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{{quote|As they soared upwards, away from the two remaining Death Eaters, Harry spat blood out of his mouth, pointed his wand at the falling sidecar, and yelled, 'Confringo!' He knew a dreadful, gut-wrenching pang for Hedwig as it exploded...|Harry Potter's use in the Battle of the Seven Potters|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
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{{Quote|As they soared upwards, away from the two remaining Death Eaters, Harry spat blood out of his mouth, pointed his wand at the falling sidecar, and yelled, 'Confringo!' He knew a dreadful, gut-wrenching pang for Hedwig as it exploded...|Harry Potter's use in the Battle of the Seven Potters|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
The '''Blasting Curse''' is a [[spell]] that causes anything that the spell comes into contact with to explode. The incantation is ''Confringo''.
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The '''Blasting Curse''' (''Confringo'') is a [[spell]] that causes anything that the spell comes into contact with to explode.
   
 
==Known uses==
 
==Known uses==
[[File:PettigrewKillsMuggles.jpg|thumb|right|Pettigrew uses the curse to kill twelve Muggles and create a massive crater]]
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[[File:PettigrewKillsMuggles.jpg|thumb|left|220px|Pettigrew uses the curse to kill twelve Muggles and create a massive crater]]
 
*[[Alberta Toothill]] used this curse to defeat [[Samson Wiblin]] in the [[All-England Wizarding Duelling Competition]] of [[1430s|1430]].
 
*[[Alberta Toothill]] used this curse to defeat [[Samson Wiblin]] in the [[All-England Wizarding Duelling Competition]] of [[1430s|1430]].
 
*On [[1 November]], [[1981]], [[Peter Pettigrew]] may have used an extremely powerful blasting curse to decimate a street and kill [[Peter Pettigrew's victims|twelve]] [[Muggle]]s at once while evading [[Sirius Black]], who was blamed for the crimes and Pettigrew's alleged [[death]]. <ref name="POA">''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban]]''</ref> The explosion was so fierce, it left a massive crater in the street, with the pipes showing. The Ministry gave an excuse of a "gas leak" to the surviving Muggles, and thought that Black was the one who used the curse.
 
*On [[1 November]], [[1981]], [[Peter Pettigrew]] may have used an extremely powerful blasting curse to decimate a street and kill [[Peter Pettigrew's victims|twelve]] [[Muggle]]s at once while evading [[Sirius Black]], who was blamed for the crimes and Pettigrew's alleged [[death]]. <ref name="POA">''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban]]''</ref> The explosion was so fierce, it left a massive crater in the street, with the pipes showing. The Ministry gave an excuse of a "gas leak" to the surviving Muggles, and thought that Black was the one who used the curse.
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[[File:Confringo.JPG|thumb|250px|Hermione using this curse against [[Nagini]].]]
 
[[File:Confringo.JPG|thumb|250px|Hermione using this curse against [[Nagini]].]]
 
*This spell may have been the cause of the explosion which killed [[Fred Weasley]] during the [[Battle of Hogwarts]].
 
*This spell may have been the cause of the explosion which killed [[Fred Weasley]] during the [[Battle of Hogwarts]].
[[File:Confringo!.jpg|thumb|250px]]
 
   
 
==Known practitioners==
 
==Known practitioners==
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[[File:Tumblr_lu5zt32HOs1qgt0vro3_250.gif|frame|Harry uses the Blasting Curse during the [[Battle of Hogwarts]]]]
 
*[[Harry Potter]]
 
*[[Harry Potter]]
 
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==Behind the Scenes==
 
==Behind the Scenes==
 
*In ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2]]'' Professor McGonagall possibly uses the Blasting Curse to duel against Snape (just in case this is ''not ''the Blasting Curse, it is referred to as the [[Fiery offensive spell]]), defeating Amycus and Alecto Carrow in the process.
 
*In ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2]]'' Professor McGonagall possibly uses the Blasting Curse to duel against Snape (just in case this is ''not ''the Blasting Curse, it is referred to as the [[Fiery offensive spell]]), defeating Amycus and Alecto Carrow in the process.
*In ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2]]'', Harry uses the Blasting Curse against Nagini in an attempt to kill her and possibly to provoke Voldemort to chase Harry, so the snake would stay behind unprotected. Immediately after this instance, Voldemort also casted several Blasting Curses at Harry as he jumped into a corridor and escaped Voldemort's wrath.
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*In ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2]]'', Harry uses the Blasting Curse against Nagini in an attempt to kill her and possibly to provoke Voldemort to chase Harry, so the snake would stay behind unprotected. This fails in that the spells bounces off Nagini, due to her magical protection, and instead strikes multiple Death Eaters. Immediately after this instance, Voldemort also casted several Blasting Curses at Harry as he jumped into a corridor and escaped Voldemort's wrath.
 
*Both this spell and ''[[Expulso]]'' share similar effects, though - unlike the latter - ''Confringo'' is sometimes accompanied by fiery explosions. The reason for this may be that ''Confringo'' is the result of a sharp, local temperature increase where as ''Expulso'' increases the local pressure to cause explosions. However, in the ''Deathly Hallows'' video games, ''Confringo'' is an explosive spell, while ''Expulso'' serves as some sort of "machine gun" spell.
 
*Both this spell and ''[[Expulso]]'' share similar effects, though - unlike the latter - ''Confringo'' is sometimes accompanied by fiery explosions. The reason for this may be that ''Confringo'' is the result of a sharp, local temperature increase where as ''Expulso'' increases the local pressure to cause explosions. However, in the ''Deathly Hallows'' video games, ''Confringo'' is an explosive spell, while ''Expulso'' serves as some sort of "machine gun" spell.
 
*In different varieties of games and films, the colour of Confringo varies. Its two main colours so far are a light blue and purple, or simply a fiery explosion.
 
*In different varieties of games and films, the colour of Confringo varies. Its two main colours so far are a light blue and purple, or simply a fiery explosion.

Latest revision as of 04:31, April 16, 2014

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Blasting Curse
Incantation

Confringo
(con-FREEN-go)

Type

Curse

Hand Movement

Point wand at target[1]

Light

Orange, fire-like

Effect

Causes explosion

"As they soared upwards, away from the two remaining Death Eaters, Harry spat blood out of his mouth, pointed his wand at the falling sidecar, and yelled, 'Confringo!' He knew a dreadful, gut-wrenching pang for Hedwig as it exploded..."
—Harry Potter's use in the Battle of the Seven Potters[src]

The Blasting Curse (Confringo) is a spell that causes anything that the spell comes into contact with to explode.

Known usesEdit

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Pettigrew uses the curse to kill twelve Muggles and create a massive crater
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Possible usesEdit

Confringo
Hermione using this curse against Nagini.
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Known practitionersEdit

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Harry uses the Blasting Curse during the Battle of Hogwarts

EtymologyEdit

Confringo is Latin for "I break".

Behind the ScenesEdit

  • In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Professor McGonagall possibly uses the Blasting Curse to duel against Snape (just in case this is not the Blasting Curse, it is referred to as the Fiery offensive spell), defeating Amycus and Alecto Carrow in the process.
  • In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Harry uses the Blasting Curse against Nagini in an attempt to kill her and possibly to provoke Voldemort to chase Harry, so the snake would stay behind unprotected. This fails in that the spells bounces off Nagini, due to her magical protection, and instead strikes multiple Death Eaters. Immediately after this instance, Voldemort also casted several Blasting Curses at Harry as he jumped into a corridor and escaped Voldemort's wrath.
  • Both this spell and Expulso share similar effects, though - unlike the latter - Confringo is sometimes accompanied by fiery explosions. The reason for this may be that Confringo is the result of a sharp, local temperature increase where as Expulso increases the local pressure to cause explosions. However, in the Deathly Hallows video games, Confringo is an explosive spell, while Expulso serves as some sort of "machine gun" spell.
  • In different varieties of games and films, the colour of Confringo varies. Its two main colours so far are a light blue and purple, or simply a fiery explosion.
  • A spellbook for this spell could be found nearby an old building close to an Acromantula lair and some abandoned nuclear power plants.

AppearancesEdit

See alsoEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Chapter 4 (The Seven Potters) - pg. 54 UK edition
  2. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  3. 3.0 3.1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  4. On the Hogwarts Express Ron Weasley reads the Daily Prophet which says Twelve years ago, Black murdered 13 people with one single curse., in a story about the event.

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