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"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."
— Description[src]

The Hover Charm (incantation unknown) was a charm which made the target hover in mid-air for a brief period of time.[1] It was one of the many lesser variations of the Levitation Charm,[3] and worked on both objects and people.

Known uses

Caster(s) Date Notes
Dobby 31 July 1992 Used it to move Petunia Dursley's pudding from the kitchen ceiling at 4 Privet Drive and then drop and destroy it, though Harry Potter was blamed for it.[1]
Hermione Granger 25 December, 1997 Used it to move Harry Potter to get him into his bunk while he was unconscious after their visit in Godric's Hollow.[4]
30 December, 1997 Hermione used this charm to lift a dresser off of Ron Weasley at the Lovegood House, after being ambushed by Death Eaters Travers and Selwyn.[5]
Xenophilius Lovegood Used this charm in an attempt to move debris from his staircase at his house, after it was blown up following an ambush by the Death Eaters.[5]

Known practitioners

Behind the scenes

  • 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.


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 2 (Dobby's Warning)
  2. Harry Potter Trading Card Game
  3. Wonderbook: Book of Spells - see this video
  4. 4.0 4.1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 17 (Bathilda's Secret)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 21 (The Tale of the Three Brothers)