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 exist.

Types of fire

Regular flames

Natural flame can 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 are two related types of fire that can be used to block off areas. These can 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 are a peculiar type of fire that can keep burning without fuel and only burns that which is held over it. Because of this, the fire is waterproof, and can 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]


Main article: Fiendfyre


Fiendfyre is perhaps the most dangerous type of magical fire. Apparently semi-sentient, Fiendfyre manifests as an abnormally large fire that takes the shape of dangerous creatures such as dragons and chimaeras. The flames are incapable of being extinguished by normal water, and are so potent that they can 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 is a type of fire that is capable of burning forever. It is 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 is a common way of magical transport that involves fire. By throwing the powder in a fireplace, one can quickly transport themselves to any other fire connected to the Floo Network.[21]

Certain types of creatures, such as Ashwinders and salamanders, are created from fires; fires that create salamanders are called salamander fires. On a Burning Day, a phoenix bursts into flames and is then reborn from the ashes.[22]

Aside from this, fire is also used much as it is in the Muggle world: for heating, cooking, light, etc. Indeed, as wizardkind has not adopted electricity, the mundane uses of fire are even more important for them then they are for Muggles. A comfortable temperature is maintained in the Great Hall and the common rooms of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry during the winter by using fireplaces.[23]

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.[24]

The Goblet of Fire is a magical object full to the brim with dancing blue-white flames. It is enchanted to determine who will participate in the Triwizard Tournament.[25]

Fire is one of the few things that Inferi fear, as it produces light and warmth that opposes to the dark and cold nature of the enchanted corpses, and retreat at the presence of it.[11]

Potions are commonly brewed in a cauldron placed over a fire.[26]

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

When Veela become enraged, they are capable of morphing into a form that can throw fire from its hands.[27]

Careless spell-casting, or spell-casting with a faulty wand, can 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."[28]


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. The Queen's Handbag
  9. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
  10. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 36 (The Only One He Ever Feared)
  11. 11.0 11.1 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 26 (The Cave)
  12. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 5 (The Dementor)
  13. Harry Potter: Puzzles & Spells
  14. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)
  15. Harry Potter Trading Card Game
  16. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 1 (The Worst Birthday)
  17. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - The Original Screenplay
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 18.4 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  19. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 13 (Mad-Eye Moody)
  20. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 7 (The Ministry of Magic)
  21. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 4 (At Flourish and Blotts)
  22. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 12 (The Polyjuice Potion)
  23. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 12 (The Mirror of Erised)
  24. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 7 (Bagman and Crouch)
  25. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 16 (The Goblet of Fire)
  26. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 8 (The Potions Master)
  27. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 8 (The Quidditch World Cup)
  28. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 15 (The Forbidden Forest)
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