Seven Spells That Didn’t Make It into “Harry Potter”

As with any major book or film franchise, there are always scenes, characters, or other elements that didn’t quite make the final cut. We know Rowling’s knowledge of the wizarding world is more extensive than we can see – for example, we only just now learned that she knew Newt Scamander’s backstory as she was writing the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them textbook back in 2001. What else does she have hidden away? Well, thanks to the sleuths at “The Dirigible Plum,” we have uncovered seven spells that never made it into the final versions of the Harry Potter books or movies! Take a look!

Slackus Dropus: This mischievous spell was apparently supposed to be a favorite of the Weasley twins. It is generally thought to be a lowly spell to execute in wizard duels because it is used to de-pants one’s opponent. If you watch the film version of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban closely, you will see a nod to this deleted spell:



Habeas Corpus: This is a spell that protects a witch or wizard against unlawful imprisonment without a fair trial. This spell was cut because, well, there goes the whole Sirius Black plot line.

Bippity Boppity Boo: This is a rare but powerful transfiguration spell that turns just about any animate or inanimate object into just about any other animate or inanimate object. The effects of the spell only last until the end of the day. Here is an example:



Open Sesame: This spell opens any door, gate, box, or object that has hinges in any way. The spell was cut because it would have made certain plot points way too easy, such as the half-book-long saga of the trio trying to figure out how to open a locket.

Treguna Mekoides and Trecorum Satis Dee: This wordy spell is for enabling substitutiary locomotion. It was actually not cut, but reworded to “Piertotum Locomotor.” McGonagall uses this spell to animate the suits of armor to fight in the Battle of Hogwarts, a concept that is not altogether original to Harry Potter.



On Fleekus: Nobody truly knows what this spell actually means, but we think it has something to do with making things cool, hip, or rad. However, the results are questionable.

Hottie Transforma: This spell can be used to make any person into a much hotter version of that person. Evidence suggests that the spell was not entirely deleted from the Harry Potter films, as evidenced by Neville Longbottom.


Emily Sniegowski

Emily is a librarian whose love of Harry Potter began in 2001 as a third grader. She loves magic and stories of all kinds, particularly the Potter and Disney kinds. She reads, dances, sings, and occasionally writes for