Your iPhone Has Ten Harry Potter “Spells” That Really Work With Siri
Ordinary muggles can cast spells from the Harry Potter universe provided they have an iPhone.
Apple’s voice assistant, Siri, responds to nearly a dozen magical commands taken straight from JK Rowling’s bestselling books.
With just a few words, you can cast all kinds of jinxes from your mobile, just like the “boy who lived” and his supernatural pals.
For example, fans will remember the “Lumos” spell – which in the Harry Potter universe lights up the end of a witch or wizard’s wand.
It allows characters to see in the dark and was used by Potter himself in ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’.
You can cast the spell yourself in the muggle world by activating Siri on an iPhone and saying “Lumos” to turn on your gadget’s flashlight.
Lumos isn’t the only spell that works on iPhone.
Activating Siri and saying “Nox”, the wand extinguishing charm, will turn off the torch.
And you can even cast “Accio”, the spell used by Potter and his pals to summon an object towards the caster.
After waking up Siri, saying “Accio” followed by an app name will open the chosen app.
You can add more Harry Potter spells to your arsenal by digging into your iPhone settings.
To do this, you’ll need to program spells into Siri using the Shortcuts app.
First, make sure Hey Siri is enabled. Go to Settings > Siri & Search, then turn on “Listen to ‘Hey Siri'”.
- Hi Siri, Lumos Maxima – Add “Set Flashlight” action, set it to “Enable” and maximize “Brightness” slider.
- Hi Siri, Silencio – Add “Set Focus” action, set it to “Enable” “Do Not Disturb” mode up to “Disable”.
- Hi Siri, Sound – Add “Set volume” action, set it to “100%”.
- Hi Siri, Quietus – Add “Set Volume” action, set it to “50%”.
- Hey Siri, point me – Add “Open Application” action and choose “Compass” as application.
- Hey Siri, Sternius – Add “File” action and select an audio file of someone sneezing. Add the action “Play a sound”.
- Hey Siri, Muffliato – Add “Set Volume” action and change it to a low amount.
Potter’s first novel, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, was published in 1997, and Rowling is now worth £795million.
This is largely thanks to the phenomenal success of the sequel film franchise, which debuted in 2001.
The stars of the films were reunited earlier this month in a one hour special, “Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts”.
The reunion brought back a lot of memories for fans and cast.
Viewers also got a glimpse of some behind-the-scenes romance as Emma Watson, who starred as Hermione Granger in the films, admitted to her teenage crush on the co-star Tom Felton, who played his sworn enemy Draco Malfoy.
The actress said she ‘fell in love’ with Tom when she was younger, adding: ‘I used to come in every day and look up his number on the call sheet, that was the number seven, and if his name was on the roll call, it was a very exciting day.
“He was three years above me and so to him he was like, you’re like my little sister.”