"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 regarding this charm[src]

Red Sparks[2] (Vermillious)[3] was a charm that precipitated a jet of red sparks from the tip of the wand,[3] something that might be useful to signal an emergency and call for help.[2][4][1] It could also be used offensively as a minor duelling spell,[5][6] but it was not effective against armoured or metallic opponents.[7] It was covered in the book The Dark Forces: A Guide to Self-Protection by Quentin Trimble.[3]

Vermillious Duo and Vermillious Tria were more powerful versions of Red Sparks.[6][7]

History

"Get yer wands out an’ practice now — that’s it — an’ if anyone gets in trouble, send up red sparks, an’ we’ll all come an’ find yeh — so, be careful — let’s go."
— Hagrid instructing Harry, Hermione, Neville and Draco to use Red Sparks if needed in the Forbidden Forest[src]

A wizard producing red sparks

During the 1987–1988 school year, Red Sparks was part of the fourth-year Charms curriculum at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.[1]

A Hogwarts student casting Red Sparks

In 1992, while searching for an injured unicorn, Rubeus Hagrid instructed Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Neville Longbottom, and Draco Malfoy to send red sparks in the air if they were trouble, and Neville Longbottom did use it later that night.[2]

In 1995, champions who were lost in the Third Task Maze would send up red sparks, and when Viktor Krum got knocked out, Cedric Diggory used the Red Sparks to signal that he was down.[4]

It is possible that the Order of the Phoenix might have used the spell in 1995, as the signal for the Advance Guard escorting Harry Potter to 12 Grimmauld Place.[8]

Following the American National Quidditch team's win at the semi-finals of the 2014 Quidditch World Cup against Liechtenstein, red, white and blue sparks filled the air so thickly it was difficult to see or breathe.[9]

Known practitioners

Etymology

  • 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".

See also

Behind the scenes

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 4, Chapter 4 (Curse-Breakers) - Charms Lesson "Vermillious"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 15 (The Forbidden Forest)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Pottermore - When selecting The Dark Forces: A Guide to Self-Protection under the "Spells" menu. (see this image)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 31 (The Third Task)
  5. 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."
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game) - GBC version
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game) - GBC version
  8. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 3 (The Advance Guard)
  9. Pottermore - USA VERSUS LIECHTENSTEIN (Archived)


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