"Aunt Petunia’s masterpiece of a pudding, the mountain of cream and sugared violets, was floating up near the ceiling. On top of a cupboard in the corner crouched Dobby."

The Hover Charm is one of the many lesser variations of the Levitation Charm[3] which, makes the target (whether it be objects or people) hover in mid-air for a brief period of time.

Known uses

Caster(s) Date Notes
Dobby 31 July 1992 It was used by in Dobby to move a pudding, though Harry Potter was blamed for it.
Hermione Granger 24 December, 1997 Hermione had to use one on Harry to get him into his bunk while he was unconscious after their visit to Godric's Hollow.
30 December, 1997
"I had to use a Hover Charm to get you into your bunk, I couldn’t lift you."
—Hermione uses this charm on Harry Potter[src]
Hermione used this charm to lift a dresser off of Ronald Weasley at the Lovegood house after being ambushed by Death Eaters.

Behind the scenes

  • Although this spell and Wingardium Leviosa are seemingly the same spell, they are not. The Hover Charm makes the target hover, statically, whereas Wingardium Leviosa makes objects fly, the caster having some degree of control of where they fly to.
  • Pottermore seems to give the spell a time limit; perhaps house-elves can only cast it for a certain amount of time before tiring, or perhaps the spell truly will only last fourteen seconds; the cause, however, is at present unknown.
  • This spell and Levioso have curiously similar effects; it may be that the two are the same, or potential variants.
  • In the film, Dobby moves the cake from the table over to Mason's wife's head, where he dumps it. Hence, he was probably using a Levitation Charm or Locomotion Charm.


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