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"These straightforward but surprisingly dangerous charms cause certain things to swell or shrink. You will be learning both charms together, so that you can always undo an over-enthusiastic cast. There is thus no excuse for having accidentally shrunk your homework down to microscopic size or for allowing a giant toad to rampage through your school’s flower gardens."
Miranda Goshawk on this and the Shrinking Charm[src]

The Engorgement Charm[2] (Engorgio[1]) is a charm that causes the target to swell immensely.[1] If the caster attempts to engorge the target beyond a certain point it will violently explode.[1] Although this spell is safe to use on animals, it is not recommended until the counter-charm has been perfected.[1]

It appears as a circle of icy blue light emanating from the tip of the wand, much like a torch.[1] Anything within this circle will grow exponentially, bouncing and shivering.[1]

Miranda Goshawk included this charm in The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 2, the third spell in the book.[2] She also wrote about it in Book of Spells alongside the Shrinking Charm, which can be used to counteract this charm.[1]

Practitioners

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Pumpkins under the effects of this spell

Etymology

The word engorge means "to fill to excess".

Behind the scenes

  • Ronald Weasley suspected that Rubeus Hagrid might have gotten in the way of a bad Engorgement Charm when he was a kid, not realising that he was half-giant.[9]
  • A variation of this spell may be Engorgio Skullus, which makes the head of a person bigger[10].

Appearances

Notes and references


The Standard Book of Spells
Grade 1 · Grade 2 · Grade 3 · Grade 4 · Grade 5 · Grade 6
Charms included in the series: Fire-Making Spell · Levitation Charm · Locking Spell · Mending Charm · Softening Charm · Severing Charm · Unlocking Charm · Dancing Feet Spell · Disarming Charm · Engorgement Charm · Freezing Charm · General Counter-Spell · Memory Charm · Tickling Charm · Summoning Charm · Banishing Charm · Substantive Charm

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