- "Terminates all spell effects"
The General Counter-Spell (Finite or Finite Incantatem) was a counter-spell for general use. It might be used in duels to counter or reverse minor damage, such as the effects of minor jinxes, hexes and curses. It could also be used on an entire home to (temporarily) stop the effects of protective enchantments, as a precaution before a Muggle answered the door. It was taught at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in second year Charms class.
The General Counter-Spell terminated all spell effects ranging from simple dark charms, although it would be probably ineffective against moderate to major dark charms although it was when cast by multiple people at once, capable of ending the effects of the extremely destructive Protego Diabolica. For example, the Jelly-Legs Curse needed a specific counter-curse to be performed to end its effects. It is unknown if there was a difference between Finite and Finite Incantatem in terms of power or usage. It's possible that Finite was simply a more straight forward way of casting the General Counter-Spell to terminate the effects of a single spell.
- "He pointed his wand at the rampart, cried, "Finite!" and it steadied."
- —Harry using this counter-spell[src]
|Newt Scamander, Theseus Scamander, Porpentina Goldstein, Yusuf Kama, Nicolas Flamel, various Aurors||September, 1927||To contain and extinguish the destructive black fire created by Gellert Grindelwald's Protego Diabolica inside the Lestrange Mausoleum, Paris.|
|Severus Snape||17 December, 1992||To end the effects of various unfortunate spells that were affecting members of the Duelling Club when the whole club descended into utter chaos.|
|Remus Lupin||18 June, 1996||Used to free Neville Longbottom from the effects of the Dancing Feet Spell, during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries.|
|Nymphadora Tonks||1 September, 1996||Used to free Harry Potter from the effects of the Full Body-Bind Curse.|
|Harry Potter||2 May, 1998||To cancel the effects of Descendo (cast by Vincent Crabbe) on a large pile of falling objects during the Skirmish at the Room of Requirement during the Battle of Hogwarts, to escape Crabbe's Fiendfyre.|
From Latin finire, meaning "to end", and incantationem, meaning "enchantment". Finite means 'end' (imperative).
Behind the scenes
- This spell was included in the Harry Potter: Spells application for the iPhone as a counter-attack spell.
- Hermione suggested in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows that Ron should try using Finite Incantatem to stop the rain in Yaxley's office.
- In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Nymphadora Tonks unfreezes Harry from the Full Body-Bind Curse with a flash of red light, which would be this spell. In the film adaptation, Luna Lovegood used "Finite" to unfreeze Harry and cause his Invisibility Cloak to fly off him.
- In Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Jacob's sibling has to demonstrate Full Body-Bind Curse on Ben Copper in year 3, with Professor Flitwick promising to cast a counter curse to reverse the effect. However, the counter-curse was neither taught by him, nor by Professor Snape in subsequent Defence Against the Dark Arts lessons. A General Counter Spell was taught in the next lesson instead. Because the move can be used in general, it can be safely demonstrated to counter the moves of the Wand-Lighting Charm.
- Hermione uses this spell in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets to destroy the Rogue bludger that was attacking Harry during the Quidditch match between Gryffindor and Slytherin after it tries to assault him on the ground; however, this is does not happen in the book.
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (First appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (video game) (PSP version)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (video game), Level: The Abandoned Substation
- Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
- Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - The Original Screenplay
- Harry Potter: Spells
- Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery
- Harry Potter: Wizards Unite
Notes and references
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 11 (The Duelling Club)
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Pottermore
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 8 (Snape Victorious)
- ↑ J. K. Rowling's official site (W.O.M.B.A.T.)
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 As the spell was covered in The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 2, it must be taught in second year Charms class.
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 36 (The Only One He Ever Feared)
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 12 (Magic is Might)
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 10.6 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - The Original Screenplay, Scene 115
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 31 (The Battle of Hogwarts)
- ↑ Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery
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