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Spell creation was the highly dangerous and mysterious art of creating new spells.
Only witches and wizards with great understanding of and skill on magic were known to be able to invent spells. It is unknown what the exact process was to creating spells other than crafting the wand movement and the incantation. What is known is that it was a very difficult, even dangerous process. If something went wrong, the results could prove fatal; an example of this is Pandora Lovegood's experimentation.
Known spell inventors and their creations
|Name of crafter||Spells created||Notes|
|Herpo the Foul||Curses described as 'vile'. Created in Ancient Greece. Also the first person to successfully create a Horcrux.|
|Merwyn the Malicious||Many jinxes and hexes||Spells described as 'unpleasant'; Created in the Middle Ages.|
|Delfina Crimp||Severing Charm||Delfina Crimp was a London clothier in the 15th century; she invented the Severing Charm to help her to accurately cut fabric.|
|Felix Summerbee||Cheering Charm||Invented between 1447 and 1508.|
|Jarleth Hobart||Levitation Charm||Invented in 1544, first used on self to ill effect.|
|Mnemone Radford||Memory-Modifying Charms||Created between 1562 and 1649.|
|Ancient African sorcerer||Unlocking Charm||Taught to Eldon Elsrickle, who used it to rob the houses of London, in the early 1600s.|
|Urquhart Rackharrow||Entrail-Expelling Curse||Invented between 1612–1697.|
|Daisy Pennifold||Slowing Charm||Shortly after the change in colour of the Quaffle in spring of 1711, Daisy Pennifold had the idea to enchant the Quaffle so Chasers wouldn't have to dive for it; rather, it would fall slowly and they could catch it in mid-air.|
|Orabella Nuttley||Mending Charm||First used in 1754 after a riot after a broom race left the Coliseum in ruins.|
|Levina Monkstanley||First used to illuminate a corner in which she had dropped a quill in the Department of Mysteries; Invented in 1772.|
|Elliot Smethwyck||Cushioning Charm||Used to make broomsticks more comfortable, in 1820.|
|Horton-Keitch Braking Charm||Invented (c. 1929) with his partner Randolph Keitch.|
|Miranda Goshawk||Bat-Bogey Hex||Invented c. 1930s. As the youngest child in a large family, Miranda Goshawk often found it difficult to make herself heard, and developed this hex to give her sisters a piece of her mind: she cast it on her sister Diadema, so that she returned clothes she borrowed without permission; on her sister Romilda to keep her out of her room; on her sister Tangwystl when she wanted to keep her quiet so she could finish her homework.|
|Albus Dumbledore||Communication using Patronus Charms||Utilised during the Second Wizarding War. Invented by Albus Dumbledore using his own original designs.|
|Tom Riddle||Used as the sign of the Death Eaters. Created during, or shortly prior to, the First Wizarding War.
Voldemort stated that a few spells of his own invention were used in the process of creating a rudimentary body.
|Severus Snape||All spells recorded in his copy of Advanced Potion Making were also crafted by him. Created between 1976 and 1978.|
Invented this vainglorious spell, sometime between 1975 and 1982, during his time as a Ravenclaw student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, to shoot a glowing, holographic image of his own face into the sky, similar to the Dark Mark.
|Star Shower Spell|
|Badeea Ali and Ben Copper||Flipendo Maxima|
|William Weasley||Modified cursed barrier|
Behind the scenes
- It is possible that Antonin Dolohov invented his signature curse as he is the only Death Eater shown using it and demonstrated a certain sadistic pride when he successfully cast it against Hermione during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries.
- Lord Voldemort likely invented some of the protective spells he used in the hiding places of his Horcruxes, such as the Gaunt Shack and the Horcrux Cave. These spells were dark in nature and difficult for even Albus Dumbledore to penetrate.
- It is possible that Hermione Granger invented the Four-Point Spell, as she particularly searched it for Harry Potter (who is the only person who used it) and the incantation is English.
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game) (Mentioned on a Famous Wizard Card)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Possible appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film) (Possible appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game) (Mentioned on a Famous Wizard Card)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film) (Possible appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (First mentioned)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film) (Possible appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film) (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (Possible appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (video game) (Possible appearance)
- Quidditch Through the Ages (First appearance)
- Pottermore (Mentioned only)
- Wizarding World (Mentioned only)
- LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 (Possible appearance)
- Wonderbook: Book of Spells
- Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery
- Harry Potter: Wizards Unite (Indirectly mentioned only)
Notes and references
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 38 (The Second War Begins)
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game)
- Wonderbook: Book of Spells
- J. K. Rowling's official site
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 23 (Christmas on the Closed Ward)
- Quidditch Through the Ages, Chapter 6 (Changes in Quidditch since the Fourteenth Century)
- Quidditch Through the Ages, Chapter 9 (The Development of the Racing Broom)
- JKR Official Site (Text only, accessed 8 February, 2012 via the Wayback Web Archive)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 9 (The Dark Mark)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 33 (The Death Eaters)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 9 (The Half-Blood Prince)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 12 (Silver and Opals)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 28 (Flight of the Prince)
- Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Gilderoy Lockhart" at Wizarding World
- Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 5, Chapter 23 (Mischief Masterpiece)
- Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 6, Chapter 18 (Into the Forest)
- Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 6, Chapter 5 (Wherefore Art Thou, Weasleys?)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 35 (Beyond the Veil)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 31 (The Third Task)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 27 (The Centaur and the Sneak)