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Spell creation is the highly dangerous and mysterious art of creating new spells.[1] Only witches and wizards with great understanding of magic are known to be able to invent and create spells.


Not much is known about this form of magic. Most wizards and witches only know it is extremely dangerous and that a lot of people have suffered a great deal of injures and even death, hence few attempt it.

It seems centered very much around Latin. About 90% of all the spells are Latin in different forms; presumably, in order to create spells, it is very important to find the correct Latin pronunciation (as seen in Snape's potion book, wherein line after line had been crossed out, apparently as a result of trial-and-error.)

Known spell inventors and their creations

Name of Crafter Spells Created Notes

Jarleth Hobart

Levitation Charm

Invented in 1544, used on self to ill effect.

Orabella Nuttley

Mending Charm

First used in 1754 after a broom race left the Coliseum in ruins.

Delfina Crimp

Severing Charm

Used to make clothes.

Elliot Smethwyck

Softening Charm

Used to make broomsticks more comfortable, in 1820.

Ancient African sorcerer

Unlocking Charm

Taught to Eldon Elsrickle who used it to rob London.

Levina Monkstanley

Wand-Lighting Charm

Used to illuminate a corner in which she'd dropped a quill.

Elizabeth Smudgling

Disarming Charm

Used in a famous four-way duel.

Mnemone Radford

Created between 1562 and 1649.

Merwyn the Malicious

  • Many unknown jinxes and hexes

Spells described as 'unpleasant'. Created in the Middle Ages.

Felix Summerbee

Invented between 1447 - 1508.

Balfour Blane

  • Unknown

Known spellcrafter at Committee on Experimental Charms. Active between 1566 - 1629.

Urquhart Rackharrow

Invented between 1612 - 1697.

Basil Horton

Invented (c. 1929) with his partner Randolph Keitch.

Randolph Keitch

Invented (c. 1929) with his partner Basil Horton.

Tom Riddle

Used as the sign of the Death Eaters. Created during, or shortly prior to, the First Wizarding War.

Thought to be magically impossible, unsupported flight was invented by Tom Riddle - that is, flight without need of broomstick or thestral.

Severus Snape

All spells recorded in his copy of Advanced Potion Making were also crafted by him. Created between 1977 - 1978.

Mrs. Lovegood

Invented in 1990. Mrs. Lovegood's death was described as 'gory.'

Fred and George Weasley

Invented between 1994 - 1995.

Hermione Granger

Invented in 1995.

Gilbert Wimple

  • Unknown

Known spellcrafter at Committee on Experimental Charms

Behind the scenes

  • It is possible that Gilderoy Lockhart was a spell inventor, as he seemed to make several spells (Deboning, Peskipiksi Pesternomi, etc.) up on the spot. This would explain why he did not expect them to work the way they did all of them producing the correct effect (etymologically speaking) bar Peskipiksi Pesternomi.


Notes and References

  1. Luna Lovegood's mother, as one of her spells went wrong and killed her. From Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film & book)

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