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Alarte Ascendare

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"He brandished his wand at the snake and there was a loud bang; the snake, instead of vanishing, flew ten feet into the air and fell back to the floor with a loud smack."
—Lockhart casts this nonverbally.[src]

Alarte Ascendare is the incantation of a spell used to launch an object up into the air. Gilderoy Lockhart used this spell to try to get rid of a snake which Draco Malfoy conjured during the first Duelling Club meeting in 1992, but instead launched it into midair, which only aggravated it further.

Known Practitioners


Alate is Latin for 'winged' whereas Ascendare is a Latin verb meaning 'to climb' or 'to ascend'. Therefore, the whole incantation may read something like "winged ascent".

Behind the scenes

  • Bartemius Crouch Jr. may have used a variation of this spell to bounce a transfigured Draco Malfoy in the air several times as punishment in 1994. However, Gilderoy's spell lost contact with the wand and target immediately after usage, while Barty's spell kept the contact with wand and the target all the time.
  • Alarte Ascendare may be closely related to the spell Ascendio which was used in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Both spells lift their targets high up into the air, with main difference being the target - Ascendio launches the caster into the air while Alarte Ascendare launches a target directed at by the wand.

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