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Wingardium Leviosa is the levitation charm that makes objects levitate or fly, with the length of its effects and strength being dependent of the skill of the witch or wizard who casts the charm. Not to be confused with the Levicorpus charm, Wingardium Leviosa cannot be used to charm people to levitate, but has been known to make a person’s clothing hover above the ground.
/wiNG ˈɡärdē ‘um ˈlevə ‘ō ˈsə/
Casting the Wingardium Leviosa charm requires the practitioner of the charm to enunciate the words correctly. Hermione Granger successfully taught Ron Weasley how to use the levitation charm in her famous quote, “It’s wingardium LeviOsa, not LeviosA!” In addition to emphasizing the correct syllable, there is a very specific s-shaped wand movement used during this charm and can be described as a “swish and flick!”
Wingardium Leviosa isn’t the only charm used by witches and wizards that also make objects levitate. Other levitation charms include: the Hover Charm, the Rocket Charm and the Floating Charm with Wingardium Leviosa being the charm that is most commonly used.
The Levitation Charm was created in the 16th century by Jarleth Hobart as an attempt to prove that he was the first wizard to learn to fly.
Through a series of embarrassing public demonstrations of his charm, Jarleth Hobart realized that he was unable to fly, but his spell would make objects levitate for various lengths of time depending the skill of the witch or wizard that cast the spell.
Wingardium Leviosa is taught to first year students during their very first Charms class.
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Wingardium Leviosa is the levitation charm used by witches and wizards to lift objects high into the air and move them around.
No, Wingardium Leviosa cannot be used on a person, although this has been tried, but it can levitate things around a person, even the clothing a person is wearing.
The difference between Levicorpus and Wingardium Leviosa is that levicorpus is a spell used to lift a person and flip them upside down, while wingardium leviosa is a hover charm used to take objects and make them hover or fly and cannot be used on a person.
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