"...he knelt over Malfoy, drew his wand and traced it over the deep wounds Harry's curse had made, muttering an incantation that sounded almost like song. The flow of blood seemed to ease; Snape wiped the residue from Malfoy's face and repeated his spell. Now the wounds seemed to be knitting."

Vulnera Sanentur[1] is the song-like incantation of a healing spell which is used to heal serious wounds.


For maximum effect of the spell, the incantation has to be repeated thrice; firstly slowing the flow of blood to prevent death by exsanguination; the second to clear residue and begin to heal the wounds; and the third to fully knit the wounds, although dittany has to be applied to prevent scarring.[3]

Known uses

In 1997, when Draco Malfoy was attacked by Harry Potter using Sectumsempra, the damages inflicted were reversed by Severus Snape with this spell.[3]


Vulnera Sanentur derives from the Latin vulnus "wound," (in which the roots of the English "vulnerable" may be seen)[4] and sanare, "to heal"; it is translated "may the wounds be healed."[5]

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