Your days as an ordinary Muggle are over, as long as you have an iPhone. With just a word or two, you can use your iPhone and newfound Muggle-born powers to cast spells just like Harry Potter and team. Only your “wand” is from Apple, not Ollivanders in Diagon Alley.
Whether you’re a Muggle-born witch or wizard, there are at least three spells built into Hey Siri that you can conjure up on your iPhone. But there are more incantations from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter that you can program Siri to use — and the possibilities are endless, limited only by your imagination.
You have to use Hey Siri to perform the built-in Harry Potter spells and charms. If you try to use Siri by long-pressing the Side or Home button or using Type to Siri, they won’t work. However, the spells you program into Siri using the Shortcuts app can be used however you like to use Siri — not just using Hey Siri.
- To make sure Hey Siri is enabled, go to Settings –> Siri & Search, then toggle on “Listen for ‘Hey Siri.'”
- Also, toggling on “Allow Siri When Locked” will let some commands work from a locked lock screen.
- And “Press Side (or Home) Button for Siri” will give you the long-press shortcut.
- If you go to Settings –> Accessibility > Siri, you can change the long-press shortcut to use “Type to Siri” so you don’t have to speak any spellwork.
- Also in the Accessibility options, you can enable “Always Listen for ‘Hey Siri'” so the spells work when your iPhone is face down or covered.
“Lumos” is the wand-lighting charm. It will illuminate the tip of the caster’s wand so that they can see in the dark. Here, the end of the wand is your iPhone’s rear flash. So saying “Hey Siri, Lumos” will turn on your flashlight (aka torch). Unfortunately, “Lumos maxima” does not work with Hey Siri, so you can’t use that spell to turn your flashlight on full power.
- Spell: Hey Siri, Lumos
- Pronunciation: /loo · mows/
- Example: Harry saying “Lumos” in “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” (2009)
“Nox” is the wand-extinguishing charm, the counter-charm to “Lumos.” It will extinguish the light from the wand’s tip, or in our case, the flashlight/torch. Say “Hey Siri, Nox” whenever you want to turn off the light.
- Spell: Hey Siri, Nox
- Pronunciation: /näks/ /noks/ /naaks/ /knocks/
- Example: Harry saying “Nox” in “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” (2004)
“Accio” is the summoning charm, which commands an object toward the person casting the spell. In this case, the thing is an app, so the incantation would be “Hey Siri, Accio [App Name].” That will open the app automatically if your iPhone is unlocked already. If not, you’ll need to use Face ID, Touch ID, or your passcode to access the app.
However, you don’t need a spell to open an app up using Siri. You can just as easily say, “Hey Siri, [App Name],” and it will open the app just the same.
The above spells are built-in to Hey Siri, but you can also make the assistant work with other spells. All you need is the Shortcuts app. You just create a new shortcut, add the action or actions required to perform the spell or charm, then save it as the spell or charm’s incantation.
“Lumos Maxima” is similar to the wand-lighting charm “Lumos,” only it produces a blinding flash of light from the tip of the want. On your iPhone, it would just be turning on your flashlight (or torch) and full brightness.
- Add the “Set Flashlight” action, set it to turn “On,” and max out the “Brightness” slider.
If you have smart lights at home, you could also use the command to turn those on to full brightness.
“Silencio” is the silencing charm, which can make something silent. That something can be your iPhone. While it’s Spanish for “silence,” saying “Hey Siri, Silence” will only turn off all of your alarms. But it makes more sense to turn on Do Not Disturb instead.
- Add the “Set Focus” action, set it to turn “On” the “Do Not Disturb” mode until “Turned Off.”
“Muffliato” is the muffling charm that keeps other muggles, witches, and wizards from hearing your conversation. It does so by making them hear a buzzing sound, similar to persistent tinnitus. On your iPhone, you could use it to turn the volume down to a more private level while also activating Background Sounds to muffle whatever else is happening on your iPhone that you don’t want nearby people to hear.
- Add the “Set Volume” action and change it to a low amount. Or…
- Add the “Set Volume” action, set it to “50%.” Add the “Set Background Sound” action, set it to turn “On.” Add the “Change Background Sound” action, set it to “Balanced Noise” (or whatever sound you want). Add the “Set Background Sounds Volume” action, set it to a low amount, like “10%.”
“Sonorus” is the amplifying charm, which makes whatever the target sound is louder, like a person’s voice. You can simply set it to max out the volume on your iPhone.
- Add the “Set Volume” action, set it to “100%.”
“Quietus” is the counter-charm to the amplifying charm, so it does the opposite by returning the volume level to what it was before. You can make it use the volume you most likely use on your iPhone or just mid-level volume at 50 percent.
- Add the “Set Volume” action, set it to “50%” (or whatever is comfortable).
If you want to get crazy, you can add a way to record the current volume level in the “Sonorus” command before changing the volume to 100%. Then, in the “Quietus” command, you can add a way to recall the recording volume level before setting it to that.
9. Hey Siri, Homenum Revelio
“Homenum Revelio” is the human-presence-revealing spell, which lets the caster know who’s in the vicinity. To use it on your iPhone, make it open to the “People” tab in the Find My app. Before iOS 13, it would have been the Find My Friends app.
“Point Me” is the (least interesting) spell that points the caster’s wand north. For your iPhone, it could simply be opening the Compass app.
- Add the “Open App” action and choose “Compass” as the app.
“Sternius” is the spell that makes the target sneeze for a short period. It’s more fun than useful on an iPhone, where you make your iPhone start sneezing.
- Add the “File” action and select an audio file of someone sneezing. Add the “Play Sound” action.
“Vermillious” is the equivalent of a Muggle flare shot up into the sky to signal that you need help. The caster’s wand would shoot red sparks up into the air to get the attention of others. In the films, Harry Potter uses “Periculum” instead. On an iPhone, you could use it to send an SOS text with your current location to your emergency contact.
This can already be done using Apple’s Emergency SOS feature, which sends texts with your current location to each emergency contact, but it also calls 911. If you don’t need emergency services but would still like your emergency contact to know your current location, set up the “In Case of Emergency” shortcut.
- Add the “In Case of Emergency” shortcut from the Shortcuts Gallery and configure it. Delete unnecessary actions.
There’s more to it than just sending your current location via text, but you can delete the other actions from the shortcut to keep it simple. Make sure to rename the shortcut “Vermillious” or “Periculum.” Alternatively, you can build the shortcut from scratch with:
- Add the “Contacts” action and choose your contacts. Add the “Get Current Location” action. Add the “Text” action and type the SOS message you want to send. Add the “Send Message” action, then use the Text and Current Location variables in the message with any other text you want to add; you can format it like “[Text] I’m located at [Street] [City] [State] [ZIP Code].” Lastly, choose to send it to the Contacts variable.
“Vermillious Duo” (where “Duo” means two) is a stronger version of “Vermillious,” so you can make a “Vermillious” shortcut for one contact, then use “Vermillious Duo” for multiple contacts. It’s the same build as above with just additional targets.
- Use spell 12’s shortcut, just add more contacts.
You can probably guess what this means. “Vermillious Tria” is even more powerful than “Vermillious Duo,” so you make another “Vermillious” shortcut as seen in spell 12’s shortcut above, but add an entire group of contacts instead.
However, with “Tria” meaning three, it might make more sense to use the “In Case of Emergency” shortcut from spell 12 and configure it without deleting anything. First, it will send your current location to your chosen emergency contacts. Second, it will send additional instructions to key contacts. Third, it will show a message on the screen for first responders to find.
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