What language are the spells in Harry Potter?
The names of many of the spells are indeed derived from other languages, especially Latin. However, for the most part, they aren’t proper words.
Author J.K. Rowling created words that resemble other words with real meanings.
A closer look at a few spells …
Here’s a closer look at some of them: The spell Alohomora is used to open and unlock doors. The word is supposedly from the West African Sidiki dialect and means “friendly to thieves.”
Need to make invisible ink appear? Try the spell Aparecium, which supposedly derives from the Latin appareo, meaning “to become visible or to appear.”
Here’s a fun one: Confringo. It causes something to explode in flames. The spell is likely derived from Latin and means “to break in pieces, to bring to naught.”
Densuageo is derived from two Latin words: dens, which means “tooth,” and augeo, which means “to enlarge.” The spell causes the victim’s teeth to grow quickly.
The spell Episkey is derived from the Greek episkeu, which means “repair, restoration.” It’s used to heal minor injuries, such as Harry Potter’s broken nose in Half-Blood Prince.
Protego Horribilis is also used in Deathly Hallows. It provides protection against Dark Magic and comes from the Latin protego, meaning “to protect,” and horribilis, meaning “horrible.”
Scourgify, which is a spell used to get something clean, such as Hedwig’s cage, is likely a play on the word scour.
The spell Tarantallegra makes a victim’s legs dance uncontrollably. It’s likely that it combines the Italian allegra, which means “joyful,” and tarantella, which is a Southern Italian folk dance with rapid movements.