Harry Potter Book Night Reveals World’s Favorite Spell


Harry Potter Book Night is on all over the world tonight, and in celebration Bloomsbury has revealed what we the public voted on as our favorite spell of all time.

If you’ve been off training Dragons in Romania, or tucked away counting your horcruxes that ensure you an eternal yet evil life, you might have missed that tonight is Harry Potter Book Night. A huge worldwide celebration of Harry Potter, and J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, this event was started by Bloomsbury last year. It aims to keep each generation of new readers discovering the magic of the Wizarding World for the first time.

There are events being held all over the UK and the US this evening, not to mention Europe, Australia, South America and Asia. (Click the map here to see where the event is closest to you!) Not only will there be cosplay, games, prizes and reading events, but also a competition for the best window display for book sellers and even a Professor of Potter competition for schools.

To celebrate this massive event, and it’s theme “A Night of Spells,” Bloomsbury held a contest where you, the Potter fans and secret wizards and witches, voted on your favorite spell. Which one took the prize? With over 2700 votes, Bloomsbury revealed the winner today:

Expecto Patronum!

(Of course my Patronus is a cat. Isn’t everyone’s?)

Yes, the spell to unleash one’s Patronus, one of the most powerful spells in the Wizarding canon, took home the prize. Not just a powerful one, but a difficult spell as well, as we learn in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. The Harry Potter wiki sums it up thusly:

The Patronus Charm is difficult, and many witches and wizards are unable to produce a full, corporeal Patronus, a guardian which generally takes the shape of the animal with whom they share the deepest affinity.

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Runner ups spells included the ever popular Accio, which is ever so helpful when looking for the car keys, and Wingardium Leviosa, which is the spell Hermione Granger taught the world to pronounce properly. Rounding out the Top Five were Expelliarmus, which the Tenth Doctor and Martha found particularly helpful when dealing with Shakespeare, and the first word we ever heard Newt Scamander say: Lumos.

Here is the Top Ten list of Potter fans’ favorite spells.

  1. Expecto patronum – to summon a Patronus
  2. Accio – to call an object to you
  3. Wingardium Leviosa – to levitate objects
  4. Expelliarmus – to disarm your opponent
  5. Lumos – to ignite one’s wand-tip to provide light
  6. Alohomora – to open locked windows and doors
  7. Avada Kedavra – to bring about instant death
  8. Sectumsempra – the incantation for one of the Half-Blood Prince’s spells
  9. Obliviate – to make the subject forget
  10. Riddikulus – to make a Boggart take on a comical appearance and eventually explode

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We hope everyone has a fabulous time at their Harry Potter Book Night. We’ll be watching on Twitter for the best costumes and pictures from all the events around the world.