Because we’ve all yelled ‘Accio remote!’ at some point in our lives.

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

The thing about reading Harry Potter is that it’s just so vivid and magical, everyone wants to actually be in it. But if we really could use magic, which spells would be the most useful in our Muggle world?

Accio – the spell to summon things

If wizards and Muggles have one thing in common, it’s that sitting down in comfortable chairs is fantastic. As such, the Summoning Charm – the spell that makes things fly towards you – is the ultimate dream.

Think of it: ‘Accio remote.’ ‘Accio cup of tea.’ ‘Accio something stronger!’ The possibilities are endless when it comes to random objects flying toward you.

We know this spell should be used for more productive situations, such as evading a fire-breathing Hungarian Horntail that’s about to set fire to you, but imagine being able to summon an ice cream without actually getting up.

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Alohomora – the spell to open doors

A spell to open doors would certainly open a lot of, er, doors for Muggles, especially ones that have locked themselves outside of their house. However, access to such a spell may see an upsurge in Muggle theft. Maybe wizards have excellent Neighbourhood Watch schemes?

Expelliarmus – the Disarming Charm

Expelliarmus is one of Harry’s most used spells in the Harry Potter books, (seriously, Harry, mix things up a little) and we suspect this would also be the most used among Muggles too. Why? Because knocking things out of people’s hands is never not funny. This is probably why Harry used it on Voldemort all the time.

Lord Voldemort is killed by his own rebounding spell in a battle against Harry in the great hall from the Deathly Hallows.
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The Permanent Sticking Charm

The days of Blu Tack would finally be over. Yes, the Permanent Sticking Charm is one for all the DIY lovers out there, as it allows the user to forever attach something to something else. The Black family used such a charm to allow the portrait of Sirius’s pure-blood obsessed mother Walburga to remain stuck to the walls of number twelve, Grimmauld Place forever; the ultimate dream of any DIY enthusiast.

Mind you, Muggles should think twice about sticking things to themselves, such as their favourite hats or favourite romantic partners.

Obliviate – the memory charm

Although memories are precious, this charm wouldn’t half come in useful for a couple of things. Say for instance, you get someone’s name wrong at a party. ‘Obliviate!’ Or you get fired. ‘Obliviate!’ No problem can’t be fixed.

Expecto Patronum – a spell that conjures a guardian to protect us

We all know that Expecto Patronum is the spell that helps banish Dementors – the dark, joy-devouring, will-to-live-sucking creatures that guard Azkaban. Although we don’t come across these creatures ourselves very much, having a silver guardian which basically takes on the animal image of our soul would still be really cool. Yep, that’s our entire argument on this one.

Harry teaches Dumbledore's Army how to do the Patronus spell.
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Scourgify – the cleaning spell

Wizards can do many great and inspiring things, but the fact that there is a piece of magic that makes dishes clean themselves is a genuine miracle.

Wingardium Leviosa – the spell that makes things float

It is one of the first charms that Harry ever learns, and we can see why. How great would it be to make anything fly around whenever we want? Like ourselves, for example. Also, we’ve been eyeing up those floating candles for our own dinner parties for years.

Flitwicks classroom
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Silencio – the spell that silences another

You know when you’re talking to someone and you just wish they weren’t making sound anymore? Silencio would make life so much easier.

Glisseo – the slide spell

It is probably the most important spell in the entire wizarding world, and yet it doesn’t get the recognition it so sorely deserves. We are, of course, talking about Glisseo – the spell that turns staircases into slides. What could be more important? In fact, forget the other spells, let’s just make everything into slides forever.