COMMON 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 straight from JK Rowling’s mega-hit books.
With just a few words, you can cast all sorts of curses from your phone, just like the boy who lived and his supernatural buddies.
Fans will remember, for example, the spell “Lumos” – which in the Harry Potter universe lights up the end of a witch’s or magic 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 take the magic back to the Muggle world yourself by activating Siri on an iPhone and saying “Lumos” to turn on your device’s flashlight.
Lumos isn’t the only magic that works on the iPhone.
If you activate Siri and say “Nox”, the wand erase spell, the torch will turn off.
And you can even cast Accio, the spell used by Potter and his buddies to summon an object onto the caster.
After waking Siri, say “Accio” followed by an app name to open the selected application.
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You can add more Harry Potter spells to your arsenal by poking around in your iPhone settings.
To do this, you need to program spells into Siri using the Shortcuts app.
First, make sure Hey Siri is enabled. Go to Settings > Siri & Search and turn on Listen for “Hey Siri”.
- Hello Siri, Lumos Maxima – Add the “Set Flashlight” action, set it to “On” and set the “Brightness” slider to maximum.
- Hello Siri, Silencio – Add Set Focus action, set it to turn on Do Not Disturb mode until is Off.
- Hello Siri, Sonorus – Add the Adjust Volume action and set it to 100%.
- Hello Siri, Quietus – Add a Set Volume action and set it to 50%.
- Hey Siri, point at me – Add the “Open App” action and choose “Compass” as the app.
- Hello Siri, Sternius – Add the “File” action and choose an audio file of someone sneezing. Add the Play Sound action.
- Hey Siri, Muffliato – Add the “Adjust Volume” action and change it to a low value.
The first Potter novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, was published in 1997 and Rowling is now worth £795million.
This is not least thanks to the phenomenal success of the subsequent film series, which debuted in 2001.
The stars of the films were reunited earlier this year in an hour-long special, Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts.
The reunion brought back many memories for both fans and cast members.
Viewers also got a glimpse of some behind-the-scenes romance as Emma Watson, who starred in the films as Hermione Granger, admitted her teenage crush on co-star Tom Felton, who played her nemesis Draco Malfoy.
The actress said she “fell in love” with Tom when she was young, adding, “I used to come in every day and look up his number on the call log, it was number seven and if his name was on the call log, it was a particularly exciting day.
“He was three years above me and for him he was like that, you’re like my little sister.”
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