Severus Snape: "Now… you are, I believe, complete novices in the use of nonverbal spells. What is the advantage of a nonverbal spell? Very well — Miss Granger?"
Hermione Granger: "Your adversary has no warning about what kind of magic you're about to perform which gives you a split-second advantage."
Severus Snape: "An answer copied almost word for word from The Standard Book of Spells, Grade Six, but correct in essentials."
Severus Snape and Hermione Granger during the sixth-years' first Defence Against the Dark Arts of the 1996-1997 school year.[src]

A nonverbal spell is a spell which is performed without the casting wizard or witch speaking the incantation aloud. Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry begins teaching nonverbal magic to students in their sixth year in Defence Against the Dark Arts, Charms, and Transfiguration; the students are expected to use spells nonverbally from then on.[1]


Performing spells non-verbally is very difficult and requires a good deal of practice, as it requires concentration and mental discipline alone. Harry Potter noted that several students in his class looked "like they had received an overdose in U-No-Poo", a substance that causes constipation, while attempting nonverbal spells.[1]

Different wand-woods also may also affect the performance of casting non-verbal magic. Many wands made from Dogwood are rather noisy, and refuse to perform non-verbal magic, whereas wands of Pine are some of the most sensitive to non-verbal magic.[2] Willow wands possess a well-founded reputation for enabling advanced, non-verbal magic, but of all woods, Alder is known as being the best suited for non-verbal magic.[2]


Some spells, such as Levicorpus, are easier to perform nonverbally than others. Most spells, however, seem to be less effective than normal when the incantation is not said. For example, the unnamed curse that critically injured Hermione Granger during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries might have been fatal had Antonin Dolohov not been silenced when he used it, according to Hogwarts nurse Poppy Pomfrey.[3]

Known uses

Caster(s) Spell Date Notes
Rubeus Hagrid Fire-Making Spell 31 July1991 Conjured fire using his umbrella.[4]
Human to pig 31 July, 1991 Gave Dudley a pig's tail, using his umbrella
Unknown 31 July, 1991 Used to tapp the boat to make it speed towards land
Quirinus Quirrell Unknown November, 1991 Caused Harry Potter's broomstick to buck violently during a Quidditch match.[4]
4 June, 1992 Used it to conjured ropes to bind and gag Harry Potter. He also did wandlessly.[4]
Arthur Weasley Repaired Harry Potter's glasses with a nonverbal spell in Diagon Alley.[5]
The memory of Tom Marvolo Riddle Flagrate spell[6] 29 May, 1993 In the Chamber of Secrets.[5]
Minerva McGonagall Fire-Making Spell 1 September, 1992 Used it to light a grate in Severus Snape's office before Dumbledore arrived when Harry and Ron smashed a Flying Ford Anglia into the Whomping Willow.
Unknown 1 September, 1992 Used it to conjure sandwiches, two silver cups and a pitcher of frozen pumpkin' juice to Harry Potter and Ron Weasley.
Unknown 18 December, 1992 Used it to conjure a fan to "waft" petrified Nearly Headless Nick to the Hospital Wing.
Mending Charm May, 1993 Used it to repair the leg of Neville Longbottom's desk, which he had accidentally vanished.
Unknown 2 May, 1998 She used it to duel with Severus Snape in 1997, sending fire from several torches flying at him.
Patronus Charm 2 May, 1998 Conjured three Patronuses to alert the other Heads of Houses to the upcoming battle in 1998.[7]
Alastor Moody Fire-Making Spell 6 August, 1995 He may have used this to burn a piece of parchment used to reveal the location of 12 Grimmauld Place to Harry.
Remus Lupin Magical fire 1 September, 1993 On his way to Hogwarts in 1993. He also did this wandlessly.[8]
Patronus Charm 1 September, 1993 Used it to fend off the Dementor on Hogwarts Express.[9]
Unknown spell that had a shower of sparks 3 September, 1993 Opened the cupboard containing the Boggart during the Gryffindor's first defence lesson.[8]
Unknown Relit the candles in his office during Harry's Patronus lessons. He also did this without using his wand.[9]
Unknown transfiguration spell, has a flash of blue-white light 6 June, 1994 Used to force Peter Pettigrew out of his Animagus form in the Shrieking Shack.
Incarcerous Spell 6 June, 1994 Used to conjure ropes to bind and gag Peter Pettigrew in the Shrieking Shack.[8]
Packing spell 7 June, 1994 Used to pack his possessions while clearing out his office.[9]
Spell that with a loud bang sends victim flying back as if punched; possibly Flipendo or Everte Statum August, 1997 Used it on Harry Potter during their argument in 12 Grimmauld Place.[7]
Sirius Black Unknown transfiguration spell, has a flash of blue-white light 6 June, 1994 Used to force Peter Pettigrew out of his Animagus form in the Shrieking Shack.
Sirius Black Unknown 6 June, 1994 Used it to conjure a handcuffs to chain Peter Pettigrew to Remus Lupin and Ron Weasley
Severus Snape Revealing Charm (possibly) 12 February, 1994 Used it to force the Marauder's Map to display its content.
Incarcerous Spell 6 June, 1994 Used it to conjure a ropes to bind and gag Remus Lupin.
Unknown 6 June, 1994 Used it to conjure a strechers for Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Harry Potter and Sirius Black
Unknown, a spell that opened the main gates of Hogwarts, which had recently been fortified by enhanced protective enchantments. 1 September, 1996 Used to open the Hogwarts gates. It is unlikely that this was Alohomora since Harry had tried this before, although he had been outside the gates instead of inside like Snape was
Summoning Charm 1997 Used it nonverbally to summon the 25 essays on countering Dementors from his students in Defence Against the Dark Artsclass.[1]
Unknown 30 June, 1997 Deflected several curses cast at him by Harry Potter.[1]
Barty Crouch Jr Unknown 1995 While disguised as Alastor Moody, he pushed the students´desks to the classroom walls, only by waving his wand.[10]
Rita Skeeter 1994 While interviewing Harry Potter in the broom cupboard she took out some candles from her bag and lit them with her wand without saying anything.[10]
Fleur Delacour Water-Making Spell 24 November, 1994 Conjured water during the first task of the Triwizard Tournament.[10]
Madam Pomfrey Unidentified healing spell (I) 1994 Used by Madam Pomfrey to heal Harry Potters injuries after the first task of the Triwizard Tournament.
Peter Pettigrew Fire-Making Spell 24 June, 1995 Used this to light a fire under Voldemort's cauldron in the Little Hangleton Graveyard.
Peter Pettigrew Incarcerous Spell 24 June, 1995 Used it to Conjured ropes in 1995.[10]
Marietta Edgecombe Water-Making Spell 1995 Conjured water during the first DA meeting.[3]
Unidentified female Hufflepuff student Unknown Performed during a DA meeting after assistance from Harry Potter. Sent a male student hurling backwards.[11]
Madam Pince She jinxed Harry's belongings to chase him and Ginny out of the library during the 1995-1996 school year.[3]
Kingsley Shacklebolt Memory Charm April, 1996 Altered Marietta Edgecombe's memory of the DA meetings.[3]
Antonin Dolohov Dark curse 18 June, 1996 Against Hermione Granger during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries after she silenced him.[3]
Bellatrix Lestrange Killing Curse Summer 1996 In 1996, she used a nonverbal Curse with a green jet of light to kill a fox.
Nymphadora Tonks Patronus Charm 1 September, 1996 Conjured her Werewolf Patronus without saying the incantation in 1996.
Morfin Gaunt Unknown, caused a "nasty yellowish goo" to flow from the nose. Around 1926 Used it on Bob Ogden.[1]
Fred Weasley Transfigured a knife into a paper aeroplane.[1] Summer, 1996

Ron Weasley threw the knife at him, and Fred transfigured it "with one lazy flick of his wand" without speaking any sort of incantation.[1]

Hermione Granger Shield Charm The first one in her Defence Against the Dark Arts class to perform nonverbal magic successfully. She continually used nonverbal spells in Defence Against the Dark Arts, Charms, Potions, and Transfiguration.[1]
Gellert Grindelwald Summoning Charm 7 December, 1926 Summoned Newt Scamander's wand and suitcase over to him, both with a silent wave of his hand.
Gellert Grindelwald Unknown 7 December, 1926 Lifted Newt Scamander from the ground from across the room and then made him, Tina Goldstein and Jacob Kowalski simultaneously drop to their knees with their arms locked behind against their backs, all with a silent hand gesture.
Gellert Grindelwald Summoning Charm 7 December, 1926 Summoned the protective orb containing an Obscurus by silently gesturing it forth.
Gellert Grindelwald Unknown 7 December, 1926 Healed the cuts on Credence's hand.
Grindelwald heals Credence's hand
Gellert Grindelwald 7 December, 1926 Hurled Credence Barebone sideways off the tracks with a wave of his wand-free hand before an oncoming train would kill young man.
Gellert Grindelwald Shield Charm 8 December, 1926 Used it multiple times to fend off former Auror Tina Goldstein and Magizoologist Newt Scamander. After a confrontation with President Seraphina Picquery of MACUSA, Grindelwald used massive in size Shield Charms to counter various spells fired at him by the MACUSA Aurors present.
Gellert Grindelwald Shield Charm September, 1927 Used it to fend off Leta Lestrange in the Lestrange Mausoleum.
Gellert Grindelwald Snake Summons Spell (Possibly) 30 May, 1927 Used this spell to conjure a snake with multiple heads during his escape.
Gellert Grindelwald Unknown 30 May, 1927 Used to conjure a new tongue for Abernathy.
Gellert Grindelwald Protego Diabolica September, 1927 Used to conjure a circle of protective fire around himself to divide friend from foe.
Ron Weasley Unknown 1997 Unknowingly made it snow while sitting down in the Great Hall[1]
Harry Potter Inflating Charm 1993 He inflated Marjorie Dursley after she insults his parents, both without a wand and non-verbally.
Levicorpus 1996 Though Harry found nonverbal magic very difficult to do, he was eventually able to cast this spell, which is meant for nonverbal use, nonverbally.[1]
Liberacorpus 1996 Harry used this spell nonverbally to counter act the Levicorpus spell he used on Ron Weasley in 1996.[1]
Unknown He straightened his work-space with the simple wave of his wand.[12]
Fire-Making Spell 2020 Duel with Delphini, the two were mercilessly firing spells at each other.[13]
Albus Dumbledore Unknown September, 1927 Used it on McClaggan during teaching DADA in his classroom.
Fire-Making Spell 1938 He may have used this spell combined with a Flame-Freezing Charm, to demonstrate his magical ability to eleven-year-old Tom Riddle in a Muggle orphanage. Both were used non-verbally.
Unknown 1 September, 1993 Extinguished and re-lit a candle during the opening feast. He also did this wandlessly.[9]
Unknown 30 June, 1997 Conjured a crystal goblet in order to drink the potion inside the basin in the seaside cave.
Full Body-Bind Curse 30 June, 1997 Immobilised Harry Potter while he was under his Invisibility cloak right before being disarmed by Draco Malfoy. This allowed Harry to witness Severus Snape kill Albus Dumbledore.[1]
Lord Voldemort Mobilicorpus July 1997 Used it to move Charity Burbage's body.
Lord Voldemort Summoning Charm 2 May, 1998 Used it to summon the Sorting Hat from the Headmaster's office; it flew through a shattered window.
Antonin Dolohov Unknown 1 August, 1997 Used it on Ron Weasley in a skirmish at the Luchino Caffe.[7]
Leta Lestrange Stunning Spell September, 1927 Used it on Vinda Rosier during Grindelwald's rally in the Lestrange Mausoleum in 1927.
Ron Weasley 1 May, 1998 Used it on a man who attempted to attack Hermione disguised as Bellatrix Lestrange on Diagon Alley in 1998.
Luna Lovegood 2 May, 1998 Used it on Alecto Carrow in the Ravenclaw Common Room, shortly before the Battle of Hogwarts.
Hermione Granger 2 September, 1997 Used it on Mafalda Hopkirk as part of the infiltration of the Ministry of Magic.[7]
Orchideous (most likely) 24 December, 1997 Hermione nonverbally conjured a wreath of Christmas roses for Harry Potter to place on his parents's graves in Godric's Hollow when they visited the village.[7]
Stinging Jinx March, 1998 Jinxed Harry Potter's face in an attempt to hide his identity when she, Harry, and Ron were caught by Snatchers.[7]
Unknown 2 May, 1998 With a "deafening blast from her wand" but no incantation, Hermione repelled Fenrir Greyback from an injured Lavender Brown during the Battle of Hogwarts.[7]
Gellert Grindelwald's acolytes

Killing Curse

September, 1927 Used to kill Unidentified Non-magique mother and father.
Carrow (20s) September, 1927 Used to kill Unidentified Non-magique toddler.
Cassius Bell September, 1927 Used to kill Red Haired Young Witch.
Gunnar Grimmson September, 1927 Used to kill Irma Dugard.
Gunnar Grimmson Shield Charm September, 1927 Used to create a shield between himself and Credence Barebone in his Obscurus form.
Newt Scamander Summoning Charm 6 December, 1926 Used it to summon an Occamy egg held in Jacob Kowalski's hand, which also caused Jacob to be summoned along with it.
Newt Scamander Mending Charm 6 December, 1926 Used it to repair Jacob Kowalski's apartment.

Possible uses

Caster(s) Spell Notes
Fred Weasley Disarming Charm Cast it nonverbally when they were surreptitiously disarming Zacharias Smith at the first meeting of Dumbledore's Army.[3]
George Weasley
Harry Potter Summoning Charm Attempted to use the it nonverbally and wandlessly to retrieve his fallen wand when he was paralysed by Draco Malfoy, but to no avail.[1]
Levicorpus Attempted to use the it nonverbally on Severus Snape during their duel, but Snape saw through it and stopped it.[1]
Patronus Charm Performed nonverbal magic when he cast his Patronus during the Battle of Hogwarts.[14]
Molly Weasley Unidentified deadly curse. Killed Bellatrix Lestrange with a nonverbal deadly curse during the Battle of Hogwarts.[7]

Known practitioners

The following is a list of wizards and witches known to have nonverbally performed spells that are usually performed with an incantation.

Behind the scenes


Notes and references

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 1.21 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  2. 2.0 2.1 Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Wand Woods" at Wizarding World
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 3.9 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  6. Given the fact Riddle was not technically alive at this point, only a sentient memory, is can be argued that he wasn't actually casting a spell.
  7. 7.00 7.01 7.02 7.03 7.04 7.05 7.06 7.07 7.08 7.09 7.10 7.11 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film)
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 10.6 10.7 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)
  12. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Act One, Scene Five
  13. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Act Four, Scene Eleven
  14. In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 32 (The Elder Wand), Harry casts his Patronus at Luna Lovegood's urging and with great effort. No incantation is mentioned, but Harry's perception of sound at the time was severely distorted by the presence of many Dementors, and there is also no mention of the others who also cast the Patronus speaking the incantation. It is also not specifically stated to be a nonverbal or silent use. See this article's talk page for more information.
  15. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  16. 16.0 16.1 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)
  17. J.K. Rowling Web Chat Transcript on

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