"Vermillious, otherwise known as Red Sparks, is an excellent spell for emergencies. If you're ever in danger, fire Red Sparks into the air to call for help."
Filius Flitwick[src]

Red Sparks (Vermillious) is a charm that precipitates a jet of red sparks from the tip of the wand,[1] something that may be useful to signal an emergency and call for help.[2] It can be used offensively as a minor duelling spell,[3][4] as it is covered in the book The Dark Forces: A Guide to Self-Protection,[1] but it is not effective against armoured or metallic opponents.[5]

Vermillious Duo and Vermillious Tria are more powerful versions of Red Sparks.[4][5]

Red Sparks is part of the fourth-year Charms curriculum at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.[2]

Known uses


A Hogwarts student casting Red Sparks


  • Vermillious derives from the English word vermilion, a term for a shade of brilliant red. Interestingly, the incantation has two letter "L"s, but the proper spelling of vermilion has only one "L".

Behind the scenes


See also

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Dark Forces: A Guide to Self-Protection under the "Spells" menu on Pottermore
  2. 2.0 2.1 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 4, Chapter 4 (Curse-Breakers) - Charms Lesson "Vermillious"
  3. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 9 (The Midnight Duel) - "But people only die in proper duels, you know, with real wizards. The most you and Malfoy'll be able to do is send sparks at each other. Neither of you knows enough magic to do any real damage."
  4. 4.0 4.1 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game) - GBC version
  5. 5.0 5.1 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game) - GBC version
  6. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
  7. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  8. Pottermore - USA VERSUS LIECHTENSTEIN (Archived)
  9. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix