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Ive been thinking about Harry Potter since the word came out that there is going to
be another story in the series added. Its a play but still sounds interesting none the
less.

And with that thought, it was followed up by another thought about Harry Potter
Wizards compared to the Wizards in D&D. The wizhards in Harry Potter are sort of
a Sorcerer/Wizard hybrid. They have to be born with magic but then they have to go
to school to learn spells and such. And there are a lot of spells in the world of Harry
Potter. The infographic of Harry Potter and the Spells you ought to know may be
difficult to read, but gives me a list of spells to use in a D&D game. The spells in the
infographic are put into three categories: Defensive charms & curses, Charms, and
Unforgiveable Curses. So taking those spells, I looked for corresponding D&D 5th
edition spells that could be used and tweaked a bit.

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Stupefy (Stunning Spell, Stupefying TRIBALITY
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Casting time: 1 action
Range: 120 feet
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Harry Potter Spell Description: Protego allows minor to moderate curses and hexes
to go back onto the attacker.
Etymology: Latin protego, I cover or I protect.

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Duration: instantaneous

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cast, the target makes a Strength(Athletics) check or Dexterity( Acrobatics)
Check against your spell DC . On a failure, the object will fly from the targets
grasp up to 10 feet in a random direction determined by the Dungeon Master.
At higher levels. For every level higher than 2nd, the spell causes 1d4 of force
damage.

Petri0cus Totalus (Full Body-Bind Curse)


Harry Potter Spell Description: Used to temporarily bind the victims body in a
position much like that of a soldier at attention; the victim will usually fall to the
ground.Etymology: Latin petra, meaning stone, and fieri (past participle factus),
meaning to become; totaluscomes from Latin totus, meaning complete

Petrificus Totalus
1st-level evocation
Casting time: 1 action
Range: 60 feet
Components: V,S
Duration: instantaneous

This spell attempts to bind the creature in place with magical force. The
creature makes a Strength saving throw. On a failed saving throw, the target
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disadvantage . On a success it frees itself. If the creature is proficient in
Arcana, it can instead make a Intelligence (Arcana) check against your spell
DC to free itself.

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Harry Potter Spell Description: Levitates and moves the target; the wand motion is
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and Latin arduus, meaning high. Leviosa probably originates from Latin levis,
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Duration: Concentration (up to 10 minutes)

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At higher levels. For every level higher than 1st, the weight increases by 50
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Alohomora (Unlocking Charm)


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Etymology: The incantation is derived from the West African Sidiki dialect used in
geomancy; it means friendly to thieves, as stated by the author in testimony during
a court case.

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Casting time: 1 action
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Choose an object that you can see within range. The object can be a door, a
box, a chest, a set of manacles, a padlock, or another object that contains a
mundane or magical means that prevents access. Elemental Evil: Princes of the
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Harry Potter Spell Description: This charm summons an object to the caster,
potentially over a significant distance. It can be used in two ways; either by casting
the charm and then naming the object desired, or by pointing your wand at the
desired object during or immediately following the incantation to pull the target
toward the caster; in either case, the caster must concentrate on the object they
wish to summon in order for the charm to succeed. The caster doesnt necessarily
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summoned, such as when Hermione Granger summoned some books
from Dumbledores office simply by saying Accio Horcrux books! while
in Gryffindor Tower.
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Accio
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Range: 60 feet
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the objects location, as long as that object is within 1,000 feet of you. If the
object is in motion, you know the direction of motion.
This spell cant find the object if any thickness of lead blocks a direct path
between you and the object.
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through the air to you, when using a 3rd level spell slot or higher. The object
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Expecto Patronum (Patronus Charm)


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Harry Potter Spell Description: This charm is a defensive spell which will conjure a
spirit-like incarnation of their positive emotions to defend against dark creatures; it
can also send messages to other witches or wizards. It seems ones Patronus will
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Etymology: Patronus means protector in Latin; in archaic Latin, it means father;
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Range: Self
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Components: V,S
Duration: instantaneous

You summon a spirit protector which appears in an unoccupied space next to


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enemy comes within 15 feet of you, the spirit will cause them harm for every Harry Potter Spells for D&D
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true desire to cause the victim pain. If one casts this spell, he or she will receive a kits-of-old/)
life sentence in Azkaban prison for it, as with the other two Unforgivable Curses. I'm under the opinion that they should
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4th-level evocation 7 hours ago
Casting time: 1 action
Range: 60 feet
Components: V,S
Duration: instantaneous

The spell inflicts pain upon the target creature. The creature takes 1d8 + spell
modifier points of psychic damage for 4 turns, the target creature makes a TAGS
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Sean Bonney 7 hours ago
Nice work! What a great way to get HP fans into D&D.

Is the range for Accio correct? Stats say 60 feet, but the text says 1,000 feet.
And of course the books support long distances.
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Edward 15 hours ago


What, no flippendo?
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Now I can create the wizarding school campaign my kids asked for!
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MTi 20 hours ago


Good job Michael.

Is it possible to specify the number and type of damage dealt with the Stupefy
spell?
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Mike Long > MTi 8 hours ago


Sorry about that. I was trying to word it so that if Multiple spell casters
cast Stupefy then it would cause increased damage against the target
creature...
I've taken it out for now.
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