Point wand at target
Enlarges an object
- ""Engorgio". The spider gave a little shiver, bouncing in the web. Harry tried again. This time the spider grew slightly larger."
- —Harry tests his new wand.[src]
The Engorgement Charm (Engorgio) causes the target to swell in size. It was first mentioned by Hermione Granger in 1992, where she suspected Rubeus Hagrid's pumpkins had been under magical "influence." This charm is detailed in The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 2. The counter charm is Reducio.
- Silvanus Kettleburn used an Engorgement Charm on an Ashwinder which caused it to explode later, causing a large amount of flame. Professor Kettleburn received probation for this.
- In 1992, Hermione suspected that Rubeus Hagrid had used an Engorgement Charm on his pumpkins.
- Fred and George Weasley used this spell on their Ton-Tongue Toffees. In the summer of 1994, they "accidentally" dropped some in front of Harry's cousin Dudley, in order to test their new product. Dudley's tongue swelled to an incredible size.
- Kevin, the little boy from the World Cup campground in 1994, used an Engorgement Charm on a slug with his father's wand.
- The Fake Moody used Engorgement charms on the three spiders he used in class to demonstrate the three Unforgivable Curses, so that the spiders would easily be seen by the class.
- Harry once used the Engorgement Charm on a spider while he, Ron, and Hermione were camping in the Forest of Dean in search for Horcruxes in 1997. Since he had not won the Blackthorn wand's allegiance, the spell was not powerful enough, and it took two tries for the spider to swell up moderately. In the film, Harry used it on a magical flame, made by Hermione, but the flame got too big.
The word engorge means "to fill to excess".
Behind the scenes
- In the summer of 1993, when Harry Potter was infuriated by his Aunt Marge, he unintentionally inflated her with underage magic. This may have been a wandless and nonverbal version of the Engorgement Charm.
- Ron stated that until discovering Hagrid was a Half-giant, he assumed he had got in the way of an Engorgement Charm when he was a child.
- In the book version of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Mad-Eye enlarged a spider only to demonstrate the Cruciatus Curse, while in the film version, it was to demonstrate all three of the Unforgivable Curses.
- In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, Harry Potter casts Engorgio on the Bluebell Flames to check his blackthorn wand given to him by Ron Weasley.
- A variation of this spell may be Engorgio Skullus, which makes the head of a person bigger.
- In Pottermore, the hand motion is shown as thus:
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (First appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
- Harry Potter Trading Card Game
- The Tales of Beedle the Bard (Mentioned only)
- Wonderbook: Book of Spells