"...‘Homenum revelio’ alerts the caster to any other human presence in the vicinity."

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


"She raised her wand and said, "Homenum Revelio." Nothing happened."
Hermione Granger's use of this spell in 1997[src]
It was used in 1991 and 1993 by Dumbledore, nonverbally, to detect Harry and Ron under the former's Invisibility cloak[1].

1 August 1997, Hermione Granger used this spell at 12 Grimmauld Place after escaping pursuing Death Eaters Antonin Dolohov and Thorfinn Rowle.[3] 30 December 1997, Death Eaters Selwyn and Travers ambushed Lovegoods house and Travers used this spell to locate Harry Potter.[4] 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



Hominum is the genitive, plural form of the Latin word homo, which means "person"[5]. Also in Latin, revelo means "I unveil or reveal"[6].

See also

Behind the scenes


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "A transcript of a web chat with J.K. Rowling" from The Leaky Couldron
  2. Pottermore
  3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 9 (A Place to Hide)
  4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 21 (The Tale of the Three Brothers)
  5. Wiktionary - homo(Latin)
  6. Wiktionary - revelo
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