Everyone who’s read Harry Potter will have fond memories of practicing their wand twirling action in front of the mirror, muttering “Expelliarmus” over and over again in the vague but undying hope that something will actually happen and that magic is indeed real.
Even though our Hogwarts letters may have never arrived, though, we’ll always have the memories. And the spells.
Harry Potter readers recently voted on their favourite spells as part of a world-wide survey by Bloomsbury Children’s Books — you can probably guess which Harry Potter spell got the top vote, but there are still a few surprises in here…
Transforms nasty Boggarts from something scary into something silly.
The charm Gilderoy Lockhart uses to accidentally wipe his own memory, the big buffoon.
A mouthful of a curse invented by troubled teen Severus Snape.
7. Avada Kedavra.
We all know what this one does. How did it manage to make the top 10 favourite list, though?
That one Hermione keeps using to unlock doors when they go sneaking around in the first book.
The spell equivalent of that little torch app on your iPhone.
Basically the only spell Harry ever uses when he’s in a duel.
3. Wingardium Leviosa.
Makes things levitate. Sounds fun.
The perfect charm for lazy people who can’t be bothered to get up and fetch the TV remote.
1. Expecto Patronum.
Gets rid of pesky Dementors by summoning a badass Patronus to chase them away.