The Levitation Charm was invented in 1544 by warlock Jarleth Hobart
The Levitation Charm (Wingardium Leviosa) is a charm used to make objects fly or levitate, taught to first years at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Casting and Effects
The Levitation Charm appears to be an improvement on both the Levioso and Locomotor spells and/or the Hover Charm, being able to lift objects high in to the air but also allowing one to magically move them through it as well. It also conveniently defies gravity by lifting objects heavier than a normal person would otherwise be able to carry.
Despite its strengths, however, the Levitation Charm has one fatal flaw: it does not work on human beings. Though a human can be levitated using this charm, it is actually their clothing that is being affected. The charm is apparently not strong enough to allow a human to do anything more that float a few feet off the air using this method, and therefore does not allow the true flight afforded to most other objects.
Almost anything can be lifted with this spell, although the object levitated depends on the skill of the caster and the weight of the object.
Variations of use
- A way to lift objects with control, depending on caster's skill and weight of object.
- Cannot be used on humans to allow flight, but it does work on clothing.
Wingardium is a composite word, based on: English to wing meaning "to fly" (e.g. the plane winged skywards); arduus (meaning "high, tall, lofty, steep, proudly elevated") or arduum (meaning "steep place, the steep"); and the common Latin ending -ium. Leviosa probably derives from Latin levo, meaning to "raise, lift up", or levis, meaning light (of weight).
Altogether, therefore, the incantation could best be read as "lift up high".
OOC Dice Information
The Levitation Charm requires a player to be level 1 or higher.