"From lighting a warm hearth to igniting a Christmas pudding, the Fire-Making Spell is always useful around the wizarding household. However, the ability to produce fire with the flick of a wand can be dangerous to your fellow students (and worse, your books)."
Miranda Goshawk, Book of Spells[src]

The Fire-Making Spell,[2] also known as the Fire-Making Charm[3] (Incendio)[3][1][2] was a charm that conjured a jet of flames that could be used to set things alight.[2]

History

A hot ball of fire created with this charm

This spell was listed in The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 1 by Miranda Goshawk.[1] 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),[3][4] Herbology class to deal with the Devil's Snare and other dangerous plants,[3] and was reviewed in the fifth year for students sitting their O.W.L. examinations.[5]

This spell was mentioned in the lyrics of Celestina Warbeck's song "A Cauldron Full of Hot, Strong Love".[6]

Known uses

"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]
Caster(s) Dates Notes
Albus Dumbledore 1895 or 1896 He may have used this spell in his fourth year at Hogwarts, "accidentally" setting his bed curtains on fire.[7]
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.[8]
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.[9]

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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.[10]
Tom 7 August, 1993 Used it nonverbally to light a fire in the grate in the Leaky Cauldron.[11]
Arthur Weasley August, 1994 Used it to light a fire in the grate in 4 Privet Drive.[12]
Death Eater August, 1994 Used it nonverbally to set fire on tents during the attack at the 1994 Quidditch World Cup.[13]
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Rita Skeeter 13 November, 1994 Used it nonverbally to light the candles in the Broom cupboard.[14]
Peter Pettigrew 24 June, 1995 Used it nonverbally to light a fire under Voldemort's cauldron in the Little Hangleton graveyard.[15]
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.[16]
Thorfinn Rowle 30 June, 1997 Used it to set fire to Rubeus Hagrid's cabin, with a cast which was so powerful it ignited the hut in a fiery explosion.[17]
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Tom Riddle 2 May, 1998 Used it nonverbally to burn the Sorting Hat on Neville Longbottom's head during the Battle of Hogwarts.[18]
Hermione Granger 1 August, 1997 Used it nonverbally to ignite some old gas lamps in the drawing room at 12 Grimmauld Place.[19]
4 August, 1997 Used it nonverbally to light a fire in the grate in 12 Grimmauld Place.[20]
3 September, 1997

She used this spell to try and destroy the locket of Salazar Slytherin.[21]

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Harry Potter He, too, used this spell to try and destroy the locket, though without any incantation (non-verbally).[21]
31 October, 1981 Harry cast this spell while duelling with Delphini after time-traveling.[22]
Delphini Delphini cast this spell while duelling with Harry Potter after time-travelling.[22]
Dolores Umbridge 2 September, 1995 Umbridge burned a flying paper bird charmed by Padma Patil.[23]
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.[24]

Known practitioners

Etymology

  • 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

The wand movement for the Fire-Making Spell as seen in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite

This spell's icon as seen in Harry Potter: Puzzles & Spells

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Pottermore
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Wonderbook: Book of Spells
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (video game)
  6. Inside the Magic: "Singing Sorceress: Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees in Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando" on Youtube
  7. 7.0 7.1 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film) - Chapter 31 (Everything is going to change)
  8. 8.0 8.1 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 13 (The Secret Riddle)
  9. 9.0 9.1 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 4 (The Keeper of the Keys)
  10. 10.0 10.1 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 5 (The Whomping Willow)
  11. 11.0 11.1 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 3 (The Knight Bus)
  12. 12.0 12.1 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 4 (Back to The Burrow)
  13. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 9 (The Dark Mark)
  14. 14.0 14.1 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 18 (The Weighing of the Wands)
  15. 15.0 15.1 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 32 (Flesh, Blood and Bone)
  16. 16.0 16.1 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 3 (The Advance Guard)
  17. 17.0 17.1 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 28 (Flight of the Prince)
  18. 18.0 18.1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 36 (The Flaw in the Plan)
  19. 19.0 19.1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 9 (A Place to Hide)
  20. 20.0 20.1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 11 (The Bribe)
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Act Four, Scene Eleven
  23. 23.0 23.1 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)
  24. 24.0 24.1 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  25. 25.0 25.1 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 2, Chapter 3 (The Black Quill)
  26. 26.0 26.1 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 2, Chapter 6 (Bill Weasley)
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 2, Chapter 10 (The Vault of Ice)
  28. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (video game)
  29. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film)
  30. Fantastic Beasts: Cases from the Wizarding World - Case 3: Out of the Woods, Act 4
  31. 31.0 31.1 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 2, Chapter 8 (Training the Team)
  32. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 5 (The Dementor)


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Textbooks Achievements in Charming · Extreme Incantations · Quintessence: A Quest · The Standard Book of Spells
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Ascendio · Banishing Charm (Depulso) · Blackboard Writing Spell · Blue sparks · Box Blasting Charm (Cistem Aperio) · Bubble-Head Charm · Cheering Charm · Cleaning Charm · Colour Change Charm (Colovaria) · Confundus Charm (Confundo) · Counter-charm for hiccoughs · Dancing Feet Spell (Tarantallegra) · Descendo · Disarming Charm (Expelliarmus) · Disillusionment Charm · Drought Charm · Entrancing Enchantments (Theortically) · Eradication Spell (Deletrius) · Engorgement Charm (Engorgio) · Extinguishing Spell · Exploding Charm (Bombarda) · Fire-Making Spell (Incendio) · Freezing Charm (Immobulus) · Freezing Spell (Glacius) · Full Body-Bind Curse (Petrificus Totalus) · General Counter-Spell (Finite Incantatem) · Gouging Spell (Defodio) · Growth Charm · Ice Jinx · Knitting Charm · Knockback Jinx (Flipendo) · Leg-Locker Curse (Locomotor Mortis) · Levitation Charm (Wingardium Leviosa) · Locking Spell (Colloportus) · Locomotion Charm (Locomotor) · Mending Charm (Reparo) · Memory Charm (Obliviate) · Muffliato Charm (Muffliato) · Nonverbal spells · Pack Charm (Pack) · Red Sparks (Vermillious) · Reductor Curse (Reducto) · Scouring Charm (Scourgify) · Seize and pull charm (Carpe Retractum) · Severing Charm (Diffindo) · Shrinking Charm (Reducio) · Silencing Charm (Silencio) · Slowing Charm (Arresto Momentum) · Skurge Scouring Charm (Skurge) · Softening Charm (Spongify) · Spell for growing legs · Substantive Charm · Summoning Charm (Accio) · Tickling Charm (Rictusempra) · Unlocking Charm (Alohomora) · Vinegar into Wine · Wand-Extinguishing Charm (Nox) · Wand-Lighting Charm (Lumos) · Lumos Maxima · Water-Making Spell (Aguamenti)


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Herbology at Hogwarts
Herbology Award · Herbology Lesson Cup · Herbology Race Cup · Herbology Store
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Professors Herbert Beery · Pomona Sprout · Neville Longbottom · Unnamed Professor (19th century)
Textbooks Flesh-Eating Trees of the World · Ingredient Encyclopedia · One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi · Winogrand's Wondrous Water Plants
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Aconite · Asphodel · Belladonna · Bouncing Bulb · Bubotuber · Bubotuber pus · Chinese Chomping Cabbage · Devil's Snare · Dirigible plum · Dittany · Fanged Geranium · Fat cactus-like plant · Fire Seed Bush · Flitterbloom · Flutterby bush · Fluxweed · Gillyweed · Ginger · Honking daffodil · Knotgrass · Lavender · Leaping Toadstool · Mandrake · Mimbulus mimbletonia · Mistletoe · Moly · Nettle · Puffapod · Raspberry · Rose · Sage · Screechsnap · Self-fertilising shrub · Shrivelfig · Snargaluff · Sneezewort · Sopophorous plant · Spiky Bush · Spiky Prickly Plant · Stinksap · Sugar Shrub · Toad-eating plant · Umbrella Flower · Valerian · Vampiric vegetation · Venomous Tentacula · Walking plant · Wax vegetables · Whomping Willow · Wiggentree · Wild rice · Wormwood
Spells taught in Herbology at Hogwarts
Fire-Making Spell (Incendio) · Herbivicus Charm (Herbivicus) · Incendio Duo Spell (Incendio Duo) · Lumos Solem Spell (Lumos Solem) · Severing Charm (Diffindo)


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