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Best Healing Spells In Harry Potter

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Neville, Harry, and Luna in Harry Potter

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  • The counter-curse for hiccoughs can provide quick relief to wizards.
  • Ferula is a great bandaging charm offering real physical healing and can relieve pain from wounds significantly.
  • Episkey is useful for minor injuries like broken noses, commonly used by many wizards, including Luna Lovegood.

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In Harry Potter, spells are an essential piece of magic used by wizards all over the wizarding world. Spells can vary from deadly attacks, such as Avada Kedavra, to defense spells, such as Protego Maxima. Even with the variety of spell types existing, healing spells are often considered some of the most valuable and essential for a wizard to learn, with the wizarding world being known for its dangers that can inflict damage on wizards.

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Throughout the films and books of Harry Potter, numerous healing spells are used to aid wizards in the healing of others, with many being used by Harry and his friends during their years at Hogwarts.

1 Counter-Curse For Hiccoughs

Removes The Effects Of Hiccoughs From A Wizard

Hermione, Ron and Harry in Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows

Although the spell’s name is unknown, the counter-curse for hiccoughs is a counter-charm used to remove the effects of hiccoughs on a person. In the book Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger discuss the counter-curse for hiccoughs when examining their O.W.L. results.

With Hiccoughing Solution being a potion that can make targeted people fall victim to hiccoughs, the counter-curse is a spell that can provide a way to neutralize its effects. Although the spell has never been shown or said to have been used in the movies, its existence establishes the spell as a simple but effective counter-charm that prevents hiccoughs from occurring.

2 Ferula

The Bandaging Charm

George Weasley with a bandage in Harry Potter

Ferula is considered a beneficial spell for healing, even for everyday occurrences. Ferula is a spell that places bandages around a person’s wounded area, applying pressure, which is often found to relieve pain. The spell is most widely known through Remus Lupin, who used the spell on Ron to ease the pain of his broken leg at the Shrieking Shack in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

The only other occurrence of the spell being used is when Madam Poppy Pomfrey teaches Ferula to Jacob’s sibling at Hogwarts, years before Harry and his friends arrive.

3 Episkey

Heals Minor Injuries Such As Broken Noses

Luna fixing Harry's nose in Harry Potter

For treating injuries perceived as more tolerable, such as broken noses or cuts, Episkey is often used when dealing with such injuries. Episkey has been documented to have been used frequently, although its most famous use is by the hand of Luna Lovegood in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. When Harry goes to spy on Draco Malfoy on the Hogwarts train, he receives a broken nose courtesy of his archnemesis.

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After being left concussed, Harry runs into Luna as he arrives late at Hogwarts. Luna notices Harry’s broken nose before immediately fixing it using the Episkey spell, curing Harry despite the pain the spell causes.

4 Brackium Emendo

The Healing Of Broken Bones

Gilderoy Lockhart healing Harry in Harry Potter

Brackium Emendo is a spell used to fix a broken bone in a person’s body. In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, after Harry breaks his arm during a quidditch match, the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, Gilderoy Lockhart, quickly tries to aid Harry with the Brackium Emendo spell, performed using his wand.

Although seemingly confident in performing the spell, Lockhart fails, causing Harry’s arm to lose all its bones, leaving the arm lifeless. If executed properly, Harry’s broken bones in his arm would have been fixed, reducing the amount of time he would have to recover.

5 Anapneo

Healing Spell That Neutralizes Choking

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Anapneo is a healing spell or charm that is often used when a person is choking. When used, the spell clears any objects stuck in a person’s throat, stopping any choking from occurring. The most famous use of Anapneo is performed by Horace Slughorn, who uses the spell on Ravenclaw student Marcus Belby.

When Marcus begins to choke on food after eating too fast, Slughorn uses his wand to perform the spell to remove the food. Despite its lack of grandeur as a spell, Anapneo is highly effective and essential for wizards to learn.

6 Rennervate

The Revival Spell

Albus Dumbledore trying to find a horcrux in Harry Potter

Rennervate is a spell that wizards have frequently used in the wizarding world to revive targets who are found to be unconscious. Known casters of the spell include prestigious wizards such as Albus Dumbledore, Minerva McGonagall, and Amos Diggory. Rennervate is often used to remove the effects of the Stunning Spell, which stuns a target, rendering them unconscious.

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Rennervate’s most famous use comes from Harry in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, as Harry tries to revive his headmaster, Dumbledore, when searching for one of Voldemort’s Horcruxes. When Dumbledore attempts to consume the Drink of Despair, Harry uses the spell to revive his mentor as he struggles to deal with the effects of the drink.

7 Vulnera Sanentur

The Half-Blood Prince’s Own Healing Spell

Snape healing Malfoy in Harry Potter

Vulnera Sanentur is a counter-curse to Sectumsempra, an offensive curse that inflicts severe damage onto a target, often leading to serious hemorrhaging. Vulnera Sanentur is the healing spell that counteracts the effects of Sectumsempra, healing any hemorrhaging or wounded areas that have been affected. The spell itself was conjured by Severus Snape, who came up with Sectumsempra and its counter-curse while still a student at Hogwarts. Snape’s methods are found to be documented in the study book Harry finds belonging to the Half-Blood Prince.

When Harry uses Sectumsempra to attack Malfoy in one of the Hogwarts bathrooms, Snape arrives in time to use Vulnera Sanentur to heal Malfoy and reverse the effects of Harry’s attack.

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