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" [...] and as he took it, a shower of sparks flew from its tip, sparkling over the corpse of its last owner, ready to serve a new master at last."
— Voldemort stealing the wand, seconds before casting this spell[src]

This spell (incantation unknown) was used by Lord Voldemort in May of 1998 to test the strength of the Elder Wand, which he had recently stolen from Albus Dumbledore.[1]

It was used to shoot a thick bolt of blinding white lightning into the sky, along with a slight crackling noise as high amounts of electricity tend to produce.[1]

A similar spell was utilised by Gellert Grindelwald during his duel with Newton Scamander in 1926 and once more in 1927, during his escape from custody.[2]

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  • This spell only appears in Part 1 and Part 2 of the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, as well as in the video game based on the film.
  • This is reminiscent of the white disarming spell Dumbledore used on Snape within Snape's memory in Chapter 33: The Prince's Tale of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, which may have been the Disarming Charm. In the films, this spell was portrayed as a flash of white light surrounding Snape, causing him to drop to his knees.
  • It is possible that this is also the spell that Lord Voldemort used to destroy the shield surrounding the castle during the Battle of Hogwarts, as the spell has a similar appearance and colour to the lightning spell. 
  • This spell is possibly the Baubillious charm, though it is only a fan theory.


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