Lacarnum Inflamari[2] is the incantation of a charm used to ignite the cloak of a witch or warlock by shooting a fireball from the tip of the caster's wand.[1]

During the 1988–1989 school year, this spell was taught to fifth years in Defence Against the Dark Arts.[3]


Lacarnum Inflamari appears to be derived from the Latin lacerna, a noun meaning "cloak",[4] and inflammare, the Latin verb meaning "to ignite, inflame".[5] Together, the incantation can mean "to set fire to a cloak".

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film) (Chapter Nineteen - Quidditch)
  2. 2.0 2.1 F.A.Q. Question on J.K.R. Official Site - "Some of the new incantations, such as ‘lacarnum inflamari’ must have sounded more dramatic onscreen – although by the time you’ve managed to say ‘lacarnum inflamari’, you’ve surely lost precious seconds in which the Devil’s Snare might have throttled you. But that’s showbiz."
  3. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 5, Chapter 19 (The Unforgivable Curses) - Defence Against the Dark Arts Lesson "Lacarnum Inflamari"
  4. 18px-Wiktionary_small.svg.png lacerna on Wiktionary
  5. Inflammo on Google Translate