Here’s What All The Harry Potter Spells Actually Mean
The Debrief: Because someone had to ruin the magic at some point.
Harry Potter is part of our collective subconscious. If you can't name at least one spell at a moment's notice then the chances are you're actually an alien trying to impersonate human life and you have failed. It was only a matter of time before a nosey person with a Latin dictionary realised that all these mystic-sounding spells are mostly just literal translations. Here's the best of the bunch.
1. Wingardium Leviosa
The disarming spell. This joins 'expello' (to disarm) with 'armus' (weaponry).
3. Petrificus Totalus
Not gonna lie, literally just included this one to remind everyone that Matthew Lewis was absolutely adorable before he blossomed into a veritable god amongst men. Petrificus Totalus combines 'petros' which means rock in Greek, 'facio', which means 'to make', and 'totalis', 'whole' in latin.
Described by HP himself as 'a wizards bread and butter really', Stupefy is one of the basics. It's derived from the latin 'stupeo' which, unsurprisingly means 'to be stunned'.
Taken from the latin word 'lumen' - it means light.
This one is pretty self-explanatory, but Alan Rickman in a coat and furs is too good a GIF not to include. Riddikulus literally translates from latin as 'laughable'
Hands up if you cried at this one. Obliviate comes from the medieval Latin 'obliviscor' which means 'I forget'.
8. Expecto Patronum
Put together, the latin that is the origin for Expecto Patronum translates to 'I wait for a protector'. Aww.
Other spells from the book that didn't make the cut for the film series include. Erecto a spell which makes things, ahem, erect, and the Conjunctivitus spell that causes irritation in an opponents eyes.
At work? With your gran?
You might want to think about the fact you're about to read something that wouldn't exactly get a PG rating