""Episkey," said Tonks. Harry's nose felt very hot, then very cold. He raised a hand and felt it gingerly. It seemed to be mended."
—Nymphadora Tonks fixes Harry Potter's broken nose[src]

Episkey was the incantation of a healing charm that healed relatively minor injuries such as broken noses,[1] toes,[2] and split lips.[3] The spell could create sudden temperature changes in the body parts being healed.[1] It could also be used to relieve pain; as Jacob's sibling was successfully able to remove Tulip Karasu's headache after she hit her head on a branch while sleepwalking into the Forbidden Forest after she was inflicted with a curse from the Forest Vault.[4]

Known uses

Caster(s) Date Notes
Poppy Pomfrey 1985–1986 school year Madam Promfrey asked Jacob's sibling to first study the spell, she then proceeded to teach them the spell.[5]
Jacob's sibling 1985–1986 school year Jacob's sibling learned this spell in order to help out Madam Promfrey in the Hospital Wing.[5]
Nymphadora Tonks 1 September, 1996 Tonks used this spell to fix Harry Potter's broken nose.[1]
Harry Potter November, 1996 Harry used it to fix Demelza Robins' broken lip; he probably had not learned it in class, but assumed that if it could heal broken noses, it could heal split lips.[3]

Known practitioners


The word comes from the Greek "episkevi" ("επισκευή"), which means "repair".

Behind the scenes

  • J. K. Rowling writes in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince that Harry's knowledge tells him this spell could belong to a variety of healing spells, in the same way a species of plants belongs to a larger genus.
  • In the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Luna Lovegood finds Harry on the Hogwarts Express instead of Nymphadora Tonks. Luna also uses the Episkey spell to mend Harry's broken nose when they reach the Entrance Gates to Hogwarts.
  • Luna mentions in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince that she had never fixed a broken nose before, prior to healing Harry's with this spell "only a few broken toes, and, well, how different are they really?". It is therefore likely that this spell can be used to mend broken toes, or might be primarily intended for that purpose.
  • In the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Episkey does not cause a cold-hot sensation, but rather pain. Harry yells in pain when Luna sets his nose, although this may just be because of the usual pain of setting a dislocated bone.
  • In Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, it's a year 2 side quest spell, you, as Jacob's sibling, will be taught with help of the standard spells book in the house Common Room, and will be directly taught by Madam Pomphrey herself. After finishing the mission to treat a student with sleepwalking, this can also be used as a defensive healing move when duelling that gives medium heal, with chances to heal more over two turns. The incantation is "Episkey".


Notes and references

*Disclosure: Some of the links above are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, Fandom will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase. Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.

Fandom may earn an affiliate commission on sales made from links on this page.

Stream the best stories.

Fandom may earn an affiliate commission on sales made from links on this page.

Get Disney+