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Albus Dumbledore casting Aresto Momentum without a wand

A wandless spell is a spell which is performed without the use of a wand. This form of magic can be particularly volatile, and can only be used effectively by powerful and disciplined wizards and witches. Sometimes, specific hand gestures focus the power of the spell and guide it to the target.

Underage magic

Main article: Underage magic

Wandless spells are often used in cases of underage magic, in which children under the age of eleven, who have no wands, sometimes use magic. This is known as Accidental Wandless Magic. On most of these occasions, the children have no control over their abilities, and will unintentionally use magic when upset or in danger. Some children, however, exert some control over their magic, but they are untrained in proper spells. For example, Tom Riddle was able to hurt people and influence animals before he even knew of the existence of the wizarding world[1], and Lily Evans was able to use magic to stop herself falling as fast as normal and also to manipulate a flower. Harry Potter was known to use wandless magic to grow his hair among other things, and Hermione Granger used her ability to practice by jumping off a tree and attempting to stop her fall.

Known wizard and witch practitioners

Andros the Invencible

Andros the Invincible.

The following people have been known to perform spells intentionally without use of a wand:

Non-human wandless magic

Main article: House-elf magic

Elves and Goblins are able to perform magic without wands. Goblins sometimes refer to wizards and witches as "wand bearers" and humans' failure to share wand knowledge with goblins is a source of ill-feeling between the two species.

Behind the scenes

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)
  3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  4. 4.0 4.1 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game)
  5. Original script of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)
  6. Original script of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film)
  7. Hermione is seen using a wandless spell in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film), during the Quidditch trail with Ron and Cormac when she uses a 'Confundus' charm against Cormac without any wand.
  8. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game) - PS2 version (see this image)
  9. It might have been due to the presence of Voldemort in Quirrell's body that allowed him to perform wandless magic in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film).
  10. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - Chapter 5 (The Dementor)
  11. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - Chapter 11 (Quidditch)
  12. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - Chapter 3 (The Knight Bus)

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