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Evanesce is a transfiguration spell that vanishes objects. It was taught in second year transfiguration classes[1].


Evanesce in English means "to disappear into vapour"; in Latin, it is a conjugated form of evanesco, meaning "I vanish"[2].

Behind the scenes

  • Given the similarities in their incantations, this spell may be a variation or earlier form of Evanesco.


Notes and references

  1. As the card features a quote from Chamber of Secrets, and all of the spells are from either the first, second or third books it is more than likely this was meant to be a second-year spell.
  2. Wiktionary - Evanesce