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Colovaria
Colour Change Charm
Incantation

Colovaria
(co-loh-VA-ree-ah)

Type

Charm

Hand Movement

Point wand at target

Light

Red

Effect

Changes colour

"...he wished he had not mixed up the incantations for Colour Change and Growth Charms, so that the rat he was supposed to be turning orange swelled shockingly and was the size of a badger before Harry could rectify his mistake."
Harry mistakes the Growth Charm for this spell[src]

The Colour Change Charm (Colovaria) is a charm that causes an object or animal to change its colour; a witch or wizard can use it to change the colour of their hair, for instance.

History

Prior to 1991

BlueWig
The teacher's blue wig
Seth CooperAdded by Seth Cooper

Harry Potter used this charm to change the wig of his teacher at St. Grogory's Primary School a vivid blue colour.

1991

"Sunshine, daisies,
butter mellow,
turn this stupid,
fat rat yellow.
"
Ron Weasley trying to perform a Colour-Change Charm.[src]

When Ron Weasley was eleven years old, his brothers Fred and George convinced him to believe that a nonsense poem was this particular charm. The incantation was supposed to turn Ron's rat Scabbers yellow, but being a fake incantation, it caused no change whatsoever.[1]

Later that year, Headmaster Albus Dumbledore used this charm to change the banners in the Great Hall at the End-of-Term Feast from the green and silver of Slytherin House to the crimson and gold of Gryffindor.

1996

During Harry Potter's Charms O.W.L. in 1996, he accidentally switched the incantations for this and the Growth Charm, so that instead of turning the rat orange it grew to the size of a badger before he could reverse his mistake.[2]

1997

Harry Potter used this charm when he came of age to change the robes of the Chudley Cannons posters in Ron's bedroom to bright blue.[3]

Etymology

The incantation for this charm comes from the English words colour (the visual perceptual property corresponding in humans to the categories called red, blue, yellow, green and others) and vary (to make or cause changes in the characteristics or attributes of; modify or alter).

Behind the scenes

See Also

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - Chapter 6 (The Journey From Platform Nine and Three-Quarters)
  2. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - Chapter 31 (O.W.L.s)
  3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Chapter 7 (The Will of Albus Dumbledore)


Charms (class)
Wingardium leviosa
Professors: Filius Flitwick
Textbooks: The Standard Book of Spells · Achievements in Charming · Quintessence: A Quest
Charmbook writers and charm developers: Miranda Goshawk · Scarpin · Felix Summerbee · Randolph Keitch · Basil Horton · Mnemone Radford · Elliot Smethwyck · Jarleth Hobart · Delfina Crimp · Orabella Nuttley · Levina Monkstanley · Fred Weasley · George Weasley
Charms studied at Hogwarts: Levitation Charm · Fire-Making Charm · Softening Charm · Skurge · Aresto Momentum · Cheering Charm · Freezing Spell · Seize and Pull Charm · Summoning Charm · Banishing Charm · Silencing Charm · Mending Charm · Reductor Curse · Colour Change Charm · Growth Charm · Water-Making Spell · Locomotion Charm · Vinegar into Wine · Bird-Conjuring Charm
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