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Dumbledore conjuring a Firestorm

"He bent down over the fireplace; they couldn’t see what he was doing but when he drew back a second later, there was a roaring fire there. It filled the whole damp hut with flickering light and Harry felt the warmth wash over him as though he’d sunk into a hot bath."
Rubeus Hagrid having magically lit a fire in the Hut-on-the-Rock fireplace[src]

Fire is a term used to describe the large amount of heat, light, and energy created by the rapid oxidation of a material.[1] In the wizarding world, numerous types of magical fire existed.

Types of fire

Regular flames

Natural flame could be produced using the Fire-Making Spell.[2][3][4]

Black and purple flames

Main article: Black flames
Main article: Purple flames

Black and purple flames were two related types of fire that could be used to block off areas. These could be passed through only by drinking a particular type of potion. During the 1991–1992 school year, Severus Snape utilised both of these fires as part of his obstacle guarding the Philosopher's Stone.[5]

Bluebell flames

Main article: Bluebell flames

Hermione Granger using bluebell flames on some Devil's Snare

Bluebell Flames were a peculiar type of fire that could keep burning without fuel and only burned that which was held over it. Because of this, the fire was waterproof, and could be safely carried in a jar or even in the hand. This type of flame was noted to be a specialty of Hermione Granger.[5]

Fiendfyre

Main article: Fiendfyre

Fiendfyre

Fiendfyre was perhaps the most dangerous type of magical fire. Apparently semi-sentient, Fiendfyre manifested as an abnormally large fire that took the shape of dangerous creatures such as dragons and chimaeras. The flames were incapable of being extinguished by normal water, and were so potent that they could destroy Horcruxes. Vincent Crabbe attempted to use this fire to kill Harry Potter, Ronald Weasley, and Hermione Granger in the Room of Requirement during the Battle of Hogwarts, but the fire got out of control and killed him instead.[6]

Gubraithian Fire

Main article: Gubraithian Fire

Gubraithian Fire was a type of fire that was capable of burning forever. It was a very advanced type of enchantment, and only a very powerful wizard, such as Albus Dumbledore, could create it. A torch of this fire was one of several gifts Dumbledore sent via Rubeus Hagrid and Olympe Maxime to Karkus.[7]

Other spells that create fire

Creatures capable of producing fire

Other magical uses of fire

"However, like many creatures that dwell in cold and darkness, they fear light and warmth, which we shall therefore call to our aid should the need arise. Fire, Harry."
— Albus Dumbledore discussing the usefulness of fire when dealing with Dark creatures, like the Inferi[src]

Floo Powder was a common way of magical transport that involved fire. By throwing the powder in a fireplace, one could quickly transport themselves to any other fire connected to the Floo Network.[23]

Certain types of magical creatures, such as Ashwinders and salamanders, were created from fires;[20] fires that created salamanders were called salamander fires.[20] On a Burning Day, a phoenix burst into flames and was then reborn from the ashes.[24][20]

Aside from this, fire was also used much as it was in the Muggle world: for heating, cooking, light, etc. Indeed, as wizardkind had not adopted electricity, the mundane uses of fire were even more important for them then they were for Muggles. A comfortable temperature was maintained in the Great Hall and the common rooms of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry during the winter by using fireplaces.[25]

In 1994, wizards camping out prior to the Quidditch World Cup resorted to using Muggle means such as matches to start fires as magic was supposed to be prohibited, though some conjured fire with their wands while giving furtive looks.[26]

The Goblet of Fire was a magical object full to the brim with dancing blue-white flames. It was enchanted to determine who would participate in the Triwizard Tournament.[27]

Fire was one of the few things that Inferi feared, as it produced light and warmth that opposed to the dark and cold nature of the enchanted corpses, which retreated at the presence of it.[12][28]

Potions were commonly brewed in a cauldron placed over a fire.[29]

Devil's Snare was highly averse to fire.[5]

When Veela became enraged, they were capable of morphing into a form that could throw fire from its hands.[30]

Careless spell-casting, or spell-casting with a faulty wand, could result in things being set on fire.[4]

When Harry Potter's scar on his forehead pained him, it was often described as feeling like it was "on fire".[31]

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. WP favicon.PNG Fire on Wikipedia
  2. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 4 (The Keeper of the Keys)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Pottermore
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Wonderbook: Book of Spells
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 16 (Through the Trapdoor)
  6. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 31 (The Battle of Hogwarts)
  7. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 20 (Hagrid's Tale)
  8. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery - Duelling Club
  9. The Queen's Handbag
  10. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
  11. 11.0 11.1 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 36 (The Only One He Ever Feared)
  12. 12.0 12.1 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 26 (The Cave)
  13. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 5 (The Dementor)
  14. Harry Potter: Puzzles & Spells
  15. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film) - Chapter 19 (Quidditch)
  16. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 5, Chapter 19 (The Unforgivable Curses) - Defence Against the Dark Arts Lesson "Lacarnum Inflamari"
  17. Harry Potter Trading Card Game
  18. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 1 (The Worst Birthday)
  19. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - The Original Screenplay
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 20.4 20.5 20.6 20.7 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  21. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 13 (Mad-Eye Moody)
  22. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 7 (The Ministry of Magic)
  23. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 4 (At Flourish and Blotts)
  24. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 12 (The Polyjuice Potion)
  25. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 12 (The Mirror of Erised)
  26. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 7 (Bagman and Crouch)
  27. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 16 (The Goblet of Fire)
  28. Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Inferi" at Wizarding World
  29. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 8 (The Potions Master)
  30. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 8 (The Quidditch World Cup)
  31. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 15 (The Forbidden Forest)
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