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"...‘Homenum revelio’ alerts the caster to any other human presence in the vicinity."
—Description[src]

The Human-presence-revealing Spell[1] (Homenum Revelio) was a charm which revealed the presence of other humans in the surrounding environment. The spell indicated a body by a marker which can be felt by the target as something "swooping" low over them. It was a variation of the Revelio Charm.[2]

History

"She raised her wand and said, "Homenum Revelio." Nothing happened."
Hermione Granger's use of this spell in 1997[src]
During the 1988–1989 school year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Professor Patricia Rakepick taught her fifth year students this charm in Defence Against the Dark Arts, in preparation for their Ordinary Wizarding Levels that year.[3]

It was used in 1991 and 1993 by Dumbledore, nonverbally, to detect Harry and Ron under the former's Invisibility cloak.[1]

On 1 August 1997, Hermione Granger used this spell at 12 Grimmauld Place after escaping pursuing Death Eaters Antonin Dolohov and Thorfinn Rowle.[4] 30 December 1997, Death Eaters Selwyn and Travers ambushed Lovegoods house and Travers used this spell to locate Harry Potter.[5] It is possible that it is related to the spell Specialis Revelio, and it is very likely that the spell cannot detect magical creatures such as house-elves, goblins, etc.

Known practitioners

Etymology

Hominum is the genitive, plural form of the Latin word homo, which means "person"[7]. Also in Latin, revelo means "I unveil or reveal"[8].

See also

Behind the scenes

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "A transcript of a web chat with J.K. Rowling" from The Leaky Couldron
  2. Pottermore
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 5, Chapter 28 (About Merula) - Defence Against the Dark Arts Lesson "Homenum Revelio"
  4. 4.0 4.1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 9 (A Place to Hide)
  5. 5.0 5.1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 21 (The Tale of the Three Brothers)
  6. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery
  7. Wiktionary - homo(Latin)
  8. Wiktionary - revelo


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D.A.D.A. at Hogwarts
Classroom 3C · Classroom 3C backrooms · Temporary Classroom · Hogwarts Turris Magnus · Teacher's Office · Storeroom · Staircase · Lesson Cup · Race Cup · Dumbledore's Army
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Arsenius Jigger · Albus Dumbledore · Galatea Merrythought · Patricia Rakepick · Quirinus Quirrell · Gilderoy Lockhart · Remus Lupin · Bartemius Crouch Junior (as Alastor Moody) · Dolores Umbridge · Severus Snape · Amycus Carrow (as Dark Arts teacher)
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