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"These straightforward but surprisingly dangerous charms cause certain things to swell or shrink. You will be learning both charms together, so that you can always undo an over-enthusiastic cast. There is thus no excuse for having accidentally shrunk your homework down to microscopic size or for allowing a giant toad to rampage through your school’s flower gardens."
Miranda Goshawk[src]

The Engorgement Charm[2] (Engorgio[1]), also known as Growing Charm,[3] is a charm that causes the target to swell immensely. It is the counter-charm for the Shrinking Charm, causing shrunken objects to return to their original size.[1]

If the caster attempts to engorge the target beyond a certain point it will violently explode. Although this spell is safe to use on animals, its use is not recommended until the counter-charm has been perfected.[1]

A variation of this spell is Engorgio Skullus, which makes the head of a person bigger.[4]

History

Miranda Goshawk included this charm in The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 2, the third spell in the book.[2] She also wrote about it in Book of Spells alongside the Shrinking Charm, which can be used to counteract this charm.[1]

This spell was covered in second year charm class during the 1985–1986 school year.[3]

Ron Weasley suspected that Rubeus Hagrid might have gotten in the way of a bad Engorgement Charm when he was young, not realising that he was half-giant.[5]

Effect

It appears as a circle of icy blue light emanating from the tip of the wand, much like a torch.[1] Anything within this circle will grow exponentially, bouncing and shivering.[1]

Known uses

Caster(s) Date Notes
Jacob's sibling 1985–1986 school year Jacob's sibling used an Engorgement Charm alongside the Shrinking Charm to sneak into another House common room.[3]
Rubeus Hagrid 1992–1993 school year Hermione suspected that Hagrid has used an Engorgement Charm on his pumpkins.
Pumpkin hp3
Fred and George Weasley August 1994 The twins placed an Engorgement Charm on the Ton-Tongue Toffee that they "accidentally" dropped in front of Dudley Dursley
Kevin The little wizard boy in the World Cup was casting an Engorgement Spell (or something very similar) on a slug.
Barty Crouch Jr Autumn, 1994 The fake Moody used an Engorgement Charm on each of the three spiders he had bought to class to demonstrate the Unforgivable Curses.
Harry Potter December, 1997 Harry cast this on a spider to practise with the blackthorn wand.
Albus Potter September, 2020 In an alternate reality, these two boys cast this spell on Cedric Diggory in an attempt to humiliate him so that he would lose the Triwizard Tournament, and be saved from death.
Scorpius Malfoy

Known practitioners

Etymology

The word engorge means "to fill to excess".

Behind the scenes

  • Given that every potion's brewing process can only be completed by casting a spell, and that it can vary for each potion, the most likely spell used to complete the Swelling Solution is the Engorgement Charm.

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Wonderbook: Book of Spells (see this)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Pottermore
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 2, Chapter 2 (Growing and Shrinking)
  4. LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7
  5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 23 (The Yule Ball)
  6. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 14 (The Unforgivable Curses)
  7. 7.0 7.1 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 4 (Back to The Burrow)
  8. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 2 (Aunt Marge's Big Mistake)
  9. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 7 (Mudbloods And Murmurs)
  10. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Act Two, Scene Twenty
  11. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Act Two, Scene Twenty
  12. The Tales of Beedle the Bard (real)


The Standard Book of Spells
Book of Spells 1
Grade 1 · Grade 2 · Grade 3 · Grade 4 · Grade 5 · Grade 6 · Grade 7
Charms included in the series: Fire-Making Spell · Levitation Charm · Locking Spell · Mending Charm · Softening Charm · Severing Charm · Unlocking Charm · Dancing Feet Spell · Disarming Charm · Engorgement Charm · Freezing Charm · General Counter-Spell · Memory Charm · Tickling Charm · Summoning Charm · Banishing Charm · Substantive Charm