"The wand siphoned off most of the grease. Looking rather pleased with himself, Ron handed the slightly smoking handkerchief to Hermione."
— Description[src]

Tergeo[1] was the incantation of a cleaning spell used to siphon liquids such as blood,[1] dust or grease,[3] and to clean objects.[4]

Known uses

"She raised her wand, said “Tergeo!” and siphoned off the dried blood."
— Hermione Granger using this charm to clean Harry Potter's face[src]
Caster(s) Date Notes
Harry Potter 24 December, 1997 Used it to remove the dust from photographs while at Bathilda Bagshot's home.[5]
Ron Weasley 29 July, 1997 Used it to siphon grease off of a handkerchief for Hermione Granger.[3]
Hermione Granger 1 September, 1996 Used it to remove the dried blood off of Harry Potter's face.[1]
Mathilda Grimblehawk's partner 21st century Used this spell to harvest Flobberworm Mucus from a Flobberworm, and to clean up dried ink previously spilt onto a letter for Bilius Finbok.[6]


In Latin the verb tergere means "to rub off, wipe off, wipe dry, wipe clean, cleanse".


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