1, although there is still a spellbook designated entirely to the teaching of this charm. Due to its being a level one spell, it is likely taught in the first year.
The charm was suitable for use only on inanimate objects. Use on living beings was entirely proscribed. Serious scarring could result if it were cast on a person or animal in an attempt to heal wounds.
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.
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 which repaired Harry's wand, due to the strength and magnitude of the Elder Wand.
|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.|
|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 during a Transfiguration class.|
|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 due 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 attempted to use this to keep the sidecar attached to the flying motorbike, but it didn't work.|
Latin reparo meaning "to renew" or "repair".
Behind the scenes
- This is the first verbal spell cast in the film series (Oculus Reparo) and last spell cast in the book series.
- In the video games, this spell is either blue, violet or pink depending on the game.
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game) (First appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (video game) (Nintendo DS version only)
- Harry Potter Trading Card Game
- Harry Potter: Spells
- Pottermore (First identified as Mending Charm)
- The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
- Wonderbook: Book of Spells
Notes and references
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Pottermore
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Wonderbook: Book of Spells
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game)
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)
- ↑ Dictionary and Grammar Aid, University of Notre Dame, accessed 3-18-2008.
|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|
|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|