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"I see Charms as a slightly lighter subject than Transfiguration which is very hard work. With Charms there would be a little more leeway for a little more personal creativity— "
J. K. Rowling on the nature of charms work[src]

Charms is a core class and subject taught at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Unsurprisingly, it specialises in the teaching of charms. Even though mastering the science of charm-work is clearly essential to performing the greater part of magic, charm-work is seen as a "softer option" by some such as Augusta Longbottom who, incidentally, failed her Charms O.W.L..[1]

Professor Filius Flitwick taught Charms for many years. It was rumoured that his expertise with charm-work made him a duelling champion.

Class information

"They then spent over an hour revising Summoning Charms, which according to Professor Flitwick were bound to come up in their OWL, and he rounded off the lesson by setting them their largest ever amount of Charms homework."
—A fifth year Charms lesson, O.W.L. revision[src]
Charms class in 1991

A first year Charms lesson on the Levitation Charm

Charms is a required subject for all students in their first five years at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The spells learned in Charms class are taken from textbooks. Students are taught specific wand movements and proper pronunciation. Often students partner up in class to experiment on one another. Charms was Hermione Granger's favourite subject,[2] until she started Arithmancy as an elective in 1993.

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Professor Flitwick the Charms Master

In a student's fifth year they take the Ordinary Wizarding Level examinations. This exam contains a written portion and a practical portion. The written portion is made up of questions concerning the theory of charms and the practical is where students are judged upon the charms they can perform. Their O.W.L. scores decide what courses they'll be taking in their final years at Hogwarts. Only students who achieve a high O.W.L. score of either 'Outstanding' or 'Exceeds Expectations' may advance to N.E.W.T.-level.

Professor Flitwick was one of the kinder teachers at Hogwarts. Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger often enjoyed a "nice chat" in this class. This was the class where they used the Muffliato Charm as well.[3] Harry was on at least fairly good terms with Professor Flitwick, as the professor spoke with Harry about the "perfect" Summoning Charm he used in the Triwizard Tournament. Sometimes, Professor Flitwick, after trying and failing to get the class to concentrate, would allow the class to play games. One of these instances was just before the Yule Ball.[4]

An O.W.L. and a N.E.W.T. in Charms is compulsory for both Auror and Healer training, at either an "Exceeds Expectations" or "Outstanding" level.[5]

Location and time

Classrooms

Charms classes are held in Class 99 in the South Tower and Classroom 2E along the Charms Corridor on the third floor, near the Third-floor corridor. Classroom 2E has three rows of desks, all facing the teacher's table, behind which sits a large upholstered chair with a high back. Two blackboards flank the teacher's table, and behind them is a small shelf with books and other objects, beneath a pair of windows.[6]

Location times

Time table for Gryffindor students first enrolled in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry during the 1991–1992 school year.

Year Day Period
First Tuesday first
Thursday
Second Monday unknown
Thursday second/third
Friday morning
Third second
Fourth Wednesday morning
Friday third
Fifth Thursday second/third
Sixth unknown unknown
Seventh Monday morning

Curriculum

First year

Second year

Third year

"Professor Flitwick did indeed test them on Cheering Charms."
—Third year exam in 1994[src]

Fourth year

"They were supposed to be practising the opposite of the Summoning Charm today — the Banishing Charm."
—The Charms class on the Banishing Charm[src]

Fifth year

Sixth and seventh year

"Hermione was the only one who had managed to turn vinegar into wine; her glass flask was full of deep crimson liquid."
—A N.E.W.T.-level charms lesson[src]

Known professors

Required textbooks

Grades

Passing Grades

Fail Grades

O.W.L.

The Charms O.W.L. contains both a written section and a practical where the students are judged on the charms they can perform.[30]

Written

OWL exam paper

A Theory of Charms O.W.L. exam paper

"a) Give the incantation and
b) describe the wand movement required to make objects fly.
"
—Question on the Charms O.W.L.[src]

Practical

Known O.W.L.s

Media

Behind the scenes

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 9 (The Half-Blood Prince)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 10 (Hallowe'en)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 24 (Sectumsempra)
  4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 22 (The Unexpected Task)
  5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 29 (Careers Advice)
  6. Pottermore
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 1
  8. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 1, Chapter 2 (Welcome To Hogwarts) - Charms Lesson "Lumos"
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 1
  10. 10.0 10.1 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game)
  11. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 16 (Through the Trapdoor)
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game)
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 13.5 The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 2
  14. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 2
  15. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 2, Chapter 2 (Growing and Shrinking) - Charms Lesson "Reducio"
  16. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 8 (Flight of the Fat Lady)
  17. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 3, Chapter 6 (The Letter from No One) - Charms Lesson "Finite Incantatem"
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game)
  19. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film) - Scene 1 (Under Covers Prologue)
  20. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 3, Chapter 3 (Three Broomsticks) - Charms Lesson "Petrificus Totalus"
  21. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 3, Chapter 4 (Filching from Filch) - Charms Lesson "Depulso"
  22. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 18 (The Weighing of the Wands)
  23. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 26 (The Second Task)
  24. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 4, Chapter 4 (Curse-Breakers) - Charms Lesson "Vermillious"
  25. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 4, Chapter 2 (The Mysterious Madam Rakepick) - Charms Lesson "Bombarda"
  26. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 4, Chapter 7 (Beast, Beings, and Creatures) - Charms Lesson "Cistem Aperio"
  27. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 4, Chapter 10 (Seeing Red) - Charms Lesson "Scourgify"
  28. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 4, Chapter 12 (Working with Snape)
  29. 29.0 29.1 29.2 29.3 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (video game)
  30. 30.00 30.01 30.02 30.03 30.04 30.05 30.06 30.07 30.08 30.09 30.10 30.11 30.12 30.13 30.14 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 31 (O.W.L.s)
  31. 31.0 31.1 LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7
  32. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 13 (Detention with Dolores)
  33. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 18 (Dumbledore's Army)
  34. 34.0 34.1 34.2 34.3 34.4 34.5 34.6 34.7 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 5
  35. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 30 (Grawp)
  36. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 5, Chapter 21 (The Search for Peeves) - Charms Lesson "Deletrius"
  37. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 11 (Hermione's Helping Hand)
  38. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 17 (A Sluggish Memory)
  39. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 6, Chapter 1 (Year Six Begins) - Charms Lesson "Drought Charm"
  40. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 6, Chapter 6 (On Jacob's Trail) - Charms Lesson "Knitting Charm"
  41. It's noted in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince that Riddle achieved high marks on every exam he took.
  42. https://www.pottermore.com/news/what-are-the-harry-potter-cast-members-favourite-hogwarts-classes


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Textbooks Achievements in Charming · Extreme Incantations · Quintessence: A Quest · The Standard Book of Spells
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