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Pomona Sprout: "And so, for your Valentine's Day lesson, we will be tending to roses."
Nymphadora Tonks: "I don't see any roses."
Pomona Sprout: "Of course we must grow them, Miss Tonks. Please pay close attention as I teach you the Herbivicus Charm..."
— Professor Sprout introducing this charm to fifth-year Herbology students[src]

The Herbivicus Charm,[2] also known as the Herbivicus Spell[1] or Gardening Charm,[3] (Herbivicus) was a charm used to rapidly increase the growth rate of plants and cause flowers to bloom.[1] Herbivicus Duo was a stronger version of this charm.[1]


Upon casting, a twisting jet of brilliant green light would shoot from the wand. A crackling ball of emerald-green energy would appear at the tip of the wand, with an identical one appearing at the plant one was charming, with a thick jet of green light connected them. The plant would rapidly begin blooming.[1]


Red roses bloomed with the Herbivicus Charm in Herbology

Around Valentine's Day in 1988, to celebrate the holiday, classes at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry provided subject-related lessons, and this charm was taught in fourth-year Herbology class for the special occasion by Professor Pomona Sprout. She specifically taught them how to grow red roses with the charm.[2]

At the end of the 1987–1988 school year at Hogwarts, Jacob's sibling used the Herbivicus Charm to grow Bubotubers in the Forest Grove to feed a Forest Troll.[4]

Jacob's sibling having re-grown knotgrass with the charm

During the 1989–1990 school year at Hogwarts, Jacob's sibling used this charm to rapidly bloom a knotgrass plant in the Herbology Classroom after them and their friends took some from there for Polyjuice Potion, so Professor Sprout would not be suspicious about missing plants in the classroom.[5]

Ron Weasley: "The Herbivicus Spell."
Harry Potter: "Excellent!"
Harry Potter and Ron Weasley having picked up the Herbivicus spellbook[src]

Harry Potter using this charm to bloom a plant in a Hogwarts greenhouse

A spellbook which detailed how to cast this charm was owned by Professor Sprout, which she used to help teach the charm to her Herbology students, from the fourth year onward, the year this spell was taught. This spellbook could be found in the Hogwarts greenhouses.[1]

Volunteers of the Statute of Secrecy Task Force were advised on using this charm by Constance Pickering to help accelerate the growth of plants they grew in Greenhouses, for usage in potion-making.[6]

Known practitioners

See also

Behind the scenes

This spell as seen in Harry Potter: Puzzles & Spells

  • This spell may be related to Rose Growth, a charm which has identical effects, but which presumably only works on rose bushes.
  • This spell was never actually called the "Herbivicus Charm" in the Goblet of Fire video game; it was in fact called the "Herbivicus Spell", but the aforementioned was assumed by editors of the Harry Potter Wiki and thus made it the spell's official name. The fact that Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery calls this spell the "Herbivicus Charm" implies that the game's developers and writers take much information and inspiration for game content from this wiki.


Notes and references

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (video game)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 4, "Valentine's Day" Achievement - Part 1, Side Quest "Valentine's Day at Hogwarts"
  3. Harry Potter: Puzzles & Spells
  4. 4.0 4.1 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 4, "TORVUS AND THE TROUBLED FOREST" Achievement
  5. 5.0 5.1 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 6, Chapter 32 (Quest for Polyjuice)
  6. Harry Potter: Wizards Unite
  7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (video game)
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Herbology at Hogwarts
Herbology Award · Herbology Lesson Cup · Herbology Race Cup · Herbology Store
Greenhouses One · Two · Three · Four · Five · Six · Seven · Professor's Office
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
Plants studied and grown at Hogwarts
Aconite · Alihotsy · Asphodel · Belladonna · Bouncing Bulb · Bubotuber · Bubotuber pus · Chinese Chomping Cabbage · Cowbane · Devil's Snare · Dirigible plum · Dittany · Fanged Geranium · Fat cactus-like plant · Fire seed bush · Flitterbloom · Floo · Flutterby bush · Fluxweed · Gillyweed · Ginger · Hemlock · Honking daffodil · Ivy · Knotgrass · Lady's Mantle · Lavender · Leaping Toadstool · Lovage · Mandrake · Mimbulus mimbletonia · Mistletoe · Moly · Nettle · Peppermint · Puffapod · Raspberry · Rose · Sage · Screechsnap · Scurvy grass · Self-fertilising shrub · Shrivelfig · Snargaluff · Sneezewort · Sopophorous plant · Sopophorous bean · Spiky Bush · Spiky Prickly Plant · Stinksap · Sugar Shrub · Toad-eating plant · Tormentil · 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)