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"He raised his own wand, pointed it at Winky, and said, “Rennervate!” Winky stirred feebly."
Amos Diggory using the spell on Winky[src]

The Reviving Spell[4] (Rennervate)[1] was a charm that awakened an unconscious target.[1] Consequently, it served as the counter-charm to the Stunning Spell.[1]


This spell was accompanied by a flash of brilliantly coloured red light.[3]

This could be used to counteract a single Stunning Spell, although it was ineffective against multiple Stunners hitting an individual.[5] It was also ineffective against Dark Magic such as the Drink of Despair.[3]

Known uses

Caster(s) Date Notes
Amos Diggory 25 August, 1994 Used it to revive Winky after he and others Ministry employees stunned her in order to stun Harry, Ron and Hermione after the 422nd Quidditch World Cup riot.[1]
Albus Dumbledore 24 May, 1995 Used it to revive Viktor Krum after he was stunned by Bartemius Crouch Junior disguised as Alastor Moody while watching over Bartemius Crouch Senior.[6]
24 June, 1995 Used it to revive Bartemius Crouch Junior, after he was stunned by him.[7]
Harry Potter Late May, 1995 Possibly used it to revive Ron Weasley after he stunned him in prepare for the Third Task of the Triwizard Tournament.[8]
30 June, 1997 Used it to revive Albus Dumbledore after he drank the Drink of Despair, while searching for Horcrux locket in the crystal cave.[3]
Constance Pickering December 2021 Used the spell to revive Grim Fawley soon after she stunned him, following Harry Potter's and Hermione Granger's persusasion to do so.[9]

Known practitioners


The original incantation was Enervate, which means "to weaken".[10] Due to this misconception, J. K. Rowling officially renamed it to "Rennervate",[10] which means "to energise".

See also


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 9 (The Dark Mark)
  2. Pronunciation Guide at Scholastic Official Site
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 26 (The Cave)
  4. Pottermore (see this URL)
  5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 32 (Out of the Fire)
  6. 6.0 6.1 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 28 (The Madness of Mr Crouch)
  7. 7.0 7.1 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 35 (Veritaserum)
  8. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 31 (The Third Task)
  9. 9.0 9.1 Harry Potter: Wizards Unite "Brilliant Event: Battle for Secrecy"
  10. 10.0 10.1 Harry Potter Lexicon: changes in text