Hogwarts Legacy: All spells & abilities

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If you’re wondering which spells players will be able to use in Hogwarts Legacy, our guide has everything you need to know about the abilities you’ll use to survive the Wizarding World of the 1800s.

With Hogwarts Legacy slowly approaching its launch, it has already cemented itself as one of the ‘must plays’ of 2023. Whether you’re an avid fan of the Wizarding World universe or are simply intrigued to see what the next generation of Harry Potter-inspired games will look like, Hogwarts Legacy has plenty to offer.

While the game has an ancestral portrayal of the school and its open-world, several of the core spells and abilities are not. Along with all these spells, you also get sorted into your house, pick your wand, and explore the world’s confirmed locations via mounts.

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A Harry Potter game wouldn’t be complete without a whole plethora of spells and abilities, though, so here are all of the different charms, jinxes, hexes, and curses we know will be available in Hogwarts Legacy.


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The foes you face in Hogwarts Legacy are just as terrifying as he who must not be named.

Hogwarts Legacy: All spells & abilities

While we’ve only seen a sneak peek into the Hogwarts Legacy spellbook, abilities can largely be split into three different categories: offensive, defensive, and finishers.

Avalanche Software’s gameplay showcases have given fans a closer look at a few more spells, and hinted at another offensive spell fans didn’t get a full demonstration of.

As more spells trickle out from the shadows, we’ll be sure to update this page, but here are all the abilities we know about so far.

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Defensive Spells & Abilities

As you can guess from the name, defensive spells are all about minimizing the amount of damage a player takes in battle.

Spell/Ability What it does
Focus Potion Speeds up spell cooldowns
Mandrake plant Stuns enemies around the player
Protego Deflects oncoming spells away from user
Rock Skin Potion Reduces incoming damage
Wiggenweld Potion Heals/Increases health

Offensive/Attack Spells & Abilities

Offensive spells are the ones you’ll learn about in Defense Against the Dark Arts, but whether you choose to use them or not is entirely up to you. Devastate enemies with fireballs, or strike them down with lightning; your surroundings bow to your whim.

Spell/Ability What it does
Accio Pulls enemies through the air towards you and breaks purple shields
Avada Kedavra Instantly kills an enemy (has a very long cooldown)
Confringo Causes an explosion on the enemy
Crucio Locks an enemy in place and deals continuous damage
Descendo Launch an enemy up in the air then slam them back down to earth
Diffindo Slices enemies and objects
Imperio Makes an enemy fight for you
Incendio Sets an enemy on fire
Levioso Lifts enemies into the air and breaks yellow shields
Lumos Lights the end of your wand
Oppugno Causes an object to fly at an enemy
Petrificus Totalus Lock enemies in a full body bind, freezing them in place and oftentimes one-shotting them
Stupefy Stuns enemies in combat
Unknown Spell (“Powerful Magic”) Transform into energy to zip around the battlefield
Venomous Tentacula plant Spits poison at enemies which damages over time

Essential Spells

Essential spells are spells players can learn and use outside of combat. Essentially spells are integral to progressing through certain sidequests and story missions.

Spell What it does
Revelio Reveals concealed and hidden objects, messages, etc.
Wingardium Leviosa Lifts small objects and animals up in the air


Set your enemies ablaze and slammed them into a pulp? Round it all off with a devastating Finisher to make sure they don’t get up to any more mischief.

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While we don’t know the names of these devastating abilities just yet, here’s a rundown of what they do.

Finisher What it does
Finisher 1 Summons a lightning strike from above to completely destroy enemies
Finisher 2 Picks enemies up and slams them around before dealing a deadly final blow

So that’s all of the different spells and abilities we know about in Hogwarts Legacy so far. Looking to keep up with all of the latest news about Portkey’s Harry Potter adventure? Be sure to check out our dedicated main page and other content listed below.

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