Happy birthday, J.K. Rowling. And happy birthday, Harry Potter, too. July 31 is the big day.
Here at the Why Not 100, we have our own favorite wizard. It’s Gandalf the Grey. And our favorite boy who suddenly steps into a world of mystery and adventure? That would be Milo from The Phantom Tollbooth. But we can’t deny that Harry Potter is a likeable combination of both, and one of the most compelling aspects of J.K. Rowling’s series is the gradual revelation of the extent of his powers and the possibilities for wizardry.
The Harry Potter books and films contain scores of spells and charms. Some are merely mentioned, and others are cast nonverbally, but at least 86 actual incantations are revealed. So here they are. Use them at your peril:
1. Accio (summons an object to the caster)
2. Aguamenti (produces a jet of water from the caster’s charm)
3. Alohomora (open or unlocks doors)