ENTERTAINMENT

The World's Favorite Harry Potter Spell Is...

The muggles have spoken.

A complex conjuration that chases away soul-sucking Dementors is the world's favorite Harry Potter spell.

"Expecto Patronum" topped a list of magical incantations that author J.K. Rowling's fictional boy wizard and his friends performed.

The hex, which Professor Remus Lupin said in the books even "qualified wizards have difficulty with," was followed by the object-calling "Accio" and the item-levitating "Wingardium Leviosa" as fans' most favored.

Bloomsbury Children's Books ran the poll as part of its "Harry Potter Book Night: A Night of Spells" on Thursday.

Here are the top 10 spells:

  • 1 Expecto Patronum
    Used to conjure a Patronus, a strong positive force in animal form, which protects from Dementors.
    Used to conjure a Patronus, a strong positive force in animal form, which protects from Dementors.
  • 2 Accio
    To call an object to you.
    To call an object to you.
  • 3 Wingardium Leviosa
    To levitate objects.
    To levitate objects.
  • 4 Expelliarmus
    To disarm your opponent.
    To disarm your opponent.
  • 5 Lumos
    To ignite one's wand-tip to provide light.
    To ignite one's wand-tip to provide light.
  • 6 Alohomora
    To open locked windows and doors that weren't sealed off using magic.
    To open locked windows and doors that weren't sealed off using magic.
  • 7 Avada Kedavra
    The most severe spell of all: it brings about instant death and is very difficult to block.
    The most severe spell of all: it brings about instant death and is very difficult to block.
  • 8 Sectumsempra
    Gives your enemy a cut that will never heal.
    Gives your enemy a cut that will never heal.
  • 9 Obliviate
    To erase memories.
    To erase memories.
  • 10 Riddikulus
    To fight a Boggart, which is a physical manifestation of one's great fear, by giving it a comical appearance.
    To fight a Boggart, which is a physical manifestation of one's great fear, by giving it a comical appearance.

 

Also on HuffPost:

CONVERSATIONS