This spell was listed in The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 1 by Miranda Goshawk. This spell was also taught to students during their first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in Charms (and revised during the second year), Herbology class to deal with the Devil's Snare and other dangerous plants, and was reviewed in the fifth year for students sitting their O.W.L. examinations.
- "Flames rose at once in the fireplace, crackling merrily as though they had been burning for hours."
- —Arthur Weasley uses this spell at the Dursleys' house[src]
|Albus Dumbledore||1895 or 1896||He may have used this spell in his fourth-year at Hogwarts, "accidentally" setting his bed curtains on fire.|
|1938||Used it nonverbally combined with a Flame-Freezing Charm, to demonstrate his magical ability to eleven-year-old Tom Riddle in a Muggle orphanage.|
|Rubeus Hagrid||31 July, 1991||Used it nonverbally to light a fire in the grate in the Hut in which the Dursleys and Harry Potter were staying to avoid the barrage of Harry's Hogwarts letters.|
|Minerva McGonagall||1 September, 1992||Used it nonverbally to light a fire in the grate in Severus Snape's office before Dumbledore arrived when Harry and Ron smashed a Flying Ford Anglia into the Whomping Willow.|
|Tom||7 August, 1993||Used it nonverbally to light a fire in the grate in the Leaky Cauldron.|
|Arthur Weasley||August, 1994||Used it to light a fire in the grate in 4 Privet Drive.|
|Death Eater||August, 1994||Used it nonverbally to set fire on tents during the attack at the 1994 Quidditch World Cup.|
|Rita Skeeter||13 November, 1994||Used it nonverbally to light the candles in the Broom cupboard.|
|Peter Pettigrew||24 June, 1995||Used it nonverbally to light a fire under Voldemort's cauldron in the Little Hangleton graveyard.|
|Alastor Moody||5 August, 1995||Used it nonverbally to burn a piece of parchment used to reveal the location of 12 Grimmauld Place to Harry Potter.|
|Thorfinn Rowle||30 June, 1997||Used it to set fire to Rubeus Hagrid's cabin.|
|Tom Riddle||2 May, 1998||Used it nonverbally to burn the Sorting Hat on Neville Longbottom's head during the Battle of Hogwarts.|
|Hermione Granger||4 August, 1997||Used it nonverbally to light a fire in the grate in 12 Grimmauld Place.|
|3 September, 1997||
She used this spell to try and destroy the locket of Salazar Slytherin.
|Harry Potter||He, too, used this spell to try and destroy the locket, though without any incantation (non-verbally).|
|31 October, 1981||Harry cast this spell while duelling with Delphini after time-traveling.|
|Delphini||Delphini cast this spell while duelling with Harry Potter after time-travelling.|
|Dolores Umbridge||2 September, 1995||Umbridge burned a flying paper bird charmed by Padma Patil.|
|Albus Potter||2020||Used it to set fire to his Hogsmeade permission form - and surprised himself as it was not usually a charm he could perform successfully.|
- In Latin, incendio is the dative or ablative singular of incendium, "fire", and can mean "to fire" or "for fire" (dative), "by fire" or "with fire" (ablative of instrument or means). Thus, the incantation is a way of calling upon fire to burn a desired object, since the spell caster wills harm to be done to an object "by (means of) fire."
- The magic word could also be a variant of the Latin incendo, "I set [something] on fire", with an "i" added before the final "o" for euphony.
- "Incendio" is the Spanish and Portuguese word for "wild fire". Also, in Italian, the word "Incendio" refers to a great fire similar to that one made by Thorfinn to Hagrid's house.
- "Incendio" is also the first person singular of the present of the Italian, Spanish and Portuguese verb "incendiar(e)", meaning "to set fire to".
Behind the scenes
- This may be the spell Remus Lupin used on the Hogwarts Express 1993, combined with a Flame-Freezing Charm when the lights went out as he is described as "holding a handful of flames" though it is more likely that he used the charm for Bluebell Flames. This may also be the spell he used to relight candles during the Patronus lesson.
- In the video game adaptations of Philosopher's Stone and Chamber of Secrets, Incendio is the Bluebell flames charm Hermione uses in the first book. It is used primarily to wilt dank-loving, threatening plants and burn through spider webs. In the later games, it resumes its use as a spell to conjure a small burst of normal fire.
- Also in the second game, the manuals, and in-game info states it can be used as a duelling charm, despite that in the console versions it is the last spell to be learned in the game, thus duels are no longer as abundant. However, proof of this can be seen in that if the player times it right, they can cast their own Disarming Charm on the incoming mis-cast Indencio (as it flies back to hit the player) and thus catching the spell and mitigating it. This also works with the Knockback Jinx.
- When Rowle used the spell offensively against Hagrid's hut, it caused an explosion, rather than simply lighting it on fire.
- Incendio is the first known spell to be cast in the series, although magical devices (Dumbledore's Deluminator), abilities (Animagi) and beings (Hagrid) appeared before.
- In the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Bellatrix uses this spell to set Hagrid's hut on fire instead of Rowle.
- In Harry Potter for Kinect Harry and Voldemort can use this spell against each other in the final battle during Voldemort's Last Stand as they engage in a normal duel.
- This spell is mentioned in the lyrics of Celestina Warbeck's song "A Cauldron Full of Hot, Strong Love".
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (First appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
- Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
- Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (play)
- LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 (Nintendo DS and iPod/iPad version only)
- Harry Potter: Spells
- Pottermore (Spells/Duels)
- Harry Potter Trading Card Game
- Wonderbook: Book of Spells
- Harry Potter for Kinect
- Harry Potter: The Character Vault (Mentioned only)
- Fantastic Beasts: Cases from the Wizarding World (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery
- Harry Potter: Wizards Unite
Notes and references
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Pottermore
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Wonderbook: Book of Spells
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game)
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 4 (The Keeper of the Keys)
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 5 (The Whomping Willow)
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 3 (The Advance Guard)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 28 (Flight of the Prince)
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Act Four, Scene Eleven
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 3 (The Knight Bus)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game)
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 2, Chapter 3 (The Black Quill)
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 2, Chapter 6 (Bill Weasley)
- ↑ 15.0 15.1 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
- ↑ 16.0 16.1 16.2 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
- ↑ 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (video game)
- ↑ 18.0 18.1 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (video game)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
- ↑ 20.0 20.1 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 36 (The Flaw in the Plan)
- ↑ 22.0 22.1 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 2, Chapter 8 (Training the Team)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 5 (The Dementor)
- ↑ Inside the Magic: "Singing Sorceress: Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees in Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando" on Youtube
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