Hermione's 13 Best 'Harry Potter' Spells, Because We All Know Who The Real Badass Is

There's not a single Harry Potter fan that doesn't know the dialogue from the Wingardium Leviosa scene. Probably because it's one of the Harry Potter series' best spells, but also because of Hermione Granger, the Potter series resident feminist and overall badass. Let's face it, Ron and Harry, while being some of the greatest characters in literature, wouldn't have survived through Prisoner of Azkaban had it not been for Hermione being the most talented witch in their year.

So naturally, the next most-important list in Harry Potter (aside from the obvious book and movie ranking) is a list of Hermione Granger's best spells over the course of J.K. Rowling's sprawling series.

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Oculus Reparo

Hermione’s first ever spell in the Harry Potter film series. When she first joins Harry and Ron’s compartment on their first ever ride on the Hogwarts Express, she fixes Harry’s glasses using this spell. And so began the most beautiful friendship of our time and our relationship with Hermione Granger.

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Alohomora

The Locking Spell and the spell that started Harry, Ron, and Hermione’s adventures together. Hermione was the first character to use this spell on the door to the third floor corridor on the right hand side, where the trio met Fluffy and the Sorcerer’s Stone began.

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Wingardium Leviosa

Perhaps Hermione’s crowning achievement — the Levitation Charm. In one of the first lessons at Hogwarts, Hermione showed that she didn’t care what anyone thought about her intelligence when she corrected Ron’s pronunciation in front of the entire class — and was the first person to master the spell.

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Avis

I’m sure no one needs reminding that Hermione is the cleverest witch of all time. But, when McGonagall first taught the first-years how to conjure up birds with the Avis spell in Transfiguration, Hermione was the first to succeed. She later conjured up an entire flock and had them attack Ron for being a jerk.

Payback’s a bitch.

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Petrificus Totalus

The Full Body-Bind Curse was first used by Hermione in Sorcerer’s Stone on young, pre-puberty Neville Longbottom when he tried to stop her, Ron, and Harry from leaving the common room after hours. #notsorry

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Lumos Solem

The first of many times Hermione would save Ron’s life was during the first protective task in the search for the Sorcerer’s Stone, Hermione used this spell (which casts light as strong as a ray of sunshine) to rescue Ron from the Devil’s Snare.

Epic badass points. Did I mention she was a first-year?

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Finite Incantatem

Remember Dobby’s rogue bludger that broke Harry’s arm in Chamber of Secrets? Well, after Harry had fallen off his broom and the bludger was trying to crush his skull, Hermione used this spell to stop the ball and blow it up.

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Bombarda

Saving lives again — Hermione used this spell, which produces a minor explosion, to bust Sirius Black out of his cell in Hogwarts at the end of Prisoner of Azkaban.

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Expecto Patronum

The Patronus Charm is most characters’ best spell, probably because it’s the coolest spell of the entire series. And Hermione’s otter Patronus is no exception.

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Confundo

The Confundus Charm, which causes its victim to become confused and befuddled, was used early on in the series. But its most notable use came in Order of the Phoenix, when Hermione charmed Cormack McLaggen at the Gryffindor quidditch try-outs to help Ron secure the spot as the team’s keeper. (He later won the House Cup, by the way.)

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Hermione's Jinx

Again in Order of the Phoenix, when each member of Dumbledore’s Army signed up for the club, they were signing a cursed piece of paper. Hermione invented her own jinx for anyone who revealed details about the club to Dolores Umbridge — the perpetrator would be forced to walk around with the word “SNEAK” emblazoned on their face in boils. It turned out Cho Chang’s friend Marietta that spilled the beans, which didn’t really help out Harry in getting a date with her.

But this is awesome, so whatever.

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Protean Charm

Hermione shocked her peers in Order of the Phoenix when she used the Protean Charm to bewitch galleons for Dumbledore’s Army. Even though she was only in her sixth year at Hogwarts, she’d mastered a post-N.E.W.T level charm.

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Obliviate

The Memory Charm first appeared in Chamber of Secrets, when Professor Lockhart tried to erase Harry and Ron’s memories when they discovered that he wasn’t actually a great wizard. Hermione brought it back in Deathly Hallows Part 1, when she erased memories of her from her parents’ lives.

The Memory Charm is well beyond N.E.W.T. level, but of course Hermione mastered it.

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