A candle is a stick of wax with a wick in the middle, used to light an area.

Some magical candles can be lit by walking past them, or by waving a hand in front of them. Albus Dumbledore, Remus Lupin, and Rita Skeeter are three wizards known to have lit candles magically.



The Great Hall at Hogwarts was lit by thousands of floating candles. At Christmas time, advent ones are seen to be placed near the Head Table where the professors sit at meals. Nearly Headless Nick's Deathday party was lit by jet black candles with thin blue flames. Candles enchanted to burn without being consumed are also placed inside each suit of armour in the castle at Christmastime.

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  • In the film Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, in the scene in which Harry is learning the Patronus charm, there are candles shaped in the form of a spinal column used to light the room. In each candle the separate pieces are marked with roman numerals.
  • Candles have so far made many appearances in Pottermore amongst scenes, and there have also been two examples of different sorts; a simple white wax candle, and a jet black wax candle of a thicker nature.
  • To work the Hand of Glory, one must simply insert a candle into it.[2]


Notes and references

  1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 17 (Bathilda's Secret)
  2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 4 (At Flourish and Blotts)
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