At least some content in this article is derived from information featured in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite.
- "And then he heard it, speeding through the air behind him; he turned and saw his Firebolt hurtling towards him around the edge of the woods, soaring into the enclosure, and stopping dead in mid-air beside him, waiting for him to mount."
- —The Firebolt, under influence of this spell[src]
The Summoning Charm (Accio) is a charm that summons an object towards the caster. It is able to summon objects in direct line of sight of the caster, as well as things out of view, by calling the object aloud after the incantation (unless the spell is cast nonverbally). This spell needs thought behind it, and the object must be clear in the casters mind before trying to summon it. The opposite of the Summoning Charm is the Banishing Charm.
In the traditional wizarding tale "The Wizard and the Hopping Pot" from The Tales of Beedle the Bard , the son of the titular pot's original owner Summoned a lost donkey belonging to one of his fellow villagers.
This spell is taught to fourth years at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in Charms class and is revised again in a students fifth in preparation for O.W.L.s. This spell is located in The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 4 by Miranda Goshawk.
Casting and effects
The Summoning Charm can not be used on buildings. In addition, it will not work on living things, although they may be moved indirectly by summoning things they are wearing or holding. It is risky to summon them in this manner, because they travel at close to the speed of light and may be injured in the process. The only known exception to this rule are Flobberworms, which are generally not considered worth summoning.
The further the desired object is from the caster, the harder it is to summon. Hermione Granger, however, stated that it did not matter how far away the object was — so long as the caster had it clearly in mind, they should be able to summon it with ease.
There exist counter-spells that could be placed on objects to keep them from being summoned. Most wizarding goods sold as of the 20th century and early 21st century came pre-enchanted with an Anti-theft charm to keep them from being summoned by anyone but their rightful owners.
- " Accio! Accio! Accio! she shouted, and toffees zoomed from all sorts of unlikely places, including the lining of George’s jacket..."
- —Molly Weasley uses this spell on the twins[src]
|Modesty Rabnott||1269||Summoned Golden Snidget in a Quidditch game|
|Newt Scamander||6 December, 1926||Used it nonverbally to summon an Occamy egg held in Jacob Kowalski's hand, which also caused Jacob to be summoned along with it.|
|Used it to summon jewellery stolen by his Niffler from inside its pouch to pull it towards him.|
|September, 1927||Used it to summon his Niffler|
|Used it to summon his suitcase from the ground while riding a Zouwu|
|Tina Goldstein||7 December, 1926||Used it to summon Percival Graves' wand, shortly before he was revealed to be Gellert Grindelwald transfigured.|
|Leta Lestrange||September, 1927||Used it to summon the Lestrange family tree in the Lestrange Mausoleum.|
|Gellert Grindelwald (under disguise of Percival Graves)||6 December, 1926||Used it nonverbally and wandlessly to summon the Newt Scamander's suitcase in the MACUSA Headquarters.|
|Molly Weasley||August, 1994||Used it several to summon many different magical sweets Fred and George Weasley were trying to sneak out of the house to the 422nd Quidditch World Cup.|
|Hermione Granger||23-24 November, 1994||Used it to teach the charm to Harry Potter, who later used it in the First Task of the Triwizard Tournament.|
|18 June, 1996||Used it during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries to summon Harry Potter's wand to Harry.|
|July 1997||Used it to summon books about Horcruxes from the Headmaster's office; it flew through an opened window.|
|February 1995||Used it to summon the Marauders Map away from Severus Snape before he could read it.|
|Harry Potter||24 November, 1994||Used it to summon books, feathers, chairs, Gobstones and Trevor in the Gryffindor Common Room in order to use this spell in the third task of the Triwizard Tournament.|
|24 November, 1994||Used it to summon his broom to outmanoeuvre the Hungarian Horntail during the First Task of the Triwizard Tournament.|
|24 June, 1995||Used it to summon the Triwizard Cup, which had been made a Portkey, in order to escape Lord Voldemort and his Death Eaters from the Little Hangleton graveyard, carrying Cedric Diggory's corpse. |
|8 October, 1995|
|30 June, 1997||Used it to summon Madam Rosmerta's brooms to himself and Albus Dumbledore to get back to Hogwarts.|
|31 July, 1997||Used it to summon his glasses on his 17th birthday.|
|Ron Weasley||18 June, 1996||Used it in the Brain Room during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries to summon a brain in a tank to himself while under the effects of a curse.|
|Severus Snape||March, 1997||Used it nonverbally to summon the 25 essays on countering Dementors from his students in Defence Against the Dark Arts class.|
|Fred Weasley||August 1997||Used it to summon hairs from a Muggle boy in Ottery St Catchpole in order to help Harry disguise himself during the wedding using Polyjuice Potion.|
|May 1996||Used it to summon his broom from Umbridge's office when escaping from Hogwarts in his seventh year.|
|Ted Tonks||Late 1997||Used it to summon salmon to eat.|
|Lord Voldemort||2 May, 1998||Used it nonverbally to summon the Sorting Hat from the Headmaster's office; it flew through a shattered window.|
- "YOU’VE GOT IT, POTTER, AND YOU WILL GIVE IT TO ME! Accio prophecy! ACCIO PROPHECY!"
- —Bellatrix Lestrange tries to summon the smashed prophecy[src]
|Harry Potter||23 November, 1994||Used it to summon books and feathers in preparation for the first task of the Triwizard Tournament, but unsuccessful.|
|2 August, 1995||Used it wandlessly to summon his wand after Dudley Dursley hit him when they were attacked in the Little Whinging by two Dementors sent by Dolores Umbridge, but unsuccessful.|
|1 September, 1996||Used it nonverbally and wandlessly to summon his wand after Draco Malfoy hit him with a Full Body-Bind Curse, but unsuccessful.|
|30 June, 1997||Used it to summon Salazar Slytherin's fake locket in the Crystal Cave, but unsuccessful.|
|27 July, 1997||Used it to summon Hedwig and Rubeus Hagrid during the Battle of the Seven Potters, but unsuccessful.|
|1 September, 1997||Used it to summon the Salazar Slytherin's Locket in the Dolores Umbridge's office during the infiltration, but unsuccessful.|
|24 December, 1997||Used it nonverbally to summon his wand after it had been knocked out of his hand during his fight with Nagini at Godric's Hollow, but unsuccessful.|
|December, 1997||Used it to summon the Sword of Gryffindor from the frozen pool in the Forest of Dean, but unsuccessful.|
|1 May, 1998||Used it to summon Helga Hufflepuff's Cup in the Lestrange Vault at Gringotts Wizarding Bank during the break-in, but unsuccessful, because the protections on the Horcruxes made this impossible.|
|Hermione Granger||2 August, 1997||Used it to summon Salazar Slytherin's Locket in Regulus Black's bedroom at 12 Grimmauld Place, but unsuccessful.|
|1 May, 1998||Used it to summon Helga Hufflepuff's Cup in the Lestrange Vault, but unsuccessful, because the protections on the Horcruxes made this impossible.|
|1 May, 1998||Used it to summon Rowena Ravenclaw's Diadem in the Room of Requirement at Hogwarts Castle, but unsuccessful, because the protections on the Horcruxes made this impossible.|
|Death Eater||One of them used it to summon Harry's Cloak of Invisibility, but unsuccessful.|
|Antonin Dolohov||18 June, 1996||Used it to summon the prophecy about Harry and Voldemort in the Death Chamber during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries, but unsuccessful, because he was pushed by Sirius Black.|
|Bellatrix Lestrange||Used it to summon the prophecy about Harry and Voldemort in the Hall of Prophecy during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries, but unsuccessful, because Harry cast Shield Charm.|
|Used it to summon the prophecy about Harry and Voldemort in the Atrium during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries, but unsuccessful, because it was already smashed.|
The Latin word accio can mean "I call", "I summon", or "action". In the Hungarian translation, the spell is called "Invito", possibly from the word "to invite".
Many various suggestions have been made on the pronunciation of this spell. Some include: (AK-ee-oh) or (AK-see-oh)- from the film, (AK-see-oh)- from the UK audio book and video game, (AS-see-oh)- from the US audio book, and (AT-chee-oh)- the Anglo-Catholic pronunciation. The original Latin translation sounds like (AK-ee-oh).
Behind the scenes
- In the 2006 short film The Queen's Handbag, Harry Potter and Ron Weasley both use the charm in an attempt to retrieve Queen Elizabeth II's handbag, which has been lost. They are unsuccessful and Hermione suggests they're too far away from it, suggesting the charm may have a maximum range. However, in Goblet of Fire, Hermione stated that distance didn't matter, as long as the caster was concentrating hard enough. Also, the short film's canonicity is uncertain, so it is unlikely this applies to mainstream continuity.
- In the console and PC versions of LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4, it can be bought at Wiseacre's Wizarding Equipment in Diagon Alley.
- In the handheld versions of LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4, Accio can move an object in any direction, not just towards the caster. In some cases, it moves an object directly away from the caster, working more like its opposite.
- When Hermione Summoned Secrets of the Darkest Art from Dumbledore's office, she simply said "Accio Horcrux books", instead of the specific book name, meaning that this spell can function even when the item's description is not detailed.
- According to Wonderbook, the hand motion is thus:
- Given that the Summoning Charm will not work on most living objects, the Summoning of the donkey in "The Wizard and the Hopping Pot" may have been one of the uses of poetic licence on the part of Beedle the Bard.
- Despite not being able to summon most living objects, Gideon Flatworthy managed to summon livestock along with a farm and well-stocked larder, all of which crushed him to death.
- Even though Rowling stated that Summoning Charm can only be used on inanimate object, in Fantastic Beast: Crimes of Grindelwald, Newt used this spell as 'Accio Niffler!'. So Rowling might have changed her mind regarding this matter.
- In Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Newton Scamander's niffler was pulled through the air due to this spell pulling on all the jewelery inside the niffler's pouch, causing the jewels to fly out towards Newt along with the niffler. What seemed to be this spell was used to summon Jacob Kowalski though the air in a hazy wind by Newt using the spell to summon the Occamy egg Jacob was holding. It may have again been, used by Grindelwald, under the guise of Percival Graves, to wandlessly summon Newton Scamander's suitcase and wand, causing the former to fly next to him and the latter to fly to his hand.
- Accio is Tom Felton's favourite spell.
- The summoning of a Golden Snidget by a witch named Modesty Rabnott in the book Quidditch Through the Ages as well as Newton Scamander's use of the charm to summon a Niffler in the film Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald seemingly clashes with the rule that living creatures supposedly can't be summoned. Ted Tonks also summons salmon in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, though it is not entirely clear if the salmon was alive at the time.
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (First appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (Incantation heard; charm unsuccessful)
- Quidditch Through the Ages
- The Tales of Beedle the Bard
- The Queen's Handbag
- LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4
- Harry Potter Trading Card Game
- Wonderbook: Book of Spells
- Pottermore (As potential element in username)
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (film)
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay
- Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
- Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - The Original Screenplay
- Harry Potter: Wizards Unite
Notes and references
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 See this video.
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 26 (The Second Task)
- ↑ The Tales of Beedle the Bard - "The Wizard and the Hopping Pot"
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 Wonderbook: Book of Spells
- ↑ JK Rowling - Welcome to my new website - "3. Why couldn’t Newt use ‘Accio’ to retrieve all his beasts? ‘Accio’ only works on inanimate objects. While people or creatures may be indirectly moved by ‘Accio-ing’ objects that they are wearing or holding, this carries all kinds of risks because of the likelihood of injury to the person or beast attached to an object travelling at close to the speed of light."
- ↑ JK Rowling -Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them Insider Interview
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 20 (The First Task)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 10 (Kreacher's Tale)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 26 (Gringotts)
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 11.2 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 12.2 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (video game) - While practising Accio, Sirius Black tells Harry: "You´re almost as good as your father."
- ↑ https://www.pottermore.com/news/what-are-the-harry-potter-cast-members-favourite-hogwarts-classes