"She whipped out her wand, waved it, muttered something, and sent a jet of the same bluebell flames she had used on Snape at the plant. In a matter of seconds, the two boys felt it loosening its grip as it cringed away from the light and warmth."
Hermione Granger using Bluebell Flames against the Devil's Snare[src]

Bluebell Flames[2] (incantation unknown),[1] also known as Cold Fire,[4] was a charm that created magical blue flames with unique properties.[3]


Hermione placing the Bluebell Flames in a jar

Bluebell flames were bright blue in appearance and were waterproof.[5] Not as dangerous as real fire, these magical flames could be touched, penetrated and held without it burning the holder, though it was known to singe materials such as clothing and plants.[3] As such, it might be safely carried in small objects, such as a jar, without the object being damaged.[6] These unique flames could also be directed to a desired location by its caster, and return to its original position.

Known practitioners

Known uses

Caster(s) Date Notes
Unidentified Hogwarts student 1986–1987 An unidentified Hogwarts student used the bluebell flames and burned all the cushions used in Charms class for the Banishing Charm to be practised.[7]
Hermione Granger November 1992 Hermione cast a bluebell flame that could be carried around in a jar.[6]
She used it to set Snape's robes on fire during the match between Gryffindor and Slytherin of her first year.[6]
4 June, 1992 Hermione used this spell against Devil's Snare when she, Harry, and Ron worked through the challenges surrounding the Philosopher's Stone.[3]
December 1992 Hermione conjured bluebell flames to heat a cauldron placed in a toilet in second floor girls' lavatory, in order to brew the Polyjuice Potion in it.[5]
B2C12M2 Polyjuice Potion ready.jpg
December, post-Christmas, 1997 Hermione once again contained the flames in a jar to keep both Harry and her warm while retreating in the Forest of Dean.[8]

Behind the scenes

The appearance of these flames in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

  • In the seventh film, Ron tells Harry that he always liked these flames. In that film, the flames are depicted as normal, reddish-orange fire which levitate without a surface to burn on, though in the book they appear blue, as in the other books.
  • The first two video games depict this fire as similar to the Incendio. However, these appearances must not be considered valid, as Incendio produces normal fire, not the bewitched flames that this spell creates.
  • A spell which created "Hand-held flames" may have been a variation of this spell, as both produced flames that could be safely carried.[9]


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 In Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 11 (Quidditch) and Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 16 (Through the Trapdoor), - When casting this spell, Hermione respectively "whispered a few, well chosen words" and "muttered something," so the incantation must have plural words.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Harry Potter Trading Card Game
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 16 (Through the Trapdoor)
  4. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game) - Console versions
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 11 (The Duelling Club)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 11 (Quidditch)
  7. 7.0 7.1 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 3, Chapter 4 (Filching from Filch) - Charms Lesson "Depulso"
  8. 8.0 8.1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 19 (The Silver Doe)
  9. 9.0 9.1 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 5 (The Dementor)
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