Flick and Swish – A Muggle’s Guide to Spellcraft

Flick and Swish – A Muggle’s Guide to Spellcraft

For five years, five long years, I’ve been waiting for my letter from the regular Muggle post.

With no sign of any Hedwig replica, I decided to launch an article on some of the famous Harry Potter spells.

#1. Wingardium Leviosa

Wingardium Leviosa

“It’s Leviosa, not Leviosaaa!”

This is why they always say to never challenge a know-it-all, especially when you are confronted with none other than Hermione Granger, the smartest witch of Hogwarts.

If you want to make objects fly or levitate, you ought to use this spell. Oh, and please, make sure you get the pronunciation right.

#2. Avada Kedavra

Avada Kedavra

Also known as The Killing Curse, this is one of the most powerful, yet evil spells that exist in the wizarding world. Just one swish or flick, and there goes, along with a flash of a vibrant green light and loud rushing noise, an instant death.

Hard to believe, especially for muggles – which doesn’t include me, by the way, as soon I’m getting that Hogwarts acceptance letter – that death could come without a trace of pain, injury and violence.

This is why it is known as an Unforgivable spell. Indeed, it was unforgivable for Bellatrix, that mentally deranged wench, to kill Sirius Black. I swear, I would never, never forgive her.

Sign…anyway, where was I?

The most horrifying thing about this spell, except the painless death, of course, is that there is no counter-curse to protect a person from this spell. No one, not even the great Dumbledore, can survive from this curse. No one except Harry!

Not once, not twice, but thrice Potter was saved from this spell.

He was either protected by mother’s love, because he was unconsciously a Horcrux and because he had the same wand as Volder – um, I meant “He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named.

Hmm…one thing always got me wondering…why was this spell even created in the first place?

#3. Crucio


Another of the Unforgivable spells that’s supposedly banned by the Ministry of Magic.

What does it mean?

To torture literally, without mercy!

Often used by wizards of the dark side, this spell can put victims through unbearably insane pain and if it goes on for a long amount of time, consequences are what happened to Neville Longbottom’s parents, who died in the hands of dark wizards.

To be honest, what I hate more is when Bellatrix, again that total freak, tortured Hermione to get her to reveal where Godric Gryffindor’s sword was hidden.

#4. Alohomora


Buddy, this is the perfect spell if you want to rob a house. Ha, just kidding!

For some of us who don’t even need to be cursed with oblivate, alohomora might be just the perfect spell, especially when you keep forgetting your keys or locking yourself in your own car or house.

#5. Lumos


“The Wand-Lighting Charm is simple, but requires concentration. Take care not to accidentally set your wand alight as damage of this kind can be permanent. If in any doubt about your abilities you would do better to buy yourself a magic lantern.”

– Miranda Goshawk

When the flashlight of your phone lets you down, remove your wand and let some magical light guide you around.

#6. Expecto Patronum

Expecto Patronum

Now, now not all wizards have the power and ability to summon a Patronus Charm. This ancient and mystical charm can only be conjured if it senses your genuine and positive feelings.

You can only summon this charm if you can channel your happiest memory to connect with your wand energy.

And, the result?

You’ll be able to keep soul-sucking Dementors away from you.

#7. Reparo


Got tired of throwing away or sending broken objects for repairs?

Well, you’ll no longer resent your small siblings or your cat for that broken vase if you make use of reparo.


Out of these spells, my favorite is Crucio. Evil, you say?

That’s the reason why I want to join the house of Slytherin. But, what’s your favorite spell?




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