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Old 19-07-2007, 06:27   #1
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Can someone tell me the difference, in the HP world, between hexes, jinxes, curses, charms and spells? To me, the difference in a charm and a curse is simply a matter of intent. A curse intends to do harm, a charm doesn't..
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Old 19-07-2007, 06:42   #2
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Can someone tell me the difference, in the HP world, between hexes, jinxes, curses, charms and spells? To me, the difference in a charm and a curse is simply a matter of intent. A curse intends to do harm, a charm doesn't..
I can tell you what they can stand for, from my side of opinion....

Spells: They are basically everything. Hexes, charms, jinx, and curse basically could be defined spells. Because one needs to spell them with a wand.

Hexes: They are offensive spells. for an example Sectumsempra. they cause harm to receiver.

Curses: they are not necessarily thrown at opponent. they could be simply placed upon objects and can cause harm to those who try to meddle with it. Like that Necklace that Katie was carrying in HBP. On the other side Avada Kedavra, Imperius, and Crucio are curses too which are thrown at opponent.

Jinx: This could come close to a curse, but they are not as intense. Jelly leg jinx is a classic example.

Charms: These are used to create protection, or day to day magical use to aid life. They could be a secret keepers charm, or a dish washing charm that Molly uses in his kitchen.

I hope I was able to put it precisely. More comments from knowledgible members here would clear the confusion too.......
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Old 19-07-2007, 06:49   #3
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I agree on most of that, but I'd put sectumsempra a bit closer to a curse than a hex..
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Re: Definition request

I agree with the above poster.

I see a jinx in the magic world as almost a trick someone in the muggle world would play on someone (itching powder, switching the sugar for salt..etc..)

A hex would be a nasty trick (a step up from the jinx)

Curses are intended to do harm on someone

Charms - for protection, to aid in chores, to assist the wizard or witch.
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Old 19-07-2007, 09:18   #5
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I agree on most of that, but I'd put sectumsempra a bit closer to a curse than a hex..
I was thinking the same thing after I wrote it.
Maybe Stupefy, or tarantalegra (or what ever its name is, that makes you go tap dancing) may qualify for hex.

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I agree with the above poster.

I see a jinx in the magic world as almost a trick someone in the muggle world would play on someone (itching powder, switching the sugar for salt..etc..)

A hex would be a nasty trick (a step up from the jinx)

Curses are intended to do harm on someone

Charms - for protection, to aid in chores, to assist the wizard or witch.
Agreed. More explanatory the way you have put it in simplified wording.
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