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Voice commands will be part of the technology we will use in The Cauldron. What should these commands be? Perhaps we could consider Greek and Latin roots and derive words that way.

Action: Turning on the light

Roots:

  • Lux (meaning: light. Source: Latin)
  • Phos (meaning: light. Source: Greek, φως)

Possible voice commands:

  • Lux
  • Luxo
  • Luxim
  • Phos
  • Phoso
  • Phosim

Action: Turning off a light

Root:

  • Tenebris (meaning: darkness, dark. Source: Latin)
  • Skotos (meaning: darkness, dark. Source: Greek, σκοτος)

Possible voice commands:

  • Skotos
  • Skoto
  • Tenebris
  • Skobris
  • Tenetos

Action: Pouring a pint (starting the flow of beer)

Root: 

  • Effundam (meaning: pour. Source: Latin)
  • Cervisiam (meaning: Beer. Source: Latin)
  • Khíno (meaning: pour, spill. Source: Greek, χύνω)
  • Bíra (meaning: Beer. Source: Greek, μπύρα)

Possible voice commands:

  • Cervisum Birra

Action: Refilling a pint (starting the refilling)

Root:

  • Repleo (meaning: refill, fill up, replenish. Source: Latin)
  • Cervisiam (meaning: Beer. Source: Latin)
  • Xanayémisma (meaning: refill, replenish. Source: Greek, ξαναγέμισμα)
  • Bíra (meaning: Beer. Source: Greek, μπύρα)

Possible voice commands:

Action: Turning off the fireplace (fire is extinguished in the grate)

Root:

Possible voice commands:

Action: Turning on the fireplace (fire bursts into being in the grate)

Root:

Possible voice commands:



Inpiration - The Spells from Harry Potter

As further inspiration, here's a list of nearly all the spells in the expanded Potterverse. I don't know the copyright rules on any of them, but if nothing else they could serve as ideas. There's a range of origins to be found to the words:

  • Latin/Greek
  • Arabic
  • Archaic English
  • 'Gobbledegooking' words
Spell Name Spell Type Origin Effect Type Harry Potter Description
Aberto Charm FB&WTFT Action Unlocks a magically locked door
Accio Charm GoF Action Summons an object
Attribute Line Charm GoF Defensive Used to prevent people of a certain age from passing the line
Aguamenti Charm GoF Conjuration Shoots water from wand.
Alohomora Charm PS Action Opens mudanely locked objects, or those locked with colloportus
Alarte Ascendare Charm CoS Action Shoots target up in the air
Anapneo Spell HBP Healing/Counterspell Clears the target's airway.
Annihilare Spell Apocrapha (film) Attack Destroys a door
Anteoculatia Hex GoF Impediment Turns a person's hair into antlers
Anti-Jinx Jinx Defensive Prevents the effects of a jinx over one target object or animal
Anti-Apparition Charm. Charm Defensive Prevents Apparation into a given area
Anti-Disapparition Jinx Jinx Defensive Used to prevent Disapparating in an area for a time
Aparecium Transfiguration CoS Modify Reveals invisible ink
Arania Exumai Spell CoS (film) Attack
Arresto Momentum Charm PoA Action Used to decrease the velocity of a moving target; it should be noted that it can be used on multiple targets, as well as on the caster himself.
"Arrow shot" Transfiguration QtA Attack
Ascendio Charm GoF (film) Action Shoots caster up in the air
Avada Kedavra Curse GoF Attack Murders opponent Unforgivable
Avifors Transfiguration PS (game) Modify Turns small objects into birds
Avis Transfiguration GoF Conjuration Launches birds from your wand
"Babbling Curse" Curse CC Impediment Causes a person to babble meaninglessly
"Badgering" Transfiguration CoS Impediment Turns human into badger
Bat-Bogey Hex Hex OotP Impediment Grotesquely enlarges the target's bogies, gives them wings, and sets them attacking the target.
Bedazzling Hex Hex DH Defensive Unknown
"Bluebell Flames" Transfiguration PS Conjuration Creates blue flames which can be transported in a jar
Brackium Emendo Spell CoS Healing/Counterspell Fixes Broken arm
Brachiabindo Spell CC Impediment  Binds an opponent with invisible strings
"Bridge Conjuration" Transfiguration Conjures a bridge
"Bubblehead Charm" Charm GoF Modify Produces a large bubble of air around the head of the user; it is commonly used as the supernatural equivalent of a breathing set.
"Bubble-producing spell" Charm PS Conjuration Produces a stream of multicoloured, non-bursting bubbles
Bombarda Charm CC Attack Creates a small explosion
Bombarda Maxima Charm OotP Attack Creates a large explosion
Calvorio Curse PS Impediment Causes hair loss in target
Cantis Jinx GoF Impediment Cause target to sing
Carpe Retractum Charm PoA (game) Action Produces a supernatural rope from the caster's wand, which will pull a target toward the caster.
Caterwauling Charm Charm DH Defensive Anyone entering the perimeter of this spell sets off a high-pitched shriek (escalation of Intruder charm?)
Cave Inimicum Charm Defensive Conjures up a shield that keeps the caster hidden from others. Those who are on the other side of the shield will not be able to see them, hear them or, if the spell is well-casted, smell them.
Cistem Aperio Charm CoS (film) Action Being more specific than other opening spells in that it works only on trunks, chests, boxes or crates, may increase the spell's potency against a warded target of the appropriate kind[1].
Cheering Charm Charm PoA Modify Improved mood to hysterical laughter
Colloportus Charm OotP Action Magically locks door
Colloshoo Spell Pottermore Impediment  Adheres the victim's shoes to the ground with some sort of adhesive ectoplasm.
Colovaria Transfiguration Modify Changes colour of targer
Confringo Curse PoA Attack Explode Flames on target. Causes anything that the spell comes into contact with to explode
Confundo Charm PoA Impediment Used to confuse opponent
Conjunctivitis Curse GoF Impediment Damages opponents eyesight
Crucio Curse GoF Impediment Tortures opponent Unforgivable
Defodio Spell DH Action Dig out materials
Deletrius Spell GoF Modify Used to disintegrate a target. It can also be used to erase the shadow of the last spell performed by a wand
Densaugeo Spell GoF Impediment Enlarges Teeth
Descendo Spell DH Action Causes the target to move downward
Deprimo Charm DH Action This spell places immense downward pressure on the target, which may result in the violent fracturing of said target.
Depulso Charm GoF Action Sends both objects and living things away from the caster
Diffindo Charm GoF Modify Rips, tears, shreds, or otherwise physically damages the target.
Diminuendo Charm OotP (film) Modify Shrinks object below original size
Disillusionment Charm Charm OotP Modify Spell that is used to conceal the target. The charm makes that which has been bewitched to act as a chameleon, taking the colour and texture of that which is behind and around them.
Duro Transfiguration Modify Turn objects into stone/hardens
Emancipare Charm CC Action Release bindings
Engorgio Charm GoF Modify Enlarges an item
Entrail-expelling curse Curse OoTP Healing/Counterspell Its effects are unknown, but presumably it causes one's entrails to be expelled from the body, or, more than likely being invented by a healer, a curse used to expel blockages from entrails, aka intestines, in the event of constipation or obstruction by a foreign object. Essentially, it's a magical enema.
Episkey Spell HBP Healing/Counterspell Heals minor injuries
Epoximise Transfiguration FB&WTFT Modify Sticks something to something
Erecto Spell DH Action Straightens out the target object and sets it up
Evanesco Transfiguration OotP Modify Vanishes an item
Expecto Patronum Charm PoA Defensive Creates a Patronus
Expelliarmus Charm CoS Defensive Disarms your opponent
Expulso Spell DH Attack Makes Objects Explode (flameless)
"Extinguishing spell" Spell GoF Modify Puts out fires
"Feather-Light Charm" Charm PoA Modify Makes items near weightless
Ferula Transfiguration PoA Healing/Counterspell Creates bandages/Splint
Fianto Duri Charm DH:II (film) Defensive Enhances Shield Charm, allowing Wizard to refocus 'concentration'
Fidelius Charm PoA Defensive Hides a secret within someone
Fiendfyre Transfiguration DH Attack Dark magical attacking inferno (with animal shapes!)
Finestra Transfiguration FB&WTFT Modify In film, shatters a window into dust
Finite Spell CoS Defensive Ends current spells
Finite Incantatum Spell CoS Modify Stops any current spells
"Firestorm" Charm DH Defensive Creates a lasso/barrier of fire
Flagrante Curse DH Defensive Placed on an object, it burns those who touch it
Flagrate Charm OoTP Conjuration Wand leaves burning trail for writing
Flipendo Jinx HBP Action Knocks an object backwards
"Flame Freezing Charm" Charm PoA Defensive Prevents fire damage to target, feels tickly
Fulgari Spell CC Impediment Bind an opponent's arms in vicious, luminous cord
Fumos Spell CoS (game) Defensive Creates a smokescreen
Furnunculus Jinx CoS Impediment Produces purple boils on opponent
Geminio Curse DH Conjuration Creates an identical, useless copy of the target
Glisseo Spell DH Modify Turns stairs into ramps
Homenum Revelio Spell DH Defensive Reveals humans nearby. Can be felt by target
Homorphus Charm PoA Modify Forces reversion of Animagi
"Hot Air Charm" Charm OoTP Conjuration Creates stream of hot air, often used to dry things
Immobulus Charm CoS Impediment Renders target immobile.
Impedimenta Charm Impediment Slows an advancing object
Imperio Curse PoA Impediment Controls a person Unforgivable
"Imperturbable Charm" Charm OoTP Defensive Makes objects such as doors impenetrable (by everything, including sounds and objects)
Impervius Charm PoA Modify This spell makes something repel (literally, become impervious to) substances and outside forces including water.
Inanimatus Conjurus Transfiguration OotP Conjuration Conjures inanimate objects?
Incarcerous Transfiguration PS Impediment Conjures thick ropes or thin cords from "thin air" that are used to bind the person or creature the caster is pointing his or her wand at
Incendio Transfiguration CoS Attack Starts a fire
Intruder Charm Spell HBP Defensive Alerts caster is barrier is passed
Langlock Jinx HBP Impediment Glues opponent's tongue to roof of mouth
Legilimens Charm OoTP Attack Allows the caster to delve into the mind of the victim
Levicorpus Spell HBP Attack Hangs victim upside down by feet
Liberacorpus Spell HBP Healing/Counterspell Counterspell of Levicorpus
Locomotor Charm OotP Action Used with name of item to move it
Locomotor Mortis Curse PS Impediment Locks opponents legs
Lumos Spell PS Modify Creates light at wand tip
Meteolojinx Recanto Spell DH Healing/Counterspell Causes weather effect spells to stop
Mimblewimble Curse PS Impediment Binds the target's tongue to keep him or her from talking about a specific subject
Mobiliarbus Charm PoA Action Moves trees and wooden objects with wand
Mobilicorpus Spell Action Moves unconscious bodies
Molliare Charm DH Modify Produces an invisible cushion over the target, is used primarily in the manufacturing of broomsticks.
Morsmorde Spell OoTP Conjuration Conjures the Dark Mark
Mucus ad Nauseam Curse GoF Impediment Gives the recipient a massive head cold and an extremely runny nose
Muffliato Charm HBP Defensive Fills peoples' ears with an unidentifiable buzzing to keep them from hearing nearby conversations
Nox Spell CoS Modify Counter to Lumos
Obliterate Charm GoF Modify Remove footprints
Obliviate Charm CoS Modify Erases memories
Obscuro Charm DH Impediment Blindfolds the victim
Open Sesame Spell - Action Rips doors from their hinges and tear them to firewood.
Oppugno Spell CoS Attack Apparently causes animals or beings of lesser intelligence to attack./Makes conjured items attack
Orchideous Transfiguration GoF Conjuration Conjures a bunch of flowers
Pack Charm OotP Action Packs a trunk (suitcase)
Partis Temporus Spell HBP (film) Modify Creates a temporary breech in magical barrier
Petrificus Totalus Curse PS Impediment Full Body-Bind
Piertotum Locomotor Spell DH Action Animates statues and armor suits
Point Me Charm GoF Action Wand acts like a compass
Portaberto Spell - Action Splinters a lock from a door
Portus Charm GoF Modify Creates a Portkey
Prior Incantato Spell GoF Action Reveals a wands last spell / cast
Protego Charm GoF Defensive The Shield Charm causes minor to moderate jinxes, curses, and hexes to rebound upon the attacker, protecting the caster.
Protego Horribilis Spell DH (film) Defensive Protects one from Dark Magic
Protego Totalum Spell DH Defensive Area Protection Spell
Quietus Spell GoF Healing/Counterspell Counter spell for Sonorus
Reducio Spell GoF Modify Returns items to original size. Counters Engorgio
Reducto Spell GoF Attack Blasts solid objects into pieces or mist
Relashio Spell GoF Defensive Releases whatever it is held/bound
Rennervate Spell GoF Healing/Counterspell Cures unconsciousness
Reparo Charm PS Healing/Counterspell Repairs Things
Revelio Spell FB&WTFT Healing/Counterspell Reveals the hidden
Rictusempra Charm CoS Impediment Tickles opponent
Riddikulus Transfiguration PoA Attack Use this spell and laugh to defeat a boggart
Salvio Hexia Spell DH Defensive Protection against hexes
Scourgify Charm GoF Modify Cleaning charm
Sectumsempra Curse HBP Attack Causes wounds as if slashed by a sword
Serpensortia Transfiguration CoS Conjuration Produces Snake
Silencio Spell OotP Impediment Silences victim
Scarpin's Revelaspell  Spell HBP Healing/Counterspell Reveals potions ingredients to show how to make antidote
Sonorus Charm GoF Modify Amplifies voice
Sparks Charm All Modify Shoot sparks of colour of choice
Stupefy Spell GoF Impediment Knocks out opponent
"Switching Spell" Transfiguration GoF Modify Swaps one item for another
Tarantallegra Spell CoS Impediment Forces opponent to dance
Tergeo Spell Modify Cleans up liquid/dusty messes
Tooth-growing spell DH Healing/Counterspell Regrows teeth
Vulnera Sanentur GoF Healing/Counterspell Causes wounds and gashes to heal up and any blood to return to the victim
Waddiwasi Spell PoA Action Unsticks an object
Wingardium Leviosa Charm PS Action Makes on object fly

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