"He brandished his wand at the snake and there was a loud bang; the snake, instead of vanishing, flew ten feet into the air and fell back to the floor with a loud smack."
— Gilderoy Lockhart casting this spell non-verbally[src]

Alarte Ascendare[1] was the incantation of a charm used to launch an object up into the air.[2]


Gilderoy Lockhart used this spell non-verbally in an attempt to dispose the snake which Draco Malfoy had conjured during the first Duelling Club meeting in 1992. However, his efforts proved to be futile, as the spell merely caused the serpent to fly upwards, which only aggravated it further.[2]

Hermione Granger used this spell again five years later to prevent the serpent Nagini from attacking Harry Potter at Bathilda Bagshot's home in Godric's Hollow.[3]

Known practitioners


Alarte comes from the Latin adjective Alate 'winged', and ascendare is a Latin verb meaning 'to climb' or 'to ascend'. Therefore, the whole incantation may be translated roughly as "winged ascent".

See also

Behind the scenes

  • Bartemius Crouch Junior may have used a variation of this spell to bounce a transfigured Draco Malfoy in the air several times as punishment in 1994.[4] However, Gilderoy's spell lost contact with the wand and target immediately after usage, while Barty's spell kept the contact with wand and the target all the time.
  • Alarte Ascendare may be closely related to the spell Ascendio which was used in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Both spells lift their targets high up into the air, with main difference being the target - Ascendio launches the caster into the air while Alarte Ascendare launches a target directed at by the wand.
  • This may be the incantation for the Rocket Charm, a spell that also causes the targeted object to shoot upwards with great velocity and force.
  • Similar to Vera Verto, viewers have raised concerns on the accuracy of the subtitles for spells in the Chamber of Secrets film,[5] debating that the actual incantation is "Volate Ascendare".[6] Volate is a conjugation of the Latin word volare meaning "to fly". This similarly fits the effect of the spell demonstrated.


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film) - Chapter 17 (Duelling Club)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 11 (The Duelling Club)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 17 (Bathilda's Secret)
  4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 13 (Mad-Eye Moody)
  5. Vera Verto - Harry Potter Wikia talk page
  6. Alarte Ascendare - Harry Potter Wikia talk page
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