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"He groped behind him and she forced the bundle of slippery cloth into his free hand. With difficulty he dragged it over himself, murmured, 'Nox,' extinguishing his wand light, and continued on his hands and knees, as silently as possible..."
— Harry extinguishing his wand whilst crawling through the tunnel into the Whomping Willow[src]

The Wand-Extinguishing Charm (Nox) was a charm[1] that caused the light at the end of the caster's wand to be extinguished, thus acting as the counter-charm to the Wand-Lighting Charm (Lumos).[3]


This charm extinguishing wand-light

The Wand-Extinguishing Charm was invented by the same witch who invented the Wand-Lighting Charm, Levina Monkstanley. She invented the Wand-Lighting charm in the 18th century and invented the Wand-Extinguishing Charm around that time too, otherwise her wand would remain lighted indefinitely.[3]

This spell was taught to first-year students in Charms class at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the 1984–1985 school year by Professor Filius Flitwick.[4] It was also detailed in The Dark Forces: A Guide to Self-Protection[1] and Book of Spells.[3]

Known uses

Caster(s) Date Notes
Harry Potter 6 June, 1994 He used it when trying to gain entry to the upstairs of the Shrieking Shack unobserved.[5] Also used when Harry was in the passage beneath the Whomping Willow which leads to the Shrieking Shack.[6]
August, 1997 Harry used this spell while the Trio was hiding in 12 Grimmauld Place during August after the fall of the ministry.[7]
September, 1997 Harry used this in the forest while the Trio was on their hunt for Horcruxes, after infiltrating the ministry.[8]
Hermione Granger 6 June, 1994 She used it when trying to gain entry to the upstairs of the Shrieking Shack unobserved.[5] Also used when Harry was in the passage beneath the Whomping Willow which leads to the Shrieking Shack.[6]

Known practitioners


In Latin, "nox" means "night". Nox is also the name of the Roman Goddess of night derived from Nyx (Greek goddess of darkness and night).

Behind the scenes

  • In most of the video games, the Wand-Lighting Charm is extinguished by itself after some time, not requiring this spell.
  • On any Android phone (on Lollipop or better), if a user types Nox in the search bar on the Google app, the torch will turn off. Respectively, Lumos turns it on.


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Pottermore
  2. 2.0 2.1 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film) - Chapter 17 (Who's There?)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Wonderbook: Book of Spells - see this video
  4. 4.0 4.1 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 1, Chapter 6 (A Curious Corridor) - Charms Lesson "Nox"
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 17 (Cat, Rat and Dog)
  6. 6.0 6.1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 32 (The Elder Wand)
  7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 10 (Kreacher's Tale)
  8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 19 (The Silver Doe)
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