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"He waved his wand, but nothing happened. Scabbers stayed grey and fast asleep."
Ron Weasley attempting this nonsense spell[src]

Sunshine, daisies, butter mellow, turn this stupid, fat rat yellow was the incantation of a most likely nonsensical and non-existent spell fabricated by George Weasley that could supposedly change Ron Weasley's pet rat Scabbers's fur colour to yellow, but did not have such effect.[1]

Ron demonstrated this ineffective spell in front of Harry Potter and Hermione Granger on the Hogwarts Express on 1 September 1991, in order to attempt to demonstrate magic in front of them. After the spell's lack of effect, Ron expressed annoyance to Harry about Fred recommending the spell to him.[1]

Behind the scenes

  • It is also possible that the reason the spell would not work is because Scabbers was not a real rat, but was in fact Peter Pettigrew, an unregistered Animagus in disguise.[2]


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 6 (The Journey from Platform Nine and Three-Quarters)
  2. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 19 (The Servant of Lord Voldemort)