A spell is a magical action often accompanied by an incantation that makes use of magic in order to accomplish feats ordinary people cannot perform, for example levitating objects, conjuring weather, or turning a person into an animal.
To cast spells, you must have complete control of your voice because the slightest change in decibel level (that's the sound of your voice) can change a spell's result. When Mildred's summer drink overflowed onto her desk, her voice was too loud. This is why chanting is so important, because it builds the strength of the voice and diaphragm (a muscle in your stomach, which helps you breathe).
This a list of the many different types of spells taught at Cackle's Academy in the TV series. Spells are mentioned in the books, but no specific incantations are given. See Also Magic in Weirdsister College.
The Foster's Effect
The The Foster's Effect can happen when casting too many spells. With all that energy flying around at the same time, magical paths cross over and cause something known the The Foster's Effect. This reaction causes spells to multiply out of control, and has created all sorts of natural disasters. Using magic for selfish and trivial ends can also cause the The Foster's Effect. The Foster's Effect was discovered by Dr. Foster.
Transformation spells Transform an object, person or animal into something different. Don't try this unless you know a reversing spell, because the effects are irreversible without one.
- For turning people into pigs: Alverix Orcus, Transfrogamorphus, Spotticus, Trotticus, Transferus Porcus!
- For turning people into donkeys: Alverix Orcus, Transfrogamorphus, Floppylog Donkeybrae, Transferus Asinae!
- For making people’s feet root into the ground/For turning people into trees: Alverix Orcus, Transfrogamorphus, Aborus Rootus, Transferus Pedimus!
- For turning people into dogs: Alverix Orcus, Transdogamorphus, Woofus Rufus, Transfurrus Muttus!
- For turning people into tortoises: Alverix Orcus, Transfrogamorphus, Conversio Dourus, Concha Testudo!
- For turning people into sausage dogs: Alverix Orcus, Transdogamorphus, Canis Dramanicus, Daxan Daranicus!
- For turning people into chickens: Alverix Orcus, Transfrogamorphus, Illio Allio, Poultus Transformus!
- For turning people into frogs/toads: Alverix Orcus, Transfrogamorphus, Rufus Rofus, Randaiprophus!
- For turning people into turkeys: Alverix Orcus, Transfrogamorphus, Wickety Wackety, Gabblus Gorkus!
- Fashion spell: Mogus Bogus, Robus Garbus, Clobifixit Ostentatus!
- To turn your hat or anything else into food: Alacazam, Alacazoo!
- Change something into a balloon: Expando Extendarae, Baloonus Disdendari!
- Change a balloon into a bunch of flowers: Intrenso Profundus, Baloonus Floribundus!
- To change toadstools into flowers: Crysanthamun Maximum, Rubbelum Grandiflorum!
- Make a stone slippery, like soap: Firmus Grippus, Transformus Slippus!
- Change someone’s hairstyle: Crimpus Cuttus, Primpus Permus, Mousseus Chopus, Punkus Topus!
- Change an inanimate object into a bird: Objectus Inertus, Areatus Convertus!
- Make a Holomagigram-a magic hologram/photocopy: (insert victim's name here), Duplicatae, Corpus Vitae, Imitatae!
- Transform someone into a statue: (insert victim's name here), Transmutatae, Corpus Vitae, Terracotta!
- Change someone's clothes to a beautiful dress: Alverix Orcus, Transfrogamorphus, Habulatas, Hourte Couturus, Fabricatas, Feelafina, Instantatus, Topdesina!
- Switch two people’s clothes over: Alverix Orcus, Transfrogamorphus, Hiphabalatus, Transferrus Totalus!
- To transform a wooden axe into a metal one: Polaxus Descendus, Vitae Anima!
A reversing spell returns an object, person or animal to its natural state, after being affected by another spell. A simple reversing spell will fix most things.
- A very important reversing spell which will fix most things: Reversus Revolvus, Returnus Resolvus, Illio, Allio, Redux Reducio!
- Another spell which will restore shrunken things or beings to their original size: Reversus Revolvus, Omnes Resolvus, Illio, Allio, Magnos Magnifico!
- Reversing Spell for transformations: Reversus Revolvus, Returnus Resolvus, Illio, Allio, Transfutato Temporus!
- Reversal spell for food: Reversus Revolvus, Returnus Resolvus, Patisserie Pastry, Injelly Combolshus!
- Reversal spell to put things back to normal: Reversus Revolvus, Returnus Resolvus, Alpha Omega, Ofus Adofus!
- To release a dragon lord trapped in stone: Volcanus Fragmentus Edignius Dissolvus!
- Stop another spell: Magicus Mordus!
- For freeing enslaved peasants from a wicked baron: Incantatus Liberatus!
- To bring people out of a trance: Immalatus Exobatus, Mentat Marrnum Quarum Cavus, Dissenfectus Dissenchantus!
- Protective/banishing spell: Protectus Precipitatus, Infaglatus Lunk Departus!
A moving spell will create a particular visible action, which will cause an object, person or animal to move away from its original point, e.g. moving, pushing, pulling, summoning, throwing, levitating. Moving spells are simple, and are some of the first magic that new witches learn.
- Spell for levitation: Altus, Alta, Alto, Altissima!
- And for bringing things or creatures down again: Atma, Agba, Sansiba Calendula! (or: Sabbata Cantata!)
- Move objects: Objectus Simplistus, Lentus Shiftus!
- For making things as light as air: Hareatus, Impregnatus, Res Inflaetus, Omnes Flatus!
- Summoning charm: Objectus Dislocatus, Aposessus Summonatus, Fugarae Parerum, Magneticus Attractum!
- Send someone flying across the room: Excunacatas Illumantas, Illio Allio, Defrenstratus!
- Make a basketball do what you want (to be really good at basketball): Fillio Fallio, Basketballio, Loopus Swoopas, Humnuvagoopus!
- Stop people: Inimicus Istus, Stopus Resistus!
- Broomstick summoning spell: Provicum Clinslorum Etnuna Etsorum!
- To suspend a bottle of potion in the air: Potion Nomnotion!
- To move a bottle of potion in the air: Filarum!
- To explode a bottle of potion: Epilis Sticarum!
A transportation spell allows one to disappear effortlessly from one place and end up in another. Not to be confused with a moving spell, where everything remains visible. When first learning transportation spells it can be diffcult to get the destination right, which can lead to some entertaining situations. It is possible that Miss Hardbroom uses an advanced, non-verbal version of this spell to materialize from nowhere, and then disappear again. If so, it shows her talent as she has a great deal of control over it.
- For teleporting people or yourself around: Hocus Pocus, Habeas Corpus, (or Luminus Focus,) Tempus Tempore, Nunc Transportus!
Appearing and Disappearing Spells
Unlike a transportation spell, which moves somthing from one spot to another, appearing and disappearing spells make things appear or disappear completly. They are advanced spells, with appearing spells being more difficult than disappearing ones. These spells are often seen being done non-verbally by the more powerful witches (such as Miss Hardbroom confiscating things). It is apparently possible use an appearing spell to bring back somthing you vanished with a disappearing spell. The art of vanishing somthing is called 'puffication' and bringing somthing back is called 'repuffication'.
- Puffification-making things disappear in a puff of smoke: Miaznum Vaporum, Efferium Futoom!
- Apparition/Dissaparition spell: Dissieo!
- For creating a delicious cool fizzy drink: Incantatus Biberatus, Tri Bone Desperatus, Dissipatus Areatus!
- Conjure crumpets and tea: Mana Tabularum, Tanos Crumpatarum!
- To conjure food: Experes Cusinus!
- To conjure a bat from smoke: Allio Illio, Bestatillo!
- To counjure a owl from smoke: Rocket Catapulta, Ulala Resulta!
A continuance spell causes the looping of an action and causes it to go on forever, or at least until it is magicly stopped.
- For making a brush scrub the floor all on its own: Auto Rubbum, Solo Scrubbum, Bazillus Virus Eradicatum!
- Make Dishes wash themselves: Scullery Sculurum, Solo Scrubbum, Eradicatum!
Restoring spells are used to restore objects back to their former state, or to fix things. Not to be confused with a reversing spell, which undoes another spell.
- To find a lost object (makes it glow): Abcentus Itemus, Flependen Lightenus!
- Extinguish a fire: Dressus Fumus, Taper Dispinctus, Luke Meatias, Vapour Extinguishas!
- To make an antique new again: Retractum Afuturus, Adfuveri Historiamus!
- Make a machine work again: Magicus Doctrina Eferum!
Spells that affect the weather, such as creating wind or snow.
- For creating a devastating storm: Veni, Veni, Hurricanie, Inimatae Tempestatae!
- Create wind: Zephr Iolus Atherium Ventis Levis Vaporum Turbulurum Actatis!
- Create a Cyclone (performed on a smaller wind to amplify it): Squalus Cyclonis Vulumino Windblownus, Extremis Tempestatum Vurgatis Circularum!
- Make plant move like in a wind: Foliotas Ventilatus!
- Blow something away with wind: Veni Veni, Seferati, Veni Veni, Tempestati!
- For making a P.E horse come to life: Inanimus Equus, Metamorphus, Ipso Facto Bucking Broncus!
- For solving basic equations: Mathamatics Numeratus, Arithmatics Calculatus!
- To make numbers multiply (out of control): Mathamatics Numeratus, Arithmatics Multiplatus!
- To make numbers come off the page: Mathamatics Numeratus, Arithmatics Pluralatus!
- To stop numbers multiplying: Mathamatics Numeratus, Arithmatics Attractus!
- Turn a record player off: Musicus Terminus!
- Turn a record player on: Musicus Commencus!
- Turn volume of a record up to max: Maximus Voluminus!
- Create an exact drawing of something: Foliatae Duplicatae, Artistvitae Imitatae!
- Erase drawing: Duplicatas Obliteratus!
- Make an intruder alarm: Terminus Hosticum, Menari Exturnus!
- For bringing down the scenery of a makeshift theatre set upon your enemy’s head: Timber Defendus, On Foe Descendus!
- Opening spell: Cistem Pandorum, Partus Disoram!
- Make yak’s milk spray everywhere: Lacus Acidus, Yakkus Eruptus!
- Make food bubble, erupt and spill every where: Sago Sewit Mousse Sorbet, Tapioca Similae, Sunday Junket Curds and Whey, Semelina Nunc Souffle!
- Make liquid food bubble over the place: Ariatus, Impregnatus, Inflatus, Inflacartus!
- To turn a bullying adult back into a child: Autocratus Tyrannus, Infantum Returnus!
- To make someone sick with magic Lurgy (flu-like illness): Influenza Toximia, Visellus Anemia!
- To make someone say what they really think: Compello Placalo, Veritas Adultrum!
- For slow-motion dancing with sparkle effect: Tempus Alegro, Choreographus Zacata!
- Activate a time travel machine: Velocitus Velocitatae, Vidae Historica, Antiqutae!
- To trap someone in stone: Liberatus Nuncrevertas, Incantus Intertus, Incarceratus!
- Duelling Spell: Veni Veni Veni, Capatus Janarae Omitus!
- Make someone remember better: Liberas Ideticus!
- To increase the size of a bag: Elorum Elatis Begorum Begatis Baggus!
- To shrink something: Shrinkus Minisculus!
- To make something really tall: Maximus!
- To make something really small: Minimus!
- To decrease the length and increase the height (and opposite): Decreasus, Increasus, Proportiomatus!
- To tie someone's shoe laces together: Crissus Crossus, Tangus Knottus!
- Time Stopping Spell: Tempus, Fugit, Arestum.