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"Harry had never even imagined such a strange and splendid place. It was lit by thousands and thousands of candles that were floating in midair over four long tables, where the rest of the students were sitting."
Harry Potter witnessing the Great Hall for the first time in 1991[src]

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,[5] and Rita Skeeter[4] are three wizards known to have lit candles magically.


A white candle

The Hut-on-the-Rock had candles on the mantelpiece of the fireplace, the only source of light in the dark and dingy old hut.[6]

A shop in Knockturn Alley sells Poisonous candles. To work the Hand of Glory, a dark artefact sold in Borgin and Burkes, one would simply insert a candle into it.[7]

The Great Hall at Hogwarts was lit by thousands of floating candles.[1] At Christmas time, advent ones are seen to be placed near the Head Table where the professors sit at meals. Candles were also enchanted to burn without being consumed are also placed inside each suit of armour in the castle at Christmastime.[8]

On 31 October 1992, Nearly Headless Nick's Deathday party was lit by Jet black candles with thin blue flames.[9]

Sybill Trelawney's Divination Classroom contained many candle stubs, along with many other old objects.[3]

In 1993, strings of enchanted candles were hung in the trees of Hogsmeade at Christmastime.[10]

Rita interviewing Harry with enchanted candles

In 1994 whilst interviewing Harry Potter before the Wand weighing ceremony, Rita Skeeter took some candles from her handbag, and non-verbally lit and levitated them into the air in a Hogwarts broom cupboard.[4]

Bathilda Bagshot had a number of candles in her home, which she lit with matches when Harry Potter and Hermione Granger paid a visit because she seemed to have forgotten that she could do magic. (Though, in actuality, her form had been taken over by the snake Nagini.)[2]

Behind the scenes


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 7 (The Sorting Hat)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 17 (Bathilda's Secret)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 6 (Talons and Tea Leaves)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 18 (The Weighing of the Wands)
  5. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film)
  6. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 3 (The Letters from No One)
  7. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 4 (At Flourish and Blotts)
  8. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 12 (The Mirror of Erised)
  9. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 8 (The Deathday Party)
  10. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 10 (The Marauder's Map)