10 Deadliest Spells In The Harry Potter Universe

The wizarding world is a lot more brutal then you realised...

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The wizarding world isn't really known for its dark side. The eight Harry Potter films and seven Harry Potter books are very clearly aimed at families and young teenagers, and as a result, the content of each entry has to maintain a certain amount of family-friendly appeal.

And that's a shame, because if you properly delve into the wizarding lore and look at the amount of evil witches and wizards J.K. Rowling's world has given us, there's a lot of darker material there that would've been interesting to explore a little more.

From Bellatrix Lestrange torturing Neville Longbottom's parents to the point of insanity to Fenrir Greyback munching on magical children and turning them into werewolves, the Harry Potter universe is packed to the brim with some pretty brutal stuff.

And chief among it all are the spells - the incantations that can maim, destroy, disintegrate and even kill. We never got to witness any truly savage acts throughout the Harry Potter novels and subsequent film adaptations, but if the following few curses are any indication, the characters were more than capable of it.

Here are 10 of the deadliest spells in the Harry Potter universe...

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