"The Gouging Spell enables a witch or wizard to carve through earth and stone with ease. From budding Herbologists digging for Snargaluff seedlings to treasure-hunting curse breakers uncovering ancient wizard tombs, the Gouging Spell makes all manner of heavy labour a matter of pointing a wand."
Miranda Goshawk, Book of Spells[src]

The Gouging Spell (Defodio) was a charm used to gouge out specific areas of material, such as earth or stone.

Effects

It had practical applications, both in digging and in making passageways through solid rock. Careful use of this spell could dig out the required object and leave the environment relatively untouched.[1]

History

During the 1989–1990 school year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Professor Filius Flitwick taught his sixth-years how to cast this particular charm in Charms class.[2]

Known uses

Caster(s) Date Notes
Hermione Granger 1 May, 1998 Used this spell to carve out the ceiling as it struggled upwards, towards the fresher air in order to escape from Gringotts on the back of a dragon.[3]
Harry Potter
Ron Weasley

Known practitioners

Etymology

Latin defodio, meaning "dig out".

Behind the scenes

  • It is possible that Harry later used the spell to carve the words "Here Lies Dobby, a Free Elf" into Dobby's gravestone earlier that year, though this has not been confirmed.

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. Wonderbook: Book of Spells
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 6, Chapter 17 (Getting the Message) - Charms Lesson "Gouging Spell"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 26 (Gringotts)


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